Guys, I am finally get to share this mixtape that’s full of sunshine, though the weather in Vienna clearly isn’t on board with it. What can you do? I had such a great birthday week and enjoyed listening to these songs over an over again. While in the car with lil sis on the way to get our matching tattoos, after work on the patio having dinner, and during Sunday breakfast at home. Like a great wine, it really goes with everything!
Birthday week had me all wrapped up in its arms and I enjoyed every last bit! The perfect highlight to weeklong celebrations came this Tuesday, when lil sis and I finally got inked. The new ink – as we refer to our matching tattoos lovingly – was years in the making and then it happened just within a few days. That’s how life works sometimes…
At first we’ve been all about arrows and triangles and while we agreed that it doesn’t have to be the exact same tattoo, we also didn’t want to drift too far apart. We never ended up with the right fit though and postponed a possible date again and again. I mean, it is permanent after all, so it’s a decision we both didn’t take lightly. This year, we both realized a minimal black eye tattoo would be perfect for us. I wanted it to look simple but feminine and Stevie suggested those lines around the iris for a more unique twist.
You know how much I love my sister. Even though we’re 16 years apart, we have a very close and special bond and felt like showing that through ink. I shared the whole story and the personal meaning on Instagram if you’d like to see. I am happy with the placement on the back of my leg just above the ankle joint. It makes swooning at it a bit harder that way, since I have to bend like a pretzel, but I truly love it. If you’re wondering, mine is placed on the back of my right ankle and lil sis’ went for her left one. So yes, walking next to each other with bare ankles during the last few days, was fun :)
It’s my birthday week! All you #Maybabies outthere sure know how I feel right now, don’t you?! I must admit I am not thrilled that my birthday falls on a bank holiday this year. With everything closed, the city in a deep nap, is not how I prefer spending my day out and about. Luckily there’s always brunch on the horizon and quality time to spend with quality people.
Since I did check off a few items on the home wishlist recently, I decided to share my personal wishes for my special day. I like to believe that I am not very hard to find gifts for but I was told otherwise. A few of those gems are gifts from me to myself (aren’t they the best?!) and are currently on their way… So despite having brunch, enjoying the sun on the patio and having great coffee with my girls, here’s what else would make me very very happy. Just so you know…
I wanted to invest in a timeless black all-in-one bag in forever. As soon as I came across Bartaile’s Kickstarter campaign, I knew that I have to become a supporter and can’t wait to call the C12 Nylux my own! There are 4 different ways to wear it day and night and its concept is so well thought through, I can’t wait for August to arrive, to finally hold it in my hands!
Can’t stop, won’t stop raving about this book! And ever since I handed over my copy to my friend’s excited little girl, I wanted a new one for myself. So, take two, I guess! Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls needs to be a staple in every home. Mark my words!
I already told you that I want to live in this scent. It’s woodsy and fierce and I feel like myself when wearing it. Thanks to Nina, another bottle will soon be on its way and I cannot wait to wear Nirvana Bourbon all day every day again.
Sometimes a (new) beauty brand crosses your way and you’re intrigued. That’s what happened when I came across Ilia lipsticks. Velvety, creamy and the prettiest colors to boot. Arabian Knights is the one shade I can’t get my hands on over here for whatever reason, but I think it would be such a lovely color to wear. Don’t you?!
A statement bracelet, that’s still timeless but a conversation starter nonetheless – that’s what this gem is to me. If you’re looking for affordable outstanding pieces, Lisbon based Boutique Minimaliste is my go-to shop for unique gifts and little treats from me to myself.
Since moving to the new place, I was thinking about the perfect home scent. Penelope Co.’s candles have been on my wishlist for quite some time and the fact that they now sell home diffusers too, is a match made in heaven. I like earthy scents with a twist and Flannel Shirt is totally up my alley. The cute packaging and simple labels are a plus too. Can’t wait for it to arrive!
Oh, Tata! A few years back I started double cleansing thanks to Tata Harper products and it changed my skin tremendously. I tried and tested many brands and products but I always seem to come back to their products. The Restorative Eye Cream comes with a hefty price tag but it’s the only one that ever worked the way I wanted it to. Since I am turning 35, I think investing in great skincare has to be mandatory. Also, it’s all organic cruelty-free and smells absolutely amazing!
My favorite room in the new place right now is my small hallway. It took nearly a year for the renovations to be over and since last month, it finally happened. I got to hang my prints and photos and the gallery wall I dreamed of is slowly but surely coming together. This buffalo print would make an amazing addition and had to join my wishlist.
The patio is already equipped with fresh herbs for the season and I already got to nosh on my very own strawberries. A huge palmtree or some kind of indoor tree for the living room would be lovely. I was pretty much set on a Monstera, but I am not sure if it’s the right fit for the very sunny living room. We’ll see what I end up with soon.
Stevie and I are the #BrunchQueensVienna for a good reason. These t-shirts are exactly what we needed this season, even though we plan on having many more brunches on my patio for a change. That tee definitely comes in handy either way ♥
This week was spent with easing back into work and countless hours on the patio in the evenings. If you follow me on Instagram, you could clearly see that I am all about plants right now, which is so very unlike me. I never had a green thumb to begin with, but with this place and the gracious patio/terrace situation, I like to believe that I am slowly but surely growing some gardening skills. Only time will tell, I guess. So, what else is going on this month:
A huge THANK YOU to those who took the time to email me after April’s Currently post. Life can be messy and uncertain and simply hard sometimes. It’s good to know that I am not alone in this and that I will get through it. Also, it’s great to know that there is still so much love and female empowerment outthere. Feels nice! The flu surely put a damper on my latest victories but I just decided to not fight it and hang in there, which actually was the best way for me to get through all of it.
On a different note, I was sadly reminded of the vastly bad influence toxic people can have in our lives. I was debating for several months now to cut ties with a longterm friend – which is never a good sign – but when it finally happened after yet another incident, I felt incredibly free and content with myself. I think this whole issue deserves its own post though, so I will share my experience soon and would love to hear your experience with the frenemy issue.
Right after my last Currently post, I did get to watch 13 Reasons Why which stirred me up for many reasons. I knew beforehand that the last few episodes would be hard to watch but I honestly had no idea how excrutiatingly hard it would be. I had nightmares for days. If you haven’t watched it yet and are an emotionally sensitive person like me, be warned! To lighten my mood, I did watch Season 1 of Love (who else loves Gus?) and just started Parenthood which I weirdly never got to see when it was still a thing. But give me a good dose of Lauren Graham and I am all good!
I am working on an all new mixtape as we speak, for all the #Maybabies outthere of course! It will be chockfull of feel-good-songs and good-vibe-tunes. Perfect for late afternoons, catching up with the last bit of sunshine on the patio…
Yesterday, I finally received my pre-ordered copy of Ashley Graham’s A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like and started reading right away. So far, I really can’t tell you more than that, since I only made it a few pages in until I fell asleep. If you’re as infatuated with her as I am, chances are you will like to read it and get to know more about her story as well. I also decided to share my current reads in the blog’s sidebar if you’re interested. Just click on the image!
These days it’s all about a whiff of my freshly planted herbs. Be it oregano, parsley or my lovely basil – there’s nothing quite like it for me right now! And actually that’s where I am headed in a few minutes – outside on the patio with a cup of tea on hand. I might feel better but that cough is still clinging on for dear life…
It’s wild to know that I’ve been living in the new place for almost a year already! It surely wasn’t an easy one with all the renovations still going on for most of the time. Since the last coat of paint finally dried literally two weeks ago and I got to hang some art in the hallway (more on that soon), I am eager to start planning an all new bedroom.
Before moving, I planned on getting a bulky boxspring bed for the new place but ended up not loving one of the many ones I looked at. And when it comes to my bed, only liking it won’t cut it. I really need to love the bed. I want it sturdy but not bulky and comfy of course and the design to be timeless. A dark suede headboard sounds luxe and looks very chic, but I am sure I’ll grow out quickly. I am a picky one, that’s for sure.
THE NEW BED
I think of timeless when it comes to the new bed and know a sturdy wooden bed will be the best investment right now. Maybe antique oak wood or even mango wood, we’ll see. As soon as I beat that flu, I plan on visiting a showroom here in Vienna that features high quality beds tailored to your own needs. I hope that I finally find my dream bed there! Wish me luck.
THE OVERALL MOOD
When you are in my apartment, you have two sides. One side is darker in the mornings and sunnier in the afternoon and that’s where the entrance, hallway, bathroom and kitchen are. The kitchen and bathroom have French doors that lead to the terrace/patio space. The other side is where the living room and bedroom are located with ceilings almost 5m high and a complete window wall with 8 windows (4 by 4). The space used to be a gallery before. So, when I say bright, I really mean it. Before I had shades installed, I couldn’t sleep without a sleeping mask because it felt like I am in the midst of a brightly lit stadium, that’s how bright it really is!
As much as I love the light-flooded apartment and its white walls, for the bedroom I crave a darker vibe to tone it down a notch. Since I don’t want to paint the walls dark – been there, done that in the old place – I want to find a dark and moody wallpaper that’s removable. An easy way to change the mood in the new bedroom and the perfect solution for renters since it’s quickly removable. I haven’t found the one yet, but you know me, I am on the hunt.
A NEW DRESSER
The only thing I did invest in for the bedroom upon moving, was a new wardrobe. I decided on a large IKEA Pax with lots of storage. Pretty simple. I did bring my old dresser but it isn’t the right size and fit for the new place, so I want to update that one as well. As much as I love Scandinavian inspired furniture, I realized that I am more and more drawn to industrial style and midcentury furniture with a modern twist. With a wooden bed and a dark patterned wall, a dark midcentury style dresser like the one pictured above would be the perfect addition, don’t you think?
What do you think of my vision for a new bedroom? I might share a floor plan of the place soon, because it’s much easier to understand the peculiar shape and structure that way