Travel

Hi! We (My best friend and I) have been in Heraklion for almost two days, arriving late on Friday and moving on Sundays. So many say that they are disappointed when it comes to the capital of Crete but I actually really enjoyed it here. It's a city, duh, so you have traffic, a lot of shops, tourist attractions and well, dirt. Many dislike it here because of the "unmediteranean" architecture, but I really don't feel like it makes the city "less greek". The people are mostly nice here, they will be very pushy at the restaurants, almost pushing you to a free table. But what's nice is, that after your meal you'll get slices of watermelon 🍉 and Raki for free!

One thing we decided wisely to do, if you're staying in the Centre of the city, is to take the bus (line 6) 🚌 instead of taking a taxi. It only costs 1,20€. Yes, unbelievable for us in Hamburg!

The evening we arrived we pretty much just checked in in our hotel, the Lena Hotel, and explored the quarter we were in. The Hotel is the Centre of Heraklion and really close to the historical Main Street 25 Agousto. We ate for dinner at the Lion-Fountain, had a platter for two with Greek specialties.

The next day we went to the weekly market (open on Saturdays) which contains mostly tourist Souvenirs, Jewelry and Fashion. For Fruits or fish, you actually have to go away from the street just peeking around the corners. We had a lovely breakfast just at the market at Cafe "Zaka's" with some figs we bought on the market. After that we went to see Knossos (Separate post on that one). Back in Heraklion we then walked a lot through the city, along the harbor, and ate at the restaurant "Ligo Krasi... Ligo Thalassa...", which isn't to recommend highly though.

On Sunday we packed our things and had a lovely breakfast at a cafe with a view to the ocean and a beautiful church. And then we left to Hersonissos...

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Hi! So currently I am on the plane to Heraklion, Crete, Greece 🇬🇷! The last week has been stressful, coming from two weeks of a beautiful and relaxing vacation in Denmark, I had to pack for my two weeks stay on Crete and my six months in Australia... Worrying about forgetting something, the right clothes for Australian winter (which btw seams to be like summer here) and the trouble of choosing what to take with, is now finally over!

Two weeks of 30 degrees are now lying ahead of me 🤗. (It's 15 degrees and rain in Denmark and Hamburg)
So look forward getting some travel updates on Crete! Maybe it can help you for your last minute getaway 😂. The pictures should be improving as I got myself a new camera! Let's see how I will get on with it, but until now I am really happy with it! It's the Olympus E-M10 Mark ll, if you have any experience with it, why don't you comment down below?!

Until the next time you'll here from me (this shouldn't take that long, like the last three weeks!), I wish you sunshine, relaxation, productivity and fun!

Do what you love and dream of!

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Fashion

I tried the blue jeans with blue jeans look today. This is how I felt most of the time: Just fine!
How I felt when I actually looked down on myself: I look like someone that I am not...
How felt when I looked in the mirror: Damn Girl you killing this!

So I guess you need to try it out yourself, and not only in your safe private home, NO go on the streets! Do something! Like shopping (that's what I did). It's the only way to experience all the moods you can have with wearing freaking blue jeans to blue jeans...

BTW I wore a Vintage Jeans Jacket, a black t-shirt from Samsoe&Samsoe, Won Hundred jeans, Vans, and my Jane Koenig Hoop Earrings.
And I am at the Ballehage Strand in Aarhus where theres a circle gangplank on the water, as a part of the garden exhibition from the art museum Aros, if your around go check it out! The nature is incredibly beautiful and you have the view over the skyline of Aarhus.

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Fashion, DIY
Hi! Remember the post I did, on where to find straw bags? Well I bought myself the cheapest one for 17€. As I had fallen in love with one with flowers on though, I decided I would take my straw bag and stitch the flowers on myself. It is super easy and in the end you will have a cute straw bag for less than 25€!

What you will need:

  • Straw Bag
  • Paper ribbon in two colors
  • Big embroidery needle
  • Scissor

How to proceed:

  1. Take 2x your arm length from the white paper ribbon and thread it in the needle.
  2. Find the spot where you'll want your flower and go through the bag with the needle, where you would imagine the middle of the flower. Leave 5cm of the paper ribbon in the inside of the bag.
  3. Take one big stitch to the side, to mark how broad you would like your flower.
  4. Now stitch half the length of the first stitch and continue doing that until you have a small flower.
  5. After finishing the small flower, we do the same process , only with longer stitches (like the first one). With doing that, fill in those gaps from the smaller flower.
  6. If you have now a big white flower you're going to secure the white straps inside the bag, by knotting the remaining first strap to the last strap.
  7. We are now doing the inner middle of the flower. Here for we need 30cm of the brownish yellowy paper ribbon.
  8. After threading it in the needle, taking it trough the middle of the flower and leaving some paper ribbon on the inside for later securement, we will twist the first 3cm of paper ribbon.
  9. Twist until you can see that you have a middle of the "rose". Now spin the paper ribbon around this middle until you have a rose.
  10. Secure it by going through the bag with the needle. You'll now go through with the needle again (another spot though) and do. the same procedure of making a rose.
  11. Do as many as you like and feel like needing for the particular flower.
  12. When finished, just secure at the back like Nr.6 .

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Travel

Hi! So today is the first day of holiday here in Hamburg, and I thought why not gather some oldies and newcomers that have become essential to my summer holiday packing. 🌴

1. Sunglasses (duh)
2. Bronzer ('cause you will be the most pale)
3. Body and Sheet Mist (aromatherapy (Miranda Kerr))
4. Accessories from your last trips (lets us be excited)
5. Sunscreen (red noses always look weird going out)
6. Notebook (write down your adventures!)
7. Power bank (you need power music)
8. Nail polish (and don't forget the remover)
9. Watertight Phone Cover (taking selfies with mermaids)
10. Belt Bag (practical and safer against robbers)
11. Hand Cream (always...)
12. Rose Face Mist (keeps you calm)
13. Lip Tint and Gloss (you gorgeous!)


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Beauty, Testing

Hi! So I found this brand on ASOS called "The Ordinary.", and as it was unbelievably cheap, I had to try it out! I bought two products, probably too few to actually be able to rate this brand, one is a moisturizing primer and the other one is a solution for the under the eye bag situation I have. I have never tried anything out that really worked except one from "This works". They don't sell it anymore in &OtherStories and you can't get the cream on Asos, so please help me where to find it! It costs a fortune (40€ for a freaking eye cream), but when I tried it it was just amazing... Well, back to "The Ordinary.".

So both of them cost around 5€, which I think is one of the cheapest facial stuff I have ever bought. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to that! Then what do we think about the packaging. I'll give ⭐️⭐️⭐️ from 5, as it is simple and nice but does not have anything to stand out with. I guess it is just Ordinary (but in a good way).
But now to what really matters, does it work?!

I am first going to talk about the primer. It's actually the first primer I used daily, before I only used a primer from Clinique for when I went out. My friend scared me away from primers, as they should be bad for your pores (comment if you know more about that), but I gave it try because it said that it was a primer and a moisturizer (moisture 🤤).
Let me tell you this, it won't moisturize! I don't have dry skin, after using this for 2 weeks I had... So I stopped using it. It is now the scary, dangerous clown between my facial products. Also the primer part of this product is non existent. It will smooth your skin for 5min (it said long lasting), and it didn't make my skin less shiny or my makeup sit longer.
So, to conclude this product, total waste of 5,50€. No stars.

Now to the "Caffeine Solution". What it says it does: "Reduces Appearance of Eye Contour, Pigmentation and of Puffiness". This has been working. Not to compare with the 40€ one, but for 8€ I would say it does its job alright. Reduction of eye contour and pigmentation is what it almost doesn't do on me, but when it comes to puffiness (which I have a lot of) it does it's job. I actually tried using this product with a cooling eye gel mask, and here I have to say, it did do everything it promised. So if you have the time, five minutes after you will look like you had a twelve hours sleep.
To say this after spending 8€ on 30ml, I am giving this product ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

This wide gap between the ratings of the products of the brand probably shows that you just need to give this "abnormal beauty company" a try and see if it works on you, for the price you can actually allow yourself the risk of failure. For me, this brand isn't shot down, I am probably going to try out more of their solutions, but I will stay away from their creams...

I hope I could kind of give you an insight on this new brand, with its shockingly affordable prices... If you've tried this brand as well, comment down your experiences! Cya,

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Fashion

Hi! The straw bag is a must have to every summer... This year it probably has its biggest comeback, you can now not only get the perfect straw bag on a market in the south of France, but literally all over the internet. Even designer brands, like Balenciaga, have taken up the usually 10€ bag (and now its like 900€). In this post I have found some really nice bags for a reasonable price for you, and of course with some inspiration how to style them with. So if you're not going to the south of France this summer I would highly recommend you to check them out, cause they give you the ultimate summer feeling!

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Fashion

Hi! You'll maybe remember my blog post last year about how to wear a silk scarf. I still believe a silk scarf is essential in everyones wardrobe, it always gives an exciting twist to any outfit.

Today I am collaborating with Les Belles Heures, a Maison that gives us beautiful silk scarfs, colorful but minimalistic, designed in Paris, made in Italy. What's so special about this maison is that they promote the effortlessness of the silk scarf. Showing us how to get the Parisian mysterious look we all in a way strive for.

I am collaborating for their journal where they show you how to look cool and chic with a scarf and not like the contrary, uptight and old fashioned.

I have been looking at their ideas and could find many similarities how I portrayed wearing a silk scarf in my last post. This time, I want to show you how I actually include silk scarfs in my wardrobe and not only that, how to include such a scarf in a men's wardrobe. The Journal of Les Belles Heures inspired me to include my brother into this post because they show a lot of how a man can actually wear a silk scarf.

So I hope you can find some inspiration of me and my brother including the silk scarf in the everyday life!


Photography: Anette Reffeldt

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