Weekly Wrap-Up 21.08.16

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Die Woche verging relativ schnell, nicht?

Während ich diesen Artikel schreibe, wirkt sich Awkward Peach und Rosé Haarfarbe von Bleach London in mein Haar ein. Die Farbe wäscht sich bei mir leider mit nur zwei Wäschen sehr schnell wieder raus, daher werde ich gegebenenfalls doch mal bei ManicPanic bestellen in naher Zukunft. Für eine kurze Veränderung ist die Marke aber ganz gut.

This week went by quite fast, didn’t it?

While I write this article, I am dying my hair with hair colors from Bleach London, called Awkward Peach and Rosé. Unfortunately, that color washes itself out very quickly, so I might invest in ManicPanic at some point. But it’s very good for a quick change.

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Ich habe endlich mal wieder in einen schönen Blumenstrauß investiert und auch wenn er relativ schmal ausgefallen ist, gefällt er mir sehr gut. (Übrigens stehen rosafarbene Rosen für zarte Liebe und Lila für Liebe auf den ersten Blick, falls ihr euren Liebsten eine Freude machen wollt, haha.) Passend dazu hab ich mir gleich auch eine neue Duftkerze von Yankee Candle zugelegt, in der Geruchsrichtung Lemon Lavender. Während sie brennt nehme ich nicht allzu viel davon wahr, aber jedesmal wenn ich mein Zimmer erneut betrete, riecht es wirklich angenehm.

Finally I invested in a beautiful bouquet again and even though it’s a bit small, I like it a lot. (Btw, pastelpink roses mean soft romance and purple love on first sight in flower language. Just in case you want to give a nice present to a loved one, hehe.) I also bought a new Yankee candle called Lemon Lavender. The scent is a bit faint for my nose while it’s burning, but whenever I enter my room again it’s smells fantastic. 

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Diese Jacke habe ich letzte Woche in River Island gefunden und mich direkt verliebt. Irgendwas muss mit meiner Sicht gewesen sein, denn ich habe sie eindeutig in pastelrosa in Erinnerung, aber heute konnte sich keine der Verkäuferinnen erinnern, jemals diese Farbe zu der Jacke gesehen zu haben. Was soll’s, cremefarben sieht auch toll aus!

Ansonsten habe ich angefangen ein bisschen Japanisch zu lernen. Ein paar Worte und Floskeln kenne ich schon, aber fürs wirkliche Sprechen reicht es noch lange nicht. Momentan übe ich Hiragana zu lesen und zu schreiben. Gar nicht so einfach, sich nochmal an ein ganz anderes Alphabet zu gewöhnen und wenn ich daran denke, dass ich auch noch Katakana und Kanji lernen müsste, will ich mich nur auf den Boden werfen hahaha.

Mal sehen, wie weit ich um diese Zeit in einem Jahr sein werde! (Vielleicht kann ich Anime dann schon ohne Untertitel schauen, wer weiß, hahaha!)

Last week I found this jacket in River Island and it was love at first sight! Something strange must’ve been going on with my sight at that time, because I could only remember it being in a pastel pink color, but none of the salesperson today could remember the jacket in this color. Whatever, I love it in creme shading just as much!

Apart from that I started to learn Japanese a little bit. I already know a few words and phrases, but it’s not enough to hold any real conversation. At the moment I learn reading and writing Hiragana. It’s not that easy to learn a completely new alphabet and whenever I think about having to learn Katakana and Kanji as well I just want to drop onto the floor and curl myself up hahaha. 

Let’s see how far I’ve come at this time next year! (Maybe I’ll be able to watch Anime without any subtitles by then, hahaha!)

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Apropos Anime, Anfang dieser Woche bin ich auf Bungou Stray Dogs gestoßen und mittlerweile habe ich es auch schon geschafft mir die komplette erste Staffel, den Manga und den SD Manga durchzulesen.

Was soll ich sagen, wenn ich einmal drin bin, kann mich nichts mehr aufhalten.
(〃 ̄ω ̄〃ゞ

Ich hoffe, ihr habt einen tollen Einstieg in die neue Woche!
またね!

Speaking of Anime, since beginning of last week I got into Bungou Stray Dogs and already finished watching the whole first season, the Manga and also the side SD Manga.

What can I say, once I am hooked, there’s no stopping me. (〃 ̄ω ̄〃ゞ

I hope you all have a great start into the new week!
またね! 

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New: Personal Monday

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Hallo!
Ich weiß, es ist verdammt lange her wo ich das letzte Mal gepostet habe. I am guilty, very guilty! Ab jetzt werde ich versuchen mindestens einmal pro Woche einen neuen Post zu schreiben und hochzuladen. Wünscht mir Glück. (#⌒∇⌒#)ゞ

Heute werde ich meine persönlichen Favoriten und Neuheiten der Woche vorstellen, auch genannt: Personal Monday.

Hello!

I know it’s been ages since I posted the last time. I am guilty, very guilty!
Starting now, I want to try to update this Blog at least once a week. Wish me luck. (
#⌒∇⌒#)

Today I will talk about my personal Favorites and new things from this week, calling it: Personal Monday.

Reisen/Travel:
Eigentlich bin ich ein totaler Sommertyp, ich liebe das warme (heiße) Sonnenlicht, Eis essen und im besten Falle am Meer zu sein. Komischerweise bin ich derzeit aber absolut begeistert von den Skandinavischen Ländern: Finnland, Lappland, Schweden,…

Die Vorstellung von endlosem Schnee, Rentieren und schlichtem Design hat es mir derzeit angetan. Hoffentlich schaffe ich es 2016 in wenigstens eines dieser Länder. o(*>ω<*)o

Normally I am totally the summer type of person, I love the warm (hot) sunlight, eating ice-cream and – if I am lucky –  going to the sea. So strange that I am currently obsessed with the Scandinavic Islands: Finland, Lappland, Sweden,…

Right now, I love the idea of endless snow, reindeers and simple design – amazing!
Hopefully I can travel to at least one of these countries in 2016.  o(*>ω<*)o

Wünsche/Wishes:
Derzeit träume ich immer öfter von meiner eigenen Wohnung, ganz ohne Mitbewohner, die ich komplett so einrichten kann, wie ich es mir vorstelle. Dazu schaue ich regelmäßig auf Pinterest für Inspiration und werde ganz hibbelig. Bunte Stühle mit Fellüberwurf? Riesige Topfpflanzen in Zimmerecken? Große Spiegel? Gold, Rosé und rote Farbtöne? Ja, ja, ja!!
Geht es euch da genauso wie mir? Was sind eure Wunsch-Einrichtungsstile?

These days I more and more dream of living in my own apartment, completely without any roommate, that I can style to my heart’s content. I regularly tune in to Pinterest for inspiration and become really excited. Colorful chairs with (fake) fur throw? Enormous plants in room corners? Gigantic mirrors? Gold, rosé and red colors? Yes, yes, yes!!

Are you feeling the same as me? What are your dream-interieur styles?

Style:
Seit einigen Monaten trage ich meine Haare weiß-pink und obwohl der Look ziemlich niedlich aussieht, bin ich mittlerweile auch ein wenig gelangweilt davon. Richtig gut gefallen mir derzeit blaugrün-farbene Haare. Gold und rot lassen sich super gut damit kombinieren. Pastel Hellblau oder Türkis stehen aber auch oben auf meiner Wunschliste. Mal sehen, was mir mein Friseur so zaubern kann.

For a few months now I dyed my hair white and pink and even though that look is really cute, I’ve gotten a bit tired of it. At the moment I really like teal colored hair. You can easily combine them with gold and red. Pastel light blue or turquoise are also on my wishlist. Let’s see, what wonders my hairdresser will perform.

See you next time!

How to prepare a year abroad in Dublin

How to move to DublinIt’s been a long time, since I updated my blog. I know, I am sorry!

In the meantime I moved over from good ol’ Munich to Dublin. My plan is to stay here for at least a year (although everyone I talk to tells me, that they planned the same and ended up staying for years – uh oh?!)

But back to the beginning, December 2014, where I parted ways with my old company. I planned to do so for quite a while and when my former school mate Steph Ohwhat asked me, if I wanted to spend a year abroad in Dublin, it was a very welcoming idea. In January I started applying, enjoyed my sweet spare time with a bit too much reality TV and finally found a new position in February. In only one and a half week I prepared everything for the big trip and flew over to the emerald island.
Samuel Beckett BridgeThe first week was a bit overwhelming – leaving the plane and being greeted by a very irish accented taxi driver (whom I payed too much money, ugh), a very cold and windy weather and not exactly knowing how things are working. It took me good three days to get used to the changes and getting started to settle

In about two weeks, after a few more or less successful viewings, I found my apartment in Dublin city center, conveniently located only a few minutes to walk from my office.

While I plan on sharing more of my adventures in Dublin over the time, here are my first tips if you want to head over, too:
Trinity CollegeWhat to do before moving

 find a job
It’s not absolutely necessary to do that before you move, but it surely makes everything less stressful. I recommend sites like monster.ie or irishjobs.ie. You will learn, that you will be in contact with a headhunting agency at first and if you are suited for the position, you applied for, they will forward your CV to the company and come back to you with their answers. They arrange phone or Skype interviews, give you tips for moving and may even call you back after the first day of your new job to know, how you liked it.

★ getting health insurance
Maybe this applies for Germany only, but I arranged for a health insurance for working abroad in Germany, as the irish health insurances don’t cover everything and you may need to pay for things yourself. (For example, mine covers only hospital visits, but no doctor appointments)

★ book flight
Well, obviously you need to get from A to B. Or D. It is possible to go by car and take a ferry, but it takes sooo long. To bring more stuff with me, I simply booked additional luggage (70€ well spend). Tip: Check online, if there are currently any deals for your airline!

★ contact your bank
Your bank needs to know, it’s really you, who is suddenly withdrawing all that cash overseas and not some shady card thief! You also may need to unlock your bank account for oversea withdrawals.

★ check your equipment
Keep in mind, that the UK has different sockets, so buy an socket adapter in advance or before departing at the airport. Also check, if there are any differences in Volt usage (hair stylers and such).

★ visit your hairdresser for the last time
Arrive in your new destination in style. I didn’t have the time to find a new hairdresser before my first day at work with all the formalities going on. Plus, if for example, you want to dye your grown out roots, you need to make a skin test at every hairdresser beforehand, meaning they will apply the product on your skin and if nothing happens for two days, you can show up again for an appointment. While this is for their personal insurance, it’s also your latency.
Sandymount Housewhat to do after moving?

★ get a PPS number
You need a PPS number to be able to do the next steps (finding an apartment, getting a bank account,…). Show up at their office in the morning with your ID card, your contract of employment and a prove that you are living in Dublin, such as a bill. (Fun thing, since you need a PPS number to get an apartment. I stayed with my school friend for the first two weeks, so I got a bill from them and switched addresses, after I found my own residence.) The process itself is easy, show the stuff to the desk lady (/guy), get a ticket number and wait until said number appears on the screen in the waiting area. After filling out a form, you are done and wait for a week, until they send a card with your PPS number to the address you stated as your current residence.

★ search for an apartment
There are many sites, but daft.ie is the most popular. Right now, rent prices have gone up a bit, so a shared apartment may be a good option to save some money. Be prepared, that the pictures online are not always the reality and that although they write “central heating”, it’s often “electric heating”. (The latter is the most common, but also the most expensive).
The first apartment, I viewed, wrote nice things like “build in wall TV”, “luxurious and modern” and “with “basketball court”. Arriving there I was greeted by the smallest flat, I have ever seen; missing the TV and glamour, and the basketball court in the backyard was full of waste.

★ get a bank account
This will be the hardest challenge. This should’ve been Odysseus’ last trial. No, I am exaggerating, but it was a bit annoying. Again, you will need a prove of address aka bill and your ID card to make an appointment. Since I just moved into my own apartment, I didn’t have a bill, so my employer had to write me a letter, that stated, that I was, in fact, living and working here.

★ mobile phone card
I recommend getting a TESCO mobile card, since it’s cheap and you can just easily switch the SIM cards from your mobile phone.
Samuel Beckett BridgeOnce done with all the formalities, it’s finally getting more fun, as you can enjoy strolling through the city without to-do lists in the back of your mind.

It’s a bit of work at first, but it won’t take longer than a month to go through all the stuff.

It definitely doesn’t feel like “just a month” for me, after so much happened. On the good side, now I am mostly used to how things work over here and go with the flow.

What’s it for you? Do you plan to spend a year abroad, too?

Are there more things you want to know about going to Dublin?

Enjoy your Eastern!

So long,
See you next time!

Creative Days

graffiti1Currently I am working for an agency near Munich East. When I am walking there from the station I am surrounded by countless graffities in all variations. The creativity these artists put into their pictures is truly astonishing! So much love to detail and abstractation.
graffiti2graffiti3While I think simply scribbles of names (like on the right side of the picture) are a violation of a building or property, I love looking at graffities where artists put a lot of thought or personal meaning behind it.
delicious waffleWhen I met up with a friend at the Central Station last week, there were no way around the new waffle-to-go shop, that had opened a few months ago! If you’re near there, check it out, it’s sooo delicious. They have a small selection of choices, such as waffles with banana, ice-cream, cream and chocolate topping, strawberries, chopped almonds,…
It’s not even that expensive and when you’ve collected enough stamps after a few visits, you get a waffle for free, yay!
nail designAfter almost 4 weeks I also had to renew my fingernails. This time I chose a full cover in glitterish red, with a gold line and a white flower. I think this design fits my personalty the best out of all the designs I had so far.
I never did a fullcover before, simply because the grow-out is a lot easier to notice. But after collecting way too many shades of nailpolish, I think I have a color that fits this shade really well.
radical self love bibleOkay, and here’s some pictures of my current personal project: My Radical Self Love Bible.
I am following Gala Darling for a little more about a year now and her positivity and sparkling is something which inspires me on a nearly daily base. She adds to the things, that helps me to pull myself together, trying new things and growing as a being.

Nevertheless, I can be quite a cheapskate, so I didn’t bother buying her RSLB School Course until she had a Summer Sale.
Although I am a graphic-designer, I’m not super-crafty with things, well, but since it’s just for myself – no hard feelings! Just doing what feels right.

And it’s soooo much fun! 
At first I had to overcome my inhibition of cutting magazines. Since they had cost me money at some time in my life and I didn’t want to waste the beautiful pictures on the pages for something, that would look stupid in the end, I never did collages or the likes in my life. (Aside from school projects.)
After braving myself enough to do this, I couldn’t stop tearing pages, snipping and glueing them together, haha.

Then, I followed the step by step instructions of what to write about. Soon I even got my own inspiration, what topics I’d like to add, such as the Guilty Pleasure page shown above. (Which is currently my favorite page design-wise.)

Radical Self Love Bible is a long, long, probably neverending process of discovering oneself, so I am looking forward how my pages will evolve and what things I will learn.

Are you crafty?
What kind of things do you create to express yourself?
Please tell me in the comments!

For that, goodbye!
See you next time again!

Days Spent Laughing – Recent Stories

DSC06112After yearning for it for about two weeks, I got swimming again. I like to do that as late as possible for a couple of reasons. First, I can only do that after work and it’s usually dark anyway when I arrive back at home. Second, I save a few Euros when I am using the “night rate” and third… there are less people there. It’s so much more relaxed.
My personal aim is to swim at least for half an hour. After months of not doing anything swimming related, the first five minutes I thought to myself “I can’t do it.”
But once I overcame that point, things went pretty easy.

After the time was up, I went straight to the steam bath, deeply breathing in some fresh citrus scented oils. When sweating in this heat, I imagine my body to leak out all the black toxic stuff inside my body. About 15 minutes later I went out and showered myself with cold water. What a refreshing experience!
(It was also the first time, I didn’t crave for junk food after swimming. Wow!)
Since it was near closing time then, I went back on my way home, but not without stopping when I suddenly saw a cute orange-striped cat.

I let her sniff my hand and once she decided I was a good-willed being, I petted her for a bit.
DSC06128A few days later I met with a friend of mine to eat and chat.
We laughed so much, reving memories of our school life back then and recent travel stories, while drinking alcohol free mixed drinks with limes and mint. I haven’t had laughed so much for ages!
DSC06146DSC06123I also renewed my nail-design to a darker theme. The cross-painting was something I really longed for quite some time, though I think next time I am going to do something more cheerful again.
DSC06152The last thing I did was visiting my uncle for his birthday get-together. I hadn’t seen him since 18 years and also never met the sister of my mother before. They welcomed my parents and me warmly, telling funny stories from their lives and had a reaaally hard time letting us go to sleep despite it’s gotten late.

Those fun days end so fast, you better treasure them while you can, huh?

Well then,
make lots of good new memories!

See you next time again!

My Cup O’ Tea

flickr-substituteWhen it comes to tea, it is the same for me as coffee is for 90% of the business population. Even in summertime I like to start my days at work with a nice cup of Earl Grey with sugar and milk. Most times I prepare a carafe for the rest of the day, letting it cool down to drink as a juice substitute. I think, fruit tea is especially good for that.
(Unfortunately I couldn’t find a “real” summertea, which you can make with cold water, yet. The ones I tried tasted too bitter and chemical.)

My passion for tea didn’t rose with my travels to Japan, as some people think, but because I fancy this as an old british lifestyle.
From time to time I imagine myself to someday sit on my own balcony, drinking loose, freshly brewed tea from small cups painted with Victorian roses. (Oh, so romantic…!)

While I have a thing for this kind of kitsch, I also fall for more plain but stylish designs with gold elements, such as these:
cups0808141. Winter Landscape Mug 2. Ceramic Mug 3. Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Mug 4. Mikasa Confetti 14-Ounce Mug 5. DIY Cup from the winthrop chronicles 6. MOBIUS cup 7. Flawed Gold-Plated Cup 8. Luxe Mug

See you next time again!

Intro picture: helloimwild

Make Your New Year Fitness Resolution Come True


With 2014 a new year has begun and most of us took that opportunity to make resolution lists to change for better or chase new goals. I also believe that “doing more sports” is still one of the top points. The typical cliché is that everyone storms into the gym as soon as they can in January, but quit after a short time because they lack motivation and willpower.

It is hard to keep on track, especially if you don’t have fun doing it. And you are right, why should you waste your precious time to do things you don’t like?
On the other hand, you still want to get fit for summer season – so what can you do?

Well, why don’t you take the time to think about what kind of sport you would like to do?
Personally, I don’t enjoy going to the gym very much, even though I don’t mind a little workout. I went to one close to my workplace the last year for a couple of months and I wouldn’t have lasted that long if a coworker would not have been my personal trainer. Being there alone, walking on a treadmill for 40 minutes all by yourself is so boring. A course would have been a good idea, but I am just not the type for swinging and pushing a Flexibar around or doing group-sit-ups. No offense though, if you’re having fun doing these it’s perfectly fine!
But if you are more like me and want to search for something different, here are some ideas for inspiration:


Swimming
This is my personal favorite right now. I love being in the water, it feels refreshing and releases tons of Endorphines. Plus it’s one of the sports with the lowest injury rate, since the water reduces your weight, leaving less impact on your bones. You are training most of the muscles in your body, improve the health of your heart and even earn a better posture.

Walking
The alternative to jogging is walking. My mother is doing this regulary for a long time now and is down to a pretty good body size now. I like joining her sometimes (when it’s warm enough for me outside). The risk of straining your ankles or injure your legs is much less than with jogging and you can do it even if your condition is not the best. All you have to do is walk for maybe about an hour in a fast pace. Taking a course to learn a safe technique is recommended though.

Yoga
Most of us know yoga since it became a trend-sport a few years ago. There are some different types from the rather slow ones to the power-out’s. It has got so many benefits, I can’t even write down all of them. A few are that it’s said to reconnect your spirit and body, gives you a better posture, increases your strength, lung capacity and flexibility and works wonders for your libido.

Dancing
Yeah, this is a sport, too! Dancing is really fun and someday I will bring myself to attend some lessons. It helps a lot to improve your motoric and coordination skills. Remembering the steps trains your brain, thus helps to prevent dementia. Your stress level decreases, while your energy level increases. And you can impress the party folks with your new skills.

If none of these are to your liking, then what about joining a sports club?
Take them as an opportunity to get to know new people. This way you can get new friends, challenge yourself in a completly new way and even reach shared goals. Having team-mates relate to you helps you to take your activity seriously and to show up to train constantly. You will also improve on your ability to work in a group and your concentration. A trainer (which you don’t have to pay for extra) keeps an eye on you, to help to prevent hurting your body.

Examples for cool sport clubs are
♥ Basketball
♥ Volleyball or Handball
♥ Kendo
♥ Football/Soccer
♥ Tennis
♥ Badminton

Tell me, what kind of sport would you like to do?

So long!

See you next time!

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