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Santa Monica | stripes

28. April 2017
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ENG: Until now I associated Los Angeles as cool spot with a modern and easy lifestyle but not necessarily as nice and idyllic city. However as we drove to Santa Monica beach for a daily trip last Tuesday, it had happened to me. I am totally in love with the bright beach sections, cute cafés, huge waves, the lifestyle feeling and open-minded people, so I directly had to shoot my first look at one of the diverse lifeguard tower.
The outfit’s centre is certainly the striped one shoulder top from Edited the Label, I am so addicted to the top, that I even own a second one of it in black in the meantime. The one shoulder piece is stylish and comfortable likewise, it can be used in different ways of combinations and is suited for a day on the beach or in the city at the same time. I am combining the top with a simple cropped jeans, my beloved Gucci Princetown loafer in metallic pink as well as my Chanel bag, that I already spotted several times between West Hollywood and Santa Monica. ;-) We have some plans in mind for the upcoming days and will further share our honest impressions via Instagram with you, in addition to that we have already prepared some video footage, that will be introduced very soon.

What do you think about this look? Sunny greetings from California!

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Amari Havodda Maldives | Travel

19. April 2017
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ENG: How can I start, when I am so stunned from a resort and the stay like this time. For some time I have not published a detailed travel post but in this case it is more than indicated to report from our experiences at the Amari Havodda on the Maldives.
Certainly there were and there are lots of reports dealing with the fascination and beauty of the Maldives, for me there remains one thing in special memory: the exceeding hospitality and the unique service. Each day from anew we were greeted with such a big warmth and therefore we felt incredibly comfortable the whole time. Within my „weekly focus“ I already introduced some local conditions: we were allowed to sleep in an overwater villa with own terrace and direct entrance to the ocean as well as with an open air bathroom. In addition to that the Amari shelters a majority of beach villas, all of them offer a high protection of privacy and the perfect position between the palms, beach and ocean. Furthermore the resort offers a big infinity pool, a charming and stylish bar close to the pool, a spacious restaurant with specialties from all over the world, a beneficial SPA area as well as a modern water sports center with diving and snorkeling equipment. One of our highlights was definitely the BBQ at the beach in an awesome atmosphere, that is hosted several times per week in the evening, in addition to that we got a great and individual massage, always according to one’s needs and it is absolutely recommendable.
It was our first time on the Maldives and we knew all the impressive pictures and views from diverse destinations but there are always certain details, that characterize the particular resort. In the course of interesting talks we learnt a lot about the conception of the Amari, only opened in the beginning of 2016. The whole facility is aligned to the nature of the Maldives: the multifaceted underwater world and the breathtaking starry sky at night. From each seating on the island it is proposed to grant a view to the sky in order to admire the freedom and width of the stars. The villas are generously arranged and located in a manner, that only a „jump“ is necessary to get in the ocean and fascinating underwater world. With regard to diving and snorkeling it is all about being one part of this fascination, so why a further underwater restaurant, that is actually more typical for the city character of Dubai or?!
For us the first stay at the Amari Havodda is an impressive and one-time experience, not least because of my boyfriend’s marriage proposal at this dreamful scenery, even the staff gave me a self-picked bouquet of flowers for our engagement. Make your own mind and dip into the dream of Paradise on Earth! Continue Reading…

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Escada Fiesta Carioca | Tenerife

22. März 2017
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ENG: A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Escada to celebrate the latest limited summer fragrance „Escada Fiesta Carioca“ and their 25th anniversary. Together with Sofia, Farina, and a few journalists, we learned a lot about the creation and developement of the fragrance. Did you know that Escada launches a new limited summer fragrance every year? It is always different to the last, while still smelling fresh, summery, fruity, and joyful each time. The anniversary fragrance is inspired by Carioca from Brazil. The unique love for life and colorful festivities is mirrored in the sweet and fresh fragrance, with elements of passionfruit, raspberry, and orange. The flacon has a different colorful design every year, that screams for summer and holiday.

Since our trip, the fragrance is close to me at all times and reminds me of the five days in Tenerife and all the positive aspects I experienced like great weather, delicious food, fantastics conversations, and lots of fun. During the last two days, our group was joined by the girls of Eyecandy Berlin for a few photo shoots at the best spots on the island. You can see the results further down or on Farina and Sofias website.

For you to have the opportunity to experience this lovely trip, we organized a wonderful competition. The lucky winner has a chance of winning a fully packed suitcase (with a total value of more than 800€) with cool summer essentials for the next holiday. You can win a big pineapple air mattress, a letter charm necklace from NA-KD, a lovely round beach towel, a sleeping mask, a gorgeous Escada clutch in red, that wore during the shooting, and of course our Escada Fiesta Carioca fragrance. In addition to these amazing prizes, a few other great products are included. Get ready to be surprised!

Conditions of participation in the Instagram competition

Toi, Toi, Toi ♥

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Lifestyle, Travel

spa time with friends

14. Dezember 2016
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ENG: Do you know the feeling of getting down but there are always obligations in one’s back of the head like tasks from the do do list or the guilty conscience concerning the purchase of receivable Christmas gifts? Exact this feeling has overwhelmed me last week as I have quickly decided to ask my friend Lena, if she would like to spend a day at the Spa area of the Aspria Uhlenhorst. The Aspria is a member club, that combines fitness, healthiness and lifestyle under one roof and guarantees a high feel good factor. The atmosphere on-the-spot ist magical, no one is noisy or behave him-/herself inapposite, everyone enjoys the moment of silence and coziness. There are different pool and sauna areas, a salting room as well as a fireplace room and great restaurant. Unfortunately I always take too less time for those self-entered moments and neglect too often my needs for stress relaxation. Why not giving away a wellness day at the Aspria to the best friend or mother for Christmas? For me it is definitely sure, how recreative and pleasant the Aspria really is, in 2017 I would like to use more frequently its amenity and can highly recommend a membership or at least a day ticket – go for it! Continue Reading…

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White apartment in SOHO – NYC!

17. September 2016
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ENG: Back from New York I would now like to introduce our apartment, that was really nice and stylish likewise. Together with Laura and Julian we have spent our time during the New York Fashion Week here and had the perfect retreat for relaxing and working.
Via „FeWo-direkt“ we have found the apartment, located in Thomson street in Soho, one of the most popular districts in Manhattan with lots of lovely boutiques, cafés and restaurants. The search for a suited apartment was a difficult process in the meantime based on the high number of proposals as well as the huge price-performance ratio. In the end we have focused ourselves on this district by comparing pictures and comments with each other, the result was this very comfortable and well located „dream in white“ apartment. By the way – you can find more NYC apartments here.
We have felt so good in our neighborhood and would have stayed longer in New York. The apartment consists of two small bed rooms, a large living area with an integrated kitchen, a wonderful and very modern bathroom in marble optics as well as a long corridor with stylish filament lamps. Of course we had a great time and felt pretty comfortable with the minimalistic and white interior. Even in my own flat I would like to have a white colored wood floor but until realizing this dream, I will further look diligently at „FeWo-direkt“ for such floors and apartments.

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

12. Juli 2016
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ENG: This moment, that feels like coming home…
This way or in a similar one we have felt two weeks ago as we have checked in again in the Hotel Adlon Kempinksi during the Fashion Week Berlin. Maybe someone of you is thinking now, that I tend to exaggerate but this is definitely not the case because the hotel lobby has an incredible high comfort factor. As soon as I have passed the entrance area of the hotel, I have always been welcomed by staff with the words „Good day, Mrs. Koenig“ or „Goodbye, Mrs. Koenig“. The whole hotel staff is permanent kind and helpful, from my point of view this a mentionable and essential quality factor and makes traveling more enjoyable.
We were pretty happy about the fact, that we could stay there for the second time this year and that we have got an upgrade for the fabulous „Pariser Platz Suite“ located on the top level of the hotel with a beautiful view on the Brandenburg Gate. This suite has 80 square meter, almost the same size like our own flat, the suite is divided in a living and sleeping area with highlights like a kingsize bed, a walk-in wardrobe as well as an own fireplace.
Every morning we were looking forward to the breakfast being unique to my mind. There is a huge choice of different bread spreads, fresh fruits, hearty delicacies as well as diverse coffee variations being served to the hotel guests in a lovely buffet form. My personal morning routine was starting with one of the most delicious omelette I have ever tasted. :-)
Unfortunately there was less time in order to enjoy the hotel services completely, even a visit in the relaxing Spa area of the hotel was not temporally possible. Concerning this point you can also switch to my first experience post of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, that is even connected with a video about my personal impressions.

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Renaissance Republique Paris – Travel Diary

24. Juni 2016
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ENG: What was actually the reason heading to Paris last week? We were invited from the Marriott Hotel group to the opening party of the five star Renaissance Republique Hotel in the city of love. Of course we were very interested in exploring the local conditions and to take a closer look at the different parts of the hotel next to the Place de la Republique.
From the outside the hotel seems to be rather inconspicuous on first sight but when entering the lobby it is promptly apparent, that the hotel is designed with a lot of style and love. As room we have got a junior suite on the seventh floor with a beautiful view on the Parisian rooftops as well as the Sacré Coeur church, especially during the night the panorama is pretty impressive.
The suite is really great with an open bathroom area offering a nice view on Paris as well. The bath room itself corresponded exactly to my expectations as a bright and generous room with several marble details. The living area of the junior suite is characterized by a very comfortable kingsize bed, the establishment consists furthermore of a big flat screen, a cozy sitting area being integrated in the window shutters as well as a mini bar with diverse snacks and drinks.
The breakfast area is really inviting based on the living room character, the local and international breakfast offer à la carte is very delicious. The selection is plentiful and multifaceted, in addition to that you can expect lots of different and fresh juices – yummy.

Let us see what the pictures speak… See you soon Paris. ♥

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Greco Philia – Mykonos

6. Mai 2016
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ENG: At the moment we are still staying on Mykonos, nevertheless I would like to tell you my impressions of the impressive boutique hotel „Greco Philia“. My boyfriend an me were allowed to spend four nights in this beautiful hotel next to Elia bay and we were very enthusiastic about the design, the fabulous view over the Aegean as well as the anytime polite and helpful staff, so that I can really recommend this hotel.
The „Greco Philia“ is the perfect destination for newly-weds looking for honeymoon in a romantic hotel in Europe. Situated on a hill with the view to the nearby Elia bay, the stylish boutique hotel is the perfect place for recovery and togetherness. Each room is not only set up individually and elegant but also promises a fantastic view. We were allowed to sleep in the so called „Warhol“ Deluxe Suite with a huge terrace and a separate balcony, even the king size bed as well as the additional sitting area have contributed to a special comfort and cosiness, therefore we have spent a pretty relaxing time there.
Every morning we looked forward to the breakfast based on the varied and delicious selection. You can chose between Avocado and French toast, country-specific bread variations, fresh fruits, omelettes and pancakes, everything is freshly and lovely prepared. At this point I would really like to mention the staff for doing a great job, always friendly, helpful and very courteous.
My personal highlight is the pool area with white as the predominant color through comfortable sun beds and sitting areas. As you can already imagine even from here you have a great view on the Aegean and the best conditions for having a romantic time with your partner.

What else can I say?! A picture is worth a thousand words, so see for yourselves. :-)

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Palma de Mallorca – the white cube via Holidu

1. April 2016
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ENG: As I have already promised, I would now like to introduce our beautiful apartment on Mallorca, a dream in white! For some time I have a fondness for minimalistic design, e.g. concerning the choice of my clothes as well as regarding the embodiment of my flat. Therefore Laura and me were pretty happy as we have found this dreamful holiday flat in the heart of Palma via Holidu.de. The whole handling was very pleasant, even the flat handover passed off without complications. As we have entered the flat for the first time, we were so glad about the light-flooded, generous, clean and lovingly furnished apartment, almost a copy of my dream flat in Hamburg. A further highlight is the view from spacious roof-deck direct to the harbor and the cathedral of Palma. Via Holidu.de you get the opportunity to find the holiday flat of your choice in numerous countries worldwide. Continue Reading…

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Travel Diary – Shangri-La Paris

12. März 2016
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ENG: How can I start with this post… Somehow or other I have felt during the last days, when thinking about the todays‘ post. I am still reminiscing about the dreamful hotel in the middle of Paris, the city of love, with one of the best views on the Eiffel Tower. As some of you have already noticed, Laura and I got the chance to stay for some nights in the dreamy Shangri-La Paris during the Fashion Week and could hardly believe our fortune as we have entered our room. This is our accommodation for the next nights?! Two princess beds with a view on the town’s landmark and an incredible silence. A bathroom similar to a ballroom and above all the employees‘ geniality, all that was hard to believe and therefore we have really enjoyed each second like two little girls.
Everything in the hotel was so imposing and leaves nothing to be desired, each detail tells its own and traditional history. Paris definitely belongs to one of my favorite cities, even if it can be loud, bustling and very exhausting sometimes, the Shangri-La Paris is the perfect resort in order to get new energy and to recharge your batteries. I hope you can adumbrate my enthusiasm based on my chosen words because even the dinner as part of an individual invitation was just amazing. In the morning we got breakfast, that definitely belongs to the best ones I have ever got so far in my life. :-)
We greeted with some scrumptious delicacy from the Shangri-La like macarons, oranges and drinks. Even a huge package from Jules Mumm was already waiting for us because Laura and I got the chance to enjoy our stay in Paris with Jules Mumm and I was very happy about it. We have used this circumstance for mixing the new Jules Mumm „La Parisienne“ cocktail in dependence on the Parisian chic. This cocktail is really delicious and brings a summery excursion on the Seine in mind, so that this drink will be a new part on my preferred cocktail list, the preparation is simple and done quickly.

Recipe for Jules Mumm – „La Parisienne“

  • ice cube
  • 1 cl Creme de Mure
  • 1 cl rose syrup
  • 3-4 brambles
  • splash of lemon juice
  • filling up with Jules Mumm Fruity & Sweet

As all of you know pictures speak louder than words – so I would like to take you with me to my stay in the wonderful Shangri-La Paris. Continue Reading…