ENG: What is going on with the weather in Germany?! Luckily enough we were able to spend a couple of days in Ischgl over New Years Eve, where we were spoilt by the sun. Especially the combination of sunshine, snowy mountains and the right winter-outfit makes my heart beat faster, which is why we used the time to take loads of photos, as well. Especially during the night from Saturday to Sunday Mother Hulda spoilt us with plenty of fresh fallen snow, which is why we took the chance straight away for this outfit. These picures we taken at the rooftop terrace of the Zhero Hotel in Kappel, which is a neighbouring town of Ischgl that offers the perfect getaway after a long day of skiing and Après-Ski Parties. ;-) The look convinces mostly with a cozy Oversized knitted Sweater in light purple by Edited the Label. The jumper doesn’t only keep you warm and protects from the mucky weather, but gives you a perfectly stylish look for the cold time of the year in my eyes. I combined the jumper with a simple pair of grey yeans as well as the chunky Valentino Boots, which are perfect for the weather and winter because of their sole. I then added a Chanel Vintage Bag and the trendy yet practical winter look was done. We will hopefully get the chance to go on another trip to the Alps this winter, as I can’t wait to be back on skis and enjoy the sun while riding down a mountain.
Are you winter holiday fans too or do you prefer relaxing on the beach during summer?
ENG: Where do I even start, when thinking of 2017? I am just completely overwhelmed by everything that happened this year, what trips we were able to go on and what developments we were able to realize this year with the blog. I already knew that I would like to work independently and freely develop while I was still in university. And that we have really come to this point is just amazing, especially since my darling fiance is on board with me full time since March. Then in October, another enchanting member joined our team, called Sarah. It is a huge privilege to me to be able to work independently and therefore manage my time myself and work in different parts of the world. I have never seen as many wonderful places as I have this year, and in 2018 I would like to focus on traveling again as well and take you on all these adventures with me.
My personal thanks goes to every single one of you, since you are my daily motivation and always faithful by my side. I get so many private messages and comments and I am always so excited! I would like to take you all on a little time travel and show you this year’s travel destinations.
ENG: Almost several months ago, we were allowed to stay a few days on the Maldives, where my boyfriend and me celebrated our engagement. Today I would like to introduce a small hotel post with a corresponding video from this time because this resort is the true paradise.
When you are looking for a luxury resort between the more than 1,000 islands of the Maldives, then you have to visit the Park Hyatt resort on the small island Hadahaa at the Gaafu Alif atoll. The island is just 55 kilometers away from the equator and a true piece of jewelry, the Park Hyatt has 50 villas with a maximum of privacy and a luxury ambience. There are 36 villas with an own entrance to the beach as well as 14 overwater villas with an amazing view on the ocean and a phenomenal sunset. All of them offer the amenities for an incredible stay, especially the open air showers are kind of a real SPA indulgence.
The special feature of the resort is its jungle character being likewise the center and starting point of the Park Hyatt conception. The palms form the inner circle, whereas the beach villas characterize the outer area. Even the service and hospitality are remarkable, due to the small size of the island there results a very pleasant and almost familiar flair. To be honest the island’s activities are limited, it is much more about the experiences on and underwater and of course we had to get an own idea of it: During the guided house reef tour we could spot a swarm of small sharks, the whole underwater world of the Park Hyatt is breathtaking and very impressive. In addition to that we got a very pleasant massage in the beautiful SPA area being divided into several small sections and an own pool for the perfect recreation and relaxation in paradise. Even with regard to dishes and drinks, the hotel leaves nothing to be desired, not only the breakfast and à la carte restaurant open the heart to intense emotions but also the regular BBQ evenings at the beach with regional and international specialities guarantee unforgettable and fantastic moments.
We were allowed to stay four nights on the island and we had really a great time. In the following you can find some pictures as well as a short video for getting a better impression of our great time at the Park Hyatt.
ENG: Based on your many requests concerning my impressions and recommendations in the context of our Ibiza trip last week, I would like to share a review of my personal highlights. From the beginning I have to mention, that we could only spend a few days on the Balearic Island and therefore the further statements are just concerned to my own experiences.
We slept in the ME Ibiza hotel, located in close connection to the beach of Santa Eulalia in the island’s East. The hotel is very exclusive and stylishly furnished, especially the minimalistic design and lifestyle character served to leave a lasting impression.
DE: Da mich so viele von euch nach meinen Eindrücken und Empfehlungen im Rahmen unserer Ibiza-Reise gefragt haben, möchte ich heute gerne einen solchen Rückblick unseres Aufenthalts wagen und euch meine Highlights vorstellen. Ich muss fairerweise gleich dazu sagen, dass wir nur wenige Tage vor Ort waren und daher nur einen kleinen Teil der Insel erkunden konnten, den ich euch aber nicht vorenthalten möchte.
Wir haben im Hotel ME Ibiza geschlafen, das direkt am Strand von Santa Eulalia im Osten der Insel liegt. Das Hotel ist sehr exklusiv und stilvoll eingerichtet, vor allem das minimalistische Design und der Lifestyle-Charakter haben bleibenden Eindruck bei uns hinterlassen.
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!
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…
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
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…
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.
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.
At this point I would like to let the pictures speak for themselves… Continue Reading…