July 2012 archive

10 Things to Try This Summer

kathastrophal | 10 things to try this summer Ich durfte für die liebe Stef von magnoliaelectric einen Gastpost verfassen. Dabei habe ich mir 10 Dinge überlegt, die ich diesen Sommer vorhabe und auf die ich mich sehr freue – die Liste findet ihr hier. I was so excited when Stef of magnoliaelectric asked me to write a guest post for her! I chose to write about ten things that I’m really looking forward to this summer. Here you can see it on her blog, and here’s the English version: Discover new places Every year, at the latest in summer, I get an urge to travel. There are so many places I’d love to see some time… but not exactly enough cash in my wallet to do it all. To appease this wanderlust, it’s often enough to find a new place in the local park or look at the city you live in with the eyes of a tourist. I certainly haven’t found all of the pretty spots my town yet! And if that’s not enough, I also get to travel to the North Sea in september – I’m counting the days. Stay in bed While I’m not a climatologist, I’m pretty sure the chances are low that one day with sunny weather is the last one of this sort. Because of that, I think you shouldn’t expect to spend every sunny hour outside. It can be just as fantastic to stay in and spend hours in bed. Preferably in an old building with cold walls, refreshing drinks and really great book. As they say: Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. open air music Live music is so amazing! I’m fascinated that there are so many talented musicians. Open air music is even more amazing to me. When my favourite singer, Thees Uhlmann, sings about summer in the city and the sun comes out in just the right moment, it is positively overwhelming. I’m not into festivals where you have to sleep in tents surrounded by thousands of loud, drunk people – but I’m glad there are lots of other occasions with live music and without camping. dance in the rain No summer without rain. But rain doesn’t have to be a bad thing: It’s cooling on very warm days, the sound is so realxing when you’re inside, and the smell after a summer rain is just perfection. I made a goal for myself to always be prepared – no festival without rubber boots! – and to dance in the rain once the opportunity arises. You really shouldn’t let such things destroy your mood. I’m definitely guilty, most of the time I feel like it’s a bad day as soon as I miss the bus in the morning – and I really want to change that. Colour me happy - summer nails Attention, nailpolish-girly-content: I own a lot of nailpolish. My boyfriend thinks that I own some colours more than once – which is not true! It’s not my fault if he can’t see the difference between light brown and taupe, right?! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to see these four colours on my nails, they all look so good in the sun. Especially the one by Biocura, it has a holographic effect and I can’t stop staring at my nails when I wear it. summer love Of course, being in love is beautiful in every time of the day, night or year. But I really thinks it’s especially great in summer – if only because of the amount of free days. I plan to spend less time with my obligations and more time with the one I love and all of the ofter fantastic people and favourite pastimes. To be more driven by emotion than by reason. And to never stop finding things that inspire me! Meet Hugo Hugo is one of the most poular drinks around here. I don’t know why it’s called Huo or how it got so popular, but I sure know that it tastes fantastic. I love this non-alcoholic, raspberry version: Cut a fresh lime into eighths and place into a glass. Add 300ml cooled sparkling water, 3cl elderflower syrup, frozen raspberries, ice cubes and mint leaves & enjoy. If you’d like to try it with alcohol, just replace part of the sparkling water with prosecco. Cheers! Love your body! According to those typical woman’s magazines, there’s nothing more important than to reach the perfect bikini figure and tan it whenever you can. I say: Relax! I’m pale, I will stay pale and I definitely will not risk a sunburn to change that. You can also see that I love to eat, but that’s not reason for me to hide my figure – it’s way too warm to do that anyway! I want to keep this positive mindset about my body and ban all the negative thoughts. have picnics My favourite thing to do in summer is to eat icecream. My second favourite is spending time at the park – with friends, some games and perferably with a picnic. When we found a spot with just the right amount of shade and sun, we can start unwrapping our supplies. A perfect picnic for me includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and a lot to drink. The perfect parks also allow barbecues, which in turn allows us to stay there for the whole day. make memories I love to snap a lot of pictures and keep all these happy memories. This summer, I want to carry single use cameras with me to every occasion an take a lot of pictures with them. I think it’s so much fun to take analog pictures and see the results much later. On top of that, I’ll of course fill my Instagram feed with a lot of snapshots – I’m an addict, I know. It’s so convenient because I don’t have to think about bringing a camera, I always take my phone with me anyway. I want to print some of these pictures and decorate my walls with them. Have an eventful, sunny, happy and simply fantastic summer!
Lots of love,

Snaps of Happiness & Links I Loved – Week #29/2012

I found a lovely quote this week: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” This really struck a chord with me. I think it’s so easy to moan and complain all the time, but it makes us so much more happy to think about all the little things that make us feel good. That really is the point of this weekly feature, to make me look back at my week and realize how many amazing things happen. ♥ We had a lot of leftovers from the brunch, and it made us try even more things in the kitchen. I loved the banana milkshake so much, perfect for summer! ♥ I also loved all the colourful fruits. Redcurrants have the most beautiful shade of red. ♥ We went to an American Football match, and it was so much fun! Especially when we realized that one of our friends was the star of the team and when they won at the very last minute. ♥ I had to study for an exam that Sven already took last year, and he supported me so much. I was able to just sit there and study, and he took care of everything else. I’m so thankful for this. ♥ I also started my new job last week. I really like my team and I instantly felt welcome. Let’s hope that they will like my work as much as I like working there. :] kathastrophal // Snaps of Happiness Week #29/2012 Ich habe vor kurzem ein tolles Zitat entdeckt: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” / Dankbarkeit macht aus dem, was wir haben, genug. Das spricht mir aus der Seele. Es ist so einfach, sich die ganze Zeit zu beschweren und zu jammern, aber es macht uns so viel glücklicher, wenn wir uns mal genau die Dinge vor Augen führen, die uns gut tun und uns zum lächeln bringen. Das ist auch der Grund, warum ich wöchentlich diese Liste schreibe: Ich will meine Woche nochmal Revue passieren lassen und merken, wieviel davon einfach wundervoll war. ♥ Wir hatten eine Menge Lebensmittel vom Brunch übrig, was uns dazu bewegt hat noch kreativer in der Küche tätig zu werden. Der Bananenmilchshake hat mir so gut geschmeckt, genau das richtige im Sommer! ♥ Ich liebe all die farbenfrohen Früchte gerade. Johannisbeeren haben einfach das perfekte rot. ♥ Wir waren bei einem American Football – Spiel und hatten wider Erwarten unglaublich viel Spaß. Besonders als wir merkten, dass ein Freund der Star des Teams ist und als “unser” [oh je… ] Team in der letzten Minute die entscheidenden Punkte zum Sieg machen konnte. ♥ Ich musste am Wochenende für eine Klausur lernen, die Sven schon letztes Jahr geschrieben hat, wobei er mich so sehr unterstützt hat! Ich musste einfach nur da sitzen und lernen, während er sich um alles andere gekümmert hat. Dafür bin ich so dankbar! ♥ Außerdem habe ich letzte Woche angefangen, bei meiner neuen Arbeitsstelle zu arbeiten. Ich mag mein Team wirklich gerne und hab mich gleich sehr willkommen gefühlt. Hoffentlich mögen sie meine Arbeit auch so sehr, wie ich es mag, dort zu arbeiten. :] kathastrophal // Snaps of Happiness Week #29/2012 I actually planned to turn this outfit into a real outfit post, but Sven forgot his camera, then I stained the dress and I guess it just wasn’t supposed to happen… so it’s just this Instagram snap of me awkwardly trying to figure out when this phone is going to take the picture. But since this dress makes me happy, I’m sure you will be seeing a lot more of it. Eigentlich wollte ich einen richtigen Outfitpost mit diesem Outfit machen, aber dann hat Sven seine Kamera vergessen, ich mich bekleckert und es sollte wohl einfach nicht sein… Dafür kriegt ihr dieses Instagrambild, auf dem ich ganz unlocker versuche herauszufinden, wann das Handy auslöst. Da mich dieses Kleid aber so sehr glücklich macht, werdet ihr sicherlich noch genug davon zu sehen bekommen. Links I Loved ♥ Two new-to-me blogs that I absolutely adore: Elembee & write in tights. ♥ I fell in love with Pinterest all over again – it’s so useful and such a great source of inspiration! ♥ I really love Zie’s idea called It’s paper, dear! – Perfect for stationery addicts like myself. Such a shame that shipping from the US to Germany is so expensive… [Zie Darling] ♥ Die bezaubernde Katja hat einen neuen Food-Blog auf deutsch: Katjas Küche. Was bisher zu sehen war, ist äußerst vielversprechend… mmmh! ♥ Wie hübsch: Ein Tutorial für einen Diamanten aus Papier.[ann meer] ♥ Miss Biggy hat am Samstag ein paar Fotos aus der H&M-Umkleide bei Instagram gepostet… und ich bin froh, dass wir sie überredet haben, dieses Schwalbenkleid zu kaufen, denn es steht ihr so gut! Und es passt auch noch farblich zum Hund, ein Traum! :D [Miss Biggy]
What are you grateful for this week? // Wofür seid ihr diese Woche dankbar?

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