Freitag, 21. November 2014

a smoothie addicted non-smoker

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Hello lovelies!

It's Friday again and today I've been here in Australia for exactly one month! My Oz anniversary so to say. This also attends the fact that I've completed my first whole month as a non-smoker. Crazy right?
Before I came here I didn't shout from the rooftops that I was planning to quit smoking because I was really anxious I wouldn't succeed. So I rather kept quiet about it to keep the people's expectations low.
However when I arrived here it was the absolute opposite of what I had expected. I didn't have any problems at all, it was so crazy! No munchies, no wrecked nerves, no gain in weight, no cravings for nicotine, no need to put a replacement in my mouth. Nothing, nichts, nada.
I was so nervous because of all the horror stories I had heard about quitting and how some people had been trying forever without success, aargh... But it seems a good preparation is half the battle.
Everybody is different and there is no universal recipe for success, but in my case it helped that I had a certain deadline. I knew October the 23rd would be my last day as a smoker and I kept telling myself that I was forced to quit after that day which is true because here in Australia cigarettes are too expensive and would've killed my budget in no time. In the final weeks before my deadline I enjoyed my cigarettes more than ever and smoked a lot to exploit the situation. And after that, well, it sounds stupid but I simply stopped.
In a rush I had one last cigarette before we went to the airport, thinking I'd still be able to have an official last cigarette there. Well, I didn't. Also the farewell was tearing me up so I was distracted. What followed was a 21 hour flight on which I was not able to smoke at all anyways.
And that's the end of the story. It's crazy, I still can't believe it myself but I'm happy it was so easy after all.



dress: dottie
belt: h+m
bracelet: six
shoes: vans



What is even better: not only did I not gain weight, no, I lost weight. Yup, I know that's even crazier.

It's because I've become a sucker for homemade smoothies lately! For some reason I never owned a blender in the past three years.
Now that I live with Jarryd I can use his blender and have somehow developed this obsession for trying out lots of different smoothie and shake recipes. Over the past weeks I always had a minimum of two glasses homemade fruit and veggie smoothie per day. It's just so yummy and gives your body so many good nutrients. If you're a fan of this liquid fruit goodness too you might want to check out my Smoothies and Shakes Board on Pinterest.
We don't have a scale in the house so I can't be 100 % sure but when I look at my body in the mirror I would say I've lost 2-3 kilos in one months. I'm not consciously cutting down on sweets or something, I just love my smoothies so much that I rather drink them instead of snacking on cookies or chocolate. A very positive development if you ask me, I'm really happy about the outcome.




Okay, now let's talk fashion for a second! The dress in the pictures is one of my first Australian purchases. I have to be careful with spending money as long as I'm still unemployed but the other day I explored the city centre and all of its shops a bit. One of my new favourite stores is Dottie where I bought this lovely boho floral print number in the sale for only 10 $.
It was the last one of its kind so it was meant to be! It fits like a glove and is perfect for the recent Western Australian spring weather with a pair of black tights. I already wore it out to a lovely street festival last weekend and to meet Jarryd's family for dinner (where I got a compliment for my outfit, ha!).





How have you guys been? Do you have any cool plans for the weekend?
How do you like the dress?
Leave me a comment. :)

Happy Friday!

Mittwoch, 19. November 2014

Perth street art

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Hi loves!

How are you today?
I have been a busy bee writing applications for the last two hours because I'm still on the hunt for a cool job. Now that I've done my duty it's time for the fun part which is blogging.
I'm really having a blast here in Perth because there is so much to explore: cute cafés, cool shops and lots and lots of awesome street art!
In this post I'll give you an overview of some of the street art pieces in Perth's CBD (Central Business District). As every district and suburb has its own abundance of graffitis and other cool stuff, I'm planning to write more street art posts in the future. It would simply be too much to cram it all into one post.



dress: h+m
cardigan: h+m
belt: l.a. golden
shoes: vans



Most of the artwork you see in the pictures can be found in the very city centre, right in the middle of the shopping district, however hidden in a backstreet, the Grand Theatre Lane. Unfortunately I couldn't find out anything about the artists, but it didn't surprise me as this is often the case with sprayers.






Anyways, walking down this street makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets for five minutes. There are owls staring at you, a little family in red, beautiful parrots, green goblins and many other fantastic creatures. It's not just juvenile spray paint scribbles, it's a free outdoor exhibition of contemporary art (which is right up my alley, oh yes)!








Another bonus about this place? Between the graffitis you can have Perth's best grilled toasts at Toastface Grillah (the name though, awesome right?!). It's a kind of ruin cafe with vintagey furniture and industrial style concrete walls. Behind the counter you can find easy going surfer boys and cool Asian girls with manga hair.
The toasts all have funny names. Mine was Notorious B.A.G. (Bacon Apple Gouda that is) and I had a pretty decent latte to go with it, it was really yummy!

Now I'm hungry, awesome...
How did you like this post? Would you like to see more Perth street art soon?

Have a fab Wednesday!

Freitag, 14. November 2014

the perks of being a tourist

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Hello people!

How have you been?
It's my third week here in Perth and I'm still in the process of settling in and getting everything set up. I bought a ticket for the public transport and found out the bus system here is very different from the German one. I got on the wrong bus, then got off and found out there was no bus going back and therefore had to walk home which took me an hour.
I also went to the city centre to explore the area a bit and kept running in circles around the same block four times, then got frustrated and went back home.
Oh yes the perks of being a tourist/new citizen somewhere...
Apart from these incidents everything is slowly but steady falling into place: I'm waiting to receive my tax number, I'll have my European driver's license changed into an Australian one soon and I've been writing lots of applications for different jobs almost every day lately. I'll have an interview tomorrow and a trial shift on Saturday, so I hope to see a positive development in this field soon too.



dress: h+m
cardi: h+m
necklace: kmart
bag: kleiderkreisel
shoes: vans



As for the fun part of being a stranger in Perth: I've been visiting lots of different cool coffee places to find out where to get the best latte. There are so many nice places here! It seems to be a big trend here to open little hipster cafés with quirky vintage interior and graffiti on the walls (my boyfriend calls them "douchey places") and I'm planning to show you some of them in a post soon.
I've also been enjoying the bliss of browsing through Target and Kmart for the first time in my life. Damn are these right up my alley! Now I know why all the American bloggers keep raving about these shops, you can literally not leave without finding something you want to buy.





I will try to enjoy my free time as much as possible as long as I still have it. I plan to go and explore different areas of the city on different days. Started with Northbridge yesterday, then Leederville, Subiaco and Mount Lawley next week because my entire weekend is already booked up with other cool things.

Happy Friday!


Sonntag, 9. November 2014

Lover.ly Paris Dream Wedding Look

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Lover.ly Paris Wedding Look


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Hi loves!

Today I would like to tell you about my imaginary dream wedding that I planned in collaboration with Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce engine where you can collect all your ideas in one place in the cloud.
You can browse pictures of real weddings, organize your own plans or look through tons of beautiful clothing and accessories in the shop.
No matter if serious or just daydreamin, Lover.ly is definitely worth visiting for amazing wedding content.

I might not be the girliest girl but if I ever get married I really want a beautiful princess dress with a strapless bustier top and flared skirt. The wedding dress in the picture is perfect with its delicate organza flowers all over, isn't it?
I would add a coordinating clutch and shoes and wear my hair in an updo with a romantic floral headpiece. Add peachy pink blush to the cheeks (and a nice eyeliner to the eyes) et voilà - my dream wedding look.

As for the location: it's got to be Paris, the city of love.
I would celebrate the wedding in one of the many atmospheric little restaurants with French cuisine and amazing wines and later on take pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower. I'm also a fan of the idea of writing our names on the observation deck or letting heart-shaped balloons fly from the very top.

What do you think? Does this sound perfect for you or do you have your own dream wedding in mind? What would you do and wear?
You could use Lover.ly to put it all together so you'll never forget about any detail.

Happy Sunday!


Donnerstag, 6. November 2014

My Fanatics Game Day Ensemble

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Fanatics Game Day Ensemble



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Hello readers!

I apologize for the little hiatus and promise I will be back with more Australia-related posts soon. I'm just still settling in here in Perth and trying to get everything set up. Fortunetaly the most stressful part will be over soon...

Today I would like to show you my ideal Fanatics NFL Game Day Ensemble. Fanatics is the leading online retailer specializing in sports apparel for all of your favorite teams. Their online shop offers a wide range of jerseys for men and women and is easy to use because you can sort their items by different criteria like team, price or topsellers.
I chose my favourite out of their many awesome NFL jerseys and put together what I would wear it with. 

I am not really familiar with the different teams so I picked the Minnesota Vikings jersey because I love the retro colour scheme of purple and yellow. Being one of those couch potato fans I would watch the game at home all wrapped up in cozy pyjamas and a blanket with a beer and snacks.

What NFL jersey would you pick? How would you style it and and where would you watch?

Happy Thursday!



Donnerstag, 30. Oktober 2014

One Night Abroad with Smartling.com

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Hello loves!

Today I would like to introduce you to Smartling.com, a translation software platform that has put the entire translation workflow in the cloud.
Smartling enhances language translation services through a cloud-based translation software platform that automatically collects content, facilitates human translation, and returns translated content to you quickly and easily.
Who creates the translations? That’s entirely up to you. Use any combination of in-house or third-party resources. If you don’t already have a translation vendor, Smartling offers a network of translation partners from which to choose.


They asked me what my ideal night out in a foreign country would consist of.
As I've just moved from Germany to Australia I'll of course tell you what a perfect night out here in Perth would be like for me.





Adapting to a new language can be hard, even if it's the world language English. I've been learning English for over one decade now and speak it fluently, however I've never learned Australian English at school or university. The Australians have their own slang and like to abbreviate words as much as possible. They say brekky instead of breakfast, arvo instead of afternoon, barbie instead of barbecue and they throw in their beloved filler word "ay" a lot. Getting to know the Aussie slang will work best if you spend a night out with Australians of course!

And here is what my ideal night in Australia would consist of:
It would definitely have to be a barbecue party because I heard it's one the Aussie's favourite things to do. As this is an outdoor activity, I would wear my colourful breezy dress and the obligatory hat against the sun. A statement necklace as a little eyecatcher and flat shoes to feel comfortable.
Some cool beers would probably go along with the food and loosen the tongue to practice the newly learned Aussie slang words among the native speakers. 
If got stuck and weren't able to remember a certain word in such a situation I would simply use Smartling's 




 What about you guys? If you could spend one night abroad where would you go, what would you do, wear and eat?

Thank you Smartling.com, that was a fun post to write!


Happy Thursday everyone!

Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

my first days in Perth

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Hello people!

I arrived in Perth (Australia) 3 days ago and now finally found some time to fill you in on what has happened so far. I'm safe and sound, feel good in my new home and of course I'm more than happy to have my boyfriend back after 8 months of long distance relationship stress.
But let's start with the flight:



I had one of the "shortest" flights available to Australia from Germany and in total it took me about 22 hours from Düsseldorf to Perth. I was so lucky to fly with Etihad Airways, an Abu Dhabi based airline, which offered amazing service even though I "only" booked Coral Economy Class. There were plenty of meals and snacks, as many blankets and cushions as you liked and friendly stewardesses everywhere.
I had a smooth 6 hour flight from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi, then a 3 hour layover and afterwards the 12 hour flight straight to Perth. I watched lots of movies on the first flight and slept through most of the second one, so it was absolutely pleasant and unproblematic.




Jarryd picked me up from the airport, which was overwhelmingly awesome and made me cry tears of joy and relief. It was so good to hug him again after such a long time and I've been enjoying every minute with him ever since.
On my second day here he took me to the South Perth Foreshore from where you have a lovely view on Perth's skyline. The weather was mild and a bit rainy, but it was still a great view and it was the weirdest feeling to look at this city and imagine that it will be my home for at least 12 months now. I'm happy but somehow can't really process this fact yet.



My new neighbourhood is called Victoria Park. Jarryd already showed me around a bit and I really like it here so far. There is a shopping center and the main street with some nice cafés and restaurants right around the corner. We're also not far away from Perth city center, so this will be my next destination to go and explore. But tomorrow  I will have to open up an Australian bank account  first, otherwise I can't pay my ticket. 



Another corner of the city I've already visited is North Perth. We went to a lovely street festival there on Sunday wih lots of food stalls, music, kids activities and local handmade products. I got to know Jarryd's sister, brother-in-law and his adorable little 1,5 year old nephew.

I'm feeling really good here right now. Some things are still a bit weird and hard to adapt to, but it's only been 4 days, so I'm sure I'll settle in more and more over the next few weeks.
I'm really surprised because I thought it would be much harder for me to leave my beloved Düsseldorf, friends and family behind. I also thought I couldn't stand the hot weather and the yucky insects. And I really didn't think it would be possible for me to quit smoking.
BUT everything worked out just fine! I'm in contact with my friends and family over social media a lot, the weather has been merciful with me so far, the insect encounters have been staying within bearable limits and I am a non-smoker as of 4 days now.

Have a nice day everyone!

 

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