Dangerous or Beautiful? How the Sun Sees You – An Artistic Experiment by Thomas Leveritt!

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Do you have an idea how much sun damage your skin experienced already? No? The passersby in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park had also no clue. … until artist Thomas Leveritt filmed them with a special UV motion camera. UV rays have the ability to make little freckles and pigment aberrations visible that are otherwise not yet perceivable for the human eye. His video is absolutely stunning – porcelain skins suddenly turn into black dotted faces. And just watch for yourself what happens if one applies sunscreen!

I wish you a stunning weekend with many sunny hours! …Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Feeling Like The Queen: Scones!

SconesPic by Franzi.

Last Saturday afternoon, I sat on my sofa while outside it was grey, stormy and wet. Suddenly, I had this craving feeling … for scones! So I checked if I had all ingredients and started to prepare some (or even some more). Oh, it was such a delicious feeling to bite into the first – still warm – scone with a bit of jam! The queen really has good reasons for her afternoon ritual – we should all enjoy this more often.

Recipe: Serves 4-6.

Ingredients: 500 g flour, 1 package baking powder, 40 g sugar, 1 TSp salt, 3 eggs, 1 egg yolk, 120 g soft butter, 120 g soft goat cheese

Preparation: In a big bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and the three eggs. Add goat cheese and soft butter and mix until a smooth texture is reached. Roll out dough and cut out circles (app. 7 cm diameter). Brush the circles with the egg yolk and bake for 15 minutes at 190°C. Serve with jam, clotted cream or hearty cream cheese.

Enjoy!

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Eco Baby Look!

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Babies are still (and will be for the next few years I guess) a big topic in my circle of friends. Lately, the question arose if chemicals in baby clothes could be absorbed through the baby skin. I believe that the best solution for this problem is the one my friend I. found: Either use second-hand clothes (most of the chemicals will be washed out already) or buy eco clothes. I looked around a bit and found a few cute pieces that don’t look at all eco, but baby-stylish.

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Singer-Songwriter Love: Fink!

Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is a British multitasking talent: He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ. Currently he lives in Berlin – Kreuzberg. Since my heart is melting for bearded singer-songwriters anyway, I’m smitten by this last fact. Fink’s warm voice does fit perfectly to this autumn feeling that slowly crawls into the last August days, a bit melancholic but beautiful.

Have fun while listening!

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About Comfort Zones!

Comfort ZonesPic by Franzi.

Comfort zones are a topic that’s on my mind for quite some time now. What exactly does that mean, a comfort zone? Wikipedia says:

“The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.”

I guess, that pretty much fits my own definition and I believe that comfort zones are both, good and bad, for us. They guarantee that we can deal with our everyday lifes, but on the same time they prevent us to try out new things, to risk something. I do have my own comfort zones … small ones like my tradition to meet up every Saturday night with friends and watch my favorite crime series and thus, finishing every weekend like the one before. This calms me down, makes me happy and gives me enough power to kick-start into the new week. Then, there ar the big ones. Like Osnabrück, the city I’m living in for the last 13 (!) years. Here are my friends, I know how the city works, I can go everywhere by bike. But is this really good for me? It doesn’t feel wrong most of the times. I am happy here. But then I have to ask myself if moving wouldn’t allow me to discover even more about the world and – more importantly – about myself. Are those big comfort zone existing to be left? To step out of them and to look for new adventures? I don’t know the answer yet…

Do you have your own comfort zones? Are you loving or hating them?

I wish you a perfect start into a new week, filled with lots of amazing (& comfortable) moments!

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Summer Reading: Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney!

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Never Have I Ever: My Life (so far) Without a Date …Wow, that’s a title. What does she mean with “My Life Without a Date”? Those were the first thoughts I had in mind when I discovered Katie Heaney’s book in the book shop. I hoped to find a Bridget Jones – like read that would enlighten my summer days at the beach. And yes, indeed: The book was funny and hilarious and … personal. Katie Heaney describes her 25 years on this earth searching the love of her life and never – and I mean really NEVER – being successful in dating someone. I can totally recommend you this book – it’s a great summer read!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, filled with great books, coffee and friends!

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Beetroot Salad!

Beetroot

Pic by Franzi.

Last Sunday on the farmers market I saw a bunch of beetroots and just couldn’t walk away without them. I only wondered later, what to prepare with five beetroots. I finally decided for a traditionally beetroot salad and I can’t tell you how delicious it was. I ate the whole bowl … if my face looks somehow red today, you now have the explanation for it :)

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients: 4-5 small beetroots, salt, aceto balsamico (app. 50 ml), one diced onion, sugar, pepper, 1 TSp grated horseradish.

Preparation: Cook the beet roots in salted water for app. 70 min, let them cool down a bit and peel them. Cut into thin slices. Mix the onions and the beets, add aceto balsamico and season with salt, pepper, sugar and the horseradish.

Best served while still luke-warm :)

Enjoy!

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Eco Shop Love: Armedangels!

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Since I try to introduce more eco fashion pieces into my Look posts, I thought it would also be a good idea to show you some of the online shops, where I look for eco styles. The label Armedangels is one of my favorites – the look is young, fresh and eco!

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Angus & Julia Stone!

The Australian brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone just released their new album. I’m a big fan of their folk-blues/indie sound. That’s why I thought that it would be time to share with you three of their songs that are among my favorites.

Have fun while listening!

Other Things… from their new album

Bella… I know someone who adores this song!

Big Jet Plane… the first song by Angus and Julia Stone I listened to.

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Those Were My Days … At The Sea!

My time at the sea is already more than one week ago. Oh, I am craving the sound of he sea gulls, the wind at the harbor, the cold of the water and the sallow thorn ice-cream. I miss the solitude, the little house near the tower, the church and its famous pipe organ. Why do vacations always have to end so fast? I am happy to be home again, but the melancholia of these past few weeks is still in my heart.

I wish you a perfect start into a wonderful week, filled with many memorable moments!

BeachThe beach …sometimes wild and dangerous (and cold!), sometimes calm like a lake! All pics by Franzi.

Barth4Barth …the harbor = the place I ate ice-cream ALL THE TIME.

Barth6Barth …on my last day there was a feast at the harbor and I rode with the ferry wheel!

Barth5Barth …one of the prettiest gardens I ever saw!

Barth2Barth …the small white house on the right is where I lived!

Barth1Barth …in this church I listened to two fantastic (!) concerts.

Barth3Barth …I tried to watch the sundown at the harbor every evening (while eating ice-cream).

Hiddensee1Hiddensee …I made a one-day trip there (3 hours on the ferry to the island, 3 hours on the island, 3 hours on the ferry back to Barth – so worth it!).

Hiddensee2Hiddensee …I love the wild feeling of this island!

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