An Ongoing 365 Self-Portait Project: “Air through my Ashes” by Mickael Jou!

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“A trained dancer, I used to perform ballet and modern dance in the streets of Paris. Tourists would quite often photograph and film me in action in Paris, and after seeing the pictures taken of me, I decided that I should try it out. And so I bought a camera and read the instruction manual.” Mickael Jou

Mickael Jou is a Taiwanese-French-American living in Berlin, who started to take self-portraits in artistic positions during everyday situations. I love dancing, I love photography and I love (ongoing) 365 days projects. So it’s maybe not a surprise that I am totally smitten by Mickael Jou’s esthetic, poetic, extravagant and sometimes crazy photos. There are many more to see on his website. By the way: I am wondering how someone is able to get enough body tension to perform such a move with a shopping card… is it actually rolling?! I really have to search a new ballet class in Hamburg!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, filled with good moves and memorable moments!

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Avocado, Avocado, Avocado!

Upper Row: Avocado Chocolate Mousse via Food52 – Avocado Lassi via Food52 – Avocado Gelado via Food52.
Lower Row: Avocado Cup Salads via Smitten Kitchen – Avocado Quesadilla via The Roasted Root – Avocado Egg Salad via The Roasted Root.

Some days simply cry for avocado… especially since I just survived three days of the green diet. So, hello avocado gelato!

Enjoy!

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Blue!

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Blue: The sky, the sea, the air. The perfect cool color for warm days. Blue is relaxed and laid-back. And now you have to excuse me – I have to search in my wardrobe for a blue skirt!

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Chuck Ragan!

Sometimes a friend recommends you some music and you instantly know that you like it. This is what happened when Jan made me listening to Chuck Ragan’s album Till Midnight. A singer-songwriter, a guitar, a rough voice and even a harmonica… Just the ingredients for a perfect laid-back sound.

Have fun while listening!


Thank you Jan and happy birthday!!

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Those Inspirational Speeches …Pt.3!

Elizabeth GilbertThis last weekend I spent organizing my life and the big move from Osnabrück to Hamburg. I cannot tell you how stressed I feel when I think about all that STUFF that has to be dealt with now. But I guess that is just the way moving houses feels like ;). To motivate myself I also listened to some inspirational speeches. Here are two of them.

I wish you an inspired start into the fresh week!

Jim Carrey – Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Fail:

“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

“I’ve often said that I wished people could realize all their dreams of wealth and fame so they could see that it’s not where you’ll find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going out in the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself!”

Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, failure and the drive to keep creating:

“For me, going home meant returning to the work of writing because writing was my home, because I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing, which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my own ego, which is ultimately to say that I loved writing more than I loved myself.”

Your home is whatever in this world you love more than you love yourself. So that might be creativity, it might be family, it might be invention, adventure, faith, service, it might be raising corgis, I don’t know, your home is that thing to which you can dedicate your energies with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential.

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The Books I Loved… Lola Bensky by Lilly Brett !

Lola BenskyPic by Franzi.

Since I read Every Woman Loves A Russian Poet, I am on the hunt after novels starring independent women struggling to be content with themselves and realizing their dreams. One may guess that the book shops are full of them but it isn’t the case at all. Luckily, I recently stumbled over the book Lola Bensky by Lily Brett, a German-born Australian writer who lives now in New York. In her novel she describes the life of Lola Bensky … and thereby intervenes her own life story with the one of her main character.

At the beginning of the story Lola Bensky is 19 years old, struggling with her weight… and interviewing Jimmy Hendrix for an Australian music zine. As a music journalist (like Lilly Brett herself was at this age) she also speaks with all the other big names of the 1960s – Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass… But what really occupies her thought – aside from diets and her weight – is the past: Lola (like Lilly Brett) is the child of Jews who survived the concentration camp Auschwitz but lost all their relatives and were haunted by the things they experienced for the rest of their lives.

Lola’s story spans from the 1960s until the present. During these decades she has to deal a lot with herself, with her talent, her family … and lots of music heroes! The book is written in a really wonderful way and I would recommend it to all the independent women out there!

I wish you a wonderful weekend with lots of lazy reading-hours under the spring sun!

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Salads From My Kitchen: Spinach & Beetroot & Gorgonzola!

SaladPic by Franzi.

I am STILL living without an oven, but thank god it’s spring … that means salad time!! I would like to present you some of my creations – most of the time I am standing in the supermarket and combine wildly the ingredients I believe that would work good together. Here comes my latest idea: Spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, beetroot and (the best ingredient!) gorgonzola with classic yoghurt sauce.

Recipe:

Ingredients: A handful of fresh spinach leaves, a handful of cherry tomatoes (halved), 2 cooked beetroots (cut into pieces), app. 150 g gorgonzola (crumbled), 1 diced onion, classic yoghurt sauce as dressing (200ml yoghurt, 1 TblSp lemon juice, TSp oil, a dash of salt and white pepper)

Preparation: Simply mix all the ingredients with each other … like one does it with a salad ;).

Enjoy!

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It’s Time For New Shoes!

Upper Row: Espandrilles by Grüne Erde – Sandal by hessnatur – Peeptoes by hessnatur.
Lower Row: Boots by hessnatur – Sandal by hessnatur – Sandal by hessnatur.

New season – new temperatures – new shoes! My good-old, comfy snow boots need their well-deserved rest now. So it’s the perfect time to look around for some airy, fresh new sandals, espandrilles and boots!

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MUMFORD & SONS: They are back!!

It really was time… The third album A Wilder Mind by MUMFORD & SONS will be released on May 1! So, May 2 you will find me in a record store. Until now I only l heard the two songs The Wolf and Believe. It was enough to convince me that their these days often analyzed trend to go away from the typical banjo sound is absolute fine with me. …Although some banjo tunes cannot hurt that much from time to time ;).

Have fun while listening!

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Hello Gardening Time!

It’s spring and I really miss my abandoned garden in Osnabrück. I miss gardening. Friends of mine are asking about what to plant at which time and place in their own gardens. At least I can visit and help them from time to time. Here are some nice gardening inspirations for the upcoming season!

I wish you a wonderful fresh start into the new week! Start growing you tomatoes NOW!

Upper Row: Preserved Basil by Susiej – DIY Wildlife Stack by The Guardian – Natural Tomato Trellis by GRIT Magazine.
Lower Row: DIY Natural Wood Raised Garden by instructables – Iced Herb Cubes by Garten Fräulein – Herbs Grown in Wine Crates by The Cottage Market.

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