Look of the Week!

outfitPic by Franzi.

This week’s look is something like my signature style: A flower dress, plus a wooly cardigan, plus a cotton cardigan underneath, plus a scarf :). What shall I say? I just like it the girly comfy way!

Dress: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Wooly Cardigan: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Grey cotton cardigan: H&M old collection  (new alternative).

Tights: H&M.

Scarf: A gift, made in Syria (new alternative).

Have a beautiful day!

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Apple Jelly!

apple-jelly-2Pic by Franzi.

Nothing feels more like autumn and is as easy as cooking apple jelly with cinnamon. And the big plus: You will preserve this cozy autumnal feeling and think about preparing the jelly on every winter breakfast. It also works as little X-Mas surprise :).

Recipe: Makes 11 glasses with 125 ml jelly.

Ingredients:

800 ml apple juice (from your own apples or bought), cinnamon sticks (I used one-third of a stick per glass), a knife point gingerbread spice, 450 g sugar, 1 package gelling powder. Moreover: 11 twist-off glasses.

Preparation:

Sterilize your glasses by filling them for at least two minutes with boiling water. Dry the (cooled-down) glasses and add in every glass a piece of cinnamon stick.  In a big pot, combine apple juice, sugar, gelling powder and gingerbread spices. Cook gently for four minutes. Immediately pour into the glasses. Close the lid, turn the glasses around and let cool down for 5 minutes. Then turn around again and let cool down completely.

Enjoy!

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Look of the Week!

outfit1Pic by Franzi.

New week – new look. Today with a little sensation: A jeans! Since I nearly never wear trousers, I always have to get used on it before I actually feel comfy. But this combination with a wide feminine top and a yellow splash of color made the adjustment process quite easy ;).

Jeans: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Cardigan: edc old collection (new alternative).

Belt: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Sweater: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Scarf: A gift, made in Syria (new alternative).

Have a beautiful day!

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Those Golden Fall Days!

we1The autumnal campus of the university of Hamburg. All Pics by Franzi.

This was a golden fall weekend here in Hamburg. Okay, there was a lot of rain and icy wind as well but it’s always amazing to see the sun come through the heavy clouds at this time of the year. Nevertheless, I spent quite some time inside: On Friday we were at The Great Gatsby ballet show (which was ok but nothing more). Saturday I was at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival to hear a friend of mine play on stage and yesterday I was happy to stay at home with my books and watch (like every Sunday) my favorite crime series Tatort :).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a golden one :)!

we2On the way to the ballet The Great Gatsby in the Mehr Theater.

we3The Chilehaus at night!

we4My pal Annika played with her guitar partner Janis at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival!

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Fall Quote!

we1The autumnal view from my window. All Pics by Franzi.

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Last weekend I spent in Osnabrück and Bielefeld. Everything feels like autumn in the transition to winter right now. Even the clock change was already …and it’s getting dark at 5 am! Nevertheless, I love the autumnal light at this time of the year.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have an amazing one :)!

we2Pears!

we3Halloween in Osnabrück!

we4Marshmallows broiled over the fire-pot!

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Autumn Days in Berlin!

berlin3The parks in the city are colorful right now. All Pics by Franzi.

I am on the road again. The last few days I spent I Berlin on a conference and with friends and family. It was a bit stressful (due to job issues) but I loved the colorful city in all its autumn brilliance! The next days I will be in Hamburg and – of course – in Frankfurt. It’s book fair week :)!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a colorful one :)!

berlin2The balcony of my pals A & I with a perfect view onto the Spree.

berlin1Typical view: Pigeons (onto rain-wet pavement).

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Inventory: Sweaters!

pullover1All my (dark-colored) sweaters. Pics by Franzi.

I nearly made it! I have counted my whole wardrobe – the only things left are… sweaters! I found eleven sweaters in the back of my drawers: Three in dark blue, three in green, two in brown, one in white, one in grey and one in black. I seem to prefer darker colors on cooler days ;). Mmh, maybe I should make a calculation now how many items I have in total in my wardrobe. Let’s do this next week!

Have a beautiful day!

pullover21, 2, 3, …, 11 sweaters!

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup!

SoupPics by Franzi.

Okay, August is officially over and we say “Hello!” to September! Let’s celebrate this fresh month with the easiest (and very delicious) pumpkin soup recipe I found so far…

Recipe: Serves 4.

Ingredients:

1 medium-sized butternut pumpkin, olive oil, chili flakes, salt, pepper, app. 500 ml vegetable stock, 2 garlic cloves (peeled), 1 diced onion.

Preparation:

Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Put one garlic clove into the ‘seed hole’ of each pumpkin half. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the oven for app. 40 minutes at 220°C. Let cool down a bit, release the pumpkin flesh with a spoon. In a big pot, heat some olive oil. Add pumpkin flesh, roasted garlic and diced onions. Roast for app. 4 minutes. Add vegetable stock, let cook for another 5 minutes. Blend. Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes.

Enjoy!

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November in Berlin!

B4Friedrichshagen – my home district. All pics by Franzi.

A weekend in Berlin is always tightly scheduled… Friday the PhD defence of my little bro was the main thing to celebrate. Saturday and Sunday I spent again with friends and family spread through the big city. There was sun and snow and fun and cheese cake and potato salad and lasagna! A wonderful time!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Have a unique one!

B5First came the autumn sun!

B3The new house-to-be by my pal Suse!

B2New York Cheese Cake in the coffee bar Loislane with my pal Vivien.

B1Then came snow!

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Hamburg Nights!

HH3The harbor (view from the Altonaer Balkon). All pics by Franzi.

A weekend in Hamburg with the biggest event I ever was responsible for. It was a great success and worth the time and effort I put into it. Beside working I also spent the Friday night in Altona and drank wine in the wine tavern the Traube. Hamburg by night simply is unique!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Have an outstanding one!

HH1The Traube – one of the oldest wine taverns in Hamburg (and one of my favorite places)!

HH4Altona by night!

HH5Saturday morning view from my window!

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