Essay: Looking at Night into Foreign Windows!

Pics by Franzi.

I love walking, even when it’s dark outside. It frees my mind, I finally end the day with the recommended 10,000 steps and some fresh air, smelling distinctively like the current season – filled with the thick scent of blooms in spring, sunny and dry in summer, humid and spicy on fall nights, clear and icy in the winter.

Strolling through the night

When it’s dark, only a few people are still outside. Everything is a lot quieter than during the day. Fewer passers-by, less chitchat, fewer cars. Life is going on inside the houses, not on the dark sidewalks outside. Strolling through the night is meditative. A good moment to recapitulate the day’s events or simply to let flow the thoughts.

A glimpse of life

Illuminated windows are like doors to other worlds. They show glimpses of the life  inside all those foreign houses: The family at their dinner table, the book shelves stacked with hundreds of thick volumes, the kitchen counter with a basket of fruits, the flicker of a TV. Passing all those light boxes, watching them for maybe two seconds, moving along, it’s easy to invent a very own story  about the just seen scenario: The family on the table maybe just speaks about an adventure the kid experienced the day, the bowl of fruits was maybe shopped on the farmers market this morning, the men in front of the TV is maybe enjoying his leisure time after a hard day at work.

Every window tells another story

I love those little insights into foreign worlds. It gives my own world another perspective. I am here, walking outside, those people are inside, having a great or maybe bad evening together or alone, living their life until tomorrow. Then everyone will leave his or her home again, a new day starts with all those new stories to experience.

As a kid I was living in Berlin, in a block of apartment houses. My bedroom window had a free view onto the 12-floor building opposite. There were around 100 windows. During a sleepless night I would sit on the window-sill and imagine a story for every illuminated window I saw. Those dream journeys into foreign lives made me calm and sleepy, until I was ready to go to bed again.

Today, coming home from those evening walks, I am also a lot more relaxed then when I left only half an hour ago. Here I am, letting the world outside. Closing the curtains. Switching on the light. There are a lot of stories out there. Now it’s time for my very own.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have one full of little stories :)!

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New Beauty Routine: Argan Oil!

argan1The oil I’m using. Pic by Franzi.

Since a few weeks I am using Argan oil instead of my good old face cream – morning and evening (I use exactly this oil). Only in the mornings I am adding a layer of sunscreen (SPF 30) on top of the oil. Argan oil is known to be good for sensible and also oily skin. Compared with other oils it’s very light, rich in essential fatty acids and in vitamin E. When I started applying it, my skin first had to get used to it and felt a bit itchy. But after one week, it actually was softer and my sensible spots are nearly gone. I am a big fan now. Big plus: I also use it for my hair and massage a tiny bit of oil into the tips of my wet hair after washing it.

What about you – do you have any experiences with beauty oils? Let me know!

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New Kitchen Cabinets!

KitchenPic by Franzi.

Sorry, the June Favs will be posted only next week – or maybe even one week later. The reason for the delay you can see above – I got some new kitchen cabinets from IKEA. Yesterday morning I opened the first box and started with the assembly. Thanks to my pal Annika I finished with it at 11 pm. Now I am exhausted, but happy to finally having a place for all my kitchen stuff in my new flat :).

I wish you a perfect start into the new summer week. Enjoy the sun!

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Fresh Bed Linen!

Upper Row: Left (Avocado Store)Middle (Grüne Erde)Right (Grüne Erde)
Lower Row: Left (Grüne Erde)Middle (Grüne Erde)Right (Hess Nature)

You may have recognized already that I am looking for a new flat right now. Should I ever find one here in Hamburg, I cannot await to decorate it. This will also be the perfect time to get some fresh bed linen. I am totally in love with the upper models – now I only  have to find an apartment where they could move in ;).

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The Things I Couldn’t Live Without: Creativity!

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I couldn’t ever live without … Creativity! This one is not (only) arts. It’s even more: Creativity is thinking outside the box, having the courage to try out something new, it’s to dare something. Life would be boring without creativity. The great innovations of our world today would have never happened without creative minds. No light, no electricity, no antibiotics, no internet. But also no fun. I guess that’s the most important thing of all: Having fun in what one’s doing. I could never live without having fun.

I wish you a wonderful & inspiring start into your weekend! Let it be mind-sparkling!

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The Things I Couldn’t Live Without: Nature!

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I couldn’t ever live without… Nature! Okay, I’m a biologist. So, this one may seem obvious – but it is more than my scientific soul: I need air – the air in spring that smells like blooms, the autumn air with its spicy scent, the clear winter air that hurts your nostrils and the thick, warm summer air. I need to be out there every day. I need to feel it. I need plants, animals (oh those dogs! and birds! and bumblebees!), earth, puddles, rain drops, mountain tops, grass, water, sand, delicious fruits and trees! I need nature!

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The Things I Couldn’t Live Without: Arts!

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I couldn’t ever live without… Arts! I need music, books, playing instruments, photography, dancing, architecture, design, paintings…! Those things are my elixir.

Speaking of it… This song is in my mind permanently these days: Philipp Dittberner & Marv – Wolke 4.

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A New Shop Discovery: Urbanara!

The shop Urbanara was recommended to me by my pal Isa. It sells beautiful homewares to acceptable prices – with transparent production ways. I immediately found a few things that would fit perfectly into my flat. Here are just a few examples 🙂 …

Upper Row: Dish TowelLampHammam Towel.
Lower Row: Bed LinenBed LinenRolling Pin.

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Living Look: Pillows

What can give your flat an instant change? Pillows! They are comfy, often colourful and give every room a homey atmosphere. Here’s a small collection of pillows I would like to see on my sofa…

Esprit

Esprit

Zara

Zara

Pillow Talk … what a nice idea for couples with a long-distance relationship!

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