Birthday Preparations #1 – The Invitation

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So, my 30th Birthday is coming, and unlike most of the people, I don’t care I’m getting 30… I’m actually looking forward to it 😀 I love celebrating my bday, love to take care of every single detail to make this night perfect, for me and of course my beloved friends.

First and most difficult, choose a theme. It’s not like I have to, but I think it’s lot more fun when the party has a theme. Invitations, decorations, food and drinks, the costumes and music… everything hast to fit the theme. Two years ago I organized an 80’s party, and I’m proud to say that it was awesome, with the help from some of my friends and lots of hours of work the place looked amazing, but that just made it more difficult to top for me this year. After a lot of thinking I decided that this years theme will be… “The Fabulous 50’s”

Once I decided what to do, the first thing I had to take care of was, the invitation. Germans like to plan with a lot of time, I had to work fast to send the invitations on time, so that most of my friends can come. Photoshop time it is, in 3 hours everything was ready, and I think it ended up looking quite decent 😀

Keep posted for more insides on the party 😉 Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know!

Read you soon!

H. 

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Sale finds

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Beanie: my boyfriend’s, I think it’s H&M | Coat, Jumper & Boots: Zara | Jeans: Levi’s | Bag: ASOS

Today I am going to show you the first part of my sale picks from Zara 🙂 I didn’t buy much this year, I think that time is over where I bought things, just because they were cheap and not because I needed them…
I own many coats so I didn’t really need this one, but hey, I love grey and fluffy, is this not reason enough? 🙂 and it’s also really warm! Jackpot!

The boots aren’t very easy to combine, so today I show you my lazy version – just with a pair of jeans.

Stay tuned for the second part! 🙂

A.

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Brighten up

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Beanie & Scarf: my Boyfriend’s 🙂 | Coat & Jeans: Asos | Turtleneck: Mango (very old) | Shoes & Bag: Zara

It took me a little while but here I am again! 🙂

If you, just like me, love to wear neutrals, you surely know how easy it is, to start looking boring 🙂 the easiest way to avoid this is to wear bright accessories, just like this big warm scarf 🙂

The shoes I’m wearing in this post were love at the first sight, but it took me almost three months to get my hands on them, so I can only say: If you fall in love with something, if it goes with many things from your wardrobe and you can effort it – go for it!

A.

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Handmade Circus Aachen

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This past weekend it took place the 2nd edition of Handmade Circus in Aachen, a design market for young designers. I wasn’t able to go last year so I was really looking forward to it. It surprised me how much people were there, but well on a Sunday and in the middle of the city I shouldn’t have been that surprised. I actually wanted to take some photos for the post, but it was nearly impossible since I’m kinda little and the place was crowded. 66 shops with accessories, mode, ceramics, stationery, illustration, baby and children mode, food, beer… everything self-made and far away from mainstream. I bought some beers and took the cards of the shops I liked the most.

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Lara Bispinck, a graphic designer and illustrator from Aachen, I was already a fan of her work but she’s also such a nice person that I’m even a bigger fan now 😀 Her hand-drawn illustrations are amazing!

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KULØR, handmade porcelain from Karlsruhe. If I had the money, I’d buy everything this girl does. The colours, the shapes… everything is just right! you can buy some of her creations online here and here!

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Nice Nice Nice, the are not just talented and bright, they are also the creators of Handmade Circus, without them the whole market won’t be possible.

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No Gallery, 3D words or quotes for every taste, you can choose your colour, the font and even the quote/word you want… I think I’m going to order “I kiss better than I cook” to hang on my kitchen wall 😀

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UR Werk, another talented girl with very nice illustrations, you can find from postcards to buttons at her shop for a fair price.

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And last but not least, von Freude, craft beer from Hamburg, the only thing I bought at the market. Haven’t tried them yet, but since I love beer I guess I’ll make a post about them soon 😀

 

Easter Time!

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(Bird's Nest Cupcakes I did for Sunday's Easter Breakfast)

I don’t really know what’s been happening to me the last months but I have the feeling I’ve been ill the whole time, back problems, horrible headaches (that no one knows where they come from), cold after cold with a pretty strong sore throat, dizziness… I feel like my body has been playing against me all this time. I’ve just decided, I had enough, and that I’m going to fight it. Positive energy and good vibes it’s going to be my medicine and I hope that does the trick. A change of attitude could be the answer to all my problems.

I’m going to tell you a little about my easter days, there is not much to tell since I stayed home, in Aachen but well it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

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(cows near the ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Wingbergerhoeve )

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(Ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Fleuropean)

Friday, my boyfriend and I picked up a friend that was also staying in Aachen for the holidays. We thought it would be nice just to get out-of-town for a little. Aachen is a German city that borders with Belgium and Holland, so it’s quite easy for us to go in another country to have some ice cream and enjoy the landscape. And that’s what we did. We drove to Holland to have an amazing homemade ice cream and then we came back to Aachen through Belgium. Next time I’ll take more pictures, sadly I couldn’t find any of the gigantic and delicious ice cream.

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(Mones de Pascua, typical pastry for easter at my home town Xixona)

Saturday, started up with a breakfast/brunch at home again with Yara and my boyfriend Philipp. Afterwards we did some wool, flower soil and baking ingredients shopping and after that is where my own trip to hell started. Yara went home to do some laundry, Philipp went to his garage to “play” a little repairing his motorcycle and I stayed home baking. First I prepared the dough for the “Mones” (see Image above) and since it needs to rest 3 hours I started then preparing the cupcakes. I had the cakes for the cupcakes ready and the headache started. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t sleep, I just wanted to pull my eyes out so that the pressure stopped. Any medicine, warm/cold cloth was working. After 2-3 hours of suffering Philipp came and drove me to the Hospital. They couldn’t find anything but at least I got something for the pain that worked.

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(Flower bouquet that Philipp Sister brought for Sunday's Easter Breakfast, beautiful isn't it?. You can find them here)

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(Leftovers from Sunday's Easter Breakfast at Philipp's Mum) 

Sunday, after a hard night I was feeling lot better so I began my day by finishing what I started the day before. Formed the “mones” and baked them, made some chocolate mousse and decorated my bird’s nest Cupcakes with white chocolate and Milka Eggs. By the time I finished Philipp was awake so we hurried up and drove to his mum’s. His family was waiting there.

It was a very nice day, the weather was incredible and the company better. We ate, talked, ate a little bit more and watched how the new-born of the family slept (she usually doesn’t sleep that much ;)) Went for a walk and ate some more for a change xD

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(New family member Mara, she's the cutest girl ever :D)

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(Coffee and Cakes time!)

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(Canola fields on our way home back to Aachen)

It was time to go home again, but this time we didn’t drive through the Autobahn, so that I could enjoy the landscape…

Hope you all had a very happy easter! I did!

Read you soon!

H.