Wishlist | Summer 2014

by Antonia on July 22, 2014

Summer Wishlist | Health Inspirations

We are halfway through July which means it’s time to discuss our summer wish list. I don’t know about you, but instead of going on big shopping trips at the beginning of each season I like to shop continuously throughout the year. This way you might end up with a bit more clutter and unnecessary items {if there is such a thing}, but you won’t miss out on any major trends or special sales.

Seeing as I shop more frequently than I really should, I never manage to accumulate a long wish list. However, there’s still a few bits and bobs that I’ve seen while browsing online, shopping in London, or worn on other people, that I think I might have to indulge in this summer. 

  1. Canon S120 | When I started blogging I had no idea how much stuff I would need. Technically, all you need is a laptop and a camera, but over the year I have added a few new gems to my collection. Most recently I’ve been pondering the idea of getting a second camera that I could use when I’m on the go. That way I can take picture and film when I’m out and about and don’t have to lug around my dSLR. And best of all, I’ll be able to post life updates more frequently on here too.
  2. Jack Wills Henlow Skinny Jeans | Before last Sunday I had ever bought anything from Jack Wills before. But Christina and I had a few minutes to spare before her bridal shop appointment so we ventured into the nearest store, which happened to be Jack Wills. Not so surprisingly, I immediately found a few items that I needed in my ever-growing collection of items in my closet. I instantly fell in love with these anchor printed skinny jeans. Unfortunately they were out of my size, but I’m still on the look-out for a similar item. And in case you’re interested, these are currently on sale!
  3.  Essie Peach Daiquiri | It’s no secret that I love Essie nail polishes. I think their formula is great and they have an amazing selection of colors. The day before I had my nails done in London last week, I picked up a few things a Boots and, as always, stopped by the Essie counter to check out their new colors. I was instantly drawn to Peach Daiquiri, though to my knowledge this isn’t a new color. I was pretty certain that the Bliss would have this color so I didn’t pick it up. Unfortunately, at the spa they didn’t have this particular color so I went with Plumberry for my toes instead, but have since then picked up  a bottle of Peach Daiquiri which I’m currently parading around on my nails.
  4. Whistles Suede Foldover Bag | It’s not like I need another bag, but this is such a cute little everyday clutch. Small enough not to look bulky, yet big enough to hold all your important items. The blue version is available on Asos and the blush and cream versions are available at Whistles.
  5. Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette | This would be a great alternative to the Naked 3 Palette, one of my favorites. I generally go for subtle nude tones as I believe they suit my complexion best and when I saw that that Bobbi Brown sold a limited edition nude eye palette I immediately thought that this would be something that I’d like!
  6. Burberry Cat Eye Sunglasses | For a very long time my go-to sunglasses were the Ray Ban Wayfarers. They did their job, but for the past few months I’ve sort of had the desire to add another pair of sunnies, something a little bit different. These cat eye sunglasses are slightly bigger than what I’ve ever worn before but they’re still a classic staple piece. And as it so happens I recently purchased these as a graduation gift to myself…
  7. Mango Layered Chiffon Blouse | A white blouse is a summer staple and I think this would look adorable worn to the beach with cute cut-offs or paired with a pair of skinny jeans and leather jacket when it’s slightly chilly out. Definitely an item you would get good use out of.
  8. J. Crew Shorts | Speaking of shorts, I have found the perfect pair for you. J. Crew is a place I always have a look around in when I’m on Regent Street but rarely every do Í buy something. Not because I don’t find something I like, but more because their clothes is more on the expensive side of things. I’m hoping that these shorts are worth the money and that they become a friendly companion during trips to the beach.
  9. Bobbi Brown Sand Eye Palette | Because clearly one eye shadow palette doesn’t suffice, it’s good to buy a back-up, or two. This is another neutral palette with the prettiest shades which are perfect to wear all summer long!
  10. Jo Malone Peony and Suede Blush Cologne | The next time you’re near a Jo Malone store or counter go have a stiff at their Peony and Suede Blush collection. It’s a beautiful scent and one of my absolute favorites. I’m currently trying to finish up their Vanilla and Anise Cologne {I hate how that sounds like it’s a chore} and then I’ll treat myself to a new scent!
  11. Denim Punctured Shorts | Another pair of shorts because you can never have too many. This pair has beautiful puncture detailing and would look adorable with a loose and flowy camisole.
  12. J. Crew Boy Shirt | I love the idea of wearing whites in the summer. I just recently purchased not one, but three white dresses. I think they are easy to pair with cardigans and cute accessories and the make your tan stand out {something I still need to work on!}. A white shirt can be worn with almost anything: skinny jeans and ballet flats, denim shorts and sandals or as a beach cover-up. Clearly it’s an item everyone needs to own!

What are your summer wishlist items?

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Graduation Weekend 2.0

by Antonia on July 14, 2014

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I left you with quite the cliffhanger there, didn’t I?! As my facebook page and instagram  may have given away, I graduated from University on Thursday. After a 4-year course of Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences, I finally graduated with a BSc. It’s funny how everyone says that time flew by in a flash, cause I honestly think that so much has happened in the past four years {most importantly, I created my blog}.

Unfortunately not my whole family and only University friends could be there to participate in the festivities, so I wanted to post a few pictures from the weekend on the blog, so I’d have something to look back on.

Other than graduating, I also spent Friday in London indulging in a post-graduation pampering session and pedicure at Bliss, shopping with my parents (again!) and eating all the free Ben and Jerry’s frozen yoghurt I could find. Naturally I had to try them all!

Saturday was honestly the most exciting day of all, as Christina had booked an appointment at a bridal salon in Windsor. As her Maid of Honor, I was the the photographer for the day, capturing every single detail of the dresses. Although the dress hasn’t been picked {I personally have a favorite], it was a very successful trip and it was so nice to see my sister in her potential wedding dress. After a quick stop at the Fudge Kitchen to pick up a treat for the guys, we made our way back home, where I threw everything into my suitcase. I’m still not entirely sure how I’ve managed to buy 13kg worth of things in 2 days, but as I’ve said before, I’m a pro shopper! After saying our good-byes I headed to the airport and arrived back in Munich late on Saturday night, just in time for the big World Cup Final on Sunday {yay, Germany!!!!}

I didn’t quite know what my graduation would be like or how I would feel leaving the campus after graduation, but I have to say I’m looking forward for the future. I have a few fun things planned for the next year or so and I’m excited for what the future has to offer. It was so lovely to have my parents fly over for my graduation, especially after they had just been to London the week before for Christina’s graduation and I’m glad they got to meet some of the people that I had been talking about for the last four years!

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And by the way, those Teaser bars are amazing, just sayin’!

{All pictures were taken with my iPhone 5S as someone, aka me, forgot to pack the camera}

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Graduation Weekend 1.0

by Antonia on July 10, 2014

Last weekend was a very special one for my family as it was my sister’s graduation. More than a year after submitting her thesis, she officially became Dr. Christina on Friday. I’m so incredibly proud of her and all her achievements and she keeps inspiring me to be just as hard of a worker.

Another exciting reason why the weekend was so special to me, is that it was one of those rare weekends where the whole family got together. The fact that our little reunion happened to be in London made it all the more special. Mo and I flew in from Munich after work on Thursday and met up with Alex and Christina for drinks and dinner at the South Bank. Friday was filled with celebrating, eating, more celebrating and my favorite musical (hint: “hakuna matata”). Unfortunately, Alex had to fly to Italy for a friend’s wedding that evening so he could only join for a part of the festivities, but it was nonetheless nice to be together, while it lasted.

Our trip concluded with a family shopping session on Saturday, from which I have yet to recover.

Because I’m currently working on improving my editing & video making skills, I decided to film the whole shindig and share the highlights with you all. If you like, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. There’s not a lot to see yet (I’ve only posted 10 videos so far), but I’m currently working on a few new recipe videos and from time to time I’ll be posting personal and lifestyle videos.

I don’t mean to leave you with a cliffhanger but Graduation Weekend 2.0 will be posted soon. I wonder who’s graduating next….If you really can’t wait to find out, you can follow me on instagram and facebook.

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Wiener Schnitzel {Video Recipe}

July 2, 2014

Don’t you think it’s funny how there’s certain comfort meals that everyone likes, meals that bring the whole family around the table , meals that even kids will eat, meals that are a joy to prepare and even more so, to devour. In my family Wiener Schnitzel, Viennese Schnitzel, is just that. It’s, hand down, […]

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Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Work Newbies {and a few more tips}

June 23, 2014

It’s only been a few weeks since I started working full-time and my mornings are already chaotic in between getting ready for work, going to the gym, prepping breakfast and getting to work on time. Luckily for me, we have flexible working hours which means I can basically come and go as I please, as […]

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Asparagus Rice Tart {gluten-free}

June 19, 2014

I’m so excited to finally share the recipe for this asparagus tart with you. I tested the recipe and took the pictures a very long time ago, when I was back at home in Austria over Easter. Yup, you heard me right….Easter! I think it’s never taken me this long to type up a post, […]

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Summer Weekend in Austria {video}

June 12, 2014

I hope everyone’s having a great week. After a long weekend at home it doesn’t feel like Thursday at all,  but I’m certainly not complaining. I had plans to work on some recipes and posts over the weekend, but then the weather was just too nice…and by nice I mean hot and by hot I […]

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May in Instagrams

June 4, 2014

Guess what? I’m back! I’m really sorry for the lack of posts last month but Uni kind of got in the way. The good thing is, I’m now officially done with my exams. I had my viva last week and spent a long, fun-filled weekend with friends that came to visit. To celebrate the end […]

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Chocolate Fondants {…and a bit of news}

May 2, 2014

When bloggers use the words “news” in post titles it usually has to do with a cookbook that they’re writing or a an engagement. None of that applies to me, but I still have exciting news, which explains why I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere last month. I feel like I’ve been the […]

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Linz Half-Marathon {Race Recap}

April 7, 2014

Yesterday I ran my first race of the year! The half-marathon in Linz, Austria {my hometown} is something like a standing appointment {you can read about last year’s half-marathon here, and the 2012 quarter marathon here}. It’s usually the first race of the season, so  it’s a great way to see how my fitness has […]

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