Sep 1, 2014

Monday Madness


Hello September and Happy Labor Day to my American readers!
Summer came to a screeching halt and fall is creeping up on us in warp speed. I am not even going to fake any complaints, because frankly, I love autumn/fall. It´s my favorite season and right now I am pumped the hot and humid sleepless nights are over and that crisp fresh air is what I witness as soon as I open the windows. Pure bliss. On that note I realized I haven´t been on a proper summer holiday (read: at the beach) in ages, so that´s on my agenda for next year for sure. Still you might want to remind me of this when I start complaining about winter, just sayin´ :)

What are your three favorite things about fall? 

That´s the question of the day and when you think about it, this season is going to rock, isn´t it?! I am looking forward to feeling cozy in a jacket outside and it´s neither too warm or too cold, to start adding cinnamon to my coffee (and by saying that I mean starting with hot coffee again after months of living solely on iced coffee) and trying my hand on new recipes as in pumpkin loaf cake or pumpkin anything really :)


Now, links:

San Francisco Travelbug. I´ve never been but this makes me SO want to go!!

The Start-Up of You. On my reading list!

10 Things NOT to do as a New Yorker visiting LA! Hilarious read!

The "If we´re not married by..."-Pacts that worked in real life. Say what?!

I should be shopping boots, but these heels are everything! #SHOEGASM

This Turkish Red Pepper Lentil Soup looks perfect to welcome fall. Yum!

 Burgundy Desktop Calendars for free. Thumbs up!

And NYC´s Hottest Bachelors. Hello, Ian... Just sayin´ :)

       
>> Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for. <<
- Unknown


(Image via liveloveevintage)

Aug 29, 2014

A Little Pick me up


This week has been quite hard for yours truly. I had to testify in court because of a nasty dispute and just managed to get rid of a headache that´s been bugging me for days. So I guess I - and maybe you too?! - could need a little pick me up and this news really cheered me up.

From September 17 to October 18 this year, Warner Brothers decided to open a pop-up replica of Friends´ Central Perk coffee shop at 199 Lafayette Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. How amazing is that?!
They even managed to bring back Gunther - actor James Michael Tyler - and there might be a little Smelly Cat tribute, too. Sigh.

No, I won´t be in New York during that time but I am still very happy for those of you who can go and have a comfy time at the signature orange sofa, sip freshly brewed coffee and think of me, yes?!

Oh and this video is quite a reunion too, in case you haven´t watched it yet:



Also can you believe it´s already been 20 years since the tv show aired for the very first time, or is it just me? Whoaaa, right?!

Hope that little pick-me-up helped, it did for me :) 




(Image via Telegraph.co.uk)

Aug 26, 2014

Which language would you like to learn?


Confession time: When I am visiting a foreign country, I get a kick out of acting like a local from the start. You know, the little things like ordering from the menu in the native language or getting a coffee and chatting with the barista and not look like a tourist. I always try to have at least a few basic phrases on hand to feel comfortable and get to know the local people (more about Travel Alone basics here).

I am kind of smitten with Stockholm and Sweden in general, lately. From what I´ve heard Swedish is a delightful language and I think about taking classes before I am heading north. I did learn French and Spanish at school and while I am still pretty good understanding both, I can´t talk that much anymore.

I loved this 8 Tips and Tricks for Learning a New Language Quickly and thought you might be interested as well, yes?!


Oh, and I did take this fun quiz via Buzzfeed. According to my choice of coffee and Brad Pitt movie (!), I should take Arabic lessons. Interesting!

What about you? Which language did you always like to master?


(Photo via Noreen Parton; Illustration by Yumi Sakugawa)

Aug 25, 2014

Monday Madness


Well, hello again, friends!

What are you lusting after right now? Yep, that´s the question of the day. Spill the beans! Right now I am munching on salted vinegar chips - don´t hate em til you try em, folks. They´re delish!
Funnily enough, since that belly bug paid a visit, there´s not much else food-wise I even want to think about. Only these heavenly vinegar-y little gems and plain gnocchi for that matter. I am weird, I know.

What have you been up to lately? Any #ALSIceBucketChallenge videos I might have missed? What happened at the VMA´s last night other than Blue Ivy´s appearance. I am sooo behind, you guys :)


But first, links:

50 Best Dressed TV Characters ever. Yay, Mindy and Lindsay - what about Felicity? Thoughts?

5 Sayings to Keep You Grounded. ´Nuff said.

The Breakfast Conundrum. Help out my friend Nina with quick breakfast choices for the working gal on the go. Thanks.

Making a Headboard all alone by yourself. Thumbs up.

Jenna Lyons approaches aging with ice cream and a martini. Glorious!

#Joggjeans. Yes!

Bright + Airy in LA. Swoon.

Late summer Leafy Nails. Yay!

And last but not least, of course I have to address Robin Williams´ recent passing. As many of you, I am having all the thoughts, feeling all the feelings but this post about depression and this discussion on why funny people create that second persona that has nothing to do with their real self - is really everything we need to know and should be aware of right now. Be kind and listen to the clowns!



(Image via beeslikehoney)

Aug 24, 2014

Sunday Mixtape


Hello, friends. A nasty belly bug got the best of me. The last couple of days have been a mix of sleeping on the couch, watching tons of TV and listening to music mainly. I enjoyed checking out new artists and also falling in love all over again with oldies but goodies. So I spare you the gory details and decided to share my favorite tunes right now, sounds good?

Also how amazing would it be if that hunk showed above would get this lovely bouquet over here?! Just saying´ :)

What have you been up to? Fill me in. Happy Sunday!






(Image via Raisons d´Être)

Aug 12, 2014

Running 101 - A Reminder


Two years ago, I met a girl through blogging who was an avid runner and I was psyched she agreed to guest post on Spunkyrella about all things running since I wanted to start myself. So, Running 101 was born!

Fast forward two years later, Nina is now one of my best friends and thanks to social media the 7500 plus kilometers (nearly 4700 miles) from Vienna to Chicago don´t feel like it at all, but that´s a different story.

Yes, she´s still running up a storm in Chicago and she even motivated me to give it a try. I was always self-conscious about starting a running routine, mainly because at my weight people would tell me not to run as it could harm my joints.
Still, Nina insists that runners come in all shapes and sizes, so I decided to start working on my endurance first before I am running through the city. Wow, me and running. Next stop has to be world domination, obviously :)

Today I´d like to take a trip down memory lane for all you avid runners and curious beginners and share a Best of Running 101. Ready? Here we go....

Aug 11, 2014

Monday Madness


This weekend was well spent reading, thanks to a gift card to a local book store. Of course I had to jump on the #GIRLBOSS waggon and so far it doesn´t disappoint.

Lots of iced coffee, crisp salads and ice cream thrown in the mix and that´s how we roll in the heat these days. My first thought this morning? It´s only a four-day-work week, yay! What about you?

But first, grab a cup and treat yourself to some links:

• Decorating with Large Prints instead of Gallery Walls. Thoughts?

• Hiking to Lagoa de Fogo. Wow!

Ginger Peach Sangria plus Salted (!) Cantaloupe Ginger Ice Cream. Thumbs up!

Tiny Bee Ring. Just because.

Are you friends with your ex? Great read.

• My Terrible Tinder Date. Ha!

Scandinavian Inspired Family Home. Lovely!

• 18 Things We Need to See on The Mindy Project. Agreed :)

• Plus a Free Editorial Planner to download. Must have!


>> Don´t ever grow up. Don´t become a bore. Don´t ever let the Man get to you. <<
- Sophia Amoruso


Aug 7, 2014

What´s your signature summer scent?


When the temperature is rising and humidity strikes, I usually can´t be bothered with wearing any kind of perfume. My favorite ones are usually too heavy for summer, so I ditched that step in my morning routine altogether though I like to wear some kinda scent. I would grab some kind of dry oil every other day, but that was it.

That quickly changed when I came across this light and handy rollerball perfume that mesmerizes with a deep jasmine note that fades into a fresh scent of summer, sun and the beach and by the end of the day I can smell salt water on my skin. It´s heaven in a bottle and it´s called Bobbi Brown Beach. I am in love and can't stop sniffing my wrists all day long :)

Have you ever tried it?



(Image via WeHeartIt | Madame Madita)

Aug 6, 2014

Let´s talk about dating...


Yesterday my friend Suze and I met for cocktails and after a quick catch-up on each others lives, the conversation quickly turned to dating and the young urbanite´s problems concerning that subject.

"I am back for almost six months already and can´t even find a proper apartment, I don´t even want to think about possible dates", she said as the few she experienced were quite underwhelming. She is a smart, funny, driven woman who´s gorgeous and independent - how come it´s hard for her to find someone to date that feels equal to her, to begin with?!

I turned 32 this year and was in a relationship for almost six years. When I entered said relationship in my twenties, I had totally different expectations and needs than I believe I do have now. While growing up I was told that an independent woman doesn´t need a man and that I should never be needy and vulnerable towards men and also that the woman has to take care of everything. Of course I believed that at that time.

Now I know, that if you embody those beliefs, you will certainly attract a specific kind of men - the kind who is accustomed to women in charge. The kind that makes you feel like you´re on your own even though you are in a relationship. Suze agreed with me and we realized we are strong women who also want a strong confident equal partner. Being in charge all the time is exhausting. So what to do?

That´s when I came around Matthew Hussey (if you know MTV´s Plain Jane, you have probably seen him in action), a dating expert who´s videos caused quite a few head desk situations over here, ha.

Especially one of his observations, made me slap my forehead, even though it´s kinda obvious (this video around minute 2:50), and I summarize his point quite a bit:

  • If you want a masculine guy, you need to let him take care of you.  A confident masculine guy needs to take care of a woman. Your argument might be that you can do it yourself. Having to do everything for yourself is a form of weakness. A strong woman doesn´t need to spend all that energy validating herself by showing off how strong she is!
  • The weakest woman claims that she needs a guy and can´t do anything by herself. A level above her is the woman who says she can do anything for herself and doesn´t need a guy to help her. The confident and really strong woman is a level above, knowing she can do it herself but also knowing it´s more fun when someone else does it!
  • It´s strong to be served. It is not strong to hold a guy at an arms length telling him you don´t need him - for an equal relationship, you do!
  • You don´t need a guy for your own happiness, but it´s more fun with one and they have more fun when they can be guys around us!

Makes sense, doesn´t it?!

What´s your experience when it comes to dating (feel free to comment anonymously, if you like) and don´t miss this adorable video about kids talk dating problems. It´s hilarious!





(Image via Raisons d´Être, video via Matthew Hussey)

Aug 4, 2014

Monday Madness


Lately I feel insanely happy and content just moments after waking up early morning - even on a Monday - and that says something. After a hard year personally and healthwise, I just finally feel the rollercoaster going up again and it might stay there for a while :)

This weekend was filled with laughter (like, laughing til I cried of laughing), great food and something that could develop into a so-called sleeping routine and even nicer early mornings. Not bad, huh? What about you?

Think about your best moments this weekend while you´re browsing my favorite links! Happy Monday!

• This Hallstatt post is supposed to make you come to Austria :)

Interior Photography as it´s best. Swoon.

Beyoncé Taught Me. Loving these graphic tees.

10 New Yorker Food Stories to read now!

• Remember my I Quit Sugar Challenge? This Life without Sugar post hit home in a good way.

• This technique will make your lipstick last forever. Thumbs up!

Hello Sunshine - free printable wallpaper. ´Nuff said.

I´m Not the Only One. Watch Chris Messina break Dianna Agron´s Heart - all in the name of music.

• And a yum Cheesy Grilled Pesto Chicken and Sundried Tomato Sandwich. Yes!


>> Time and silence are the most luxurious things today. <<
- Tom Ford


 

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