Apr 15, 2014

The most romantic place in Europe


The locals call it Tunnel of Love and according to Travelbook it´s one of those secret travel tips for couples. Where do you think it is located? Hint: It´s neither in France or Italy. Any guesses?


Apr 14, 2014

Monday Madness


Lovelies, how´s your Monday going so far?
Mine is nearly over and I plan to snuggle up and relax tonight. I was planning to sleep in this weekend but I totally forgot about the Vienna City Marathon yesterday and since I am not living far from the trail, there was no escaping the noise. Oh, boy. But I stop whining right now and suggest we get right into this weeks links, okay?

Alexander Wang x H&M! YES! Mark November 6th in your calendars, ladies!

• Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together again! If this is a thing now, we like it :)

Spring Onion Fritatta, anyone?

• Welcome to Glamour Magazine: 6 Reasons Cindi Leive would hire you!

Hair perfection. ´Nuff said.

•  K e e p  g o i n g.  Must read. Must!

• Easy White. Thumbs up!

5 Habits of Happy People. Agreed!

• Check out these tipsy glasses. Ha!

• Fancy some DIY Lemon Lavender Candles?

>> You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.<<
- Mae West


(Photo via remain simple)

Apr 10, 2014

What inspires you these days?


Today was one of those dragging days at work where nothing seems to work out and outside it was rainy and quite chilly. So I did what you do on those days, I turned to Instagram for a little pick-me-up and came across the breathtaking photos of yoga instructor Laura Kasperzak and her four year old daughter.


Stunning, don´t you think? These literally made my day and also inspired me to get my lazy ass going. Ever since my Hashimoto diagnosis, I planned to focus on daily stretching again to keep my joints limber and smooth and eventually I´ll be able to get back into real exercise mode soon. I didn´t so far because I was afraid my joints would start to hurt again but I should have known better.

Light stretching, as in yoga poses like the sun salutation, are just what the doctor ordered, quite literally. I feel great thanks to Laura and Mini!


So if you´re up for a little inspiration, follow Laura´s amazing Instagram feed here. Any IG profiles you turn to for a little afternoon pick-me-up these days? What motivates you to get out of your rut?


(All images courtesy of laurasykora)

Apr 9, 2014

Don´t shave the yak!


Every year around springtime I happen to pick up a favorite book of mine and re-read it again, just in time for a much needed emotional spring cleaning as I like to call it. I am talking about Karen Kingston´s Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Have you ever read it?

It usually already hits me only a few pages in and I start to re-arrange and let go of stuff in my home (and my heart). I do consider myself to be fairly organized and neat when it comes to my home. I am not a hoarder but once a year, as soon as I start reading, I get rid of stuff. Tons of stuff which always makes me wonder if I might actually be a secret hoarder!

Right now, after a particularly hard time, I feel stagnant and don´t feel home in my own home anymore. Due to Karen, summarized, it´s because of stuck energy due to clutter. I am not going all esoteric on you because, frankly, I don´t believe in that stuff myself. But Space Clearing and getting rid of your clutter? Guys, that stuff works every time! Guaranteed. And for me, that´s all I need to know whatever the reason for that might be.

Have you ever decided or wished to change something major in your life like switching jobs or even careers, ending a relationship, moving cross-country?

The funny thing is, it´s sometimes extremely hard or even impossible to do unless you let go of your baggage. If you´ve ever been there, you know that´s not that easy but starting to clean your home - start with your bedroom or office for example - bit by bit helps you to focus and the cleaning process releases energy and helps you to get closer to your goal.

If you´re happen to be a pro in procrastinating, I have to ask, have you ever heard about Seth Godin´s Don´t shave the yak theory?

Read all about it here, but summed up it means that sometimes you really REALLY want to finish a task but then you can´t because of something else that needs to be done in order to finish task one and so on and so on and in the end you might be shaving a yak (which makes more sense, if you read his original post!).

So basically, don´t say you will fix the bookshelf today but then you don´t because you just realized that your brother borrowed your tools two months ago but you can´t get them from him now without returning his favorite sports jersey, which you accidentally happened to ruin with a wine stain.... etc. Just fix that shelf and make it work....

... and read that book, already :)


(Photo via I love my rug)

Apr 8, 2014

The Spunkyrella Ohhhmelette!


My friend Sara and I met through blogging a while ago and to get to know each other better we started to ask each other random questions over email every other week. One of them was something like: Imagine you´re a contributor of a Blogger´s Cookbook. What would be your signature dish?

I knew right away that I have to go with my infamous love for eggs and therefore my signature Ohhhmelette. It´s the perfect combination of protein and veggies, of healthy and savory. You can have it for breakfast, weekend brunch, a late lunch on busy days or even for dinner. It´s easy peasy to make, I don´t even whip it up in a separate bowl. I just toss two eggs, tomatoes, baby spinach and sometimes a bit of turkey in a small frying pan and spice it up with garlic powder, sea salt and a good dose of dried chili flakes. And because I like it to be a little bit crispy on the edges, I just leave it a little bit longer in the pan. Maybe a minute or two. Done!

Would you try it?

Oh, and Sara picked broccoli cheddar soup to be her signature dish.


What would you contribute to the Blogger´s Cookbook? Please tell.


Apr 7, 2014

Monday Madness


As we´re diving into another week of the already fourth (!) month of this year, all I can think of these days is, how fast time is flying by. Seriously, think about it! Wasn´t it only yesterday when I was prepping Christmas dinner? And now spring is fast approaching. It´s insane!

I might not have a lot of bright moments lately (thank you, brain fog!) but this was surely one of them. So while I was enjoying my Sunday chill out yesterday, I thought it´s time for a clean slate. Out with the old, in with the new, a fresh breeze if you will. Just in time for spring!

This week is all about new beginnings on Spunkyrella. Pampering ourselves a little more, refreshing our lazy attitude (or is it just me?) and making fun plans. Are you in?

But first, links:

• The How I Met Your Mother finale really got to me. Reading this sweet interview with Josh Radnor helped though :)

Take a peek! #officeobsessed

• Where to eat in Copenhagen. ´Nuff said.

• There is a Minnie Mouse in all of us. Proof!

Remembering The O.C. Can´t believe it´s been 10 years already!

• Ten uses for this Wild Rose Balm. Love this.

Matcha Vanilla Smoothie, anyone?!

• Adding this book to my massively expanding must-read pile!

• And American Blogger, the trailer.


>There are always flowers for those who want to see them.<
- Henri Matisse





(Photo by Robert Hahns via Highsnobiety)

Apr 6, 2014

Oh, Sundays


Sundays are best spent in pj´s in bed, messy hair and all with amazing chill out music in the background, don´t you think? Especially after a pretty exhausting week, there´s nothing I look more forward to. Add the smell of homemade coffee and maybe a nice savory pizza order later today. Perfection.




(Photo via Vogue+Vodka)

Apr 2, 2014

Kiehl´s Eye Alert For President


Waking up with puffy eyes every day for the last couple of months is no joke, but somehow I started to get used to it. I tried every trick out there. From putting spoons in the fridge overnight, to avoid certain foods, nothing helped so far. Partly I think my messed up hormones are to blame. Still, who wants to spend any extra time every morning to fix those puffy swollen eyes?

Last week I came across Kiehl´s Eye Alert when I was browsing the isles on my day off work and overheard a devotee raving about it. After using a few pricier products in the past I was happy to see this is on the cheaper side. So I thought to myself I´ll give it a try and I am not looking back!

Eye Alert is actually part of Kiehl´s men´s line but I think whatever helps is welcome. It´s a gel-cream (a little goes a long way), it applies very well and soaks right in. Caffeine, cucumber, and alfalfa extracts work it´s magic within minutes. I keep it in the fridge for that extra zing feeling in the morning and I just love it!

What´s your favorite skincare product right now?

Mar 31, 2014

Monday Madness


Happy Monday friends!

I took a not so voluntary hiatus from blogging as you might have noticed. Things got better with my health but then worse again. Adjusting to new medication apparently is no walk in the park. But I am way better now and back on track. Meanwhile spring has sprung in Vienna but I don´t wanna jinx it, so I stop right there. Who knows what April might have planned for us, snow maybe?!

What are you up to these days?

So enough of the babbling for now and more links because that´s what you´re here for:

Happy Birthday Steve Sanders! Our favorite Beverly Hills blonde turns 50 (!!)

9 Tips to look like a NYC local. Hint: No fanny packs :)

• Caught! What women really do when they´re alone.

What color is your aura? Mine is red. If yours is pink or purple we´re basically besties :)

Vanilla lemon cake with coconut cream cheese frosting. Yeah, I just said that.

• "John Corbett is the human equivalent of a hug" ´Nuff said.

• 11 Songs to welcome Spring. Yes please!

• This Monday Print made me smile.

Black, White, Red. Thank you, Emmy Rossum!

• And Ke$ha turned Kesha. The end of an era or is it?!



(Image via Cold Fresh Pillows)

Mar 10, 2014

Monday Madness


Here we go again! After a gorgeous springlike weekend in Vienna, I am ready for whatever this week might bring.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and emails after I posted about my health ordeal. It´s great to know I am not in this alone. I am getting better every day even though some days are still hard pain-wise but my body is adjusting and that might take some time. But enough!

What are you up to this week?

And now, links:

• The latest The Gentlewoman issue. Love it!

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse? Sign me up!

Coasting. ´Nuff said.

H&M $99 Wedding Dress. Like it?

• Just breathe!

Florals + Navy + Spring = Cute dress. Yes, please.

Jerk Sloppy Joes with Coconut Creamed Spinach. Vegan never looked so good!

• The War on Pink, Princesses and Barbie. Read!

And last but not least I am happy to announce the winner of our CARS AND FILMS Giveaway: The artist chose Sara´s entry! Congrats girl! The Roman Holiday poster will soon be yours :)

 

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