Saturday Night Fever

Is it weird to spend 20 minutes painting your nails, even if you know that you most likely won’t leave the house for the next 36 hours other than to go for a run? I guess, the vast majority would answer “Uhm, yes!”, but I am sure M will very much appreciate the fact that my nails will be matching my grey sweatpants for our glamorous TV-date-night in (yes, we are crazy like that).

 

Oh – and I can highly recommend the Mavadry top coat from Mavala. The best ever, I swear: makes your nails dry within a minute and prevents chipping for several days. Obviously the Swiss do not only know how to make watches… and chocolate… oh, and cheese of course!

Better late than never

 

So here it is: the first outfit post in 2012 (at least it is still January). And this is me in the very famous, ancient (we are talking 800-year-old ancient, my ladies) Monastery of Maulbronn sporting my faux fur jacket I scored in the Mexx Mid-Season-Sale for less than a third of its original price. Did you know that parts of the movie “The name of the rose” with Sean Connery were shot here? Well, I didn’t.

On me:

Faux fur jacket: Mexx

Knit dress: United Colors of Benetton

Boots: ? (can’t read the tag inside anymore..)

Thermo tights: Tchibo ( I highly recommend you get a pair – they are really cozy)

Gloves: Roeckl

Lips: Rouge d’Armani No. 401

Bag: Loubs

Scarf: s.Oliver Selection (gifted)

10 Things I Learned Running

 

I started running about one and a half years ago. Ever since I started I have been running three to four times a week, the only exception being injuries and sickness. I currently run about 20 miles per week (which still counts as “bloody beginner” in the runners’ world) and honestly do not know how I went without. Besides the fact that I’ve built up quite some stamina and leg strength, there are a few other things I learned during the past months – about myself, my body, and life in general:

1.) Don’t quarrel – with things that are not within your power to change; this might be rain, gusty winds, cold, or a steep hill. Quarreling will shift your focus and deprive you of your strength – without changing anything. Rather focus on yourself and your goal. After all you will need to get home/to the finish line – may there be rain, wind or steep hills.

2.) Focus – on your body, the road, your breathing or the next step. It will make it easier to manage when the going gets tough.

3.) Be patient (HA, who would have thought I’d ever gain that wisdom!) – you will get to the finish line eventually and probably a lot easier if you relax and don’t overdo it. Running up that hill at full speed to get it over with is not going to get you very far after that.

4.) Not every day is the same – there are good days and bad days. Push yourself on the good ones, be easy on your body on the not so good ones. And always listen to your body.

5.) Start slow – take the first mile or so of every run to find out where you are heading and how you feel, whether it is a good or bad day (s. 4.) above). Starting too fast will leave you tired and exhausted, but no one is going to keep you from sprinting the last mile or so if you have enough strength left.

6.) Cross the bridge when you get there – whenever I increase the distance for my long runs it seems impossible at first, but I usually mentally break my runs up into 1-2 mile bits. You can worry about the next section when you get there – there is no point in thinking about that steep hill that is going to come when you are currently on an easy part of your run. Use that time to gather your strength – you’ll eventually need it.

7.) You are not competing – against anyone else than yourself, that is. There will always be someone that has more endurance, runs faster or more miles, but you do not know how hard they worked to get there. Run, so you can feel good about yourself and your accomplishments.

8.) Treat your body well – if you are in pain, there is a reason for it. Don’t push too hard; you only have that one body. Eat well, sleep, and most important: rest and give your body time to heal.

9.) Mind over matter – ever so often when running I think to myself: why am I doing this? No one makes me keep going, I could just stop – right here and now. And I never do. I just keep going.

and last, but above all:

10.) ENJOY! – this can be the cold, fresh air filling your lungs, the sunshine, the music on your iPod – or the peaceful quiet, the beautiful nature, or just the fact that your legs are carrying you this far.

 

Some might say, I am already addicted. I say, I just love running.

 

 

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens…

…If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”

Andy Rooney

reblogged from Georgie Girl

Related: Did I mention that we are going to Paris for the weekend in two weeks?!

Fall Shopping List

Remember my fall shopping list from my last post (which was ages ago, I admit)? – I actually got this, this, a brown fake fur jacket (on sale!) and black skinny jeans, that kind of look like leather. So as you might have figured, I was busy shopping and crossing items from my shopping list the past few weeks (well, not really, but that’s a better excuse than the lame: “I had tons of work to do!”). And the best part: each and every single one of them was either on sale or I got it with a coupon or gift certificate – now, who’s a bargain hunter?!

 

Outfit posts coming up (as soon as there is the chance to get some pictures in daylight).

 

On a somewhat unrelated note: I discovered the benefits of slips and dry shampoo, but more on that later…

Aloha – I’m back

So I am back – actually have been for one and a half weeks now. And after wearing a top, shorts and flip flops for three weeks every day, I am still kind of clueless when it comes to my fall wardrobe. So I’m in desperate need of inspiration stylewise. I think, my colleagues might even start getting confused due to my lack of weird wardrobe choices, as I have been wearing jeans, sweaters, and pumps for the last several days.

Things that are on my list for fall are:

Faux fur coat or gilet (or maybe both?!?)

Nude booties/boots

Mustard wool pencil skirt (as seen at J.Crew – unfortunately the one in Honululu only had the red)

Cable knit long cardigan

Classic grey cashmere sweater

and just added (inspired by Mimi): black skinny leather pants

Tomorrow will be the last day of jeans and sweaters – maybe I will pull out some of my colored tights. Yeah, I am crazy like that..

It’s Your Mind that Matters

by Dallas Clayton

Those Summer Nights

This past weekend was the perfect summer weekend. It started with a nice dinner and cocktails in town in celebration of M’s birthday on Friday night, followed by a hot, sunny day at the lake on Saturday. Saturday night we hopped onto our bikes and visited the Kurparkfest which ended with incredible fireworks. Sunday we took it easy with breakfast in bed, preparations for our Hawaii vacation that is coming up next week (YAY!), an exhausting (but satisfying) long run and reading on the couch. Seriously, does it get any better?!?

 

So Friday and Saturday night were both great opportunities to get all dressed up. I promise, you won’t see outfit pictures from Sunday, though… How was your weekend?

Dress: Mango

Cardigan: H&M

Bracelet: Jeweler on Isla de mujeres (from last year’s trip to Cancun)

Ice Cream for Lunch

 

That’s what we had on Sunday – there are definitely advantages to being a grown-up. I mean, there is a lot of annoying things as well, like doing your own laundry, cleaning not only your room, but a whole apartment, having to go grocery shopping, spending summer days in an office – well you get the idea. But let’s focus on the fun parts, one of which is having ice cream for lunch.

 

Tube top: H&M

Shorts: MEXX

Belt: C&A (? – about seven years ago, can’t remember)

Purse: Fossil (gifted)

Glasses: I am

Flip flops: Old Navy

 

 

 

 

Jeans Envy

 

I first saw the whole red-rolled-up-jeans-look over on Kendi’s blog – and the instant I saw it, dang, there it was: a very serious case of jeans envy. And from that day on the quest for red skinny jeans was on. I literally chased my best friend, her husband and M all over Stuttgart one Saturday in April just to realize: South Germany is not quite there yet when it comes to colored jeans. But as it always goes, once you can get it in the States just wait a couple of months and you’ll find it in Germany. TADAAAAH! I proudly present MY red skinny jeans:

 

 

Shirt: Esprit/my Mom’s closet

Jeans: Esprit

Ballerinas: Tamaris

Small messenger bag: Picard (gifted)

Bracelet: H&M

Glasses: Tommy Hilfiger