July 2015 favourites

The month of July is my favourite month of the year because my birthday is in July. And I like birthdays.:) I celebrated quite low-key this year with my hubby, my bestie and her bf. We had some drinks and delicious Thai food. And the weather was really nice for a change. What more do you need?

Without further ado, let’s jump into this months’ favourites!

 

Move: Burpees

Yes, you read that right. Most of you might have guessed by now that I like to suffer a little for success. And I like to make others suffer, too. That’s why you’ll get a Burpee challenge in all of my Bootcamp workouts. While Burpees migth be a pain in the b**t, they are really effective. How often does it happen that you train almost your whole body with one single move and get your heart pumping at the same time? See, that’s why I like Burpees. And I promise, they will get easier with time.

 

Food: Summer rolls

The first time I came across summer rolls was in Thailand in 2012. And I have loved them ever since. Basically, they are a salda wrapped in rice paper rounds. But be aware, Summer rolls might not rock everyone’s boat. I had to learn that the hard way. But if you’re into fresh, light foods, then I urge you to try out summer rolls.

Great thing my favourite Thai place has them on their menu. They don’t even dare to ask me any more what I like for my starter.:)

 

Drink: Iced coffee

During July, there was a heat wave rolling over Switzerland with temperatures rising as high as 38°C. Fear not, I’m not complaining. However, with temperatures that high, a hot coffee drink didn’t sound that appealing most days. That’s why we enjoyed quite a lot of iced coffees last month.

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 espresso shots per person, preferably chilled in the fridge
  • Ice
  • 1 cup of almond milk per person
  • 1 spoonful of ice cream (I prefer Booja Booja’s “Keep Smiling Vanilla M’Gorilla”)

Pour the espresso shots into a glass, add as much ice as you like and pour the almond milk on top. Then, add 1 spoonful of (vanilla bean) ice cream and enjoy.:)

 

Clothing item: Jeans jumpsuit (G-Star)

If someone would have told me 2 months ago that I would actually love a jumpsuit made out of Jeans, I would probably have laughed. Very hard. But then, I went to see Helene Fischer (a German Schlager singer – don’t judge me!) and she rocked a Jeans jumpsuit. And I really wanted one. So I browsed the interwebs and was very pleased to see that my favourite Jeans brand G-Star does some awesome Jeans jumpsuits. Destiny, I tell you. Needless to say, I treated myself to one for my birthday.

 

Makeup item: UD 24/7 liners

Besides food and fitness, I am really into makeup. I love myself a winged eyeliner. But with really sensitive eyes, that’s not always easy, as most liquid eyeliners tend to irritate my eyes (especially if I use them very frequently). So therefore, I had to think outside the box, and this is what I came up with: I am using Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners (preferred colour: Perversion) to line my lashline and smudge some black eyeshadow on top (preferred e/s: Carbon by MAC). This way, I get to line my eyes without them tearing up. Try it, it lasts all day!

 

Song: Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds

Nothing new, nothing ground breaking, just a great tune to sing along.

 

YouTube video: Sephora Haul // Lily Pebbles and FleurDeForce

When two of you favourite YouTubers collab and show you what they bought in the Mothership (aka Sephora), it’s like Christmas. Or your birthday. They did miss my birthday by a few days with their upload, but I was thrilled nonetheless. And now I want everything they hauled. But that’s a story for another day, I guess.:)

 

So that is it for this month. I hope you enjoyed!

June 2015 favourites

Oh my, where does time go? It’s already the start of July, which means that half of 2015 is already over. Say what???

However, another month means another monthly favourites, right? So let’s get it on!

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Favourite move

Mid-June, I got certified as a TRX group fitness instructor. I have known and loved TRX workouts for a while, but the course really got me hooked. When I came home, I even persuaded my lovely husband to drill two ginormous holes in our ceiling in order to professionally install our own TRX. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten much use out of it yet. During June, I have either been learning the new Les Mills programs or working out outdoors. But I can’t wait to dive into my TRX soon!

 

Favourite food

I nearly wrote “Tempeh” again, can you believe it? The stuff is really addictive, that’s all I’m saying.😉 Anyway, back to June. I have been really enjoying tomatoes lately. The real thing that tastes like tomatoes, not those pale reddish things that taste like water. And tomatoes are very versatile, too! My absolute fave has to be red rice salad with loads of tomatoes, basil, bell peppers and courgette. I might even share the recipe to that one here on the blog.

 

Favourite drink

A quick little disclaimer: I have IBS, which means that a lot of foods don’t agree with me. For a while now, my symptoms have been getting worse despite the fact that I was rather careful with what I was eating. So I tried to cut out soy mild out of my diet and used almond milk instead. Not only have my symptoms improved, but also I discovered that I really like almond milk. Win-win! While almond milk has been huge in the U.S., Switzerland has been a little late to the bandwagon. However, this year especially, a lot of local retailers have brought out their own brands of almond milk.

 

Favourite book

I have been reading the past month, yet nothing has particularly stood out to me. But instead of a book, I’d love to give a shout out to Oxygen magazine, “the woman’s ultimate source for the best workouts, fat loss, health, nutrition and muscle building information”. If you are into training and fitness, this is your bible. And you don’t have to be a girl; my hubby loves to read Oxygen, too. I love it that much that I have both the print and online subscription. And I keep all of my old copies stashed away for future reference.

 

Favourite makeup product

Whenever you hit pan on a MAC eye shadow, you know it’s a keeper. And All that glitters is no exception. MAC describes it as a “beige with gold pearl”; however, it definitely has a peachy-pink hue to it. This shadow is very versatile and can be used all over the lid for a subtle day time look or as a highlight in a more dramatic evening look.

 

Favourite LUSH product

Do you suffer from dry elbows or dried out cuticles? Smear a little Lemon Flutter on it and even the flakiest of elbows will be smooth again. As a little added extra, your whole room will smell of lemon cake after applying Lemon Flutter.:)

 

Favourite song

I have a feeling this one could become a summer hit: The Chemical Brothers are back, and “Go” has everything a summer jam needs. Have a listen!

 

Favourite YouTube video

Sharon Farrell has to be one of my all time favourite YouTubers. That combined with her wedding day makeup tutorial makes the perfect match in my book. She also shared some wedding pictures on her Instagram which made me all kinds of sentimental about my own wedding day.:)

 

Have a nice month of July!

May 2015 favourites

It’s that time of the month again – not in a TMI-sense, that would be rather over the top. But the month is over, and I would like to share my faves with y’all. I hope you enjoy!

 May Favourites 2015

Favourite move

Clean and press

Us LesMills people do the Clean and press a little differently than say Crossfitters. I don’t think there is a better or worse option, the technique just differs. I think the clean and press is one of the greatest compound moves out there that trains various muscles at the same time. Great technique, however, is crucial, as you can mess yourself up quite easily if you’re doing it wrong. But once mastered, there is no faster way to a strong back.

 

Favourite food

I discovered Tempeh during my first trip to Indonesia in 2008. It is made from whole soybeans that is naturally fermented into a “cake” form. Tempeh is a very good source of plant-based protein. You can it enjoy in a million different ways, really. I like mine best grilled or fried in a little coconut oil and put on top of a veggie curry.

 

Favourite drink

As we’ve been to the UK at the beginning of the month, there can only be one: beer. Yes, I’m a girl and I do like beer. A lot. My faves are (in no particular order): nearly everything from the Swiss brewery Locher (the largest independent brewery in Switzerland), Leffe, Corona

 

Favourite book

Front Roe by Louise Roe

Louise Roe—internationally renowned fashion journalist, TV host, and makeover guru—knows style. It’s not about trends but about being your own person and sharing the things you love in your appearance, your home, and your personality. In Front Roe, Louise shares her expertise on cultivating personal style and feeling like a confident leading lady in your own life.

In her first book, Louise has compiled the practical tips and secret tricks that she’s picked up through years of working in the fashion industry with magazine editors, stylists, celebrities, and most importantly, real women. Front Roe helps a woman discover her personal style through looks she loves—images in magazines that speak to her, quotes that inspire her, fashion or styles she is taken with, and family photos. Once the foundation is laid, Louise expands into the specifics of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, offering helpful advice from today and yesteryear on everything from finding the right underwear and buying vintage clothing, to picking the best perfume for you, and making your home a sanctuary.

Source

 

Favourite makeup product

Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF30 from MAC

If you have freckles and very uneven skin tones like me, you probably know what a hassle it can be to find the perfect foundation. I have been using Clinique’s BB cream for quite a while now. While I still like that one, I was craving something new in my makeup collection. During my latest trip to my local MAC counter, I picked the MUA’s brain and she recommended the Lightful C Tinted Cream to me. And it did not disappoint. MAC describes it as a “colour-correcting cream that reduces imperfections and controls oil while increasing the natural radiance of your skin instantly” (source). Well, I couldn’t have said it any better.:)

 

Favourite LUSH product

Fair Trade Foot Lotion

A pink minty-chocolaty lotion that leaves your feet feeling hydrated and soft. I slap it on before I go to bed and put some cotton socks on top to protect my sheets. It does wonders for my poor badly treated footsies.

 

Favourite song

“All of the stars” by Ed Sheeran; go check it out if you haven’t heard it yet. It’s also the theme to “The fault in our stars”, which is pretty awesome, too.

 

Favourite YouTube video

Lily Pebble‘s Everyday May

I’m a rather noisy person, so naturally I love vloggers/peeking into other people’s lives. One of my favourite YouTubers, Lily Pebbles, vlogged (nearly) every day in May. I loved following her around London and getting a little more insight into her daily life. While she’s not the greatest MUA YouTube has ever seen, she has a very profound knowledge of all things beauty. And to top it all off, she seems like a very genuine, kind and down-to-earth person that hasn’t been affected at all by the stardom professional YouTubeing brings with it.

 

Favourite quote

The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.

The plant based guide to London, part 1.

Vegan travelling is a lot less scary than it might seem at first glance. However, if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. A little pre-travel planning comes in very handy when you’re at your destination and makes life so much easier. My husband and I tend to take this to the extreme. We may have fine-tuned a city trip based on restaurant locations – but that wasn’t London, I swear.:)

There are more and more resources available to check out plant-based options beforehand. However, sometimes it can be quite a hassle to get all the information you need – especially if you like your food to be vegan AND healthy. This is why I thought I would share my experience with you all.

Let’s start with London – the most fabulous of cities in my opinion. I might be a little biased when it comes to London, because both me and my husband completed a postgrad degree in this city. Therefore, we have a lot of great memories and various plant-based restaurant recommendations. Part 1 includes our all-time favourite vegetarian and vegan places as well as pub recommendations. I hope you enjoy.

Tibits

This hidden gem is by far our favourite restaurant in London. We are quite familiar with their food-boat-concept from Tibits` Swiss locations and love it. You select whatever your heart desires from the food boat and pay by weight. This might sound canteen-style, but let me assure you, Tibits is everything but a canteen. Their London location is very cozy (and in my opinion their most beautiful one); central but hidden away from the craziness of the city on Heddon Street. From breakfast to brunch to after work drinks (or “Apero”, as we Swissies like to call it”) or a three course meal, everything is possible. Every Tuesday, all of the dishes are vegan; on every other day, around 75 % of their dishes are vegan. They also offer a small but nice beer and wine selection, and their coffee is great. Staff is usually extraordinarily friendly, and service is quick.

Wild Food Café

A very close second is Wild Food Café. Very well hidden away in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden (the entrance to Neal’s Yard is just opposite the Covent Garden Superdry store), this little gem is well worth the search. It offers fresh, delicious, healthy food. Space is limited and the café can get quite crammed during “rush hour”. But regardless of how many guests there are, staff is extraordinarily friendly and service is always quick. We highly recommend the burger and the falafel wrap. Whatever you choose, make sure you leave room for their daily changing freshly baked desserts (vegan, mostly gluten- and sugar-free and mouth-wateringly delicious).

Wagamama

This is certainly not a cosy dining spot, but a godsend if you’re out shopping all day and crave something healthy. A little warning: Not everything that seems vegan on the menu is, in fact, vegan. However, they provide a dietary filter online as well as on location. Top tip: the Wagamama location in London Heathrow terminal 5. Staff is very friendly and service is fast.

Vantra Vitao

The very healthy option. They changed location quite recently (good for them), which means more business. This in turn also means rather long waiting times and not-so-great service. The food quality, however, has stayed high. We highly recommend getting several of their starters and share them like Tapas. The desserts are also very nice.

Coach and Horses

London’s first (and only) vegetarian pub. Need I say more? Probably not the most healthy food in London, but balance is everything in my book.:) They even offer a vegan “fish and chips”-dish, and their chips are to-die-for good. They have a great Belgian beer selection. Staff is friendly, service is quick.

The Dicken’s Inn

Hidden away at St. Katharine Docks, we stumbled across this little gem quite recently. We only had beer and chips, but we will sure be back for both. Staff is friendly, service is quick.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you try any of the restaurants above.

How heavy is a glass of water?

Some food for thought: The absolute weight does not matter. It depends on how long you hold the glass. If you hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If you hold it for an hour, you’ll get an ache in your arm. If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.

 

The stresses and worries in life are like a glass of water. Think about them for a while, and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer, and they start to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed, incapable of doing anything else.

 

Have a great weekend!

How to be happy.

We’re nearly 8 weeks into 2015, and all those shiny new year’s resolutions are starting to fade. Winter seems to drag on forever, and spring is only a distant promise. So it’s easy to fall into a rut and feeling unhappy.

Since the start of 2015, I have been feeling a bit blah. I’m a constant over-worrier anyway. But sometimes, things get a little out of hand and I find myself caught up in a circle of negativity. So today I want to share with you how to break such a circle and feel happy again.

Behaviour vs personality

It’s very easy to say: “That’s just how I am, I can’t do anything about that.” Wrong. Your behaviour and your personality are two completely different things. You are not your bad habits. Don’t let falling into a rut define your life. You CAN change your behaviour, you just need to WANT to change it.

But that’s only the first step. Because now the hard work comes in. Changing behavioural or thought patterns doesn’t happen overnight. Identify the pattern and break it down into little bits. Then, work on changing one small thing at a time. Come time, you’ll get there. And always remember: Changing your behaviour is a marathon, not a sprint. Be persistent, but also be patient with yourself.

believe you can

Speak your mind

Ever found yourself in a social situation where you felt another people was sucking you dry of all your energy? Ever come home from a social meeting feeling like crap? Negative behavioural patterns can directly result from interactions with other people. If you do notice that you react in a certain way to someone else’s behaviour, that’s worth analysing. What triggers your reaction? Is it directly linked to something the other person does or says? Or does the problem lie within yourself? Either way, it is important to speak your mind – to the other person or even to yourself.

Sometimes it can even be necessary to part ways with certain people in order to find happiness. You have to decide for yourself how severe the situation is. Never rush a decision like this; but if you feel the necessity to part ways with someone, stick to it.

Once you learn how to be happy

Comparison is the thief of joy

You know the saying: Don’t compare someone’s highlight reel to you behind the scenes. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the stuff people share on social media. In comparison, your own life might seem dull and boring. And no wonder: Think about what you yourself decide to share on social media. Probably not a selfie after you had just woken up with bed hair and no makeup on. And probably neither a print screen of the refusal letter you got on your latest job application.

Stop comparing. Find happiness within yourself.And if you do decide to share snippets of your life, try to do so in order to inspire and not to show off.

compare yourself to the person from yesterday

 

 

January favourites.

Well hello there! I’m back.

A lot has changed since my last post – no wonder, because that was over a year ago. I won’t cram all the things that have changed since last year in one post, because that would probably end up being the longest post in the history of the internet. Instead, I just wanted to talk to you guys about the things that have made me want to reinvigorate my little blog. And then I will share my favourite things for the month of January 2015 with you.

But first things first. When I saw Angela’s current post, it was like she had read my mind. Not the part where her busy life as a new mommy makes it hard for her to speak her mind (that’s something that didn’t change for me), but the overthinking-and-not-sharing part. I kind of fell off the blogging bandwagon because I had the feeling that my stories where not worth sharing. That no one would give a f%&@ about what I as rambling about. That my words where not worth sharing.

That fear will probably never completely disappear, because I’m a obsessive-compulsive over-thinker. Seriously, you don’t really want to know about everything that goes on in that brain of mine. But, I really want to share some parts of my life with you because I am convinced that those parts are worth sharing. I hope you enjoy.

Now, onto my January favourites. I plan on doing a favourites instalment at the end of every month from now on. I prepared some categories; however, those are subject to change, depending on the month, the season and my mood (it is my blog, after all).

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Favourite move: Push-ups

Yes, you read that right. I really had to amp up my push-ups for another group fitness program I got certified for last August. And now I love doing them. On my toes. Sometimes with my toes elevated on a bench. Another piece of evidence about how much can change in a year.

The beauty of the push-up is the fact that you can do them everywhere. It’s a great exercise for your chest, arms and your core.

Favourite food: Curry all the way, baby

Some things don’t change as quickly as others. As with my food faves. I still am sticking to an absolute favourite meal until I can’t be bothered with it at all. At the moment, that favourite meal is veggie curries (Indonesian style). Currently, we’re having a curry at leas once a day; we’re just varying the sides (rice, quinoa, potatoes etc.). And no curry tastes like another, because the taste also depends on the kind of veggies you add, how much curry powder you use etc.

Favourite drink: Peppermint Tea

Quite lame, I know, but I did some kind of dry January, so that should explain it. And peppermint tea has and probably always will be thebombdotcom in my book. I do also like fancy pansy teas like Pukka, but peppermint tea is my true love.

Favourite book: “A Hundred Pieces of Me” by Lucy Dillon

I got that book for a belated Christmas present about 3 weeks ago, and I’ve already gone through it. Yes I know, reading a book in 3 weeks won’t get me a spot in the Guinness world records, and I have been known for reading books much faster, but y’all know how it is – life kinda gets in the way sometimes. And books that are not great, to be fair. But this one is a keeper. Just a little teaser to get you guys hooked:

“Letters from the only man she’s ever loved.
A keepsake of the father she never knew.
Or just a beautiful glass vase that catches the light, even on a grey day.
If you had the chance to make a fresh start, what would you keep from your old life? What would you give away?
Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a difficult few years she’d rather forget. But the belongings she’s treasured for so long just don’t seem to fit who she is now.
So Gina makes a resolution. She’ll keep just a hundred special items – the rest can go.
But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…”

Favourite Makeup product: MAC Patissery lipstick

Usually, I’m more of a lipgloss or tinted lipbalm kinda gal. But I had 6 empty MAC products that I back2MACed and turned into a free lipstick. The girl on the counter recommended MAC Painterly to me, and I couldn’t be happier about that choice. It’s a neutral pinky-brown, fuss-free, “your-lips-but-better” colour that you can whack on without bothering about lipliner and lipstick creasing etc. A total win in my book!

Favourite Lush product: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

As you will learn in the future, I love LUSH. All my skincare is from LUSH; so I think it’s only fair to give LUSH products a separate category.

I have very very very dry skin, especially in winter. And this conditioner saved my life. However, I don’t use this the way you’re supposed to use a body conditioner. Instead of rinsing it off, I just use it like a regular body lotion. And it made all the difference.

Favourite song: “Rage The Night Away” Steve Aoki ft. Wacka Flocka Flame

Not the kind of music I’d usually stumble across, to be fair. But the chorus of this song is part of the soundtrack of one

Favourite YouTube video

Yes, I’m a YouTube stalker. Haha. I love watching good content on YouTube, so I thought I’ll share my favourite video that was uploaded during the month. For January, that has been the Tone it Up-girls Vlog from Playa del Carmen: http://youtu.be/8ixLyTczQOo. I’m really craving some warmer temperatures at the moment; and that vlog really got me into holiday mood. Too bad I have to wait another 7 months until it’s my turn to leave for a beachy vacation.

And while we’re on it, I’d like to give the Tone it up-girls a general shout out. They have created an amazing platform where women can get fit and motivate each other while doing so. Their approach is very healthy and positive; and their nutrition plan is really worth the investment.

Favourite quote

“Never a failure, always a lesson.”

An oldie, but a goodie. And kinda my mantra during January.

Have a great one!