29 July 2014

Festival Fashion Guide (+Check List)

day outfit: boots - Asos, necklace - Sweet Deluxe via Zalando, everything else - H&M

This weekend I went to the Food For Your Senses festival, which is one of the most popular festivals in Luxembourg. For me it was the first time that I also camped on a festival ground and it was quite hard for me to know what to pack and what to leave at home. So now that I'm back and wiser I thought it would be nice to make a little festival guide for you. Today I will start off with fashion, thus the clothes and accessories you should take to a festival to cut a fine figure. Tomorrow I will round off the guide with a festival beauty special where I will tell you what you really need to look good, even after three days of partying and sleeping in a tent.
Unfortunately I didn't take my camera to the festival ground because it was so hot and I didn't want to risk to damage it. If you're interested in seeing and hearing a bit about my actual festival experience I recommend following my Instagram account where I'm publishing some pictures I took with my phone.

night outfit: bag - Asos, everything else - H&M

camping area outfit: flipflops - Asos, everything else - H&M

So this is my list of things to take to a festival and of things which you can definitely leave at home. Most of them speak for themselves, like the rubber boots (which you should also take if the weather is supposed to be good all weekend as they come in really handy at night when it's cold outside or in the morning when the grass is wet with dew). Then I also had the chance to own a really small and cute rucksack which was super useful as it held a small bottle of water, sunscreen, my phone, some money and a little snack (which is basically all you need on the festival ground). Flipflops and bikini are not only useful when you want to chill in the sun, but also help you to use the public showers without disagreeableness. The hat and sunnies will perfectly protect you from the hot sun and allow you to stay out all day. For the fashionable and not only functional ladies I added a maxi dress and a flower crown which will make you look really chilled and pretty. Basically I have noticed that prints, kimonos and sheer lace are really popular on festivals but of course also the festival fan shirts. You should however buy yours right on the first day and still wear it during the festival as you may not wear it once you're back in reality. If you wanna take jewellery I recommend taking anything that can handle sun and liquids, like braided wristbands or plastic jewellery. And that's where we have arrived on the other side of the list. You should definitely leave everything at home which is of a special value or which you absolutely don't want to be ruined like expensive jewellery, your favourite evening gown or white pants (which won't stay white for a long time as you will be sitting on the ground a lot!). Of course high heels and clutches are far away from being convenient as well. Oh and in case you're wondering why I recommend leaving at home your playsuit... Well think about festival toilets which are dirty and which you will probably need to attend quite often - not the right place for difficult undressing or clothes that hang down to the floor. 

I hope that this was a little helpful for the festival beginners and I hope that you'll also check out my beauty special tomorrow. Have you guys planned to go to a festival this summer? If yes which one and what do you take there?

27 July 2014

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26 July 2014

Cooking Made Easy: Kanelbullar

You might or might not know that as a part of my studies at university I also had some Swedish language, literature and culture classes. Even though it was one of the hardest languages I learnt so far, I really enjoy being able to understand this cute tongue by now. When it comes to culture I think Sweden is a really interesting country and this love goes far beyond Ikea and H&M. Last month I've been attending the midsummer feast organised by my university, enjoying delicious Swedish food and singing funny songs together. And talking about Swedish food you will of course not get around Kanelbullar, the Swedish cinnamon buns. When it comes to pastry I have the feeling that the differences between various countries can be huge and I especially noticed that when it comes to cinnamon buns. Here in Luxembourg we have our own version, too but it looks and tastes really differently from the Swedish Kanelbullar (for example we add raisins to ours). And as I definitely prefer the Swedish version I simply had to try the recipe for myself. I was surprised by how easy it was to make the cinnamon buns (normally I'm super bad at anything that has got to do with dough and I had never worked with yeast before!). So here we go with a recipe for all pastry and Sweden lovers:

Ingredients (for 30 cinnamon buns):

for the dough:
150g butter
500ml milk
50g yeast
150g sugar
1 tsp salt
1000g flour

for the filling:
75g butter
100g sugar
1tbsp cinnamon
1 egg


1. Melt the butter in a cooking pan and add the milk. Heat it up and dissolve the yeast.
2. Put the liquid in large bowl and add the flour, sugar and salt. Knead until you have a smooth dough.
3. Cover the dough with a towel and put it aside for 30-40 minutes.
4. Divide the dough into 3 or 4 parts and roll them on a floured work space. Try to get the dough square and quite thin.
5. Grease the squares with the butter which should be at room temperature and generously sprinkle them with the sugar and cinnamon.
6. Roll up the dough squares and cut them in 3 cm thick slices. Put them on your baking sheet and let them rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
7. Coat the buns with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with some more sugar.
8. Depending on how thick your buns are they will need to bake for about 10-15 minutes so keep an eye on them.
9. Let them cool under a towel.
10. Enjoy!

My Kanelbullar may not be the prettiest but at least they tasted good. I've been wanting to try them at home for ages and I'm glad that I finally got the opportunity because as I said it was way easier making them than I had thought (even though you will need to bring some time). Have you been able to try Swedish Kanelbullar or do you prefer another dish from up north?

25 July 2014

OOTD: Silver Zebra

Outfit: glitter jumper, zebra harem pants - H&M, bag - LYDC, sandals - Aldi, watch - Guess, bow ring - Hema, necklace - Meine Namenskette

The weather here in Bonn tends to be really crazy. Yesterday for example it was hot and sunny all midmorning and then in the afternoon we had a crazy thunder- and rainstorm. Luckily enough in the evening while taking these pics at the beautiful Poppelsdorf Palace it was all sunny again. In fact I had planned to wear some cute, short denim dungarees which I found when tidying out my closet last week. Unfortunately after the rainstorm it was too chilly so these zebra pants, which I also found in the vast of my closet, made their appearance. At first I wanted to pair them with blue and red (like I do with 99% of my summer outfits) but then I went for this all grey and silver combination which I think is pretty nice, too.
Oh and how do you like my new haircut in action?

24 July 2014

The Beauty Battle: Baby Oil vs. Shaving Gel

As the first Beauty Battle post was quite popular and also fun to write I decided to make a few more. The second edition arose more from a need than from a particular interest though. I had run out of shaving gel and was so busy these days that I didn't managed to repurchase some immediately. So I remembered having read that some people use oil instead of shaving gel. After a little research in various internet forums I found out that baby oil is really welcome for that matter. I immediately gave it a try and here is my report:

The shaving gel I'm currently using is from Balea and says to be suited for sensible skin. It has an amazing coconut smell and definitely reminds me of my favourite cocktail: Piña Colada. It comes out of the bottle as a gel but transforms into a foam as soon as you apply it to your skin. I feel that it protects my skin quite well and also moisturises it as I didn't feel the need to use a body lotion after shaving my legs. Normally I'm using the Gilette Satin Care shaving gel which has the advantage that you need less gel to cover your skin in foam but that was about the only difference I noticed between both shaving gels.
So as I said I had run out of shaving gel last week and thus tried to shave with the help of baby oil. It was quite fun applying it in the shower as the oil and water don't mix and you end up with big oily pearls on your skin. However the whole thing didn't end up in a huge mess like I had expected. The oil was quite good to let the razor glide over my skin but I felt like it didn't protect my skin well enough because the shaving felt quite irritating. In the end the result wasn't quite as neat as with the shaving gel but still satisfying. After shaving my legs I used my normal shower gel to wash my body but if I would have proceeded the other way round I would probably have left the shower with perfectly moisturised skin.
All in all the baby oil was a nice solution for once but I will definitely keep on using my shaving gel in the shower and the baby oil after the shower (nothing better to moisturise your still wet skin!).

score: shaving gel 1 - baby oil 0
final score: drugstore beauty 1 - household remedies 1

As you can see we're having a tie at our drugstore beauty vs. household remedy battles right now. Which products should play against each other next? (In case you missed it you can read the coconut oil vs. eye makeup remover battle here.) Who of you has tried to use oil instead of shaving gel? Do you know any other oil that could be good for that purpose?