Michaelablog https://www.michaelablog.com Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:31:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Benefits of going on a Yoga Retreat https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/04/benefits-of-going-on-a-yoga-retreat.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/04/benefits-of-going-on-a-yoga-retreat.html#respond Sun, 14 Apr 2019 06:45:43 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13865

Wellness Retreats have become extremely popular over the last couple of years…. Are you wondering why? Obviously there come amazing benefits with it. And since I’ve been attending my first Yoga Retreat I am regularly doing something good for my body, mind and soul. Disconnecting from your routine and focusing on yourself at a new place somewhere abroad can give your well-being a boost. If you have ever been on a retreat you might already have experienced the well-being benefits. And if you are still considering to go on a retreat, then the following benefits should definitely convince you. Here are some of the benefits I experienced especially at my last yoga retreats: CONNECT WITH NATURE Many yoga retreats take place in beautiful natural locations around the world. What better way to get out of the overcrowded city you’re living and go on a yoga retreat! You’ll be able to connect with nature on a deeper level, immersing yourself in your surroundings and taking advantage of them in a way you might not otherwise do. DISCOVER A NEW COUNTRY AND NEW CULTURE What I love so much about retreats that oftentimes they are taking place at remote locations or in […]

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Mindfulness Guide – Improve your Day & Life! https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/04/mindfulness-guide-improve-your-day-life.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/04/mindfulness-guide-improve-your-day-life.html#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:21:51 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13600

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh The new season is here and many of us say goodbye to winter – inwardly and outwardly. Some may have started with one of these activities. Detox week or Lent, thorough spring cleaning of the apartment, wardrobe decluttering or outdoor sports. Maybe you’ve also thought about approaching the new season a little bit more attentively and working on yourself? Checking in with yourself and making small changes in your everyday life and routines to improve your well-being. It’s the right time to give mindfulness a serious try – you’ll not regret it! And with this guide you get an overall understanding and hands-on tips to apply. So let’s start! What is Mindfulness? The practice of mindfulness means to maintain a constant awareness of thoughts, feelings and the world around us and keeps us rooted in the present moment. Have you ever walked a familiar route and realised that you remember nothing of the journey or read pages of a book and not took any of it in! It happens to us all and is a perfect example of mindlessness, a complete lack of awareness – we […]

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Cosy & inspirational home – 3 tips https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/01/cosy-inspirational-home-3-tips.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/01/cosy-inspirational-home-3-tips.html#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:30:56 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13406

“Home is not a place…it’s a feeling.” For me home is a feeling were I feel good, relaxed and inspired. I’m that kind of person who needs a little change in the apartment every now and then. Especially, inspired by the seasons I love to add little extra decorative elements. From time to time I like also moving bigger interiors around and create a total new atmosphere. What I’ve lately discovered is the huge mood changer just simple new photographs or wallpapers can have on the whole room. I get incredibly inspired by new photographs or and additional frame… Are you looking for a quick way to freshen up your home? You don’t need a major investment of time, energy, or money to make a noticeable difference. Try these quick projects to give your home a new look in no time. ADD A TOUCH OF GREEN Adding house plants to your home is smart way to improve your private space. Many of these green beauties will naturally remove pollutants from the air. They add this liveliness to an apartment even if you live on your own. And believe me, they will bring  up your mood and make you happy. And […]

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Fit & Healthy in Winter with Michel https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/01/fit-healthy-in-winter-with-michel.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2019/01/fit-healthy-in-winter-with-michel.html#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 08:30:42 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13379

Have you made your New Year Resolutions and intentions for 2019? The start of a new calendar year is the best reason to start tweaking your health and happiness. It gets dark very early these days in Central Europe and this definitely does affect our mood. Not only do we get less Vitamin D these days but cold and flu season hits and can take a toll on those who aren’t taking proper care of themselves. With some mindful changes you can still feel the best version of yourself, and escape the flue virus. With some simple hacks you will be on the sav(er) and healthier side 😉 For a stronger and happier self! TAKE YOUR VITAMINS Especially during winter time we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of vitamins. Often we tend to eat rather cooked and probably less fresh food. Sometimes it might be good to take multivitamins. Not only do vitamins strengthen your immune system, but they also promote cell growth and regulate your metabolism. For me citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines are THE favorite fruits and perfectly in season during the cold months. But sometimes I don’t fancy peeling nor caring around whole fruits with me. And […]

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Many Greetings from the Bernese Oberland https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/11/many-greetings-from-the-bernese-oberland.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/11/many-greetings-from-the-bernese-oberland.html#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:30:51 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13326

“Wherever you travel to, I would love to receive a beautiful postcard.” Again and again we dream of traveling far away from home. And our destination choices usually fall on distant places with the magical attraction of the unknown. But what about our homeland? Do we know our own country as good as many holiday destinations? This year I have decided to discover more the beautiful Switzerland and to go on small and big adventures. I spent the summer here – and not a single second of it I was jealous of tropical places or abroad travelers. Because the summer and my home country have inspired me and contented my hunger for adventures. Of course, autumn offers the perfect opportunity to go hiking after the summer swimming weather. Being a mountain girl, I could not imagine living long without mountains around me … In our digital age, it is quite normal to document our journeys on social media using photos and stories (Instagram). And of course I am not excluded with my passion for photography. A journey without photos does not work for me. And I like to send the pictures to my family as well. But unfortunately, usually missing […]

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Selfcare Ideas for the Weekend https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/selfcare-ideas-for-the-weekend.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/selfcare-ideas-for-the-weekend.html#comments Sun, 21 Oct 2018 07:23:34 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13303

When the temperatures start dropping it is definitely time to get cosier at home and enjoy a weekend filled with selfcare activities. Even if the weather surprises you (like here in Switzerland) with late summer temperatures you can choose to refuel your energy and refresh your mind this weekend. A week fully packed with meetings, deadlines and other stress triggering events the energy levels drop and you feel drained out. the truth is that many of us fall into the unfortunate cycle of attempting to finish everything on our schedule while overlooking our physical and mental health in order to do so. If you can change your environment and escape somewhere to a quiet village and enjoy the treatments of a Wellness Weekend – you are lucky! If not – then you can still refuel your energy and refresh your mind at home. These little acts of self-care will help you to feel the best: Sleep in and let the sun wake you up naturally Sometimes, you just need a long sleep and catch up on the long evenings spent working your to-do lists and running errands. Unless you don’t plan to go on an early morning hike, weekends are […]

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Get into a new routine with me – the mindful way https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/get-into-a-new-season-routine-with-me-the-mindful-way.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/get-into-a-new-season-routine-with-me-the-mindful-way.html#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2018 05:45:09 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13287

“The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness.” – S.Mipham I’ve been avoiding running over the last couple of years and honestly speaking, I thought that this kind of work-out will never be something for me. However, last month I found a different approach to running and let me tell you – it’s so re-energizing and good for my soul. …. No matter if you are already a big running fan or still a coach potato. I encourage you, to try this different approach to the running exercise. I believe there is something beneficial for everyone. Getting out into nature After a busy day sitting at your desk inside and probably not getting much of fresh air, there is nothing better to run your worries out. Getting out into nature in the colder temperatures strengthens your immune system and is definitely a mood booster. Also a perfect chance to notice the changing beauty of the plants and colorful appearance of autumn in nature. Have you ever noticed the smell of morning dew and moss? It’s a bit like Pre-Christmas announcement. Feeling wonderful in amazing running clothing Obviously women like beautiful clothing. And if it is not only […]

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Travel Diary: Koufonisia // Greece – tranquility and dream island https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/greek-tranquility-and-dream-island-koufonisia.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/10/greek-tranquility-and-dream-island-koufonisia.html#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2018 05:48:44 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13245

Are you looking for a secret hideaway? Blue crystal clear water, remote white sand beaches and hidden bays? You don’t have to travel to the the other side of the world nor to tropical islands. The insider tip of Greek people for everyone who wants to relax far off from the hustle of the other touristic destinations in Greece. Mykonos, Santorini, Krete are all hyped and therefore on many peoples travel bucket lists. If you want to explore and enjoy your vacation on a small Cycladic island and really experience the remote peace – then read on. The only things you can hear is the whispering of the wind and the breathless roaring of the sea. But first of just some key facts to get you more familiar to what you might expect on the island(s). Koufonisia include three main islands: Koufonisi or Pano Koufonisi, Kato Koufonisi and Keros. They are characterized by their exotic beaches and virgin landscape. The tiny islands are hard to locate even on a map, but offer infinite natural beauty, capable of seducing you into staying there forever! Geographically, they are located on the southeast side of Naxos and on the west side of Amorgos. […]

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5 Tips for Mindful Travel https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/5-tips-for-mindful-travel.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/5-tips-for-mindful-travel.html#comments Sun, 30 Sep 2018 09:30:07 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13180

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”― Roy T. Bennett Do you love travelling? Discovering new places and connecting with new people? But have you caught yourself still focused just on your phone and just somewhere far away with your thoughts and attention? If you have ever been similarly distracted while on vacation—checking your email, worrying about catching a flight, rushing through one activity in your hurry to get your to-do sightseeing spots list checked—you, too, might benefit from these mindfulness tips for your travels…. Mindfulness by definition is being fully in the present moment experiences with openness, curiosity and willingness to be with what is. Mindful travel involves being completely present for the experiences you’re having in a new place—without distracting yourself with thoughts about what might be happening back at the office or where you’re going to eat dinner later that day. By devoting your full attention to each travel experience as it happens.   Thoughts to my Berlin trip A couple of months I’ve had the chance to visit Berlin once again. And with the beginning summer season it was the perfect get away and reunion with my London girl. Reflecting on the trip […]

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Hello and welcome to “Naturelly Michaela”! https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/hello-and-welcome-to-naturelly-michaela.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/hello-and-welcome-to-naturelly-michaela.html#respond Sun, 30 Sep 2018 07:16:09 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13220

Hello and welcome to “Naturelly Michaela”! This small creative platform has been created in 2012 under the name “Michaelablog” which most of you might know and relate to the red-headed girl. Since the beginning the personal creative blog was mainly driven by my interests and covered fashion and travel articles. Fashion has been a huge passion in my life (and I still love to dress beautifully). However, I changed and so the content on this blogging platform shifted too. Therefore, after a blog summer break… Here I am back with a new beginning… “Naturelly Michaela” an inspiring collection of positivity and mindfulness to live a happier life! It all started when I discovered Ashtanga Yoga for myself. I can truly say that the practice changed my life to the better and I feel like a new person. Mindfulness, Gratitude and Happiness are key topics which transformed not only my approach and mindset to life – but can also yours! I love sharing what brings the biggest amount of joy and happiness into my life. I believe that everything what happens in life and how you create your own reality depends on your mindset. Not only Yoga and daily gratitude practice makes me […]

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Swiss Mini Guide – Mountain Lakes Magic I https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/swiss-mini-guide-mountain-lakes-magic-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/09/swiss-mini-guide-mountain-lakes-magic-i.html#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 06:14:36 +0000 https://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13149

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein Summer is doubtlessly holiday time and many people travel far abroad, but actually it is so beautiful in Switzerland, why then escape far away? There are fewer people on the way, high mountains and idyllic mountain lakes. In this summer heat I seek refreshment in the heights of the mountains. Nothing inspires me more than discovering new places in my home country and it has become a passion that I would like to share with you and hopefully inspire one or the other to put on their own hiking shoes. In this sense, I would like to share a small appetizer on the upcoming hiking season, and who knows? Maybe we meet on a mountain top or you discover a (new) passion for yourself? I am particularly fascinated by mountain lakes, as they invite you to linger. No matter if it’s a short break, a dip in the cool water or an extensive picnic – the most beautiful oases. And in this hot summer there is nothing better than to flee out of the crowded and overheated cities. And as most of you know, I grew up […]

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8 Things to do to improve your Health and Happiness https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/05/things-to-do-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/05/things-to-do-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness.html#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 12:44:53 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=13030

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ― Lalah Delia Spring or nearly summer has arrived full force and everything is blooming beautifully outside. Not only nature has renewed itself but it’s also time for you to focus on your well-being. Tiny tweaks in your daily routine and environment can change your overall health and your state of mind and you will feel happier. Trust me, you will start radiating the positivity and the happiness. Some days are tougher than others and your mood is not at it’s best. But that is human and you should not repress these feelings. However, you can shorten these days and actually help to change this mood actively. Establish A Morning Routine Personally, I can just recommend you to get up early. Not only do you have more hours to do things you love each day. But I find it so peaceful to have more time for myself in the morning. When I get up I usually get dressed and then have a cup of coffee. After that I dedicate time to my yoga practice and meditate as ling as I feel is needed that day. This kind of practice helps to feel […]

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How to prepare your wardrobe for spring – The Essentials https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/04/how-to-prepare-your-wardrobe-for-spring-the-essentials.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/04/how-to-prepare-your-wardrobe-for-spring-the-essentials.html#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:07:13 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12901

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda   Are you ready for spring? Finally, it’s getting warm and the thermometer climbed above 20° C and the nature started to bloom. Magnolia trees, crocus and tulips all these pretty flowers are awakening from the winter sleep. And so feel I. Not only putting away those winter boots and thick coats… But also refreshing my wardrobe with spring clothes. And with every season there are new trends and Must-have pieces, right?…. Do you follow trends or do you rather prefer buying timeless pieces? I have decluttered my wardrobe the past view months immensely with the intention to think twice when buying new items and not following the shopping urges. Looking at my wardrobe I added three timeless pieces and which should definitely be the Essentials of every woman’s wardrobe. The Trench Coat Every spring again! The trench coat is one of the timeless classics. No matter if you wear it with jeans and sneakers in your free time or over your business outfit. Always the perfect companion and this note of French chic. You can’t go wrong with a Camel one for sure, […]

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How to embrace uncertainty – Leave your comfort zone https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/04/how-to-embrace-uncertainty-leave-your-comfort-zone.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/04/how-to-embrace-uncertainty-leave-your-comfort-zone.html#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12823

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” ― Guy Gavriel Kay If you’re in your 20s or even 30s, you might feel a lot of uncertainty all the time — you aren’t sure what your life purpose is, or your uncertain about what path you should take in life. This is normal. “We all want to know what our driving ambitions should be in life. We all want to have a certain life purpose. We all want to feel we’re on the right path. We all want to perform well at our habits, our routines, our productivity. We all want to feel more confident, and perfect what we are doing.” Striving all the time towards confidence and certainty – This is the struggle. Do you know what?! No one is free from struggling. You can even look up to the most successful people, for example Obama, Merkel or Adele. Do you think they have figured out their lives? Do you believe they are certain and perfect? Oh no, far from that. I think there is no one (at least if you are not enlightened?) who feels certainty about his or her […]

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How to get your hair ready for spring! https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/03/how-to-get-your-hair-ready-for-spring.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/03/how-to-get-your-hair-ready-for-spring.html#comments Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:32:06 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12714

Love is in the air or is it in your hair? Not only you but also your hair seems tired of winter? Lost the sparkle because of the winter grey? Missing sunshine and that healthy vital gloss? Brittle and dry? The heating in winter dried out my hair a lot and spending more time inside it got bristle and thinner. Luckily, I do not experience a lot of hair loss. However, these days more hair is falling out but also a lot of new fresh hair is growing… In fact, it’s a natural cycle that when spring comes the hair is renewing more intensely. It is like the trees: Old leaves fall from the tree and new fresh ones grow with the beginning of spring. Of course many of us get into spring and summer preparation very early (you know that bikini body and stuff :P). Yes, spring cleaning not only in the house but also on ourselves. Let’s start from the top! The hair is our crown and the eye catcher on every first encounter. Therefore, who doesn’t want to make a good and fresh impression?! Right! First of all, you need to reduce the habits that dry out […]

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Travel guide to Lissabon – Vegan friendly https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/03/travel-guide-to-lissabon-vegan-friendly.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/03/travel-guide-to-lissabon-vegan-friendly.html#respond Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:27:42 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12637

While in central Europe there is still deep winter in February, the south of Europe offers warmer temperatures and the perfect weather for a city trip. When I visited Lisbon this February for the very first time, I did not expect too much. But let me tell you, I was astonished by the beautiful Portuguese capital and it’s charming miradoures and vegan friendly hospitality. Lisbon is perfect for a weekend trip or a 4 days holiday. I spent a whole week in the capital and it was plenty of time to relax and even visit the nearby area. Transport & Stay The airport of Lisbon is very close to the city center and a direct metro line (the red one) takes about 20 minutes to San Sebastiao. There are various hostels or very affordable hotels around the town. I would recommend to stay around San Sebastiao and Parque Eduardo VII because it’s centrally located and connected to the most important metro stations. Yes, there are indeed some ways to discover the City of Seven Hills (A Cidade das Sete Colinas). Whether classically on foot, by bike, by hop-on hop-off bus, metro or the famous tram 28E. According to many travel guides, […]

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Two Thirds Sustainable or Not? https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/02/two-thirds-sustainable-or-not.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/02/two-thirds-sustainable-or-not.html#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:44:58 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12541

“We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.” ― Derrick Jensen Hi there! Hope you are all well up! For me a new chapter is about to start and therefore, the last wintery look. Promised! However, a thoughtful and critical post 🙂 Hope you like it! Are you a conscious consumer and by any means do you care about sustainability? Is the fashion industry really as bad as it’s reputation lately? What do companies do in regards to environment friendly production? And how can we make a difference? Fair fashion, organic, sustainable or alternative leather have become more popular topics and probably you have read or investigated a bit too? Let me tell you, as a fashion lover myself, I used to buy always the latest fashion trend or just generally consuming a lot – well, I loved shopping. But as a student I didn’t have much money to care about fair production or sustainability at all. But as environmental questions are getting a lot of attention in various industries lately. It is more and more relevant to realize that we have to change our habits to save our planet. Step one is therefore reducing […]

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Change FOMO into JOMO https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/02/change-fomo-into-jomo.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/02/change-fomo-into-jomo.html#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:45:14 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12365

“Nothing is but what is now” ― Ron Rash “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh Social Media is a beautiful place of inspiration but at the same time it can feel like a constant competition. It is easy to feel that everyone is constantly having more fun then you are. Whether it is a delicious smoothie bowl, a great concert night out or a holiday beach photo, it’s constantly shared on Social Media when we log in. Social media gives us all the opportunity to carefully curate and present the best possible version of our lives to share with the rest of the world. We get to choose exactly what we post, allowing to share only the highlights and leave out all the boring NOT Instaworthy bits. No doubt that Social Media is a great tool for keeping track of our friends. Also connecting with other humans we would never have met otherwise. The downside of all this online interaction is that we only see the happy, exciting events going on in other people’s lives and this can show us a skewed representation other peoples […]

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The beauty of Swiss winter – Activities with a twist https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/the-beauty-of-swiss-winter-activities-with-a-twist.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/the-beauty-of-swiss-winter-activities-with-a-twist.html#comments Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:30:19 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12277

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck Other people go on winter holidays far abroad and escape the cold. Others book skiing holidays in the mountains. I am lucky enough to live at a place surrounded by a variety of winter sport destinations (Davos, Flims Laax, Arosa, Lenzerheide just to name my favorites). And let me tell you, this winter we do have plenty of snow and the lopes are amazing. You definitely won’t regret choosing the Swiss Alps before a tropical place 🙂 Definitely the classic activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding will keep you happy and busy all day in nature. And while you will feel like a child wildly awake and content. Let me show you 5 traditional activities the unusual way. In Graubünden you can lift these activities to the next level and experience an exciting adventure! Moonlight snowshoeing with fondue In St.Antönien you can visit the Partnun Lake in summer and go hiking or swimming (Remember here). But also in Winter they have a panorama chalet experience to offer. First you enjoy a warming fondue dinner and then you leave into the nightly […]

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Music, Happiness and our Brain https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/music-happiness-brain.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/music-happiness-brain.html#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12217

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Starting the new year with a fresh breeze and new motivation to create and share again. Have you ever had a hard day, or came home after a fight with a colleague at work and turned on music do calm down? Do you associate songs or music with different types of emotions or experiences? (For example I listen Bon Iver – Holocene when I feel sad. Or I have a special London playlist). Do you find it difficult to sit still while listening to a fast tempo song? Have you ever wondered why? Many people say that fast music makes them feel happier and recalls happy memories. If they listen to slow music in a major key, they will feel more relaxed and even say such kind of music is good for meditation. If most people are asked to listen to dissonant music in a fast tempo, they will response with fear. It is scientifically proven that dissonance causes a feeling of discomfort (already babies start to cry). In fact, for any piece of music, the way it is experienced by the listener is often totally different. I love to listen […]

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Memories of 2017 https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/memories-of-2017.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2018/01/memories-of-2017.html#respond Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:30:23 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12178

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld  January was all about skiing and enjoying the Swiss winter. I was the first time on the Jungfraujoch 🙂  Spring was filled with different projects and of course enjoying the flourishing nature outside. Yoga is and was the constant in the past year and I wrote a few posts: What Yoga is and what it isn’t;  How Yoga improved my health; How Yoga changed my life In June after I finished my studies in St. Gallen and moved house, I went to Bali. For a month I travelled, did a lot of Yoga (met the inspiring Laruga Glaser) and met many beautiful souls and had just an amazing time! I ate so many smoothie bowls (the best at the Jungleroom) and a couple of times my body weight in fresh papayas and mangos ;P If you’re interested in travelling to Bali: Here are a couple of posts you might want to check out: Canggu Travel Guide, Ubud Travel Guide, Travel Bali & Jungleroom Straight back from Bali I went on a beautiful summer vacation with my family in the Alsace. You’ll find so incredibly pretty […]

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Check in with yourself in 2018 https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/12/check-in-with-yourself-in-2018.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/12/check-in-with-yourself-in-2018.html#comments Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:00:50 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=12049

Stop apologising for being yourself and just be Immerse yourself in new experiences Be kind to people who are unkind to you Patience is strength, build it up Be your own soul mate Make every day an adventure Say thank you more often Be kind to your body, its the only one you are given Look less at others and more at yourself Give more than you receive, karma has a way of coming back to you Learn to be happy  – and smile more When it comes to friendships: quality over quantity Be more sustainable and mindful Treat the people you love like diamonds, they are rare and priceless Switch off the computer and put away the smartphone more often. *all photos by super talented Julien MerkenMerken

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Destress, Relax, Enjoy – Mohr Life Resort Lermoos https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/12/destress-relax-enjoy-mohr-life-resort-lermoos.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/12/destress-relax-enjoy-mohr-life-resort-lermoos.html#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:30:39 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11931

Do you feel stressed at work? Is life just not going your way? Your mind driving you crazy with all the To-Do lists? Or do you feel a bit out of balance with yourself? Or nothing from all of that but you just crave a change of scenery? STOP HERE! – Breathe in, Breathe out. It’s time to consider changing your environment and probably just for a few days (or a week) dive into nature and forget your struggles. You don’t have to be a Yogi, nor a crazy hiking fan – the Mohr life resort hotel has something to offer for everyone. And I’ll promise you it will be an experience with all five senses. Let me tell you a bit more about the 3 days Yoga Retreat and wellness experience I had. HOW TO GET THERE The hotel is located very close to the Austrian/German boarder and from Munich it takes you 1.5hrs or from Zurich around 3-4hrs. It’s super easy to find and already when you drive out there you slowly relax and can enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounded with mountains and woods. THE HOTEL The hotel has to offer a lot. And next to a welcoming […]

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I had a dream… https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/i-had-a-dream.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/i-had-a-dream.html#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:57:39 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11834

“My heart pumps… It will hurt and take time It will require sacrifice Dedication Willpower …but it will be worth it…” (*Ad) At the age of two I saw this beautiful ice princess Denise Biellmann in the television. And I told my mum that I want to do this too. But my mum said I am too young and I can try it when I am four years old. (In fact, she thought I am never gonna mention it again, as a two-year-old child is anyway just curious about everything…) But this was not so, when I was old enough I insisted that I want to be a ice princess too. So I went to the skating rink and since I started learning to stand and skate on two blades I felt more and more passionate. Following a dream often comes with hard work especially in sports. However, the passion and necessary motivation as well as the support of other people is necessary. I have been extremely lucky that my family supported me in every possible way. And not only by that, by mum drove or brought me often to practice and we spent many weekends travelling and attending competitions. […]

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Thoughts on Happiness, Sustainability and Memories https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/thoughts-on-happiness-sustainability-and-memories.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/thoughts-on-happiness-sustainability-and-memories.html#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:33:32 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11726

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” ― W.P. Kinsella So it’s been a while right? I don’t know but I guess it’s by living in London I am constantly busy doing this or that… And sometimes it’s just easier to take care of Instagram because it’s less time consuming. But not that this mean that I am less passionate about the blog. Let’s call it priorities 😉 So but now back to the actual topic of this post… I wanted to share some of the thoughts that have kept my mind busy in a very good way 🙂 On Happiness… Now and then I find myself worrying about the future or thinking about the past. But that just makes me unhappy and anxious. Instead I train myself to appreciate the present and be grateful for every day I wake up and I am alive. Sometimes, the present moment might not be of greatest comfort (schoolwork, chores, stuck in traffic jam etc.) but instead of focussing on how poor you are and how bad it is and even get angry… See the positive side: Probably you are meeting a friend afterwards, you can enjoy a clean […]

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The Beginners Guide to Happiness https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/the-beginners-guide-to-happiness.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/11/the-beginners-guide-to-happiness.html#comments Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:18:26 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11550

“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy What is happiness? Can it be so simple as the quote above? We strive for happiness and often attribute it to things or something external. Often we think, if I have this bag or that car I will be happy. But the happiness from possessions is not long-lasting. They might correlate with happiness (they happen and we can be happy simultaneously) but it’s not a causation relationship. Happiness cannot be found out there. No but it is something YOU can create actively for you! Let me show a list, that introduces happiness into your life straight away today. You don’t have to apply all of these at once, but rather sooner or later getting familiar with all of them. Take one and start today! 1. Be Present So often we find ourself worrying or dreaming about the future. Or you dwell in the past and regret things that happened or just want to go back when everything was ‘better’. Life is happening NOW, learn to be in the present moment and fully experience it. Practice this with mindfulness and you see that you’ll get better each time you try 🙂 […]

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Best Parks in London https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/best-parks-in-london.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/best-parks-in-london.html#comments Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:13:23 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11457

“Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.” ― Marty Rubin As you might have seen on my Instagram, I am a huge nature lover. But coming to London there was nothing to worry. Because there are so many beautiful parks where you can escape the endless London buzz and dive deep in the quiet of nature. Recharging your energy, observing animals, picnicking, taking a relaxing walk or even doing Yoga 🙂 Regent’s Park Regent’s Park always surprises me. While it’s known for the zoo and its many sporting fields, it also has idyllic lakes for boating and lovely flowers all around. What might have intensified my love relationship with this green spot is definitely the fact that I live just 3 minutes from the entrance. And also thanks to the morning walks to the Yoga studio I crossed the quiet and peaceful place when it was still dark outside 🙂 As I visited the park every day I discovered new hidden corners or watched the squirrels hopping around. Furthermore, Regent’s park is home to different Art events like the Frieze Art Fair and generally I watched many artists capturing the autumnal London beauty in art works. More information: […]

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London Love & Hate – Good Luck or Bad Luck https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/london-love-hate-good-luck-or-bad-luck.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/london-love-hate-good-luck-or-bad-luck.html#comments Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:39:16 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11375

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”― Roy T. Bennett Hi there, The time flies by here in London… And Updating here is not so regular as you may have noticed – Therefore it’s better to follow me on Instagram (@michaelablog). But now to the topic. These photos have a lot to tell and a speak a story full of contrasts…. I felt extremely lucky to just notice that Esra was spending a few days in the UK and wrote her immediately (sometimes Instagram is so cool, right?!). And I couldn’t believe the good luck as she was free the next days and we met up 🙂 It’s funny that actually we met a few years ago in Berlin and this time our paths crossed again in the British capital. The more excited I was for a catchup. However, the poor Esra was so unlucky as she was dealing with tooth pain… Being abroad and having to visit doctors that’s not fun (and actually one of my biggest fears…). Nonetheless, we wanted to shoot together […]

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Not only Black and White // You are more than ordinary https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/not-only-black-and-white-you-are-more-than-ordinary.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/not-only-black-and-white-you-are-more-than-ordinary.html#comments Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:53:01 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7203

“Don’t ever say you are an ordinary person having no attractive personality. Remember that Poetries is written in black, and still it possesses the power to fill our hearts with its millions of color.” Happy Tuesday! How often do you find yourself saying to yourself “I’m not good enough”, “I can’t do this”, “I will fail” etc. The opinion about ourself is often not the best and we are our biggest critics. Our mind does constantly evaluate everything we do or experience. To every impression it attaches a label like “good”, “bad”, “pretty”, “boring” etc. And with this we start to categorize – black or white… In fact, we as individual personalities are much more than a label we are so multifaceted. Actually nor black or white – we are colorful and unique individuals. Realizing that you are more than ordinary is not easy. And I would even argue that with the rise of Social Media the problems with comparing your life with others has increased. How often do you look at pictures of others, and think that their life is perfect and you are boring? Remember, you are extraordinary from inside out! I feel like ordinary often is associated […]

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Explore with open eyes and learn // London Update https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/explore-with-open-eyes-and-learn-london-update.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/explore-with-open-eyes-and-learn-london-update.html#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:42:42 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11280

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” ― Judith Thurman Hi my lovelies! It’s already a month since I arrived in London and I definitely got accustomed to the fast-paced lifestyle. London has so much to offer as no other European City does. It’s literally impossible to explore every little corner unless you spend the rest of your life here 😉 Full of culture, history and class, London is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. And since I visited London the first time in my teenager years it was always a huge dream and goal to life for a longer period in this vibrant City. So here I am… Even though my Instagram might look like I am mostly just exploring, In fact I came for my studies and am currently doing my last semester of my degree 🙂 And to be honest the University and the academic system is very different from Switzerland and that makes me struggle quiet a bit. Back home you were totally independent and free to go to lectures and you had only to write […]

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Our future begins NOW // Stop plastic consumption https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/our-future-begins-now.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/our-future-begins-now.html#comments Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:52:34 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11054

„Challenge yourself everyday to do better and BE better. Remember, growth starts with a decision to move beyond your present circumstances“ – Robert Tew shirt – Esprit / jeans – Topshop / shoes – Dr.Martens / watch – Fitbit / SodaStream Recycling is not a foreign word in Switzerland and we emphasize the recycling of materials. Some sources state that Swiss are world champions in recycling. It remains to be seen, but clearly we collect and separate glas, alu, PET etc. With PET-bottles the rubbish amounted in 2015 to 38’661 tons and 83% of them were recycled. A remarkable result. Buuuuttt…. Insted of even using plastic, why not be more sustainable bevor? Would Swiss people renounce PET-bottles and drink only tab water, it would be possible to save 333’000 liters of petroleum per day! Therefore, I had the chance to do the experiment with Soda Stream and see how many plastic bottles are going to be collected over the arch of one month. You won’t believe me, but my usual  „recyclingbag“ was by far not enough and a huge pile of PET-bottles was accumulated (and this even though I thought to be a diligent tea drinker…) There are a few important aspects that […]

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How Yoga improved my Health https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/yoga-improved-health.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/yoga-improved-health.html#comments Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:45:28 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10648

“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda PHYSICAL STRENGTH Of course the benefit of doing both Yoga is that they are super focused on your core strength and stability (Mula Bandha is very important). And from all the Chaturangas (in the Ashtanga Primary Series there are over 60!)  and Downward Dogs to Bakasana, I leave the classes sweaty and feel that I really worked out also physically. Not only does it help me feel stronger, it also really helps with things like back aches, tense shoulders, posture and relieving the general stress my body holds. MENTAL HEALTH Which leads me to my second point, you wouldn’t believe the positive impact my introduction of Yoga in my daily life on my mental health as much as my physical health. The practice is both relaxing for my mind and my body, I love the process of each practice, it’s like discovering every time something new about yourself. And the Shavasana at the end is bliss. It’s a cure for any stress and with a de-stressed mind and body it’s the best way […]

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When you feel Stressed & Overwhelmed… https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/feel-stressed-overwhelmed.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/10/feel-stressed-overwhelmed.html#comments Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:41:39 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8163

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ― Steve Maraboli I have an overwhelming amount on my mind today, and with that feeling of being overwhelmed, my stress levels have gone up significantly. And with all the buzz going on in London it’s not improving. These days finding balance might be harder. And often it’s also the fact that with the last couple of months of 2017 we want to accomplish our goals. Do you know that feeling? It’s all too much and stress is sky-high. We can drown in it and let it rule our lives … or we can practice with it. Learn from it. So here’s what I’m doing today to deal with my stress: See the early signs. When the stress levels go up, two things happen: Stress hormones flood your body, and we tend to rush around and jump from one task to another really quickly. So the first step is  to realize that and know that it’s time to pause. Pause and notice. Stop moving, and notice what’s going on. Just sit still and look inward. Feel the stress in your body. It feels like waves […]

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A Moment of Calmness https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/a-moment-of-calmness.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/a-moment-of-calmness.html#comments Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:07:19 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=11120

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett The past weeks since I arrived in London have been rather hectic. Not only is the city by itself continuously buzzing but coming from the calm swiss countryside and Bali is a rather radical change. But let me tell you, it’s a positive excitement that has been awaken and makes me happy. On the other side, it’s funny that my blog remains this serene space of photos in nature and quiet evenings of reading, while my day-to-day schedule has varied from walking to places, traveling to different campuses and sitting into lectures to catching up with friends here in town. Of course busy months are also full ones. Busy days spent in good company (even if at times ME-time is a good company too!) are good ones. Still I like the space that my blog offers to kind of sort of settle down for a few hours and edit, write and type some thoughts. With that being said, I am slowly getting into autumn mood and the last might happily say goodbye to the colorful flowers and welcome the warm brownish falling leaves. And as you […]

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Why you should be adventurous with your life https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/why-you-should-be-adventurous-with-your-life.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/why-you-should-be-adventurous-with-your-life.html#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10863

„If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.“ – Maurice Chevalier On rainy days I often find myself daydreaming about thinks I could do or places I could visit. However often it stayed a wish. But not so lately, as I was implementing these three tips. And hell yes – having a life filled with adventure doesn’t have to be expensive or a once in a year thing. There are plenty of ways we can incorporate adventures into our lives! Whether it be last minute deals, saying yes to a date, or moving to a new place. Life is meant to be enjoyed and fully lived. Here are some ways you can have more adventures. Explore Locally It’s not always practical to take a nine hour flight to some crazy destination. Long haul trips are more expensive and harder to coordinate with life if you work full time. When traveling in your own country domestic you might be surprised at the new things you discover about familiar places or how lucky you are to be surrounded by such beautiful places. The past […]

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The Last Sparkles of Summer… https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/the-last-sparkles-of-summer.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/the-last-sparkles-of-summer.html#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:20:59 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10986

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust The last sparks of summer are the first ones of autumn… Don’t be sad. Summer is over but the colorful season of autumn is waiting for you. Do you feel the fresh air in the early morning and the first leaves falling an the ground? I am a bit sad about the fact that summer lies behind us… But at the same time happy to welcome the colorful autumn season. With the new season I move on not only the weather changes but also there are some changes in my life (as you might now, I’ve been spamming you lately with London…) This is the final outfit of the forgotten summer series. And I think even if I was in paradise, this outfit is definitely worth sharing with you guys. Not only because of the DIY you still can try but also to bring a bit of glitter to these colder days! In case you missed out, here are the previous ones: The story behind all the forgotten outfits, „Fail, Fail & Semi-Fail“, „Lonely vs. Alone“ and the […]

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Fake Face?! https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/fake-face.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/fake-face.html#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:35:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10960

“We are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image, we act based on how others might see us.” ― Erving Goffman Have you ever noticed that you behave differently with your friends, your family, at a party or at work with your colleagues? In some situations you felt more like the ‚real‘ you and in others you were acting like a stranger. And do you feel that the imagine on of you on Social Media corresponds not 100% the reality? Why is this so? And why do we strive to wear different masques or faces depending with whom we interact? There are many ways that people can influence our behavior, but perhaps one of the most important is that the presence of others seems to set up expectations. We do not expect people to behave randomly but to behave in certain ways in particular situations.  Each social establishment entails its own particular set of expectations about the “appropriate” way to behave. Such expectations can vary from group to group or situation to situation. One way in which these expectations become apparent is when we look at the roles that people play in society. Social roles are […]

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Things that only happen when you are in paradise…. (Or how to make the most of your vacations) https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/things-that-only-happen-when-you-are-in-paradise.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/things-that-only-happen-when-you-are-in-paradise.html#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:55:05 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10793

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” ― Albert Einstein Wow, I am surprised on myself. Because usually do not forget things easily. But on Sunday (as mentioned on Instagram) I discovered a lot of outfit photos before I left for Bali. Somehow I thought to edit and prepare the posts during my vacation on the beautiful island. Yes, sure…. No, I definitely did not think a second about those lovely summer looks after I touched down on Bali. But on the other side, it’s never to late to share them now and slowly say goodbye to summer. So here we are with the first of the forgotten summer outfit series!!! For me this is a lesson, how we should be indulging our holidays, literally live in the present moment and let the worries and chores at home. And here are my top 3 hacks how you can do that too! Make sure to leave your agenda back home. No meetings and no schedule on your holiday! Take your Internet usage to the minimum. This is easier attained when you spend […]

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Small Guide to Minimalism for Fashion Bloggers https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/small-guide-to-minimalism-for-fashion-bloggers.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/09/small-guide-to-minimalism-for-fashion-bloggers.html#comments Sat, 02 Sep 2017 07:14:24 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10526

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Happy Weekend! So you might be wondering why I am less frequently posting on here. And to be honest, on one side it’s a bit lack of creativity but the most actually that it simply does not feel so right at the moment to post outfits… After packing everything into boxes and moving, I just unpacked the most essential things for Bali. Traveling for a month and living out of the suitcase felt so good and freeing. In fact, I did not miss anything. So when I came back I wanted to face the challenge I was literally avoiding beforehand. Sure, I knew that too many pieces of clothing, accessories or shoes do not add any value but rather make me unhappy and stressed. At the same time, I attached some sentimental value to them and wasn’t ready to let them go. But not so after Bali and a lot of inspiration from the minimalists and other minimalism bloggers and youtubers. Hand in hand with implementing more mindfulness in my life, the need to declutter and free myself of unnecessary belongings came naturally. To begin creating a more mindful and minimal […]

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Ubud Travel Guide https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/ubud-travel-guide.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/ubud-travel-guide.html#comments Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:18:45 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10646

If you travel to Bali you definitely can’t miss out the vibrant heart of the Island. Ubud is famous as Mekka for Yogis on Bali and of course the healthy and vibrantly nourishing food. Next to the more relaxed and alternative South – Ubud is very traditional oriented. Temples are at every corner and the gift rituals are very present wherever you walk. Compared to last year, I was a bit shocked as how much the town has changed… The traffic and touristic overflow was scaring. But I guess it was mostly because of the regular summer season and Hindu holidays and Ramadan coming all at once. Anyway, as you might guess I came mainly for Yoga to Ubud and therefore I thought to create a Travel Guide especially for Yogis or people interested in Yoga vacations. photo credit: Yogabarn Yoga Studios Of course there are plenty in Ubud and next to the super famous Yogabarn, there are a few nice spots you should write on your bucket list! Ubud Yoga Centre – Let’s be honest, THIS is the place to go! They built it new a bit more than a year ago. And if you are looking for a […]

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Time is Moving – MY move, YOUR move? https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/time-is-moving-my-move-your-move.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/time-is-moving-my-move-your-move.html#comments Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:30:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10506

“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” ― Amit Ray  Time is something that rules our lives and we cannot run away from it nor does it stop for anyone of us. Some days the hours pass too quickly and on others we can count the minutes and time just doesn’t move. I am totally a watch person and feel lost without a watch on my wrist and I would never say no to a Swiss version:) I am sure that many of you have experienced ‚Flows’ where we are doing something we are very passionate about and do not notice the time passing. I personally experience this when I am creative, spending time in nature or also reading books… But not only then – with Yoga I feel no time. It’s when I focus on the present moment and am not distracted by my minds future worries or past chores. – it’s just the here and now. The MOVE is just MY move and I love it. No matter on what– it’s the time of the day when I create a timeless space where I can be with and for myself. There […]

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Botanical Vibes Or The Voice In Your Head https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/botanical-vibes-or-the-voice-in-your-head.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/botanical-vibes-or-the-voice-in-your-head.html#comments Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:11:33 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10534

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh When the Voice takes the lead… “I’d rather be on vacation now. Somewhere where it’s hot and sunny. A beautiful beach, tropical fruits and a good book to read.” “Everything would be better if….” “I prefer to be somewhere else.” How often does your mind tell you those stories?! It always questions the situation and rather than be at peace it makes you crave all the time about something you don’t have at the moment. I struggle with that a lot too. And also as the title might suggest, I wouldn’t mind to be back in Bali…. But I am learning how to listen that voice in my mind and just observe what it wants to tell me. Actually it’s ridiculous instead of being happy exactly where we are – there is always something we dislike. Also in Bali I was dealing with that stupid voice from time to time, which was telling me things like “it’s too hot, so humid, I feel lonely, I don’t want to do this or that.” I am learning to acknowledge that voice, let […]

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The Beauty of Summer Vacation – Alsace https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/the-beauty-of-summer-vacation-alsace.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/08/the-beauty-of-summer-vacation-alsace.html#comments Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:51:15 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10455

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi Summer is the most beautiful time to go on holiday, explore new places and enjoy the nature. Is it a relaxing beach vacation or a city trip – the possibilities are endless. After my tropical timeout in Bali with lots of Yoga, Vegan food and magic nature, I spent a few days with my family close at the Swiss border. I never thought that so close to my home country there are so pretty medieval French villages. Surrounded by endless grape vines and castles, the Alsace is not for nothing world-famous for its excellent wine. Because we took our dog with us we rented an accommodation only for us (a super cute house). And from there we explored the region and we went also on the castle hike.   Tower of the Village Bergheim  Food & Drink Unfortunately, food wise it was very hard to find vegetarian or vegan meals, because most of the traditional food has a meat base… But nonetheless, it’s worth to indulge the evening in the garden of a cute restaurant and taste the great wine. Vor ‘unserem’ eigenen kleinen Häusschen <3 // In […]

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The Jungleroom – My Bali Dream Escape https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/07/the-jungleroom-my-bali-dream-escape.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/07/the-jungleroom-my-bali-dream-escape.html#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:22:40 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10283

The Bali based Jungle creation lies in the middle of the jungle. It felt like entering a new world, from the beach side with many surfers and the constant roaring sound into the deep green jungle. And as already the name says, The Jungleroom feels like an antique village emerging tropical vibes. I can just say that the jungle creation is bliss to your soul! It’s literally a hidden jewel on Bali! It’s one of the places on Bali where environment friendly service is taken seriously, and that what made me extremely happy! (Because let’s face it, the pollution and waste on Bali is getting crazy lately ) What is even better, you can pick your Mangos freshly from the trees! How amazing is that?! The Houses The Jungleroom is designed like a small village with a few unique antique houses. Each of the buildings has it’s own vibes and unique architecture. Ethic Wooden House For the first days I stayed in the Ethic wooden house which was shipped over from the neighbouring island Java. It is decorated with a mix of eclectic artefacts and creates a mystical atmosphere for all adventurers. It’s not at the pool but with it’s […]

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Canggu Travel Guide https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/canggu-travel-guide.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/canggu-travel-guide.html#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:55:03 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=10073

“Canggu – “The Ubud by the Sea” If you have decided to visit Bali and are looking for an alternative place to stay, you should definitely consider Canggu. The village is just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak but feels like a totally different world. The Bohemian vibe, surf beaches and Café culture attract travellers and expats who want something a bit different. In fact – Canggu is also known as the ‘Ubud by the Sea’. And to be honest, Canggu is literally THE perfect place to live the Bali life – Sunrise Yoga, super healthy and delicious (vegetarian/ vegan) food, amazing places to stay and of course the beach! Place to Stay There are plenty of options and for every budget the suitable place. If you are enough people you could hire a private villa at The Chillhouse. But also more affordable options mostly will offer you an amazing experience (For example the Vikko Dera Retreat). I stayed at the newly opened The Haven Suites which have direct access to the beach and I was literally blown away by the beautiful room with direct access to the pool. And of course with an amazing breakfast […]

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Balance is Key https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/balance-is-key.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/balance-is-key.html#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:01:56 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9891

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” ― Ellen DeGeneres Hello my drear friends! The title and the pictures speak itself! Balancing on a narrow tree stem is not so easy 😉 Following this idea and applying it to life it’s the same. How often when we are stressed or just have too many things to do – it’s hard to find the inner and outer balance. Is it work-life-balance or social time and me-time. When we start to feel unhappy, tired and get easily irritated it’s time to rebalance. Everybody has their own mechanisms or activities for this but in the end it should all help to find a good fresh starting point and feeling energized. Here are my top 3 tips to find balance and that really work for me. Go out in the nature The best way to destress and reconnect with your body is going out in the fresh air. Especially in big cities and with all the digitalization of our life it’s harder to connect with yourself as we get so easily distracted by smartphones, TV and so many other […]

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Black dress, but bright flowers – Life Update https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/black-dress-but-bright-flowers-life-update.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/06/black-dress-but-bright-flowers-life-update.html#comments Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:21:15 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9839

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss Hello and happy Sunday! A lot was going on these past weeks in my life and as many of you have asked on Instagram, I thought to give you here a small update what’s going on right now… Bye St.Gallen It’s incredible how fast the past five years have gone. When I moved to St.Gallen, it was the first time moving out and living by my own. What a great experience to finally be more adult and independent when not living with your parents anymore 🙂 Ok, but now as I moved from St.Gallen (I lived there for my studies) – believe it or not – up to September I moved in to my parents again. And let me tell you, this is really challenging to fit in and find a new routine that works. First problem: Make all your clothes from two (already full wardrobes) fit into one!!! Impossible! That made me realize that over the years I kept just too many things. Second problem: I should finish writing my thesis but the problem is a) living in the countryside they close the library at 16.30 pm, ridiculous?! […]

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Keep it Fresh and Simple https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/keep-it-fresh-and-simple.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/keep-it-fresh-and-simple.html#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 15:37:48 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9719

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck Yay! Temperatures are raising and we can say that summer is finally here in Switzerland. The hotter it gets the lighter the outfit. On those days I prefer to wear a light and airy dress or then go with the simplicity of classic colours. You might have noticed next to flowers I love stripes a lot. And what is better than a simple shirt from Esprit and then adding a fancy, fresh pineapple patch?! Yes probably the fresh fruit itself! When I got the lovely piece I wanted to give it a personal touch, so I added the patch myself 🙂 As I do have so many clothes and with moving I am sorting out a lot, I want to mix more with my existing wardrobe… The heat is literally forcing you to stay close to a water place (lake or river) or than stay somewhere in a cool room. That’s what inspired us to go to the forest and escape the heat in town J What is your favourite outfit and place for summer? Yay! Endlich ist es so richtig warm (oder schon […]

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Apple trees do not blossom without work https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/apple-trees-do-not-blossom-without-work.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/apple-trees-do-not-blossom-without-work.html#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 14:25:08 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9617

“I’m not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.” – William Hazlitt Hello my wonderful people! It’s again some time since the last post… But with my exams getting closer I really start to feel the pressure and stress feeling rising. Especially, since I see fellow students studying a lot. So that means, right before the summer break at many universities the exam season has started or is about to start. Even though the weather is getting really warm and sunny, I need to close myself now in the library and study 😛 So my  top 5 tips for productive study / work sessions: Worktime Work when you are most effective! A task that takes me an hour to read in the evening takes me half the time in the morning, and moreover I will remember it better. I love to get up very early (Yoga) and then hop on the train. I am super focussed and productive during train rides 🙂 In the afternoon I need motivation and therefore I go to the library. Apps Use apps to maintain the concentration. SelfControl is a great app where you can control the […]

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This pocket ain’t big enough… https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/this-pocket-aint-big-enough.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/this-pocket-aint-big-enough.html#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 14:42:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9502

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” ― Gary Snyder Hey guys! Hope you are doing well so far 😉 When looking at the conversation  on the shirt (“This pocket ain’t big enough for both of us… YEP!”) I had to smile. Because somehow I can relate so much to the words. Now and than I find myself in situations where I have the feeling not to fit in or just that there is not the room to be there. Obviously, it’s most time not an elevator or bus that is too crowded to claim my space but much more the subliminal feeling that I am not welcome… Is it  fitting in a group where you just feel like the fifth wheel of the car as everybody knows each other but you are more of an outsider? Yet I think this applies generally in life. When growing up at different stages in our lives we may ask us: Where is my place in this world? Is there enough place? Am I enough? Where do I belong to? (like in which is my pocket, do I fit in? is it big enough for me?) Do you encounter such situations in real […]

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May the Month of Blossoms https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/may-the-month-of-blossoms.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/may-the-month-of-blossoms.html#comments Sat, 06 May 2017 08:44:46 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9428

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” –  Edwin Way Teale Happy Weekend! The scent of growing things has never been heavier after the unexpected snow and rain. The nurturing new energy the nature got to grow and blossom at it’s fullest. Can you feel the scent of spring in the air? The sweet smell of apple blossom and the delicate dandelions changing their appearance from sun to puffy clouds. May – The month of blossoms has already arrived and that said we will hopefully start to bloom too. Waking up from the winter sleep and unfold the sleeping energy in us and turning things to the positive. One of the special days in May is coming closer too. Mothers Day is a beautiful occasion to honor the best role model and woman in the world – your Mom! Probably with a small blooming flower bouquet as she supported you to grow in every minute you needed her. No matter if it is  a small present but far more important is the love you give back. If you are more interested in a tiny sweet hand-painted Swiss gift designed by me – have a look at our […]

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Floral Focus Focus https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/floral-focus-focus.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/05/floral-focus-focus.html#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 15:07:27 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9328

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ― Paulo Coelho Heyhey! I can’t even believe how the days fly by. Currently my mind is just a little bit too overwhelmed by all the things going on in my life… There is a lot going on regarding Social events and you do not want to miss out (hello FOMO)… But also  it’s easy to get distracted and do many things you enjoy but without getting the work done or even better just spending too much time caught on Instagram (who doesn’t know that?!)… Of course it’s not bad thing but a good balance is key to work towards the goal you want to reach. Currently I am planning the summer months and already dreaming about warmer destinations… Reading travel guides and suggested activities helps to escape the cold (and snowy!) swiss weather. But actually I know exactly that before I can indulge that I need to work hard for my thesis, moving out and organizing my exchange semester… So actually I should be focused on this but […]

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April’s Bitter Sweet Flower Kiss https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/aprils-bitter-sweet-flower-kiss.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/aprils-bitter-sweet-flower-kiss.html#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:25:41 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9187

“The world is its own magic.” ― Shunryu Suzuki dress – Essentiel Antwerp / shoes – Kiomi (similar) /hat – ASOS / Earrings – Pandora Hello and happy Weekend 🙂 What would flowers tell today about the weather? “Are you kidding us? First you lure us out of our winter sleep and then attack us with deadly cold temperatures?” Not only the flowers but also I felt tricked by the weather. And that has had somehow an impact on me. Like the weather, I had high highs and low dark lows. Not to know where I really stood, somehow lost in time and space. Ok, and probably a bit of quarter century crisis. You know, as a kid you always think by growing up you know how things work and you feel confident and safe. But still, I’m standing here and typing these words and do still not feel as I imagined I would at the age of 25. But what I want to get at is that, even if April (or life generally) often enriches us with bitter sweet kisses, it’s important to stay true to yourself. It’s not easy as sometimes it’s hard to see the right path to go. But as […]

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Easter Birthday Sunshine https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/easter-birthday-sunshine.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/easter-birthday-sunshine.html#comments Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:34:03 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=9091

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller dress – Glamorous (similar) / hat – HM / Bag – Noleti* / Shoes – Dune Happy Easter guys! I hope you are doing well so far. This year, it’s one more time a special holiday for me because not only do I gather together with my beloved ones for Easter but it’s also my birthday tomorrow! So that means double win for me 😉 I am incredibly excited and soon heading home for the preparations. Nonetheless, this week has been extremely sad and I was a bit out of place and space. A dear family member unexpectedly died in a motorcycle accident. He was only 25… The sadness and grief is unmeasurable. It made me rethink my own first world problems and let them vanish. A few years ago I could never imagine myself that I would turn 25 and be able to celebrate this day. The more grateful I am for each and every day in this world. And 3 things I want to keep in mind: LIVE EVERY DAY AS IT’S YOUR […]

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Identity patchwork https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/identity-patchwork.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/identity-patchwork.html#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:58:30 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8885

“Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.”– Charles Lamb Who are you? What do you stand for? Why are you here? Very philosophical question you might have asked yourself many times before. Did you get an answer? Probably, somehow yes but as I imagine not so satisfying or already not true anymore? In our lives we go through different stages and as we grow up we might not identify with the crazy teenager that loved low-rise jeans and probably always wanted to belong to the ‘coolest’. Not only over them span of our lives we change and adapt. Situations and the social context have a big impact on our behaviour and actions. So as we have many different social roles we could say that we do have multiple identities. For example, I am a daughter, sister, friend, student, yogini, (fashion) blogger, Swiss citizen etc. And depending with whom I interact I might use different body language and act differently. So in a way I am the director of my own identity patchwork. So are you! Cool no?! This is the story that totally connected to me when I saw this so called patchwork dress from Philosophy. A […]

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What Yoga is, and what it isn’t https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/what-yoga-is-and-what-it-isnt.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/04/what-yoga-is-and-what-it-isnt.html#comments Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:55:55 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7611

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. ” – Bhagavad Gita It’s easy to look at the yoga bodies that promote retreats and events and studios think that this is what yoga is about. Fancy clothes and dressed in Lululemon from top to toe. So basically just looking pretty and fashionable. To be perfectly bendy,  always facing the water-colored heavens painted by the sunset. While that might have become what yoga looks like to a lot of people because of the presence on Social Media – it is not an accurate portrayal. Of course it is nice when you get inspired by that BUT you should NOT do Yoga BECAUSE of that. They don’t always tell you that there will be times when your legs will feel like dead, stiff pieces of cardboard that you drag around like dead weight. Every single cell is sore and your bones feel like burning sticks. And I cannot tell you how often I feel like a woman with an 80 years old spine. But eventually you see the progress and the improvement if you devote to a consistent practice. They might not tell you about the times when you will […]

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Follow Your Red Line https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/follow-your-red-line.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/follow-your-red-line.html#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:25:38 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8388

“Follow your own path, no matter what people say.” – Karl Marx scarf & shirt – HM / Coat – Peak Performance / Loafer – Steve Madden / jeans – Topshop, watch – Junghans Good morning my loves! Getting back into place creating a good mindset to work towards this weeks goals after the past days of endless train traveling…And at the same time making enough time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and rising temperatures 🙂 This is also the reason that I’m gonna pack my winter coats into boxes and take out the lighter spring colored clothes 😀 For me this means following my feelings and dressing up how I feel good at that is what it’s in the end all about. Follow your Red Line At school we learn writing an essay and how we should write a text. The essential underlying structure the teacher always emphasizes is the story line or red line in order that the reader can follow your thoughts. And that’s often the hardest part of the creative work, right?! This simple recipe applies actually to all aspects of our lives. Let’s take Fashion: Over the years (especially as a teenager growing up) […]

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Kill two birds with one stone – cruelty free https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/kill-two-birds-one-stone-cruelty-free.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/kill-two-birds-one-stone-cruelty-free.html#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:29:53 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8759

“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.” –Paul Hawken No, no do not worry. I am not going to kill anyone 😉 Actually it even happened by incidence. With spring at the doorstep I really felt to refresh my daily companion aka. backpack. The Fjällräven did a good job but lately I got tired of the brand and design mostly because of the ubiquitous appearance. Therefore, I’ve been looking for something fresh and in the right size for laptop and lunch and with proper straps. I came across this amazing design by Matt & Nat… And what is the best fact next to the practical design – it’s made of 100% recycled plastic bottles! How cool is that?! As I got so many compliments about it I always had to point out that it’s NOT leather 🙂 And people are really surprised by that. Lately, I felt a lot more concerned about the environmental footprint I leave behind and started looking closer on the label of products. Not only cutting on senseless spending but looking at where products come from and how they are made. Probably, […]

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Style and Spirituality https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/style-and-spirituality.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/style-and-spirituality.html#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:53:28 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7779

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett Hey guys! Hope you are doing good 🙂 Yay, it’s getting warmer and I can take all my lovely flower dresses out of the wardrobe again 🙂 Finally, it’s not too cold for tights and a light jacket. And adding in these wonderful jewelry pieces from Swarovski from their spring collection… And huh, me wearing a choker… I don’t know what to think about the trend… Nice, but not too much my style 😉 Even though the glittery flowerdust fits 😉 Well, I’d say the shoes I got in the sale a long time ago 🙂 And for sure adding in beloved pieces as my vintage bag 🙂 But now let’s get a I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while and as a Fashion lover I’ve been asking that myself a lot… Getting more and more into Yoga and spiritual readings the question came up, if you can still be spiritual without giving up on the whole lifestyle you built your identity on?  I’ve found it pretty challenging trying to incorporate spirituality into an industry that is known for its superficial mentality. Having style and making a […]

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Modern gipsy or digital nomad? https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/modern-gipsy-or-digital-nomad.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/03/modern-gipsy-or-digital-nomad.html#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:19:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8653

“Some are born to play it safe Others are born to live it wild.”― Nikki Rowe Hey guys! How are you? Lately the traveling trend has become so present and popular all over Social Media. Many young people start freelancing or found their own company. The power and inspiration you can find in this career path is rewarding and full-filling. I am sure you have heard about the term ‚Digital Nomad’… Basically, it’s remote working from where you are at the moment. You are not bound anymore to a specific location for work purposes. No matter if London, Zurich, New York, Sydney or Hawaii – the only thing that matters is a reliably working Wi-Fi network. Therefore, you are able to explore the world and still earn a living. The digital (r)evolution is undeniably changing the ways we design and live our lives and open up many new possibilities. For sure it can be super freeing to be your own boss and live in full independency. However, this choice always brings a lot of uncertainty and insecurity with it. Some of us (including me) might choose to rely on a more stable network. At least for a temporary period of […]

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Our life – a reflection of nature https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/our-life-a-reflection-of-nature.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/our-life-a-reflection-of-nature.html#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:21:04 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8567

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” – Albert Camus Hi my dear friends! It’s been a while on here. However, looking at these photos I nearly feel ashamed that I totally forgot about them and never showed them to you. I think they are really lovely and send out a sort of calmness and steadiness. The reflection of the water and the green of the trees trigger a feeling of endless and divine being of nature. However, as we know, seasons change nature changes and so we change. This is what I realized looking at these photos, of course I am still the same person but I feel that so many things have come into or gone out of my life. That’s ok – it’s exactly what makes life that exciting adventure as it is, right? As last week the new semester at Uni has started again I am fully engaged in studies, yoga, work, and socializing. Therefore, it’s not that I am less creative or have many ideas for shoots and outfits. The ‘problem’ lies more in […]

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Hearts for Valentines Day https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/hearts-for-valentines-day.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/hearts-for-valentines-day.html#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:18:43 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8528

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde sweater – Paul Smith / Denim – Levis / watch – icewatch* / shoes – Kiomi Happy Valentines Day! How time flies away at the moment… Caught up in so many other things and planning out my year that somehow I felt a bit uninspired to blog… Ok and honestly speaking I did not have any outfits to share. Until I came across this one which I totally forgot about 🙁 So now, even if it has been shooted nearly half a year ago I though it suits perfectly to Valentines Day 🙂 When I first came across this sweater from Paul Smith I literally felt so much in love that I instantly ordered it. And the fabric did not disappoint and the quality is remarkably amazing. As much as I do love winter, I am looking forward to wearing lighter clothes and shoes… Especially these lovely ballerinas which were a summer sale bargain 🙂 Personally, I do not celebrate Valentines Day (single woman) but nonetheless I hope that  all the sweet couples have a great day appreciating their […]

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How Yoga changed my life https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/yoga-changed-life.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/yoga-changed-life.html#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:24:21 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7926

“Do your practice and all is coming.” – Sri K Patthabi Jois It is rather funny to think I used to loathe going to yoga. I thought that this is just for boring people and not a physically demanding practice… As I did Figure Skating for 14 years on a professional level, I was naturally pre-conditioned to develop a perfectionist mindset. You learn to deal with competition, comparison, jealousy and sometimes even hate. Practicing 6-7 days a week required a lot of dedication and passion but also willpower to get through phases of disappointment and injury.  Figure Skating was one of the main parts of my life and when I ended my career I felt literally lost and fell into a deep phase of sadness or disorientation. Thinking back to when I first tried yoga, I remember feeling uncomfortable in more ways than one. I couldn’t handle the silence and the loud breathing – it made me bust out into laughter, which was embarrassing! Downward-Facing Dog felt all sorts of wrong, and the pace was way too slow for my taste. I never would have guessed my life would flip a switch, and yoga would become a huge pillar in […]

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The beauty of Swiss winters https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/the-beauty-of-swiss-winters.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/02/the-beauty-of-swiss-winters.html#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:17:21 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8472

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir I think most of the Swiss citizens (and pretty much all Asian tourists visiting) have heard about the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe as it’s popularly called. But there is more to this region than just having the highest train station in Europe. There are three more reasons to visit this particular part of Switzerland with the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Let me tell you – it’s amazing in summer as you might have seen from previous articles – but winter is definitely the prettier season and offers a very attractive ski destination! And if that wasn’t convincing enough, this season Skipass has a very special action called ‘Skipass‘! It’s actually an amazing opportunity to book your Hotel and then you’ll get the Skipass on top for unlimited snow fun – sledging, skiing, walking, relaxing, sunbathing – you name it. You can get best quality hotels, amazing views on the snowy mountains and […]

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Winterblues and Samsøe & Samsøe https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/winterblues-and-samsoe-samsoe.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/winterblues-and-samsoe-samsoe.html#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:32:28 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8438

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton Coat – Samsøe & Samsøe (similar) / bag – FOSSIL* / glasses – VIU / boots – Kurt Geiger Welcoming January with open arms, the first weeks of the new year are always odd. The majority of us start setting ourselves goals for the entire year, which feels like such a long time. And let’s be honest – the media emphasizes the ‘New Year – New Self’ topic even more. It is great to be motivated and if the new year triggers that then fab. But often this turns bitter from the pressure of everything and January winterblues set in. This is exactly what has happened to me and I can vouch for the fact I’m not alone in this. Even in this beautiful coat I found from the amazing brand Samsoe & Samsoe (watch out – it’s THE upcoming brand and I am already a huge fan!) I could not prevent my mood from the emptiness. At first I was not sure if the length and green color would fit my size and hair. And after deciding upon the worth of the investment I […]

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It’s important to dream big https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/important-dream-big.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/important-dream-big.html#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:03:36 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7706

“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt coat – Zara (similar) / jeans – Topshop / sweater – PeakPerformance* / Boots – Pieces / Bag – Vintage Do you have a dream?  Consider it both a privilege and a blessing, even if a fulfilling a dream can be challenging. Many people out there don’t even have dreams they’re dying to make into a reality. I actually never stopped to think twice about this, but I do know that I have a thirst for creativity, for innovation, for something unconventional. Yet, I still have the fears of uncertainty and failure. What can I say? Achieving a dream is quite a battlefield, but worth fighting for. The truth is, fulfilling a dream is a life-long process — it even evolves. It isn’t an overnight thing and it requires creativity, hard work, patience and learning more about yourself along the way. Many people are content with having a 9-5 job for the rest of their lives, where they work for other people and have a stable network. Others in reverse love to be their own boss, be more risky […]

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All that glitters is not gold https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold.html#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:14:01 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8324

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Jumper – Zaful* / skirt – River Island / Boots – Jonak (similar) / bag – Fossil* Hey guys! It’s the first post in the new year and I got somehow to write down a lot of things currently in my head. Trying to explain partly what is going on… If you are interested next to the sparkling outfit. Take the time and read my thoughts. For any comments I’m happy. But feel free to omit it and just enjoy the outfit – which actually has been photographed in the past year. Right now it’s so freezing cold and finally the first snow has covered everything in a wonderful wonderland. But still feeling dressed up under a thick layer of clothes and coats is possible 😛 [expand title=”Click for English”] Fully motivated it’s a new year and time to start! Right? – Should be so…. But honestly I did not feel […]

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Best of 2016 https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/best-of-2016.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2017/01/best-of-2016.html#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:29:55 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8283

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Stop saying everything is fine / Transition Time / How to focus on what matters: you! Is the democratization of fashion a killer? / Dreams & Blossoms / Hey it’s OK Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017! I wish you all an amazing and just the best for the new year 🙂 The past year has been quite eventful and exciting. And also the yearly Christmastime has happened and I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing time with your beloved ones. I’d love to take the time and share a small review of my favourite outfits throughout the year. It’s nice to see all the different outfits 🙂 And furthermore scrolling through the many advisable articles and thoughts motivates me to strive for a better and more peaceful life. Looking at all the tips and ideas I shared – I know that there is much potential for the next 365 days 🙂 I think after Bali my style has gotten more consistent and recognizable. Anyway I love all of them as they make me smile and remind me of many funny moments with my dear friend […]

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Goodbye 2016: My 3 Main Themes https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/goodbye-2016-3-main-themes.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/goodbye-2016-3-main-themes.html#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:29:53 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8271

We are approaching Silvester and the beginning of a new year. 2017 is coming closer and I couldn’t be more excited to see what surprises and adventures the new year will bring… Not to get sentimental or anything… But I’d say for myself this year has been the best of my life so far (don’t we always say that?) I’d say three words describe the past 365 days best: Change, Yoga and Self. Change Literally I cannot even believe that I am the same person from one year ago. Not only have I grown stronger and better physically but I worked a lot on myself and have been able to reach a happier state. Of course as life goes I struggle too and I am not all the time happy and everything is fine (we all have our struggles). But generally, my level of well-being increased. Not only did I spend a month in Bali on my own (rather spontaneous decision, after the urge for change) but I started University in September again for a Master’s degree. I guess the biggest change has been, my growing passion for Yoga. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi   […]

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Getting festive with FOSSIL https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/getting-festive-with-fossil.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/getting-festive-with-fossil.html#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:41:56 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8244

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ― Charles Dickens jumper – Zaful* / skirt – New Look / watch & handbag – FOSSIL* / boots – Kurt Geiger Hey guys! Are you all getting ready for the upcoming holidays? I’m SO SO excited, I’m such a sucker for Christmas, I can’t even put it into words. No joke, finally my exams are over and I literally cannot say how happy I am. Leaving for my parents today I am super excited to decorate the Christmas tree and finally spend a lot of family time together with the most loved ones. The past few weeks I did not really leave the house (except for Yoga and food-shopping) – Therefore my excitement for an chic and glittery outfit is immense. Not to talk about a bit of Make-Up 😛 It’s like when you get out of a cave after isolation… But this was literally needed for the most efficient and effective study hours I had available  Today, I going to buy the last presents and my outfit too (hopefully I’ll be successful, as my parcel did not arrive in time… (Shame on […]

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Smart like a fox https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/smart-like-a-fox.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/smart-like-a-fox.html#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:33:35 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6314

“The early bird gets the first worm, but the wisest bird gets the fastest one.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo Well, well… Not even one week until Christmas! I cannot believe it how time flew by…. And to be honest I still am focussing on exams and stuff that I can’t wait for Christma to arrive when the stress finally slows down 🙂 Looking forward to wear pretty dresses and feel a bit more sparkly. As I spent most of the days at home the only clothes I wear are pants and shirts… just cosy, though 😛 What I noticed too lately is the fact, that I prefer wearing older pieces long forgotten in my wardrobe… And sometimes it’s so nice to combine them again. And so it happened with the dress and shoes… Long time stored in my wardrobe they found their revival in a new-old outfit 🙂 To power through the last week before Christmas I’d like to share with you my tips to work smart like a fox: PLAN AHEAD So much easier said than done, right? I know I’m guilty of planning, feeling really proud of myself, and then getting way behind immediately. But with all the upcoming Shopping […]

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No stars but cloverleaves https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/no-stars-but-cloverleaves.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/no-stars-but-cloverleaves.html#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:46:43 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8203

“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.” – Kevin Eubanks top – PeakPerformance* / jeans – Topshop / shoes & bag – Vintage (similar) / socks – Dillysocks* / hat – River Island Hello hello! How are you my dear readers? I am just popping in to share a bit of an update and to show you another great outfit taken some time ago. This year is the first time for me that I have all my exams before Christmas. So therefore ‘stress’ is sky high atm. As I did not really attend the lectures during the semester (bad student?) I’ve got literally overwhelmed by the (freaking!?) mass of material… Ok – actually I’ve been enjoying the last few months a lot. However, now the paycheck for all the missed study hours has arrived. Therefore, I’ve no time for Instagram nor my blog. Can you believe to cut that out for some weeks (or at least days)? If you’re interested to start slowly, read my previous article about a Social Media Detox. And if you are literally on the […]

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When the mountains call https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/when-the-mountains-call.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/when-the-mountains-call.html#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:28:35 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8167

“Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch.” – Evelyn Glennie   Excuse my absence – but currently I’m in exam mode and all the things I need to finish before Christmas… It’s really overwhelming and sometimes my list is longer that the day has hours. Not to mention all the Christmas Shopping I’d like to do too. Busy busy busy times. Especially in these times I start to dream or think about holidays or getaways. So It happened that I started daydreaming about the beautiful Jungfrau and the Top of Europe. Do you remember these pictures? The visit was during the warm and sunny summer months. Nonetheless I’d love to explore the mountains in the winter too. So, holiday craving as I was, my ski-trip for January is fixed. The Jungrau Ski Region is world-renowned for many reasons_ The Top of Europe – the Jungfraujoch with the highest situated train station – and the impressive triumvirate Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. And now the best: The first time this year the hotels in the Jungfrau Region provide the visitors with a skipass included […]

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Hello December: 5 tips to be productive and clear-minded https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/hello-december-5-tips-productive-clear-minded.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/12/hello-december-5-tips-productive-clear-minded.html#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:58:59 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7553

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan dress – Topshop (similar) / shoes – Timberland / bag – Vintage (similar) / necklace – Wiggles* Oh hello my lovelies! It feels like an eternity since I logged on my blog again. What a shame though… Actually I still have so many photos to share. Ok and these ones as you might guess from the green leaves are a few weeks back 😛 But nonetheless I love to wear this exact dress underneath a coat. And adding some lovely jewelry makes me so happy. But baking cookies from morning to night for a whole week and then crazy study-days for the first exam are rather mind, body and time consuming… But as long as you feel happy with what you do it’s good. What I realized however, that this last month of 2016 will be busy and fully of deadlines. However, I’d love to still make time for fun things! This leads to the goal not to be messy and plan beforehand! Therefore, I’d love to share 5 tips to be productive and have clear mind 🙂 Take time to […]

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November Faux Fur https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/november-faux-fur.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/november-faux-fur.html#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:09:39 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8114

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” — Matsuo Basho Jeans – Topshop /Boots – Pieces (similar) / Coat – Peak Performance (similar) / hat – River Island Although it’s certainly getting brisk in these parts, more than ever it feels good to get outside and escape into nature for a bit. My e-mail account is flooded with news of sales, everything online seems full of drama and urgency, so it feel very refreshing to briefly unplug and tune out and just appreciate my surroundings. Probably, regarding the upcoming exam not the best decision but nothing helps more to recharge motivation and energy. It reminds me of an Anne Frank quote that has been on my mind lately…  “I’ve found that there is always some beauty left–in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” When the sounds and busy-ness of the world grow too loud and distracting, it’s good to step back–to step outside and find the beauty you’ve been ignoring. The leaves have mostly fallen by now, the once bright orange fading to brown and crunching under your steps. Frost lingers in the fields shadowed by the woods; its delicate crystals sparkling […]

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The pumpkin story https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/the-pumpkin-story.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/the-pumpkin-story.html#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:09:54 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8078

“I will keep moving forward, forever forward, towards and endless dream, and a thousand pumpkin lights.” dress – Topshop / jumper – Asos / tights – Topshop (old) / shoes – Vintage / Necklace – Wiggles* Hello my lovelies! Just popping in and saying hello on this wonderful Monday morning. I’m fully in backing preparation for the local Christmas Market where my mom and I will sell our homemade cookies and cupcakes. So if you are around don’t hesitate to visit us at one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Switzerland But now lets talk about the outfit! As many of you might already have heard – I’m a huge fan of pumpkins in any form. Inspired by other bloggers and Pinterest I wanted to create a photo series on a pumpkin field. However, when we drove to the farmers place we expected one there was nothing pumpkin-like around. Only apples and animals 😉 Already a bit disappointed as I really intended to shoot my former Prom dress in a casual surrounding. Surprisingly on the way back home we came along this sweet stall with an overload of beautiful orange pumpkins. So I just had to stop! And I guess you […]

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How to simplify an insane workload https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/how-to-simplify-an-insane-workload.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/how-to-simplify-an-insane-workload.html#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:10:36 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8027

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin blouse – Asos / skirt – River Island / socks – Happysocks* / shoes – Zalando (similar) With the end of 2016 moving in briskly, it’s crunch time. I’ve been too busy the past weeks and the upcoming days until the first of Advent are not calling for relaxation. All the baking for the Christmas Market doesn’t it any easier… Not to talk about the upcoming exams :/ As a matter of fact, this time of year can be one of the most stressful times because it’s peak for parties, cooking, and shopping. Work doesn’t stop either, so everything is just go go go! To help you better manage an insane workload that often comes with Q4, here I offer some foolproof tips that help… 1. Plan plan plan! Planning is key… What are all the main activities you need to do before year-end? Try to get all the important appointments and meetings set in order to keep the broad overview. 2. Keep a list As you think of all those need to-dos, write them out so you can visualize which activities require the most time commitment. It also helps you bundle your workload. If you have a […]

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Lady’s Coat – Just label or more? https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/ladys-coat-just-label-or-more.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/11/ladys-coat-just-label-or-more.html#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2016 06:35:44 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=8004

“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.” ― Chuck Palahniuk Coat – Topsecret* / Sweater – Peakperformance / Jeans – Topshop / Boots – Nude / Scarf – Codello photos by Julien Oh, well! It’s already November and honestly I just don’t know where the time is going… As the weather is so incredibly nice this time of the year, I love to take walks in the woods (mostly happening only on weekends…). It’s so fascinating to watch the leaves changing their colours and dip everything into a golden wonderland. As every season comes with new styles and trends, a girl loves to change and update her wardrobe, right?! The temperatures are dropping slowly and I was looking out for a lovely coat and new warm boots. But the bigger the choice the harder to find a piece I really love. When I saw the coat I was not sure at all if it would suit my petite appearance as it was labelled ,Lady’s Coat’. I asked myself: „Am I feeling like a lady?“ – „No.“ „Am I tall enough for that?“ – „Nope.“ The same judgement went on […]

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Red Signals: Change vs. Stability https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/red-signals-change-vs-stability.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/red-signals-change-vs-stability.html#comments Sat, 29 Oct 2016 14:30:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7970

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~Gandhi sweater – Asos / Cardigan – Zaful* / skirt – River Island / Bag – vintage (similar) / bracelet – maei* Time for change again. We are changing the clocks. This time definitely one of my favourite as we can sleep an hour longer with the switch to wintertime. It get easier to wake up in the morning again as it’s not all dark when stepping out of the house. Change is good and do like it. However, lately (especially the past week) I found myself struggling and an strong feeling of a ticking bomb overcame me. Of course I do love being busy and spending time around with people. But deep inside I felt lost and not fast enough to follow the steadily increasing speed of life. Next to the challenge of flexibility with my university schedule it’s surprisingly hard to take time off and dedicate to take care of all your Social Media and Internet presence (life of a blogger?). So here’s my proposition: Work as often as you damn well please! It’s your life; these are your moments to fill and hopefully enjoy. But if you find […]

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The Golden Apple https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/the-golden-apple.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/the-golden-apple.html#comments Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:55:38 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7930

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ― Og Mandino Happy Sunday! It’s definitely apple picking season right now here in Switzerland. And for all fruit lover you have the choice to between so many different kinds (except you’re allergic like me 🙁 On our weekend Shooting trip we found this beautiful apple farm right before sunset and I’d say it was a super lucky pick. Golden hour – golden apple. Today I want to share my thought on this metaphor to life: Not every apple is the same quality or the same taste. Knowing this you will look out for the ones that seem more appealing to you. But surely even if the apple looks good on the outside you do not know it’s taste in advance. The same applies to life, you have to make decisions small and big every day – not always knowing what effect they will have on your future. However, you can approach it with a positive attitude and indulge the apple as it is and appreciate just the here and now. For sure we strive all just for the best apples but sometimes bad apples come in order to […]

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Swinging into autumn https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/swinging-into-autumn.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/swinging-into-autumn.html#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:20 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7882

„You’re never too old for fun. Swing, dance, laugh, act silly.“ Doe Zantamata blouse – Asos / skirt – Topshop / Shoes – Asos photos by Julien <3 Alright, October means that it’s autumn for real. The beautiful colorful trees and foggy mornings are more than an evidence. And for this year I won’t leave the house without tights anymore (unless I want to get a cold:P) Before the days get too short and Christmas baking starts I want to do a few things. I might as well make a list over what I’m planning to do before the winter comes. So – this autumn I’ll……. Explore the nature I have explored my surrounding often this summer with beautiful and warm weather. With the new season everything will spread a totally different feeling and atmosphere. I can’t wait to explore more in thick winter clothes 😉 Finish to read a book I’ve started reading several books this summer but haven’t finished all of them. Especially with University readings I spend less time for my personal interest books. Tricky, but I really want to finish reading at least one of the books. Eat as much pumpkins Officially the pumpkin season has […]

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Dancing leaf – Part of something bigger https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/dancing-leaf-part-of-something-bigger.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/dancing-leaf-part-of-something-bigger.html#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:08:09 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7843

“In the summer they say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.” ― Kahlil Gibran Hat – River Island / Jumpsuit – Gamiss* / Shoes – Kiomi / Watch – Icewatch / Necklace – Wiggles* Who doesn’t love all the leaves falling off the trees and coloring the pavements in beautiful brown tones? Not to mention the golden sun that bathes the nature into a mystical light. I love to look at the different shapes and colors of the leaves when walking out of the house or resting on a bench. Every one is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. At the same time we know that the small piece of nature belongs to something bigger and is actually just a tiny part of the miracle that enables us to breathe fresh air thanks to it’s photosynthetic ability. The tree again is also part of a greater green square or wood. And all in all it belongs to the nature. The tiny piece is part of something bigger. While it contributes it’s part to the whole in order to function properly. Going back to the leave, it is predestined […]

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Busy bee https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/busy-bee.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/busy-bee.html#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:57:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7811

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus Blouse – Asos / Skirt – yoins* / shoes – kmb / bag – Zign Not only the the falling temperatures announce the changing season. Also the shorter days and busier days talk for their own that summer holidays and weeks of daydreaming are over. These days when you ask my how I am, my answer would: „Busy,busy!“ or „Busy like a bee!“. While the bees have done their work for this year and all the honey mostly been harvested I on my side have just started. As the cold comes the little flying creatures will go into winter sleep. University taking over my life again it’s required to sit more at my desk and study. But that’s ok, because as we all know: Without work you won’t be able to harvest good results, right?! From nothing comes nothing, so we say. The bees stop flying around this time of the year but for me before I sit at my desk a few super exciting and travel weeks are ahead of me. It’s mostly intercountry bound and just one field trip with the University (Creativity and cultures […]

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The modern Heidi https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/the-modern-heidi.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/10/the-modern-heidi.html#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:56:16 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7803

dress – Bash / bag – Longchamp / Loafers – Topshop / Bike – tested for Egomovement Happy Sunday. Possibly you know Heidi? It’s one if the symbolic people in Switzerland and I next to Roger Federer the most famous person. The story of Johanna Spyri is quiet well known the book has been translated into 50 languages. Furthermore many comic series and other Heidi TV Series have been produced. The story has been published in 12 movies and the last on in 2015. I cannot even tell how many times I watched the movie and every time I get dreamed away in nostalgia. The little girl that grew up in the Swiss mountains in a small cottage with her grandfather after her mother died is very touching. … The famous place is very close to where I live and it’s such a pretty place to get swept back in time and experience how she lived. Looking at these photos I felt a bit like Heidi but more a modern and redheaded version. She did definitely not have the means to ride a bike (and imagine not even an electric one) and her dress was surely not made in France. However, […]

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The hand of Fatima https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/the-hand-of-fatima.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/the-hand-of-fatima.html#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:09:27 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7774

“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson hat – Topshop / Top – MaxMara / skirt – New Look / necklace – Onecklace* / Bag – Zign Hey guys. It’s some time but in the first weeks and the old-new university environment I haven’t yet established any routine. Therefore, I still feel a bit of an unorganized mess overall. But nonetheless, I try to keep up with the blog and Social Media. Which seems to be even harder when you get totally caught up in real life 🙂 So actually no bad sign at all 😉 Fatimas hand is one of the most seen symbols on yewelry or decorative elements. However, I found myself asking what the exact meaning of it is as I didn’t know. Interesting that we often wear things that have a deep meaning behind it but we are just unaware. (if you knew, then you have a good general knowledge :)) For all the rest and including me let me sum it up: The Hand of Fatima or also called ‚Hamsa’ in the arabic language is a cultural sign. It does not have a religious background and the use traces back […]

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Why we overplan https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/why-we-overplan.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/why-we-overplan.html#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:40:23 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7663

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu There is something about my mind, and many people’s minds, that is overly optimistic. Especially when you had a relaxing weekend behind you. As Monday arrives I start making lists and plans of all the things I want to do and accomplish the week. I think that I can do so much each day, and so I overplan. I fill my plans with so much, confident I can do it all, ignoring the evidence of the past when most plans didn’t get done and most things didn’t get crossed off as hoped. We believe that, sure, we might have failed to meet our expectations in the past, but this time will be different! This time, we will do better. This time, we will be disciplined and productive and get more done. Yes, that’s an excellent plan. Let me know how that works out. And of course… I overplanned. I was overly optimistic. And had lots of goals and expectations.   Not Overplanning in Real Life In our daily personal and work lives, we overload ourselves and overplan. We are overly optimistic about what we can do, despite past evidence. We set too many goals […]

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Last Summer Love Letter https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/last-summer-love-letter.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/last-summer-love-letter.html#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:58:28 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7704

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss dress – Gamiss* (here) / bag – Vintage / hat – here / shoes – Prettyballerinas (here) / watch – Giorgio Armani* Autumn has definitely arrived here in Switzerland. Today exactly at 16.21 pm the astrological autumn starts as the sun crosses the equinoctial point (meaning that day and night are exactly the same length). Not only the temperatures have dropped significantly but also the nature adapts secretly with small still noticeable changes. On one side I am a bit sad to leave the warm and sunny summer nights behind, on the other hand I couldn’t be more excited to wrap myself up in comfy jumpers and woolen scarves. Autumn hasn’t officially started, it’s still summer, and I feel we automatically jump (myself included) into jumper season and it’s even understandable as we are getting spammed with all the new Autumn/Winter Collections. As you may have noticed, with the change of season for me (and many other students) a new term has begun and now it’s time to engage the brain into academics. I know that it’s easy to get myself chained to the desk and let the arrival autumn pass by without making the […]

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Back to school https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/back-to-school.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/back-to-school.html#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:00:16 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7698

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” ~Ralph W. Sockman Happy Monday! And happy new beginnings 🙂 It’s unbelievable how time flies. Over is the vacation and back to engage my brain again. As much as I love working full time – I couldn’t be more excited to continue my education. Today the semester at the Swiss Universities have started and therefore the quite city of St.Gallen gets lively again. Full of students and a busy University campus 🙂 How is it in your country? As you are reading this words I will most probably be listening to the professors introductory lectures about the Master programme and getting to know all the different Institutes. It’s so different from the Bachelors level, where you are more just an anonymous student along thousands of others. We get introduced personally and the setting is a lot easier to grasp. Back behind my books I thought to give the younger self of mine a new chance and get my feet into sneakers 🙂 I am pretty proud that I finally found a pair that I really love and are even not only pretty but also comfortable as heaven! You might […]

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Sundays in the Nature: Preda-Bergün https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/sundays-nature-preda-bergun.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/sundays-nature-preda-bergun.html#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:30:42 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7670

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” –  Anthony J. D’Angelo Happy Sunday! You might tell from my Instagram feed that I am really living in the moment and have been enjoying the Swiss summer at it’s most outside. With the weather from its best side it would be a waste not to do so. As Switzerland offers so many different beautiful natural getaways it’s so hard to choose where to go (first world problems :P) But now autumn temperatures have settled in and therefore I’d love to share some of the pictures we took last weekend 🙂 My sister and I have been exploring hiking places just around the area we my parents live. Honestly speaking, I can nearly not believe what I missed out so for so many years. The past weekend we drove by car to Bergün and from there we followed the hiking trail along the railway line. Walking all the way up to Preda offered us many beautiful spots with the beautiful bridges and natural water habitats. Not to mention the highlights when a train crossed our way over a bridge or we where lucky to spot it disappearing […]

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Monday Motivation: Balloons of success https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/balloons-of-success.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/balloons-of-success.html#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:51:44 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7613

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” – Kahlil Gibran How often do you say ‚I can’t’, it’s too difficult’ or ‚I’m not good enough’ ? Probably more often than you actually want? But with these thoughts we are basically limiting ourselves. This is a widespread phenomenon especially across young women. When it comes to success, many of us tend to think of the external. Often we believe other people’s ideas of what it means to be successful more than our own. We might keep checking things off our life lists in a desperate effort to get the “success” but still feel dissatisfied. The way society defines success is often unobtainable. Selling yourself short in this way is a great recipe for unhappiness. This is why it’s so important to define your goals by your own standards rather than someone else’s. Easier said than done, because how often do you want to please others? SUCCESS, IDENTITY, AND SELF WORTH We are raised with the belief that our identity and self worth are tied to material wealth and a checklist of things we need to have or be by a certain age. But your self worth is not equal to your accomplishments […]

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It’s ok to have time https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/its-ok-to-have-time.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/its-ok-to-have-time.html#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:30:28 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6094

“Life itself is simple…it’s just not easy.” ― Steve Maraboli „Hi, how is it going today?“ – „You know, busy, busy. To much to do…“ This is how nearly every conversation lately starts. And this somehow even though it’s summer holidays and people do have more time to relax. It’s a rare occasion that someone tells me that he or she just has time to enjoy life stress free. Our generation is all the time busy. Never having a free minute is the new ‚I’m good and everything is fine’. Of course with people who are self employed their job is probably more demanding and there is never a time to leave the work at the office. But also my study friend who have/had their summer vacation are non-stop busy. At the same is with me – I am constantly looking for something to do and plan my days. And of course with the blog there is always some work I could do or something that needs improvement. Ah, and not to mention that studying for this Saturdays IELTS exam is something I need to fit into my days as well. With my friends we make appointments weeks in advance and I […]

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A little bit of Kindness https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/little-bit-kindness.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/09/little-bit-kindness.html#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:11:23 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7307

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” -Barbara de Angelis It feels like the French Riviera is right in the heart of Europe – in Switzerland. I cannot even believe it that it’s September?! Obviously, it is September because my I’m not going to work anymore right now (my internship is over)… It feels weird actually having a lot more free time and being flexible with my day schedule 🙂 However, the best time to still enjoy the few upcoming weeks until University starts 🙂 Spending the whole day at home made me think a lot and I thought some of you might relate to it too? Life has a way of getting away from us, at least that’s how I’m feeling lately. Weeks feel like days, July feels like yesterday, and sometimes I’m left wondering what it is that I actually did with all the time? A little bit of kindness Mostly it’s pieced back together by the larger events dotting the months – friends birthday, traveling, events, etc. But other times, the smaller things come in and make you remember the moments in between –  the […]

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What to do with uncertainty on your life path https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/what-to-do-with-uncertainty-on-your-life-path.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/what-to-do-with-uncertainty-on-your-life-path.html#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:51:04 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7155

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” ― Guy Gavriel Kay If you’re in your 20s or even 30s, you might feel a lot of uncertainty all the time — you aren’t sure what your life purpose is, or your uncertain about what path you should take in life. This is normal. “We all want to know what our driving ambitions should be in life. We all want to have a certain life purpose. We all want to feel we’re on the right path. We all want to perform well at our habits, our routines, our productivity. We all want to feel more confident, and perfect what we are doing.” Striving all the time towards confidence and certainty – This is the struggle. Do you know what?! No one is free from struggling. You can even look up to the most successful people, for example Obama, Merkel or Adele. Do you think they have figured out their lives? Do you believe they are certain and perfect? Oh no, far from that. I think there is no one (at least if you are not enlightened?) who feels certainty about his or her […]

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Ananas Asanas https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/ananas-asanas.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/ananas-asanas.html#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:39:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7475

“When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple. How to better your life 101.” ― Davin Turney Happy Friday! You might think the pictures speak for themselves. And so you are right because I am literally soaking in every possible summer feeling that is currently blessing us in Central Europe. Therefore the dress couldn’t be more perfect. Catching up the word play – Ananas Asanas.  Well, apart from nearly interchangeable spelling the two words seem not to have much in common, right? Currently in my mind – Fruits and Yoga. But for me these two words stand for what fills my life with purpose, hope and happiness. Since my Yoga teacher training in Bali I can feel and experience so many benefits from doing Yoga on a regular basis. This week I even made it to the Mysore classes before work (5 a.m.) which brought my Yoga passion to the next level. This is the traditional self-practice method in Yoga where the teacher acts as mentor and you do your Asana series on your own pace. So coming back to the photos, I think I look incredibly happy and just so much calmer, mostly thanks to Yoga 🙂 So let […]

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Free Spirit Summer Bucket List https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/free-spirit-summer-bucket-list.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/free-spirit-summer-bucket-list.html#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:20:52 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7431

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent Happy Monday! We definitely do not want to start this week with a bad attitude or Monday Blues, right?! Therefore, even though the week might already be fully booked with appointments and meetings, you should take some time and rethink some of your habits. And as we are already soon at coming to the end of summer, why not make the most of the last (super hot) days and enjoy some more summer activities? Lets start back now: How many times is a friendly “how are you?” responded to with a sigh and answer of  busy, swamped or tired. How many times have you responded that way? If I am honest, far too many times. Of course, I like to be busy. I crave it, in fact. I enjoy making my mile long to-do list and blissfully checking off each item as I put myself to work. Yet at what point does it become too much? I have been thinking a lot lately about the reality that we only have one life to live. We […]

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How to master the Art of Decluttering https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/art-of-decluttering.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/art-of-decluttering.html#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:42:22 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7356

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ― Albert Einstein hat – Topshop / blouse – New Look (similar) / shorts – American Apparel / backpack & shoes – vintage It’s incredible how many things we collect over time and which staple in our rooms and wardrobes. And actually many of our staples are not needed for our everyday life. In fact, it can be so deliberating when you get rid of some of your belongings. Lately, I’ve got inspired by different minimalistic bloggers and their simple lifestyle. Even though I know that I am far too attached to things and not able to live in an mostly empty room… It brought be to the urge to declutter and get rid of many things. And as a fashion blogger my wardrobe is by far too full and I needed to create some new space. And of course also with transferring to the new season it’s time to clear the old wardrobe too. My plan was to sell most of the things at a the flea market and at least get some money. By the way, I’m at the flea market in Zurich this Saturday 🙂 But a big part of the clothes I donated to […]

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Outfit: All the colors of summer https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/all-the-colors-of-summer.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/all-the-colors-of-summer.html#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:38:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7311

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ― John Lubbock Oh summer colours! It’s such an amazing feeling when the summer shows up in the prettiest colours and the sun gently warms your skin. Summer time is the best season to spend hours outside and worry free dream away. But first signs of the arriving autumn are already visible … Nonetheless that is ok, because we too have to move on and grow. Nature changes and so we will change. I am way too excited for the new chapter in my life starting by the beginning of next month 🙂 But for now let me tell you my secret and favourite finding to indulge the summer days. Nothing is more comfortable and even cooling than a fluffy wide maxi dress. With one single item you can dress up pretty elegantly. For me a hat is inevitable do protect my fair skin. The first and last think that make any outfit perfectly summery: FLOWERS in any form 🙂 What are […]

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Overwhelmed? Can’t breathe? Take a hike! https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/overwhelmed-cant-breathe-take-a-hike.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/overwhelmed-cant-breathe-take-a-hike.html#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:44:29 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7018

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.” – Bradley Chapman Feeling overwhelmed? Need some fresh air? Or just looking to do something different from your regular routine? Why not changing your city environment for the beauty of nature? Take a hike! No matter where but go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Here’s why… The feeling of climbing or hiking to the top of a mountain is absolutely empowering, congruent to conquering real-life obstacles. And it’s even more beautiful when you reach a waterfall and drown in fresh air. If you’re still not convinced that you need to go for a hike this weekend! The reasons could be the following and which I find really convincing and definitely worth leaving the house 😉 Nothing beats real fresh air From the crisp breeze grazing your face or the warmth of the sun chafing your skin and warming the cockles of your heart, you’ll just (no doubt) feel amazing, less stressed, and redeemed – especially if you live in a city. So take some time to escape the urban noise and pollution…your lungs and sanity will thank you for it later. Clear your […]

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How to Start Embracing Your Imperfections https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/how-to-start-embracing-your-imperfections.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/how-to-start-embracing-your-imperfections.html#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:12:42 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7098

The word “IMPERFECT” actually spells “I’M PERFECT.” Because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways. – Unknown Perfection. It means something different to everyone. For some, it is having a glamorous career and living the single life in a big city. Being able to buy whatever their heart desires. For others, it is being married buying a small house and have children. And still, for others, it is practicing yoga daily, eating a vegan diet, making a six figure salary, traveling all different countries and the list goes on. Despite the differences in definition of ‘perfection’, many of us share the deep desire to embody the “perfect” image we hold in our minds. And esoecially nowadays, Social Media implies puts a lot of pressure on us because we se so many other ‘perfect’ lives. So what happens when we don’t quite live up to that ideal? When it becomes clear that we all have imperfections? When you get your expectations in order, but still don’t feel satisfied? Therefore, it is important not only to make peace with our “imperfections”, but also embrace them and not hide! Understand why you see yourself as imperfect If you have a part of yourself […]

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Free Spirit and Time Alone https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/free-spirit-and-time-alone.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/free-spirit-and-time-alone.html#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:00:09 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7242

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” ― Olivia Wilde Happy Sunday! Hope you are doing good? This time a very thoughtful post… Hope you enjoy it 🙂 About Time Alone I cherish time alone. Taking the time to just be. Feeling the quiet and spaciousness of life. Time to hear my breath and place my hand on my heart to feel the rhythm of my chest. Time to let thoughts arise and just pass. Time to create, read, write down ideas, paint and drink a herbal tea. Time to lie down on the floor in my bedroom and feel my body on the floor. Time to look out of the window and not feeling the pressure or stress of every day life. Time to read a spiritual book or look up new recipes in cooking magazines. Time to hear the creaky sounds of the house and the birds chirping outside. Time to listen to my thoughts and not use my voice or my ears for conversation. Time to reflect on how my outer landscape is aligning with my inner galaxy. Time to […]

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Travel clouds and dreams https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/travel-clouds-and-dreams.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/travel-clouds-and-dreams.html#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:56 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7198

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Happy Thursday! This week has been rather short on my side because of the National holiday in Switzerland and I extended the short vacation for one day 🙂 As some of you may have noticed, I’ve spent the trip with my family in the Alps in Austria hiking and exploring a new beautiful spot in the heart of Europe. Lately I’ve been totally into wanderlust and exploration mode. Nothing makes me more happy than discovering new places with friends and family or alone and meeting new people. It’s amazing in what short time you can reach an exotic destination in short time. But there has not always to be the most luxurious or trendy spot. Because the most beautiful memories will be the ones not taken for your Instagram or your live update on Snapchat, but rather your own perception of the moment and it’s beauty.   “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster   Are you already planning a winter escape? Still dreaming in the clouds of your summer travel? Whether past or future, o matter, be always present and thankful for what […]

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Mini Schwiiz! – Happy Birthday Switzerland! https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/mini-schwiiz-happy-birthday-switzerland.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/08/mini-schwiiz-happy-birthday-switzerland.html#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 06:00:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7150

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” – John Ed Pearce Happy Monday and probably happy National day?! 1st of August is the national day in Switzerland what again means Helvetia celebrates its 725 birthday today. Therefore happy birthday my little Switzerland! I am proud to have my roots here in the middle of Europe (patriotic little girl!), surrounded by all the beauty of nature. I learned to appreciate  the endless grass fields and mystical forests, the snowy mountains and crystal clear lakes. Yes, I am glad and lucky to be born here in the high prosperity located in the heart of Europe. We have a big and political and religious freedom that Switzerland serves to all its habitants (and will hopefully in the future). Whenever I wish to escape to somewhere else in the world (once thinking about a house right by the sea, once dreaming about the big city life) each time I am away, I am happy to return back home after certain time. Nothing brings me more happiness than the quiet forests surrounded by mountains and the company of my close friends and family. Usually we celebrate this special day in […]

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Peace and Patience https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/peace-and-patience.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/peace-and-patience.html#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:20:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=7050

„Find your happiness in the little things“ What is wrong with this world lately? Terror and intimidating news are happening nearly every day. And it is not anymore only far away from us. It doesn’t matter anymore where you live, basically everywhere something tragic could happen. I am speechless. And it makes me sad and thoughtful. These past couple of weeks have been rough. Just as we’ve begun to process one tragedy, another strikes, and we’ve been dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety and helplessness. We know we’re not alone in this, as every conversation lately seems to revolve around how bad things in the world are turning, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take simple steps to make ourselves (and in turn, others) feel a bit better. I want to share three ways what can help you every day: Find a small ‚win’ every day. It’s important to appreciate the little things. Be present and find happiness in small things. For me it is to be able to go out on the weekend and pick up fresh flowers at the farmers market and decorate my room. I feel so more alive and happy when I have flourishing plants in my […]

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Why you can become happier with self-love https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/why-you-can-become-happier-with-self-love.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/why-you-can-become-happier-with-self-love.html#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6960

“To learn loving yourself could be the hardest thing that you will ever do.” Since my experience in Bali my attitude towards myself and other people has changed a lot. I am generally happier and more content with what I do and in the place I am. For my it’s been the start of a journey towards self-love and acceptance… It’s still very hard at days to keep the positive attitude, but I guess this will get better and better with patience and growing up 🙂 Self-love is not about comparing yourself to others or boasting your esteem… It’s about self-acceptance, self-respect, self-conviction, and accountability for yourself! The ironic thing is that we are amazing at being good kind to everyone, except ourselves. We’re wonderful when it comes to uplifting a friend in distress, encouraging a lover disappointed lover, or celebrating a milestones (big and small). But never wholly there within when self-love is indeed one of the fundamental building blocks for love, happiness, and success in life. So if you haven’t discovered what that looks like yet and are curious how to become happier and start loving who you are, then read on 🙂 It’s the first step to building a great relationship with yourself Independence from someone else’s approval, […]

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Summer Sailor & Blog Love https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/summer-sailor-blog-love.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/summer-sailor-blog-love.html#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:58:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6925

I harp on about it over and over, but summer is my favorite season. I love the long days and warm evenings. I like the simple outfits; the ease of dressing. So many of my favorite outfits are summer outfits. Because dresses can be worn without tights and not having to worry about a jacket is even lovelier. Bright colors and combined with minimal jewelry pieces add a sweet and sophisticated touch to any dress. Even though it is hot outside I love wearing my hair open and feel the summer breeze on my skin 🙂 I mean things are great right now, but I was struggling a lot behind the scenes. Ok, don’t get me wrong, not life wise but blog related. Actually, I was just living in the now, reading a lot offline, not carrying about incoming messages and calls. And god, this felt so good. It’s kinda freeing when you don’t feel that addicted to your electronical devices but rather prefer to go outside, chat with friends, do handicrafts or just look closer into yourself and your environment. I spoke to many beaufitul creative minds lately and basically got inspired for lot of different things. Not only that, but just living in […]

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How to make more time to read https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/how-to-make-time-to-read.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/how-to-make-time-to-read.html#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:50:13 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6821

Hey guys! You may have noticed the less frequent posting on here. On one side, the weather is so amazing at the moment that I’d rather spend time outside instead in front of my screen. Then my dear friend was not around to take any photos and me basically to lazy to arrange something different… And on the other side, I got interested in other topics like Yoga (I turned into a yogini ;)), reading books or just be with friends and meet new people. Lately I took some extra time off or used the commute for reading books I started to get more interested in creating a reading list and find new great teachings. Therefore I’d love to share 3 tips how you can make time to read: Decide Why You Want to Read There are countless reasons: studies show reading fiction increases empathy and compassion; reading biographies can inspire and inform you;  popular books can help spark conversations with others; reading classics can help you to understand some of the factors that shaped our society and fill in the gaps that you might have missed in your education; reading about other cultures is one of the best paths […]

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Switzerland: Top of Europe https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/switzerland-top-europe.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/07/switzerland-top-europe.html#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2016 07:54:23 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6879

We often search for beauty far away and we close our eyes for the nature right around us and do not appreciate what the environment has to offer. But as I will spent this Summer in Switzerland my goal is to see more of my own country and also show you some of the best known and hidden gems in my home country. I had the chance to join an amazing trip to Grindelwald and ‘The Top of Europe’. Not only couldn’t we have asked for better weather but the experience as a whole is just breath-taking and definitely a must see in Switzerland (if you haven’t already). GRINDELWALD FIRST The train ride from Berne to Grindelwald is already a slight Vorgeschmack of what is going to expect you on the mountain. The beautiful lakes of Thun and Brienz with their deep blue/green coloring let you forget every stressful moment from the hectic cities. Once arrived at Grindelwald it is only a short walk to the Grindelwald First cableway which brings you to First at 2168 metres altitude.   BACHALPSEE From the First summit station a lovely trail brings you in about 50’ minutes walk to the Lake Bachalpsee. Along […]

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Stay loyal, Uniform yourself https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/stay-loyal-uniform-yourself.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/stay-loyal-uniform-yourself.html#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:12:06 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6653

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde I often get carried away far too often my different topics or themes, without having a more proper look: Do I really want it, does this fit my style? I think sometimes we women are too complicated to unterstand ourselves. We have a vast choice and actually we could easily choose the item of clothing we want. But suddely we want to do every thing the opposite – all the others have much better style and they seem to look more elegant, interesting or they look simply more attractive etc. This happens far to often to my mind. Yes, here our mind is an evil enemy. It plays around with our thoughts and too often unfortunately we are unaware of this and with the unconscousiness of our thoughts we might get very sad… We compare us. We want to be ourselves in a way, but still we prefer a better version of us. Instead of appreciating our strengths and accomplishments we search for faults or mistakes, and everybody can find this always easily. To be happier it is important to have faith in yourself and keep consistant and comfortable with […]

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The Book That Will Change Every 20-Something’s Life https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/the-book-that-will-change-every-20-somethings-life.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/the-book-that-will-change-every-20-somethings-life.html#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:47:51 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6630

The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k I mean, things were never awful, but a few weeks ago I was struggling a little bit behind the scenes. Ok, don’t get me wrong, not life wise but blog related. Actually, I was just living in the now, reading a lot offline, not carrying about incoming messages and calls. And god, this felt so good. It’s kinda freeing when you don’t feel that addicted to your electronical devices but rather prefer to go outside, chat with friends, read a book, do handicrafts or just look closer into yourself and your environment. I spoke to many beaufitul creative minds lately and basically got inspired for lot of different things. Not only that, but just living in the day and not stressing about my agenda had brought up lots of probably surprising chances I never thought of. So the reason on here for my absence on here, was partly a lack of motivation to go online, lack of right words to put my thoughts down and lastly also the absence of my dear photographer (I miss you, Julien…). Nonetheless, I have backed up about 30 half written posts, however never felt right to publish any… Still, I […]

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/believe-in-you.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/believe-in-you.html#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:54:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6797

Believe in you and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt   Believing in yourself is really important in allowing you to live your life to the fullest. Without self-confidence, you can’t succeed. But often we don’t believe in ourselves and rather dwell in self-doubts and fear. Especially nowadays, you are easily triggered to compare yourself to others. And speaking the truth, you will always find someone that is better than you… This comparison holds you back from living in the now, see who you really are. Sometimes it helps to step away from your daily environment and usual routine. This is not as easy as perceived, but believe me, when you step out of your comfort zone by your own you will experience amazing things! Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Why? If even you yourself can’t believe in your own abilities, who will? How can you convince others if you can’t even convince yourself? To succeed, you must first believe that you can do it. Do that, and you have won half of the battle! Of course the way to your goal might be hard and uncomfortable at times. But no matter, as long as you believe in yourself you’ll […]

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How to pack: Carry-on only https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/how-to-pack-carry-on-only.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/how-to-pack-carry-on-only.html#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:14:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6777

It’s Wednesday and for the last days and weeks the weather was definitely not providing any summery feeling. Cold and rainy weather makes you just want to book the next flight to a warm beach destination… Right now, for me it is not about longer holidays (but I’ve been away for some time now :P), but still this doesn’t hold me back from looking for some weekend getaways 🙂 I’ve been thinking about exploring Switzerland a bit more. You know, often it is that you travel so far but your own country is full of adventures you haven’t discovered yet. For a long time I took a large suitcase filled with everything I do (and don’t need) wherever I went around the world or within the country. Actually sometimes I’d even pack a small suitcase for a weekend trip! Needless to say, I was overpacking, as well as wasting time and effort with every extra jacket I just didn’t need to pack. So I started travelling with carry-on only on weekend-trips. Any more than that and I’ll still take a full size suitcase, packed 50-70% to allow room for shopping (especially when heading to a Shopping destination aka London). Plan […]

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Travel Diary: Ubud https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/travel-diary-ubud.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/travel-diary-ubud.html#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:28:17 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6743

Jumpsuit – Review*/ sandals – Topshop / hat – River Island   Happy Sunday! What a rainy Sunday here back in Europe. The best way to look back to the wonderful summer in Bali. I want to share with you in a two part post some of my favourite spots and activities you can do while in Bali. As you you might now from the previous post, we stayed not in the most touristy area Ubud but still very very nice (and even better if you want to visit some untouched beautiful nature spots). TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE: Whilst not in the centre of Ubud, the rice terraces are just a short drive from Ubud village. When you walk towards the entrance of the rice terrace you’re welcomed with a breath-taking panoramic view of the entire terrain. The majority of the terrace is actually located below the ground level and you can walk down from one end and up the other to fully soak in the amazing views. It’s really amazing especially as European and if you have never seen such nature before. The only thing which was really challenging was the heat and strong sunshine. Luckily I had my had […]

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Travel: Bali https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/travel-bali.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/travel-bali.html#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2016 15:00:49 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6657

Hello guys! It’s already more than a week that I am back in Switzerland and somehow I feel still not fully arrived mind-wise. The time in Bali was the most valuable experience in my life and especially I think personally it helped me to grow in so many aspects. I am someone that needs to be always busy and always achieve as much as possible. So much that I constantly felt a deep pressure and stress inside, and in the end I had never enough time for what I wanted to do… Since I am back (this might be the reason for the overdue post…) I am actually living in the moment. I managed to take the relaxed attitude from Bali with me. I just feel good and without pressure. If I don’t do something today, tomorrow is another day and no one will blame me for that. Well, honestly speaking it was also before not really someone pushing, it was more my personal behaviour. I started integrating and dedicating every day around 1 hour only for myself in the morning before work with a Yoga practice. The impact on my daily mood and energy is unbelievable! It’s just an […]

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Reconnecting: Hello world! https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/reconnecting-hello-world.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/06/reconnecting-hello-world.html#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:32:14 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6617

“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams  One day early this year I all out of the blue the idea came into my mind to go far abroad for vacation and just do something different totally out of my comfort zone. At that point it was again a phase when I started feeling stuck and lost at the same time. I was somehow not satisfied and happy with myself (first world problems…) But still I wanted to do something meaningful to me and not hang around without ‘plan’. I don’t know if it was a higher energy or whatever that drove me to that spontaneous decision. The idea about doing a Yoga education […]

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Tips: 10 Tropical Holiday Essentials https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/05/10-tropical-holiday-essentials.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/05/10-tropical-holiday-essentials.html#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 10:06:57 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6530

Travelling from wintery Switzerland to the other end of the world needs really some preparation and planning. Furthermore, as my last travel to a tropical destination is some time back I had some struggles (and still am). Actually I am a super duper procrastinator when it comes to packing suitcases. I know every time that I’ll leave it until the last minute, get super stressed and forget important things at home or pack unnecessary stuff 😛 Sounds familiar to you?! Then read on, I am sharing my most important travel essentials when you head to a tropical holiday destination. 1) Face sunscreen, body Sunscreen Always, always load up on sunscreen and SPF products when heading to somewhere tropical! The sun shines every day so it’s a good idea to pile it on. I also like to bring a separate tube of fragrance free face sunscreen too for added comfort as I find they soak in better and are more non-greasy than body sunscreens. For tropical countries, there is also the rare chance of coming into contact with dengue mosquitoes so a tropical strength / 30% deet repellant is also a good idea. I suggest to use a special facial cream for the […]

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How to make most of your commuting time https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/how-to-make-most-of-your-commuting-time.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/how-to-make-most-of-your-commuting-time.html#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6245

Most of us spend a considerable amount of time travelling to work or school from our homes. No matter your chosen mode of transportation, there are habits we can adopt to be more productive during this time that could otherwise be wasted. Especially this past week I really tried to make the most of the time while commuting. Because often I don’t want my time in the train to be absolutely nonsense. Read on for some tips on how to maximise your daily commute. Network Use this time to actively socialise and catch up with your friends. You can do this via social media, or even better, carpool or take public transport together with colleagues who stay nearby. It makes travel time feel so much shorter and is actually more fun. Socialize A solid 30+ minutes of nothing but driving is a great time to finally call your parents or grandparents back or touch base with your old college roommate like you have been meaning to for weeks. These days we are always busy and on the run, but older people really appreciate when you call them and have a chat (like my grandmother 🙂 ) Observe the world around you […]

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Hey it’s OK: Weird things we all do… https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/hey-its-ok-weird-things-we-all-do.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/hey-its-ok-weird-things-we-all-do.html#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:45:35 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6363

Ladies, we all know the drill. You get in from work and the sofa calls. You could go to gym prepare already for the next day… or let’s be real, here is what most likely happens: Bra off. Like, immediately. Seriously, every girl knows the benefits of ripping off her bra after a hard day of work. You cannot get comfortable in your baggiest t-shirt with the underwire of your bra digging into you. Put on your pajamas. Or, even better, the animal printed fluffy trousers and your whool socks. Your roommates think it’s quirky, and you’re super comfortable. It’s a win-win. Open your cupboard. Look in your fridge. Feel uninspired. Not knowing what to cook. But actually you are just hungry NOW. Sit down, pull out your phone, check Instagram. Waste ten years on Instagram stalking people and liking your friends selfies. Realize you’re addicted to your phone and you need to put it away, Yep, you’re addicted to your phone – read why you might need to put it down sometimes. Go back to your food with lowered expectations. Consider preparing something easy with your leftovers. Spend the next half-hour looking through Netflix or Youtube Videos There’s a lot of […]

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Is the democratization of fashion a killer? https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/democratization-fashion-killer.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/democratization-fashion-killer.html#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:24:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6476

“Blogging had everybody following what walked down the runways and made regular people into style icons…”   We all know how unpredictable April weather can be. Yesterday it was snowing and let us feel like middst winter and today it’s warm again. Crazy, huh?! But this doesn’t stop me from showing you another flower inspired outfit (of course)… These days, I crave flowers so much and they make me feel a lot happier 🙂 Did you notice that this is actually the dress I styled totally different back a month ago? For sure now I am truly affected by the spring vibes all around me. Not only am I decorating my home with fresh flowers but also pretending to go outside with bare legs instead of thick black tights. For a long time I haven’t worn any of my own flower crown. And I am wondering how I could have forgotten about my own ones when I am selling them in my shop 😛 What do you think about the outfit? Did you notice the reapearance of the dress? But these very bright and positive photos should not deceive the aim of the following text. So if you are curious […]

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Outfit: Dreams & Blossoms https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/outfit-casual-blossoms.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/outfit-casual-blossoms.html#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:00:56 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6414

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. (Walt Disney) hat – Monki / kimono – Choies* / blouse – Rosegal* / jeans – Topshop / shoes – Pier One / watch – Diesel* photos by Julien Hello my dear readers! Back from dreaming and hard-working. Again it’s been a while since my last post. I apologize for that. I think the weather has just been to good these days and furthermore I can’t deny that I am so inspired by the beautiful awaking nature. Just to give you a short update, I am working on different super exciting projects and furthermore slowly getting really super nervous about my trip to Bali. I have never thought that getting a Visa and all the insurance things (yes, like a really grown up ;P) in place is such a hassle. In addition my birthday is on the calendar this weekend and as I am organizing also a small gathering… Oh and planning and coordination is really the main part these days… Running from meeting to appointment and lots of decisions need to be taken. And while you’re reading this lines I am actually on my way to Berlin 🙂 Curious?! […]

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How to make your photos more valuable https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/how-to-make-your-photos-more-valuable.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/04/how-to-make-your-photos-more-valuable.html#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:03:07 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6328

„We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone“ The time flies by so quickly, weren’t we only yesterday still in Primary School and then suddenly or 18th birthday is on the doormat and your parents are no longer responsible for your actions. Just a wink of an eye later you have a degree in your pocket or already a full time job. And as we all know, the time doesn’t stop or wait for us. Sometimes I have the feeling that we speed through our lives, always with the feeling to miss something or not doing enough with our time. Especially all the Social Media platforms are enhancing this feeling… Always being online in real-time and up-to-date with the all the happenings. Sometimes I really do miss the hours I spent scrolling through old photo albums that my parents have created with a lot of dedication. Even though the relation to photographs as a possibility to capture our memories hasn’t changed, we have more options nowadays. In the past few years my photo database increased exponentially and contains many memories of great moments and experiences. Furthermore, I love to take my camera with me when travelling […]

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Switzerland and Fashion https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/fashion-hotel.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/fashion-hotel.html#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:03:07 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6248

Switzerland is for sure a beautiful country to live in and has a lot to offer. However, fashion wise it is definitely not one of the main destination. But still the few fashion related Events that take please every year are in their way special. Probably you remember the Fashion Hotel event I told you last time? It was an amazing experience and so much fun (my favorite was the Yoga lesson). Now it’s soon time again for the Spring Edition and I can’t wait to visit all the stands of the different Swiss and international young designers. I love the concept as it takes place in 3 Hotels (yes, in the rooms) during 3 days with more than 50 Pop-up stores. Everything is refreshed with workshops, Fashion show, DJs and Live-Bands. The Fashionhotel is therefore a mix of Shopping, Party and Event. This year you even have the chance to win 1 of 50 Tickets! (I guess the only thing is that you have to be in Zurich from the 8.-10. April 😉  Good luck and hopefully we see us then?! Die Schweiz ist definitiv ein wunderbares Land und hat viele unheimlich tolle Dinge zu bieten. Aber wie wir uns […]

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Outfit: Stop saying everything is fine https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/everything-is-fine.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/everything-is-fine.html#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:53:12 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6296

Everything is fine… scarf – Charles Vögele* / Jeans – Topshop / jumper & jacket – Asos / shoes – Melvin & Hamilton / bag – Picard Vintage photos by Julien I’ve probably said the word a million times: Fine. Looking back now, I can admit that I don’t always say what I mean. Even when things are very clearly not fine, I find it extremely difficult to express this to others. “I’m fine,” I say. “Nothing’s wrong.” And then I’ll probably be silently sad or angry for the next few hours and the anger keeps growing. Sound familiar? Pretending everything’s fine and appears to be a common trait in women, so much so that the word seems to have turned it into a common idiom. Why don’t women just say what they really want to say? We define “crazy” as anything that isn’t perfectly calm and collected.   I think, in a way, it comes down to what women are taught that makes them desirable. Desirable women are cool and laid back, right? Desirable women are absolutely nothing like the other girls, who are over emotional and just plain “crazy.” Having emotions or being emotional doesn’t make a person […]

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How to conquer a mental block https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/how-to-conquer-mental-block.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/how-to-conquer-mental-block.html#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:00:14 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/?p=24

Mental Blocks… … are scary and depressing. The past few days have been weird. I started this week with a feeling of confusion and disorientation. A chapter in my live has come to an official end – I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. The whole Graduation ceremony was such a memorable experience and the fine dining at the Swiss Gastro Newcomer Award winner of 2016 was a culinary pleasure. But out of nowhere I felt an empty hole. No words, nothing to describe – just blank. And yesterday, the shocking news from Brussels even intensified the feeling… I have been at the exact same place three weeks ago and we passed at the airport several times each day… Shocking but somehow it makes me aware how lucky we have been. Speechless – the mental block is still partly here… Of course this happens from time to time to everyone and I thought this will pass on Monday morning. However, so many ideas in my head but not the state of mind to write it down or create content for the blog. Therefore, I want to share some ideas to overcome this feeling. If you’re in any way a […]

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Tips: How to improve your time management https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/how-to-improve-your-time-management.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/how-to-improve-your-time-management.html#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:09:25 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6082

Hi guys! How has this week gone?! I have to admit that time management wise I was a little disaster… Don’t you sometimes just wish there were more hours  in the day? Or that your to do list is so long, you just wish you had more time? Or maybe you’re a procrastinator, like I tend to be sometimes, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the things I need to do. Or when I just have hunderts of ideas in my head and don’t know where to start.  Time is manageable though, and there are certain things you can do to not only use your time better, but also to have more hours left in the day. Here are some things I do when it comes to time management and reducing stress. Especially point 3 is my favorite but also most difficult to do 😉 Get up 20 minutes early. It takes a little perseverance at first, but when you get up earlier than you have to, you’ll feel more relaxed in the morning because you don’t have to rush everything. Getting up early and taking time to prepare for the day makes you feel more calm throughout the day. Especially […]

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Outfit: Why I love and hate Social Media https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/why-i-love-and-hate-social-media.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/why-i-love-and-hate-social-media.html#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:30:06 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6135

It’s a love and hate relationship hat – Monki / jumper & necklace – Urban Outfitters / blouse – hm / trousers & coat – Tosphop / Shoes – Melvin & Hamilton photos by Julien  I have to admit, when I created this blog a few years ago, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into (or actually that I found a new passion after ending my career as a professional figure skater). It’s brought me many incredible opportunities that I didn’t even think I ever deserved and I am forever grateful for that. But, it comes with a trade-off. It has robbed me of moments. It also brought dark sides with it that might not have  come up if I chose an other hobby? It has made me think about my life in a different way, in a more “marketable way.” It has become something that’s nearly impossible to take back. I am extremely glad that I never became a “professional blogger,” and that I’ve always kept my career separate for this reason so far. Even with having a steady-income job or studying full-time, some weeks the pressure feels like a lot. You want to manage so many different […]

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What is all the hype on Detox about? https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/hype-on-detox.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/hype-on-detox.html#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:19:48 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=6080

fit’n’tasty Juices* The health topic is all over Social Media! Not only concerning food, but also sports, life etc. Things get labelled as vegan, low-carb, hclf? or whatever… But is this really healthy and how much do these discussions impact our lives? Today it has actually become quite fashionable to go on a detox diet, thanks to all our celebs who promote these so a lot! Using detox foods, colon cleaning herbs and a juice or soup diet a few days of the month is considered one of the best ways to stay in shape. Is there any truth behind these ideas? Do these detox diets really help? I cannot deny that I am also influenced by these (current) trends however I don’t want to give a judgement on others. I have been dealing with different food allergies and lactose intolerance since the age of 15. Especially in the beginning it has impacted my life severely but slowly I adapted my eating habits. Therfore, I try not to get influenced to much by these new lifestyle trends… what is actually really hard with all the Social Media influence. When I started researching a bit more into the Detox topic I realized […]

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Travel: Mini Guide London https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/travel-london.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/03/travel-london.html#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:40:22 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=5983

 You may have seen that on Instagram that a few weeks ago I went for a prolonged weekend to my favorite city – London. It’s been such a long time since my last visit and therefore even though I was really very sick (fever and flu’) my sister and I spent a wonderful time there. Of course you need to visit the regular touristic spots when in the British capital (talking of Westminster and London Eye) and stop by at Oxford street for your shopping cravings 😛 But there are also some really hip places we discovered that are definitely worth a visit. So continuing the Mini Travel Guide from Milano back in November here is the Mini Guide from London and I hope you like it 🙂 From my side it’s a lovely recap of memories, before I am heading to the next destination 🙂 This time it’s Bruxelles! Not only for vacation but for the Solvay Business Game. Probably some of you (especially those attending Business Schools) have heard of that? These are Case Challenges from companies to be solved and presented by University Master students 😀 WHERE TO STAY After the great experience I had last time […]

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5 ways to destress after work https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/02/5-ways-to-destress-after-work.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/02/5-ways-to-destress-after-work.html#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:04:24 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=5884

Hat – River Island / Coat, Jeans – Topshop /Jumper – Yoins* / Bag – Picard / Boots – Kurt Geiger photos Julien Sarkar   The past week has been super hectic and not really healthy from a work – life balance perspective. For this reason I felt so destroyed on Friday that I was so much looking forward to a more relaxing and dead-line free weekend. Therefore I spent some time off with friends and slept in which felt so good and recharged my batteries 🙂 Therefore I am looking forward to finally be able (yes really in a good state of mind) to share my creativity and ideas on here 🙂 For the next week I want to reach a better balance and therefore I thought about ways on how to distress after work. Starting already today with some sort of detoxing thing (no no worries – still will be eating) with cutting out bubbly drinks and coffee but introducing cold pressed juices from fit ‘n’ tasty, I want to give my body also some cleanse. Hopefully this will help my energy levels but also my skin 🙂 Now to my top 5 ways to destress after work: […]

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How to focus on that matters most: you https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/02/how-to-focus-on-that-matters-most-you.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/02/how-to-focus-on-that-matters-most-you.html#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:21:23 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/?p=18

hat – River island / jumper – Asos / blouse – HM / bag – mint&berry /jeans – Topshop / boots – Kurt Geiger / watch – Diesel* / necklace – Swarovski   — photos by Julien — “I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone around you.” (Bill Cosby)   It not only feels like an eternity since my last post but it’s one of the longest breaks without posts. Good or bad reasons…. I had to take a step back and really focus on myself. It was a very tough time as I got hit by the flue already before the trip to London. And of course being in my favorite city there is no time for sleeping and curing the flu. So the following week I felt really so so sick – actually I cannot remember having felt that sh** in my life. I got medicine and from then on the flu got slowly better however for the next seven days I was not even able to watch TV or read a book – I was just sleeping. This made me realize that I might have asked to much from […]

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Should I always be Online? https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/should-i-always-be-online.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/should-i-always-be-online.html#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:01:19 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=5894

As a blogger or generally as active participant in Social Media often we set ourselves under pressure. Everything has to work out and these needs to be presented. But hang on – this is not working and might very easily lead to depression. Why? We hunt after a life, that is not existent and might never be (probably in our dreams?). Is everything always perfect? Are we always 100% happy? Does everything work out according our plans? -NO.- Because life consists of Ups and Downs and is never a straight line. We don’t like to share the dark sides, what is absolutely understandable, but this might have become our trap. Sometimes I thought that my bad days often result from the following reason: On all the Social Media Channels I see others posting: great cooperations, amazing packages, wonderful life. But this is partly our own behavior in the world wide web. Don’t we just want to show the best sides of us? What pushed me was probably not even other bloggers but more the fear of getting forgotten. With the growing number of bloggers out there and people that are super successful in what they do, you want to participate […]

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Health: 5 Reminders when you are having a bad day https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/health-5-reminders-bad-day.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/health-5-reminders-bad-day.html#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:30:40 +0000 http://www.michaelablog.com/?p=5824

Hello there! This post has been waiting to be written down for the last week. But however, as I felt really down – I even can’t explain exactly why – it didn’t happen. Well, lets summarize it as having 5 bad days in a row and every day the bad feeling was crackling in more and more. And I felt bad that I didn’t stick to my new year resolutions. I started asking myself why am I feeling so down? What is the reason? And somehow I realised that I was just pushing myself to much and once again wanted to do more than I could… But now back to the actual aim of this post. As you guys gave me good feedback about (mental) health topics, I really want to dedicate more posts to this. As I want to take the blog further this year – it is one of my goals, to share and write more about positve energy and health. And I want to do this also as a record for my own motivation 🙂  I found a lot of inspiration and wrote myself a list of reminders that should help me when I have a bad day. Because as we all know, we […]

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How to reach happiness in the new year https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/reach-happiness-new-year.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2016/01/reach-happiness-new-year.html#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:04:48 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/?p=5353

I like beginnings. The start of a new job, a new friendship, a new month – now a new year. It’s a time to reflect on the good and bad that has happened, and think about it and improve in 2016. Everyone has goals to come back stronger in the new year and today I’m going to share a few tips that might help to get closer to your goals. Ich mag Neuanfänge. Der Start einer neuen Stelle, neue Freundschaften, ein neuer Monat – jetzt: ein neues Jahr. Es ist eine Zeit,sich Gedanken über die guten und schlechten Dingeim vergangenen Jahr zu machen und in 2016 zu verbessern. Jeder hat irgendwie Ziele, im neuen Jahr alles besser zu machen um näher an die vorgenommenen Ziele zu kommen. Nun möchte ich hier (auch für mich selber) einige Tipps teilen, um den richtigen Weg von Anfang an einzuschlagen. 1. Buy a planner This is something I highly recommend may it be on an Online or digital version or a classic diary planner. Choose whatever you feel more comfortable with. I love my black simple Moleskine and bring it with me everywhere I go. Its a great way to have the full overview about deadlines, […]

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Merry Christmas! https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/merry-christmas.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/merry-christmas.html#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:30:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/12/24/merry-christmas/

Merry Christmas / Frohe Weihnachten / Buone Feste Natalizie / Joyeux Noël / Feliz Navidad / Feliz Natal /  Поздравляю с Новым годом и Рождеством / God Jul /  聖誕快樂 新年快樂 / Geseënde Kersfees Gezur / Krislinjden / Etho Bricho / Честита Коледа / Glædelig Jul / 크리스마스를 축하합니다  / Hyvää Joulua / Καλά Χριστούγεννα  / Nollaig Shona Dhuit /   メリークリスマス / 聖誕節同新年快樂 / Zalig Kerstfeest / God Jul / Maligayan Pasko / Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia / Crăciun fericit / Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok / Noeliniz kutlu olsun / Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket kívánok nektek

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DIY: 3 Simple Christmas Wrapping Ideas https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/diy-3-simple-christmas-wrapping-ideas.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/diy-3-simple-christmas-wrapping-ideas.html#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/12/21/diy-3-simple-christmas-wrapping-ideas/

pictures are not by me Good Monday! 😀 A few more day’s before the Holidays! (and I can’t wait) besides getting festive outfits ready and waiting for some last gifts to come in the mail I’m on full force wrapping gifts and nearly packed already all of them 🙂 These ideas and DIY’s are perfect for transforming the somewhat boring brown paper into something new and I love how easy these are to make! Another option I love is to use marble wallpaper and evergreens as little festive add ons. It’s always nice to do some crafts and packing them with lovely selfmade or self-upgraded wrapping paper. I hope you like the inspirational ideas 🙂 Happy Wrapping! 1. Christmas gift wrapping by Bekleidet 2. Splattered wrapping paper by Junkaholique 3. Red Sparkling brown paper by simple et chic

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Outfit: Start the day with more energy https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/outfit-start-day-with-more-energy.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/12/outfit-start-day-with-more-energy.html#comments Sat, 05 Dec 2015 11:46:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/12/05/outfit-start-day-with-more-energy/

  hat – Monki / blouse – Dahlia / skirt – old / shoes – Dune photos by Julien Sarkar Happy Saturday guys! How are you feeling today? I’m already super busy after a busy week 😉 Oh, that pre Christmas time is full of appointments and things going on. I love to be busy, however this week has been hard as I felt so tired. So I was writing together some tips that should help to start the day with more energy. Here we go with my five top tips. 1. Bed rituals My mind seems to be a huge creative mess at the moment overloaded with new ideas and things I want or need to do. There are lots of different options for bed rituals. You should do whatever makes you relaxed and calms you down. I personally like to listen to calm music and do a short Yoga or Meditation session for my own. 2. Go to bed early This will probably sound like a broken record but IT IS TRUE! Getting enough sleep makes waking up so much easier. And above all: it’s extremely necessary you do! I feel so much better and work much more […]

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Update: Christmas Market https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/update-christmas-market_30.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/update-christmas-market_30.html#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/11/30/update-christmas-market_30/

Hello Online-world! Some of you might have been wondering where I’ve been. The past 9 days were actually some sort of vacation for me. And furthermore I totally went with the topic of my resent blogpost and did a Social Media Detox. Of course I did occasionally check my mail and went through my Instagram feed. However, I felt like totally disconnected and the first days were even very hard as I always had the feeling that I missed something. Do you know the feeling when you don’t want to loose track of what is going on Online? My reason for the absence was the preparation for the local Christmas market where my mum and I were going to sell our selfmade cookies and other handicrafts. Actually my vacation was so much more exhausting then a usual workweek. We were baking from 8 am to 10 pm and afterwards I was crafting angels. A bit crazy, right? But honestly it was so much fun being together with my family in the new house and enjoying also the Alps during our afternoon walks. Therefore, I literally had no time for the Online world as I fell into my bed and slept […]

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Outfit: Do you need a Social Media Detox? https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/do-you-need-social-media-detox.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/do-you-need-social-media-detox.html#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/11/23/do-you-need-social-media-detox/

coat – c/o Vogos / shoes – Office / sweater – Topshop / trousers – Vintage / glasses – VIU  photos by Julien Sarkar No, I’m not going to discuss Essena O’Neill. Essena who decided to quit social media because she said she felt miserable and a huge pressure to constantly edit her online life to make it look perfect. All of a sudden we all have an opinion about her. To be honest, I was surprised we all cared so much about her decision. Saying this we see that Social Media is big. And from a health perspective lately I was asking myself if and when Social Media is healthy and when the use of it crosses a border and becomes too much of a good thing. Isn’t social media the most predominant drug of the twenty first century? When is social media too much of a good thing?  I believe there are different kind of people on social media. The ones that show their kids and dog, mostly to family and friends and only use it to stay in touch with people. And then we have the ”commercial types”, that for example want to make a business using […]

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Hair Tips – Colored and dry hair https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/hair-tips-colored-and-dry-hair.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/hair-tips-colored-and-dry-hair.html#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:01:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/11/14/hair-tips-colored-and-dry-hair/

Flower crowns – HERE *products were sent to me for testing   Hello my dear! With the colder season the air gets drier too. And therefore, I often have to deal with dry skin and hair. I have shared in a previous post 5 tips on how to avoid dry hands and now I want to share a small review on my hair care routine. To a great extent the weather is a contributor to dry and brittle hair, but also the heating adds its part. And furthermore, the hair gets even more stressed by coloring (like I do). Therefore it is important to care the hair even better. I try to make sure that I give enough protection and moisture to my hair. To achieve this I think it’s  good to use as natural products as possible, but still not let the color vanish too quickly. Often my hair is shiny after the visit to the hair dresser but the shine and color wash out so quick. Often there is the discussion about silicons in shampoos. And also this hair care series contains silicons. However here you need to distinguish between the typical dreaded ones with their ‘build-up’-effect and that damage the […]

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‘Sorry I’m Late’ – 6 tips how to avoid being late https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/sorry-im-late-6-tips-how-to-avoid-being.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/sorry-im-late-6-tips-how-to-avoid-being.html#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/11/09/sorry-im-late-6-tips-how-to-avoid-being/

glasses – VIU / hat – River Island / jeans & shirt – Topshop / coat- Lipsy photos by Joy Oelen Happy Monday!! In case you are ambivalent about lateness when you ask people around you not one person is actually ok about when someone else is late, even people who are late themselves. In general it is felt that being late is a) rude b) always put you on a back foot in a business sense and c) adds completely unnecessary stress to your day! So yeah, new week, new beginnings! Move on from that bad habit! (I already managed to walk in a human pace to catch the train 🙂 1. UNTERSTAND WHY YOU’RE ALWAYS LATE There are so many reasons for being late, but often you’ll find the chronic lateness the result of one or two particular things you do. Often they depend on your personality type, like: Are you distracted? Over productive? Or perhaps anxious? Think about what you’re late to and understand the reasons behind your lateness. For me, it’s about never leaving enough time and overcommitting the time before I have to leave. Think, why are you always late?  2. CONSIDER OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME At the end […]

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Focus on the good! https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/focus-on-good.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/11/focus-on-good.html#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:30:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/11/02/focus-on-good/

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”  Denis Waitley I read this quote online some time ago and it somehow stuck with me. It’s matching as lately I am thinking a lot about happiness and my life in general. Changes come and time fluctuates. Days, weeks, months… Sometimes it’s good to stand a bit back and reflect on the things we have and appreciate our life. Society has molded us into a type of people that far too easily allows the negative in our lives to overwhelm and hinder our overall wellbeing. Daily news, the expectations from our surrounding or our career goals. Not to mention the constant urge to compare yourself to others. We allow stress and anxiety to conquer us in a swift second. But I am slowly learning to see the positive in each day that is given to us. It wasn’t a mindset that changed overnight. It was actually something I worked towards. I focused to regularly remind myself to stay conscious of my feelings, and I forced myself to keep tabs on the positive side of things for a change instead. Slowly over time, it got easier to see things on the brighter side. […]

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Outfit: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone.html#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:38:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/10/28/outfit-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone/

dress – Topshop / hat – Topshop / watch – Urban Outfitters / shoes – Topshop / bag – Mint & Berry  photos by Joy Oelen    Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone! I am very much one of those people that like to stay within their comfort zone. I’m more inclined to sit and home on a Saturday night, catching up on the news (of blogs) or doing handicrafts rather than going out, partying, and drinking my weight in some form of (non-)alcoholic cocktails. Oh, I know how to live. The same goes with my daily routine. When I have established some habits or tasks that work well with me I stick to them and don’t like to change them. And if I am asked spontaneously to change my ‘plans’ it requires a lot of willpower to decline the safe play. However, lately I realized that exactly that ‘ass-kicking’ attitude brings so many new insights and opportunities. Therefore, I got to like trying new and spontaneous things. And actually the next is already taking place. As you are reading these lines I am preparing for Milan for a spontaneous weekend trip (follow me on my Instagram @michaelablog). IT CAN OPEN SO MANY DOORS  See, upon Googling the words ‘comfort zone’ […]

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Outfit: Wooden Casual https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-wooden-casua.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-wooden-casua.html#comments Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/10/24/outfit-wooden-casua/

watch – c/o Jord / shirt – Topshop / jeans – Topshop / shoes – Melvin & Hamilton / scarf – Codello Finally Weekend! Yay 🙂 Two days where I can really say no work to do and enjoy the amazing weather in the Alps! Back to the nature and breathe in the fresh morning air. What are your plans for the weekend? This look is perfect for a super simple and casual day. Actually these wonderful new brogues were a buy for the office however the elegant brown tones are perfectly suitable for the autumn season. Dressing a bit down I just wore that comfy black sweater and that Codello scarf. Hoping on the ripped jeans trend a bit later but nonetheless I guess it’s a really cool piece of clothing and gives it the casual and comfy vibe. What I especially want to underline with this simplicity is the beauty of the wooden Jord watch. The watch itself is wooden and reminds me of the nature. And the metallic framework looks so elegant and on the inner site you can even see the clockwork working. Endlich Wochenende 🙂 Zwei Tage, an denen ich endlich wieder entspannen und ausschlafen kann. Nicht zu viel zu tun und das wunderbare Wetter in den Alpen […]

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Outfit: Autumn Glitter https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-autumn-glitter.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-autumn-glitter.html#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:40:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/10/21/outfit-autumn-glitter/

  jacket – c/o yoins / dress – forever21 / bag – mint and berry / shoes – topshop Happy Midweek! How time flies and the nature really changed a lot. Even though the temperatures dropped significantly I love to wear bright colors. This outfit is one I really like as it is very girly. The lace dress is currently a key piece in my wardrobe. Depending how you want to style it you can achieve a rock look or a very elegant and playful appearance. I combined the beautiful brocant jacket and classic shoes (which I upgraded myself with new shoes laces.) I just remember that about one year ago I had a similar idea creating (Here) an outfit starting with the dress but in the end it transmitted a different vibe. So what do you think? Which one do you like more?  Ich kann es kaum glauben wie die Zeit im Flug vergeht. Auch wenn die Temperaturen beträchtlich gefallen sind, liebe ich es helle Farben zu tragen. Dieses Outfit mag ich sehr, weil es wieder einmal ein sehr Verspieltes und Mädchenhaftes ist. Ein Spitzenkleid ist für mich ein ‚Key-Piece’ und ich besitze einige davon in meinem Kleiderschrank. Je nach dem, wie man es stylen möchte, kann man ganz unterschiedliche Outfits kreieren. Von […]

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5 Tips to avoid dry hands in winter https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/5-tips-to-avoid-dry-hands-in-winter.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/5-tips-to-avoid-dry-hands-in-winter.html#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/10/20/5-tips-to-avoid-dry-hands-in-winter/

5 TIPS TO AVOID DRY HANDS IN WINTER It’s again the time of the year when my hands get so dry and I can’t leave the house without a good hand care cream in my bag. Especially during the cold season our skin has special needs. The hands are one of the most sensitive body parts and so it is very important to protect them from drying out. Today I want to share 5 tips on how to avoid dry hands during the winter months. I think the easiest thing is to adapt some of these methods into your daily life. And actually it is very simple and cheap to keep your hands healthy in fall and winter. I hope you like these 5 tips and I’m looking forward to your comments. What are your favorite and established hand care products? 1. THE RIGHT HAND CREAM Each skin has different needs. The skin on our hands is especially needy since we use our hands a lot during the day executing different tasks. The right hand cream is essential for optimal hand care. I like to use natural products, which provide plenty of moisture. It’s best to place a cream in your handbag so you can maintain your hands throughout the day. Furthermore, I love a cream with […]

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Outfit: October Colors https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-october-colors.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/10/outfit-october-colors.html#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:04:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/10/01/outfit-october-colors/

blouse and trousers – Topshop / shoes – Office  Happy first of October! September was definitely too cold and the so called ‚Altweibersommer’ we hoped for didn’t come. It was around one degree to warm around here. That’s also the reason why I went with something longer and no bare legs. Slowly the trees are changing their colors and everything appears more brownish. Therefore, this outfit fits perfectly with it’s Terracotta touch. Obviously more elegant but still comfortable. The trousers were love at first sight and are a great change to classic black business wear. The blouse is a finding at Topshop and I couldn’t be happier – Classic but with a certain extra.  How do you like it? Guten Abend 🙂 Der September war deutlich zu kalt und es ist nichts aus dem erhofften Altweibersommer geworden. Durchschnittlich 1 Grad kälter war es hierzulande. Daher war auch meine Kleiderwahl auf etwas Wärmeres gefallen. Langsam verfärben sich die ersten Bäume bräunlich und passend dazu erscheint auch dieses Outfit. Ganz deutlich eleganter, aber immer noch super bequem. Die Stoffhose gefiel mir so gut und ist eine tolle Abwechslung zu schwarzer Businesskleidung. Auch die Bluse habe ich bei Topshop ergattert und ich könnte nicht glücklicher sein – klassisch, aber mit dem gewissen Extra. Wie gefällt’s euch?  photos […]

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Travel Diary: Oslo II https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/09/travel-diary-oslo-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/09/travel-diary-oslo-ii.html#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 14:03:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/09/05/travel-diary-oslo-ii/

Hi Guys! Yey, finally weekend. At this point I really want to apologize for my absence. However, I never thought that starting a new full time internship might be so exhausting. And furthermore, that 2.5 hours of commuting every day is something you have to get used to first. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I want to complain but with so many new thing I need to find my routine again. However, that’s the reason for the belayed last summer post. And I guess it’s just nice to look back and say goodbye to this wonderful summer. I am looking forward to fall and excited what it has to bring 🙂 Ending the Interrail Series with Oslo (see first part here) where we stayed for five days. We got plenty to see even though the city is pretty small compared to Berlin. So we took the chance to explore also the surroundings. And I couldn’t believe it but just a few minutes outside the Oslo you are already in the nature. On one day we hiked to Vettakollen and from there you have an amazing view over the Oslofjord. I was so impressed by the view (of course it’s not a classic huge Fjord but still really lovely) and I could also not […]

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Travel Diary: Oslo I https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-oslo-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-oslo-i.html#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:22:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/30/travel-diary-oslo-i/

Today as the last summer weekend I want to share the last part of my summer Interrail with you and showing some of my favorite spots and activities in the Norwegian Capital. We arrived in Oslo again by train and our hotel was right at the station and super central. Actually, I expected Oslo to be a lot bigger but everything was in walking distance. And as we were so lucky with the weather that was just perfect. Again I was so impressed by the beauty of the city’s architecture. Not only the old buildings but also the modern Oslo Opera impressed me a lot. It is definitely worth a visit even though you should bring sunglasses with you as otherwise you’ll get so blinded and end up with headache 🙁 The Akerhus Fortress is right at the haven and from the hill you have a wonderful view over Oslo. So taking the walk is worth it and if you’re very interested there is also a museum. Of course we went also a few times along the Royal Palace and surrounding park is beautiful to stay for a while especially in summer. For today more photos than text. Part II is coming tomorrow 🙂 Das heute das letzte Sommerwochenende langsam sich schon dem Ende zuneigt möchte ich den letzten […]

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10 Tipps to be happier https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/10-tipps-to-be-happier.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/10-tipps-to-be-happier.html#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/25/10-tipps-to-be-happier/

Am I happy? What does it mean to be happy? What is happiness anyway? How do you define happiness? Lately these questions often go through my head and especially even more since I began to introduce Yoga into my life. Why is it so difficult for us to be just happy? Happy for the moment and relaxed. Not feeling stressed but just indulge the moment and appreciate the things we have? Honestly, I used to ‘hate’ myself or at least to push my body always to extremes even though I knew it was not for the good. But now I am learning that you need to let yourself be happy! You have to accept that you deserve to be happy! That you may be happy and CAN be happy. That you can make others happy if you yourself are happy. Many people think that happiness is linked to fate. But happiness needs the same care as a relationship or friendship. As the only person who is responsible for your happiness is you. No one else can do the job for you. And you can not make your own happiness dependent on another person (even if this sounds selfish). These are a few important things to me nowadays and I want […]

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Stockholm Traveller https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/stockholm-traveller.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/stockholm-traveller.html#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:34:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/20/stockholm-traveller/

hat – forever 21 / blouse and sandals – topshop / skirt – hm    Probably you remember too if you are a follower of this blog for some time now? I have been to Stockholm before. But last time in the Swedish capital was one oft he extremer sort of experiences. Temperature wise. This time as we went to Stockholm in summer we were lucky to get the best out of a mild climate and wonderful sunny weather. We strolled around in Gamlastan and this time went also around in Södermalm. Last time we went to the Vasa Museet and visited the historical buildings and did also the super touristy hopp on hop off bus tour. This time we planned more time to walk outside and watch the architecture and for sure – SHOPPING. Not surprisingly compared to tiny Switzerland and the limited choice available online the Swedish brands were just overwhelmingly amazing. So we had quite a lot of fun there and our student bank account wasn’t the happiest. But hey, you’re (at least with a more regular lifestyle) not so often traveling in Scandinavia. I expected to find also a Topshop I remembered from last time. However, we were suprised or even shocked. As it was closed. The reason: All Topshops in […]

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Travel Diary: A weekend in Goteborg https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-weekend-in-goteborg.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-weekend-in-goteborg.html#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:09:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/16/travel-diary-weekend-in-goteborg/

Happy Sunday guys! Todays pictures are from my Interrail trip as you may guess 🙂 Continuing the series with our next stop. After Copenhagen we took a train to Goteborg in the early morning. Actually I expected the city to be a lot bigger however it reminded me a bit of Switzerland but without Alps. We had the weekend to explore the city and after we got rid of our luggage we started our discovery. As the city is pretty small it’s easy to walk around without any public transport. The architecture again was breathtaking (that’s something I realized generally in Scandinavia). We stayed right next to the Oscar Fredriks Kyrka with in the sunlight nearly appeared surreal. In Goteborg I found the absolute Vintage/Secondhand shopping paradise. We found emmaus while strolling in the city and unfortunately it was already late and they closed at 4pm so I had not too much time. But I definitely suggest you to go there because it’s really amazing! The only thing I was disappointed: They are closed on Sundays (like in Switzerland!), sad for me as I had no second chance. But however, we wanted to relax in Goteborg and therefore we were […]

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Tips for better sleep https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/7-tips-for-better-sleep.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/7-tips-for-better-sleep.html#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:55:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/13/7-tips-for-better-sleep/

via pinterest Again it’s been super hot the last couple of days here in Switzerland. The intense heat make it nearly impossible to sleep at night. At this is so annoying as I’ve got so much going on and therefore I need a good sleep at night. But even though it’s getting cooler again, I have to say that this weather makes me just happy 😀 Today I want to share a few tips which I find helpful and work for me. Probably they may help you too. Do you have any other recommendations? 1. Shower Warm Take a warm shower before bedtime. That might help your body to regulate the temperature. A warm shower opens up the pores and blood vessels that helps your body to cool down. 2. Sleep in a light pajama It’s best to sleep in a light and airy night gown or just in shorts and a shirt you feel comfortable in. 3. Drink a lot With this I often struggle and I have to remind myself very often. Especially during the day it’s essential to drink enough water. This protects your body from dehydration, headaches and regulates the body temperature. It is important to not drink […]

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Copenhagen II https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/copenhagen-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/copenhagen-ii.html#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/10/copenhagen-ii/

  Oh well, how this weekend flew by and it’s already Monday again! I officially handed in my thesis this morning 😀  It felt so good but still strange to hold the printed version of half a year of work in my hands. Nonetheless, it’s really refreshing to cross this from my list (even though after some last minute stress and problems as always)…. 😛 Now starting a real job/ internship feels so adult but just GREAT. Not many words about the photos as I think they speak for themselves. Just some advice for Copenhagen I think is important. In my opinion it’s the best way to explore the city and see different spots by renting a bike. Then you are so free and can drive around wherever you like. The second day we were so lucky to have great weather (still windy) so that made biking a lot of fun!

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Sunday Walk https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/sunday-walk.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/sunday-walk.html#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 06:56:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/09/sunday-walk/

hat – topshop / bag – vintage / dress – primark / shoes – Birkenstock Happy Sunday! Hopefully you are not suffering to much under this heatwave. I’d prefer the temperatures to be a few degrees lower but anyway it’s just an amazing summer 😀 This dress was such a spontaneous buy in Berlin. It’s perfect to wear for hot days as it feels very light.   The right way to take a stroll on a Sunday in the park or city. photos by Joy Oelen 

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Top 10 things to do in Summer https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/top-10-things-to-do-in-summer.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/top-10-things-to-do-in-summer.html#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:47:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/07/top-10-things-to-do-in-summer/

  Basically I planned to show some more pictures of my traveling but I think it’s just not that appropriate to the weather we are experiencing in Central Europe. Therefore as we still get summer at it’s finest I want to share my top 10 things to do in Summer 🙂 I hope you like it. And as it’s Weekend soon you might even do some of those activities?  1. Travel. I think there is no better time to visit a new country and to fully enjoy your stay than during the warm season. If you haven’t planned a trip, you can always enjoy exploring your own country or even city. I’m sure there are a lot of new things to see. And often we know our own country a lot less than what we think. 2. Take a bicycle-trip. Taking a bike trip with your friends or family can be an excellent way to forget about the stress and to make some unforgettable memories. Furthermore driving around is always a lot of fun. 3. Go berry picking. Even if it is in your garden or on the fields. Fresh berries are so good for healthy desserts or to boost up your breakfasts 🙂 4. Float on a […]

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Outfit: 3 Travel Essentials https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/3-travel-essentials.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/3-travel-essentials.html#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:37:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/04/3-travel-essentials/

      blouse – c/o Rosegal / jeans – Topshop / shoes – Nike / watch – Urban Outfitters Hi my dear! Summer is the time when many of us go traveling or on a vacation trip to the sea. Our goal is to get out of the usual routine and relax or see new places and countries and recharge our energy levels.  For sure comfortable and versatile pieces to wear are essential as we don’t want to pack too much (oh well I struggle with that…) I realized that apart from documents and the regular things I had three really essential items during my Interrail vacation. Usually you walk a lot and therefore the right shoes are super important. I fell in love with these Roshe Nikes and honestly they are the best choice I ever made (and already tempted to order more)! Honestly so comfortable for days of walking around in cities and even go on a short hike. My second companion was my Olympus Pen camera. I used to have a much heavier Nikon which of course made really good photos. But a few years ago I decided to switch to this light model and I […]

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Travel Diary: Copenhagen I https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-copenhagen-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/08/travel-diary-copenhagen-i.html#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:12:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/08/02/travel-diary-copenhagen-i/

Happy Sunday! Before summer temperatures are hitting us again tomorrow I thought to show you the photos I took in Copenhagen. I can definitely say that I fell deeply in love with the Danish Capital even though at our arrival we got surprised by really windy, cold and rainy weather. However, after we left our luggage at the guesthouse we went off to discover the city and of course rent a bike. Apart from Amsterdam I think Copenhagen also one of these great nordic bike-friendly cities. We found a bike rental right at Nyhavn and this area is definitely one of the most eye-catching places. On our arrival day we went to the lovely (and very cool) coffee Grød which serves amazing porridge. The other days we cooked for ourselves as we had a kitchen just for us in the guesthouse 🙂 One thing that I asked myself way too often was: How could Danish people look always so super fashionable and flawless even while riding a bike in the most windy, wet and horrible weather? Well, how you can see I just failed in that 😉 Aha… We spent our days in Denmark mostly driving around with our bikes and soaking […]

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Travel Diary: Berlin II https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/travel-diary-berlin-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/travel-diary-berlin-ii.html#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:21:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/07/26/travel-diary-berlin-ii/

Happy Sunday! Sharing the second bunch of photos from Berlin. As we had 2.5 days to explore the German capital we rent a bike for the second day. And as it was the hottest day of that week this travel option was definitely preferable to the public transport. At least you got refreshed when you were driving around but standing in the sun was just unbearable. We had some spots on our list we wanted to visit as for example the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz etc. And of course it was just perfect to stop for lunch in a park and relax 🙂 In the evening we went to the vegan restaurant ‘The Bowl’ which I really recommend. It’s all vegan and homemade and I had undeniably the best sweet potato fries! And also the Superfood Bowls are just to die for, so if you are in Berlin definitely check out this place 😀 To my outfit that day I went for shorts because otherwise driving a bike wouldn’t be so easy 😉 And furthermore a white basic shirt in order to stay fresh and not get sunburned. On the day before our depart it cooled down and was very […]

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Travel Diary: Berlin I https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/berlin-i_22.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/berlin-i_22.html#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/07/22/berlin-i_22/

  Today starting my documentary about our interrail trip I did the past two weeks with my sister. It was the first time for me not stay for a longer period in just one place during the vacation and therefore we experienced a super exciting time. I thought as many of you might be interested in doing a Interrail too I want to share some oft he photos and tips we collected. I hope you enjoy it and for specific questions just drop me a message. From Zurich we took the night train to Berlin and arrived there in the early morning. It was a quite long journey but after some sleep we dropped our suitcases in the hotel and went of to such a cute Café in Friedrichshein. It’s called Café Haferkater and serves super delicious warm porridge what is the best way to fuel for a day of Sightseeing. Thereafter we went to Alexanderplatz and from there we walked around towards along Unter den Linden to the Berliner Dom and the Humboldt University. We took it easy and strolled along the Spree and went also to the Nikolai-Viertel which in my opinion is a lovely area. And of course also the Red town hall of Berlin was on our list. […]

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Tips: How to pack your suitcase https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/tips-how-to-pack-your-suitcase.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/tips-how-to-pack-your-suitcase.html#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/07/06/tips-how-to-pack-your-suitcase/

picture via pinterest Hi guys! I always struggle so much with packing and often procrastinate it until the last minute. And that results in a too heavy suitcase with too many clothes and other not so essential things. So even I’m still not a master at it I want to share some tips with you guys probably sitting in the same boat as me. 1. Must Have Essentials Pack copies of  important travel documents (eg: passport, visa, insurance cards, etc) and e-mail yourself a scanned copy to be readily printed. Pack must have medications, prescriptions and other difficult to replace items. Every country has toothpaste, but if you have some specific medication you need than make sure to pack all items. Be sure to pack your student ID card. Many museums give significant student discounts. (I’m always on the hunt for special offers :P) 2. Packing (The most difficult part) Pack light. Overweight bags are expensive, and more than two are a hassle. Start your packing list early and jot down items you think of as you go throughout the day. Try to take not too many clothes but more basics that you can combine into different outfits. Take clothes […]

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Travel Essentials https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/travel-essentials.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/07/travel-essentials.html#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2015 06:27:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/07/05/travel-essentials/

nikes – c/o urban people / flower crowns – HERE / bikini – market / skirt – hm / sunglasses – bulgari / wallet – furla Hello my dear readers! Currently really getting done the last bits and bobs before leaving. Apart from the nearly unbearable heat I try to not forget anything. But hey that might be more difficult than expected in this sauna we all get for free. I shouldn’t be complaining but temperatures +30° are just to much for me. But well, actually the point of this post was to talk about my new and old additions to my wardrobe. The wallet you might remember from my birthday that I’m so happy about is just perfect to finally organize all my cards and stuff. As I used to be a bit chaotic. Ah and have you ever tried the Vichy Eau Thermale Spray? It’s the best think for rehydrating your skin on such hot days. And even tough currently wearing Birkenstocks I will definitely rely on these wonderful and super comfortable Nikes, ’cause I think for train travel and long city walks and sightseeing this is the best way not to get swollen feet. I’m not a sunglasses […]

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Vacation Planning Tipps https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/06/vacation-planning-tips.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2015/06/vacation-planning-tips.html#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:56:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2015/06/12/vacation-planning-tips/

   flower crowns – Here So today I want to share with you some of my tipps and secret favorite sites. And also I can finally announce that I’m soon going to travel again 😀 This time it’s going to be super exciting as we are planning an Interrail trip around Northern Europe. As some of you may have experienced it’s always  difficult (in my opinion) to choose among all the different options and possibilities. Of course as a student you need also to keep an eye on your tight budget. Therefore I guess I mastered the task of comparison 😛 I spent lot of time finding good deals and there is always a more convenient option. Before even starting to book anything you need to think about the trip as a whole and what you want to do or where you want to go. First of all we defined the stops and cities we want to travel and also the exact dates. As with an interrail global pass you need to choose between the different packages for traveling and the exact start day. But that’s the only think and the rest you can be creative according to some restrictions […]

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Brooklyn Bridge https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/10/brooklyn-bridge.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/10/brooklyn-bridge.html#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:16:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/10/19/brooklyn-bridge/

I feel a bit sad showing you the last pictures of my America-Adventure series. But it makes my smile the same time how wonderful the weather was during our whole vacation. I think we had one day of rain in Miami (which was perfect to go shopping without guilt for a whole day in one of the amazing outlets) and the other days we were so blessed and the weather couldn’t be better. And also on that day we went to Brooklyn Bridge was perfect! 😀 Today it seemed to be again summer in Switzerland and I enjoyed every stream of the sun (as it’s going to snow on Wednesday!? Crazy right?) Good night! Es stimmt mich ein wenig melancholisch, diese letzten Fotos der Amerika-Reise zu betrachten. Aber gleichzeitig muss ich lächeln, wenn ich daran denke, wieviel Glück wir hatten mit dem Wetter. Insgesamt hat es einen Tag in Miami geregnet (wo wir dafür ohne schlechtes Gewissen einen ganzen Tag im Shopping-Rausch in einem der tollen Outlets verbracht haben) und die restlichen Tage hat sich das Wetter nur von seiner besten Seite präsentiert. An so einem tollen Tag haben wir die Gegend um Brooklyn Bridge erkundigt und natürlich unseren Spaziergang […]

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Financial District & Statue of Liberty https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/10/financial-district-statue-of-liberty.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/10/financial-district-statue-of-liberty.html#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:06:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/10/13/financial-district-statue-of-liberty/

Looking through this photographs makes me want to go back to this amazing city even more. In the early morning on Monday we took the metro towards the financial district with all the business people and it was so interesting to see all the busy people going their ways to work. And suddenly after 9 o’clock suddenly the crowded streets got empty and only tourists were walking around. So we then made our way to the dock station of the Staten Island Ferry and saw an amazing scenery on Manhattans skyline and of course the Statue of Liberty. Afterwards we lunched in the beautiful Battery Park and enjoyed the nice weather. Later we took the metro to the World Trade Center. And I honestly, I think this was apart from the Empire State Building the most impressing atmosphere. It was very silent and suddenly everything around yourself was so calm and you could only hear the mass of water falling in the deep of the monuments. There I felt a deep melancholy and I had goose flesh while reading the names engraved in the marble. Durch meine Fotoarchive zu scrollen, macht mich wieder sehnsüchtig nach New York aufzubrechen. Früh am […]

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Yankee Stadium And Central Park https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/yankee-stadium-and-central-park.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/yankee-stadium-and-central-park.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:21:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/09/26/yankee-stadium-and-central-park/

Hallo meine Hübschen! Endlich Freitag und ein etwas ruhigeres Wochenende steht bevor 🙂 Geplant habe ich mal wieder  etwas Zeit um kreativ zu sein. Ich merke, dass unter der Woche mir das nach den langen Sommerferien schon wieder total fehlt… Hier ein weiterer Rückblick von New York. Wir hatten am Samstag nach Tickets geschaut, um ein Baseball Spiel anschauen zu gehen, aber uns schlussendlich dagegen entschieden, sie bereits online zu kaufen. Wir sind am Sonntag dann einfach nach dem Frühstück ziemlich früh losgegangen und haben zuerst einen Zwischenhalt am Columbus Circle gemacht und am südlichsten Rand des Central Parks. Danach wollten wir die Metro zum Yankee Stadium nehmen, jedoch waren genau an diesem Wochenende diese Linien unter Bauarbeiten. Sehr ärgerlich und umständlich… Aber schlussendlich haben wir’s zum Stadium geschafft 🙂 Nun wir waren ohne Tickets und haben uns einfach am Schalter an die (endlosen) Schlangen angestellt und gehofft dass noch bezahlbare Tickets verfügbar wären. Ich verstehe eigentlich nicht viel vom Sport, aber da der Rest der Familie das Finalspiel New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays anschauen wollte, hatte ich eigentlich nichts dagegen mal in so einem riesigen Stadium die Atmosphäre aufzufangen. Und ich muss euch gestehen, wir sind für unglaubliche […]

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Empire State Building https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/empire-state-building.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/empire-state-building.html#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:43:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/09/18/empire-state-building/

  I think I fell so in love with this city. This was the most amazing view I ever experienced. We were so lucky to reach the top of the Empire State Building right before sunset. And slowly we say all the lights switching on in this never sleeping beauty! Enjoy and Dream 🙂

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New York I https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/new-york-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/new-york-i.html#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:49:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/09/15/new-york-i/

shirt – american eagle, short, shoes – nike, bag – book shop Hallo meine Lieben, Nun heute geht offiziell das neue Semester wieder los… Irgendwie war mir schon ein bisschen mulmig zumute, als ich gestern Abend wieder in den Zug gestiegen bin. Hallo WG und tschüss Familie. Da nun NYFW vorbei ist und bei mir der Unialltag wieder beginnt, denke ich ist der richtige Zeitpunkt euch meine Fotos vom letzten Halt auf unserer Amerika-Reise zu zeigen. Wir waren 7 Tage in New York und natürlich haben wir viele der touristischen Sehenswürdigkeiten besucht, was in New York definitiv ein Must ist. Wir haben in einem netten Hotel in Little Italy gewohnt, was super zentral lag und mit der U-Bahn konnte man sich super fortbewegen. Das einzige was ich euch wirklich abraten würde ist, mit dem Auto nach Manhattan zu fahren. Wir mussten unseren Mietwagen von Kanada mitten auf der Insel abgeben und das war die schrecklichste und nervenaufreibendste Autofahrt meines Lebens, also definitiv nicht empfehlenswert 😉 Im Teil I nun einige Schnappschüsse der tollen Streetart in Soho und Little Italy. Time Square Impressionen, Public Library und dann Central Station 🙂 Enjoy  Wünsche auch allen heute einen guten Start!   Hi friends! Today officially […]

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Kajak & Toronto https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/kajak-toronto_4.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/09/kajak-toronto_4.html#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:32:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/09/04/kajak-toronto_4/

As I already mentioned in the previous Canada post, the countryside is just amazing 🙂 We spent so much time in the nature with biking, hiking and we made also an amazing Kajak day-trip which was so much fun. Actually we never did that before so it was a big adventure. In the morning we did not expect such hot and sunny weather… However we had problems as our suncream was empty (ups) and already after an hour of driving our water bottles were empty as well. But luckily, Canadian are super friendly people and we got saved from a very bad sunburn. (Lesson for us: take always enough suncream with you!)   One day we drove to Toronto and discovered the city. I was really impressed by the beautiful university area. The old buildings and the green surrounding must be the perfect environment to study. (probably I should go on an exchange there). We walked along the seafront and the amazing view on the high buildings of the financial district and the CN tower was just incredible. As we had just one day for the city in our travel plan, we couldn’t see more places or any museums. But […]

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Niagara Falls https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/niagara-falls.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/niagara-falls.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:10:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/08/30/niagara-falls/

  shirt – ℅ oasap, shorts – fizzen, watch – urban outfitters, shoes – birkenstock, glasses – bulgari During our stay in Canada we made a day-trip to the Niagara Falls. We were super lucky and the weather put on it’s best face. When you’re standing at the top the falls seem not so big. But once your on the boat and make your way closer to the roaring water masses you realize how small you are. We took the Hornblower boat from the Canadian site and the tour was really impressive (and you will get wet :P). Later on we went also to the top of the Skylon tower and enjoyed an amazing view over the falls.

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Canada https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/kanada.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/kanada.html#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:04:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/08/26/kanada/

After one week in Miami we flew to Toronto. We had booked a lovely apartment in the countryside at Georgian Bay. It was totally the opposite of Miami. The temperatures were the same like in Switzerland and it was pretty cold swim 😉 But I was so impressed by the beautiful landscape. Everything is so big and vast. Oh and the small village we stayed at had so many beautiful buildings in Georgian style. I’d say this was a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the nature. (Oh yes, no internet)… LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY  

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Key Biscayne and Key West https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/key-biscayne-and-key-wes.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/key-biscayne-and-key-wes.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:43:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/08/19/key-biscayne-and-key-wes/

 We visited the beautiful island Key Biscayne which is located a bit more south from Miami Beach.  At first we drove through the beautiful State Park that lead us to the Cape Florida Lighthouse. This beach and spot was like out of my dreams. Apart from the heat I couldn’t imagine a more picturesque place. After the heat and little cute animals we spotted, we drove by a Frozen Yogurt place. Ha, it was my first american one and sooo good. Another day we planned to go to the famous Key West, which as as far as I know very south point of America. The lovely road down to the biggest Island Key West is built on  the water and connects the small Islands together. Many of these lovely natural spots are not even inhabited.  I think I have never seen so many beautiful sunsets in my life as I have in Florida. This was so incredible. Well, not even the photos can judge the beauty of that. Lovely restaurant on the way – The wreck    

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One day in Miami Beach https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/one-day-in-miami-beach_11.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/one-day-in-miami-beach_11.html#respond Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:49:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/08/11/one-day-in-miami-beach_11/

On another day, we explored Miami Beach a bit more in depth. First we visited the Holocaust Memorial which is a breathtaking Memorial, dedicated to the annihilation of millions of Juwsduring the Nazi Germany. It’s a very sad place and I got goose-pimples as the atmosphere is very impressive when you get there.  After that we planned to visit the Botanical Garden but however it was unbearable hot and  the green area was full of mosquitoes so that we had to leave soon.  For a refreshment (Starbucks of course), sweets and window shopping we walked to lincoln road.  After the short break, we jumped into our car and drove to the bayfront park and bayside harbor. There we strolled along the marketplace and then we took a boat tour. It’s a really touristy thing but after the  heat this was a perfect change. And furthermore the skyline from the boat was breathtaking. The 90 minute cruise along the small islands in front of Miami Beach was really fun as we also saw so many beautiful vacation houses of stars. We imagined owning one of those houses with private sea access and swimming pool…. 😉     LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY

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Miami Beach https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/miami-beac.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/08/miami-beac.html#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:03:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/08/08/miami-beac/

Our first destination was Miami. The first days after our arrival we explored the surroundings and went to the beach. At first I thought I was in a dream as I expected Florida to be a lot more desert like and not like a green oasis. But for me the hot and humid weather was very unusual and I did not feel so comfortable. Coming from tiny Switzerland my expectation about american size was not disappointed 😉 And I especially fell in love with all the big cars 😀 Our rental car was also a huge vehicle and it was so much fun driving around in it. Basically as everything is quite distant we spent also many hours in the car. But driving is always a lot of fun and adventure! LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY

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Bricks https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/07/bricks.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2014/07/bricks.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:41:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2014/07/03/bricks/

dress – choies, bag, cardigan – thrifted, shoes, rings – topshop Hi guys! This is the second bunch of the photos I took with Francesca 🙂 However, compared to the previous one this is styled a bit more ‘granny’ like. It’s more casual and with the loose cardigan and glasses looks quite vintagey. As I still have some more exams, I’ll head back to my books now 😛 Have a wonderful day! LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY  

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Stockholm II https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/11/stockholm-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/11/stockholm-ii.html#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:46:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/11/04/stockholm-ii/

coat, bag, dress – topshop, scarf – market, shoes – dr.martens Hi friends! Here is the second part of the amazing Stockholm trip. When I look back at these pictures I nearly can’t believe that it was so freaking cold that days. Because in those photos the sun is shining all the time 😉 Anyway that day we explored the Old Town called Gamla Stan. This area of Stockholm is built on an island and the streets are very narrow. All the houses seem to be very old but still so well preserved. We walked also around at a street market. There people were selling lots of mushrooms and we were wondering how there are so many in this Northern country…. And again we stopped in many cafés 😉 And I wore my new teddy fur coat from topshop! Aww, I was so in love that I just had to buy it 🙂 Well, I think now I have found my favorite winter coat and I won’t be freezing :))   LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY

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Stockholm I https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/10/stockholm-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/10/stockholm-i.html#respond Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:20:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/10/28/stockholm-i/

Hi friends! Long time no see… Well but this week has been so busy with loads of assignments. But I hope to be back again the next weeks now 🙂 Here is the first part of my Stockholm-Trip impressions. Honestly I can not describe how wonderful I experienced this city. Even though it was extremely cold (basically when we arrived there it was snowing :O ) But luckily we brought our winter coats and boots with us 😉 The first day we actually wanted to take a boat trip around the city to have an overlook over the must-sees in Stockholm. But unfortunately, the boats don’t run in winter so instead we took a funny Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour. And that was a great choice as in a few hours we saw so many different spots and parts from the Nordish city. That day we also visited the Vasa-Museum. It’s one of the main attraction featuring the warship Vasa which sunk on it’s maiden voyage in 1628. Because of the fact that it was built poorly…. After that we had a coffee and wandered around the shopping streets around Drottninggatan. Haha, don’t judge my fancy color combination…. But it was so […]

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Miss You London! https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/08/miss-you-london.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/08/miss-you-london.html#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:36:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/08/23/miss-you-london/

Retro   I always have to visit this beautiful gallery 🙂   love these red spots 🙂  Empty Covent Garden early mornings  Vintage shopping. Yes 🙂 french pastries 🙂 Hi friends! So for the giveaway there were 37 entries… Not too many 😉 So the lucky winner is Clara!! Just send you an e-mail. Have a lovely weekend! Good night LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY

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London Weekend https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/08/london-weekend.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/08/london-weekend.html#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:41:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/08/16/london-weekend/

 Shoppingmap 😉 I have to admit, I’m a big Hello Kitty fan 😀  I like diet coke 🙂  Hanging around at Hyde Park. The weather was just wonderful and it would have been a shame to spend all day in the shops. So we took a break and enjoyed the sun. On Sunday I went to Columbia Road to visit the Flower Market and spend some time there. It was so beautiful and I could have bought all flowers 😉 But as I was leaving already for home the next day it wasn’t really worth to buy some…  Soon weekend 🙂  LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY 

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London III https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-iii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-iii.html#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:44:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/02/16/london-iii/

Here is the last part of of some London snaps. I can’t tell you how much I miss the city!!! Especially now as it’s Fashion Week time…. I’d love to be there soo much but not everyone is so lucky 😉 Well, I had a lot of time to do shopping… Also very fashion related ;D I went to Covent Garden and visited the lovely market and then on the way to Rokit (2&3) there was funny magician :)) Does anyone know how that works? Haha And then of course – Carnaby Street!!! I love as it’s just a few steps from Oxford Street away. That day I visited also the photography gallery and at last I took a bus along Selfridges back to my hotel 🙂 I guess London has always a big place in my heart and I’ll end up living there one day ;)) Hahah Good night LOOKBOOK / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / BLOGLOVIN / CHICTOPIA / ETSY

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London Day 2 https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-day-2.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-day-2.html#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:28:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/02/07/london-day-2/

One of my absolutely favorite places in London is Portobello Road and the market. It’s always an  amazing feeling when you step out of the bus and walk through the beautiful streets towards the market. I love to watch at all those pretty colored houses and I always imagine how it would be to live in one of those. I usually prefer to go in the morning to the market so that it’s not too overcrowded. My favorite stalls are the ones with jewelry 🙂 I could look and search through the glittery items hours on end. When I arrived the musician was installing his things and later on my way back he was singing and I can just recommend the music 🙂 I listened quite a long time and nearly forgot that I wanted to go to Oxford Street 😉 Oh and I’m looking for such a long time for a nice Globus but haven’t found one yet that is not too expensive (like those three ones..) Oh and when you’re the next time at the market you should try the giant double chocolate muffin! It’s super delicious but I guess you have too share it because it’s too […]

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London Day I https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-day-i.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2013/02/london-day-i.html#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:12:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2013/02/05/london-day-i/

So here is the first post from my trip to London 🙂 Well, but in the beginning I have to tell you that my holiday trip seemed to turn out very shitty… So let’s start: I arrived at Victoria Station from the Airport and everything was fine. I was wearing my coat and I had a small suitcase and a handbag with me. As usual I was listening to some music with my phone while heading out of the station to my hotel. I was crossing the road with 10 or so other people and suddenly the music stopped. Immediately I realized that my phone has been stolen! I watched around but couldn’t see anyone. So I checked my bag and everything but my beloved Iphone was gone :(( At the hotel they told me to go to the police station to report the incident. So I did. Not so funny to spend a few hours at the police instead of enjoying London… But however, then I got the documents and made my way to some nicer places 🙂  I couldn’t believe it but two houses next to my hotel was this super cute cupcake-store!!! Really really recommendable :)) And […]

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Rome III https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/06/rome-iii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/06/rome-iii.html#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:05:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2012/06/08/rome-iii/

 The view from the St.Peter’s Basilica dome. It was just breathtaking and so beautiful to see Rome from the top 🙂   The colosseum of course 🙂  The Forum Romanum  Again with a car. This time with matching trousers 😉 Lovely view from the Medici parks. It’s already two weeks that I’m back and I miss Rome a lot. It felt like holidays and summer but now I’m staying in the cold and rainy Switzerland again 🙁 But doesn’t matter… I have some great news to tell you later 😀 xx Michaela

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Rome II https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/06/rome-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/06/rome-ii.html#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:27:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2012/06/04/rome-ii/

 Beautiful old arches 🙂  At Circus Maximus  La Bocca della verità It says that if you lie the mouth bites your hand 😉 So funny.  Again my car love 😀  Gelato for hot days… Yum  Trevi fountain

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South Korea II https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/05/south-korea-ii.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/05/south-korea-ii.html#comments Sat, 12 May 2012 19:11:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2012/05/12/south-korea-ii/

My friend and me we went in the evening to a beautiful pond. look at those lightening and reflections in the water. Isn’t it magic?! I’ve never seen such a wonderful place.        In the next two pictures are some huge tombs. I’ve never seen something like that in Europe. I think it’s very special that Asians used to bury their kings in about 60 meters high and 120 meter long tombs. At first I thought that these were natural hills but not at all 😉  We could have a look inside one of the tombs.  Funny Buddha in front of a museum.  Picture at the tongdosa temple, I think the biggest one in Korea. On this day it was so hot and I was wearing long jeans :S  Beautiful temple decorations.    In Busan at the fishmarket. When I arrived there I was a bit feared of all those fishes and the strong fish smell. But also so impressing. I think I’ve never seen so many fishes in one place. These ones were drying, so my friend told me.  crabs  me at the fishmarket. It was just too hot…  

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Gyeongju https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/04/gyeongju.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/04/gyeongju.html#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:19:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2012/04/29/gyeongju/

 Bulguksa temple  Flowers <3  Delicious food  Lamps at the temple  Awesome flowers and funny face  Aren’t these earrings beautiful! Figures at temple Some more pictures from the beautiful countryside. Tomorrow I’m off to Seoul! So excited 🙂

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South Korea https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/04/south-korea.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2012/04/south-korea.html#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 07:04:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2012/04/25/south-korea/

So here we are… Some snaps from the last days 🙂 It’s a big experience here, the culture is so different and so the people are. But I like this country.  Unusual snacks  Buddha statute. When you touch his belly you can make a wish 🙂  temple at the sea  Korean buddhas  Noodle soup, Kimchi and Sushi rolls

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Amsterdam Black-White https://www.michaelablog.com/2011/06/amsterdam-black-white.html https://www.michaelablog.com/2011/06/amsterdam-black-white.html#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:33:00 +0000 http://scalisim.myhostpoint.ch/2011/06/23/amsterdam-black-white/

      photos by me  Actually I shouldn’t post anything right now neither be in the internet… But anyway some analog photos I took at Amsterdam and used for a school project. This is the outcome 🙂 Everything is done by me (I also developed the photos and film) and I’m happy with the result. Three exams are done. Two to come and then I’m done with school!!! Aha, I’m so happy! Hopefully I’m able to post more outfits this weekend (if I’m not to tired and drunk from partying 😛

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