21 August 2016

Curing A Hangover: A Guide

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We all have been there. Waking up, totally confused with a bad headache and the feeling of wanting to die. Trying to figure out what the hell had happened last night and the promise to never drink alcohol ever again! Such a barefaced lie.

The older you get, the longer your body needs to recover from a badass night out. The reason for that? Quite easy to answer: Our liver produces less antioxidants as we age, which is essential for a good recovery.

Before starting with the little guide, I just wanted to add that alcohol is a toxin and consequently not healthy for your body. I'm neither trying to convince nor do I want to endorse drinking alcohol in a high amount. It is rather a go-to guide for someone who had just one too many drinks after a cheeky night out with friends. All in all it is best not to drink at all - of course! But: one glass of wine won't do any damage. It is even good for your heart (scientifically proven!).

Prevention is the key

It is super important not to drink on an empty stomach. As well as not to down every drink in one go. Take your time, add one or two glasses of water between you start your next drink. Besides, it is advisable not to mix too many drinks. I you want to drink beer, try not to mix it with wine and different shots. Your body will be overstrained to break down all the toxins, so don't exaggerate it.

What to do if prevention didn't work...?

The first thing to do after waking up is to drink as much water as you can. Alcohol is known for dehydrating your body - that's why you end up having a headache and dull skin. Make sure you leave a big glass of water next to your bed before you go out, so you don't even have to get up in the morning and can relax for a bit. 
Try to charge up your vitamin levels by eating a lot of fruits and veg throughout the day. Even if I just had two glasses of wine the night before, I try to start with a delicious smoothie in the morning and to eat a salad (e.g. with quinoa) for lunch. Three cups of green tea are essential for my daily routine.
Exercising is another important factor. You don't need to run 5 miles. Just go out, get some fresh air and you will feel so much better. 
End your day by relaxing with a hot bath, a mask to hydrate your skin and a reading a book. Or go through your drunk texts...

Have a good day x


03 April 2016

My Go-To-Playlist For A Happy Day

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Since we don't have to wait for the sun until 9 am anymore, I am much more motivated to get out of bed a bit earlier and take time to get ready with a cup of tea and some good music. My current playlist is filled with light, catchy songs which never disappoint to put a smile on my face. They even make a whole day at uni better, I promise!

Kygo – Fragile
Filous – How Hard I Try
Ace Wilder – Busy Doin' Nothing
Comet Kid – When I'm Dead
ODESZA, Zyra – Say My Name
Fitz And The Tantrums – HandClap
Alle Farben, Perttu, Michael Schulte – Remember Yesterday
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger (Marcus Layton Remix)
Maejor – Me And You
Major Lazer – Be Together
Tove Lo – Habits
t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said (Fernando Garibay Remix)
Years & Years – Desire (Gryffin Remix)
TW3LV, Johnny Rain – California Sun
Imagine Dragons – Shots (Broiler Remix)
ODESZA - Without You
Parov Stelar – The Sun
Otto Knows – Next To Me
Moby ft. Damien Jurado – Almost Home
Redondo & Bolier – Every Single Piece (LVNDSCAPE Remix)

What is your favorite song right now? x


27 March 2016

Designer Lookalikes – Must-Have Bags On A Budget


Before starting with the actual post, let's seize a famous quote:
 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." —Yves Saint Laurent

If we are honest to ourself, we can acknowledge to ourselves that we live in a quite materialistic world. It probably also depends on the people/environment we surround ourself with, who shape us. Be it in our opinions, actions or buying behavior. It does not always have to be a YSL or a Céline bag, because our favorite bloggers got one a week ago and shaped it as THE IT-piece for this season. Let's be real: in the end we just pay for the brand and its magnificent reputation. After all it is just a bag. And bags fulfill one major duty: to put things in it so we don't have to carry them in our hands.
I don't want to be a hypocrite, because my two favorite bags are by Michael Kors and I love them to death. I am a woman with a soft spot for beautiful things. 
After having a look on the new collections of different designers, I realized, that I've seen half of them already on ASOS and such like. I wanted to put all lookalikes together and I am a little bit impressed by how similar they are. A little remark at this point: Let's not talk about quality here. It is obvious that you can't expect a 30€ bay to be the same quality as a 60€ worth Bogner bag. So, if you're just looking for a bag, which looks similar to a designer one: there you go. Save the rest and buy a ticket to Spain. Or the Maledives, when it comes to the Céline bag. 
Nevertheless, designer bags stand for themselves. If you worked hard and you can't live without it, get it. No one is going to judge you for this. (Really!) Some of them are rather an investment (e.g. Chanel) than a unnecessary expense and super timeless as well.
And if you're interested in where to get all those beauties on the collage, click the links below!


Do you have a bag you could never live without? x
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