rediscovering ballet

I recently rediscovered my love for ballet. I started dancing, when I was enrolled, but at some time the whole course would swap ballet for modern, so I stopped ballet.
Some month ago I thought, why not try it again, I really loved it?
And it felt so good! It was more exhausting than I’d thought. All the strength you need to perfectly hold the pose and to really elongate your legs,feet and everything else. I also noticed that I became more aware of my everyday posture. And I really love the grace that comes with it.
I had really fun and I hope I’m going to take more ballet lessons in the future!

Have you tried ballet?

xx
Elli

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Jean Paul Gaultier/From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Some weeks ago I visited the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibiton “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” in the Kunsthalle München (Munich) and I was truly stunned.
The exhibition gives a lot of information about the person as well as about his work. There are texts and dresses, as well as videos.
The shown dresses are really amazing. I was fascinated seeing all those details in real life and the many different materials which were processed. For some pieces also the working hours were displayed and sometimes it’s just crazy. 😀
Another thing that interested my was how Gaultier smudges the line between femininity and virility.

Here are some pictures to give you an impression:

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Of course it’s best to go and see it yourself!
So if you’re in or near Munich and can spare some time, it’s definitely worth going!
The exhibition still runs until february 14th 2016.

Have already visited?

xx
Elli

beauty essentials

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Today I wanted to share some of my personal beauty essentials. So without further ado:

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1. Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Moisturizer (for all skin types)
I heard and read a lot about Khiel’s, so I decided to give this one a try. It’s a good product, although the texture is just a little bit too heavy for my liking.
2. Manhattan – BB Cream (Beauty Balm)
I like to have just a little bit of color for everyday, so I normally go for a tinted cream.
3. Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Éclat
I just love this one! Read my whole review here.
4. Catrice – Calligraph (Ultra Slim Eyeliner Pen Waterproof)
For my everyday makeup I like a really thin line, so this eyeliner is just perfect, also it stays on and doesn’t smudge.
5. Catrice – Better Than False Lashes (Volume Mascara Waterproof)
One of those mascaras, that intensifies your lashes, but still lets them look kind of natural. 😀
6. Labello – Lip Butter Original
My lips tend to get really dry, so this one is a must!
7. Tangle Teezer – Compact Brush
Best brush I had so far. Read my whole review here.

What are your beauty essentials?

xx
Elli

Santiago de Chile

I spent one week in Santiago de Chile and to be honest the city didn’t really convince me. Of course the are some beautiful, old buildings, but many got destroyed during earthquakes and were replaced by skyscrapers.
But now on to the things that are worth visiting

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1. Plaza del Armas
This place is the center of Santiago and a nice island from all the traffic. Here is also the Catedral Metropolitana and the post office.

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2. Estación Mapocho
This building was once a train station, but as many earthquakes led to the dilapidation of the railways and the closure of the station it is nowadays a center for culture.

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3. Palacio La Moneda
This es Chile’s president palace and was originally the country’s mint.

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4. Cerro Santa Lucía
If you climb all the steps to the top of this big hill in the middle of Santiago, you are rewarded with a great view over the city. Sadly there is often a lot of smog and you’re not really able to see the Andes.

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5. Cerro San Cristóbal
Another spot for a great view over Santiago, although this time you’re able to take the funicular railway. Santiago’s biggest park, the ‘Parque Metropolitano’ is also lokated there. It has two swimming pools and a zoo.

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6. Costanera Center
This one is Santiago’s hingehst building and home to a big shopping mall, with lots of choice.

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7. Barrio Bellavista
This quater is the perfect one for going out. It’s the location of a lot of bars and clubs.

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8. Barrios Lastarria & Bellas Artes
These two are the trendsetter districts. They are really pretty and also the heart of the coffee scene. If you’re in the area check out Buffalo Waffels they make really delicious sweet and salty ones!

 

Have you ever been to Santiago before?

xx
Elli

what to do in Hamburg

I was in Hamburg twice in the last two years (one time during our Germany bike tour), so I thought I could share some tips with you on what to do.

  1. The harbor
    Hamburg is known for it’s harbor. The view with the cranes and big ships is fascinating. Often you can see famous cruise liners dropping anchor.
    One of the best view is from the “Landungsbrücken”. There you can also catch one of the little boats that belong to the public transport. This saves a lot of money and they have similar routs like the tourist tour boats.

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  2. Speicherstadt
    There are lots of boat tours trough those high buildings, which were used to store goods delivered to the harbor. However you also have the iconic view from the many bridges crossing.

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  3. Hafencity
    This district, located directly at the river Elbe, is well known for it’s modern architecture. Amongst them is the “Elbphilharmonie” (opera house) and many flats with bottom to top windows.

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    Start of the Reeperbahn at the “Tanzende Türme” (“Dancing Towers”)

  4. Reeperbahn
    This is Hamburg’s well known red-light district, with lots of bars and clubs in the St. Pauli district. Contrary to it’s reputationa lots of “normal” people go here to enjoy the nightlife. Nevertheless I felt a little bit weird walking down the street for the first time at night. 😉

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  5. Alster
    You can either take one of the different boat trips offered or just walk along it. It is also a popular jogging route and perfect for relaxing after a long day in the city.

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  6. Schanzenviertel
    This is Hamburgs latest trendy district.It is perfect for shopping in little “non-mainstream” stores, relaxing with a cup of coffee or eating in small restaurants. It has it’s very own night life, which isn’t as touristic as the one at the Reeperbahn.

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  7. St. Michaelis “Michel”
    This is one of Hamburg’s landmarks. It is famous for it’s five organs and the magnificent view from the steeple. The church had to be rebuild twice until now.

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  8. Miniatur-Wunderland
    This model world is truly fascinating! It is the largest model railway in the world. Different parts of the world a rebuild here, amongst them the Knuffingen airport and the Hamburger Opera house. Also the lights change from day to night. I was expressed how precisely all those sections could be rebuild in such a small size!

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  9. Musical
    The tickets are expensive, but if you have the chance of getting some it’s so worth it! I watched “The Lion King” and it was magical. The costumes were absolutely impressive and it felt like being transported into a different world.
    The musicals are all in Germany, something you should consider if you’re not able to understand it.

I really like this city, as it is so different to foothills of the Alps, where I grew up.

Have you ever been to Hamburg?

 

xx
Elli

keeping my feet warm

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I just got hold on these adorable homeslippers by Marc O’Polo and I think they’re far to gorgeous not to share! They’re also available in pink and black, but I’m a total grey fan, so here I go. As it is slowly getting colder I’ve been thinking about a comfy pair of house shoes a few times and these totally got me, especially the cozy inside.

xx
Elli

Perfect fall day in Regensburg

Last week I got the chance, to spend a day in Regensburg with my family.

Regensburg is a Bavarian town, located north of Munich and perfect for a day trip. It’s charming old town is part of the UNESCO world heritage and it is divided by the river Danube. It is also a popular city for students, due to it’s many pubs.

Tourist attractions next to the old town are the St. Peter cathedral and the “Steinerne Brücke” (“stone bridge”), which is the oldest maintained bridge in Germany.

We had luck and it was a sunny and beautiful day. Often you have a lot of fog in the city, because of it’s location next to the Danube. So we mostly just strolled along and enjoyed the sun, but we also went inside St. Peter cathedral, did some shopping and of course had a coffee break in a super sweet interior shop/café.

Scroll down to see the photos!

Have you ever been to Regensburg?

xx
Elli

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St. Peter cathedral

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The “Steinerne Brücke” with St. Peter in the back

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View from the “Steinerne Brücke”

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Little treat at Riutals

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