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Christmas Baking

- Snowflake Cookies -

I don't know how you feel about it, but I prefer home-baked cookies over the purchased ones anytime especially when it's Christmastime.

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The First Snow Of the Season

#FakeFurCoat #FakeLeatherPants

Funny fact, when I started to take pictures for my "first snow of the season look" it actually started to snow. So, the white points and stripes in today's picture are the first snowflakes of the season and not a broken camera.

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Trend Alert

- Pantone's colour of the year 2018 -

Last weekend brought the first snow and Pantone's Color of the year 2018. Drum-roll....

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Gingerbread House

-Another German Christmas Tradition -

I already shared one German Christmas tradition with you - the Advent Calendar and today I share another one with you - The Gingerbread House.

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winter essentials

#FurJacket #OvertheKneeBoots

Happy St. Nicholas' Day! Here in Germany, we are celebrating St. Nicholas' Day. St. Nicholas gifts presents to all the children and adults who have been nice throughout the last year. 

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LIfeHacks

- How to prevent overeating during the holiday season -

Image: Pinterest

I know I posted a LifeHack not so long ago but I wanted to share this one before the holiday season, with all its parties and good food is in full swing.

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december vibes

- Let snow, let it snow, let it snow -

Here I am, writing the last monthly vibes post of the year. Can you believe it?

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the Sweater edition

#Chapter5 #BoyfriendSweater

Here I am back with another Sweater Look.

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Shades of Living

diy- Advent Calendar

It's so most wonderful time of the year

Today I want to share with you one of my favourite Christmas traditions.... the Advent Calendar.

 

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Lifehacks

-Benefits of drinking Apple Cider Vinegar -

Image: Pinterest

If you are a returning reader to my blog, you may have noticed that I am always in search of hacks to improve my wellness and beauty routine.

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the sweater Edition

#Chapter4 #Fringes #Studs

I am stepping up the sweater game with some serious fringe and studs detailing in the back. 

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Product Review

Maybelline New York - The Colossal Big Shot Mascara 

How time flies! It has been 5 months since I posted my last Product Review. So let's dive right into today's for the Colossal Big Shot Mascara by Maybelline New York.

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Currently Coveting

- Wide Belts -

Are you like me and are standing in the wings to make some bargains at the Black Friday Sales? What is on your list of must-have pieces for the Black Friday Sales?

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The Sweater Edition

#ChapterThree #Embellishments

Embellishments on any type of clothing are a big thing this season. Of course, I, as a lover of all things bling, couldn't let this trend pass by and bought this pearl embellished hoodie.

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My Dream Wish List

- Good things take time -

Image: Pinterest

To stick with the above theme, it may take some time until I can call today's Dream Wish List item mine, but I am determined to call it mine rather sooner than later.

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Style Tricks

 - Why you should shave your knitwear -

I love my cosy knits for the cold season, but the one thing I can't stand about knitwear is the pilling. You know this tiny wool knots that emerge on your knits every time you wear them and instantly cheapen your look.

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The Sweater Edition

#ChapterTwo #PonchoSweater

Welcome back to round 2 of my Sweater Edition. This time I am stepping up the sweater game with fringed sleeves and a massive turtleneck.

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My Favourite

#Drugstore Bronzer

As a whiter shade of pale girl with a warm yellow undertone, finding a bronzer that works with my skin tone is quite a challenge.

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November Vibes

- It's time for cuddles, fireplaces and some hot fashion to stay warm -

We switched from summertime to wintertime last weekend. While on the one hand, I had one extra hour of sleep, the days are getting noticeably shorter, and the temperature is declining, on the other hand. Which means spending more time inside the house preferably in front of a fireplace.

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#Chanel Vibes

- Chanel Jacket on a budget -

I have to make a fashion confession, I love blazers on others but hardly ever on myself. I cannot count the many times I saw a blazer jacket and thought this is my go-to piece. But when I try the blazer on, the look usually doesn't meet my expectations. So, I filed myself under the category, not a blazer-kind-of girl.

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Beauty Tricks

- How to get long thick lashes using loose powder -

Don't we all want these thick long lashes that we see on female VIPs all the time? Unfortunately, putting on false eyelashes is quite time-consuming and therefore not an option for the everyday makeup routine. 

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Currently Coveting

- Give a woman the right boots, and she can conquer the world -

As the Mid Sales are slowly starting and the Black Friday deals are only a heartbeat away, I am already contemplating what I want to add to my wardrobe. 

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#TURTLENECK Dress

- One dress, so many options -

There is no way around, the temperatures are that low, especially in the morning and evening hours, that a turtleneck is my go-to-style option.

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Steal of the Month

- Dupe for MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder -

For years my go-to face powder was the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. I love this powder because, as the name suggests, it gives a natural non-cakey finish to my face.

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Sweet & Salty Pretzels

- Last minute party snack -

With the holiday party season looming, I want to share with you one of my favourite party snacks. It is not only delicious but also quick and easy to prepare.

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#Vinyl Pants #Cozy Knits

- How to style Vinyl Pants -

I know Vinyl Pants are not everyone's cup of tea. That's why I want to share with you my style tricks to make Vinyl Pants wearable for every day.

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Beauty Tricks

- Why you should add a light-hued pink concealer to your Beauty routine -

Image: Pinterest

After a month of fashion trends, I thought I start with a Beauty Trick that will erase signs of stress and tiredness from your face in an instant.

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Trend Alert

- Belted Coats, Wide Belts, Chocolate Brown, Mid-Length Skirts and Florals -

To round up my Trend Alert Series, I put together the other major trends for fall/winter 2017/18.

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The Sweater Edition

 #ChapterOne #CasualVibes 

As you can guess from the heading, over this fall/winter season, I will share with you some sweater related Outfit Post. 

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Trend Alert

- Metallic Silver -

My Trend Alert Series for fall/winter 2017/18 is almost coming to an end. One of my favourite trends for this season is the Metallic Silver one.

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#Dressing through the seasons

- How to wear your summer maxi dress in the fall -

Here comes my first fall Outfit Post of the year. I am sure you all have pieces of clothing in your wardrobe you love so much you want to wear them all year around. For me, this blue Michael Kors dress is one of those pieces.

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October Vibes

- Sweater Weather -

I don't know how you are all feeling about it, but as much as I love the summer season, I also hold a place in my heart for the colder season. I love the falling leaves, the smell of cinnamon and a crackling fireplace.

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Trend Alert

- Shearling Jackets, Coats and Vest -

If you are on the search for a new winter coat or jacket, consider a Shearling piece. 

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Currently Coveting

- Mismatched Earrings -

Hey there, today's post also belongs in the Trend Alert section for the trends of the upcoming fall/winter season. 

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Trend Alert

- Check my style -

Here comes another round of Trend Alert. Today's fashion trend for fall/winter 2017/18 is also not new to the fashion scene. It's a pattern called Check or Plaid.

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#Check Shirt #Distressed Jeans

- Someone said blue does look good on me -

So, this will be the last post with me wearing heeled sandals for this season. This time for real.

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Trend Alert

- Corduroy -

I already introduced some trends for the upcoming fall/winter season... the colour Red, glitter boots, and fanny packs. To give you a complete overview of what to shop and what not, I will post the major trends of the upcoming season here on my blog. So, let's get started. This fall/winter season has a lot different style and textures to offer. Straight from the 70s into the here and now... Corduroy.

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BEauty Tricks

- How to make your perfume last longer -

Image: Pinterest

Isn't it annoying when you put on a perfume and after an hour or so, it seems like the scent has vanished? There is a simple way to prolong the staying power of your favourite fragrance...

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#Goodbyes

- Summer Shoes to the left, to the left -

Sad but true: This is probably one of the last Outfit Post for this year where I am wearing sandals. 

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Trend Alert

- Fanny Packs... to do or not to do, that is the question -

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. The fashion no-go for the last two decades is back... The Fanny Pack.

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My Favourite

#Setting Spray

Today's favourite has made it on my list through a constant good performance no matter the circumstances.

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#Leather Jacket Chronicles

- In case of doubt, wear a leather jacket -

Another post, another leather jacket.

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Currently Coveting

- When all else fails, sprinkle glitter on it -

Although I prefer the warmer season, fashion-wise I am rooting for the colder period, because usually, they bring out some thick trends. 

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September Vibes

- Baby, it's getting cold outside -

 First post of the month, you know the drill...

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#Camouflage Dress

- 3 Pieces One Look-

Today's look contains only clothing I bought on my Rome vacation. 

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MY Beauty Secret

- How to get smooth and radiant skin without spending a fortune on lotions -

For years I spend a fortune on body lotions which promised to give me the smoothest skin of my life. The outcome was mediocre. Sure my skin was softer and more hydrated right after the application, but in the long run, I just wasn't happy with my skin, until I started Dry Brushing it. 

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My Style

- Fashion items I would never quit wearing -

With My Style, I am sharing with you those fashion items I wear on repeat no matter if they are currently in style or not.

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#TULLE SKIRT #BlackShirt

- Daytime Princess Vibes -

Today's look is the most playful one on my blog, so far. I usually opt for a pair of jeans instead of a skirt, because it is so much more convenient. However, I have to admit wearing a skirt makes me feel more feminine in an instant. I even think, my posture and walk changes a little bit.

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How I prolong my summer tan

- My three favourite products -

Although the summer hasn't shown his face here in Northern Germany, I managed to get a decent summer tan on my Rome vacation.

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Trend Alert

- The Trend Colour for Fall/Winter 2017/18

In fashion, every new season brings a new must-have colour. Some of these colours are not always the ones I reach for but for the upcoming fall/winter season, one of my favourite hues made the cut for the must-have colour of the season - Red.

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#gingham #distresseddenim

- Check, Check, Check -

I'm back on track after last weeks shake-ups. 

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Steal of the Month

- Fructis Pure Non Stop Cucumber Fresh Dry Shampoo -

Today's Steal of the Month is an emergency buy from my vacation in Rome.

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Latest Closet Addition

- Nude Sandals -

The search is over. After 2 years of searching, ordering, trying on, and returning countless pairs of Nude Sandals, I finally found my perfect pair of Nude Sandals.

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A light summer Dessert

- A summer dessert which isn't ice -

I am back from my summer vacation in Rome. I need an extra day to get back to my normal routine, that's why I am switching up my post schedule. Instead of Wednesday, I moved my Outfit Post to Friday.

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August Vibes

- Vacation, Rome, Sun, Good Times -

As you are reading this post, I am already on my summer vacation in Rome.

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#Logoshirt #Monchrome

- Read my Shirt -

I know it is the first day of the month where I usually post my Monthly Vibes, but I wanted to keep up the midweek outfit post routine. That's why I pushed my Monthly Vibe to Friday.

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Style Tricks

- The V-neck trick -

My trick to look slimmer in an instant is to wear Vertical Necklines aka V-necks. Here is why. 

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Beauty Tricks

- How to get a M·A·C product for free -

I admit it is not a real Beauty Trick in terms of learning a new skill, but getting a new product for free is a great way to try out a colour you otherwise wouldn't have purchased with your own hard earned money. Besides, I have the feeling the BACK TO M·A·C program isn't well-known.

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#RainyDays

- The forgotten file -

This post should have featured a summer look of mine, but the weather has scotched that. It is raining cats and dogs for a week now. Hence, it was not possible to take pictures. 

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Trend Alert

- Logo Shirts-

Image: Pinterest

Okay, I must admit the Logo Shirt Trend already popped up sometime last year, but I find the Trend really picked up steam this year and I am digging it.

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BeautyNAry

- Everything you need to know about Manuka Honey -

Last week, I told you why honey is great for your skin. To get the best possible results, one honey beats them all - Manuka Honey.

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#FLATS #Denim

- An unexpected twist-

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, I am wearing flats.

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My dream Wish List

-My dream bracelet -

Image: Pinterest

So far most of the items on my Dream Wish List are iconic pieces and today's addition to the list is no exception.

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BeautyNary

- The Beauty Benefits of Honey -

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A year ago or so, I had extremely dry skin due to the use of Micellar Water. Even weeks after the use my skin was still dry as a desert. After unsuccessfully trying out numerous creams, I started searching for alternative remedies. To my surprise, one food kept popping up again and again - Honey.

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#Striped#BlackandWhite

- To tuck or not to tuck -

Finally, the rain is gone. Nonetheless, the weather is still anything else but sunny. So I have to dress for those days where the sun doesn't shine, it is too warm for two layers but too cold for short-sleeved clothes.

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Currently Coveting

#DENIMSKIRTS

- The skirt of the season -

Image: Pinterest

One thing I have cast on eye one for a few month is a Denim Skirt. 

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Style Tricks

- How to fix nicks in your heels -

Today's post is a follow-up post on my last Style Trick in June where I told you how to prevent your heels from getting scuffed. This time I will share with you, my heel saving trick for already nicked heels. I got it from my sister, and she got it from straight from the horse's mouth - her cobbler. 

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#Bohovibes

- Maxi Skirt Diaries Part II -

Due to the lack of sun for the last ten days, my legs are still white as snow. That's why, I reached for my favourite Maxi Skirt when the sun finally decided to show its face again, to get back into the swing of summer fashion.

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July Vibes

- Summer Dreaming -

Apparently, summer has decided to leave Northern Germany. For the last week, I woke up to the sound of rain and fell asleep to it. 

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Denim on Denim

- My three tips on how to make the Denim on Denim trend work -

Okay, I am aware that the Denim on Denim Trend is a controversial one. You either love or hate it. Also, the execution of it can be tricky. 

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#Ruffles #Denim

- A new spin on a fashion classic -

To my great delight, Denim has secured its place in fashion. Gone the days when Denim was only suitable for leisure time. Over the last years, Denim got more and more fashionable by transforming seasonal trends in Denim Wear.

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Style Tricks

- How to avoid nicks in your heels -

You probably all have experienced a situation like this, you wear a new pair of heels, and then cobblestone pavements, floor grills or gully covers cross your way, and within seconds new heels are scuffed. Frustrating isn't it?

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Beauty Tricks

- How to find your perfect lipstick colour -

Today's Beauty Trick is so ridiculously simple that I was hesitant to post it. Yet I have the feeling the trick is widely unknown. So here it is.

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Wardrobe Must-Have

#WhiteShirt #BlueJeans

- Wardrobe classics with a twist -

One of the things I love most about fashion is how it constantly reinvents itself. 

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Product Review

- Maybelline New York - Fit me! Matte+Poreless -

On my never-ending hunt for the perfect foundation, I put the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+ Poreless to the test. Here are my thoughts.

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DIY - Tassel Earring

- How to upgrade an old earring in no time -

Last week, I raved about the Tassel Trend and today I will show you how to make a statement Tassel Earring in no time. So, let's get started.

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#DaytimeLace

- A different kind of Lace -

Lace is one of those versatile fabrics that work for so many occasions. I love that you can style it in a very feminine, alluring way but also very daytime appropriate.

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BeAutyNary

- Jade Roller -

For the last few month, I have been trying out a new beauty tool... a Jade Roller. So, first things first: I am hooked on it. Here is why...

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Trend alert

- My favourite summer trend -

Also, the summer has been a no show in Northern Germany for the last days I am still on the hunt for some warm weather pieces to add to my wardrobe.... call it wishful thinking. While doing so, one pattern kept recurring over and over again... the Tassel Trend.

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Wardrobe Must-Have

#Camisole

-A fashion all-rounder -

A Camisole is another Wardrobe Must-Have in my closet especially in the summertime but also throughout the year as a layering piece.

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My Favourite...

# Eye Primer

To be honest, today's Favourite is a rekindled love affair. Perhaps you have had this kind of experience, too... you are absolutely committed to one product, but somehow you end up trying others and thereby forgetting  you already found that Holy Grail product?

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June Vibes

- Fashionable in disguise -

As always, the first blog post of the month belongs to my Monthly Mood Board.

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#Wardrobe Must-Have

# Denim Jumpsuit

- Getting in ready in no time -

A Jumpsuit is another Wardrobe Must-Have that shouldn't be missing in a women's closet, in my opinion.

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My Dream Wish List

- Expect the unexpected -

Image: Pinterest

For some of you, today's Dream Wish List item may come as a total surprise. Despite my unbreakable love for high heels a heelless pair managed to save a spot on My Dream Wish List...

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currently Coveting

#Gingham

- Style Check -

Image: Pinterest

After bomber jackets, fishnets and Mules. I am currently hooked on Gingham clothing.

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#Statement Sleeves

#VELVET SANDALS

- Stepping into warmer wardrobe vibes -

At the moment it looks like the sun is here to stay in Northern Germany... meaning I can finally put on my Strappy Velvet Sandals that live in my shoe cabinet since early January. 

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Latest closet addition

- Introducing my latest shopping prey -

Do you remember my last post of Currently Coveting? The one about Mules and that I am desperately searching for a pair? 

Well, after spending an unrevealed amount of time searching on the Internet for some suitable Mules, I finally found some.

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Trend alert

- My favourite summer trend -

Also, the summer has been a no show in Northern Germany for the last days I am still on the hunt for some warm weather pieces to add to my wardrobe.... call it wishful thinking. While doing so, one pattern kept recurring over and over again... the Tassel Trend.

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Trend Alert

  #MAXI DRESS

In my opinion, every woman should own at least one Maxi Dress

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#Maxi Skirt #Straw Trilby

- Introducing some of my summer favourites -

Last Sunday, for the first time this year we had summer temperatures. So I took the opportunity to put on a couple of my summer favourites a Maxi Skirt and a Straw Trilby.

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Beauty Tricks

- An easy hack to streamline your beauty routine or one and one equals one -

Today's Beauty Trick is for all of you who like to streamline their get-ready routine and save some money in doing so.

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Shades of Living

Summer Recipe

- Woodruff Punch -

... but uh-oh those summer nights 

As summer is finally just around the corner (fingers crossed), I thought I share with you a quick and easy Punch Recipe to change up the usual beverages for your next some summer party. Here is what you need.

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Wardrobe Must-Have

"KHAKI GARMENTS"

       - Khaki is the new Black -

From now on every now and then, I will share with you, my Wardrobe Must-Haves and how I style them. 

 

Over the last few years, my love for Khaki-coloured clothing has grown tremendously. I find Khaki is a great alternative to black. Like black, it can be styled with almost everything and for many different occasions. 

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My Favourite

- Lip Liner-

Over the years I build quite a collection of lip liners most of them are NYX Slim Lip Pencil, simply because all the other lip pencils I tried so far fall short compared to the NYX ones.

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Daytime Glamour

- How to wear a Statement Sweater on a daily base -

Remember back in March when I told you that Statement Sweaters are a big trend for this season? Well, here is my take on how to wear a Statement Sweater on a daily base.

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MAy Vibes

- Something old, something new -

A new month, a new mood board, and something new concerning my blog.

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Steal of the month

- An old friend with a new look -

Last July I told you how much I loved the Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo. Well, I found a better replacement...

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