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 - 5 spices to increase your metabolism -

By adding the right spices to your menu, you can increase your metabolism, so that staying in shapes get a little bit easier.

Here are my five favourite spices to speed up every metabolism in no time.

Cayenne Pepper

Spicy meals aren't your thing. Maybe you have a change of heart after reading this post. 

Cayenne Pepper contains capsaicin. This raises your body temperature leading to an increased metabolism rate up to 50% for 3 hours after the meal, which eventually results in a higher calorie consumption.


Unlike Cayenne Pepper Cinnamon doesn't increase your metabolism directly but it can still help you to shed that belly fat by stabilising your blood sugar levels. Stabilised blood sugar levels keep your cravings and appetite in check throughout the day, thereby helping you to skip those extra calories.



Like cayenne pepper, ginger contains capsaicin and additionally gingerol. Both are responsible for the spicy taste and like before they boost your metabolism, pushing your calorie burn into high gear.


Turmeric is also known as the yellow ginger. It gets its signature colour from it most active component curcumin. Besides having anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, studies have shown that Curcumin leads to a reduced fat storage.

Green Tea

Yes, Green Tea isn't actually a spice, but green tea has a slight thermogenic effect (up to 4%) accelerating your metabolism so that your body burns fat faster.

I love to add these spices to my morning curd cheese, along with some coconut and linseed oil, as well as some chia- and linseeds.


Keep in mind, that adding these spices to your menu doesn't mean you can neglect a sensible diet.


Do you know any other metabolism boosting foods? Let me know in the comment section.


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- 6 Tips to walk in heels all day long -

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As you may have noticed by now, I love heels, the higher the better. Wearing 12 cm heels for an entire day is no problem for me. Naturally, I picked up some tricks over the years. With these tips walking in heels will be a piece of cake for everyone, I promise.


1. Pour Some Schnapps Into Your Heels
New leather heels are stiff and feel slightly too small. Wearing them for the first time can be a little bit painful. To avoid blisters or sore skin I use a trick my mum told me. I take clear Schnapps, pour a generous amount into my heels, and then I put them on immediately. The Schnapps softens the leather and by wearing the shoes right away they mould perfectly to the shape of your feet.


2. Freeze Your Heels
I know, this sounds crazy, but it works. For shoes with particular thick leather, I go one step further to stretch /soften the leather than in my 1st tip. I take a freezer bag, place it inside my heels (where I want to stretch them), fill the bag up with water, and close it. Afterwards, I place my shoes in the freezer for one night. When I take them out, they have stretched enough to wear them comfortably all day long.



3. Use Clear Gel Deodorant On Your Feet
Swipe clear gel deodorant on any part of your feet where you want to prevent blisters. The deodorant acts as a protection shield that blocks your skin from friction.



4. Tape Your Toes
Every time I know I will spend a lot of time standing in high heels without moving around much, I take some surgical tape and tape my 3rd and 4th toe together. These two toes share a nerve that causes the pain in the balls of your feet. Taping them together reduces the pain significantly.



5. Use Hairspray
To avoid an embarrassing fall because of the slippery soles of your new heels, simply spray some hairspray on the soles of your shoes and gone is the wobbly feeling while walking.
If you slip out of your heels, do the same. Spray your feet with hairspray, wait a few seconds, and then put on your heels. The tackiness of the hairspray will hold the shoes in place.


6. Cushion Pads
While the first five tips are quick and cheap fixes, you can always invest a little bit more money and buy some cushion pads as well as blister plaster to use whenever your wear heels.
Cushion pads are placed inside your shoes and have the same effect like taping your toes. Blister blaster is a great option to ease the pain of already existing blisters and to prevent new ones.

These are all my tricks to ensure a pain-free wear of my beloved high heels. Do you have any tricks? Until then...


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- One Trick for Stress-Free Packing -

For the longest time, the one thing I didn't like about travelling was packing my bags. No matter how hard I tried my suitcase was never big enough and when I unpacked most of my clothing were wrinkly. Until I came across this trick...


Instead of folding I now ROLL my clothes.
This way I not only maximise my suitcase space massively. I also keep my wardrobe mostly wrinkle-free.
It works with every garment. For your silk blouse as well as for your denim stuff.

To get the best out of this trick, Roll each item of clothing as tightly as you can.

Will you give it a try or did you know this trick already? 


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-DIY - Silver Jewellery Cleaning -

How many time has it already happened to you, that you wanted to wear a piece of silver jewellery, you haven`t worn in a long time, and it was tarnished? And then there is simply not enough time left to have it cleaned at a jeweller. I have a quick, easy, and inexpensive tip how to clean your silver jewellery yourself. All you need is aluminium foil, salt, a container, a soft cloth and boiling hot water.


1. First, cover the bottom of your container with the aluminium foil.
2. Then add a good amount of salt on top of the foil and put the jewellery inside the container.
3. Again, add some salt on top of the jewels.
4. Now pour the hot boiling water on the jewellery and fold the aluminium foil over the jewels. Leave it like that for at least 20 minutes.
5. After this time check in to see if the tarnish has diminished. Should that be the case, take your jewellery out of the water.
6. Finally, polish the jewels with a soft cloth for a long-lasting lustre.

Bonus tip: To polish your delicate jewellery use a soft toothbrush.

Will you give it a try?