31.12.13

Happy New Year!


I wish you a happy and stylish New Year 2014!


Styling by me: check out onedaystyling
Make-up and hair: Charlotte Kuhrt
Photography: Nina Von Kozierowski
Model:Annika

24.12.13

Merry Christmas


I wish all my friends, readers and followers a very merry and foremost stylish Christmas!


This amazing picture was done by friends of mine:
Photography: Nicole Franke
Make-up: Charlotte Kuhrt
Styling: Lisa Polet
Model: Deborah @ md management

23.12.13

7 Ideas For Christmas Decoration

The presents are wrapped, dinner is ready and guests invited but you still need a few nifty ideas for decorations inside the house? 


Good idea for outside: An old lantern with different sizes of Christmas balls.

For all the colorful balls you didn't use on the tree: fill an old candy jar.
A nice touch for your lounge lamp: little hanging ornaments.

For vintage lovers: Upgrade your tree with old Christmas balls.
Ask your grandparents if they still have any.

Want to impress the neighbors? Hang the ornaments in your window.
Different lengths of threads will do the trick.
Empty ledge? Best place for cute little nativity sets! (this one is from Bolivia)

Use pattern tape and attach name tags for a little more style on the presents.

18.12.13

Food Is The New Black


It’s been a while now that I’ve been shaking my head at people taking and sharing pictures of their food online. 

I must say I am clueless how this became trendy all of a sudden. Is it the over flooding chef-shows on TV or the realization that almost everybody is able to create a somewhat creative cupcake?

I understand that you feel the urge of capturing your beautifully arranged food in a restaurant because you might be thinking “Hey, I have to show the world what masterpiece I ate before it turned it into something I flushed down the toilet.” but I remember talking about good food and about its taste, now it seems to be all about the looks. 
Nobody is asking anymore how it tasted but they rather love to gush about how perfectly polished looking it is.  
And then it hit me. Food is the new fashion!
Let’s show the world how spectacular, healthy and decadent we can wine and dine. If you haven’t figured it out yet, starving yourself is so out.
Isn’t it more exciting to leave the rest in awe how you can eat all these tasty delights and still look fabulous? Truth is you are not really eating it aren’t you? You just take silly filtered pictures with your silly sparkly phone.
And what about the daily pictures of totally ordinary food? Why? 
I know how take-away coffee and muffins look like… It’s mediocre!

I reckon with the holidays ahead, there is going to be an armada of candle-lit, decorated plate pictures. I get it, you are eating something truly inspiring and having a wonderful time. Now, that we’ve sorted that out, why don’t we all take a moment, put the fucking phones down, and enjoy the meal and time with our loved ones?!

In this spirit: Happy Holidays!


14.12.13

fashion gifts

This is my article in the December/January Issue of miniguide.es

Fashion Gifts

December 11, 2013
Putting gift cards under the tree is unoriginal. Show your loved ones you know what they’re yearning for. Even if you don’t know much about fashion, you know that buying someone clothes or shoes is a bad idea unless you are sure about the size. Here are a few ideas which won’t embarrass you:
  • A fun present for winter is a double pom pom beanie, available at Free People, which makes the wearer look a bit like Mickey Mouse.
  • For something more elegant, choose a knitted handbag, like the one from Stefanel, also available (less expensively) at Primark.
  • Tights with patterns are a hot trend now; you can find all kinds and colors at Calzedonia.
  • For book lovers, a good choice is Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington, creative director for American Vogue over the past 25 years.
Stylish holidays, on their way!

30.11.13

Fake Fur


This is my article in the November Issue of miniguide.es

Fake Fur

November 1, 2013
Real fur coats belong in the Stone Age. These days the fashion industry invests a great deal in producing synthetic fur that looks and feels exact­ly like real fur. And while we’ve had some winters when fur was out, this season fur is definitely back among the top items to wear: fur coats as well as fur accents such as on cuffs, gloves and hoods. My favorite item for the season is a fur cap shaped like a riding helmet.
Unfortunately many pieces lack a descriptive label, so when you’re not sure what you’re holding, try this little test: pluck out a few strands (of course, make sure no one sees you doing this) and burn the sample. If it’s real, it will singe and smell like burnt hair. If it’s fake, it will smell like melted plastic and curl up into little balls as it melts. With this method you can be sure your fur pieces are cruelty-free.

21.11.13

Discover: Kyle Thompson

I have been following this new photographer for a while now and I think it's high time you get to know him: Kyle Thompson, 19 years old, from Chicago, is taking us on a surreal trip through his photographs. He dropped out of college to pursue his dream of creating a surreal world. Unnecessary to say, that as soon as his work hit the media he became quite popular and I think he has enough job offers for a while now...
Love to work with him one day. Have a look yourself.








15.11.13

10 Tips For Perfect Skin

With summer having ended some time ago and cold times ahead, a lot of woman complain about their skin getting bad. We are missing the sun, wrap ourselves in big scarves and put on more make-up for the festive season, no wonder our skin shows imperfection.
However it is not really complicated to follow some basic rules for a clear and radiant complexion! This is not an article recommending you to buy expensive products and tinctures, but some simple tips to make your skin better without spending too much time or money.

1. Never Touch Your Face 
My first and cardinal rule for a perfect skin! It is underrated but if you stop touching your face during the day, your skin will undergo a transformation you will never have expected. Simple, yet effective; you should make the conscious choice of not touching your face at all after your beauty routine. This means no rubbing your eyes, no scratching your nose, no leaning your chin on your hand palm! It will take some time to get used to, but the amount of bacteria getting to your face will decrease significantly which will lead to a clearer skin in a matter of days.

2. Remove Make-Up Before Sleeping
I thought this was common knowledge but apparently it isn't... During sleep your body is renewing all cells including skin cells, that's why enough sleep is so important. But even more important is a daily beauty routine at the end of the day. Clean your face (there is a ton of cleansing products to chose from, even whipes for the lazy ones), refresh it with a lotion and apply moisturizer. And this counts no matter what time of the day it is. Before you go to sleep, you take off your make-up. Point.

3. Keep Everything Clean
This means not only should you wash your make-up tools regularly, but also should you sanitize your phone, change your cushion covers and towels weekly and keep scarves and collars away from your chin (or wash them as well).

4. Use A Spatula For Your Creams
You can get them in drug-stores or beauty-departments in packages of 10 or so. It helps your products last longer and won't get bacteria from your fingers in them, which is essential.

5. Make Peelings On A Regular Basis 
Certainly, our skin renews itself naturally but peelings only improve this effect. They remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores, which makes your complexion more radiant in a matter of minutes. Soft peelings are recommended 1-2 a week, acid peelings only 1 or 2 times a year. Be sure to seek a professional for facial treatments!

6. Moisturize
Giving your skin moisture is a cardinal rule for a beautiful and even looking face. Every skin has different needs, but in general you should apply a refreshing gel in the morning and a soothing cream for the night. Also make sure to use a contour balm for your eyes, it will reduce wrinkles in the long run.

7. Have Mercy On Your Skin 
Be kind to your face. Don't squeeze and pull on your skin every day, give it some rest. If you have a lot of impurities and pimples allow yourself to pop them once a week, with clean fingers and tissues. Afterwards desinfect your skin and let it recover for the rest of the week. Put healing cream on little wounds and don't scratch them, because you don't want scars in your pretty face, do you?

8. Clear Out Your Beauty Case
The less you use, the better for your skin. Throw out all beauty products that you haven't used in a year. This counts for skin care as well as for make-up. Incidentally, beauty products also have an expiration date. It is indicated by a little sign of an open pot and a number, for example 24M, 12M or 6M, meaning the months the product is durable after breaking the seal of the package.

9. Invest In Good Tools
Once you start caring about your skin, maybe you want to put some money aside and invest in high quality products. You can start small with a professional foundation brush, then slowly build up your beauty case with long-lasting make-up and finish with high-class skin care. Always choose products with natural ingredients and as less silicones as possible.

10. Be A Good Girl 
Don't smoke, don't drink and don't go in the sun. Yes I know, sounds like a fun killer and I agree, but if you keep in mind that these are the three main factors of skin-aging, you should reduce them to a minimum. At least make the effort to drink plenty of water, eat healthy and as always I am preaching the use of daily sun protection. 
 all pictures found on totalbeauty.com 

7.11.13

Color Story

This is my article in the October Issue of miniguide.es


October 1, 2013
What we saw at the 2013 fall/winter edition of New York Fashion Week is finally ready to hit the streets. After a summer full of neon colors and overwhelming patterns, we are thankfully returning to muted colors to soothe our over-saturated eyes. The colorful summer influence, however, has not disappeared entirely. This winter we’ll be sporting fair colors accented by burgundy red or emerald green; an occasional deep orange or royal blue makes a refreshing eye-catcher. The forms too are returning to a more classical silhouette with an athletic touch.
What I like most about this season is the combination of elegant trends. Non-colors, the preppy look and tone-in-tone outfits can be combined perfectly to create a sleek, understated yet avant-garde look. Non-colors range from shades of white to beige or gray, perhaps with touches of red, blue or green. The preppy look’s comeback is a response to our sometimes too obvious attempts to look seductive. You don’t need to show it all in order to appeal; we’ve seen it all anyways. Tone-in-tone outfits are known for their futuristic look but also their sober ap­propriateness for work.
During the NYFW, labels like Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Lacoste sent their models down the catwalk in head-to-toe muted colors. Minimal differences in shades are like the bot­tom notes of a perfume: restrained but essential in bringing out the wearer’s personality. You can keep this look as pure and simple as you want, but it will never fail to make a statement since a tone-in-tone outfit is like poetry – a color story waiting to be told.

31.10.13

Last Minute Halloween Decoration Ideas

It's Halloween already, how wicked is that?! Having a party or trick or treat-ing kids coming around and you have no decorations yet? Here are some last minute ideas, how you can turn your place a bit spookier without spending much money or time!

punctuate cans with a screwdriver and spray paint them black, put a candle in them and voìla!

Paint faces with a permanent marker on empty milk gallons and stuff a chain of lights or tea-candles in them.

Cut out monsters out of cardboard and put them against your window and leave on the lights in your room!

Cut out monsters out of cardboard and put them against your window and leave on the lights in your hallways!

My favorite: Put a doll-eye in an empty chestnut peel and put them somewhere for decoration!

all pictures I found on pinterest

16.10.13

Happy Birthday Ink Or Milk ! (and how to make banana-walnut muffins)

Yesterday my blog had its two-year-anniversary! I am happy and proud that I found the time, discipline and creativity to keep on going, especially when you know that most new blogs don't even last a year. Of course I couldn't have survived without you, my readers!
I hope you will come back for more fashion, style and silliness!!!



Here is a recipe to celebrate:

Banana-Walnut Muffins

For 12 muffins you need:
  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 240 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 90 g sugar
  • 60 g oil
  • 1 egg
  • 120 ml of milk
  • 100g of minced walnuts
  • chocolate coating (the one that hardens)

Preparation:
  1. peel the bananas and mash them with a fork in a bowl
  2. add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, egg and milk
  3. stir everything well with an eggbeater
  4. depending on the texture you can add a little bit of milk
  5. mix in the walnuts
  6. fill the dough in papercups and bake them about 20 minutes in a temperature of 180 degrees
  7. resist the temptation of eating them immediately and let them cool off (the chocolate coat will not harden if they are still hot)
  8. heat the chocolate coating in a water bath and cover the muffins
  9. put some walnut pieces for decoration in the still fluid chocolate
  10. enjoy!! :)

13.10.13

Silly Sunday Style: What does the fox say?


"Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!"

 

9.9.13

Cus

 This is my article in the September issue of miniguide.es

September 1, 2013
Eco fashion is not just a trend but a necessity. Wasting resources and polluting the environment cannot be accepted with a clear conscience. While big companies wash their hands with threadbare eco campaigns, it’s the smaller labels who go the extra mile to support local craftsmanship and protect our natural resources. 
One such label is CUS, a Catalan brand that presented their collection in the ethical fashion showroom at this summer’s Berlin Fashion Week. Designer Adriana Zalacain produces her collections in Barcelona using organic, recycled and locally sourced fabrics: “Our production is environmentally and socially friendly all around.” So instead of buying cheap, low-quality clothes produced in a sweatshop, why not invest in a long-lasting piece and keep a clear conscience? You can find CUS in the B.huno boutique.
Elisabets 18, Barcelona
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13.8.13

Happy Summer: Smoothie Ice Cream

This summer is so lovely and long lasting that I decided to share a few ideas and tricks that could make your summer better, easier,  and simply happier!

#2: Smoothie Ice Cream


One thing I love about summer is how easy it is to prepare fresh and healthy treats like an ice cream. If you lack of ideas, here is a little tutorial for a yummy smoothie/ice cream (depending on what you want it to be).

Buy fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and deep-freeze two thirds of them. If you want it to become ice cream, freeze all of the fruits.









 Put them all together in your favorite combination. I chose strawberry to be the main flavor and added raspberry and blueberry only in a small amount to complete the taste.








Pour cream on top of it. Alternatively you can use soy milk or almond milk, just make sure to consume it right after you prepare it, fresh fruits and milk is always a delicate mix because of the acids.








If you want it to be a smoothie, fill the container at least until it's half full. There is no need to add sugar, the sweetness of the strawberries is strong enough! If you feel like it you can add mint or lemon balm. There are really endless possibilities of combinations.









Put it all in your blender. I have a smoothie maker, but a normal electric blender will do, too.











Now it's blending time ;) To make sure all the frozen pieces get crushed, shake the container or stir with a spoon in between blending.










Fill in a cup and decorate. I put a few blueberries and a mint leave on top.










Serve and share!
Happy summer! :)