Must-Have CTBs

C O F F E E. It wakes you up, it keeps you warm and cozy, gives you energy. You’ve got to love coffee. So much for the drink. Even more enjoyable is a cup of coffee (or tea) with the right book on your hands. With Christmas coming around the corner faster than I expected it, I am in need of getting some presents for the family and close friends. Personally, I love gifting what I love myself. This may sound egoistic, but I can’t really give when I am not convinced of it myself. Of course, everyone has their own taste. And most obviously, I will not try and push what I think is best onto other people. Yet, it helps to love the presents, too. The worst, however, is when shopping and suddenly finding a million things that would perfectly work for my own home. Does that ever happen to anyone else? I’ve been looking at a few coffee table books (hence, CTBs) recently and almost ended up shopping for myself again – rather than for others. Anyhow. Here are some coffee table book ideas if you are still looking for a small something to brighten up a loved ones‘ face over the holiday season.

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Find book 1 here, book 2 here, book 3 here, book 4 here, and book 5 here.

I already have books 2 and 3 – though surely am looking at getting my hands on the other three, too. I am especially interested in number 5, though also love the photography of Peter Lindbergh. Likewise, Kelly Hoppen has an amazing eye for interior and I understand she gives amazing insights into the industry and how to achieve and make the house of your dreams. Do you have a CTB that you can’t live without?

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Oh, how I love coming home. When flying into Switzerland and seeing the beautiful alps – it’s when I get all excited to being home soon again. Buh, I also love London. Especially this time of the year – when all the Christmas decorations are up and lighting up the city streets – it couldn’t get more beautiful. Tonight the Christmas lights will be put on here in Zurich; and I am so excited. It gives a feeling of warmth and love, despite the the freezing cold temperatures that are taking on the country. I will be meeting up with a few friends at Bellevue (in Zurich) to take a first sip of the hot wine (Glühwein in German) as the Christmas Markets open. I’m surely changing into some warmer clothes before it though! For lunch I am meeting a girl that I met at an event a couple of months ago (remember this?) – so excited! It’s such a great feeling to meet people more or less my age, outside of work for once, and talking about all things girly, beauty and fashion. Really looking forward to it! Tonight I’ll probably go for dinner again, as my fridge is screaming empty and there is no point in buying anything now. Why you ask? I am taking off tomorrow once more: Friday evening to Monday afternoon I’ll be in Malta. My dad is turning 50 (!) so we have a few family members flying into Malta where they have their home and will be celebrating on Sunday with a great dinner on Saturday. And yes, I am surely looking forward to the somewhat warmer temperatures before heading back here next week. What are your weekend plans? xo

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Travels & Birthdays

Wednesday already! How did that happen? The days are flying by – and so are the birthdays. I might have told you this before, but I swear almost everyone I know is celebrating their birthdays these days. November-kids for the win! Today is my sisters birthday: so all the best, also from here, to the sweetest and kindest soul on earth! Tomorrow it’s my uncles birthday. I’d love to be there, in Hamburg, but unfortunately my travel plans don’t allow for it. I’ll be flying into London tomorrow – a day trip, only. It will be quite busy. Boarding at 6.45 am (too early!) and arriving back in Zurich at around 9pm. I’ll have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow, so I am already complaining on the inside. Next week I’ll be in London again, though less stressful, as I am staying overnight. I’ll be there Tuesday to Wednesday, and attending a bigger event on Tuesday night. Then Friday next week I’ll be flying to Malta for the weekend (well, until Monday afternoon) to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday next Sunday. And then November is already over. Annnnddd we will be going into December, starting the Christmas season, and jingle bell songs will be filling my apartment at all times. Alright, maybe not at all times, but surely from time to time when the cookie-baking-season starts. So excited!

I’m still debating whether to decorate my home or not. Usually, I am all in for it. This year, however, I will be spending Christmas with the family in Malta, and already flying there on December 21st. Not sure if it’s worth decorating for 3 weeks? I most likely won’t be able to decorate anything, time wise, until the start of December, or maybe this upcoming weekend. However, the first weekend in December (or second?) I will be traveling again, to Ingolstadt (south of Germany). As you can see, I am not home many weekends before Christmas arrives and so I really am debating whether to „skip“ the decorating this year. What do you think?

Now I’m off to dinner with a good friend of mine. It’s always funny being around him and I can’t wait to eat. Already hungry. The next debate is what to eat. I am somewhat craving sushi (as always), but we may try out something new! Anyways – need to jump now. Till next time!

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Chocolate Cravings Satisfied

You know this. Everyone probably knows this. I have such a sweet tooth – especially for chocolate. Not being able to eat regular chocolate all too much (lactose), I have to find other ways to satisfy my craving. Preferably somewhat healthy. I don’t always eat super healthy, hell, I drink every weekend and love my glass of wine. But given the chance and with some time, I always try to work out a somewhat healthy version of my cheat meals. So you might know this recipe already – I posted it here before. It is just so easy, so quick to make and so, so satisfying. Friends and family can’t get over the fact that it’s actually a healthy chocolate mousse. It’s unreal. So here it is again – satisfying my cravings on those cold winter days. Speaking off, it’s freezing at the moment. How did winter get here so fast? I am actually sitting here with a hot chocolate – preparing for the day at the office and getting everything ready. There is still so much to do before the weekend officially starts. Oh, and there’s plenty of stuff I need to work on coming up on the weekend. But I am more than looking forward to seeing my loved ones, sleeping in and spending some cozy, lazy hours in bed! What are your plans for the weekend? xo

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Coziness in Miami

Good morning! I still have so much content left from my travels from 3 weeks ago. Looking through my phone last night I just found these photos again and searched through their website. Anthropologie is a store I stumbled upon on my little Saturday shopping spree in Miami – and I fell in love. It has this Scandinavian charm to it (and knowing me, you know I love everything from there) and I could have bought the whole store. They have such cute clothing pieces. What really struck me though, is their interior design pieces. There were so many bronze pieces, so many colorful, amazing plates, such great details everywhere – and so much stuff for my kitchen. However, there are some problems: my kitchen isn’t the greatest, my kitchen is already quite filled, my apartment in general isn’t all too empty (I love everything cozy for my home), and my luggage was already more than full. Good thing is, it didn’t kill my wallet. Yet again, I went on their online shop and fell in love, again. What are your favorite pieces? I am in love with the plates and dog-faces on them. And the bronze cups. Oh. Everything, really. Now I need to jump and go to the office though – so I’ll have to get back to this later tonight! xo

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ps. a new President has been voted – Trump it is. Yay or nay? Thoughts?