Drinking with Style

Call me a drinker, an addict, an alcoholic – or, call me human. Of course I don’t drink every day and I know that alcohol surely is not the healthiest drink out there. To be fully honest though, I think a great glass of wine can round up and accentuate a meal like nothing else. I love having my glass of white wine next to my truffle-pasta, my glass of red wine to go along with the roast beef or a glass of rosé on a chill evening at the lake with my friends. What I do not do, is drink by myself. As much as I enjoy drinking a glass at a nice evening with good food, I never drink at home when I’m by myself.

Now that I’ve spoken so unnecessarily much about drinking, I’ll get to the point of this post: drinking with style. Style is a huge factor in my life. Whether it comes down to my clothing, my food, which I always try to nicely arrange, or my apartment, I love living in style. Surely, I do have things from IKEA and my apartment is definitely not a designer-piece in itself, but I do try to buy everything for it to harmonize. My style is surely not everyone’s style – therefore called personal style – though I would say it’s not too bad. I love Swedish interior design, mixing antique with modern pieces and vice versa.

My newest buy: wine glasses (getting back to the drinking topic). Prior to my new glasses, I had white wine glasses from IKEA. Not bad looking at all – they were absolutely fine and did their job. After a short time though, I was left with two from six glasses – they break way too easily. So it was clearly time to buy new white wine glasses. Yes I keep saying white wine glasses and differentiating it from red wine glasses, as white wine glasses are usually narrower and smaller in size. I had been looking for new glasses weeks now, though did not want the regular supermarket ones.

Now that I have my first apartment, I try to invest into my buys. Slowly but surely my style has evolved to a point, and been there for quite a few years, where I feel safe investing into it.

One brand I love is Villeroy & Boch. They have amazing cutlery, plates, glasses, … – you name it!  I’ve been love-eyeing with these glasses for a while, though really did not want to spend so much money on one single glass. Remember, you need at least six to eight glasses, if you really want ones to keep a bit longer. Also, I think its important to have a certain number of the same glasses, in case guests come.

I fell in love with these glasses and fell in love in a second round, when I saw they were on sale. I only paid a third of the price per glass – now is that not a great deal? I immediately had to buy them, eight of them. Now I cannot wait for my mother to come visit me here in Zurich – she is bringing some bottles of wine to store (remember, I always want to be able to serve good wine with dinner for guests) – meaning we can use the glasses first time round this weekend. I feel almost silly getting so excited about this – is it normal to be so happy to have invested into wine glasses? I surely hope I’m not the only one out there. What have you in invested in last? Do you invest money into these kind of things?

I wish you all a wonderful remaining day and a great start into the week!

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Ray-Ban: They never get old

There are so many brands out there that sell sunglasses, reading glasses and fashionable (no-sense) glasses. One brand that truely never gets old, are Ray-Ban. I have a few pairs already, though cannot get enough of them. My first Ray-Ban sunglasses I bought are actually glasses with corrections, as well. I barely use them anymore (maybe I should more often), though I still do love them. After having bought my second Ray-Ban’s, the green-mirrored aviators, I have almost forgotten about my first pair. Now after I have moved to Zurich, packed and unpacked boxes, I found them again & fell in love, once again.

I love being able to switch between the retro-style and the aviator, which have a modern touch due to the mirroring. Although I love the green lenses, I am now looking for a more down-to-earth pair. One, I can wear with a more casual business style and one that doesn’t look too much like summer. I think sunglasses are great accessories, not just in summer. Sunglasses look great in winter too, and speaking of winter: I have never understood that weird face people make, when talking about sunglasses in winter. Does the sun stop shining, just because the season has changed? I highly doubt it. Especially in the winter, when out in the mountains or when you have snow on the streets, the light reflects even more. Sunny winter days are surely my favorite days in the cold season.

The next Ray-Ban’s on my wishlist: the gold-framed aviators with black lenses. I love the contrast that black and gold create. In general, gold is surely my favored metal from all. After having to wear corrected glasses again (while using the PC, reading or driving – the general activities, which require concentration), I decided to go with statement glasses. I have become a huge fan of the nerd-glasses, previous to getting my own. Once I was told, that I would need to wear glasses again, the decision to get nerd-glasses was taken immediately. I tried on several glasses from several brands, but ultimately the Ray-Ban’s were the ones that really made me feel most comfortable. One thing is clear: If I do need to wear glasses, at least have them be an accessory to complete the whole outfit.

As much as I am now praying towards the brand, there are, of course, so many other great brands out there. Once I have saved up a bit more and will be able to spend more on shopping from time to time, I will surely find myself to other brands. Which brand is your favorite? I’d love to get some more inspiration, as I do know there are so many other great ones out there. For now, I wish you all a great rest of the day. I cannot wait for tomorrow, as it’s been raining most of the day today and finally it will brighten up tomorrow again. Time to get my sunnies out – once again!

 

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Indulge in an Avocado-Egg Salade

Avocado: It’s a fruit I cannot get enough of. I used to not be so into it, until I found the different ways to combine it. I love it plain with some vinegar, blended in my green smoothies or mushed in an avocado-egg salade. The recipe? Super simple! It takes literally two minutes, more or less two main ingredients and some bread with it, if you like. Not only is it super yummy, but also super healthy to have. I could eat an avocado a day, literally. So here is the quickest and simplest recipe, when it comes to my avocado-egg salade.

Ingredients:

– 2 hard-boiled eggs
– 1 ripe avocado
– salt & pepper
– chilli, if you like
– ½ lemon

All you have to do is cook the two eggs until hard-boiled, mush the already ripe avocado and add the two eggs to it. I normally cut the egg into smaller pieces, which makes the mixing in the end easier and makes less of a mess. Now, depending on your taste, add as much salt, pepper, lemon and chilli to it, as you like. Voila – there goes your avocado-salade. I love having it on some pumpernickel (the super dark bread) or with some bread in general.

Do you have any great recipes made with avocado, you would like to share? I’d love to get some more inspiration!

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YSL; the famous garden in Marrakesh

You might have already seen my last post about Marrakesh – the colors, culture and photos I cannot get enough of. Here is to another one – a great memory and some great colors that I will always keep in mind and carry with me in the future. During our vacation in Marrakesh I had to visit the, probably, most famous garden at Rue YVES SAINT LAURENT. Not only was he one of the most inspirational and creative minds on earth, regarding the making and presenting of fashion and women, but also did he have a great taste regarding living and stlye.

The colors in the garden, in combination with the almost wild-growing nature, found in the middle of Marrakesh, left me breathless. The blues, yellows and oranges all over in combination with the fresh greens of the plants was so vivid and relaxing simultaneously.

Truth be told, for the summer and those hot days, it’s a real fashion inspiration. Suddenly, I wanted to wear only bright colors. What I ended up wearing? Mostly black. I admit, I love the non-defined colored, black, and own most of my pieces in exactly that tone.

Have you been to Marrakesh, what places did you visit? It surely was not my last time, I’ve fallen partly in love with this place and cannot wait to travel more!

 

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Power Breakfast & Vogue

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a fantastic week so far and a wonderful sunday to end it! Sundays are my lazy days: literally, I do nothing really other than read my magazines, play around with some photography (I really need to practice my skills), cook, sometimes bake, and read. Today I will most likely do exactly that, paired with some tanning in the sun – the weather in Zurich is great currently – and catching up with some friends over the phone in Germany.

To start my lazy sunday I love having power breakfasts. Power, because I actually take time to make them, try to have them rich on vitamins and minerals and of course it should be yummy. Today I chose scrambled egg whites with red peppers added previously, some red peppers raw on the side and a large glass of my green juice. The juice was way too much, I made about one litre, so I will just sip on that during the day as well.

My bible for the day: the Vogue. It’s a cliché, I know. It’s always amazing to get some inspiration out of it and read the articles. Otherwise, I love reading my InStyle, Harpers Bazaar, and some other magazines I find during the week. This year my mother actually gave me the Vogue as a present. I get it every month for free now – yes, I’m a lucky girl. Here’s to say: Thank you Mama!

Do you also do lazy sundays or are they packed with activities? I’d love to hear all about it. Have a great lazy sunday, everyone!

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Magazine: Vogue (German edition; 7/2014)
Glasses: RayBan

Rings: Inherited (all gold ones); Tiffany (silver)
Watch: Jaques Lemans (gold)