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March 26, 2017lena 0 Comments fashion. outfits.

The sunniest day, yet

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I have been waiting for this kind of weather for soooo long. Even though it is only March and in Germany, you can’t consider this time of year particularly warm or sunny. But last weekend was absolutely beautiful. We went to Belgium because a) I hadn’t been there in forever, b) I’ve stayed in a rather mediocre hotel for the past two weeks and couldn’t bare spending the weekend in that place and c) the hotel we went to is right next to the Maasmechelen Village, an outlet shopping mall. Need more reasons for a little weekend get-away? I don’t.  

So on Sunday, it was literally SUN-day. The first beautiful, warm day of the year. Maybe I’m being crazy but do you know the smell of spring, when you open the window in the morning and the air is just so crisp and filled with bloomy scents? I absolutely love it. It’s that time when you still have to wear something cozy, hence the grey sweater I recently got at TJMaxx, but you’re ready for spring vibes in your wardrobe. The outfit I put together was pretty simple: I wanted to wear my new light grey/hint-of-lavendar wool vest because I had just bought it Saturday and had absolutely fallen in love. And again_ it keeps me warm! Plus, the grey chelsea boots make the style less casual compared to sneakers (and they are new, as well). So far so good: normal Lena-uniform with lots of greys.

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Hence, I added my pink Hermes twilly. To me, a silk twilly is an absolute MUST in a woman’s wardrobe. You only need one or two in a flashy color and it will instantly amp up your outfit. Plus, it is a nice item to start your designer collection (in case you want to do that) because they are not crazy expensive. Also, twillies have been around for the past 20-or-so years, not only for flight attendants and female car rental employees, so chances are, that they are here to stay. And, last but not least, you can also wear them tied around the handle of your bag or tied in a bow on your bag… Well, you know by now that I don’t recommend buying expensive things unless you get the wear out of them. Twillies are definitely worth the money.

I hope you like the outfit, it’s perfect for any spring sunny day where you don’t want to be too cold but still stylish and comfy. And it’s a great way to transition into spring without splurging on new spring clothes while re-wearing some of you winter favorites. Hopefully, the pics will put you in the same happy spring mood which they were taken in. Enjoy!

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Here’s what I wore: Wool vest by Karen Millen, Grey sweater by Karl Lagerfeld (similar here or try your local TJMaxx, that’s where I got mine), black denim customized by Zara, grey suede chelsea boots by TJMaxx (similar here) silk twilly by Hermes, grey bag by Furla,  sunnies by Ray Ban, nailpolish by Essie.

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March 22, 2017lena 0 Comments travel.

Follow me around – Duesseldorf

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You’ve probably already read the post about the Steigenberger hotel we stayed at a couple of weeks ago. I told you all about it and how much I loved it, what I didn’t tell you was what I did all weekend and how much fun that was. The original plan was to arrive Saturday because my friend wanted to have a girls’ night out for her bday. But since we spontaneously decided to stay at the Steigenberger on Friday, we had the whole Saturday to stroll around and do some shopping. Walking down the is probably my favorite thing to do in Duesseldorf. Before 1.30pm it is usually not that crowded and you really get to enjoy the scenery with all the beautifully decorated windows of the designer boutiques. I loved the new maje boutique and of course had to go to Chanel to check out my new bag-to-be (my 2017-wishlist is here)…

Also, make sure to check out the smaller streets leading from the other side of the Kö towards the old city centre. It’s a great way to do a “round-trip” and there is an Hermès, Versace and one of my favorite concept stores Apropos. The sales personnel suck but they have many collections from different designers, well-chosen pieces and a beautiful book corner. Also, I love the Closed store and the Uli Knecht boutique in Grabenstrasse. Plus, definitely check out the lovely flower shop Bergine while you’re there. Coffee, cupcakes and ice cream are always a good idea, no matter where you are but if you’re into that stuff, make sure to visit Sugarbird’s café for delicious cupcakes and Giovanni L. for A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ice cream (dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options available!).

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March 19, 2017lena 0 Comments fashion. outfits.

Bring out ’em leather jackets

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The weather has finally decided to opt for spring temperatures and less rain so of course, my very first to-do was to get out my leather jacket. Not that I would ever burry it too deep in any storage because basically, I wear it all year round, but in cold cold winter, I definitely prefer a down coat… Anyways, it’s back now and I’m so glad it is that time of year again. I bet every one of you has that one leather jacket (no matter if real leather or vegan) that you love to bits and have worn it A LOT throughout the years. They are such versatile pieces and I pair them with everything and anything. So if you don’t have one yet or your favorite piece starts falling apart, get a new one quick, so you can life in it the next couple of months and if you are lucky enough for a hot summer, get it back out in October!

What I truly love about my leather jacket is that it is not fully leather but partly wool at the ends. I think it’s a cool twist to it. Also, the zipper is diagonal which makes it drape really pretty when I don’t close it and makes me look slimmer when I do. And it has well-sized pockets, and leather straps on the zippers… Did I mention the uber-buttery leather? Oh, and not to forget: the collar which is insanely convenient in cooler weather to keep me warm. So, if you’re thinking about buying a leather jacket, I highly recommend splurging because this piece will be your best friend for years and years and we all love a trusted friend who’s around to stay, right? If you’re looking for a more seasonal item in light pink or baby blue or any pastel-spring color: definitely opt for a more moderate price point because we never know if the cute pastel pink du jour is going to be labeled Miss Piggy pink next season…

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March 15, 2017lena 4 Comments travel.

Out and About – Steigenberger Hotel, Germany

Breuninger, Duesseldorf, düsseldorf, shopping, Kö, Königsallee, Steigenberger, hotel, weekend get-away, www.eatglitterwith.me, eat glitter with meI only started this series last week but it’s so much fun to give you guys little hotel reviews because not only is it a great excuse for me to take pictures of the pretty places I stay at and try out my new camera (my first Canon, yeah!), coming from a reader’s point of view, I always find it so convenient when somebody honestly describes their impressions. Plus, posting genuine pictures of the hotel, the way it really looks, is incomparable to staged professional photo shoots where every little banana is spray-painted. Not that anyone would need to do that at the Steigenberger hotel in Duesseldorf, Germany.

We decided to spend a night here because of all the apartment-moving-madness that had been going on and because my girls and I were going to celebrate my friends birthday Saturday night in Duesseldorf anyway. Traffic in the city is never fun, especially not on Fridays and not these days when every corner of the shopping district is under road construction. But we made it, finding a parking spot right in front of the hotel. The Steigenberger concierge was super nice, offering a dinner reservation in a restaurant of our choice and promised to take my evening-express parcel (the new Canon!) up to our room asap. So lovely!

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March 12, 2017lena 2 Comments fashion. outfits.

Navy wool, fluffy black and white silk

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I had the perfect weekend last week: drove to Duesseldorf on Friday without getting stuck in a traffic jam, picked up my boyfriend at the airport and checked in at the Steigenberger hotel. So far, so perfect. I will post a quick review of our stay at the Steigenberger later on. Anyway, back to the outfit. I already talked about the navy wool fedora on insta which I got when shopping in Hamburg the other week. I’m still obsessed with it and it was just perfect for a slightly sunny, slightly warmer day when you just can’t be bothered to properly do your hair (and the chance of a down-pour is 40%).

Also, I love my denim with a ripped hem to give my outfit a tiny little edge even when staying at a fancy hotel where ripped denim is simply out of place between grandma’s huge gold chains and the complete LV travel set getting unloaded from a Bentley. Yes, it was THAT fancy (and kinda weird, too). I wanted to add some dimension while still sticking to classic colors, so I mixed black and navy plus layered a white silk blouse underneath the sweater, plus, adding a fur vest on top. And let’s not forget about my all-time favorite Hogan booties. They are perfect for a long walk (or shopping trip). All in all, the perfect Duesseldorf-Outfit to stroll down the Kö.ootd, fedora hat, white silk, wool sweater, hugo boss, zara denim, lookbook spring, spring is coming, eatglitterwith.me, eat glitter with me

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March 8, 2017lena 2 Comments travel.

Out and About – Castle Hugenpoet, Germany

Castle, hugenpoet, essen, Germany, eatglitterwith.me, eat glitter with meYou already got a little sneak peek of the castle Hugenpoet where we stayed the other weekend in my post from March 1st. Even though I’m not a fan of Valentine’s day, not at all actually, K and I decided to at least “do something” because we hadn’t seen each other in a while – working and travelling have been crazy throughout January and February. I thought we’d just hang out and he decided to surprise me and booked this beautiful hotel. It is located right outside Essen, Germany. The location is beautiful because it is near the Ruhr, a big river, and the castle itself is located at the side of a hill, surrounded by water on a historic site.Castle, hugenpoet, essen, Germany, eatglitterwith.me, eat glitter with me

We arrived pretty late and I totally recommend seeing the castle at night because the scenery is absolutely stunning. Light spots are everywhere around the castle, highlighting the old brick walls and beautifully decorated windows. Also, they have a separate restaurant and it is supposed to be awesome but that day, we preferred mommy’s chicken bone broth soup. The staff was super nice, they knew our names and led us to our room. 12ft high ceiling and huge windows, brocat wallpaper, wooden doors and furniture… Do I need to say more? It seriously felt like stumbling upon a fairytale. We decided to have breakfast downstairs the next morning and were not disappointed either: a nice variety, very good quality food and prosecco. Plus, the waitress was very nice. Oh and let’s not forget the view of the park!

The only bad thing about castle Hugenpoet? It was raining on Sunday so we didn’t get to take pictures in the beautifully planted park that surrounds the castle. What a pitty! That’s why most of the pics from my outfit post are taken inside. I’m usually not a huge fan of doing that but the alternative would have been pouring rain outside. Not a cute look, that’s for sure. Plus, the interior is beautiful despite the super yellow lightning which absolutely doesn’t coordinate with my blog layout… The struggle is real, haha. Hope you enjoy the pictures and if you are in the area of Duesseldorf or Cologne make sure to check them out and bring your camera 😉 P.S.: They do have a shuttle bus to Duesseldorf’s main shopping district “Königsallee” or “Kö”. So you can dine, relax and shop – WIN.

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March 5, 2017lena 2 Comments travel.

Follow me around – Hamburg

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I had the whole week off and since my new apartment is still not ready, I’m staying at my parents house. Which can be exhausting at times, I’m not gonna lie, but mostly, it’s a lot of fun and I get to spent loads of time with my mommy. So we decided to do a little girls-trip and go to Hamburg. We both love Hamburg. To me, Hamburg is just such a beautiful city because of the old, white houses, the harbor, great restaurants and endless shopping opportunities. Always something going on but not as big as Berlin and rather subtle and classy than hipster.

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We started our day at the Mönckebergstrasse, a rather popular street with lots of shops like H&M, Zara, Mango, beauty stores and Starbucks. It’s nothing fancy or special but the buildings are pretty and the stores there are all rather big and usually have all the items from new collections. So I tried on about 20 pairs of shoes, some ruffled shirts… And finally got myself the end-of-one-chapter-start-of-the-next-chapter gift I had missed to get in Frankfurt: the new La Petite Robe Noire Intense by Guerlain. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely should, it smells delicious! And of course some Essie nail polish 😉 Just on a side note: I like to get myself fragrances on special events in my life or when successfully completing something. Because when you smell the perfume years later, it still reminds you of that accomplishment or occasion.

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March 1, 2017lena 3 Comments fashion. outfits.

Weekend get-away and an almost classic white shirt

When I saw this blouse on another blog, I HAD to have it. I’m not quite sure if I have shared my passion for white shirts with you yet. If not: they are my go-to favorite, my every day classic, they are what I reach for in the morning when my brain is still in sleep-mode and I need to put something on for work. Basically a life saver in every situation because they can be dressed up or down (did I mention versatile?! 😉 ). And there you have it: my love for the classic white shirt. I own about 15, maybe 20… educated guessing. Different shapes, always crisp white and I’m a sucker for everything white shirt with a little spin.

This shirt/tunic is great for spring as I’m wearing it in the pictures: ribbed denim, your favorite sneakers and maybe a faux fur vest or light jacket to throw over it. Done. For work, I’d probably style it with black denim (non-distressed), a cute pair of mid-heels in back, nude or red, and maybe a sharp cut blazer or a cropped wool sweater on top. The options for this piece are endless, plus the cuffs with the bow give it that little extra coolness and feminine edge as well as not being too crazy at the same time. And lets not forget the slits that give the oversize feel without your figure getting lost in a white bed linen. Looove!

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February 26, 2017lena 0 Comments fashion.

To buy or not to buy? – Spending money on fashion

Gucci Swing

Gucci Swing

I thought sooo long about the headline for this post. I wanted to talk to you about which fashion items are worth the splurge, how to safe up for them and not coming off as if clothing is the number one important thing in life. Because it simply isn’t. But what it is, is a way to express ourselves, to be unique and treat ourselves with a few luxury items. Whether that’s a 40€ t-shirt (which I think is a lot of money for a t-Shirt), a 800€ Louis Vuitton bag or just something we’ve really been wanting for some time and feel like it is a special luxury piece to ourselves. A lot of us have that one bag or pair of shoes, we have had on our wish list for years. And even though it is a long process, I feel like saving up for a particular item and paying for it all by yourself makes it even more special. Or getting it as a total surprise present makes it so precious (I literally cried when I got my first Louis Vuitton Speedy!).

What’s important to me personally, is that you don’t loose track of your everyday life while saving for something you really want (no matter if it’s a fashion item, a house, a car, a vacation…). To me, eating healthy and having a beautiful home is more important than any bag or pair of shoes could ever be. These two things are such essential parts of my everyday life and I am so happy, every time I come home from 10 hours of work and open the door to my pretty apartment with nice furniture and lovely decoration. Also, eating healthy is what defines the person I am on a daily basis because I only have this one body and I don’t want to fuel my engine with bad quality food. “Du bist was du isst”: You are what you eat. So TRUE!

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Louis Vuitton Pochette

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February 18, 2017lena 1 Comment beauty.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Review

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I haven’t done a proper beauty review and I feel its about time. My skin (talking about my face) and I have a deep love-hate-relationship ever since. It’s been oily, sometimes more and sometimes less breakouts but always enlarged pores and never ever flawless. And now, developing further in the twenties, you would think that I have at least 5 years where there are no break-outs and no wrinkles yet? Haha, yeah right. No, I still have little zits here and there but the first fine lines start to develop too… Fun, right?! I’m not complaining, I’m just setting the scene here for this review and any other beauty/ skin care reviews to come. Right now, I would call my skin oilier in the T-Zone and normal rest of the face.

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