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Month: April, 2016

Munich Travel Diary.

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Visits to Munich never disappoint and this one was no different. The town was as beautiful as always, trains as punctual as ever, Keiserschmarrn  as delicious as the last time, shopping as delightful as on any other occasion. The only disappointment was the weather, I arrived to a lovely Spring evening and 19 degrees and left on a cold afternoon, trying to believe in the heavy snowfall outside. Blooming cherry trees covered by snowflakes was a truly remarkable sight.

This time I promised myself to be more “adventurous” and step off my well known paths. Visit to Pinakothek der Moderne was a real treat, what I liked the most was the building’s architecture, it somehow stole the show from the actual exhibition, I couldn’t stop snapping pictures. For more treats, this time skin nourishing, I crossed Isar and went to Max Weber Platz to visit Tobs, an organic beauty store. I can recommend it for excellent help and advice, warm welcome and modest, but well thought through selection of products. And if you do stop at Tobs, do not leave without at least one Antidote chocolate. It is divine! Not buying more is my biggest Munich regret…

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From the Bookshelf. “Skin Cleanse. The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clean, Calm, Happy Skin.” by Adina Grigore.

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“Skin Cleanse. The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clean, Calm, Happy Skin.” is a big title for a modest book. Normally I am rather sceptical towards books that promise to inspire major changes, but this one had good reviews and since I still need to improve the condition of my skin, I decided to give it a chance.

The book focuses on the influence that food, lifestyle and chemicals from beauty products have on a skin, the biggest body organ. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that low quality, processed food will affect your skin condition, but when you read about chemicals that you willingly apply to it with everyday care, matters become slightly shocking. I admit that in the past I rarely considered ingredients in potions and lotions adorning my bathroom shelves, for if I did, perhaps my visits to the dermatologist would be less frequent.

The author, Adina Grigore, had her own struggles with skin condition, and as desperate times call for desperate measures, she took a radical course. At one point she stopped to use whatever beauty products she had and that experiment led to interesting observations. So yes, the book promotes a major cut  and clearance of your bathroom shelf contents, encouraging true minimalism and substituting ready made products with home made ones. Those ideas are too revolutionary for my own liking, so I doubt you will see me preparing sugar & honey scrub anytime soon, but there were other points that really made me think, look into my plate, read ingredient lists carefully and go for an occasional “clean” day, when I wash my face with nothing but water and use no beauty products whatsoever. As scary as it may sound, it is actually quite pleasant and to my surprise it has a positive effect on my skin. Perhaps there is a method in this approach, the only way to judge for yourself is to read “Skin Cleanse. (…).” and see how far can you go and what comes out of it.

Stockholm Travel Diary. Part 2.

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Despite the cold reception, I enjoyed my time in Stockholm. Perhaps there was a little bit too much coffee drinking and too little sightseeing, but who said that it was my last chance to be there? Only next time I will travel in the summer months.

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Stockholm Travel Diary. Part 1.

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It wasn’t my first visit to Stockholm, so I knew what to expect, the only thing I did not expect was the weather. It was so cold that my plans to spend most of my time outdoors and on foot had to be revisited. Fortunately there are so many great coffee places in Stockholm, Kaffeverket, Fabrique, Snickarbacken 7, Supreme Coffee Roasters, …, to name just a few, that my city tour wasn’t totally overshadowed by the weather. But yes, from my Insta feed it may seem like coffee drinking was all I did that weekend…

Stockholm is beautiful. Gamla Stan – the old town – is really charming, with it’s narrow cobblestoned passages and lanterns, Södermalm is relaxed, easy going and trendy, while Östermalm is rather conservative, having the luxurious and expensive appeal, with the famous high end shopping venue Bibliotekstan. There is something for every taste in Stockholm and the overall city atmosphere is friendly and open.

If I were to make some “must see” recommendations for Stockholm, I would definitely say Fotografiska, a bespoke photography gallery. It is so popular that waiting line to the ticket office ended on the street level. For shopping, visit Byredo, the one and only flagship store, and if you have more time – & Other Stories, Filippa K. and NK department store. I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of organic food shops, fighting the urge to “buy it all”. To have a flavour, do stop by Koloni at Bibliotekstan, their feta & mango salat is perfection. Last, but not least, Miss Clara Hotel, an elegant and relaxed get away. I think that thanks to Ballerina Room I luckily avoided coming home with a cold, enjoying hot coffee, comfy chairs and superb selection of lounge music.

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LifeStyle Mix. March.

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Never before have I been so behind with my posts! It is not the lack of motivation, but a busy calendar and some happy events that kept me occupied. March is a month when a major decision was made, one concerning a new apartment. As a result, moving is just a few weeks away. So incredibly exciting! So much to sign, arrange, buy, sell, pack, unpack … This news overshadowed all that happened in March, weekend in Stockholm included, but very soon I promise to come back with a detailed report. Just give me some extra time to gather my thoughts!

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