Blackout

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Photo 13-9-14 6 26 08 pmI paired my dark jeans (from Hollister since their lengths fit me best) with a casual loose black t-shirt (Stradivarius) and my favourite black leather jacket. I wanted to keep the edge and keep the lines sharp so I finished it off with black leather boots from Hugo Boss. Keep to the colour scheme with a black bag (my favourite is from Prada which I’ll feature in a later post) or spice things up with a bright bag (orange works well:))

 

 

Photo 13-9-14 5 19 49 pmI added matte red lips and a hair tie with a gold band (h&m) to edge up the look a little. I wore just a touch of blush and left my eyes completely bare but a jet-black cat-eye with a couple of coats of mascara would look stunning.Photo 13-9-14 8 19 19 pm

 

 

 

 

Whiteout

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Photo 2-9-14 4 42 29 pmSo you already know that I’ve got a thing for white. But I like this dress for more than just its colour. The cut is elegant – strapless and tight, but not too tight, hitting right above the knee. It’s great for a formal event where you don’t want to be too ‘in your face’. It’s definitely a simple dress but with the sophisticated cut, structured fabric and intricate flower detail, it’s anything but forgettable.

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I left my hair down and straight and mostly over one shoulder to leave my pink flower (keeping with the flower theme here) dangly earrings exposed. Wearing this dress by the balcony, I could feel like Paris was right outside the window.

I wore gold-toned eye makeup (Clinique’s chubby stick shadow tint for eyes in 03 Fuller Fudge) and smudged it into brown pencil liner, as well as some light pink blush and lip stick. Strappy, delicate shoes (bronzy gold works!) would go perfectly.

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Till You Drop

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The best thing about following New York work hours here is that I end work pretty early which can only mean one thing: after work shopping. It doesn’t quite make up for having to get to the office at unearthly hours, but it comes close.

The office is located very conveniently (and dangerously) close to Union Square, which is basically shopping paradise for me. The atmosphere is great, there are often musicians playing in the square and people just enjoying a coffee at the many cafés. It’s the perfect place to unwind.

But of course, that isn’t why I go there. Union Square has some of my absolute favourite shops, including many that I don’t get in Berlin (and let me tell you, I am taking full advantage of that fact).

 

Photo 25-9-14 4 34 41 pmMacy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are all there, which of course means hours spent browsing there. There’s a Victoria’s Secret and VS Pink store both there as well for buying swimsuits, lingerie and perfume (and anything really). A short walk down the street is Steve Madden, one of my favourite shoe stores; I bought the best black suede over-the-knee boots there the other day. There’s also the more high-end stores like Prada, Mulberry (eyeing a bag from there;)), Chanel etc.. If you’re on a makeup hunt, there’s the usual Sephora and MAC and Benefit (from SF) and all the department store beauty sections. And apart from the mainstream stores, they have tons of more unique shops, especially on the side streets, where you can get really special pieces. Though if you want really unique, less mainstream stuff, I’d suggest hitting up other shopping areas in SF. Union square is just a very convenient, concentrated and well-known shopping area that I happen to like.

One of my favourite things about shopping here is how friendly the salespeople are. They’re always willing to help and even a little bit of small talk with them can brighten up your day.

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If all the shopping makes you a little bit peckish (and it probably will), grab a frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, or stop by any of the many cafés, for a little pick-me-up:)

If you’re ever in SF, make sure you stop by for some shopping (though you probably don’t need any encouragement:))

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Crew

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Crew neck sweater + boyfriend cut-offs = perfect, lazy, I just rolled out of bed looking this cool outfit. (I’m only half kidding here:)) Grey is one of my favourite fall colours. It’s very basic, but slightly more unexpected than black.

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Photo 26-9-14 6 20 41 pmI just got these denim shorts from Ralph Lauren and I already love the distressed detailing. I was also really drawn to this pair by the patriotic (though I’m not even American) pockets peeking out of the bottom of the shorts. It adds a little special touch. These cut-offs have a very lived-in, worn-in look, which is the perfect way I like my denim. It hits at my waist, a bit higher than my usual shorts and (at least I think) gives the wearer a really nice shape. They’re my new favourite pair, though I say that about every new pair I get.

Photo 26-9-14 6 22 37 pmThe sweater is slightly slouchy, slightly cropped, but definitely way more than slightly cool. I’ve always had a love for sweaters, but I usually go for plain knit sweaters; this one (just from Forever 21 though I don’t usually shop here) is a little different. To be honest, I’m pretty sure the words/names of places are just random, but it gives the look one of those, ‘I’m young and free’ kind of vibes. I love the black on the grey, as well as the font of the words.

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I’m unfortunately pretty short on shoes here due to certain luggage limits, but I think black knee-high gladiator sandals would suit this outfit perfectly. Add a little black shoulder bag with gold detailing for a cute way to stash your phone and lip gloss.

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Move

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I’m not one of those super healthy girls who always watches her diet and knows the best and latest way to work out. And I definitely do not need a ‘bikini bridge’ or ‘thigh gap’. I do indulge in the hopefully occasional ice cream and burger; but overall I like to think that I’m pretty active. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things for me. I can really feel the difference when I stop working out or eat a bunch of burgers and pizza; it doesn’t feel good.

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Crissy Field

I’ll just tell you which workouts I do, though whether or not they’re any good is totally debatable. My main form of cardio is running. Nowadays I try and run three times a week, usually about 4-5km, though sometimes I do 11 instead. The best places for me to run are at Crissy Field (near the Golden Gate Bridge) and the Embarcadero in San Francisco; just around my house or at Tiergarten in Berlin; and in Botanic Gardens in Singapore. I use Map My Run to track my distance and speed. I also jump rope quite a bit (it’s more tiring than it seems!) which is a really great and quick workout. When I’m pressed for time I usually play a couple of songs on the radio and vary my speed according to the beat. Tennis is another favourite of mine.

 

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Tiergarten

For core exercises I especially like v-ups, and a friend just introduced me to the Nike training app which I think I’m going to love. It has tons of really good and varied workouts that I’m looking forward to trying.

Honestly what really gets me going is focussing on my goals and of course cute workout gear always helps! I usually go for brighter colours to motivate me. My shoes are all from Nike and I mostly wear sports bras from Victoria’s Secret Sport, Nike and Puma, but I have a couple from the Bershka sports line as well. I usually wear shorts to run. I found the perfect pair of yoga shorts from Jenni the other day, and I wear Nike sports shorts and Hollister lounge shorts to work out. When the temperatures drop, I like VS and VS Pink long yoga pants.

 

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So get out and move! Once you start, it’s easy:) Just remember to stretch properly before and after!