Tuesday, 19 September 2017

I Like Flamingos, Prints & Paper

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Me and prints: A never-ending love story! As a trained graphic designer I can't get enough of them, love to mix prints and be surrounded by them all the time. Yes, I am a print hunter, always on the watch. And today I am very excited to show you my newest finds from I LIKE PAPER.

I LIKE PAPER is a young label from Berlin (Germany) that works with designers, artists, and illustrators from all over the world to create unique accessories made with love. Among other printable materials, they use Tyvek®, a tear proof water resistant paper made from plastic. Tyvek® can be recycled up to five times, and since all products come with a varnish, they are as long-lasting and flexible as similar products made from leather.

But be warned: Choosing designs on I LIKE PAPER is a difficult task because the vast selection will blow your mind. After a long time of browsing, I went for a pillow case with flamingos (what else) to sit on my baby blue Acapulco chair, a tiger watch to go with my Kenzo looks and a case with the cutest hand print ever. All three items are winners and help me on my mission to surround myself with as much quirkiness and colour as possible.

Yay! I want to order more cause I like paper, yes I do!

This post contains sponsored products.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Bringing Light into the Dark

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Like every year, I refuse to let the cold of autumn in my heart and soul and linger as long as possible in my tropical summer mood. Let's pretend it's still warm, let's be fooled into thinking the sounds we hear is palm leaves rustling in the wind. I try to pose as effortless as I can, wearing things from warmer countries: My look is a very international mixture from Spain, Thailand, China, Columbia/Venezuela.

It's a matter of heart to point out my hat and bag: They are both from the Swiss non-profit organization Mama Tierra (read more about them in my post here). I truly adore the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Wayuu woman who made the pieces.

At the moment Mama Tierra is running a campaign to bring solar energy to their homes in South America. There are only a few days left, and I think it's a cause so worthy of support, especially since I know the amazing women behind the project. They work very hard and with a lot of passion and I wish that they can soon turn on the lights in over 100 Wayuu households to make the lives of those people easier and safer.

Support Mama Tierra and the Wayuu women here:

Bring Light into the Dark

My Outfit:
Dress: CeliaB, Bag & Hat: Mama Tierra, Sunglasses: Silhouette, Necklace: La Vidriola, Bangle: Moschino, Shoes: Madame Flamingo, Cardigan: Lazy Oaf

Monday, 4 September 2017

Lovely Label: Heidi Mortimer Hicks

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Sometimes you encounter the work of a young designer, and you are completely amazed by the fresh creativity. This is what I felt when I faced Heidi Mortimer Hicks' designs for the first time. Her rainbow coloured furry pieces, and fun crochet creations caused that love at first sight feeling. In a sea of seriousness, those pieces bring back a wave of playfulness. 

Heidi Mortimer Hicks is a Manchester (UK) based fashion brand. Their designs are colourful, playful and have a hand craft element at its core. They are very proud to produce everything in the UK since the label aims to create sustainable and local slow fashion. They believe in a particular bond that forms between them and the people who wear their clothes, especially since the hand crafted items have a very distinct human touch.

Just like Isabella Blow bought all pieces of the first collection of Alexander McQueen, I immediately craved to do the same with Heidi's designs. I'd pair the clothes with all my other rainbow stuff for a bright head to toe statement look, but bet they work very well with something less dramatic.

Heidi Mortimer Hicks is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help launch the brand. You can take part here, support them and get deals on their cute products:

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Real Life Retouch with Benefit Boi-ing

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Once I read an interview with a woman born almost blind, whose sight could be restored as an adult. She described the shock she felt when she saw her and her friends' skin not just as blurry flares for the very first time. In her imagination faces used to flawless and she had a hard time coping with reality being different.

I very often think about this extraordinary story, while I am in the bathroom doing my makeup: My natural face sometimes seems to belong to a (not so cute) panda with (rather) dark circles around the eyes, and as a perfectionist, I wish I could wear makeup day and night. Therefore it might not be surprising that concealer is my favourite beauty product.

The new Benefit Boi-ing concealers promise to hide all problems from discolouration to unevenness and dark circles: The four products provide different levels of coverage from light to strong and have special features like extra hydration or a brightening effect, all according to your needs. Each of the concealers comes in three skin tones.

The four masters of disguise from the Boi-ing family:

Bo-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
This is the ultimate and waterproof full coverage weapon against every blemish, discolouration and dark circles!

Boi-ing Brightening Concealer
A creamy concealer with full coverage that brightens melon undertones and tired eyes for a radiant finish.

Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer
A sheer-to-medium coverage real life filter to hide lines, unevenness and under eye circles with an instant "airbrush" finish.

Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer
This sheer coverage concealer for a natural finish comes with vitamin E and apple seed extract for dry skin around the eyes.

My blunt opinion:

Gosh, Benefit I just love you! Every product I try honestly convinces me. For me, the Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer works best because the coverage is brilliant and I love how it gently blends in with my skin. It's waterproof and long-lasting which makes it ideal for long days and photoshoots.

But it's a tough choice because I love the Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer as well since I have rather dry skin. Last but not least, I can't resist saying something about the packaging: Aren't they the cutest? They might hide blemishes, but they certainly don't have to hide on their own!

Benefit, you won me over: I say yes to less photoshop and more real life retouch! 
Benefit is available at Manor at the Sephora corner in Switzerland.

This post contains sponsored products.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The New Sara (But Still the Same)

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Sad but true: Bodies don't come with a restart button. This is the reason why I decided it's finally time to take better care of mine.

Despite knowing better, I used to cheat myself with the sweet illusion that if I eat crisps in the dark and finish my bar of chocolate without leaving evidence, my body wouldn't betray myself. The fact that I have been a Vegetarian since my teenage years helped me to stay in shape and people were often surprised when I told them that I don't do any sports. But with the years I realized it would get harder to stay in shape and even more important: Healthy. So time for a rapid change!

A little bit more than a month ago, in a sudden rush of motivation, I picked a personal trainer. This was the trigger to more than I thought: I am doing sports twice a week with a discipline that astonishes myself, and for the first time in my life I miss something when I have to skip a lesson (which only happens if there is a very good excuse).

I exchanged cereals and marmalade bread with smoothies, stopped drinking almost entirely, and my diet turned (almost) Vegan. I find a lot of pleasure in discovering the new (and therefore exciting) world of sports clothing and healthy nutrition.

I am still struggling with certain exercises, but it fills me with pride when I master something I wouldn't have a few months ago. My boyfriend says he can already see a change – and I am very motivated to go on and feel good in the meanwhile. I'll tell you more about my training schedule soon, now I'm off for a run, of course, dressed in pink and purple ;-)

Go Sara go!

My Outfit:
Sports Bra and Trousers: Tchibo, Shoes and Socks: Nike, Bag: American Apparel (other colours here), Cap: Hutspot, Sunglasses: Craig & Karl x Le Specs

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summertime with La Petite Box

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Yay, the new La Petite Box arrived a few days ago, and I couldn't wait to show you! This months theme is "Summer Lovin" and they thought of everything required for my favourite season of the year.

For all of you who haven't heard of La Petite Box: It's a trendy Swiss lifestyle subscription box. The lovely team of La Petite Box is very dedicated to surprise you again and again. Every month they bring exclusive beauty products, fashion, food, and home decoration items right to your mailbox.

This is what I found in my "Summer Lovin" box:

Pompom Sandals by virgule
Aren't those the ultimate beach shoes? I love how cheerful and bright the pompoms are and will pack them for my holidays.

"Be Happy" Wristband
Another colourful item, yay! This wristband with its tassels goes very well with the sandals and completes a cool summer look. It's supposed to be a lucky charm as well. Can't tell you yet if it brings luck or not, but it looks pretty for sure. ;-)

Curaprox Black is White Toothpaste and Toothbrush
My one and only toothpaste! Since I got my first tube for a blogger review two years ago, I haven't used nother one. Unlike another kind of toothpaste it's black, but it surprisingly keeps my teeth white and has a fresh lime-mint taste.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Aqua Gel
This face cream is indeed a hydro boost, and this is what the skin needs during the warm summer months! I mix it with a drop of face oil for even better results since my skin tends to be quite dry.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
Another favourite of mine, not just for festivals. This spray keeps the hair fresh on days when you don't wash it (helps against colour fading in my case). As well I love to use it as a styling tool because it adds volume and gives hold.

Ultrasun After Sun
Wow, I am impressed: I just binned an empty bottle of after sun and here comes a new one. Since my skin is very sensitive, it's essential to care for it in summer. I never leave the house without sun cream and when I go to the beach aftersun is a must. When you apply it you can feel how your skin relaxes. This one is even without critical contents, mineral oils, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

Martini Bianco & Thomas Henry Tonic Water
La Petite Box says cheers to summer and suggests to do that with a Martini Tonic. All you need for a little bit of Italian dolce vita in your life is 7cl of Martini, 7cl of tonic, ice cubes and a slice of lime. Sounds refreshing, doesn't it?

Places Magazine
A lovely designed Swiss magazine about fashion accessories and beauty since we all need something to read at the beach.

This post contains sponsored products.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My Heart is a Jungle

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I sincerely enjoy tropical places wherever I am. When you start looking for them you realize, there are more of them than you thought. I love to visit beautiful parks, tropical gardens, and greenhouses. One of my favourite places in the world is Kew Gardens, one of the (or even THE) biggest botanical collection in the world.

Palm trees and cacti have a certain magical attraction on me. When I am in a tropical garden, I can trick myself into thinking it‘s holidays.

Therefore I love best to wear my holiday looks and this year I am especially fond of jumpsuits. This all-in-one garment is comfortable to wear, and it comes in various fits for all body shapes.

My favourite jumpsuit style is fitted at the waist and with long, wide legs. Combined with slim high heels this style fakes killer legs. A jumpsuit look doesn‘t necessarily require a lot of jewellery (especially if you go for a printed fabric) but I couldn‘t resist wearing my new flamingo fascinator. After all flamingos like palm trees too, everybody knows. Botanical garden I love you and I love to dress up to visit you!

What is your trick for a mini holiday experience?

My Outfit:
Jumpsuit: Tchibo, Handbag: Gucci, Shoes: Sophia Webster Vintage, Fascinator: Jazzafine,
Pink Bangle: Swarovski, Metallic Bangle: Charriol

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