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BEAUTY TALK: so shiny

During the Winter I generally have a harder time with my skin, nails and hair. The dry heating air seems to literally make my skin crackle, my nails break at every occasion (that’s why I currently even have a thin layer of gel over my regular nails) and my hair, which is usually super easy going, looks more dull and flies all over the place, due to it being static. But I don’t care if it is Winter or not, I want shiny, pretty hair!! Luckily, Guhl recently came to my rescue by introducing me to their new “Seidenglanz(= silk shine) line for dry and dull hair - it seriously only took one wash and rinse for silky hair.
Some of you may remember this video, where I mentioned that I was on the lookout for new hair products in terms of shampoo and conditioner. Well, I’ve tried a few products since, and all are good in their own way. However, the new line by Guhl really impressed me. I used a whole bunch of Guhl products for my hair last Winter (remember this post?) and so it actually doesn’t come as a surprise, that I love the new line. Not to mention the pink packaging …

Do any of you use Guhl products? Which are your favorite?

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TRAVELS: Falkensteiner Hotel Schladming

On Sunday, I hopped into my little VW Polo and headed south-east from Vienna. The final destination was Schladming in Styria for a bit of fun in the snow (as I am sure you guys have already seen on Instagram). I was surprised that the drive only took about 2:40hrs and how easy it was to get there from Vienna. Upon arrival, I checked into the super cozy Falkensteiner Hotel Schladming, which was definitely love at first sight. It is hard to describe, but they have somehow managed to bring the feeling of a snug little mountain hut to a large hotel. All the rooms are furnished in beautiful wood from the area, they have red and green sofas and reading chairs throughout the hotel and the beds are pure bliss. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the awesome walk-in shower (with a little glass action next to the bed) and stunning white tiles in the bathroom. The gondola is literally a 3 minute walk from the hotel and their spa area is pure bliss. The only thing that was missing during those 3 wonderful days: Mike! I definitely want to come back with him for some relaxing down-time in the mountains 

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OUTFIT: a winter walk

It is funny how you take things for granted when you always have them. When I used to live at home with my parents in Zell am See, I barely even noticed the gorgeous surroundings and mountains around us. Now, that I’ve lived in Vienna for more than 6 years, it feels like vacation to visit home. This year, for the first time since moving out, we’ve spent more than 10 days in the mountains. It has been absolutely blissful and I must admit, I am a little sad to head back to the city tomorrow. However, only for a week. On Sunday, the next adventure awaits, where I’ll be heading to Schladming with some of my favorite blogger colleagues for a few fun filled days in the snow. Obviously the time at home and our “Hüttengaudi” coming up were the perfect excuse to get my closet Winter-ready with Zalando. For today’s sunny winter walk, I brought out my new mini Uggs for the first time!

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OUTFIT: backless

This year, we are celebrating NYE with my sister and 2 other couples in the mountains of Zell am See. The evening will be all about delicious cocktails, yummy food and a good time with friends. No fancy fuss, no unrealistic expectations. Still, we all decided to dress up a bit. Mike will be wearing a velvet suit, and I went for the obvious choice: sequins! While the outfit was more of a spontaneous decision, I’ve known what I wanted to wear underneath for weeks. Back in October, I got a stunning bra by Triumph from their “enchanted essence” collection with the most beautiful back I have ever seen. Ever since, I’ve been on the lookout for a backless top or dress that would show off the pretty bra. Without much success. That is, until I decided to take my sister’s sequin jacket and simply turn it around, pin the back together with a safety pin and pretend like it is the perfect backless top. Turned out pretty amazing, huh?

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve – be safe & make twenty-fifteen the best year yet! 

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