While it is more than obvious to me, what I do on a daily basis, I’ve recently come to realize that some of you may have no idea. I have been getting lots of questions about my job and what I do all day long, so I thought I would explain. I used to work as junior manager social media for a big German fashion retailer for over 2.5 years. The company then decided to move their location from Vienna to Düsseldorf (Germany) this past July, which is when I decided to give my baby (aka Bikinis & Passports) and The Daily Dose the chance they have always deserved. 100% of my time dedicated to blogging and building a little company of my own, together with Kathi, my partner in crime. We both went full-time with the self employment in July and it has been the best decision of our lives! Thanks to you guys, I can officially call my blog my job, and together we have also created an agency for social media, called TDD Social. We help companies with their social presence, we take care of Facebook and Instagram accounts and we consult with blogger relations and give input when needed. Of course this is work that you guys don’t necessarily get to see here on the blog, but it is what pays my bills and has allowed us to move into our pretty little #tddoffice. Even though we’ve already shared some impressions of our work space over on The Daily Dose, I still wanted to give you guys some insight to where I spend most of my time. Welcome to our office:
It’s nice to see your home come together over the years, and I truly love our little abode, but when you love decorating as much as I do, you also miss those first few weeks and months in a new place, where there was still so much to do. No more major changes to be made or furniture to be bought nowadays… That is, until we decided to upgrade our rug (I basically jumped of joy when Mike agreed to the plan). Don’t get me wrong, I loved that blue patterned beauty up until the last second, but over the past 2 years it had to endure a lot of sunlight and the color started to fade. Plus, I was ready for something a little more elegant. I must have forgotten how difficult it is to find nice rugs in Europe since my last purchase, because again, I found myself frustrated after a while. Luckily, however, I finally came across onloom.at a few weeks back and spotted this stunner by Michalsky Living within a few minutes! Literally: rug of my dreams and absolutely perfect for our living room! It is hard to put into words (or pictures for that matter) how amazingly soft it is, but let me just tell you that everyone who has ever touched it doesn’t want to leave our place anymore.
I have a major weakness for pretty coffee table books. And while I do want them to look good around the apartment, I also want them to actually inspire me. Whether it is home decor, beautiful stories or photographs – books should be an escape from reality. My most recent purchase is “Tales For Oskar” by the super talented Kristian Schuller. He is my personal favorite photographer (some of you may know him from Germany’s Next Top Model) and I feel like his fashion photography captures the essence of a modern day fairy tale. A few years ago I saw some of his work at the Kunsthalle here in Vienna, and from the entire exhibition his photographs definitely stuck with me the most and made a lasting impression. So much, that I went back to see the same exhibition for a second time.
Being self-employed has been the most amazing experience so far. The last 4 months have literally gone by in a heart beat and not a single day goes by that I don’t love my “job”. During the Summer, Kathi and I didn’t have an office space for The Daily Dose yet and were mostly working from my dining table or sofa. Even though it sounds like a ton of fun at first, it quickly get’s kind of depressive being home all day – sometimes not even changing out of your pyjamas. I used to love getting up and dressed for my old job, grabbing coffee on the way and having more of a rhythm or daily routine. It was important to both Kathi and I to bring that routine back into our lives. On September 1st we got the keys to our little #tddoffice and it has been so exciting and fulfilling, leaving the house to go to our very own space every morning. We’ve already shared some impressions over on The Daily Dose, but just in case you missed it – here is a peek at the place that I now like to consider my second living room: