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FOR THE HOME: a (white) kitchen affair

For the past 3 years, I’ve never really shared any images of our kitchen with you. Sure, I’ve posted bits and pieces on Instagram, but never the whole thing. It is certainly not because I wanted to keep it a secret, but rather because it was never 100% presentable. I adore our apartment for the big living/dining room with an open kitchen, but at the same time, the space is also very tempting when it comes to clutter. At some point the kitchen island was more desk, storage & paper piles than anything else. On Monday, I took a day off from work and finally tackled that mess. Now our kitchen is back to the way I remember it when we first moved in and I am determined to keep it this way! Cheers to a white kitchen affair!

HOME: a white kitchen affair | Bikinis & Passports

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10 | Categories: Apartment, Interior Design, Personal

INSTA 101: editing photos + filters I love

Over the years, one of the most frequently asked questions on my Instagram (@vickyheiler) has probably been “What filters do you use to edit your photos?”. While I try to be good about answering all your questions directly on the app, I thought it would be fun to put together a post of how I like to edit my Instagram photos, what apps I have and which filters I love to use. For me personally, there are plenty of accounts that I follow where I would LOVE to know how they edit their photos – Sincerely Jules being one of them. I love the look of her account but have never found the answer of what filters she uses. That being said, it is certainly no secret how I edit my photos and I am more than happy to share all the details with you .

INSTA 101: editing photos + filters I love

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21 | Categories: Instagram, Personal

HEALTHY LIVING: detox round 2

It has been almost exactly 6 months since the last time Kathi and I detoxed (check out our detox diary HERE), and in order kick-off the bikini season with a little help, we decided to go for round 2! Unfortunately, our schedules are so busy right now, that we were only able to squeeze in a 3-day juice cleanse, but I guess a 3-day cleanse is better than a no-day-cleanse, right? Since the last time around went fairly smooth for me (I didn’t get hungry at all during the 5 days and felt pretty good, even made it to the gym once), I decided to step it up a notch this time around and went for the Super Green Delight.

Detox Delight Review: Super Green Delight Juice Cleanse | Love Daily Dose

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15 | Categories: Fitness, Food & Drinks, Personal

BEAUTY TALK: let’s be sensitive

By now, most of you probably already know that I have super sensitive and dry skin due to my eczema. What you probably don’t know, however, is all the “smart advice” I’ve had to listen to over the years. If you ask me, there is no cure for eczema. I am no doctor, but I’ve lived with it for all of my life and I’ve learned a lot about my skin, especially now that I am older. To me, eczema is a genetic skin condition that you can either grow out of (mine has gotten SO much better over the years) or you can learn to live with and try to make to circumstances the best possible. When I was little (we’re talking kindergarden age here), doctors advised my mom to put me on a diet in order to avoid certain foods. It would go on for months at the time and my skin wouldn’t get better. Of course, the dry, irritated skin can be caused by certain external factors, but for the most part, I believe that it is connected with our psyche. If we’re happy, we tend to glow, if we’re stressed, tired or sad, it shows (meaning: if you’re a 5-year old, skipping certain foods is not pure happiness). Sounds easy enough, right? Well, as much as our mind plays into things, I’ve also found that the right care is essential for my skin in order to keep things under control and to prevent a real episode. Which is why I am super picky about the products I use. During Winter, I sometimes have to resort back to special creams and oil-based shower gels from the pharmacy, but for the most part, I’ve found certain things that simply work for me. I already wrote about my facial skin care routine HERE and today I wanted to share my experience with the new “Mandel Sensitiv” skincare line by Weleda with you guys. I am always super happy to discover new products that work for me, so hopefully some of you will also love these!

Weleda "Mandel Sensitive" Pflegeserie | Bikinis & Passports

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8 | Categories: Beauty, Giveaway, Personal, Sponsored