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FOR THE HOME: time for an update

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.

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17 | Categories: Apartment, Decor, Interior Design, Sponsored

CRAVINGS: advent atmosphere

For the 2nd Advent Sunday, we decided to head home and spend some downtime with our families. Nothing beats a late Sunday breakfast with the loved ones, good coffee, waffles and chatting for hours. Just like every year, my mom has done an amazing job decorating the house and it made me regret not decorating this year. Luckily, however, that special Advent atmosphere can also be translated through other things, such as a faux fur plaid, candles burning around the house and a little bling bling or red nails. One of my favorite home decor stores, Interio, just launched their webshop about 2 weeks ago and to celebrate we’ve created a special 10% discount for you guys. So if you’re on the lookout for a cozy blanket, some Christmas tree decor or whatever your heart desires, be sure to shop with the code BIKINIS10 before the 24th. Happy 2nd Advent!

Interio Cravings - Advent Atmosphere

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7 | Categories: Cravings, Sponsored

BEAUTY TALK: Les Parfums by FREYWILLE

One of the things I love most about being a blogger, is being able to discover new products, services or places and then getting to share them with you guys. Yesterday, I spent the morning with FREYWILLE at their boutique (Stephansplatz 5, 1010 Vienna) to find out a bit more about their 4 new “Les Parfums”. As you guys know, I have a fairly picky nose when it comes to perfumes, but yesterday’s experience wasn’t just perfume – it was so many beautiful scents that came together to form a feminine accessory, that – just like jewelry – is an extension of our personal style and taste. Unlike other perfumes, the four ‚Eaux des Parfum‘ by FREYWILLE (which btw took 3 years of careful research and expert development) made me feel like I was sticking my nose into a bag filled with real items. I was able to actually smell that mandarin, green tea, rose or iris. It is hard to describe in words, but it felt much more “real” and less perfume that what I am used to. Not to mention the absolutely perfect packaging with the black bow! I kind of want a bottle just to display on my coffee table next to my candles and fresh flowers!
My personal favorite? For sure the SPHINX Magique with a hint of fresh citrus, and being the lightest of the four. Surprisingly, however, I was also drawn to the SPHINX Rose, where I could sense the rose, but also something warm like vanilla and something woody like amber. 

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3 | Categories: Beauty, Sponsored, Vienna

OUTFIT: shearling

Even though it is still unusually mild for November, I am starting to adapt to Winter wear and am slowly digging out my coats and warm jackets again. Those that know me, know that I love anything fluffy and soft – even if it is just the lining. And I also love embellished things. Naturally this shearling jacket is a big winner in my books. Cozy, warm and stylish. I feel like is so easy to style and works best with an all black ensemble, which is exactly what I wore to the office today. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to check out the early Christmas deals with up to 70% off over on GIRISSIMA.com!

Maison Scotch Shearling Jacket - Bikinis & Passports

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13 | Categories: Outfits, Sponsored