For about 6 months now, I’ve been getting regular gel pedicures. I know that gel polishes have been around for a few years, but for my hands I get sick of the same color after about 5 days, so I only tried it once about 3 years ago and didn’t like it. However, for my pedicure, I always have the same super dark red, so last year in September I decided to treat myself to a shellac pedicure. I loved the results so much, that I haven’t gone back to regular polish yet. There are quite a few studios in Vienna that offer the gel mani/pedicure, so 3 weeks ago, I decided to try the GELeration pedicure by Jessica Cosmetics at Topkapi salon. The salon is located right on Kohlmarkt in the 1st district, which is probably as good as it gets in terms of location (umm, right above Chanel …). The pedicure was done amazingly and I am super happy with the results – the picture below is the way it looks after 18 days, so more than 2 weeks and still good as new! The Topkapi salon may be a bit old fashioned in comparison to other spas with super modern massage chairs and foot baths, but in the end, the thing I personally really care about the most is a good pedicure that lasts for weeks. Up until now, I’ve been getting the La Ric 2 Go pedicure, but during our vacation in Mexico I had a nail chip for the first time (which really isn’t supposed to happen with shellac or gel), so I wanted to try something new. I am a big fan of the regular Jessica Cosmetics nail polishes, and so far I am more than happy with the way my GELeration pedicure is holding up. Have any of you tried the GELeration mani- or pedicure? How did you like it?
I know a lot of you are interested in my diet and fitness. I receive emails asking about staying healthy on an almost daily basis. I’ve talked about my personal point of view HERE, and not much has changed since. It is a blessing, that I actually have a great liking for healthy food. The things I find myself craving usually involve lots of veggies and fruit. Also, I really don’t have a sweet tooth at all. I hardly ever find myself wanting candy or chocolate (other than an occasional spoon full of nutella or peanut butter) and I can easily skip dessert. Personally, I feel that diets are not the way to go. It is all about changing your mindset and making a healthy diet and regular exercise part of your life – to a point where you actually enjoy it. I am realistic about my lifestyle and know that 3 workouts per week are just about all I can squeeze into my schedule right now. That’s ok for me. While I usually hit the gym or go for a run, I also love trying new things. And this is where TRX training (also known as “suspension training”) comes into play.
There’s a new kid on the block: Vienna finally got a 7 For All Mankind store! I have literally been a fan of their jeans for more than 10 years. I first got to know the brand during the time we lived in California, and when I was 13 my biggest wish for Christmas was a pair of those jeans (pretty ridiculous, 200$ jeans for a 13-year old). Well, I actually got them, and wore them to death after that. Over the past years I would sometimes buy a pair when we went back to visit, but now we’ve got a lovely store right here in Vienna! Last Wednesday, I attended the opening, and what I’ve seen so far looks great! Due to the opening event everything was super crowded, but I can’t wait to be back to do a bit of shopping with more time and less people. Here are some impressions from the new store, located in the Goldenes Quartier (Tuchlauben) in the 1st district!
Last night, we had our annual “secret santa girls night”. It’s not really a secret santa thing, since everyone receives a present from everyone … but I am highly against celebrating things ahead of time, so I refuse to call it “Christmas” before the 24th. For the past few weeks we’ve been trying new places for our girls nights and yesterday we decided to give the “Brasserie & Bakery” in the 1st district a try. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel “The Guest House Vienna” and the whole look reminded me of something you might see in New York City. We had a great evening, lots of yummy food (I can absolutely recommend the goat cheese starter … sooo dreamy!), good talks, and of course presents! It was the last time we’ll see eachother before the new year, but we already decided on brunch at The Guest House for our first meet-up in 2014, because as we were ordering dessert we noticed that they actually serve breakfast until 11pm, which is kind of amazing if you ask me :) Do any of you guys celebrate Christmas with just your girlfriends? Here are some impressions from our night: