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VIENNA: Bonjour, Dior!

Kathi and I are currently in Milano to visit the “Confessions of Design” exhibition by 61 Austrian designers, manufacturers and traditional companies as part of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. We are excited about exploring the Italian fashion capital and doing a bit of sight-seeing and pizza-eating! Get ready for a travel diary coming up next week. In the meantime, I leave you guys with some impressions of the absolutely gorgeous new Dior boutique here in Vienna on Kohlmarkt – you guys definitely have to stop by and have a look around. I am so happy about all the amazing new stores opening in the 1st district, which are slowly transforming my beloved hometown into an amazing shopping destination. Soon we’ll be able to keep up with Milano and Paris!

Dior Boutique Vienna

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8 | Categories: Shopping, Vienna

VIENNA: GELeration pedicure at Topkapi salon

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?

GELeration pedicure by Jessica Cosmetics

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12 | Categories: Beauty, Nails, Vienna


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.

TRX Training - In Good Shape Vienna

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7 | Categories: Fitness, Vienna

VIENNA: 7 For All Mankind Opening

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!

7 For All Mankind Store Seitzergasse 1010, Vienna, Austria

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8 | Categories: Shopping, Vienna