Tip #62: Pop, Lock & Drop it. Yes, Drop it Indeed.

There is always something so fascinating about coming across new genres of music and observing how this reflects in the output behaviour of the listener. When listening to new music (in this case minimal-electro, I think?) my advice is to…

“… stick to the protocol. It is there for a reason.”

I went to a rather alternative club in Vienna – and, let’s face it, nothing about me says “alternative”. I am quirky, yes – but not necessarily in a cool kind of way (my friends will know what I mean).

Well, it turns out that no one was dancing like people normally  would in clubs (i.e.: facing their friends/interacting/singing). Rather, everyone was turned to look at the DJ whilst merely bobbing their heads to the music. I was confused to say the least – but later found out at these events you give the DJs your full attention as a sign of appreciation – which is quite a lovely thing indeed. But, because I was not aware of this, I tried to bust a move on the dance floor;  a move which resembled a cabaret-style shimmy (don’t ask why) and got some interesting looks directed my way. So yeah, sometimes it’s good to blend in and act… cool.

Discovered in Vienna, Austria (2012). 

Tip #61: Lost in Translation

When living in a country in which your language proficiency is strikingly close to zero…

“…expect to be lost in translation. I asked for ‘wi-fi’, they brought me white wine. Not once, but twice already.”

Discovered in Vienna, Austria (2012).  

My First Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you Anna (http://annainherwonderland.wordpress.com/), for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It feels fantastic!

Ok so,  this is how the nomination works (Helpful for bloggers I have nominated):

“Include the Award’s logo in a post on your blog
. Then answer 10 questions about yourself
. Nominate 10 other bloggers
. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated
. Finally, share the love and link the person who nominated you.”

1. My favorite color: White. I know it’s not a colour, but it’s beautiful. Ok then… any pastel colours.

2. My favorite animal: Hedgehog or Tortoise.

3. My favorite number: 5. But odd numbers are lovely, in general.

4. My favorite drink: Cosmopolitan (in the appropriate Martini glass, if not it doesn’t count) and Cuba Libre.

5. Facebook or twitter: I still haven’t mastered the art of Twitter.

6. My passion: Creating. But I also love travelling and expressing myself artistically.

7. Prefer giving or getting presents: Giving. But only if I’ve found the perfect, perfect gift – if not it’s just stressful. And I’m not good with dealing with stress!

8. My favorite pattern: The classic Missoni pattern.

9. My favorite day of the week: Friday. Such a buzzing vibe in the city!

10. My favorite flower: I think I made it quite clear to everyone: Peonies, peonies, peonies 🙂

Finally, my nominations go to the following blogs – thank you for the enjoyable reads and blog posts!:









Wind and Turn Clothing


Promenade Plantings




Back Road Journal


Lesley Carter


Bella Vista


Thank you so much 🙂 Have a great day!


Tip #60: Marilyn Mon-Front-Roe.

If you feel like pulling a Marliyn Monroe moment of your own – and entertaining investment bankers on a breezy, friday lunch break…

“…then make sure you choose the windiest day to do so. And wear a flowy dress.”

I found out the hard way. This week on my way back to Vienna from London, I decided it would be smart to wear a dress (26°C – can’t really blame me). Before catching my flight, I met some friends for lunch in one of the busiest business-lunch spots of London. Little did I know wind speed was against me.

Let’s just say I held up the queue at the airport – as I was struggling to hold my boarding pass in one hand/trying not to flash my underwear at the passengers/and attempting to carry my luggage up the aeroplane steps. All at once.

The hostess laughed at me when I got to the top. And just to set the record straight, it did not look as glamorous as in the photo.. but I think you may have guessed that already.

 Discovered in London (2012).

Tip #59: Epic ideas come at a price.


Idea (Photo credit: Tony Dowler)

How many times have you thought of an epic idea, followed by the infamous phrase: “I’ll remember that and do it later”.

“When you have a good idea, write it down.”

I have had some ideas for blog entries as I have been travelling around in these past few weeks, but something always comes up. So, I will try my best to remember and buy a travelling notebook!



Tip #58: Tapas, and even more Tapas.

When in Spain…

“…do not expect your standard three-course meal. Instead expect a ton of teeny-weeny tapas dishes. Absolutely scrumptious, no doubt. However, the catch is that it may feel like you’re not eating much, but it all adds up. Trust me!”

For someone accustomed to travelling, surviving off tapas for an entire week just isn’t my cup of tea. Nonetheless it was an unforgettable cultural experience.

Discovered in Marbella, Spain (2012). 

Tip #57: Complement the lack of Compliments

In life you will come across people who will over-shower you with compliments and people who won’t even comment positively on unemotional things like how clean your house is, or what a nice bracelet you have. Both examples are extremes – and just like all extremes, there is a unique meeting point.

On a slightly different note, some would say “Why would you even need compliments, in the first place? Isn’t it a sign of insecurity in itself to seek compliments from others?” Yes, it may as well be in some cases but we’re not talking about the receiving end. I guess what the moral of the tip is…

“…when you find yourself in front of people who find it hard to even ask a mere question about your life with genuine interest and feedback positively on things you have achieved rightly so, then it may be time to consider: friend or foe?”

And, more importantly…

“…surround yourself with people who make you feel good without having to hear constant criticism or forced affirmations.”

Thought about so many times. Discovered in a variety of relationships throughout many years of my life (2004 – ongoing). 

Tip #56: One fiery croissant

Have you ever thought to yourself..(and you probably have): “Who is that fool who has managed to momentarily break the hotel toaster?” Well, you can for sure add me to the list of people who have rid others of the luxury to toast their own bread because of their own stupidity.

 When having breakfast in a hotel…

“…do not warm the croissants through the slide-toaster – they will go up in flames.”

The morning in a few short sentences: me running around like a headless chicken trying to find a way to make the croissant STOP. Just stop. When I finally found a waitress for help, she put my tantrum to shame with just the click of a button. The ‘off’ button.

All solved!

Discovered in Manchester, England (2011). 

Tip #55: Sprain in The Rain

When going out…

“…make sure your handbag is your own responsibility.”

Don’t ask your friend to hold it for a short while (even if it’s too heavy to carry). Because if they misplace it, you will end up having to sprint (in your heels) from your house to the place where it was left…which may lead to a minor ankle sprain.

Discovered in Oxford, England (2012). Luckily, I found it again.  

Tip #54: Housemates without the mates, please.

“Being friends with someone and being housemates with someone are two completely separate concepts.”

In university you will only have a few months to decide who your housemates will be… so be wise when choosing who to live with. Sometimes living with someone who is an acquaintance rather than a friend can be a more successful arrangement.

Seen and heard from many people and friends around me in England (2008 – ongoing)