Posted on: June 22, 2013
Welcoming the joyful season of the year is all about making homemade jam. The sweetness the nature has to offer can only be emphasized by the added sugar. Best served as a sweet treat in the morning with some sunbeams shining through the window to welcome a new day.
Posted on: June 01, 2013
Making coffee in a chemex gives one the chance to slowly start into the day. To boil the water, take a filter and carefully pull in the coffee, take a smell out of the box before putting it back onto the shelf, then pour over the hot water sip by sip and watch the coffee dribble into the can. Drop by drop, the smell of coffee welcomes you into a new day.
How to make coffee with a chemex.
Oh, what an inspiring morning read!
The creativity of coffee.
Posted on: May 14, 2013
Living in a big city like Berlin, I try to surround myself with nature as often as I can. Although the traffic and the streetlights make the city feel lively, what could be more 'alive' than an own little garden on the balcony? With cars and busses driving by, I plant different herbs like arugula or parsley, accompanied by some colourful flowers. Add some vegetables and you almost can harvest food from your own garden - like this very first radish we raised by only taking a little time each day to take care of it. Here's to many more self-grown ingredients for our kitchen!This would spice up every kitchen wall. (free printables!)
Oh, going for a walk at this place must be magical...
And I'm already more than excited for this cookbook!
Need some flower recipes?
And last but not least: one of my favorite photo series combining flowers with ice cream.
Posted on: May 08, 2013
There is a hidden place in California where no sign is guiding the way. Where it is so empty that one greets each other when walking by. Where all you can feel on your face is the wind blowing. Where all you can see is the waves washing up the big rock. Where all you want to do is to seize the day.
Labels: BEAUTIFUL PLACES
Posted on: May 02, 2013
Making macarons. With this goal in mind, I looked for a recipe, wrote down the ingredients, went twice to the supermarket because I forgot something and then started to make something on my own. Sieving the almonds, weighing the egg yolks and then baking everything together at the right temperature were all little steps that led to the learning result: one, even two baking sheets full of macarons au chocolat. From this day on, I know that I can achieve something by only taking the first step to just do it.
Posted on: April 27, 2013
Is there anything better than freshly baked bread right out of the oven with just some butter on it? Baking bread, other than cake, is much more: a dedication towards basic ingredients. A creation out of the purpose to share. With my hands covered in dough, I think of all the gatherings which are still to come.
Posted on: April 20, 2013
'What would you do with an extra day?' This question leads to a lot of aspiring answers: to see the people more often you love the most, to drink a glass of wine every once in a while, to fulfil a childhood dream. And what is it about the weekend? A beautiful breakfast table, the sun shining through the window, the lunch break with friends, the good book read in bed - here's to celebrate everyday!
Celebrating everyday life. (one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a while)It is all about the little things, isn't it?
There is always a grain of truth in everything.
What would everyday life be without sweets?
(Photo shot last year on film)
Posted on: April 18, 2013
By baking brownies on a weekday, the time stops for a little while. When mixing the ingredients and melting the chocolate, to take time for yourself and focus on something different, instead of a waste of time is much more: it is about to create something and enjoy the outcome of it. And sometimes, all you need is a freshly baked bunch of brownies.
Posted on: April 14, 2013
It is time. To enjoy the warm weather, to meet with friends in the park, to walk barefoot, to listen to guitar music, to eat too much food, to drink too many glasses of wine, to celebrate the moment. It is time for a picnic outside.
This makes a picnic even more cozy.A song like a bouquet of fresh spring flowers.
Signs for spring in Berlin.
Inspiring like spring itself.
Photo above taken here last summer.
Posted on: April 08, 2013
Strolling down the oldest market street, la Rue Mouffetard, combines the two ingredients that make a spring day in Paris: food and love. Spending the day outside, stopping here and there for something to eat and share all the smells and sounds in the streets with the one you love is what makes Paris 'la plus belle ville du monde'.
Continue for the recipe:
Posted on: April 06, 2013
A few weeks ago, the craving for something good yet healthy and fresh marked the beginning of spring. On one of those far too less sunny days, I made homemade Gnocchi for the first time. The hours of kneading the dough were divided between meditation and desperation. In the end, when the fresh Gnocchi were served with dried tomatoes, crumbled cheese and basil, everything was good.
Posted on: April 04, 2013
We surround ourselves with beautiful things like we do with beloved memories. Whenever I feel the urge to sit down and rest for a while, the mug on the kitchen table is more than a birthday gift - sip by sip I remember the face my sister made when she gave it to me. And when I walk over the rug, woven in black and white, I can still see friends holding carefully their glasses of red wine while sitting and laughing on the floor late at night.
Here's to embrace the the beautiful things in daily life - and to many more memories.Objects of use
Bodie and fou
Line + Liv
(Some of them only ship within Europe or to Germany, but it's all about the inspiration)
Posted on: March 24, 2013
Whenever there is snow outside these days, I dream about walking around the hills of San Francisco. Last summer, we found this precious little place because we were too tired to walk all the way up to Twin Peaks. And we didn't regret it: to have the sunshine, the wind and the foggy view all for yourself is what makes the sights of San Francisco.
Tank Hill Park
A question: can you find the Golden Gate Bridge in these photos?
2 Belgrave Ave / Bigler Ave
San Francisco, CA 94117
Posted on: March 20, 2013
Reading one of your favorite magazines is like coming at home. Sometimes, you just want to close the door and leave the world outside - then there it is, filled with words so warm like a hug. On other days, somebody you love had already cooked dinner for you as a surprise - and this is when stories from other people inspire you like you never knew they would.
For me, being a freelance writer besides my studies in Literature, I like to be surrounded by beautifully written words all the time. At the opposite side of my bookshelf is this collection of magazines - always ready to sit down and flip through.
Posted on: March 17, 2013
On sundays, to treat yourself with something sweet marks the perfect end of every week. With some chocolate melting above the stove, eggs mingeling in a bowl, everything is waiting for to be combined in a chocolate cake. Shared with your loved ones, a chocolate cake gives everyone the feeling of enjoying every little piece of cake - and when it's gone, this feeling lasts even longer until the following sunday.
Posted on: March 14, 2013
At least once a year, I meet with my oldest friends. There is a special relationship only time can create. When you sit on the table together and laugh about old times like it was just yesterday - and you had the same worries and wishes for the future like you do now.
What about a sweet surprise for a dear friend?
Photo above taken in an old photo booth which are everywhere in Berlin! But this is also fun!
Posted on: March 11, 2013
'To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.' // Oscar Wilde.
To make plans is nothing else than to be alive. And nothing is so encouraging and uplifting than to make plans for the future. Whether you plan to leave the country and go on a world trip or to meet with your friends more often. Even the little things can make a wish come true.
To get inspired.
Why don't you build castles in the air?
To make your own lists.
Continue for my own 24 things I can't wait to do while I'm 24:
Posted on: March 06, 2013
The Café Central is a place where you feel like you're sitting in a bubble of coffee. To live in the moment, admire the architecture, order something sweet and then enjoy everything - bit by bit, sip by sip
- in honor of all the wonderful writers.
Herrengasse / Strauchgasse
Posted on: March 04, 2013
When the sun shines, the city awakes: the streets get more crowded, the smiles get brighter and the laughs get louder. By now, at the latest, it is time to wake up and welcome the new year by celebrating every sunny day - with wine, with poetry or with food, as you please.Oh spring...
To enjoy the little things in life.
Some color to brighten up every day.
Love is in the air.
Inspiring photos of a couple exploring the world together.
Posted on: February 24, 2013
This is a hommage to my favorite time of the day: to have breakfast together with my love. Every morning, we take the time to sit down with a cup of coffee and chat. Sometimes, we even forget the time while talking to each other. Oh, I couldn't imagine any better way to start the day than to spend time together.Which is why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.
The most wonderful proposal!
Beautiful things for a beautiful breakfast.
While sitting on the kitchen table: turn your mood into music!
Oh, sunday mornings...
Posted on: February 20, 2013
Here's to go running in winter - when at first you feel all cold, but then your body warms you; when you not only can feel your breath, but also see it; when the sky is only grey, but then the sun comes out and makes the snow sparkle - then I feel most alive during these dark winter months.Imagine running along the Seine in Paris...
An inspiring point of view on running.
To give yourself the treat to just sit down afterwards and drink a cup of coffee to start the day.
Photo above taken here, an old airport area in Berlin which is now open for running, skating and even urban gardening!
Posted on: February 16, 2013
When living in Paris, every day I walked down the streets with my heart bumping in my chest. Like a flaneur, I discovered a lot of beautiful places by chance. At Les p'tites indécises, many memories are located - a date with my love, a farewell dinner with new-made friends and a reunion evening with cheese plates and wine.
Les p'tites indécises
2 Rue des Trois Bornes
Posted on: February 10, 2013
Some days, wearing your favorite sweater is like the feeling of staying in bed all day long. The first rays of sunshine which make you smile, the smell of coffee which warms you, the nice song which makes you feel good. And the hug of your loved one which says 'good morning' and remains with you throughout the day.
People talking about their favorites in general. (only in German)
To remind yourself about the things you love.
For always feeling cozy in winter.
The sweater in the photo above.
Posted on: February 05, 2013
Every now and then, you need to be kind to yourself. On these days, I make some hot chocolate, sing along with the music while standing in the kitchen and bake. To create something out of flour, sugar and eggs is every time a little miracle to me. And the feeling of relaxing and producing something at the same time is already a treat in itself.
Posted on: February 03, 2013
Whenever these days the sun comes out, I try to enjoy it to the fullest. When being outside, to leave the subway and take a walk around the neighbourhood brightens up every day as well as being inside and to sit down at the window with something to read and change the place wherever the sunbeams are going. And with some nice music and fresh tulips on the table, spring is not far away.An inspirational piece of art to look at every day.
They have the best hot chocolate against the winter blues in Berlin.
The perfect music to feel spring already (and the vinyl cover is just too beautiful).
It's the beginning of the year, so say yes!
Some pictures from Paris which is most beautiful in springtime, shot in the early 1900s - and not with instagram.
Posted on: January 31, 2013
'We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.' // John Steinbeck
Going on a road trip gives you the chance to reconnect with the beauty of nature - and everything it has to offer. To sit on a bonfire at night, be surrounded by unknown people who have invited you to roast marshmallows and tell each other stories. To say goodnight when the only thing you can see is the sky full of stars. To wake up with the birds in the morning. To share pancakes for breakfast together. To drive slower and slower, because you're trying to avoid the destination.
An inspirational article about traveling.
A daily journal for your adventures.
This song is the perfect soundtrack for driving in a car.
Remember the advice of our mums: never forget to wear a sun hat!
Photo above taken here, one of the most wonderful scenic road trip routes.
Posted on: January 30, 2013
It was on a rainy day in summer, when the craving of a hot cup of chocolate was the only thing I could think of while running around Brooklyn with an umbrella. When we finally stood in front of the doors of Mast Brothers Chocolate, I knew that despite my wet feed the only thing I had to think of would be whether to taste their delicious semi- or bittersweet chocolate.
Mast Brothers Chocolate
111 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249