August 15, 2014

Sister Style - Get The Look | Kendall & Kylie

I posted an instagram two days ago announcing a new series of posts which, again, I will be creating together with my sister. We want to recreate the look of famous and popular sister duos, re-interpret them and make them our own. And that includes everything, step by step: make-up, hair, outfits & accessories and even their poses and selfies.
For our first post we chose Kylie and Kendall Jenner - probably the most popular sisters at the moment. Everyone wants to be, or at least look like them - so we tried our best to do so.

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The Look
Band Tees, ripped (black, white or light-washed) Denim, buckled black Boots, Aviators, high-waisted Shorts, wide cropped long sleeves, miniature It-Bags, filigree Jewellery, Fedoras, oversized Flannels, "No Make Up"-Look, accentuated lashes and brows & sleek, shiny hair, middle-part or loose ponytail
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The Make Up: 
Skin: -apply foundation, concealer and powder for an even complexion 
-pop a bit of bronzer around the cheekbones and temples to add color and definition 
Brows: -fill in any sparse areas and create a straight shape using an angled brush and a matte eyeshadow (that matches the color of your brows) 
-set the brows with a clear brow gel 
Eyes: -apply a neutral eyeshadow over the entire lid, using a fluffy brush 
-enhance the upper lash line with a matte dark brown or grey eyeshadow 
-curl your lashes and use a lengthening and separating mascara on the top and bottom lashes 
Lips: -just moisturize with your favorite lip balm

Get The Look:
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The Look: 
edgy, asymetric Dresses, ripped loose Denim, cropped Tees & Tops, chunky, black Boots, lace-up Heels, lots of black, heaps of jewellery (Cartier Love Bracelets & Rings, Earrings, layered & choker Necklaces), high-waisted shorts, black Overknee-Boots, Flannels, oversized Sports-Jerseys, matte, conturing & elabote Make Up & voluminous, scruffy hair, deep side-part or messy hair-dos
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The Make Up:
Skin: -foundation, concealer and powder for a flawless complexion 
-contour the cheeks with a matte bronzer and rose colored blush 
Brows: -fill in your brows with a matte eyeshadow and go for a round arch 
-set the brows with brow gel 
Eyes: -sweep a neutral color over the lid and define the crease with medium to dark brown matte eyeshadows 
 -apply fluttery fake lashes 
Lips: -outline your lips with a matte rose lip liner ( don't be afraid to draw outside your natural lip line a tiiny bit
-fill in the entire lips with the same lip liner

Get The Look: 
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August 12, 2014

#ProjectIbiza - Hacienda Na Xamena

As I've already mentioned in a previous post, on our second day in Ibiza we were invited to visit the renowned five star hotel Hacienda Na Xamena. It is in fact the oldest five star hotel on the island, having received its fifth star in 1988 only 17 year after it was opened in 1971.
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Hacienda Na Xamena is a special place in every aspect. Probably the most defining is its location. It was built into the cliffs on a height of 180m, in the heart of a nature reservation located in the north-west of the island. Contrasting the rush and parties Ibiza is known for, as soon as you enter the hotel, everything is calm, the atmosphere is relaxing and quiet and when you indulge in the spectacular view you won't see a single person, house or anything else.
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This privacy and calmness is what makes HaciendaNa Xamena so appealing to its high-class clientele. Another aspect that defines Hacienda Na Xamena's philosophy and everything within its grounds is the interaction between "heaven and earth" as we were explained by Nicolas who showed us around the hotel. Not only is the hotel literally built in the heart of nature, nature invades and defines the hotel massively. They have their own vegatable garden providing the kitchen with most of the ingredients for their innovative dishes, the pool is built to resemble a sandy beach and the silvery-grey floor of the rooms matches the colour of the sea at sunset in order to portray the feeling of infinity and a direct connection between the rooms and their view. Almost all the rooms come with a sea view and the suites even have their own little gardens with a private pool.
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This brings me to the next point - we were lucky enough to be shown around the biggest suite, which left me speechless. The interior was incredible, but even more so was the view from the king sized bed and the bath-tub.
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After the tour around the hotel which was already mind-blowing, we were lead into the spa area to receive a unique treatment: 8 pools on three levels, all of which had different temperatures and water pressure. You spend 6 minutes in each of the pools before moving onto the next one. The incredibly friendly lady working at the spa told us what to do in each pool to achieve the best effect like sitting or lying in a certain way or swimming against the stream. I would have never thought that I could feel as relaxed as I did merely by spending about 45 minutes in pools, but the result was amazing. And again, all of that surrounded by the much mentioned view and in the heart of nature.
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Hacienda Na Xamena was definitely the most magical place I've ever visited and even spending just about four hours there relaxed me in ways I could have never imagined. If you're looking for privacy, luxury and relaxation I don't think there are a lot of places that can compare to Hacienda Na Xamena. I definitely aim to go back one day. 
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Please note that all pictures were taken by me and the text was written by me myself

August 8, 2014

#ProjectIbiza - Day 2, Monday 4th of August

The second day was definitely the most eventful, nerve-wrecking and amazing. 
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After waking up in our hostel we got ready and went out to get some breakfast which we ate by the pier. Then we packed our bags and - warpend with a map in which I'd scribbled the route- made our way to the apartment where we would stay that coming night. Like I said, we decided to spend one night couch-surfing, so sleeping on a couch in a strangers apartment. Very exciting, yet very scary. In the heat, carrying our heavy suitcases and bags we followed the route until we arrived at a seemingly neverending set of stairs leading up to the address. When we finally reached the top we thought the worst part was over. But no. The address turned out to be a big building with loads of apartments - the thing was: we didn't know his apartment number, his name was nowhere to be found on the postboxes or bells and we didn't have his number because we had been comunicating on facebook and obviously we didn't have any internet signal at that point. My first thought was that we'd been tricked, but luckily, after switching on our data roaming (can't wait to see that phone bill) I could message him on facebook and seconds later he opened the gate for us. 
Relieved to find out that he was super nice and the apartment was modern and big, with the most stunning view all our doubts were gone. Furthermore it turned out that our host was actually Swiss so we could speak German with him. 
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And so the second adventure of that day began. The five star hotel and spa Hacienda Na Xamena had invited me for a tour of the hotel including a treatment in their famous spa. The only problem - it was located at the other end of the island, basically in the middle of nowhere. We were advised to take a bus to San Miguel, the nearest town. So without even having a clue how we would get to the hotel from there, we took the bus and asked the driver when we arrived whether he had an idea how we could get up to the hotel. He told us to get back into the bus and that he would drive us to a corner from which it would be a 5 minute walk to Hacienda Na Xamena. 
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Believing him, we got off the bus and started walking. And walking. And Walking. In the heat. There was nothing surrounding us apart from hills and trees, nothing and no one to be seen anywhere. The occasional car passed us, but at first we were to shy to ask them for directions or if we were on the right track. But after walking for about 15 minutes with no hotel or absolutely anything in sight, I waved at a passing car. I asked the family inside the car if the knew if Hacienda Na Xamena was still far away and they told us that it would probably still be about 20 minutes by foot. I immediately spotted a German accent in the mothers voice and it turned out that they were from a city right next to the one we live in. They were super friendly and offered to drive us to the hotel, where I had an appointment at 2.30, which I was one hundred percent sure I would miss. But no, we actually arrived at 2.30 on the dot thanks to the friendly German family. 
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And although the trip was quite the struggle - it was more than worth it. At first we got a tour around the incredible hotel, we were shown the biggest suite and were left speechless by the incredible view. I will tell you everything about Hacienda Na Xamena in a seperate post coming in a few days, but let me tell you it was one of the most magnificent palces I've even been lucky enough to visit.
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After the tour we were lead to the spa, where we experienced the most amazing treatment in an incomparable surrounding. Again, more about that soon. Our stay at Hacienda Na Xamena commenced with a drink and snacks at the bar and then we took off back to Eivissa. 
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The journey back was a lot more relaxed, we took a taxi down to San Miguel which only cost us 8€ and the bus from there on. It was delayed by 25 minutes, but oh well. In town we had dinner which consisted of what was probably the best pizza I've ever had and delicious pasta in a restaurant called La Nonna. Then we took yet another bus to one of Ibiza's party hotspots San Antoni.
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I was put on the guestlist for a hed kandi event at the Ocean Beach Club which was mental. Hundres of people getting drunk and dancing in the pool. We witnessed one guy loosing his wallet and one girl loosing her phone in the span of 15 minutes which says a lot about the average alcohol pensum. The profit that club makes per night must be insane as the cheapes thing on the menu is 12€ for a regualr cocktail and the most expensive... 9700€. We opted for the signature "Ocean Beach" cocktail, which was a delicious watermelon & vodka mixture. Again we were too tired to go wild - if you want to party in Ibiza I advise you to do as little as possible during the day - we left quite early and spent a comfortable night on the big couch. 
And so Day 2 was over.

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August 5, 2014

#ProjectIbiza - Day 1, Sunday 3rd of August

I am sitting in a lovely bakery in Eivissa right now, typing this while I'm drinking fresh orange juice and eating a tasty chocolate croissant. It's the third day of our Ibiza trip, but it feels as if we've been here since weeks. We've experienced so much already that unfortunately this is the first opportunity I have to upload a diary. I will write a short diary of all four days, special posts about special places and a final photo-diary at the end. Let me tell you everything that happened on day one, step by step. 
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The first step of our journey was probably my least favourite - getting up at 5 in the morning, speeding to the airport and flying to Ibiza, with a stop-over in Munic, super tired and a tiny bit hungover as we'd been out the night before. The flight as such wasn't that exciting, apart from the fact that Amanda Lepore was on our plane from Munic to Ibiza. 
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As soon as we stept foot on the island, we were wide awake and ready for the adventure. We took a bus to the port, where our hotel was located.
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Here I have to mention a change of plans which cost me a lot of nerves the day before we left. We were supposed to couch-surf for the first two nights and spend the last in a hotel. But the evening before, the guy we were supposed to stay with told us that suddenly his sofa wasn't free the first night, meaning that at that point we had no where to stay the first night. In our panic we booked a cheap hostel, ignoring our plan of not paying for any hotels, but it was the only option we had. We didn't expect anything from the hostel - well, maybe that it would be horrible - but we were positively surprised when we arrived. Of course it wasn't amazing, but quite cute - but the location was AMAZING. It was located directly next to the pier, our room had an amazing view onto a gigantic yacht which looked like it cost at least several millions and in a lovely area with loads of boutiques, tapas bars and night life.
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After getting settled in the hostel and getting ready (it was so hot that we literally melted on our way there), we explored the area and had a little lunch in a tapas bar. 
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Our next plan was to find a beach club, or some place with a pool to cool down. We took another bus - which was a lot more complicated than it sounds as it takes a while to understand the bus routes and stops - to Platja d'en Bossa, one of Ibiza's most popular beaches, home to loads of clubs and famous hotels such as the Ushuaia and Hard Rock.
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We got to spend the afternoon by the pool of the Hard Rock hotel, which was incredibly beautiful with sun loungers inside the pool, palm trees and white sun beds.
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Afterwards we wandered around, went swimming in the sea and discovered the infamous party side of Ibiza. Thousands of, mostly British and drunk, tweens and twenty-somethings partying by the beach and the surrounding bars.
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Since we were to tired to party we drove back to the city, had dinner and fell into bed after eating the largest portion of Nachos ever.
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August 2, 2014

THE IBIZA PROJECT #ProjectIbiza

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So because both me and my sister both don't really have anything to do at the moment we, or actually rather my mother, came up with the idea of going on another short vacation. After brainstorming a bit, we decided upon Ibiza. The only problem: the budget. Since neither of us are working at the moment we don't have a lot of money for a vacation - especially to a luxurious island like Ibiza in the high season. Flights wouldn't be a problem due to our mother's job, but everything else.. tricky. 
So, we came up with a challenge. We had to find a way of spending three nights and four days on the island spending as little money as possible - preferably none for hotels, only for living costs. I spent one week researching and emailing trying to acheive the seemingly unachievable. And succeded. 
Our schedule for the next four days includes a luxury spa treatment, Couchsurfing, partying in the famous Nikki Beach Club and one night in a hotel - all for free. This means we will be experiencing both the glamorous side of the island as well as normal, everyday life. At least that's what I'm aiming for. Everything is really spontaneous and quite adventurous, but that's what makes this trip so exciting. I have no idea how it will turn out - it could be amazing, or a complete flop. 
I decided to document our trip day by day on here, telling you about the ups and downs, so be sure to visit my blog in the next couple of days - who knows what we will experience!
Wish me luck x 

July 31, 2014

Wildfire & Symphone

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Today, seeing as it's Thursday - #tbt and all - I decided to post some pictures I took back when I was still in London two months ago. I absolutely love this Finders Keepers co-ord (and so does Kylie Jenner) as it can be worn in tons of different ways. You can wear the skirt to the side like I did in these pictures, or the back as seen on Kylie. You can only wear the skirt, only the top, or both together. And let me tell you - the material is amazing. This definitely won't be the last time you see me in this.
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