Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Vintage Beauty...

An original from the 70's.
Got this beauty from our grandfather :)

Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas 2011...

...moments of quiet and contemplation...

as well as....

(more after the jump)

Monday, 19 December 2011

Dexter Season 06 - Finale

Wow! What a season‘s finale this was!

I'm still blown away....  SPOILERS after the jump....

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall....

....if this voice doesn't touch you, you have no soul!

Truly, truly an amazing artist. 
One of the best concerts/performances I've ever seen.

 Available on blue ray via amazon.

Go here for Adele's official website.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Markets....

Went to the local Christmas market for a drink after work with a couple of colleagues...

 ...see more pictures after the jump.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

No Regrets?...

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. 
Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. 
Choose happiness.
(by Bronnie Ware)

  1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn't work so hard.
  3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Bronnie Ware is a woman who worked in palliative care for many years and who listed the above top five regrets of the dying in her very inspirational article which she shared via her website.

The way she described her work of accompanying terminally ill people through their last weeks of their life,  really touched me deeply and made me think a lot, especially about how often I forget to „let myself be happy“.

There‘s a lot of people and things in my life which make me happy and I know, I am blessed that way.

Reading through the list of regrets above, it sounds so easy to keep in mind and yet it is so difficult to remember when we‘re faced with our every-day-life.  More often than not we find ourselves following the rules and expectations others „dictate“.

Fear of change, fear of rejection, and fear of failure stop us from going after our goals and being our true selves.

I have decided to take a more conscious effort each day to really look at all the blessings in my life and to concentrate on the important things which are love, health and relationships...

...and to let myself be happy!

photo (c) Lausi

Monday, 28 November 2011

The fangirl is happy....

YAY for two more seasons of DEXTER!

picture via here

..if you'll excuse me now... I must go and have a squee spasm... 

(good writing and brilliant acting on a TV show is so very rare these days :)

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Getting into the Holiday Spirit...

There's no denying it anymore... Christmas is lurking around the corner. Can't believe tomorrow is the First Advent already...

Time to get the Christmas deco out...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Friday Night - Sushi Delight :)

What we had for dinner tonight...

Sushi Combo:

Salmon Nigiri
Boiled Scampi Nigiri
Tuna Maki
Dill Pickle Maki
Wasabi Paste
Pickled Ginger

Good food and a muse that's playing nice... 

Best way to spend a Friday evening while still trying to get rid of very peristent cold and avoiding wet, gray November cold...

all photos (c) Lausi

Monday, 21 November 2011

Gorgeous walk .... and doggy kisses :)

Had two business errands to run in downtown today which gave me the opportunity to WALK there. It was absolutely GORGEOUS and just what I needed (to get away from my over-loaded desk in the office). 

Look at this! And to think that at the same time last year we were buried under tons of snow...

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Gift Ideas for Christmas...

 1. LBD with sequins (Malaica, 469 EUR), 2. Pomander candle, cinnamon-orange scent (Diptyque, 44 EUR), 3. Leather Passport holder (Valextra, 220 EUR), 4. Metallic Scarf (Zara, 40 EUR), 5. Ceramic watch (Fossil, 230 EUR), 6. Snowcake Soap, almond & marzipan scent (Lush Shop, 6 EUR), 7. Knitwear Vase (by ferm-living.com, 31 EUR), 8. „Astor Place“ (by Bond  no. 9, 230 EUR), 9. „School of Hardrock“ nail polish (Winter Collection Essie, 8 EUR), 10. „Famous“ (Christmas Collection Chanel, 29 EUR), 11. Skin Vivo Lotion (Bodytherm, 48 EUR), 12. iPad Cover w. monogram (by Land‘s End, 22 EUR), 13. Gloves, Suede leather with sheepskin (UGG, 131 EUR)

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Another love affair with a lamp :)

Finally found the right lamp for my favorite reading spot. *happy sigh*

Looking forward to the cozy winter nights, curled up in the chair with a good book and a cup of tea  now :)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pumpkin Carving...

The perfect way to spend a gray and misty Sunday afternoon :)
(Now I'm ready for Halloween tomorrow)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Pimped our upstairs bathroom...

Since we moved our bedroom to the attic we only have a tiny bathroom on that floor (The "master" bathroom is downstairs). I never was quite happy with it, so today I finally got round to redecorating and changing little things. It's amazing what a difference it makes :)

...here's after...

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The void you leave behind...

There is a huge emptiness inside of us.

A silence that is almost tangible, surrounding us, stifling us.

Our world is off kilter.

Our safety net is gone.

Who is going to have our back now?

Who will be there to always rely on?

Who will encourage us, offer valuable advice or a push us in the right direction when needed?

There is a black hole in our universe sucking out the colors and the joy.

We‘re numb.

The void you left behind... we feel it keenly.

And yet...

The love you gave us all remains with us.

The foundations you laid for this family have made us strong enough to overcome the darkness and the pain. 

We‘ll remember the good times.

Your laughter and happiness.

Your incredible strength and protectiveness.

Your unshakable trust and confidence in those who were dearest to you.

There is no need to say goodbye, for you will be forever with us!

R. I. P. 
dear „V├Ąterchen“

Saturday, 8 October 2011

House Doctor - Fall collection...


I'm a great fan of the Scandinavian/Nordic style and I fell in love with the collection from the Danish company house doctor.

(from house doctor's collection)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

 photo © Apple

..so sad...
What a visionary and creative genius he was, and what an inspiration for so many of us.
Go here to read his amazing commencement speech he held in 2005,
Or listen to it on youtube.

R.I.P. Steve!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Fall Dress by Toast...

photo © Toast, UK

I love this  dress and photo from Toast's Fall/Winter collection.

Such a beautiful model,  and the photographer set a perfect mood here by choosing this particular location.

Available from Toast, UK

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011

House Project: Fall Planting...

Goodness... Who says gardening is good for you?!?!

Today is definitely one of the days I feel a hundred years old... We finally got round to buying the plants and the tree for the front yard - fall being the "perfect" plant time and all (so we've been told). It was hard work, let me tell you this! All the digging, watering, shovelling of dirt....

Anyway... looking at the end results we're really happy about it.

If you'll excuse me now... I need a hot bath (as long as the old bones are still functioning... I don't dare thinking about how sore my poor muscles will feel tomorrow *sigh*)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Tomato Soup with red Pepper, fried Olives and Balsamico

What we had for dinner....

Tomato Soup with red Pepper, fried Olives and Balsamico.

Tried  this simple but tasty soup during our vacation the other day. It was so good, I just had to add it to my list of favorite soups :)

Impressions of a Small Island...

The perfect place for a break
all photos © Lausi

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Goodbye Summer!

While I hate to say goodbye to summer, there are also a couple of things I‘m looking forward to with the beginning of the fall season.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Creative Week - Day 02: Chanterelle Soup

Well... since I consider cooking also a "creative process", 
here's the project for Day 02 of my creative week :)

What we had for dinner tonight...

...this, together with a basket of chanterelles 
will turn into a delicous soup :) ...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Creative Week - Day 01! - Motive for Canvas Print

I've wanted to do this for ages, pick one of our travel photos and have it printed on canvas (to go above the couch in our living room).

Today I finally got round to it. I chose the motive and after some Photoshop adjustments sent it off to the printing service. Can't wait to see how it'll turn out (It's really huge,  160 x 120 cm :)

Here's the motive.

(View from Ellis Island to Lower Manhattan)
Taken in November 2009

 photo © Lausi

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Starting "Me-Time" and my "Creative Week"...

Two weeks off work, starting tomorrow! 

Oh the sheer bliss of having time at my hands...

Monday, 12 September 2011

Hot Date with my Cross Trainer again....

Getting ready...

...lots of nice choices to pick from
(to watch while sweating through the training :)

...ready, set, go...

...it's true... sport is a great stress reliever :)
(feeling better already!)

...uhm... there's room for improvement of my fitness level!

Now... shower and getting ready for bed. 
(need to catch up on sleep :)

September Get-Away...

...only a couple of days away from this:

Sooo need a change of pace... 
(Can't wait, baby! :)

(pictures via here)

Chinese Urban Street Couriers - Photography by Alain Delorme

... and here was me thinking I was having a hard working day ahead of me....

Check out Alain Delorme's amazing Totem series here.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

My little green dress...

Another one of  my favorite summer outfits: 

My little green dress...

We had glorious weather today.
Probably my last opportunity this season to wear it!

Bag: Skunk Funk (BCN)
Shoes: Eject, Portugal
Dress: Apart

all photos © Lausi (Nikon D80, PS)