Wishing-Table Brooklyn Style

Lovely readers,

Yesterday should have been my turn posting a picture. As one of you reminded me (hello miss detective Änn) I unfortunately forgot. However I didn’t forget to take a picture and actually this one let my heart jump! See why:

Yesterday I moved to a new apartment. Even if there are only pros compared to the old one (No carpet! Cheaper rent! Working radiators!) my windows are now facing the wall of the other side of the back yard instead of providing a view of the Manhattan skyline. But! My childhood dream came true: there is a rope from my window to the kitchen window for drying cloths and sending secret messages! How cool is that? I could even pull a little basket with my breakfast from the kitchen to my room! It’s like a wishing-table Brooklyn style!




The Tree Arrived

On my way to work I pass Rockefeller Center. For some weeks now the ice rink is up and seeing the dancers, tourists, and kids on the ice brightens up every morning. That’s why I initially wanted to show you a photo of the ice rink when I discovered this morning that the Christmas tree has arrived! Workers were already decorating the tree with colored lights and it just looked too funny to see the tree hidden by all the framework. It was like a wrapped present, but see it yourself: The 2013 Rockefeller Center Tree!


Top of the Lake

Yesterday and today I spent in total almost seven hours (oops) watching all episodes of Top of the Lake, directed by Jane Campion. And it was great! The mini series is about a 12-year-old girl who escapes from home after her pregnancy gets discovered. The more the local police and detective Robin Griffin try to find the girl, the more unsolved mysteries of domestic violence, child abuse, the role of the woman in society, and almost inconvincible relationships of dependency come up .

The series is placed in New Zealand and the photography is just stunning. I enjoyed it so much that’s why it is my first picture of this week:

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Now that I have finished this series, can you recommend other TV shows? I would love to hear your recommendations!

Subway Inspiration

Some weeks ago I met this little girl in the subway on my way home.

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She had such a fantastic hairdo that I just had to ask her how she (or her mom/dad) did it. She proudly explained every single step and it all seemed so easy. But let me tell you, I tried hard and it never even looked a bit like hers. Finally I gave up, gathered all the braids (6!) and twisted them around each other into a knot. I added a flower and was ready for a sunny day.




Even if this hairdo turned out to be completely different to the one of the girl, the best part  was talking to this lovely 5-year-old! It did not only show her beauty, but also her creativity.
But remember, it’s fun to talk to girls about beauty-related stuff, but they rock so much more! Let them explain how they did it and who insprired them and then move on to new topics, because dressing up is fun but only one possible beginning to so much more!

Fishtail Beach Hair


Summer is finally here in the States AND Germany! So what could be better than hanging out at the beach (either at the Atlantic Ocean or lake Starnberg)?

A fishtail braid is super fun for those days. Your hair doesn’t swirl around because of the wind and you can pretend to be the Little Mermaid (ok, I admit too much princess stuff going on at the moment – but hey I am in Disneyland!).

For a perfect beach day I recommend visiting Rockaway Beach for an early Yoga session and tacos!Rockaway1Rockaway2Rockaway3Rockaway Taco

Image 1 taken by my NY friend Franzi.

Put a bow on it

When I was little, my sister Claire and I would play “hairdresser”: one would be “Madame Banane”, the customer, the other “Madame Orange”, the hairdresser. We would start off with fake-shampooing each other’s hair, “cutting” it and then styling it into a braid or randomly placing bobby pins in it. A few months back I did my sister’s hair for fun:

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Isn’t that cool?! I found this tutorial from Catbird, a NYC jewelry manufactory. It wasn’t very difficult tying my sister’s hair into a bow but I can’t seem to do it on my own.  I especially like how it looks with Claire’s two-toned hair! You could also try placing the bow on top of your head like Lady Gaga once did or reshape an entire bun into a bow! Go ahead and try, it’s not as hard as it seems!

Braided Top Bun For Lovely Ladies

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Sometimes long hair can be a real burden: It’s either too hot to leave it loose as Franziska mentioned, or your hair is such a mess, no blow-dryer or bobby pin can help. For those days, I find this hair tutorial extremely helpful!

Your hair looks very well put together, you can wear it at almost any occasion (straight for a day in the office, messy for a lazy Sunday), it’s easy and fast to do, and the best part is you feel a little bit princess-like! For special events you can also pimp it with hairbands (I LOVE these ones here) or floral hair wreaths!

PS: Wouldn’t it be fun to braid this lovely lady by Alberto Giacometti at MoMA sculpture garden a top bun?

Hairy business

Julia and I will be dedicating the next 7 days to HAIR! Since we both have long hair and both tend to simply tie our hair in a bun we decided to spice things up a bit!

It’s been so hot here in Munich the past weeks so this morning I decided to braid my bangs to the side instead of simply pinning them away with a bobby pin:

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I used the french-braid-technique but instead of grabbing strands from the side and laying them across the middle coming from above, I took the strands coming from underneath. Does this make sense?! That way the braid looks like it’s lying on a field of hair (gross) instead of growing from one. Can anybody tell that the heat has been getting to my brain?!

A Bookstore Walk

Hi Fran and good old fan club (aka Piglet & Änn)!

I’m back. I’m so sorry there haven’t been any new posts for ages. Wait, July 2?! OMG. Time to change something and go back to work! So we’re still in a library/bookstore mood. But since it’s summer and everyone is on the street, I wanted to invite you to a walk through Soho, Noho and a bit of the West Village.

Unfortunately I missed to take a picture of my favorite bookstore McNally Jackson Books, but that’s a good excuse to go there yourself right?!

Let’s start:

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housingworksbookstoreHousingworks Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

Sounds familiar, hmm?!



Mercer StreetMercer Street Books & Records
206 Mercer Street

Oh yes, you know this one too!




DSCF6896Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
716 Broadway



NYU BookstoreNew York University Bookstore
726 Broadway, NYC

Lots of academic books and NYU fan stuff, which makes you look smart (or like buying a scientific appearance).



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Strand 2Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway NYC

New and used books. Great place to get lost for hours.



Three Lives and CompanyThree Lives and Company
154 W 10th St

So picturesque!



McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC

No picture – sorry! As I said: My favorite bookstore in Manhattan so far! Lots of books about the arts, foreign magazines, very nice cafe (of course! What did you think?!).


All over the city, and also within this neighbourhood: The little free libraries! See if you can find them!
And at any time in between: Get some rest at Washington Square Park!


This is my final blog post about bookstores in NYC. I’ll now grab my book and head to a cool place. Enjoy summer guys! 🙂