Donuts for your hair

Everybody has a few socks in their sock bin that are missing their twin, am I right? Well, here’s a new purpose for lonely stockings: a hair donut. Excuse me? Food for your hair? In a way it does “fatten” your hair up; it’s basically a wreath around which you shape a nice and poofy bun. All you have to do is cut the “toe part” of the sock off and and fold it to a ring.

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Simply gather your hair to a rather high ponytail and fasten it with an elastic, pull it through the hair sock/donut/cheerio, bring the donut to the end of your ponytail and whilst you keep turning the donut inside out, make sure to keep wrapping more and more hair from your ponytail around it. Once you have a fat bun going on on your head, use bobby pins to secure  it and you’re done! A classic hairstyle is born!

Here’s a video which will make it clearer.

The best part? You can spread the hair love by giving “handmade” hair socks to your friends!


Put a bow on it II

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Julia 2My wonderful friend Julia stayed with me over the past weekend. We had such a good time watching pigeons, which are raised by a neighbour and flew in a flock above our heads, dancing at an open air salsa concert, and relaxing in the park nearby. With the sunset this night, Julia showed me her latest hairstyle. She just took a silk scarf and tied a bow around her head. Seems like my friends both love bows!


Image 3 taken by my friend Julia.

Guest post: “second-day-after-hair-washing-hairdo”

Julia and I are really excited to share our first guest post! Our friend Mary from Munich has quite the reputation for fancy hairstyles, so naturally we had to ask her to share her latest trend:

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Keep reading for Mary’s instructions!

“For this hairdo you first have to have loooooots of bobby pins and a ribbon in your favourite colour or in the colour that matches your outfit best…. You can also use special ribbon, e.g. a gold one for special festivities.

Other preparations: if you have fine and smooth hair like me, you have to put a lot of (volume-) mousse in your hair before you start. It’s also good to have day-old-hair which makes it more slip-proof. I know that sounds gross but that’s why I call this hairdo the “second-day-after-hair-washing-hairdo”.

But now for the instructions :  Take the ribbon and place it like a hair-band over the front of your head. Then pin it with two pins, you will release them later, no worries. Then you divide your hair and make two braids. Thereby you add the ribbon to one hair strand and integrate it into your braid. You can either make a French braid or a regular braid. The latter will give you more volume at the back of your head in the end. Once you’ve finished, tie each braid with hair ties. Thin hair elastics and ones that match your hair color work the best so you can hide them better in your hairdo. Then you take the right braid and place it over the back of  your head to the left behind your ear. Pin it with several hair pins and ignore the loose end for now. Now repeat this process with the other braid, placing it from the left to the right side of your head. Secure it with hair pins and now you can hide the tips of your braids under the bulky parts of your hair that were formed automatically behind your ears. You will have problems with this if your hair is very long (for example when it already reaches your waist). For this hairdo it would be ideal to have hair that reaches a little bit over your shoulders. Should you have any questions concerning the instruction so far, feel free to ask! I would also  love to see your photos!”

You heard her! If you decide to try this ‘do, simply send in your pictures to wehavetheheart(at)

Thank you so much, Mary, for joining our Hairy Business Week! We can’t wait to see what hairdo you will be trending next!

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! 🙂



An Open Reading Room

The New York Public Library’s prestigious main building is located on Fifth Avenue. Two lions guard majestically the main entrance. Nevertheless also those powerful animals are sometimes teased by a pigeon sitting on their heads..




Over the summer a little library offers various books and newspapers to enjoy for free in the “backyard” of the NYPL, Bryant Park. And imagine, this space exists since 1935! It opened as a reaction to the Great depression to give jobless people an  opportunity to meet, read and discuss over the summer.



While covered under the park’s trees (and the even bigger skyscrapers), you can also watch some Midtown business women and men trying to find their inner peace.

Yoga at Bryant Park

If you’re around Bryant Park, try to join the readers and yogis! It’s so much fun!

PS: You’re also just around the corner of the bookstore Kinokuniya.

Libraries on the other side of the Karwendel!

Two weeks ago I spent some quality library time in Innsbruck, Austria.


The first library I visited was the Innsbruck University Library which was really modern and fancy: fashionable sleek black furniture, brand new sanitary installations, self-checkout… I was impressed! The only drawback was that almost every seat was taken and the place was buzzing! So many people were entering and exiting the building, it was hard to concentrate.

So after a lunch break (cucumber maki!) I checked out the faculty library of theology:


This was more like it: a quiet atmosphere and an interesting crescent-like set-up. Maybe there is a connection with this exact faculty and the vibe of peacefulness?!

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