Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014

Artifact Uprising


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A few weeks ago, I came across a photo book website on instagram and fell in love with their design. I had been wanting to make a travel photo book for a friend of mine for a long time, but never really liked the design of any of the local services. So I decided to give Artifact Uprising a shot, and I was SO happy with the result!

Creating the book

I decided to go for a soft cover and since we had written a travel diary during our travels, I wanted to include a lot of text. After playing around with the text grid for a bit, I figured out that I can write whole pages full of text, which I think is perfect for a travel photo book, since it is always lovely to go back and read about the hotels and cafes we loved. There are different size options available for the photos. I often chose quite a small format because I was skeptic about the quality of the photos. Lookig back now, I could have chosen a much bigger format, because the quality turned out great. 

Customer Service

This is probably what I loved most about this website. I ran into some minor problems twice and sent the customer service an email. Within minutes I got a reply, even on the weekend. Since this is a small business, you actually get to talk to a real person that is genuinely concerned with your individual problem. You don't get one of those automated, useless e-mails with a copy-paste text about how much they value you as a customer, but then no help is offered. No. Whatever question I had was addressed and the problem was either fixed or explained properly.
Price

The prices are quite affordable, but will get more expensive the more pages you add to your book. The only downside is the international shipping, which is really pricey. If you have friends in the US, try sending it to their home address and see if they can either bring it to you on their next trip or send it with the regular post office, which should be about half the price.  

If you were planning on making a photo book, give Artifact Uprising a try, I can highly recommend it, and will definitely use it again.

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Montag, 15. Dezember 2014

Palette

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This Sonia Kashuk eye shadow palette is probably one of my all-time favorites. I usually have just one or two favorite shades in a big palette, but with these neutral browns, I can use every single one. What I like most about it is that it is all matte shades, something that is usually hard to find in a palette. I usually use one of the lighter colors for the inner corner of the eye and tend to go darker on the outside. I especially like the warm brown tones and use the cooler ones depending on my outfit or lipstick color.
  
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Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2014

Favorite Chocolate Cake

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My exams are done and computer problems are fixed, so all I need to focus on right now is enjoying the Christmas season, and I am pretty good at that :) Here is one of my all time favorite chocolate cake recipes that my mom has been making for years:

200 g dark chocolate
100 butter
3 tablespoons kirsch
75g sugar
4 eggs
2 tablespoons flower
Rosemary and powdered sugar for decoration

Melt the butter and chocolate, mix the eggs and sugar, add all the ingredients together and mix carefully. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 °C. You will end up with a super chocolaty, moist cake that tastes best on the second day, having cooled down in the fridge. 

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Sonntag, 30. November 2014

Wrapping it Up

Happy first of December!! Finally, the Christmas season is officially here. I am very busy finishing up exams, but I have already started to decorate my home a little bit, and I have been getting creative with this year's present wrapping. This is such a cheap but beautiful idea: I just picked up a brown paper bag from a local Asian take away, folded the handles to the inside and stapled it together, adding a few dried flowers from a bouquet. For the flowers you can add anything that tickles your fancy. You can use small part of your Christmas tree with some red berries or you can buy dried, colorful flowers at the farmer's market and add some greenery. You can find more inspiration on present wrapping on my Pinterest page.

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Montag, 24. November 2014

Verspielt geflochtene Frisur

Gestern habe ich euch hier eine festliche Weihnachtsfrisur gezeigt. Heute gibt es eine etwas alltagstauglichere, aber trotzdem sehr elegante Variante. Eine solche Frisur trage ich gerne wenn ich tagsüber im Büro bin und weiss, dass ich Abends noch eine festliche Einladung habe. Mit genügend Haarspray hält die Frisur den ganzen Tag.

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Trage etwas Haarschaum auf das untere Drittel deiner Haare. Dadurch erhalten die Haare ein wenig Textur und die Frisur hält besser.

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Flechte zwei Zöpfe am Hinterkopf. Das muss nicht perfekt aussehen. Das unpolierte, verspielte gibt der Frisur zusätzlichen Charakter.

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Falte nun die beiden Zöpfe übereinander und befestige sie mit Haarspangen am Hinterkopf.

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Achte darauf, dass die Enden der beiden Zöpfe etwas in der Frisur versteckt sind, damit man das Haargummi nicht sieht.

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Und nun zum wichtigsten Teil: Festige die Frisur mit genügend Haarspray, damit tagsüber nichts verrutscht.

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Und hier die vollendete Frisur. Je nach festlichem Event kannst du farbige oder glitzerige Haarspangen verwenden, um der Frisur noch zusätzliche Eleganz zu verleihen.

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Produkte: Got2b Rise n'Shine body + gloss hairspray und whipped mousse, Haarspangen, 2 durchsichtige Haargummies

Sonntag, 23. November 2014

Festliche Frisur

Bald beginnt die Weihnachtszeit und damit auch die Weihnachtsfeste. Ich habe schon einige Feiern eingeplant und freue mich immer sehr darauf, mit Familie, Freunden und Arbeitskollegen zusammenzusitzen und die Adventszeit in vollem Zuge zu geniessen. Meistens sind die Feste in dieser Zeit etwas eleganter gestaltet und deshalb zeige ich euch jetzt eine einfache aber sehr schicke Frisur die super zu solchen Anlässen passt.

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Schritt 1 - Verteile eine mittelgrosse Portion Haarschaum auf deine frisch gewaschenen Haare. Am besten verteilst du den Schaum nur im unteren Drittel der Haare.
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Schritt 3 - Nachdem du alle Haarsträhnen im Band befestigt hast, kannst du noch Kleinigkeit ausbessern. Mit ein bisschen Übung klappt das ganz schnell. Life8

Schritt 4 - Et voilà! Die Frisur ist schon fertig. Jetzt nur noch mit ein wenig Haarspray fixieren und das Ganze hält. Mein Tip: Nicht alle Haarbänder halten gleich gut, probier deshalb vor dem Fest einige aus, damit du sicher bist, dass die Frisur auch den ganzen Abend hält. Bei der Kleiderwahl würde ich nicht zu einem Rollkragenpulli greifen, da sich die Haare darin eventuell verfangen könnten. _MG_1695x Produkte: Got2b Rise n'Shine body + gloss hairspray und whipped mousse, Haarband von Zara Disclaimer: Dieses Tutorium wurde gesponsert. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit den Produkten und werde sie auch weiterhin benutzten.

Montag, 17. November 2014

Advent Calendar

Wow, December is almost here! This will be the first time in almost a decade that I won't have exams until just a few days before Christmas, so I plan on embracing the Christmas spirit to the fullest! One of the most exciting things in December is having an advent calendar. I loved it as a kid, and I guess never grew out of it. Opening up a little treat makes getting up on a cold, dark winter morning so much easier. It is also one of the sweetest gifts you could give to your bff or girlfriend, but let me warn you: It is incredibly thought and time consuming to come up with 24 presents. That's why I have made a collection of 24 gift ideas for inspiration. Some of these might be a little bit pricey, but if you are planning on making someone an advent calendar, I hope you can find some last minute inspiration here!

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Below you will find a list of links to most of the gifts I have mentioned:

Rifle Paper Co iphone case
35 CHF - modcloth.com

Pieces gold ring
21 CHF - pieces.com

Topshop vintage jewelry
26 CHF - topshop.com

H&M thick socks
11 CHF - hm.com

Yankee Candle christmas wreath
12 CHF - houseoffraser.co.uk

Nearly Natural holiday decor
125 CHF - nearlynatural.com

Christmas tree ornament
2.90 CHF - kirklands.com

Christmas cookie cutter
3.07 CHF - selfridges.com

Kinfolk Magazine Kinfolk Volume 13
17 CHF - tenover6.com



Butter london nail polish
15 CHF - butterlondon.com

Art deco jewelry
67'625 CHF - bentley-skinner.co.uk

Pieces faux leather purse
34 CHF - asos.com

Madewell blue dress
75 CHF - vestiairecollective.com

Urban decay eyeshadow
34 CHF - selfridges.com

Parisian mini shorts
38 CHF - newlook.com

Monki lace lingerie
14 CHF - monki.com

Marimekko drinkware
37 CHF - marimekko.com

Eastern Accents christmas home decor
83 CHF - allmodern.com