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Monthly goals: April AprilI don’t know about you, but I usually have a hard time sticking to my new year’s resolutions. Not necessarily because they are all that hard to stick to, but more because I keep forgetting them. When I recently stumbled upon a series called monthly goals on another blog (the nectar collective) it thought that that was a really neat idea.  Taking some time at the beginning of the month to really think about what you want to accomplish in the next 30 days. These days, when time seems to fly by anyway adding a little extra intention to a month certainly can’t hurt. Don’t you think?

So without further ado, find below my goals for April.

  • Finish my photography homepage

    I recently tought it would be a good idea to give my homepage a little face lift since I wasn’t all that happy with the layout, only to be stuck in the middle of a highly annoying wordpress set-up process… again. I kinda forgot how much blood, sweat and tears it took to set it up the last time!

  • Get my camera equipment cleaned and adjusted

    I’ve been meaning to get my camera and my lenses cleaned and adjusted since before Christmas! So it’s high time to actually do it.

  • Get my backyard ready for the upcoming outdoor season

    Since spring is right around the corner (I’ll just happily ignore the fact that the weather forcast shows snowfall for the next few days…) it’s high time to fix up my backyard. Get rid of any weeds, set up our brand new raised bed and start planting some flowers and veggies.

  • Get out of bed earlier

    Last weekend we officially changed our clocks to summer time, which means we get an hour more daylight every day and in order to make the most of it need to start getting up a little earlier in the mornings (like 5.30am) so that I can leave the office sooner and actually enjoy the afternoon.

  • Make some sort of sport at least 3 times a week

    Those who follow me on Instagram (–> andreamst) know that I recently bought myself a pair of inline skates and I plan on taking them for a spin along the danube as soon as the next sunny day rolls around.

So these are my goals and to dos for the next 30 days… what are yours?

PS: Watch out today, so you don’t fall victim to an April Fools’ day prank. ;)

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LondonShe’s alive!! I’m sorry for going MIA… again… but quite a few things have changed in the last few months, perspective and interests have shifted and quite frankly I also took some time to think about whether I really wanted to continue blogging or not. I know you’ve probably read this rant on a million other blogs in one way or another before, but I feel like blogging has become way too mainstream and it seems like these days everyone + plus their aunt has a blog. Not that that’s a bad thing!! Don’t get me wrong, you want to start a blog? Awesome! Go for it! I’ll be your first cheerleader keeping my fingers crossed for you! What bugs me though, is that it seems like everyone is doing the exact same thing and I absolutely don’t exclude myself in that regard. It’s easy to look at the uber-successful bloggers and think theirs is the way to go, but unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all approach so to speak. Everybody is different and I needed to remind myself of that too. In addition to that at some point in last couple of months I just felt like I was blogging just to publish something, in order to reach that 5 posts a week-rule that I had set for myself. Funny thing though, I’ve never been too good with rules… so no wonder that sucked the joy right out of it.

So basically I’ve decided to keep blogging (as you can see), but I’m going to stick to what works for me, and interests me. It sounds a bit selfish, but I think everything else would defeat the purpose of this blog. And since I’m an optimist at heart, maybe the things I’ll post will be of interest for you too. (Don’t worry it won’t be a drastic change, I still love fashion, interior designs and everything pretty. ;) )

On that note have a great Monday! :)


Home Decor

Copper Love

It’s no secret that I love to buy new accessories and knick-knacks for the aparment and while I usually mostly go for silver pieces, I’ve lately found myself gravitating more and more toward copper accessories. Probably because these days it’s all you see when you enter a furniture store or open an interior design magazine. However, I’m not complaining. :)

copper love

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DE: Es ist ja mittlerweile kein Geheimnis mehr, dass ich ganz gerne Geld für neue Dekoartikel oder sonstige hübsche Kleinigkeiten für die Wohnung ausgebe und während ich normalerweise immer eher mehr für Dinge in Silber war, gefallen mir in letzter Zeit kupferne Accessoires mehr und mehr. Könnte natürlich auch daran liegen das man momentan in Möbelhäusern oder Design Magazinen kaum was anderes sieht. Wie auch immer, ich finds gut. :)

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January Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I really think that January is by far the worst month of the whole year. I don’t want to get you down and I know that it’s all about new beginnings and starting fresh and all that jazz but honestly, I have a hard time finding my motivation for just about anything when it’s completely dark outside for sixteen hours a day and I’m pretty much freezing all the time despite wearing a coat, hat, and a mile long scarf. (Hmm that might be the reason why most of my new years resolutions failed in the past few years…^^) Grrr I hate being such a downer but that’s essentially what January does to me!
So tell me, am I the only one feeling like this or are you with me on this?


Maybe I should just book a trip to Paris! I’m pretty sure that would help. ;)

DE: Ich weiß ja nicht wie’s euch geht aber ich finde ^ja der Jänner ist bei weitem der schlimmste Monat im ganzen Jahr! Ich will ja hier keinen runter ziehen und mir ist durchaus bewusst, dass die ersten 31 Tage im Zeichen von Neustart und neues Spiel, neues Glück, etc. bla bla stehen aber ganz ehrlich wenn’s 16 Stunden am Tag dunkel ist und man andauernd nur friert auch wenn man dick eingepackt ist dann vergeht auch mir die Motivation für so ziemlich alles. (Hm… das könnte auch der Grund für all die gescheiterten Neujahrs Vorsätze in den letzten Jahren sein…^^) Ich bin ja normalerweise die gute Laune in Person aber da sieht man Mal was der Jänner aus mir macht!
Mich würd mal interessieren, bin ich die einzige der’s so geht oder seht ihr das ähnlich?

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Fashion, This and That

New in: Favorite Arm Candy

I am definitely not someone who wears jewelry on a daily basis. Actually aside from my watch and my delicate ring I hardly ever wear accessories. But this gorgeous bangle from Swarovski has been on my wishlist for months and I am not embarrassed to admit that I let out a little squeal when I found it underneath the Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago. You can’t really tell from the pictures below, but it’s actually rose gold super delicate and absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been wearing it non-stop since the holidays and I don’t see myself taking it off for any length of time anytime soon. :)

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DE: Ich bin eigentlich nicht so der große Schmuckträger und abgesehen von meiner Uhr und einem zarten Ring trage ich nur ganz, ganz selten Schmuck. Dieser hübsche Armreifen von Swarovski hat es mir allerdings schon länger angetan und als ich ihn dann zu Weihnachten unter dem Christbaum gefunden hab war ich leicht aus dem Häuschen. Man sieht es auf den Bildern leider nicht so gut aber der Armreifen ist Rotgold, ganz zart und riiichtig schön. ;) Ich hab ihn seit Weihnachten praktisch non-stop getragen und ich werd ihn auch in nächster Zukunft sicher nicht sonderlich oft abnehmen. :)