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Books to read over Christmas

Right now it’s T minus thirteen hours until I can throw away my pen an get out of the office for the next 2 weeks! I’m so ready for a vacation it’s not even funny anymore. Since I’m not going anywhere over the holidays I’ll spend my days at home and catch up on some reading. Below a couple of books that have been standing on my must-read list for a while now! Can’t wait to get myself a huge cup of tea and dive into them.

How are you going to spend your Christmas break? Are you doing anything fun? Have you read any of these books yet by any chance?

Christmas reading list

What if by Randall Munroe

“THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER From the creator of the wildly popular, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.”

Paper Towns by John Greene

“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.”

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

“The New York Times Bestseller, acclaimed by author such as Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Nudge co-author Richard Thaler, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions.Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.”

The Circle by Dave Eggers

“When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”

How to be Parisian wherever you are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas

“How To Be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman’s views on culture, fashion and attitude.
Bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas cut through the myths in this gorgeous, witty guide to Parisienne savoir faire.
These modern Parisiennes say what you don’t expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. They will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, make your boyfriend jealous, the right way to approach weddings and the gym, and they will share their address book in Paris for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage finds and much more.
Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, How To Be Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.”

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

“An instant Number One New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments. The result of these efforts was “Humans of New York,” a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. The blog has steadily grown, now boasting nearly a million devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays. Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city.”

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

“Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father.
When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.”

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Little Reminder

With Christmas right around the corner I’d like to share this great quote by Ernes Hemingway. Just as a little reminder to spend the holiday’s off your phones and computers and actually with your friends and family. You never know how long they’ll be around.

Have a great weekend!!


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Favorite Blogger Round up

So I’ve been reading blogs for a couple of years now, even before I had my own but funnily enough, in all those years, I have never done a round-up of my favorite bloggers. Quite the scandal. ;) By now it’s high time to say thank you to a couple of my favorite bloggers out there for providing me with a little escape of the daily grind with their posts, for inspiring me to try new recipes or for making me think twice before I go out to buy the twentieth H&M shirt. You’ll probably know most of these blogs I guess but if not, go ahead and check them out. You won’t regret it.

Bikinis and Passports

Bikinis and Passports is basically one of the biggest Austrian blogs out there and I’ve been following Vicky’s posts for years now. The blog is mostly about fashion, beauty, interior design (looove her apartment) and delicious recipes, so it’s basically a really good mix of all the topics that I love. I also was lucky enough to meet her personally recently and can tell you she is just as nice in person as she seems on her blog.

Bikinis and Passports

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Cath in the City

Fun fact: Cath’s blog is the first one I stumbled upon ever(!) a couple of years ago. By coincidence I found her site, Cath in the City, just as she went to New York for 3 months. Back then I thought ‘hey that’s awesome. That girl is doing something that I have been dreaming of for years so I’m going to check back in.’ Fast forward about 4 years, and I’m still coming back for more.


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DariaDaria, written by Maddie, is another Austrian blog and probably just as big in the industry as Bikinis and Passports. Maddie mostly posts amazing photo spreads of her outfits, and is a huge advocate for fair fashion. About a year ago she decided to only shop fair and sustainable fashion and you never would’ve known simply judging by her outfits. She’s definitely proving that fair fashion doesn’t have to mean wearing Birkenstocks every day.


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The Londoner

Rosie from The Londoner is pretty much my go-to for everything. Looking for a healthy, hearty, or sugary sweet recipe? You’ll find it here. Looking for inspiration for your next vacation? You’ll find it here. Looking for steals and bargains from shops like Asos or Net-a-porter? You’ll find it here. And if you’re a fan of London, this blog is the place to go anyway. The best part is probably her writing though. Aside from the tons of photos in every post Rosie also writes like nobodie’s business and I often find myself grinning at the screen while reading her posts.


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With love from Kat

Kat Tanita has to be one of the nicest people out there! I’ve been reading her blog also for what seems like ages and I’m still coming back for more. That might be partly because I simply love her style and outfits but probably also because she’s living in NYC and I love getting glimpses of my favorite city through her posts.

With love from Kat

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New in: CASIO

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying hard to rein in my spending, anticipating that quite a bit of money would go towards Christmas presents for friends and family, therefore it’s also been quite a while since my last ‘new in’-post.  However when one of my friends put this awesome Casio watch on her wishlist I couldn’t help but order a second one for myself. I love my Michael Kors and Daniel Wellington watches but both are more classy pieces and I really wanted one that was a bit edgier. Also it was quite the steal. ;)

So what do you think? Do you like the retro vibe of this watch?

Casio-1 Casio-2


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Favorite Christmas movies of all times

I don’t know about you but the days before Christmas are always one of the busiest days all year. Wether you’re hurrying around town trying to get together all the gifts for friends and family or if you are busy organizing holdiay parties, chances are you wouldn’t mind a little break right about know, if only to get into the proper Christmas spirit. As previously mentioned I like to shut out the world every now and then for a little while and loose myself in a great book or movie. During this time of the year said movies usually are the ones shown below. These are definitely my absolute favorite Christmas movies of all times. This year I’ve already watched Love actually and Miracle on 34th street, so there are still a few left to watch.

What are your go-to Christmas movies? Please don’t tell me it’s The Grinch… ;)

Favorite Christmas movies

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