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How to step out of your comfort zone?

Hi Pearls,

 

sometimes we need a change, an adventure or at least a new beginning. For me the decision to move to Hamburg was based on a great job opportunity. I worked very hard the last years, to get where I am now, but to leave Munich and my friends was not easy. But nothing worth having comes easy & in my case I needed to step out of my comfort zone to learn & grow my skills.

 

How can you step out of your comfort zone?

 

1. Stop, taking care about other opinions: Base your decision on your own dreams. One of the biggest issues that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don't want people to think you're weird or rude or creepy, do you? But wait - think about the most fascinating, magnetic people you've come across in your life. The thing is that they weren't the everybody's darling, agreeable people who are reliably pleasant to be around. They were the people who were crazy and charming. People who don't care about other opinions, who maybe do inappropriate things, or who made huge, slap-your-forehead mistakes. So get over your concerns for what people think of you. You're allowed to be less than perfect, and you may find that people like you more for it, because it makes you a more exciting person to be around.Do something you normally wouldn't do & be brave enough to strive for your own life goals.

 

2. Start taking risks. Your comfort zone is comfortable because it's where you know what to expect. To Risk sth can be scary because you might fail. You might lose something. But you might also gain something. In order to become comfortable with that uncertainty, you'll need to practice the following: Non-attachment. When you decide to do something, don't expect a particular result. Let go of your attachment to a certain outcome; instead, focus on the joy of doing whatever you're doing. Live in the moment.

 

3. Enjoy the unknown. When is the last time you felt excited about not knowing what was going to happen next? If you're deep in your comfort zone, it's probably been a while. Don't you miss it? Don't you miss the mixture of anticipation and anxiety that makes your heart flutter and stomach turn at the same time? Bring that feeling back into your life.

 

When you step out of your comfort zone, remind yourself that the unknown does not have to be scary and that you can face any situation life throws at you. You can grow as a person, become more confident, gain new experiences, and enrich your life.

 

Lots of Love,

Amelie

 

Coat: 1 2 3 Paris

Sweater: 1 2 3 Paris

Trousers: 1 2 3 Paris

Bag: Louis Vuitton (Vintage)

Jewellery: Tiffany & Co.

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get rid of your stuff & make someone else happy

Hi Pearls,

 

mein überfüllter Kleiderschrank war das erste Anzeichen dafür, dass ich dringend etwas ändern musste. Auf der anderen Seite steht der Herbst kurz bevor und damit auch die schönen neuen Herbsttrends, die in meinem Schrank Platz brauchen.

 

Vor einiger Zeit habe ich damit begonnen, meine Sachen auf Kleiderkreisel zu verkaufen. In erster Linie um Platz für Neues zu schaffen. Aber auch weil ich es schade finde, wenn die Sachen nur in meinem Schrank sind und nicht getragen werden. Ich finde es traurig, dass wir immer mehr Kleidung einfach wegwerfen, anstatt sie weiterzugeben. Der Nachhaltigkeitsgedanke spielt auch Privat eine immer größere Rolle und ich finde es ist schön, dass es bei Plattformen wie Kleiderkreisel möglich ist, Kleidung auch zu verschenken.

 

Das Verkaufen von Kleidung, Taschen usw. geht super easy mit der Kleiderkreisel App und oft brauche ich keine 5 Minuten, um ein schönes Angebot einzustellen. Dabei habe ich in der Verkaufsphase wirklich interessante (lustige & kuriose) Fragen beantwortet: Ist das Kleid für ein Date geeignet? Kann ich es umtauschen, wenn es mir nicht passt? (wir sind hier nicht bei Zalando) oder macht die Hose eine schlanke Taille? Obwohl ich versuche immer die wichtigsten Informationen im Angebot anzugeben, wird sehr oft nach den genauen Maßen gefragt. Deshalb ist es ratsam, diese vorher abzumessen. Mein bester Verkaufstipp ist es, Tragebilder zu machen -dann kann man sich die schönen Teile direkt angezogen vorstellen & man ist deutlich schneller erfolgreich mit dem Account.

 

Mein süßestes Erlebnis war ein Mädchen, dass ganz dringend ein Kleid für eine Hochzeit am übernächsten Tag gebraucht hat. Durch die Bezahlmöglichkeiten (Kreditkarte, Paypal usw.) konnte ich das Kleid am nächsten Tag per Express verschicken und später hat sie mir ein Bild von sich in meinem Kleid geschickt und sich bedankt. Ich freue mich, wenn die Trägerin sich später nochmal meldet und sagt, ob ihr das Teil gefällt und ich mach es bei einem Kauf genauso.

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about "the" dress and white dreams - mykonos part i

Hi Pearls,

 

When I was a little girl I travelled the first time to Greece with my parents . From this moment I fell in love with olives, feta cheese & the friendly people there. Unfortunately it took more than 12 years until I travelled there again. 

 

I already talked about why and how I booked this journey (here). So I spent the last week on Mykonos. The island is very cute (little and simple) and for all who only know the white streets of Mykonos town - the rest of the island is completely brown. The barkeeper from the Pool bar told me that the last rain they had was in May and the weather is awesome every day, because it's most of the time very windy (take care of you hair).

 

I decided to write two posts about my Mykonos trip. I'm working on a travel video at the moment and I can't wait to hear you feedback (filmed by a dji drone and a go pro cam). All travel recommendations will be up together with the video within the next week.

 

This post is about "the dress" every girl fell in love with. It's a flower dress from Zara which was sold out in the first few days. The shooting location was right in the middle of the beautiful streets of Mykonos town. The place is magical and romantic and If it's worth the hype?..it is!

 

Take care. Love,

 

Amelie

 

P.S. My September adventure isn't over now - stay tuned for my upcoming trip to Bali.

 

Dress: Zara

Bag: Valentino

Shoes: Emanuelle Vee

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Dirndl couture by munich designer anina w

Hi Pearls,

 

...ONE week left till the fifth season officially starts (WIESN 2016). So here we go with our next dirndl shooting.

 

When I think about couture dirndl, there is always something special on my mind. We all want to be original & a couture dirndl may be a way in which (munich) girls show their personality.

 

ANINA W is a label which was founded some years ago by Anja Württemberger. The theme of the collection is the love shown by the designer herself in placing charming details like lace, beads, Charivaris, Swarowski stones and ribbons. The latter can be found on each collection piece. The ribbons are similar to the logo, the little Cupid, which stands for ANINA W and her special attention to detail.

To keep up with times and trends the ideas of Anja Württemberger have evolved. In her current collection are models, that show the new seasonal trends always maintaing her simple and classic style and solid colours. There are three different choices between sectional shapes, all made out of silk or cotton, to guarantee a perfect fit.

 

Miri, Vicki and I found our three dirndl in Anja's Showroom in Munich. We had a very good time together, chatting with Anja and trying on the different styles. Btw our shooting location was the beautiful castle of Nymphenburg. A place to see for all Munich tourists.

 

Check out  & order your fav Dirndl online here or visit Anja in her showroom in Munich.

 

Lots of Love,

 

Amelie 

 

Thanks to:

Dirndl: AninaW

Photo: Tanjusha Chulkova

MUA: Isabella Steigenberger

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About fav drinks and art @thedukegin

Hi Pearls,

 

what does your fav drink mean to you?

 

For me it's a way to relax, to keep calm and to celebrate Life with the people I love. For a long time I was looking for a drink which smells not to sweet but still delicious. With the gin hype 2 or 3 years ago I found my love for different styles of the classic gin tonic. And as a supporter of German start up's, especially when they are founded in Munich I prefer "THE DUKE gin".

 

THE DUKE gin were founded in 2009 with the passion to create an organic & distinctive gin, made in Munich. The gin is 45% alcohol by volume and is made from 100% organic ingredients. It is also listed by the EU as an organic product. I visited the "factory" just some weeks ago and I was impressed that they produce all by themself in a backyard just off Barer Straße in Munich-Maxvorstadt.

 

Because the taste is so special, they decided to design a limited edition together with three Munich artists (FY-FY.com). All three bottles are amazing & If I have to choose..my fav design would be the "Kupferedition".

 

The new special editions with the names "Kupferedition", "Magic Munich Edition" and " The Gin of life Edition " are available from now in their online shop.

 

There are only 2.000 per unit available. Choose your limited edition DUKE gin here.

 

 

Love, Amelie

 

P.S. My fav drink is the "Gin Basil Smash" as refresher for hot summer days

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like bavarian princesses - dirndl Trends  of 2016

Hi Pearls,

 

as a citizen of the Bavarian capital Munich you start to think about the upcoming Oktoberfest (& of course the perfect dirndl) at least weeks before the official start. There is a huge selection of different styles available and as always the dress should be trendy but not boring. If you explore the fashion magazines & websites about the Dirndl Trends 2016 there is one trend everywhere - less is more - the colours are very light. No bright colours and the trend colours are taupe, silver, champagne, light rose, light blue...& much more traditional compared to the last years.

 

This year I started together with my munich squad (@viktoria.kristina & @miss_finny) to look out for the perfect bavarian dream drindl. And because we all love online shopping, our challenge was to find not a only something beautiful but also affordable online. However we finally solved the challenge with the WIRKES online store here.

 

First we were sceptical because we were not so sure about the quality standards, but when we finally opened the package we were more than happy - they look and feel gorgeous!

 

If you think about your perfect dress too - go for it ! With the code Wirkes&Pearls you save 5% for your next purchase.

 

XO,

 

Amelie

 

Thanks to:

Wirkes / Trachtenshop.de

Photo: Tanjusha Chulkova

MUA: Isabella Steigenberger

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wanderlust 2016 - how to find the perfect escape

Hi Pearls,

 

letzte Woche hatte ich spontan ein paar Tage frei und bin in meine Heimat an den Bodensee gefahren. Ich wollte für einen Moment raus aus dem Alltagsstress und in Ruhe abschalten. Am liebsten hätte ich mich aber sofort in den Flieger gesetzt um ein neues Land zu entdecken, in dem ich zuvor noch nie war. Ich hatte so richtig Fernweh. Ich wollte an einen Ort über den ich nicht viel wusste und trotzdem Sehnsucht nach ihm hatte. Es gibt Menschen, die permanent das Gefühl haben weg zu müssen- sozusagen die Diagnose „Fernweh“. Ganz so extrem ist es bei mir jedoch nicht. Für mich geht es darum einfach mal abzuschalten.

 

Ich habe mich sehr intensiv damit beschäftigt, meinen Sommerurlaub zu planen. Dabei bin ich auf die Homepage von JAHN REISEN aufmerksam geworden. Was mir gefallen hat ist das der Veranstalter anspruchsvolle Urlaube plant, für Leute die auf der Suche nach ihrem Traumurlaub sind. Oft weiß man ja am Anfang überhaupt nicht, wo man anfangen soll zu suchen. Strandurlaub? Hotel? Städtetrip? All inclusive? Ferienwohnung? Mit oder ohne Hund?

Auf der Homepage von JAHN REISEN gibt es verschiedene Angebote und man kann sich seine Reise individuell nach seinen eigenen Vorlieben zusammenstellen. Verschiedene Kategorien erleichtern die Suche- von Golfurlaub zu Fernreisen mit der Familie oder einen Kurztrip nach Paris. Gerade durch die unterschiedlichen Optionen kann man sehr gut seine individuellen Wünsche mit einbringen. Wusstet ihr, dass es 194 Länder – oder besser: Staaten – auf der Welt gibt? Dazu gehören winzige Inseln wie die Staaten Palau oder Nauru und riesige Länder wie Russland oder Indien. Woher soll man da wissen, welches Reiseziel am besten zu einem passt?

 

 

Aber gut Pearls- die Suche nach dem richtigen Beruf (oder dem richtigen Mann) ist weitaus komplizierter- denn da gibt es nicht mal genaue Zahlen, wie viele unterschiedliche Berufe auf der Welt existieren. Die Auswahl der richtigen Traumreise ist von dem her nicht viel weniger kompliziert als die Suche nach dem Traumberuf. Deshalb habe ich mir die Fragen gestellt: Was macht mich glücklich? Worauf habe ich Lust? Was erfüllt mich? Worin bzw. wo habe ich Spaß?

 

Natürlich kann man die Suche nach dem Traumurlaub und dem Traumberuf nicht vergleichen. Die Suche nach dem richtigen Beruf ist weitaus schwerwiegender- schließlich ist diese meist fürs Leben. Ein durchschnittlicher Urlaub hingegen dauert ungefähr 14 Tage- allerdings tankt man in dieser Zeit normalerweise Energie um wieder voll und ganz im Alltag durchstarten zu können. Nicht ohne Grund gibt es das „Recht auf Erholungsurlaub“ im deutschen Gesetzbuch. Er ist essentiell für unser Wohlbefinden und somit auch für unseren Erfolg im Beruf. Also setzt Prioritäten und hört auf euer Inneres: Was braucht euer Körper bzw. Geist, um wieder vollständig erholt ins Business zurück zu kehren?

 

Ich habe mich relativ schnell für einen Strandurlaub in einem schönen Hotel auf Mykonos entschieden und bin super happy- Traumurlaub gebucht! Ich kann es kaum mehr erwarten mein „Fernweh“ zu stillen... Ich hoffe, ihr findet auch so schnell und unkompliziert euren nächsten Traumurlaub- lasst es mich wissen und hinterlasst euer Traumziel gerne in einem Kommentar.

 

Lots of Love, Amelie

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How a brand changed my mind -  brand management 2.0

Hi Pearls,

 

These days success grows and drops with the flexibility relating to economic conditions of a company and the changing behaviour of the society. The key to success is to be “up-to-date”. To analyse the potential customers on a regular base is essential for the development of a brand. Related to this changes it is important to reflect the preferences of the customers and brands have to keep an eye on that their target group for an authentic brand development. The company should also keep the development from the characteristic and the importance of social networks clearly in mind.

 

Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat- nowadays we love to get impressions and feelings from this kind of media. They show an individual, own touch of the brand. Especially retailers have to build a bridge between business and advertisement. There has to be a clear strategy between the company, the brand, the marketing and the individual customer approach. A brand has to be authentic- just as you have to be authentic- only true things are able to be successful on long term. Only with this kind of behaviour they can reach a constant market position. Everything that stands only on one foot will fall apart one day.

 

Just because of this reason companies should deal with marketing strategies intensely. It is important for the company to look at the value creation chain as a way to find out which marketing strategy lead them to the strongest market position.

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beautiful nails to go part II

Hi Pearls,

 

only a few months ago I tested different do it yourself nail polish alternatives (here). At work it's very important to have well polished & long lasting opportunities for the nails. My problem was most of the times that my nails started to break or tear after a few days. I tried different nail hardener & polishes, but the problem was still the same. Especially during busy work periods I need a solution not to take care about my nails every second day.

 

Some weeks ago I read through an article in one of my fav magazines. Their special recommendation for girls with easily broken nails was to use a glass file instead of a normal file.I was very surprised that the solution for my problem could be that easy & so I ordered a glass file set from Mont-Bleu. They are one of the most famous glass file brands with huge expertise  & it was also a recommendation from one of my colleagues.

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