A & A
TWO GIRLS – ONE JOURNEY
We document our journey to a successful career. Up and Downs, Travel, Relationships and Lifestyle.
ALL ABOUT WOMEN AND BUSINESS
It's Berlin Fashionweek this week & so it's time to show you my fav summer ethno outfit. I like to mix and match colors and brands. For my birthday the present from me to myself was a beautiful large Gucci Dionysus bag & after a few month all I can say is - It's the perfect bag to enhance every cute summer outfit.
We choose Cinque Terre as Shooting location.The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.
Dress & Shoes: Italian Design
have you ever asked yourself what happiness means? Happiness is Reality - Expectations. Sounds simple, but the truth is, it's not & especially if you belong (like us) to the Generation Y, there is a long way ahead till happiness.
A few weeks ago we found this article about "Why the Generation Y is unhappy" at one of our fav websites (http://waitbutwhy.com). We count us as members of this Generation & of course we were more than curious to find out more about about.
The article is about Lucy. Lucy is a GYPSY, that means Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies.
In a nutshell: Lucy’s parents were born in the 50s—they’re Baby Boomers. They were raised by Lucy’s grandparents, members of the G.I. Generation, or “the Greatest Generation,” who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, and were most definitely not GYPSYs.
With a smoother, more positive life experience than that of their own parents, Lucy’s parents raised Lucy with a sense of optimism and unbounded possibility (Generation Y kids think THEY ARE SPECIAL). And they weren’t alone. Baby Boomers all around the country and world told their Gen Y kids that they could be whatever they wanted to be, instilling the special protagonist identity deep within their psyches (GENERATIONS Y are AMBITIOUS AND DELUSIONAL)
This left GYPSYs feeling tremendously hopeful about their careers, to the point where their parents’ goals of a green lawn of secure prosperity didn’t really do it for them. A GYPSY-worthy lawn has flowers.
last week I spent amazing days with my munich blogger crew on a roadtrip trough Italy (@theblondemacaron, @viktoria.kristina, @miss_finny).
We drove from Munich to Forte dei Marmi in about 7 hours, where we stayed in a beautiful house. The advantage of a house instead of a hotel is:
From my perspective the best thing about Italy is always the food, especially everything including sea food. From the six days in total we spent 3 days at the beach and 3 days exploring the area. So here you go with my fav spots from last week holidays:
FORTE DEI MARMI
Forte is very well known for all the luxury shops and celebrities who visit this beautiful little sea village every year. It's very close to the long beach. If you want to relax at the beach, you need to reserve a little tent or at least a sun bed, because there is no public beach in this area. There are multiple opportunities in Forte but we discovered this two beach/sun bed providers as very good choices:
Gilda: is a very old and famous Restaurant/Bar (with GREAT food) ; Tents (including 2 sunbeds & 2 chairs & towels ) from 50 Euro, here.
Bagno Belvedere: If you want to combine a city shopping trip and the beach - this is the place to be. Tents from 30 Euro, here.
Forte is also a very cute village & it's worth a little sightseeing/shopping trip. If you love sea food in a unconstrained atmosphere, the street food at the Restaurant Pesce Baracca is so amazing, that we stopped twice to have lunch there. For all the sushi lovers out there, there is a cute sushi Restaurant called Kooka. You have to try the Lyn Green Roll, it's delicious & looks amazing.
Shopping in Forte del Marmi is perfect for a huge budget. You can find stores of all the famous luxury brands, like Gucci, LV, Dior ..But even if you don't want to spent thousands of euros, there are a lot of cute little italian stores with beautiful accessories, clothes and shoes. Very famous is the shoe designer Mauro Volponi, who is owning a store and a little outlet inside the city with handmade italian shoe design (so in love). We all found some cute things at a little store called Babol ( check their IG here). My fav piece was a self designed vintage levis hot pan. For the early birds there is a market (one of the best in this area with great cashmere products). It's every Wednesday and Sunday from 8 to 12am in the middle of the village.
Forte is very well known for great summer parties. The most famous club is the twiga beach club by Flavio Briatorre located directly at the beach & perfect to enjoy life by the fullest. Not that luxury, but a good & traditional club (since 1923) is the Cappannina di Franceschi club. Girls just wanna have fun.
THE BEST ADVICE
We had Mirjam by our side, who is half italian and knew already most of the great places around Forte. This is so helpful to discover places & restaurants you can't find in your travel guide. So ask locales for advice, they are all very helpful.
If your best friend is living in a different city, seeing each other is sometimes tough ! Therefore the weekends are sometimes our "little" highlight - by being able to spend time together. & luckily we had such a little highlight last weekend in our home town, where there was at least one hour without rain and even a bit sunshine - we thought: perfect to have fun & shoot our new shoes.
Just a few weeks ago we met the team from mime et moi in Munich & their shoe innovation is (especially for #officegirls like us) amazing! The Innovation is a five-shoes-in-one concept. You can switch from flats to heels in only a few seconds. For the shoot we decided to go for the red & gold mime et moi with 10cm heels. They are designed in Germany & made in Spain with the highest quality standards.
We had a lot of fun while shooting this look, so we're sure you will definitely have fun, too by watching the results.
And a little hint for all the EM football fans among you - we go with black-red-gold!
Get your own dream heels & more Information about mime et moi here.
why is it so complicated to take decisions? It's because we don't want to face the risk of the consequences. I have to admit it's much easier to continue the life you have, to go with the flow & to do what other people expect from you.
Please answer the next three questions for yourself:
What do I expect from myself regarding my life goals?
What should I change to get to the top?
Am I willing to give up something to achieve my life goals?
If you now think, that you are already in the right place, with the right job and surrounded with the right people. Congratulations! But If you recognize that there is room for improvement and If you want to succeed, than it’s the right time to think about change - Dreams don’t work unless you do.
A few weeks ago I started following Grant Cardone and I’m fascinated by the way he is motivating people. Grant was born in Louisiana and raised in a middle class family. He lost his father at the age of 10, leaving his mother to raise three boys on just a little bit of life insurance money. He said his mother didn't have the ability to create money resulting in a constant sense of financial insecurity for my family. In his very early teen years he told his mother he would do everything possible when he grew up to create enough wealth so that his family would never have to worry about money- and he did.
es ist bereits Mitte Mai und milchweiße Arme und Beine eignen sich leider gar nicht für den perfekten Start in den Sommer 2016. Da die frühlingshaften Sommertemperaturen immer noch auf sich warten lassen, greifen wir dieses Jahr zur gesunden kosmetischen Alternative dem Selbstbräuner.
Genau genommen ist es nicht der erste Versuch mit dem Selbstbräunen – aber das erste Mal, bei dem ich es professionell angehe. Ich erinnere mich ungern an meine missglückten Versuche mit Drogerieprodukten zurück. Einer davon im Gesicht und einer an den Beinen. Danach konnte man mich gut mit einem Streifenhörnchen verwechseln und ich war am Verzweifeln, als ich am nächsten Morgen in den Spiegel starrte.
Auf der Suche nach den besten Selbstbräuner-Produkten bin ich auf Amazon.de fündig geworden. Dabei erwartet einen eine große Auswahl an unterschiedlichen Artikeln, bei der ich mich für verschiedene Preisklassen und Marken für den Test entschieden habe. Grundsätzlich handelt es sich bei allen Produkten um hochwertige Markenprodukte.
Die Kriterien für den Selbstbräuner Test: Wie riechen, bräunen und wirken sie auf der Haut? Konnte ich Nebenwirkungen feststellen und erzielen sie ein gutes Ergebnis?
Grundsätzlich vorab einige wichtige Tipps für das perfekte Bräunungsergebnis: die Arme und Beine sollten vorher mit einem Peeling gereinigt und möglichst enthaart werden. Am besten eignet sich daher der Zeitpunkt nach dem Duschen, da die Haut mindestens vier bis sechs Stunden nicht mit Wasser in Verbindung kommen sollte, um optimale Ergebnisse zu erzielen. Mindestens zwei bis drei Minuten sollte man warten bis man sich wieder anzieht, damit die Kleidung oder Bettwäsche nicht verschmutzt wird. Außerdem wird ein „Tanning Mitt“ empfohlen. Das ist ein sogenannter Selbstbräunungs-Handschuh, mit dem man den Selbstbräuner optimal auftragen und einreiben kann. Ich habe für den Test den „Self Tan Applicator“ von „St. Moriz“ benutzt. Der Applicator kann nach dem Selbstbräunen einfach mit warmem Wasser ausgewaschen und daher mehrmals benutzt werden.
not only the queen and her family are big fans of the typical English afternoon tea... - we fell in love with the afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental in London(more here). We were really impressed by the flair, the brilliant tea and of course the gorgeous sandwiches, scones and sweets. That was the reason why we decided, back in Munich, to also discover the Mandarin Oriental Munich. We found out, that they are also offering a delicious tea time menu, from friday to sunday (2-5pm). And because it's much more fun to go with friends, Kim from the Mandarin in munich invited us for a special munich blogger teatime.
To be honest, the tea time in munich is a wonderful treatment. Perfect tea selection, excellent service and all sweets made with love. The decoration was a special spring edition and perfect to take beautiful pictures. For us, it was a wonderful experience and for sure not the last tea time there. We can definately recommend it for a special afternoon weekend treat, a date, a birthday party, a baby shower or a stag party. In summer the afternoon tea will turn into a summer version with ice tea and a special menu. Stay tuned for more Information via IG.
Btw the rooftop there with (in our opinion) one of the best views over munich, is the hotel rooftop. Up there, you can find a bar and a really delicious food menu. It's perfect for enjoying the sunset by having a drink, or for relaxing in the sun with a coffee during the afternoon and also to meet friends after work.
Discover the hotel here .
When I tell people that I work in the sales department I always have to handle different prejudices. From my perspective sales is one of the most challenging and interesting business areas you can work for. So I decided to introduce 4 common cliches & describe what I think is right or wrong.
Cliché 1: A Sales Manager works today like 20 years ago. It's just about selling!
There is a HUGE difference if you sell products to consumers or companies. In my case I work in sales for Business-to-Business within the IT industry & that means that I need consultative selling to inspire companies. Consultative selling is all about the dialogue between the sales person and the customer. The word dialogue comes from the Greek and means “to learn.” In consultative selling, the sales person learns about customer needs before talking about products (one of the big differences in the B-to-B environment). Product knowledge is still important, but the better way is to transform it into a tailored solution when the solution is delivered and positioned based on the customer’s needs and language. With consultative selling, the customer’s needs comes first. Needs are identified through a combination of research and effective exploratory and drilling-down into customer answers. Consultative selling took product selling and replaced it with the strong but flexible power that is custom fit to the customer’s needs.
Cliché 2: The job is hard & you can’t work in Sales over a long period of time
This Cliché is related to the company you work for. From my experience it’s true that you need to handle different things on one time: You need to be ambitious, you need the drive to exceed targets and you should handle pressure by the company and also the clients. It’s sometimes stressful, but if you are a structured person with a passion to work with and for clients; it’s the right choice. And btw the job opportunities in the sales environment are great, very good paid and it’s never boring. I can’t imagine not to work in sales or a sales related position anymore.