Quote of the week

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.

September 2, 2015 // Juliana / My life / Nicolas

Before I go back offline and continue with packing boxes and decluttering really old stuff (I just finished two books about Feng Shui ;-) for our upcoming move (luckily we're just moving around the corner ;-), I wanted to share a few impressions from our latest vacation from which we just returned.


This year we stayed with some relatives (9 people in total) in our all time favorite Italian location: Bella Liguria. I don't know how many times we've been there in the last twenty years, but last time Juliana was just a cute one-and-a-half-year-old. So many things had changed and developed. So many new restaurants and beaches to discover. If you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you already had an accurate trip report ;-) And lots of glutenfree restaurants - thank you „glutenfreeroads"-App - you saved our lives!


Airole is the cutest little village in the midst of the mountains, minutes away from Menton and Monaco. I believe this year we happened to be more on the French side of the Riviera. We were fortunate to stay in a darling little private accommodation in the mountains and loved it. Everything was about perfect, but the kids missed the pool and the beach within walking distance (like our previous vacations). And we all didn't make friends with the gazillion killer mosquitos who really loved us. The kids found it especially exciting to hear lots of wild boars in very close distance every night.


Hope you guys are all doing fine. I will now go back offline (and I mean really offline, cause the phone company's cable guy's earliest appointment is somewhen in the middle of September!!!! OMG, I will be on a digital detox program, haha!


Such a cute little village!


Italy is color therapy! I love the yellow and blue everywhere .... It automatically puts you in a good mood.



My 13-year-old teenage girl!


The heat made them sleep in :)


Juliana and I enjoying a cappuccino (she got such a kick out of getting a sip) at the nearby piazza.


Yep. The mosquitoes really loved us! If I wouldn't be sure that Juliana had the chickenpox at age 3, I would have believed she got them now ;-)


We had so much ice-cream every day ;-)




Ventimiglia is just 10 minutes away from Airole and such a beautiful town, especially the old town ... The beach has pebbles which was nice for a change. Good thing we brought our plastic bathing shoes though! 





Those colors! I wished I lived in a house like that!


Old town Ventimiglia with a great view on the ocean


If I would live here, THIS would be my car :-)






Although I really love this wonderful market, it brought back some bad memories. I believe it's 17 years ago when some smart pickpockets stole my purse out of my backpack and used my U. S. Mastercard really good :-(









When we came to the beach we were pleasantly surprised that its THAT empty in the ocean. So Nico grabbed his little surf board and into the waves. OMG .... minutes later the big wave and the salvataggio guy came in the same moment. Nico was a bit shocked. We hadn't seen any red flag that morning, but in future we know, if the ocean is THAT empty and it looks too good to be true, its not good! 





We spent one afternoon in beautiful Cannes. It was Juliana's big wish to go there. Not because of George Clooney in the film festival hall, haha, but because of one of our favorite family movies "Mr. Bean's Holidays", where Mr. Bean traveled to Cannes. :-)


Such a BRILLIANT shot of Sean Penn!












We didn't have a pool and a beach within walking distance, but we had this: PURE CLEAR mountain water and wonderful nature. The kids loved it, especially playing Tarzan and falling into the icecold water :-)



And don't you worry, we did not take this cutie home ;-) When I look at Juliana, she holds the little turtle as if she's about to bite into a hamburger ;-)



What a beautiful start into this month ... Happy September, everyone! Hope you're all doing great!


July 31, 2015 // My life

It's my favorite time of the year: summer holidays! :) The kids are out of school, tomorrow morning we'll pick up my brother from the airport (I'm super happy!), and then unplug in August after a busy, but wonderful and rewarding season, and I can't wait to catch up with you guys on this blog and share some of the coolest and most beautiful people on this planet here in my little corner of the interweb when I'm back in September.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you guys for stopping by here. Wishing you all a HAPPY SUMMER whether you plan to take off some time at home or travel the world, try to unwind, hide your smartphone, recharge your batteries. So whatever you decide to do in August, enjoy some much-needed time away!


I will not be completely offline though, ha! I will be posting random stuff about my life and my loves and the beautiful world of a little extra (thanks to latergrame!) on INSTAGRAM - would love to see you there!


See you in September! xxxOOO


P. S. I almost forgot to share my favorite summer drink 2015 with you - I bet, you'll love it, too! It's so easy to prepare: Just pour 2 cl Limoncello in each glass and fill it with Prosecco. Add mint leaves and raspberries to taste. Some people love ice cubes in it. Enjoy!


Last week I had an amazing day with the gorgeous musical actress and singer MELANIE GEBHARD. Melanie flew in from Vienna where she's currently living although I learned she actually also comes from Baden-Württemberg. Melanie is an incredible person with endless potential. The thing I love the most about her is her infectious mega-watt smile and very relaxed and HAPPY attitude. She doesn't sweat the small stuff. We had so much fun that day.


Melanie did bring along her sweet friend and very talented makeup artist and hair stylist Ina Root who made Melanie look extra beautiful. The two girls met a few years ago in Oberhausen when Melanie performed in the musical „Wicked" as cover Elphaba and in their ensemble. Ever since then they are wonderful friends who laugh a lot.


Enjoy a little bit of Melanie today ....


1. Was machst Du beruflich?

Ich bin Musicaldarstellerin, Sängerin und Schauspielerin.



2. Dein Lebensmotto?

"Bleiben Sie so wie Sie sind, was anderes bleibt Ihnen eh nicht übrig." (Günter Grünwald)



3. Dein heimliches Vergnügen?

Für Sprachen interessiere ich mich nicht heimlich, aber unheimlich! :-)



4. Was liebst Du auf Deiner Pizza?

Mais, frische Champignons, Salami (gerne scharf) und viel Käse.



5. Karnivore, Vegetarier oder Veganer?

Nichts davon, aber manchmal denke ich, dass ich unfreiwillige Teilzeit-Vegetarierin bin, da ich Fleisch fast nur im Restaurant esse. Zuhause gibt's viel Gemüse oder Pasta.



6. Wie trinkst Du Deinen Kaffee?

Mit heißem Wasser und Teebeutel, oder mit Milch und Kakao, aber immer ohne Kaffeepulver ;-)



7. Welcher Film hat Dich zuletzt so richtig zum Lachen gebracht?

Fack ju Göhte



8. Welcher Film hat Dich zum Weinen gebracht?

Honig im Kopf



9. Wenn Du mit jemandem ein Duett singen könntest, wer würde es sein?

Keine speziellen Wünsche, aber ich würde liebend gerne mal wieder ein Duett singen!







10. Mit wem würdest Du Dich gerne einmal zum Kaffeetrinken verabreden?

Mit all den Freunden, die ich schon länger nicht mehr gesehen habe, weil wir alle irgendwo auf der Welt verteilt wohnen. 



11. Was schätzt Du bei Deinen Freunden am meisten?

Zuverlässigkeit, Humor, Spontaneität, ihr offenes Ohr, und dass Sie sich immer wieder melden, auch wenn ich mal länger nichts von mir hören lasse.



12. Was schätzen Deine Freunde am meisten an Dir?

Ich weiß es nicht ... vielleicht meine Zuverlässigkeit, Humor, Spontaneität, und offenes Ohr, und dass ich mich immer wieder melde, auch wenn sie mal länger nichts von sich hören lassen. 



13. Welches Kompliment hast Du zuletzt erhalten?

Jemand sagte ich habe ein herzerfrischendes, ansteckendes mega-watt-happy-Lachen. (von Conny Wenk)



14. Was hast Du zuletzt verschenkt?

Eine selbstgemachte Backmischung für Apfel-Zimt-Schoko-Muffins im Nostalgie-Glas.



15. Welches gemeinnützige Projekt würdest Du unterstützen (oder unterstützt Du bereits)?

Ich habe ein Patenkind in Honduras bei Plan Deutschland.



16. Abends schön ausgehen oder lieber gemütlich zuhause?

Hmmm .... je nach Laune. Ich bin gerne gemütlich, aber ich mag es auch, abends etwas mit meinen Freunden zu unternehmen. 



17. Was war der beste Ratschlag, den Du jemals bekommen hast?

Sich nicht verbiegen zu lassen und sich treu zu bleiben, auch wenn das in meinem Beruf oft schwer fällt.





18. Welche drei Lektionen hast Du in den letzten drei Jahren gelernt?

- Das Musicalbusiness ist nicht alles im Leben, es gibt so viel mehr!

- Immer positiv bleiben und wünschen, wünschen, wünschen.

- In Wien zu leben hat wundervolle Seiten!



19. Was ist deine wichtigste gesunde Gewohnheit?

Nicht zu rauchen ... es noch nicht einmal probiert zu haben ... und es auch nie probieren zu wollen, auch nicht für Geld.



20. Was war das Verrückteste, das Du je gegessen hast?

Eine GANZE Pizza in der L'Osteria. Dort sind die Pizzen nämlich riesig und normalerweise teilt man sich eine. ;-)



21. Deine Lieblings-App?

Quando ... sagt mir immer, wie ich mich in Wien am praktischsten mit denn Öffis von A nach B bewege.



22. Dein Lieblingsrestaurant?

Da Capo (italienisches Restaurant in Wien) 

23. Dein letzter Urlaub?

Zypern (Urlaub und Hochzeit einer Freundin ... traumhaft!!!)



24. Pool oder Meer?




25. Yoga oder Pilates?

Keines. :-/ Aber ich wollte es schon immer mal ausprobieren! :-) 



26. Zartbitterschokolade oder Vollmilchschokolade?












27. iPhone oder Android?

iPhone, aber könnte mir auch vorstellen umzusteigen. 



28. Kindle oder Bücher?




29. Hunde oder Katzen?

Beides nicht wirklich. Kaninchen wär süß. :-)



30. Wo finden wir Dich Samstagabends um acht?

Immer woanders. Fragt am besten vorher kurz an, wenn Ihr mich treffen wollt. ;-)







July 27, 2015 // Artist / My life

This week five years ago my two gems Johan Vandamme and Fredrik Andersson planted a tiny seed of a dream and founded their jewelry company JUVELAN. Four years of that I had the great privilege to be part of their journey and adventure while they were confidently advancing in the direction of their dreams. What a wonderful four years that have been! I am amazed how much my heart has grown in affection and admiration for these two wonderful gents. I am utterly grateful for being part of their team. Not only have I gained two incredible best friends and extended family members who went through thick and thin with me in the last years. I also enjoyed photo shoots with tons of fun and always having the most beautiful women in front of my lens who are sporting their stellar jewelry.


Happy 5th Anniversary JUVELAN! Here's to the next five years of growing, conquering the world, having fun, inspiring others, creating beautiful things, making women happy, dreaming audaciously and turning those dreams into something real.

Happy Monday, everyone!