Sunday, April 20, 2014

Frame your Face - Playn Eyewear


It was year 3 of primary school, when I first noticed that I couldn't clearly anymore. At that age glasses simply reminded me of my dad and didn't seem to be appealing whatsoever. Growing into puberty, more interested in fashion and concerned about my looks, glasses seemed like the least attractive thing, so it felt like a revelation when I first heard about contact lenses. Since I wear them pretty much daily, people don't even know I'm short-sighted now.
But one day, on my regular Shoreditch stroll, I came across Playn Eyewear at Boxpark and was intrigued by their simplistic, yet appealing interior (make it minimalistic and white and you got me hooked). So I thought, let's check it out and maybe give it another go with glasses (my eyes would definitely be grateful for it). So me and Bloomzy had a look at their glasses. All the frames in the colour Sakura immediately caught my eye with their subtle purple/pink hue. But normally, I have a problem finding the right shape for my face, so I didn't expect them to suit me.
No problem at Playn, though, since they offer a variety of glasses with subtle difference that make it easier to find the right frame for your face shape. By altering a few things here and there, without completely changing the overall look. Simply fell in love with the Sally Sakura. And if this wasn't enough to get me excited, I got to chat with the designer Denis Beyer, fellow German, who told me all about how he and his friend Jonas Koblin packed their bags to start their eyewear adventure in Bangkok (the future wannabe-entrepreneur in me was all ears), but also put a lot of emphasis in sustainability by planting one tree for each pair of glasses sold. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

So definitely check out Playn Eyewear online or at Boxpark Shoreditch. Get a new pair of fashionable prescription glasses or get ready for summer with some new sunglasses ('cause yes, their sunglasses look dope as well!).  

German:
Brille trage ich seit dem 3. Schuljahr. Toll fand ich sie noch nie. Erinnerten mich halt an meinen Vater, dessen Brille ich einfach nicht so cool fand. Mit der Pubertaet hat sich meine Meinung auch nicht geaendert. Was habe ich mich dann gefreut, als ich das erste Mal Kontaktlinsen getragen habe. Nie wieder Brille! Aber als ich letztens in Shoreditch rumgelaufen bin, habe ich Playn Eyewear im Boxpark entdeckt. War sofort interessiert, da allein schon der Laden super chic aussah (minimalistisch und weiss!!!). Also habe ich Bloomzy hingeschleift und zusammen haben wir einige Modelle probiert. Habe mich sofort in die Brillen in der Farbe Sakura verguckt, einen dezenten Lilaton. Und was war ich ueberrascht, dass ich in Sally Sakura ein Paar gefunden habe, dass sogar meiner Gesichtsform steht (da ich normaler Weise richtig Probleme damit hab). Das liegt daran, dass Playn's Modelle ganz kleine Unterschiede haben, sodass es viel leichter ist das richtige Paar fuer seine Gesichtsform zu finden! Also schaut auf jeden Fall mal bei denen vorbei, falls ihr eine neue Brille oder Sonnenbrille braucht. Wirklich empfehlenswert!

Photos of me taken with the help of Bloomzy

Friday, April 18, 2014

#SMILESTORM
A Campaign Against Online Hate



I used to be a really sensitive person. Just a little criticism and the blood in my veins would start rushing through my body. My heart would beat faster than usual and my mind would go blank out of nervousness. No one likes criticism, but I started to accept the fact that not all criticism is bad, I mean, how can you improve if no one pointed out your mistakes? Besides, people have different personalities and experiences, so we are bound to have different opinions, too.
However, what's the point of such a mind set, when some people ask you to "Get a nose job" and to "stop acting like a good person" and you can't even confront them about it? What I'm talking about are things I got told by anonymous on my blog. Who anonymous is? I don't know. I will probably never know. When you hear those things, it's hurtful, it's frustrating, but there's nothing you can do about it, since anonymous is safely hidden by the internet.
Still, why would I let myself be put down by someone, who would probably never have the guts to tell me these things personally? Tell me in person, anonymous, and I might consider being hurt. Though, you have to know that the me today is totally content with the fact that I'm no model, nor saint. Of course, it's quite easy for me to say, since I'm lucky enough to have wonderful readers, so I can count the number of anonymous comments on two hands, but unfortunately I know too many people, bloggers or not, that have to deal with such hurtful comments on a daily basis.

Thus, by joining the Glamour Magazine Campaign, I want to make a statement and support their attempt to change something about cyber-mobbing and online hate. You can also make a positive statement with the hashtag #SMILESTORM. Did you experience something similar? How did you overcome it? Simply take a selfie or tweet and get your voice out against anonymous. And even if it will not stop online hate completely and only change the way we personally deal with such comments, no change is insignificant.

German:
Frueher wurde ich schon bei der kleinsten Kritik nervoes. Natuerlich mag keiner Kritik, aber ich fing an die Tatsache zu akzeptieren, dass nicht jede Form von Kritik schlecht ist, ich meine, wie soll man sich verbessern, wenn einem niemand sagt, was man falsch macht? Ausserdem sind unsere Persoenlichkeiten und Erfahrungen so unterschiedlich, dass es ganz normal ist, verschiedene Meinungen zu haben. Aber man fragt sich, was einem eine solche Einstellung bringt, wenn einem gesagt wird "Mach eine Nasen-OP" oder "Hoer auf einen auf gute Person zu machen" und man die Person nicht einmal damit konfrontieren kann? Ich spreche ueber Dinge, die mir anonym auf meinen Blog geschrieben hat. Wer anonym ist? Ich weiss es nicht. Ich werde es sicher nie erfahren. Es tut weh, es ist frustrierend, wenn man so etwas gesagt kriegt und man nichts dagegen tun kann, denn die Person versteckt sich hinter der Anonymitaet des Internets. Aber andererseits, warum sollte ich mich von einer Person verletzen lassen, die sich sicherlich nicht trauen wuerde, mir diese Dinge ins Gesicht zu sagen? Sag es mir persoenlich und vielleicht lass ich mich davon verletzen, aber weiss auch, dass mein jetziges Ich damit okay ist, dass ich weder ein Model noch Mutter Theresa bin. Natuerlich ist es fuer mich leicht, so etwas zu sagen, da ich tolle Leser habe und ich solche Kommentare an beiden Haenden abzaehlen kann. Leider kenne ich aber viele Leute, Blogger und Nicht-Blogger, die mit so etwas taeglich umgehen muessen. Deswegen moechte ich bei der Glamour Aktion gegen Online Mobbing mitmachen. Ihr koennt auch mitmachen und unter dem Hashtag #SMILESTORM ein Statement gegen Online Hass machen. Auch wenn es sicherlich nicht komplett beseitigt werden kann und das einzige, was sich aendert vielleicht ist, wie wir persoenlich solche Kommentare aufnehmen, aber jede Veraenderung ist wichtig.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Secret of Avène Eau Thermale



It's the kind of time, where I take on every single excuse to leave the house and even if it's just the weekly shop in Lidl. So when I was invited to discover Avène Eau Thermale's secret over breakfast, I had the perfect excuse to make my way into Central London. I know I have been raving about Avène, but to be honest, I don't actually understand why it has been working so well on me, I mean, if there's something I have no clue about it's probably skincare. But you have to start somewhere, right?
So while I was nibbling on delicious mini Eggs Benedict on the rooftop of Soho House (Can I please live here? Flowers included!), I got introduced to Avène's new XeraCalm A.D range aimed at those with eczema. I'm actually not suffering for eczema, but as it comes in such a huge tube I use the cream as a body lotion and especially my feet have been loving it. So people with different skin types can enjoy the benefits of their products.
The reason why this range is so good for people suffering from eczema has something to do with the secret behind Avène's soothing and anti-irritiating effects on the skin: Loved by French royalty centuries ago, the founder of Avène found a spring that had special healing effects and only now, after long research, it was discovered that these properties come from a unique microflora: aqua. dolomiae. Which was then further developed to produce the biotechnological active ingredient I-modulia®. To sum it up for us non-Scientist (and Chemistry was definitely not my favourite subject either), this basically means that the Avène products are based on that natural spring with its unique components and thanks to that they are especially good for sensitive skin. Besides, we all know, natural is the best! So while my Mum is not particularly fond of my recent skincare product obsession and still sticks to her egg white masks and rice water toner, I think this is something even she would approve of.

You can buy Avène at Boots stores (UK) or in pharmacies (Germany and France).