Monthly Archives: March 2012

Angel Inspired

Angel Inspired

$188 –

Jimmy Choo metallic sandals
£435 –

Giuseppe Zanotti genuine leather handbag
$1,975 –

Me&Ro gold earrings
$14,000 –

Chantecaille mascara
$34 –

Eylure false eyelash
$8.95 –

Balenciaga body moisturizer
$95 –

Beauty product
$15 –


Same look x2

Same look x2

Hale Bob beaded dress
£230 –

Miss Selfridge maxi dress
$80 –

Cotton jacket
€90 –

Denim jean jacket
€45 –

Nine west wedge
$49 –

Nine west wedge
$49 –

Vintage leather tote
£1,319 –

Dkny bag
$355 –

Isharya 18k earrings
€264 –

Les Nereides gold jewelry
£78 –

Blydesign blue agate jewelry
$88 –

Gorjana 18k jewelry
$70 –

Lauren Ralph Lauren agate bangle
$68 –

GorjanaJewelry 18k necklace
$44 –

Deborah Lippmann lacquer nail polish
$16 –

OPI nail polish
$7.99 –


Next on my list. This is located right next to the apartment I used to rent. Any excuse to return to Kutschkermarkt. I love at market 🙂


Zuckersüß. That is the word that comes to mind to describe this new cafe/shop that’s opened on the Kutschkermarkt in the 18th district. Not familiar with the Kutschkermarkt? Well let’s start there. It’s an adorable market, petite if you will, no more than a handful of stands nestled together along either side of a cobblestone row. What makes this market so special in my opinion, are the specialty stands mixed in with normal market staples. There’s a great cheese stand, a place to get organic soup and sandwiches, a cozy and local atmosphere, and now, the most charming cafe/shop duo this side of the GürtelHimmelblau.

I found myself at Himmelblau the other week after work one night with some female colleagues. (What? Cute shabby-chic cafes are totally allowed for Happy Hour. We in fact, spent two happy hours there!) I’d first read about it via the Frühstückerinnen (which…

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10 Things that makes Austria AWESOME!

You know that book written by Neil Pasricha, “The Book of AWESOME”?  Well I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life that are… well … awesome.

I created my own list of AWESOME – the Austrian version:

1.  Lets start with the most important.  Paid Holidays.  Austria ranks one of the highest in Europe when it comes to vacation time.  Employees are entitled to take 25 annual paid days off plus 13 statutory holidays.  Mothers can choose to take up to two years maternity leave.  AWESOME!




2.  The suction on vacuum cleaners.  Ever look at your carpets after spending a hour vacuuming and wonder “was it worth it?”  Well moving to Europe meant replacing all of our 110v appliances with 220v.  Shopping for EVERYTHING (coffee machine, toaster, curling iron, hairdryer, vacuum, etc) in one go was an overwhelming task.  That is until we looked at the selection, starting with vacuums.  The power of suction… “hold on to your toupee and hair extensions folks”.  AWESOME!

3.  Mountains.  I know that there are beautiful mountains worldwide.  But…com’on….


4.  Ice cream… ice cream.. who doesn’t like ice cream?  The European version does differ in my opinion to that artificial tasting ice cream back at home (sorry DQ).   Europeans live for pleasure and ice cream is way up there on their priority list.  My personal favourite “Eissalon” (everyone has their favourites in Vienna) is “Eissalon am Schwadenplatz” (Franz Josefs-Kai 17, A-1010 Wien).  It’s a family run business since 1886 so you can imagine with that many years of experience making ice cream it’s gotta taste damn good.  Sadly, there are only open from March until late September.  Not only is ice cream made fresh daily, seasonal fruit they get each morning determines the flavour of the day”.  Always creamy, smooth and refreshing.  AWESOME!

5.  Advertising.  The approach in European advertising is way more relaxed than North America.  As everyone knows “sex sales” and it is certainly demonstrated everywhere here in Vienna.  Whether they are selling clothing, bathroom fixtures or tea cups the theme seems to be sexual orientated… or?  You be the judge.  AWESOME!

Advertisement for a clothing store.

Even playful naked shower ads

6. Public Transportation. You ask every resident in Vienna about driving a car and all will agree, “There is no need”.  You’re likely to walk no more than 100 meters without running into a Bus, Train, Strassenbahn or Ubahn station.  So sit back and enjoy the beautiful sights while you ride with the people of Vienna.  AWESOME!

Just the yogurt isle

7. Dairy.   Now healthy eating is important to my family so we try to stick to a balanced eating plan (diet isn’t in my vocabulary).  If you have ever shopped in the dairy section in a European grocery store you may be overwhelmed with the amazing selection.  Everything is fresh and has a shelf life that lasts no longer than from a few days to a week maybe 2 thanks to no added additives and preservatives.  You can choose your fat content in all the dairy here too, just like in Canada.  Yogurts for example; fat percentage range can start low at 1% and go up to the luxurious silky oh so tasty 11% fat.  I don’t think I’ve seen “fat-free” anything here.  Can that exist without the chemicals?

One product that sells in some European countries is called Topfen.  It’s sort of like a full flavoured soft cream cheese without the fat!  It can be used in sweet & savoury dishes, baked or eaten as a dip.  Very versatile.  AWESOME!

8.  PEZ was invented in Vienna in 1927 by Austrian inventor and anti-smoke advocate Eduard Haas II.  He built a tin container shaped like a cigarette lighter to house rectangle mints that were marketed as an alternative to smoking.  It wasn’t until PEZ reached USA that the mints were replaced with candy and a character was added on top to make the packaging more attractive to the younger generation.  Sales have been strong ever since.  AWESOME!

9.  Environmentally Friendly.  60% of Austria electricity currently comes from renewable sources and hopes to increase the rate to 71% by 2020 according to the EWEA (European Wind Energy Association). Austria also ranks among the top 10 Eco Friendly Countries in the world according to the Environment Protection Index.  Finally, according to Austria scores the #2 position as the country who recycles the most.  I truly believe that after sorting and separating garbage for the last year.  There is a bin in every household for the following:

  1. Waste
  2. Plastic
  3. Paper
  4. Tin
  5. Clear glass
  6. Dark glass
  7. Batteries
  8. Light Bulbs
I love to live in a cleaner, “greener” world.  Wouldn’t you?  AWESOME!

10.  Yodeling.  When people think of Austria they generally think of people standing on a mountaintop dressed in traditional costume yodeling.  Well yes, you will find that occasionally and Austrians take pride in their ability to yodel.  It isn’t as easy as it looks.

According to Wikipedia

Yodeling (or yodellingjodeling) is a form of singing that involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the vocal or chest register (or “chest voice”) to the falsetto/head register; making a high-low-high-low sound.

What I love about traveling through Austria is watching generations hold on to their culture and traditions.  I have even adapted some of these traditions with my family… the dress part that is.  Yodeling… well that may come in time, with a lot of practice & perhaps drinking large quantities of homemade schnapps.


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Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday

Daytrip one shoulder tank
$30 –

Current Elliott jean jacket
£172 –

Kelly & katie shoes
$40 –

Ajito crossbody bag
$48 –

LK Designs earrings
$157 –

Sequin jewelry
$128 –

Dorothy Perkins stone belt
$11 –

Stila eye shadow
$18 –

La Prairie face moisturizer
$710 –

Elemis body cleanser
£18 –

Elemis beauty product
£15 –

Gala Fluted Design Classic Silverleaf Frame
$75 –

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch

AX Paris sleeveless dress
£20 –

TIBI poplin jacket
$398 –

Jil Sander ballet flat
$455 –

Friis Company brown leather handbag
€70 –

Zadig Voltaire gold plated bangle
$1,680 –

Sequin peach ring
$58 –

1928 drop earrings
$18 –

Woolrich rayon scarve
$19 –

Tom Ford lip gloss
$45 –

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip gloss
$23 –

Fabulous at any price!

Fabulous at any price!

Christian Louboutin pointed toe pumps
$775 –

Jimmy choo heels
$695 –

Valentino camel sandals
€580 –

Tom Ford patent leather shoes
€343 –

Repetto flat shoes
$360 –

Stuart Weitzman ballerina shoes
£174 –

KORS Michael Kors high heel shoes
$250 –

GUESS patent pumps
$99 –

Sam edelman shoes
$65 –

Ankle strap sandals
$40 –

Ellie Shoes bride shoes
$33 –

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