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Memories of 2011

2011 has been an utterly fantastic year for me. I’ve travelled all over Europe to amazing places and countries like France and Italy, and my little inner Shopaholic definitely got her money’s worth as shopping as something I did every single month of the year. I can look back at an absolutely wonderful and successful 2011 and look forward to a 2012 full of adventures.


I started the year, celebrating on New Year’s Eve with my family in Germany, which means I basically started the year eating. I started writing this blog in January and want to thank you for the 1,610 views it has so far. I also went shopping in Dresden in January. Otherwise it was a bit unspectacular and quiet in Jan.


A friend of me came to London and I went on a sightseeing tour with her, showing her the best places in London for shopping, relaxing etc. We ate sushi on the stairs in Trafalgar Square. I went shopping with a friend, a friend of said friend and the cute son of said friend’s friend. Frozen yogurt. Hampstead Heath. Shopping for a new purse at Lulu Guinness. Camden. Fantastic Victorian history photoshoot near Harrods, with champagne. Meeting Prince Harry. Going to Hamley’s with my friend (she wanted to move there). Primrose Hill walk.


Sitting at the lake near my parents house in Germany and watching frogs. First try to bake cupcakes. Cuddling with my bunny. Drawing. Beautiful sunset in Dresden. Drinking tea at Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe. ..And shopping.


Watching the Royal Wedding on the big screen and crying. Getting a Crystal Heart from Swarovski. Walking in the park. Eating dinner at a sea themed restaurant. And, of course, shopping!


Paris. Marvelling at the art in Montmartre. Having a fantastic view over Paris on top of the Eiffel Tower. Versailles. Walking through the garden of Versailles. Shopping at Louis Vuitton. Buying Karl Lagerfeld coke and seeing a huge replica of my little bottle in the Coca Cola museum. Seeing a wedding in front of the Eiffel Tower. Buying Minnie Mouse ears at the Disney store. Attending the opening of the Abercrombie & Fitch store on the Champs-Élysées (naked guys, yum). Bateaux mouches on the Seine. The Louvre. Eating cake in a tiny little café in a backstreet.


Visiting a friend in Berlin. Hotel Adlon. Bubble Tea in Berlin. Shopping in Dresden. Travelling to Prague. Seeing the Czech ambassador.


Seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in the cinema in London in 3D at 3am after coming back from Germany. Walking through London at 5am. Shopping in Camden and in Harrods. Lola’s cupcakes. In Richmond with the boss. Bubble Tea at Bubbleology in Soho. Lulu Guinness. Berlin Fashion Week. Shopping for hats in Berlin. Walking through the rain. Enjoying the sun in Camden. Gossiping with the boss. Buying my Chanel 2.55 bag.


Travelling with the car through Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia to Croatia (over 7 hours!). The mountains in Austria. Small streets in Italy. Sunset in Croatia. The yacht harbour. Eating ice cream every day. Staying at a great villa. Eating weird fish in restaurants. Seeing Jon Bon Jovi on his private yacht. Travelling with the yacht to Venice. Shopping at a shop which sold vintage Chanel in Venice. Pigeons on Piazza san Marco. Drinking a cappuccino in Café Florian on Piazza san Marco and paying 6€ for it. Diving in the sea. Sitting on the beach, enjoying every single minute.


Going to Prague again for research for my book. Drawing fashion sketches. Being at home in my bed.


Picking up cupcakes in West Hampstead, made by Karine of Ohlala Bakery. Shopping in Camden. Legally Blonde, the Musical at the Savoy Theatre. The Luxury Wedding Show at the Saatchi Gallery near Sloane Square. Catwalk. Vivienne Westwood. David Fielden. Candy Anthony. Amazing wedding dresses and cakes. Champagne. New Lulu Guinness bag.


Staying at a hotel in Germany for the weekend. Berlin. Spending a day in Tropical Islands near Berlin. Swimming in the ‘sea’ and the lagoon. Amazing flowers and animals. …And (what else) shopping.


A new nail colour every day. Spending Christmas with my family in Germany. Fireworks. Celebrating the new year with friends. Being overdressed at the New Year’s party. And…SHOPPING!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2012!


5 countries in 17 hours

17 hours, 5 countries, one car, 5 suitcases – that’s what I call vacation (not). The journey started at midnight and I went through Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia before I finally arrived in Poreč, a little Croatian town which would be my home for the following 2 weeks. I stopped in Austria for a quick breakfast (I ate ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ with Cranberry sauce) and later in Italy for lunch (spaghetti alla Carbonara). Rain and heavy clouds were our constant companions until…boom! The sky cleared, all clouds gone, 30 degrees. Italy! Wasn’t long until I could see the sea and lots of little boats.

The Alps:

What awaited me in Poreč was beyond my dreams: an amazing pastel villa, 2 bedrooms (with a huge canopy bed and, most importantly, A/C), an en-suite bathroom, a kitchen, a living room with flatscreen TV, a balcony and a garden in which kiwis and figs were growing on trees. Sounds a bit like paradise, doesn’t it? Well, it was. Even at 10 in the evening it was at least 25 degrees so the A/C was on full power all time.

I spent most of the time on the beach, playing tennis, reading, diving and eating. The Mediterranean cuisine is not just food, it’s an experience. And I’m not talking about pizza and spaghetti. I mean mussels, calamari, lobster and langouste. I can assure you that it’s very strange when your food’s got eyes, tentacles and claws…but an experience nevertheless.

On one day I even saw Jon Bon Jovi on his yacht. My little inner Madam Paparazzi had to take pictures of course.

A street artist drew me and he did an amazing job (he better had, because I payed 80€ for it!).

On August 18th I went to Venice on a yacht. It was the highlight of my vacation. I went eating in Café Florian (the lovely café on Piazza San Marco with live piano music and an espresso for 6€ which is about £5).

I went back home on Friday evening and arrived there at 2pm on Saturday.