7 Things that will make traveling a lot easier

Hey Loves,

it’s been a while since the last things… post but since my next trip is coming up soon I decided to share some of my tips that will make traveling a lot easier. Though my trip to Thailand is still 3 weeks away I can’t wait to already pack my bags. I love packing and the excitement that comes with it. However it’s not so enjoyable for many others.

Either way I hope you’ll like the following tips – tested and loved by me ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Spacious and Organized Wash Bag

There is nothing more annoying on a vacation than an unorganized toiletry bag. I recently discovered one that just hold everything perfectly – make up, washing things, toothbrush, showering stuff and so much more. If you have tried several wash bags over the years and never were quite pleased with it you will benefit from this the most! I linked two cheap versions below. Personally I prefer the right one but there are so many colorful options as well ๐Ÿ™‚


2. Microfiber Towel

Microfiber Towels are a lifesaver when it comes to packing. They are lightweight, don’t take up much room and are fast drying as well. Below I linked a set of two so you have one for the beach and one for showering – or you use one for hair and one for the body.
Extra Tip: Even when I’m not traveling I use the towel for drying my hair because it’s soft surface prevents damage to your hair that cotton towels usually cause!

3. Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes are great if you are going on a backpacking trip or just want some more organization in your suitcase. I will write a separate packing tips post soon, so stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Travel Brushes

These travel brushes by Real Techniques are also amazing for organizing your toiletry bag. They are so small and have great quality at a affordable price!

5. Silikon Travel Tubes

Did you know that travel sizes or make up samples are getting bad more quickly than the full size product? They are designed to be used within a few weeks or months and therefore don’t are as keepable as regular products. Therefore I prefer to use reusable tubes so that I can have my favorite products on the go and enjoy my favorite products during my vacation. Also it prevents me from going shopping to buy extra travel sizes or keep a stack of samples for traveling which – let’s be honest – nobody enjoys using those tiny rip open packages which always get messy.

6. Foldable Backpack

This one comes in handy if you’re going on a more adventurous trip like I do. While I like to board a plane with only a middle-sized handbag which keeps just my necessities and isn’t heavy to carry around I also like to go on hikes while I’m on my trip. This backpack folds up to small sized square and is used more often than you would think. It’s also super cheap and therefore a very worthwile purchase!








7. Portable Great Quality Camera

As much as I loooove love love my Canon DSLR – it’s just not easy to take on trips or let alone fit it into a handbag. I love photography and especially on vacation I want to take amazing pictures. While most of the point and shot cameras have a nice quality as well – mostly they aren’t any great differences to the iPhone camera. So for my next trip I’m thinking about investing in an Olympus Pen model which combines good quality and a handy design. Plus it also takes pics in RAW-format which is so important when it comes to editing them afterwards. What do you think – do you have any experience with a camera like the Olympus Pen yet? I’d love to know!

My favorite model is the Olympus Pen E-PL 6 which is 377โ‚ฌ on amazon and already comes with the Pancake lens

                               

I’d love to know where you’re next trip is going to take take you and if you found those tips helpful!

Lots of Love

Melanie

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Historical New York Experience – Where to stay in Greenwich Village

view from our hotel 

Hello loves,

I don’t know if you feel the same way but I am definitely ready for a vacation – and it is only February – to escape the normal every day life and also the cold, to be honest. Unfortunately unlike Melly, it will take a while until I can go on a big vacation since my graduation comes closer and closer. I really can’t believe that the time has come and it makes me excited, but also scares me a little bit. 
I’ve been studying for the last six years, it became a part of me – of course I did internships and some other part-time jobs- but entering the real working world is a little different. Maybe you have the same feeling when you are also graduating in May as I do. But I think the most important thing you can do is staying optimistic and just looking forward to finally earning money in a job you like to do for the rest of your career life. Yes, having a job for the next 40 years scares me as well, maybe this is why I needed some time before I started my major Communications to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. But now, I am very happy where I am and also sure that I want to do this for the next decades. So I just hope that the feeling of being scared disappears as soon as I start a new job.

But let’s talk about something different like vacation. As I said, the next vacation is months away but from time to time it is just nice to get out of town and have a nice trip with your best friend or beau. Last week, I escaped to New York City for a night to recharge my batteries, so I have full power to finish my master thesis. Most of the tourists like to stay in the typical districts of uptown, midtown or downtown right in the city center. But I wanted to experience another part of New York City. The historical, bohemian part is located in Greenwich Village. That made me choose a hotel right in the heart of the Village. I decided to book the Washington Square Hotel and loved staying there. 
The room was a little smaller – after all we’re in NYC, right? – but super cute and it has an amazing history. During my stay, I learned that celebrities such as Bob Dylan or Earnest Hemingway stayed there and it still represents the bohemian flair and charm. But the best part was that it was located right next to Washington Square Park and all the famous small jazz bars where memorable entertainers used to play at. It was definitely a great experience and I will stay there again on my next trip to New York since I still haven’t seen everything of Greenwich Village. Just strolling through streets, seeing all the buildings that belong to NYU and the sweet, little restaurants and cafรฉs, as well as the super nice Washington Square Hotel makes me feel like I’m in a totally different world. It is nice to see all the skyscrapers and the typical attractions, but sometimes it is also lovely to see the original character of a city. So come to exciting and beautiful Greenwich Village to experience this special flair.

I hope that when you come to New York, you also can experience this side of the Big Apple because it is really worth taking a look or two.

Love,
Juli

At the bar of the Washington Square Hotel 
Cute hotel room
Intriguing Art

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[#7] 10 Things to in Copenhagen – A Travel Diary

Danish flag

Hi Loves,

today’s things post is all about traveling and my recent trip to Copenhagen. If you follow us on Instagram you’ve probably seen that I spent some days in Copenhagen recently with some friends and it was just amazing. We visited some Danish friends there and had the loveliest time. It was so nice to see them again since we don’t have the chance to see them often.

I already posted on of my outfits that I wore in Copenhagen which you can see here. In this post I want to share some of the things we did in Copenhagen. 

1. Tivoli

Tivoli is one of the world’s most famous amusement parks and one of the most beautiful as well. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there but I’ve visited the park on my last trip to Copenhagen and absolutely loved it! 
Tivoli Entrance

2. Street food at Papirรธen Island

On Papirรธen Island is a huge market hall containing all different kinds of amazing food for every taste – from Pad Thai, Burgers, Vegetarian Falafel to amazing Cheese Cake. Sitting on the waterfront on a sunny day and enjoying amazing pastries – great way to spend your afternoon after strolling through Tivoli.

Papirรธen Island

3. Explore Christiania

Though Christiana is located centrally in Copenhagen it lives on its own laws and even has its own currency. You can buy marijuana openly and therefore it’s not allowed to photograph at most parts of the little Hippie town. It’s definitely worth a visit and have some local beer ๐Ÿ™‚
Christiania

4. Have a break at on of the Cafes

Copenhagen offers a huge variety of little Cafรฉs and Restaurants and the food is amazing!


Taking a break at one of the wine bars

5. Take a Walk from the little Mermaid to Amalienborg

Taking a walk to the little mermaid not only saves you a lot of money by not taking one of the tourist buses it also gives you the chance to walk along the pier and have some amazing views on the way. After posing with the little mermaid don’t forget to check out Kastellet Copenhagen which is very close and offers a lot of good photo opportunities ๐Ÿ™‚

The little Mermaid

Amalienborg

6. The Round Tower

Going up Round Tower doesn’t take long and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view overlooking Copenhagen and seeing the bridge that takes you to Sweden.

view from the Round Tower
Break on the way up

7.  Have some Wagamamas

Although this may seem a little weird for those of you from the UK but since I’m from Germany and there is no Wagamama anywhere in Germany I was very excited to try it – and I loved it. It’s located right outside Tivoli. 
Food at Wagamamas
my favorite  Edamame ๐Ÿ™‚

8.  Rent an apartment on Airbnb

Scandinavian interior design is famous for it’s bright, individual and clean style. You’ll get the most authentic experience if you rent an apartment on Airbnb and there are some great offers for Copenhagen as well. We really enjoyed our stay at our apartment since it was located centrally and we had a really nice host. 

Our Airbnb Apartement

9. Nyhavn and Canal boat tour

Probably known as one of the most famous places in Copenhagen – Nyhavn. From Nyhavn a lot of boat tours departure. It’s a great way to get to know the city from a different perspective. It’s also quite cheap and a unique experience. 
Nyhavn

10. Danish Pastries

One of the things you have to try while being in Denmark are Danish pastries. Believe me it’s so hard to decide what to get while you’re in a Danish bakery since you want to try it all. And maybe you have the chance to when you stay a little bit longer. 
Danish pastries

Hope you enjoyed this little Copenhagen guide. Have you ever been to this beautiful city?

Lots of love,

Melly

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Copenhagen – Autumn Outfit Inspiration

Hi Loves,

last week was one of the best ones I’ve had in a long time. First I traveled to Cologne to see two of my best friends and we had a lovely evening. But the next day it got even better when we took a plane to – Copenhagen ๐Ÿ™‚ We spend some amazing days there which became even better when

we met up with two mutual friends from Hawaii. The weekend we spent together was just so awesome and it was great to see them again. While I’m typing this blog post I already miss them so much and hope to see them soon again.

The outfit I wore most during our stay was very comfy and perfect for all the sightseeing we did. Since I got blisters on my feet after the first day –  I was stuck and had to wear my nike sneakers for the rest of our trip. My favorite part of the outfit is the huge cardigan I got last year from Promod which was very well suited for the windy weather. Zara scarfs are my favorite for the fall/winter time because they are just the softest thing ๐Ÿ™‚ The bag, which is also from Zara, is additionally great for school or university since it has a padded compartment for an iPad or Laptop.

Hope you like this outfit, what is your favorite autumn outfit?
Love,
Melly
Cardigan – promod
Scarf – Zara
Bag – Zara
Jeans – Zara
Shoes – Nike
Shirt – Vintage

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10 Things To Do in Bangkok


This summer I was fortunate enough to travel around South East Asia and the first city we visited was Bangkok. As you might have seen in the blog I already did a Outfit Series in Bangkok. In this post I wanted to share some of the greatest things you can do in Bangkok. Of course Bangkok is a huge city with lots of things to do but I summarized the things I would do again and liked the most.

First of all I have to say that Bangkok really surprised me. I totally fell in love with the streets, the markets and the malls there ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a great city and I think a lot of tourists never get to see it’s beauty because the only see the airport and then go directly to the beaches. If you do so you’ll for sure have a great vacation but I’ve always been more interested in the way people are living in different countries so me and my friend decided to stay a week in Bangkok and we never regretted it.

1. Terminal 21

Terminal 21 is a Shopping Mall with different areas from all over the world. The Mall is huge and you can easily spend the whole day there. They also have a huge food court where you can have all different kinds of food. They have a huge variety and it’s very cheap as well. Btw – Shrimp Pad Thai tastes amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Chatuchak Weekend Market 

Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the World’s largest markets and cover 27 acres in the northern part of Bangkok. You can easily get lost in there and spend the whole there getting lost in the small alleys. Try the fresh juices or have some coconut ice cream – you wont’t regret it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, if you wanna bring home some souvenirs buy them here since they are a lot cheaper than on Khao San or other touristy places. Also they have a lot more variety and sizes. 

3. Bargain

When in Asia one thing you have to be prepared for is – bargaining. No matter if you wanna go in taxi or buy a Shirt on Chatuchak you always have to remember to bargain and don’t be afraid of it. If you don’t bargain it means that you are bad at doing business and that’s never a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the beginning it’s quite awkward but you’ll get used to it. 

4. Visit Wat Pho at sunset

Ok I have to admit this is a very touristy thing to do but it’s totally worth it! Especially if you go around sunset. The atmosphere is just breathtaking and since most of the tourists already left you will have the magical place almost to yourself and have time to chat with the monks there. You would be surprised how much they know about different countries and how much they want to learn about your country. 

5. Have a Pad Thai & Sticky Rice with Mango

Ok, let’s talk food ๐Ÿ˜€ Asian food is one my favorites and I couldn’t try enough of all the different dishes and flavors while we where in Bangkok. But what everyone has to try while being there is Pad Thai and Sticky Rice with Mango. It’s absolutely delicious! 

6. Cooking School

If you like Pad Thai and Sticky Rice with Mango as much as I do you should definitely go to a cooking class while you’re in Bangkok. We went to the Silom cooking school and it was a great experience. We had a class with people from Vietnam, Singapur, Malaysia and the United States. It’s a great intercultural experience and you get to know people from all over the world, let alone the food. You start the class by going to a local food market where you’ll get explained all the different vegetables and herbes they use. During classes you learn how to make an awesome Pad Thai at home and also some Dim Yong Kum and other tasty dishes. The cooking class was definitely one of my favorite things to do in Bangkok. 

7. Klong Tour

If you a looking for a unique experience to explore parts of the city that you wouldn’t get to see otherwise I would very much recommend a Klong Tour. As always you have to bargain to get a good price. The tours are offered in various routes and if you can make the time I would recommend to take one of the longer ones, it’s definitely worth it if you want to explore some of the parts that are hidden to the usual tourist. Our tour also ended around sunset and we got to 

8. China Town

When we were planning to go to China Town our taxi driver asked us: ‘Do you really wanna go there? Why?’ ๐Ÿ˜€ It doesn’t seem that it’s something special to the local people but I still would got there, especially during the night. The main street is filled up with various food stands and people are sitting on the street and have a late night dinner. The different smells and kinds of foods can be quite overwhelming, but in a good way. 

9. Khao San Road

At least after Hangover 2 everyone and their mother knows about Khao San Road and if you wann ago out at night this is a great place to go. In the evenings the bars fill up, the street lights up in amazing colors and you’ll meet Backpackers from all around the world. During the day you can go to one of the amazing cafes. 

10. Go to a Supermarket and try all the different Foods

One of the most fun parts if you’re European or American is to go to a supermarket and try the different foods and drinks. We found a lot of sweets and fresh food. I always like to go to supermarkets in foreign countries, there is always so much to see and be astonished about ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you liked this travel post <3

Love,

Melly

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