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Entries Tagged as 'foodie'

Snacks in my job

Posted on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Those of you that have met me before or know me, know that I love healthy fresh food.
In my job a makeup artist with a very irregular schedule it’s not always easy.
Some photo shoots have fantastic catering with fresh fruits & salads, while sometimes there is hardly any food at all or other times just junk food and pizza.
I have written before on the importance of healthy diet for a good skin over here.

I need my breakfast in the morning to function properly but with starts that require me to get up as early as 3am sometimes (ouch!)
it’s impossible. Who can eat a full breakkie in the middle of the night? Exactly.

I usually bring some nuts and apples or prepare a fresh smoothie for on the go.
That’s why got super excited when I got send a care package of healthy snacks that are designed you fill you up not out.
Slim Secrets is a new Australian brand of snack bars and other little snacks perfect to carry around with me in my handbag.
While I think it’s super important to remember that fresh unprocessed food is always the best option, these bars are obvsly so much better than your average chocolate bar,
while tasting like the real thing (if I even remember what a real one tastes like…I haven’t had one for many many years)
I cut most sugar out of my diet, while I eat natural fruit and natural sweeteners which is enough for me and makes me feel healthier.
To get an extra energy boost throughout the day I really liked having these little bars with me though.

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My fav flavours among the bars were: Night Time Binge Buster & Mintabolism Boost. But I kinda liked them all!
They also do cookies, Fit Balls and chips if you prefer savoury snacks!
I don’t do diets, I know there is no shortcut or “secret” to staying healthy and fit but moderate exercise and healthy fresh food.
So these snacks are no secret trick to stay slim, just a healthy-ish snack alternative to regular chips or chocolate.

If you are on the road a lot, def try these little treats.

What I liked about this snacks:
They are high in fibre,
low or free of sugar
full of goodies like seeds, and antioxidants
easy to bring on the go
SUPER TASTY
Just the right size for a snack
There are some for breakfast early times, some for night time,
some for afternoon caravings

What to think about:
They are a good alternative to unhealthy conventional snacks
They should not replace meals or fresh snacks
They taste so good that I am tempted to eat more than one bar in one go ;)

Note: I have received free samples, however all my opinions are truly my own and in no way biased and I was not paid to write a review.

I am freshly in love…

Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2013


photo taken by the fabulous Lisa Diederich

…with our life over here in Australia and with my job.
With the change of seasons and the crisp cool days. With Sydney and the colours.
I love being a makeup artist, I am in love with teaching people about skin care, I am passionate about nutrition and I rediscovered my love for writing.
I am in love with weddings and everyone I get to work with.

Lately I had the chance to collaborate with the wonderful White Magazine and I am writing a series of guest posts for them as Beauty Expert. Read the first part of my Get The Glow Series here and try my favourite smoothie recipes.
I will share my insider tips on how to achieve a healthy radiant skin step by step.
Thanks White Team, for inviting me as a guest!

Green smoothies, Glowing Skin…

Posted on: Monday, March 25, 2013


Green smoothies, glowing skin and other essential items I couldn’t live without lately, as I have have been busy buzzing it’s all about keeping the right balance.

In January I joined a “green smoothie a day challenge” hosted by Simple Green Smoothies,I loved it so much that I am still going. Not every day maybe, but almost. And they are having another challenge in April, which I will definitely join.
It’s so good for your whole body and it’s super easy. It makes a real difference to your skin, I promise!
If you are a buzzing bee as well, or if you are on a pre-wedding detox this is definitely for you.

I put together a few things for you that really help me when I am flat out with work:

Green Smoothies: Healthy fresh food makes all the difference, and although I don’t have the time to prepare complicated meals right now,
chucking some fruit and veggies into a blender and pressing a button can be done in 5min. I make a different one every day.
My Favourite right now: 1 banana, 1 pear, 1 apple, 1 handful of baby spinach, 1/2 cup of soya or almond milk, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp Supergreens Powder. This recipe makes about 3 sundae glasses of smoothie!

Comfy shoes: I do like to look somewhat professional at work and won’t rock up to a shoot or wedding in flip flops (although I sometimes have to bring them along when shooting on the beach!) So: Comfortable chic shoes, that look like I am happy to work in them all day, but still somewhat stylish.
The ones above are from Geox. There is nothing worse then painful feet, on a long day of work, it’s so distracting, flat shoes are the way to go!

Little Lunch Break Swims: Whenever I can I sneak out for a quick swim in my lunch break, not just a little exercise and movement, but also great relaxation for sore muscles. I also get the best ideas why swimming and find it clears my head.
Love Balm: So small, it fits in every pocket, it keeps my lips nicely moisturized, soothes any dehydrated areas or dry patches and makes a great cuticle balm too. It smells divine of natural rose oil too, the smell that opens the heart chakra. Jurlique Love Balm in Rose, sooo goood!

What keeps you balanced when you are super busy?

My wonderful Christmas Boots

Posted on: Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Image via BBC Good Food

I am celebrating Christmas in Summer this year. It is my first time.
I am beyond excited about reinventing all new traditions and I have written about it here
on my personal lifestyle blog Liv+Dave=
I am dreaming about a homemade Pavlova and some cool Champagne.
We are doing a little Secret Santa as well, and I am really looking forward to buying and wrapping gifts.

My Mum just sent me those wonderful new shoes by Betty London, red ankle boots that look so festive in red with little golden zip.
I really want to wear them for Christmas.
Thanks for sending Mum, I love them, it’s just…uhm…Christmas here in Sydney might be a little bit warmer than where you are in Germany.
But I am sure I will get to wear them a lot, regardless.
And now I am looking for a recipe to make the perfect Pavlova!
Happy Christmas time everyone!

My dream home

Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2011


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My first dream house was the “VILLA KUNTERBUNT” which is the house of Pippi Longstocking.
When I was 4 years old I was obsessed by her, she had it all.
A big house without parents, cool pets, cake for breakfast, a huge box of gold coins and good friends.

Today most inspiration for my dream home comes from The Selby, where most houses actually do have a lot in common with the Villa Kunterbunt.
The site is so addictive and always creates big house-envy.
But I am getting closer to my dream home, step by step.
Our living situation will improve drastically next month.
We are moving house and just found a fabulous BIG flat
in the same fantastic old factory building.
We will be sharing with a couple from Paris, très chic.
And guess what? My new flatmate is a vegan baker! YAY & YUM.
What does your dream home look like? And is it a long way to go?

I’ve found a cake for you, in Sydney

Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

photos by Liv cake by Sweet Art
Hey! I am back, safe and sound.
I got myself a tan and had the best holiday of my life.
I loved Australia, every part that I have visited.
Mostly the weather and all the fresh fruit.
I really like it warm. Now I know more than ever within a few years time,
I want to live in the sun.

mhmmm meringue rings

Posted on: Tuesday, November 9, 2010


photo and rings via charlesandmarie.com

Designed to look just like a little meringue, these rings look absolutely uber-delish.
The German designer Tanja Hartmann used silicone to create those sweet rings. (No- this is not an engagement ring suggestion…)
The last time I had meringues was here. And they were addictive.
Are meringues the new cupcakes?

one of these days

Posted on: Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Photo via Une Vie De La Chute

I have to say I haven’t had one of this days in ages.
But today it fully kicked in. I started to question every little dust corn in my life.
Just everything went wrong. I kept making the most ridiculous mistakes 3 times in a row.
My train was delayed ….I had a headache-my brain felt like mash:
Small things really.
But enough to realise I NEED A LITTLE BREAK,
just this one night without work. The evening off, at least.
And I am already feeling better!
I had a delicious dinner at Busaba Eathai in Shoreditch.
I needed some people watching I had to leave the house, and my work for some time.
Thank you Dave for fabulous company and motivation.
And now I snuggle up EARLY and listen to the storm and rain outside.

What do you do if you have one of those days? What brings you back on track?

golden cake and fresh fruit

Posted on: Thursday, August 12, 2010

image via 100 Layer Cake

WOAH! Now: That’s a GOLDEN cake!
And the little fruit cakes are not bad either.
They remind me of the ones we served at our housewarming.

livs golden skull minibar

Posted on: Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Photo by Liv

Last sunday while wandering around Broadway Market after breakfast at
l’eau a La Bouche (highly recommended!)
we discoverd in a magical little furniture & antique shop
full of cool little things, from issey miyake catwalk sunglasses, to the most amazing teapot set…
I could have bought the whole shop (but the price tags didn’t allow me to do so)
At least Liv found loads of inspiration- for free!

The golden skull mini home bar arrangement really got me.
The white painted wood table with a mirror table top decorated with golden paint, a shiny skull candle and a set of different antique cocktail glasses with golden rim:
Perfection!
I am a sucker for almost everthing golden anyway.
And I wanted to share it with you because of it’s weddingy festiveness.
So? Who’s is gonna rock something like that on their wedding?

Origami Snack Bowls

Posted on: Sunday, July 18, 2010


snapshop from my phone
On Friday I have been to a stunning art opening.
This was where I spotted a really cool and easy DIY decoration idea for weddings.
All you need is a few big sheets of strong paper!
And I guess everyone knows back from primary school days how to fold this shape ; )
Just flip it over and fill with crisps, nuts or candy : Voilà!

flamingos, candy & bourbon

Posted on: Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Last week we attended a rad wedding in a pub in East London.

The couple owns/manages a club in East London and decided to invite basically everyone, that has ever been a guest at the venue.
It was fantastic. The place was overly decorated with pink, flamingos, they had a candy buffett, and a really rockin live band.
Even if thats not my style at all, the atmosphere was great.
Candy and bourbon is a really great combination by the way.

Note to self: I have to have a candy buffet on my wedding!
Check out the more pics of this wedding on SAVOIR weddings.
DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVE LONDON ?

crazy cake

Posted on: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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image via Whisk Kid

The smooth white exterior makes the cake look completely normal, but once you slice into it you realize…
OH SNAP! THIS CAKE IS CRAZY!
This girl made it for her friends farewell party. Read the whole story and the original recipe here.
I think this one would make for a stunning wedding cake.
I love the frivolous design but im not too sure about the taste, all the food colorings and all the frosting.
Maybe its worth trying to work on that before making one, anyone willing to try a vegan version for Liv?

You might also like this cake/food inspiration posts: about cake, make your cupcakes rock, black cake- rum rum hooray!

golden macaroons

Posted on: Monday, December 7, 2009

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The fashion industry’s favourite sweet treat Laduree, has collaborated with Marni – producing a limited edition box of macaroons.
These are chocolate filled, layered with gold sheets, and will be available from December, 1st in all Laduree shops in Paris, London, Dublin, Tokyo and Switzerland. Yay its Christmas time!

I know someone would be happy ; )

mhmmmmerry chocolate mood!

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

amazing chocolate wedding cakes from Patisserie Valerie.

These stunning weding cakes remind me of christmas trees.
SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
Its the time of year when it starts to get really cold and dark.
Christmas time always gets me into a candy, cookies, and chocolate mood!

Liv and Lav already had their private little Christmas at the weekend, as we wont be seeing each other til mid January.
We had an amazing dinner at saf, highly recommended place to eat in London!!!

What about you? Are you already in a festive mood?

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