Rosequartz And Rosegold – A Jewelry Trend That Will Carry On

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As of right now is there any combination of jewelry more hot than rose gold paired with the beauty of rose quartz gems?

Infatuation with pale pink reached its peak 2016 when rose quartz became color of the year. But lately there has been an extreme craze around the combination of the gem and rosé metal indicating that the trend will certainly carry itself over to 2017 at least in the jewelry world.

Indeed I find it very captivating, too and decided for this tiniest of drops on a super slim chain. The stone is without any visible inclusion, not that I would have mind but I came to like the clean look it gives me in this case. To follow a second trend I layered the necklace with another rose gold chain from which I removed the pendant as to not distract from the little rose quartz.

The day I made this selfie I also wore an almost complete pale pink outfit (similarly here) and together with the jewelry totally felt my look.

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All jewelry pieces by Apricot Room.

Earrings For New Years Eve: The Grand Pacifics | PD PAOLA

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PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve I’m going to wear these beautiful earrings from Spanish brand PD PAOLA for the New Years Eve celebrations tonight.

Far from being minimalist I thought why not sport some gems at this occasion. So long I had been eyeing this pair on Instagram and wondered if they would look good on my earlobes. You know one of my lobes has been pierced wrong and I can’t wear certain type of earrings especially when they’re too heavy.

At the end the unique design won me over. The style is more of a cuff and additionally secured with a stud through the earholes. On the top row sit four white howlite stones and beneath them five iridescent drop cut stones which look like labradorite but seem to be foiled glass only. Apart from that the quality is very good. The setting is done nicely and the cuff holds itself in place and keeps me from worrying if I possibly look weird.

I like how the brand label is discreetly embossed at the back. Some of PD PAOLA’s jewelry is branded in plain sight which look good as they have a nice label design but I am happy that they abstained in this case. PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve PD Paola Grand Pacific Jewelry Schmuck review unpacking schmuck jewelry blogger howlite howlith sterling silver gold plated fashion jewelry sylvester new years eve

If you would like to see some impressions in motion. I uploaded the Instastory unpacking unto Youtube:

 

Personal Guide To Istanbul | Part 2 – Sightseeing In Sultanahmet

Sultanahmet

Whole Istanbul is covered with beautiful sites to explore but Sultanahmet is where you’ll be rightly headed as a first time visitor. Gorge yourself on the grand architecture of Byzantium and the Ottomans.

(Click here for part 1 – where to stay or here for the complete quick guide.)

Below are my top choices so you won’t only go to the Hagia Sophia and then end up lost at the Grand Bazaar. I kept it tight and manageable for a 2 day visit and there are links throughout the text to each monument’s Wikipedia page so you can find everything easily and get more information if you want to.

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Personal Guide To Istanbul | Part 1 – Where To Stay

On my last post I made a quick list of personal recommendations for Istanbul and how to get along there. As I promised to go deeper, now have fun reading part 1 and tune in next week for my top sight-seeing choices.

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Our view on the first day’s morning. In September it can be very cloudy in Istanbul.

First lets talk about accommodation. Coming back to a place nice and cozy after a day of exhausting sight-seeing is very important for me. Else I feel soooo drenched after the trip back at home.

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A Quick Guide To Istanbul

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Some sites will not be an option if it’s cold or rainy. So better go in the warm months.

Getting there

The city has two big airports. One in the west and one in the east. Both are convenient. Of course from Atatürk Airport on the European side you will get into the city in a very much shorter amount of time than from Sabiha Gökcen what usually lasts an hour but can take forever if there’s traffic. Now the best way to do so is with the shuttle bus Havataș called after the operating company. The busses wait right in front of the airport exits and are timed well. Board the busses head to Taksim square from where you will get easily to anywhere else. Don’t waste on taxi or private transfer unless you arrive on the hours at night where there’s no bus ( around 1 to 4 am).

Getting around

Obtain yourself an Istanbul Kart right on your first day. Look out for the sign. The card itself costs a few TL, can be recharged at every station and you need only one card even if you’re more people. It’s not only valid for subway or busses but also any other public transport like the ferries.

Where to stay

This is where we stayed last time. Right next to the building you’ll find a really amazing bakery with wonderful smelling bread, a butcher and a Turkish super where you can get good produce. The feel of the quarter is that of an old movie. If you choose another place but in the same area just be careful not to book anything too close to Taksim square and read reviews beforehand. A review by me of the specific flat we rented is also found under the link above. I loved the big, airy rooms and its historic flair. The all white interior spoke very much to me. On the site its stated that it’s a place for 4 but you can easily fit up to six in.


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Top choices for sightseeing: Hagia SophiaBasilica CisternTopkapi PalaceHippodrome (don’t miss out strolling around the back alleys. Here from the Mehmed Pasha mosque through beautiful crumbling wood houses you can reach the leather vendors quarter), Cemberlitas and the Grand Bazaar. Honorary mention: drink a tea under the arches of the old aqueduct like a local.

Food: Balik Ekmek at the waterside of Eminönu (the term means fish ‘n bread though the days of locally sourced fish at this spot are long gone).

Beyoglu

Galata

Sightseeing: Galata Tower

Coffee: Latife

Shopping: Hammam towels and scarfs at Yakto Ipek

Istiklal road

Shopping: all major high street brands

Food and refreshment: Shake Shack (fast food); The House Café; Kumpir; tea at Hazzo Pulo Pasaji.

Art: Misir Apartment

Drinks and Cocktails: 360° on the rooftop of Misir Apartment; Orient Bar Pera Palas, Lucca Style.

Sightseeing: Various embassy gates, Galatasaray, Church of St. Anthony

Cihangir + Cukurcuma

Art: Museum of Innocence

Shopping: lots of antique shops, second hand and Indie brands for clothing and interior

Coffee: Brew Lab, Müz, Meinl

Breakfast: Van Kahvaltasi (order Menemen with Sucuk, ask the waiter to let it cook through if you get easily ill on vacations though)

Lunch: Cukurcuma 99

Dinner & Drinks: Mellow; Cezahir

Wine: Solera Winery

Karaköy

Breakfast, lunch, dinner & coffee: Everything on Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sokak street (Baltazar for yummy and reasonable priced steaks); watch out for the Souq Karaköy food markets and bazars.

Dinner: Karaköy Lokantasi

Art + Sightseeing: Istanbul Modern; look out for the ottoman watchtower in the museum’s entry area

Nisantasi + Bebek

Shopping: Midnight Express Istanbul Concept Store in Bebek

Sightseeing: Rumeli Hisari

Coffee: Petra Topagaci (Nisantasi); Sold Abbasaga in Besiktas

Lunch: Soup and noodle dishes at Kaptasoupasta

Cocktails + Food: Moro Nisantasi

Party: Club Reyna (very posh though)

Ortaköy

Sightseeing: Ortaköy mosque.

Popular place to hang around in the evening. Eat Kumpir and waffles there. Shop a little silver jewelry which is made in the workshops there.

Kadiköy

Take a ferry to get there, for example from Eminönu.

Sightseeing: Haydarpasha Terminal

Coffee: Walter’s Coffee Roastery (very experimental and a must if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad)

Hangout: Moda Park

Food: Ziya Sofrasi

Prince Islands

Also to be reached with the ferries. Take a nice old one where they serve tea and have wooden benches from Kabatas. Plan at least half a day to a day if you choose the most visit worthy island Büyükada and prepare for the stench of horse excrements.

Avoid the carriages and take the path to right. You will have a hike almost for your own  with less smell but many cats accompanying. In the forest at the middle there is an awesomely spooky ruin of an Greek orphanage and at the end of the path the church of Aya Yorgi awaits you on top of a hill.

Food: Eat fresh fish and seafood at one of the seashore restaurants. They’re a little cheaper further away from the ferry landing.

 

Karl Schenker – Master Of Beauty At Ludwig Museum

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Karl Schenker was a very much acclaimed master of photography and illustration especially during 20s Germany who later lost his impact and died 1954 in London without much notice from society.

I often wonder how it must be to rise that high and then vanish into oblivion. We see this all the time with film stars for example. But in Karl Schenker’s case it touches me even more. We see a man with true skills, magician like, he achieves unimaginable artistry and because of changing tastes and technology demand for him declines up into nothing.

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At the beginning Karl Schenker had a Studio in Berlin where everybody from high society be it aristocrats or politicians came to get their portraits taken. He did everything himself and where he shined most was the post-editing process where Karl Schenker proved to be a master of retouching. The studio portraits were taken in the gloomy style of the decade but with his hands and a brush he managed to add feathery and glowing highlights. The subjects were manipulated to look better and in the end they appeared with slimmer noses and shined with soft radiance wearing pelts and feather boas from the picture. Continue reading

Double Church In Rieselfeld – Freiburg | Architecture

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As much as I love ancient buildings, I also admire monoliths of neo-modern architecture.

Today we went to a zoo located in the outer rims of Freiburg. The whole district is called Rieselfeld and a part of it got transformed into a residential area. A very new borough with a very new church. Continue reading

Bars In Cologne: Suderman

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A cool bar space. Enough room to find a seat while still feeling cozy. Modern interior design but not too chic. Clean and not shabby. A place for a decent drink after work or on weekends when you actually don’t want to have a night out but still go out… This kind of bar I thought was missing in Cologne.

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