5 on Friday: Fall Beauty Faves

Before we left for Germany, I made one last trip to Sephora. Beauty products are much more expensive here (especially the American brands), so I made sure to scoop up everything I would need. So far I’ve been loving the new additions to my beauty bag and fall beauty routine. Here’s my 5 favorites:


beauty-faves2My Burberry Perfume / Origins GinZing Eye Cream / Davines Oi Oil / Bite Frozen Berries / Origins Original Skin Mask

My Burberry Perfume: I received this fragrance as a Christmas gift last year and I’ve only just gotten around to using it. I love saving new perfumes for a special occasion, and moving to Germany seemed like the right time. It smells like a cozy, floral, cuddly, perfect scent – perfect for Autumn and Winter.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream: A few months ago I received a sample of this cream and it worked well, so I knew it would be great for battling jet lag eyes. I’ve been using it everyday and it has been really helping me prevent looking tired. I wish I knew about this in college, I could have used some the mornings after those all-night study sessions.

Davines Oi Oil: In the spirit of switching up my hair routine, I decided to try Davines hair oil instead of Moroccanoil. It works well, and smells amazing. Sometimes I run some through my hair just to have the smell linger throughout the day. I wish there were scratch and sniff computer screens.

Bite Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick in Black Cherry: I have been slowly developing a collection of Bite lip products. The formula they use is on a different level – it’s hydrating and long lasting. The Black Cherry lip color screams fall, and I had been wanting a dark color for sometime now. It can be made darker by layering which is awesome. I have 2 layers on in the photo above.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask: There are not enough words to describe how amazing this mask is. After one use my skin is softer, more radiant, and my pores look much better. I wish I had purchased the corresponding serum as well. Their charcoal mask is great too. I can’t get enough.

Have you tried any of these beauty products before? What makes your favorite list for fall?

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My Go-To Sightseeing Outfit

The town I live in is the fourth largest in Bavaria, was untouched during WWII, and is well known as a “medieval city.” As a result, there are big tourist groups around all the time. Because the city is smaller, running into these groups is unavoidable. They are everywhere.

I love observing and trying to guess who is from the United States, and most of the time I’m correct. I find that many people seem to have taken the “being comfortable while sightseeing” look a little too literally and stand out like a sore thumb compared to the sleekly dressed Europeans. Has anyone else experienced this?

I value being comfortable too, especially when you’re on your feet most of the day, but it can definitely be done without looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Here’s how I rock my go-to sightseeing outfit:


Jacket: Uniqlo (similar) | Shirt: Storm & Marie | Jeans: Hudson (similar) | Shoes: Nike | Bag: LV | Earrings: Joomi Lim

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There are a few key elements I always gravitate towards while choosing my outfit for an all day session of walking around, especially in a new city. My goal is to always to blend in, and be comfy – easy enough, right? Here are my essentials from head to toe:

Smile: As corny as this sounds, a smile goes a long way, especially when you don’t speak the language. A smile puts a person immediately at ease.

A Light Jacket: With fluctuating weather (especially in Europe), a light jacket is essential. I find that a leather jacket is pretty much the universal symbol of “cool” everywhere. I love that don’t have to worry about this faux leather style getting damaged if it rains.

Zipped Bag: While traveling in big cities it’s nice to have a bag with a zipper – one you don’t have to worry about other people getting into. A lot of times when I travel I have my passport and my wallet with me – two things I don’t want to be stolen.

Jeans with stretch: There’s nothing worse than walking around all day in a crappy pair of jeans. I prefer mine with a little stretch, but not so much they lose their shape. There’s nothing worse than jeans with a saggy butt (especially if you don’t have much of one already – like me). I love this Hudson pair, they feel like sweat pants.

Comfy shoes: Shoes can be both comfortable and cute, and I love sneakers for that extra arch support. Yes, I’m old. I suggest sticking to simple styles and neutrals to avoid looking dorky. If you need some more sneaker inspiration Google how Kendall Jenner rocks sneakers – she kills it every time.

What is your go-to look while sightseeing? Do you have any must-haves?


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High Waist Shorts & Dog Culture in Germany

If you know Jeff and I well, then you may be aware that we are obsessed with our dog, Gia. We obviously don’t have any children, so Gia fills that role in our lives. Every time we move overseas we get asked “Are you bringing your dog?” and the answer is always yes. She’s a super easy traveller – she just sleeps in her cage under the seat in front of us. Seriously – I have no idea how she sleeps so much.

You can imagine my excitement when I read this article (written by a fellow hockey wife) discussing the dog culture in Germany. To summarize, dogs are accepted almost everywhere in Germany, and taking them out to socialize is what’s expected.

Jeff had a free day this Sunday, so we finally took Gia out to the city to explore with us. Sunday was kind of the perfect day because every store except restaurants are closed, meaning I wouldn’t have to try and manuever Zara with a dog. Can you imagine that? “Gia, do you mind if I just drape these scarves on you, my hands are full.” She would not be amused.


Jacket: James Perse – on sale | Tank: J. Crew (old color, more here) | Shorts: J. Crew (similar style) | Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (similar style) | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Necklace: Jewel Mint (similar) | Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

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Jacket: James Perse – on sale | Tank: J. Crew (old color, more here) | Shorts: J. Crew (similar style) | Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (similar style) | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Necklace: Jewel Mint (similar) | Earrings: Kate Spade (similar)

We walked around for a few hours, going down winding alleys and streets. When we started to get a little tired of walking, we sat and enjoyed lunch at a beer garden, where Gia patiently sat as we ate our meal, eying other dogs doing the same thing.

The day was quite perfect with perfect weather. I’m always happy when I can pull out my super comfy J. Crew shorts (last seen here). My silk tank and light James Perse jacket were the perfect amount of layers to keep me cozy. I once again decided to wear my booties, which I love, but are still pretty unreasonable for all the cobblestone. A quick glance at the Europeans will reveal that almost everyone is in sneakers or some kind of flat boots. I’m sure I will get there one day, but right now I am just too obsessed with heeled booties.

When we made our way back to our car, we passed by a tour group making their way through the city. As we walked by, a lady with a southern twang looked at us at said, “They sure do love their dogs here,” obviously mistaking us for locals. I had to laugh – the dog culture in Germany is certainly different than back home – for the better.