May 2017 archive

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 
Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

For the visual story of this blog post I was inspired by the philosophy of the Vichy Slow Age products, which is nothing else than: take care of your self, sleep well, eat healthy, exercise, escape to the nature, breathe fresh air, and use high quality skin care products that will prevent skin aging before it’s too late. I wanted to create a visual story that reflects those principles to remind me that self care is so important and it is something we unfortunately tend to forget.

It’s true that no one can avoid stress, damage from the sun, pollution, and fatigue. These are all factors of a busy lifestyle that we cannot control, but they have a huge impact on our skin. What if we all adopt those four steps in our every daily morning beauty routine?

Step 1: Vichy Puree Thermale, the facial cleanser. 
I use it every morning to wash my face and feel awake, and every night to clean the impurities and remove make up.

Step 2: Mineral 89, the daily booster.
As soon as my skin is clean, I apply Mineral 89. I never thought I would ever use a product like that, but I got hooked on it because it feels like silky water on my skin and just one drop is enough for the whole face. It can be integrated in every skincare routine, as the first step after the cleanser, has the highest amount of VICHY THERMAL WATER in combination with hyaluronic acid and together the formula strengthens your skin and hydrates the skin just perfectly.

This product has become my favourite!

Step 3: Vichy Slow age daily creme
This face cream comes in two different formula, which is very clever since we don’t all have the same skin complex. The one formula is the one that you see in this blog post and the other one was in my previous blog post To get a better feeling of the two formula, you need to check it out! Find the one that matches your skin! This face cream has been a staple part of my morning beauty routine for a long time now.

Step 4: Vichy Slow Age for the eyes
Last step of my morning beauty routine but very essential. Creamy and soft, it’s easy to use and leaves a smooth finish.

All the Slow Age products are Paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and contain the Vichy thermal water which is the star ingredient of the brand. The Vichy thermal water is rich in 15 different minerals which provide long lasting hydration and improve skin quality.

As I have already mentioned in my previous blog post, there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. Take care of yourself, choose a healthy lifestyle, use a high quality skin product and you will see your skin shine every morning ♥

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

The first thing that was making me super excited about Paris Fashion Week last March was the Cartier Press Event, and the second thing was the Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris.

Oh yes, here on The Viennese Girl blog, we die for little glitter and glamour, why should we hide it anyway? And Paris has a lot of them to offer, that’s why we also go, why should we hide it anyway? And all those things together always remind me the reason why I started this blog: to escape the routine, get access to dreamy places, and do things I’ve never done before.

It was raining cats and dogs the moment we stepped in at The Peninsula for our afternoon tea. Perfect timing to be somewhere indoors. Polina and I hunkered down in the armchair and indulged in delicious finger sandwiches and pastries. While sipping tea and savouring scones served with cream and jams, we took those photos. At the same time, we tried to be as discreet as possible not to disturb other people in Le Lobby, although it was quite difficult to hide our enthusiasm. The luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne, everything made a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris. If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

More on Instagram ♥

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier
At the beginning of this year, I asked myself whether I wanted to go to the upcoming season’s Paris Fashion Week or not. To be completely honest with you, I wanted to (of course I did) but the thing is that I didn’t really want to go through all this process of organizing everything all over again.

Believe it or not, the organizational part before the PFW is a big production. Flight tickets, hotel arrangements, presentations and shows, plus emails, emails, emails…So I was kind of skeptical and couldn’t make up my mind. For that reason, I called my friend Polina in Athens to see what her intentions were, since we spent the previous fashion week in Paris together, and we could make a decision this time together again. Together, it’s always better.

All this lasted until the moment an email from MAISON CARTIER hit my inbox. It made me change my mind immediately! Wouldn’t you change yours as well? I was kind of flattered, to say the least, that I was invited by such a huge renowned French Jeweler and Watchmaker to visit Paris for the Press day. So I felt it was meant to be and hopped on a flight to Paris on the first of March. I had a Rendezvous avec Cartier. How cool! But I didn’t stay for just one day. I stayed the whole week, but more of that on next photo blog posts.

The event took place at Hotel Pourtales. During the Rendezvous avec Cartier, I didn’t take many photos, nor had someone with me to take photos of me or for me (which could have been an option as I noticed from watching the others). My focus was rather on the collections, to see and try out some of my favourite pieces (of which you can see here), the Cactus de Cartier for instance, which reminds me of my days in Morocco, and meeting new people.

And I know, I know before you say anything…I should have published my photos from the event much earlier, but don’t be harsh with me : ) The last months I’ve been traveling non stop, and I finally found some time right now to deal with all the editorial content from Paris before I leave for the next travel adventure. I hope I will finish my work before Sunday night, because the next departure is on Monday morning.

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Corte San Pietro

Corte San Pietro

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

Corte San Pietro

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

Corte San Pietro

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

Shoes: Humanic shoes

The perks of being the owner and editor of The Viennese Girl photography blog (TVG) are visiting amazing places around the world, staying in amazing hotels and getting to know amazing people. One of those hotels and places was Corte San Pietro in Matera and the owner of it, Sig.a Marisa and Fernando Ponte.

I kept thinking again and again “This hotel property should be featured on the TVG in the category Hotel recommendations” . And here it is now, online on TVG.

I am not sure whether my photos can do justice of the beauty of Corte San Pietro. This place is way too beautiful! I tried to catch the beauty though. Having just only one lense, the 50mm, is not easy. I know, I know, I have to buy more lenses, but this is another topic of discussion haha. Nevertheless, I took many photos of Corte San Pietro, as I usually do with anything that I like a lot, as it usually happens every time I am in a place I like a lot.

Hmm, what should I say now about this beautiful hotel? I have more feelings than words can describe because it’s special, unique, one of a kind… I loved the minimalism, the attention to detail. And in general, I love people who have an exceptional sense of style and know how to decorate a place. I loved how they managed to turn old caves to a luxury boutique hotel. The Italian breakfast in the morning, a peaceful courtyard, our room the Deluxe Loft Matrimoniale, the view from our window, the umbrellas hanging on the door in case of rain, and our names in front of our cave, because this was our temporary home. Temporary, but still our home in Matera! Amazing place, as I’ve said before. It made me feel special and most probably it will make you feel special too.

The only bad thing is that we had to leave…

If you have the chance to visit the South of Italy, please visit Matera, Corte San Pietro and Fernando!

More on Instagram! ♥

visit Matera

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 

Do you know for how many years I’ve been longing to visit and see Matera myself? I recall once, I saw an editorial on a magazine that took place in Matera and since then I’ve been dreaming of this little cave-town in the south of Italy which is very particular and unique like no other. And now, not only am I happy that I finally visited that place but I am also happy to share this travel and adventure of mine with you all, so that you can all visit Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, and see the beauty of the place for yourself. But, do you know what the best thing in the whole trip was? Or maybe one of the best things… Matera in February seemed to be all mine. I hope this doesn’t sound selfish, all I am trying to say is that I loved looooved the quiet atmosphere of the place ..and without scads of tourists, I could take photos here and there uninterrupted. I guess the high season in Matera starts in April and ends somewhere in October.

When we arrived in Matera, after about 4 hours bus ride from Napoli, it was pretty late and we were quite tired. Do you know, what was the first thing we did, once we checked in at Palazzo Gattini? Three letters I tell you: SPA! I put on the swimsuit and jumped literally into the pool, and after the sauna, it felt, oh so revitalizing! The following day, when I woke up I started realizing more of what was happening and where I was. I can still recall three things of that morning very well, like it was yesterday: Fresco painting on the ceiling of our hotel room, bruschetta with ricotta for breakfast and an Italian flag hanging on the balcony. Welcome to Matera! Together with our personal guide Mrs. Dora Cappiello, we were more than excited to check what Matera had to offer and to photograph its beauty. It was that kind of place that I was dying to photograph, although it was quite confusing at the beginning because I didn’t know from where to start, like it usually happens with all the beautiful places in this world that blows my mind.

We stayed two nights at Palazzo Gattini and two nights at Corte San Pietro (of which I am going to tell you more in the next blog post). Another day we were also invited to have breakfast at Sextantio, another beautiful historical hotel, where we met Mrs. Marcella di Feo from Basilicata Turistica and the whole team. Afterwards, we drove together to the opposite part of Matera to see the little town from another point of view. The program of our visit was quite flexible, and it was good like that because I needed my freedom to move around and explore everything the way I wanted.

I miss everything about this little town. The hot chocolate I had everyday at Caffè San Biagio, crazy and funny tuk tuk rides with Paolo around i Sassi di Matera (look for him in Matera), bruschetta with ricotta, “Trippola maritata” pasta dish we had every night for dinner and so many other things that made this trip special…too bad we had to leave because the day of our departure there was a chocolate festival happening in the weekend…but as Fernando from Corte San Pietro said in Italian “Per tornare, bisogna andare”! And I had to leave. Paris was next on the list!

At this point, we have to thank ENIT Italia for organizing this individual press trip for us, My Austrian Holidays and the Region Basilicata for having us as guests and showing us I Sassi di Matera! More on Instagram.♥