May 2017 archive

Morning beauty routine

4 steps for healthy and productive habits
4 steps for healthy and productive habits
 

Morning beauty routine

For the visual story of this blog post I was inspired by the philosophy of the Vichy Slow Age products. The Vichy philosophy is all about 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.

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.

4 steps for healthy and productive habits

Fact is 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 the following four steps in our every daily morning beauty routine?

Morning beauty routine
4 steps for healthy and productive habits
 
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.

4 steps for healthy and productive habits

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. I got hooked on it because it feels like silky water on my skin. 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!

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 
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.

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

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Morning beauty routine

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.

Morning beauty routine
Morning beauty routine
 

Morning beauty routine

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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.

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

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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 luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris.

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

If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

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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.

Rendezvous avec Cartier
International Press Event with French luxury brand
 

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…

I was kind of skeptical and couldn’t make up my mind. I called my friend Polina in Athens to see what her intentions were. We spent the previous fashion week in Paris together, and we could make a decision this time together again. Together, it’s always better.

International Press Event with French luxury brand

MAISON CARTIER Press Event 

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 attend the Press Event.

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.

International Press Event with French luxury brand
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

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).

Rendezvous avec Cartier

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.

Rendezvous avec Cartier

Rendezvous avec Cartier
Rendezvous avec Cartier
 

Rendezvous avec Cartier

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. 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. The next departure is scheduled for Monday morning.

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Corte San Pietro

Matera hotel photography

Corte San Pietro! 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.

Matera hotel photography
Matera hotel photography
 

boutique hotel in Matera

One of those hotels and places was Corte San Pietro in Matera and the owner of it, Sig.a Marisa and Fernando Ponte.

boutique hotel in Matera
Corte San Pietro
 

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.

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

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.

Corte San Pietro

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.

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

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

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!

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

Amazing place, as I’ve said before. It made me feel special and most probably it will make you feel special too.

Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro
 

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!

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Visit Matera

visit Matera

Visit Matera

I’ve been longing to visit Matera for many years? 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.

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

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.

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The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
 
The best thing of our trip in Matera

Or maybe one of the best things… Matera in February seemed to be all mine. I hope this doesn’t sound selfish. What I am trying to say is that I loved the quiet atmosphere of the place. 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.

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The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
 

When we arrived in Matera, after about 4 hours bus ride from Napoli, it was pretty late and we were quite tired. Would you like to know, what was the first thing we did, once we checked in at Palazzo Gattini? SPA! I put on the swimsuit and jumped literally into the pool, and after the sauna, it felt, oh so revitalizing!

Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.
Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.
 

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!

Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.

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.

Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.
Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.
 

visit Matera

The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
 

The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria

The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

visit Matera
visit Matera
 
visit Matera
visit Matera
 

visit Matera

Best hotels in Matera 

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.

visit Matera
visit Matera
 
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The Viennese Girl blog from Vienna Austria
 

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!

Region Basilicata. I Sassi di Matera. Best travel tips.
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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!

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*Disclaimer: My visit in Matera was an invitation to a press trip from Enit Italia. All words, comments and thoughts in this post are my own. This blog post contains affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.