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Setagaya Park

Setagaya Park
Setagaya Park
 

We visited Setagaya Park the other day. A small, tranquil Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna’s 19th district.

These are my photos.

Setagaya Park
Setagaya Park
 

We couldn’t help photographing the blossoming sakuras.

Setagaya Park

Setagaya Park

Setagaya Park
Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna
 

I haven’t been to Japan but I am dying to go…

Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna
Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna
 

Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna

In Vienna we are lucky to have beautiful flowers and trees that blossom every April. You just have to know where to find them…

Setagaya Park is one of these places where you can find them!

Japanese garden with a fish pond & cherry blossoms in Vienna

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Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

Wien Wohnung

interior design photography apartment Vienna
interior design photography apartment Vienna
 

Unfortunately not my apartment in Vienna … but what a great decor, right? And how nice I had  the chance to see it with my own eyes AND I was allowed to take some photos and share them with you on The Viennese Girl blog. Could be the deco of a small design boutique hotel, but nope..it’s a private apartment in Vienna!

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Vienna coffee houses

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Vienna coffee houses
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Vienna coffee houses: Balthasar

If you’d like to have an excellent coffee in a stylish café, Balthasar is the place for you. Its spacious, minimalist interior offers five round tables at the windows, at which one can work or chat unbothered by the other guests. When they’re taken, no need to worry – there are still seats at the communal tables! And in the summer you can also sit outside or order a take-away coffee and go for a walk at the nearby Danube Canal. Don’t forget to try their pastries, though. They are finger-licking good!

 

Supersense vienna

Supersense vienna

Supersense vienna

Supersense vienna

 

Vienna coffee houses: Supersense

Supersense was opened as a small café in an analog concept store and has been expanding ever since. No wonder, as it stuns its visitors from the very moment they open the velvet curtain at the entrance. High ceilings with golden, floral ornaments and huge palace windows remind of the old times while the interior design is a mixture of the last few decades and the most modern style. It’s easy to notice the love to detail, especially when it comes to coffee – it’s served on a wooden plate, accompanied by a glass of water with a colorful bottom. For the hungry ones, there’s also a selection of breakfast and lunch options. Supersense’s atmosphere is truly exceptional and should be on any coffee lover’s list.

 

Vienna coffee houses

Vienna coffee houses
Vienna coffee houses
 

Vienna coffee houses

Vienna coffee houses

Vienna coffee houses: Burggasse 24

If there’s any ultimate Neubau place, it’s Burggasse 24. Every piece of furniture in this cozy café in the back of a second-hand shop is different, yet goes well with its artsy vibe and laid-back atmosphere. Here, you can sit on one of the colorful couches or chairs, sip on a great cup of coffee and look at the fireplace; or at yourself, as there are mirrors on every wall. The omnipresent abundance of plants completes the picture. Apart from coffee, breakfast and drinks are served. A true hygge experience in Vienna

Text by Kasia Makusz

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Vienna Design District

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This is not my typical blog post. It’s not a travel-oriented one. Rather, it has to do with a great experience that I had last week in Vienna. 

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First of all, let me tell you this: I never had the need for a car in Vienna because I travel so much. I am not in Vienna very often, and when I am, I work from home and I walk a lot. Turns out, I don’t know a lot about the car industry. For this reason, I was very excited at the opportunity to attend the Vienna Design District event last week in collaboration with Mazda Austria. This experience gave me an insight into the car industry and allowed me to learn more about their Kodo Design Philosophy and about the process of overcoming the challenges Kodo poses to the designers and the clay modellers. Kodo means “soul of motion”. Kodo aims to capture energy in motion, even when standing still, infusing the vitality of living creatures into products that are exciting and inspiring, yet also warm and inviting. 

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I spent the entire day with the team of Mazda Austria and their guests. We kicked off the experience with a briefing of the topic “How Mazda designs”. The event took place in Saal der Laabstelle and all the guests were introduced to clay. Clay is for Mazda the perfect material to convey the emotion and detail that Mazda wants to put into the surfaces of its vehicles. A clay modeller said a few words about his work and I had the chance to be, with his help, a clay modeller for a moment.

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What I took with me from this experience was that I realized how much work goes behind creating a car. It all begins with a vision and a philosophy and it is followed by intense debate between the clay modellers and the exterior designers until the design is finalized down to the last detail. The craftsmanship consists of four steps: design with clay, create with metal, perfect with paint and finesse the fabrications. 

Vienna Design District

Later on, we all had lunch at the Laabstelle restaurant, followed by an Insta-Walk through Vienna’s first district. Afterwards, we had an Insta-Drive with the new Mazda3. All the photos that you see in this blog post were taken during that day. 

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

We ended the day at the Vienna Design District event, which took place at Hofburg. The Vienna Design District event was a three day event and it was the biggest Design-Event of the year. Hofburg was transformed into a huge showroom where local and international brands presented designs, each one from a different perspective. It’s no wonder why Vienna remains the world’s most live-able city and it has also been elected as the world’s smartest city this year. 

Vienna Design District

I was very happy to be a guest of Mazda Austria. Thank you for having me! 

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Disclaimer: In collaboration with Mazda Austria 

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

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I wanted to go the Vienna Opera Ball this year but I didn’t dare to think that it could actually happen. In fact, when I received the invitation from Swarovski, I couldn’t believe my own eyes. I had to check my mobile twice to convince myself that my wish did come true.

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Best Vienna lifestyle blog
 

Not only was I happy for me to attend the Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski, but I was also happy for my Instagram friends and readers. I knew that they would love to see my photos from the the Opera Ball on my social media channels. How do I know this? I have this impression from back in 2016 when I attended the Vienna Opera Ball for the very first time.

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From a photography point of view, this blog post could be divided into two parts.

Dolce & Gabbana evening outfit

In the first part, we have photos that were shot at The Guesthouse Hotel, where I had my makeup and hair done by a professional team of hair dressers and makeup artists.

Dolce & Gabbana bag

As you can tell from the photos, I love product photography. When I have beautiful products in front of me, I feel the need to photograph them. I can spend hours doing so, playing with the light and with different compositions. In this case, my beautiful products were my jewelry pieces from Swarovski and the cutest little bag from Dolce & Gabbana. I chose to wear them for this special night.

photos at The Guesthouse Hotel in Vienna
photos at The Guesthouse Hotel in Vienna
 

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

In the second part, we have two shots from the gala dinner. The dinner took place at the Sacher hotel. The blog post ends with photos that are shot in the Opera House, one day before the ball, during the official final rehearsal.

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

It was quite challenging to cover photographically all those amazing happenings that occured one after the other: the rehearsal on Wednesday, the preparation before the ball, the gala dinner, the Opera Ball on Thursday 8th of February.

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

But believe me, if I have the chance again, I would do the same thing all over. It made me feel alive, honored, and blessed to have been given this opportunity to attend the Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski, and to have been chosen by the Dolce & Gabbana family in Milano to wear this dreamy evening gown. Grazie tante! 

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

Each detail was so perfectly organized by the people involved. Everything from the correspondence I had with the person who was behind the entire organization, to the fitting at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique in the first district, to taking photos with the girls on the red carpet, to the moment I was dancing Quadrille together with Michaela from Elastyle.  

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

I was very lucky to have advance access to the Opera House, in order to take my photos before they let people in!

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski
Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski
 

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

The funniest thing about that night was when I discovered the disco room in the basement of the opera! I’ve been to the Vienna Opera House many times before. I didn’t know that a room in the basement could ever be transformed into such a fun disco dance hall.

There is always something new to discover in Vienna

Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski

Nothing but A BIG THANK YOU to the SWAROVSKI famliy for having me as one of their guests!

Jewelry: Swarovski

Outfit: Dolce&Gabbana

Locations: The Guesthouse Hotel, Hotel Sacher, Vienna State Opera 

Photos of me in the Opera House: Franco Federici

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