I heart… VIENNA

Last week, I spent a few days in Vienna. I love the city because of its beautiful architecture and history. But this city has of course much more to offer! Here are some tips of what I would recommend doing/visiting when in Vienna:

TheKissKlimtTHE KISS – You can’t leave Vienna without admiring the amazing painting from Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Der Kuss was painted between 1907 and 1908, the highpoint of his Golden Period. It is a symbol of Vienna Jugendstil (Viennese Art Nouveau) and is considered Klimt’s most popular work. The painting is now in the museum of the Belvedere Palace, which is also worth while a visit due to its great baroque architecture and beautiful gardens.

SissiRomySchneiderSISSI – If you are a bit of a romantic, get yourself acquainted with the story of Sissi. A girl who loved playing in the fields of Bavaria (Germany) then falling madly in love with Franz Joseph II to become the Empress of Austria. As a young girl, I watched the film with Romy Schneider several times, which is a much more romantic version of her real life. You can visit the Hofburg Palace, If you want to get a glimpse of the world Sissi lived in.
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IMG_2920ARCHITECTURE – When walking around in the city, don’t forget to look up…otherwise you will miss out on all these beautiful buildings around you. You can find here for example the most beautiful H&M store in the world. It’s located in a protected building with amazing authentic decorations and details. You really have to go check it out, even if you are not buying anything.

MUSIC – The city was home to many great composers of the classical music era, during the early 19th century, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven; this was called Viennese classicism. There are concerts organised almost every day of the week. Are you more into dancing? Then you can learn the Wiener Waltz while you are there.

MannerMANNER – Sweets for my sweet. This cookie is so addictive, it might be better not to even try it out because I can’t be held responsible for the effect it will have on you. Luckily you can find it on every street corner in case the cravings are too much to handle.

SacherTorteSACHER – More sweets for my sweet. The famous Sacher Torte! And if you really want to go traditional, then you have to eat a piece at the Sacher Hotel. If you like chocolate, you can’t leave Vienna without having a piece of this cake.

WienerSchnitzelSCHNITZEL – The Wiener Schnitzel is the national dish of Austria. It is a very thin, breaded and deep fried Schnitzel from veal. You typically eat it with potato salad. It tastes soooo yummy, but unfortunately its a true calorie bomb.

HumanicHUMANIC – A shoe walhalla which is only available in German speaking countries. Definitely worth while a visit when you love shoes…

PRADA – It’s my favourite designer brand and I love checking out the local Prada store when I’m on a city trip. I’m like one of these people who visit The Hard Rock Cafe all over the world… with the big difference that I don’t buy a dress in every Prada store.
Vienna has a lot of designer flagship stores like LV, Chanel, Gucci…. Something for everyone.

SWAROVSKI – Founded by the Austrian class-cutter Daniel SwarovskiLouboutinSwartz in 1895, the Swarovski brans is now known all over the world. They started out with sculptures and miniatures, but now have a full range of jewellery, luxury home deco and collaborate with lots of high-end designers using their crystals on clothes, shoes and bags. In their flagship store on the Kärntner Strasse you can enjoy a shopping landscape on three levels displaying jewellery, accessories, home decor and magical installations from world renowned artists.

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Woman of style: Christy Turlington

She was one op the original top models of the nineties, but she is still high in demand. With a return to Calvin Klein, advertising campaigns for Jason Wu and Prada, she is hotter than ever. Christy has always been a natural beauty and now at age 44 she still looks stunning! It feels like her beauty really comes from the inside. She is a true yogi, a healthy foodie, a super mommy and supporter of the charity cause ‘Every Mother Counts’. You could say that she is a super model turned super human!

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Glam up your summer outfit

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…by putting a great floral or multi-colored scarf in your hair. Dolce & Gabbana went completely for the trend this season and it fit perfectly within their Sicilia theme. If you don’t have ideas how to wear a scarf in your hair, you can opt for the easy style of D&G or check out this cool video I found with 12 styles on how to wrap a scarf.

Check out these great scarves…. and most of them are on sale right now!

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Row 3: Diane von Furstenberg, Temps des Rêves, McQ Alexander McQueen

For the frill of it

One of the summer trends 2013 is ruffles & frills. And who would have thought there are so many ways of wearing ruffles: from the dramatic black/white looks of Balenciaga, to the more romantic versions from Chloe and the very colourful bright frills on the Gucci runway. It’s definitely a way to add some frivolity and femininity to your look. But keep it moderate and keep the frills on top of your dress or blouse, unless you are a flamenco dancer…
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Jason Wu at Hugo Boss

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GREAT news for all the business women out there. Jason Wu is the new artistic director for Hugo Boss Womenswear. He will definitely bring the necessary focus and edge to the female side of the brand.
“With the state-of-the-art facilities that are unique to the Hugo Boss design labs, I plan to develop a strong, feminine womenswear collection that reciprocates the brand’s authority in menswear.”

The German brand, mainly known for its business attire, has been struggling lately and that has shown also in declining sales. With Jason Wu, they hope to give the brand a new fashion injection. The 30-year-old Taiwan-born, New York-based designer is a real fashion wiz kid, loved by a lot of fashion editors & journalists and… the first lady Michelle Obama. His most recent collection (fall 2013) got again a lot of good reviews for of the strong female looks he sent down the runway.

I am very excited to see the spin he will be giving to the Hugo Boss woman! His first collection for the brand will be shown at February 2014’s New York Fashion Week.

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