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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Heels for Everyone

I discovered Foot Petals 5 years ago when traveling to Singapore, and they have been my secret little helpers since. In the meanwhile, their portfolio has grown from cushions for the ball of the foot to heel cushions, sport insoles, sole stoppers etc and in many different colors. Foot Petals cushions are made from the high performance urethane, Poron, which absorbs shocks; repels moisture, bacteria and odor.

What I like about them, is that they offer good support and are not too thick, so they don’t take too much space in your shoe. And they have them in the cutest forms and colors:

It’s a US brand, but I was able to find a local distributor in Germany when I lived there and they are available on Amazon.

Check out their shoe blog – The Shoe Whisperer – for anything you want to know about shoes.

The skinny flare jeans

It is omnipresent in my wardrobe and it all started half a year ago with a pair from Zara in dark green velvet. It quickly evolved with a black Karen Millen and a dark blue J-brand jeans. And going on with blue Supertrash jeans and now for the spring, cognac pants and light blue jeans from Zara. All in skinny flare or sexy bootcut (whatever you want to call it). It is definitely the most flattering jeans, if the pants are long enough to wear with high heels. Combined with a smart jacket, they are perfect for the office. Or with a cute t-shirt/blouse and wedges, they are perfect for the summer. Try them out and put some flair into your wardrobe!

By the way, check out the flared jeans from Mango’s new face Kate Moss. We all know that when she sets a trend, it’s definitely worth while considering…

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