Vegane Lippen muss man küssen (können) – Vegane Lippenpflege und Lippenstifte, Review

Vegan-sein ist nicht schwer. Das ist mein Statement nach mehr als 6 veganen Jahren. *

Essen kochen, Essen gehen, Essen kaufen – alles kein Problem für mich. Ja, wir Menschen sind Gewohnheitstiere, und nach einem so langen Zeitraum muss ich dabei nicht zweimal nachdenken.

Wo ich aber manchmal mit mir hadere, stundenlang nach veganen Produkten suche und dann oft unzufrieden und frustriert aufgebe, das ist beim veganen Make-Up bzw. Beauty-Produkten.

Hier also ein absoluter Girlie-Post zu meiner odyssee-esken Suche nach veganen Lippenpflegestiften, die auch optisch was her machen.

Being vegan is not hard. This is my statement after more than 6 years of being vegan. *

Cooking food, eating out or buying groceries – not a problem at all for me. Us people are all about habits, and after such a long period of time I don’t ever have to think twice in these situations.

However, I do struggle with finding makeup and beauty-products in general that are vegan and and often find myself rather frustrated. 

Therefore, here’s an absolutely girlie-post on finding vegan lipsticks and lipcare-products that also look pretty.

*Wenn ihr zu diesem Thema lieber ein Video hättet, hinterlasst mir einen Kommentar!

*If you’d prefer a video on this topic, leave me a comment!

lips

Eigentlich hätte es ein schöner Shopping-Trip werden sollen: ich hatte zum Geburtstag Gutscheine für ein großes Einkaufszentrum bekommen und wollte mir einen schönen, getönten Lippenpflegestift kaufen. Also ab in den DM und losgestöbert!

Schön soll er sein, meine geschundenen, trockenen Lippen wieder weich zaubern und ja – vegan soll er auch sein. Nach einer Stunde habe ich aufgegeben. JEDER Lippenpflegestift im Geschäft, der einigermaßen was hermacht (auch die von Alverde und Lavera), enthielt Bienenwachs. Also nicht vegan. Schön blöd.

Kurz hab ich überlegt, ob ich die Zutat “Bienenwachs” nicht einfach ignoriere… aber nein, in meinem Kopf hat die kleine Stimme nicht aufgehört “Heuchlerin” zu flüstern. Leise, aber durchaus penetrant.

Sehr frustriert und grantig habe ich dann noch ein paar andere Geschäfte im Einkaufszentrum durchforstet, jedoch ohne Erfolg. Mein Freund hat sich bei meiner Heimkunft bestimmt über meine sonnige Laune gefreut! (Achtung, Sarkasmus!)

It was supposed to be a nice shopping-trip. I got vouchers for a shoppingmall and all was set to get a nice, toned lipbalm. So I started to storm our local DM and started looking!

It should look nice, make my extremely chapped lips smooth again and yes -it should be vegan! After about 1 hour I gave up. Every single lipbalm in the store, that looked remotely wearable, contained beeswax – so, not vegan. Even the ones from Alverde and Lavera. SO not cool.

For a minute I thought about ignoring the little ingredient “beeswax” and buy the non-vegan products anyway… but that little voice inside my head didn’t stop whispering “hypocrite” – low, but quite persistent.

Very much frustrated and annoyed I searched a couple of other stores in the mall for a vegan lipbalm, but no luck. I’m sure my boyfriend was so happy to have me come back in a sunny mood like the one I had when returning home (caution, sarcasm!).

Nach eine kurzen Cool-Off-Periode habe ich beschlossen, dass ich so sicher nicht aufgebe. Nicht mit mir, meine Lieben, ich finde einen hübschen veganen Lippenstift!

Mir blieb also nur eines: Online-Shopping. Ganz gefährlich, ich empfehle einen engen Kreditkartenrahmen.

After a short cool-off-period I decided not to give up like that. Not this girl, people, I will find that pretty, vegan lipbalm!

I was left with only one option: online-shopping. Verrrry dangerous business, I’m telling you. I recommend lowering your creditcard-limit. 

Im Online-Shop von Ecco Verde wurde ich schließlich fündig und habe drauf losbestellt. Die Ergebnisse meines Kaufrausches seht ihr nun hier.

I finally got lucky with the online shop Ecco Verde and started ordering like a crazy person. So, I now proudly present the results of my shopping-splurge.

Paket von Ecco Verde
Mein Packerl von Ecco Verde

Packerl-Bekommen ist doch wie Weihnachten. Folgendes habe ich bestellt:

Getting packages always feels like christmas. Here’s what I got:

Außerdem, obwohl keine Lippenprodukte (die Onlinekaufsucht hat zugeschlagen!):

I also got a couple of non-lip-related products (blame the online shopping addiction!):

Um nun einen schönen, echten und ungeschminkten (pun intended) Review zu schreiben, bekommt ihr hier ein unbearbeitetes Bild meiner Lippen, einmal ohne alles:

To give you a real review I give you an unedited picture of my lips without product:

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Meine nackten, geschundenen Lippen

Ich glaube, nun ist klar, warum ich dringend eine Lippenpflege brauche, oder? 😉

Auch alle Fotos mit den neuen Pflegeprodukten sind unbearbeitet, damit dieser Review möglichst echt und hilfreich ist.

By now it’s gotta be pretty much clear that I’m in desperate need for some lip care, right? 😉

All other, following pictures are also unedited, so you get a review that’s as true and helpful as possible.

Lavera BEAUTY & CARE Nude Lippenbalsam

Nude wollte ich sowieso immer mal ausprobieren, das Ding war im Abverkauf und vollkommen vegan. Also los.

Always wanted to try the nude-thing, this one was on sale and 100 % vegan. So, go!

Kostenpunkt: 1,74 Euro im Abverkauf bei  Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Kann etwas seidig riechen? So würde ich es beschreiben.

Gefühl: Sehr “schminkig”. Man fühlt eindeutig, was auf den Lippen zu haben.

Price: 1,74 Euro on sale on Ecco Verde.

Smell: Can something smell silky? That’s how I’d describe it.

Feeling: Kind of make-up-y. You definitely feel that there’s something on your lips.

Fazit: Mir ist er fast zu Glitzer, ich hätte wohl auf das Wort “Matt” achten sollen. Trotzdem, wenn man wenig aufträgt, doch sehr alltagstauglich. Wäre vielleicht nicht meine erste Wahl, aber trotzdem nicht schlecht zu haben! 🙂

Overall: It’s almost too sparkly for my tastes, I probably should have looked for the word “matte”. Still, if you apply only a little bit it’s ok for a cute day-look. Not my first choice, probably, but still good to have around! 🙂

Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm

Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm
Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 5,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Ich LIEBE Zimt. Also musste der einfach sein. Ich hatte vor ein paar Jahren aus der selben Serie den Stift namens “Chai Latte” (ich liebe auch Chai Latte), was mir aber auf den Lippen irgendwie zu penetrant und intensiv war. Dieser hier passt mir aber sehr gut, er ist viel dezenter und bereits alltagserprobt.

Gefühl: Super weich, leicht und unaufdringlich.

Price: 5,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

SmellI worship cinnamon. I had to get this one. A couple of years ago I had another lip bald from this collection called “Chai Latte” (I also love Chai Latte), which was a little bit much for having it on my lips. But this one is really nice and subtle and I wore it on several occasions already.

Feeling: Really smooth, light and subtle.

Fazit: Glücksgriff, würde ich auf jeden Fall empfehlen. Sehr angenehm, wirklich pflegend und ein ganz leichter Rot-Anstrich ohne Glitzer.

Overall: I got lucky and would definitively recommend it. Really pleasant feeling, does smooth the lips and dips them a nice, subtle shade of red.

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm
Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 5,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Ja, ich liebe auch Vanille. Vanille & Zimt – himmlisch! Der Geruch ist auch in dieser Variante schön dezent und angenehm für das Näschen.

Gefühl: Wie sein Bruder: Super weich, leicht und unaufdringlich.

Price: 5,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

SmellYes, I also adore vanilla. Vanilla and cinnamon – a dream come true! The smell of this one is also really subtle and pleasant.

Feeling: Just like his brother: Really smooth, light and subtle.

Fazit: Auch diesen Kollegen kann ich empfehlen! Farblich noch dezenter als ‘Cinnamon’ und wieder ohne Schnickschnack. ❤

Overall: Also a clear recommendation! Color-wise its even more subtle than ‘Cinnamon’ and comes without any bling-bling. ❤

Everyday Minerals Tinted Lipbalm – Blissful (Soft Pink)

Everyday Minerals Blissful Tinted Lip Balm
Everyday Minerals Blissful Tinted Lip Balm

Kostenpunkt: 8,99 Euro bei Ecco Verde.

Geruch: Sehr fruchtig!

Gefühl: Samtig aber etwas “schminkiger” als die von Hurraw.

Price: 8,99 Euro on Ecco Verde.

Smell: Very fruity!

Feeling: Very velvety but more “make-up-y” than those from Hurraw.

Fazit: Wenn’s mal etwas mehr Glamour und trotzdem kein klassischer Lippenstift sein soll, immer her damit! Sehr schöner Farbton, fast schon metallisch.

Overall: Perfects for the occasions that require a little more glamour without being over the top. A very pretty shade, almost metallic. 

Soviel also zu meiner Ausbeute!

Habt ihr andere, tolle vegane Lippenprodukte, die ihr empfehlen könnt? Immer her damit und rein in die Kommentare!

Ich freu’ mich.

Bis zum nächsten Kaufrausch,

eure S.

That’s it with my lip-haul! 

Do you use any other, great vegan lip products, that you can recommend? Leave them in the comments! I’d love to get your opinion and your personal favourites.

So long,

yours, S.

*Alle Fotos wurden von mir mit der Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII aufgenommen. Dieser Beitrag wurde nicht gesponsert, er enthält lediglich meine eigene Meinung. All pictures captured with the Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII. This post was not sponsored, it displays solely my own opinion.

 

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The Quiet Vegan

You know how vegans are always thought to be excessively talking about themselves being vegans. Looking at other, non-vegan people with disgust, accusative stares or, the slightly milder version, pity in their eyes.

Vegans are those people who just have to tell you how unhealthy or barbarian your daily choices and eating habits are, they somehow never fail to magically create occasions to talk about how veganism is superior and the one right thing, no matter what.

I’ve been vegan for about 5 years now and I’m not one of them.

The way I see it, in every “evolution” of any vegan person there’s that phase where you start digging into information about veganism. There’s the health perspective, the environmental perspective and, of course, the ethical/moral perspective. On each of those perspectives there are loads of information available and in this specific phase the person will really soak up any info he/she can get. One new bit of knowledge leads you to further research and the more you read up and inform yourself, the more grounded your decision of being vegan gets. That phase of self-information is crucial for becoming a long-term, happy vegan and everyone who sees veganism as more than just a fad will experience and live through it.

As vital and eye-opening that phase massive info-haul is, it also comes with consequences. Some typical “symptoms” are:

  • Sadness

(“How can it be that other beings are being treated the way they are?” You can literally feel every crushed animal – this can become so dramatic that you are close to being seriously depressed.)

  • Anger

(“How can it be possible that you did not know about this so far? How come this crucial information has been kept from you over all these years? How can media, lobbies and the government plainly LIE about all these things – up to the point that Children love to go to McD and order a “Happy Meal”? And how can it be that that “Happy Meal” consists of the screaming token of desperation and death?”)

  • Confusion & Regret

(“Why wasn’t I told that before? What else is a lie? How could I not have known or suspected this? Was I just too lazy, ignorant and egoistic to notice? How could I hurt all these beings for all these years?”)

  • Urge to talk about your new knowledge

As you’re informing yourself about all reasons for becoming vegan and you live through these first 3 symptoms, your urge to talk about your learnings, feelings and thoughts grows stronger. This is only natural and in fact healthy, since not talking about it would probably leave you alone in your room, crying and hating the world.

If you’re lucky to have people around you who you can talk about this stuff and you are additionally gifted with just the right amount of social intelligence and sensibility, you are going to do just fine with this “symptom”.

If you’re, on the contrary, lacking one or both of these circumstances it could get, well… messy.

You might stumble into some serious arguments, hurt and be hurt by your “folks” and, as a bonus, leave people thinking all vegans are the intolerant, judgmental assholes I partly described at the beginning of this post.

I believe, in order to have a healthy development as a vegan, that the “talking about it all the time”-symptom is naturally bound to diminish at some point. After some time you are going to find it easier to live vegan, you’re gonna have replaced your old habits with new ones and it’s not gonna be all “new” anymore. You won’t have to think about every item you buy anymore and you’ll know by hard which options on your favorite restaurant’s menu are vegan. You’re just gonna get USED to living this way – and that’s GOOD!

Somewhere around at this point I hope you are gonna have come to peace with the fact that not everyone on this planet is living vegan. Heck, not even everyone you know is. Most likely, even your best friends, family and partner are far from it. And that’s still hard, I know. BUT, over time you’ll be able to somehow live with that, too.

You’re not gonna have to scream “THIS IS MURDER!” in their faces, everytime your friends eat a Salami-Pizza or drink coffee with cow-milk. You’re not gonna start crying everytime your boyfriend bakes some eggs.

This doesn’t mean you stopped caring. I think this change is very important. You’d go crazy if you wouldn’t, somehow, come to terms with your non-vegan environment.

Would I wish that all my colleagues ordered vegan food with me instead of eating gross meaty-takeout every day at work? Yes.

Would I be glad if my family started to integrate vegan food into their weekly-lunch plans? Of course.

Would I be happy if my boyfriend would ditch that omelet? Absolutely.

But would it help if I told them, every damn time? Unfortunately, I think not.

I don’t know if this, my approach is the right approach. I’m just trying to not go crazy, to not be a constant pain in the ass no one wants to have around but to live by being a non-intrusive example. Over time, this is the only approach that has brought me some real results.

Yes, you may ask me about my thoughts on all things vegan, but only if it’s not in the “I-wanna-pick-a-fight”- kinda tone. I will calmly talk about my personal opinions and views, and I will do my best to try not to attack or “judge” you.

I believe that people who know me appreciate this about me, BUT there are certain situations that really push me.

Work-colleague tells me he’s eaten something vegan and it tasted actually good. Other co-worker talks about how environmentally-awesome he’s planning to eat next Friday while biting into his Leberkäs-Semmel (disgusting Austrian meat derivative in a bun). Great, I nod and smile. You want applause? Go get it somewhere else, please.

Person tells me that actually, not buying food seasonally is just as bad as eating meat. Wow, glad you figured that out, but maybe you wanna start dealing with your own stuff and improving there first?

“Friend” tells me that he exclusively eats Bio-meat, and just very little of that in fact, when I saw him eat a “Schnitzelsemmel” from a discounter the week before. Would be a nice step if you actually stuck with that, but pleeeeease, just stop talking to me already.

You see, I am really trying here. To be nice and not intolerant and not judgy – but please, stop pushing me or I’ll become exactly that vegan you don’t want me to be!

P.s.: Oh, and – SURPRISE – I don’t want every conversation to somehow circle back to me being vegan. I am actually interested in other topics, too. I do have a life. Being vegan is not the only thing that defines me, so please don’t reduce me to that. Thanks!

i need more yoga in my life

or at least that’s what i figure. amongst other things, yoga is something i definitely red to integrate in my daily life. a lot has happened this year.

i moved to Vienna, into my very first own apartment. it’s beautiful and the best place a girl could wish for.
i started a full-time internship. the team is really nice and it’s interesting and challenging.
i wrote my second and therefore last bachelor paper. i handed it in and received an A from my, very very nice & supportive, supervisor.
i found the master-programme i want to study and applied. they invited me to an interview and are now considering all applicants.
i got asked to prolong the internship for another half year, which is great on several aspects.
i’m earning more money than ever before and, for the first time in my life, am able to save a proportion of my income.

sounds all good, doesn’t it?   i don’t fully understand yet, but somehow, something still isn’t right. maybe it’s inside me, but something is definitely getting to me, manifesting itself in 2 totally unpredictable, spontaneous attacks of sudden heart race within the past week. i am 21 years old, leading a healthy, vegan lifestyle and would describe myself as genuinely blessed. however, it happened. both times caught me completely off guard and made me panic. i felt horrible and had never experienced my heart doubling its speed without any obvious reason. after talking to my mum, who’s a nurse, and her calming me down, i was still afraid to stay alone in my apartment and go to sleep alone there. maybe it sounds stupid, but i was terrified that something was gonna happen to me at night and nobody would even notice or get me help. moreover, i was freaking out since i hab been convinced to do everything right in terms of “healthy living”. so what the heck was happening to me??! it got me thinking. you see, my mind can be a dangerous bitch. one thing i learned within the past few months of full time working in a basically “open office”, is that i’m a text-book introvert. i get my energy of being alone and get exhausted from being in constant company of other people. it isn’t that i’m anti-social or “hate people”, i just feel empty and kind of drained after being with the same group of colleagues for 8 hours a day without any time alone. yes, it is weird (sind apparently i’m the only person ticking this way in my office), but i believe this is simply my nature. i, for example, also need to get out in my lunch break and just walk around a bit, alone, to clear my head and relax a bit. so, that’s the one thing. on the other hand, i kinda suffer from being alone at my apartment all the time i’m not working. yes, after coming home i enjoy alone-time to re-charge. BUT then again, getting up, coming home and going to sleep all alone all the time seems to also be not balanced at all. here, the part about my brain sometimes being a bitch kicks in: being alone with my head often leads to worrying or just numbness. which can seriously drive me crazy at times.

*going to first ever bikram yoga class right now*

oh. my. GOD! just came back from my first BIKRAM yoga class. i knew it would be hot, but this was just INCREDIBLE!! i just came back, straight into the shower although i was already completely wet, now lying down in my bed with the laptop, typing this. uhm…wow. you know, normally i don’t sweat like…ever. i’m usually quite cold, especially my feet and hands. i thought “okay, i might sweat a little” but i was completely covered in it after just a couple of minutes!!!!!

*inhales water*

tbh, in the middle of the class i though i’d never do this kinda yoga again but now i feel reborn. wow. and tired, but in a good way, not in the usual crappy way of always feeling drained. ok, maybe i should continue with the story bout my heart. so, the heart racing attack repeated itself later that week when i was chilling at my boyfriend’s sofa with him & his family. i was very worried but after a couple of minutes it slowed down again and since i wasn’t alone (it was weekend) i didn’t freak as much as the first time. however, last night, alone in the apartment, i startet to feel stings in the heart region. being completely honest, although it kinda embarrasses me, i panicked – big time. i was so afraid and just couldn’t get myself to calm down. so, i called my mum again and asked her to come and get me. she, thank god, started driving immediately and picked me up about 40 minutes later. i cried during the entire car ride. all the emotions i tried so hard to hold back in my daily life collapsed onto me and sucked me down, down, down. i was sobbing like a 3 year old and it was really hard to stop. i don’t even know what exactly is stressing me so much – if it is my new work situation, almost having no time left, being alone so much, worrying about the future or whatever. but it was awful and i felt really horrible. when we arrived in my hometown (where my parents & boyfriend live), we drove straight to the hospital to check me out. i just needed to know if my body wasn’t ok or not. and i couldn’t wait any day longer and have me worry even more. so they did a full checkup, and after some waiting the doctor told me everything was normal and there wasn’t anything wrong with me, anatomically. i was a little relieved, but not entirely. what the heck was going on then? i seriously felt like i had gone mental. i was really quiet and felt empty for the rest of the night and i slept like a baby, drifting off next to my boyfriend like i haven’t in years. this morning, i still felt kinda weird. i had informed my boss the night before and he was so nice to excuse me for today, so i could visit another doctor in order to do a 24-h-EKG (which was what the hospital doctor said to do). so this doctor referred me to another doctor who i will call tomorrow, but told me not to worry. he was really really nice and finally managed to calm my mind down more (much needed).

*insert sleeping like a baby again, getting my work day over with, coming home, showering, writing a motivational quote on a newly bought blackboard and hanging it up, cooking and eating a massive amount of vegan half veggie-risotto, talking to the bf and watching gossip girl*

  i’m just realising how weird this post must read, but as you see i needed time to progress and write. i woke up really positive today, but in the middle of my workday i felt the sadness, frustration, emptiness and perspectivelessness come creeping in again. an AWFUL feeling. i can’t really say what exactly it is, but somehow i guess it’s work-related. weird thing is, my team is really nice and everyone’s so happy (or seems to be?), but something seems to keep pulling me down there. i called my bf in my lunch break, who kinda also isn’t on top off his game atm. he seemed so distant within the last days and somehow, which normally happens automatically, failed to calm me down and make me feel home. i’m not saying it’s his fault – not. at. all. which made me feel even weirder, even more misplaced. when i was talking to him on the phone today, it still felt that way- not comfortable. i figured, that maybe i’m pulling him down with me. he’s got a lot going on right now and me being somehow close to depressed and sick was probably not helping..so now i felt even worse and guilty on top of that. enter the downwind spiral. luckily, while we were talking i felt the situation was changing. he was becoming my safe place again, being fully present and there. i told him, briefly but very honestly, about my feelings and fears which had been collapsing over me, even the ones related to me making him feel bad. he was back. talking like my person, lifting some of the heavy weight off my shoulders. we discussed what i could do to find out what was dragging me down and how to fight it off. since it had been confirmed that, anatomically speaking, i am healthy (still gonna do that 24h-EKG asap, though), i will be trying to fight off those fears. more and more i realised and could also speak out loudly that i seem to be psychologically messed up a little bit. i also told him that i’m embarrassed by this possibility. i mean, come on, i’ve only been working 4 months up until now – and i’m too weak to take that?! he told me that, just like people have allergies or asthma, others might get psychological issues due to external factors not even aware of. moreover, depression comes from chemical  processes out of the person’s control. he told me again and again that this wasn’t a flaw and i wouldn’t be a failure or mentally weak – even if it would eventually turn out that i am suffering from severe depression. my lunch break was almost over at that time, and i was def. not looking forward to working another 3 and a half hours. i was very relieved i had my bf back and thankful for him being so supportive, still dreading going back into the office. totally unexpected, the working afternoon was better than anticipated. i had gained back some strength to make it through the next hours, although feeling still weak on the inside and out. i suppose, i also felt kinda weak, physically, due to the exhaustion caused by the hot yoga the night before, but i can’t say for sure. finally, my working shift ended and i – for the first time in a long period – didn’t feel completely awful!! this realisation led to a massive stream of positivity flowing through my entire being, and i feel as if i’m still floating on it now. what.a.feeling! 🙂

anyways, as this post got long and quite confusing already, i’m off to enjoy me not feeling terrible and getting a good night’s rest. i so hope it will continue to go up again and that i’ll manage to battle the negativity one day after the other. i’ll go to yoga-class tomorrow at 11am and really look forward to seeing my bf tomorrow night. he just said he’s feeling better too and is also able to look forward to it. that god!

a good – or better- day was much needed.

wishing everyone the best,

yours,

s.

p.s.: i’m guessing that my physical not-well-being is either psychosomatic or due to generally quite low bloodpressure (i have a history of fainting). to be continued.

“a hero 

is an ordinary individual

who finds the strength

to perserve and endure

in spite of 

overwhelming obstacles”

- Christopher Reeves

feel the rush?

Now this is a nice morning, for a change! It’s official holiday, so i have neither classes nor work which I’m soooooo glad about;) Yes, i allowed myself to sleep in today, but only because I’ve been up until 3AM last night, doing stuff for the uni. however, having a nice, relaxed morning is really important for me in terms of happiness & keeping a calm mind. chai-coffee in bed is a nice way to wake up when my boyfriend’s not around!
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 this is the best vegan chai-matcha blend i know! as those following me on Instagram already know, I’ve found this on Naschmarkt in Vienna, a place everybody should check out because it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!

Yes, so I enjoyed my morning dirty chai already (chai with a little soymilk and an espresso shot! try it!) and am now listening to the latest Jimmy Eat World Album while allowing me the time to write this post..I really should do uni work instead of blogging but I just make an exception in order to prevent me from going crazy;)

I’ve really got an awful lot on my plate right now...besides the bachelor paper which I should be done with in one week’s time, the professors are loading more and more work onto us, squeezing everything possible in..here’s  what i have to do for only in the NEXT week! u understand why i need to prevent going crazy?;)

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deliverables within next week only..

in-between that, there’s working at the library, attending classes and taking care of the future in terms of the internship and my upcoming move to Vienna! lots of document-stuff to be taken care of, but the new apartment is my number one daydream right now! 🙂

last week, I’ve been to Vienna twice: Once, to check out the apartment and the second time to sign my working-contract for the internship. I lost a lot of time with these things, but it was absolutely worth it!

oh my god, the apartment is like a dream coming true! it’s a old building in an awesome district of Vienna with a vegan shop opening just around the corner! the location is to die for, and so is the flat itself. I can’t stop thinking about how to decorate it and am just sooooooo excited!

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this is the building my future-flat is in. gorgeous!

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the apartment is sooooo close to Naschmarkt, it’s unbelievable!

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i seriously can’t wait to move to beautiful Vienna! 🙂

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so you get an impression form Naschmarkt! 😉 HEAVEN!

it’s only 2 months until i’m moving and i’m sure time will fly by. especially, since i’m covered in stuff to do for the uni!

 

 

 

 

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classes accompanied by my cute apple-earaser;)

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bachelor paper in progress…

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the maximum word count for the paper is 8,000 words. funny thing is, i’m struggling with not writing too much rather than having enough! there’s just so much I want to say, content wise. hard to make it make sense with this limited word count. but it’s doable, with a s**t-load of effort put in!

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this week, i’ve been working in the library 3x. on top of all the other stuff, that is 😉

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i’ve been getting up EARLY in for my two Vienna days..getting to Vienna from my current home does take some time..ugh. glad to move there in order to sleep longer 😉

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in terms of healthy vegan stuff, Vienna is a paradise indeed. this is the “Popeye” smoothie I had after my appointments in Vienna which I got from a fabulous Juice Bar!

 

somehow, I feel I’m really growing up right now. You know, a proper full time job, my own place in another city, my Bachelor degree coming closer and closer..weird but I can’t complain!;)

still, what is really important to me is quality time with my boyfriend, family and friends. and my lovely Mindy!:)
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my beautiful hometown. oh, I love fall!

here comes proof that although I’m officially 21 now, I still kinda look like 15..^^

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One more thing: I got myself a REAL blender, finally!! 

Always wanted one and now with the b-day money…:D

it’s from Amazon, a Russell Hobbs mixer for only 33 Euros. Tried it today and it’s so great! that baby really got power!

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this will look so nice in my new flat!;)

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4 Bananas and some filtered water…

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banana massacre! 😉

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oh yeeeeees….


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soooo creamy..banana-dreams come true! 😉

I realize that this post was not very organized in terms of content..but hey, it’s just some insights into my life right now! and yes, I do feel the rush. but for today, i kinda enjoy it. along with my fabulous nana-smoothie!! 🙂

have a great day,

S.

healthful living – things i’m loving lately

i believe that there is always room for improvement. 

this statement holds true for every aspect life has to offer, and we should never stop questioning our motives, thoughts and actions. once we stop moving we stop progressing and will not just stand still, but rather fall back.

i know i announced that this blog will not focus on food and therefore diet anymore, but still, when i feel like posting about health there is no way the topic of food can be neglected.

i’ve been vegan for quite a while now (≈2.5 years i think) and could not be more convinced that eating plants only is the ultimate road to health, fitness and a peaceful mind. yes, i like to take a holistic perspective on health, meaning i believe that body, mind and spirit are inseperably intertwined and cannot be treated as if they simply coexisted.

i am happy to say that i seem to always stumble upon new, valuable sources about nutrition and health and therefore continue learning. a business student can indeed, too, be highly interested in these kinds of topics – i’m living proof!

 

you will be able to read about some of these sources and my personal experiences on the road to heath in the future, for example when i post about my top 5 books and my top 5 movies. moreover, i plan on writing one or more separate posts on what i regard as a “healthy life” for myself, but not tonight!

all i will say now is that i’m trying to limit the (vegan) chocolate and eliminate all processed foods altogether at the moment. basically, i eat TONS of fruit, loads of vegetables and clean grains and starches such as rice, potatoes and quinoa. soy consumption is also something i want to cut back on, as most soy products are quite processed. last but not least i try to not do vegetable oil and salt and, truth be told, hardly ever miss it at all!

on top of the diet part, i continue and upgrade my workouts regularly. i’m really enjoying doing at least a small exercise routine almost daily and love seeing my body becoming more & more toned from week to week!

as already stated, i will explain the what and why in detail within the upcoming posts, but tonight you’re getting some pictures! 🙂

 

 

so here come some things i’m loving lately:
  • corn-pasta dishes

although i’m not gluten-intolerant i tried corn pasta and instantly fell in love! somehow i feel as if my body needs less effort to digest and i personally can’t seem to recognize any loss of taste. so, gluten-sensitive or not, give corn-pasta a chance!

 

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(creamy balsamic-tomato corn-pasta with spinach)

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(pasta salad i made for my and my bf’s family. everybody came back for seconds! 😉 )

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i love love LOVE these! not long ago i made my banana-shakes with bananas & soymylk, but now i know way better! go and try just blending some bananas with pure, cold water. i’d never believed this combo was superior, but trust me, it is! i always add cinnamon to my shake and sometimes even some vanilla-powder. yummmmmm.

  • dark chocolate rice cakes

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no matter how determined i am to cut back on chocolate, i absolutely need these babies every now and then. especially this one time a month, if you know what i mean!

i however decide not to feel guilty! dogmas never seem to lead to happiness, one of these however sometimes seem to do exactly so. 😉

  • raw fruit balls

Evernote Camera Roll 20130714 234112a more healthy treat are these homemade raw fruit balls. from time to time i indulge in these all-raw balls, which contain dates, bananas, coconut flakes, some nuts like almonds or cashews and, in my case, cinnamon and cocoa/carob. if you’re interested in some recipes just google “raw fruit balls” and you’ll get some hits! 😉

or, just play around in your kitchen and get your hands dirty for once!

  • tons of fruit each day

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(stocking up the kitchen! looooads of fruit each shopping trip, things like soy-yogurt and flaxseed are “sometimes-food” i don’t omit completely)

so yeah, there you have it, some things i’m loving lately.

i’m looking forward to writing the other, more detailed, promised posts but so long, love your body, mind and soul & go learn something you didn’t know before!

yours,

s.

waving the old year goodbye

and greeting the new one with a kiss!

wel well, my dear friends. on the first day of 2012, i present you a New Years Survey.

Feel free to use it yourself!

 

 

NEW YEARS SURVEY

What was the best part of last year?

no doubt: going vegan. read more about it here.

What was the worst part of last year?

the reason why i moved out overnight. it was a seriously terrible fight.

What was the biggest surprise of last year?

one day, i was called to an “audition” with some guys who needed a new singer. i didn’t expect much, but life surprised me: i now have the greatest band i could ever wish for: Oh, I Taste The Queen

Name 1 thing you are proud of that happened in 2011!

i got into the university i wanted to get in and survived the first semester! hurray! (i reported here)

Did you find new friends in 2011?

indeed i did:)

Name one new thing you learned in 2011!

i started sketching again! more, i improved:

Your favorite beverage in 2011?

homemade chai-coffe shake! i’m obsessed with this stuff:)

recipe here.

What was the most delicious recipe you created in 2011?

i wanna name 3! all of them loved by non-vegans as well:

1.) these incredible cookies

2.) homemade granola :

3.) my beloved protein bars (careful! highly addictive!):

Which food did you learn to love in 2011?

chickpeas! “never know how much i love you..never know how much i care..” 😉

What have you been doing on new years eve?

enjoyed a chilled evening @ a good friends place

Who have you been with at new years eve?

2 of my best friends, the girlfriend of one of them & my beloved boyfriend

Who do you want to kiss in the new year?

the one i have been kissing in the last year!

Who will you probably end up kissing to see the new year in?

same:)

What was the best song of last year?

unable 2 answer this one!

What was the best TV show of last year?

LOST

What was the best book you read last year?

the kind diet, eating animals & the china study

What was the best film of last year?

i seriously dunno!;)

What change would you like to see in the world next year?

more and more people informing themselves about animals in their diets and the many areas this affects negatively

Do you believe in New Years Resolutions?

honestly, not really. i believe that we can make important changes at any time of the year, cuz there’s always a decision. we need to make every moment count, all year long, learn to forgive ourself and others and eventually simply MOVE ON!

so my dear readers, i also wanna thank YOU!

this blog has a very, very small audience, but i’m happy for everyone of you.

i wish you all a wonderful 2012, filled with love, passion and peace.

yours,

s.