Alpengasthof Schwand – Let´s go to the mountains

Revisiting a place under changed circumstances is risky business. The changed circumstances I am talking about this time is having two kids. But let me explain:

In early May we had a week off and decided, pretty spontaneously, to take the kids to the mountains. Both Mr. Loca and I are into hiking and climbing, but of course going to the mountains with kids is more about walking and eating then it is about alpine sports.


Alpengasthof Schwand
Alpengasthof Schwand


We had stayed in “Alpengasthof Schwand” twice before, both times just the two of us in the early days of our relationship. Butterflies and late breakfasts it was back then. Ah, those were the days…

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LLL Vlogs – The Vineyard

As promised, here is Pt. 2 of our France holidays. Of course there was still a lot of food and beach involved, but I didn’t want to bore you and stuck to what was new: The vineyard.

Oh, and a bit of Sephora hauling. As you do when you are in France!

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Don´t forget to watch on You Tube and in HD, and thank you for following along our summer holiday.

Now it is back to hot tea and knit sweaters, I guess. Fall, I am ready for you!


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LLL Vlogs – Beach Days and Hiking

Honestly, the title is completely misleading. Basically all I do in this video is eat. But that didn’t make for a catchy title, so I went for some other stuff.

But see for yourself: Part One of my France Vlog is live, and it is the one where we do all the holiday stuff to prepare for what is there to come.


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Christmas Time

When it comes to christmas, it has always been a family thing.
During the past 35 years, it rarely happened that I spend Christmas Eve anywhere else than at my parents house, and if I did, it was because I had to work.

The only exception was last year, which I spend at my in-laws for several reasons.
As much as I enjoyed it, they are a lovely people, it made me realize how much we rely on family traditions to really feel the christmas spirit.

Happy holidays everyone!

This year, I will be taking the Little Bean to my parents house for her first ever Christmas and I figured, I would take you along, show you my outfit and makeup and tell you what Christmas Eve is like where I live.

Most important question answered first: Yes, we do have a real tree.
It used to be huge, as the ceiling is very high, but lately we decided to go for a smaller tree, placed on a little table. You still get the look of a giant tree, but it is less likely that either the cats or my sisters dog (or maybe even the Little Bean) are going to knock it down.
The tree is put up just a few days before Christmas and decorated on Christmas Eve, usually by us “children” (the youngest being 31).

When we were younger, we were allowed to watch tv while my parents did the preparations. It was a big deal, as watching tv wasn’t something we would do regularly.
Our favorite movies were “Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel”, a Czech fable, and “Little Lord Fauntleroy”.
And even though we have had our own tv for quite some time now, watching one of those movies with my sisters still is a thing on Christmas Eve.

During the day, everything is pretty laid back, but we dress up for the evening, even though it is just family and food. The trick is to find something chic, but comfortable. I usually wear a dress, loosely fit, to allow me a second (or even third) helping.
Here is what I will wear this year:

Akward posing…

The dress is H+M, bought two years ago, and is the closest thing to a christmas jumper I own. The empire waistline hides the food baby quite nicely, and worn with tights and a long sleeve it is warm enough for indoors and perfect for crawling around the floor with the Little Bean.
To be completely honest, I will change out of the overknee heels into my slippers at first chance.

For makeup, golden eyeshadow, black liner, mascara and a red lip are my go to look, and today will be no exception.

Close up of the eye makeup

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude (read full review here)
Maybelline Mattemaker Mattifying Powder
MAC Concealer Palette in Light
Bobby Brown Shimmer Bricks in Beige as highlighter
MAC “Harmony” blush for contour

MAC “Painterly” Paintpot
MAC “Manila Paper” es all over the lid (LE, but still available in a quad)
MAC “Crosscultural” es in the crease (LE)
L´Oréal Super Liner in Extra Black Gloss

Sephora Matte Cream Lip Stain in 02 Always Red (read full review here)

Manila Paper is the one in the upper right corner of the quad, Crosscultural is the one on the palette

Unlike other countries, the presents in Germany are given at Christmas Eve instead of December 25th, so when it gets dark (at around 6 pm), my parents will light the candles (yes, we have real candles, but only on Christmas Eve) and we will gather around the tree.
Everyones presents are in separate places, and we will take turns, getting one thing from our “pile”, opening it up, and then the person who got it will tell what it is for and why she decided to gift it.

This will take some time, and after everything is unwrapped, it is time for the food.
On Christmas Eve, it is chicken salad in different variations, potatoe salad with sausages and seafood salad, bread, cheese and lychees for dessert.
The traditional roast goose is served on one of the following days, when we meet aunties, uncles and cousins, or, in my case the in-laws.

The rest of Christmas Eve will be spent talking, snacking on cookies and enjoying some family time. When we were smaller, my parents would get a board game as a family present, but since we all moved out, that stopped.
And even though I might be the only person in the whole wide world feeling that way: I am glad, because I majorly dislike board games!

With this looking forward to, I will leave you to your own preparations and hope you enjoyed that little peek into my life.
What are your favorite family traditions? I would love to hear!

Happy holidays!


Inspired by … Dior Golden Schock Collection, Holiday 2014

If you are new to the “Inspired by…” series, click here for part one. Long story short, I try to recreate looks that I liked using the products I already own.

As Christmas and New Year are approaching at lightning speed, I went for a festive, full-on makeup look, something I would wear for a big event.

Dior Golden Shock Collection, Holiday 2014

I even try to recreate the pose!

First of all, I love the shape of the eye makeup. In contrast to the rounded eyeshadow application I did last time, the shadow is smoked out, elongating the eyes.

Sometimes I wish I used Photoshop. Picture taken by Mr. Loca

Despite the name of the collection, I didn’t spot any full on golden color on the model, more of a bronze, brown mixture of shades with a hint of grey and silver in the inner corner.
The lipstick looked very glossy, so I dabbed some eyeshadow on my lower lip to recreate that finish (and trying to make them look fuller. Didn’t work).

Close up of the eyes. Picture taken by Mr. Loca.

The products used:

Painterly Paintpot as base
MAC “Crosscultural” es (matte) in the outer third of the lid, smoked out
MAC “Showstopper” es (matte) to deepen the outer part even more
MAC “Bamboo” es (matte) as transition and blending color
MAC “Random glittery grey/silver eyeshadow, I just can’t find the name anywhere” on the inner third
MAC “Flip” es (frost) in the inner corner
L´Oréal Super Liner in “Extra Black Gloss” as liner (obviously)
L´Oréal False Lash Effect Butterfly mascara in black

Eyeshadows in order as mentioned above, Flip is in the upper left corner of the quad

MAC Matchmaster Foundation Shade 1.5
MAC “Harmony” blush for contouring
MAC Concealer palette in “light” for concealing and highlighting
Maybelline Mattemaker powder in “light beige”

Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolor Butter in “VaVaVoum”
MAC “Flip” es as highlight

Face and lips

One thing I still have to adjust to is how much flash photography changes the makeup. After I finished, I feared I had totally gone overboard with the eyes and the contour, but looking at the pictures, I should have done even more. Especially the eyes look much lighter in the pictures than they were in person.

This is a look I would totally wear on a night out.

How about you, do you prefer rounded or cat eye?
And what are you going to wear for the holidays?
Let me know in the comments below.