Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I love Singing

 „You sang really well tonight.“

I sing in a choir with 100 members and hearing that sentence from the conductor just felt great.
I have liked singing ever since I can remember, my mum brought me to it. I sang in my high school choir, then joined the uni choir, as well as the choir I sing in now. We are called „Audite Nova Zug“. We sing everything from classical stuff like the Messiah to Rock and Pop Classics.

Hearing that sentence gave me a great feeling, especially since our choir is so big. I have never had big ambitions with singing, that’s why a choir is actually perfect. I dream of singing a little solo once maybe, but I also know that there are better singers out there.
I got to every rehearsal, sit in the front, enjoy it, learn fast, can read music, sing off by heart and it’s just wonderful to get some appreciation for it. Normally, people like me are overshadowed by the talented ones, even though they are never there. I got the chance in high school, where I had solo parts in a musical and I also got the chance in the little choir I was helping out at. However, that chance was taken from me in front of everyone, with the reason that my voice didn’t fit. Of course the explanation is understandable, it might be true that other voices sound better together, but it put me really down. I really needed this and it just makes me even more passionate about music and singing.

I had voice lessons from the start, in high school and then also at uni and I really learned a lot. The more you practice the more you also realize how important the technique of singing is. That actually surprises me when I look at famous singers and stars, especially Adele. She used the wrong technique and even now I still don’t like the way she sings; I still think it’s the wrong technique. It’s not about the strong voice, because a lot of stars just push and press, which is not good. Another thing I have realized is that the key and tones are actually set really low in their songs, which makes it easier for them to reach the high notes and everyone is amazed. In the end the high note is not even that high. Of course not all the singers are doing it, which makes me like all the others even more.

Our next project after the Messiah is going to Musical Classics, which I’m really excited about, because I love musical theatre so much. Singing is one of my biggest hobbies and I wouldn’t want to change it for anything. It brings my joy every day!!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square – by Lilly Bartlett

Original Cover (UK)
My own copy (US cover)

The blurb:

One chance isn't always enough
Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realises that getting back on track means travelling in a different direction.
She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They'll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.
This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who's in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is cancelling the cake orders, but it's when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realises things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbours and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is book two of Lilly Bartlett’s Carlton Square series and is actually set two years after the first one, so it can easily be read as a standalone. It’s lovely though to already know the characters and the first book was wonderful.

Emma is now happily married and has twins. She is now experiencing the real life: toddler dramas, marriage problems, exhaustion and much more. The Second Chance Café is a new path for her. Of course opening a café adds some more work and drama to the story, which was very exciting.

Emma is a very relatable and so are all the other characters. They are a great bunch and so much fun to follow around. This book is so much about family and friendship, which is great and Emma needs this fab community of people.

The book is full of great humour and the atmosphere Lilly Bartlett created is beautiful. The storyline has a great flow and there are so many fun and authentic moments in it.


Lilly Bartlett Bio

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fashion Corner - Black Dress

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Time for a black dress in this Fashion Corner. It's my fave!

The dress is from sandro, I bought it last year. I wore it to my cousin's First Communion. It's elegant and pretty, perfect for an occasion like this. 
I combined it with a blazer from Mango, my black high heels and my pink Coach bag. 

- Dress: sandro (similar)
- Blazer: Mango
- Shoes: Peter Kaiser
- Bag: Coach (similar)

Saturday, 24 June 2017

2017 Favourites – January to June

Ever since I decided to only put travel videos on my YouTube, I haven’t written or talked about my favourite things oft he month. That’s why I decided to write a little post about the things I loved in the first half of this year. I won’t mention books or clothes, because I have my „Books oft he Month“ section and my „Fashion Corner“. 

I'm so in love with the Coach bag I bought in Dallas. It's the perfect size, it has two parts and the color is great. I also adore the little purse I bought with it. It's the same color and it's perfect for traveling. 

Bag or Bag

This backpack is fabulous!! Very handy, good for traveling and just so pretty. I didn't like backpacks, but now I do. 

Coach is my favourite brands when it comes to bags. Whenever I'm in the States I buy one. Coach outlets are the best!!!

I use the petite planner for my blog and it's fab. It's very small and I still have enough space to write down everything I need. The notebook underneath it, is from Zara Home. I use it as a bullet journal now, where I have different topics like Traveling, TV Series or Hockey. I love bullet journals, but I'm not that good at it myself yet, it takes a lot of time, I hope I will get better, because it's fun. 

Both, Anthropologie and Zara Home are my fave stores when it comes to home ware and notebooks/planners. I could buy the whole store. 

My fave sunglasses are from RayBan, I bought them last year at a second hand store. Then there are my fave watch from Storm, my lovely earrings from Cadenza and my ring. I don't remember the brand of the ring, it's from our department store called GLOBUS though.

I finally bought a TARTE Rainforest of the Sea palette and I'm in love with it. The colours are great, the pigmentation as well and just everything about it. I also bought a little travel kit with a blush, contour and highlight from TARTE and three little brushes from Real Techniques.

This travel sized hand cream is from Rituals, I love this range, it's called The Ritual of Ayurveda. Then of course there has to be a MAC lipstick, this one is called Costa Chic. I discovered this John Frieda shampoo during my holidays in April, because I bought a travel sized version to try out. It's fabulous. It gives my hair so much volume and bad hair days don't happen that often anymore. 

This picture is there to symbolize Iced Tea, preferably home made and with some lemon. It's refreshing, so it's perfect for spring and summer. 

I use the eye cream from Caudalié as well as the day and night cream, I'm very happy with it. I have actually tried different ones and they are all great. Some are more for summer, some more for winter. 

What are your faves?!