Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chicago Times

 Chicago has a beautiful skyline. It's a big city with a midwest feel. We were only there for a day and a half, but we loved it.
 We stayed at Hi-Chicago Hosel downtown. It was a great place to catch a train anywhere.

 Filter Coffee, in Wicker Park, was a hip place to get work done and read a book. I loved their vintage floral couches and their sweet potato fries

 When in Chicago it's nice to visit Reckless Records, I picked up a Joanna Newsom record.

If you're in Chicago in July and like to snack, check out Taste of Chicago.

Have you ever been to Chicago? What places would you recommend?



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Manhattan Outfit

New York city is warmer in the summer than I would have expected.  I suppose all the romantic comedies that take place there are at christmas time, so I usually imagine it cold and snowy/rainy.  I love hot summers!

 I think I could live in NYC, it's such a colourful and multifaceted city.

I didn't take much time for blogging during our travels this summer, so I have a lot of lovely catching up to do. We're back in Germany now, back to regular life. School has started, but I still would love to share all my USA adventures with you. 

Have a lovely day!



Sunday, August 24, 2014

MoMA my love!

When planning to travel to New York city my #1 on the list was MoMA. I have been longing to see the abstract expressionists from the New York School, for years! I got to see such iconic and wonderful pieces.



I appreciate modern art immensely, these artists were challenging the very idea of what could be considered art. They challenged society to think outside of the box, and they challenged themselves to do something no other before them had ever done. 

 Franz Kline

Jackson Pollock
  And my favourite Robert Rauschenberg

This last piece by Robert Rauschenberg, called Bed, is the epitome of the modern art in The New York School.  He didn't have money for canvas and proper paints, so he used house paint, and used a quilt he didn't need anymore. The story goes that no matter how hard he tried to transform the piece into something else, unrecognisable, it continued to look like a bed. In turn, he titled it Bed, and declared it finished. Why can't a bed be considered art? 

Can you appreciate modern art?



Friday, August 1, 2014

Central Park

Experiencing new places is like nothing else. I feel uncertain, trying to grasp where things are directionally, while enjoying the new sights and smells. One gets a heightened sensitivity to things. Buildings, plants, and people look different. The first day is usually the one where I notice all the differences to home. Our journey began in NYC which was  a great transition stop for us from our home in Europe. It was easy to get around on public transport, a big city, lots of variety in food, cultures, and activities. 

While traveling I've noticed the importance of versatile clothing. This year, I have found the most perfect, summer, travel dress. It's light weight, flowy, and chic. It can easily be dressed up or down. I could wear it to a wedding or to the park. It's wrinkly out of the suitcase but that's just the life of a low budget traveler.

The trip has been a delight so far.

To follow as we travel, in real time follow me @olivegreenanna on instagram. (I only occasionally have extended periods of internet access to blog.) 

Have a great beginning to august!



Friday, July 18, 2014

NYC: First Stop Summer Travels

Our travels in USA have been such a wonderful adventure so far! Our first stop was in New York City/Brooklyn. These spots have so much to offer! We were there for a week and we merely skimmed the surface of delights.

Some highlights of the trip were visiting the MOMA, The Met, pizza, visiting old malls/buildings, going to the Brooklyn Flea, and spending time in Central Park, of course. 

Have you ever visited The Big Apple, what were your favourite places? 

To follow as we travel, in real time follow me @olivegreenanna on instagram. (I only occasionally have extended periods of internet access to blog.) 


To read about my tips for saving up to travel click here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simplistic Summer Style

We're on summer holidays from school!  I love being a teacher and having 6 weeks of summer is such a wonderful bonus. It is a big relief to have all grades in, classroom tidy and packed away, and students home with their families. I only have to care for myself and my husband for the next month. It's a wonderful feeling.

It's time to pack up my bags and head to the good ole USA this summer. I've really been feeling the warmth these past weeks. One thing I am loving in summer are simplistic and light dresses. I have a few but I am going to keep my eyes peeled while in the states for some basic summer dresses.

Here are a few that look just perfect for our US city travels this summer.

NYC, Summer of 1969

White RuffleyShirt Dress

Summer Cyclist. 

What are your go-to summer styling pieces?



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Natural Beauty Product Experimentation

My new hobby has been wonderfully exciting to explore and experiment. My collection of essential oils is growing, which makes my range of product choices wider. I am really happy with my first mix the Vanilla Coconut Body Moisturiser. The week before leaving on our USA trip, I made some tinted and un-tinted lip balm and some bug spray to take along.

My growing knowledge has been so enabling to make beauty products that I can use. It's a small but significant mind-set shift, to make my own beauty products.

We are taught that we can't make things that we use and that is such a silly lie.

I'll be trying out these products over the summer, then report back about how they work. At that point, if I can recommend them, I will provide you lovelies with the recipes. 

Have you been learning anything new lately?

Have a lovely day.



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hairy Beauty

I've been avoiding writing this post. Honestly, because I have only just become fully comfortable with my body hair.

Beauty has always been a significant topic in my life. Since high school, I have tried to avoid the lies I tell myself about not being beautiful. I have gotten better at knowing, really knowing, the truth, that I am beautiful.

I have seen many friends who have struggled with eating disorders, or friends unable to leave the house without makeup. One of my most naturally beautiful friends didn't feel herself without her eye make up. It hurts my heart, when I see women believing lies about their natural beauty. That's why I have been testing myself and taking breaks from makeup every few months since being in my 20s.

Whenever I become self-conscious about not wearing makeup. I take a break, even if it is just for a week. I want to feel comfortable in my own, natural, beautiful skin. 

Then I realised, I had the same issue with my body hair. I would feel ashamed if I had a bit of armpit hair. So I challenged myself, not really consciously, but I wanted to see if I could be comfortable with my natural self in that regard too.

I have let my leg and armpit hair grow out to full length this past year and have kept it at its natural length for over 14 months... I took a long time for me to be comfortable to wear tank tops, go to the lake, and go dancing raising my arms for all to see. I am finally okay with my natural self.

It's quite freeing. Now that I know who I am, and that I am beautiful with armpit hair or without, I am free to do whatever I wish with it, and it doesn't change me. I may wax it all off next week, it doesn't matter. I know who I am and that I am beautiful.

Do you ever challenge yourself to fast from makeup?

What helps you know you are naturally beautiful?



Sunday, June 22, 2014

What I Need...

I'm usually quite good at knowing what I need, I usually guard my alone time, go to bed early, and relax when I start noticing that I need to slow down.  But the last few weeks I was ignoring all the intuitive signs, and it took some germs to make me realise what I needed.

 I pushed through the sickness (a sinus infection) trying to get all my grading done for students, meeting with people, visiting a professional development workshop, and ignoring my need to take a rest and get some good sleep. I ended up having to resign to my body, it took charge and floored me. Now, after a week and a half of rest, I realise (again) that I need to pay attention to the signs. I need to listen to my body and my heart and know what I need.

I think it is a part of growing up. Understanding what I need will probably take some time.  I know that when I take care of myself and satisfy my own needs, only then can I be there for my husband, students, and friends.

Do you struggle to really know what you need at times?