Monday, October 10, 2016

i <3 my re-kanken

being a student when you're 40 is cool and all up to the point where you start looking like one. because without youth, the student look is basically just sloppy.

i found myself needing a backpack really badly for a series of practical purposes: i sometimes have a need to go to the library with my book and ipad, i commute every day to go get my daughter at school and i recently developed neck problems probably due to all the stuff i was lugging around in my shoulder bag. bad idea!

so after first wasting 20 euro on a cheap one from zara which fit nothing i settled on this cool dark olive kanken's not that bad! i still feel a little bit less feminine than i'd like wearing a backpack over a bag, but i guess this is my life now...

i do love the discreet logo on the re-kanken and the color. i also love that the shoulder straps are much thinner than the classic school backpack with its thick, padded straps (yuk!)

it's also nice to fit everything in one bag: my study materials, water bottle, snacks as well as my daughter's stuff and any shopping i may have acquired on the way to school (it's right next to a nice mall and i've been mall-deprived for many years, so don't judge me)...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

back to school

i'm very proud of myself for signing up for university at the ripe age of 40...

these are my back to school goodies i got from flying tiger-of all people i went shopping with my mom who just happened to be visiting-that was a real deja-vu!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

layering in 2016

when people talk about layering i think of some grungy 90's mix, but lately i feel like i'm getting better at this!

Thursday, September 8, 2016


since starting full-time preschool two weeks ago we've had a lot of the above!

we can't be the only ones experience this, right? september is tough....

super lunch for one

one of the things i'm thankful about living in vienna is the health food stores in my neighborhood, providing me with a chance to eat some of my favorite superfoods, like the ones pictured: seaweed noodles, tempeh & miso soup...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

cats & cats & cats

my three-year-old is a bit cat crazy...

here are some cat ears...

& some cat art (the two white poms must be hairballs)....

& the first library book she chose, ever.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

one of us

it was a tough weeks on many levels. 

one of bright spots was that we got mini's best friend back, this little pink bear known as "bom".

we worked hard all week to get him back after my daughter dropped him through the gap and onto the tracks below the underground train.

it was a traumatic experience as he is somewhat part of our family and we are so happy to have him back at home (and properly bathed)!

Friday, August 5, 2016

back to school

i'm usually ahead of the game when it comes to shopping for fall.

finding the things anna needs and likes (or she'll refuse to wear them) is a fun challenge.

she's opinionated and she's been picking what she wants to wear indipendently since she was 2: no jeans, only leggings; she finally loves skirts and dresses; plain tops won't cut it, there must be a cat/dog/bunny on it; jackets and coats must be more pretty than utilitarian and last but not least, shoes must be sparkly.

these are the rules at 3 years old.

i just want everything to go together easily so she doesn't look like a total clown so my rule is anything goes from the waist up but from the waist down it's solid colors only. and i also don't want to spend much more than100 euro on everything because it will last 6 months tops.

 here is our shopping for fall...

zara glitter flats

zara skirt

zara dress

zara boots

zara jumper

zara shoes

zara jumper

zara jeggings

mango jacket

mango rain boots

Saturday, July 16, 2016

more grey shoes

someone clearly has a problem...

this is my second pair of "mara" flats from asos. the first pair i got was silver and they felt a bit like tap dance shoes but they also made some excellent rainy day/travel shoes. so much so that i bought pair n. 2.

these tick all the boxes for me as they are on sale/leather/grey/pointed.

and so the online shopping in a new country has begun!