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One of many gorgeous shots I took while going on a fun hike with friends

In the Life


One day left until I get on my plane to London and stay there for the next six months. I think it's a long time not being able to hug my sister (yes, we're actually this close and never really fight) but when I think of my best friend for example, who's studying in the Netherlands long-time, I consider 6 months to be passing in no time. I've emptied my flat, which has been my safe place until now and I'm truly saddened to have let go of it, and I gave it away to someone else who's in need of it. After my internship I'll move into a shared flat, I suppose, which will help me financially and socially. But that's for late August. For now I'm concentrating on my upcoming little British moments and I cannot wait for the room viewings next week and what's to come. 

Music


  • I had forgotten how amazing The Vamps are and how much I loved their music a year back or more. Now I'm back to listening to them non-stop.
  • I've made a London based playlist on Spotify and if you'd like, you can follow it as I'm pretty sure the list will be long! 
  • A while back I saw Jakub Ondra sing on the streets of Dresden and had to check him out on YouTube. We had talked before I went home, still in awe of his smooth voice. 
  • I still come back to this! 
  • With a little deeper digging I found this awesome gem by Orla!


Posts you might've missed:



Links



Until then – stay kind,
Arden

FOTW | Thoughts on leaving & lovely singing

2/26/2017

One of many gorgeous shots I took while going on a fun hike with friends

In the Life


One day left until I get on my plane to London and stay there for the next six months. I think it's a long time not being able to hug my sister (yes, we're actually this close and never really fight) but when I think of my best friend for example, who's studying in the Netherlands long-time, I consider 6 months to be passing in no time. I've emptied my flat, which has been my safe place until now and I'm truly saddened to have let go of it, and I gave it away to someone else who's in need of it. After my internship I'll move into a shared flat, I suppose, which will help me financially and socially. But that's for late August. For now I'm concentrating on my upcoming little British moments and I cannot wait for the room viewings next week and what's to come. 

Music


  • I had forgotten how amazing The Vamps are and how much I loved their music a year back or more. Now I'm back to listening to them non-stop.
  • I've made a London based playlist on Spotify and if you'd like, you can follow it as I'm pretty sure the list will be long! 
  • A while back I saw Jakub Ondra sing on the streets of Dresden and had to check him out on YouTube. We had talked before I went home, still in awe of his smooth voice. 
  • I still come back to this! 
  • With a little deeper digging I found this awesome gem by Orla!


Posts you might've missed:



Links



Until then – stay kind,
Arden

Okay so I have been saying this for so long and so often already that you are probably a little bit annoyed by it now. But I'm headed to London in three days and I had to downgrade my belongings and minimize my wardrobe to make out what to take with me and what I could've gotten rid off a long time ago.

This was a great reason to sort out my clothes and other belongings because wow, there's so much I can donate, sell and gift now. Good riddance of baggage that I didn't need in the first place. I feel much "lighter" on my plate now and am proud to say that I could fit all of my necessary belongings into a 10kg carry-on and a 20kg luggage. Then there's my Kanken backpack and that's it. This is basically what I could go with, anywhere. This is the stuff I could take with me moving into new places and I wouldn't need more. Okay, my ukulele didn't fit. But that's besides the point.

There's a post I made about my packing list for short trips (light packing and carry-on only) which includes all the necessary stuff that I absolutely need so I think I won't need to elaborate twice on that ;-).

What did change, though, is what I need for my longer stay now, and the internship of course, which would include:

  • a DKB VISA banking card (I can get cash abroad for free with this)
  • important personal documents (like insurance papers) apart from travel documents
  • copies of my travel documents
  • camera equipment
  • weather appropriate clothing 
  • a strong umbrella
  • one detox water bottle
  • a pair of new shoes with heels
  • a pair of black basic shoes if I can't be arsed with high heels every day
  • a decent bag for work 
  • my own hair dryer and straightener (which I use as a curler)
  • one fancy dress for special opportunities 
  • favourite skin care products
  • important medication
  • personally connected objects and posters to make my new place over there home-y

Any fellow Londoner bloggers out there? Feel free to contact me for collaborations and sit-down talks anytime! For the upcoming six months I am going to tag my London based posts under 6 In London so if you're looking for them, you know where to find them.

Until then – stay on the look-out,
Arden

Pack With Me For London

2/24/2017


Okay so I have been saying this for so long and so often already that you are probably a little bit annoyed by it now. But I'm headed to London in three days and I had to downgrade my belongings and minimize my wardrobe to make out what to take with me and what I could've gotten rid off a long time ago.

This was a great reason to sort out my clothes and other belongings because wow, there's so much I can donate, sell and gift now. Good riddance of baggage that I didn't need in the first place. I feel much "lighter" on my plate now and am proud to say that I could fit all of my necessary belongings into a 10kg carry-on and a 20kg luggage. Then there's my Kanken backpack and that's it. This is basically what I could go with, anywhere. This is the stuff I could take with me moving into new places and I wouldn't need more. Okay, my ukulele didn't fit. But that's besides the point.

There's a post I made about my packing list for short trips (light packing and carry-on only) which includes all the necessary stuff that I absolutely need so I think I won't need to elaborate twice on that ;-).

What did change, though, is what I need for my longer stay now, and the internship of course, which would include:

  • a DKB VISA banking card (I can get cash abroad for free with this)
  • important personal documents (like insurance papers) apart from travel documents
  • copies of my travel documents
  • camera equipment
  • weather appropriate clothing 
  • a strong umbrella
  • one detox water bottle
  • a pair of new shoes with heels
  • a pair of black basic shoes if I can't be arsed with high heels every day
  • a decent bag for work 
  • my own hair dryer and straightener (which I use as a curler)
  • one fancy dress for special opportunities 
  • favourite skin care products
  • important medication
  • personally connected objects and posters to make my new place over there home-y

Any fellow Londoner bloggers out there? Feel free to contact me for collaborations and sit-down talks anytime! For the upcoming six months I am going to tag my London based posts under 6 In London so if you're looking for them, you know where to find them.

Until then – stay on the look-out,
Arden


This time in the Tea With ... series, I'm introducing to you Adele, a 20 year old German power girl living in Mallorca. Her blog naemora.com focuses on Adele's journey towards a sustainable lifestyle (which means minimalism, living with zero waste, slow fashion and green beauty products) and female empowerment and feminism on all kinds of levels. I admire her ethics and personally love following her on her journey towards a sustainable lifestyle so I can copy and adapt to bits and bobs and make it my own lifestyle. Read what I was curious about and how the sweet Adele responded:

1 – When are you really productive? Are you a night owl or a morning bird?


I wish I was a morning bird. And I really try to be one because I quite enjoy the feeling of getting things done before noon and then, still have the whole day ahead of me. Truth is, however, I'm more productive in the evening/night time. I find that, even though I get up early, I'm unable to focus and get really productive before 11.00 am.


2 – What made you start your ethical, conscious lifestyle? Tell me about your journey.


I come from a home where reusing, repairing and recycling has always been important. As a kid, I was rather embarrassed that we hardly ever had new stuff and that we went camping in France instead of taking the plane and going on fancy holidays in Fuerteventura. Especially during the last years, after uni and finally with a job, I spent a lot of time "making up" for what I was missing in my childhood/adolescence: buying all the clothes and shoes, shopping at Ikea (my parents only owned second hand furniture *lol*), getting Starbucks To-Go coffees. But it always felt a bit off. I wasn't raised that way and I didn't really believe in that lifestyle. At the same time, I started to get more and more interested in organic food, sustainable agriculture and from there, it was really a small step to spark my interest in sustainable living, in general. And to be even more specific: roughly 3 months ago, when I started watching Alli Cherry's videos on YouTube, I finally decided to make a change: to stop buying fast fashion, to reduce my waste, to avoid plastic, etc. And here I am now, using handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues. Just like I did when I was 7 years old. Only that I'm not embarrassed of it, any more. :)


3 – What are the easiest ways to start living ethically?


I find the easiest way is to decide on one thing you want to start (or stop) doing and stick to it. Like, not buying anything packaged in plastic. Or only buying second hand. Only buying your produce at the farmer's market. Just one thing, but stick to it. From there, you can still expand and incorporate more ideas of ethical living into your life.

4 – What kind of book is most likely to be re-read by you?


"Rayuela" by Julio Cortázar. I read this book 10 years ago and it had such a huge impact on me. It is about a group o bohemian Argentineans living in Paris, philosophizing about human relations and life, in general. I read it at a time where I was very susceptible to anything that talked about big topics like the meaning of life. I wonder if I still felt that deeply about it if I was to re-read it now. A book can mean a lot to you or nothing at all, depending on the time in life you read it.


5 – Who or what inspired you the most in your blogging experience?


I think I'll go with Alli Cherry again. I stumbled upon her YouTube channel totally by coincidence. She's doesn't advertise herself as a sustainable lifestyle/zero waste/green blogger. She just shares her life trying her best to live ethically. I guess it just spoke to me that you could try and live sustainably without having to label yourself as an "ethical blogger". After all, living ethically should be the norm and not part of a trendy lifestyle.

6 – What do you do to kick off a great morning?


I need a cup of tea first thing in the morning. English Breakfast tea with milk and honey is my fave.


Hope you enjoy this series and reading about Adele! I'm sure you'd love her blog so if you haven't already, her blog definitely is worth checking out.

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

Tea With Adele – A Q&A with NAEMORA

2/22/2017



This time in the Tea With ... series, I'm introducing to you Adele, a 20 year old German power girl living in Mallorca. Her blog naemora.com focuses on Adele's journey towards a sustainable lifestyle (which means minimalism, living with zero waste, slow fashion and green beauty products) and female empowerment and feminism on all kinds of levels. I admire her ethics and personally love following her on her journey towards a sustainable lifestyle so I can copy and adapt to bits and bobs and make it my own lifestyle. Read what I was curious about and how the sweet Adele responded:

1 – When are you really productive? Are you a night owl or a morning bird?


I wish I was a morning bird. And I really try to be one because I quite enjoy the feeling of getting things done before noon and then, still have the whole day ahead of me. Truth is, however, I'm more productive in the evening/night time. I find that, even though I get up early, I'm unable to focus and get really productive before 11.00 am.


2 – What made you start your ethical, conscious lifestyle? Tell me about your journey.


I come from a home where reusing, repairing and recycling has always been important. As a kid, I was rather embarrassed that we hardly ever had new stuff and that we went camping in France instead of taking the plane and going on fancy holidays in Fuerteventura. Especially during the last years, after uni and finally with a job, I spent a lot of time "making up" for what I was missing in my childhood/adolescence: buying all the clothes and shoes, shopping at Ikea (my parents only owned second hand furniture *lol*), getting Starbucks To-Go coffees. But it always felt a bit off. I wasn't raised that way and I didn't really believe in that lifestyle. At the same time, I started to get more and more interested in organic food, sustainable agriculture and from there, it was really a small step to spark my interest in sustainable living, in general. And to be even more specific: roughly 3 months ago, when I started watching Alli Cherry's videos on YouTube, I finally decided to make a change: to stop buying fast fashion, to reduce my waste, to avoid plastic, etc. And here I am now, using handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues. Just like I did when I was 7 years old. Only that I'm not embarrassed of it, any more. :)


3 – What are the easiest ways to start living ethically?


I find the easiest way is to decide on one thing you want to start (or stop) doing and stick to it. Like, not buying anything packaged in plastic. Or only buying second hand. Only buying your produce at the farmer's market. Just one thing, but stick to it. From there, you can still expand and incorporate more ideas of ethical living into your life.

4 – What kind of book is most likely to be re-read by you?


"Rayuela" by Julio Cortázar. I read this book 10 years ago and it had such a huge impact on me. It is about a group o bohemian Argentineans living in Paris, philosophizing about human relations and life, in general. I read it at a time where I was very susceptible to anything that talked about big topics like the meaning of life. I wonder if I still felt that deeply about it if I was to re-read it now. A book can mean a lot to you or nothing at all, depending on the time in life you read it.


5 – Who or what inspired you the most in your blogging experience?


I think I'll go with Alli Cherry again. I stumbled upon her YouTube channel totally by coincidence. She's doesn't advertise herself as a sustainable lifestyle/zero waste/green blogger. She just shares her life trying her best to live ethically. I guess it just spoke to me that you could try and live sustainably without having to label yourself as an "ethical blogger". After all, living ethically should be the norm and not part of a trendy lifestyle.

6 – What do you do to kick off a great morning?


I need a cup of tea first thing in the morning. English Breakfast tea with milk and honey is my fave.


Hope you enjoy this series and reading about Adele! I'm sure you'd love her blog so if you haven't already, her blog definitely is worth checking out.

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

It's coming near, isn't it! My flight to London is only a few days away and I couldn't be more hyped and conflicted at the same time. This is how I prepared for the big change.

Organisationally


Of course I had to plan everything from scratch –

  • when I'd leave for my flight, 
  • what I need for it, 
  • whether I need to take the train to the airport. 
  • I had to take care of my insurance abroad,
  • I signed up for the ERASMUS scholarship grant to get financial support for my internship in advance,
  • I cancelled contracts with my landlord here in Dresden, 
  • quit my part-time job for the time being,
  • emptied my flat to give it away.
  • I booked my first week in London at a hostel and 
  • called up landlords in advance to plan appointments for my room hunt. 

I wrote lists for packing and tasks to do before leaving and for when I'd get there.

Packing


Thinking of the weather in London, I thought of every possible outfit that I could wear. I need more appropriate, smart but casual clothes for my internship. And of course I can't forget my daily wear. Before even thinking of packing, I decluttered most of my wardrobe and sold or donated clothes I wouldn't need or wear anyway. Downgrading helped a lot and now I have a much better overview.
Of course I had to take care of my birth control and medication, too. Gathering what I would definitely need over there helped me realize how much junk I actually own that I could've gotten rid of a long time ago. So much clutter.

Emotionally


You can't really prepare emotionally. All I know is that I will surely feel homesick and it will be awful the first couple of days or weeks. But I also know that I just have to keep myself busy and make friends to meet. Currently I'm spending a lot of time with my family and I met up with old close friends and uni friends that I would miss the next six months. If I look at the number, 6, it looks like 6 months will take incredibly long. But to think about it that way: I'm leaving in the beginning of spring and coming back in Summer! helps a lot.

I think it's important to stay in touch with my family and friends and don't allow myself to feel lonely. I can be fine being on my own but once I feel lonely – and yes, there actually is a difference – I will step into a downward spiral that will be hard to get out of. I am preparing for homesickness – but on the other hand I have so much excitement building up.


P/S: All my posts on London for the next 6 months will be tagged under 6 In London so if you're looking for them, you'll know where to find them! Do make sure you follow me on my Instagram, too, not to miss any Instagram stories (I figure there will be a bunch)!

Until then – stay cosy,
Arden

Preparing my move to London

2/20/2017


It's coming near, isn't it! My flight to London is only a few days away and I couldn't be more hyped and conflicted at the same time. This is how I prepared for the big change.

Organisationally


Of course I had to plan everything from scratch –

  • when I'd leave for my flight, 
  • what I need for it, 
  • whether I need to take the train to the airport. 
  • I had to take care of my insurance abroad,
  • I signed up for the ERASMUS scholarship grant to get financial support for my internship in advance,
  • I cancelled contracts with my landlord here in Dresden, 
  • quit my part-time job for the time being,
  • emptied my flat to give it away.
  • I booked my first week in London at a hostel and 
  • called up landlords in advance to plan appointments for my room hunt. 

I wrote lists for packing and tasks to do before leaving and for when I'd get there.

Packing


Thinking of the weather in London, I thought of every possible outfit that I could wear. I need more appropriate, smart but casual clothes for my internship. And of course I can't forget my daily wear. Before even thinking of packing, I decluttered most of my wardrobe and sold or donated clothes I wouldn't need or wear anyway. Downgrading helped a lot and now I have a much better overview.
Of course I had to take care of my birth control and medication, too. Gathering what I would definitely need over there helped me realize how much junk I actually own that I could've gotten rid of a long time ago. So much clutter.

Emotionally


You can't really prepare emotionally. All I know is that I will surely feel homesick and it will be awful the first couple of days or weeks. But I also know that I just have to keep myself busy and make friends to meet. Currently I'm spending a lot of time with my family and I met up with old close friends and uni friends that I would miss the next six months. If I look at the number, 6, it looks like 6 months will take incredibly long. But to think about it that way: I'm leaving in the beginning of spring and coming back in Summer! helps a lot.

I think it's important to stay in touch with my family and friends and don't allow myself to feel lonely. I can be fine being on my own but once I feel lonely – and yes, there actually is a difference – I will step into a downward spiral that will be hard to get out of. I am preparing for homesickness – but on the other hand I have so much excitement building up.


P/S: All my posts on London for the next 6 months will be tagged under 6 In London so if you're looking for them, you'll know where to find them! Do make sure you follow me on my Instagram, too, not to miss any Instagram stories (I figure there will be a bunch)!

Until then – stay cosy,
Arden

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