It's been a while! That is partly because I've been working my butt off, getting back into uni since my second semester just started and been on the road, pretty much. 

The most exciting event that I could tell you about is the travel trade show at the Messe Berlin, the ITB 2016. You might have heard of it before but I have actually never been to the ITB before until my class signed up for it. And boy, was it fun. It was exhausting, not going to lie, but really freaking awesome and therefore, definitely worth it. 


What did I do there? 


I stayed at the Pegasus Hostel with five of my class mates that I am closest with and we stayed for three days. (Three guys and three similarily crazy girls in one room – yeah, it was chaotic.) We met up with our professor early in the morning after getting to the Messe in completely filled undergrounds and trams and then seeked to trawl the halls of Berlin's huge exhibition centre that was divided into halls that each held exhibitions about another country. There was every single spot on the earth that you could think of which lets you know – it was HUGE. 


Our three days long visit included a lot of walking, picking up (way too many) freebies, talking with mutuals, eating foreign snacks, participating in contests, saving contacts, attending lectures, getting to know big or small travel companies and sealing connections for future job opportunities. Also, I got to meet lovefromberlin's Rae shortly, who is just as gorgeous and lovely in real life.


The experience of seeing and discovering so many different places and cultures was overwhelming to me, especially when I got home and unpacked a whole luggage full of the "souvenirs" that I had picked up. If you ever get the opportunity to check out the ITB, I definitely suggest going! Especially when you are interested in new places to travel to and if you're interested in finding a job in this kind of industry. Just make sure you've got time on your hands because you simply cannot see everything in one day. Make appointments with your preferred agents beforehand and enjoy a really fun trade show. 

And do. get. in. early! :-)

Until then – stay curious,
Arden

When I was at the Travel Trade Show in Berlin

3/15/2016


It's been a while! That is partly because I've been working my butt off, getting back into uni since my second semester just started and been on the road, pretty much. 

The most exciting event that I could tell you about is the travel trade show at the Messe Berlin, the ITB 2016. You might have heard of it before but I have actually never been to the ITB before until my class signed up for it. And boy, was it fun. It was exhausting, not going to lie, but really freaking awesome and therefore, definitely worth it. 


What did I do there? 


I stayed at the Pegasus Hostel with five of my class mates that I am closest with and we stayed for three days. (Three guys and three similarily crazy girls in one room – yeah, it was chaotic.) We met up with our professor early in the morning after getting to the Messe in completely filled undergrounds and trams and then seeked to trawl the halls of Berlin's huge exhibition centre that was divided into halls that each held exhibitions about another country. There was every single spot on the earth that you could think of which lets you know – it was HUGE. 


Our three days long visit included a lot of walking, picking up (way too many) freebies, talking with mutuals, eating foreign snacks, participating in contests, saving contacts, attending lectures, getting to know big or small travel companies and sealing connections for future job opportunities. Also, I got to meet lovefromberlin's Rae shortly, who is just as gorgeous and lovely in real life.


The experience of seeing and discovering so many different places and cultures was overwhelming to me, especially when I got home and unpacked a whole luggage full of the "souvenirs" that I had picked up. If you ever get the opportunity to check out the ITB, I definitely suggest going! Especially when you are interested in new places to travel to and if you're interested in finding a job in this kind of industry. Just make sure you've got time on your hands because you simply cannot see everything in one day. Make appointments with your preferred agents beforehand and enjoy a really fun trade show. 

And do. get. in. early! :-)

Until then – stay curious,
Arden

1. white short jumpsuit here | 2. knitted tank top here | 3. black chiffon mini dress here | 4. contrast color long sleeve baseball cotton shirt here | 5. horn long sleeve backless chiffon shirt here

It's March and oh boy, have I waited for spring to come! Finally packing away those thick jackets and coats, and that pile of sweaters can go, too. Ba-bye winter clothes, hello new-ins. I get really excited for spring shopping. It's not that I don't have enough clothes already but who doesn't get excited with a few new pieces in their wardrobe?

This spring I've found some pretty ace pieces that I would love to wear the strings off. Best thing about these: They're from NewChic, a fashion site that has got the cutest pieces on sale. The price is college student-friendly? Check!

And of course this wish list wouldn't be complete if I didn't include you guys in it somehow – I've got a coupon code for you that gives you an amazing 20% discount for everything.

Just click through the site, choose the piece(s) you want, check out and include the coupon code "20off1574"! Bam! You're welcome.

Do tell me if you like any of these pieces & happy shopping to you, too :-)

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

Spring Wishlist: Tops

3/07/2016


1. white short jumpsuit here | 2. knitted tank top here | 3. black chiffon mini dress here | 4. contrast color long sleeve baseball cotton shirt here | 5. horn long sleeve backless chiffon shirt here

It's March and oh boy, have I waited for spring to come! Finally packing away those thick jackets and coats, and that pile of sweaters can go, too. Ba-bye winter clothes, hello new-ins. I get really excited for spring shopping. It's not that I don't have enough clothes already but who doesn't get excited with a few new pieces in their wardrobe?

This spring I've found some pretty ace pieces that I would love to wear the strings off. Best thing about these: They're from NewChic, a fashion site that has got the cutest pieces on sale. The price is college student-friendly? Check!

And of course this wish list wouldn't be complete if I didn't include you guys in it somehow – I've got a coupon code for you that gives you an amazing 20% discount for everything.

Just click through the site, choose the piece(s) you want, check out and include the coupon code "20off1574"! Bam! You're welcome.

Do tell me if you like any of these pieces & happy shopping to you, too :-)

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden


My sight is bad. It really is. I mean, I did live without glasses for the past 18 years and did notice that my eye sight wasn't too great, but I somehow managed to live without glasses anyway. Was it because I was too lazy to go to the oculist? Or was I afraid I would look awful with glasses? I guess there were a few reasons why I dreaded getting glasses – until I got into college and sat in the fourth row and struggled with seeing the board.

I decided to finally get my eyes checked and buy some glasses. I was so embarrassed when I sat at the optician's and she asked me how I managed to even walk on the streets without glasses. She told me that it was so bad that I should be seeing everything super blurry. I just shrugged my shoulders and went, "I don't know, I manage well, actually. Just uni and work gets hard without the sight."

And then I got my first pair of glasses. Of course I had to make sure the frame fit my face. And then I walked out of the store and saw the world with completely new eyes. I got dizzy on the first day but I never knew I was able to see the world this clearly once. It was mind-blowing to me and I think I'm not the only one feeling that way. You get used to your bad eyesight that you don't feel the need to change something about it and just go with what you have.


This month I was lucky to get myself a new pair of glasses from Firmoo. Firmoo is an international optical store, offering lots of different glasses. Now, purchasing your pair of glasses can feel tricky because well, you can't really try them on. But the site has this amazing feature where you can choose a picture of yourself or someone with a similar face shape and hit a "Try on" button which lets you see how it would look like!


Now, it was important to me that the glasses didn't keep sliding down my nose. My first pair of glasses was that way and it annoyed the hell out of me. I spent a day with the glasses before I sat down and wrote this review. I received my glasses within a week (because I chose FedEx as delivery option) and got a really cute glass case with them. I mean look at the motive of a map on it! You can imagine I already fell in love when I saw the case itself.


The glasses themselves fit my face perfectly, as I was hoping. No fidgeting, no fixing every two minutes. Hallelujah, I'm really satisfied with that. Seriously, this is a huge deal to me. Comfort is important.

If you'd like to get yourself a new pair, this 15% OFF discount is for you! Definitely worth a peek: These cat eye glasses!

Until then – stay awesome,
Arden

The Thing About Glasses | Firmoo Glasses Review

3/05/2016



My sight is bad. It really is. I mean, I did live without glasses for the past 18 years and did notice that my eye sight wasn't too great, but I somehow managed to live without glasses anyway. Was it because I was too lazy to go to the oculist? Or was I afraid I would look awful with glasses? I guess there were a few reasons why I dreaded getting glasses – until I got into college and sat in the fourth row and struggled with seeing the board.

I decided to finally get my eyes checked and buy some glasses. I was so embarrassed when I sat at the optician's and she asked me how I managed to even walk on the streets without glasses. She told me that it was so bad that I should be seeing everything super blurry. I just shrugged my shoulders and went, "I don't know, I manage well, actually. Just uni and work gets hard without the sight."

And then I got my first pair of glasses. Of course I had to make sure the frame fit my face. And then I walked out of the store and saw the world with completely new eyes. I got dizzy on the first day but I never knew I was able to see the world this clearly once. It was mind-blowing to me and I think I'm not the only one feeling that way. You get used to your bad eyesight that you don't feel the need to change something about it and just go with what you have.


This month I was lucky to get myself a new pair of glasses from Firmoo. Firmoo is an international optical store, offering lots of different glasses. Now, purchasing your pair of glasses can feel tricky because well, you can't really try them on. But the site has this amazing feature where you can choose a picture of yourself or someone with a similar face shape and hit a "Try on" button which lets you see how it would look like!


Now, it was important to me that the glasses didn't keep sliding down my nose. My first pair of glasses was that way and it annoyed the hell out of me. I spent a day with the glasses before I sat down and wrote this review. I received my glasses within a week (because I chose FedEx as delivery option) and got a really cute glass case with them. I mean look at the motive of a map on it! You can imagine I already fell in love when I saw the case itself.


The glasses themselves fit my face perfectly, as I was hoping. No fidgeting, no fixing every two minutes. Hallelujah, I'm really satisfied with that. Seriously, this is a huge deal to me. Comfort is important.

If you'd like to get yourself a new pair, this 15% OFF discount is for you! Definitely worth a peek: These cat eye glasses!

Until then – stay awesome,
Arden

I was sorting out the photos that I had backed up on Google Photos and came across the junk of a folder that consisted of photographs that I took whilst I was in Italy back in 2014. I headed over there with my class that time, it was our last trip together as grade 11.


We had started off at Lake of Garda, then saw Rome, Florence, Pisa and eventually Venice. The last destination stayed in my mind for so many reasons, mostly small things that the artistic mind of mine appreciated about the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the dreamy town of Venice.

We, in groups, had no plan whatsoever. Our teachers had given us a map and with it, the destination where we would meet at the end of the day before we left Italy behind completely. Others were afraid they would get lost and miss the bus home, though we were thrilled. Excited. In love.

A completely foreign city with so much to see, so much art, so much emotion, even painted on the cracked borders of old empty buildings.

I stared a long time at the photograph above and only realized it after reminiscing about the day that we spent there, discovering beauty that had felt so far away once and was then right in front of our noses.

What a time to be alive, I remember thinking as we headed onwards without a plan or thought. What a time to keep walking and seeing. 

No, we didn't do anything crazy, other than listening to our own crazy ramblings, but the impressions that crashed over us in other forms of waves with each new bridge, each new alleyway we approached, was indeed crazy to us.

Unforgettable. An impact without an origin. Just the town, the lively people and the magic that lay above them.

Some say you should make the most of traveling to some place but even though we were just walking around, we felt completely content and fulfilled with the feet that hurt only a few hours in.

This sort of travelling is simple. But something I would definitely recommend to anyone. Be aware. Don't rush. Walk as slow as a tortoise because something can look so different from one angle to the other. Maybe don't even take the map and ask for the way in each corner to get in touch with people who actually live there. Maybe don't even look at the time and let the tiredness push you further. Maybe don't even go see the big attractions but end up in a local supermarket instead, like a local, to see the differences.

It was a photograph of Venice. And there was so much more behind it than I thought that it had me in its spell for ten minutes before I could scroll any further.

Did you ever have that overwhelming feeling of positive melancholy when looking at a photo from past trips?

Until then,
Arden

Photograph of Venice

3/03/2016


I was sorting out the photos that I had backed up on Google Photos and came across the junk of a folder that consisted of photographs that I took whilst I was in Italy back in 2014. I headed over there with my class that time, it was our last trip together as grade 11.


We had started off at Lake of Garda, then saw Rome, Florence, Pisa and eventually Venice. The last destination stayed in my mind for so many reasons, mostly small things that the artistic mind of mine appreciated about the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the dreamy town of Venice.

We, in groups, had no plan whatsoever. Our teachers had given us a map and with it, the destination where we would meet at the end of the day before we left Italy behind completely. Others were afraid they would get lost and miss the bus home, though we were thrilled. Excited. In love.

A completely foreign city with so much to see, so much art, so much emotion, even painted on the cracked borders of old empty buildings.

I stared a long time at the photograph above and only realized it after reminiscing about the day that we spent there, discovering beauty that had felt so far away once and was then right in front of our noses.

What a time to be alive, I remember thinking as we headed onwards without a plan or thought. What a time to keep walking and seeing. 

No, we didn't do anything crazy, other than listening to our own crazy ramblings, but the impressions that crashed over us in other forms of waves with each new bridge, each new alleyway we approached, was indeed crazy to us.

Unforgettable. An impact without an origin. Just the town, the lively people and the magic that lay above them.

Some say you should make the most of traveling to some place but even though we were just walking around, we felt completely content and fulfilled with the feet that hurt only a few hours in.

This sort of travelling is simple. But something I would definitely recommend to anyone. Be aware. Don't rush. Walk as slow as a tortoise because something can look so different from one angle to the other. Maybe don't even take the map and ask for the way in each corner to get in touch with people who actually live there. Maybe don't even look at the time and let the tiredness push you further. Maybe don't even go see the big attractions but end up in a local supermarket instead, like a local, to see the differences.

It was a photograph of Venice. And there was so much more behind it than I thought that it had me in its spell for ten minutes before I could scroll any further.

Did you ever have that overwhelming feeling of positive melancholy when looking at a photo from past trips?

Until then,
Arden

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