Rubjerg Knude lighthouse and the importance of a solid basis for language learning

Dress & Jacket: H&M, flipflops: Teva, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

Last summer we spent our holidays in Denmark. On the above photo you can see one of the most famous sights of Jutland, Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. It’s a well known tourist attraction and absolutely worth visiting. The lighthouse was specifically built on the highest part of the coastline to warn ships at sea. Normally you always make sure that your fundaments are such that they can support your building for a very long time. In the case of this lighthouse, location was more important than a fundament on solid rock. Understandable, but the shifting sands and the erosion caused by wind and sea pretty soon had a decaying building as a result. What you see on the photo is the remaining part of the lighthouse. The rest is buried. If you like what you see, go and visit this place in the near future, since they expect the lighthouse to fall into the sea in 10-15 years time.

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Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change

Coat: Yes or No, Dress: Zara, Boots: Dansi (all previous seasons)

I just love this dress. Although I bought it a few years back, it still is one of my favourite winter ones. It is warm, wrinkle-friendly, combines well with knee-high boots and is easy to cycle and move around in. By now you will know how much I value many of these characteristics in my outfits for school.

For a long time my husband has had a completely different view on the same dress. It reminded him of a rug (oh yeah) and therefor he really didn’t like it at all. That, of course, was something I didn’t like at all. One day, after seeing some work of Escher, inspiration hit me…..

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Castles close to Copenhagen, a one-day castle tour

The romantic print of my sweater (Tally Weijl) matches well with the romantic vibe of Frederiksborg castle. 

Close to Copenhagen there are three castles absolutely worth visiting. We decided to combine all three for a daytrip during our stay in Copenhagen last summer. Kronburg was the one I absolutely wanted to see. It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. My main reason for going there was another one though. Kronburg is known as Elsinore in William Shakespeare’s legendary play Hamlet and during the summer months a theatre group was performing scenes of the play in the castle itself. I just had to take the opportunity to enjoy some Shakespeare there!

Kronburg Castle. On the day of our visit, the weather was as dark as Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

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Time flies; Make sure you’re the pilot

November 2005

November 2017

Look at my son and me. Time really flies. You can read in my short bio on the right that I have got three fantastic teenagers. Seeing the above photos, I am sure you will understand why I feel that way. Isn’t it just great that my teenage son liked the idea of this photo shoot with his mum? I enjoy spending time with my children and very often they do too! When they were younger I told lots and lots of stories; a great way of having quality time together. Today, I will tell you an interesting story.

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Burgundy dress

Dress: Only, Boots: Dansi, Top: H&M (all previous seasons)

You will have noticed by now that I love dresses and I often wear them to school as well. Rain, wind and cold may challenge me, but leggings and knee-high boots help me face these challenges when cycling to school. This dress is a perfect example of a dress that is pretty and practical at the same time.

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‘Lacy’ lady meets H.C. Andersen in Copenhagen

Sweater: Tally Weijl, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

For those of you who would like to add a statement piece to an outfit, but who prefer to refrain from necklaces (which I can imagine if you are a kindergarten teacher for example), a pullover like this one would be a perfect choice. The black lace works like a necklace. It adds that little extra to a comfy and simple sweater and the lace drags the eyes upward, which is a valuable little extra for petites like me.

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Happy Halloween and why knowing about other cultures is good for you

 

Dress: H&M, Boots: Dansi (Both from previous seasons)

One of the many things I love as a foreign language teacher is bringing different cultures closer to my pupils. The coming few weeks are great ones for teaching British and American culture. Next week is Halloween and in November I can choose between Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving, or simply do all of them. Since Halloween is not really celebrated in Switzerland I will wear this pretty subtle halloween dress to school on the 31st of October. 

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Feeling like a sailor in my striped shirt

Trousers: Tally Weijl, Shirt: Only, Ankle Boots: Hobb’s, Bag: Maddison, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

You might know the saying: “A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor”. Well, you can see that I am standing comfortably on a large boat in a more than calm harbour. Still, surrounded by so many boats and wearing this striped shirt, I felt very much like a sailor.

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The details are not the details, they make the message

Dress: H&M (previous season)

Maybe the quote in the title sounds vaguely familiar. The original one is: “The details are not the details. They make the design.” I agree with Charles Eames and I also know that details make the message.

In my blogpost The details make the difference in the end I have mentioned how much more positive your communication sounds if you add the word ‘yet’. There is another small word that has got a great impact on the message you deliver; the word ‘but’. When you become aware of the power of this small word, I am sure you might want to use it much more consciously than you are probably doing right now. How so?

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Berlin’s Buddy Bears and the East Side Gallery: two positive projects

Dress: H&M, Shoes: Vans

When I visited Berlin at the beginning of my summer holidays, I fell in love with the city. It has got such a rich history, so many beautiful buildings and on top of all that: great street art with a very positive message. When visiting Berlin you will pretty soon discover that the city is full of bears. They are literally on practical every street corner. These so called buddy bears have been inspired by the Zurich Kuh Kultur (see photo below), another colourful street art phenomenon.

Jeans: Tally Weijl, Jacket: Only, Shirt: Street One, Bag: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

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