5 coffee shops you need to visit in Paris

5 coffee shops you need to visit in ParisWe’re back from Paris! It’s truly one of the prettiest European cities in my opinion. We walked around, we ate Falafel, we took pictures and of course: We tried as many coffee shops as possible. As in every big city, there are cute little cafés and coffee shops all over Paris. We visited the five below, but I still have a list of pretty places we didn’t get to check out (they are in the map below though). As everything in Paris, going to coffee shops is quite expensive (4 to 5 Euro for a cappuccino), but these are great spots if you’ve been sightseeing all day and need a little break. I’ve also included the sights we saw when we visited the shops, so you don’t have to go there just for the coffee ;)

Passager Café

55 great coffee shops in ParisThis was definitely one of my favourite coffee shops in Paris. The coffee (and the cake!) was great, the staff really friendly and the atmosphere chill and relaxed. I could easily imagine spending the afternoon here and work while eating cake. Lots of people did that actually! It isn’t close to any ‘tourist spots’ but you should still walk by here and rest your feed in this pretty place.

What else to do around here
Passager Café is about 15 min from the Bastille. From here, you can walk over to the Marais and visit the Place des Vosges or eat some Falafel, or head down to the Seine for an afternoon stroll. As I said, Passager isn’t actually close to anything that you typically visit as a tourist, but there’s some nice places only a walk away.

Address + opening times
107 avenue Ledru Rollin, 75011 Paris
Tuesday-Saturday: 08:30 – 18:30

Cuillier

5 great coffee shops in ParisWe went for lunch to Cuillier and really enjoyed our time here as well. The coffee was great and the quiche one of the best I ever had (maybe because I never ate quiche in France before? Anyway). It’s in a quiet street off Boulevard St. Germain, so the chance to get a table if you walk in is quite high. Highly recommended as a lunch spot.

What else to do around here
Cuillier is situated in the 7th arrondissement. We went to the Musée d’Orsay afterwards and spend a few hours there (highly recommended – it’s huge and possibly not as crowded as the Louvre). The Musée Rodin is quite close as well or you could just wander the streets around here.

Address + opening times
68 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Tuesday-Friday: 8:00 – 18:00
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 – 18:00 (more…)

Ready for Spring

dreaming of spring

I’m ready for Spring. I want to sit outside again, enjoy a drink with friends or read a book and not wear 10 layers of clothes. I’m in Paris at the moment (as you might have seen on my Instagram) and the sun was out almost everyday – it feels like bliss.

What I’m looking forward to this Spring

+ Going on city trips. For some reason, Spring is the perfect season for that! Winter is too cold, summer too hot and in autumn I just like to get cosy at home. Do you have any fun trips planned this season? I’m going to the Netherlands and London (finally, again!).

+ New outfits! Every year by the end of March I get really bored with my wardrobe and wearing coats all the time. Now that Spring is here I’m ready to mix it up again! I’m dreaming of fair fashion outfits like the one above: Blush Veja sneakers, a mom jeans, a light blouse and sun glasses.

+ Filling my house with plants. I only own a few succulents, but I really want to fill my house with more flowers and plants. I’ve started reading up on which plants are good for your room climate and a trip to the store is in order very soon.

+ Getting out my bike again! I’ve been lazy all winter and have taken the train, but it’s actually so much nicer to take my bike along the Rhine river and workout without even noticing.

+ Visiting new restaurants, cafés, shops, you name it. I don’t really feel like going out to new places in winter – it always feels like the day is over as soon as the sun sets at 6 pm. Now that Spring is around again, I’m ready to work on my list of places to see around Bonn and Cologne. Any tips where to go if you’re a local?

+ I scream ice cream. I didn’t eat nearly enough ice cream last year – that has to change this year ;) There’s a great shop just around the corner from my home and I went only once so far!

+ Sitting in the park reading books. For some reason, reading is even more fun while sitting outside, right? And you get the added bonus of (a hint of a) tan as well. On my reading list I have the new Jami Attenberg novel and a few collections of essays.

+ Flea markets. Obviously.

What are you looking forward to this Spring? Any fun plans?

Say #bybyefastfashion with JAN ’N JUNE

JAN ’N JUNE founders Anna and Jula

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#byebyefastfashion – that’s the motto of fair fashion label JAN ’N JUNE. Since 2014 Anna and Jula, the founders of JAN ’N JUNE, have been selling sustainable fashion that’s fun to wear, great in price and very stylish. And they show: Sustainability doesn’t actually have to be difficult.

Where do you put the line between slow and fast fashion?

Anna: For us, slow fashion is a big part of sustainable fashion. If you want to separate fast from slow fashion, you need to look at the way you’re consuming. Fast fashion means binge shopping. It’s cheap, so you buy more clothes than you could ever wear. Items you don’t even like. You think: „Oh, it’s just two bucks, let’s just get this one as well“. Slow fashion means the opposite. It means: Buy items that have the potential to become favourites, that go with everything, that you really really love. Shop more consciously!

Jula: Consider: Does this item mean something to me, am I actually going to wear it? There’s a huge gap between thinking a piece of clothing is cool and finding something that actually suits you and fits your style. And of course sustainability plays a big role: How long is this new item going to last? How friendly is the manufacturing process — to the earth, nature and the people?

When did you start thinking about the way you buy your clothes?Spring Summer JAN ’N JUNE

Anna: Our awareness for sustainable fashion started growing while we were studying. We both studied fashion. That means that we got confronted with how dirty the industry actually is again and again.

Jula: I’ll never forget one of my internships — I went to a production agency in Indonesia. My time there showed me, that clothes aren’t worth anything in conventional fashion. As soon as one item is finished, it gets thrown on the floor. It might be sold for 30 or 300 Euros, at the factory there’s no difference. You shouldn’t cherish the illusion that clothes that are more expensive are actually better. You’re just paying for the label.

How do you feel, when you see people packed with shopping bags from Primark or other high fashion labels?

Anna: Sometimes I think: „Oh man“. But I don’t feel that girls shopping at Primark are a personal affront to me. The problem is that you can’t really buy fair fashion labels in high street shops. We’re a tiny niche. The consumer has to put a lot of time and energy into finding sustainable labels — an effort not many people are willing to make. (more…)

January 2017 Book Log

My favourite book in January

For 2017, I set myself another challenge to read 52 books. A book per week sounds like an achievable goal, in my opinion! I made a good head start in January (a few days off, lots of train travel and no show I’m watching on Netflix at the moment might be the reason for that). If you’re looking for a new book to read, you might want to give these a go!

Fiction

Half of a Yellow Sun / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been a fan of Adichi’s books for years. I finally read her most appraised one “Half of a Yellow Sun” in January and I’m so glad that I did! It deals with the Biafran war from 1967 to 1970 – a war I never heard about before, I must admit – from the perspective of three different narrators. It’s a heartbreaking tale, something everybody interested in international affairs should read, in my opinion.

Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi

Another novel set on African soil, Homegoing tells the history of slavery in America from two different angles. It sets out with the story of half-sisters Effia and Esi. Both grow up in 18th century Ghana under very different circumstances: Effia is married to a British slave trader, Esi herself is sold into slavery. Homegoing tells the story of the generations that follow these two – a mesmerizing page turner.

Non-Fiction

On Writing / Stephen King

I haven’t read any of King’s novels yet, but I’ve heard plenty of times that “On Writing” is a must-read for every hobby writer out there. I finally picked it up at the bookstore around Christmas and it definitely is worth the praise! Half memoir, half writing tips , you should give King’s book a go if you’re thinking about becoming a writer.

Talking as fast as I can / Lauren Graham

I’m a BIG Gilmore Girls fan, no denying that. So, when Lauren Graham published a memoir last year, of course I had to get a copy! It’s funny, heart-warming and easy to read – ideal for a grey winter day while you’re waiting for Spring.

The Folded Clock / Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock has been on my list for a while. I loved Julavits’ anthology “Women in Clothes” and her journal is just as whimsical and fun to read. She’s definitely slightly neurotic, but that makes reading this one even more fun.

Did you read any great books lately?

What I’m looking forward to this Christmas season

looking-forward-christmas-2017It’s the first Sunday in Advent tomorrow, Christmas songs are playing, my favourite time of the year is upon us! Since Christmas is always before you know it, I’m determined to make the most of it this year! It’s the loveliest time of the year, after all!

Christmas Season 2017

1. Getting my very own Christmas tree. In my old flat there wasn’t actually room for a tree, but now that I have a grown-up apartment, I want a Christmas tree as well! I will buy it the American way and put it up on the first of December. Can’t wait to decorate and sit under the lights with a cuppa tea.

2. Making cookies. I’ve been in a baking mood for months and now it’s finally time to try all the recipes!

3. Crafting and making presents. I haven’t actually made the time to be creative lately and what better time to craft than Christmas? I want to make some garlands (maybe with oranges), candles, everything!

4. Re-watching my holiday favourites. I always watch the Gilmore Christmas episodes, You’ve Got Mail, The Holiday, Bridget Jones and of course – Love Actually. Any other tips?

5. Making all my meals festive. Adding cinnamon to everything from coffee to porridge bowls, having hearty soups for dinner, drinking endless cups of hot chocolate – you know the drill.

6. The annual Christmas brunch with my friends. It’s another meal after eating for three days on end, but it’s always so much fun!

7. Reflecting on 2016 and making plans for the New Year. I’m a big goal setter and planner, so writing down what I want to do and where I want to go in 2017 is always a highlight.

8. Trying to find ways to make my Christmas gifts more mindful and environmentally friendly. I’m looking for ideas to give-away gifts with a purpose and use recycled wrapping as well. What are you giving away this season?

9. Going to the Christmas market and seeing lights everywhere. I know it’s always way too busy and there’s stressed people everywhere, but I still like it.

10. And of course: Making everything cosy! This is something that really pays off once the dreary months of January and February are here – even those don’t seem so bad when there are candles and hygge all around.

What are you looking forward to in the new season?

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