Inspired by Leney (and also because I really like lists).

Talents I Want To Acquire

Making really great coffee at home

Surfing and/or longboarding

Making my own clothes

Concentrating on my work and not getting distracted all of the time

Remembering to take pictures in great places

Answering messages in a timely manner


Talents I Have Acquired

Not looking at my phone when in company

Drinking enough water

Making really good pancakes

Talking to people I don’t know and actually getting to know them

Saying yes to new things (without unnecessarily worrying about everything) (more…)

How to resist shopping urges while traveling

How to resist shopping urges when you're traveling | Hanna's Places. Picture by Helena La Petite.

One of the things I love(d) while traveling and on the road: Getting souvenirs in the form of clothes, shoes and accessories. Shopping in foreign countries has lost a little bit of its appeal now that we can get most labels online anyway and the High Streets all over the world pretty much look the same, but it’s still really nice to have a blouse or clutch to remind you of your lovely holiday.

Now, some of you might remember that I pledged to only buy fairly produced or second hand clothing since the New Year. And commercially produced clothes don’t suddenly get fair just because they are sold in Spain instead of Germany. I have to be completely honest, my resolution has been going quite good so far, but the maxi skirts and dresses worn by stylish French women were reeeeally tempting. I managed to return back home without a new ‘unfair’ addition to my wardrobe, but it was harder than I thought so here’s some tips I picked up along the way:

1 | Get some other souvenirs to remember your trip. On my recent roadtrip I brought home a beautiful stoneware bowl from Barcelona and a wooden spoon from Grasses. They were maybe over-prized but they are handmade and I will own them for the rest of my life if they don’t break (something I probably couldn’t say about a summer dress). I also took millions of pictures, so this trip will definitely be remembered.

2 | Hit up thrift stores and flea markets. I must admit I’m not the best at finding gems at those places, but at least I found a few nice books and accessories on my travels.

3 | Do your research before traveling. Just write a list of local ethical boutiques or traditional workshops and you’re good to go and take something nice home without feeling guilty.

4 | Get inspired by the people on the streets. Note what styles people are wearing and which outfits you really like and remember that on your next ethical shopping spree.

5 | Lastly, but most importantly: A good trip is NOT about the souvenirs you buy. It’s about the people you’re with, the things you get to learn about yourself and the history of another country, the beautiful sights, architecture and nature you get to see, the foreign food you get to try and the people you meet. The success of a holiday doesn’t depend on the question whether you bought that dress or not! See it this way, if you are not shopping, you’ve got so much more time to experience and see the things around you! Make the most of it.

What about you? Do you like shopping or getting souvenirs abroad?

Picture by Helena La Petite.

Weekend Conversations Vol. 3


Hi guys – how have you all been? I have just returned from my little roadtrip yesterday and it was an all around perfect adventure. I will probably talk way more about it soon in a couple of posts (in the meantime you can check out a few of my instagram snaps), but today it’s time for another weekend conversation first. So here goes:

What is your favourite thing to do on a Friday night?

For me, even though I’m only 21, it’s definitely not going clubbing all night. Instead, I just love to meet up with a couple of good friends. Check out a new restaurant or create a nice homecooked meal, go to our favourite bar, chat, laugh, catch up and unwind from the week that has just passed. Enjoy a little bit of wine and just enjoy the company of those closest to me. Simply perfection!

What about you? And what are you up to this Friday night? I’m meeting a few of my friends for a little street festival in our town called Mittsommar Unterbilk and it sounds like a lot of fun. All the pretty little shops and cafés will be open till midnight, there’s live music and my favourite frozen yoghurt shop is open as well! I can’t wait!

Picture by Helena La Petite.

I’m off!

I'm off!

Today I’m setting off on the first big adventure of this summer: a roadtrip from Spain to Italy! I’m flying out to Barcelona today and we’re going to drive along the French and Italian coast in my friends car, arriving in Milan in a week. I’m excited! We’re camping, which is an adventure in itself, since I’ve never done that before. I can’t wait to sit in the sun and on the beaches all day, explore little French towns, eat all the gelato, take pictures…perfection. Spotify lists are downloaded onto my phone (God bless offline playlists), I’ve bought a new book (Carlos Ruiz Zafon to fit the southern Europe theme) and I wrote down a list of places to visit. Now all I have to do is catch my flight and off we go – see you in a week!

Has anyone of you ever travelled to Barcelona, the Cote d’Azur or the Italian riviera and has any tips to share? Or just roadtrip tips in general? (more…)

Everlasting Apparel – Dominika Mayerova

Everlasting Apparel with Dominika Mayerova

Today’s Everlasting Apparel is a special one! I’m not featuring another blogger, but my fellow People Tree intern (now PR assistant) Dominika Mayerova! She was one of the people who made me feel so welcome both at work and in London. She was my partner-in-crime exploring coffee shops around Brick Lane and she’s of course always fashionable. I dearly miss her, our adventures and daily walks home to London Bridge. Talking dreams, plans and things going wrong was one of our favourite things to do. I can’t wait to see her again this July! These pictures are from a lovely day out with Helena (who took her camera along), walking through Shoreditch, eating Pho and afterwards relaxing at Barbour & Parlour. Here’s what Dominka has to say about her favourite outfit:

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Tell us something about yourself!

My name is Dominika Mayerova, originally from Slovakia and currently living and working in London. Very happy to be part of Hanna’s blog. I feel very fortunate to have had amazing opportunities to travel abroad a lot and get to know beautiful places. I love coffee, all kinds of food, books, and museums and fashionwise – midi lengths and chunky heels!

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