Highlights from 2017

Hey my loves,

A long time has passed since I last posted on here. This feels kinda weird and sort of exciting to be back. So sorry for not posting as frequent lately, well, I should say: “not at all”. But I’ve just had so much on mind and did not feel like writing and producing content, especially because I was feeling quite uninspired and wasn’t happy with the content I had. And now, new year – new beginnings! Or so do they say, right?

I will try to post one to two entries a week if I can, but only if I am happy with the blog post. But I just missed it a lot and when I set up my 2018 calendar I got struck with a lot of inspiration for the next couple of weeks. So my first entry this year will be a look back at some of my 2017 highlights.

February 2017

View out of my window in the early morning – so pretty, right?

Sunrise at my home

April 2017

Short Weekend Trip to Miri

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Mai 2017

Cutting my hair short and absolutely loving it!

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June 2017

Showing my cousin the city where I go to college to!

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July 2017

The birth of the beautiful daughter of one of my longest besties!

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August 2017

Zoo and theme park visit with Miri!

September 2017

1st real vacation since 2011!

October 2017

I just had to: Miri’s hair-ad moment :D

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December 2017

Christmas Markets with my friends!

What were your highlights from 2017? I would love to know them, tell me in the comments!

I hope all your dreams and wishes for the New Year are going to happen and I can’t wait for you to see all the blog post I have planned for this year!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

You can follow Miri here:

Instagram: miri_mh8

 

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TOP 3 – HBO TV SHOWS written by Miriam

HBO has given us amazing entertainment, groundbreaking, shocking, hilarious entertainment. However, this is only a Top 3 list, so I do not have a lot of space to spare, and also I am not basing this list on the number of viewers or prizes (if I did, The Wire wouldn’t even be on this list). I am solely basing this ranking off my personal taste. So I do apologize to those who are missing Game of Thrones, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, or True Detective on this list, because I can only speak for myself and what I have seen. And the three shows I am about to introduce to you are three of the best TV drama series you will ever have the joy of watching.

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3. Boardwalk Empire

The Volstead Act, which introduced the Prohibition era to the United States that lasted from 1920 to 1933, was a bad idea, because it did not work the way it had been planned. Boardwalk Empire shows how a group of gangsters became millionaires by smuggling alcohol into the US every which way, killing whoever stood in-between them and the alcohol they wanted to illegally import into the US. The series centers around Nucky Thompson, played by always awesome Steve Buscemi and based on a real-life person. Nucky is the treasurer of Atlantic City, but basically controls the entire city, and when the Volstead Act is officialized, he and a group of politicians and gangsters decide to cash in. The first 3 seasons of this historic TV show are epic and thrilling, with an amazing ensemble cast, including not only good old Steve, but also Michael K. Williams, Michael Shannon, and Daredevil Charlie Cox. The scale of this superbly written drama really reaches epic proportions, considering the producers were unable to shoot scenes on the actual boardwalk in AC, so they built a new one in another city, furnishing it with amazing details from original 1920’s postcards and photos. The wardrobe and cars used in the show are so true to the prohibition era the production costs must have been astronomically high, and it pays off: anyone watching will definitely feel like they were transported right into the year 1920. Add to that the amazing variety of characters and gripping dialogue (as usual for HBO), this show is just fun to watch. It can be quite gory at times, though (there is a scene in season 2 where someone is literally scalped), so it might not be suitable for people with weak stomachs, but that just proves how amazing the special effects make-up is, as well. Characters you hate will die, and characters you love will die, and you just have to know how the story continues. There are several characters involved in the plot who existed in real life, such as Charlie Luciano, Bugsy Segel, and Al Capone (portrayed perfectly by Stephen Graham), which again proves the attention to detail applied to the writing. Season 4 loses some of the show’s excitement and speed, and season 5 seems like a tired, idea-lacking wrap-up that had me quite disappointed, but the first 3 seasons are just plain brilliant TV drama.

“We been on the road for eighteen hours. I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies, eh?”

“F***in’ tough guy, you gonna shoot me for mouthin’ off?” – I wasn’t going to, but you kinda talked me into it.”

“Untie him. Oh, but before you do, put a bullet in his f***ing head.”

2. The Sopranos

This is a TV drama that basically paved the way for all other TV dramas that followed. There would be no Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Dexter, without Tony Soprano and his family of thugs. For those of you who have actually never seen it, it is a show about Tony Soprano, New Jersey mobster and capo and later on the boss of the Soprano clan. Officially employed in waste management, he and his underlings are stone-cold killers who make their living with drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, and collecting debts. At the same time, however, Tony is a loving father of two children and an unfaithful husband. The show explores themes of faith, family, loyalty, friendship, Italian-American intercultural conflicts, and lays down ground rules for storytelling and dialogue that were revolutionary at the time. Also, you will see some of the finest acting ever broadcast, on the small or big screen. Michael Imperioli especially, portraying Christopher Moltisanti, will tear your heart out with his all-in performance, and was awarded with the Emmy for his efforts. Moreover, I believe it was the first TV show to begin the tradition that was later copied by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead of killing off characters unexpectedly that you were sure would stay until the very end. Some of the deaths you will see coming, some will hit you completely unprepared and make you weep with either glee or (more often) grief. The show stays brilliant throughout its six seasons, but the finale is, well, debatable. Nonetheless, if you love TV dramas, and you liked Goodfellas, Casino, and of course The Godfather, you need to see this. Even Martin Scorsese himself did not want to miss out on the fun and has a very brief cameo in the first season.

“Who do you think you are?” – “I’m the person who says how things go, that’s who I think I am.”

“You don’t think that human beings possess free will?” – “How come I’m not making f***ing pots in Peru? You’re born to this sh*t. You are what you are.”

“You’re being set up! He’s lying to you, whoever he is!” – “Wouldn’t make any difference.” – “What do you mean, it wouldn’t make any difference?!” – “He wants you dead.”

1. The Wire

Once denoted the “best show that nobody watches,” The Wire is possibly the best TV drama ever created, and still, if you research how many awards the show has received, you will be appalled, and rightly so. Even though it was supposedly suffering from continuously low ratings, luckily the creators managed to produce five whole seasons, and they are a gift to anyone who loves watching high-quality TV drama. At first glance, it seems to be a cop show, but it cannot be compared to Law and Order and the likes thanks to HBO’s liberty to give it a gritty sort of realism, which is what the show is praised for and owes largely to its creators, who are an ex-cop and a journalist, respectively, and know how the real world of crime and punishment works in Baltimore, Maryland. Using their background to thoroughly investigate and tell the story of life in Baltimore from as many angles as possible, the show aims to portray a new point of view in every season. While the first season begins with introducing the police in Baltimore and kicks off the amazing plot by starting the investigation of the Barksdale clan, a drug-dealing organization operating on the streets, the second season introduces the struggles of the dockworkers on the Port of Baltimore. The third season focuses more heavily on Baltimore’s politicians, showing a white councilman’s attempt to become mayor in a predominantly black city. In the fourth season, we enter the school system of Baltimore, while the fifth season places us in the newsroom of a big Baltimore newspaper. The fascinating thing about this multi-faceted way of portraying Baltimore is that we not only learn more and more about the city and how its institutions have an effect on the individual, but that the plot manages to outline not only the stark differences, but also the striking parallels between all these milieus. Giving every character, from the lowest street thug to the richest politician, their moment to shine, we see how every system is built on greed and deception to achieve its goals of surviving and persevering. The Wire is also the only TV drama I can think of that stays equally strong and brilliant in its casting, acting, and storytelling from the first episode to the very last one. If anything, the series finale is the best episode of them all, because it manages to wrap up the story of the entire show by demonstrating how everything always changes and yet stays the same. There is a reason why it has been termed a literary show. It is beautiful, skillfully crafted, and yet still entertaining enough for people who prefer less demanding entertainment, through awesome and funny characters such as Omar, the gay gunman who robs drug dealers for a living. The Wire is my favorite TV show of all time and will always be an example of how to do it right.

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

“Does this sh*t look like money, motherf***er? Money be green!”

“You heroic mother***ers. Fighting the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.” – “Girl, you can’t even call this sh*t a war.” – “Why not?” – “Wars end.”

 

Exploring the City // Die Stadt erkunden

Hey my loves,

a couple of days ago I showed my cousin around one of my favorite cities in Germany – Düsseldorf. I thought I share a couple of the photos I and my cousin took.

We first went to my Uni, then to the older part of the city and the “Rheinuferpromenade” which is pretty much a walk along the Rhine and then we went to the media haven. We had such a blast and even though it was quite windy and not so warm, it was still super fun. So here are the pics:

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I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Two Spring & Summer Salads // Zwei Salate für Frühling & Sommer

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I’m showing you two of my favorite salads for spring and summer time. I love both of them so much and they are also great to make in a big bulk for a party or for yourself.

Chicken Strawberry Salad with Quesadilla

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I don’t have the exact measurements, because I feel like with salads you can pretty much go all out, but here is everything you will need:

Lettuce

Shredded Carrots

Red Bell Pepper

Cherry Tomatoes

Strawberries

Yoghurt Sauce

Corn Tortilla

Shredded Cheese

Chicken Breast

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper

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Chicken Quinoa Salad with Mozzarella & Eggs

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Ingredients

Lettuce

Quinoa

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber

Red Bell Pepper

Corn

Chicken Filet

Yoghurt Sauce

Eggs

Onion

Salt, Pepper, Other Spices

Mozzarella

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All I can say that both of these salads are super filling and I love to eat them, especially when it’s really hot. And if you prepare everything a day ahead (just skip the salad sauce), you can easily assemble everything the next day, it literally takes no time.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. Hit the like and share button and leave a comment telling me what your favorite spring salad is!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

NYX Love Contours All Review

Hey my loves,

long time no see again. I’m so sorry, but I have been busy with the move of my grandma and Uni started again, so I haven’t gotten around to writing. But today is different, I have a day off and completed everything I had to do for University so I can write for you guys guilt free.

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I recently bought the NYX Love Contours All Eye and Face Sculpting Palette, and the KIKO Milano lipstick in 106 and I was able to play around with them little bit. And I have to say: I LOVE THIS PALETTE! And the lipstick is as always great too! The color pay off is amazing and the eyeshadows stay on all day, which I personally love since I’m usually in Uni all day.

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Ok, now a run down of everything that is in this palette: You’ve got two highlight shades, two contouring shades, nine eyeshadows and two eyebrow powders. And, as you can see in the picture, the shadows are a mix of matte and sparkly. Both of the contour shades are matte and that is amazing! I do have to say though that I liked the lighter highlight powder more, simply because I feel like I don’t have enough tan on.

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All in all, I have to say that this palette was a great investment and that I absolutely adore it! I can only recommend it, especially if you are on the look out for a palette you can take on holiday with you! Here’s where you can buy it:

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ASOS

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ULTA

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL BOOTS

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I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to share it and also it would mean a lot to me if you could thumbs up this entry! Thank you so much!

I wish you all a wonderful day and a great start into the new week!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Midnight Ramblings // Mitternachtsgedanken

Hey my loves,

you know at times like these – it’s currently 11:43 pm as I’m writing this – I always get lost in my thoughts. I’m a night owl, so I tend to stay up later than others, but as for the last three months I’ve been going to bed quite early – well, for me at least.

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I’ve been so busy and on my feet constantly that I didn’t have time for thinking for a while now, but I guess that’s good for me. Because I tend to overthink things a lot. Are you like that? Overthinking used to be such a huge problem for me, not that I had to overthink anything for that matter, because to be honest, my gut feeling always turned out to be right and thinking of all the other possible outcomes or whatever usually just gave me a major headache than anything else. But you know how it is…

But tonight is a night where I kinda got some time to myself. And I have to admit I quite enjoyed it. The next, um let me think, 5 or 6 months are going to be tough. I’m in my second year of Uni (well, actually more, but if you want me to get into that, let me know) and since I kinda slacked the first year a bit,  because of moving out and other timing issues, I now have to write six papers. Which, let’s face it, is an awful lot to handle.

But I can’t change the fact, because I want to stay inside the three years and for that I have to do it. And usually if I set myself to something, I do it. Most of the time. But we’ll see. Next week Uni starts and it will all begin, but I’m excited to get back at it. I like being busy with school and I always feel like my summer term is so much nicer and easier to handle. Must be the sun, don’t you think?

Would you like me to talk about my Uni experience or which degree I’m aspiring to get? Because I could easily write a couple of entries for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask them.

Now enough of my midnight ramblings… I wish you all a good night!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Overthinking

The art of creating problems that weren’t even there.