4 Days, 3 Nights in Baroque Vienna

4 Days, 3 Nights in Baroque Vienna

Hi Everybody, dear Readers and Loyal Subbies,

After battling with the common Flu,  I am finally fit enough to write a post for which I am very excited about. That’s right folks!  Let me share all about the amazing time my boyfriend and  I had in Vienna. Honestly I am so thrilled that my trip turned out as amazing as expected and I would highly recommend anyone to go and visit Vienna if they can.

We stayed at the Amazing Park Hotel Schönbrunn just out of the city centre of Vienna.   This Hotel used to be the old guest house of emperor Franz Jozef and everywhere you looked in this hotel his influence is there.  The atmosphere was very romantic, just the setting my boyfriend and I were looking for. The Room and the breakfast was amazing and again cannot be more pleased to have opted  for this hotel. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of the hotel to share but I do encourage to check out this hotel if you are planning to come to Vienna.

Intrigued about my little intro please continue to read along about my 4 days, 3 nights in Vienna.

Day 1

The day started out very early , as our alarm clocks went off at a ungodly hour. Even  Ballz (the cat of my sister ) was surprisingly shocked that we were getting up at that time.  His little head turning away from us, showing us that he highly disaproved this behaviour.

At 4.30 in the morning our taxi arrived and we swiftly arrived at the airport. I was very pleased that the plane departed at the scheduled time and we arrived early at Vienna airport.

As we were too early to check into the hotel,  we strolled around the Schönbrunn Park and opted to get some lunch in a traditional Austrian restaurant. We both had spatlich and goulash which was  very delicious and filling.  Afterwards we got some drinks, fruits and snacks at the local supermarket and headed back to the hotel.

When we checked into  our beautiful room it was  already time to leave for our booked Schönbrunn tour . The park leading to the palace is so beautiful and there are many gardens  and the famous zoo to visit.

Also due to it being so close to Easter there was the Ostern Market which was enjoyable to walk through. We Pre Booked the Grand Tour in the Palace and I really loved it. The architecture is stunning and the paintings  and the pottery are beautiful. Exactly my cup of Tea.

Afterwards I was so tired and cold we retired to our hotel to have a nice hot bath and  experience the benefits of room service. Unfortunately that did not go to plan as our phone was not working at that moment. So my boyfriend had to go downstairs to order. Can I say lols out loud for that one. Maybe not at the time,  but now I can laugh about it.

Day 2

Such an action filled day. A day filled with visiting a lot of sites. After having an amazing breakfast at the hotels buffet, we set of to the city center of Vienna.

We first visited the Karlz Kirche a beautiful church that was built in 1891. The architecture is so gorgeous that it would be a shame to miss out on this. As I read about that the church would be lit up at night we visited the church later in the evening.

Afterward we headed towards the Hofburg ,the Heldenplatz and the Museum Quarter. Everytime I was so amazed about the beauty, cleanliness and the greenery that the city of Vienna had.

Before we had dinner we went in to the Butterfly house. A beautiful and tranquil place in the park. After dinner we visited the Karlz Kirche and the Prater Theme Park and had a ride in the Riesenrad. Afterwards we headed exhausted back to our hotel

Day 3

We planned to take it nice and slow on day 3 and planned minimal sightseeing. We had our breakkie and enjoyed the dose of caffeine provided by the hotel.

We headed out first to go to Schloss Belvedere. Again another stunning building and the ceiling paintings Amazeballz!  To be honest not all the paintings were my cup of tea in the museum but I did enjoy the paintings from Gustav Klimt.

After visiting the Belvedere and its gardens we were just strolling around and came along a war monument honoring the fallen Sovjet Armies during world war 2.  Very impressive.

At this stage we were both craving a little snack and I still had not had my Strudel so we found this amazing place the ”Konzert Cafe Schwarzenberg”. This cafe was completely packed with local customers and must say the service and the ambiance were so good! If you are in Vienna I would highly recommend visiting this cafe.

Before going home we went to the Music Haus and we ended up in the bar of our hotel where we enjoyed a cheeky cocktail or two.

Day 4

Ergg the last day. Time flew by in Vienna and I wished we could have stayed a bit longer. But yes all good things must come to an end. We did take it nice and slow that morning and opted to have a brunch outside of the hotel as checkout was at 12.00. After brunch which we had in the centre of Vienna it was time to take the train back to the airport to head home.  Such a sad moment in time.

I would love to return to Vienna someday , as I do believe there is loads more to explore! Any sites to visit,  food  recommendations to share? Please if you have any recommendations on any other hot places / countries to go to  do leave a comment!

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Thumbs February Favorites

Thumbs February Favorites

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

March just arrived and I have some February  favorites to share with you all.  Today’s post consists out of a little Home Ware, Lifestyle and Beauty.  So if you cannot contain your curiosity continue on reading!

 

Ikea Cupboard Flysta- I love this cupboard! I purchased one for in my bathroom and one for in my kitchen. It has offered me so much space to store stuff and especially the one in the bathroom looks very aesthetically pleasing too me.

Ikea Sinlig Candle in Vanilla-I love to buy a candle on occasion and one of my favorites scents is Vanilla.  So of course when I was browsing for candles in the Ikea I picked up the scent Vanilla. It smells so good when you walk in the room when the candle is lit up  and it smells of Vanilla goodness !

L’Oreal  Color Riche lipstick in 297 in Red Passion –  Lately I am getting more into wearing more bold lip colors and this has been a fave. The only thing with this one I really need to line my lip otherwise this one will slightly bleed out of the lip line.

Film The Greatest Showman **

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack ** Favorite songs This is me, Never Enough and Rewrite the Stars.

Ikea Champagne Flutes in Konungslig- I know these Champagne Flutes look a bit ostentatious. But hey that is me, a little bit O.T.T! Yet they are so nice and they fit in my interior. I just love the pink glass and the way these glasses have been molded Very Organic.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my favorites for the Month of February. As always feel free to leave a comment and leave a like.  And if you have not spotted  it already, I have joined the Instagram Family! To be honest also a favorite for the month of February! So if you want you, you can give me a little follow @thumbelinaslifestyle.

But enough rambling and until next post friends!

XoXo,

Kim

**Disclaimer I do not own any of the film trailers used in this blog

Thumbs 2017 Favorites 

Thumbs 2017 Favorites 

Hi everybody,dear readers and loyal subbies!

We made it and are now mid February 2018! I was planning to have this post up earlier however things just kept popping up. In this post I will share all my favorite things of 2017 ! From Beauty, food to lifestyle! Can’t wait for this list? Please hurry and continue reading!

 

Beauty

Foundation

*Loreal Infalible Matte

*Urban Decay Naked Skin

Concealer

*MAC Pro concealer

Lips

*Loreal Matt Laquer in 502

Eye Palette

*Urban Decay Heat Pallete

Single Eye Shadows

*Hema Intense Colour Mousse in 03

*Boots Mink Eye Shadow

Setting Spray

* MAC Prep and Prime

Blush

Kiko Shade Fusion Trio Blush

MAC Peaches

Bronzer

MAC Give me Sun

Brow

*L’Oreal Brow Plumper

Tools

*Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

*BeautyBlender

Cleansing

*Garnier Miscelaire Gel

Facial Mask

*Douglas Aqua Focus Good Night Gel Mask

*Starskin Hydration Mask

Lifestyle

Film

*Girls Trip

*Hidden Figures

*Mein Blind Date mit Dem Leben

*Demain Tout Commence

Food

*Restaurant Jai Barat in Haarlem (Indian) Amazing food in a modern vibe restaurant.

Shop

*Xenos

Travel

 

*Bali

* London Trip

Read all about my experiences in the travel part of my blog if you are nosy!

And yep apologies still need to write about my London Trip.

Inspiring person

Ending on a bit of sad note, but for me the most inspiring person of 2017 was a little boy who’s name was Tijn. This boy put others before himself eventhough he was terminally ill.

Tijn raised over 2.5 million euros through painting nails for a fundraiser from Serious Request. And later another 1.2 million euros with his own line of nail polishes.

This boy just showed me how we all should be a little bit less selfish in life and start carring about others regardless of your own situation

I really felt so sad when I heard he passed away last July because of his illness. As a Dutch singer song writer wrote” you are a hero!”.

Writing about my most inspiring person for 2017 concludes my 2017 favorites!

Curious about my list of unfavorites for 2017? Please let me know! As I am intending to write a post about this one

As always feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

*Disclaimer I do not own any of the film trailers used in this blog

What I ate for dinner Sunday


Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Today I was in the mood to share what I ate for dinner this Sunday.

And for today’s menu my BF and I made Chicken Korma with a simple cucumber, tomato and onion salad also known as a Kachumber😀.

I loved that this meal was done in 30 minutes and full of flavour. And whoop whoop leftovers to spare

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Tulip Picking at Dam Square

Tulip Picking at Dam Square

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies.

Last Saturday it was the annual Tulip picking day at the Dam Square in Amsterdam. I had never been to this event but the lovely BF persuaded me to go. And I must say this did not disappoint and I really enjoyed being surrounded by all the flowers. The only thing I did not really enjoy was that it was so crowded. But what would do you expect, Saturday, Amsterdam and full of tourist!

We had to queue for about 15 minutes and afterwards we were handed a bag and free to roam the square full of tulips.  It was really fun picking your own selection of tulips and being the decisive gall that I am it took some time to find the perfect set of tulips.

Look at all the pretty Tulips and their vibrant colors so colorful and cheerful. They definitely brightened up that grey wintry day.

All in all I had a delightful day outside and was able to bring some of the colorful cheer back into my house.

Until next post friends.

XoXo

Kim

Top 5 Favorite Thumbs Blogposts of 2017

Top 5 Favorite Thumbs Blogposts of 2017

Hi Everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Continuing on my 2017 favorites post, I thought it would be fun to compile a Top Five overview of the most read posts of 2017.
I have created the overview and have added the links, if you would like to re-read them.  So if you are ready, let the countdown from number 5 to 1 start!

5 What I ate in Bali

4Thumbs nails of the month : KiKo Power Pro Nail Lacquer in 82

3Thumbs review: Starskin smoothing Bio-Cellulose second skin eye mask

2Starskin Hydrating Bio Cellulose second skin face mask review

 1 Thumbs review: Starskin Plumping & Hydrating Bio- Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask

 I really hope you enjoyed reading this overview as much as I loved going through the posts of 2017. It really seems you guys like reading about skincare ,so I might focus in the future on Skin Care. But who knows! It is a brand new year full of challenges.

2018 is going to kickass!

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

What I got for Christmas 2017

What I got for Christmas 2017

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

I might be a little late posting this post ,but I really wanted to share what I got for Christmas 2017. I really love reading or seeing what people got for their Christmases, birthdays etc. Therefore I could not resist writing this post. I really got spoiled and received a lot of things that I asked for from Santa.

Curious about what I received? Continue reading and enjoy!

IKEA Gift Card 

I really can’t wait to start spending this Gift Card as I have seen a lot of things I want and need from IKEA.

Lush Twilight Shower Gel

In a previous post I have stated  my love for this shower gel. And as Lush only brings this out around the Christmas period I really wanted a backup!

Scarf

A navy blue Sea Salt Infinity Scarf. I love scarves and as it is going to get nippy coming week, this will be very useful.

Food Hamper 

Always useful! Who does not love a hamper full of Christmas snacks. This is love!

Amazon Gift Card

Love Amazon so this will come to use. I am sure I will spend it in a second.

Nespresso Innisia Coffee machine

Yeeh I finally have a George! Now I finally can be an adult and serve decent coffee when I have visitors. Whoop Whoop!

Coffee for the machine

Ofcourse George needs coffee capsules to make coffee. So I received 3 limited editions coffee capsules from Nespresso.

Philps Foam maker

To make the perfect Latte, I needed a Foam maker! And boy does this work. It is so satisfactory to see that troth created and tastes so good.

Prague Hat

Something to keep my head and ears warm when we get hit again by King Winter.

Continuing on my curiosity, what did you receive for Christmas? Pleas feel free and share what you received! If you are interested what I received last year? Please click here and continue reading.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim

Flying back to Bali  (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Flying back to Bali  (Guess who is going to be back in town)

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Yesterday on the 6th of December I started my 16.5 hrs journey back to the Island of the gods, a.k.a.Bali. Eventhough the conditions on Bali have been restless due to the volcanic activity,  I still wanted to bring you along on my journey. 

I personally did not want to play a tourist who is just a curiosity seaker when something would happen to the volcano.

However the local people in Bali,  are being hit very hard due to this volcanic activity. If this activity would continue it would look like 70% of the people working,  will lose their jobs due to this volcanic activity. So they  really need the money. And that being said was also a reason for me to go.

Also the Dutch government did not issue a warning not to go to Bali. They only cautioned not to go the direct area of the Volcano Agung. So that being said lets continue on with this post.

I had an evening flight which left at 20.55 from Amsterdam to Singapore. Ofcourse I was at the airport 4 hrs in advance. As courtesy of the parents 😉.  God love them for bringing me to the airport, as I would say I was a bit nervous/ anxious to take this flight. After having a coffee I sad goodby to my parents and headed of to customs.

Customs went very smooth, even though I heard some swearing from the local officers because people did not remove their liquids.

After customs, I settled for some light retail therapy. And I would say the only part of my body that got excersise that day was my right arm swiping my card. Ofcourse I had to visit the MAC counter and caved into buying my favorite concealer, strobe cream and fixing spray. Neccesities in live right?

After the mandatory excersise, my stomach went on strike and demanded food. I felt considerate to said stomach and soothed my craving with  some Ramen. Which resulted in salt overload and humungous thirst. Very uncomfortable on a 16.5 hr flight. All though I must say KLM staff were making the effort on hydrating us frequently. Cuddos on them. However that meant I had to get way to familiar with one of my main phobias in live, TOILETS. Not just toilets, but airplane toilets. Getting to TMI here, I know lets continue.

 I arrived at gate just on time for boarding and was pleased that I did not have to the Home Alone airport run. Yeeh team me!  

Eventhoug all passengers were on board on time, the flight got delayed due to the avio bridge being broken, o well there are worse things.

Generaly the flight was ok there were some cases of  turbulence but survived by trying to fake my way through these incidents by sleeping and being master Shivu. The word inner peace came across a lot.

During the flight  I had  3 meals  which were all ( claimed) Vegan. And I must say compared to the other flight to Bali this was the better meal.

Dinner on 6 December was a Vegetarian falafel in a bell pepper sauce, some vedge and fruit. 

Breakfast was Something Provincial. You can see that this breakfast  totally grabbed me. Hooray for sarcasme. A bun, butter coconut yoghurt and fruit. Must say my pallette did agree with the coconut yoghurt. Never had that before

The last dinner on 7 December from Singapore  to Bali,  contained a Polenta meal. All though must say they served it with some dodgy pasta  and lettuce leaves. Desert containt out of some Tapioca pudding and red beans.

So the flight time from Amsterdam  to Singapore  was 12 hrs and 50 min and from Singapore  Bali it took 2 hrs and 30 mins or so.  However calculating the lay over time it was about 16.50 hrs.

So I don’t have any exciting photos from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, however made some pics in  the plane, coming inbound and outbound from Singapore

I hope you are all excited for the coming posts from Bali and hope to see you back soon

Until next post friends,

XoXo

Kim

Thumbs November Favorites

Thumbs November Favorites

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

Another month has past and we have arrived to the last and most festive month of the year, December! That means it is time to share some of my November favorites! Envision a Drum roll in the background when you start reading this post and lets get through these faves 😃!

Favorites

Beauty Blender – I really  underestimated the power of the real Beauty Blender. Applying foundation with a Blender takes away so much hastle. Plus the overall skin finish looks so much better than when I apply foundation with a brush!

Lush Twilight Shower Gel – If you love the Twilight Bath Bomb you will love this! This is a great alternative if you don’t have a bath to enjoy. Please Lush! Bring this product  out all year.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion – Another Lush product in the mix. This pairs so well with the Twilight Shower Gel. Now I only had the sample of this product, however I did experience a great nights rest. So I am really hoping Santa is getting this for me for Christmas😉.

MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter – A cult favorite from MAC. But yeah just have been levitating to this highlighter of late. It just gives a great sheen to the skin.

MAC Prepp and Prime fixing spray – Just repurchased this one at the airport, as I could not live without this product. Your makeup does looks better and stays on longer.

Loreal Matt Lip Laquer in 102 – I just love this red colour and when I wear this lippy I get a lot of compliments from friends and family.  Currently this is one of my go to lip products.

Douglass Light as Air Optimal Skin Hydration  Mask –  If you want your face feeling as soft as a baby butt, you really need to try this product. Your face feels so hydrated after application.  

Vaess Xenos – I just love this Vaess it is sturdy, and  has a beautifull minty green colour. Also this vaess compliments flowers so well.

Faux Christmas flowers Xenos – These Roses give such a cozy / wintery feel in the house. Just love the fake snow on them. Also the silver branches just compliment them so well.

Christmas Ornaments – I bought these Cinderella Ornaments in October in a garden center. They are a bit OTT but I really like them and they go very well in my Christmas  Trea.

Unfavorite

Superdrug nose strip. The only question I have after using his product is: Does this work for anyone ? This nose strip did not do anything for me. I really took my Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass to try some sort of evidence that stuff got removed from my nose. However this was not the case. Really disappointed with the outcome of this product.

As it is now December I am not sure I will write a December favorites post. However this might be replaced  by the yearly faves. Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading this post and as always feel free to leave a comment😀.

Until next post friends

XoXo

Kim

Thumbs September  & October Favorites

Thumbs September  & October Favorites

Hi everybody, dear readers and loyal subbies,

After 2 months of no favorites and writing, I finally have some faves to share.  I have rediscovered some oldies and  a few new things  that I am happy to share with you. Are you ready for them? Continue reading!

 

Beauty

Naked Heat Pallet

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Victor &Rolf Bon Bon Perfume

Jennifer Lopez Live Perfume

The Real Beauty Blender

Lifestyle

Girls Night Out Film

England trip

Musical Phantom of the Opera

Musical Wicked

Food

Pub Grub ( Hmmmm Sunday Roast and Chocolate Fudge Cake) Delicious

Unfave

Etos Beautyblender

I hope you all enjoyed reading my latest faves. For last favorites post click here!  And hope to see you back soon to Thumbelinaslifestyle.com.

Until next post friends!

XoXo

Kim