What I Miss About The 90s

Anyone who knows me knows that I am still obsessed with the 90s. I just really can’t let them go. I listen to the music pretty much every day, I rewatch old shows and love buying anything 90s related. So I thought, I would put together a list with all the things I miss. I spent the 90s in two different countries, so maybe not everyone will get everything on this list. Man, it actually makes me a bit sad to miss all these things, cause I had a great childhood and love looking back.

Polly Pocket 90s

Trying to choose which CD to buy next at the music store.
My Furby getting on my nerves.
Always trying to dress like the Spice Girls.
Reading teen magazines.
Plastering my room with posters of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys.
Renting VHS tapes like Barney or the Olsen Twins.
Mom buying me pizza Lunchables if we went grocery shopping before school.
Carrying a phone card instead of a phone.
Recording songs from the radio and hoping to get all of it.
Getting rewarded with a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us after doing good in school.
Prank calls via landline.
Having Polly in my pocket.
Being an absolute pro at Tetris, PacMan and Super Mario on my Gameboy.
Being outside with my friends all day long.
Finding out who my crush is through playing Dream Phone.
Collecting the newest Barbie dolls.
Drawing on my Doodle Bear.
Putting together actual mixtapes.
All the colorful clothes.
Feeling absolute boss with my Buffalo platform shoes.
Swapping stickers with my friends.

90s toys
Feeding my Tamagotchi.
Just all the amazing TV shows. Clarissa? Daria? Rugrats? FAB!
Dressing my Barbie dolls in super cute outfits.
Collecting all the OG Disney merchandise from Pocahontas, Lion King etc.
Dunkaroos.
Having a fun time with my cool babysitters.
Being boss at Candyland.
Collecting all the cool toys from McDonald’s.
Pretending to be a Power Ranger.
Watching my lava lamp just letting it flow.
Using cute LisaFrank stationery.
Singing along with Barney the dinosaur.
Feeling super organized with my Trapper Keeper.
Sending little notes on paper instead of text messages.
That sound from the computer when going online.
Forever watching music videos.
Trying out some yo-yo tricks.
Dancing around with Suzie Stretch.
The smell of cupcake dolls.

Barbie Dolls 90s
Enjoying a ring or push pop.
Catching as many balls as possible with a hippo.
Using that blender from my Barbie dreamboat.
Pogs.
Wearing bike shorts all the time. Sooo comfy.
Cruising around town with my inline skates.
Sporting a super cool Baby-G watch.
Trying forever to get a slinky properly down the stairs.
Making and sharing friendship bracelets.
That little paper clip that helped with documents on the computer.
Sneaking up on my friends and quickly ripping open those buttoned-up pants.
Exchanging actual letters with my friends all the time.
Collecting Baby-Sitters Club books.
Trying to be like Clarissa Darling.
Always having good music on the radio.
Letting my sky dancer fly.
Singing “Colors of the Wind” at the top of my lungs over and over again.
Learning all the choreographies from music videos.

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10 Things To Do In Porto

In April, I went on a vacation to Porto in Portugal and had a fabulous time. The city isn’t super big but really cute and it has a lot more to offer than I expected. You definitely don’t need two weeks to see everything, so a couple of days are ideal for this city. After putting together a photography post, I now want to go a bit more into detail about all the things you can do. The city is getting more and more popular and maybe this could be helpful.

01. Ponte Dom Luís I
The structure of this bridge is really pretty and also pretty cool, cause it has two levels and it pretty much gives you two different views. It connects Porto to Vila the Gaia on the other side of the Douro and taking a stroll there is definitely worth it. You have beautiful views on all sides. And it helps to overcome the steep walk from the lower to the upper part of the city.

Ponte Dom Luís I

02. Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia is on the opposite side of the Douro and absolutely beautiful. It is the center of the port wine production so if you’re up for a tasting in one of the wine cellars, this is the place to be. It’s definitely not my kind of drink, but I went cause my friend wanted to and it was really nice. I let her have my wine, so double the fun for her. That side of the river is beautiful for a stroll, buying some souvenirs or have a nice lunch by the water. There is also a Ferris wheel that gives you a nice view and definitely take a ride on the Teleférico de Gaia. It takes you to the upper part of the city. Unfortunately, the ride only lasts a few minutes, but it’s still nice. And if you make it there, walk up to the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar – an old abbey – for more beautiful views.

Vila Nova de Gaia

03. Transportation
In Porto, there are lots of ways to get around the city. I honestly loved the variety and it was no problem at all to get where we wanted to go. The mentioned above Teleférico de Gaia was definitely a highlight, but also a ride on one of the old cable cars was really nice. I can also recommend booking a hop-on-hop-off bus tour that gets you everywhere. Especially all the hotspots you need to see. And it was just super easy and also pretty cheap. And another installation that is pretty unique is the Funicular dos Guindais – a kind of elevator that gets you from the lower to the upper part of the city. You know, for those people who are too lazy to walk. The ride is just a minute, but you really have to give it a try.

Transportation Porto

04. Livraria Lello
As a true book lover, this incredibly beautiful bookstore was obviously very high on my list of places to visit. It’s so popular that you even have to buy a ticket and get in line to get in. But it’s worth it. I’m not sure if there is ever a good time to go if you’re planning on taking nice pictures, cause it sure is crowded in there. My best friend and I tried really hard to get some good snaps, but it was nearly impossible. I also wasn’t on my A-game. But I still enjoyed seeing it and I bought a really cute copy of “The Little Prince”.  There was also a whole section dedicated to Harry Potter, cause the store is rumored to have had an influence on the books since J. K. Rowling lived in Porto for a bit in the 90s. But I believe that most of these places claiming to be somewhat involved in the success are just doing it for the money. I mean, is there any city that doesn’t have this one place that helped create Harry Potter? But anyway, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Livraria Lello

05. World of Discoveries
Porto offers a lot of different museums, which are great for a visit on a rainy day. Also on any other day, but it just makes more sense. Unless you really, really want to go. Then just do it. Anyway, we had some rain to get away from, so the World of Discoveries was first on our list. The interactive museum and theme park re-enacts the journey of the Portuguese navigators, crossing oceans to discover a previously unknown world. It’s a lot of fun to press all the buttons, take in smells, play around with whatever is there, go on a little boat cruise through time and ultimately learn a little something about history.

World of Discoveries Porto

06. Beach
If the weather is good, a trip to the beach is definitely worth it. Maybe not for swimming, but definitely for a nice long walk. A walkway right next to the coast takes you for miles and provides some beautiful views. If you want, you can stop by a little bar or restaurant and relax in a comfy sun lounger. There is also a Sea Life located by the beach, which we didn’t go to, but in case you feel like visiting an aquarium, it’s there. There is an old fort to visit and just some beautiful photo spots you shouldn’t miss out on. Like the lighthouse, where the Douro flows into the sea. The waves were insane, so we couldn’t go all the way to the front, but still really pretty. And just breathing in the lovely sea air is worth it.

Beach Porto Foz do Douro

07. Architecture
I would say the best thing to do in any city you haven’t been to before, is walk around. I love coming across beautiful architecture and Porto has these beautiful blue tiles everywhere. Make sure to stop by the São Bento railway station and admire the art and tile work. Porto is super old, which becomes visible, cause the city was never destroyed in the war.  Incredible churches like the Igreja do Carmo or the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso are worth checking out. And of course, there is also street art to be admired, the lovely bridges, and just everything. Simply keep your eyes open.

Architecture Porto

08. Casa and Parque de Serralves
Porto also has a Museum of Contemporary Art and personally, I enjoyed the visit. I mean, there was a chandelier made of tampons hanging in the entrance and I’m all for that. I just think it’s so cool what artists come up with, although some pieces I will never understand. That’s just the beauty of art. But it’s not only the museum that you should visit. The garden is absolutely stunning and we could’ve just roamed around forever. It’s a really big area with pretty plants, fun sculptures and nice spots to hang, relax and take beautiful pictures at. And a pink house.

Casa and Parque de Serralves Porto

09. Jardins de Palácio de Cristal
These gardens are so beautiful and the entrance is free, so there is truly no reason not to go. The whole place is full of incredible views. It’s really big, so we probably didn’t see every corner of it, but everywhere you look, it’s just pretty, pretty and more pretty. Oh, and the green thing that looks like a ufo is for events and just looks cool.

Jardins de Palácio de Cristal Porto

10. Centro Português de Fotografia
And finally, I would like to recommend the Center for Photography, which has its place in an old prison. Depending on from which side of town you’re heading toward it, there are some great views along the way, cause you have to go pretty far up. The entrance is free and you get to see beautiful photos and a lot of cameras from every century. The building itself is also stunning on the inside. It doesn’t really look like a prison, at all.

Centro Português de Fotografia

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Photography: Supercandy Pop-Up Museum, Cologne

In this day and age, pretty much everyone who is involved with blogging, Instagram, YouTube, etc. is always on the lookout for new content. We try to come up with new ideas for a blog post, seek out pretty locations to take some photos at, invest a lot of time into building a platform and hope that it gets us somewhere. Personally, I would love to visit pretty locations and take tons of pictures a lot more often, but it’s a bit hard when none of your friends are into the same things as you. I mean sure, if we’re out and about and I want to have my picture taken, they make an effort, but it’s just not their thing. And I still haven’t found that Insta-boyfriend, who I could maybe force. (Maybe this is why I’m single!)

Anyway, early into the year, I stumbled upon a location in Cologne that looked like so much fun. The Supercandy Pop-Up Museum was an old building that was completely painted pink and provided every Instagrammers dream on the inside. I really wanted to go and my mom was kind enough to volunteer. Which was good, cause I needed someone to take a million pictures of me, without wanting a million of themselves.

Supercandy Pop-Up Museum

So basically, you arrived during a specific time slot and had around two hours to take as many pictures as possible. There were all kinds of different sets, where you could be as creative, as you like. I did a whole lot of research beforehand and knew what I wanted to do and wear. I had a huge bag full of clothes and props with me, which was very heavy, and I changed my outfits a couple of times. Because I’m a smart girl, I chose outfits that could actually be changed without having to get naked. Cause if you only have two hours, there is no time to run to the changing rooms, all the time.

So yeah, it was heaven. And also crazy and super exhausting. I’m not sure if I had ever made such an effort before. I truly gave it my all. So did my mom. But let me tell you how it also hurt to jump face forward into a pit full of plastic balls. I also broke pretty much all of my nails and was sore for days. But it was still a fun thing to do. I especially loved everything pink and there was also free candy and ice cream. However, as much fun as it was, my mom and I were both glad when we were done.

Supercandy cologne

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of the pictures, but I will show you a lot more in this post. My mom took more than 700 pictures of me and I was so glad, that I actually liked some of them. They didn’t get me a million new Instagram followers, but I still love them. Sadly, it was only a pop-up and in the meanwhile has been torn down. I would’ve loved to go again. But I was lucky to even find out about it in time and get a time slot because they sure were popular.

When we arrived at the place, there were already so many other people waiting to be let in, but my mom and I were smart and just let them all go ahead of us. Cause I definitely didn’t want others in my pictures. And you know how hard that can be sometimes.

The entry was all pink and nice. There were some make-up stations to do touch-ups and goodie bags were also waiting for everyone to take after being done. And I just get a certain kind of feeling when everything is pink. Even though I’m not as obsessed with the color, as I used to be, it still gives me lots of joy. I actually had a balloon wall at my thirtieth birthday party but didn’t really take pictures, cause I was in a bad mood for most of the night, but that’s a different story. So I was happy to take pictures with all these pink balloons now.

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Next up was the black ball pit, where I definitely spent most of my time. Pink and black just go together so well. And I jumped until I couldn’t jump anymore. I definitely took home some bruises. But as a superhero, you just can’t give up. I literally changed outfits in the middle of the pit cause there was no time. If only I had known that nobody really checks how long you’ve been inside the museum, I would have probably been a bit more relaxed. I also want a huge ball pit now.

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The next set was a big room where everything was pink. From flamingos to the little beach hut – it was every girly girl’s heaven on earth. And of course, there was another ball pit. This time in pink. But let me tell you how hard it is to get onto those floaties. And if you look at the pictures, can you tell how I’m not a professional Instagrammer? I held one floaty with all the safety instructions toward the camera and I was too lazy to photoshop it all. That whole room would have been so fun for a party, but I definitely do not have that kind of money. And it’s all gone now, anyway.

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And finally, there were some smaller installations which were so much fun. A whole room for coloring or my personal favorite, a pink airplane. I just had to bring my Barbie pajamas and fuzzy socks, since I always travel in pretty comfortable clothes. Not like this, but being a little over the top never hurts. There was also a room with a confetti canon, which they unfortunately only shot once, but oh well. I even brought a cute umbrella. I got into a tub full of pink balls and brought a robe, bubbles, a shower cap and whatever else I thought could come in handy.

We took all the pictures pretty quickly, cause there were lots of people waiting and I’m not one of those people, who just take ages and annoy everyone. Especially those who hog a location and then think about what to do while on the scene. Like seriously, prepare yourselves. The pictures will be better and everyone else will dislike you a lot less.

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So that was my visit to the Supercandy Pop-Up Museum in Cologne. There were more sets, but I skipped them cause I don’t really work well with other colors. And there was one space, I saw in other people’s photos but unfortunately forgot about. I was upset for a bit, but you just can’t have it all. It was a super small and very well hidden corner. Overall, I think I did pretty well, though. I honestly don’t get how they couldn’t do this permanently since it was always sold out and it was just a genius idea that probably made a lot of money. I’m still happy that I made it there before closing and I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do.

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Goodbye May 2019

Goodbye May,

and hello June. Wow, the month went by super fast, didn’t it? But I don’t mind since I was really looking forward to June. And the past month wasn’t super special, anyway.

I did something every weekend, like go to a comedy show or to the movies. Have you seen the new Aladdin movie? I thought it was pretty good, especially Princess Jasmine and her new empowering songs. And I also thought Will Smith was great as the Genie. What bothered me throughout the whole movie though was feeling like I was watching a 3D movie without the glasses. I mean sure, there were a lot of fast-moving scenes, but it had never bothered me before and in this movie, it did. It may not be my favorite live-action Disney movie, but still some good entertainment.

The highlight of the month was probably watching the Eurovision Song Contest with my best friend. I usually watch it by myself, but it was a lot nicer to share the experience. Her boyfriend was out of town, so I took the trip and we had her sofa all to ourselves. And when I’m in a city, I always make sure to pick up some food that I don’t get too often. Usually the unhealthy kind. So a pizza and Nutella breadsticks from Pizza Hut and a lemonade from Mc Donalds made me happy. Also some new MAC lipsticks. I couldn’t help myself. So that was a fun night.

Mix Instagram May

I finally got to hang with my godson, who is six months old now, which is crazy. Unfortunately, the universe often has something against us hanging out, cause over the past few months, I had a big fat cold or herpes – both things that keep me from going near a baby. But his smile is just adorable and it always makes up for lost time. And of course, hanging out with his mommy, my bestie, isn’t so bad either. Now that they’re in their new house, I’m looking forward to so much more time together.

Some family time also happened and the rest of the month, I either spent working (A LOT) or organizing things. Seriously, I make such an effort to get our house into shape, but we just all have so much stuff. I’m constantly sorting through things, donating, selling, cleaning and it gives me a feeling of satisfaction and frustration at the same time. I just feel like it never ends. But at least I’m trying. And I also invested some time in scrapbooking, but put it on hold for now, cause once I start, I can’t stop and get nothing else done.

Instagram Mix May

So, that’s it for May. Nothing special, but nice. But hooray for June. I’m gonna be in London for a few days, see the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys live in concert, I will have my grandma’s doggy over for a week, there is a swap party planned and this doesn’t even cover all of the month. So who knows what else is gonna happen. I’m very excited and looking forward to a ton of fun.

Enjoy the sunshine. Eat lots of ice cream. Make plans for the summer. Spend time with the people you love. Turn up the music in your car really loud and have a party on your way to work. Stay hydrated. Screw the “perfect bikini body”  and know you are beautiful. Smile more often. Get your home organized. And have a freakin’ amazing month of June, cause I sure will.

Tons of love,
Hailey

cherry blossoms

Lovely life
summer is here getting things organized Eurovision Song Contest positive feedback scrapbooking progress a day full of junk food when your work is appreciated MAC lipsticks voting Aladdin my new Disney suitcase spending time with my godson finding a bathing suit that looks ok cute dogs productive days getting into events for free bank holiday’s fun plans

Songs I loved
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Tyga feat. Offset – Taste
Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma

My May posts
Goodbye March & April 2019 // Eurovision Song Contest 2019 // Scrapbooking 101: Putting Together a Page

My May Instagrams
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Scrapbooking 101: Putting Together a Page

Lately, I have finally found time again, to get some scrapbooking done. It’s such a great hobby, but it takes a lot of hours to create pretty pages, so it doesn’t always fit into my schedule. And I also can’t just do one page. When I get started, there is hardly any stopping. I put on a good TV show on my tablet and have at it like a maniac.

Anyway, in between working on my second au pair scrapbook, I started one for my other travels and finally put together the pages from my trip to London in 2014. The good thing is that I have a pretty good memory and I simply keep everything from a trip, including shopping receipts, which helps to reconstruct a day, even five years later.

Scrapbooking

So usually, I start with sorting through all the things I’ve collected and sort them into days. And of course, I’ve already printed out my favorite photos beforehand. Then, I write down everything I can remember and finally pick out some tapes, stickers and sticky notes that I want to use. It is so easy to find material for cities like London (also Paris or New York) so I had a ton. I also have enough left for my next visit in June. And by the way, if your desk or the whole room, which is the case for me, isn’t a big creative mess, you ain’t doing it right.

Then I often start with adding washi tape to my page to give it a better frame and try positioning the material. I also fill out a notecard with everything that happened on that day and also add the date and maybe fun quotes or other memorable things. I like different layers and materials on each page and I guess my motto is “The fuller, the better”. I most certainly do not waste any space. And once I manage to figure out the position of everything, I carefully start to glue or stick everything onto the scrapbook page, until it’s done. Then some stickers for the finish and that’s basically it.

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I know that a lot of people mainly use photos and maybe tickets for their scrapbook, but I literally add everything. For my London pages, I even used a part of the rain poncho I wore and put it over some document, cause it was mostly transparent. I put in an actual British flag and also coins. All these things do make the book a lot thicker in the end, but I just love those pages that include everything. My advice: Don’t be too careful. But obviously there are no rules, so just figure out, what looks best for you.

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