New In Beauty & Fashion – Summer 2018 Edition

Spring arrives and the good times begin, not only regarding the sunshine and the longer days but also fashion and beauty wise. This year it was an unusually warm April and May. So it already feels like summer. We skipped spring and moved our life back onto our large balcony. Also, I keep dreaming of our upcoming summer vacations on a remote island in the Mediterranean – more about that soon!

Oh, summer just is my favorite season. Also regarding fashion and beauty. Is there anything better than summer dresses, sandals, and summer skin? Unfortunately, this means that as soon as spring arrives, I start shopping – a lot. I try to adhere to my shopping rules, but this year I went a bit wild nonetheless. A trip to Berlin did not help. Out of all my purchases and new discoveries, I decided to share these summer fashion and beauty faves with you.

Some Summer Fashion and Beauty Faves 2018

Summer Fashion and Beauty Faves for 2018

1. Protective Facial Lotion by Aesop (PR-Sample*)

Finally, Aesop released a facial lotion with SPF-30 in Europe. It’s no secret that it’s important to wear some SPF on your face all the time. Especially on sunny days, I would not leave the house without sunscreen. Since my skin gets so much better, as soon the temperatures rise, on most days I can skip the toned foundation. So, after applying some serum and moisturizer, I just layer my face with this super light but effective sunscreen.

2. Uniqlo Cotton T-Shirt Dress

I bought this simple T-Shirt dress at Uniqlo in Berlin. It’s already one of my most worn outfits this spring. As soon as it’s warm enough to go without pants, I will wear it. I am certain that it will be one of my absolute favorites all through summer. It’s just so effortless and perfect!

3. Suzani Garden Eye Shadow Palette

I love most of the Eye Shadow Palettes by & Other Stories. They have the perfect color combinations, and I feel like that are decent quality, too. This particular palette seemed a bit bold at first. But in reality, the colors are not as bright as they seem. I like to apply the pink on my eyelids. Then I add a small amount of the green or gold shade under the eyes.

4. Crossover Sandals

I ordered these Sandals from Everlane as an alternative to my Birkenstocks. It’s always a bit risky to order shoes online, but they fit perfectly. The leather is super smooth and they were produced under fair conditions at a small factory in Italy. I look forward to wearing them to the office or when we go out to a bar or nice restaurant in summer.

*Disclaimer: This was a PR-Sample I was sent by Aesop Switzerland. All options remain my own.



Friday Edit #8

Long time no Friday Edit. So, what happened in life recently? Winter seemed to be never-ending, and I felt stuck in Zurich, so I went to Berlin for a week to see friends and explore the city with the boyfriend. It was just what I needed. And, only a few days later I found myself in Leipzig with my best friend. I might dedicate some individual posts to those two trips soon. For now, let me say that getting out of your hometown definitely helps to get you out of a rut.

Fortunately, after I got back from Leipzig, spring arrived in Zurich and brought back green leaves, my good mood and my love for this city. By the end of this week, it already feels more like summer than spring – and I enjoy every ray of sun I can catch. I hope the weather is equally great wherever you are and that you will be spending your free days in the sun. Nevertheless, here are some links, songs, books and other things from the past weeks you might want to check out during the weekend. Enjoy!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart & 2 Songs You Have to Listen to

I discovered a band called the Pains of Being Pure at Heart back when Facebook did not yet exist, and everyone was still hanging out on Myspace – yes, I am that old. I still love what they do and keep going to their concerts whenever they play in town. It’s great fun. So, I obviously enjoyed reading Kip’s account of their first gig at a festival in Spain in 2009.

I rediscovered one of my all-time favourite songs, “With Whiskey” by Tunng. I don’t know what it is about this one, but its melody and lyrics touch me every time I hear it.

Fakear was often on my headphones while walking the streets of Tokyo. Now he released a new album and this song called “Something Wonderful” that he recorded with Ana Zimmer is perfect for this weather.

Terrace House, the NYT Gender Letter & 80s Faves in the Light of #metoo

I am obsessed with Terrace House, that reality show from Japan you might have come across on Netflix. Is so relaxing to watch and lots of fun to hear Japanese. I also love how differently people interact compared to Western reality shows. Read more about the show and why it’s brilliant in this article in The New Yorker or head over to Netflix to watch it!

The Gender Letter – a weekly newsletter by New York Times Gender Editor, Jessica Bennett, sounds super promising – you can subscribe here or find a sample newsletter here.

Molly Ringwald wrote a brilliant piece for The New Yorker about the movies she filmed with John Hughes in the 1980s and what it feels like to revisit them in the light of #metoo.

Manhattan, a Parisian Bookstore & Restaurant Loos

This week I finished Manhattan by Niklas Maak & Leanne Shapton that I picked up in Berlin – they walk from the southern tip of Manhattan all the way up to the north and document the things they see in words and water-colours. It’s one of those books I wish I had written.

I love an old bookshop, and I think I might have to visit this one portrayed in Kinfolk Magazine next time I travel to Paris. Also, the article taught me a new English word: “curmudgeonly”.

Mister Rayner did it again and wrote another hilarious instalment of his Happy Eater column in the Guardian – this week he ponders on the problem with gender defined restaurant loos.

Magazines pt. 2 – LOREM (not Ipsum)

After dwelling on own my love for print magazines, I asked a couple of great humans who work with magazines for their recommendations. First up is Micha, one-half of the people who run LOREM (not Ipsum), a wonderfully curated Swiss online shop for Indie magazines.

Indie Magazines via "Lorem Not Ipsum"

Three Indie Magazines You Have to Read

When I approached Micha with the request to pick three magazines for this post, he told me that it was not easy to choose, as there are so many Indie magazines he is passionate about. Eventually, he picked these three publications, all of which surprised and fascinated him at first sight:

True Magazine

“My first pick is True Magazine from the UK. The magazine showcases previously unpublished works of different photographers. It is full of vivid pictures that surprise me again and again. You discover new, exceptional perspectives and brilliantly staged moments on each page. Also, I appreciate the XXL-format of the magazine.”


“Just like True Magazine, Luncheon Magazine comes from Great Britain and is exceptionally large. It’s quite an eye-catcher. Luncheon combines the food and fashion in a unique publication. Sometimes I have to take pictures of the magazines for the shop and our social media accounts. There are not many magazines make it as difficult to pick the right pages to photograph. Every page is just great, and then the next one turns out to be even more exciting. If you are looking for something unique, take a look at the next issue of Luncheon!”

Gather Journal

Gather Journal from the States is not your ordinary food magazine; it’s far from normal. The magazine’s main goal is to bring people together. Every page presents recipes to the reader. The photographs staged and arranged with so much detail they almost feel like paintings. Every issue revolves around a special topic. The issue that had the biggest impression on me was the one called “Spectrum” – the colour issue. In it, every recipe features an individual colour.”

You can find these and other great Indie magazines on the website of LOREM (not Ipsum).

Thank you for your recommendations and the great pictures, Micha! 

Three Affordable Hotels in Tokyo

Again and again, people ask me where they should stay in Tokyo. And, it’s hard to find the perfect and affordable place. The selection of hotels in Tokyo is vast. It ranges from affordable capsule hotels and hostels to Airbnb apartments, business hotels and traditional Ryokan. To make your search for a perfect hotel in Tokyo a bit easier, find three affordable hotels in Tokyo down below.

Hotels in Tokyo

Three Hotels in Tokyo That Should Fit Your Budget

I have not tried and tested all three of these hotels. Last time I went to Tokyo I stayed at Hotel Graphy Nezu. The others I picked them due to the reviews, their location, as well as feedback from people who have visited Tokyo and stayed at these places. There is also a running “bucket list” of hotels in Tokyo I want to stay in – they are on the more luxurious and expensive side. I will be sharing those with you, soon.

Hotel Graphy Nezu

Hotel Graphy Nezu is a stylish, affordable hotel/hostel close to my favourite Tokyo neighbourhood Yanaka. There are dorms, as well as single or double rooms with and without private bathrooms. Perks include a great rooftop with views of Tokyo Tower, a shared kitchen and a lovely café/bar. The hotel is super clean, and the staff is accommodating.

Hotels in Tokyo – Hotel Graphy Nezu
Image via Hotel Graphy Nezu

Good to Know: Hotel Graphy Nezu is close to Nezu Station on the Chiyoda line that connects to Hibiya and Omotesando.

Double bedrooms start at around 100 € (124 USD) per night.

Book Graphy Nezu via

9 Hours Shinjuku North

They say that Capsule Hotels are an essential Tokyo experience. While I am still a bit sceptic about the whole concept, 9 hours Shinjuku North looks like I could be able to spend a few nights there. There is a common area, and the hotel offers storage units for its guests, so you don’t have to clutter your capsule with your stuff.

Hotels in Tokyo – 9 Hours Shinjuku North
Image via 9 Hours Shinjuku North

Good to Know: The areas/dorms at 9 Hours Shinjuku North are separated by gender, so it is perfect for solo travellers. The hotel is conveniently close to JR Shin-Okubo Station on the Yamanote Line – Tokyo’s circle line that connects to all major areas of interest around Tokyo.

Capsules cost around 4’500 Yen (37 € / 46 USD) per night.

Book 9 Hours Shinjuku North via


I find some of the interior and rooms at One@Tokyo a bit over the top, but if you believe the reviews, it is supposed to be flawless while it’s still somewhat affordable. There are a bar and a restaurant in the building, as well as a beautiful roof-terrace from which you can enjoy the views over Tokyo.

Hotels in Tokyo – One@Tokyo
Image via One@Tokyo

Good to Know: Every room includes a smartphone you can use for free around Tokyo. One@Tokyo is close to Oshiage Subway Station.  One of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, the Skytree, is just a five-minute walk away.

Rooms start at around 9’000 Yen (68€ / 84 USD) but can be more pricey during high season.

Book One@Tokyo via

Hotels in Tokyo | KTINKA

5 Books for 2018

Happy World Book Day. To mark the occasion I want to share 5 books for 2018 with you. I nicked the summaries from Goodreads but did add a few personal words for each book as well. What’s on your reading list for 2018?

1. Exit West by Moshin Hamid

This was of the first books I read this year and it was quite heartbreaking. I found the device of the doors as escape ways quite brilliant. It’s one of the books that everyone should be reading right now and definitely one of those novels that underlines the theory that reading literature makes us more empathic.

“In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Find Exit West on Amazon or buy it at your favourite bookstore.

2. Call My Be Your Name by André Achiman

After seeing (and loving) Call Me By Your Name, I knew I had to read the novel it was based on. I picked it up at the bookstore yesterday and started reading the first two pages on the tram back home. I was immediately hooked. As I am currently finishing another book, I had to resist my urge to keep reading. Instead, I put it back on my to-read pile. But, I cannot wait to read it and revisit the story of Elio and Oliver.

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.”

Find Call Me By Your Name on Amazon or buy it at your favourite bookstore.

3. Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

This selection of short stories by Jeffrey Eugenides was the perfect book to ease into my 2018 reading list. I fell in love with the authors writing many, many years ago when I read his first novel The Virgin Suicides. His second book Middlesex is still one of my all-time favourite books. I hope he will publish another novel soon, but Fresh Complaint really helps to bridge the gap until then.

“Jeffrey Eugenides’s bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, […]. The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich­­—and intriguing—territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail”, this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people’s wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in “Fresh Complaint,” a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist.”

Find Fresh Complaint on Amazon or buy it at your favourite bookstore.

4. Too Much And Not The Mood by Durga Chew-Bose

This collection of essays was featured on so many “Best Books of 2017” lists, I had to look into it. After reading a preview on the kindle-App in which Durga Chew-Bose muses on that obscure emoji that apparently shows a Japanese Love Hotel, I was even more intrigued and ordered the book. I am really looking forward to reading it and I am pretty confident that we will hear a lot more about the author in the future.

“On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words “too much and not the mood.” She was describing how tired she was of correcting her own writing, of the “cramming in and the cutting out” to please other readers, wondering if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying.

The character of that sentiment, the attitude of it, inspired Durga Chew-Bose to write and collect her own work. The result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays, letters (to her grandmother, to the basketball star Michael Jordan, to Death), and her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry about identity and culture.”

Find Too Much and Not The Mood on Amazon or buy it at your favourite bookstore.

5. Sourdough by Robin Sloan

This novel was probably the most entertaining book I read in 2017 so I had to add it to this list. If you are looking for a delightful and funny story, this is the perfect novel for you!

Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread. Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.  Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show. 
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?

Find Sourdough on Amazon or buy it at your favourite bookstore.