August Photography Roundup

August has been my first full month blogging over at En Route and while it's challenging to keep two blogs up and running while setting up a business, I truly enjoy having a dedicated outlet for my photography. Here are a few highlight from my favorite  posts this month:

For the first time ever, my work has been featured in a major international blog, On to Baby. They published a selection of my maternity shots taken in Athens and Spetses (see all pics here and here). This made me so happy! ;)

I've published the first part of my pictures from my mega 3-day family session in Dublin. I adore these guys and they look sooo good on camera!

I wrote an elaborate review of Radlab, my new favorite post processing tool. (full post here)

I've photographed POSH!The Prince, musician and diva extraordinaire! ;) (she used to work with Lady Gaga)

I shared my tips for preparing for a photoshoot with inspiration boards here.

I've photographed two year old Mici and her adorable family in Berlin.

September will be a very exciting month with upcoming shoots in Berlin, Budapest and Vienna! The travelling circus is rolling on! ;)

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Dublin I Heart You

I spent the last few days in Dublin photographing this little munchkin and his proud mommy and daddy. It was my third time in Ireland, but surely the time when I have fallen in love with the country! The weather is always around a comfortable 20C, the sky is almost always covered by fluffy clouds which provide the perfect lighting for taking pictures and everything is so green and lush! I never knew how cool Dublin really was! It´s like London but smaller and much more liveable from what I´ve seen! Have I mentioned how much I love my job and contantly discovering new countries in Europe? ;)

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September Knocking!

I can NOT believe that summer is almost officially over! I wish the weather was nicer in Berlin, however it has been one of the worst summers EVER, with lots of rain and cold nights. I'm looking forward to September as it's the best month for taking pictures! ;) The light is just amazing and the falling leaves provide the perfect backdrop! It's also the time  to start thinking about fall wardrobe and holiday shopping. Best time to start advertising on Gypsy*Diaries! ;)

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Here are a few new items bringing a little spice into my pre-fall warderobe these days:

My new must have shoes for fall, the Heda Wedges! I love the hidden wedge and that it's super comfy and can be worn with anything. You still have a few hours to enter my giveaway to win a pair of your own! ;)

My jewelry box was missing golden cocktail rings and I was more than happy to get some new goodies. The fox ring is from Romwe, the rest is from Pennies/Primark from Dublin.

What a cute beauty bag! It's full of mineral goodies from Allechant Designs. I promise I'll give you a detailed review soon! ;)

I wanted a military green bag for some time now and this Romwe beauty fits the bill perfectly! It's actually pretty big, so there is more than enough place for my daily knicknacs. LOVE!

Have you bought any fall items already?

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Blowfish Shoes Giveaway!

I was very excited to find a wonderful surprise waiting for me returning from Sardinia.... a new pair of Blowfish shoes!

Heda is my favorite from their spanking new fall collection and now you have the chance to become shoe sistas with me and win a pair of your own! ;)

To join the giveaway:
- please  follow  Gypsy*Diaries on Bloglovin' (and/or GFC) if you haven't already
- and check out the new fall collection on the  Blowfish website ;)

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- add Gypsy*Diaries to your blogroll
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- blog/tweet/post on facebook about the giveaway (+1 entry EACH)

You have until Sunday, August 28th 9pm CET to enter. The giveaway is open to Gypsy*Diaries readers worldwide and as always, the winner will be announced on my  twitter page.


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A few thoughts on REAL Italian food

I´m afraid this post is not what you´d expect. Before I start I have to put a little disclaimer upfront. I´m an extremely picky eater, I´m almost vegetarian (I only eat chicken breast once a week) and basicly dislike all the fancy food, seafood and other delicacies that other people adore. I´m not a foodie and this is simply my personal opinion on the traditional Italian foods and restaurants, an opinion which I know most of you will not share.

Italian food is probably the most popular and beloved cuisines in the world. In the last few years I´ve made several trips to Italy (boyfriend is Italian ;) and like probably most of you would, I was always looking forward to the amazing dishes I would eat. I´ve been to Italy probably about 10 times and my disappointment has just grown bigger and bigger each time I´ve visited. Italian food to me is amazing cold tomato soup with parmesan sprinkles, countless startes I can hardly choose from, rich gnocchi quattro formaggi, lush salads and amazing deserts and gelatos. The truth is, if you are not eating meat or fish your choices are VERY limited when you go out to a real Italian trattoria.... (and don´t even get me started on the looks I get when I tell someone I´m vegetarian... most of the times they look at me like I´m a weird UFO)

My biggest disappointment is probably on the antipasti arena. Tomato soup doesn´t exist, some starters I do like are some of the cheeses they usually serve, but after some tales of some worms in some of these cheeses which is supposingly gives them their good taste... I`ve decided NO THANKS! I usually resert to some grilled vegetables which is just that... vegetables soaked in olive oil and grilled without usually any additional spices.... meeehhhh

Pastas.... I´m probably very unlucky. It has to be it, but although I normally eat pastas when we eat out, I´ve yet to find an amazing pasta I can tell tales about. I had a short love affair with a truffle filled ravioli served in a nut sauce but shortly after I´ve discovered it, they took it off the menu... this clearly describes how my and Italians taste do not match when it comes to food. 

Chicken... I´ve yet to find an Italian restaurant which serves any kind of chicken! NO KIDDING!

Pizza... I´ve had some good pizzas I´m not gonna deny it, but nothing outstanding that I couldn´t find outside of Italy.

Salads... sure you can order a mixed salad but there is certainly no variety.... rocket salad, tomatoes and a little mozarella served with oil and balsamico. (no other choice of dressings)

Desserts... OK me and Italian desserts are still friends, but then again I´m an ice cream addict so I could live on gelato alone and I have to give it to them... they know how to do their craft!

My biggest down in the appreciation of the Italian kitchen came a few days ago.... we were looking to have breakfast at a little buffet where it turned out that the most popular sandwich which most of the people in the queue ordered (and there was a queue for it!) was filled with horse meat. I´m choking just writing this down. While I was watching my friends enjoying their horse meat sandwich I started to cry. I´m not into riding, I´ve never been emotionally attached to a horse, but this sent shivers through my spine. To me eating a horse is like eating a dog. I´m not trying to judge anyone, it´s certainly a cultural thing and a dish that many many Italians and foreigners enjoy but I just couldn´t stop crying. I know I know it´s silly!

Overall even my picky Italian boyfriend agrees that Italian food is better outside of Italy! It must be the fusion of the kitchens or the fact that traditional Italian restaurants are.... well... traditional, while it´s foreign countreparts put a modern spin on things and develop more innovative and healthy menus. 

I love Italian food and it will always be one of my favorite kitchens... just maybe outside of Italy. I wish I´d like seafood or could appreciate some of the supposingly amazing meats but that´s just not me.

Any comments? (be nice! ;)

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Desert Heat

I haven´t felt real heat in the longest of time and I cannot even tell you how good it felt complaining about the almost 40C heat in the Sardinian "desert" during our roadtrip to Alghero. We spent our weekend discovering some of the superb open air discos by the beach (after a bottle of Limoncello I had the best time ever and danced until sunrise!!! ME!!! The anti party animal!), eating a lot of real Italian food (more on that later) and just trying to recover from the long nights by the pool. On our way back home we discovered this BEAUTIFUL little church literally in the middle of nowhere and we snapped a few pictures before we escaped back to our car and the good old air conditioning. I was wearing my absolute favorite gypsy summer dress by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent (last seen here). 

Today I´m travelling back to Berlin for a quick pit stop before I fly to Dublin on Tuesday. I´m sad that my vacation flew away so fast but I´m excited for all the travels coming up in the next few weeks! ;)

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Sardinian Wilderness

The other day we went on a little road trip through the mountains of Sardinia. For an island this hot, there is an amazing flora and fauna, lush forrests, quaint little rivers, cactus, flowers everything a beautiful island can offer.

The view from the hills is amazing... reminds me of pictures of Tuscany which I´ve yet to visit! ;)

We ventured into a little forrest to snap a few pictures. 

I was in the middle of "working it" for the camera when suddenly, out of nowhere Babe appeared...

Just moments before we were talking about the wild pigs that live in the area and how dangerous they can be. Needless to say I froze to death and was contemplating what to do in the event of a Babe attack. But seriously what would you do? Run away? Or maybe try to scare him away? Luckily he took a few good look at us and then disappeared back in the wilderness as quickly as he appeared. 

We found this amazing view point overlooking the harbour of Santa Maria something... Sardinia is really a gorgeous island and even though it´s almost two weeks that I´m here I feel like we haven´t seen anything yet. It makes me sad that in a few short days we have to leave but hey... I guess it only means we need to come back soon right? ;)

We´ll be going on another road trip today to visit some friends and dance the night away (let´s see how that goes... I haven´t been much of a party animal lately... or ever actually ;))

Have a wonderful weekend y´all!

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