URBAN OUTFITTERS WISHLIST

Who is ready for fall? We are and to get inspired we searched through Urban Outfitters and picked out some real cool clothes. Unfortunately there is no Urban Outfitters store in our neighborhood but we like traveling all the way to Berlin just to get to UO or other stores twice a year. The online shop is a good option but we like to experience the fashion by feeling the fabrics, trying clothes on and just having that shopping feeling while walking through the store and dancing to the music.

Shop: Urban Outfitters

Outfit ideas:

Instagram: @ootdmagazine

~Julia & Melli

PRAGUE – DAY FOUR

LAST DAY! So sad! We just wanted to stay there forever but nevertheless we really enjoyed our last few hours in that crazy city.

Do you know that sight “Petřínská rozhledna” (Petřín Lookout Tower)? It is one of the most popular landmarks of Prague besides the Castle or the Old Town of Prague. The tower is a loose copy inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The view from its top overlooks not only the whole city. Actually on a clear day you can see nearly all of Bohemia. Sounds interesting right? We thought the same! So we made our way to the metro, went all the way to the right station and later than decided not to do it. We were afraid of a too long journey because we had to leave Prague at 5.30 pm and you need to bring along a lot of time to hike up the hill to the tower and back down.

We quickly decided to sneak into the Golden Lane next to the Castle of Prague. The entrance is chargeable. The ticket includes other attractions you can visit around the castle complex. The Golden Lane consists of small houses which are painted in different bright colors. Many of the houses are cute little souvenir shops and there is a museum of medieval armoury. A crowd of people rolled through the narrow alley which has pushed the heat even more. After that we walked to the Charles Bridge and to the Old Town trying to find a restaurant. As soon as we sat down under a restaurants parasol it began to rain, like pouring rain! Unfortunately it continued to rain so we determined to go to the shopping center Palladium again to protect us from the bad weather. Well we enjoyed the last few hours and went on our journey back home in the evening.

Lets just say Prague is a breathtaking city. No more words needed!

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~Julia & Melli

PRAGUE – DAY THREE

"Oh wow, day three out of four! The half is already over! Doesn't matter! There is still enough time!" Our thoughts as day three started.

We got up early in the morning at 8:00am (like every other day), went down for breakfast and got ready to start a great new day in Prague. We decided to hike up to the Prague Castle. It was so hot and there was a huge stairway up to the top but nevertheless we did it (with a freaking sweaty face). We had such a beautiful view all over Prague so if you are in Prague you should definitely go to the castle. Even more beautiful is the cathedral. You can take so many great pictures as you may have already seen on our Instagram (or scroll down for more). The castle complex has such a good advantage! It was quite parky so you could endure it really well.

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We also wanted to discover the Golden Lane next to the cathedral. We did it the next day.
Later than we went through the Royal Garden of the castle and sat down in a cute little restaurant because we were starving.

Now to one of the best highlights of our trip! We went on a pedalo for an hour and paddled on the river Moldau. Loved it!!!! 100% recommendations! It is such a nice feeling watching all the buildings and sights from another perspective.

In the evening we just strolled through the streets and small alleys and watched the sun set behind the Prague Castle. Amazing view! Loving all those little alleys and their restaurants or cafes. You will find restaurants raging from sushi to pizza places or special beer bars. So many cultures are represented but we do not complain. There are so many people from all over the world like Russia, China, Great Britain or Germany. So many nice and friendly people. We think the Czech Republic gets more interesting for people all around the world because it has increased in high quality standard (of living) and safety. We plan to visit more of the Czech Republic. Check out our photography down below.

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~Julia & Melli

PRAGUE – DAY TWO

So… let´s go. Our day two in Prague. It was a very hot day! Even hotter than the first day hence we decided to explore the department stores. There is nothing better, at temperatures of 36 degrees, to go shopping in a chilly place. We were in the Palladium, quite near namésti republiky. Yeah…and we spent a few hours in the shops at this place like Top Shop, Reserved, H&M, Mango, Calvin Klein, etc.. You can believe us, the moment we went through the door to go outside was the worst. Felt like the heat was killing us and as we walked in the heat we envied every passant with a mini fan.

We walked further through the streets and arrived at a beautiful boulevard full of people. Do you know that situation when you choose your holiday destination and there are places or sights you definitely want to visit during your stay? We had planned to visit the Václavcké náměstí. And we actually visited it even more than once as we later realized, because the moment we walked along the beautiful boulevard, we did not know that it was the Václavcké náměstí. That was super funny as we walked out the metro station(on our 4th day in prague) and realized we already went there but more of that later.

After that we went to a park at the new town side called Kampa to just not to collapse. The park offers a great view all over the old town of Prague. We really recommend Prague to you doesn’t matter where you go it is always entertaining to listen or watch the street musicians and street artists.

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~ Julia&Melli

TRAVEL TREND 2017 – GUEST POST

Travel Trend 2017: Hyper Personalization in the travel industry

After several surveys by a number of travel organizations and experts, it has been discovered that people have become more comfortable with sharing personal information like their location and travel history with travel companies in return for a more customized service.

Dr James Canton from leading think tank the Institute for Global Futures, says: “The future of travel is really exciting, as we’ll see predictive travel analytic anticipating what consumers want from their experience before booking. The hotel booking itself will be helped along by artificial intelligence software agents, using data mining and intuitive computing. The new travel design science will help create highly personalized in-stay experiences.”

Let’s take a look at some of the various personalization efforts that are been adopted and used by various sectors and support services in the travel industry.

Personalization by Support services in the travel industry

  • New features used by some of the support services in the travel industry like the 2016 update of Uber’s app enables and ensures data from your journeys is collected and stored, this will help in learning from your routines and help predict where you will want to go next.
  • Trips app in an effort to ensure the ease of planning and organizing your trips was also launched by Google in September 2016; it was designed to thoroughly search your G mail account for hotel bookings and flights, as well as propose itineraries and store your reservations.

Personalization by Airlines

Several airlines have become more sophisticated with personalized offers by customizing the airline passengers user experience. However, when it comes to airlines, every aspect of personalization comes at a fee, especially for the “economy class VIP”.

A survey conducted by Sabre in 2016 found that some consumers are willing to spend more to get extra air travel value such as fast-track security, preferred seating and enhanced meals.

On the other hand, booking systems often remember the preferences of premium passengers and more often than not the flight crew know who they are.

Personalization by the hotel industry

A chief commercial officer for a top hotel once said, in the hotel industry there are real life opportunity to use information gathered from a guests stay to create consecutive priceless experiences for them when they return. He added that “Travellers are likely to experience more of this seamless personalization from their hotels within the near future.”

Personalizing an hotel guest’s stay is a major factor to creating a lasting experience. Several luxury hotels now store information on whether you have any dietary preferences, what newspaper you read, what floor you prefer, whether you like red wine or white wine better, if you prefer it sweet or savoury.

At the point when any guest is booking their room, they are often asked a series a questions including the purpose of their visit, as this will help determine small but important details about them and enable the hotel create small gestures of customised recognition.

Like all top hotels, staff will go out of their way to remember your name, as well as relevant facts about who you are and why you are in town so they can converse with you.

  • A perfect example is when a guest books a room for a business trip but has to arrive late, the hotel makes sure his or her room is prepared for bedtime straight away and leave a tea amenity to aid in sleep and an energy bar for the next morning.
  • Elle magazine’s beauty editor once arrived at the W St Petersburg to discover the hotel had incorporated the tag line of her own range of scented candles, her love of cats and shoes to create a more personalized effect. She posted a picture of it on social media and the reaction it garnered from people said it all.
  • Some hotels have adopted the use of dynamic emails where every time you open one of their messages, a count down timer comes on and then when you open again the next day, the content could be different, however the hotel offers remain accurate and up to date.
  • Thanks to digital innovation, Hilton HHonors app can be used to select your room and can serve as a digital key to access your room instead of the plastic one usually given at the reception. The digital key also allows you pin your favourite room and when next you stay at the hotel, you will find a little heart shape on the room floor.
  • Hilton’s recent partnership with Google Maps also means you can now see special locations and pick your favourite room near the lake, a park or any other point of interest. You can also message the front desk, make restaurant reservations or request champagne on arrival.

The future of personalization in the hotel industry

Skyscanner’s director of hotels Nik Gupta agrees: “[By 2024], advances in digital technology will mean that travellers will have no need to encounter a single human being from the time that they enter their chosen hotel to the time that they check out of their room. The fight back against peer-to-peer travel will see hotels empower their guests with incredible levels of hyper-personalisation through their mobile devices to provide the unique experiences they want.”

Skyscanner also foretells that hotel software will link with guests’ social media profiles so that when they book a particular room, everything is set specifically for them. Some hotels are already looking up VIP guests online and anticipating what they might appreciate when they get there.

Do you believe hyper-personalization is the future of travel or do think this is doing too much?

Please share your thoughts.

 

Author’s Bio:

Mariam Barry is a lifestyle and travel blogger.

PRAGUE – DAY ONE

So in these posts we want to show and tell you our experiences in Prague. We decided to separate the posts in sights and our outfits we wore that day.

We finally arrived in Prague and were pretty much impressed from the first look of the city! Unfortunately we had to carry our suitcases with us till check-in at 2pm so we went to the river Moldau, sat down in a park and watched the Charles Bridge and the Castle of Prague from far away. Let's just tell you a funny story! Okay, so we went into a metro station and there were these "alarm systems" at the entrance and Mellis suitcase trigged an alarm. The officer forced her to open her suitcase right in the middle of the entrance. By the way there were a lot of people and of course they were starring at us. Melli followed his instructions. The officer opened his eyes wide and immediately said that she can close it again because the case was a mess of clothes, shoes, accessoires and many other stuff.

After checking into the hotel we could finally enjoy the city without our heavy suitcases. We went to Staroměstské náměstí, Karlův most and strolled through a lot of streets in Prague till our feet hurted. FUN FACT! We walked 17,4 km that day!

The old town of Prague is just breathtaking! We could not stop taking pictures of it. These cute little alleys and their tiny restaurants and cafes. Even tho it was really crowded it did not matter because the people are so nice and friendly there. Oh and it is super easy going by train/metro. Prague only got 3 lines in all directions but the stations are likely more far away like there is no station at every street. We never rushed into the wrong train. The metro is such a cool experience.

It was pretty warm that day especially while carring our suitcases. The city heats up enormously and makes the day difficult for you but hey! better than rain. After this exhausting day we fell in our beds and slept at once pretty excited about what the next day in Prague offers. We will tell you that in our next posts. For now just enjoy these photos we took.

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~Julia & Melli

TAILORING-SWEATPANTS 

Melli: Switzerland is an expensive pavement. It’s crowded with expensive shops and famous brands. That is the experience I accomplished on my short trip to Switzerland. The country proves style and it has actually enticed me to buy these trousers. You could basically only see a classic style combined with a high-grade blouse and heels. But why do that what all people do? These kind of trousers are extremely comfortable and perfectly for a sporty and casual style as well. That’s why we love these trousers so much and recommend it to you guys! It is our latest It-Piece and it is packed in our suitcase to Prague. We are looking forward telling you a lot of experiences of Prague and we have a lot to do there.

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Trousers – Pull&Bear

Jacket – Brandy Melville

T-shirt – Zara

Shoes – Adidas (another colour)

 

~Julia & Melli

TRAVEL DREAMS

Hey guys!

So we recently craving to get out of our comfort zone and discover the world. We always view new travel pages, look for magical places around the world, fill up our bucket list and set us goals. A bucket list hasn’t just a countable number of experiences or achievements you hope to accomplish during your lifetime. It has something magical, motivating and inspiring. Loving to rummage around inspirational people who travel the whole world by car or by foot and show their beautiful pictures and stimulating texts about their crazy life rides. We honestly envy them because they just don’t care! They don’t care if they will have a luxurious hotel as their next accommodation or a spa or wellness offers. It’s about discovering the quite nature and landscape around you, the big and loud cities who offer so much fun and just forget your current worries. Stargazing in a tent in the wilderness or party in the coolest club in New York City till next morning.

Unfortunately for all these dreams you need a lot of money but it’s possible, isn’t it? We are saving and earning money to accomplish our next goal: the wild America. We are craving for all the national parks and uncrowded landscape but also want to visit all our favourite big cities. We still have the time to do that because we got long holidays.

We are now going to travel more to discover new cultures and countries! It will be lit! Our next destination is Prague in the Czech Republic. So stay tuned for some cool photos, information and outfits!! Actually in love with that city!

And here is a collection of our favourite tumblr travel pictures to inspire you: 

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~Julia & Melli

THE RED SKIRT

New outfit! We actually searched for a good location or a good background for our outfits so we just went into the forest and found that abandoned barn we already used in another photoshoot. The barn has such a cool lighting and much space to shoot. We are both living in the same village and the next town is some miles away so it’s hard to get these “city looks”. We usually shoot in the nature outside or at the garages in front our houses but anyways here is our new outfit:

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We recently started to like issued skirts like the one in our post. The skirt has a part-elastic waistband with a fold-out silhouette. It flatters your figure and shows your thin waist line just like the top. Besides skirts are really comfortable and fit into every life situation like a birthday party or a normal school day. It doesn’t matter! There are so many styling options and styles for example romantic, vintage, contemporary or high-low.

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“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.” – Coco Chanel

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Top – Bershka (sold out)

Skirt – New Yorker (no online-shop)

 

~Julia & Melli

ZARA WISHLIST

Unfortunately this post has a few technical error. I hope we can fix them soon.

Hey guys! We decided to compile a collection of our favorite ZARA items and we want to share them with you. So let’s just take a look at this cute items. We carefully chose summer clothes because it is summer so why not?

Why we chose ZARA for our wishlist? Because we love ZARA and it’s crazy how good they sell and we have never seen any ads from them. They always offer the trendiest clothes but also clothes with a special “detail” no other shops can offer. ZARA suprises us every time we walk into the shop. These carefully compiled outfits and styles on the mannequins inspire us to buy even more. Anyways that is our wishlist!

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Comment down below what you think of these clothes and what your favorite shop is at the moment!

~Julia & Melli