On one of the last warm nights this summer, we were graced by a very special presence, from a city that many love. I am no stranger to this fabulous brand and have been using their 8 Hour cream ever since I could remember. Where I come from in Toronto, Elizabeth Arden is a beloved name in many households, so needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw the shiny invitation in my mailbox.
My good friend Jens Prewo picked me up and we made our way out into the warm evening. The event was being held at one of my favorite place in the city, the Palais Thurn und Taxis. As we approached the main entrance, we saw the yellow NYC Taxi parked in front of the massive double doors, with the Beauty and the City logo printed proudly on it. A NYC cab in the middle of Frankfurt am Main – what a beautiful sight!
The event was taking place upstairs, in the elegant rooms of the Palais. We were greeted with a cold glass of champagne and some very fine catering delicacies. Of course little miss piggy me had to try all the dishes, in order to get a proper feeling of the atmosphere and vibe. Inside the press was already lined up, waiting eagerly for the action to begin! And action there was. The event was being moderated by the beautiful Eva Padberg. She appeared in a glamorous off shoulder black gown. Later on my friend Sabrina Setlur arrived, along with other models, moderators and actors.
This fabulous event was supported by Frank Kuhlmann, owner of the Kuhlmann Beauty Consulting GmbH. He arrived dressed all in white, accompanied by his beautiful girlfriend Nina Isabell Knop also completely in white. I thought that was a super cool idea, because everyone else was dressed in black – like at a typical NYC party.
I couldn’t help but run around the event, trying out the lovely new products and rubbing every cream on my face and hands – Troublemaker Gali at her best. I was extremely impressed with the small Ceramide Restoring Serum capsules, which work best when applied onto the face and neck. I knew that I had to get this product asap. I was impressed to see how many women are using Elizabeth Arden in Germany!
Throughout the evening, a wonderful band was playing all of the classic and favorite New York songs. It was a very lively atmosphere and people were talking and dancing. Later on we went downstairs with the girls and some cool photos were taken of us in front of the yellow cab. I found it very amusing to mix the two worlds, because I always felt that Frankfurt can be compared to a little mini tiny New York, therefore it was a perfect fit
After some nice hours of amusement, friends, drinks, food, glamour, media and beauty, it was time to slowly make my way back home. I was given a large gift bag with my name on it at the reception downstairs. I noticed it was quite heavy and that meant some nice things to try out at home. Little did I know that Christmas would come early this year. The bag was filled with the best Elizabeth Arden products, including the serum that I wanted to try so much. Lucky lady karma was with me tonight.
I wanted stay and dance longer with my friends, but my killer heels wouldn’t allow me this pleasure. The feet ruled the girl, and they forced me to walk back home on the yellow brick road towards the Commerzbank Tower. I never cease to be amazed at how truly wonderful our little Mainhatten is.
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It’s that lovely time of the year again to take out the Dirndl and Lederhosen! Like the years before, I was wearing a new custom made dirndl, designed by my friend Shanty Sutadji of Shanty Couture. Last week I had the pleasure to attend the opening event of the Frankfurter Oktoberfest, and let me tell you, it was fabulous! Watch out Munich, you have some serious competition here in Frankfurt. Not only can we do skyscrapers and apple wine, but we can also do one hell of a wild and fun Oktoberfest!
I was very excited because I had two evenings of Oktoberfest openings back to back. First came Thursday night, as we made our way into the huge tent to Box Nr. 4 – where all the hot celeb action was happening! Frank Kuhlmann of Kuhlmann Beauty Consulting was already there with his beautiful girlfriend Nina, greeting us with his bright, open and friendly smile. He organized this evening for us, along with Kai Mann. We were seated next to Liliana Matthäus – the face of the Frankfurter Oktoberfest for 2016, along with some lovely ladies from the German Bachelor TV show. I was astounded to see how much press was at our box, TV cameras and flashes going off every few seconds. After a while of “meet and greet” with the people, a sudden big bang came from the stage, the lights dimmed and the show started.
Introductions were made and the first drop of beer was tasted for the Anstich! The Oktoberfest has officially started! I couldn’t help but notice the happy people running around everywhere, the Hendl being brought out with a savory flavor, along with the traditional Weißwurst, sweet mustard, Brezel by the kilos, plus tons and tons of Maß beer! For those who don’t drink beer – like me – there is also wine, prosecco and delicious champagne available. With every passing hour, the guests were getting happier and wilder. The first couples have started dancing on the tables already. At that minute, I knew it shall be a night to remember!
I was happy to see some friends there, whom I haven’t seen in a while. It was lovely to catch up and talk a bit about life. Later on I had a chance to meet the lovely Chany Dakota, who took my interview for the Rheinmaintv television channel (See video below). The band was rocking it on the stage, singing all of the best and beloved Oktoberfest songs. I have to admit that as a Canadian, I don’t know all of the songs, but I love dancing to them, because they put me in a wonderful mood! The hours were running away from me and slowly I realized that it was time to go home. Tomorrow was Day Nr. 2, and I had to be fit and fabulous for the evening. I bid my friends, the Hausmann family and all the lovely new people I met farewell, and made my way out into the romantic warm Frankfurt evening.
Tonight was the opening of the Oktoberfest at the beautiful Kempinski hotel in Frankfurt. My friend Shanty Sutadji invited us to see her glamorous new Dirndl collection. When we arrived, we were greeted with drinks and many familiar faces. Shanty was running around, making sure her models were perfectly prepared for tonight’s show. As expected, all the ladies arrived wearing Shanty’s glamorous 2016 collection, included me.
Shanty was born in Indonesia, and what I love most about her style is the combination of Asian and European fashion influences. Her Dirndls are not typical traditional ones, but rather a fancy creation that combines both cultural elements. She always includes lots of lace, silk and unique flower arrangements on her designs. Last night I was wearing my pink dirndl and tonight I was wearing the lovely green one she made especially to match my eye color. Shanty has a passion for details, which I admire very much, being a perfectionist as well.
We were served our delectable meats and wines and the men had maß beer. The food was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t get enough. Finally the anticipated time came for the fashion show and everyone around us was excited to see what shall be presented. The lights grew dimmer and the music came on. One after the other, the beautiful models came out, strutting their way between the guests, showing off Shanty’s glamorous creations.
The ladies were definitely turning their heads to look at the colorful Dirndls being shown. The materials and patterns were magnificent, and one was better than the other. It was very hard to choose my favorite one, because all of them were so unique and gorgeous. They are all custom made and there are never two which are the same! I was feeling very happy in my new forest green Dirndl. The fashion show was a big success and there was lots of dancing and singing afterwards. Shanty and the guests were all very happy with the positive reactions.
I felt very satisfied after my two eventful and cheerful Oktoberfest evenings. It was slowly time to make my way back to my favorite little city with a big attitude. Stepping out of the taxi, I looked at the skyline and realized again for the 100th time, how truly lucky I was to live here and now.
Frankfurter Oktoberfest photos:
Kempinski Oktoberfest Opening with Shanty Couture fashion show:
My interview on Rheinmaintv:
What a wonderful and glamorous evening! A huge thanks to my dear friend and designer Albrecht Ollendiek for my wild circus outfit! ❤ Thanks to Jörg Ortmann and BILD for the lovely interview :-)
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I have to start by saying that I am so proud to be Canadian! As I walked closer to the enormous tent and saw the beautifully familiar Cirque du Soleil logo, my heart swelled with pride and joy! I have already seen quite a few different Cirque du Soleil shows, therefore I was very curious what Amaluna will be like, compared to the others.
It was a very warm day in Frankfurt. The evening sun was still out, throwing dancing shadows onto the large parking lot. We walked towards the entrance and I couldn’t help but notice people stare at me. There was a reason for that. I was clad from head to toe in my favorite Frankfurt designer’s wild collection. His name is Albrecht Ollendiek, and he’s a genius. I was wearing a mini skirt made out of feathers. This was supposed to bring me in touch with my Amazonian female self, and it did. The look was about sensuality, nature and power. It was a perfect fit for the circus atmosphere! My skirt was accompanied by a bag made out of feathers and my favorite cork high heels. I was very excited to walk around in my risqué Ollendiek concoction.
A lovely young lady gave us our VIP passes, and we walked inside the tent’s foyer. I was greeted by Jörg Ortmann of the Bild newspaper, always friendly with a warm smile on his face. Of course in the interview, I had to mention my proud Canadian heritage. Jörg asked what my favorite Cirque du Soleil show has been so far, and I said the O Show in Vegas, which played around the water element and theme. There were a few celebs in the tent as well. Just as I was finishing up my interview, Verona Pooth walked beside us and seemed to be in a hurry to get inside. A few more photos were made in front of the press wall and it was time to go inside the large tent. On our way in, we were given a cold glass of champagne with duck, oysters and other exotic delicacies. Suddenly a sexy female voice was heard on all the speakers, urging us to take our seats because the show was about to begin. There was a loud excited buzz of people talking and laughing in the tent.
Suddenly the lights went out, and a drum started beating, matching the rhythm of my heart. The sound was so thrilling and hypnotizing at the same time! The lights burst into the tent and the artist came out. What can I say… the next 2 hours were one of the most exciting for me this year. Amaluna was about a fantasy world. A world where all problems were left behind, replaced with magic, energy and enchantment! Each of the artists and shows were so different from one another that I cannot even say which one was better. Every single element of the show was so unique and special, that it contributed to the magical awe feeling of the evening. As you can imagine when thinking of Cirque du Soleil, it was all of the magic you can expect along with many more mysterious surprises! I don’t want to describe any details and ruin the fantastic experience for you, but what I can definitely say is that Amaluna is a must see! It will be in Frankfurt until June12th, and I would suggest ordering tickets as soon as possible. I was blown away by the sheer beauty, love and energy of the show
Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Amaluna takes circus to the next dimension. Even the feathers on my skirt were shivering with excitement. The story revolves around Goddesses, men, love, passion and desire. The talented Diane Paulus, created and directed the piece to perfection.
After the show, so many people were hanging around backstage and the VIP area, because nobody wanted to leave. Everyone was excited to meet the artists and pay them their respect. More champagne and gin tonics were flowing, accompanied by colorful macaroons and the creamiest coffee I have ever tasted. It was exciting to feel the circus atmosphere around us. Cameras were flashing and the music vibrated throughout the entire tent. The press was running around, capturing the excitement of the premiere.
Eventually I felt my feet complaining about the 13 cm heels and decided to slowly make my way back home to my little sanctuary in the city center. The tall and proud skyscrapers greeted me warmly. Another glamorous event in my favorite little city with a big attitude. Thank you Frankfurt for being so good to me. Thank you Canada for bringing your magic to me, even though I’m so far away from you. Thank you Cirque du Soleil for bringing the fantasy into my life on that warm and magical evening.
Thank you dear Jörg Ortmann and BILD for this lovely article ♥ Fun in the snow!
Read the full article here: www.bild.de/regional/frankfurt/frankfurt-leute/frankfurt-vips-im-winterurlaub-44929388.bild.html