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Munich and Oktoberfest

Munich and Oktoberfest


During our almost two weeks in France, Austria & Germany last Fall, we spend the most time in Munich. Our first and last days were spent in Paris (see here) and then went to Austria for 3 days (see here).  We had a few day trips we wanted to take from Munch so we gave ourselves the most time in this city. The whole reason for this trip and the timing of it was Oktoberfest! It has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I can't believe I finally got to experience it. This post is a little long but I really wanted to share all the information I had and everything I can learned while we where there. I'll be doing another post on 2 day trips we took in Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Eat



Augustiner Brau - One of the oldest breweries and taverns in Munich. Their beer is one of the major beers served at Oktoberfest! Augustiner has a long and interesting history. Take it all in as you sit in the basement and have traditional bavarian food! The atmosphere is fun and a mixture of locals and tourists.

Eataly Munich - During our first night in Munich, we needed a good meal and it was pretty late. I've been to several Eataly's and they never disappoint. Our big bowls of pasta and bottle wine were the mid trip break we needed from sausages and beer.

Victuals Market - This daily market has a little bit of everything. You can wander thru over a 100 vendors and shops. For an alternative to eating at a restaurant you have  plenty to pick from at the many stalls. You can really spend a half day wandering the market. It's a great place to find some interesting souvenirs.

See/To Do



Marienplatz - As the main square of Munich since 1158, I recommend it as a first stop in the city. Use it as a central point to start a walk around the area. There are plenty of places to shop and eat as you explore. Dating back over 100 years,  the main attraction in the square is the Glockenspiel. 2 (or 3 times in the summer) the Glockenspiel chimes and the life-size figures re enact a the 16th century marriage of a local duke. The second level re enacts another story from that time period.

The blocks surrounding Marienplatz are worth wandering thru. Its a historic and well preserved area. So whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, it is well worth getting lost and discovering.



Oktoberfest - I honestly could do a whole post over just Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a giant yearly beer festival in Munich that has been a tradition for over 200 years. Thousands of people travel from all over the world to partake in the festival. It is a little over 2 weeks long and it typically starts at the end of September and goes into October. The festival is really unlike anything else in the world. There are food booths, games and small rides all over the fairgrounds!

The big attraction are the numerous beer tents. There are big and small tents and each one has their own vibe and decor! We researched and read all about all the tents. No matter what tent you use, you can't reserve a table unless you have a group of 8 or more. You will also need to make those reservations months if not a year in advance. For those, like us, that don't have a big group or those that don't want to make a reservation you will have to work a little harder to get a seat. The best strategy is to look for open seats at a table and then ask those sitting there if you can join! Waitresses will walk around and take your order for beer and food. Cash is preferred and sometimes the only thing the beer tents take. I recommend giving a big tip on your first round and then the waitress will make sure to come back to you!


Buying a Dirndl - If you are going to Oktoberfest or just want a great keepsake, buying a dirndl should be on your to do list. Its an experience itself. During Oktoberfest, they are basically sold everywhere but your first stop should be Original Steindl which is just a few blocks from the Marienplatz. The dirdnl has three parts: the dress, skirt and top. Some are sold all together and others you can pick each part individually.

English Garden - One thing we didn't have time to see but I wish we had was the English Garden. Named for the style of park, it is one of the largest urban public parks in the world. There are several different areas including a Japanese teahouse, Chinese Tower and artificial stream where you can surf.

Getting Around

Munich is a major air and plane hub so it is not difficult to get to. We came from Salzburg, which is about a two hour train ride.

I found Munich to be one of the easiest cities to get around! The subway system is really easy to navigate and stretches to almost anywhere you would want to travel to. We bought a 3 day ticket that you can use to ride the subway as much as you need each day.

Also check out the bus system, from our air bnb in Munich it was the easiest & fastest way to get to the airport on our last day.


Stay

Like the rest of our trip we booked an air bnb for our time in Munich. Like I mentioned earlier, Munich is really easy to get around so we didn't mind staying a little farther outside the main area. Our air bnb was a few blocks away from the English Garden. We had a short walk to the subway to get wherever we needed to.
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White Hot

White Hot



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When you are in the middle of wedding planning you have to make so many decisions. One decision that shouldn't be stressful is what to wear to all of the fun parties and showers that are thrown for you. Last week I was helping a friend of mine find an outfit for her upcoming couple's shower and after searching I realized there are so many cute options out right now. It was fun to find her some different dresses and rompers to try.  

While I don't think you have to wear white for any of your wedding events, it is what color my friend wanted to wear.  One of my favorite looks is this jumpsuit! It really can be worn for almost any wedding event but I love it most for an engagement party or couple's shower.

For a shower or other day time events, this cut out dress and off the shoulder option are so dreamy and feminine. They would also be great to pack for a beach honeymoon!

For options that are a little different, I would suggest this assymetrical dress. With just subtle assymetry and a classic neckline it is a mix of modern but classic. 
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Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan

Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan


Suncare is important year round but really something we should all focus on during the Spring and Summer.  It's no secret that I took suncare seriously. Sunscreen has changed a lot in the last few years. There are so many options when it comes to how to protect your skin.  It is not just about lotions anymore. Below are some new types of products to integrate into your routine. 

I'm also sharing how I get a faux tan. Just because we are protecting our skin doesn't mean we can't have a summer glow. 

  1. Sunscreen Oil - If you have ready any of my skincare posts, you'll know I love face oil. Over the past few years it has become my favorite skincare products. I've now switched to using a this sunscreen oil in the morning all over my face and body on any days I'm going to be outside. This formula soaks in and doesn't feel greasy. Once it has soaked in you can apply make up over it with out any issues. It is moisturizing and nourishing and gives a soft glow that I love.




2. Setting Mist -  I know many people are skeptical about whether a setting spray works of not, but I've always been a believer. When you combine one with spf, I'm really in. This product not only keeps your makeup on longer but it applies an even coat of spf 50. It is an especially great travel item.






3. Setting Powder - Another dual purpose item, this product sets make up, applies sunscreen and mattifies your face. It is the perfect product to use as a sunscreen touch up over makeup. It will soak up any oil as well.

Color Science Setting Powder - Supergoop Setting Powder


I've tried my fair share of self tanners and had plenty of bad experiences. Finding a combination of natural color, even application and a great smell is not easy. I've never had as natural of color as St. Tropez and Tan Towels. St. Tropez's foams (here and here) go on smooth and evenly. The foam is colorless and has just a slight but pleasant smell. It gives subtle color that you can build but you will tell a difference after one application. I have recently starting using this tanning mitt and the application has been even easier. 

Tan Towels are single use towels infused with self tanner. Application is easy because you just swipe the towels across your body. Since there aren't any liquids with this product, it's so easy to take on vacations. 

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OOTD Vol. 2

OOTD Vol. 2



Summer always has in the mood for denim! After sharing my outfits over the last couple weeks, I realized I've been incorporating it into almost all of my casual and weekend outfits. As you'll see in the links below Madewell and JCrew are my favorite places to find denim pieces. 




JCrew Denim Dress (similar here and here) - Gucci Purse 


 Gucci Purse - Frye Sandals, Old (similar here)


Gucci Purse -Frye Sandals, Old (similar here)



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Target Purchases Vol. 1

Target Purchases Vol. 1


Like I mentioned in this post, I want to start sharing some purchases I've made lately. They may seem a little random but it is what has been purchased lately. This round up include a few items my roommates bought. I mean who can you trust more to give great recs than your best friends?

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1. Who What Wear Maxi Skirt - The ultimate dress up or down piece. Throw on with a tee and sneakers for brunch or day time and then add a silky cami and heels for date night. 

2. Revlon Cushion Lip Tint - This has become my go to summer color. My summer makeup is always easier and more relaxed.  The cushion applicator gives the look of a stain and you can easily control the intensity of the color as well. The look is like you just had a popsicle and stained your lips, and I mean that in the best way. In a pinch I've even used it as blush!

3. Stars Above Pajama Set - In this Oklahoma heat, the last thing I want is to be warm at night. This set is soft, cool and a little sexy while not trying too hard.

4. & 6.  Joy Lab Tie Dye Bra & Leggings - One of my roommates just became a cycle bar instructor! She's always someone I go to for athleisure and work out recs. She bought this set and I've been wanting it ever since! You can wear the bra as a top or throw a tank on over it.

5. Dove Dry Shampoo As someone that uses dry shampoo on an almost daily basis I am always trying new ones. This is by far my favorite drug store dry shampoo. It really soaks up the oil in my hair and the smell is my favorite. 

7. A New Day Shift Dress - One of my roommates is amazing at finding great deals. If you need some easy summer items that are easy to pack, get this dress ASAP. I love a dress that is fitted enough to give shape but doesn't cling to you. 

8. Champion Tie Back Tank - Lately, I have been trying to create a better work out wardrobe. I hadn't bought any pieces in awhile. I stumbled upon this tank and bought it in 2 colors. It fits well and you can tie the back or leave it loose, depending on how you want it that day!

9. A New Day Nylon Tote - I've been in need of a new tote that could work as both a gym bag and pool bag. I wanted something stylish with a couple zippered pockets that is easy to clean. The side pockets on this bag hold so much and keep you organized while the middle holds everything you need. I've packed for the office and gym in this bag and still had room. A few days after I bought this bag one of  my roommates loved it so much she bought one for herself!

What have you been purchasing from Target?
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