One of the things I love most about Germany is the mountains. My ideal living situation would be an apartment in London and a large house in the Bavarian Alps. When I get off the train at Oberstdorf the first thing that hits me is the fresh air. It’s the purest luft my lungs have ever known and they couldn’t be happier each time I arrive here.
This place is great all year round. It’s perfect for skiing in the Winter with a cable car that runs from the center of town up into the mountains. In the Spring and Summer you can enjoy the mountain views, waterfalls and valleys. You can go hiking, mountain biking or even rock climbing. The town of Oberstdorf is relatively small with pretty shops, restaurants. There are lot’s of small hotels or B&B’s plus cozy restaurants and pubs. In Germany the food is hearty with nice big portions. Places serve delicious comfort food during the Winter and huge tasty salads in the Summer. The best part is the beer. Before I moved to this country I wasn’t a beer drinker but the stuff is so good here it’s become my thing. So if you fancy leaving the nature to the animals you can find a cozy corner and get tipsy with your mates.
Like me, my hair can be a little rebellious! It’s slightly curly and I have to be careful how I style it otherwise it looks fluffy and dry. Below I will list some useful tips on how I coiffe my quiff.
- I try not to wash it too often. Daily washing leaves my hair particularly dry and fluffy which I obviously hate. I wait until my hair starts to look greasy before I wash it. I usually get away with once a week. In between I just rinse it in the shower.
- Most days I let it air dry. My hair has more grip and volume when it’s not super clean. On these days I comb my hair into place when it’s still wet and let it dry naturally. I recommend a carbon comb because they are anti-static and prevent fly away’s.
- On special occasions I go all out. In the picture above I blow-dried my hair and finished with a little product. I often do this on washing day to avoid the fluff or when I want to look my best. I rough dry my hair with a blow dryer and gently smooth out the front with a brush. My favourite is the Y.S. Park from Japan. I finish with a small amount of matte paste to create a piece-y effect. I’m currently loving Malin + Goetz hair pomade.
The legal age of drinking kicks off at 18 in the UK. In the first decade of my legal drinking years I managed some level of hangover almost every weekend. The hangovers ranged from 1-10. With 1 being a slight headache upon waking that faded with some water and a coffee and 10 not being able to stand up or hold down a sip of water without being sick. Luckily I reached a 10 only a few times in that decade.
The subject of hangover cures is a heavily debated subject. Drinking plenty of water is a good idea but it doesn’t take the pain away. I was told antioxidants from strawberry’s offer a cure so one particularly painful morning at work I ordered a strawberry smoothy – it didn’t work. A glass of extra cold Coke helps momentarily as does a greasy English breakfast. A Bloody Mary can also numb the pain and get you drunk again which isn’t always a good idea. I’ve still want to try one of those iv drips. I imagine the hydration going directly to the blood stream feels like heaven.
On a long night of partying the best solution I’ve found besides not drinking at all. Is to only drink a good quality tequila and you won’t get a hangover the next day. This has been tried and tested by yours truely and it works every time. There are rules though. You can drink the tequila as a shot which is always fun or drink it long with soda water and fresh lime. Don’t mix it with coke or anything else sugary as you will get a headache the next day. If you can’t stand tequila then try a good quality, pure Vodka such as Belvedere or Grey Goose but in my opinion Tequila works best.
I’m super excited as I’ve partnered with Philips for today’s post. Over seven days I’ve kept a daily diary whilst using the new Sonicare Flexicare Platinum Toothbrush. The idea of healthier teeth inspired me to live a little healthier during these seven days. With Christmas fast approaching the overindulgence is unavoidable so a little self care beforehand seems like a great idea. Follow my seven day diary and see what I got up to whilst using the new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush.
Day One. After charging the toothbrush for 24 hours I was keen to get started and try it out! I downloaded the Philips Sonicare app on i tunes. The toothbrush connects with the app via a built-in bluetooth (amazing, I know). It then coaches you toward the perfect brush as it displays the areas you might be neglecting to clean and if you are applying the correct amount of pressure. There are three brushing intensities, low, medium, high. Today I started with low, using the clean mode.
Previously I’d been using a regular non-electric toothbrush and I decided to start gently and build up the intensity over the coming days. With a Philips Sonicare the brush does most of the work and I was mindful to move the brush slowly and gently, back and forth, so the bristles can reach any gaps between the teeth. This brush cleans better when less pressure is applied. I have always done the opposite, applying more pressure to clean deeper. That may be the case with a manual toothbrush but not anymore!
Afterwards my teeth feel strangely clean, like a freshly polished marble floor. They look a little whiter and super shiny. On closer inspection the areas between my teeth and gums also look super clean. Here’s a screenshot from the app’s Touch-Up feature, the yellow highlighted areas actually show you where you missed spots when you brush.
Day 2. I find it harder waking up during the Winter months, when it’s cold and dark outside. I find a daily, at-home yoga session gets my day off to a good start. For a while I’ve been practicing the crow pose. It seemed impossible at first but after some practice I seem to be getting there. On YouTube there are great yoga instructors and this morning I did a class by Yoga with Tim. Prior to the yoga I was excited to use the new Philips Sonicare toothbrush again and see if there were any improvements in the cleanness of my teeth. I upped the brushing mode to medium. I could definitely notice a difference with the increased brushing mode. The brush automatically stops when the correct amount of time has passed which I find rather handy.
Day 3. This morning I drank hot water with lemon & apple cider vinegar, first thing. Afterwards I brushed my teeth and today they look noticeably whiter which I’m super happy about. I decided to give the tongue cleaner a go. This is a separate head that replaces the brush head. 80% of oral bacteria is found on the tongue! I used 1 pump of the Philips Sonicare breath Rx tongue spray and gently brushed my tongue for 20 seconds. Afterwards my tongue looks very clean and feels incredibly fresh.
Day 4. My healthier seven days are now in full swing and I’m loving it. For breakfast I’ve swapped the usual croissant for a bowl of porridge topped with banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. I find the connected aspect of the Philips Sonicare interesting as the app can tell exactly whats going on as you brush your teeth. Smart sensors track your brushing performance and send your data to your app via bluetooth wireless technology. The app highlights trouble areas and it also let’s you know when it’s time to change the brush head. The coach sets personalised goals and tracks the progress of gum health and tooth whitening.
Day 5. It’s not long before the snow will arrive here in Germany so I decided to swap today’s yoga class and head outdoors for a 20 minute jog. The buzz I get afterwards is a welcome contrast to the peacefulness of yoga. Tomorrow I will get back on the mat for some zen time.
Day 6. After testing out the deep clean function my teeth feel so much cleaner and smoother, like I just went to the dentist. The separate adapter and spray for cleaning the tongue has also made a difference as my mouth feels super fresh.
Day 7. I’m feeling very pleased with myself having completed a healthier seven days. Setting myself tasks and structuring my day to make time for myself feels good. It’s been great fun getting to know my new Philips Sonicare toothbrush and testing out the various functions. Besides the results, my favourite functions are the UV sanitiser which ensures the brush head is perfectly clean every time I use it. The Philips Sonicare app is also great as it connects me with the toothbrush. Being able to see if I’m missing any areas when I brush or if I’m applying too much pressure is really cool.
#PhilipsSonicare #Sonicare #ad