Friday, 31 March 2017

Growing concepts

Growing concepts is a company from the Netherlands we have discovered just recently, that presents various plants in the most beautiful and stylish way under glass bells, in jars, glass hangers and light bulbs.
We chose the glass bell with the Pilea and Bolmos.
Under the bell the plants have the perfect climate to grow and become more and more beautiful. In case it gets too big for the glass bell, you can always transfer the plant to a bigger pot and put a new one under the glass bell, the Pilea easily grows spring offs.
The glass dome consists of two parts so you can easily water (once a week) or change the plant or clean the glass dome if necessary.
We love plants and love to have many of them around at our place and the growing concepts products are a wonderful option to present them in a different and unique way.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Theater Basel | Die Unverheiratete (the unmarried)

After Edward II. I am Love the unmarried is the second play by Ewald Palmetshofer at the Theater Basel and just like Edward II we liked the unmarried a lot and found it very impressive and thought provoking.
The way the actors speak, the language, the targeted use of light and music make the strong story even more powerful and the play was captivating from the first minute.
The stage is closed in by walls on both sides and in the back and through the rotating platform in the middle, sometimes there is a glass or even a wall facing the audience.
The story is about a 30 year old woman who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for denouncing a young soldier as a deserter who was then sentenced to death.
The play switches between the past (the trial of the 30 year old woman) and the present, where the same woman has gotten old and her daughter and granddaughter are taking care of her.
Throughout the play we also get an insight into the lives of the daughter and the granddaughter, and how their lives where affected by their mothers/grandmothers past.
There are only female actors in the play and all the male parts are only narrated in the third person.
The topic of how the past influences the presence and how guilt is carried forward to the children and grandchildren is something that is always current and a very difficult question that remains unanswered during the play and leaves it to everyone in the audience to decide for himself.

production: Felicitas Brucker
stage: Viva Schudt
costume: Esther Bialas
music: Patric Catani
video: Jonas Alsleben
light: Cornelius Hunziker
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

Pia Händler as THE YOUNG
Katja Jung as THE MIDDLE
Marlen Diekhoff as THE OLD
Carina Braunschmidt as SISTER #1
Cathrin Störmer as SISTER #2
Barbara Horvath as SISTER #3
Franziska Hackl as SISTER #4

© pictures: Simon Hallström

Monday, 13 March 2017

Dr. Hauschka | Clarifying steam bath

We like to steam the face at least once a week and the Dr. Hauschka clarifying steam bath is a fantastic product to add to the water. We add two tablespoons to the hot water (about 1/2 litre) and then steam the face for around 10 minutes. After using it the skin feels deeply cleansed and very fresh. As the steam bath opens the pores, we feel like with the heat and the natural ingredients all of the toxins and impurities are sweated out and removed from the skin.
All of the ingredients are 100% natural and amongst others it contains witch hazel and daisy, that support the skin's self cleansing processes.
The skin feels purified and revitalized and has a beautiful glow and after the facial steam the skin is perfectly prepared for a facial mask with natural ingredients.
The clarifying steam bath is suitable for all skin types and especially good for blemished skin and against blackheads.
We really like the home-spa-feeling this product gives us and we always use it when we have the time to use a facial mask afterwards, to give our skin a complete treatment.