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Ninja traveller. Seamlessly travels between Stockholm, Shanghai, Zurich and France. Late nights in the city and early morning countryside life. Fashion, beauty, reflections, portraits and inspiration.

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  • Australian luxury brand Mr Smith was one of the sponsors for our SS19 launch dinner and I've had the pleasure to try the products for a while now. I must say I really like them. My hair is normally dry but it looks rather healthy at the moment - they say pregnancy works wonders for the hair and it might just be so but I had some help for sure. 

    There is a but: I do not at all like it when brands market their products as sulfate and paraben free - parabens are great! Claiming otherwise is unfounded and opportunistic and fuels the ignorant witch hunt for the good (and perfectly safe) preservative. Most people know this by now so why the constant struggle? One might ask these brands which preservstives are used instead of parabens - a highly relevant question with answers not always pleasing. However, there is nothing wrong with going vegan and Mr Smith's overall high quality products have been PETA-certified and are not tested on animals. 

    I've grown fond of their mousse & spray as well as the sophisticated design and you'll find them in selected professional salons only. 

    Shampoo €35 / 300 ml and contains: Grape Fruit Peel Oil, Rice Protein and Mango Seed Butter, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil & Avocado Oil to mention a few.

    Conditioner €35 / 300 ml and contains: Cacao Seed Butter, Wheat Protein, Carambisol, Myrrh & Marula Oil. 


    Love, Christine Deckert
  • FOGIA is my all time favourite space to spend rainy afternoons furniture shopping and dreaming about while having coffee & cake. Timeless high quality Scandinavian design - I always find something there (and it normally burns a bigger hole in the wallet than expected). Today I was looking for a chair and it happened to be the last open hours before summer closing. I had this weird feeling I had to go there today for some reason and so I did. When we arrived, they were preparing the design sale that would start in the end of August and lucky me I got the very chair that I wanted on 70% discount before the sale had even started! That must be a sign for a wonderful weekend ahead, don't you think? 


    Love, Christine Deckert
  • In 2016 my mother had passed away and I was broken, tired and fed up with work. And so I decided to travel the world for one year starting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was then to fly down to Ushuaia and hike my way up trough Chile and Argentina in dramatic Patagonia, spend some six months in South America to stop in Cuba on my way to Europe for a brief halfway-visit on my way further on to South East Asia, Australia and Zew Zealand. 

    I thought I'd share with you some of the photography from my experiences that year every now and then. I hope you'll like them as much as I do. 


    Love, Christine Deckert


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