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Lafuma Furniture: At Home & To-Go

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Steel frames, curved silhouettes, leather backs and technology-treated fabrics – chairs come in all shapes and sizes but not all can claim ‘best fit’. Versatile chairs can be hard to come by, which is why Lafuma stands out. French in production and design, their chairs blend technical solutions with a stylish exterior.

Looking for garden chairs? In-house seating? Foldable chairs for van travel? Tried and tested, the following products are some chair essentials that can be used both in the garden and indoors.

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Foldable chairs are magical because you can take them everywhere with you. Lafuma’s Pop Up chair comes extra-large to cradle your body on beach or lawn. Simply slide it out of your ride, smooth out the cover and sink its legs into the sand. You can’t miss it from a distance either; the blue and red stripes mark out your seat.

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Going camping in the mountains? Bring a touch of home with you. This soft and padded armchair is a Lafuma classic, combining its dimensional chair legs with a wide back for comfort. In fact, the padding is built with three layers – doesn’t it sound like the best chair to relax into? Opt for it in latte color for an extra dash of homey feel.

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Lafuma, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Lafuma Moebel

You might not need a flexible chair that fits into your weekend drive, but it never hurts to cozy up your patio or balcony. Spend some time outdoors without worrying about how to keep your furniture clean! The Sphinx armchair consists of a specially tempered fabric that is UV resistant. Long to fade and pristine, all it needs is basic care. Wipe down your meditation seat with some soapy water and let it air dry.

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You’ve seen it on grass and on tiled flooring – now you’re seeing it by water’s edge. This chair proves to be the perfect outdoor furniture for one last reason: it is treated with antifungal tech to withstand moisture and mold growth. Keep it outside with no worries.

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Lafuma’s Bayanne Transat is the sunbed you’ve been waiting for. Not only does the onyx coloring stand out, it is made for relaxation. Snap hooks make adjusting your position easy; you can even lie down for a nap on the patio.

If you’re limited in space, the Lison Chair is a sleek addition. It’s classy too, combination of natural tanned leather and matt white frame. For something more unique, the mint green Cocoon Armchair fits nicely into any living room corner. Amazingly, it feels like you’re sitting on air.

Once you’ve picked out the perfect chair for you, complete your cozy nook with a side table for beverages or books. The mini Vogue side table sits low to match the sunken curve of your lounger; its contemporary design makes it easy to match. With its sturdy frame, this table fits in your garden, poolside or patio. Just sit back and relax!

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The perfect loungewear set for staying at home

Transformation is the trend of 2020s, proof that comfort and style can go hand-in-hand.  Pair stay home outfit with sneakers or chic accessories and you are ready for the streets. Not convinced? JUVIA’s loungewear offers countless examples of how elegance exists in both flowing maxi dresses and cozy sweatpants.

To help you cope with all seasons, JUVIA features all the comfort wear you can ask for – fleece dresses, light-weight sweaters, cotton-mix sweatpants, satin tops and seasonal color palettes. From contemporary color blocking to characterful prints, JUVIA’s collections are made to be worn at home and casual events.

There’s no better brand for living in style anywhere and anytime. Check out these classic outfits:

Neutral tones carry through every season. Sweatshirts have always been an easy to-match item, so why not complete the set with these milky coffee sweatpants? Roll up the trouser legs to look effortlessly chic.

Tie-dye never loses its appeal, especially in billowing shadows of blue and white. The long-sleeved, oversized look doesn’t just look comfortable – it is comfortable. Snuggle up in this sweatshirt at home or wear out with casual sneakers.

If you’re preparing for an adventure, bring along some patterned pants. This cool zebra-inspired slim leg pants is perfect for some at-home lounging, or to be worn out in the wild. Pockets, rolled hems and drawstring waistband give it a sporty twist.

Summer themed jumpsuits are the best outfits to pack when you’re travelling. They’re light-weight, fit for beach use and function as emergency pajamas. The elastic waist makes it the thing to wear to a yummy buffet; it blends into lounge and city. Sleeveless or long-sleeved, this one-piece casual wear puts you at ease.

When all you want to do is to cozy up under covers and not think about fashion at all, you can’t go wrong with the classic sweatshirt and sweatpants combo. To look both soft and stylish, opt for trendier color combinations like grey and tan-pink. Entertaining guests but not up for dresses? Pair your off-shoulder sweater with slim fit sweats for a sleeker look.

Whether they’re in the shade of ecru, milky coffee or pale pink, Juvia’s slim fit sweatpants is a top pick for all occasions. The soft cotton make gives it a luxurious feel; it offers comfort wherever you happen to be. The accent rolled hems and patch back pocket also elevates the casual wear into something sportier.

If there is one outfit that screams ‘homey but elegant’, is it this set of loungewear. The off-white and simple ‘us’ logo combine to create a picture of unassuming comfort. The zebra-patterned pants add character while the neutral tones keep it low-key.

Coming across JUVIA has made living well so much more effortless. Whether it’s at home, travel or a casual outing, there’s no need to give up comfort for style. If you’re looking for a seasonal treat, why not browse their store?

Winter Holidays in PillerseeTal in the middle of the Kitzbühel Alps

Wondering where to go next during the winter months? Seek out the nature-made winter haven with thick blankets of snow and fresh pistes – the coveted PillerseeTal. The sloping valleys around the Kitzbühel Alps remake themselves with every season, but it is in winter where this Austrian region becomes a fairytale.

Combine panoramic views and quality snow to enjoy a top-tier ski holiday! Right by the front doors of cozy lodges and cabins are three ski areas with a variety of slopes.

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  • Steinplatte ski area is made for explorers and passionate skiers. Offering up a wide range of slopes, there’s something for every ski level. Add in the expansive views between the Wilder Kaiser to Chiemsee and it is perfect for first-time visitors.
  • Buchensteinwand ski area is best fit for families and beginners thanks to its leisurely descents and wide slopes. The Jakobskreuz landmark is like a beacon; but it’s the Pletzibär-Park at the Valley Station that draws in the multigenerational families.
  • Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski area is a mouthful to match with its equally generous splay of slopes. Featuring 270 kilometers of ski paradise, 70 cable cars and lifts, and challenging runs for athletic skiers – it is one of the coolest ski arenas in Austria.
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If you’d rather leave the slopes to the passionate athletes, PillerseeTal offers other winter activities too. Snowshoeing is another classic to-do as it takes you straight into the snow-draped forests. Well-prepared hiking trails cross through the dreamy landscapes, taking you into Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Hause and more valley secrets. Explore 100 kilometers worth of fields, farms, frozen hamlets and idyllic winter scenery.

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PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Plenty of beautiful chalets can be found on these ploughed hiking trails. Rest your feet and warm up with their traditional food. One of the best snacks (or late lunch) to have is Kaiserschmarrn, a sweet and lightly-fluffed pancake shredded into easy bites. The rich flavoring comes from rum, applesauce, raisins and powdered sugar; it’s warming after hours out in the snow.

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Another PillerseeTal itinerary is walking around the Pillersee. It’s a stunning lake of around 60 acres, where the mountains run right down to its banks. With water flowing in from the Kitzbühel Alps and the Lofer Steinberg mountains, no wonder it’s so clear! Even when it’s frosted over in the winter, the utter tranquility of the place makes it a lovely strolling ground.

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Whether you’re coming from the village of Sankt Ulrich am Pillersee (which is near the lake) or exploring the area around Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm, be sure to drop by the market town of Fieberbrunn. It also makes a great base – Tui Blue Hotel is one of its many resorts and lodges. Right by the slopes, the hotel is both accommodation and break stop! The diner spoils you with Tyrolean and Austrian cuisine, while floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the snowy grounds. Enjoy the daily-changing menu as you dig into a well-earned meal.

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PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
PillerseeTal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Keep it Simple – Minimalistic Autumn Decoration

Recently, I noticed that my friends often expressed their dislike towards autumn decorations. Again and again, it is associated with nothing but forest and moss, which, by the way, can also be beautiful. But a beautiful autumnal table decoration does not always have to be associated with dried leaves, pumpkins and moss.

Autumn offers us so many colorful ideas for an atmospheric and cosy dining table decoration, the place where we meet with friends and family. With a discreet decoration, you could really beautify your next get-together.

With a subtle and modern decoration from Connox, you could embellish your next get-together. And with the code “Annika11” you will even get 11% off everything at Connox up to and including October 26th, 2020, except for a few excluded brands.

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Connox, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Herbst Deko, Minimalistisch

Harmonious Room Concept

For a harmonious room image, you should make sure that furniture, textiles and decoration are all in the same color scheme. It is also an advantage if you can find the color of your decoration somewhere in the room.

Since we decided to use a minimalistic dining table, I kept the decoration simple and set specific accents.

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Table Decoration with Eucalyptus

In this case, I decided to use a large timeless transparent glass vase.  For me, personally, it is always important that my decoration does not need too much care. Therefore, I often fall back on dried flowers or decoration figures.

At our local florist, I was offered eucalyptus as an autumnal decoration. Pure eucalyptus is also very chic. But I decorated it with a pink dried plant. There are many possibilities.

Phalaris or lavender in a darker pink also looks great! To loosen everything up a little bit, I always add some grasses. I also like bright red rosehip twigs.

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Connox, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Herbst Deko, Minimalistisch

But to make sure that it doesn’t look too dreary on our dining table, I have set a strong accent with a smaller golden vase. This vase does not necessarily have to contain a flower. A small decorative figure would also add that certain desired warmth.

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Connox, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Herbst Deko, Minimalistisch

Atmospheric Light Sources

Since it gets dark earlier in autumn, you can refine your table decoration in the evening with candlesticks or even put a string of lights in the vase.

Many light chains can even be time-programmed so that your room is already lit up for you when you come home.

Filigree candlesticks or small tea lights give the dining area a serene and gorgeous atmosphere. Especially during a romantic dinner, not enough lights and candles can burn.

Take a break and enjoy the cosy autumn days. With the code “Annika11” you get 11% off everything at Connox up to and including October 26th, 202, except for a few excluded brands.

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Connox, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Herbst Deko, Minimalistisch

Have fun decorating!

Swimming with a View Over St. Virgil in South Tyrol

Anyone who takes a picture in the Infinity Pool of the four-star superior hotel Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort in San Vigilio will also give those who stayed at home a new taste for vacations in South Tyrol. In any case, the surroundings are breathtaking: the 180-degree panoramic view from the hotel pool extends as far as the imposing Dolomites. One hour north of Bolzano is the 4-star superior hotel in the beautiful Badia Valley in the village of San Vigilio.

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The Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort

Our room was located in the new building “Dolomites Lodge”, which has 16 rooms. One of them was ours for 2 days. Not only was it inviting, but also spacious.  More remarkable was the roomy and half-open bathroom.

Optionally you can book the rooms with your own sauna or whirlpool. However, the impressive Sky Spa area is also located in the same building.

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Feasting with a View of the Mountains

For breakfast, you can choose between freshly prepared egg dishes, pancakes and crepes. The buffet offers homemade juices and everything your heart desires (all organic and regional, of course).

Breakfast is served daily until 11 am so there’s no need for any hurry. Later on, there is a light lunch snack and in the afternoon, homemade cake.

In the evening, you can end the day not only with delicious drinks at the bar but also with a 4-course gourmet menu of your choice.

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Spa Time

What do you actually do when you are not on a mountain bike or exploring the nearby national park? Relaxing, of course! Especially relaxing in the Sky Spa (Adults Only!), which is located above the roofs of San Vigilio.

The spa area with its unique mountain scenery offers so much that you don’t have to move anywhere from the hotel for having fun. 

The Panorama Infinity Pool provides a unique swimming experience with a view of the Dolomites. When the sun is shining, you can relax on the sun terrace at any temperature. Of course, there is also an indoor relay room. Especially delicious were the dried banana and nut snacks in the Spa Lounge. Not only the panorama pool inspires with a great view, but also the panorama sauna was equally remarkable.

Wellness with a small child is no problem at the Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort! Here too, everything has been thought of: family sauna, indoor and outdoor whirlpool and a children’s pool.

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Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Hiking in San Vigilio

If you do want to leave the hotel, you can walk up the hill directly behind the hotel, or you can go to the Fanes Sennes Braies Nature Park, which is 10 minutes away.

In the midst of fabulous mountain scenery, numerous bicycle and hiking trails are offered.  ABSOLUTE highlight was the wild animals! In the middle of the nature park, we suddenly found beautiful horses and Scottish Highland cattle. We watched them for at least an hour and walked a little with the horses.

Nevertheless, I would recommend keeping some distance for safety reasons.

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Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts
Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort, Südtirol, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

COVID-19

Masks are only compulsory at the buffet and in the dining area. At the table, you can, of course, take off your mask just like in the restaurant.

If you can’t maintain the distance of 1.5m, please wear a mask. In the wellness area also, the distance regulation applies, but there’s no mask obligation.

There are still rooms available for the next season. It is therefore advisable to book quickly:

A Dolomites Lodge is available from 159€ per person per night.

Hidden Gem in South Tyrol: Antholz

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When you enter the Antholz valley, you cannot fail to notice that Antholz is connected to the biathlon. In fact, the annual Biathlon World Championship takes place in Antholz. At the same time, on the way to the Antholz Upper valley, one is already enchanted by the unspoiled nature and the small traditional villages. Before arriving at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Antholz, you will feel an inner peace due to the alluring solitude.

At the foot of the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, you’ll find not only those who’re seeking relaxation and love nature but also active athletes.

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Adults Only in Antholz

If I summarize our stay in three words, they would be: secret insider tips, idyll & pure nature.

South Tyrol is and has always been a popular vacation destination, especially during the Corona time, many people escape to the nearby vacation destination. I would describe Antholz as a hidden gem. The concealed but central location does not bring many holidaymakers to Antholz.

The modern Junior Suite Deluxe with loggia in alpine style invites you to a relaxing time. Thanks to the fresh mountain air and the great view of the mountain landscape, you start the day full of energy. We were even rewarded with the sight of a clear starry night from our lounge corner several times. Also, Chuck, our French Bulldog, felt very welcome! He and we especially liked the short walk into the forest in the early morning and late evening.

A personal highlight was the ¾ pension. In the morning, we could press our own orange-carrot-ginger juice at the breakfast buffet and enjoy the view through the panoramic windows. In the afternoon, there was always a snack when we came back from our trip. Not to forget, dinner!

A very special romantic moment in itself.

Every day we were surprised anew with an unusual gourmet menu. Not to forget the pleasant and incredibly friendly service. It was always a successful end to the vacation day.

Activities

Lake Antholz

Only at about 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel is the unknown Insta-Hotspot “Antholzer See”. It is the perfect alternative to the Braieser Wildsee. You have to have your camera with you in any case.

The turquoise Antholzer See has a huge advantage – no mass tourism. Here you can still experience and photograph nature in peace, whereas Braies Lake is also only an hour’s drive away from the hotel. However, it is mostly crowded with tourists who are approached by busses.

Around Antholz Lake, you can still walk in peace without being disturbed by a multitude of visitors.

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Falkensteiner Hotel Antholz, Südtirol, Antholz, Fasten Ur Seatbelts

Biathlon Shooting

Up until now, I had no connection to the biathlon at all. So I was all the more pleased that we were able to take a few test shots (5 shots/5€) in the nearby biathlon center (about 10 minutes walk away). Did you know that the pulse is about 150-170 for a biathlete?! A little tip: Withhold your breath so you can aim better!

This will be explained again on site. I found it very, very exciting! You can also watch the biathletes training in the morning.

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Hiking

Of course, there are numerous hiking trails from the hotel. The reception has the best tips, or the hotel offers guided hikes every day. Also to the sunrise!

Wellness

If you just want to enjoy a day at the hotel, you can pamper your body and soul in the 1000 m2 spa area. The wellness area offers a wide range of saunas, massages and spa treatments for relaxation, regeneration, health and vitality.

Absolutely special is the heated indoor and outdoor pool, from which you have a view of the Antholz valley and the mountains.

COVID-19

Although the coronavirus certainly brings restrictions, we felt absolutely unrestricted during our stay at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Antholtz.

Due to the good organization, we felt completely safe. In the whole hotel, there is mask duty. Of course, you can take off the masks in your room as well as at your place during dinner.

Also, in the wellness area, there is good regulation. Only a certain number of people can enter the sauna. During the day, you simply enter your name in a list for the sauna times.

Basically, like everywhere else, you should keep your distance and act conscientiously.

The arrival/departure

Despite our arrival on a Saturday, it took us only 9 hours from Cologne to the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa in Antholz. We even made a stopover at the outlet at Brenner Pass. Of course, during the pandemic, there are often border controls, and you might end up spending 1-3 hours at the border if you‘re driving during the rush hours.

Enjoy your time in South Tyrol!

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