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Here’s a little thought experiment – how do you imagine the perfect companion for every situation? He has to look good, be sexy. That much is a prerequisite, for sure. But the inner values count too: he has to be flexible. After all, you want to share experiences, get around, embark on adventures together. He should be charming, rather than over-powering and showy. He should convey the impression that he faces life in the city with a wink. At the same time, he needs to pack power – who wants a lethargic partner? But above all, the perfect companion should be:SMART!
 
To all the girls out there: if you were reading this hoping to find answers how to find the perfect man: sorry, that’s not what this post is about. I am obviously not qualified to hand out tips in that respect. But if you’re looking for a companion to take you wherever you want to go, no matter the time of day, then you should get a smart fortwo cabrioconvertible!
And we spent some unforgettable summer evenings together.

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There’s a widespread belief that you don’t really need a car in Berlin. Sure, we have a great public transport network here, which actually takes you from A to B pretty swiftly within city limits, and you know how crazy traffic can get in this town. At times it’s pure chaos. But the thing is, I find that more and more I long for a little bit of quiet and comfort every now and then. My life is hectic enough without the usual hustle and bustle of the city. Fashion Week here, shooting there, the odd video production, meetings with clients – and then I haven’t written my next blog post yet and am way behind with my accounting. It really can be quite tough sometimes.
 
With all of these things going on, having my little companion by my side was a joy and a real lifesaver this summer! No endless waiting at tram or bus stops, no dependence on taxis. And size matters in this respect, too, the fact that my buddy is so compact is a huge advantage in the chaotic city traffic of Berlin. Parking is a breeze, it fits practically everywhere, crossly, if need be, and turning round with it while driving feels like sitting in a gyro instead of a car. Turning radius? Zero! Another huge plus is the low consumption. Combined fuel consumption: 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2-emission: 97 g/km. In other words: outstanding!
 
Ok, so there is a lot to love with this little guy, but the cherry on top is the fact that its a convertible! Every summer evening is improved by the sensation of the evening air blowing through your hair, the feeling of the last rays of sun on your face as you head with a friend towards some exciting destination to end the day relaxed and in style. My little companion really helped me to make the most of this all-too-short summer, and was with me on the most beautiful evenings I spent this season. Quite a few locations are simply so much easier to reach by car, which sets a much more relaxed tone for the entire evening than the whole odysee of public transport and long walks to the venues. Some locations are pretty much only fun if you have the option to go by car. So, without further ado, here are
 
5 great places
 
in Berlin to visit by car!

Klunkerkranich

I am in love with the outstanding view you get in this venue! Honestly, if the U7 metro line wasn’t such a disaster, I’d be at Klunkenkranich much more often. Luckily, with my Smart I just didn’t have that problem anymore. The venue, which is located at the top of the multi-story car-park of Schönhauser Arcaden mall, offers a fantastic view over the city. The atmosphere is further enhanced by the great music these guys put on. An absolute MUST!

Café am neuen See

To gaze out at the water with a cup of coffee, to stroll along the pier, or watching the sun settle behind the trees with a glass of wine in my hand: the Café am neuen See has become something of a guarantee for awesome summer evenings. It is located right at the waterfront, with a beer-garden behind the house, and one of the nicer views onto the city. The café itself is furnished with a a lot of wood, which gives it an incredibly warm and cozy feel. A huge recommendation!

Kino
International

What to do when it rains? How about the movies? Even if you’re not much of a movie aficionado, Kino International is well worth a visit. The 50s interior, the wood-paneling, the spacious foyers and most of all the huge panoramic glass front make this famous cinema building truly unique. And to top it off, Kino International shows a fantastic selection of arthouse movies!

Westhafen

Who ever said there are no ports in Berlin? Westhafen is another venue right at the waterfront, albeit in a slightly more central location. If you prefer a more tranquil and relaxed hangout place over the many party venues, this one’s for you. Quite often there’s not that many people here. It’s absolutely perfect, especially arriving with your trusted companion.

Vabali Spa

If you always felt like taking a trip with the Orient Express, this one’s definitely for you. Jump in the car and set the navi to Vabali Spa. I love the beautiful sauna landscape with the dazzling oriental style outdoor pool: richly decorated wooden ornaments, wide open rooms and halls, framed by arcades with wooden pillars, lovingly designed, opulent private rooms – you name it. Getting there with public transport is a bit of a mission, especially getting back – who wants to get on the metro after such a spa experience, which is essentially a mini holiday. A car, on the other hand, makes this one a breeze and a no brainer! I recommend a visit from the bottom of my heart!

in Cooperation with Smart

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I love China Town!

I expect some of you will raise your eyebrows now and think: ‘Seriously? China Town? Isn’t that one of the most clichéd, most touristy areas ever, the go-to photo backdrop of visitors in sandals and white socks?’ Well, yeah, a little bit. Many metropolis’ in the anglo-saxon world have China Towns (NYC, London, Sydney), and each of them looks like a lame postcard version of China. You know the deal, big gates with pagoda-style decorations, colorful lanterns and roasted goose dangling behind restaurant windows. But there’s more to it than that.
 
For all the clichés and stereotypes, it is easy to forget that at some point these quarters were actually founded by immigrants from the far east, people who came to these places in search of a better future for themselves and their families. Over time they learned to monetize their far-eastern charme, that much is certainly true. But the past still resonates in these areas, and you feel echoes of how it must have been many decades and centuries ago. China Town locals still speak Chinese, the langauge still dominates the streets, and the stores stock mainly Chinese goods. Even the general sense of business seems to be a reflection of bygone days and hopes of a fortune that seemed promised to everyone who was ready to work for it. Some families have found it and are expanding on it, others are still striving in their pursuit of this old dream. Isn’t all this quintessential for New York on the whole? The city is a melting pot of so many cultures, each of which is alive and can be experienced. If this is a cliché, well then count me in.
 
BUT: While China Town may be located right on the beaten touristic track, there are a good few insider tips that are not marked out on any map, and there are places that are not inundated with tourists in T-shirts. I have compiled 5 spots 5 spots, in China Town for you, and these 5 gems alone would make a trip to New York worth your while.

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Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Apoteke
Yep, this is in fact the actual name of the store, exactly as above. Apotheke is German for pharmacy, and the shop looks the part, too. I visited the store several times, and could never get enough of the cool vintage interior with worn out stools and couches, medicine bottles on the top shelf of the bar, and grimy wallpapers. And the drinks the bartenders serve are a something to behold as well. My recommendation: try the ‘Huntsman’. An explosion of taste! And if that’s still not enough: there’s awesome live music every night from a jazz band made up of young New York artists. Right there, in the middle of the bar!

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Slipper Room

If you’re still on your feet after the drinks and dancing, you should definitely check out the Slipper Room. It’s another small and intimate venue – at times quite literally so. I saw a burlesque show there, a wild mix of barefooted dance in best 50s fashion, comedy and political satire. Remember the name: Hazel Honeysuckle. That woman is out of this world talented!

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Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

A Chinese Supermarket

Sure, a cliché. But how awesome, nonetheless. Large supermarkets stock the most outlandish products. Sometimes you need guts, especially if deceased animals in shop windows make you squirm. But if there#s one thing everyone should try at least once in their lives its the White Peach Drink. Sure, definitely very sweet. But also quite definitely and amazingly tasty.

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Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Two Hands Café
China Town is a place of culinary wonders. There are endless restaurants, bars and cafés, catering to every desire from delicacies to fast food. I have particularly fond memories of the Two Hands Café, a genuinely charming little café with a real New York flair. You feel comfy the moment you set foot in it. I suggest you try the avocado toast on homemade whole-grain bread with a glass of fresh juice as the perfect snack while planning your trip through China Town.

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Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Masha Sedgwick, Berlin, Germany, Blogger, Chinatwon, New York City, What to do in chinatwon

Photos: Theresa Kaindl
Outfits: Drykorn

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Museum of Chinese America
If you’re interested in the history of the Chinese in the USA, the Museum of Chinese in America is the place to go. Looking at the many exhibits, photographs and texts I understood a good bit more how varied and interlinked the relation of the two cultures really was and is.

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So, yeah,
you can say China Town is touristy, and you’ll be right. But seriously guys, don’t we all love our clichés from time to time? And all the stereotypical connotations to one side, there really is so much to discover in China Town!

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Konichiwa from Tokyo!

Crazy stuff. I’m in Japan. After 11 hours on the plane I set my foot on Japanese soil, tired, a little confused, but also very happy and excited. The thing is, I’m on an extended multi-stop journey, working a lot on a bunch of super interesting projects, including one I cannot talk about. I still have to keep it secret.
 
All that said, I could not be in a better mood right now. Tokyo has always been on top of my list. Unfortunately the weather is not all that great, which means we can’t shoot as many photos as I’d like. I guess that means I’ll have to come back some day soon.
 
So, my soul is well, and fortunately my body is recovering from the terrible cold as well. It was quite a rough one, definitely didn’t help my mood the past couple of days. But yeah, I’m getting better.
 
And there’s another reason why the spirit is high: Tomorrow I’ll fly to the place that I fell head over heels in love with almost exactly one year ago: Iceland.
In other words, the situation is improving, and rapidly so :)

The project:
I decided to call it simply ‘the project’ from here on out. As I announced last week, the plan was to tell you about the big television project I am involved in, but there have been some changes on the production side and I was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement which specifies exactly what I can and can’t tell you. The bottom line is this: I can’t tell you anything right now.
 
It’s a little frustrating, since that means I can’t do Instastories related to the project. Also, I already teased it, and we have already shot in Berlin and Munich, with Iceland and Lissabon to follow soon. Well, the information blackout lasts for only a month, and by the end of October I will FINALLY be able to share what we’ve been working on with all of you :)

Annoyed:
If everything is an advertisement, then advertising means nothing.
 
It really gets on my nerves that we’re now supposed to declare all posts as ads in which any kind of brand is so much as mentioned – regardless of whether we bought the products ourselves or whether it is a paid cooperation. That would be the safe route anyways, a preparation for the next wave of cease-and-desist letters, but seriously, isn’t that a little crazy? If everything is classified as an ad, what does the concept even mean in the end?
Sometimes I really consider putting an ‘infomercial’ header over my blog, just to make sure no one will get on my case without due reason.
 
I do think it is important to declare paid cooperations, but if I borrow products because I like then, or if I buy them myself, the relationship with the brand is quite different. Apparently such mentions of brands will be classified as ads in the future. I wonder whether this is due to the fact that the whole industry is so new, and that the people who pass these laws simply have no clue what they are talking about. Or maybe it’S downright harassment (print and other media do not seem to be affected, by the way). In my eyes, this neither helps the case of transparency towards the reader, nor does it provide any added informative value.
 
It is just pointless, plain and simple. How do you feel about the issue?
How much will a hashtag be worth in the future?

pants: Adidas
jacket: Levi’s
shoes: Dr. Martens
shirt: Tush

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Masha Sedgwick ist ein persönlicher Fashion und Style Blog aus Berlin. Neben Mode schreibt die Fashionbloggerin auch häufig über Themegebiete rund um Beauty, Lifestyle und Reisen und gibt wertvolle Tipps, ob zum perfekten Make up, der täglichen Haarpflege, dem besten Hotel oder für den schönsten Städtetrip überall auf der Welt. Der Blog existiert bereits seit 2010 und dank der anspruchsvollen Bilder und persönlichen Texten gehört Masha Sedgwick mittlerweile zu den erfolgreichsten und reichweitestärksten Modeblogs in Deutschland, hat es auch zu internationaler Bekanntheit erreicht und wird regelmäßig im Print und Fernsehen gefeatured.

Masha Sedgwick is a personal fashion and style blog from Berlin. Besides fashion she also writes about beauty, lifestyle and travel and gives valuable tips, whether it's the perfect makeup, daily hair care or the best hotel. Masha Sedgwick runs her blog since 2010 and thanks to its high quality in text and image the blog Masha Sedgwick is now one of the most successful fashion blogs in Germany.

Маша Седжвик – автор личного блога, посвященного моде и стилю. В центре ее внимания не только модная одежда – она часто пишет на темы, связанные с красотой, образом жизни и путешествиями, освещает модные тенденции, а также дает ценные советы – например, как сделать идеальный макияж, как правильно ухаживать за волосами, как выбрать отель или куда поехать в отпуск. Блог Маши Седжвик существует с 2010 года. Благодаря интересным текстам и качественным фотографиям он стал одним из самых успешных блогов о моде в Германии и постепенно приобретает популярность за ее пределами.

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