#ChloeGoesSummer – Week 17

I am exceptionally late with this week’s post, but I promise there is a good reason for that…
I have basically been working 200% the last couple of days and everything that had nothing to do with work had to step aside – at least during the week.
After already having had a week from hell, I had the great idea to cramp full my weekend with one activity after the other – don’t you love when you overbook your schedule?!?

I can already tell you that I didn’t really manage to get any training into this week, so if you’re looking for that, you’ll be looking for a long time. There have, however, been a lot of other things going on, so make sure to check it out nevertheless…

The launch of our new fashion accessory brand De Marquet is only one week away by the time I am writing this and the stress level has noticeably gone up in the office. We are putting the final touches on our marketing material, grooming our guestlist and planning what to showcase during our fashion show and let me tell you, it’s quiet the hassle!
But honestly, I am so freakin excited to finally show you all the exciting things we have been working on. What I can already tell you is that our products are designed by my boss, Raffaella Iten Metzger, who really has an eye for colours, shapes and designs.
We offer a range of bags, shawls and jewellery that are produced in Italy by passionate and talented artisans. The quality is exceptional and we are proud to be working very closely with our producers.
When the first pieces were delivered, I didn’t even know which one I wanted to get my hands on first and I can tell you that working in an office with so many nice things is a serious challenge for a notorious shopaholic like myself!
Besides organising the launch of our brand, I am also currently working on an event for PKZ Switzerland, which will be taking place next week as well. We are working with local partners to attract a younger target audience that will enjoy brands such as All Saints and Sandro, which are represented in the store in Bern.
We are actually also partnering with local social media influencer, which I am particularly excited about. I can’t wait to see how the event will be going and I hope we’ll have a great time!
A lot of great things are coming up in the week of September 14th – and the week after too, as it will be my birthday on the 22nd!
So my friends and I thought it would be a good idea to ring in the weekend by going to the Oktoberfest in Bern. It actually turned out to be a good idea, just not for our heads the next morning, but let me start at the beginning of the night…
We had dinner at one of my friend’s places and got ready for the night – Dirndl included, of course. We all looked bomb AF, if I may say so myself. Our hair, makeup and décolté were on fleek and so we headed out to the beer tent. We got a mass – which I still need to learn how to hold with only one hand as at the moment, I look like a toddler holding its bottle – and danced along to the rather folkloric tunes.
The evening really turned out to be quiet a lot of fun. We changed location to go to the big Chalet next door and as we were a group of girls, we got offered quiet a few beers – hence the morning-after-headaches.
We even went to the Street Food Festival next door to get Nachos and ended up walking home to my apartment. Two of my friends stayed with me and so I finally slept in my new apartment for the very first time!
Woop woop! I finally did it!
I know, you probably think I’m crazy now, because I’ve had this apartment for a long time now. I think it’s been around three months, but I just couldn’t get myself to actually sleep there yet. I kept finding excuses, but really, I was just not ready to do it. It felt so final, like I was going to destroy something by sleeping at the new place. I think it just made it feel too real and I couldn’t handle it yet. It’s a difficult step for me to make, because it means that this is actually over and that my life has actually been turned upside down. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you might want to check out the posts of the last couple of weeks…
I think that as long as I am staying at my parents’ place, it feels more like a vacation, as if I’m just visiting them and I’ll be heading home again after. But there is no more home to get back to – well, there is a new one to go to now and I’ll have to get used to that.
If you’re wondering, no, I’m still not staying there 100% – partly because we have actually built our photo studio for De Marquet in my spare room and partly because I still don’t have all the light fixtures mounted, but mostly because I’m not there yet. Being at home has the nice side effect that I have my parents that are there for me and I’ve been enjoying staying with them a lot.
I will be moving into my apartment in around two weeks, I think, once all the launch and event stress is over. There are still quiet a few things I want to do in my apartment before I want to move in. There is still the wardrobe in the entry way that needs painting and fixing, I have a bar cart I want to spray paint gold, there are pictures I need to choose and hang up, etc.
As you see, there are still a few reasons for me to wait with moving in, or are there?!

Saturday was one of the busiest days I’ve had – since Friday.

My best friends and I went to the Schadau Castle in Thun to have brunch, to celebrate one of our birthdays, which turned out to be the most beautiful brunch location I have ever seen. Not only is the building absolutely stunning, but from the terrace you overlook the Lake of Thun, which is absolutely breathtaking.

The location and the food were fantastic, the service on the other hand, was rather terrible. Not only did we have an unfriendly waitress, we waited for our warm dishes quiet some time and when we got seconds of the cold dishes that were served at the table, she just dumped the new plates on top of the old ones, instead of taking them away.

To understand how much such things annoy me, you must know that I studied International Hospitality Management and bad service is one of my biggest pet peeves on this planet. I cannot understand how people can work in such a job – at such a good place on top of that – and have such an attitude.

We decided to take it easy and to simply enjoy the beauty of the place, which turned out to be the best approach. We had a wonderful time and there really couldn’t have been any better way than this to celebrate our friend’s birthday.

There was even a wedding ceremony that took place just in front of the castle and the entire wedding party looked absolutely stunning. This really is an exceptional place to get married, even though it would probably feel a little too public for me – not that that’s gonna be an issue any time soon…

I just have to share a few pictures of that day with you, it was just too good!

Right after our long brunch, we headed back to Bern to go to the Energy Air. Some of us had won tickets to go to this huge concert and we wanted to make sure we would be there when it started.
In case you don’t know what the Energy Air is, it is a huge concert that is organized by the Energy radio stations in Switzerland and which features a ton of different artists. There are around 40’000 people at this event that is always held at the end of the summer in Bern and there is only one way to participate in this huge spectacle – you have to win tickets.The weather was fantastic, we had great seats and we decided to enjoy the incredible event to the fullest. This really is a crazy event and I’m happy I had the chance to be a part of it again this year.

On Sunday, we had planned to fulfil another birthday present we had given to one of the girls – a photo shoot with all of us together.

If you know me personally, you may know that I have been friends with four amazing women since high school and we have remained a close knit group ever since. It’s been ten years that our friendship has lasted and I cannot tell you how important these girls are for me. I am so happy we managed to stick together and even though we haven’t gone into the same direction career wise, we are still an amazing group. This is what we wanted to capture with this photo shoot, this is why we started taking pictures right where we met – at the Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, where we would meet every day in front of this impressive building and talk about boys and everything else that was going on. Ten years later, nothing really changed, except that we are now strong independent women! (Remember that mantra?)

I actually love the pictures that Sandro Burn created for us. They are the perfect mixture of sentimental, funny and over the top cheesy – which I honestly think is absolutely perfect!

I have to say that I feel very fortunate to have these girls in my life and especially to have kept them here for so long – god knows I’m not always easy, so having them stick around and know that I can always count on them is a true blessing. Basically #blessed – if you get that joke, you’re a true internet kid.
But joke aside, you don’t always get to keep your friends for so long and having the privilege to have such a close friendship is something amazing.

Shane Dawson said something on his podcast that I listened to today that really struck me. He was talking about friendship and found a very interesting way to look at them. His idea in combination with my interpretation goes a bit like this: You are a tree and your family are your roots, which anker you and made you grow to the person you are now. Your close and important friends are your branches, they help you reach out, shape who you develop into and give you your strength. And the people that are your friends for a time in your life and leave again after, are your leaves. Just like in nature, they come and go with the seasons and that’s ok, because it’s natural.

Funny enough, Shane Dawson is normally not really known for his poetic approach to life, but rather for his comedic talent and hilarious YouTube videos, but I can honestly say that his theory has made me think a lot, especially in my current situation.

I have been feeling a bit sad lately, because I have lost quiet a few friends through the breakup. Not because he or I did anything wrong, but because I had to leave something behind that was quite an important part of my life. For the past three years, I belonged to “the salsa scene” through which I met countless people of which many became my friends. Because of the fact that I had to distance myself from this world to remain a functioning human being after the breakup, I pretty much lost all these people that I saw on a regular basis and this has been quiet difficult for me.

I have realised that most, if not all of them – quite obviously – were leaves and as this new season in my life started, they fell from my tree, but it is still difficult to digest that. I sometimes wish it wasn’t the case, but then again, the tree doesn’t decide when the season change either.
I had to leave quiet a bit behind, my love, my home, my leaves – I guess I’ll just have to wait for Spring to see the new buds grow…

FITNESS STATUS : I don’t even know anymore.
CURRENT WEIGHT : 63.1 kg   |   +0.1 kg since last week. That’s ok, what are 0.1 kg in the grand scheme of things?!?
CURRENT MOOD : This week was so jam packed that I hardly got to work out, but I’m just happy I was able to stay on track – more or less – with my weight.
As I am writing this about a week late, I already know that next week will be a tough one, so make sure to check back in with me in a few days…
Have a lovely day dear!



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