Schwiizerdütsch

Seeing as I have been living in Munich for nearly 2 months now, I thought it would be fun to see if I had forgotten my Swiss German – which of course is highly doubtable, as the first thing anyone I meet generally always says is: “Awww your Swiss accent is so cute”.

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So I found this test online, and immediately took it. I did have to use a bit of imagination (que Spongebob), because I speak and write in “Züri-Dütsch” and the Swiss dialect isn’t a written language anyways.. so some of the words were hard to decipher. But I got a 9 out of 10, so think my Swissness is in no danger of being replaced.. I guess I’m stuck with this easily distinguishable accent FOREVER.

Having to speak “High-German” all the time, I’ve learned that some expressions us Swiss people use aren’t at all translatable…

Such as:

“Am wuchenänd gahni in usgang” = I will be going out this weekend, is not what zee Geeermans understand – nope. ” In den Ausgang gehen” to them is what a prisoner does when he has a few hours for himself…

Yeah.. I made a few people laugh..

Also I don’t know if I never learned this properly while growing up, but I use the word “backe” for cheek in Swiss German, which in High German apparently means butt cheek. Again: So many laughs when I said I used too much blush on my “backe”…

And the worst one that I keep catching myself doing is: “Ich lüt der ah” = I will call you, is not equal to “Ich leute dir an” (UHM WHAT?!) but to “Ich rufe dich an”… I always manage to melange the two and say “Ich rufe dir an” which, if you are a German-speaker you will know, is grammatically incorrect… this is where my English mother-tongue shines through ;)

So yes, I might be able to speak the language, but yet I am still very much a foreigner.. a legal alien in Munich.

I should rewrite the song for it to apply to me:

Don’t drink coffee I drink Rivella my dear, 

I like my Cheese burnt as Raclette on one side

YOU CAN HEAR IT IN MY ACCENT WHEN I TALK…

Oh and I have some more Swiss German news: There is a song about all the Swiss dialects by the musician BLIGG called Mundart. I find it amusing, so check it out :)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

Manicure Monday

IMG_9409I’ve professed my love for Dior Nail Polish before. This one was no exception.

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A deep, poisonous looking purple. Very vamp – perfect for evening drinks with matching lipstick perhaps?

IMG_9227I love the natural glossy look Dior’s nail polishes give. So far I have yet to test them with a top coat, but I’m sure it would look even more miraculously hypnotic!  ;)

Have a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

New Members to my Beauty Family a.k.a I just couldn’t resist

Working at a place where I am surrounded by products has a downside …

IMG_1581I see everything, I test everything, I want everything.

If only money grew on trees…

Even today, on the rainiest of rainy days, I stumble into a parfumerie and start testing YSL lipsticks, not because I am in need of one – nope, I’m actually all lipstick-ed out! It was more the beautiful packaging calling my name, “you know you want us”, “you know you need us”. No pretty lipsticks, not today! “But you don’t have one like us yet..”.. okay, but let me see how expensive… 50 SFR?!

I immediately left the store before too much damage was done. Proud of me? You should be! The YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Lipsticks are GORGEOUS! I fell in love with Dewy Papaya and Juicy Grapefruit.. hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink ;)

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Anyhoo, less about what didn’t make it to my collection ( :( ) and more about what I actually did buy and is being used gleefully…

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I’ve been reading on a couple of blogs that Cleansing Oil is the new way to go. Apparently L’Oréal makes a great one, but it doesn’t exist here. So I was more than pleased to find a similar product at the Body Shop! So far I’ve tested it on foundation and on last bits of mascara. It leaves my skin nice and smooth and is a great alternative to cleansing milk or just plain eye-makeup remover.

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Another Body Shop purchase was this hand cream. My hands (and my feet) are the one part of my body that I always forget to use sun screen on. While at InStyle I overheard a discussion on the importance of using a cream with SPF to keep your hands from looking too old too quickly, so naturally I made it my mission to find and use a cream myself – future me would definitely be grateful! Surprisingly, not many creams include sun protection! This one has SPF 15, a delicate rose scent and is really light!

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The Body Shop really inspired me this week… I’ve always been into “wake-up products” so I thought it would be interesting to try a vitamin C scrub. So far, so good…

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Also, the sudden work stress I’m under has made my skin start to break out. I’ve never had this problem before, and it’s still only the odd blemish here and there, but still; I wanted to immediately nip it in the butt! Tea Tree is great for blemish treatment – it cools and dries the area and reduces the appearance almost immediately!

IMG_1588I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t buy a new nail polish, would it?

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Even just buying two is completely and utterly normal for me… and just check out their names!

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I also thought it was time to try a new Eye Cream. I like the ones I have from Bobby Brown and Clarins, but it’s always good to switch things up and keep things fun ;)

IMG_1585I’ve also fallen in love with this eye liner. It’s like a felt tip pen! I’m normally not really into jet black, but this one is so easy to apply that it doesn’t leave my eyes looking too dark!

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Not too sure how I feel about this lipstick yet. It’s meant to adjust to your perfect lip color.. I’m not sure if it really works… only time will tell, but it is a cool idea!

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And finally, my best friend convinced me to purchase this. Since I’m also in search of the perfect concealer, I welcomed it with open arms. It’s light-reflective, thus great for that fresh, beauty-sleep look ;)

Have a great weekend!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Ch ch ch ch CHEESECAKE

Most people spending a lot of time travelling from place to place tend to want to relax when they finally get to sleep in their own bed at home. With my internship ending, I almost expected myself to spend the next free week in bed, catching up with the Real Housewives, in a club, dancing my feet off, or at the gym/in ballet class, pirouetting and dreaming of choreographic possibilities…

But then I saw this recipe on Nichola’s Instagram, and I just couldn’t NOT make it. This started a series of cooking escapades, because for the first time ever since being interested in healthy cooking, I finally had hours to spare to actually test one of the many recipes I found on all of my favourite blogs! And so the cooking and baking began… and I couldn’t be stopped…

 

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I first made this healthy cheesecake. I followed Nic’s recipe more or less, but added maple syrup into the cream cheese instead of granulated sweetener. It turned out marvelous.

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I ate half of it immediately…

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…with my best friend of course. But still – major cheesecake binge. Oh, why must I LUUURV cheesecake so much…WHY!

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It was sort of healthy though, so I felt good about myself… and proceeded to eat the rest on Sunday!

*I will never learn*

The next thing I made was a vegan chocolate mousse/frosting shot that I pinned aaaaaages ago..

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It was guuuuuuuuuud!

I have since made another one, and tweaked the original recipe quite a bit. Stay tuned for that delicious deliciousness ;)

Also eaten this weekend was quinoa and cheeze!  I had just seen this recipe last week and already it’s been tried and tested! Phewwww I cannot handle my efficiency ;) I wonder what I’m going to do next! I’m unstoppable!

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Served up with broccoli on the side :)

I honestly don’t know what’s gotten into me. Although, come to think of it, I am generally someone who strives more when everything is structured… and with an amazing internship to keep me ecstatic every day, no wonder I feel like I’m on cloud nine and walking on air!

Or maybe it’s the weather – I always get so much more done when the sun is out; I get to tank up on loads of vitamin D and thus exude happy endorphins! I also got to the gym twice the week and am going to dance nearly every night!

Life is GOOD people, no it’s EXCELLENT, FABULOUS, SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS ;)

Have a fantabulous and fulfilled day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Mani-MISSING! + Mega Thank You

Ah! It’s Tuesday. Dooh!

IMG_1479I did not forget. I honestly didn’t. I just.. sort of thought..

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THAT TODAY IS APRIL FOOL’S DAY :) And I couldn’t think of any other way to celebrate April 1st than by posting a Manicure Monday post on Tuesday. And because it’s Tuesday and not Monday (and a day full of pranks) I bring to you: TWO SIMILAR NAIL POLISHES :)

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Aren’t I a peach for telling you that this is no illusion. Both polishes are soft pinks. Both are high-end products. And both look similarly amazing. Pastel, blushing rose colours are so pretty…

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Now let’s take a brief moment to bask in the beauty of their names. First up: Chanel – Ballerina. That one is obvious. Of course I would be drawn to that name. I mean seriously..

It doesn’t matter that I haven’t actually set foot in a ballet studio in FOREVER, but that’s another story for another time. I did go to Jazz class last night though (yay me!).

Ballerina is soft pink, almost nude. A reminiscence of the tutu-leotard combo I used to pull of as a little girl.  Ahh childhood…

The polish itself covers well – you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chanel. I do have one complaint though: The brush is too narrow. After being spoiled endlessly by Dior last week, I do not appreciate non-voluptuous brushes. Bigger is better people, get with the program! It really is frustrating to apply polish with a narrow brush when you have zero patience…

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Now on to Dior. It’s called Tra-La-La. How cute is that?!

IMG_1483Although similar in color upon first swipe, this polish coats the nail slightly more leaving the nail a more luscious pink and less of a barely there nude. And, as mentioned above, the brush takes me to “wonderland” ;)

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Whichever you choose, you’re in for a long-lasting nail polish!

Also, I’d like to take this moment to thank the beautiful people at InStyle Magazine in Germany. I wouldn’t have been able to compare and contrast both polishes if it hadn’t had been for the opportunity I received to intern there for a month. I am extremely thankful for the experience I received and all the products I got to discover! I really had the time of my life and I can’t wait to return :)! So, THANK YOU!

Hope you had a wonderful Monday and are having a sunny Tuesday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday – Wonderland

A few days ago, my father sent an email out inviting friends and family to an Alice in Wonderland themed costume party. I immediately started weighing my options as to who I should go as… The Queen of Hearts? Well, I only found inappropriately skimpy pin-up costumes… The Cheshire Cat? Could be awesome, but only found a pyjama onesie.. The White Rabbit? Could also appear slightly too “tarty” if not done right … Alice? Nope, too plain..

I think I might just go as Tweedle Dee and hope my best friend will tag along as Tweedle Dum.. or I’ll go as the “Eat Me Cookie” or a playing card. Ideas, Ideas…

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Sarah Lawrence College, Alice in Wonderland themed party

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With the search for the perfect costume leaving me slightly frustrated, I turned to the makeup cupboard at work looking for inspiration. Lo and behold, guess what nail polish name caught my eye…

IMG_1497It’s becoming Spring’s theme..

IMG_1498I am in love with this nail polish, as mentioned here. The brush is thick and wide, which ensures a perfect and even application. The colour is bright and highly pigmented, and it shines and glistens even without a top coat..

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IMG_1503My nails have vanished down the rabbit hole and entered wonderland ;)

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IMG_1508Have a happy Monday, loves!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking out Loud Thursday – Norouz

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YAY! It’s Thursday and it’s the first day of SPRIIIIIING! Very excited for today’s Thinking out Loud. Thank You Amanda for hosting!

1. I jumped over fire on Tuesday for Charshambe Soori.

IMG_1523Charshambe Soori is during the night of the last Tuesday/ morning of the last Wednesday before Persian New Year (Norouz, also the beginning of Spring). It is an old Zoroastrian tradition. By jumping over fire, you purify yourself from all the terrible things of the past year and replace them with warmth, energy and light for the next year brought forth by the fire. While jumping you chant: “Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red colour; And take back my sickly pallor)” (source).

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This is the first time I partook in this beautiful tradition.

2. Today is Persian New Year, Norouz. Happy 1393 everyone! :D

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For Norouz we set up a table called Haft Sin, seven S. The spread includes things that start with the letter “seen” of the Persian Alphabet. Some things always included are: Sib (apple) symbolizing beauty and health, Sabzeh (lentil sprouts) symbolizing rebirth, Samanu (sweet pudding) symbolizing affluence, Senjed (dried olive fruit) symbolizing love, Sir (garlic) symbolizing medicine, Somaq (sumac fruit) symbolizing the colour of sunrise, Serkeh (vinegar) symbolizing old age and patience.

We also add more things on to our table like a mirror, a book, painted eggs (symbolizing fertilization), an orange in water (symbolizing Earth in the Universe), old Persian coins and gold-fish.

We also cook a wonderful meal of Sabzi Polow (Rice with green herbs) and Mahi (fish). Dessert is always my favourite where we eat loads and loads of Persian treats :) I’ll post a few pictures of tonight’s meal tomorrow!

This is my first Norouz without my parents… I’ll be celebrating tonight with my aunt and tomorrow with a wonderfully fun family friend! Nevertheless, their place will be empty (Persian Proverb)

3. I’ve got the cutest cousin

IMG_1518His name is Felix and he is turning 10 next week!

4. I’ve been in Munich for three weeks now! Time really flies! I’m hoping to stay longer if I can lengthen my internship! Fingers crossed :D

5. IMG_1471I ordered myself a massive, double cappuccino on Saturday (hangover cure ;)) and it was so big that they served it in a bowl! I technically only wanted an extra shot of espresso and not two cappuccinos, but it was yummy! I couldn’t stop twitching until late into the night though! So perhaps never again?!

6. Now that I’ve been living in Munich, I only get to see my friends on the weekends, i.e barely any sleep and too much partying. I really need to detox again…

7. I have a new favourite nail polish.

IMG_1498It’s called Wonderland! Dior’s brushes are AMAZINGLY soft and the colours are great!

8. I’m unsuccessfully trying to follow the Whole30 Diet. I can’t get away from rice and chocolate, but I’ve been able to dump soy and milk products relatively well!

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9. I’ve started jogging! (But haven’t gone to the gym or to dance class in forever) :(

10. It’s so beautiful and sunny! I’m so happy spring has sprung! :D

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo