Current Craze: Kylie Jenner Lips

As much as I am convinced I am meant to be a princess, I am equally sure that I was meant to be a Kardashian. Only drawback: I would need to change my name to one starting with a K. Hmmm – anyone know any pretty Persian girl names with K? yeah no.. probably not going to happen then after all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be the queen of my own reality TV show, right? Goals, people.. we all need goals.

Now back to the Kardashians.

Being an active user of social media and a complete sucker for trends and what’s “in”, I soon became obsessed with Keeping up with the Ks. I mean, just take one look at the current makeup crazes: contouring, big lips and butts are all the rage, and yup, you guessed it, the Kardashians are the ones we can worship thank for that (whether you like it or not).

I wrote an article about their first trend (contouring) when I worked at MADAME. This was brought to life by Kim, the second oldest sister. I didn’t actually start contouring my own face until I got my hands on Benefit’s “HOOLA”. I’ll be posting my tips as soon as I’ve received the pictures my friend took for me :)

Today, we talk about big lips – a trend the youngest of the clan (Kylie Jenner) brought to life. Although there is still plenty of dispute over whether or not she actually had lip surgery done, we can’t deny the magic of overdrawing lips with lipliner before filling them in with lipstick.

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With a bit of contouring

With a bit of contouring

Still trying to perfect the look myself, I don’t think I have enough tips and tricks to share with you just yet. Every single time I attempt an overdrawn lip, I end up redoing it over and over again thanks to feeling like I looked like a clown. So bear with me while I continue to practice, and I’ll be sure to post an actual tutorial ASAP :) Until then, here are some of the times I actually was quite pleased with the look #lipspiration

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For those of you who are feeling adventurous, here are the steps I’ve followed:

  1. Conceal on and around your lips and top with some powder -> this is to blur the outline of your actual lip
  2. Apply lip liner first above the cupid’s bow. Depending on how extreme a look you are going for, you can either apply your lip liner right around your actual outline or leave a bit of a gap. Make sure to return the liner to your actual outline before the transition to your lower lip (I aim to trace my actual lip for at least 1-2 cm)
  3. Same procedure goes for your lower lip; start in the middle and return back to your actual lip line.
  4. Fill in the gaps and your lips with the lip liner
  5. Trace over lip liner with lip stick in matching colour
  6. To complete the look, you might need to retrace your overdrawn lips with more lipliner, and then surround your lips with some more concealer and powder to set.

Enjoy your big lips :)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Lipsticks: Mac, Chanel, Nars

Lipliners: Smashbox, Esteé Lauder, Makeup Forever

 

 

 

2014 Recap: My Birthday – Part Two

Waking up on the 21st was not easy after the night I had; but isn’t that what turning 21 is all about? Maybe? I’m sure I’m not the only one who got cake smashed in to her face and had one too many tequila shots – right? (I may or may not remember this happening #justsaying)

I rolled out of bed around 11 with friends asking me how it felt to be 21. I didn’t really feel much different – just craving massive amounts of salt… We had plans to go to Miyuko for brunch with my nearest and dearest around 1 so I basically had 0 time to feel sorry for my hungover self and had to get on with life – talk about being mature and grown up ;)

I chose Miyuko for lunch because ut is basically me in a café form: it’s eclectic, cute, fun, weird, different, colourful, exotic, vegan and gluten-free :) Check out the vegan & gluten birthday cake they designed for me:

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I was surprised with the craziest princess cake ever! :)

We enjoyed an assortment of treats along with some champagne to celebrate.

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Naturally I was still wearing the tiara I received the night before. I’m still debating whether I should wear it to University ;)

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Don’t I have the cutest cousins? :)

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Again, a massive THANK YOU to everyone for making my 21st birthday spectacularly fabulous. I truly did feel like a glamorous princess and I am truly lost for words. My heart is so full of love for my friends and family – and I am genuinely in awe of all the beautiful things you said and for just being there and sharing this moment with me. You guys rock and I am the luckiest girl in the universe to have each and every one of you in my life!

Lots of love, (princess) Anoushé {my cheeks hurt for days from all the smiling I did!}

Dress: Nasty Gal

 

 

 

2014 Recap: My Birthday – Part One

While I anxiously await the many pictures we took on our trip to LA, I thought I could catch you guys up with my life via photo spam, starting with the day I turned 21….

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IMG_1851..also known as the day I finally got my crown ;)

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I reserved a table at Alice Choo at 11 pm on the 20th – it’s a brand new restaurant and club here in Zurich. My Dad actually suggested we went there – talk about trendy ;)

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It was a great location for a largish group. We had two tables and the dance floor all to ourselves. Later on that night the restaurant itself transformed into a club as well, with a live performance by Nôze. It truly was a fantastic evening. I have the best of friends and family and had the most fabulous birthday imaginable!

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To be continued…

Let me know if you’d like to know more about the make-up look! :)

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Dress: Nasty Gal

Make-up: Urban Decay, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Lancôme, Givenchy, Dior, Boscia, Bebe, The Body Shop

Accessories: Birthday present from my mom

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On

It takes 22 days to form a new habit. Breaking one can happen almost immediately when procrastination is involved… So with the approaching exams at the end of the semester scaring me just a little more each week, I soon fell into the habit of not blogging. I mean, the last time I posted anything was the end of October, which my father has kindly been reminding me every so often. In a perfect world, I would have used my time productively and studied – for each minute not invested in my blog, I could’ve at least spent the time revising and summarising. But as is normal in the life of a student, studying is not always a pleasure and I soon let one of my vices control my “spare time”, leading me to binge-watch all the TV I could find; I watched all of 30 Rock, Real Housewives, About a Boy and Devious Maids just to name a few, while also keeping up with all my usual favourites. To say I might have a problem is an understatement – I suffer from couch-potato-syndrome so to say… from extreme TV-Junkieness.. from no longer being the Grade-A Nerd I used to be in high school. Long gone were the days I could study for 12 hours straight because I only had two days before my biology exam – something even my best and closest friends just couldn’t comprehend. To them I was still the crazy studier, not the procrastinator I had secretly become. And this fear of no longer being “who I used to be” made me panic. I felt incapable, undeserving, and stupid. My concentration was depleted, my willpower gave in, my nights became restless, but my days were spent in bed due to lack of sleep. A few weeks before my exams I even lost my appetite. My panic attacks increased to a point where I would cry myself to sleep at night – I was so disappointed in myself, in my actions, in the way I conducted myself during the semester…I was nowhere as prepared as I wanted myself to be – I had not succeeded in reaching the goals I had set, and yes, while I might have expected a bit too much from myself, I know what I am capable of – and what I delivered this semester was just unacceptable to me.

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Going in to the semester I had set myself one ultimate goal, and that was to see it through. After spending some time after graduation soul-searching I knew that I had finally found the suitable field of study, and completing the semester had to be manageable, as for the first time I was actually enjoying what I was doing….

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…and long sob story short, I am proud to say that I did exactly that: Despite feeling unprepared I took all 4 of my exams. This is a big step for me, as in the last 2 years shying away from failure became my new normal, rather than actually seeing anything through. Taking the exams helped me reclaim the confidence I used to have… and it all paid off in the end!

Ladies and gentlemen of the blog world, I am officially a student. I passed all of my exams – albeit not as well as I wanted to but I was honestly prepared for the worst. I was truly ecstatic  when I saw that I had passed all exams of my major, and absolutely flabbergasted when I passed my business minor, because I was more than ready to choose a different course…

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My friends and family tried hard to keep me calm during this whole process, but I took their words of wisdom for granted and continued to spiral into one panic attack after another. Passing my exams has taught me that I am capable, I can be a student, I can excel, and I can be whoever I want to be. And I believe a massive thank you for everyone’s patience is in order! I really was a mess these last few months, but hope to have regained my strength (for now at least). I also had the cutest study buddy giving me plenty of cuddles while I was cut off from all other contact.

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I just need to kick the habit of TV-show watching in the butt. But I’ve got one more week before the next semester starts to do that ;)

Also I owe you guys sooooo many blogposts. Loads has happened; my birthday, Christmas, New Years.. a trip to California… and I do plan on keeping you all up to date more frequently now :)

Talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

Recent Empties

FINALLY – finally I managed to set time aside to write a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while… and that’s not even considering the 20 + unfinished drafts of posts just waiting for me to give them the final touches… it’s sad really.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Wednesdays will be a “I will study if I can but not kill myself over not revising” kind of day because over the past 5 weeks (it has seriously only been 5 weeks and I am STRESSED out, you cannot even imagine) I have realised that on Wednesdays I am least productive… for whatever reason.. and thus I beat myself up over trying to concentrate but not being able to… and then along comes Thursday (and then Friday, duh) and I put major pressure on myself to get the work – that I had yet to do – done, in addition to what I had originally planned to do on that actual day itself.. and I do not bide well with that kind of pressure – let me tell you.

My brain becomes mush.. I feel like I am forever living in this weird haze… I try to read but get distracted by anything and everything and have to cancel all my weekend plans while Im crawled up in bed with trash TV because I simply cannot read another sentence.. yup..I spent lots of time watching proposal videos on YouTube. Have you seen this one?

So to overcome this issue and the actual annoyance of basically not getting ANYTHING done for 3 days because it is human to need breaks (and I guess dance or BodyPump don’t really count enough as breaks because I deal with meltdowns despite regularly working out – whoop) I will make an attempt to be cooler on Wednesdays.. and hope to thus be more productive on Thursdays.. I also vowed to wake up earlier.. one step at a time

Ok so back to today’s post.

I’ve finished a few products lately.

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By a few I actually mean quite a few…

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Before going back to University, I took on the long overdue task of cleaning up my life – starting with my bathroom.

You see, I am hoarder.. a hoarder of EVERYTHING. Especially food.. while I was living with other people I would keep things hidden in my room if I could.. I was just slightly weird and obsessive when it came to sharing my special favourite foods with people I thought didn’t really appreciate it.. and it put mega stress on me somehow, because now that I am back at home, I don’t worry about hoarding anything, because my mom eats the same way I do anyways, so we will always have the same things on hand.. you get where I am coming from? Do you hoard food too or am I just weird?

Well anyhow, so at home I don’t seem to have developed a food-hoarding habit, but I do have plenty other issues.. and hoarding habits. Like my closet: I can’t give away clothes. I always thing I could wear an old tshirt as a pyjama or workout shirt or that something might come back into style… and then we come to my bathroom…

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A few of these things are over 10 years old. Seriously. Just let that sink in…

And when I decided to clean up my bathroom, I said it was time to officially part ways with that lip balm I hadn’t used in years..

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So this was the very first Labello I ever chose myself. I remember the day too..

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My mom used to buy me the green ones, I think they contained aloe vera, because I had a terrible chapped lip problem in primary school. I seriously looked like a clown for quite a few weeks because the skin around my lips would get extremely dry and go bright red. This then reoccured a few times over the year, especially either in the peak of the winter or summer months. The day I bought this chapstick I was developing said “clown mouth” yet again.. and I was at Legoland with my father and grandparents in Germany.

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Naturally, the “responsible child” inside me knew I had to treat it immediately.. but I didn’t want what I was used to (and what had previously always proven effective). No, the rebel inside me wanted to purchase the cherry flavoured Labello because “I am daddy’s little girl and mommy won’t know that he bought me the red, cherry chapstick”. Smart move little girl.. because yes, while it smelled (and tasted) delicious I tend to generally use too much chap stick on (and sort of around) my lips.. still do. So while it probably helped my chapped lips a little, this particular ruby red Labello managed to make me look even more like a clown… good times. Sad to see it go, but I have long replaced Labello with Bebe. (I recently just finished another one FYI)

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Now this is probably a good 4 years old.. I bought this Maybelline eye shadow to keep in my bag to apply after dance class. Yeah, as if. The whole thing was still full… probably because the colour was practically white.

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I am always sad to see a Clarins product go. I have yet to replace this one as I am now testing a few other creams (that I will be mentioning in a – as promised but still not finished – new morning routine post.) I also just recently finished up my Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster Tonic. That one I hope to replace ASAP as, while it may be the placebo effect, I do feel it makes a difference in the AM.

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I bought this scrub in the States around my 16th birthday because it looked like a fun thing to try. It was a great, soft face scrub. I bought it because it had carrots in it… Carrots were my thing. I used to eat them every day for lunch in a shredded carrot salad with sweet corn and fruit and nut bread.

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So uhm.. this was my first ever eye shadow..

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My mom treated me to a makeup session for my 14th birthday. And because it was the first time my face would be exposed to makeup, my mom wanted it to be all natural and organic. Enter: Couleur Caramel. I loved this eyeshadow and have since always tried to match the colour. It’s a hard brand to find, so I might need to stock up online. Fun Fact: my love for Colour Caramel got me in touch with the PR agency Kuk-Kommunication – and they decided to add me to their mailing list! So honoured :) I’ve already been invited to one press event at Tibits NZZ Bistro, and I cannot wait for the next one!

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I don’t really remember when I bought this compact powder by Clinique… I also don’t remember when I stopped using it… but I am glad I rediscovered it among my many half-used powders because the colour really matches my skin tone. Once I finish the (many) other opened powders, I will probably stick to this powder for a while.

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I’ve also finished a few L’Oréal products

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I really liked the liquid eyeliners, but prefer the ones by Makeup Forever. I’ll probably buy one or two of these again as backups for my favourite ones for I can only buy my beloved Aqua Liner in Paris or at Sephora.

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I had the Super Liners in dark purple, black and brown.

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I bought this BB cream on a whim. It was one of my first. I found the fact that it came out white really fun, but it didn’t really “wow” me otherwise. I very soon replaced it with the one by Kiehl’s.

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Colour Caramel is not the only natural face product that I love – I am also a long-term fan of Dr. Haushka. The lady who did my makeup for my 14th birthday was actually also the one who recommended using Haushka as my “first” skin care product. I kept using it for years before replacing it with Clarins.

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In keeping with natural makeup and skin care, I went through a phase where I strictly wanted to use all natural, vegan products. Naturally I went to Lush… I still really love the hair care and face scrub that I purchased, but this makeup remover was dreadful: it made my eyes sting and really dried up my skin. Maybe I was using it wrong? Nevertheless, I have in the meantime learned that coconut oil is also a great natural makeup remover, which is what I will be using the next time I go though a hippy, all natural vegan phase (which feels like it could be soon as I have nearly finished other makeup removers and need to think of the next replacement ;))

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I first came across the brand Kiko when I went to Florence with my class in 2011. We fell in love with the various colours and products, and went mad testing eeeeeeeverything on our hands. I left with a few kajal eyeliners for my favourite winged eye makeup and these two liquid liners.

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They brand reminds me a lot of Mac. The store was set up like a Sephora. The products are sold at a great price and I was always really pleased with the quality. I used this liquid liner to add a pop of colour to my makeup and it held really really well!

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Speaking of Sephora, I bought this makeup remover in 2012 when I ran out on a short trip there. This is a nice, cream-based remover but I found it had a weird smell… I didn’t finish it..

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I am also getting rid of a few Catrice products. I am a mega fan of Catrice’s quality, as you might have noticed in my Manicure Monday posts. The compact powder had a slight shimmer – a thing I used to really be in to before I started using highlighters and blush. The liquid liner was good, not great, and the kajals had a nice pigmentation. Definitely a good backup.

I’ve also decided to get rid quite a few Body Shop products.

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I finished two hand creams: one with SPF (which I didn’t really like), one without, one body butter (I really liked this one) and a liquid eyeliner. I also decided to dispose of products that I barely use anymore: the Aloe Protective Restoring Masks (this was one of my first masks but I have so many other masks now that I just don’t use this one anymore..), green eyeshadow (that fell on the floor and broke), a neon green eyeliner (barely used it) and a nail cuticle cream (it got old.)

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I also finished a cocoa lip balm (and another Labello) – this was the very first Body Shop product I ever received. I was 13.  A friend got it for me during a time where I was trying to break my daily habit of eating chocolate. This was her way of helping me incorporate my beloved dessert without eating it.

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And a cocoa hand cream

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I also finished one of my favourite shimmer vanilla body lotions.

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I have a few backups of this one ;)

Oh and remember when I mentioned my favourite Kiehl’s mask? That is finally empty!

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I also finished a Garnier BB Roll on concealer.

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So there you have it… the mega clean-out of my bathroom cabinet! Yes, I realise most products shouldn’t even ever be kept that long, but mind you, most of them aren’t natural and are chock full of preservatives… keeping them a bit over (or a lot over) their sell-by date won’t hurt as long as they aren’t obviously off. And in those cases I made sure to discard of them immediately.

Phew. That was a lengthy post.

Have a great Tuesday and talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Manicure Monday – It’s my Year & Teenage Dream

Happy Monday dearest beauties!

I’m keeping it short and simple today, as I still need to finish an assignment! But I am thrilled to finally be sharing a manicure with you guys! But first, let me show you the nail polishes I commented on for Madame Magazine

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Some of those were written by MOI :) I am especially in love with the Louboutin polish.. sigh

So on with my manicure:

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Do you remember slightly less than a year ago I mentioned getting my nails done with friends. I also mentioned I would be purchasing that very polish by OPI immediately that evening. Well folks, let me present to you a proud acquirement to my polish-possession: It’s my Year, by OPI.

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I also varnished my second finger on the left with “Teenage Dream”, which is part of the Katy Perry collection, also by OPI, and reversed the manicure for my right hand. I guess my strain of thought during the process of doing my nails was: It took me 4 weeks to finally do this, might as well go to town and use 2 colours.

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I am in awe of both colours. They are both so sparkly. Sparkly is good, sparkly makes me happy…

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Gold, purple, pink and silver… match made in heaven

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Without a top coat, the colour has held relatively well over the course of the week, especially “It’s my year” (the purple-hued one)

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definitely a favourite – definitely a purchase I will never regret and one that is filled with memories of walks through the leaves to the beauty parlour and long talks at Slave to the Grind with a steaming mug full of pumpkin spiced coffee…. Bronxville really is a cute place to live, and I need to make sure to visit my friends at SLC sometime soon…

Memories… memories..

Anyhoo back to work! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and my favourite nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

Fitness Friday

The only reason I haven’t posted one of these lately is because my workload kind of took over and stole away from my blog-time, not because I stopped working out.. just, you know, in case you were wondering.

Thank you Sam for hosting this fun link-up!

So last time I mentioned that I still hadn’t made it back to dance. Well guess what.. 3 weeks into Uni I finally finally finaaaally made it back. And it felt AMAZING.

Friday:

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I went to Barre a Terre and my favourite Jazz class. I haven’t made it back since (I wanted to go on Monday but had to finish an assignment and then somehow ended up staying home eating tofu then I wanted to go tonight, but ended up socialising too much during the week and now need to work on catching up with EVERYTHING… but going once is already a start, right?)

Saturday

I was so so sore from dance that I considered not going to stretch. But I did. And it was painful – lesson learned. Note to self: your ukrainian trainer does not understand the concept of pain and will not let you go back to doing basic splits because that is “kindergarten” and only 2 + blocks for over stretching is acceptable. Oh well….

Sunday

The usual Bodypump class (still loving it) followed by kabocha eating and napping. Now you know why my assignment took over most of Monday…^^

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I still love my SLC sweater. I wear it over my sports clothes or when I am out with the munchkin. It’s so soft and comfy! Need to get a UZH one :) #collegeswag

Monday

Rest day – assignment writing. Next Monday I am planning on going though! Pinky promise (especially because the next assignment’s deadline isn’t until Tuesday so I can def leave the house for an evening class or two)

Tuesday

Same old, favourite dance class :) and a delicious dinner at Tiffins, just fyi ;)

Wednesday

I had meetings for the Media and Communications “Fachverein” (English translation suggestion?), so didn’t make it to dance.. but I am now part of the party and event committee :) go school spirit!

Thursday

I had so much energy and decided to dash to Bodypump because I wasn’t sure if I would make it today. I am going to a party hosted by the psychology department’s “Fachverein” and wanted to get some work done because my concentration span on Thursday let me down BIG TIME while trying to read… so much so that I actually choreographed for an hour or so to clear my head. Plus it was a beautiful day and I took Seti for a few walks to load up on some vitamin D.

We’ve been doing the new release for about a month now at pump so I decided to finally increase my weights: 11 kg on both sides for squats, 3 kg increase, 3-5 kg for chest (I switched in the break from 5 to 3, we were using free weights), back: 6 kg, 2 kg increase, biceps: 2.5 (not free weights which is tougher) and shoulders: 2.5 kg, 1.5 kg increase. The shoulder track is the last and most deadly as my arms are basically dead after 5 minutes of bicep work.. but it is not as painful anymore so I am definitely getting stronger! Fun fact: I was standing in between to mega muscle men and squatted almost the same amount of weight and lifted only 1-2 kg less… I received a high five at the end from one of them :) talk about #girlswholift

Now I am off to finish summarising a lecture and then I will be getting ready to leave :) Have a wonderful Friday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo