Norouz 1394

20. March 2015 marks the Spring equinox – day and night are of equal lengths, Spring officially begins.

IMG_8337It is also Persian New Year – Norouz. 

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Families come together and indulge in (green herbed) rice, salad, overly sweet cookies and fish.

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 This picture is from Christmas, but rice is just as special to us no matter what the holiday is. The green rice (sabzi polo) is on the bottom right.

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Norouz isn’t just about food; we have a table with seven “s” (haft siin, see first picture), with each object on the table symbolically representing something. I should’ve put a lot more vinegar on the table as it represents patience, and I could use more of that ;)

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Although I do love ultra-sweet desserts, Persian cookies are sometimes a bit heavy on the rose-water, so some Swiss macaroons also did the job :)

I love Norouz because I not only get to gorge on Tahdig, but also love spending time with family to celebrate the beginning of Spring, one of my favourite times of the year :)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Thinking out Loud Thursday

Happy Thursday friendly faces! I’ve been busy with University work so I thought it would be a perfect time for a random slew of thoughts!

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Thank you Amanda for hosting!

1. I found this picture a while back and am not sure if I posted it or not, but I am still very much in love with the adorable unicorn believing in us! :)

 

 

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2. Persian food is where it’s at. We celebrated our New Year last week (happy 1394!) and while I’m still drafting that post, I thought I would entice you with a few delectable images of my favourite part of a Persian feast:

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The crispy, crunchy, buttery crust that forms around the rice. Scrumptious! P.S My grandpa created a very special type of tahdig you can salivate over in the first few pictures; it contains all 3 kinds of crispy goodness: Bread, potato and rice!

3. I have finally received some of the photos from our LA trip! Will be blogging about the amazingness very very soon!

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4. Have you ever heard of a pugle? It’s a pug/beagle mix. I’m not sure whether I find them adorable or alieny… what do you think?

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5. Speaking of dogs, I took the munchkin to class a few weeks ago. Yeah.. not the best decision ever.

IMG_7970She sat rather still for the first few MINUTES but then decided to explore her surroundings – much to my fellow students entertainment. I however could not concentrate at all and ended up with little to no notes…

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There is another dog (the pug Kaiser) who accompanies his owner to class every day! I just received a video of him this morning and will share that with you soon :)

6. I managed to convince this guy to come to a big party with me at Aura a few weekends ago.

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Look how long my hair has gotten!

7. I recently fell in love with Shellack manicures.

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8. Sushi. It’s why I am currently broke.

IMG_8378Currently saving up to eat more of those tempura rolls!! Also still going crazy over cheese! I want it on everything and anything. Especially eating it pure as fondue/raclette has been rather high on my list of to-dos lately. Weird, but I am not complaining ;)

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10. And finally, I realise I haven’t been posting much about the gym, dance or anything sporty lately (let alone make-up…) but I swear I have been busy moving my bod (and applying beautiful colours)! I have taken up yoga again, try to make it to body pump at least once a week, recently performed in a whirling show

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and am also working hard on my flexibility.

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I’ll be sharing a few posts on my current obsessions as soon as I have gotten a good chunk of work done!

Until then, have a great week!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Farfalla Silhouette Challenge

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Farfalla Essentials AG & KuK Kommunikation. All thoughts and opinions are however my own.

When I was approached to join the Farfalla Silhouette Challenge, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 21.39.28Hoping to shed the excess water retention in my thighs and get rid of any cellulite or stretch marks, I looked forward to testing the 4 vegan products sent to me within a few days of accepting to join the challenge. I have a few stretch marks on my inner thighs, and decided to use those as my benchmark. The boyfriend decided to join in on the challenge to help keep me accountable.

Along with the toning gel, body lotion, body scrub and shower gel, I also received a detailed description of what the 4 weeks should look like, including exact application suggestions of the products, a recommended (low-carb, high protein, highish fat Paleo) diet and exercise regimen to accelerate the expected results and a feedback form to jot down thoughts throughout the 4 weeks. You can find the challenge and a few tips in German here.

Having a rather “healthy” diet to begin with, I decided to really try to up my fat and lower my general sugar intake to see if that would help me attain visible results.

The first product we tested was the gel.

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Its refreshing scent and cool sensation when it touches the skin really woke me up. To apply the gel you simply spread some onto the desired area before reattaching the top of the tube that also acts as a massager and massage the gel into your skin.

The boyfriend found the massager a tad bit too ticklish. In addition to the gel, we also tested the body lotion.

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Smelling similar to the gel, and leaving the skin equally smooth after application (also with the massager head of the gel) I can imagine using the lotion more in the evening due to its more creamy feel which I prefer before turning in for the night. I have to admit, I ended up using the lotion more than the gel, as I am also an evening showerer and would apply it before slipping into my PJs. The boyfriend however got through the ticklishness and continued to use the gel more after his morning showers.

Speaking of showers, the challenge includes two shower products: a scrub and a gel.

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Farfalla recommends using the scrub twice a week. Otherwise they recommend alternating between cold and hot water to really rev up the metabolism towards the end of the shower. I am not a fan of cold showers, so I mostly skipped this step…

But I did really enjoy the exfoliating scrub as it was rather gentle and didn’t irritate my skin at all and the scent of both the gel and the scrub.

Not being as disciplined as I used to be when it comes to regimens, I didn’t manage to do this daily. I also did have a few “cheat meals” and one night out partying (pizza and alcohol) but other than that, I really did try to give the challenge a shot. I gave all my other lotions, creams and gels a break and focused on these products only. That alone to me is a big plus: You needn’t think of anything as the challenge includes everything you need. I did get slightly tired of the scent after a while, so I switched out the lotion for one of my others once or twice, but still tried to apply it with the massage head.

Other than those (minor) glitches I rather enjoyed having structure in both my diet and shower regimen.

Verdict after completing the challenge?

My legs are visibly smoother and feel softer. I have received quite a few comments from friends and family that they think I have lost weight (which I already had before the challenge, but my legs were definitely not as firm as now – I seriously think I spotted a slight thigh gap earlier!), and since I didn’t really switch up or change my diet much, continued with my usual exercise plan (dance, yoga and body pump) and generally have had trouble losing weight, I do think the firmer thighs have a bit to do with the gels – especially the massaging which I otherwise never did. As for whether my stretch marks (the original benchmark before the challenge) appear lighter; I really can’t tell as the marks are a combination of scars and stretched skin.

Nonetheless, I will continue using the products until they are empty (the bottles are only half way through and two people were using them) and will definitely follow up if the appearance of my stretch marks change in any way!

You can find the individual products, the whole silhouette miracle challenge and instructions to the program here.  The products were sent to me to test as a part of the challenge. All expressed opinions are my own. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

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

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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