365 Days later

Here we are, one more trip around the sun. And all I can say is, this 4-year Blogiversary came a few days too soon!IMG_1684

These days tend to creep up on us …

While patience is a virtue, it took me a tad bit too long to figure out a) whether I should maintain my little space of cyberweb and b) if yes, what do I do with it?

However, this uncertainty is diminishing. With school out for the summer, I have time to think, brainstorm and mind-map my way to a make-over. The long-awaited revamp will finally take place. FINALLY. Get ready for a new look, new name, new content, but same me. The exact day TBD but it is coming. I promise!

*cue sigh of relief*

Happy Blogiversary dearest blog. This officially will become your year to shine.

xoxo, me



And suddenly it’s June 23rd

You know that feeling you get while reconnecting with relatives, friends or acquaintances at regular intervals – let’s say at an annual family gathering. That annoyed, rolly-eyed reaction to the ever-lingering question on everyone’s minds upon seeing you among the crowd, making you cringe at the very thought of them casually making their way over to you, waiting for them to mutter the same thing they asked you the last time you met?

“So what have you been up to since we last spoke?”

Yeah, we’ve all been there. It’s a weird feeling, being put on the spot to talk about your accomplishments and failures, goals you’ve achieved and ones you’ve let slip away, because a lot has most definitely happened since you last spoke, but remembering it all on demand makes you stutter and maybe even freak out little.

It’s a similar feeling to how fluent multi-linguals (or maybe just me) react when asked to immediately translate a word out of context, and not being able to give a desirable answer. You know you know, but aren’t able to deliver … And you start to second-guess yourself.

A simple “What HAVE you done since…?” turns in to all that you have NOT, and in a matter of seconds all the things you wanted to achieve flash before your eyes, leaving you a mess, at a loss for words, and possibly full of disappointment, merely able to mutter “oh the usual, how about you?”

It’s the exact feeling I got a few days ago remembering my three-year-blogiversary being today – and all the high-hopes I had had for this little space of wide web that didn’t end up happening.

The things I had blogged about were not only a promise to you readers but also a commitment to myself. And with this anniversary looming ever so near I was reminded of how I didn’t stick to it, didn’t build it, didn’t create a brand, didn’t expand in content – nor did I even manage to blog regularly. Despite being asked rather frequently (I am honestly quite flattered) when a new blog post might be up!

It’s quite like myself to zero in on the negative, the things I could’ve done differently, should’ve done better, could have changed …  It’s not often for me to to look back and think of all the amazing things I experienced, learned, and achieved.

So I’m taking today’s annual reminder of creating an outlet for all things pink and sparkly as the day to, rather than focus on the things I didn’t do for this blog, reminisce about some of the amazing things I got to do instead. The valuable life-lessons, the minutes well spent and others things that kept me busy. The wonderful moments spent away from the things I had had planned for of pirouettes and concealers (not counting the “meh” days of binge watching Real Housewives and wrapping myself up in my blanket like a burrito.. because there were a few of those)IMG_7025

  • I successfully passed my first year at university, studying a degree I am really enjoying
  • I snagged the internship of my dreams, that also turned in to a (short-term) employment as Junior Online Editor, keeping me on my toes for 10 months
  • I got to travel to new places in Europe and visit some old favourites
  • I spent 3 weeks in London working and got to reconnect with friends from kindergarten
  • I visited Hong Kong and got to spend quality time with my aunty and beautiful cousins

Another thing I have learned: “Adulting”, while still TREMENDOUSLY daunting at times, is something I could perhaps, eventually, actually wrap my head around. But until that day is upon us, I have become ever the more grateful for supportive parents and friends when I need “adultier adults” to help deal with things at times when I “cannot even”

Now where do we go from here? I don’t quite know. But I am inspired and can’t wait to share my ideas with you all!



To another three years dearest blog!

Anoushé xoxo

Paris Days 2 & 3

Sooooooooooooooo it’s been a while – I know. Almost 2 months of a while.


Buuuuuuuut as you will read in the next couple of blog posts (which hopefully won’t take more than a few weeks to type up and publish 😉 ) I’ve been travelling H E A P S since finishing up the semester. But before I can get into any details, I need to wrap up reflecting on the trip to one of my favourite cities – Paris.

So here you have it, part 2 (or at least what I can remember of it, because well, it really has been a while…)




Days two and three were spent eating. A lot. And it was G R E A T!


We started out with a walk to Rue Cler, for a visit zo L’Eclair – one of my favourite places for breakfast, brunch and dessert. Emphasis on the latter.

IMG_0249Lots of emphasis on the latter…Especially in the form of cheesecake and warm chocolate cake after delicious, “healthier” and nutritious salads…We had to fight to finish the cake, but we didn’t give up easily 😉



I love to walk around cities when I have the time, and generally log around 25000 steps on average walking around Paris. Basically my walks are planned around where my next meals are… with some sights and shopping thrown in as well. I will forever be a foodie, discovering a city one bite at a time. I secretly feel one learns a lot about a country’s culture, tradition and of course delicacies through the stomach 😉 Our next stop after this feast was an ice cream & chit-chat date near the Notre Dame with a friend of mine from New York before heading to Kong for dinner.



One of my favourite dishes at Kong were the truffle udon noodles.



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Dessert was exquisite as well. I had the salted caramel eclair. Fun fact: I love salted caramel and walked all around London on Friday night looking for some… but more about that when I blog about London 😉


All the walking around and fully planned-out days (and copious amount of sugar) meant we were rather tired (read: food coma) by the evening and ended up asleep by 1 am in favour of checking out the French night scene.

On our last day, we browsed through the Guerlain boutique for a unique perfume and dug in to lunch at Ladurée before rushing to the airport for our flight back to Zurich. Verdict on the restaurant after never having been there before: stick to the macaroons and dessert… I’ve had better food elsewhere.



IMG_0369 IMG_0365 IMG_0423 Stay tuned for an update on where I went next and what I’m doing now!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo



Paris 2015 – Day 1

Happy Monday friendly faces! Hope your weekend was marvelous, and you enjoyed as much sunshine as I got to. Mine was rather low-key, spent “detoxing” (read: eating loads of fruit and veggies) and going to the gym, but I had a few busy days during the week! And as you can tell by the title of this post, those busy days were spent in Paris 🙂


The first glimpse of la Tour Eiffel!

It was a super short, super spontaneous trip; we were there and back in only 2 days, but I enjoyed every single second of it! Paris is definitely my absolute favourite city, and the next trip is already in the works 😉

We landed around 10 in the morning, and took the train to Gare du Nord, munching on Luxembourgli we brought from Zürich. Pure decadence.

Once we got to the station, we figured out what metro we had to take to get to the hotel. We stayed at hotel Ekta. It was right off of Champs Élysées; great for shopping, but also great for safety while walking back at night – the busy main street is always alight with plenty of people walking around.

Upon check-in we took an hour to walk up and down and decide which shops we wanted to visit. The first one on my list was the renovated Guerlain boutique.


They showed me their irresistible new scent, “mon exclusive”. I was told it was made specifically for the boutique, and lucky for me it isn’t as exclusive as I thought it was, as I could hopefully order the ravishing scent online. Although I do hope to make it back to Paris before then…

Our next stop was lunch at one of my favourite cafés in one of my favourite parts of the city.


Breizh Café in Le Marais! Just walking around the area made me too happy for words – all the little boutiques, the bustling alleys, the different colours and scents… it’s just such a vibrant and lively part of Paris and always on my to-do list when I go. I definitely hope to stay around the area next time, as I would love to explore further than just this fine creperie.


I had the goat cheese galette, and for dessert the rhubarb crepe. Galettes are made of buckwheat flour, so a great gluten-free option!





We accompanied this meal with organic cider. Apparently they specialise in ciders and have an entire menu to select from! Personally not being much of a cider-conoisseur I expected it to be slightly sweeter… but it definitely was great with the meal!



After our late lunch (we finished eating around 5) we walked through le Marais to Place des Voges – one of my favourite parks, not just because it is right next to a make up forever 😉



Through that little alley we got to Rue de Rivoli where we took the metro to the Louvre.



Paris to me is a city best walked. So I wanted to walk from the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuileries, past Place de la Concorde back up Champs Élysées. And so we did!


Which was also when I first glimpsed la Tour Eiffel!



Looking back at the Louvre.IMG_0192The Eiffel Tower, spotted again 🙂


We got back to the hotel around 7.30, where we rested, made use of the wifi and ate a Caramel Fleur de Sel truffel from Sprüngli before heading back out to dinner, to an Italian restaurant called La Fabricca, which was right around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a few pictures coming your way of the Arc and the sunset!








IMG_0337After dinner, which was around 11 (the Parisians were still eating!) we walked back to the hotel for an “early night”.

I dare say we had a rather marvelous start to our short trip, don’t you think?

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Stay tuned for day two and three! And don’t forget to check out Katie’s blog for more marvelous posts!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo


Happy Blogiversary!!

My apologies for being absent from the blog lately. No excuse seems viable enough so I will just go with “I was building the suspense”…(but actually I was mainly just studying, hanging out with the munchkin and binge-watching reality TV).


You see.. today is my two-year blogiversary. I started of pirouettes and concealers without any intention of it becoming my go-to place to vent; it was originally a dance and beauty blog after all.. but my little space on the internet has evolved and changed along with me, and over these past 2 years it has now become more of a lifestyle blog of sorts.

Yes, I am still makeup crazy, yes I still love dance – but there is more to me and this blog than just that. “Sticking with a niche” and “write what you would want to read” (some of the advice I have received along the way) to me also means stay true to yourself, and myself is saying: “go lifestyle”. Write about life.. and all the facets that go along with it.

As a student/journalism intern/young adult/little kid at heart I feel like I have things to share. Things that could be interesting to some, boring to others, but possibly helpful to those who seek affirmation through stages of their lives, like in my case through the stress of university, the fears of not knowing what career path to choose, and whether kale really is better for me than a piece of chocolate… So why not lend my experiences to the world if that could help even just one other reader looking for the answer via Google?

With this evolution I have promised myself to take some time to build my blog further. I have a rather long summer ahead filled with trips, goals and ideas, aiming at bettering myself and this blog in the process…

So happy 2 year blogiversary dearest blog, you have an exciting year ahead of you!


Anoushé xoxo

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. 


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

 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.


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 😉


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!


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! 🙂




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!


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?


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…



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.


Look how long my hair has gotten!

7. I recently fell in love with Shellack manicures.

IMG_8505 IMG_8510 IMG_8513This one is inspired by the great Jin Soon Choi.

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 😉

9. IMG_8146What do you guys think of the Maple Macchiato? I personally find it too sweet with the added vanilla syrup so opt for a soya cappuccino with maple topping instead, as I do quite like the drizzle.


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


and am also working hard on my flexibility.


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