Countdown to College

Tomorrow, I move in to my dorm room. It seemed so far away a few weeks ago, and tomorrow the day is finally here: the beginning of Orientation Week – the beginning of College Life.

I’ve spent every day since Wednesday on last-minute college shopping, eating (sort of) vegan and walking around the city. Every day we clocked in over 10’000 steps – barely anything if you want to really see the city.. Now, sitting here and typing this up, I am almost college ready. I’ve got the mattress cover, the bed bug spray, the laundry bag , and plenty of summer/fall/winter clothing that should last me through Thanksgiving. I’m nearly all set, but somehow, I do not think that will be enough to really be prepared for what is to come.

Course selecting, moving in to the dorm, meeting everyone, starting classes… doing my own laundry, cooking, studying, being a young adult in New York City… The thought of it still freaks me out and makes me want to literally run home to Switzerland, no matter how long it will take!

My life will be changing almost completely and suddenly my longing for something international, new and exciting is actually kind of scary; I miss the Swissness of Switzerland.

The smaller population, the quiet evenings and weekends, Swiss German… home. I grew up there, and now, 14 years later, I am surrounded by something unknown. Gone are all the tips and tricks and shortcuts. Now, I  have to consult a map to get around. Don’t even get me started on public transport.. I knew it like the back of my own hand…I wonder how long it will take me to know New York by heart.

The missing Swissness of the city really struck me when I found myself walking in to a Lindt store. The familiar sound of wrappers opening – chic-o-holic..? – the smell of luscious, creamy chocolate truffles, the 18 flavors of Lindor… ahhh home.

…Wait, 18 flavors?!

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The Swiss, home of the Lindt Factory, only carry 5 pure Lindor types..

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I’m sending a letter of complaint.

Maybe New York won’t be so “non-Swiss” after all *munching on a Peanut Butter Lindor (very Reeses-like) Yumm*

If finding Lindt wasn’t enough, I also drove past the Teuscher, home to my absolute favorite chocolate in the world: The Champagne Truffle.

IMG_0308Two Swiss meccas in one day.. that get’s a girl thinking..

After the über-Swiss-chocolate incident I didn’t have any more nostalgic moments, and munched happily on an American mall pretzel, which I personally enjoyed much more than the Swiss Bretzel König (Pretzel King), while shopping for more essentials.

IMG_0309But today, the day before I officially begin college, I find a watch store from Schaffhausen (while funny enough telling my mom about the chocolate story), and I discover the New York Pain Quotidian. Although I know that it is a branch from here, I have often enjoyed a brunch or early morning soy cappuccino there in Zurich..

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Does finding all these Swiss stores in less than three days mean something?

Either way I’m moving in tomorrow, but if there is a Swiss flag or a cow outside my window I am outta here! 😉 ( I even miss speaking Swiss German..)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Last two days in Zürich

I landed at one pm on Sunday and rushed home to unpack, and repack, my suitcase. Around 4.30 pm I head into town to buy some pink champagne (what else ;)) and snack foods for my closest friends who were going to meet me for a goodbye shindig.

Some of the most important people in my life <3

Almost everyone was able to make it

Before we settled down by the lake, I thought we should all indulge in some of my favorite Froyo in Zurich. Froyo and pink champagne.. yes, that’s very me. Throw in some manicures and homemade facials – while doing a pirouette – and the party would’ve summed up my life 😉

I decided not to host the party at home or a particular venue, because sitting by the lake is a big part of Zurich-student culture. Especially during my last four years of high school, lunch and after school downtime was spent by, or even on, the lake.

The weather wasn’t optimal for long by-the-lake-hanging though, so after about two hours we flocked to the closest Starbucks to warm up. Around 9.30 we decided to walk through the old town to the train station, where I would then take the tram home. On my way there, my best friend met up with me before she left for France.

I got home much later than I expected, but was happy to see almost all of my closest friends before leaving. Being my closest friends though, I expect them to come visit me at college at some point 😉

On Monday I took one last trip into town for a touristy picture with Zurich’s prettiest sights..

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..And spent the rest of the day packing.

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..while watching the Real Housewives of New York.

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Stay tuned for the days leading up to my move in!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Short Holiday: Mykonos

I went to Mykonos with my dad for a short trip, arriving back home only two days before having to leave for college! It was worth it though; the island was pretty, the food was delicious and I enjoyed some father-daughter bonding time.

IMG_0286As mentioned here, I had mixed feelings about this Greek party island. I grew up going to the Spanish hippy island, Ibiza, and did not enjoy the comparison of Mykonos to the island close to my heart. Now – after my third trip there – I can enjoy it for its differences .

One of its special assets is the fact that you can see the sunset from almost anywhere.

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IMG_0299We took pictures nearly every day.

Another difference I noticed was the set-up of the day. Breakfast is not until one, lunch around five and dinner can start anywhere in between 10.30 pm and one am. While Ibiza is also a late-eating island, I don’t think I’ve ever had dinner at one!

On our first night we went to this place by the beach called Nammos.

IMG_0285They used light effects to make the umbrellas on the beach look like decor.

The next day we went to the beach itself.

IMG_0287And had a late 6 o’ clock lunch at a trendy place called Alemàgou.

IMG_0289Alemàgou is proof that Mykonos is trying to break free from the Greek taverna stereotype, serving things like quinoa and sashimi while recreating the much-loved classics by changing some ingredients like their Greek Salad with Mykonian Cheese and Fava served with grilled Seafood..

The view from the restaurant:

IMG_0288On Day 3 we went to a beach similar to the ones I love in Ibiza. It’s loud, full of young people, has great music and trendy food.

IMG_0290Classic foot-relaxing-beach-and-ocean-photo 😉

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After the beach we went to one of the hotels on the island known for its sunsets and hip bar/pool area.

IMG_0291They had fish in the bar..

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Dinner that night, I ate one of my favourite Greek dishes: Feta cheese wrapped in Philo and drizzled with honey! YUMM!

Our second to last day we went to a cute place at yet another beach for more Greek food (I also enjoyed Greek yoghurt every day for breakfast..)

Father-daughter picture:

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My hair went wild in the wind!

And finally, our last day.  A final beach trip. And a fun dinner at a place known for people dancing on tables…

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IMG_0298It was a good trip 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicure…Tuesday?

In all the weeks of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever missed a Manicure Monday Post.. but I have a pretty good excuse..

IMG_0274I spent my whole day packing, bidding Zurich farewell, and mentally preparing myself for College. But, more about that later.. I still have to tell you guys about Mykonos! 🙂

First things first, let’s catch up with my manicure!

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IMG_0255I have finally purchased an OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish, and I am loving it! The polish is very forgiving, so if you are not a perfect polish-applicator then this will be right up your street! This color was calling to me when I was at the store helping out a friend with selecting proper skin care. I couldn’t resist… I must stay away from department stores and cosmetics counters..

IMG_0252The pink shade reminds me of pink ballet tutus and is part of the Bond Collection. It carries the name Pussy Galore.

IMG_0267I paired the pink sand with a golden polish I received from my father as a present. Check out the name:

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My dad has been taught well 🙂 I am oh so proud! Apparently he absolutely HAD to stop when he saw the nail polishes by Deborah Lippmann and he definitely selected a perfect name!

IMG_0264It is a very sparkly polish and has bits of gold flake in it as well. I enjoyed pairing the two different textures and colours.. they went really well together and I sported this manicure in Mykonos. When I returned home on Sunday, I reapplied another coat due to lack of time, and major enjoyment of how good it looks.. 🙂

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IMG_0246My manicure has barely faded and I think it should last all the way through Orientation at college! Meanwhile, I hope to purchase another Liquid Sand polish. I’m hooked!

IMG_0258With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Liebster Award

First and foremost, a massive THANK YOU to Christine from Gotta Eat Green for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award! I still can’t believe it!

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The Liebster ‘Award’ is a fun way to get to know and acknowledge some of the blogs with few followers. Once you’ve been nominated, you pass the award on to other blogs.

After receiving the nomination, the blogger must:

1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger;

2. Share 11 random facts about yourself;

3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you;

4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (as best as you can tell based on the info provided!). They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!

5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer; and

6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated

You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

So let’s start with 11 random facts about me!

1. Part of my last name is Farsi for Handkerchief

2. I have one too many funny Pinterest pictures taking up room on my phone.

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3. After resisting reality TV for most of my teenage life, I now possess a brain of mush and a small obsession with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.

4. I once had a pony called Pebbles and loved her to bits!

5. I hope to one day own an old Fiat 500 or a classic Mini

6. I enjoy strength training and LOVE Tae Bo

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And more Ecards…

7. My parents (Santa) gave me a boxing bag a few Christmases ago, because I used to punch my fathers belly… a lot.

8. My family is spread all across the world, with relatives in Hong Kong, Vienna, Munich and California (not counting the zillions of cousins in Iran..)

9. I had a huge HipHop phase and went to a 50 Cent concert with my mom.

10. Peanut Butter and Cashew Butter are not safe things to keep around the house because I will eat them, with a spoon, by the jar, within 3 days after starting.

11. I wanted to be a lawyer because I thrive on long discussions and would love to change the world, one law battle at a time. I especially grew fond of helping women gain rights to go to school after personally being lucky enough to be growing up where education is a must-have and learning that this is not the fact in many areas of the world…. Sadly, I gave up on that dream after a Swiss law lecture, where the exercises were along the lines of: A steals B’s bike, but claims it is his… what do you do? Yawn!
I will still find a way .. Just not backed by law, I guess..

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That’s it for random facts about me, now it’s time to answer Chrisine’s questions

1) If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I always thought I would want to be a tortoise, because they live for a long time. Now I would rather be a dog belonging to a great family! We have two dogs and they are adored more than anything!

2) If you were abandoned on a deserted island, what ONE item would you want with you?

Protein powder. You can mix it with water or maybe with coconut milk found on the island 🙂 Voilà: Instant meal!

3) What did you wish for as a kid when you blew out your birthday candles?

I always wished for: Whatever I say will come true, but only when I say I wish. Or a magical genie. I just wanted my wants and needs to be fulfilled 😉

4) What’s one thing you could never live without?

I could never live without being able to go to dance. It is the one thing I always look forward to no matter how tired or sad I am. It is a great balance to school work and a fun way to express yourself. I also love to be on stage..

5) If you had to spend the rest of your life attached to someone, who would you want it to be?

Oh that’s a tricky one. Probably to the royal baby and experience all the fuss he is getting 🙂

6) What’s your favourite dish to bring to a potluck?

I’ve never been to one, but would probably bring tofu curry. Panaeng is my favorite!

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate! Preferably dark or white. My absolute favorites are Champagne Truffles. That was easy! 🙂

8) Who is your hero?

I wouldn’t necessarily call him a hero, but Michael Jackson inspired me to work on perfect dance techniques. Heroes for me are also Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. I read books about them when I was in primary school and felt instantly moved, despite my young age. That was also the beginning of my ‘change the world’ phase. Gandhi is also someone I enjoyed reading about, and found his biography fascinating! It’s a shame we don’t have people like them in our world today…maybe life as we now it could’ve been slightly different…

9) What’s your favourite salad dressing?

Definitely sesame Asian dressing! But at home I just use high quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

10) Do you prefer to read your news online or paper?

When traveling I prefer to read it online, but when I have space to spread the paper out I prefer printed. It’s easier to read than off of a screen, and I prefer the feel of the real thing.

11) What’s your greatest fear?

To get caught up in a dream and forget the present. Nothing is worse than forgetting to enjoy the Now and worrying about the future!

Next, I give you my nominees! These blogs are a mix of beauty, health, cooking and writing; all topics I enjoy reading about!

Beauty in Budget Blog

Pearls and Paris

A Perfect Masquerade

eul culinar

RL Photography

Lyrics and Chocolate,

Breathings of the Heart

Running Shoes and Chocolate Mousse

I don’t go to the Gym

Amber’s blog

Cinnamon Soliloquy

And finally, here are the 11 Questions I would like my nominees to answer 🙂

1. Cat or dog?

2. Where did your most recent vacation take you and why did you choose it?

3. Do you wear makeup? Why (not)?

4. Describe yourself in 3 words.

5. What celebrity or otherwise interesting person would you love to have lunch with?

6. Do you have a favorite and a least favorite vegetable? What are they?

7. If you had to label your taste in fashion, what would be most accurate?

8. What was the first concert you went to and how old were you?

9. What does a perfect bachelorette party sound like to you?

10. What dessert do you always have room for?

11. What did you want to be when you grew up (as a child)?

Have fun! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Ibicenco in Mykonos

Ibiza or Mykonos? Spain or Greece? It’s always been island vs island for this former Ibicenco.

I first visited Mykonos 3 years ago with my father. Till that day, I had never heard of the island, nor had I really had much interest in exploring Greece beyond knowing their food. The landing was windy, as it is a windy island, with windmills scattered across the shores. Appealing to the eye, would be the white houses with blue shutters, unappealing probably the lack if greenery. “Just like Ibiza” my father uttered as we commenced the drive from the airport.
How dare he, my proud Ibiza-adoring self thought, rage and fury growing deep inside me, despising the island immediately after this careless comparison. I had seen little more than the teeny tiny airport and was already prepared to hate the island.
Ibiza, you see, holds quite a special place in my heart. I go there strictly with my mom, who actually never wanted to go because of its party history. I was eight when she was finally convinced by our Ibiza-going friends to come visit them – We have rarely missed a summer since!

The island has this aura, a wonderfully powerful hippy-esc feel, that seeps through you the minute you begin exploring. The beaches play loud music, the food is trendy, the people ooze complete coolness… What’s not to love?! Hippy markets take place frequently selling jewelry, clothes and leather, the town is just big enough to get lost in their art galleries, bikini stores and beach-ware shops, and there are ads for the upcoming parties plastered everywhere. Not even the beaches are safe from clubs, with a new lounge/disco/dj place popping up out of the blue, dotting the beach, attracting many coolness-oozing before-party people, which helps turn it into an internationally known mekah for glorious trend lovers. Loungers enjoy the music and drinks until late in the night, before flocking to Pacha or Space, following the group of people in white bikinis holding up massive, sparkly cherries (Pacha’s logo). It’s a sight! A boho-chic cladded sight that evolved into a trendsetting style now being adopted by summer fashion everywhere!!

So yes, I was a bit spiffed when an island I had basically never even heard of was being compared to the magic of Ibiza..

Three years later, I finally see what my well-meaning father was trying to say. Both are known for their party habits, both have a relaxed and laid-back feel, although people “in the know” find Mykonos more luxurious and Ibiza more bohemian (yet receiving more luxury and VIP-feel with its growing popularity). In my opinion their most profound differences are their cuisines: it’s feta or tortilla, Greek or Spanish, ouzo or hierbas. Sushi is great on both islands…

I have seen the sunsets, heard the music, experienced my fellow vacationers and have come to the conclusion that while Ibiza will always me my first love, Mykonos admittedly has a stylish feel to it. Many may share my preliminary caution and island vs island attitude, but don’t let that keep you from visiting at least once. You never know, you might start including a short trip to both islands instead of one long one to either or 🙂

With attitude and fading nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

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Hello hello!

Kalispera from Athens!

I’m currently waiting for my flight to Mykonos and thought I’d quickly check in while eating apple cinnamon Greek yoghurt! I’m a huge Greek yoghurt fan and jump at any chance to enjoy it as it is sadly sparsely found in Switzerland..

I spent my whole morning packing; but not just for this trip! In exactly 7 days I will be flying (sort of) one-way to New York City! I can’t wait to share with you my dancing adventures with my roommates and all my makeup discoveries! I’m even thinking of applying for a job at Sephora and maybe going to cosmetology school on the side 🙂 I am obsessed, I know, but very much enjoying my life pursuing things I love!
So let s get back to packing… I had the grand idea of ripping all of my jeans out of the already messy closet and trying them all on to find out what joins me in my upcoming adventures. But, being me I didn’t get round to actually trying more than 1 pair on after realizing that the first old pair I pulled up still fit! I was ecstatic that an old pair of corduroy jeans still closed nicely, without being too snug to fit over my bum! 😀
Fast forward a few days and the dogs and I started to bypass the massive pile of trousers in the doorway, ignoring the original task, still doing my happy dance for fitting in to that one pair.
Today, I decided to take the bull by its horns and continue my task, only to – yet again – be thrown off by another pair of fitting jeans. This specific pair was even more of a wonder as I haven’t worn them in more than a year.. Shellshocked but pleased, I ran around the house and out the door oozing self confidence, nearly forgetting to pack a bathing suit for Mykonos.
Alas, I have yet to finish my college packing and hope to get it done on Monday. Let’s hope I eat too much and nothing else fits, otherwise I’ll never be done packing in time! :D? (I actually don’t hope that will happen, but I’m sure you get my drift)

Toodles!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

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