Green Smoothie

I mean, it had to happen eventually right?

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Green Smoothies are SO TRENDY right now.. it was only a matter of time that I would start blending one up for myself too.. and boy did I blend up something yummy!

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It doesn’t even taste healthy. It actually reminds me of a really thick vanilla milkshake! And it’s green! You guys all know how much I love green things to drink a.k.a my love affair with matcha lattes (and those are only two out of plenty of links to when I mentioned my matcha addiction…)

Photo on 29-05-14 at 11.08 #2Get your blenders ready, cause this smoothie is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert 🙂

Green Smoothie 

(serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • few handfuls of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nut butter
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (I use raw vegan powders)
  • a little bit of unsweetened almond milk (to make it creamy and easier to blend)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean pods (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract (optional but makes it taste slightly more like ice cream 🙂 )

How to:

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender
  2. blend
  3. Enjoy!

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It’s so GREEEEEEEN 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

What I ate Wednesday – Rest Day

I was STARVING yesterday.. all day! Every two hours I felt the need to eat.. I don’t really think the feeling was hunger, but I was receiving queues that I needed to consume food. And not just any food: I wanted CARBS! All the carbs!

I have heard of people generally being more hunger the day after a long run (marathon), but I didn’t run. I did however burn all that I had eaten the day before in my Les Mills classes, which could explain the extreme hunger leading me to eat twice as much as I did the day before. But I embraced it (you are so right, Arman!), despite trying to generally leave more hours between my meals lately…

Today I am feeling a bit “meh”. I’m craving fresh fruit and movement. I’m so grateful I’ve come to a point where I can rely on my “gut” to tell me what I need and what is good for me when it comes to food…

I wish it were more reliable when it comes to people though.. that’s where my “gut feeling” is still letting me down a little, but you live and learn (And that’s another story for another time anyways! 😉 )

So this WIAW is dedicated to finally listening to my cravings, and being proud of being able to do so 😀

Thank you Jenn for hosting this fun weekly link-up!

Breakfast:

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When I woke up I was craving carbs. I didn’t want to open up a new almond milk because I would be back in Zürich for the long weekend, so I didn’t make overnight oats. Big mistake.. I need to get my priorities straight…

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I was REALLY craving oat clusters (sadly still haven’t made your delicious-looking recipe (or yours come to think of it)… so I was having an oat-cluster-emergency 😉 )

I ran into the organic store on my way to work and picked up some “KRUNCHY PUR” Oat clusters, chocolate soy milk and cashew nut butter, and happily munched away at my desk. Craving: satisfied!

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I later also drank this Carrot Mango juice (my fav combo!)

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Lunch:

After my “higher-carb” breakfast, my body was honestly telling my I needed some protein.. and I was craving goat’s cheese! I only get that craving once every few weeks – as I do tend to eat mostly vegan – but when I do really want some goat’s cheese, I generally enjoy every last bit of it 🙂

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I was also craving fresh vegetables and tofu so I made a big salad out of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, mini peppers, fresh goat’s cheese (Chavroux) and Taifun Curry Mango Tofu. I topped it all with Creme of Balsamico and EVOO. YUMM!

Snack:

My salad held me over for about 2 hours before it had me longing for something sweet. I had a few apricots in my bag which I was grateful to find and also finished off the leftover cherry tomatoes.

About an hour later I still wanted more and polished off the rest of the goat’s cheese with some unsweetened, whole grain, spelt animal crackers that I had also bought in the morning. I really needed carbs…

Right before leaving the office I also had 2 handfuls of honey roasted cashew nuts.. my sweet tooth hit again 🙂

(and yes I appear to have snacked every hour of the afternoon… something I’ve been trying to stop, but embraced as necessary yesterday)

Dinner:

After a PR meeting in the evening I met up with a co-worker for froyo. I wasn’t really hungry anymore and was (for the first time ever) happy that my favorite froyo place was closed… shocker I know.

So we went to my favorite café instead.. where they were out of matcha! In protest I ordered a SMALL (not large) rooibos latte with soy milk.

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It was ok, and the cute barista (he was there again 🙂 ) agreed with me that matcha tasted better…

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See we are meant to be 😉

I was slightly peckish after and got a small vegetable curry with some avocado on top for dinner and finished off the evening with two squares of Lindt Salted chocolate and some Kamut Crackers. Again with the carbs!

As mentioned before I am super happy to be able to say that I had a successful day of intuitive eating, even though I ate way more than I normally would on a rest day (I generally try to keep those high protein, but that’s not how my body wanted to roll yesterday apparently) 🙂

Now let’s just see what happens today, as 4.5 hours on a train always mean I NEED food. Funny how being trapped in a train makes you think you will starve…!

Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Makeup Forever Aqua Liner

My legs are KILLING me from yesterday’s Les Mills workout session! I wasn’t feeling particularly fit and energetic, but I am so head over heels in love with Step that I pushed through. What’s more, the trainer included some salsa-ey steps and told us to work it like Beyoncé – FIERCE! Made my day 😀

Love BodyPump

Love BodyPump

Although my legs were burning after, I stayed and pumped my way through BodyPump, and guess what: I increased the weights and barely took any breaks! Weighted lunges are still a tad bit too painful, but my arms are finally getting stronger! Woop Woop 😀

Now doing two classes back to back – each telling you beforehand that you should be prepared to REALLY sweat – could lead to blotchy makeup and streaked eyeliner. My Makeup Forever Aqua Liner didn’t let me down though!

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This was at the office, before heading out to the class…

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And this was 2 h and 25 minutes later!

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The colour was still there, albeit not as winged… I remained streak and smudge free throughout the sweat sesh! 🙂

Verdict: This eyeliner definitely did not let me down! And after doing a little research, I learned that Makeup Forever is also Cirque du Soleil’s brand of choice! So if it’s good enough for all those amazing gymnasts and performers then it is definitely good enough for a (in comparison) “short” gym visit!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday!

Hello world. Sorry for my lack of posting lately… I was busy living it up with “Johnny Depp”

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The Mad Hatter

But more about my fabulous life later 😉

Today is Monday and Mondays call for manicures! And yes, I am aware that I did not let you in on my manicured hands last week, but sometimes work has to be prioritized. And my wonderful job is what allows me to blog about manicures in the first place so I think we can let that come in between sometimes, just out of respect, no?

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IMG_1121Like always, I love their brushes… and colours… and names…

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It was so easy to apply! I don’t think I’ve done my nails so precisely in a long time…

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IMG_1128It’s really one of my favourite purples that I have ever had on my nails. Not only is it bright, it is also pastel and offers full coverage, all at the same time!

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Isn’t it Sittin’ Pretty 😉

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Have a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and nail polish, Cheshire Cat (stay tuned to find out why 😉 ) xoxo

If you can’t take the heat…

When I moved to Munich, I was planning to stay here for a month and see where life took me. I went to work in the mornings, and cooked dinner in the evenings, without really trying to build a life here. I went back to Zürich nearly every weekend and thought nothing of it because in just a few short weeks, I would be returning to my beloved home anyways… right? Wrong

I’ve been living here for nearly three months now, and have finally gotten myself a gym membership, let alone gotten to know the city a little. Yup, it took me three months… despite being a self-proclaimed socialite and an actual fan of the gym, I just never seemed to bother.

In my defence though, I did go jogging nearly every morning with my Aunt for the first month which was great, but once I started at MADAME, my commute was longer so my time to exercise was shorter. I did what anyone would do: I just skipped my workouts…and walked around town on my way home instead (bad news for my bank account, good for my mental health, I guess?).

Now, after moving into a really cute apartment with two wonderful roommates 10 minutes away from where I work, I decided to finally get that membership. I was on the fence about it for a while because I also really miss my dance classes, but after figuring out that the gym specializes in Les Mills workouts, I knew I had to join!

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I’m just nuts for Bodypump! I also signed up for a Jazz class every Wednesday, but that doesn’t start until next week.

Now, long introduction and general blabbing aside, I want to bring you to the actual topic of this post. There is a point and logic to all my madness. This post is about my one beauty staple everyone knows I will not leave the house without… I bring to you eyeliner at the gym.

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I leave the office between 6.30 and 7 and head straight to my workout while eating a Quest bar, i.e I am still “all dolled up”. I have yet to figure out whether I want to remove my makeup before my workouts, but for now I tend to leave my “natural” look on – and I want it to be worth it!

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You see, if there is one thing that I can’t stand, then it is streaked makeup and running eyeliner (and super red cheeks and über-amounts of sweating, but I guess I have to live with those reactions to working out..)

So before I end up looking like a heart-broken mess (read: red nose and eyeliner down my cheeks, which generally happens when you cry with a full face of makeup OR you’re me and just do that at the gym) after a workout (gee, thanks sweat) I decided to put my favourite eyeliners to the test, because seriously, that is a sight my fellow gym-junkies should NOT be seeing.

You’re welcome.

And yes, just removing my makeup would be easier, but, well, (as my much-loved Maths teacher used to say) why do things easily if you could do them the hard way; I would “rather” put my makeup up to the challenge.

So can they take the blood, sweat and tears heat?

This week I used L’Oréal Blockbuster Eyeliner during my sweat sesh.

Pre Workout

Pre Workout

 

All intact

All intact

I applied my eyeliner in the morning around 8 am.

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Classic wing look, as always.

On my workout schedule today were some bodyweight exercises and some light cardio.

Half an hour into my workout, I checked up on my eyeliner:

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Glistening, and light streaks, but otherwise not too much damage….

An hour later, another check (yes, I got a few stares due to all my weird eye selfies… oh the life of a blogger)

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BLACK LINES DOWN MY CHEEKS! Argh!

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I did get a great workout in though…and the streaks were easy to wipe away.. but they kept on returning…

Issues…

Verdict: I think this eyeliner should be removed if you are planning to sweat. Otherwise the cute guys will not be looking at your beauty, but will be scared away by ghastly streaks down your cheeks!

With that said though, I probably will just avoid using this eyeliner on days I know I will be working out, as I honestly know I am too lazy to wash my face before AND after a workout (Which is technically the “wise” thing to do..)

Question of the day

Do you remove your makeup before working out?

Or do you use certain products to ensure your cute look remains intact?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Eye Cream Empty

So you know how I swore off purchasing new products until I finished the ones that I have.. yada yada yada…? Funny how the evening after I wrote that post I actually used up my last swipe of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream.

Life is weird like that sometimes. I think it was a sign… maybe I am making a big mistake by not giving in to my endless wants..

Well universe you’re just gonna have to cope with my reluctance abstinence this time… I am planning on staying true to my vow (for longer than 1 night).

IMG_1747I mean, I saw it coming. The pot was emptying and I had yet to find a proper replacement. Endless hours on websites and trekking up and down the aisles of Douglas, I still hadn’t found an adequate product to take its place. It wasn’t due to lack of choice – there are sooo many eye creams out there. Also, it wasn’t like I didn’t have any replacements at home… they just weren’t what I was looking for. You see, the majority of the products on the market have a gel-like, cooling texture which I prefer to use in the mornings to wake my eyes up (which are the ones I still have plenty of at home). In the evenings however I prefer something creamier, which is why when my first jar of Hydrating Eye Cream was empty, I immediately purchased a second without thinking about another option. Convenience my friends, is the devil…

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Now that this one is finally empty though, I think it is time to move on…

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For a first, uninquired choice it definitely was fine for a 18-year old with little knowledge about eye care. Now, with the information that I have attained through the blog and work, I have come to the conclusion that this product is just not good enough. What’s more, in my co-workers eyes, Bobbi Brown is “just” a Make-Up brand, and should remain as such. Their skin care range could just be a money-making scheme. Food for thought…

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If I really start to scrutinize, I remember this cream burning my skin when I applied it after removing mascara. A cream should not do that…

Otherwise I found the cream to do what it promises: It hydrates and cools, and was great in the evenings before bed. I also liked that it wasn’t anti-age and thus less aggressive a cream (but again, it did burn and tingle). Most creamy eye-products are for ages 35 and over – my young-ish skin can’t handle the extreme properties of anti-age creams just yet. Also, at my age, I was told anti-age creams might even have the opposite effect because they are so aggressive.. scary..

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So now I am in search of a cream to use in the evenings….

Do you have any suggestions?

Have a great day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

 

What I ate Wednesday – Office Food

I actually purposefully took pictures of my meals today so that I could share them with you. Thank you Jenn for hosting 🙂

Breakfast

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Don’t knock it until you try it! Apple/banana sauce is actually quite nice… I normally add chia seeds, but forgot to take it home with me to let the chia soak up the juice. Instead, I ate 2 dark chocolate covered rice waffles an hour or so later (I blame my Auntie for getting me on the rice waffle train.. she keeps 5 packs of them at a time in the kitchen and her sons and husband devour them within minutes!)

Great as a “sitting at desk” breakfast

Lunch

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Lunch at the office is either Thai, Indian or Greek take-away, or a salad that we cut up ourselves. One of my co-workers actually started a salad tradition of cucumber, feta, tomato and avocado, which almost everyone makes when we decide to not order take-away. I was in the mood for kidney beans today and wanted a bit of protein after my carby breakfast, so I made a mix of cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, carrots and lettuce, added in half a can of beans and topped it all off with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crème de balsamico. It was deeeeeelicious and will definitely be making a reappearance, maybe with some goat’s cheese on top? Mhhhhm

Snack

 

 

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I had to rush to a PR meeting right after my (extremely short) lunch break… and on my way back I passed my favorite café… naturally I had to get a Matcha latte with soya milk. I’m such a creature of habit… -> have extra time, buy beauty product, walk past café, get a matcha. I think I will need to ban lattes soon too…

Later on between 16.30 and 18.00 I had the rest of my kidney beans (weird snack, I know, but I really was craving them still), a carrot and two packets of blueberries. I snacked on the blueberries while reading the new MADAME 🙂

As a pre-workout snack/ part of dinner I ate a Quest bar I found in my suitcase! I was soooo happy to find it as I thought I had eaten my last one yesterday! It is part of dinner since I haven’t managed to run to the store yet between moving, trying to keep a work-out schedule and being in the office.

Dinner

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Quest bars and spoonfuls of peanut butter are my go to meals in the (late) evenings after the gym, when I have nothing else to eat/feel very uninspired (nutritionist mom: need some tips please!) I also love sautéed spinach and tofu in coconut milk or some quinoa (if I meal-prepped and have some leftover…). All with peanut butter 😉

Today I ate two tablespoons of PB with 3 raw carrots 🙂

So that’s my typical (healthy) work day! I’ll be sure to fill you in on one of our take-away days too! And see: Fashion people do eat 🙂