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 😉

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.

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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