The Makeup Tutorial Women Should Watch Before They Leave The House

I had to reblog this as soon as she said “dabble your eyes with optimism”. This video is amazing – enjoy! 🙂 xoxo

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This girl is awesome, and I wish there were more women out there like her — we could all use this message from time to time. (And yes, I try not too put too much optimism on my eyes, either.) [tc-mark]

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Spill it Sunday Fun

I generally don’t post on Sundays. Especially not since living in Munich… I never find inspiration during the 2 short days I get to spend in Zurich (if I come home) and also tend to be running around most of the time trying to get laundry done, get to my favourite dance classes and eat foods I miss when I’m not at home. I also try to soak up as much quality time with my friends and family as I can (read: turn night in to day) before leaving on the last train back to Munich.

So after reading Arman’s Spill it Sunday post while munching on my (paleo – it’s becoming a regular thing now) brunch, having finished most of my laundry and begun procrastinating the packing process, I thought it was high time I post on a Sunday. So here are 5 x 5 answers to this week’s fun questions 🙂

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Five facts about….your family!

1. Like Arman I am also Iranian (but we prefer to say Persian… like the cat… meooow). I’m also 1/4 American and 1/4 Austrian, was born in London, grew up in Zurich, currently live in Munich and hope to live in Paris one day, New York again, and Seattle maybe too 🙂

2. For a very long time, I was the only girl among my cousins – a princess if you will (Insert Ecard that I am in love with and will not add again here). When I was 14 though I gave my “sole-princess” title up (happily) and got to share being a princess with the cutest little girl ever (who now also has a sister, so we are three girls all together now 🙂 ) All in all I have 4 cousins on my Mom’s side and 6 on my Dad’s

The oldest of all the cousins :)

The oldest of all the cousins 🙂

 

Candid shot of the girls

Candid shot of the girls

All the boys on my Dad's side

All the boys on my Dad’s side

3. Facebook is a thing in my family. My father comments, my Aunt likes his comment and my Grandmother comments on his comment… my friends think they are “cool” for exactly this reason. I not so much.. the dorky comments do make me laugh though and I appreciate that they take time out of their day to stay in touch with me somehow 🙂

4. I have family all over the world. Must be an awesome Persian thing 😉

5. I’m an only child but always wanted to have an older brother.. I was never able to accept that it isn’t biologically possible.

Five facts about…your childhood!

1. I started with Ballet at a very young age and never stopped! I also forced my friends to dance to my choreographies…(still do)

2. I had every child’s dream: My own pony! Her name was Pebbles and I loved her to bits.. she lived an amazingly long life thanks to my mother’s love and care. I stopped riding when I was about 15 in favour of more dance.

3. Growing up in London gave me a British accent. When I met up with my kindergarten friends for the first time after 10 years the first thing I was told was: Oh my god, you are American now! At least I didn’t have a Swiss accent…

4. I played soccer for a short time during primary school – I was goalie. We had tournaments at school and my dad would help me train.

5. I had extreeeeeeeeeeeemely long hair until I decided to cut them “short” (Read: past shoulder-length) when I was 13. My mother still has heart-attacks when I go to the hairdressers… (my hair have never been shorter than past shoulder-length…)

Five facts about…you + school!

1. I didn’t trust myself to speak fluent German until I went to high school because all my friends knew me as the “English” girl. I learned German perfectly well, but only used it either in class or with my friends at after-school activities. It is still weird to speak German to my friends from primary.

2. I went to a maths and science high school. Imagine the disappointment around me when I decided not to pursue a biology or maths degree but a job in beauty.

3. I was a nerd. I had amazing grades and studied hard to get them – I’m proud of it. I lost a bit of that discipline in my last year of school and hope to find it again at Uni.

4. School lunches were the most social activity ever. When we had 2 hours we would go sit by the lake as soon as it was warm enough. I miss those days.

5. I really loved History and Economics, but didn’t enjoy Economics when I attempted to study it for a semester. I started to despise Maths towards the end although I loved it the other few years of school. I blame this on the teachers… either they inspired me or bored me…

Five facts about...you + travel!

1. I love Paris. It is currently my favourite city.

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2. I have yet to visit much of Asia or Africa. I have also never set foot on Australian or Canadian soil.

3. I really hope to backpack through Europe with some friends soon.

4. Going to Thailand to eat an authentic Panaeng curry would be a dream come true 😉

5. Despite my family living all over the world, I don’t get out of Zurich often. This must change…

Five facts about…your eating style!

1. I was raised vegetarian. I also went vegan shortly because I thought I could then eat more (I am a major volume eater). Lately I’ve been testing the whole Paleo diet and I find it works quite well. I’ve also started to enjoy fish.

2. I’ve been putting bananas in my smoothies and calling it ice cream before it was cool… #hipstermoment #nanaicecream

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3. I could eat tofu curries all day err day

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Panaeng Curry #foodporn

4. A week should not pass without eating rice at least once. In true Persian fashion, a meal is NEVER complete without rice.

5. I have recently discovered a love for lemon meringue pie, and I really want to paleofy it so I can enjoy it more often (I try to avoid wheat)

Thanks Arman for hosting! Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Melt-Proof Makeup: Experts Share Their Favorite Sweat-Proof Beauty Essentials

I felt a need to reblog this after writing about my sweat-proof eyeliner of choice! Have any of you tried these products? I really want to get my hands on the Bobbi Brown Eyeliner
Anoushé xoxo

Beauty High

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Warm weather brings with it a tremendous amount of fun, an air of easy, breezy days that call for a relaxed approach to beauty. This means using products that are extremely low maintenance, that won’t move of melt off.

When we thought about the ultimate test of sweat-proof beauty, we couldn’t think of anything more rigorous than a power workout. This is why we reached out to some of our favorite beauty mavens and fitness instructors to get their melt-proof makeup must-haves, below.

Name: Aleah Stander
What She Does: Master Instructor, Flywheel Miami
Favorite Melt-Proof Makeup Essentials: “I love a good eyelash curler, and I live for BADgal Lash by Benefit. They sell a waterproof version of this, but I use the regular version and it doesn’t run when I teach. This combined with my eyelash curler makes my eyes pop! Also, Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free

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I am “very inspirational” ? YEEEHAAAAW

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When I woke up in the middle of the night (read Monday morning 3 AM) due to lack of space in my tiny bed (I fell asleep with my laptop playing Two and a Half Men and sub-consciously managed to not push it onto the floor while tossing and turning) and checked my phone, I didn’t really get what was happening. Me? Nominated? For the Very Inspiring Blogger award? “That’s nice” I thought to myself and drifted back off into la la land…

It wasn’t until I was awake, fully dressed and at the office that I finally realized what had happened – and that it wasn’t all just a dream. The adorable Rosie, from A Red Lip and a Nude Shoe had nominated me for this honorable award! I was speechless and started to feel all warm and fuzzy – people wuuv my blog, guys.. and I seem to inspire them too.. This just made my day 🙂

Hugs to you Rosie for thinking of me 🙂 Jumping for joy describes only a fraction of my excitement and gratitude!

Now, this is what happens when nominated for this award:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know how they’ve been nominated
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seeing as I can’t seem to thank Rosie enough, I might as well do it again before letting you in on 7 facts about MOI! 🙂 So cheers to you Rosie!

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First things first, I LUUUURV to dance.

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In heels… on the dance floor.. at dance class.. at the bus stop.. Nothing can stop these dancing feet!

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I wish I had blue or green eyes…

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I have a terrible crush on Nelly. Anything from Hot in Here to Party People.. I know all his songs by heart!

I have started to always wear an Evil Eye and truly have started believing in karma…

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I love to read trashy chick-lit. It’s no longer “just a phase” – Totally superseded that a year ago.. I just can’t stop reading things that will turn my brain into mush

IMG_0549My first name means happiness. Part of my last name means handkerchief. Yup, I’ve been laughed at by people smart enough to ask the meaning of my name…

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I hope to one day perfect my French and live in Paris for a while

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So not quite “new” facts about me, but whatcha gonna do 😉

Here are my 15 nominations:

 Fit Swiss Chick

Let’s get Living

Healthy Diva Life

A Perfect Masquerade

Sincerely Regan

GiGi Eats Celebrities

The Big Man’s World

A Sunshiny Day

The Minted Beauty

Running with Spoons

This Rawsome Vegan Life

Paris in Four Months

The Real Life RD

The First Mess

The Oatmeal Artist

You guys are awesome… and inspire me each and every day with your posts, no matter what they are about! 🙂 Have fun writing 7 facts about yourselves!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve been seeing posts like these all over the blogosphere, and never came around to creating one myself. I never fully understood why someone would really want to know what I was eating, but then again, whenever I tried out a new diet or fitness regime – following someone’s newest trend – I always asked myself: Is this REALLY what they are eating?!

So here is my “really” eating day. I don’t claim to be anyone who knows much about nutrition (I have a mother who does ), but I am searching for the best way to fuel my life and to reach my goals, and this is just one of those days on that path to balanced health. Also, it was kind of fun to take pictures of everything I ate, thinking someone might actually want to see this! 🙂

Thanks to Jenn (add link to  current what I ate Wednesday) for hosting!

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Breakfast/Brunch:

Raw Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

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Snack:

4 clementines

Dinner:

2 massive bowls of Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

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Note: I was recovering from a weird stomach bug and a major lack of appetite on this day. Stay tuned for next What I ate Wednesday to see how I normally eat

Note 2: This was two weeks ago 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Body Pump!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I wish you all happy holidays full of love, friends and family, delicious food and the odd, beautiful presents! I just kicked my butt in my very first body pump class (recap coming soon) and am now totally prepared for a massive feast later today 😉

See you after Christmas!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

I’m Home!

After four months in New York (not counting my short trip home for Thanksgiving), it definitely feels good to be back in the city I grew up in. It’s nice to be around friends, family and my dogs, go back to my normal routine, favourite foods and my comfy bed. My decision to come back was not an easy one, but it was very necessary.

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Zurich Sky

Before I left home, I always thought I had to get away from the sort of “narrow-minded thinking” the society here practices. Whatever you do has to have a reason – you don’t study for the sake of studying, you choose majors based on future possible professions, and university must become your life if you want to  to survive among thousands of other students. I wanted to break free from the norm and continue to dance while getting an education, something that is slightly frowned upon here … so I decided to go to the States – where anything is possible.

I found a school that practices the exact opposite of a Swiss school, concentrating on individualised education full of research papers or creative work you feel could be relevant to the course you interviewed for and selected, and not on how well you do on exams. The school wanted every student to do the best they could, and not be measured by an exam comparing them to others. Also, they followed a curriculum offering close contact with professors, where a student would attend a bi-weekly conference to discuss class work and the afore-mentioned research paper, formally known as conference work. The emphasis on the knowledge you attained at this school, in my case, was through independent study and research for your own work, not so much in class itself. There, we discussed the books we were reading and gathered knowledge from each other’s opinions expressed in the discussions loosely lead by the teachers.

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In addition to academic classes, you could choose creative ones as well. These were known as “thirds” and required more class time than any other class, but weren’t meant to have as much of a work load. I chose the dance third and spent an average of more than 3 hours a day in a dance themed class, like dance history, contemporary or improvisation. A lot of time got sucked up by being in a dance third, as I only had some odd slots in between to eat food before heading to my academic classes – it was stressful. The school wanted you to devote yourself completely to each and every class, and only then would you truly benefit from the education there. Go by things half-heartedly and you will be miserable and fall behind…

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Theoretically a great idea, in my case however not the best choice. I grew up in a system where you studied for tests as well; not only for your own acquisition of knowledge. If I wanted to know more, I would do that work independently, but the school would always offer me a general basis from what I could work off of. With the requirement of tests, I had short-term goals pushing me to study even when I didn’t really enjoy what we were doing, in every subject.

This was a major thing missing in my lit class for example, as while the discussions were based on the readings we should have done, it was easy to just weasel in a general statement that applied to the book as well when you didn’t really do the assignment, and no one would know because there would be no test to prove your lack of reading. This made it hard for me to justify going to class; why should I read something if a) it won’t really be discussed b) there is no test and c) my conference work counts for more than half of the grade, why can’t I use class time to do that instead? (same went for some of the dance classes I didn’t really enjoy.. why couldn’t I work on my homework instead?!)

Those were a few of the issues I noticed with the system, that over time would lead to me being more and more unhappy. I felt like since conference work was a bigger part of your grade, that was the only thing I was focusing on, while barely doing the work for class. I noticed I wasn’t using my education there to it’s full potential as I didn’t have enough interest in my classes to independently push myself – I thus felt like I was teaching myself through my research as I wasn’t benefitting from class time.. and this made me ask myself: why am I at a school if I am teaching myself?!

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My longing for the test-taking, stressful studying, lecture listening culture where you could “see a point in what you were doing even if you weren’t completely interested in the subject matter because you had tests” grew stronger every day, and I knew I had to return if I wanted to graduate successfully and move on to bigger and better things. I know within myself that a little bit of structure from a university helps me much more than a complete “motivate yourself to do the best you can do”-mentality. So is a bit of competition among fellow peers (I always wanted to know how well others did not their tests.. not proud, but it helped me push myself more!).

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I began to no longer enjoy my dance class, as it was required for credit and not for personal pleasure. Not wanting to dance is a major indicator of me being unhappy! I also noticed that I felt I couldn’t do what they expected of me, and that I simply didn’t want to do the work, and that too much was asked of a student, academically or creatively. This made me ask myself, is it the school or simply the studying I don’t want to do. I then realised that it was the school itself when I was personally spending more time researching information about nutrition, health and science instead of reading a book I was meant to, working on a choreography for myself, or writing down bits of paragraphs I would one day want to incorporate into a book. This showed me I can study for the sake of knowledge, but it has to be knowledge I wish to acquire…

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I guess you can take the girl out of Switzerland, but you can’t take the Swiss thinking out of the girl…

So now I will be planning my next steps. Stay tuned and get ready to see what I will do next! 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo