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!

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To another three years dearest blog!

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).

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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!

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Anoushé xoxo

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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. 

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

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 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.

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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 😉

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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!

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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 😉

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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

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On

It takes 22 days to form a new habit. Breaking one can happen almost immediately when procrastination is involved… So with the approaching exams at the end of the semester scaring me just a little more each week, I soon fell into the habit of not blogging. I mean, the last time I posted anything was the end of October, which my father has kindly been reminding me every so often. In a perfect world, I would have used my time productively and studied – for each minute not invested in my blog, I could’ve at least spent the time revising and summarising. But as is normal in the life of a student, studying is not always a pleasure and I soon let one of my vices control my “spare time”, leading me to binge-watch all the TV I could find; I watched all of 30 Rock, Real Housewives, About a Boy and Devious Maids just to name a few, while also keeping up with all my usual favourites. To say I might have a problem is an understatement – I suffer from couch-potato-syndrome so to say… from extreme TV-Junkieness.. from no longer being the Grade-A Nerd I used to be in high school. Long gone were the days I could study for 12 hours straight because I only had two days before my biology exam – something even my best and closest friends just couldn’t comprehend. To them I was still the crazy studier, not the procrastinator I had secretly become. And this fear of no longer being “who I used to be” made me panic. I felt incapable, undeserving, and stupid. My concentration was depleted, my willpower gave in, my nights became restless, but my days were spent in bed due to lack of sleep. A few weeks before my exams I even lost my appetite. My panic attacks increased to a point where I would cry myself to sleep at night – I was so disappointed in myself, in my actions, in the way I conducted myself during the semester…I was nowhere as prepared as I wanted myself to be – I had not succeeded in reaching the goals I had set, and yes, while I might have expected a bit too much from myself, I know what I am capable of – and what I delivered this semester was just unacceptable to me.

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Going in to the semester I had set myself one ultimate goal, and that was to see it through. After spending some time after graduation soul-searching I knew that I had finally found the suitable field of study, and completing the semester had to be manageable, as for the first time I was actually enjoying what I was doing….

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…and long sob story short, I am proud to say that I did exactly that: Despite feeling unprepared I took all 4 of my exams. This is a big step for me, as in the last 2 years shying away from failure became my new normal, rather than actually seeing anything through. Taking the exams helped me reclaim the confidence I used to have… and it all paid off in the end!

Ladies and gentlemen of the blog world, I am officially a student. I passed all of my exams – albeit not as well as I wanted to but I was honestly prepared for the worst. I was truly ecstatic  when I saw that I had passed all exams of my major, and absolutely flabbergasted when I passed my business minor, because I was more than ready to choose a different course…

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My friends and family tried hard to keep me calm during this whole process, but I took their words of wisdom for granted and continued to spiral into one panic attack after another. Passing my exams has taught me that I am capable, I can be a student, I can excel, and I can be whoever I want to be. And I believe a massive thank you for everyone’s patience is in order! I really was a mess these last few months, but hope to have regained my strength (for now at least). I also had the cutest study buddy giving me plenty of cuddles while I was cut off from all other contact.

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I just need to kick the habit of TV-show watching in the butt. But I’ve got one more week before the next semester starts to do that 😉

Also I owe you guys sooooo many blogposts. Loads has happened; my birthday, Christmas, New Years.. a trip to California… and I do plan on keeping you all up to date more frequently now 🙂

Talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

How can it only have been 3 Weeks!

Please apologise my short hiatus. I honestly didn’t see this one coming. I even started typing up a draft for Thinking out Loud two weeks ago to tell you all about my first week, but being overwhelmed by reading kinda sorta got in the way….

Fast forward two weeks later, and I am slowly coming back to my senses. Sure, I need to do A LOT – but so does everyone else, and somehow they still have an actual life… so I took a step back and reevaluated the whole scenario. I watched myself in slow-motion and tried to find the errors in my ways. I even flash-backed to my literature heavy time at SLC to aid my “autobiographical research” and noticed a terrible pattern that could possibly lead me directly to a very fast, immediately doomed burn-out:

I mean too well when it comes to the (suggested and recommended) readings.

Long gone are the high-school days of only needing to read a shortish book for a language class or a few chapters of biology at most. These few pages were easily summarised and didn’t steal time away from revision or paper-writing (or more importantly my social life, which is basically non-existent right now). No, university brings forth pages upon pages of “important and valuable” reading that supports course work and helps with understanding the subject matter – and could also doom me to all-nighters and being permanently behind on EVERYTHING. And being the person that I am, I began to freak out when I noticed that it took me almost an hour to read (and summarise) about 10 pages of “required” reading….That’s when I started to analyse a presumed fault in my ways… and found the probable error that had already caused major panic attacks at SLC.

I have forced myself to come to terms with the fact that sometimes a summary isn’t really all that necessary. Plus, it is a mega time consumer. Sometimes just reading can be enough. This is actually my current mantra to my inner nerdy, over-achieving self, especially after I noticed that the professors base their lectures almost entirely on the books they recommend (they are oftentimes also the authors) and offer an acceptable summary of the 40 pages, albeit not as exact as I may have done it, but almost definitely exact enough for the exam in January knowing that I am currently only 3 weeks in and have already received so much information at a really high speed to process.

So that being said, I have now after 3 weeks been able to figure out a system I hope will work, as I have identified some lectures as “exact reciprocations of the reading” where I will thus do the reading but only highlight the text and summarise after the lecture if I feel I am missing information, and lectures that require “discussions of the reading” where a summary could definitely come in handy because the information of the presentation isn’t as exact or informative. Oh and I also found a class that requires mainly practice exercises and little theory (microeconomics) and so I will put more emphasis on the practical work than the learning by heart.

Boy am I glad today is Thinking out Loud Thursday and I can share all my thoughts with you all. I am sure you are highly interested in my super-exciting student life with mounds of studying and like zero social interactions 😉 Thanks Amanda for hosting!

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1. When we last spoke it was September. Like what the what calendar, how can there only be 3 months left to 2014. I feel like I literally JUST came home from New York.

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2. I’ve been making my protein smoothie a lot for breakfast lately. Today I added some fun nutritional-science things to it like glutamine and BCAA’s etc etc (i.e. there were a lot of different powders in there) and for some weird reason, it just didn’t want to mix with the banana and raspberries. What’s more, the smoothie sort of bypassed the frozen fruit in my blender and kind of formed 3 different layers: A top layer of something that resembled molten marshmallow, a centre layer of frozen fruit and a bottom layer of what my usual smoothie would have been like. This has never happened to me before, so I am blaming the additional powders… Well not really blaming, as I got marshmallow fluff out of it (yay) …but it was weird nonetheless.

3. I’ve been using either blush or bronzer (or both) daily lately. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I never used to wear blush as my cheeks are naturally rosy, but I found university to be the perfect time to start experimenting with new makeup looks. I still sport my beloved cat eye though. Also I have started to sometimes wear mascara for my super early (8 am) classes, where I have to get up at 6 because the communications students are the “lucky” ones who get to travel all around town to the various different University campuses to get to class.

I sometimes also wear lipstick. I am officially growing up.

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…although it is aggressively Barbie pink. So nope, not growing up just yet 😀

4. I mentioned last time that I would be sharing a great post with you soon. I guess that was a white lie, as I no longer think it will be soon, more like in the near future. But it will be worth the wait. I promise!

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Cacao Chanel and Kale Lagerfeld. YES!

6. Speaking of juices…I’ve been indulging in loads of vibrant smoothies lately. It’s all I ever want for breakfast, snacks and sometimes even dinner after a fun body pump sesh.

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(recipes coming soon)

7. I am reunited with this little munchkin!

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8.  I really LOVE being a student and really hope I can sort out this whole studying thing because I have yet to experience “student life”. Also, I found this post rather amusing, but it doesn’t apply to me at all because I love to cook and experiment with different diets (like the whole paleo and high carb, Raw Till 4 approaches)

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9. I have some new additions to my accessories that I cannot get enough of:

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10. Another secret I have discovered that might improve my study efficiency is an iced caramel macchiato. I read faster, type quicker and generally feel so much more productive (read: hyperactivity for the win). I just hope I can fall asleep…

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I really hope I will get round to posting again soon! I’m off to summarise a lecture and do some reading for tomorrow…

Happy Thursdaaaaay 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Tomorrow is where my Book begins..

Think of me tomorrow at 10 am guys, for that is when I will be taking my very first university lecture at Uni ZH 🙂 After last week’s lengthy recap, I am keeping today’s nice and short! My weekend started on Thursday, after orientation, and was quite low-key but a great way to start the school year. I’ve been enjoying these link-ups, for I just noticed in the car earlier while trying to tell my dad about my weekend, that I sometimes forget what amazing things I actually accomplished…

As for Manicure Mondays, well, I haven’t forgotten about them, I just haven’t really been doing my nails at all lately. This week I am sporting “Make him Mine“, by OPI on my little fingers and toes and “Chicago Champagne Toast” on the rest of my fingernails (I promise to redo the manicure and post it next week, but I didn’t do a very good job this time). I did my nails as a last-minute decision on Saturday afternoon before passing out post-stretching, which is why my nails are not in the right condition to be photographed…But more on that later.

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Thursday, after orientation, I decided to not go to dance (shocker) and had drinks with some new-found friends (and some very close, old ones) on campus.

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Afterwards, I had plans to go eat sushi at Barfüsser and FINALLY remembered to take pictures!

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I started eating fish a few months ago, and am slowly starting to call myself a (paleo) pescatarian. At home I still cook mainly vegan, because that’s just what I crave most, but when I am out and I feel like fish, I order it. And that night, I really wanted the Sesame Tempura Roll: Black Tiger prawn tempura, mayo, sesame outside (copied from the menu). I was often offered to try a piece when my friends got it and always found it amazing, so was really looking forward to ordering it myself, but eating an entire roll yourself is a whole other experience – In all honestly, I preferred receiving the odd piece when my friends were full because you really got to savour the delicacy. Having 8 pieces of something so exquisite makes it less special somehow. So please someone share it with me next time?

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I also had the Avocado Nigiri and shared a Rainbow Roll (I don’t really like raw tuna so just ate the salmon).

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My friends had Avocado Maki and a California Roll. I was the only one who pigged out, but I was also having a hungry day. Do you guys get that too? A super hungry day, especially when you don’t work out?

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After dinner, I had drinks with my best friend and decided spontaneously to go to Nachtseminar at Plaza – it was Thursday after all 😉

Fun Fact: This Wednesday I will be handing out flyers for that party outside the Uni, that’s how much I love it 🙂

Friday I noticed I was coming down with a cold, and decided to play it safe and not workout, which meant that I yet again had “found an excuse” to not go to dance class…. sad really…so I stayed home, roasted more squash, and then met a friend at Starbucks for a Soy Matcha Green Tea Latte and some girl talk. While sitting there, I ran into some old school friends… it’s good to be home 🙂

After tea, we bought a fuzzy scarf at Zara and had dinner at Hiltl. Then I bought another Kabocha squash. I think I might have a problem…

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Saturday I got up early and bought some last-minute school supplies and some groceries. Then I went to my usual stretching class, painted my nails and passed out. This is when I noticed that my flu was still around.. I was exhausted and just wanted to SLEEP.

Later I met my mom’s godson for dinner at Nagasui and then head out to the club “Härterei” for the party “Nasty Trash”. I had taken a video on Snapchat, but managed to forget to save it…. it was a great night but I left “early” and was in bed by 2.30 am! So unlike me 😉

On Sunday I picked up this Fluffy thing.

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I got to dog-sit him for a night and spent loads of time playing with and cuddling this living fur-ball while trying to overcome my cold. It was a beautiful day and I was thus very thankful to have this little guy as a reason to enjoy the sunshine every few hours and not spend the entire day curled up in bed watching 30 rock, feeling sorry for myself.

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I got my act together around 3 and head to Bodypump though. It was the last time doing release 90! I am so proud of my gains during the squat and chest tracks, that I cannot wait to master release 91.

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Today I had the day off and spent the morning in my pyjamas, enjoying my last few hours of “no studying” a.k.a watching 30 rock and eating MORE SQUASH (I can’t believe I haven’t turned orange yet). In the afternoon I went to town for some juice with my BFF and then came home for more dog-walking, squash-eating and uni-preparing. I can now officially say my room is GORGEOUS! My closet however is a different story… I guess that is next on the to-do list.

I hope you had a great weekend too! I’ll speak to you after my first day (I already have some fun posts planned). Wish me luck!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo