My Signature Thang

I have always adored women who appear to have their lives under control. It is a trait I hope to one day master.

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Sometimes I seem to associate this effortless elegance with Paris: Whenever I hear about graceful women my mind wanders to Café de Flore, and envision a naturally beautiful woman wearing pearls, a classic Chanel jacket, cigarette pants and kitten heels. I picture a mix of Audrey Tautou, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and all of the French designer’s muses sitting at a table with red lipstick that doesn’t stain her glass filled with sparkling rosé, a plate of exquisite food before her, attracting the attention of any person to ever lay eyes on her.

I also imagine this lady to have the class and etiquette of a generous and timeless Iranian woman, with a brain and who knows very well who she wishes to be and that she is in control of her life.

I hope to one day be that kind of woman. Every day I meet people and see things that inspire me to become that envisioned woman sitting in Café de Flore. Whether it is my Aunt who naturally set a glass of water and a bowl of raw nuts by my bed just in case I was hungry, my mom who stayed true to her beloved skinny jeans and cowboy boots, owning her outfit because it is timeless, and who always reminded me that a woman should always be classy (yes, these comments were generally made when I was younger and begged to wear short shorts or mini skirts) and taught me the art of entertaining – Persian style, my other Auntie who inspires me with her positive outlook and love for the power of yoga, or my grandmother who looks more glamorous than Elizabeth Taylor and was even recently described as extremely elegant at the Sarah Lawrence Admitted Students Day that she accompanied me to.

109663-Nice+happiness+happy+quotes+thAs you see, I have a lot of dreams and plans as to who I wish to become and how I hope to be perceived. I have already started to plan certain things like to start writing a journal, to send thank you letters and hand written cards, to finally get my room organised and to make it look more grown up… and to finally have a signature look/character trait/inspiring way of life. A way people can remember me by. I long ago established my bouncy and talkative personality for which many people know and appreciate me, but sometimes I wish to recreate old ways… I want to be known for who I am and no longer for who I am meant to/trying to be, for sometimes, once my spunkiness was established, I felt I could no longer be any different and was even introduced as “that girl who I once told you about”. It puts you under a lot of pressure when you know you absolutely must be happy 24/7…

And that is why I started to express myself through dance, and let myself get inspired by the Evil Eye and dramatic eyeliner. I adore what the Hamsa Hand and the Evil Eye represent and choose to wear it every day. Wearing bracelets has always been a thing people have known me for, and now I have established it further by adding meaning to it. I also love to wear the Om symbol – it reminds me to stay calm and collected throughout the day (not always successful, but at least I’m trying ;))

Me at 15 - wearing bracelets

Me at 15 – wearing bracelets

me at 16 - wearing bracelets

me at 16 – wearing bracelets

And recently, the winged eyeliner has become my thing. Sometimes I keep it discreet, sometimes I tune it up with colours and mascara… but it is always there! And slowly I am creating my own look…
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With eyeliner wings distinguishing me and the Evil Eye protecting me, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday

IMG_9409I’ve professed my love for Dior Nail Polish before. This one was no exception.

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A deep, poisonous looking purple. Very vamp – perfect for evening drinks with matching lipstick perhaps?

IMG_9227I love the natural glossy look Dior’s nail polishes give. So far I have yet to test them with a top coat, but I’m sure it would look even more miraculously hypnotic! 😉

Have a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Mani-MISSING! + Mega Thank You

Ah! It’s Tuesday. Dooh!

IMG_1479I did not forget. I honestly didn’t. I just.. sort of thought..

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THAT TODAY IS APRIL FOOL’S DAY 🙂 And I couldn’t think of any other way to celebrate April 1st than by posting a Manicure Monday post on Tuesday. And because it’s Tuesday and not Monday (and a day full of pranks) I bring to you: TWO SIMILAR NAIL POLISHES 🙂

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Aren’t I a peach for telling you that this is no illusion. Both polishes are soft pinks. Both are high-end products. And both look similarly amazing. Pastel, blushing rose colours are so pretty…

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Now let’s take a brief moment to bask in the beauty of their names. First up: Chanel – Ballerina. That one is obvious. Of course I would be drawn to that name. I mean seriously..

It doesn’t matter that I haven’t actually set foot in a ballet studio in FOREVER, but that’s another story for another time. I did go to Jazz class last night though (yay me!).

Ballerina is soft pink, almost nude. A reminiscence of the tutu-leotard combo I used to pull of as a little girl.  Ahh childhood…

The polish itself covers well – you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chanel. I do have one complaint though: The brush is too narrow. After being spoiled endlessly by Dior last week, I do not appreciate non-voluptuous brushes. Bigger is better people, get with the program! It really is frustrating to apply polish with a narrow brush when you have zero patience…

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Now on to Dior. It’s called Tra-La-La. How cute is that?!

IMG_1483Although similar in color upon first swipe, this polish coats the nail slightly more leaving the nail a more luscious pink and less of a barely there nude. And, as mentioned above, the brush takes me to “wonderland” 😉

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Whichever you choose, you’re in for a long-lasting nail polish!

Also, I’d like to take this moment to thank the beautiful people at InStyle Magazine in Germany. I wouldn’t have been able to compare and contrast both polishes if it hadn’t had been for the opportunity I received to intern there for a month. I am extremely thankful for the experience I received and all the products I got to discover! I really had the time of my life and I can’t wait to return :)! So, THANK YOU!

Hope you had a wonderful Monday and are having a sunny Tuesday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday – Wonderland

A few days ago, my father sent an email out inviting friends and family to an Alice in Wonderland themed costume party. I immediately started weighing my options as to who I should go as… The Queen of Hearts? Well, I only found inappropriately skimpy pin-up costumes… The Cheshire Cat? Could be awesome, but only found a pyjama onesie.. The White Rabbit? Could also appear slightly too “tarty” if not done right … Alice? Nope, too plain..

I think I might just go as Tweedle Dee and hope my best friend will tag along as Tweedle Dum.. or I’ll go as the “Eat Me Cookie” or a playing card. Ideas, Ideas…

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Sarah Lawrence College, Alice in Wonderland themed party

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With the search for the perfect costume leaving me slightly frustrated, I turned to the makeup cupboard at work looking for inspiration. Lo and behold, guess what nail polish name caught my eye…

IMG_1497It’s becoming Spring’s theme..

IMG_1498I am in love with this nail polish, as mentioned here. The brush is thick and wide, which ensures a perfect and even application. The colour is bright and highly pigmented, and it shines and glistens even without a top coat..

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IMG_1503My nails have vanished down the rabbit hole and entered wonderland 😉

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IMG_1508Have a happy Monday, loves!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo