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20. March 2015 marks the Spring equinox – day and night are of equal lengths, Spring officially begins.

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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

2014 Recap: My Birthday – Part One

While I anxiously await the many pictures we took on our trip to LA, I thought I could catch you guys up with my life via photo spam, starting with the day I turned 21….

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IMG_1851..also known as the day I finally got my crown 😉

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I reserved a table at Alice Choo at 11 pm on the 20th – it’s a brand new restaurant and club here in Zurich. My Dad actually suggested we went there – talk about trendy 😉

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It was a great location for a largish group. We had two tables and the dance floor all to ourselves. Later on that night the restaurant itself transformed into a club as well, with a live performance by Nôze. It truly was a fantastic evening. I have the best of friends and family and had the most fabulous birthday imaginable!

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To be continued…

Let me know if you’d like to know more about the make-up look! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Dress: Nasty Gal

Make-up: Urban Decay, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Lancôme, Givenchy, Dior, Boscia, Bebe, The Body Shop

Accessories: Birthday present from my mom

 

 

 

IBIZA 2014

Hello hello 🙂 Look who’s being a model blogger and posting regularly again – I’m back baby 😉

As promised on Sunday, I bring to you a recap of my spectacular week on none other than my fav of the Islas Baleares: EIVISSA (or Ibiza in non Catalan terms a.k.a Spanish)

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I mentioned to you about a year ago that I feel a real connection to this particular island’s vibe… something about the hippy-ish, party thing they’ve got going on while still being sort-of down to earth and chilled really speaks to me. I guess the island sort of describes me well: I’ve got that wild, open, fun, talkative, party personality (read: hyperactive mojo that I cannot (will not) switch off) while also love the little things described on most dating homepages ** like oh I don’t know let’s say long walks on the beach (yawn ?), captivating discussions on life (yikes), beautiful flowers (well who doesn’t), pretty bracelets (which is just ma thang) and and and and… a really good sangria? Or does that fit into “party” ? Nevertheless: me and Ibiza, we just go together like PB and J, ok?

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(**sidenote: I have yet to desperately sign up on one, but we girls all seem to think alike and think certain “fun facts” attract a particular “type” (uhm, NOT) so I have a presumption on what one might find there.. okay? 😉 )

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My mom and I first started vacationing on the infamous party island when dear friends of ours invited us back in 2002. My mom being her slightly paranoid self (and I say this in the utmost loving way) couldn’t imagine why our friends would choose a drugged up, boozy British infested island as a family vacation destination and politely declined with each and every passing Summer – until said year. I don’t know how much begging and pleading went in to her booking our flights there, but knowing her will-power is far stronger than mine (I can melt like butter in a frying pan if convinced with plausible arguments… and am not too bull-headed about the idea in the first place, otherwise I can be strong like an Amazonian too  😉 ) I can imagine it took plenty of convincing… and we were both glad she “caved”: We proceeded to visit Ibiza every single following Summer.

Here is a quick photo blast from the past:

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DAVID GUETTA

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We soon discovered the hidden jewels the island had to offer.. sure it is known for its parties (and they really can be as awesome as raved about) but Ibiza also offers loads of culture, history and ambience…

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And so you can imagine the amount of memories we had established by the time my father thought it was his turn to explore the magical island… And explore he did: My plan for this holiday was to show him the places I found particularly special about the island, not the places he would normally be invited to. I made a point of going to the usual “hangouts” – places my mom and I discovered – as it truly was hard for me to be there without her for a full week and I couldn’t bear not experiencing the same adventures (the last time I was only there for 2 days, also with my father.. my mom and I sadly haven’t been back since I was 16).

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But of course reliving a moment sometimes makes you forget the creation of new ones.. I don’t know how many times I annoyed my dad with: “Well Mommy would have done this differently” instead of just embracing the fact that, despite it being the same island, the same place and sometimes the same friends around us, it just couldn’t be the same experience. Looking back I probably should’ve taken my own advice to heart and tried to “live a little, loosen up, “yolo”, not compare as much to the past, stop living in the past generally….” But we’ve all been there, and done that (I think).. and as already mentioned it is becoming a big goal of mine to stop worrying/over thinking and just LIVE.

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Carpe Diem, and all that jazz…

For example: the scene: We went to my favourite sunset café in the world (Café del Mar) and then went to the cutest place where they only serve Pan con Tomate (bread with some tomato spread on top), the best manchego cheese and jamón – that’s it. Talk about not being very paleo 😉

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Anyhoo, by the time we had relaxed, enjoyed the music, the sunset  and dinner, our original plan of heading to Pacha for Steve Aoki was slowly starting to feel too overwhelming… what – you want me to put on makeup, a dress and high-heels and go pay too much for 1 night of music and terrible pick-up lines? Uhm..

But then my dad came to the rescue and said he would drive us there (at like 1 am) if we got ready ASAP. Note: I hadn’t showered yet and my friend was about to fall asleep, because, well we thought we were going to be boring and not go after all.

So at 1.30 we were walking into the club…and danced…and were thrown cake at (I had whipped cream ON MY ARM – Aoki is CRAY CRAY)… and had the most AMAHZING time.

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I will be uploading some videos from that night and the night I saw Calvin Harris (OMG) later, as WordPress seems to have trouble with large videos…

Now having a fun girlfriend along for the trip not only meant fun disco party nights, but also waaaaaay too many pictures. The rest of this post will be conducted with limited commentary (I know, almost impossible for me 😉 )

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Love these two :) My godmothers children

Love these two 🙂 My godmother’s children

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The time I copied Pinterest...

The time I copied Pinterest…

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She put sand into my bikini!!!

She put sand into my bikini!!!

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Cause I can only stay “serious” for so long

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Yeah.. that happened

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Oh and for those of you who kept on scrolling and reading all the way until the end, here is a treat:

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DAVID GUETTA WAS AT THE BEACH WITH US. But of course, when we went up to him and asked for an autograph, he was too busy relaxing… he didn’t however say that to the skimpy-dressed girls who asked as well… shame

Looking back at these pictures make me want to up and leave for the island again.. I had such an amazing time with family and friends and cannot wait to go back 🙂

Thanks for reading! There will most likely be more pictures coming your way with the video uploads, as I didn’t want to make you look at ALL of them at once 😉

Have a beautiful day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Thinking Out Loud Thursday 2

I ran out of my favourite foundation today and lost my inspiration to blog about my makeup selections for Beauty to the Pointe.. so what to do when you don’t know what to write about? Join a linkup as fun as this one! Thank you Amanda for hosting!

Thinking-Out-Loud1. My work out goals for 2014 started off badly, but now that I decided to make myself a fixed schedule, things have been more “smooth sailing”. I made it to the gym twice this week and will be going again tomorrow. Today was a much-needed rest day!

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IMG_12532. …and what do you do on a rest day? You eat cupcakes…because that’s how it is meant to work, right? Eat clean only while training mean… or something like that 😉

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3. I have found a really nice nail polish remover, and while things like Liquid Sand and Glitter are still really hard to remove, it leaves my fingers extremely soft.

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I can’t wait to try other Josie Maran products!

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4. The Matcha Green Tea Latte has made a return twice since last week… there is no hope! 😉

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5. I have the cutest dogs in the whole entire universe. Yes, I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been hanging out with them a lot lately and they never fail to be CUTE! Check my phone – all recent pictures are of them (or of food!)

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I caught her working on my computer….

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They both hug the blanket! SO CUTE!

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Checking up on me… 🙂

6. I am in LOVE with this tea from Teavana. It is called Choco Caramel Sea Salt. Why don’t they have a store here?!

IMG_12647. I’ve changed my nail polish three times this week. That means my next three Manicure Monday posts are already written and ready! Now that’s what we call well prepared 😉

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10. Our Christmas decorations are going back into the cellar tomorrow. I don’t know how I feel about that… the Holidays are officially over…

Thans for reading! With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Lucerne, Lake Zurich, and loads of chocolate!

Even the dance obsessed need a break every now and then. Ok, so it wasn’t entirely voluntary; my Auntie and cute cousins are here for a visit and who would pass up a chance to spend time with them?!

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Just look at the cuteness.

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Besides daily visits to Sprüngli (very legitimate, as it only exists here and why stop if you’ve been going there every day) for chocolate and Luxembourgli, we also went to the lake a couple of times.

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Chocolate-Maracuja Luxembourgli

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Lemon and Hazelnut

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Champagne on the left, Chocolate-Maracuja on the right

Champagne on the left, Chocolate-Maracuja on the right

I took two days off from work to enjoy the time they are here, and probably wouldn’t have been to the lake this Summer if I hadn’t had done so. I am not a big fan of swimming. I go into the ocean merely to cool off on a beachy vacation, and otherwise prefer to relax and read – especially when the water is too cold. As a child I used to have less water issues. I would jump in to the coldest waters, brave and fearless, a friend to freezing lakes and pools…
Oh how things change..

I prefer to stay onboard, like on Thursday when we went on a pedalo.

The family on a Pedalo

The family on a Pedalo

Or on land, like on Friday and Saturday when we went to lakeside beachy places.

We didn’t just go to the lake though. Friday morning I did some Iyengar Yoga with my Aunt. I’ve been practicing Iyengar for over 4 years now, but this past year I neglected it a little. I really hope I can continue when I’m at college!

At night we had tickets to see Sting at Live at Sunset.

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Sunset

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He is a great performer and I’m glad I got to see him. I was also extremely surprised how many songs I actually knew; I was able to sing out loud to Roxanne, Desert Rose, Shape of my Heart, Every Breath you Take, Englishman in New York and Fields of Gold.

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My Aunt, my Mom and Me…and some grumpy woman 😉

Saturday I got to drive in high heels with my grandparents…

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Cruisin...;)

Cruisin…;)

Sunday we all went to Lucerne and enjoyed the weather and the views..

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The Mountains

The Mountains

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And came back to Zürich, ready for a delicious dinner (Review to follow :))

Hope you had a sunny  and eventful weekend too!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo