Paris, Je T’aime

Over a year ago was the last time I set foot in my favourite city.

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Paris

IMG_0195For some inexplicable reason, I have always felt at home in this beautiful city, despite never actually having lived there… Must be a hopeless romantic thing..Paris is the “romantic” mecca after all so I’m probably just drawn to its aura and vibe 😉

IMG_0187The last two times I visited the city of luuuurv I started establishing traditions, of which the following first two were based on the trips I took with my mom:

  1. Spend the first few minutes driving into the city from the airport trying to spot La Tour EiffelIMG_0158
  2. Drink Hot chocolate at Hotel Côstes and people-watchIMG_0197IMG_0198
  3. Eat as many omelettes and frites as possibleIMG_0224IMG_0225
  4. Walk to the top of the Eiffel Tower (not necessarily a must, but I do love the view from the top)IMG_0159
  5. Discover the city on foot. IMG_0149
  6. Go to the 6 arrondissement for lunch at Café de Flore
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  7. Enjoy Paris’ beauty. I love majestic, royal cities, full of grand buildings, statues and gardens… again my inner-romantic speaking 😉 IMG_0160IMG_0173IMG_0168
  8. And last but not least: Go to la Champs Élysées, window shop at Guerlain and Louis Vuitton and ALWAYS visit Sephora, because we don’t have one in Switzerland 😉 IMG_0139IMG_0201

In three weeks I will be returning to Zürich to start University. I really hope I will get to visit Paris for a short weekend before though!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Obsession Alert: Code Red!

You guys. It is murder working at a magazine. I am SURROUNDED by all the products I want to try and I can’t do more than just test out a little on my hand… so sad 😦

I’ve resorted to drowning my sorrows in spoonfuls of peanut butter and endless Sephora “loves”. Seriously, it is an issue. I just bought a 500 g jar two days ago and it is already half empty.

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I tend to spoon feed myself more upon utter excitement, like when I found this eye cream. If only it weren’t so expensive…. and nut butter so calorific…

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Also, I NEED this in my life. It would a) be “parfait” and b) my first Chanel makeup purchase… you have to start somewhere… the only thing is I can’t quite convince myself to spend the money on it because the colour is outrageously similar to this. But it’s Chanel so it should be ok.. right?

Have you guys watched Girl Code? It used to be on at the gym at SLC, and I found it ridiculous then – but after finding some relatively funny gifs and memes on Pinterest (that are sadly very accurate and applicable to me) I thought I would actually watch an episode without mute turned on. Now I am officially hooked. Goodbye social life… oh wait that’s gone anyways this weekend as I decided to stay here and know NOONE! I do have my eye on a cute barista though…..

Speaking of working out: I found an amazing gym here! I can’t wait to train more frequently…

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Oh I also wouldn’t mind a Lancôme lipstick or two… don’t blame me, blame Instagram like I do

Also, anyone want to take me to Paris sometime soon?

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Because Maison Guerlain has opened the mothership of all beauty heavens. It’s an oasis full of everything from makeup to an in-house spa to a restaurant… It’s number 68 – I can’t believe I was so close last time!

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That was outside Louis Vuitton, but I would have rather seen Guerlain

my problems people… seriously…;)

And can someone find me this lock?

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It’s currently my background on my phone!

Oh and on a completely non beauty/dance note, I love this song and this one, and this one

Actually maybe it is a slight dance note, as I can feel choreography-inspiration coming my way. You know I always seem to dance more after going to the gym? Weird…

Question of the day

What things are making your heart beat faster lately?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

PARIS

In my Manicure Monday post, I mentioned that I had just returned from a wonderful trip to a much-loved city of mine, Paris. The following posts will revolve around my 5 day trip, and while that could mean they wont have much to do with all things dance and beauty, ballet steps and mascara splurges definitely managed to sneak their way into my short vacay (some more than others…). So without much further ado, let’s see how well my short-term memory functions 😉

Day One

6.00 am wakeup and drive to the airport to catch the 7.45 am flight. Note how tired I look and how animated the boyfriend is..

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We landed at 9.30 in gloomy, rainy Paris (Zurich was hot and sunny).

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After waiting ages for our luggage, the terribly long taxi drive to get to the hotel and not being able to check in just yet we were really feeling the gloominess of the day..

Since we had been awake for quite some time and hadn’t eaten a proper breakfast, we dropped off  our bags and head out in search of a place for lunch on Rue Cler, which is full of cute cafés and bakeries.

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After lunch we returned to check in and were given some tips on what to do in Paris in the summer. This was not my first trip there, so I know my way around a little. What I didn’t know however, was that the Louvre was open until 9 pm on a Wednesday. We immediately decided that we would take advantage of the longer hours, i.e. shorter queues later on in the evening, and jotted that down on our itinerary for the day before mapping out a route and how to walk there.

Our path took us down Champs Elyssées

IMG_0139Avenue des Champs Élyssées is one big avenue leading from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and it is home to many luxurious brands, department stores, car dealerships and more. The photo above was taken outside of the massive Louis Vuitton, where many tourists were posing for pictures in front of the displays.

Our first stop on this famous avenue was the Arc de Triomphe.

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The boyfriend and Dietikon

The boyfriend and Dietikon

On the insides, among all of the French battles, we found the Second Battle of Zurich that took place in Dietikon in 1799. Switzerland in Paris! Reason enough for a picture 😉

Not wanting to queue to go to the top, we walked down the Avenue instead and looked at all the stores. Since the weather was slightly off, we decided to go into H&M for some warmer clothing (specifically long trousers for the boyfriend who only brought short ones :)).

At some point we thought it was time to head to the Louvre. We wanted to leave enough time to stand in line and walk around the exhibits, so we took the Métro instead of walking the whole way and got there shortly before 7.

In line for the Louvre

In line for the Louvre

First stop: Mona!

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We also took a walk around Napoleon III apartments. The Louvre is breathtaking on its own and we spent a lot of time just looking at the building and walking from area to area.

Dinner was right next to the Louvre at one of my favorite Cafés (be prepared for hearing that a lot)…

IMG_0147Café Marly has a great terrace outside with a wonderful view of the Louvre and the other tourists still standing in line. The weather had cleared up by the evening so we took a seat and enjoyed the temperature change.

IMG_0148The food was amazing. I had a tomato and burrata salad with a side order of French green beans.

IMG_0157After our meal we walked back to the hotel, which is located near the Eiffel Tower. When we got closer we decided to take our first Eiffel Tower pictures (I saw the tower before the boyfriend though, midday upon our drive into the city ;))

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IMG_0152When we got back to the hotel we were ready for bed. After a 6am start and long walk through the city we deserved a rest!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo