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:

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  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

 

 

 

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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Gotta do yoga

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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

 

 

We don’t sleep – Weekend Recap

After being in Munich for the past 3 weeks and travelling every weekend with my dad to visit friends and family, I was looking forward to a weekend with my friends back home in Zürich. Despite knowing many amazing people all over the world, Zürich will always be where I am happiest (and yes this may partially be because I know the city like no other and grew up here. I know I would need to spend major quality time with my next “chosen home” to really be able to know where I belong, but for now it’s Zürich).

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As soon as I got back to the apartment, I started up Spotify and listened to “Small Bump” by Ed Sheeran on repeat while starting the grueling task of washing 3 weeks worth of laundry…

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There were a few more loads in the bathroom…

It was a bit overwhelming to start doing this much laundry at 11 pm… so I made myself some banana protein ice cream for motivation and fell into bed around 1. I make a point of trying to eat all my favorite foods while back home and used being up this late as the perfect excuse for a midnight snack 🙂 I don’t really feel comfortable using the kitchen much in Munich and it’s been hard to keep up with my healthy eating habits…Going back to my favourite ways at home is one thing I’m looking forward to after my internship (but I will really really miss my job 😦 )

I woke up early on Saturday for brunch with this beauty at Le Pain Quotidien:

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I normally have oatmeal and/or a pain au chocolat (they are divine here!) but decided against the “non-stop hunger” that wheat causes me because I had a dance class later in the day. Their scrambled eggs and fruit salad were nearly as great, but I did miss their White Chocolate spread 😉

After dance and yoga I met up with another friend for a Cool Lime Refresha at Starbucks. I hadn’t seen him in FOREVER and it was great to catch up. I also managed to squeeze in some grocery shopping before running home to get changed for dinner with two of the best girls in the world.

fotoThis is an old picture from our 3 week trip to Oxford with our class 4 years ago. It’s high time to take a new picture, my two better thirds 😀 ❤

We went to Tiffins, and guess what: I remembered to take pictures of the food BEFORE eating! It all looked so scrumptious that I naturally whipped out my phone! #instagram #instinct

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Panaeng #foodporn and across from me: Cashew Chicken

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After dinner we drove home to finish getting ready for a party. Meanwhile, buckets of rain poured from the sky. Ugh. We spent an hour listening to the latest party songs waiting for the storm to die down before braving the outdoors.

I stayed at the party for about an hour before heading into town for my next “date” #jampacked #sociallife 🙂

IMG_1721These two are the BEST ❤ I hadn’t seen them for too long and it was great catching up and turning night into day on the dance floor. You know you are among your best friends when you don’t notice the lights being turned on in the club and are shocked when the DJ announces his last song because you are too busy boogying to notice it was already 4.30 am…

This has been happening waaaay to frequently lately as I am only ever in town for 2 short nights and never want them to end. My tired body and designer bags under my eyes will thank me when my internship is over though so I can finally fully detox, sleep and meet friends during the day again 🙂

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But a little party never killed nobody, am I right? 🙂

I was so grateful to see some of my closest and most important friends this weekend. I missed my best friend this weekend as she was studying for her finals and hope to catch up with her and the others I didn’t get to see this time round very very soon.

Thanks to all of the fabulous people around me, a weekend in Zürich is without a doubt always absolutely marvelous 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

Happy Blogiversary!

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I created this blog one year ago today. I can’t believe a year has flown by so quickly and am so thankful for all the beautiful followers this blog has received over the past few months! I am so grateful for this outlet – a place in cyberspace where I can just be me and share my craziness, dance-love and beauty-addiction with you wonderful people. Thank YOU for all your support this last year.

One major milestone during this past year was receiving the Inspirational Blogger Award and thus finally receiving feedback that SOMEBODY out there is actually reading (and perhaps appreciating) what I am contributing to the vast selection of amazing blogs (somebody other than my über-supportive and absolutely lovely family and friends). Other favourite moments were: the day I started Manicure Monday, my first recipe that I would make over and over again, my first link-up, my Liebster Nomination, and my first post about dance (it was really hard to make a selection as – obviously – I LUURV everything, but well you know…).

This blog has accompanied me through my first job, a break-up, my move to New York, a little soul-searching, and my move to Munich. I was able to reflect my life in words and honestly cannot imagine my world without this little online retreat anymore.

If all that weren’t enough, my passion for writing has evolved immensely over this past year leading me to my current internship at a magazine and slowly helping me shape my future. I cannot wait to discover what else life has in stall for me and am planning on sharing every last detail of all the amazingness to come with YOU!

So happy anniversary ..of pirouettes and concealers and may many more come 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Sephora Ban

Ugh.

It’s raining… I feel uninspired and can’t seem to concentrate on the article I need to write. I also just ate my last Quest bar. Depressing…

Of course my mind would thus unintentionally direct its thoughts to Sephora.. I mean, seriously it’s not like I have to work or anything..

So my mind drifts.. and I think about the eye cream that I’ve nearly finished.. maybe I should replenish it.. I don’t think the ones I have are night-time appropriate… I don’t want wrinkles.. Do I need anti-ageing?.. oh and look at all these lovely new Dior Addict lip glosses and mascaras.. and ohhhhhh Marc Jacobs you are a god I want all the lipstick (and I barely ever even wear lipstick).. Buy it all..

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Yes folks, it is a vicious circle. The longing of wanting what one doesn’t have – what one doesn’t really need, but wouldn’t hurt if we owned it. Mindless clicks, oohs and awwwwws have led to too many, frequent purchases.. I mean it’s on sale, so it’s ok, am I right?

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Hello, my name is Anoushé and I am a Sephora-holic. I’ve long graduated from conceal-a-holic and have entered mental asylum territory. Self help groups won’t cure the state that I am in. I have forever been a lost cause, longing for exfoliators and lipstains, mascaras and oils, and don’t get me started on nail polishes and eyeshadows…it has reached a peak of no return..

The insanity must end… if it isn’t too late

It’s time for an intervention!

I have decided to do what has thus far been an unattainable myth.. I will go where no beauty-freak beauty blogger has yet to go..

I will ban any new purchases until I’ve actually finished all that I already have! That’s right folks.. I am going to go cold turkey and resist the urge to purchase the newest body butters and face cleansers until I am really, really, REALLY in need of them. And to help keep myself accountable, I will mention all the empties and all the recently opened.. I will also make myself a mental list and write on here when the list states I must replenish (read: hoard) new products.

Let the fun begin – I guess! Wish me luck 🙂 #springcleaning #reinvented #Iamabeautyhamster

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

I miss my Puppy

Dear Blog World,

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With a heavy heart I regret to share this devastating news with you. A week ago today, our precious best friend, cuddle bear and pillow-hogger found her way to doggy heaven. Her passing came as an extreme shock to me – it wasn’t necessary, nor expected. Now, seven days later, still with tears streaming down my face, I’m typing this post in loving memory of Bala, the ever-hungry princess who always managed to cheer me up with her naughty yet loving personality. Sadly, her hungry nature led to the two operations that caused her fleeting strength to live. She chewed and swallowed some sticks on one of our walks and needed immediate care – the first operation left us with high hopes, but after three days an infection was traced and she needed to be treated again. It was all too much for her.

IMG_1445My heart is broken and will forever be missing a large and important chunk. I miss her greatly and wish her sister Seti all the strength to cope without her “partner in crime”

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Forever in my memory ❤

 

 

Liebster Award

First and foremost, a massive THANK YOU to Christine from Gotta Eat Green for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award! I still can’t believe it!

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The Liebster ‘Award’ is a fun way to get to know and acknowledge some of the blogs with few followers. Once you’ve been nominated, you pass the award on to other blogs.

After receiving the nomination, the blogger must:

1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger;

2. Share 11 random facts about yourself;

3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you;

4. List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers (as best as you can tell based on the info provided!). They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!

5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer; and

6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated

You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

So let’s start with 11 random facts about me!

1. Part of my last name is Farsi for Handkerchief

2. I have one too many funny Pinterest pictures taking up room on my phone.

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3. After resisting reality TV for most of my teenage life, I now possess a brain of mush and a small obsession with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.

4. I once had a pony called Pebbles and loved her to bits!

5. I hope to one day own an old Fiat 500 or a classic Mini

6. I enjoy strength training and LOVE Tae Bo

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And more Ecards…

7. My parents (Santa) gave me a boxing bag a few Christmases ago, because I used to punch my fathers belly… a lot.

8. My family is spread all across the world, with relatives in Hong Kong, Vienna, Munich and California (not counting the zillions of cousins in Iran..)

9. I had a huge HipHop phase and went to a 50 Cent concert with my mom.

10. Peanut Butter and Cashew Butter are not safe things to keep around the house because I will eat them, with a spoon, by the jar, within 3 days after starting.

11. I wanted to be a lawyer because I thrive on long discussions and would love to change the world, one law battle at a time. I especially grew fond of helping women gain rights to go to school after personally being lucky enough to be growing up where education is a must-have and learning that this is not the fact in many areas of the world…. Sadly, I gave up on that dream after a Swiss law lecture, where the exercises were along the lines of: A steals B’s bike, but claims it is his… what do you do? Yawn!
I will still find a way .. Just not backed by law, I guess..

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That’s it for random facts about me, now it’s time to answer Chrisine’s questions

1) If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I always thought I would want to be a tortoise, because they live for a long time. Now I would rather be a dog belonging to a great family! We have two dogs and they are adored more than anything!

2) If you were abandoned on a deserted island, what ONE item would you want with you?

Protein powder. You can mix it with water or maybe with coconut milk found on the island 🙂 Voilà: Instant meal!

3) What did you wish for as a kid when you blew out your birthday candles?

I always wished for: Whatever I say will come true, but only when I say I wish. Or a magical genie. I just wanted my wants and needs to be fulfilled 😉

4) What’s one thing you could never live without?

I could never live without being able to go to dance. It is the one thing I always look forward to no matter how tired or sad I am. It is a great balance to school work and a fun way to express yourself. I also love to be on stage..

5) If you had to spend the rest of your life attached to someone, who would you want it to be?

Oh that’s a tricky one. Probably to the royal baby and experience all the fuss he is getting 🙂

6) What’s your favourite dish to bring to a potluck?

I’ve never been to one, but would probably bring tofu curry. Panaeng is my favorite!

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate! Preferably dark or white. My absolute favorites are Champagne Truffles. That was easy! 🙂

8) Who is your hero?

I wouldn’t necessarily call him a hero, but Michael Jackson inspired me to work on perfect dance techniques. Heroes for me are also Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. I read books about them when I was in primary school and felt instantly moved, despite my young age. That was also the beginning of my ‘change the world’ phase. Gandhi is also someone I enjoyed reading about, and found his biography fascinating! It’s a shame we don’t have people like them in our world today…maybe life as we now it could’ve been slightly different…

9) What’s your favourite salad dressing?

Definitely sesame Asian dressing! But at home I just use high quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

10) Do you prefer to read your news online or paper?

When traveling I prefer to read it online, but when I have space to spread the paper out I prefer printed. It’s easier to read than off of a screen, and I prefer the feel of the real thing.

11) What’s your greatest fear?

To get caught up in a dream and forget the present. Nothing is worse than forgetting to enjoy the Now and worrying about the future!

Next, I give you my nominees! These blogs are a mix of beauty, health, cooking and writing; all topics I enjoy reading about!

Beauty in Budget Blog

Pearls and Paris

A Perfect Masquerade

eul culinar

RL Photography

Lyrics and Chocolate,

Breathings of the Heart

Running Shoes and Chocolate Mousse

I don’t go to the Gym

Amber’s blog

Cinnamon Soliloquy

And finally, here are the 11 Questions I would like my nominees to answer 🙂

1. Cat or dog?

2. Where did your most recent vacation take you and why did you choose it?

3. Do you wear makeup? Why (not)?

4. Describe yourself in 3 words.

5. What celebrity or otherwise interesting person would you love to have lunch with?

6. Do you have a favorite and a least favorite vegetable? What are they?

7. If you had to label your taste in fashion, what would be most accurate?

8. What was the first concert you went to and how old were you?

9. What does a perfect bachelorette party sound like to you?

10. What dessert do you always have room for?

11. What did you want to be when you grew up (as a child)?

Have fun! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo