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.

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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.

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9. IMG_8146What do you guys think of the Maple Macchiato? I personally find it too sweet with the added vanilla syrup so opt for a soya cappuccino with maple topping instead, as I do quite like the drizzle.

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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

 

 

 

Manicure Monday – It’s my Year & Teenage Dream

Happy Monday dearest beauties!

I’m keeping it short and simple today, as I still need to finish an assignment! But I am thrilled to finally be sharing a manicure with you guys! But first, let me show you the nail polishes I commented on for Madame Magazine

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Some of those were written by MOI 🙂 I am especially in love with the Louboutin polish.. sigh

So on with my manicure:

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Do you remember slightly less than a year ago I mentioned getting my nails done with friends. I also mentioned I would be purchasing that very polish by OPI immediately that evening. Well folks, let me present to you a proud acquirement to my polish-possession: It’s my Year, by OPI.

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I also varnished my second finger on the left with “Teenage Dream”, which is part of the Katy Perry collection, also by OPI, and reversed the manicure for my right hand. I guess my strain of thought during the process of doing my nails was: It took me 4 weeks to finally do this, might as well go to town and use 2 colours.

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I am in awe of both colours. They are both so sparkly. Sparkly is good, sparkly makes me happy…

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Gold, purple, pink and silver… match made in heaven

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Without a top coat, the colour has held relatively well over the course of the week, especially “It’s my year” (the purple-hued one)

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definitely a favourite – definitely a purchase I will never regret and one that is filled with memories of walks through the leaves to the beauty parlour and long talks at Slave to the Grind with a steaming mug full of pumpkin spiced coffee…. Bronxville really is a cute place to live, and I need to make sure to visit my friends at SLC sometime soon…

Memories… memories..

Anyhoo back to work! Wishing you all a beautiful Monday!

With attitude and my favourite nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

Manicure Mondays

2 posts in one day after weeks and weeks of abandoning you beauties seems to have become a thing. Do not get accustomed to it though, because as mentioned earlier today, in two more weeks my life will start to be more organised again, which also means my blog-posting should attain more regularity. At least until school starts….

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So it’s Monday and I did my nails. I actually always do my nails, but often forget to take a picture of my manicure before it starts to chip – which is like immediately! …and being me I then get annoyed at a basically “wasted” manicure, so put off doing my nails again until the next week, where the whole cycle starts anew…

On some especially rare, productive Mondays where I have the office to myself, I use a few minutes of my lunch break to freshen up my nails and photograph them. I get all smug and feel accomplished thinking I will FINALLY get to post on time, only to notice I am in Germany which means I can’t upload the pictures until I am back at home, where more often than not, I just want to curl into bed with my laptop and post-workout protein smoothie…

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Tonight was not any different per se, but I did manage to gather all the motivational energy in me to apply another face mask. My skin has been breaking out a lot lately, read: I have wasted countless hours sitting in front of the mirror agitating my otherwise always perfect skin because I have issues and cannot stand clogged pores or zits… so I need to squeeze them all out, which generally makes skin looks worse. Multiple face masks to the rescue! I hope…

I was waiting for my mask  to dry, so I pulled up this is post and started typing away…

So let’s move on to the colour that will cause you Chills & Thrills

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I really like the deep blue of this polish. It’s very MOD, and not at all shiny, yet it isn’t matte either. Fascinating stuff going on with this varnish, my friends..

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I will never, ever, in a million years get over my love affair with Essie. Sure, Catrice might make me side-step every now and then, but after proving its amazingness time and time again, it’s going to be hard to leave it… boy am I going to miss the convenience of working at a magazine and being able to test the newest collections for free…

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It’s going to be the end of an era…

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Never doubt the power of a beautiful colour, a fun name or ergonomic brush. Nail polish can always cheer you up, is always a great present and is something I look forward to using every single “Monday”. Nothing rounds off an outfit better than manicured nails… and heels.. and a nice bag.. oh and lip gloss, don’t ever forget the lip gloss… or the winged eyeliner. EVER.

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And if you can match them all, then you really have your life together..which is also a great argument speaking for beautiful manicures 😉 Although I wonder what one could match with this striking blue…

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Which brings me to another importance of polish: Individuality, whether in colour preference, style or design. A colour can really help you express yourself, without needing to use words. Your mere manicured presence has the ability to boost your confidence (because you never have to think about how your nails look, a manicure lasts a lot longer than makeup and can help you feel put together in the morning) and is fluent in languages you aren’t even familiar with. Most people match their nails to their outfit, but why not use your polish as inspiration for makeup, jeans or lipstick? Give a girl the right shoes, and she can rule the world. Give a girl a nail polish for beautiful nails, and she will never need to give up her throne.. I hope that catches on, because I definitely believe in its truth 😉

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There are no written rules in the realm of beauty… express yourself, be true to you, and the rest will fall in to place. Do not chase an ideal you can not uphold, for that will no longer represent you. If you enjoy a colour your mom (cough cough, hint hint) despises, so what, if you like it, why not wear it, if it expresses YOU?

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all”, Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Manicure Monday – Tart Deco

Hello hello, did you miss me?

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I was quite busy this weekend and slept all the way from Zürich to Munich because my phone had barely any battery and I had forgotten my charger at home, so I couldn’t start drafting a post from my phone 😦 .. problems of last-minute hectic packing…But at least I got to catch up on some Z’s!

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I luckily made it onto the train with minutes to spare, and had time to pick up some food for the journey – because you all know I cannot travel without food, especially my recent favourite: cherries! Yumm

Anyhoo, I have loads to tell you about my weekend, but I’m still editing the pictures so will hopefully have that post up later today. Until then, here’s Manicure Monday (finally) 🙂

IMG_1427An ode to Essie. Their names are getting more and more creative and unique with each new collection. I could barely contain my excitement when I read this polish’s name…

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Isn’t it fun?

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The colour is pretty swell too, dontcha think? Awesome name and colour? Yup, I was sold… almost immediately.

Essie definitely has the whole summer nail polish thing down to a “t”. I love all of their pastels, corals and bright colours. They match any summer outfit, event or even mood and are perfectly long-lasting – even without a proper top coat!

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Tart Deco. Maybe I should try to do something slightly wilder with this polish, like a pattern or something, so that the manicure can live up to the polish’s name 🙂

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I am, as always, very pleased. Also, with our weather being slightly more on the rainy side, a little pop of summery coral on my nails keeps me in a good mood  when the sun fails to shine 🙂 When all else fails, nail polish (and a really nice mascara, and ohhh also a pweeeetty eyeliner) always manages to brighten my day. It’s the little things…

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Have a beautiful, hopefully non-rainy day!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure (Monday) Sunday – I’m Back!

Helloooooooooooooo blog world. How have you been?? Sorry to have gone MIA these last 2 weeks without a proper goodbye (or maybe my rant was a sign of being burnt out?). I was on holiday (yaay) and my absolute favourite island seemed to have trouble with WIFI everywhere (not so yay) #truestory…

Honestly I was doing pretty well with no internet until my phone magically connected to the non-working WIFI in our house, received a few messages, but then proceeded to not load anymore, leaving me frustrated and longing for 3G. This pretty much happened throughout the island until our last night, where we were at a restaurant with working WIFI…. which meant I only put my phone away to eat my meal… talk about father-daughter bonding (he was on his phone too) “virtual dinner”?

But still, no internet does not forgive my absence from you wonderful people. And then I came back to a short workweek (I had Thursday and Friday off for a pretty spectacular reason 😉 ), and to Germany winning the World Cup (i.e. plenty of late nights) so had LOADS of work to catch up on before heading back home to ZH…I should’ve sent a smoke signal or something to let you know I hadn’t forgotten about you… but I’ll make it up to you by bringing some sunshine and showing you pictures from our stay on the island and of life lately.

But more about that later. Manicure Monday Sunday is long overdue, so my holiday recap can wait – for now

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Deborah Lippmann 

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I’ve only tested two of her nail polishes so far, and find them to be of great quality: Highly pigmented, long-lasting and shiny even without a top coat.

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Overall more than satisfactory. If only the brush were a bit more like that of Dior’s, then it would be a done deal. But that stands for most nail polishes that aren’t made by that house of couture 😉 (Cause we all know ESSIE could use a different brush too…)

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I also quite liked the colour “Break 4 Love”. I mean.. it matches my protein smoothie

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And I would totally break 4 love.. plus I LUUUURV my boyfriend/car

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So overall the nail polish suits me in many different ways possible. Win/Win 😉

Now to keep you guys reading (I have a waterfall of thoughts on life, photos and random quirkiness coming your way), here is a teaser on what is yet to come:

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IMG_2273Wishing you a great Sunday 🙂 I’m off to my favourite BodyPump class (another thing I will be posting about ASAP)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday – Michael Kors Ingénue

Happy Monday everyone!

On second thought, perhaps not so happy… It was hard to get out of bed this morning. What’s worse: When I finally decided to leave my comfy place of rest *boom* that’s exactly when my roommates chose to take a shower… so I hit the snooze button and continued to count Zs, falling into an immediate deep sleep only to wake up in panic a few minutes later because I was going to be late for work.

Conclusion: Set alarm for an earlier time and DO NOT HIT SNOOZE. And maybe try to get more sleep at the weekend…

Snooze buttons are a recipe for disaster… so is going to bed at 6 am (but more on that some other time #foreveryoung 😉 )

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Only nail polish could wake me up this busy Monday morning. I only turn to coffee in dire moments where the power of a beauty product has no effect anymore 😉

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Michael Kors nail polish saved me this time.

IMG_1850“Ingénue” is a beautiful light pink that is easy to apply and dries quickly. It is definitely an “innocent” colour: not too bright, but noticeable. I am a big fan of soft pinks. This one is whiter than others that I have tested and is a great “cheer-up” colour for wet and rainy Summer days 🙂

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This is my first time testing Michael Kors’ polishes. I was not disappointed and hope to test more (maybe also get a bag one day? A girl can dream..)

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I also quite like the packaging. It’s elegant and discreet, while still quite glamorous.

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Hope this helped you start your day out right… Pair this nail polish with a Matcha Latte served by a cute barista and you’ll be good to go 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Manicure Monday – Fierce, no Fear

I’m wearing heels at work today. For the first time. In forever.

Seriously… I cannot remember the last time I felt this ladylike at work. Probably last year when I was working at the bank (coincidently possibly also the last time I  even wore this outfit as I decided to go with a rather businessy, polka-dotty blue dress today that is not short and skimpy enough too long and I want to say “elegant” for daily wear). The dress was screaming to be worn with heels – it couldn’t bear the idea of flats, so I went with it. And it feels magnificent! Perhaps too magnificent as I tend to enter this “I am wearing heels and I am awesome zone” whenever I wear heels and feel the sudden need to walk as if I were 1.80 m, on a catwalk and in Chanel Couture. #sorrynotsorry

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I’m pretty sure this happens to the best of us. It’s just something about finally being slightly taller that gives me the sudden urge to strut my stuff on my morning walk to work. I can even remember the first time this happened… it was a couple of years ago and I was über-excited to be going to Kaufleuten with some girlfriends. I had never been before and had been looking forward to that night all day. I changed my outfit 1500000 times (still do this, but who doesn’t) and grabbed my only pair of heels that I owned (yeah, I once only had a single pair of simple black heels – still wear them!) I was super-nervous we wouldn’t get in – I was only 16 and unlike my friends hadn’t known to ask anyone older for their ID card… oh the good old days..

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Anyhoo we got in without any problems as some of the people of our group were on the guest list (Woohoo for VIP feelings). We checked our coats and by the time we had done a last lipgloss check (I didn’t wear crazy amounts of mascara back then) I was dying to hit the dance floor. I remember this night as if it were yesterday (although honestly I still always do this): Kid Cudi’s Day ‘n’ Night was playing, I was in the afore-mentioned “I am wearing heels and I am awesome zone” and couldn’t help but STRUT onto the dance floor, flipping my hair off my shoulder while accentuating the “hip-bop” with every step. I was being FIERCE – Just like Tyra Banks taught me while watching all those episodes of America’s next top Model. My friends then grabbed me and pulled me back.

Apparently girls are meant to enter the dance floor together and shouldn’t “strut” or seem confident or be embarrassing.

But I didn’t let their comments get me down: I still do this. And I don’t get held back anymore. It’s become my THANG… I am woman hear me roar.

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But I digress. Oh how memories can be awoken by one single nail polish name. Now do you understand why I love them? 🙂

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Essie’s “fierce, no fear” is a nice brown-grey – which has time and time again proven to be a trend – with highly pigmented colour. It’s a great choice for the Summer. As always, the nail polish is easy to apply and looks all nice and shiny without needing an extra top coat.

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I wish I had worn this that night at the club. Then, when I was pulled back, I could’ve just flung my nail polish in their face and be all like: “fierce, no fear” and continued my strut to where the DJ was standing. If I could turn back time… 😉

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Did you know that Essie also has a nail polish called Strut your Stuff? Where were these nail polishes when I needed them! 🙂

Hope you are having a fantabulous Monday! Strut a little – be fierce – and make Tyra proud 😉

With extra oompf in my attitude and awesomely-fitting nail polish, Anoushé xoxo