Paris Days 2 & 3

Sooooooooooooooo it’s been a while – I know. Almost 2 months of a while.

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Buuuuuuuut as you will read in the next couple of blog posts (which hopefully won’t take more than a few weeks to type up and publish 😉 ) I’ve been travelling H E A P S since finishing up the semester. But before I can get into any details, I need to wrap up reflecting on the trip to one of my favourite cities – Paris.

So here you have it, part 2 (or at least what I can remember of it, because well, it really has been a while…)

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Days two and three were spent eating. A lot. And it was G R E A T!

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We started out with a walk to Rue Cler, for a visit zo L’Eclair – one of my favourite places for breakfast, brunch and dessert. Emphasis on the latter.

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IMG_0249Lots of emphasis on the latter…Especially in the form of cheesecake and warm chocolate cake after delicious, “healthier” and nutritious salads…We had to fight to finish the cake, but we didn’t give up easily 😉

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I love to walk around cities when I have the time, and generally log around 25000 steps on average walking around Paris. Basically my walks are planned around where my next meals are… with some sights and shopping thrown in as well. I will forever be a foodie, discovering a city one bite at a time. I secretly feel one learns a lot about a country’s culture, tradition and of course delicacies through the stomach 😉 Our next stop after this feast was an ice cream & chit-chat date near the Notre Dame with a friend of mine from New York before heading to Kong for dinner.

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One of my favourite dishes at Kong were the truffle udon noodles.

 

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Dessert was exquisite as well. I had the salted caramel eclair. Fun fact: I love salted caramel and walked all around London on Friday night looking for some… but more about that when I blog about London 😉

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All the walking around and fully planned-out days (and copious amount of sugar) meant we were rather tired (read: food coma) by the evening and ended up asleep by 1 am in favour of checking out the French night scene.

On our last day, we browsed through the Guerlain boutique for a unique perfume and dug in to lunch at Ladurée before rushing to the airport for our flight back to Zurich. Verdict on the restaurant after never having been there before: stick to the macaroons and dessert… I’ve had better food elsewhere.

 

 

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Paris 2015 – Day 1

Happy Monday friendly faces! Hope your weekend was marvelous, and you enjoyed as much sunshine as I got to. Mine was rather low-key, spent “detoxing” (read: eating loads of fruit and veggies) and going to the gym, but I had a few busy days during the week! And as you can tell by the title of this post, those busy days were spent in Paris 🙂

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The first glimpse of la Tour Eiffel!

It was a super short, super spontaneous trip; we were there and back in only 2 days, but I enjoyed every single second of it! Paris is definitely my absolute favourite city, and the next trip is already in the works 😉

We landed around 10 in the morning, and took the train to Gare du Nord, munching on Luxembourgli we brought from Zürich. Pure decadence.

Once we got to the station, we figured out what metro we had to take to get to the hotel. We stayed at hotel Ekta. It was right off of Champs Élysées; great for shopping, but also great for safety while walking back at night – the busy main street is always alight with plenty of people walking around.

Upon check-in we took an hour to walk up and down and decide which shops we wanted to visit. The first one on my list was the renovated Guerlain boutique.

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They showed me their irresistible new scent, “mon exclusive”. I was told it was made specifically for the boutique, and lucky for me it isn’t as exclusive as I thought it was, as I could hopefully order the ravishing scent online. Although I do hope to make it back to Paris before then…

Our next stop was lunch at one of my favourite cafés in one of my favourite parts of the city.

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Breizh Café in Le Marais! Just walking around the area made me too happy for words – all the little boutiques, the bustling alleys, the different colours and scents… it’s just such a vibrant and lively part of Paris and always on my to-do list when I go. I definitely hope to stay around the area next time, as I would love to explore further than just this fine creperie.

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I had the goat cheese galette, and for dessert the rhubarb crepe. Galettes are made of buckwheat flour, so a great gluten-free option!

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We accompanied this meal with organic cider. Apparently they specialise in ciders and have an entire menu to select from! Personally not being much of a cider-conoisseur I expected it to be slightly sweeter… but it definitely was great with the meal!

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After our late lunch (we finished eating around 5) we walked through le Marais to Place des Voges – one of my favourite parks, not just because it is right next to a make up forever 😉

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Through that little alley we got to Rue de Rivoli where we took the metro to the Louvre.

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Paris to me is a city best walked. So I wanted to walk from the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuileries, past Place de la Concorde back up Champs Élysées. And so we did!

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Which was also when I first glimpsed la Tour Eiffel!

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Looking back at the Louvre.IMG_0192The Eiffel Tower, spotted again 🙂

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We got back to the hotel around 7.30, where we rested, made use of the wifi and ate a Caramel Fleur de Sel truffel from Sprüngli before heading back out to dinner, to an Italian restaurant called La Fabricca, which was right around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a few pictures coming your way of the Arc and the sunset!

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IMG_0337After dinner, which was around 11 (the Parisians were still eating!) we walked back to the hotel for an “early night”.

I dare say we had a rather marvelous start to our short trip, don’t you think?

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Stay tuned for day two and three! And don’t forget to check out Katie’s blog for more marvelous posts!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Paris, Je T’aime

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

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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 day 5

Alas, we have reached the end of my vacation to Paris.

As mentioned in Day 4, we decided to go to Eclair Café again on our last day in my favorite city. Both M and I decided to have the Omelette again, but since it was nearly lunch time, and we hadn’t had many of the typical must-eat French foods, I made sure to order a portion of frites on the side.

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IMG_0215I enjoyed my eggs again with some homemade strawberry jam. Yumm!

Since we sat at the café  for a while and planned out our final day a bit more, we decided to have dessert as well.

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An eclair and a pain au chocolat 🙂

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After lunch we went on a Bateau Mouche down the river Seine to see Paris from a different angle rather than walking around yet again.

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The bridges are so beautiful from river view.

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We also saw a pug on a bicycle.

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Later we met up with one of my future classmates who lives in Paris! I’m leaving in 9 days and am glad to already know someone in person!

For dinner we decided to go to a restaurant we passed every single day and night.

It was full at lunch and dinner and any time in between or after, especially full of French people! There is not a better sign than having locals enjoying a restaurant.

The restaurant was called Café Restaurant de la Fontaine and I will definitely be returning.

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M’s soup with avocado relish.

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Creme Brulée 🙂

That’s all folks! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicure Monday!

Good morning world! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Remember last week I said I had a surprise for you? Well… let the surprise be known:

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Hmmm. Remember my Paris day 4 Post and my trip to Hotel Costes? I enjoyed more than just hot chocolate…

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It caught my eye on our way out..

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IMG_0229Nail Polish! I found it, loved it, and had to have it!!!! Just look at the color.. this is the lavish and lush red the hotel is decorated in.

IMG_0230And it’s called “Costes”

IMG_0233It’s by the brand Uslu Airlines, one that I have heard about, but never tried. I fell in love with the quality and popping colour immediately after trying it!

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It’s beautiful, more so with an added top coat. A little extra bling to the limited edition polish 🙂

IMG_0244I can’t wait to try out more of their polishes. My wish list already entails ZRH, in honour of where I grew up.

Have you tested Uslu Airlines? What do you think of their products?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Paris day 4

Day 4 began with breakfast at an amazing Café.

IMG_0224Café Eclair to be exact.

The omelette I ordered was the best I have ever had in my life. It was light and fluffy and perfect with a dollop of jam, my peculiar way of enjoying omelettes 🙂

Their pain au chocolat and croissant looked amazing as well, and after devouring our meal we decided to return the next day as well!

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After breakfast we head towards Place Vendome via Champs Elyssées to later go on to Hotel Costes, my favorite hotspot in Paris for hot chocolate. I love their lounge music, which is what my mom and I play when we have guests over. The hotel itself is an expansion of the music, with dark, voluptuous, royal colors and waitresses in short mini dresses and the highest plateau shoes.

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IMG_0197One of my fondest memories of my trips to Paris was visiting Hotel Costes with my mom. She would drink champagne, and I would sip the most divine hot chocolate. Any time I’m in Paris, I try to keep up this tradition and am never disappointed with the quality 🙂

After hot chocolate we continued down Rue Saint Honoré and were amazed by the expensive boutiques and lines of tourists for anything from Ladurée to Louboutin. I also snuck in a trip to Sephora, where I fell in loooove with Smashbox products.

IMG_0201Check out my hand after testing everything out! 😀

I also found the BB Cream Night Masks intriguing.

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IMG_0216My future home base and my favorite city all wrapped in to one 🙂

We spent the rest of the day deciding where to go for dinner and what we wanted to do on our last day.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo