High Protein Flight and stressful College Life

After my eventful weekend in Zürich, it was time for me to return to New York. To make sure I continued in my regained healthy ways back at college, I decided to have an ultra high protein day and packed things like tofu, egg white omelette, Quest Bars and Greek yoghurt for the trip.

Breakfast was quark with Apricot jam, no sugar added

IMG_0245IMG_0594At the airport I stopped to purchase some chocolates for my friends, and came across a massive tub of Nutella

IMG_0813I also bought myself some Rivella while waiting for my flight. Rivella is a very Swiss drink, and I really missed it in the States

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IMG_0814My plan to eat well worked out more or less, but I found myself constantly snacking on the foods I took along, and not really waiting for hunger to kick in, which then resulted in me having no more food relatively soon into the 8 hour flight…

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Tofu

 
IMG_0778Chocolate was the only thing I had left available…

Once back in New York, my college life recommenced. Stress built, healthy eating decreased… I did however manage to keep up with my workout schedule!

IMG_0824I also started to eat oatmeal nearly every day for breakfast!

IMG_0839PB and J oatmeal

IMG_0830Pumpkin Spice oatmeal made with Coconut Milk

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IMG_0856Creamy Earl Grey Oatmeal with Cashew Nut Butter

IMG_0821More Earl Grey Oats (it’s my favourite! I just adore Cashew Nut Butter, plus I was trying to finish everything off before leaving on Monday!)

IMG_0655Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal made with almond butter

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More Earl Grey OatsPhoto on 23-11-13 at 09.59And a massive smoothie bowl 🙂

To balance out the stress, I’ve been going out with my friends a lot so that we don’t go mad on this campus

IMG_0443I went to a basketball game

IMG_0441Made Vegan Edible Cookie Dough as seen at Chocolate Covered Katie

IMG_0615Went out and ordered in Sushi

IMG_0700Found amazing Ben and Jerry’s Flavours (didn’t buy any of these though…)

Got into a few snowball fights because it has snowed here

IMG_0835IMG_0844IMG_0825Went to see the Nutcracker

IMG_0823Got freaked out over Christmas chocolate

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IMG_0826Went out for Pizza

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IMG_0874Worked on a performance

IMG_0875Read a few fortunes

IMG_0871Got my nails done

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Went to Sephora for Xmas shopping

IMG_0889(became a VIB ROUGE MEMBER!)

IMG_0886Found some new amazing products that I need to purchase in the future

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IMG_0883(love the Concealer Names!)

IMG_0885Xmas decorations

IMG_0884Hotel Empire in the distance 😉

IMG_0869A few trips to Whole Foods

IMG_0848And continued to work on my Chocolate Calendar

While constantly missing these two

IMG_0802Wow these last two weeks have really flown by, my semester and New York experience is coming to a close, and will be returning to Zurich on Monday! Time flies…

IMG_0699Especially when you spend your time snap chatting 😉

IMG_0435and eating madeleines that your teacher brings you

IMG_0418Or obsessing over products you want/need/can’t have

IMG_0614Or just eating too much peanut butter

994633_10151990951215731_1948602882_n..and other things

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving – Swiss Style

For the past 14 years in Zürich, we have always celebrated Thanksgiving. My parents both have ties to the holiday, so it was always an important thing to celebrate. Whether we cooked, baked, went out or just spent the day together, we perfected a tradition for ourselves in Switzerland that isn’t exactly the true american way of cooking and eating with the whole family, but the thought is there and that’s all that counts.

One Thanksgiving, I made 4 different kinds of vegan pie to take with us to a dinner party.

377676_10150983377045245_919716013_nPumpkin Cheesecake

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All the recipes were by my favourite author Isa Moskovitz and from her book Vegan Pie in the Sky

A year later, we were invited to the same dinner party. Again, I decided to venture out and bake outrageously healthy goodies.

574544_10152299133520245_1070698179_nRaw vegan pecan pie truffles

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THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough!

THE COOKIE (DOUGH) MONSTER! Enjoying vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie-Dough!

Thanksgiving baking definitely became a tradition of mine and sadly I was not able to continue it this year as I was flying home instead. The pumpkin pie was thus not homemade, but made by one of the most traditional Swiss restaurants that provide a special Turkey Dinner every year.

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This restaurant is the Kronenhalle in Zurich. I honestly don’t know why they started the tradition of making Thanksgiving dinner, but my parents and I have enjoyed our meal of thanks there nearly every year for as long as I can remember. We always went after my dance class on Thursdays; I would eat a vegetable plate and spätzli and we would complain about the pie having too many nuts, chunks of fresh pumpkin or not enough “American-ness”. Every year.

We would also extend an invite to anyone who was alone on Thanksgiving – in true American tradition.

IMG_0791I have always loved and appreciated our Thanksgiving Dinners here. Even just the celebration of Thanksgiving as a family makes it a special tradition, let alone the fact that they actually cook a Thanksgiving meal. Also, I always enjoy the surprise of not knowing who exactly is going to show up to dinner. My father is normally the person in charge of rounding up a “lonely” friend or inviting someone who wants to learn about the tradition, so our dinners are generally refreshing and never a repeat of the year before.

This year I knew everyone who was coming to dinner, but had never experienced them all together, so I was excited to see what the conversation was going to be like.

My outfit for the night was a beautiful white lace dress paired with some of my favourite leopard print shoes.

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Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetI accessorised this outfit with lots and lots of mascara

IMG_0793Fun Fact: the next day I was only wearing a bit of eyeliner, but my lashes were still affected by the mascara and my father said I was overdoing it with the makeup. When I was actually wearing full on smokey eye makeup however, he said I looked nice?! Confusion… 🙂

Another fun fact: my mom found the term “Thanksgivukkuh” hilarious. I later sent my family this picture

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(source: bethenny’s (from the Real Housewives) page on Facebook

My father responded with this picture:

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🙂

It was a happy Thanksgiving!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Guess who is doing Laundry again

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Back to where dreams go to die… or in non-college people terms “I’m doing laundry – again”.

Yet again, I’m sitting right outside of the laundry room, making sure no one steals my underwear and dance clothes while attempting to do something academic like read Keats or Baudelaire. It never works out for me though. Something about the laundry air, the constant battle over the machines and the dryers, the 30 minute wait for the clothes to wash and then the awkward carrying of your wet, freshly washed clothing over to the dryers. It’s all very distracting from your work. So I blog instead… and boy do I have loads to tell you this week!

We left off at my girls day in Bronxville, where I got my nails done and my metabolism soaring high from a major caffeine kick. Those nails were a big part of my outfit just a week later when I went to the Polyball back home in Zürich. Yes, you read that right, I went home for Thanksgiving and joined the über-glamorous jet setter life; I flew in on Wednesday morning, celebrated Thanksgiving Thursday evening, went to a Ball on Saturday and flew back to New York on Sunday.

Let’s backtrack to the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the day I flew back to Zürich.

All packed and ready to go, I made sure I had a couple of snacks for the trip.

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I do not enjoy going hungry on a seven hour flight with no access to anything but airplane food (which wasn’t even too bad that time, I ordered the western vegetarian menu and was given rice with vegetables).

The problem with packing snacks though is, if you have nothing else to do, you are going to want to eat it. All. Constantly. Which I did. Instead of sleep. Priorities…..

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My failed attempt to portion control the most delicious honey-glazed cashews. I must constantly remind myself not to buy them, as they have become by dinner on too regular a basis.

Also, don’t pack snacks for an overnight plane ride and expect to not eat them before you actually get into your seat. Because waiting happens, and food will start calling out to you and suddenly you will have peanut butter all over your face with the people around you thinking you have gone mad, eating peanut butter with a spoon. Not speaking from experience here…just a suggestion *ahem*

IMG_0776I opted for the precious squeezable packs instead of an entire jar. I attempt to use any type of portion control. Some work, most don’t.

(I didn’t eat all of my stash before the flight. The super cookies for example were devoured by my hungry mom after picking me up, who then started complaining – during and after finishing them – that I shouldn’t have offered her any. Oh, how I had missed home..)

Once in the plane, I checked out all the movies available. The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock was playing, so I knew I had to watch it, as McCarthy is currently my favourite actress. I also started watching Driving Miss Daisy, but fell asleep somewhere near the beginning, which is great because I had a busy weekend ahead of me and definitely needed a bit of rest!

I awoke to a breakfast for queens

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Travelling should not be an excuse to eat terribly, which is why I had packed snacks, but I can never, EVER, pass up on the Swiss Chocolate. It’s the best of the best of chocolate. I honestly don’t know why they’re better than any other chocolate in Switzerland. But the ones on the plane are perfectly sized, cool and creamy and we always ask for two 😉

Back in Zurich, I was picked up by my mom (see above) and taken home to see these little cuties.

IMG_0802I really missed them and proceeded to taking them on walks and snap-chatting every second of it.

IMG_0794I also went into town to see my best friend and eat all of my favourite food.

IMG_0781Vegan-vegetarian food at Tibits with a big mug of Jasmine tea!

Later on I enjoyed my favourite tofu curries at Nagasui with my mom before crashing in my amazingly comfy bed as soon as I got home around 9ish. For not really having slept on the plane, I was proud to not need to succumb to jet lag and got to bed at a relatively normal time! 😉

Stay tuned for Thanksgiving’s happenings…

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

Girls day Bronxville

 

 

This is sort of going to be a Manicure Monday/what I did on a Friday/favourite food post
1469812_10151834753795983_106676067_nWe spent an afternoon in Bronxville last week to do our nails and get a kick of caffeine in our system. I tried a Peppermint Mocha for the first time and also had a sip of a Salted Caramel Macchiato. I was definitely hyper after my little coffee break.

Coffee Date

Coffee Date

Before we enjoyed coffee, the three of us got our nails done.

IMG_0686We all went for OPI. 🙂

IMG_0687I chose a shade from the Miss Universe collection called It’s my Year. This name doesn’t just apply to winning the competition, but also to my new look on life. A double meaning, and a beautiful polish to match? I’d call that a win/win.

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I am still very much in love with this colour. Depending on where the light hits it, it sparkles with a golden shimmer. It’s a beautiful purple for the holiday season 🙂

Photo on 21-11-13 at 22.18 #2And getting my nails done instead of doing them myself made them last super long!

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Photo on 21-11-13 at 22.18I might or might not have ordered the polish for myself…

IMG_0690Coffee and nails – check!

Later that night I enjoyed some sushi:

IMG_0615Sweet potato and avocado sushi to be exact!

IMG_0616The restaurant – Haiku – is one of the best for sushi. The content to rice ratio is larger than at most places, so you get more of the good stuff for a reasonable price! Sushi in the States is so much cheaper than in Switzerland, so of course I frequent this restaurant on a regular basis.

1395317_690084707670736_522325108_nThis was at another girls night a few weeks before, same restaurant.

IMG_0709 IMG_0713I’ve also tried their vegetables. I’m a huge fan!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College like a Pro

All I could think about this week, was that I have no manicure and no pedicure. I drifted off while doing homework, my mind focusing on colors and textures, I couldn’t concentrate during Contemporary class, looking down at my bare, uncolorful toes, color chipping off, vanishing more with each movement..

I had to put an end to this misery; I needed a manicure, and finally gave myself one, with the pretext, however, that I simultaneously put on a face mask…

Which is what I did..

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A black, peel-off mask, that is.. much to my roommate’s joy.. 😉 The mask was an impulse-buy at Sephora last week because I had forgotten my Kiehl’s mask at home and had always wanted to try peel off masks. Putting on the mask was easy-ish; it was sort of a black, goopy mess, that stuck quickly, so I had to work fast. The instructions said to wait 20 minutes and then peel it off, so I sat at my desk, turned on America’s Next Top Model and decided to paint my nails.

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I went back to my new-found fav, OPI liquid sand in shade Pussy Galore. Love…It…! I used this on only my left hand.

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When I turned to my right nails, I was struck by nostalgia and a waft of homesickness. I thus chose a Swiss-named polish to, naturally, help cure it. Planning ahead while packing for college, I knew I would need some uplifting things to keep me going the first few weeks so I added these two colours to my “must take” list:

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I had forgotten about “From A to Z-Urich”, so I chose Glitzerland, which is awesome in name and color 🙂

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Plus it went really well with the pink sand.

Once my nails were more or less dry, it was time to peel off the mask. Again, much to my roommate’s (and other friend’s amusement), I confusedly tried to pry the – now dry –  goopy mess off of my face..easier said than done, I’ll tell you that! Whatever I didn’t manage to peel off was thankfully washable with water, which was a major relief as my hands had gone soot black! The result of the mask was pleasing, but barely noticeable..

As soon as ANTM was over I returned to finishing my homework; the model student in me not wanting to spend the whole evening on beauty 😉

I tried to get to bed at a reasonable time though, as I now have dance practice every morning at 9. This can be as serious as ballet or as fun as an interpretative dance on the lawn..

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Oh and this was in the ballet studio 🙂

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I go to an awesome school 😀

And with all things cute, funny and “out there” (remember: own the awkward), I got this as my fortune with Thai take-out:

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Very fitting 🙂

I ate my curry and brown rice after a strenuous Capoeira class, where I was taught interesting dance/capoeira/martial arts techniques that made me feel a bit awkward at first but are actually really fun! Also fitting!

Speaking of food, my suite-mate had superman ice cream the other day!

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And I finally got my peanut butter FroYo, which I enjoyed in my dance clothes 🙂

That’s all for today! I’m going into the City tomorrow so I’ve got to do my homework now..

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.S This is my amazing roommate:

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Last two days in Zürich

I landed at one pm on Sunday and rushed home to unpack, and repack, my suitcase. Around 4.30 pm I head into town to buy some pink champagne (what else ;)) and snack foods for my closest friends who were going to meet me for a goodbye shindig.

Some of the most important people in my life <3

Almost everyone was able to make it

Before we settled down by the lake, I thought we should all indulge in some of my favorite Froyo in Zurich. Froyo and pink champagne.. yes, that’s very me. Throw in some manicures and homemade facials – while doing a pirouette – and the party would’ve summed up my life 😉

I decided not to host the party at home or a particular venue, because sitting by the lake is a big part of Zurich-student culture. Especially during my last four years of high school, lunch and after school downtime was spent by, or even on, the lake.

The weather wasn’t optimal for long by-the-lake-hanging though, so after about two hours we flocked to the closest Starbucks to warm up. Around 9.30 we decided to walk through the old town to the train station, where I would then take the tram home. On my way there, my best friend met up with me before she left for France.

I got home much later than I expected, but was happy to see almost all of my closest friends before leaving. Being my closest friends though, I expect them to come visit me at college at some point 😉

On Monday I took one last trip into town for a touristy picture with Zurich’s prettiest sights..

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..And spent the rest of the day packing.

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..while watching the Real Housewives of New York.

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Stay tuned for the days leading up to my move in!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Schwiizerdütsch

Almond croissants and whipped gummy bears. Fondus and Frappés. If you didn’t read closely enough you would think this were a food blog?! …which it sometimes is..I’m constantly snacking.. But alas, I’m neither cook, baker, nor recipe extraordinaire.. I frequently eat the same thing for a home-cooked meal and keep my creativity out of the kitchen, confined mainly to the dance studio.

So before I drift off topic completely, talking about favourite foods, then dogs and the weather (which I will eventually do anyways) let’s loop back to the actual post: Swiss German lesson number 3.

Now Swiss German may not be an internationally spoken language, but it is so multifaceted that it can become interesting to many a foreign ear. With 26 Cantons, 4 languages and various cultures, Swiss German is more than just the weird German dialect constantly confused with Danish, Dutch and Swedish.  The more I discover about the various dialects, sayings and words, the more intrigued I get. English idioms are nothing compared to Swiss ones; they might both be smart and witty but the Swiss ones are incomparably weird as well (in a good way).

Today’s lesson embodies yet another descriptive adjective – cute.

Let me start with the translation: a cold. 

So how could a cold be cute? Well the Swiss have found a way.. by naming it d pfnüsel. 🙂

I find that darling, don’t you? So unbelievably darling that I almost want to whip a gummy bear.. tihi 😉

Have a good Saturday afternoon!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo