2014 Recap: My Birthday – Part Two

Waking up on the 21st was not easy after the night I had; but isn’t that what turning 21 is all about? Maybe? I’m sure I’m not the only one who got cake smashed in to her face and had one too many tequila shots – right? (I may or may not remember this happening #justsaying)

I rolled out of bed around 11 with friends asking me how it felt to be 21. I didn’t really feel much different – just craving massive amounts of salt… We had plans to go to Miyuko for brunch with my nearest and dearest around 1 so I basically had 0 time to feel sorry for my hungover self and had to get on with life – talk about being mature and grown up 😉

I chose Miyuko for lunch because ut is basically me in a café form: it’s eclectic, cute, fun, weird, different, colourful, exotic, vegan and gluten-free 🙂 Check out the vegan & gluten birthday cake they designed for me:

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I was surprised with the craziest princess cake ever! 🙂

We enjoyed an assortment of treats along with some champagne to celebrate.

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Naturally I was still wearing the tiara I received the night before. I’m still debating whether I should wear it to University 😉

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Don’t I have the cutest cousins? 🙂

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Again, a massive THANK YOU to everyone for making my 21st birthday spectacularly fabulous. I truly did feel like a glamorous princess and I am truly lost for words. My heart is so full of love for my friends and family – and I am genuinely in awe of all the beautiful things you said and for just being there and sharing this moment with me. You guys rock and I am the luckiest girl in the universe to have each and every one of you in my life!

Lots of love, (princess) Anoushé {my cheeks hurt for days from all the smiling I did!}

Dress: Nasty Gal

 

 

 

2014 Recap: My Birthday – Part One

While I anxiously await the many pictures we took on our trip to LA, I thought I could catch you guys up with my life via photo spam, starting with the day I turned 21….

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IMG_1851..also known as the day I finally got my crown 😉

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I reserved a table at Alice Choo at 11 pm on the 20th – it’s a brand new restaurant and club here in Zurich. My Dad actually suggested we went there – talk about trendy 😉

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It was a great location for a largish group. We had two tables and the dance floor all to ourselves. Later on that night the restaurant itself transformed into a club as well, with a live performance by Nôze. It truly was a fantastic evening. I have the best of friends and family and had the most fabulous birthday imaginable!

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To be continued…

Let me know if you’d like to know more about the make-up look! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Dress: Nasty Gal

Make-up: Urban Decay, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Lancôme, Givenchy, Dior, Boscia, Bebe, The Body Shop

Accessories: Birthday present from my mom

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On

It takes 22 days to form a new habit. Breaking one can happen almost immediately when procrastination is involved… So with the approaching exams at the end of the semester scaring me just a little more each week, I soon fell into the habit of not blogging. I mean, the last time I posted anything was the end of October, which my father has kindly been reminding me every so often. In a perfect world, I would have used my time productively and studied – for each minute not invested in my blog, I could’ve at least spent the time revising and summarising. But as is normal in the life of a student, studying is not always a pleasure and I soon let one of my vices control my “spare time”, leading me to binge-watch all the TV I could find; I watched all of 30 Rock, Real Housewives, About a Boy and Devious Maids just to name a few, while also keeping up with all my usual favourites. To say I might have a problem is an understatement – I suffer from couch-potato-syndrome so to say… from extreme TV-Junkieness.. from no longer being the Grade-A Nerd I used to be in high school. Long gone were the days I could study for 12 hours straight because I only had two days before my biology exam – something even my best and closest friends just couldn’t comprehend. To them I was still the crazy studier, not the procrastinator I had secretly become. And this fear of no longer being “who I used to be” made me panic. I felt incapable, undeserving, and stupid. My concentration was depleted, my willpower gave in, my nights became restless, but my days were spent in bed due to lack of sleep. A few weeks before my exams I even lost my appetite. My panic attacks increased to a point where I would cry myself to sleep at night – I was so disappointed in myself, in my actions, in the way I conducted myself during the semester…I was nowhere as prepared as I wanted myself to be – I had not succeeded in reaching the goals I had set, and yes, while I might have expected a bit too much from myself, I know what I am capable of – and what I delivered this semester was just unacceptable to me.

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Going in to the semester I had set myself one ultimate goal, and that was to see it through. After spending some time after graduation soul-searching I knew that I had finally found the suitable field of study, and completing the semester had to be manageable, as for the first time I was actually enjoying what I was doing….

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…and long sob story short, I am proud to say that I did exactly that: Despite feeling unprepared I took all 4 of my exams. This is a big step for me, as in the last 2 years shying away from failure became my new normal, rather than actually seeing anything through. Taking the exams helped me reclaim the confidence I used to have… and it all paid off in the end!

Ladies and gentlemen of the blog world, I am officially a student. I passed all of my exams – albeit not as well as I wanted to but I was honestly prepared for the worst. I was truly ecstatic  when I saw that I had passed all exams of my major, and absolutely flabbergasted when I passed my business minor, because I was more than ready to choose a different course…

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My friends and family tried hard to keep me calm during this whole process, but I took their words of wisdom for granted and continued to spiral into one panic attack after another. Passing my exams has taught me that I am capable, I can be a student, I can excel, and I can be whoever I want to be. And I believe a massive thank you for everyone’s patience is in order! I really was a mess these last few months, but hope to have regained my strength (for now at least). I also had the cutest study buddy giving me plenty of cuddles while I was cut off from all other contact.

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I just need to kick the habit of TV-show watching in the butt. But I’ve got one more week before the next semester starts to do that 😉

Also I owe you guys sooooo many blogposts. Loads has happened; my birthday, Christmas, New Years.. a trip to California… and I do plan on keeping you all up to date more frequently now 🙂

Talk soon!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

Finally a weekend with Friends… MARVELOUS

This Saturday I decided to spend quality time with actual humans instead of huddled up in front of my laptop and hanging out with the Munchkin.

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Although Seti is a very cute munchkin…

I hadn’t seen my friends in 3 + weeks. I never wanted to plan anything at the weekend so that I could give myself enough time to get things done…. But this tactic tends to lead me to having more time to procrastinate rather than me actually getting more work done.. so moral of the story: Take breaks, have fun and embrace your social life (in moderation?).

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I mean, okay, maybe I over exaggerated a little. I did “go out” as in leave the house for my favourite stretching and body pump classes every weekend, but because those are at really annoying, mid-day times, they really mess with my time-management (or lack thereof). So I was thus faced with the difficult choice between socializing and working out (I generally chose the latter for highly justifiable reasons: Once I am out with my friends, I am OUT... so if I “just” workout I technically should be investing more time into my studies… technically..).

I did however do at least 1 marvelous thing each weekend.. let me start with weekend 1:

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Friday: Lichthof Party in the main University building. This was a once in a lifetime experience where we got to dance in the actual building. The great part about this party was that EVERYONE was there because it was the place to be if you were a student, i.e. I got to see a lot of my old classmates, which is always a treat after being away and losing touch with so many.

There were 3 dance “halls”, one of which was being DJayed by none other than Nachtseminar… so you probably know where I spent most of my time right?

Have I mentioned I have started flyering for my favourite party?

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Weekend 2, I didn’t go out (shocker) but enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my mom on Sunday.

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Crêpes for dinner and dessert? I will take it 🙂 Restaurant recap definitely coming soon, but I need to revisit the quaint café for some better pictures first 🙂 (and more dessert…)

And finally last weekend: I started my weekend by FINALLY going to dance class! It felt great to be “home”, but I was in mega pain on Saturday… not dancing (except for in clubs – no judgement) for 6 months really has a remarkable impact on your body.. like mine totally forgot which muscles to use, and my legs were shaking during both hours (Barre a Terre and Jazz).

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On Saturday, I met up with some of my girlfriends for drinks at Grande – my second favourite place after Dante (actually they are head to head as they are both owned by the same owner, i.e same concept, same cocktails.)

I went all out with the mascara… going out is such a “special occasion” now that I really took my time and made an ordeal out of my makeup routine…

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We sat outside due to lack of space and soon started to feel the October chill… my friends wanted to “warm up” with some pizza (I was still full of Kabocha, addiction obsession still going strong (I eat it almost daily, and devour an entire squash in warp speed #sorrynotsorry)), but the place we went to was out, so we did what any cold student would do… we went to Starbucks.

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And since I am now studying Media- and Communications, I feel like I should state that this is unintentional product placement…. we just like to hang out there.. a lot

I had steamed soy milk with a pump of pumpkin spice syrup. Tis the season after all… #allthepumpkin #allthetime

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We felt like 16-year old high school students again, where you were “forced” to hang out at Starbucks because you were too young for bars (technically allowed to drink wine and beer at 16 here, but I never cared for it then..). This déja vù called for a #throwback selfie!

I was in bed, lights out at 1. The polar opposite of my usual self… but I had a paper to complete and body pump to attend #favouriteworkout

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I also ate more kabocha, took a few naps and walked the munchkin. Oh, and I tested a new overnight mask from Origins… blog post coming soon (along with the other one that I had promised… saving that for my next, longish, study break 😉 )

IMG_4183So that’s all for now! Not much besides eat, sleep, sports, study, occasional outing and repeat, but I promise to report back with my promised posts ASAP!

Have a great Tuesday! I just did my nails while reading for class tomorrow and am now off to a dance class… talk about productive, huh 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Tomorrow is where my Book begins..

Think of me tomorrow at 10 am guys, for that is when I will be taking my very first university lecture at Uni ZH 🙂 After last week’s lengthy recap, I am keeping today’s nice and short! My weekend started on Thursday, after orientation, and was quite low-key but a great way to start the school year. I’ve been enjoying these link-ups, for I just noticed in the car earlier while trying to tell my dad about my weekend, that I sometimes forget what amazing things I actually accomplished…

As for Manicure Mondays, well, I haven’t forgotten about them, I just haven’t really been doing my nails at all lately. This week I am sporting “Make him Mine“, by OPI on my little fingers and toes and “Chicago Champagne Toast” on the rest of my fingernails (I promise to redo the manicure and post it next week, but I didn’t do a very good job this time). I did my nails as a last-minute decision on Saturday afternoon before passing out post-stretching, which is why my nails are not in the right condition to be photographed…But more on that later.

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Thursday, after orientation, I decided to not go to dance (shocker) and had drinks with some new-found friends (and some very close, old ones) on campus.

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Afterwards, I had plans to go eat sushi at Barfüsser and FINALLY remembered to take pictures!

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I started eating fish a few months ago, and am slowly starting to call myself a (paleo) pescatarian. At home I still cook mainly vegan, because that’s just what I crave most, but when I am out and I feel like fish, I order it. And that night, I really wanted the Sesame Tempura Roll: Black Tiger prawn tempura, mayo, sesame outside (copied from the menu). I was often offered to try a piece when my friends got it and always found it amazing, so was really looking forward to ordering it myself, but eating an entire roll yourself is a whole other experience – In all honestly, I preferred receiving the odd piece when my friends were full because you really got to savour the delicacy. Having 8 pieces of something so exquisite makes it less special somehow. So please someone share it with me next time?

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I also had the Avocado Nigiri and shared a Rainbow Roll (I don’t really like raw tuna so just ate the salmon).

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My friends had Avocado Maki and a California Roll. I was the only one who pigged out, but I was also having a hungry day. Do you guys get that too? A super hungry day, especially when you don’t work out?

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After dinner, I had drinks with my best friend and decided spontaneously to go to Nachtseminar at Plaza – it was Thursday after all 😉

Fun Fact: This Wednesday I will be handing out flyers for that party outside the Uni, that’s how much I love it 🙂

Friday I noticed I was coming down with a cold, and decided to play it safe and not workout, which meant that I yet again had “found an excuse” to not go to dance class…. sad really…so I stayed home, roasted more squash, and then met a friend at Starbucks for a Soy Matcha Green Tea Latte and some girl talk. While sitting there, I ran into some old school friends… it’s good to be home 🙂

After tea, we bought a fuzzy scarf at Zara and had dinner at Hiltl. Then I bought another Kabocha squash. I think I might have a problem…

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Saturday I got up early and bought some last-minute school supplies and some groceries. Then I went to my usual stretching class, painted my nails and passed out. This is when I noticed that my flu was still around.. I was exhausted and just wanted to SLEEP.

Later I met my mom’s godson for dinner at Nagasui and then head out to the club “Härterei” for the party “Nasty Trash”. I had taken a video on Snapchat, but managed to forget to save it…. it was a great night but I left “early” and was in bed by 2.30 am! So unlike me 😉

On Sunday I picked up this Fluffy thing.

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I got to dog-sit him for a night and spent loads of time playing with and cuddling this living fur-ball while trying to overcome my cold. It was a beautiful day and I was thus very thankful to have this little guy as a reason to enjoy the sunshine every few hours and not spend the entire day curled up in bed watching 30 rock, feeling sorry for myself.

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I got my act together around 3 and head to Bodypump though. It was the last time doing release 90! I am so proud of my gains during the squat and chest tracks, that I cannot wait to master release 91.

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Today I had the day off and spent the morning in my pyjamas, enjoying my last few hours of “no studying” a.k.a watching 30 rock and eating MORE SQUASH (I can’t believe I haven’t turned orange yet). In the afternoon I went to town for some juice with my BFF and then came home for more dog-walking, squash-eating and uni-preparing. I can now officially say my room is GORGEOUS! My closet however is a different story… I guess that is next on the to-do list.

I hope you had a great weekend too! I’ll speak to you after my first day (I already have some fun posts planned). Wish me luck!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Funky Fitness Friday – ZRH

So I had orientation yesterday! I was quite surprised by how well my friends helped me prepare for university these last 2 weeks, as I actually already knew most of the info they told us and had done most of the things on their checklist. I was really relieved they showed us around the various university buildings as the Media and Communications campus is spread all over town… so it will definitely be an adventure getting from one class to the next! Among the people I had met, I felt like the super nerdy girl who was way too prepared, for whenever I asked the others about the books we had to buy or the courses they were taking, I received loads of confused glances, eye-rolling or pleas for help. Honestly, that gave me a slight boost of confidence, I guess 🙂 (don’t want to jinx it though!) Oh and also, I am not too worried about getting “distracted” from my studies as there were like 5 guys among the 600 girls….. some of the girls were really nice, and I already know who I can go to class with next week! Always good to have a study buddy for the first week 🙂 Workout-wise I’ve been trying to fit in as many classes as possible these last few days. I still didn’t make it to my favourite dance classes at Tanzwerk, but I plan on going tonight. I was going to go yesterday, but chose to spend time with some of the girls from my classes and later with my best friend instead. Also, I definitely need to cut back on partying, as my body really has not recuperated at all from this last half-year, and I don’t seem to be able to bounce back as quickly the next day anymore… weird development as I never used to have this problem, but I am taking it as a sign that I need more sleep and general “me-time”. Good thing school is starting on Monday 😉


Thursday:

Bauchtraining (yawn) and MAX. After falling in love with Les Mills CX Works, the standard for a good ab session has been set pretty high. I went to a class here titled “Bauchtraining” (ab work) but it was full of crunches with no breaks for 30 minutes. Les Mills taught me that there are so many other ways to train your core, and I frankly found the class to be very “behind the times”. I was very disappointed. The MAX class afterwards was fun though. It was basically a 30 min HIIT incorporating the step and various different muscle groups. There wasn’t much strength involved though, like as a cool-down as in Body Step, but it was good to do cardio for a change.

Friday:

Rest day from one night out. I was shocked how tired and weak I was feeling..

Saturday:

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Rest day, travelling back from Geneva

Monday:

I had all the best intentions in the world to start going to dance today, but just couldn’t muster up enough motivation… I made a pre-workout snack of egg whites and cottage cheese, but my stomach felt uneasy after and I just didn’t feel energetic. I went to town and bought protein powder and Kabocha instead. I’ve pinned a few recipes for protein energy bites and hope to make them this Sunday. I know that oatmeal is a great pre-workout snack, but I’m trying to find higher-protein and less filling alternatives for when I just need a boost.

Tuesday:

After not falling asleep until 3 am (apparently there was a full moon) I was still able to get up at 8 and go to Body Pump. We got to do quite a few tracks out of release 91! It is deadly with a capital D! In release 90 I was at a point in my training where I was able to increase the weights to 12.5 kg (either side) during squats. Now my legs were on fire with all the “bottom-half” squat-repetitions and had to decrease the weights again. Also, the triceps track is a killer… push ups, dips and using the overhead disk…. This release should definitely take my training to the next level! In the evening I went to a fixed-schedule dance class. I’ll be trying to go to this class (and Saturday’s stretch) as much as I can, and have marked it in my calendar throughout the semester, so that I have a bit of a fixed workout schedule. I will also try to always go to at least one Bodypump class, but will pretty much wing when exactly. Also I plan on spontaneously choosing dance classes (on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday) and trying to go to crossfit twice a month with friends.

Wednesday:

Bodypump (release 90 again, so increased my weights as I know this release by heart). I wanted to go to dance today, but saw my favourite teacher wasn’t there. She won’t be there today either sadly, but there are more classes I enjoy going to today than on Wednesday so I plan on going anyways.

Thursday:

I had wanted to go to modern, but didn’t take my dance clothes with me to orientation (I’m “special” enough as it is with all my hyper-active, totally open talking…didn’t need to be a pack mule as well 😉 ). By the time it was over, I didn’t have enough travel time to go home, eat, pick up my clothes and go to dance by 5.30 pm, so I decided to hang out with some friends instead.

Friday:

Today I plan on going to Barre a Terre, jazz, and possibly urban contemporary. Let’s see if I actually finally make it for a change. I really wonder what is holding me back… Now I am off into town to buy some last-minute school supplies and more kabocha squash (I just roasted the second one I had bought and have eaten too much already) and bananas, as I am planning on doing another smoothie-packed day tomorrow.

Have a beautiful day and go check out Sam’s blog for more fitness fun 🙂 !

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Thinking out Loud Thursday – 2 Weeks at home

For someone who actually really enjoys travelling and hopes to one day discover loads of the world, home has become the unwritten answer to all my problems. No matter what I am going through or dealing with, I know my life in Zürich will always cheer me up. During those last few days leading up to my departure from Munich, I was obsessed with counting down to when I got to return to the life I had missed. Don’t get me wrong, I adored my job and the people I got to meet, and all I got to experience – I wouldn’t trade it for the world… but living in New York and then Munich has taught me that I am a creature of habit. I am also someone who likes to please others too much, and thus forget that it would actually keep me more sane to “do my own thing” sometimes and even be alone.. despite my über-open personality… but that’s a story for another time.

I have now in retrospect learned to accept that I don’t really enjoy living with people who are very different from myself. For if I do, I tend to put things I enjoy or ways I prefer to act on the side to make and keep them happy, which of course results in me being very unhappy.. long story short: I miss my food processor, a kitchen full of vegetables and fruit and all my beauty products scattered in an organized mess. Those things were MEGA- lacking while living with others… I have learned how to treat myself well and what things make me feel good, and most importantly I strive on structured days I can fully control. I craved my weekends at home; I filled my days with yummy food, dance and body pump classes and my evenings with friends whenever I was home for the weekend – I felt free, and I have been enjoying this now seemingly never-ending freedom to the max for the last 2 weeks. No needing to return to Munich. I am home. For good.

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There are some things I have started to miss in Munich though…

1. My favourite café with the cute barista. I visited the café during my last week to give him one last chance to ask me out on a date, but he wasn’t there….

I coincidentally got to go again during the week, and also left with a steaming mug of matcha, but no phone number.

It wasn’t meant to be I guess 😉

2. My membership at Munich Gym expired during my second to last week and I sort of avoided going back because I didn’t want to pay the daily rate 3 times (which is almost as high as the monthly one). I ended up not going on Monday, because the classes I do are almost identical to Thursday (when I had planned to go anyways) , and had a yummy green smoothie in town instead 🙂 When I went in on Tuesday and explained the situation, the guy at the front desk told me he would deal with it. So I went and got changed, came back with my wallet and asked him what it would cost me and he said I should speak to the manager. She then generously extended my last month through the end of August (although my card had run out mid August). I was stunned and shocked by their kindness, and so very thankful that I got an extra week to enjoy my favourite gym… such a shame my flu took over and I had to stay in bed the rest of the week 😦 Sure, the gym in Zürich is great, but the community in Munich felt like this big fitness family.. all the more reason to return ;), even if it’s just for CXWorks, the protein shake bar and champagne after class.

3. I really miss the people I met and the friends I made – especially the girls from other magazines. I also really enjoyed all the press days and product launches where it was warmly welcomed to dive headfirst into my obsession with cosmetics

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Oh and of course, being published was kinda cool too 😉

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(there’s even one more page to come with my name on it!)

4. There are some things I am really enjoying being back in Zürich though too, like the ability to visit my cousin because he only lives a train ride away. Let me tell you, a 2.5 h train ride to Geneva is NOTHING in comparison to the nearly 5 I endured TWICE each weekend. The trip over to the French-speaking part of Switzerland was like a walk in the park… oh and I ate something amazing: Truffled Sushi! like, whoa whoa whoa how could that be so DELICIOUS? My taste buds have really been exposed to some great foods since I have been more open to eating fish.. like the afore-mentioned truffle salmon nigiri. I wish I had gotten a picture.. I guess I have to visit Geneva soon to take a picture of the yumminess 😉

5. It’s also great to go to my favourite restaurants with some of the best people. I mean, I do realise I used to go eat at these places at least once a week before leaving, but during this half-year away, I  barely ever got to go… I am quite surprised that I haven’t overdosed on Nagasui, Hiltl and Tiffins by now though, and have been enjoying cooking at home a lot. I’ve been a food prepping genius lately, but have noticed a tendency of convincing myself I need to snack when I am not even really hungry just because “the food is ready and tasty”.

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Like the dent I made in this roasted kabocha squash (did I mention how much I am loving this amazing squash?) A quarter of the pan is missing..

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And another quarter disappeared at around 3 am when I was not able to fall asleep because I couldn’t stop thinking of the deliciousness (I hadn’t eaten kabocha in years, so saying I could barely contain my excitement when I took the roasted goodness out of the oven would be a major understatement)

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I also tested this whole high carb, low-fat, 80/10/10, rawtill4 thing for a day.

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I made a mango banana smoothie with a papaya carrot centre. It was voluminous and filling, but didn’t keep me from finishing off the afore-mentioned kabocha.. I ended up caving and cooking some tofu for lunch when eating another massive smoothie or 500 g of grapes didn’t seem too appealing. So technically still going strong with the low-fat thing, but staying “raw until four” is tough!

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I did manage to fit in a green protein smoothie before Bodypump though 🙂 And I had loads of energy. Carbs are a weight-lifter’s best friend!

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6. So uhm guys, I can’t believe I actually waited until number six to tell you this, but: I am starting University today. Again. For the third time. But for real this time, I promise…. I’ve put a lot of work into prepping for this day and feel (slightly) confident, but am also so so so very nervous and putting way too much pressure on myself, because I really want things to work out this time round. I am staying in Zürich, which will definitely help the process as I won’t have to get used to a new city, live with strangers (see above 😉 ) and find new friends, like the last 2 times. I am full of joy and excitement (and a little bit of anxiety) and cannot wait to fill my brain with knowledge… I am majoring in Media and Communications and minoring in Management and Economics. I will probably be taking on French next semester as well and hope to add a second minor next year (Farsi) if things work out with my schedule.

7. I am in love with this weather. The smell of Winter approaching, leaves turning orange and cozy evenings with warm, cinnamony almond milk keeping you toasty, while during the day the sun is still warm enough to barely need that woolly sweater. I love this transitional time and am not looking forward to my Ugg boots and trekking through the snow to classes, and don’t really miss the scorching heat either.. I wonder if there is a place in the world where they only have one and a half seasons: Autumn and some Spring (I adore the months before Summer, but could do without those rain showers)

8. Tomorrow I will be sharing my weekly fitness post and I think you will be surprised to see how little I have been dancing (not at clubs!) since I’ve been back. I am quite shocked myself that I can’t seem to motivate myself to go to class, whereas I have not missed a single Bodypump training since I’ve been back. I’ve made up so many excuses as to why I shouldn’t go dance, and sometimes just ended up staying at home or in town instead… weird things happening people, weird things…

That’s it for me today. I need to get some rest for my first day. *Excited screaming*

Thanks Amanda for hosting!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo