Jan 30, 2014

Removing Make-Up with Dr. Sponge and Savondine



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Jan 28, 2014

Interior Decoration Inspiration: black and white

Before my boyfriend and I moved in together last year, we started a Pinterest pinboard where we would randomly pin interior images we liked (I totally recommend doing this if you're about to move to a new place). Soon it became clear to us that we had more or less the same vision for our new place and that it involved a whole lot of black and white elements paired with wood and glass. Very gender neutral, timeless and versatile, if you ask me. 

Below is a selection of images from our pinterest board that served us as inspiration. 

industrial lamps, low white sideboards

Source: Vosgesparis

eye-catching wall art

Source: Oui.Oui



Source: unknown

kitchen with personal touches

Source: Decor8Blog


Now how can you get the black and white look? I’ve compiled some things below I already own or plan on purchasing to further keep the monochrome vibe in my own apartment. Just like with clothes, I think it's more intriguing to mix more sophisticated and exclusive items with really simple and basic ones.


Pantone wall art canvas: Radiant Orchid may be Pantones's color of the year 2014, but in my book, "Black is [always] the new black". This cute little canvas is from the online shop isda, where you can find a selection of other Pantone colors and sizes as well, not just as wall art but also as chairs. If you're looking for special interior objects, furniture and lamps, it's worth to have a look on isda. I'm thinking about using this Pantone canvas to create a mixed media wall art. Maybe some other quotes and prints like the one pictured next to it, personal photographs in different shapes and sizes to add character to a place. We'll see how it turns out!

Vitra Eames plastic armchair RAR: This is currently on my wishlist, as I think it might look good next to a window in our bedroom and add to the cozy atmosphere I'm aiming in there. 

 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair: This beauty holds a very special place in our hearts and our open-plan living room. It's an investment piece but represents a very timeless, classic design.

Graphic Pillows: We have a black leather couch and I think graphic pillows in a contrasting color look really good on it. Pillows are a great and usually inexpensive way to add something new to your place and switch things up from time to time.

 Block lamp: This is another item that I cherish in our living room. It illuminates the Vittsjö shelves we've chosen for an airy and industrial look (also you can't beat the price tag).

Scented candles: Even though we've opted for various light sources in the living room, nothing can replace [scented] candles. Diptyque has a great range of fragrances and I'm also very curious to try Byredo.
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Jan 22, 2014

Milano


Lately I have been constantly on the go, even on the weekends. Even though sometimes it feels stressful, I also enjoy planning ahead and looking forward to something. The decision to hop on a train and go to Milano was a very spontaneous idea which turned out to be amazing. Shopping, wining & dining and some quality time with my boyfriend - I couldn't have asked for more. Here are some impressions from two weeks ago... 


Last time I was in Milano was 4 years ago (what I wore back then, outfit 1, outfit 2)
Re-visiting certain places like 10 Corso Como and this time around actually buying something for myself was probably a dream of mine 4 years ago as a student. I also got something that was on my Christmas wishlist - any guesses?



Coat: Zara 
Sweater: New Yorker 
Skirt: Sfera 
 Scarf: C&A



Rings: Zara



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Jan 16, 2014

Winter skin care

Over the holidays I spent two weeks in the mountains and brought with me some winter skin care products to put them to a test. They happen to be all natural products which is definitely a plus, as MiJi and I are getting more and more conscious of safe and healthy ingredients in our beauty care products. Let's just say, all of these products were excellent at keeping my skin moisturized and protected during all those hours I spent outdoors trying to learn to ski...


 Let's start with my current daytime moisturizer by Weleda. In the past I have used a variety of Weleda products and haven't met one I didn't like. The Iris Hydrating Day Cream is rather rich but my skin absorbs it fairly quickly without making me wait too long before I apply my foundation. It's said to provide long-lasting moisture and effective protection against environmental influences. Due to the natural scent of real essential oils this cream smells very uplifting and fresh - I really enjoy using this product in the mornings.


This product is the newest addition to my skin care routine and I've been reaching for it very often.
Stark's Grapefruit Cleansing Balm, available at the Swiss online shop Biomazing where I am buying also my beloved coconut oil. I have never used cleansing balms before - let alone oil based ones, but this one made me curious and I gave into the gorgeous glass packaging and the promising words on the website: "For the clearest, most radiant skin of your life, in one simple product!"

This highly nutritious, water-less balm melts away daily grime and dirt, replenishing your skin with healthy, antioxidant-rich plant-derived oils and butters, like organic virgin coconut oil, raw organic shea butter, organic sweet almond oil etc. just to name a few. As it is really rich and well, oily, in regards to cleansing I only use it in the evenings to take off all of my makeup. Sometimes I double cleanse with a face wash afterwards but more often than not I don't feel the need to. This product is very versatile and can also be applied as a moisturizer on face and body as well as lip balm. My little pot looks a bit grainy but the butters melt away upon touch, so what very briefly feels like an ultra-mild peeling transforms very quickly. Awesome texture, awesome smell, awesome ingredients - I'm totally hooked! 


Next up is my beloved Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, making it also into this little list as it contains 99.8% naturally derived ingredients. A few drops a night not only calms my senses (it contains a blend of essential oils including lavender) but also replenishes my skin with with moisture come morning. I like imagining how this elixir works all night to replenish the skin with moisture, making it smoother and even toning down redness or angry dry patches which usually occur to me in the colder months. 


These products were provided to me by the manufacturers or their PR company for consideration on Styleseeking Zurich.
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Jan 10, 2014

Taking time to smile



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