Dec 31, 2014

New Years Eve Beauty


Girls, dust off your sparkliest glitter beauty products that you otherwise rarely get to use, tonight will put them into good use! Because if not on New Years Eve, when is it appropriate to sparkle and shine? I’m going to try a glittery cat eye look as seen here, and these are some of the products I’ll be using…


L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes Black Diamantissime: This mascara is one of my holiday makeup staples because it’s festive without being too over the top. Tiny sparkles on your lashes, that are not the glittery kind but subtly visible.

MAC Black and Gold Nocturnals Mini Pigment & Glitter: As I mentioned above, I will pick up a tiny amount of glitter and apply this very close to a black cat eye with an angled brush. Just need to decide: copper or gold?

L'Oréal Superliner Silkissime: If all else fails and I end up looking like a glittery disco ball, I can wipe everything off and start anew with a trusty old friend that is this eyeliner. Can't go wrong with smokey eyes.


Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Dragon: How I love Guerlains Meteorites! They are the perfect products to give your complexion a healthy, luminous glow due to the color mix of the balls. These in particular brighten, illuminate and even out your complexion in the loveliest way. After applying my foundation, I lightly dust this all over my face, neck and décolleté for a subtle effect.


Guerlain Shalimar Sur la route de Madagascar: This is a fragrance I'm loving more and more as I get older. This limited edition version from 2012 opens up very citrusy on my skin but then dries down to a very interesting vanilla based oriental woody fragrance. Very sensual, mysterious and longlasting, perfect for New Years Eve...

Wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve Party!

~ Neslihan
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Dec 30, 2014

On intentions, resolutions and goals


The last couple of days allowed me to just be, without any obligations or any place to go. 
 So naturally I also had a lot of time to think about how this year was for me personally. There were a lot of good and happy times, travelling being one of my favorite memories. But also marriages of close friends, births of their babies, overall so many enriching interactions with my loved ones that allowed our friendships and relationships to grow. It was a year I personally grew in a lot of areas as well, but also faced difficult times that practically forced me to acknowledge some facts in my life I wasn't paying enough attention to. I briefly mentioned this in a heart to heart post in August, and half a year later, I am still more than ever trying to lead a slower, more mindful and intentional life. Having very strong perfectionist tendencies that push me in all areas of my life, this isn't easy for me but I guess it will be a lifelong learning process. 

Source: Pinterest

The point of my rambling on here? Actually I just wanted to share with you a document (Unravelling the year ahead 2015 by Susannah Conway) I came across the other day that I'm planning to use for myself. It's filled with helpful questions to review your past year, from your happiest memories to setbacks and the resulting learnings. I think it's a great way to be aware and appreciate the good, count your blessings and set new intentions for the new year. This could be done before January 1st or any other given time because let's be honest, it's never too late to start a new chapter.

So grab a cup of hot tea, light your favorite scented candle and start honestly answering these questions that will allow you to have a clearer vision of your intentions. And please do let me know how you prepare yourself for the new year, or how you set goals for yourself, which quotes motivate you and so on. I always find this very interesting to know.

~ Neslihan

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Dec 28, 2014

Remnant of Fall


Coat: Mango

With winter being quite mild so far, I didn't have to resort to extreme multiple layers of clothing so far. That is until today. Finally, finally I woke up to see snow falling outside and I just love this excitement in my voice, very childlike but still it makes me happy. So obviously this outfit dates back to fall, more precisely to the short weekend trip we made to Berlin. I wore this camel coat from Mango a lot before changing it for my down coat, which I'm wearing on most days now.


Sneakers: New Balence via urbanpeople.com

If you follow me on Instagram (@nesdem) you'll surely know that I have spent a wonderful weekend in St.Moritz at the lavish Kempinski hotel, where I got really into the mood to spend some days in the mountains because that's where winter is prettiest, isn't it?


Cashmere scarf: Coop City
Sweater: Banana Republic
Bag: Marni

The days leading up to New Year's (and the actual evening itself) I'll be spending in Engelberg, just like last year. I'll plan on catching up on postings here but also take the time to reflect back on this year and think about my goals for 2015. For me, it's import to have goals, even if they're not the typical New Year's resolutions. What do you think about that, do you just go with the flow or do you take the time to truly review your year and overall goals in life..?


~  Neslihan
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Dec 21, 2014

Sunday's recipe: Red love apple rose tartelettes

These beauties just might be the prettiest dessert I've ever baked. It was the first time I bought red love apples and I was utterly amazed by the color of this variety. I came across the recipe on a German blog and translated everything, which you'll find below. Here's what you need to get started:

Ingredients (for 12 tartelettes made in a muffin tin) 

 For the dough 
250 g flour
75 g sugar
1 organic lemon
125 g cold butter
1 egg

 For the apple roses: 
 6 red apples
 500 ml of apple juice
 250 g sugar

 For the filling:
 75 g sugar
 1 egg
 2 egg yolks
 1/2 organic lemon
 125 g mascarpone
 2 large apples
 2 tbsp cornstarch



How to: 
For the dough, mix the flour, sugar and the zest of a lemon in a bowl. Add the ice cold butter in cubes, working it in with your fingertips into the flour mixture so it looks crumbly. Whisk the egg and gradually add it to the other ingredients using a had mixer. Keep stirring until the ingredients form a dough. Rolled intoa ball, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile you can prepapre the apples.

Now we begin the process of making these beautiful roses.
Wash the apples, cut them in half, remove the core and cut out with a knife the stem and the stalk. Next, cut the apple halves into thin slices. Each apple half should leave you with approx. 12 slices. When you put the slices immediately in a bowl of lemon water they don't turn brown .


In a saucepan, bring the apple juice to a boil with the sugar.
Take the apple slices out of the lemon water and let them simmer in the boiling apple juice in small batches, each time only a few minutes until the apple skins become softened and are easier to bend, but not too soft so they do fall apart. When they are just right, drain the slices and let them cool completely.

If you're through with the last batch of slices. continue to let the apple juice mixture simmer until it's reduced to about 1/4 of the original liquid amount. Then set aside and let cool. Arrange the apple slices in an overlapping design on parchement paper starting from the left to right. You should have 12 rows (for 12 roses) each with approx, 10-12 slices. If you're unsure on how they should look like, head over to this German blog with lose of pictures where I also found this recipe.

 Now for the filling, mix all the ingredients, paying attention not to stir the mascarpone too long (otherwise you'll have clotted cream), Grate the apples, squeeze their liquid out and mix them into the mascarpone mixture. Stir in the cornstarch in heaped tablespoons.


As you have now prepared everything, you can assemble the tartelettes:
Grease a muffin baking tin and line it with parchment paper either completely or just a strip all around the edges so you can remove/lift the tartelettes easier when they are done. Roll the dough out about 3 mm thick under a piece of plastic wrap, cut circles using for instance a cup or another round object and line the muffin tin. With a fork prick the bottom of the tartlets a few times. Next, fill each with a generous spoonful of the filling.

To make the rose buds, you have to roll each row of apple slices, starting left, while holding well and carefully keep rolling until you reach the end and it looks like a rose. Place each rose into  a tartelette, the filling allows you to place with its shape a little bit.

Bake the tartelettes in a preheated oven at 200 ° C top/bottom heat for about 24 minutes. Depending on your oven, you might need to turn the muffin tin at half of the baking time to ensure even baking results. When they are done, remove them from the muffin tin and let them cool.

Remember the apple juice syrup you set aside previously? You can brush your roses with it so they're nice and shiny. Now give yourself a pat on the back, you made it! Aren't they beautiful?

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Dec 19, 2014

Family, Friends and Lovers Xmas Gift Guide

Surely we can't be the only ones who still haven't done all of their holiday gift shopping yet. Maybe you'll have to brave the crowds this weekend or order gifts from the comfort of your home. For both cases we compiled an extensive gift guide, with ideas for family, friends and lovers. Links or shop locations are provided below the collages.


SISTER LOVE
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Dec 14, 2014

Sunday's Recipe: Beetroot soup


With its intense red color, this soup is definitely and eye catcher on your festive table. I admit that the color prompted me to try this soup but the earthy, comforting taste itself is what persuaded me entirely. It makes for a perfect winter soup and is a nice change to my usual pumpkin soup I make this time of the year (especially if pumpking is otherwise involved in yourr menu). Even people who usually don't like beetroot, say in their salads for instance, loved this soup. If you are unsure you can always change the beetroot-to-potato-ratio to reduce the flavor. Soups are very entertaining-friendly as I prepare them often the night before and just warm up before serving. No last minute stress involved.


Ingredients (serves 6) 
3 beetroots, peeled and chopped into cubes (if you have plastic gloves at home, wear them! Trust me, the color is intense...) 
3 potatoes, chopped into cubes 
1 onion, chopped 
Salt and pepper to taste 
1 liter vegetable stock 

 How to 
Add a little bit of vegetable oil into a large casserole, add the onion and sautée until soft. Next add the cubed beetroot and potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes until you add the vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper if you want to, stir well then bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Cool the soup slightly then puree it in batches in a liquidiser/blender until smooth. Even though I strained the soup through a sieve it doesn't get velvety smooth like for instance pumpkin soup, so you might as well leave this step out, it's up to you. 

 To serve, bring the soup back to a boil and adjust the seasoning if you need to. Serve in warmed bowls with a spoonful of crème fraiche and fresh herbs or sprouts. Adding toasted almonds adds a nice crunch to your soup. 

 Next Sunday you'll find a recipe for the prettiest apple tartlets you have ever seen, I promise!
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Dec 13, 2014

The 90s brown lip revival

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Dec 8, 2014

Thinking outside the box - the green oasis box in Berlin

(photo by Weleda)
Are you the type of person who makes new years resolutions ? We secretly do, as there is something very appealing (yet often unrealistic) in the notion of new year, new me. When we made the decision to try to incorporate more natural products into our beauty routines about a year ago, we wouldn’t have thought they would take over so much of our beauty cabinets. While we haven’t completely sworn off other brands, we definitely tend to reach for our natural and organic products much more often than before. I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to you when we say that we totally adore our Weleda products. But it’s not just the fact that their products work in a very gentle but effective way but also the fact that as a company, this green beauty brand is truly committed to all things natural, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable and fair trade. How can you not think highly of a brand who has such respect, love and responsibility towards nature (and people)?


A couple of weeks back, we were invited to Berlin to check out the Weleda pop-up store at the concept mall Bikini Berlin. It is Weleda's first pop-up store of their corporate history! The idea was to create a green oasis in the midst of an urban city like Berlin.

(photo by Weleda)
The store is rather a pop-up box, meaning that the store won't be permanently located in the mall. But don't worry, until March 2015 you will be able to pay a visit.
 

Last time we were invited to get to know their Pomegranate Nailcare Line, but this time we had the chance to explore Weleda's new products and also re-explore their core products (e.g. Lavender Relaxing Oil).


A new line that Weleda recently launched is the so called Nachtkerze - a nocturnal plant that builds flowering branches within minutes. The oil from the Nachtkerze-semen prevents the skin from moisture loss and supports its regeneration.
 
 
 Check out the Nachtkerze magazine for further information.
 
 
We really enjoyed seeing all Weleda products at a glance and testing out several products on site.


We basically opened every Body Oil bottle since we were way too curious about their scents.

 
We also spotted some accessories like these bio cotton pouches. Aren't they cute?


After soaking in all the good stuff and reconfirming our ambition to incorporate more natural products into our beauty lineups, we had some time left to take a stroll around Berlin.


Thank you Weleda for having us!
 
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Dec 7, 2014

Sunday's Recipe: Roasted pumpkin bruschetta


I mentioned last week that I’m going to share one more pumpkin recipe and here it is. It’s actually a loose variation of the autumnal salad from last week, because the pumpkin is prepared the exact same way meaning these cubes were my leftovers and I quickly assembled a bruschetta because, why not..?  It doesn't always have to be tomatoes.You can serves these as finger food appetizers or even for a lunch.


I'm not going to write down an exact recipe as you can assemble this bruschetta the way you like it.  Here's the description how to roast the pumpkin cubes in the oven.

And this is what I did afterwards: I spread a light layer of cream cheese, placed the roasted pumpkin cubes onto the bread, added some goat's cream cheese, arugula, and balsamic glaze. Mhmmmmm!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Other pumpkin recipes you might like to try:

Autumnal salad with baked pumkin
Pumpkin and apricot jam with vanilla
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Dec 5, 2014

Aqua Dome - a relaxing getaway in the Austrian mountains


Have I mentioned that it's not easy for me to be present in the now, to not worry too much and just BE sometimes? The importance of it was one of the lessons I've been tought this year and now whenever I feel stressed out or overwhelmed, I try to conciously seek those relaxing moments. 

Mindfulness, wellbeing, relaxation... all lovely words that are hard to capture. Soothing concepts that I try to incorporate into my everyday life. One of these aspects is of course related to working out and regularly treating your body & mind to sauna sessions, hammams, treatments and so on, which is something I've been doing regularly for over a year now. When your muscles start to relax, usually it doesn't take much longer for your mind to enjoy some peace and quiet as well. 

 
Wellness weekends at hotels are just the best because after a relaxing day in the spa, you don't have to worry about a messy apartment or what to cook for dinner - it's an indulgent luxury I'd like to treat myself to every now and then. Recently I have been invited* to spend a perfect weekend just as I described before in the Austrian alps, at the huge and impeccable Aqua Dome in Längenfeld (Tyrol area) to be exact. The healing waters of Längenfeld in the Ötztal have been known for decades but the modern thermal spa Aqua Dome makes it now accessible for hotel guest and spa visitors alike.


I think the images speak for themselves. If you'd like to have a relaxing winter getaway, make sure to check out Aqua Dome's offerings for the season as I'm sure you won't regret it.

Photo source: Aqua Dome press pictures
*Full disclosure: I have been invited on this press trip.
 
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Dec 2, 2014

Edelweiss wishlist and opportunity to win a gift voucher from Chic Cham

The fun thing of compiling wishlists is that when you look back, you might be able to tick a lot of the items off your wishlist. One part due to ourselves making plans to reach certain goals (in this case, material, yes I admit it) or loved ones who make them do come true. Remember my wishlist I composed for Edelweiss last year? I'm happy to report back that a lot of them made it into my closet/home/medicine cabinet or bookshelf. So without further ado I present you my wishlist 2014, filled with things I'm currently coveting.

Now this year again readers get to choose their favorite wishlist, and every voter gets the chance to win a gift voucher worth CHF 200.00 to use at Chic Cham (in their shop in Lausanne or online!). The wishlisht with the most votes would get a voucher as well. So if you like mine, I'd appreciate a vote from your part. 

To do so, please go to this site, choose the wishlist/blogger whom you'd like to give your vote to and fill in your contact information in case you'll win. Good luck (to you and to me)! ❤
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Dec 1, 2014

Hello December


The end of the year is fast approaching and while I can't wait to reach the end and enjoy some time away from work, I also conciously want to slow down and enjoy the days leading up to the holidays as well. True to the saying "happiness is not a destination - it is a journey" I'll try to find those happy moments in the day to day as well. And if all else fails, I'll have this huge advent calendar to be the thing I'll look forward to each day.


My sister made us this beautiful calendar as a bribe to look after Lilly the cat while she's away on vacation as a surprise because she's simply fabulous like that. I can't wat to open the first one tonight and then every other day as my boyfriend gets to open the even numbers. Such a great idea, I can't thank her enough for being so thoughtful. ❤ 


Now I know everyone is wondering about the same thing: where did I get this beautiful wood sled*? The answer is Rothirsch, a Swiss brand focusing on everyday products  which they sell in their online shop. Their products always combine simple design with functionality, as is the case with this wood sled. It's a special edition of the characteristic mountain rodels and produced by Gloco, which makes these since 1919. While waiting for the snow to take this sled outside, it serves us beautifully as a winter decoration in our flat. 



Update: We are very happy to announce that together with Rothirsch we are offering you a 20% discount on this wood sled. Enter the code STYLE before you checkout (click the button „update your cart total“ to see the reduction). This code is valid until December 31st 2014, so it’s a perfect occasion to buy it for yourself or a loved one as a present. Pssst : There’s even free shipping within Switzerland. Now we only need to hope for snow, right… ?



*This product was provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration on Styleseeking Zurich.

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