Sunday, 18 February 2018

Boxmopolitan Edition 24 Gold Rush

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Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products
Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products
Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products
Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products
Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products
Boxmopolitan, subscription box, discover new products

I have a gold rush, and it got delivered right to my doorstep yay! Since you all know how much I do love subscription boxes, you can imagine how much I liked to open the parcel with the Boxmopolitan logo.

Boxmopolitan is a Swiss discovery box that brings you every month five to seven surprise products. It's like having a personal shopping coach that goes trend hunting for you and finds the most unique cool products. Unlike many other subscription boxes, Boxmopolitan doesn't feed you with boring mainstream products.

It's their mission as curators to introduce you to new items and they pay particular attention to organic ingredients, fair trade, local manufacturing and design quality. Gourmet is always an essential part of the surprises. One box costs 69.90 CHF, if you place a subscription for a few months, the price for the single boxes starts at 49.90 CHF.

What I found in my box

Sparkling wine by Elfenhof
Packed in a golden bar box, this dry sparkling wine has a fruity bouquet from the most excellent grapes of the Neusiedler Lake region in Austria and is enriched with real gold. Quite an eyecatcher on the table and the perfect drinks for lovers of prosecco and champagne like myself.

Golden Light candle by Yankee Candle
I believe home is not home without a vanilla candle and this one smells just good enough to eat with its chocolate-vanilla fragrance. It burns for 30 beautiful hours and makes my flat instantly cozier.

Gottlieber Wafers Special Edition Gianduja Orange
Swiss wafers with a filling of roasted hazelnuts and chocolate, enriched with fruity oranges. Since I am plant-based, they are not for me, but I bet my boyfriend will make them disappear entirely fast.

Woman in Gold and Gold Knight by Kilian
The only samples in the box are those two perfumes. Wish they were bigger because I love them very much. Woman in Gold is a fragrance with rose petals, vanilla, akigala wood and patchouli. Gold knight bedazzles the senses with patchouli, bergamot, vanilla, and anise. Both smell of luxury and I dream of a big bottle of Woman in Gold.

Lux Hair Oil by System Professional
A luxury hair oil with argan, jojoba and almond oil. My stressed hair loves this treat and sends it thanks. Since argan oil is known as liquid gold in Marocco, a perfect addition to the Gold Rush box.

Gold Glitter Gel by Ucanbe
A glitter makeup for face and body in dazzling gold. I used it as an eyeliner several times already and love it, it dries fast, stays where it should and is easy to remove.

A 10 CHF Voucher from Perfect Hair
I buy my shampoo and hairspray from since I remember. Therefore this voucher is something I can use very well. They have (almost) everything I am looking for, fast delivery and reasonable prices.

What I think about the Gold Rush box

I love the Gold Rush box and think what you get for the price is a very fair deal for getting so much inspiration. I discovered exciting products I didn't know before, my favourites are the sparkling wine, the Kilian perfumes, and the makeup glitter. Thank you so much Boxmopolitan!

I am curious to see what's in the next Boxmotolitain boxes, and if you love surprises, you should join the gang.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Fashion No-Man's-Land

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knitted scarf, komono sunglasses, winter look
yru shoes, glitter boots, bowie shoes

Bloggers from Paris, London and New York have one significant undeniable advantage: They live in cities with a fashion week and therefore are at the pulse of our most beloved industry. Fashion week, the time of the year when all eyes turn the same way and whoever has a say in fashion has its picture taken walking in extravagant looks through puddles showing an "I don't care" attitude. This fashion week it's Alexander Wang's last show in New York, Bottega Veneta leaves Milan and goes big apple, JW Anderson goes co-ed, and I am sure we will all be talking about Balenciaga. So much buzz!

It seems like everybody is excited, on their feet and having their heart beating with the pumping sounds of the shows. Everybody? No, almost everybody but one: Sara is at home in good old Zurich, watching shows with untidy hair in bed on her computer and doing some compensation shopping on Farfetch. Great! Just like every year I get invitations to shows in Berlin, London and New York (ok never the big ones, but rather the quirky ones that I love most anyway) but let's face it: I can't just take off from my busy work life as a design director and spend a fortune on flights to get from a 20 minute show to NY to the next 20 minute show in London. After all, Sara is a reasonable girl, and I admit: Taking the liberty not to brush the hair on a Sunday is priceless too.

Supermarket and local Lebanese you can be happy: Otherwise you would never see me wearing my crazy stuff visiting you. I didn't make it to New York, but hey:
I can make it everywhere ;-)

My Outfit:
Coat: Lazy Oaf, Dress: Cookie by Minueto, Bag: Maude Studio, Sunnies: Komono,
Scarf: Yaya, Necklace & Earrings: Misfit Makes, Ring: Mood, Shoes: YRU, Belt: Vintage

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Lovely Shopping: A New Love

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Cardigan  –  Skirt  –  Shoes
Handbag  –  Necklace   –  Hat  –  Sunglasses

Dear Winter, I am very sorry but I think we just don't fit together and therefore I have to end our relationship. I tried to work on it very hard, but I just can't forget to think about spring. It feels like cheating on you, and you don't deserve that. I hope you will understand what I try to explain. My feelings for spring are just too strong.

When I think about springs tender blossoms, the beautiful pastel colours, and the smooth, warm daylight… Oh, I am sorry, I don't want to rub salt into your wounds (it might only melt your snow), my mind was wandering. I saw myself going for a stroll wearing this pink and yellow look. Have you seen the shoes with the cute birds and the necklace with the cute golden bees? Maybe it's better you don't, but start to look somewhere else and find somebody who loves you from the bottom of the heart.

I hope we can still be friends and say hello to each other when we meet again. You are terrific, but just not meant for me. I fear this is life. Thank you very much and goodbye.

This post contains sponsored content. Flower Illustration from Vecteezy.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

In the Mood for Change

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Be prepared: Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Time to get in a romantic mood, write love letters and spread flower petals! Maybe you even hope to get a shining ring as a gift because diamonds are a girl's best friend? I don't because I just got one and it's not any ring, but the ring of rings: An infinitely changeable jewel.

mood is an innovative, customizable unisex ring designed and made in Switzerland. It brings you endless possibilities of combination and allows you to express yourself playfully. Every ring consists of a two-part steel base and a central ring called addon that can be exchanged. Just as your look and mood changes, your ring will change with you and be perfect for every occasion. And the best: You can add pieces over the time.

Since pink is my black, my first addon had to be pink of course! I went for a pretty aluminum addon. But you know what a rainbow I am: I plan to have a whole box full of addons to have the right one for every look and outfit. Dear Valentine, why don't you bring me the next addon instead of another ring?

Visit mood here and become a part of the mood tribe:

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Two or Three Lolitas

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M.Luna, red coat, heart shaped glasses
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M.Luna, red coat, winter outfit
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M.Luna, red coat, Saint Laurent

You do not see double: I am two Lolita (or almost three)! No, they are not standing next to each other holding hands and wearing both the same like the twins in Shining. Both are one: I am twice (or even close to three times) the age of sweet teenage Lolita from Vladimir Nabokov's book, but still, in love with heart-shaped glasses!

Just like the novel about the middle-aged professor and his obsession with a young girl is a classic, me wearing heart-shaped glasses is. I had my first pair when I was probably four or five. My mother might have bought them in a souvenir shop during our family holidays, I can't remember for sure. What I do remember is how proud I was and how I liked to wear them. 

Nowadays my latest pair has a Saint Laurent tag on them, and I couldn't but fall for their retro-cat-eye-chic. I was on the hunt for them for a long while and so lucky when they were finally mine. There are so many fakes popping up everywhere, but I wanted the Saint Laurents, the real thing. I think they are a wonderful pair with this luxurious red cashmere coat from Swiss label M.Luna and the cute Hello Kitty shoes. A playful cute look, but as well with a grown-up air of luxury and good craftsmanship.

Next season, heart-shaped glasses might be so out of fashion, but I'll stick to them. They are an essential part of my style and I'll never grow too old to wear them. 

The number of Lolitas inside of me might keep growing, but that's ok!

My Outfit:
Coat, Blouse & Skirt: M.Luna, Shoes: Hello Kitty x Asos, Sunglasses: Saint Laurent,
Ring: Mood, Bow: Topshop, Tights: Fogal, Socks: Topshop

This post contains sponsored products.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Home Sweet Home with La Petite Box

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blogger review, La Petite box, Home sweet home
blogger review, La Petite box, Home sweet home
blogger review, La Petite box, Home sweet home
blogger review, La Petite box, Home sweet home
blogger review, La Petite box, Home sweet home

Winter and me, we will never be friends. Since we got introduced, we have arguments about the minimum temperature necessary for human life on the planet. When it comes to style we have don't agree either: I plead for wearing heels all year while Winter is more on the boots side. Therefore the La Petite Box „Home Sweet Home“ edition hit my nerve: The subscription box was filled with essentials for cocooning during the cold days. Sorry Winter, we will not meet much this year (bet you will not miss me and my grumpy face when my shoes get covered in mud).

So let’s have a closer look, what do we need for a cozy day at home? Good tea, a lovely cup, lights and a notebook to write down dreams and poetry. All of this was in the box and more. I am in love with the porcelain cup from Mea Living with its pink star pattern. I wanted to have a cute cup for ages since I think it's time to stop the madness of discarding takeaway cups after every drink. Since I don’t drink coffee, I am happy there was organic luxury tea from Sirocco in the box. Sirocco is one of my favourite tea labels, yay!

In case winter wins our argument about footwear and makes me buy shoes there was a 20% voucher from ShoeLovers Club by Ochsen shoes in the box, I bet they have a lot of boots. But at the moment I rather sit home with the starlight from Heidi Swaps and use my pink YES notebook to create my first Zentangles. Zentangle is a method of drawing abstract patterns as a method to relax. ommmmmm! While I enjoy the coconut goodies from the box, I feel suddenly pleased and warm. After trying the flowery Missoni products which smell of freesia, peony, and rosyfolia, summer found it’s way back into my heart.

Yes, this is one of my favourite La Petite Boxes yet, because it came with healthy vegan snacks and drinks and the cup was a wishlist item and most important: It keeps winter away.

If you want to order a La Petite Box too now, just click here.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Dr. Bronner's & The Magic of Soap

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Dr. Bronner's, beauty, review

New year new habits! One of my good resolutions is to be more conscious what beauty products I use and discover more organic and vegan products to replace chemistry on my bathroom shelf. Cult label Dr. Bronner's might become one of my best beauty friends in 2018, so let me tell you a little bit more about them:

Dr. Bronner's stands for fair payment, fair prices, and sustainable organic production. The philosophy of a united world across religion, ethnic divides or perish by their founder Emanuel Bronner is printed on the labels of their products till nowadays without any changes. We are All-One or none, it says, and you get the feeling this soap is more than just soap, but a key to a better world.

Emanuel – a third-generation master soap maker from a German-Jewish family – emigrated to the USA and started Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps in 1948 with the aim to make socially and environmentally responsible high-quality products. Nowadays the company is run by his children and grandchildren.  In the USA the Dr. Bronner's is the best-selling soap loved by stars and girls next door alike.

Dr. Bronner's soaps, lotions, and balms contain certified organic ingredients for example oils like coconut, jojoba, hemp, and olive. Most products are vegan, except for the Magic Balm and Lip Balm who contain beeswax. All products are organic, fair trade, not tested on animals and come in recycled packaging. Only the soap bars include palm oil, but it wouldn't be Dr. Bronner's if it wouldn't be produced fairtrade in their own program in Ghana.

My three favourite Dr. Bronner's products:

Dr. Bronner's 18 in 1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

This product is a real miracle! You can use it for 18 different purposes: Clean your body, face, hair, teeth and even your dishes, animals, laundry, makeup brushes or mop your floors just to name the most important ones.

The soap comes in many different fragrances, I tested peppermint, rose, eucalyptus, citrus and rose. When you start to use the soap for a lot of things, it's best to have several of them at home and choose the scent according to the use (and for variety). Eucalyptus helped me when I had a cold as a bath, and for inhaling, the rose scent is my favourite smell for taking a shower and cleaning my face, and I like the citrus for cleaning my floors.

One of my preferred uses of the soap – regardless the fragrance – is as makeup brush cleaner. I swear it beats every brush cleaner I had before and even gets my foundation brush clean. I wouldn't use Dr. Bronner's soap as toothpaste on a daily base, but for short trips it's great. I can't wait to travel more with Dr. Bronner's because my beauty case will be so so much lighter. Oh my, how I have been waiting for this moment!

Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitiser

I stopped using sanitisers years ago because they turned my skin dry and I didn't like their strong clinical smell. This one is sooooo different, smelling delicious of organic lavender oil and it's just as effective as a regular sanitiser. I didn't leave the house without this spray in my pocket since I got it and people often ask me about the lavender bomb.

Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Balm Arnica-Menthol

This product is a balm with premium oils (avocado, coconut, jojoba, and olive) perfect for soft skin and massages. The only product I tested which is not vegan because of the organic beeswax it contains. The Magic Balm stimulates the blood flow and is warming and relaxing. I started to use it after my training, and it helps immensely well against muscle ache.

ln case you are looking for a balm you can use as a base for aromatherapy massage you should go for the Magic Balm Baby Mild because it's perfume free.