Jul 24, 2014

Healthy Breakfast with KAI Pure Komachi

 
 
This is my first time trying to attempt a recipe post - not that I want to (or ever could) take over Neslihan's beautiful "Kitchen Heals Soul" but I've been trying out some new kitchen tools and had this idea to share my thoughts on it combined with a quick and super easy breakfast recipe called Oat Banana Pancake. This is the perfect breakfast for you if you normally don't have much time in the morning but don't want to pass on healthy eating. All you need are three basic ingredients!
 
Ingredients for the pancakes
(serves approx. 3)
 
1 Banana
1 Egg
1/3 Cup of Oats (or your favorite granola/muesli)
 
Direction
 
Take a wire whip and blend everything together. If you want a more powdery version, then use a blender. I'm using a wire whip because I like my pancakes a little crunchy. The second step is to cook them in a regular fry pan.
 

optional ingredients/toppings: blueberries, raspberries, maple syrup - simply add whatever pleases you. I sometimes put some fresh pomegranate seeds on top of my pancakes..
 
 
The pink knife you see in the pictures above is a KAI Pure Komachi Knife. I've been testing a set of three Komachi knives and tried to cook more often. I really enjoyed experimenting with new kitchen tools although I don't consider myself a passionate cook.
 
What I especially love about these knives is their super lightweight structure. That's the reason why my hand never felt tired while cutting. I also appreciate their non-stick surface, which makes cutting vegetables less annoying. I've been testing their performance with various vegetables, fruits and breads - I must say that the bread and vegetable knives are my favorites. And this might be just a side issue, but you have to love the color-coding, which makes it easy to choose the right knife for each step.
 
 
Knife Details
 
Pink: Vegetable Knife no. 5723
Blue: Chef's Knife no. 5706
Purple: Bread Knife no. 5705
 
If you're interested in trying out a Komachi knife and experience a new cooking procedure, then check out the whole set at isda !
 
 
 

Jun 30, 2014

Un week-end à Strasbourg


Just two snapshots from Strasbourg where I spent a relaxing girls weekend with my sister a while back. It was the perfect mix of a little bit of sightseeing (the entire central island is a World Heritage Site), shopping and of course wining & dining. 

I was wearing a very classic (and a tad French) outfit consisting of a trench coat and a striped silk blouse, both by Rachel Zoe. Sunglasses are Saint Laurent


Jun 26, 2014

Frends headphones from Westwing Home & Living


Being always on the hunt for hard to come by additions for my apartment it was inevitable I would end up browsing on www.westwing.ch.
For those who are not familiar with the site, let me introduce to you its concept: Westwing Home & Living is an online shop club for curated items for home, garden, closet or your beauty cabinet. Lovingly selected items, always assembled under a specific theme like Maritime flair or Nordic Design, are available on sale for a limited amount of time to members only. 


It got seriously addicted to the point I would check new sales regularly as most items get sold out in the blink of an eye. It’s a great place to get your hands on a designer item or discover lesser known brands. Mainly interested in interior decoration and furniture for my apartment it also came to me as a surprise that my first purchase through Westwing were these Frends Taylor headphones. With its flashy gold and white design it’s easily the most chic one I saw so far and I just had to have it. Perfect for my everyday train commute or when I want some peace and quiet reading a magazine and polishing my nails at home… 


If you got curious and would like to get into the Westwing shopping club as well, here’s an invitation link for Styleseeking Zurich readers to get  
15 CHF off your first purchase
through the site. Register using for free following this link

The headphones came with a sleek pouch to protect the gold caps.

Jun 25, 2014

Chai Love

 
 
Whenever I pop by Starbucks I either go for Caffe Latte or (Iced) Chai Tea Latte. I would say that Chai is my second favorite taste after coffee, I just love me a good spicy Chai Tea Latte every once in a while.
 
As you can see above, the ever-expanding Starbucks released a new flavor and added Chai Tea Latte to their Discoveries beverage lineup early this month here in Switzerland. Whenever I'm craving Indian Masala Chai, I don't need to go to the Starbucks shop anymore. I can get the drinks at my local grocery store as well and squeeze them into my daily coffee/chai routine.

 
In honor of this occasion, Starbucks invited us to join their cozy event starting with a delicious coffee-tasting round. Although the event was all about the new beverage, they also asked Mr. Clifford Lilley over to talk about the latest summer trends: It's all about comfy feet! What do you think about the green chunky Prada Sandal (as seen in the photo above)? I'm not thrilled about this specific model, but I definitely recommend chunky platform sandals for this summer as well! They're comfortable and simply fun to play with - why not creating innovative stylistic inconsistencies by pairing them with elegant yet casual pieces?!
 

And of course I just had to take pictures with Clifford, who was by the way the most hilarious and open person I met lately!

 

Jun 23, 2014

The office chic

 
 
Good news everyone - here's finally a new outfit post on my part AND a possibility to win a PKZ giftcard worth 500 Swiss francs!
I was lucky enough to create a whole outfit using all the precious pieces that you can get at the PKZ Women store for a little fashion challenge. I wanted to put together a classy yet fun outfit, that you can easily dress up or down if you want an office appropriate look. I don't normally wear airy pants but I fell in love with the print. I chose some killer heels to complete the look and to give some edge to the wider shapes - I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone!
 

To win a PKZ giftcard, please have a look at the Fashion Challenge and go for my office-chic outfit!
 

Blouse: Equipment
Shoes: Vic Matié
(Necklace: Forever21)
 

- Good luck everyone and thanks for your support -

 

Jun 13, 2014

New York City photo diary













It was a dream come true... 

 all pictures taken in April 2014

Jun 5, 2014

Clean Summery Nails

 
 
Zurich is going to hit 31 degrees this weekend! It's definitely time to create summer looks, but let's not forget about the details - the nails! Every nailpolish-lover knows that beautiful nails and matching nail colors function as an additional accessory for your outfit. I luckily already found three summery shades that I think go pretty nicely with my wardrobe color schemes:


The first one is Desert Rose - a peachy beige color, which is perfect if you want to rock a clean and sophisticated look. Everyone, who's into nude and pastel tones will love this shade!


The second one is Pure Shores - a decent yellow shade. It appears very yellowy in the pictures above but it's actually a more nude peachy tone, which makes it less dramatic and more accessible for daily usage.


The third one is Smoke on the Water - a very frosty taupe tone. Although this color is rather dark and not a typical summer shade, I just love ashy and cool grey shades that will look great with simple white tees.

 
These three pretty colors are from exurbe - a new Swiss cosmetic brand that has been present on several beauty blogs lately. They offer fifty different nail colors, which is insane for a beauty newcomer brand, right? So no worries, you will definitely find your own favorite shades! Another good point is that the nailpolishes are all vegan and cruelty-free. I guess they're really having their finger on the pulse of the time.
 
Have a look at the whole collection here!
 

May 22, 2014

Women come to New York for the two L's


People who know me well put up with the (annoying) fact that I quote Sex and the City lines at any given moment. I’m sure I am not the only one when saying that we’ve probably all learned lots about style, friendships and love from these iconic women through the series and I will never tire of watching the episodes again and again. This time seeing places I can actually say “oh, I’ve been there, too!”.

Having a look at her apartment from Perry Street? Checked off my bucket list!


Coat and top: Zara


Skirt: J.Crew
Sunglasses: YSL




May 20, 2014

These streets were made for walking


When opting for closed toe flats, I usually go for - surprise, surprise - boots in fall/winter and ballet flats in spring/summer. Apart from my on/off love affair with Converse, which never felt comfortable I must admit, I wanted to find sneakers that felt truly me. Maybe a bizarre thing to say about sneakers but browsing UrbanPeople's website I couldn't take my eyes off these New Balance one's in Burgundy

N for New Balance, or New York, or Nesli... 

Either way, these were the perfect footgear to move about the concrete paths of New York. 



I highly recommend to check out their online shop - great selection and very fast delivery.

May 12, 2014

Dahlia Coral

 
 
 
Some pretty things lying on my desk lately that I love to wear:
 
Blush: Marionnaud no. 02 Dahlia Coral
Nail Color: La Roche-Posay Silicium no. 20 Rose Lavande
Rings: from a local shop in Seoul
 
I will try to show swatches of the blush and other Marionnaud products in upcoming beauty posts!
 
 

May 10, 2014

blickfang design exhibition 2014


The international design exhibition blickfang is currently open in Basel (only until Sunday, May 11th). Having already been to the fair in Zurich, I already knew I’d like the concept: to present new and exciting products from many facets of lifestyle such as fashion, jewellery, accessories and interior design all together in one inspiring and curated environment.

True Colours Vases by Lex Pott. Selected by Mette Hay as young designer to watch. 


The Swiss label Wilhelm Teller creates artful étagères since 2010. Each one is unique - handmade from carefully selected plates and locally produced stems designed by Wilhelm Teller.


Contemporary, delicate and feminine jewellery by Charlotte Wooning. Let's just say I didn't leave her stand empty-handed.


I spent a decent amount of time at Soeder's stand. These colorful carafes with unique cork stoppers lured me to their stand to be honest. Talking to the very nice seller I learned that they have a store in Zurich which I hadn't noticed before but absolutely loved everything they displayed at blickfang. The collective behind Soeder design and sell high quality and aesthetic objects, produced in Switzerland whenever possible. Have a look at their online shop or check out the store in Zurich. I'll definitely head over there next time I'm in town.


Klybeck offers stylish and useful furniture in innovative and unexpected ways. Baptiste Ducommun, carpenter and designer, designs and produces furniture in his own workshop in Basel. He showcaed his coathanger/sculpture "Y" which I'd love to have in my own apartment as well as "YY", a modern antler and original coathanger.

May 7, 2014

Foundation Mix and Translucent Powder


 
I never thought I could be flexible when it comes to foundations. Clinique's anti-blemish solution foundation has been my all-time favorite for ages now and I was so convinced that I wouldn't be using other foundations. But recently I stumbled upon these three beauty products and I must admit that they're giving me a pretty nice and even finish. So, here are my make up base products that I use on a daily basis.
 
The foundations:
 
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin: This foundation has a thicker consistency and offers a medium to high buildable coverage. I guess this foundation could be too creamy for the ones with oily skin like me. But nevertheless I really appreciate its vitamin enriched formula with SPF20.
 
Vichy Teint Idéal: This foundation is a great light coverage foundation for oily skin types. It's very liquid and is therefore easy to apply and to blend in. It also has SPF20 and contains thermal spa water(!) and vitamins.
 
(left swatch - creamy with a red undertone: Maybelline No. 021 Nude / right swatch - fluid with a yellowy undertone: Vichy No. 25)
 
I like both of the foundations but I figured that a mix of them would result in a perfect customized foundation. I mix them up 1:1 and what I get is a light foundation with medium to full coverage and a semi-matte finish. I noticed that the vitamin enriched formula helps my skin feeling smooth. I'm obsessed with this combination lately and I think that this is a good way to individualize your foundation. If you have foundations that you're not absolutely content with regarding texture or shade, then try to mix them into a new formula that suits your skin type and color. You can also mix foundations with moisturizers if you want a BB or CC finish..
 

To set my make up I reach for a translucent powder from Innisfree, which is a Korean eco-friendly beauty brand. I never used a translucent powder before and was pretty excited when I purchased this one in Seoul a few weeks ago. Since I already use foundation there's actually no need to set my make up with a colored powder. So, this no-sebum mineral pact helps to absorb excessive sebum, which is exactly what I need for my oily T-zone.

Do you have experince with translucent powders or mixing up foundations?
I would love to hear about your favorite make up base combinations!