Oct 30, 2014

Alacati


Alacati was one of the places I wanted to visit for a long time because every picture I saw and every story I heard were so positive and provided everything a perfect summer holiday place should include in my book. Picture whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, antique boutique shops, cute cats, lovely restaurants and cafés, beautiful beaches... 

 We spent two nights in a quite popular neighbourhood at a recently opened hotel which was very conveniently located in the village part called Hacimemis. We just loved being invited for tea by kind shop owners, walking around in the warm summer evenings deciding where to have dinner, spending a relaxing day at the beach. We wanted to savor those quiet moments because straight after that we headed to Istanbul, which I will show you in my next post...


When we saw these antique doors, we thought about how original they would look transformed into a table...





Silk top: Rachel Zoe
Sunglasses: Yves Saint Laurent
Shorts: Maje
Espadrilles: Espadrij l'original




a corner in our room at the Haci Memis Palas


Kum Beach


Beach dress: Zara

Oct 29, 2014

Sun-gorged berries


Describing scents isn't one of my strengths, nevertheless I couldn't help but take a photograph of this divine perfume called Amethyst Éclat from Lalique not only because of its fabulous scent but also because of its elegant look. René Jules Lalique was a French glass designer known for his glass creations - Amethyst Éclat reflects the long tradition of glasswork and I guess it is safe to say that this bottle is the most gorgeous one in my perfume collection.


When it comes to the scent you might be surprised to hear that the look of the bottle doesn't necessarily harmonize with the odor. The design of the bottle can be seen as classic and somewhat heavy and ponderous (well the bottle really is quite weighty), but the perfume smells like a luscious garden full of sun-gorged berries.
 
Top Note: Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Nashi Pear
Heart Note: Peony, Magnolia, Bulgarian Rose Essence
Dry-Down Note: Violet Wood, Blackberry, Musks
 
Can you smell the composition? 

Oct 26, 2014

Sunday's Recipe: Truffled sweet potato fries


This weekend was filled with embracing the cool but sunny fall days, outside with friends and inside cozied up with a hot cup of tea. I bet I am not the only one who craves more comfort foods in the colder seasons, so I hope you'll like this easy recipe. Actually it depends if you like truffle or not. I for one love love love anything with truffle. Yesterday we bought this fresh truffle and paired it with handmade fresh pasta and a good bottle of red (speaking of comfort foods). As fresh truffle needs to be consumed quickly, today we thought of using up the sweet potatoes that we still had on hand. 

And the outcome was decadent and delicious...


Ingredients for two:

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1tbsp truffle oil
1 tbsp olive oil
chopped rosemary
fresh truffle
pepper and fleur de sel to taste
cheese of your choice (optional)



How to:

Preheat your oven to approx. 200 degrees Celsius. In a large bowl, toss and coat the sweet potato fries with the oil and spices. You can use lots of other spices like paprika or cumin, especially if you only use truffle oil and not fresh truffle on top. Arrange your fries on a baking sheet and flip them once mid-way after about 10-15 minutes (depends on how thick you cut the fries, just keep an eye on them.)

When the fries are done, you can let them cool a little bit before garnishing with fresh truffle and/or cheese. 

Enjoy!

Oct 11, 2014

Efes


Efes is a magical place to me. 
I remember how fascinated I was when I first went there with my parents about 15 years ago. Despite the scorching heat and tourist crowd on this hot August day, I was very excited to show my boyfriend the ruins of Ephesus, this ancient Greek city that was built in the 10th century BC. Since we are both very interested in historic places we got our audio guides and made the most of our visit, though it was not as long as we wanted it to be.

 Of course I couldn't resist wearing my white Infinity Dress there and I'm really glad my partner took these pictures for the blog to capture me in front of such a unique backdrop. One of my personal favorite posts ever on the blog, what do you guys think?


The awe-inspiring Library of Celsus


Dress: Tart 
Necklace: H&M



The magnificent theatre with 25'000 seats





Oct 8, 2014

Golden october

 

Chances are pretty high that we're going to be blessed with a golden October here in Switzerland. So why not holding the typical autumn colors back for a while and stick to summery shades as long as it's pleasantly warm? I wanted to quickly show you, which colors I really enjoyed this Summer - all very vibrant:

1. serial Shopper
2. lacquered up
3. roarrrrange
4. haute in the heat
5. style hunter
 
 
Kind of ironic, but later this afternoon I'm actually heading to Essie's launch event of their Winter 2014 collection...

 

Oct 4, 2014

Kalkan


One of our favorite discoveries was the town of Kalkan on Turkey’s southwestern coast. During our road trip which started from the Mediterranean heading to the Aegean sea, our plan was to stop along the coast wherever we liked most. After staying a night in Kas we arrived in Kalkan, which is a former fishing village that has still kept a lot of its charm especially in the old town. We loved discovering little shops and a new restaurant each night and wandering the streets was really romantic. It's such a relaxed place compared to some other coast towns that completely mesmerized us and we definitely want to go back there one day. Maybe then we'll get around to go diving, it's supposed to be amazing. 


The little hotel we stayed at and the people who run it made our stay that much more memorable. If you ever end up in the area, look no further than the White House (or the adjacent Courtyard). During our road trip we never reserved a room in advance since we wanted to be spontaneous and this little tipp from our Lonely Planet turned out to be a true gem. 




Beach dress: Zara
Bikini Top: H&M
Bag: vintage
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent

Sep 20, 2014

Old Town Kaleici


I have still so much to share from my holidays in Turkey… are you ready to revisit summer with me? 


Our vacation started in Antalya, a city widely known amongst vacationers all around the world but for some reason I have never been there before. What better occasion than the wedding of a close friend to book a flight and find yourself in the sweltering hot old town of Antalya called Kaleici? It's quite picturesque with its quaint Turkish and Greek houses that are under protection and just a lovely place to begin our two week holiday.


I wanted to find a relaxed but chic dress for the wedding that I could also wear on another occasion during my holidays because why waste luggage space, right? So when I saw this dress on Asos I knew that it fit the bill with its light yellow color, modest cut and lady-like length it was just very fitting for a summer wedding, don’t you think so? 


Dress: Asos 
Clutch: vintage 
Sandals: Vögele Shoes 


Sep 7, 2014

Sunday's Recipe: Fig tart with mascarpone


Holidays are over, summer days almost as well but there are still some things that put a smile on my face and remind me of special moments. Like figs, which I never liked as a child but now love love love because these sweet things remind me of summer days in Turkey, of my grandmother and while they're available I try to eat them as much as possible, hearty or sweet, on their own or as a topping with yoghurt and granola... figs are just great. 

Now that they're widely available, why not give this tart a try? 
Here's what you need and how to make it. 


Ingredients: 
240 gr flour 
70 gr almond flour 
50 gr white sugar 
7 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces 
1 egg yolk 
3 Tbsp. ice cold water 
250 gr mascarpone
200 gr light cream cheese 
30 gr brown sugar 
125 ml heavy cream 
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
ca. 500 gr figs



How to make the pastry: 
We're going to make a pate brisée with an almond twist. As I was recently gifted a Kitchenaid I now make everything with it - such a time saver as you have your hands free to prepare other stuff ahead. I mixed the flour, almond flour and sugar just until they were evenly mixed. Then I added the cold butter cubes and mixed until it everything was crumbly, like sand. Next I added the egg yolk and water while the Kitchenaid was running. You can stop when the dough just begins to come together. Unlike other times I made a pate brisée, the recipe I followed told me to just press the dough into a tart pan without rolling it out. I bought a tart pan specifically to use with various summer fruit and as it is a silicone one (the bottom is not removable) I was a bit nervous but it worked out fine. Now if you have the time, it's best to place the pan into the freezer for about half an hour. At this point you should preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Before you put the pan in the oven, prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Blind-bake the pastry for about 20 minutes, then remove your baking weights and bake another 10 minutes. Let itcool completely before you take it out of the pan and top it with the filling we're going to make next.


For the filling: 
Combine the mascarpone and cream cheese with the brown sugar and cream in a mixer or with a hand whisk. Whip until they're thoroughly combined and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and whip again just to combine. Maybe next time I'll also add grated lemon zest, something tells me this would be a great fit.
 Fill the cooled pastry with the cream mixture. Slice the figs into quarters and arrange in a circle atop the cream. Just before serving, I'd drizzle a little bit of honey on top of the figs. 

Enjoy!

Aug 29, 2014

Dancing in the dark


Here I am, back from a summer holiday which has been truly amazing. We had so much fun on the road discovering places I have never been to before on the Mediterranean and Aegean Coast of Turkey and I can't wait to share many many pictures with you.

Let's start with this versatile dress I ordered shortly before my holiday from The Outnet (it's still on sale by the way). It's the infinity dress by Tart and was the most worn item in my suitcase. Who can blame me? It's summery, white and you can play around with it the way you want to customize different shapes and styles. 






Aug 8, 2014

Babyliss Homelight - an update

 

After a couple of months of trying the Babyliss HomeLight laser we thought we give a little update how this is going for us. 

Nesli: Starting off I used the Babyliss HomeLight every two weeks after shaving, and after a couple of uses (depends on your skin tone) it was advised to switch to an interval of four weeks. Even though it doesn't take that long to use (depending on the areas you want to treat) I wasn't very disciplined at keeping the schedule. Regarding the pain level other methods bring with them I can honestly say that I mostly didn't feel anything at all using the Babyliss, sometimes it got a little bit warmer when I pulsed but all in all very easy and carefree, if you follow the instructions and protect your eyes with the shield the product comes with, I don't see any hazards personally.  

Mi Ji: I agree with Neslihan's perception - there's one point that I found rather unpractical though: You have to be very precise when pulse lighting an area in order to avoid treating the same spots multiple times. To do so you need a clear sight, but the eye protection glasses that you have to wear, unfortunately clouded my sight and it took me a while to proceed.

So can we already see and feel some changes?

 Hard to tell, but it worked best for us on different parts (N: legs, bikini line / M: bikini line, underarms). We observed not slower but less hair growth, which is exactly what the product is supposed to do. But while using this, you are depriving yourself of longer periods of smooth skin as you shouldn't wax while using this product, but instead shave. So we guess you should consider if you're willing to deal with it for the bigger picture.

 As you shouldn't expose your skin to the sun two weeks after using the Babyliss we stopped during summer and will restart in autumn, continue using it every four weeks through the winter months and hope to have considerably reduced hair to worry about next year. If you don't have sensitive skin, are open to try out new methods and have patience, this product might meet your needs.


Aug 1, 2014

Reflecting

Source:  Pinterest

 
Recently I have been noticing that a lot of bloggers I follow express similar thoughts: Should we write about more important and perhaps beneficial subjects like self-growth or culture as opposed to beauty and fashion? Are we too addicted to our phones, checking social media even before we washed our face or had coffee?

 Is it time for a digital detox?

As Styleseeking Zurich sixth anniversary approaches, I am more than ever aware of how this blog evolved, of how Mi-Ji and I changed over the years, making this spot on the blogosphere still our common digital playground.

I guess many of you reading this blog also transitioned from being a student to a full time working girl in the last couple of years. There are things we all struggle with, from finding a job that we truly love, advancing in our careers, having meaningful relationships and so on. Add to this neverending list the occasional guilt of not posting here regularly, and there you have it. Sometimes it's just too much to handle. This is where I took a step back trying to understand what it is that's holding me back.

Did you notice that when we post photos of ourselves here, it's usually when we're on a vacation or weekend getaway? When else do you have leisure time to take photos, choosing a beautiful new background that's at the same time interesting? When I first became aware of this, I thought to myself it's actually a little sad that I can't find the time nor energy to shoot day to day outfits, but the longer I think about it... Travelling became so much a part of (lifestyle) blogging these days that people are not keen anymore to visit blogs with outfit pictures taken around a school campus or even your room (remember those times?) Not even fashion weeks excite us anymore as the special couple of weeks in the year the most successful ones show us their activities abroad. Instead we're used to see magazine like pictures from beautiful girls in whatever faraway exotic country you can think of, working having the time of their lives. They hop on flights more often than an average person might take a public bus. So I guess it's ok when I only get to post here (outfit) pictures from my travels, even if that's only the case a couple of times a year as opposed to all the time.

After six years of sharing my hobby here with you, I am glad that our readers are still appreciative and very supportive. One reader recently posted a comment stating

"It is a pleasure to see how your blog and your style has evolved over the years. Styleseeking Zurich was my first blog discovery in 2009 and since then I am thrilled. Even if you transitioned from being a student to working life and a lot has changed since your university days (less time), I hope that you do not lose the joy of blogging (quality not quantity)."

It's words of encouragement like this (thank you Samantha!) that keep me sometimes going and not standing in my own way. I don't want to make promises on the flow of postings here or excuse the lack thereof but let me just say, I found excitement again in the prospect of creating content for our blog and look forward to sharing these after a much needed holiday in Turkey. Hope it's going to be a memorable August in the best way possible, because July wasn't very good to me after all.

Hello August, hello lighter hair, darker skin, warmer water, colder drinks... 
I am ready for you.

Neslihan

Jul 30, 2014

e.l.f. Cosmetics: First Impression

 

If you live in Central Europe e.l.f. Cosmetics (Eyes Lips Face) could be a brand you never heard of. I follow a bunch of beauty gurus on YouTube and many of them rave about e.l.f. products. Why? They claim to be high quality products at affordable prices. Well, that's exactly what every beauty maniac wants to hear. I've been dying to try out something from e.l.f. for the longest time, not knowing that we have an e.l.f. online shop here in Switzerland! So, when I found out that I could order everything I craved for, I went a little crazy.. I was mainly interested in their cheek products but I figured I could order different products to get a better idea about the whole product range. So, I've been using a lot of e.l.f. cheek products lately and some makeup base products as well as their makeup tools.
 
Here are some of the products that I've been testing/loving so far:
 
1. Blush - Peachy Keen: I've been using this blush as a bronzer and also as a blush. It doesn't feel chalky or too shiny - it simply has a beautiful peachy sheen and gives me a dewy look.
2. Baked Blush - Pinktastic: The baked blushes come in different shades and since Pinktastic is a very soft color, I primarily use it as a highlighter.
3. Blush - Gotta Glow: As the name already says, this highlighter makes you glow. Since it feels slightly chalky, I only use a small amount of it.
4. Blush Brush - Crystal: This rather small angled brush is the perfect blush or highlighter brush.  


So, I apply the peachy keen blush in the line that appears when I suck in my cheeks. I also apply a tiny bit of it on the temples and the top of my forehead for a sun-kissed look. For highlighter I grab the pinktastic baked blush and apply this on the top of my cheek bones and sometimes on my browbones. If I want an extra luminous glow, then I put on another layer of the gotta glow blush onto my cheek bones.


I especially love the e.l.f. baked blushes that you can either use as a highlighter, bronzer or blush. You can use them on their own, or layer them lightly on top of other bronzers or blushes you own to give a little bit more depth or glow to it. I haven't used the ones below yet but I can already tell by the swatches that I'm going to incorporate them into my makeup routine. Overall, I think the baked blushes are very functional and beautiful - look at the marbled structure with the color veins!




Along with the products I already mentioned, there are other products that I've been also loving so far:
 
1. Eyebrow Lifter & Filler - Light Ivory: This eyebrow pencil has on both sides different products - a light brown eyebrow filler and an ivory colored eyebrow highlighter/lifter. One of the caps also comes with an integrated sharpener, which is super handy. I love this pencil since it's really creamy and easy to apply.
2. Essential Lipstick - Seductive: The essential lipsticks come in various different shades. This one is called seductive - a very daily-use-friendly pinky color that looks natural. This lipstick has a pleasant scent and hydrates my lips.
3. Maximum Coverage Concealer - Porcelain: This concealer is not a favorite of mine but it does its job. It also doesn't cake up after a couple of hours, which I really appreciate.
4. Studio Stipple Brush: I own the big and small stiple brush and I absolutely love both of them so much for foundation/concealer application. They're super soft and gives my face an airbrushed look.
 
Oh, and to set my whole makeup I go for their pressed powder (porcelain).
 
My first impression on e.l.f. is very positive -  none of their products irritated my skin or left my skin greasy. Since I have oily skin I always hesitated to use bronzers and highlighters, but now I'm all about contouring my face. I will continue to test some of their products and I will try to mention them in upcoming posts. Maybe I will be doing a post on my favorite bronzers soon...