Apr 24, 2014

On shopping in New York

Elizabeth and James, Magdalena Dress

Nowadays you can get your hands on practically anything you want by browsing the web and clicking the desired items home but undeniably, going shopping the old-fashioned way has also its charm. With the abundance of stores and labels I usually don't have direct access to at home, New York definitely satisfied my fashion appetite for a while (at least I my purse hopes so). From huge department stores like Macy's or Bergdorf Goodman, pop-up stores, little boutiques and designer markets to sample sales, there's a fix for literally any sartorial craving!

I've never really been to a sample sale before so I was pleasantly surprised when I coincidentally walked past the store that held an Elizabeth and James sample sale on 5th Avenue. This is where the above swingy dress comes from - I am really looking forward to wearing it this summer when the pale color looks better on a little bit of a tan!

After this sample sale experience I checked out if there was another one while I was in the city, and marked the start of Rachel Zoe's sample sale at Chelsea Market, which was just a couple of minutes away from where we stayed. There I went for classic choices as you can see in the photo below, meaning a silk shirt and top as well as a very light-weight trench. Timeless and also office-appropriate, which is an imporant aspect these days. Speaking of work outfits, I found some really chic clothing at Banana Republic as well as J.Crew. 

How to get designer fashion for less? I've been told to head to Century 21, which I did. In this huge multi-storey building I lost my boyfriend countless times, was overwhelmed with the sheer amount of clothing available and thought about leaving empty-handed. But one nice find led to another and luckily I scored some nice bargains as well. 

A city-trip is never just about shopping but to me, a few select choices can be treated like souvenirs of that place. Don't you agree?

'Dorian' Pinstripe Pajama Top, which I won't be wearing exlusively to bed 
'Sable' Silk Top 
'Gerard' double breasted trench 

Apr 14, 2014

On the Brooklyn Bridge


Oh New York, you're everything I expected and then some! 

 I wanted to come here for so long, imagining what it'll be like and I can honestly say that I am having a blast. Intending to enjoy my vacation to the fullest, here are just some snapshots my boyfriend took on the Brooklyn Bridge early in the morning. You can expect many more pictures from the city in the upcoming days/weeks. Wishing you all a happy new week!



Coat: Zara
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent


Jeans: Mango
T-Shirt: Best Mountain



Leather tote: from a local shop in San Gimignano/Italy

Apr 12, 2014

Spring Scent

 
 
 I'm slowly switching from heavy and musky scents to lighter and more fruity fragrances for spring. Fan di FENDI Blossom is a floral fruity perfume embracing a fine scent of cherry blossoms. Despite its fresh and fruity composition it has a gentle powdery base, which is personally a must-have-characteristic for me to heart a perfume.

What are your favorite spring/summer fragrances?
 
Have a look at the whole Fan di FENDI collection here!
 

Apr 10, 2014

A stroll through Songdo Central Park




I'm in the middle of finishing off my final paper, but I flew to Seoul a couple of days ago to have my family around for extra mental support ;) It's going to be a very busy stay, but I'm so thankful to be here and to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Here's my casual outfit of today's stroll with my parents through the Songdo Central Park, which is located in the New Songdo City.



Coat, Shoes: Mango
Blouse: Benetton
Bag: Vintage
Denim Jeans: H&M




Apr 5, 2014

Baselworld 2014 impressions

I haven't really mentioned this here on Styleseeking Zurich but currently I'm working in Basel and as you might know, the annual watchmaking and jewellery show took place from March 27 until April 3rd. Baselworld is attracting connoisseurs of this fine art from all over the world. You can't help but notice the international flair this rather small city gets during this time, and fascinated by all this I decided to head to the fair and have a look myself. 


Baselworld is housed in an architecturally beautiful building (you can see a glimpse of it above) and what's inside is even more breathtaking. The most prestigious brands have stands which actually can't be called that anymore, it's more the case of establishing a luxury world within a luxury world. As a visitor one is easily emmersed in a brand's heritage and craftsmanship; admiring their attention to detail, successful history and promising future.

OMEGA, one of Switzerland's most innovative brands, has continually made significant contributions to the art of watchmaking since its founding in 1848. 

The watches we carry are not merely there to inform us about the most precious and valuable good - time - but also to make a personal statement. Details which the naked eye cannot see, but which distinguish a certain timepiece or jewellery from another, be it in regards to its inner life or design. 

Since 1735, Blancpain has been conserving traditional skills. I was amazed to see a clock-face of a watch being painted accurately by hand. 

Breitling, another Swiss brand, is known for precision-made chronometers, especially popular amongst aviators. 

Baselworld is definitely not only a must for watch lovers but for everyone who appreciates creativity, luxury and design esthetic. It was impossible for me to visit every stand but I hope this post gives you an impression of what Baselworld has to offer, any maybe you'll go check it out next year.

 Beautiful jewellery by Chopard. A tradition of Swiss excellence since 1860.

Mar 21, 2014

Nymphenburg Palace

 
 
I'm standing in front a palace complex, which is one of the most famous sights in Munich, Germany - the Nymphenburg Palace (1664). I spent a weekend in Munich about two weeks ago and was fascinated by the interior of the palace. The Nymphenburg Palace used to be the main summer residence of the royal 'House of Wittelsbach'. I don't want to withhold the beauty of the palace from you, so here are some impressions of what the tremendous palace looks like on the inside - bold colors, dramatic ceiling frescos and chandeliers..

 






Mar 20, 2014

The quest for hairlessness: Testing the Babyliss Homelight Face & Body

 

Spring will soon be upon us… 
and if you’re anything like us, you probably might do a closet detox and get rid of what you don’t need any more - maybe add some fun pastel colored garments to keep feeling your older stuff still current and fresh. When the weather gets warmer and we’re sort of in a haze sprucing everything up from our closets to our homes we don’t make an exception when it comes to our bodies.  

They get scrubbed and thoroughly moisturized to make up for what was a bit neglected during the colder months. Once you removed your body hair with the weapon of your choice, your former dry and flaky legs are moisturized, smooth and ready to go bare-legged for the first time this year, you’ll want to keep this state forever. Let’s be totally open about it: hair removal is probably our least favorite personal care activity but it is just a necessity.

Each year when the seasons are changing we ask ourselves what is the best method for hair removal - preferably lasting - having tried practically everything that exists: shaving, waxing, sugaring, epilating – often combining them to achieve the best results. One thing we haven’t tried so far was laser or IPL (intense pulsed light), which intrigued us a lot as you don’t have to go to salons anymore and there is a variety of home lasers available, one of them being this Babyliss Homelight Face & Body, model no. 930.

We've always liked to take matters into our own hands, so here we are a couple of weeks into testing this at home laser. As they say it takes at least four sessions (two weeks apart) to see first results, we need at least two months before we can report back how it worked for us. The reviews we've read so far are very promising and our hopes are high that Babyliss Homelight will convince us. So far we can say that it's definitely less painful and messy than waxing/sugaring/epilating but it takes longer than just swiping a razor - but it would be totally worth it if it means having lasting smooth skin.

Do any of you have experiences to share with hair removal by pulsed light? We'll definitely let you know how it worked on us in the upcoming weeks.
 

Mar 18, 2014

Until the light began to fade


Some snapshots while running errands in Zurich a week ago and meeting up with friends. 
Even though you can't really tell from these pictures, I really liked mixing the striped sweater with checkered trousers. A comfortable outfit in which I felt very much like myself, not being very adventourous sartorial-wise as of late (or maybe always).


Blazer: vintage
Sweater: COS
Trousers: Zara
Leather tote: bought in a local shop in Florence
Booties: Manor




Mar 16, 2014

Styleseeking Zurich in Berlin


It’s been a while since we’ve been to Berlin but we would still like to share some impressions from our two day stay in this eclectic city. Despite the harsh wind we've had so much fun discovering the city day and night, ending up in cute diners, cozy cafés, mysterious bars and legendary clubs... 

Definitely a trip to remember!


Top left:  Mural art in Friedrichshain district
Top right: St. Oberholz in Berlin Mitte 
Bottom left: YamYam, Korean deli 
Bottom right: Hakescher Markt


Potsdamer Platz


Brandenburger Tor at night


Berlin Cathedral, TV Tower in the back



Berlin Reichstag


East Side Gallery - mural art on the Berlin wall
 

Mar 12, 2014

Truth or Flare

 

"Get in the fashion game with six irresistible and playful shades dedicated to women everywhere who aren't afraid to play - in life and in style" - Essie
 
One of the six new shades from Essie's spring collection 2014 is Truth or Flare - a shabby vintage denim blue. After giving my nails a break and spoiling them with the Weleda's pomegranate nail care series, it was about time to color them. I used three different Essie products:
 
1. Millionails base coat: Delivers a million fast acting molecules to create protection for your nails.
3. Super duper topcoat: Helps fortify by adding durability and protection against chipping.
 
Et voilà:


Have a look at all the new shades here!

Another shade from this collection I painted my nails with is Spin the Bottle - a lovely and simple semi-sheer creme color. Click here to see how it looks like.

 


Feb 22, 2014

Extra moisture for seasonal changes

 

Whenever the season changes and the weather gets inconsistent, my skin reacts to it. To soothe my skin, I always need an extra moisture especially in the night.
So, I've been using Nutritic Intense Riche from La Roche-Posay for a couple of weeks now. I use this creme only at night because of its richness and rather heavy, thick texture - my skin tends to break out if I don't dose my skin care products carefully. My skin fully soaks in the product over night and feels very smooth and moisturized the next morning. I think this facial creme works for everyone with very dry skin and for the ones, who need an extra moisture now and then. I don't think I will be using this creme during summer, but it's perfect for now. The transition from winter to spring has alsways been an issue for my skin...
 

I'm also into the body milk from La Roche-Posay called Lipkikar Lait, which is pretty much an aquivalent of the facial creme. Very recommendable!

Feb 20, 2014

Weleda: Pomegranate Nail Care Line


We're back from Berlin with awesome impressions not only from the city but also from the Weleda event, which was the main reason for our short trip.We've talked about Weleda before on Styleseeking Zurich (see this or this post) as they have a great philosophy and effective products, so we would like to introduce to you their new nail care line as well.


As soon as we arrived at the Ballroom Studio, where the event took place, we instantly fell in love with the beautiful location and the whole setting. It wasn't hard to recognize the theme of Weleda, which was the natural power of Pomegranates.  

Weleda rings in springtime with their new Pomegranate Nail Care Line including three different pens:

Cuticle Remover Pen: Helps to soften and remove overhanging cuticles.
Nail Care Pen: Protects and nurtures nail and cuticle very intensively.
Nail Oil Pen: Fosters nail and caters for the glance effect.
 
Watch this short clip for more information.


What's so special about this nail care line?

All the pens embody basically a high concentration of various precious oils/ingredients derived from nature: Coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, soy oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, beeswax, calendula, camomile and pomegranate seeds oil.

Why working with Pomegranate?

In many cultural spheres pomegranates stand for life, sensual beauty and eternal youth. Pomegranates have a high content of anti-oxidants and the rare punicic acid that helps to stimulate the formation of new cells. All the pomegranates used for the nail care series have been produced organically. The fruity scent of pomegranates is present throughout the whole line.
 

We also had the pleasure to enjoy divine vegan appetizers by Natürlich Häppchen that included many Pomegranate ingredients.

 
During the event we had plenty of fun activities such as trying ourselves at DIY jewelry. The lovely Katja from kmberlin gave us instructions on how to make simple bracelets and necklaces so we set to work. Here are some snapshots of us and the simple accessories we created.



and here are two of our finished bracelets


After the crafty part our hands were pampered with a hand massage. Having learned what's in the new products, we immediately wanted to test the pens ourselves. We're convinced they're not just great products to use when you make yourself time for a manicure but also great on the go to be tossed in your purse and applied throughout the day.

 
Our hands were also massaged with two Weleda classics: Pomegranate and Seabuckthorn handcreme

 

All in all we had a fabulous time kicking off our stay in Berlin. 

(all photos were taken by ourselves except two which were taken by Weleda)
 
Thank you Weleda for having us, it's always a pleasure!