Friday, 23 December 2016

Faber Castell | Colouring for relaxation

The Faber Castell Colouring for Relaxation set is a set of a colouring book with 50 motifs and 60 felt tip pens. We love to colour in mandalas or other motifs, to calm down after a stressful day or just to spend a rainy evening doing something creative.
When we first looked at the motifs in the book, we could not imagine that it would be possible to fill in such delicate motifs with a felt tip pen. But the Faber Castell pens have an incredibly fine tip which makes it possible to fill in even the smallest motifs. If the pen is held at a more shallow angle to the paper the lines get are broader, which makes it easy to also fill in bigger parts of the motif.
With the 60 pens there is a fantastic colour range, and you can lose yourself in colouring page after page of this wonderful book.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

LUSH | Christmas 2016

For Christmas 2016 lush has put together a range of wonderful products, some of them we already know from previous Christmases and some of the products completely new.
We love the lush bath bombs, especially during the cold winter days we think there is nothing more relaxing than a warm bath, some candles and a cup of tea.
These are our three favourite products from the 2016 Christmas collection.

The shoot for the stars bath bomb has a wonderful tender scent of honey with a citrusy touch. The bath bomb turns the water into a wonderful shimmering blue and the golden cocoa butter stars nourish the skin and leave it soft and moisturized.

The Snowie bubble bar is a new product, it is easy to see that Snowie is an hommage to David Bowie. The citrusy scent is stimulating and uplifting and the rosy note creates a sensual atmosphere. You simply crumble it under the running water and enjoy the bubbles. The snowie bubble bar leaves your skin nourished and soft.

The northern lights bath bomb has a wonderful warm scent of jasmine and ylang ylang which we find very calming and sensual. It creates a beautiful play of colours in the water and allows you to simply dream away.

The LUSH Christmas 2016 collection is completely self-preserving, meaning there are no preservatives used in the products.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

aoiro airdesign | colors japonica - yanagi iro scented candle


At the blickfang Zurich 2016 we discovered the brand aoiro airdesign (an atelier of olfactory design in Berlin & Tokyo) and immediately fell for the wonderful colors japonica candles.
The packaging of the candle is made with an incredible attention to detail, the candle is carefully wrapped in delicately-thin handmade washi paper and comes in a precious tailor-made Paulownia wooden box.
The packaging represents the traditional Japanese art of packaging and at the same time the culture of gift giving.
Colors japonica helps you discover beauty in your everyday life. Aoiro reinterpreted traditional Japanese colors into three distinctive scent compositions:
yanagi iro - color of the willow leaves
daidai iro - color of the citrus fruits
sora iro - color of the sky

The scents of all three candles are absolutely wonderful, tender and very natural and we especially liked the yanagi iro candle.


Yanagi iro, color of serenity, is described as balancing, lively and harmonious and we love how the scent is incredibly tender but still very intense and unforgettable.
It contains petitgrain, ylang ylang, ginger, grapefruit, saro and west indian sandalwood and has a slightly sweet but very earthy and a bit wooden scent.
The lightness of the scent makes it very intense and the simplicity of the candle makes it a real eye catcher.
The candle is hand poured in a translucent porcelaine cup and at first it may look like a simple white cup, but the golden detail on the label and the classic shape of the candle make it a piece of timeless beauty.

The candles are made from pure soy wax and all of the ingredients are the finest quality natural raw materials. The products are created and blended in Japan and Berlin.
Colors japonica is definitely a brand to remember when it comes to highest quality natural candles and we love how much culture, history and love for art and nature can be found in their products.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Theater Basel | Drei Schwestern (three sisters)

The play three sisters by Anton Tschechow plays at the Theater Basel in an adaption by Simon Stone. 
Three sisters is the story of a family, of three sisters and one brother, their lives, their relationships, their problems and their dreams.
Whereas the original story takes place more than 100 years ago, Simon Stone's version of the three sisters is very contemporary and transferred to the present time, in the sense of the author who pointed out that all of his plays take place in the present time, therefore the present time of the show.
One year after the father's death the three daughters and their brother get back together in the families holiday home, to scatter the ashes of their dead father.
The whole play takes place in and around this house and the stage is very impressive. There is a real house built on stage that rotates around its axis from time to time, there is everything, from a fully functioning bathroom with toilet and shower to a kitchen and electronic devices.
Central in the play are the relationships between the different characters and their everyday problems, which is exactly the reason why we (the audience) can identify so much with the different characters.
The plot does not suggest you who is one of the good ones and who is one of the bad ones, it is easy to understand all of the characters at some point, or precisely vice versa, to not understand them.
We felt like watching a reality show taking place in front of our eyes, and as the stage changed with the change of season we felt like we accompanied the family for years.
 As most parts of the play take place inside the house and the different rooms we think it was also a big technical challenge so we can always hear the right actors speak and hear the sounds from the room where the act takes place.
Through the currency of the play, the topics where very present, which (as we think) made the play and the conversations between the characters thought provoking and animates you to reflect upon your own life and what is really important.
Simon Stone's three sisters is an absolutely amazing production and we love the way he stages the story. The rotating house, the music and light that create different atmospheres depending on the situations and the outstanding actors made it a play to remember.

production: Simon Stone
stage: Lizzie Clachan
costumes: Mel Page
music: Stefan Gregory
light: Cornelius Hunziker
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl
translation: Martin Thomas Pesl

Barbara Horvath as OLGA
Franziska Hackl as MASCHA
Liliane Amuat as IRINA
Nicola Mastroberardino as ANDREJ
Cathrin Störmer as NATASCHA
Michael Wächter as THEODOR
Elias Eilinghoff as ALEXANDER
Simon Zagermann as VICTOR
Max Rothbart as NIKOLAI
Roland Koch as ROMAN
Florian von Manteuffel as HERBERT

© pictures: Sandra Then

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Theater Basel | Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (the flying classroom)

The flying classroom, a play after Erich Kästner plays at the Theater Basel, staged by Daniela Kranz and Sabrina Hofer.
The children of the Kirchberg boarding school can't wait to leave the school for their Christmas holidays, but before they have many adventures ahead of them. They have to defeat their enemies from the village secondary School, reunite their beloved teacher with his old friend, write dictation exercises and prepare the play "the flying classroom" for the school's Christmas celebrations.

The play is a combination of acting and singing and we think the stage is fantastic.
The songs are specially written by the Californian Ccomposer Jherek Bischoff and the live band (a string quartet and percussion) playing is sitting in something like a little box in the upper right corner of the stage, above the actual stage, all dressed in navy blue with white polka dots.
The play is mainly in Swiss German and is very entertaining and at the same time it inspires you to think about responsability, Courage, friendship and solidarity.


production and costume: Daniela Kranz
stage and costume: Viva Schudt
composition: Jherek Bischoff
musical direction: Oliver Rudin
musical assistance: Jennifer Rudin
light: HeidVoegelinLights
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer
theatre pedagogy: Martin Frank

Thomas Schweiberer as DR. JOHANN BÖKH (JUSTUS)
Daniel Wahl as DR. ROBERT UTHOFFT
Oliver Rudin as PROF. OLIVER KREUZKAMM (SINGING TEACHER)
Ulla von Frankenberg as ULLA EGERLAND
Yves Mavambu / Nils Wolf as JONATHAN TROTZ (JOHNNY)
Hannah Spoeri / Fiamma Sarro as MARIE THALER
Julius Fintelmann / Erjon Blakaj as MATTHIAS SELBMANN (MATZ)
Jamiro Maritz / Olivier Janssen as ÛLRICH VON SIMMERN (ULI)
Yamila Klingler / Marielle Ullrich as SOPHIE FRANK
Cédric Straub / David Kindermann as THE BEAUTIFUL THEODOR / MICHAEL EGERLAND
Julia Nguyen / Elin Vankan as ANTONIA FEDERSPIEL (TONI)
Max Gisler / Max Kogon as FRIDOLIN MEISTER

© pictures: Simon Hallström

Saturday, 3 December 2016

NONIQUE | intensive moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

NONIQUE is a German brand that produces only 100% natural cosmetics, free from animal testing and with a conscious and sustainable production.
After a trip to Panama, the founder of nonique, Reinhard Krinke, bought his own organic farm in Panama where he grew his ingredients like Noni plants and Aloe Vera plants.
The name NONIQUE comes from the carribean Noni plant that has an anti-inflammatory and an antibacterial effect and has a very good skin tolerance. It is the foundation of the NONIQUE products.
The production is in Germany, all of the products are Natrue certified and vegan.
NONIQUE has three care concepts for the different needs of the different skin types, the beauty and anti-aging concept, the intensive moisturizing concept and the extreme energy concept.

The intensive moisturizing shampoo and conditioner contain organic olive oil and organic avocado for a highly moisturizing effect and have a very fresh and citrusy scent we think is wonderful.
The shampoo cleanses the hair gently and provides intensive care.
The conditioner moisturizes the hair deeply and leaves it with a beautiful natural shine, very soft and the hair can be combed easily, without being weighed down.
We have been using both products for a while now and we love how healthy and beautiful our hair looks and feels.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

20 years blickfang Zurich - international design fair

For the 20th time the blickfang took place in Zurich this year. During three days, more than 200 designers (more than 100 new exhibitors) present their exceptional products, from handcrafted furniture, fair fashion, handmade jewelry and accessories and loads of stylish interior design products there is everything at the blickfang and you can spend hours rummaging through the fair, always discovering something new.


For this years anniversary edition, the studio Besau-Marguerre staged a banquet table right at the entrance with a limited edition tablecloth, created specially for the blickfang design fair.


Every brand created their own little booth in a unique way to represent their products, the Swiss brand Freitag even brought their own little garden to the fair. As their clothes are made from hemp, linen and modal grown in Europe and all the clothes are 100% compostable, they brought a wooden box with hemp plants, linen plants and a beech tree.



Among all the booths at the blickfang, there where three special corners this year, the local corner, where young local designers had the possibility to present their products, a dutch corner for selected dutch designers and a Ticino corner for designers from Ticino, Switzerland.
These are some impressions from the 20th blickfang in Zurich and in the following weeks we will present some of our favourite products more detailed.

innesti vessels by Sofia Lazzeri, Ticino Switzerland, unique pieces that unite glass and textile

abc porcelain mugs and plates by ilaria.i, designed and manufactured in Italy

a handmade glass by the Swiss brand Glaslabor that allows you to watch the plant grow

the link shelf system by Studio Hausen that can be constructed individually
atelier volvox copper vases, handmade in Switzerland

atelier volvox copper vase, handmade in Switzerland

unique lamps made from extremely thin real wood veneer by the German brand woodmosphere

beautiful leather bags by Atelier S&R

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Salto Natale | Luna (2016)

In this years show Luna, Salto Natale by Gregory and Rolf Knie takes the audience on a trip to the moon.
It all begins with the search for a love that has been deemed lost, a huge full moon in the back and the fantastic singer (Patrick Scott) singing a beautiful version of hello darkness my old friend. From the first moment on the show is dreamy and magical and we think Luna is an absolutely beautiful and enchanting show.
Salto Natale never ceases to impress with acts unlike anything we have seen before, like Eddy Carello with his rhythmical juggling, the acrobats from the Wuhan squad or Evgeny Slepukhin with his balancing act as a sleeping man on the moon.
The artists come from all around the world and the youngest of them is only 13, Svyatoslav Rasshivkin who performs mesmerizing aerobatics.
The shows music is wonderful and the live band and singer are outstanding, also the dancers are fantastic, wearing beautiful dresses.
The pantomime Julian Cottereau takes us along on his trip to the moon and leads us through the whole evening, together with the young acrobat Svyatoslav Rasshivkin who's performance is the opening act.

Duo Rose, trapeze

Svyatoslav Rasshivkin, aerobatics

Evgeny Slepukhin, balancing act

Luna, the 14th Salto Natale Show plays from the 17th November 2016 until the 2nd January 2017 in Zurich-Kloten.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Theater Basel | Robin Hood

The ballet director Richard Wherlock created his own version of Robin Hood at the Theater Basel.
In his story, Robin Hood is not a fighter for social justice but a member of Londons glamorous East End upper class in 1960, where he finds himself confronted with corruption, power abuse and violence.
After the chief of police gets abducted by the gangster brothers Ron and Reg Twin, the Merry Men (consisting of Robin hood and his friends) decide to fight against the Twin brother's criminal activities.
Robin falls in love with the daughter of the chief of police, but after losing a dart-battle against the Twin brothers they abduct her too and now it is the Merry Men's duty to save both her and her father.

Richard Wherlock's Robin Hood appears as a mix of James Bond, West Side Story and the swinging sixties spirit, which leads to a very vivacious and colourful evening with an incredibly strong choreography.
Also a part of the evening was the studio Operavenir, the young opera singers at the Theater Basel who where singing in some scenes, which created a very special contrast to the rather fast and modern music during most of the play.
We absolutely loved the music (by William Alwyn, John Barry, Arthur Bliss, Edward Elgar, Giles Farnaby, Edward German, Gustav Holst, Thomas Tomkins and many more) and the sixties costumes, and whereas the first part was more entertaining, with group dances and very spirited and humorous scenes, we felt like the second part was more expressive and incredibly strong.
Robin Hood is a very modern ballet with outstanding dancers and an incredible energy on stage and
even though the story is completely modernized to the sixties, the central statement remains the same, that love will always take over from hate.

choreography: Richard Wherlock
musical direction: Thomas Herzog
stage: Bruce French
costume: Catherine Voeffray
light: Jordan Tuinman
video: Bruce French, Tabea Rothfuchs

Jorge Garcia Pérez as ROBIN HOOD
Andrea Tortosa Vidal as MARIAN
Florent Mollet as THE CHIEF OF POLICE
Max Zachrisson as WILL
Frank Fannar Pedersen as LITTLE JOHN
Mirko Campigotto as TUCK
Diego Benito Gutierrez as GEORGE
Debora Maiques Marin as AMY
Annabelle Peintre as PAM, WILLS GIRLFRIEND
Dévi-Azélia Selly as SUE, LITTLE JOHNS GIRLFRIEND
Tana Rosás Suné as PETULA, TUCKS GIRLFRIEND
Ayako Nakano as BETH, MARIANS BEST FRIEND

Sergio Bustinduy as RON TWIN
Javier Rodriguez Cobos as REG TWIN
Anthony Ramiandrisoa as TONI
Lydia Caruso as KARIN, RON TWINS GIRLFRIEND
Luna Mertens as CHRISTINA, REG TWINS GIRLFRIEND
Alba Carbonell Castillo as JENNY, TONIS GIRLFRIEND
Raquel Rey Ramos as CRYSTAL, MANDIES GIRLFRIEND

people on the street, in the pub, policemen:
Camille Aublé, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, Vivian de Britto Schiller, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Luna Mertens, Annabelle Peintre, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosás Suné, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Ster Slijkhuis, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Ruben Banol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, David Castelló Garcia, Julian Juarez Castan, Florent Mollet, Alessandro Navarro Barbeito

the family Smith:
from the opera studios Operavenir:
soprano: Ye Eun Choi
mezzo-soprano: Sofia Pavone
bass: José Coca Loza

tenor: Giacomo Schiavo
countertenor: Max Riebl

© picture: Ismael Lorenzo

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Theater Basel | Paradise Lost #2

After Paradise Lost #1, the second part of the Paradise Lost series is dedicated to our immediate surrounding, the Theaterplatz in Basel.
The Theaterplatz is the stage for a music-performance by Schorsch Kamerun (a German singer, author and theatre director).
The audience sits inside, behind the glass doors, facing the Theaterplatz outside.
Before the performance startet, every visitor received headphones, through these we were able to hear the music, the sound effects and the speaking / singing.
Outside on the Theaterplatz a performance takes place, that is directly streamed onto two large black and white screens inside.
There are many people involved and different scenes are set up and removed during the performance very fluently.
That way we were watching what was happening live outside, but at the same time we were able to see it from a different perspective on screen.
The main subject of the evening is the densification of cities, the cultures and subcultures that are surrounding us and are constantly changing and developing.
We think Paradise Lost #2 was a fantastic evening that had us reflect on our city and our surroundings. We loved the installation with the screens and the headphones as we felt it is like a merger of live performance and on-screen performance, two sides of art that sometimes even have to compete with each other.

Paradise Lost #2:
scenic arrangement: Katrin Hammerl

© picture: Theater Basel

Monday, 14 November 2016

Design Letters | Arne Jacobsen Cups


The Danish company Design Letters created beautiful simple porcelain cups with letters on them. The typography used was originally created in 1937 by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen for internal signage at the Aarhus City Hall and Design Letters has received permission to revive the typography on a whole series of design interior.
The cup is made from fine bone China porcelain and is 9cm high with a diameter of 8.3cm and you can chose from all the letters of the alphabet.
The cups are very multifunctional and can be used as an actual cup or also to store pencils or you can even put flowers in it.
What we love about the cups is that you can put a candle inside and the light will shine through the porcelain, making your letter(s) glow in the dark.


The cups are an eye-catcher either way, if you just place them somewhere alone or if you combine many of them to create whole words.
Design Letters also created other products with Arne Jacobsen's typography, like bigger jars, cutlery, bowls, plates or a milk jug and for the cups there are wooden cups in different colours available.
We think the simple and straight design of the cups is very modern and still timeless and we like that they can be used in so many different ways.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Theater Basel | Retten, was zu retten ist (save what can be saved)

Save what can be saved at the Theater Basel is a commissioned play by Phillipe Heule.
It is about four amateur protagonists that have been for 15 years now playing a model family, constantly advertising products. They all don't really feel at ease with their roles but have gotten used to it, starting to mix up their personal and their professional lifes.
Only aiming for perfection they get caught up in a whirl of always wanting more, better things and in the end perfection, only to realize that perfection is not fulfilling and that .
The play confronts us with many problems of todays society like greed, the unfulfilled desire for self realization and the consumer society, presented in a funny and sometimes exaggerated but still thought provoking way.
Save what can be saved is a great piece with fantastic actors and is very entertaining.


Nicola Kirsch as MUM
Nicola Fritzen as DAD
Leonie Merlin Young as MONI
Mario Fuchs as MAXI
Florian Jahr as MORITZ

production: Felicitas Brucker
stage: Viva Schudt
costumes: Benjamin Burgunder
music: Patric Catani
lighting designer: HeidVoegelinLights
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

©pictures: Simon Hallström

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Dr. Hauschka | moor lavender calming body oil

For us the Dr. Hauschka moor lavender calming body oil is a perfect winter product.
After a long day out in the cold, after a hot shower or bath or just before going to sleep you can give your skin an extra treatment and wrapped in the scent of lavender you can relax and feel comfortable.
You have to shake the body oil before using it as the ingredients may separate a bit, which is absolutely normal. You can either apply it on damp skin after taking a bath or a shower but you can also apply it on dry skin, both ways it soaks into the skin very quickly, leaving it nourished, and with an incredibly soft protective layer, without the oil being heavy or sticky on the skin.
We think the scent is absolutely wonderful, it is very natural and the lavender scent is as fresh as if you just brushed over a lavender bush with your hands.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Theater Basel | Win Tickets for Der Menschen Feind

The play Der Menschen Feind by Peter Licht based on Molière's book is playing again at the Theater Basel, starting this Saturday October 29 2016.

We already saw the play last season and thought it was absolutely fantastic:


Together with the Theater Basel we are giving away 3x2 tickets for the first show of Der Menschen Feind in the season 2016 / 2017 on October 29, 2016 at 19:30h!

To participate, send an email to ccslifestyle(at)yahoo.com with the subject Der Menschen Feind and your name until October 27, 2016.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

KENZO x H&M


We got to take a closer look at the KENZO x H&M collection at the preview in the H&M Shoroom. When we first saw the campaign pictures we felt like there are so many different colours and patterns that it was almost a bit too wild. We found it hard to imagine wearing any of these pieces in real life.
When we saw the collection at the showroom this impression immediately changed, the patterns and colours are still very wild and impressive but the attention to the little details is absolutely incredible. 


When you look at the pieces one by one it is not too much at all and you can combine one piece of the collection with simple clothes to create a beautiful look.
What we think is wonderful is that many of the pieces from the collection are reinterpretations of important creations from the KENZO archives.
From the long dress (in the middle of the first picture) there were originally only two pieces created and it is an incredible luck that it was re-created for the H&M collaboration.

These are some of our favourite pieces from the collection.

A beautiful oversized silk dress, we think the combination of the floral and the grid pattern creates a lovely contrast and the little floral buttons are a beautiful detail.

This dress contains almost all the patterns that you can find in the H&M x KENZO collection. Even though it is very wild, we think it still has a beautiful harmony and we really like the colours and the cut of the dress.

These two pieces are our favourite pieces from the Men's collection. The jacket on the left is reversible and can be worn both ways, we love the military green and also the pattern, for us it is a unisex piece that can be worn by both men and women and it is very versatile. The symbols and also the logo on the shirt shirt are made from little beads.

The collection will be available from the 3rd November 2016 online and in selected stores only.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Theater Basel | Urfaust

Nora Schlocker staged Goethes Urfaust at the Theater Basel, the earliest version of Faust, alternating between forms of verse and prose. To make the plot more fluent, Nora Schlocker also added elements of Faust 1 to the play. That way the story is also more understandable if someone is not very familiar with Faust.
The play begins with a prologue by Ann Cotten, a modern version of Gretchen (played by Lisa Stiegler), philosophising about how Goethes Faust affects todays Gretchens and Heinrichs. The switch to the actual plot is then fluent as Mephistopheles appears.
One thing that is very special is the setup of the stage, on stage there is a huge room that is slightly funnel-shaped, open to the audience and a bit narrower in the back. That way we felt like we are soaked directly into the play. The ceiling is one large mirror, allowing the audience to also see the play from "above" which we think is a bit like a god-like view.
The actors were absolutely brilliant, Nicola Mastroberardino created a unique version of Mephistopheles, full of wit and sarcasm, and especially in the first half of the play he made us laugh rather than disliking his character. Max Rothbart is a very impressive Faust, his mood shifting constantly between anger at the world and himself and desperation, and exuberance and hope for a brighter future.
Gretchens fate is a terrible personal tragedy and after the more light and amusing first part it hit us even harder towards the end, even though we knew what was coming.
During the play there is life music on both sides of the stage, surrounding the audience with mood music for all the happenings on stage, creating an even more tense and intense atmosphere.

production: Nora Schlocker
stage and costumes: Marie Roth
music: Benedikt Schiefer
lighting designer: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

musicians: Jérôme Lepetit, Benedikt Schiefer, Lukas Rickli / Samuel Wettstein

Max Rothbart as FAUST
Florian von Manteuffel as WAGNER
Nicola Mastroberardino as MEPHISTOPHELES
Elias Eilinghoff as STUDENT

journeymen in Auerbachs basement:
Elias Eilinghoff as FROSCH
Florian von Manteuffel as BRANDER
Michael Wächter as SIEBEL
Liliane Amuat as ALTEN

Lisa Stiegler as MARGRETHE
Myriam Schröder as MARTHE
Michael Wächter as VALENTIN

Sunday, 16 October 2016

TEATOX | skinny detox tea

The latest addition to our teas is the Teatox Skinny Detox tea, an organic green tea with organically farmed herbs.
The tea is delicious and has a very fresh scent and a spicy-sweet note due to the ginger root.
We only have the organic morning tea, but it can also be bought in a set to do a 14-days detox-treatment, where you drink the morning tea in the morning and the night tea in the evening, for an even stronger detoxifying effect.
As tea lovers we prefer to choose our teas by what we feel like in the moment, so at the moment we are not drinking the skinny detox tea on a daily basis. We love that the skinny detox tea is organic and we drink it whenever we feel like cleansing our body for a detoxifying effect.
Teatox has a wide range of high-quality teas for a healthy body, mind and soul and we are looking forward to try more Teatox products.

ingredients:
green maté leaves
lemongrass
sencha green tea
ginger root
goji berries
nettle leaves
dandelion root
birch leaves
horsetail herbs
goldenrod herbs

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Theater Basel | Paradise Lost

Paradise lost is a series of evenings at the Theater Basel, contributed to different aspects of life that are in one way or another problematic, like the refugee crisis, the financial crisis, terror and our understandings of justice, equality and personal or national identity.
The first evening (#1) was a panoramic view of contemporary dramatic art, brought to the audience as a staged reading, raising topics that will be deepened in the following evenings of Paradise Lost.
In the second part of the first Paradise Lost evening there was a talk between philosopher and social scientist Sven Hillenkamp and sociology professor Manuela Boatcă.
The main subject was the content of Sven Hillenkamp's new book "Negative Moderne" (negative modernity) which is about the five categories value, time, action, possibilities and otherness.
For us the first evening was very thought provoking and time was just flying by, Paradise Lost sheds light on areas of life most of us are aware of, but in our everyday-lifes we hardly ever look deeper into them.
Paradise Lost offers a platform that allows the audience to take a closer look and get to know more about these areas of concern in a combination between the artistic part and the theory and we are looking forward to the other parts of the series.
#2 will be on November 16th 2016 at the Theater Basel.


Paradise Lost #1:
scenic arrangement: Katrin Hammerl
stage: Frederike Malke, Anne Wallucks
costume: Valentina Mercedes Obergantschnig
video: Tabea Rothfuchs
light: Stefan Erny
dramatic composition: Stefanie Hackl, Katrin Michaels

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Similasan | natural cosmetics travel kit


The Similasan natural cosmetics travel kit contains 4 different products.
The shower cream comes in the original size, it is gently moisturizing and calms and balances the skin. We like the shower cream a lot as it feels very comfortable on the skin, leaving it nourished and moisturized.
The gel-to-milk cleanser, the facial serum and the 24hours day cream come in a travel size.
The gel-to-milk cleanser is a special cleanser, as first it has a gel-like texture and you spread it evenly on the skin. When you add water and gently massage it into the skin it starts to foam a bit and gently cleanses the skin. As the texture changes it is very efficient and the skin feels already cared for after using it.
The serum can be used in the morning and in the evening before using the 24hours facial cream, it has a deeply moisturizing and even a smoothening effect on the skin.
The 24hours facial cream supports the skins natural barrier function.
All four products have a very similar scent we like very much, it is fresh and tender, and the products are highly effective and very gentle to the skin, therefore they are also suitable for sensitive skin.

All the Similasan products are made in Switzerland and the bag is made from 100% cotton and is produced in South-India in a sustainable fair-trade production. We think its fantastic that the brand also pays attention to these details, as it shows us that these values are really important to them.