Thursday, 31 March 2016

H&M conscious natural cosmetics | vitalising all over oil

H&M added 30 natural and organic beauty products to their beauty line.
All of the products are Ecocert certified, and the complete packaging is made from recycled materials.
We think its fantastic that H&M does not only offer conscious fashion but also natural and organic cosmetics from a very high quality.
We have used the vitalising all over oil and we absolutely love the scent of it. It is citrusy and fresh and very natural. The consistency is great because it is oily enough to gently massage it into the skin but doesn't leave a sticky film.
It contains organic jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, rosemary extract and sunflower oil and moisturizes the skin and nourishes it deeply.
It can be used as a hair oil to nourish the hair and eliminate frizz or as a bath oil, so it really is an all-rounder.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

LUSH | Bouncy Bunny

Our favourite piece from the LUSH 2016 easter products is the bouncy bunny.
Wrapped in a square yellow cloth with a rabbit printed on it, it contains 4 products, all with our favourite scents.

The citrusy scent is already noticeable through the cloth and spreads good mood.

Inside there are four products, from left to right:
Brightside, a bubble bar creating orange bath water with a sunny and uplifting scent from Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils. The scent is wonderful and we love how the skin feels fresh and revitalized afterwards.
Spring bunny, a happy yellow bath bomb containing fair trade organic cocoa butter and carrot oil that cares for the skin and spreads the aroma of Sicilian lemon.
Bouncy bunny, our favourite LUSH product for easter 2016 is a shower jelly, a bit difficult to hold once its wet because it is really very glibbery, but therefore even more fun to use. We think the Brazilian orange scent is just wonderful and already now it brings the summer into our bathroom. It is very smooth on the skin, leaving it nourished and soft.
Somewhere over the rainbow, a soap with a lovely fresh citrusy scent, containing neroli and a variety of citrus oils to clean the skin gently, leaving it soft and refreshed.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Jonathan Adler | Mr. & Mrs. muse reversible vase

The Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. muse reversible vase is a very special piece.
The shape of the vase is simple and practical as it can hold a quite big bouquet of flowers.
What makes it so extraordinary is that it has two sides, a female (represented by lips) and a male (represented by a moustache) united in one vase.
The vase is hand-sculpted and made from unglazed matte porcelain which makes the 3D effect even more amazing. 
The vase is an eye-catcher, with or without flowers and we love its surreal design. We think it is a beautiful symbol of unity and depending on the flowers you want to put inside or on the mood you can choose the side or just turn the vase around.
For our photo we wanted a bouquet of flowers that represents both sides in one bouquet, the playful and soft female side and the earthy and edgy male side.
The florists at au Bouquet, a flower shop in Basel with an incredible choice of wonderful flowers, have created a beautiful bouquet of flowers that represents exactly what we had envisioned.

The Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. muse reversible vase is available on and with our special discount code ccsloves you get 10% off your order until the 1st september 2016!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Theater Basel | Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping beauty plays at the Theater Basel for the first time in a version by Alejandro Cerrudo.
He takes the audience off into a modern but magical fairytale world, showing us the world in which Aurora is during her long sleep.
She meets a number of mysterious creatures, making it hard to distinguish between good and bad and even harder to ever find a way out.
We think the production is very touching and impressive, already the first scene was very captivating.
Aurora hangs sleeping from invisible strings from the ceiling, behind a curtain of chains, while her lover the prince is desperately running on a treadmill on the other side of the curtain towards her without moving a step forward.
The life music made us feel like in a dream and is perfect for the performance, transporting every emotion and creating excitement and a magnificent atmosphere.
What touched us the most was the redeeming kiss scene, a never-ending kiss during an incredible pas-de-deux and once again we are amazed how beautifully a story can be told through music, dance and movement.

Ayako Nakano as AURORA
Frank Fannar Pedersen as DÉSIRÉ
Jorge Garcia Pérez, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Ruochen Wang, Armando Braswell as DÉSIRES FRIENDS
Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Dévi-Azelia Selly, Tana Rosas Suné as AURORAS FRIENDS
Jorge Garcia Pérez as CARABOSSE
Camille Aublé, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Luna Mertens, Kihako Narisawa, Raquel Rey Ramos, Emma Kate Tilson, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Sara Wikström as THE CATS
Andrea Tortosa Vidal as LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Anthony Ramiandrisoa as THE WOLF
Dévi-Azelia Selly, Tana Rosas Suné, Ruochen Wang, Armando BRaswell as THE BLUE BIRDS

dancers by ballet Theater Basel
music played by the symphony orchestra Basel

Guests / guests in the dream / carabosses crew:
Camille Aublé, Sol Bilbao Lucuix, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Maria del Mar, Debora Maiques Marin, Luna Mertens, Kihako Narisawa, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosas Suné, Dévi-Azelia Selly, Emma Kate Tilson, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Sara Wikström, Ruben Dario Banol Herrera , Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Sergio Bustinduy, Jorge Garcia Pérez, Julia Juarez Castan, Florent Mollet, Jeremy Nedd, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Piergiorgio Regazzo, Javier Rodriguez Cobos, Gaetano Vestris Terrana, Ruochen Wang

choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
musical direction: Thomas Herzog
music: P. I. Tschaikowsky, Jean Sibelius, Philip Glass, René Aubry
stage: Bruno de Lavenère
costume: Karen Young
video: Etienne Guiol
light: David Debrinay
dramatic composition: Bettina Fischer

picture © Ismael Lorenzo

Friday, 11 March 2016

Theater Basel | Die Bacchen (the bacchae)

The Bacchae plays at the Theater Basel now in an adaption by Roland Schimmelpfennig. The ancient greek tragedy by Euripides is considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written. 
The god Dionysus returns in a human body to Thebes to avenge the slander that he is not the son of Zeus. He drives the women of the city mad (including Pentheus' mother and her sisters) and leads them to the mountains, where they celebrate him as a god. Pentheus, the king of Theben, also refuses to accept Dionysus as a god and revolts against him, which leads Dionysus to set his followers the bacchae on him. It is a tragic story of madness, power and revenge, a fight between god and men.
The production is very captivating and deeply impressive with incredible visual and sound effects.
In the beginning the stage is covered by a huge sheet and the actors roll over it, covering it in dirt, mud and blood, later patterns are projected on the stage and on the wall, and in the end a movie cut from different scenes, like a newsflash, is projected on the back wall.
Partly the music is live with actors singing and a live musician.
For us the targeted use of these special effects is what made the play so special.
It created the perfect atmosphere for the tragedy to run its course and with the fantastic actors we think it was a really great production.
The very current and modern staging which was still so fitting for this more than 2500 years old tragedy really impressed us.

The bacchae is the third greek tragedy playing at the Theater Basel after "Nirgends in Friede. Antigone" and "Oedipus".

Thiemo Strutzenberger as DIONYSOS
Pia Händler and Cathrin Strömer as MAENADS CHOIR
Steffen Höld as TEIRESIAS
Michael Gempart as KADMOS
Ingo Tomi as PENTHEUS
Nicola Mastroberardino as A SHEPHERD
Katja Jung as AGAUE
Philipp Weber as YOUNG BOY

production and stage: Robert Borgmann
costume: Lili Anschütz
music: Philipp Weber
video: Lianne van de Laar
light: Cornelius Hunziker
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

picture © Simon Hallström

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Lindt HELLO | mini emotis

The Lindt HELLO Emotis are a new way to show your emotions and send little sweet messages, they come with a sticker on the back and now there is a mini version of them, made from the same delicious swiss milk chocolate like the bigger ones . The minis don't have a sticker but it is the perfect little surprise to sweeten up someones day and give a smile away.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Jonathan Adler | ceramic candle muse blanc

The Jonathan Adler muse blanc ceramic candle is an absolute must-have for everyone who loves extraordinary design and candles.
It comes in a minimalist white box that has a face on every side of the box, and the front face has a little heart in the eye.
We think that already the box is very decorative and it would be a pity to throw it away after taking the candle out.

The porcelain vessel is translucent so it has a beautiful glow when the candle burns. It has six faces that always share the eyes with the face next to it, which creates a very interesting optical effect as when you look at one face you automatically also see half of the face next to it.
We love the arty design of the candle as it is very decorative and unique and for us it has something mysterious and very sensual to it.
The scent of the candle is floral and reminds us of a sunny spring day with the scent of fresh cut grass and flowers in the air.
The scent is very tender and invites us to dream and relax.
After the candle has burnt down the vessel can be used for anything you can think of, as a vase, as a candle holder or just for decoration.

The candle is available on and with our special discount code ccsloves you get 10% off your order until the 21st April 2016!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Theater Basel | Die Zauberflöte (the magic flute)

The opera the magic flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a german libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder plays at the Theater Basel with german and english surtitles.
Prince Tamino flees from a snake and is rescued by three ladys, who come with a message from the queen of the night. Her daughter Pamina got kidnapped by Sarastro and Tamino has to rescue her with the help of Papageno, a bird seller.
Guided by three young boys and with the help of the magic flute and the magic bells they have to find the princess and during the opera what seems to be good turns out to be bad and the other way around.
Tamino and Papageno have to undergo the ordeals that will lead to enlightment and for Tamino to be united with Pamina and for Papageno to finally find his Papagena.
The stage is very impressive as huge wooden constructions on wheels with fold out stairs and rotating spiral staircases are used to tell the story and move the performers around the stage.
The magic flute is one of Mozart's last works and creates a beautiful, magical and dreamy fairytale world. The magic flute is also often mentioned in relation to freemasonry and allows every person in the audience to interpret it in his or her own way.
The melodies are classics and we remembered them immediately, we always think it is incredible how every emotion can be transported by Mozart's music.
We were captivated from the first moment and enjoyed the opera very much, the time was just flying by.

Callum Thorpe as SARASTRO
Sebastian Kohlhepp, Nathan Haller as TAMINO
Vahan Markaryan as SECOND PRIEST
Mari Moriya, Agata Wilewska as QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Anna Gillingham as PAMINA
Thomas Tatzl as PAPAGENO
Valentina Marghinotti, Maria Carla Pino Cury as PAPAGENA
Karl-Heinz Brandt as MONOSTATOS
Rolf Romei, Nathan Haller as FIRST ARMOURED
Alessio Cacciamani as SECOND ARMOURED

choir of the Theater Basel, symphony orchestra Basel, soloists from the Knabenkantorei Basel

musical direction: Christoph Altstaedt
production: Julia Hölscher
stage: Mirella Weingarten
costume: Susanne Scheerer
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster
choir: Henryk Polus

picture © Sandra Then