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


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.

green maté leaves
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.