Sunday, 17 December 2017

Theater Basel | La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

La Cenerentola (a melodramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini) plays at the Theater Basel.
We all know the story of Cinderella, where she is forced by her step-father to work as a maid in the families house while her step-sisters get spoiled and humiliate her all the time.
The prince, who is trying to find himself a wife, falls in love with her, in spite of all the effort of her sisters Clorinda and Tisbe to convince him that one of them is the perfect match for him.
In Antonio Latella's version there is no magic tree, but a bunch of giant dark flowers on stage, there are no pigeons but human-sized rag dolls that are constantly on stage, either strapped to the singers, placed somewhere on stage or piled up in the between the giant flowers.
We like the unconventional production, the story is told in a very humorous and light-hearted way and there is more than one unexpected added detail during the show. The music is absolutely beautiful and the singers are brilliant and the moral remains the same: if you look with your heart, what matters most are the inner values.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Annemarie Börlind | Sensitive Cream Mask

The Annemarie Börlind Sensitive Cream Mask provides intensive care for sensitive skin.
The texture of the mask is very soft and rich when applying it to the skin it immediately feels like a protective layer over the skin.
It contains currant seed oil and balloon vine extract, to reduce irritation of the skin strengthen it from within.
After leaving it on for 10-15 minutes, gently massage it into the skin.
What is special about the sensitive cream mask is that it gets absorbed completely by the skin, leaving it nourished, calmed and incredibly soft.
The scent is tender and very relaxing.
For us this mask is perfect during a stressful time, or during the cold season when the skin is stressed and maybe even irritated.
It has an immediate calming effect on the skin and using it really is a wellness experience, not only calming the skin but also the mind.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Salto Natale | Fuego (2017)

Trio Bellissimo

This year's Salto Natale show "Fuego" was very entertaining, alive and colourful.
Even though it is a Christmas Circus, the music was mainly not christmas music, but very catchy songs presented by the singer Patric Scott and the Salto Natale Orchestra.
The Salto Natale ballet accompanied us through the evening with very versatile dance performances.
Comedian Peter Pfändler made us laugh a lot and the Dunkin Devils with their basketball act where unlike anything we had seen before and we were amazed and laughing at the same time.
Also the aerial tango performance was very special and passionate and we liked it a lot.
Fuego is a wonderful show and time was flying by as fast as the artists on stage where moving.

Fuego by Gregory and Rolf Knie plays at the Parkplatz Holberg in Kloten until the 2nd January 2018.

Dunkin Devils

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Theater Basel | Schwanensee (Swan Lake)

The Swan Lake, a ballet by Stijn Celis with music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky plays at the Theater Basel now as a very entertaining and humorous production.
The costumes are very powerful and remind us a bit of Alice in Wonderland, which creates a fascinating contrast to the more classical parts of the ballet where the dancers dance in tutu's.
For the first time there are not only female swans but also male ones, which we think is very beautiful.
This production of Swan Lake is refreshingly different to every other Swan Lake we have seen before, the dancers are brilliant and managed to transport us with a wink into another world full of swans, deception, freedom and love from the first minute.
The production is very colourful, entertaining and very captivating and we like the very fresh and lively way it is reinterpreted.

choreography: Stijn Celis
musical direction: Thomas Herzog, Nuno Coelho
stage: Jann Messerli
costume: Catherine Voeffray
light: Fred Pommerehn
video: Philipp Contag-Lada
dramatic composition: Armin Kerber, Bettina Fischer

dancers of the Ballet Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Basel

Annabelle Peintre as ODETTE/ODILE
Frank Fannar Pedersen as SIEGFRIED
Jorge García Pérez as ROTBART
Ayako Nakano as KÖNIGIN
Debora Maiques Marin as JESTER
Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Mirko Campigotto, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Piran Scott, Max Zachrisson as THE SIX MINISTERS
Tana Rosás Suñé, Lydia Caruso, Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Raquel Rey Ramos, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly as THE SIX MINISTERS
Camille Aublé, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi as THE FOUR PRINCESSES
Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Debora Maiques Marin, Gaia Mentoglio, Tana Rosás Suñé, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Mirko Campigotto, Florent Mollet, Max Ossenberg-Engels, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Ismael del Valle as THE SWANS

© pictures: Werner Tschan

Monday, 13 November 2017

Theater Basel | Esther. Eine Geschichte vom Bruderholz (Esther. A Story from Bruderholz

Esther. A Story from Bruderholz is a monologue by Katrin Hammerl based on the novel Der barmherzige Hügel (the merciful hill) by Lore Berger.
The author Lore Berger from Basel committed suicide at the age of only 21. Her first and only novel was her legacy, telling the story of a young woman, Esther, reflecting upon the society and life in Basel between 1938-1943.
The story is very touching and at the same time shocking, it allows us to participate in Esther's fears, sorrows and experiences in a thought provoking way.
Leonie Merlin Young, as the only actor in Esther. A Story from Bruderholz, is brilliant and captivated us from the first minute.

production: Katrin Hammerl
stage: Anne Wallucks
costume: Katrin Hammerl
video: Tabea Rothfuchs
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

Leonie Merlin Young as ESTHER

© picture: Kim Culetto

Friday, 10 November 2017

blickfang Zürich 2017

The blickfang Zurich 2017 was created according to the motto "everything new", at a new location (Stage One in Zurich Oerlikon) and with a completely new concept.
For the first time at the blickfang, there are concept stores that bring together different brands in one room, where they design not only their own stands but the complete room together.
Also there are no more walls between the different stands, one stand is right next to the other without any visible borders which opens up the hall a lot and creates a completely new experience for the visitor.
Beside the concept stores there are two special exhibitions, the Dutch Design with the most innovative and outstanding designs from the Netherlands and blickfang locals with amazing local designers.
From November 10-12 2017 more than 180 designers from all over the world surprise and amaze us with their products and their passion at the fantastic re-invented blickfang Zurich.
As every time when we visit the blickfang what we like most about it is the amount of fair trade, sustainable and conscious fashion and design we can find there, aswell as the possibilty to get in touch with most of the designers personally, which allows us to get to know everything we want about the brand at first hand.

Jungle Folk, concept store Conscious Living (Zurich, CH) 

Anna Saarine, concept store Collage (Zurich, CH)

ping & moos, Dutch Design (Elsloo, NL)

Jacoby (Basel, CH)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Theater Basel | Der Revisor: oder Das Sündenbuch (the government inspector or: the book of sin)

The government inspector is a commissioned play comedy by Lukas Linder after Nikolai Gogol.
The inhabitants of the little village in Switzerland are afraid, that strangers and refugees coming to their village might take over and they might lose everything they have worked for their entire lives.
For that reason, they decide to make any new arrivals believe that the community is in a disastrous state, that way they want to make them leave again as soon as possible.
When a visitor arrives, his day trip turns into a crazy trip with an end that could not have been foreseen.
The story is very amusing and the live singing sometimes creates an atmospheric background and is sometimes almost bizarre.
 The barely two hours pass by very quickly and the play is very entertaining, even though we find the ending a bit disturbing.

author: Lukas Linder
production: Cilli Drexel
stage: Christina Mrosek
costume: Janine Werthmann
music: Elia Rediger
light: Stefan Erny
dramatic composition: Sabrina Hofer

Vincent Glander as NÖTHLI, THE STRANGER

chorus of complaints

©picture: Kim Culetto

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Theater Basel | La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata plays at the Theater Basel as a co-production between the Theater Basel and the English National Opera.
It is the story of Violetta Valéry, the high class prostitute suffering from tuberculosis who falls in love with one of her many admirers Alfredo. For him she decides to leave the glamorous and luxurious life in Paris behind and move to the countryside.
Their love is not meant to be peaceful for long, as his father arrives and asks her to leave him, for the sake of his and the families honour.
What makes the opera so captivating is how pompous it all starts, how the storyline takes us to a peaceful country idyll, back to the glamorous and obscene Paris and then in the end to her death bed.
The tragic story of Violetta is always something that touches us deeply and the music is absolutely beautiful. We have seen La Traviata before and we especially like this production, we find it absolutely wonderful, the costumes and the make-up are very elaborate, the stage is impressive and the singers are outstanding.
La Traviata is in Italian with German and English surtitles.

musical director: Titus Engel
direction: Daniel Kramer
choreography: Teresa Rotemberg
stage: Lizzie Clachan
costume: Esther Bialas
light: Charles Balfour
chorus master: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Juliane Luster

Corinne Winters / Kristina Mkhitaryan as VIOLETTA VALÉRY
Kristina Stanek as FLORA BERVOIX
Anastasia Bickel as ANNINA
Pavel Valuzhyn / Zach Borichevsky as ALFREDO GERMONT
Ivan Inverardi as GIORGIO GERMONT
Karl-Heinz Brandt as GASTONE
Andrew Murphy as DOTTORE GRENVIL
Matthew Swensen as GIUSEPPE
Vladimir Vassilev as COMMISSIONARIO

choir of the Theater Basel
Symphony Orchestra Theater Basel

© picture: Sandra Then

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Theater Basel | Das Ende von Eddy (The end of eddy)

The end of Eddy is a cross art-form project between theatre and ballet based on the autobiographical novel by Édouard Louis.
The end of Eddy tells the story of his childhood and youth in a village in Northern France.
He experiences on a daily basis what it means to be a homosexual teenager who does not conform to the archaic gender roles. His daily life is characterized by violence, aggression, suppression and mental and physical abuse.
The story is told by one actor and one dancer, who sometimes perform simultaneously and sometimes one after the other.
Both have their own little stage when the performance starts and they leave it during the show, meet each other and separate again.
The end of Eddy was incredibly touching and delicate, the targeted use of light created a very special atmosphere and the music was chosen perfectly.
It was very emotional and a thought-provoking and wonderful production.

production: Thiemo Strutzenberger
choreography: Javier Rodriguez Cobos
stage: Marion Andrea Menzinger
light: Thomas Kleinstück
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

actor: Vincent Glander
dancer: Javier Rodriguez Cobos

© picture: Kim Culetto

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Annemarie Börlind | LL regeneration system vitality revitalizing blossom dew gel

The Annemarie Börlind LL regeneration revitalizing blossom dew gel is a face gel that strengthens, regenerates and revitalizes the skin. It was created for skin in need of regeneration, provides the skin with intensive moisture, accelerates the skin's own cell renewal and protects against free radicals.
The scent is very floral and we find it almost a bit oriental, but the smell is not noticeable for very long. A little goes a long way, one pump is enough for the whole face, neck and décolleté.
It contains echinacea, a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial ingredient with a regenerative effect. The gel feels pleasant and fresh on the skin and we feel like it immediately provides the skin with moisture and nourishes it deeply. The gel spreads easy on the skin and it soaks into the skin very quickly.
We feel like our skin gets strengthened from the inside, it feels revitalized and it relieves possible feelings of tightness immediately and makes the skin feel firm and smooth and look radiant.
The gel can be used before you apply your usual day or night cream, but we also like to use only the gel sometimes without adding any extra care.
The Annemarie Börlind LL regeneration revitalizing blossom dew gel is vegan. 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Theater Basel | Die Blume von Hawaii (the flower of Hawaii)

The flower of Hawaii, an operetta by Paul Abraham, plays at the Theater Basel now.
Inspired by the fate of the last queen of Hawaii, who was deposed by the Americans and immortalized in musical history as the composer of "Aloha 'Oe", Paul Abraham and his librettists created an incredibly entertaining operetta in spite of the background of the story being a  political conflict. Hawaiian Nationalists bring Princess Laya back from Paris to marry Prince Lilo Taro in order to liberate the country from the American occupying. At the same time the American Governor brings his niece to Hawaii and plans to marry her to Prince Lilo Taro aswell.
This sets in motion a champagne-fuelled love carousel involving not only the Princess, the Prince and the niece, but an officer, the governors secretary, an entertainer and a young Hawaiian girl.
The stage is set up like the abandoned entree of the palace in Hawaii and the costumes are very colourful and versatile.
The flower of Hawaii at the Theater Basel is a show full of colour, love, wonderful music and singing and emotions, the story is told in a loud and impressive, captivating and entertaining, sometimes even a bit ironic way and we liked it a lot.

musical direction: Jürg Henneberger
production: Frank Hilbrich
musical assistant, choir direction, assistant conductor: Oliver Rudin
stage: Volker Thiele
costume: Gabriele Rupprecht
choreography: Kinsun Chan
light: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Almut Wagner

Florian Jahr as PRINZ LILO-TARO
Leonie Merlin Young as RAKA, A YOUNG HAWAIIAN
Jürg Henneberger / Oliver Rudin as PERROQUET

vocal ensemble:
Alejandro Benavides Urena, Tarik Benchekmoumou, Adrian Borter, Diana Chavarro, Thomas Hardegger, Sylvia «Sylphe» Heckendorn, Sebastian Knüsli, Francisca Näf, Alexandra Mira Puertas, Daniel Raaflaub, Julia Schild, Anne Maria Raaflaub, Donovan Elliot Smith, Aya Tsujimoto, Tianyou Wang, Angelika Wied

Ensemble Phoenix Basel

percussionist: Camille Emaille

©picture: Priska Ketterer

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Theater Basel | Shechter / Arias

Shechter / Arias is a dance evening with pieces by Hofesh Shechter and Bryan Arias.

"The Fools" by the Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter is a dance piece that is very powerful and very versatile, it switches within seconds between strong, almost aggressive and loud music and movements to calm, even a bit melancholical piano sounds which is very captivating and pulls you from one part of the choreography to the next.
Hofesh Shechter composes and arranges all the music for his productions by himself.
The fools is very energetic and poetic and you never know who in the piece are the once being fooled and who are the ones fooling the others, but the feeling of being fooled and the individual's reaction towards that feeling remains constantly present during the choreography.
"The fools" premiered in 2008 in Bern and was reworked in New York in 2010.

set and costumes: Hofesh Shechter 
lighting designer: Jim French Hofesh Shechter
production: Chieng-Ming Chang, Bruno Guillore
music: Hofesh Shechter, Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, Sergio Mendes 

dancers: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Debora Maiques Marin, Annabelle Peintre, Raquel Rey Ramos, Tana Rosás Suñé, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Mirko Campigotto, Jorge García Pérez, Julian Juarez Castan, Florent Mollet, Max Ossenberg-Engels, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Anthony Ramiandrisoa 

"This is everything" by the American choreographer Bryan Arias is completely different to the first choreography of the evening, it radiates a fascinating peace and is very intimate.
The dancers seem to be deeply attached towards each other and this intimacy is transmitted to the audience as well.
This is everything show us exactly these things that individuals have in common, the common experiences like love, doubt and fear.
It touched us deeply and we felt delighted and thoughtful at the same time after seeing is.
"This is everything" is a world premiere.

choreographer: Bryan Arias
lighting designer: Jordan Tuinman 
costume designer: Carlijn Petermeijer
music: A Setting Sun NSDOS Nils Frahm Camilla Hannan 

dancers: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Annabelle Peintre, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Armando Braswell, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Julian Juarez Castan, Max Zachrisson 

© pictures: Werner Tschan

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Theater Basel | Die schwarze Spinne (the black spider)

The black spider is a novel by the Swiss author Jeremias Gotthelf from 1841. 
A little village in the Emmental in Switzerland is threatened by an order of knights under Hans von Stoffeln, that demands an impossible amount of labour from the farmers. In their misery they end up making a pact with the devil. He will have all the labour done for them, all he asks in return is one unchristened child.
After the work is done, the villagers think they can fool the devil by baptizing every newborn immediately after the birth, but it does not take long until the devil takes his revenge on them.
The villagers are not only xenophobic but also misogynist and even though no one really spoke up against the pact when they were in need, afterwards when it comes to paying the price everyone blames the others for the misery and no one wants to take responsibility.
It is is a very powerful and confronting play.
The newborns are represented by plaited butter buns and they are baptized by water from a plastic bottle being sprayed over them.
On stage there is a diagonally tilted round platform and the play takes place on and around it.
The threatening spiders are represented only by the hands of the characters, scuttling and knocking over the wooden platform and each others bodies.
The whole play is spoken in the third person, the narrative voice from the book is spoken word by word by the actors.
The play was very captivating and the actors very strong and the sounds by the percussionist on stage  created a very tense and sometimes even threatening atmosphere.

production: Tilmann Köhler
stage: Karoly Risz
costume: Susanne Uhl
light: Roland Heid
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

Myriam Schroeder as MIDWIFE / CHRISTINE
Urs Peter Halter as BENZ / HANS
Cathrin Störmer as GODMOTHER / WIFE

percussionist: Camille Emaille

©picture: Priska Ketterer

Loop Tanz II

Loop Dance II is a dance project by the three choreographers Debora Maiques Marin, Sol Bilbao Lucuix and Javier Rodriguez Cobos with one central topic - relationships. All three choreographers have their own way to approach the topic and each choreography was unique and very different to the others.

Rumours of dust by Debora Maiques Marin

In rumours of dust, Debora Maiques Marin shows how a relationship is influenced by rumours and misunderstandings. the stage is set up like an apartment, which creates a casual everyday atmosphere. For the choreography very different music styles are used and the topic is approached in a powerful way.

Tulpa - if yes how many? by Sol Bilbao Lucuix
Tulpa - if yes how many is about the development of a relationship between a person and an object, how this relationship evolves and how it influences the person.
The choreography is very calm but still very impressive and emotional, the dancer plays, fights and dances with a huge white object of fabric filled with air that sometimes covers her completely and they seem as one and sometimes they are separated from each other with her trying to find her way back to it or around it.
The choreography was very captivating and moving.

Brother from another Mother by Javier Rodriguez Cobos
In Brother from another Mother Javier Rodriguez Cobos shows us the reality of todays friendships, in times of social media and in times of being available and online constantly and how this new dynamic has changed our friendships, or has it?
With spoken dialogues, sound effects and different songs the choreography was very versatile and lively.
In a very entertaining and humorous but still serious and deep way he approaches the subject and from the first moment his choreography was captivating and touched us deeply.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Circus Ohlala 2017 | 7 senses

The 7th Circus Ohlala was dedicated entirely to not only the 5 but to 7 senses.
Live, Touch, Feel, Taste, See, Hear and Smell, the show promises to stimulate all of these senses and never ceases to impress.
As always the live music was fantastic, the singer Mimi (Miriam Barber Rueda) caught us form the first moment with her wonderful voice.
The artists were breathtaking and we enjoyed the show very much.
Amongst all the amazing artists these are some of our favourite acts:

Duo Sienna - Aerial hoop
The Duo Sienna with their ring acrobatics showed us an incredibly sensual and powerful act, it was captivating from the first second and all their movements were very elegant and fluid. It seemed like the two were one, showing us their weightless dance up in the air, leaving the world behind.

Svetlana & Yulia - water acrobatics

The act of the two women was very erotic and sensual, all of the dancers were dancing around them on the ground in white underwear and the two artists showed us their tricks, doing incredible acrobatics with their body, diving through the glass bowl, performing something like a hot water ballet. The see through water bowl made it possible to see all of their movements and the act was really amazing.

The dancers of the Circus Ohlala presented us a great show during the whole evening but we especially liked the very arty act with the neon colours. At first the bodies were almost invisible except for the neon wigs but the more colour they added to their skin the more we were able to see their movements and their choreography.

This year the Swiss DJ Mr. Da-Nos created a special song "Ohlala" for the show, which he performs live during each show.
The Circus Ohlala 2017 plays until the 22nd October 2017 at the Air Force Center in Dübendorf.

© pictures: Lukas Pitsch/Nikon

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Theater Basel | Lucio Silla

The first premiere this year is Mozarts opera Lucio Silla, written by him at the age of only 16 years old. The story is about the dictator Silla who is obsessed with Giunia, the daughter of his murdered opponent. Giunia feels nothing but hate and disgust for him, not only because he has murdered her father, but also because he has damned her fiancé Cecilio to exile.
Together with Cinna, Cecilios friend, they plan to murder Sillo and end his dictatorship to free the people of Rome and make it possible for Giunia and Cecilio to finally be together.
The music was absolutely wonderful and was captivating from the first minute, the orchestra was fantastic and the singers brilliant.
Not only the solo singers were amazing but also the choir was very powerful and had an incredibly strong presence on stage.
Lucio Silla is a story about love, hate, tyranny and power and the involvements between the different characters keep the story exciting until the last scene.

musical direction: Erik Nielsen
production: Hans Neuenfels
stage: Herbert Murauer
costume: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
light: Stephan Bolliger
choir: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Henry Arnold

Sarah Brady as CELIA, SILLA's SISTER
Matthew Swensen as AUFIDIO
Mirjam Karvat, Mukdanin Daniel Phongpachith as THE TWO MASKED

choir of the Theater Basel
symphony orchestra Theater Basel

©picture: Sandra Then

Sunday, 3 September 2017

LUSH | mask of magnaminty

The LUSH mask of magnaminty is a multi-purpose mask that can be used for the body and for the face. It contains many very effective natural ingredients like honey, kaolin, peppermint oil and Organic Ground Aduki Beans. The mask has a slight peeling effect when you wash it away and if you want to use it on your body it is best to use it before taking a shower.
The honey has an antibacterial effect and the peppermint oil stimulates the skin, making it look radiant and refreshed.
We like the texture of the mask of magnaminty, it feels cool and refreshing on the skin and the exfoliating effect while washing it away revitalizes the skin.
The skin feels refreshed, purified and soft after using the mask and we like the fresh scent a lot.
Our LUSH mask of magnaminty is self preserving.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

bepure | beautiful hair - hair oil

The "beautiful hair" hair oil by bepure is an intense hair oil with natural oils from the highest quality.
It is based on avocado oil and prickly pear seed oil that smooths and repairs the hair and the lavender, bergamot and swiss stone pine essential oils do not only create a wonderful natural and fresh scent but are also very beneficial for the hair by purifying, detoxifying and calming it.
A little goes a long way and the hair oil is very light and doesn't put any weight on the hair.
The scent is absolutely wonderful and it lingers on the hair without being too intense.
Also we can feel that the hair oil immediately nourishes and hydrates the hair, leaving it soft and with a natural shine, the hair-ends are smoothened and look and feel healthier after using the hair oil a few times.
Of all the hair oils we have tried so far, the "beautiful hair" hair oil is our favourite.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Charlotte Meentzen | flower day cream with uv protection

The Charlotte Meentzen flower day cream with uv protection is a moisturizing day cream that balances the skin and protects it against UV radiation.
It has a very soft texture and soaks into the skin quickly, leaving it smooth, nourished and hydrated.
After using it the skin feels incredibly soft and cared for.
The scent is very tender, a bit floral and very fresh.
We think it is a perfect product for the hot summer days as it cares for the skin very gently and due to the light texture it feels very comfortable on the skin on hot days, the UV protection being another benefit for the skin.
The flower day cream contains lime blossom extract and many more highest quality natural ingredients and is vegan.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

How to reduce waste - in cooperation with LUSH Switzerland

This year, LUSH Switzerland has started many different projects to reduce waste and to make people more aware of the subject of waste.
We have also decided to give it a try and start a zero waste week.
There are many different ways to reduce the waste we produce, one of the easiest way is to stop buying plastic bags at stores and bring your own bags from home.
Another easy way, is to use reusable bottles and bring your drinks from home, that way you won't have to buy drinks in plastic bottles and you can make your own favourite drink and have it with you all the time. Also if you bring your own bottle or tumbler you get a discount at many coffee places for take away drinks.
Something that always produces a lot of waste is cosmetics and personal hygiene.
Fortunately LUSH offers a wide range of products that don't produce any waste.
During this week we have tried to use only these products and replace as many of our regular products as possible with the zero waste products. The five products we have found to be most useful  and effective are these:

(from left to right)

Outback Mate
This wonderful soap has a wonderfully refreshing and uplifting scent of eucalyptus and peppermint it leaves the skin soft, cleansed and refreshed.

Seanik is one of the shampoo bars, it cleanses the hair gently and thoroughly and leaves the hair shiny, soft and voluminous. The fresh scent of lemon oil in combination with the floral scent of jasmine and mimosa create a wonderfully fresh and tender scent we like a lot. Also we have realized that it reduces frizz and detangles the hair even without a conditioner.

We were always rather skeptical towards solid deodorants but the aromaco really is very effective. Without any harmful ingredients, it works great and doesn't smell too strong.
It contains witch hazel, chamomile vinegar and patchouli.

Fresh Farmacy
This mild facial soap cleanses the skin very gently and has a soothing and balancing effect on the skin. It reduces irritations and we love how purified, nourished and soft the skin feels after using it and how it has a calming effect on the skin.
It contains chamomile blue oil, lavender oil and rose absolute which creates a tender and slightly floral scent we like a lot.

Full of Grace
Full of Grace is a deeply moisturizing facial serum on solid form that will nourish the skin deeply and leaves it soft and gently cared for.
Just like the fresh farmacy it contains calamine powder and chamomile blue oil, it protects and nourishes the skin without leaving it greasy or heavy.
After using it for a while, the skin feels very healthy, soft and soothed.
Just like Fresh Farmacy it also lasts forever.

Throughout this week we have done some research and we have found out that there are many examples online of people who live like this their whole live and don't produce any trash at all or as little as possible. We find it hard to produce zero trash, but very easy to reduce the amount of trash. If all of us would just be a little more conscious about trash and try to use as many re-usable products as possible it would already make a big difference. There is an endless amount of tips online on how to reduce waste and also there are more and more zero-waste grocery stores, where you can purchase food, cosmetics and much more without packaging and simply bring your own container to fill with the things you would like to purchase. That way you can also avoid purchasing too much and just buy as much as you will be able to use before it goes to waste.

our short list of some easy ways to reduce trash in your every day life without much effort:
- use fabric bags instead of paper or plastic bags
- bring your own drinks from home
- try to make drinks you like yourself instead of purchasing them at a store, for example smoothies or lemonade - it is not only more environmentally friendly but also less expensive and healthier
- bring your own bottle or tupperware for take away drinks or food
- never use disposable tableware
- use cosmetics without unnecessary packaging
- if possible always choose the unpacked option (for example fruit, vegetables, bread etc.)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Basel Tattoo 2017 | feel the beat

Feel the beat, the Basel Tattoo 2017 has more than 1000 participants from all over the world.
Feel the Beat is a musical world tour and the different formations guide the audience through their countries from Switzerland, to Italy, Russia, America, New Zealand and many more in an entertaining, touching and breathtaking way.

The Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble from Russia presented us their incredible choreography, it is only the second time ever they dance somewhere else than on their usual stage and it was absolutely breathtaking,

The Musique des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris from France usually play at ceremonies of the firefighters and other military celebrations, their show is musically on a very high level, they played many modern songs and it was very catchy, it is diverse and very entertaining.

The Massed Pipes and Drums is a formation consisting of more than 200 bagpipers and drummers from groups from all over the world, their playing was incredibly impressive and very powerful.

The band of recruits from the Swiss army presented us a fantastic show with wonderful music that made us laugh and brought a certain "Swissness" to the show.

It was once again wonderful to see the courtyard of the Kaserne (barrack) in Basel get turned into a scene of formations from all four continents, with amazing choreographies, breathtaking music and a unity of people from all over the world.

Monday, 3 July 2017

THE ONE Grand Show

For "THE ONE" Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has designed over 500 costumes for the more than 100 performers.
The show featuring live music, dance, special effects and acrobatics does not have an explicit narrative structure but represents the dream of a young man who is looking for his one true love. The opening scene is an underground party in an old shut down theater (for which the designer was inspired by several visits at the club Berghain in Berlin) and the show then takes the young man from one place to another.
The show is incredibly complex and the special effects with the lights, waterfalls of gold dust or rain on stage were incredible. The acrobats were breathtaking and for us one of the highlights of the show is the incredibly long girl's row.
THE ONE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin is very colourful and artistic, we absolutely loved the diversity of the costumes and the song of the opening scene and the finale is very catchy and hard to forget.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

L:A Bruket | Tvål body wash No. 104 Bergamot / Patchouli

Basis of the philosophy of the Swedish brand L:A BRUKET is to take care not only for the body and the skin but also for nature and the environment. The products are created to nourish, protect, soften and heal the skin worn by the sea, the coast and the salt, or any other environmental influences. The ingredients come from the sea and from land and the products are as organic and environmentally friendly as possible.
The L:A Bruket Tvål No. 104 Bergamot / Patchouli is a highly moisturizing body wash that gently cleanses and soothes the skin while nourishing it with highest quality natural and organic ingredients.
The essential oils from bergamot and patchouli create a wonderful fresh scent that is stimulating and refreshing.
The body wash creates a very gentle foam on the skin and a little goes a long way, it leaves the skin soft, purified and nourished. We like how the refreshing scent lingers on the skin for quite a while after using the body wash.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | looking back

Blum & Poe
Sam Durant
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds(2016)

The art week in Basel has gone by so quickly and once again we are looking back on a very inspirational, critical, creative, political and colourful week.

Art Basel Artworks:
These are some of the artworks that caught our eyes in the galleries at the Art Basel.

We always love the Art Unlimited, with the huge installations. Every artwork is unique and has its own message. These are some of the works at this years Art Unlimited

We have so many impressions, not only from the art Basel but also from the parallel fairs taking place at the same week.

Beautiful and extraordinary furniture and design at the Design Miami:

The LISTE art fair for young artists and galleries:

The scope art fair at the Clarahuus in Basel:

It was a busy week and full of impressions and we are already now looking forward to next year, when the artworld visits Basel again.

Regen Projects
Jack Pierson

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks VI

Galerie Haas
Alfred Jensen
There Came into Being - Per IV - Penetration, 1959

Richard Gray Gallery
Andy Warhol
Jackie, 1964

Richard Gray Gallery
Francis Picabia
couple de monstres, c. 1924-1927

Kukje gallery seoul / Tina Kim Gallery New York
Lee Ufan
From Line (No. 790141), 1979

Annemarie Verna Galerie
Ree Morton
Don't worry, i'll only read you the good parts, 1975