European weekend getaways

22 May

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You know we love spending our weekends abroad. It’s one of the perks of living in Europe: in a couple of hours you can be enjoying a cocktail overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, skiing or learnin ancient history in one of its multiple archaeological sites. For us, Europe has it all. But sometimes can be overwhelming. So many destinations, so little time. Here you have a few ideas to help you decide your next weekend getaway:

If you want to come back home with sunkissed skin…

Comporta: Atlantic charm, uncrowded golden sand, surf, fields of rice and delicious grilled fish at Ilha do Arroz. No better place to stay than Sublime Comporta.

Mykonos: quiet days and long fun nights. Wonderful sunsets sipping cocktails at Cafe Veranda, delightful afternoons of shopping, mornings at the beach and daytrips to Delos. Book a room at Hotel San Giorgio.

If you want a city break…

Antwerp: fashion and design, excellent concept stores, bicycles, diamonds and chocolate. Stay at Hotel Julien and don’t forget to try the best frites at Frituur No 1 (Corner of Hoogstraat and Oude Koornmarkt).

Munich: surrisingly, one of the most stylish cities in Europe. Splurge and book your stay at Kempiski hotel, spend your nights at the theater or ballet and your days visiting one of its many museums. Don’t forget to save some time for a proper bier garten experience, though.

If you want landscapes and nature:

La Palma: from vulcanic landscapes to lush woods, this island is pure magic. Enjoy long nights looking at the stars (you won’t find a better place to admire star-filled skies) and spend the days exploring its colonial style villages. Parador.es offers the best Spanish hospitality.

Lake district: this area of Austria will make you forget everything and twirl like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Hike, hike, hike and chose Hallstatt as your headquarter.

Of course, Paris is always a good idea, London is perennially vibrant, Venice is the most beautiful place on Earth and Formentera has the best beaches in Europe.  So, which is your European weekend getaway of choice?

Happy weekend!

Clarins Double Serum: the game changer

20 May

Clarins_double_serum Do you know those products that promise radical and almost immediate changes in your skin? I never trust them. So many disappointments… That’s why the first time I applied the Clarins double serum I was shocked. But I waited. Trust issues. However, after five weeks using this multi-award winning serum twice a day I can finally confirm it: this product really changes your skin. I’m even a little bit afraid of how much I love it because I know that from now on I won’t be able to live without it (#firstworldproblems, I know). And I can tell you that because last weekend, while we were in Copenhagen, I didn’t take it with me and oh, I’ve suffered. Suddenly my moisturizer didn’t seem enough.

This serum makes my skin feel absolutely nourished. It doesn’t eliminate wrinkles or pores completely (it’s not surgery!) but the skin looks brighter, glowy… alive! If you are in your twenties, don’t even think about it. Your skin is fine. Don’t worry. In ten years you’ll miss how firm, juicy and fresh you look now. But if you are in your 30’s, you work long hours, you’ve started noticing that your skin looks duller, drier and more tired… Run and buy this serum! It feels extremely soothing and comforting and from the moment you apply it you can feel it taking care of your skin. It’s brilliant!

Ugly little pies

18 May

Ugly_pies_2Did we mention that we love brunch? Oh maybe we did a couple of times… (Exhibit A, B & C). It might be the sun shining a little bit these days, or the fact that after two crazy weeks at work we finally have a few days off, but we are looking forward to preparing huge Spring brunches for our friends. We’ve been testing some recipes and this one is the real winner. They might not look like much, but these little bacon, egg and cheddar pies are perfect. Tender yet a tad crunchy, soft but with a nice spicy kick thanks to a small amount of mustard à l’Ancienne and really easy to prepare. That’s exactly what you are looking for if you are having guests over, isn’t it?
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Off to Copenhagen!

14 May

heck yesWe’re off to Copenhagen! Even though this time of the year we usually head to the beach, we are travelling to our beloved Copenhagen to improve our slow-paced guide. Since we know you are here to read nice content, not to read us brag about our next destination, we’ve compiled some old posts that you may have missed!

– A fun, colourful Peruvian restaurant in London

– Clara closed her blog, but we still follow her on Instagram. Best style ever.

– An afternoon in an Italian farmer’s market

– The best hair treatment for frizzy hair.

– Dreamy Moroccan spas

– The coolest backpacks for Summer

– Our favourite area in Amsterdam

– We are crazy about this collection!

– Looking for an off the beaten track destination?

– Have you ever done this?

– Last year’s beauty favourites that are still going strong

– The best recipe for barbacue season.

Tips to discover a different Ibiza

– My Venice.

Lena Hoschek

12 May

Lena_Hoschek_NightOur dearest friends are getting married in a month and we still have nothing to wear. Panic. They have planned a classic glamourous night wedding that is going to be so much fun. We just can’t wait! But again, we have nothing to wear. Well, I know that P. is going to find a stunning gown the minute she looks for it. She is tall and slim and everything looks just perfect on her. Unfortunately, that’s not my case. I’m curvier and petite. The result? Shopping is not easy for me. But after looking and looking (and looking a little bit more) I’ve found a brand that embraces femininity: Lena Hoschek.
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Moodboard: Croatia

12 May

Moodboard_CroatiaDuring the last couple of years a few of our best friends have been to Croatia. The pictures they sent us showed emerald green waters, hidden caves, dreamy landscapes and beautiful architecture. And since we are deeply in love with the Mediterranean Sea, it was just a matter of time… Croatia is a priority on our bucket list.
I remember visiting the Croatia pavillion at the Aichi Expo in 2005 (That’s ten years ago! Oh my!). It had this beautiful room with an elevated walkway. If you stood there you could see breathtaking projections of the characteristic Mediterranean flora: sometimes pine trees, sometimes aromatic plants and lowland forests. You could almost feel the light breeze and smell those warm scents. After a few minutes, you will find yourself surrounded by the bluest waters. Then, bright green. Suddenly a beautiful white stone buiding would appear in front of you…
Now I would love to turn that virtual experience into a reality. All of our friends loved Croatia, so we know we will love it too. We would love to escape to the Dalmatian Coast in September, stay at this hotel in Dubrovnik or explore Croatia’s most beautiful islands. Have you ever been there?

Spuntino, London

11 May

Spuntino_London_227 stools and a popcorn machine. That’s all we knew about Spuntino. Quite intriguing, no? A couple of weeks ago we decided to look for this tiny restaurant in Soho. We found its discreet entrance and we saw the 27 stools and the pop corn machine. We came in, we ordered almost everything on the menu (we ate popcorn as well, obviusly) and we decided Spuntino was going to be a new favorite in London. Another favourite restaurant in London you ask? Well, yes. When you see the mac and cheese and the steak and egg, you’ll understand. Continue reading

What’s new, London?

7 May

london_may_2015_6You know what they say: when man is tired of London, he is tired of life. Well, we can’t agree more. London always offers something new, interesting and exciting. No matter how many times we visit London, we are always surprised: by an exhibition, a restaurant, a trend, a view… It can definitely be overwhelming but with the help of our friends and a slow-paced (wink!) approach, we try to take it easy and let the city surprise us. If you follow us on Instagram you probably know that we spent last weekend in London. So here you have the mandatory post with are our latest discoveries in this fascinating city: Continue reading

May wish list

6 May

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We went to London last weekend. We had a wonderful time, but my back was killing me most of the time. Why? Because I carried a huge bag with me. The problem is that when I look for/buy bags I only think about my everyday life from Monday to Friday and always forget weekends. So I end up with tote bags or huge purses where the 1.500 things I need on a daily basis fit perfectly. And since I don’t have any nice medium/small size bag for the weekend, I usually carry around all that stuff on weekends and trips too. Bad, bad, bad. (Does that happen to you too?)

That’s why if I have to spend my money on one thing this month, that’s going to be a medium-sized bag. And here are my options:

1. The terribly trendy Drew bag by Chloé: I got the feeling that it’s going to become a classic. So the cost per wear will justify the splurge.

2.  A very similar version within a more affordable price range. Claire by Michael Kors.

3.  The “absolutely not my average choice but oh I just love it” bag. Emmanuelle by YSL.

4.  Another bag by YSL. Pretty discreet and wearable. But is it too discreet for that price tag?

5.  This one just goes with just about everything and it’s so Spring-y, isn’t it?

6. A pretty color to bright up my otherwise monochrome outfits.

7. The fun bag for holidays and Spring / Summer getaways. It makes me think about Ibiza.

8. And finally, the bag that I really, really want.

 

Nude nails

5 May

Nude_NailsThis Spring I’m changing a little bit my nail game. While I always gravitate towards bright pinks and corals during these (slightly) warmer months, I can’t get enough of nude shades lately. In my mind nudes used to equal classic French Manicure, which I’m not a fan of. But now I believe that a nice matte nude can be quite a statement.
It all started with Essie Marshmallow, a warm white with pink undertones, and Essie Sugar Daddy, the ultimate ballerina pink. I just love how they make my hands look clean and polish.
After that I wanted to try a soft light brown/ caramel -ish nude and I found Maybelline Color Show in Latte. I have to confess that I went for Maybelline because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a color I didn’t know I’d like, but to be honest, the quality of the formula is pretty good and I love the shade, so I repurchased it instead of looking for a more expensive brand, though the packaging could use some improvement.
Finally, during a recent trip to Hamburg I found UNE C01. This brand claims that 82% of the ingredients used in their nail polishes are natural. That sounds appealing, right? I doubted about its quality, though. But I was wrong: it’s really (but really) longlasting and the color is perfection. I need three coats to achieve that perfection actually, but apart from that, I can’t recommend it enough.
So here’s my tip for Spring: nude nails and dainty jewellery. Subtle but beautiful.

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