Moodboard: Norway

30 Jul

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We love long Summer days. The air smells better, that mix of barbacue and fresh grass, people are happier, they look prettier and a simple cold drink in a terrace can make you feel alive and exultant. While the most traditional Summer destinations are placed in the warmest climates, we have been thinking about spending a few days in a milder latitude. What about a different Summer in Norway? Maybe in 2016… The Lofoten islands have been on our bucket lists for a while, but visiting the Stave churches or exploring the Fjords sound just as appealing. Oslo is one of the European capitals that we still have to discover. With a few beaches and islands near enough to arrange some pretty interesting day trips, it looks like Oslo has it all. However, Finnmark, home of the Sami, could be quite an exotic destination.

Have you ever visited Norway? Would you recommend it for a different Summer?

Focaccia Veneziana

27 Jul

Focaccia_2We’re having quite a nice Summer, with high temperatures and just a few Summer showers. In fact, we are enjoying the best Summer since we moved to Germany. But a couple of weeks ago our Sunday was just like November. Dark, rainy and cold. So I decided that the best way to cope with such a terrible day was trying a new recipe from my new cookbook. There is something so comforting in the scent of freshly baked goods… It improves the most terrible atmosphere. And this rum infused fragant Focaccia was exactly what the doctor ordered. Continue reading

Holidays!

22 Jul

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We are finally heading home for our holidays. Madrid, Cádiz, Seville, Verona and Vicenza are in our travel route. We will be spending time with our families and friends trying to make the most of the next two weeks. We have scheduled a few posts for you because we want to relax. We also want to…

  • Visit the Vogue like a painting exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
  • Eat our weight in ice cream at Rocambolesc
  • Play with our nephews on the beach
  • Aperitivi al fresco
  • Have our morning coffe overlooking ancient churches in tiny Italian villages
  • Spend a day at the pool with our most glamorous friend
  • Have lunch in my mum’s garden
  • Go to the fish market in Cádiz
  • Read, write and take lots of photographs

Of course you can follow our adventures via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Expect lots of food pictures, sunny landscapes and the occasional #fromwhereIstand! If you have any tips about the aforementioned cities please let us know!

PS: Illustration by Grace Lee. You can buy it here.

The best food we’ve ever eaten abroad

20 Jul

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Eat and travel. The biggest pleasures in life! I’m sure that if you are reading this blog you agree with us. Maybe, like us, you live for those glorious moments in life when you discover a lovely restaurant in a gorgeous setting, you taste a new flavour for the first time… Sometimes the food is outstanding, others it’s the moment, the company and the location. So before leaving for our next trip this Thursday,  we’ve decided to reminisce about the best food we’ve ever eaten abroad: Continue reading

Neighbourhood, Copenhagen

16 Jul

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Copenhagen is full of fantastic places to have breakfast. And God knows we love a good breakfast! This is our last discovery to spend a lazy morning with great food, gorgeous fellow foodies and cool background music. Continue reading

Block heels

15 Jul

Block_Heels_1I have a lot to thank Alexa Chung for. She has rescued the classic black eye liner, which happens to be one of the few makeup looks that fits my small eyes, from the 50’s makeup section and she has shown that flats and block heels can be fashionable too. And that’s fantastic because those are almost the only heels I wear. I’m lazy and I tend to put comfort first, so I always gravitate to this kind of heels. Thank you, Alexa, for bringing them back. I bought the ones in the picture in one of my favourite shops in Vicenza, Lazzari. They are handmade in Italy, in Florence to be exact, and they are the perfect basic: they look gorgeous with black or little white dresses and they dress up your jeans and stripe tees beautifully. You can get a very similar pair here and they are on sale! Continue reading

Frizzy hair?

14 Jul

Moroccan_Oil_1 I’ve always had terrilby frizzy hair but things have gone crazy since I chopped my mane into a medium bob. I used to get Brazilian keratine treatments but sadly the one that really worked wonders for my hair was removed from the market. Apparently it was dangerous for the person applying it. Something about ashtma. Bummer. So I’ve been fighting with hair straighteners for the last few months. Even though my arms seem more toned, I’m exhausted. Good news, though: I’ve recently found Smooth Collection, the new line that Moroccan Oil has launched to help people with crazy hair like mine. Infused with argan oil and argan butter, it strengthens and aligns hair’s natural keratin structure.  It doesn’t deliver like my beloved toxic keratin treatment, but I really like it. And, again, it’s not toxic.

I use the shampoo, the conditioner and the smoothing lotion. I have to be honest: it doesn’t make my hair look like silk immediately but it does help to tame my locks. And it smells like heaven. I even don’t use perfume the day I wash my hair so that nothing covers that clean, fresh, amazing scent. And what I really REALLY love is applying the smoothing lotion on second day hair. I don’t know how it does it, but after applying a couple of pumps into my hair, it suddenly has a beautiful volume, looks more polished and, again, it smells unvelibably good!

The only problem: I have to wash my hair more often, so even though it’s recommended for all hair types, I wouldn’t use it if my hair was on the greasy side.

It’s been raining non-stop for the past few days but, humidity: I’m not afraid of you anymore!

Sticky chicken thighs

13 Jul

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In a few days we’ll be meeting our family. We’ve planned a huge lunch in my mum’s garden and we’ll be cooking, so we’ve been trying out a few recipes. With lots of people sitting at the table, better be safe than sorry! Well, this one is a runner-up… It’s easy to prepare with just a few ingredients which are now on season, and therefore, it’s really flavourful.
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Siesta: the truth and nothing but the truth

10 Jul

via my paradissiWe’ve been living in Germany for almost five years and we’ve heard all kinds of unfounded miths and stereotypes about our country, Spain. But if there is one that makes me want to scream, that’s the common belief that in Spain we stop working every day to take a nap. I’ve even heard it from well-travelled people. Well, DISCLAIMER: there is no such thing as daily siesta. And I’m here to shed light on this issue.
In the North of Europe people usually have hearty breakfasts early in the morning. However, the lunch break is something quick, just enough time to eat a sandwich or a salad, mostly on the go. This 10 to 20 minutes break usually takes place from 11,30 to 13,30. Then you keep on working and go home at a decent hour and have a consistent dinner between 6 and 8 p.m. Great. There you have a schedule. Perfect.
But! In Spain breakfasts are something lighter, maybe a coffee and a couple of biscuits. Add a freshly squeezed orange juice if you are feeling fancy. But that’s all. And then we work until 2 p.m. (with a short pause to grab a bite in between. That’s when pinchos happen!). And when the time comes we stop working. Yes. But we eat, we don’t sleep!!! There are companies that have lunch breaks from 2 to 3 p.m., others from 2 to 4 p.m. That’s when you think we are sleeping, but only because you have already eaten and maybe you think that everyone else in the world follows your schedule. False!!! We are eating a lunch menu (two courses and dessert. And a café con hielo if it’s Summer) in a nice restaurant with our coworkers, we are eating something quick and going to Pilates or spending an hour in Zara buying things that we don’t really need. Then we get back to work until 6 or 7 p.m. and finally we have dinner betweeen 9 and 11 p.m. See? A different schedule! That’s all!
If you travel to Spain, mostly in Summer, and you don’t see a soul on the streets between 2 and 4 p.m., please don’t think people are sleeping. People are having lunch or minding their own business somewhere with air condition: the office, the gym, the shops… It’s not siesta. It’s too hot to be fooling around and you are a tourist, who is the only person that would be wandering around at 3 p.m. on a Summer day!
Sleeping a nice 20 minutes siesta after a great lunch is the best thing in the world. But we just do it on weekends and during holidays. And you should do it too. Specially if you can hear the cicadas outside, if there is a wonderful beach waiting for you and you just decide to close your eyes for a litte minute and relax. Bonus points if La vuelta is on TV!

Any false ideas about your country that you hate? Please share them in the comment section!

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The little white dress

8 Jul

White dressesDuring the last months we’ve been trying to edit our wardrobes. We recently donated four suitcases full of clothes to charity (Yes, four suitcases. Insert embarrased emoji here) and we want to sell a few pieces as well (tips on how to sell clothes on-line would be appreciated!). However, this process has showed us that even though we had plenty of, well, everything, we were lacking some key basic pieces. That’s why we have been looking for a nice little white dress to complete our Summer staples. And here comes the never-ending dilema: do we splurge or do we go for a high street piece?

1. This dress would be a total splurge (crazy price tag!) but it’s so basic and minimal that it will fit perfectly into our closet. And we can wear it to the office too.
2. This was love at first sight. The cut will be perfect for my silhouette, it’s timeless, it’s beautiful and… broderie anglaise.
3. This dress is a total bargain. Fresh, basic… the kind of piece we will buy with our eyes closed. But we are trying to edit and be careful with our shopping, so…
4. This is the dress that all the bloggers want. We want it too.
5. Maje always has the most beautiful dresses. This girly little number is no exception. Again, that cut is so me!
6. This dress could be the star of any Summer wardrobe. Are you thinking about Ibiza too?
7. Ok, this one is for P. Not for me. But isn’t it gorgeous? The lace, the floral pattern, the strategic cuts…
8. This two in one piece is just adorable and so wearable. And it’s on sale. How convenient!

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