A charming Summer: Koufonisia

24 Jul

Koufonissia_a Charming SummerThird installment of our Summer sereies. Why not visiting a charming Greek island off the beaten track? Let’s travel to Koufonisia, the perfect destination for those who seek to relax on their holidays in golden sand beaches, swim on small natural pools of turquoise waters and feast on seafood fresh from the sea.
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We need this! Summer coordinates

23 Jul

Matchy-matchyI’ve always liked to match my lipstick and my nail polish.  The towels in my bathroom have the exact same shade as the blue tiles on the wall. The pillows on my sofa have to match the rug under the dining room table….What can I say? I love symmetry. So now that matchy-matchy outfits are back and coordinated bags and shoes are fashionable again, I just can’t be happier. Here you have my Summer coordinates picks amongs the lovely selection of JCrew.
Matchy-matchy2From tan leather to stripe fabrics, coordinated bags and shoes always give your look a more polished finish. I know, I know, this is not exactly avant-garde, but it looks pretty and it’s easy to wear. You don’t have to struggle mixing prints or colours! For a lazy dresser like me, this trend ticks all the right boxes.

Moodboard: Valle del Baztán

22 Jul

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We are city girls but sometimes a countryside getaway is just what the doctor ordered. It’s been three years since we don’t visit Valle del Baztán so it was about time! Next week we will be heading to one of the most beautiful areas of Spain. Quiet mornings, delicious food, afternoon hikes in the mountains and maybe a day trip to San Sebastián are waiting for us. If you love off the beaten track destinations, if you enjoy nature and if you are looking for the best chocolate (hello Elizondo!)… Valle del Baztán is for you!

If you want to come along, follow our adventures via Instagram and/or Twitter!

PS: Read our tips to make the most of Valle del Baztán here.

Chicken caesar cornets

21 Jul

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We’ve been eating these cornets almost every night since we decided to try the recipe. They are super easy to prepare… and that’s exactly what we want after a long day at the office, a spinning class and a super long phone call with our mothers.  This is more or less a salad in a wrap. So it’s healthy but has that naughty fast food feel to it.
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Weekend style icons: Paulien

18 Jul

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Today we are off to Spain!!!! Applause, applause!!! While looking for some travel outfit ideas I stumbled across this picture. Isn’t that outfit perfect in its simplicity? Obviously I had to discover who that girl was… And thanks to Pinterest I found her! Meet Paulien, also known as Polienne.
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Peaceful retreats

17 Jul

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Travel changes you.  It makes us leave our comfort zones and face new experiences, new challenges and new cultures. But what if  we really look for that change? What if that personal growth is the aim, not a collateral effect? Choose these non conventional retreats for that spiritual peace and  personal transformation.

Meteora, Greece

The town of Meteora, about a 5-hour drive north of Athens in Thessaly, Greece, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site – six Greek Orthodox monasteries built on enormous rock pinnacles that rise up to 1,300 feet from the valley floor. Six of the monasteries still operate today. Several of the monasteries are accessible to tourists on a road connecting the rock towers. Byzantine frescoes and architecture are a sight to see, and the views are breathtaking into the valley.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

During centuries, St, Jame’s Path has been an spiritual journey for those who, religious or not, looked for growth and personal change. This journey ends in Santiago de Compostela, which historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Stay at Hospedería San Martin Pianaro, a monastery that has been home to the pilgrims since the sixteenth century.

Conca dei Marini, Italy

The renovation of Monastero Santa Rosa, a seventeenthth-century monastery, has resulted in a unique Amalfi boutique hotel steeped in history and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, this resort could be the perfect retreat for those who look for the perfect balance between solitude and luxury.

Vienna, Austria

Benediktushaus is an old monastery wonderfully located in the center of Vienna. According to the tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Scottish Abbey also runs a guesthouse. This bed-and-breakfast is embedded in the historical buildings complex of the Benedictine monastery. It was established in 1980 and extensively renovated over the last years. No TVs or radios and only five guestrooms guarantee that much neede peace.

Shojoshin-in Monastery, Japan

This large traditional Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest temples on Mount Koya (Koyasan). During a stay at Shojoshin-in monastery, the guest gets to see how monks in a monastery actually live, making it a once in a lifetime, unique experience. Breakfast ready at 5.30 am, vegan food served in your own private room,  late-night strolls to the mausoleum and meditation time at the temple provide a very authentic, serene experience.

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Post inspired by AFAR Magazine

We need this! Toubab Paris

16 Jul

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We love tiny delicate jewellery.  That is what we wear… if we wear any jewellery at all. But I have a thing for statement necklaces. I just can’t help it. I think they immediately dress up an outfit, make it look more polished, 0riginal and edgy. I love them.  Last week I discovered this brand, Toubab Paris, and I thought I had to include their work in this section because I really need one of its pieces. I really do. They look exotic… but they actually are hand-made in France. The designer, Maud Villaret, creates unusual pieces that bring together travel treasures, symbols, poetry and colour. And they are absolutely stunning. Don’t you think they would be the perfect accessory for your Summer looks?

They are launchig their on-line shop shoon. In the mean time check here their points of sale!

7 travel destinations for design lovers

15 Jul

 

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1. Barcelona

One name: Gaudí. His work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.

2. New York

One area: the meat packing district. Design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists’ residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses.

3. Berlin

One place: The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919–1933), one of the most influential schools of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.

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4. Paris

One sight: the futuristic skyscraper business district known as La Défense.  Plans have been approved for the Hermitage Towers — a project designed by British architect Norman Foster. When finished, these twin towers will be the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.

5. Marrakech

One garden:  Jardin Marjorelle. The garden is named after its creator, Jacques Majorelle, a French born artist who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 to continue his career as a painter. Majorelle died in 1962 and the gardens remained unkept, until 1980, when the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the property and restored it.

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6. Milan:

One museum: the Triennale Design Museum. Opened in 2007, this is the first museum of Italian design. It offers the visitor the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design through unedited points of view. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares.

7. Porto:

One river: at the mouth of the Douro River, the medieval city of Porto, Portugal, is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Old world icons, such as the baroque Torre dos Clérigos bell tower , contrast with contemporary buildings by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

This post was inspired by AFAR Magazine.

Loui & Jules, Grill boutique

14 Jul

Loui_et_Jules_7We first visited this restaurant because we wanted to try their burgers. And they were gooood. The tartufo burger wass superb. But that day we didn’t have our camera with us so we came back…
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Weekend style icons: We need your help!

11 Jul

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We’ve run out of weekend style icons!!! So we decided to ask for your help, as we did when we were looking for new make up gurus!! Do you know any fashionable blogger that hasn’t appeared in our WSI section? Someone that rocks the casual look? Are you a fashion blogger? Do you have an effortlessly cool weekend wardrobe? Do you want to be featured as our Weekend Style Icon? Leave your links on the comment section!

Thank you so much!!!

Happy weekend!!! We hope you have a great one!!!

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