If you are a beauty addict I’m sure you’ve recognized this picture. Yes, it’s the beauty look from D&G’s last show. The makeup was flawless and exactly my favorite kind of beauty look. Juicy yet matte red lips and a good old elegant black cat eye. When I’m not slapping neutral shades all over my face, this is what I like to wear. But red lipstick is tricky. Oh yes. And I’m not talking about which shade suits you better (that problem has an easy solution: ask the girl in the counter). I’m talking about those tiny lines around your lips that insist on ruining your otherwise sophisticated and perfect bold lisptick. Those lines that your red lipstick decides to follow in an attempt to make you look like a granny. If you have 20 years you probably haven’t heard of them (unless you smoke) but beware! They are coming your way. Oh yes. I’ve been using antiageing creams since the day I turned 20, I haven’t smoked a cigarette in my whole life, I drink plenty of water and eat veggies like a maniac vegetarian. But still, they are there. Defiant.
Hello! We hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter! We are still on mini vacation and we are trying to make the most of it. Besides, on Friday we head to Berlin for The Hive Conference so this week looks pretty good! And nothing better to start the week than an old school chocolate mousse. Well, this chocolate mousse will actually improve any week, month or year. It’s pure pleasure. Creamy happiness. Airy delight. This is a real show stopper and it’s my dessert of choice if I want to make a good impression. If you follow every step you will find that it’s actually very easy to prepare.
Our first visit to Stockholm was almost perfect. I guess that the brilliant sun that shined during the whole weekend helped us seeing the city through joyful glasses. We didn’t visit all the museums, we missed a few sights and we took it extremely easy, so this is not a post about the things you must do or the places you shouldn’t miss. This is just what we loved. If you enjoy slow paced weekends, eating a lot when travelling and staring speechless in front of a beautiful sunset, then keep reading…
When we like something we stick with it. Fashionwise that can look quite boring, but we like to think that we are consistent and in tune with our lifestyle. That’s why our favorite brands appear repeatedly on this blog. We are loyal. But how not to when they show us again and again exactly what we want to wear? They seem to get us. We want wearable, discreet, polished but casual and almost monochrome. Sézane has recently presented their Spring collection and we’ve fallen for their delicate shirts, clean lines and amazing sandals. We even love a pair of golden shorts, that even if quite daring, seem like a posible statement for warmer nights. Continue reading
Another palette? Yes, but this is different. Lancôme Absolu Nude Palette is the ultimate travel palette. It’s supposed to have everything you need for a no-makeup makeup in small sizes and with a compact packaging, therefore Lancôme claims it is perfect for travelling. So when two of my passions collide, beauty and travel, I have to see what comes out of it. The palette covers almost everything you need: you can conceal and highlight, you can choose from eight different eyeshadow that go from neutrals to black, you can groom your brows and you have two lip products to choose. But let’s see if it really is everything you need when travelling…
The book of the Hemsley sisters is still going strong in our kitchen. We have tried several recipes (on the blog here and here) and we continue to discover new fantastic flavours and healthy options. This recipe is a simple take on chicken curry. Not at all complicated, very juicy and a tad spicy. You can serve it with cauliflower rice or brown rice. Either way, you will have a nice balanced natural meal.
This is going to be a long post, we warn you. Grab a drink and discover with us this fantastic hotel in the center of Stockholm. We will show you its relaxed atmosphere, some pictures of the incredible food they serve in the restaurant and, of course, expect plenty of rambling about the breakfast buffet.
Every year in May we head to the beach. A couple of years ago we spent the most wonderful time at Belavista Hotel in Algarve and last year we escaped to Ibiza and Formentera for a couple of weeks of pure relax. So at the moment we are planning this year’s beach getaway. The thing is that around this time of the year our muscles need sun, our skin needs a little bit of salt and our toes need sand. We long for the sound of the seagulls and the smell of coconut lotion mixed with the sea breeze. We basically need to fast forward to Summer. So what are we doing lately to keep up with this beachy anxiety? Look for flights and nice sandals.
You know we are all about basics and naturals. While browsing Reef’s website we’ve found some really nice numbers that are just right up our alley. We look for something nice, relaxed and comfortable. Just as Summers should be. And we’ve put together a selection for you (and for us):
1, 2, & 3 are the updated version of the old time classic flip flop. Adding a Missoni-esque strip, a tad of leo print and a lovely bright braid you’ll get a much nicer yet still simple sandal that paired with denim shorts and a white tee will give you the perfect nonchalant beachy look. Can you picture it? I’m sure you are getting the good vibrations…
5 is an unexpected Celine alike pair of sandals that combined with a black cotton dress will help you achieve a minimalist modern look.
Finally, 7 & 8 are the cutest shoes for those morning walks to the market, day trips or casual light dinners al fresco. Denim dresses are going to be the big hit of this Summer and both these options would be their perfect couple.
So now we still have to decide our destination. We are thinking Greek islands… Any recommendations?
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A few years ago we spent a couple of wonderful weeks in Greece. We stayed in Athens, we visited a tiny inland village, attended a wedding and then we headed to Mykonos for a few days. It was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. The kind of experience we will cherish forever. Since then we’ve always wanted to go back to Greece. Now we happen to have a direct flight to Crete and, well, it seems like the best opportunity to get to know the largest island in Greece.
The cultural heritage, the landscapes, the architecture, the food and the warm Greek hospitality make Crete a very tempting destination. The only problem I see is that there’s so much to do that we will need at least a couple of weeks to explore the island and unfortunately we don’t have that much time. But we we would love to see the Venetian houses in Chania, hike the White Mountains, spend a few days enjoying the Mediterranean Sea, visit the Palace of Knossos and experience a beautiful sunset while dining in a traditional caique. Sigh!
Anyone out there dreaming about Crete too?
We don’t want to be that kind of people who visit a place for the first time and immediately become experts. Nop. That’s not us. But in our very first visit to Stockholm we ate the best meatballs that the city has to offer. We are not exaggerating, we really found the best meatballs. After researching for a while, reading some guides and browsing Twitter (that’s today’s scientific research) we discovered this small place where we realized that IKEA has been fooling us this whole time. Those things you eat when you spend your Saturday buying unnecessary kitchen accessories and cool napkins are not Swedish meatballs.