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Christmas in Venice

20 Nov

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The days before Christmas are an excellent time to visit Venice. The city is almost empty, the cold and the mist give the canals a surreal atmosphere and the Christmas decorations are subtle and elegant. Venice is also a great shopping destination and there are lots of lovely boutiques where you can buy the most charming Christmas presents for your loved ones. Here you have our tips for an unforgettable Christmas getaway in Venice:

1. Savour a nice piece of tiramisù or a meringata at Melita (Castello 1000, Fondamenta Sant’Anna) and then walk the calories away in the lonely Giardini Publici. Go back to the city center through the Riva dei Sette Mártiri to enjoy the best views of the Venetian Lagoon. In the distance you will spot the Campanile and San Giorgo island playing hide and seek with the fog.

2. You will need a hat because the wind will freeze your ears! You can find the most beautiful (and fancy) hats in Longo (San Marco 4813, Calle del Lovo) or Daniele (San Polo 2235, Calle Scaleter).

3. Visit one of the fabric show rooms that still work according to Fortuny’s designs and methods: Tessuti artistici Fortuny (Giudeca 805, Fondamenta San Biagio) or Venetia Studium (San Marco 2403, Calle Larga XXII Marzo).

4. Look for antiques in the different hidden street markets. Campo San Maurizio, Campo Santa María Nova and Via Garibaldi host lovely antiques markets. This is how we got our beautiful Venetian mirrors!

5. Admire the Christmas lights in Piazza San Marco and along Rialto bridge. Don’t expect a Christmas extravaganza, just subtle twinkling light. Venice doesn’t need much to look festive.

6.Buy a pair of leather gloves. There are lots of nice shops where you can buy them but we would suggest Sermoneta (San Marco, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2400/a). Once your hands are warm and all dress up, go for an aperitivo and some tasty cicheti. Our favourite place is Al Marcà (San Polo 213, Campo Bella Vienna). You have to stay al fresco (but really fresco!) because the place is tiny. That’s why the gloves will come in handy!

7. Try to book tickets for La Fenice. It really doesn’t matter what you choose: opera, ballet o a concert. It will be mesmerazing. If you are planning a trip from 22.11 to 06.12 you can enjoy Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra or La Traviata. Verdi at La Fenice… cliché? Maybe, but it will be unforgettable. I would love to attend the show that Roberto Bolle and some soloists from the American Ballet Theater will be performing next 28th November!

8. Explore some of Venice’s secret gardens. Difficult to find but so mysterious and special. We will give you just one name: Giardino di Palazzo Soranzo Capello. The others… well, the experience is always better if you discovered them by chance!

9. Book a fancy dinner at Da Fiore (San Polo 2202a, Calle del Scaleter) or a more traditional lunch at Alla Madonna (San Polo 594, Calle della Madonna).

10. Admire Cartier’s windows. That’s a little tradition of our own.

Moodboard: Zurich

18 Nov

moodboard_zurich_1We have to confess that we’ve been listening to Christmas carols and tunes all weekend. And once we’ve heard All I want for Christmas is you, there’s no going back. For us, it’s already Christmas. In a few weeks we’ll be preparing our suitcases to visit our family for Chistmas because that’s what you do when you are an expat. But we secretly want to spent this Christmas in Zurich. Chocolate, Chistmas market and snow? What more can you ask for? Well, family and friends. That’s why we will be travelling to Spain ;) But a Christmas city break in Zurich… Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?

We need this! Hoss Intropia

12 Nov

h2We are struggling here. We don’t want to start talking about Christmas yet, but look what arrived to our mailbox today: The new collection of Hoss Intropia, perfect for a casual, relaxed but really fancy Christmas. Continue reading

Moodboard: Budapest

28 Oct

Moodboard_budapest_2This month we’ve been terribly busy and we are exhausted. The mere thought of continuing this crazy schedule of work, courses and events during November makes us tremble with fear. To top it all of, we have to suffer works at home. Oh life’s good… So what do we do when everything seems too much? Daydream about new destinations!
moodboard_budapest_1This year Budapest has been discreetly climbing to the top of our bucket list. We already talked about it in February (click!) but lately it has been more present in our conversations about new destinations. And with Christmas season around the corner we can’t help but picturing how beautiful the city would be. For us, Eastern Europe is a complete mystery, so could Budapest be the door to our eastern neighbour countries?

Have you ever been to Budapest? Any tips or recommendations?

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec

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Merry Christmas! We hope you are enjoying the holidays with your family and friends! That’s what we are doing and planning to do in the following days, so we have decided to take a little break from blogging. Anyway, we will keep you updated on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love from our family to yours! We wish you the best of times surrounded by your loved ones.

PS: see you next week! And remember that you can get a 5% off in the most fantastic pieces of the AB jewelery line until Monday with the code TSP2013!

Image via Julep

In my suitcase: Holiday make up

20 Dec

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Tomorrow we are flying back home for Christmas and we couldn’t be more excited. Our suitcases are almost finished, the only thing that we haven’t prepared is our make up bag. Here you have some products that we are taking with us… and some others that we wish we could add last minute to look our best this Christmas:

1. Adult Content Blush Palette by NARS. This is a limited edition with the four iconic NARS blush and highlighting blush shades. I’m hoping to get hold of it in Spain, since they don’t sell NARS products here.
2. Le Teint Touche Èclat: my favourite foundation to achieve glowing skin.
3. No 7 Skin Illuminator Fluid: perfect to add that extra yet subtle glow without being too shimmery.
4. Ombres Matelassées: limited edition eyeshadow palette by Chanel with the most beautiful colours to get several effects, from the glamourous shimmer to the matte finish. This is what I’ll be looking for at the duty free tomorrow!
5. The Porefessional by Benefit. I use it every day. With or without make up. It’s just genius!
6. After school boy blazer by Essie. I love this nail polish brand. The quality is amazing and the colours are beautiful. This one is my new obsession.
7. The new Naked palette by Urban Decay. Who doesn’t want it? This edition is perfect for rosie young looks.
8. Helthy Mix Serum by Bourjois. This foundation will resist all the festivities with a great finish and moisturise my skin while doing so.
9. My favourite eyeliner ever. The Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner. The easiest way to achieve the perfect cat eye. And it really is long-lasting. I promise.
10. Recently I posted a great holiday makeup tutorial on our Facebook. The star of it was this intense gold eyeshadow.
11. I want my skin to glow, but not to shine. That is why I treasure my Mineral Veil by Bare Minerals. It gives my skin a velvety touch.
12. There is no Christmas without a beautiful fancy lipstick. The new Diorific collection has great strong shades. DIVA is my favourite
13. Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier to conceal imperfections. Fantastic for sensitive skin.
14. Even though I’ve been more adventorous lately, I always go for classic red nail polish when I have any event, party or celebration. Opi has great red shades.
15. My mom gave me this mascara for my birthday and I love it. It really gives you super long and full eyelashes. I’ve been using it non-stop since October.
16. I’ve never used a bronzer even though I’m really pale and my face is super round. It’s about time, right? I will try to contour my face with this classic by Bourjois.

Lots of products, I know. Do you understand why our beauty bag is always the heaviest item of our suitcase?

Happy weekend!

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Xmas series: what kids want

19 Dec

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Today we share with you the last chapter of this year’s gift guide. And it’s dedicated to the little ones. We’ve put together a few items that would be great for kids… and for us too. I mean: how amazing are the Superman pyjamas and the baking kit?

1. This kit would be perfect for little bakers. It has all you need to make cookies even more delicious.

2. I used to love Walkie Talkies when I was a kid. These ones are super cool, right? Perfect for adventures in the garden!

3. Pyjamas with super powers to fight nightmares.

4. These personalised hairbrushes are a very special gift that kids will treasure when they grow up. The brush quality is a mixture of pure boar bristle and nylon or pure bristle. The pure bristle is perfect as a first hairbrush or for children with very fine hair.

5. Warm koala slipper boots for those tiny feet.

6. A Barbie. A ballerina Barbie, to be exact. Barbie is not the best role model, I know. But almost every little girl wants a pink Barbie who dances. Pink + Barbie + ballerina. That is everything.

PS: TSP gift guides for girls, gentlemen and couples.

Xmas series: DIY table decor and settings

17 Dec


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Today we want to share with you some easy ideas to decorate your table or any corner of your home this Christmas.
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Hotel Matthiol, Zermatt

12 Dec

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When I saw this picture on Pinnterest a couple of weeks ago I almost cry. That is exactly the place I dream about in Christmas! A wooden chalet with inviting lights in the middle of the mountains. Isn’t it picture perfect?
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The Christmas market

11 Dec

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I love Christmas!!! I adore it!! That’s why, for me, the first day we visit the Christmas market in Bremen is one of the happiest days of the year. It’s so beautiful!!! The little shops, the hot chocolate, the lights, the music, the people all happy and… well, drunk, but happy! So I thought I have to share with you some pictures of our first visit to the Christmas market. I hope you like it!
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