I am utterly in love with these bold and beautiful prints by Inaluxe.While searching for artwork for our new home, I discovered the work of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd – the masterminds behind Inaluxe- and I just can’t pick a favorite. The geometric shapes, the bold colors…I feel like a little girl in a candy store! One thing that that’s for sure – next time I feature pictures of my home, you will spy some Inaluxe prints! Happy Thursday, friends
PS: More artwork that ended in my house…
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When I find blogs I love I go in stalker mode, as in wont-go-to-bed-until-I-have-read-their-entire-archives kinda mode. Do you do that too? Today, I wanted to share 5 blogs that I a completely obsessed with that aren’t yet on my blog love page (check it out too, some more amazing bloggers on there!). The five bloggers that I am about to share constantly blow my mind, they make me laugh and cry and think different and fill my eyes with beauty. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do.
PS: Talking about eyes filled with beauty, make sure to enter my giveaway with fashion designer Carolina Benoit – today’s the last day!
Well hello sweet tooth of mine, you’ve been served. Every time I go to La Receta de La Felicad (The recipe for happiness, in Spanish), I just want to lick my screen. Pure whimsy in the kitchen! This rainbow cake has got to be one of my favorites. Between the fun recipes (that come in Spanish and English) and the beautiful photography, it’s one of my favorite cooking website to visit. Disclaimer: I shall not be held responsible for any weight your put on after visiting this site if you shall decide (and you will) to make any of these recipes
Kelle’s blog is hardly a new blog to me, but when I realized it wasn’t in my blog love list, I just HAD to let you know about it. Enjoying the small things is actually the first blog I really got into (read here above mentioned crazy-sleepless-nights-stalking-her-blog-until-my-eyes-cant-no-more). I ‘ve been following her and her little family after the birth of her daughter Nella (which you MUST read here), and Kelle feels like an old friend. Well. Except that she has no clue who I am. Tiny little details. ANYHOW, Kelle is an amazing writer, she has the most beautiful soul and is so down-to-earth and honest. When I have a bad day I always go to her blog, she just has this way of putting things back in perspective and showing you the beauty that’s around. I never leave her blog without having laughed or cried with her…usually both. Her stories have rocked my little world, making me look at the world in a whole new different way.
A gal that like rompers has much as I do?! Hello, my romper-soumate. I just can’t stay away from Sarah’s blog, A House in the Hills. I love her sense of fashion…because, let’s be honest here, if we both love rompers, that’s pretty much where the comparison stops – she wears hers with so much style! Her blog is the perfect balance of all the things that I love reading about: food, interior design, fashion and travels. Her photography is always so beautiful and inspiring.
So I’ll just admit it off the bat, I have a huge girl crush on Katie. She’s this gorgeous redhead woman with the most beautiful family, the photography she shares on her blog is nothing short of amazing (oh the colors!) and I just love her sense of style – just check out her daughter’s first birthday party, I mean, hello gorgeousness!? Oh, and she’s a painter too. When I grow up I want to be Katie.
I met Anna during the ATL conference in Salt Lake City last January, and the minute I checked out her blog I was hooked. Anna is a no B.S. kinda girl with the biggest willpower I’ve ever seen. I mean, the girl paid off close to $20,000 in debt in ONE year, just because she decided she should and could. On her blog And then we Saved, Anna gives great advice to take your life back in control – financially of course, but also all kinds of advice to live more awesomely with less.
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Happy fFriday, friends! Any fun plans this weekend? The girls are starting school next week, and I’ve also been looking at ideas to organize my new “office” – read here closet in the back of the house. Even though our new house is much bigger than our New York apartment, we don’t really have a good spot for an office, so I’ll have be creative to make myself little nook that feels inspiring. Here are some fun little projects I found that are great to keep your office pretty and organized.
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While we were in France at my parents last month, I made this little tree swing for the girls. Originally I wasn’t planning on showing it to you guys, but my dad complimented me on it - and if you know my dad, you know that compliments don’t come around that often. So I thought, maybe a few of you might like to see it to?
Madeline wants to go on swing non-stop, but my parents got rid of the swing set we had when we were little a long time ago. So I rounded up some wood, rope and paint and surprised her. You should have seen the look on her face – she squealed and ran to it when she saw it under the walnut tree!
I made it wider than usual swings cause I wanted to be able to pile up a few of the cousins together on it for some fun. And that’s exactly what we did How cute are these guys sitting together, really?! Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the supplies that I used, but I’ll try to give you a list and describe the steps as well as possible.
What you need
- Piece of wood (a bit less than foot long, 3.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick)
- Sisal rope (10 feet or so, depending on how high your branch is)
- Drill and drill bit slightly larger than your rope
- Sanding paper
- Laquer paint
What you do
1. Drill two holes on each end of the piece of wood. Sand the wood afterwards to remove chips and prepare the wood for painting.
2. Paint the wood with the color/pattern you fancy. Make sure it dries well before setting up the swing (I’d give it 24 hours)
3. Cut the rope into two pieces.
4. Prepare an area where you can hang and paint the ropes (above a tree etc). Dip then end of each rope in your first colors of paint – about 1 foot for each piece. When it stops dripping paint, add the second color along the 1 foot about that, so you have about 1.5 foot to 2 feet of paint on your rope.
5. Gradually blend the two colors together until you get the amount of ombre you’d like.Hang the ropes to dry.
6. When the wood and ropes have dried up, tie up the rope to the piece of wood using a hangmans knot – here is the good video to learn how to if you don’t know. Cut any extra rope.
7. Attach the swing to your branch using more hangmans knots – or even better, set up some hooks in the branch to attach the rope.
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Bwahaha I told you I was coming back….and what best to get back in the swing of things than an amazing giveaway?!
Today I’m teaming up with Carolina Benoit, a Miami fashion designer, to give you an $150 gift certificate to shop shop shop until you drop on her website. Carolina just released her new fall collection – and it’s simply breathtaking. Each piece is filled with whimsy and romance, just see for yourself.
I am absolutely loving all of the neutral and soft pink hues, and I just can’t choose a favorite – my heart is beating fast for the popcorn silk blouse. And the rosette gown. And…Alright alright, be still my heart.
The other reason why I am a such big fan of Carolina’s work is that every piece in her collection is crafted with great care locally in Florida. Now, that’s not something you see a lot in the world of fashion these days. Carolina is quite an amazing woman really, and I am in awe of the passion, dedication and care she puts into creating such beautiful, unique pieces.
Credits: Photography by Vlopz Photography , model Lauren Arboleda & make-up by Adel Berman
So, ready to enter?
Below are 5 (super easy) ways you can enter and win this $150 gift certificate to add some lovely Carolina Benoit pieces to your closet. You can choose to do one only or do them all. What are you waiting for, today might be your lucky day?! Make sure to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! This giveaway is open to people worldwide.
Psssst….even if you don’t win this giveaway, Carolina is currently taking pre-orders for her new collection with up to 50% discount (depending on the item) for pre-orders placed before September 20. Hurry hurry!
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While I am getting back in the swing of things -thanks to all the people who sent me kind notes about the move!-, I wanted to share a few pics from the little trip to Paris I took a few weeks back….because, let’s face it,pictures of Paris are much more f un than pictures of unpacked boxes and mess everywhere
My best friend Soazic (pic above) is moving to Africa this fall, so while in France I decided to take a little trip to Paris on my own to visit her so we could get into a shenanigan or two. My golden mom took care of the girls, and it was so fun to stroll around Paris completely carefree.
We hit none of one of the busy touristy place- instead we wandered around little streets of Montmartre in the early morning (always my favorite), went to the gigantic parc of Buttes Chaumont and had a drink at the lovely cafe Rosa Bonheur, stopped by Paris Plage along the banks of the river. Oh, and of course we had way too much good food along the way.
I saw Paris in a way that I had rarely seen it in the past – relaxed, slow-paced and gorgeous under the warm summer sun. My very favorite thing was probably spending the evening by the river Seine with my friend, having a few glasses of rose and tapas while making friends with our neighbors as the sun set over the bridge. It felt like a bit of dream, if you ask me.
Have any of you been to Paris? Or are you dreaming of going? What’s your favorite thing to do in Paris?
Photo credits: All pictures by Audrey Smit, except for the two pictures of me, by Soazic Gardais.
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Hi friends, miss me yet? Sorry I didn’t blog at all last week, we moved to the Bay area (Berkeley) last Monday, after a month spent in Europe visiting family. This past week can be summed up as this: a gazillion boxes we have to unpack, and two oh-so-adorable-but-super-jet-lagged little girls needing a lot of attention. Needless to say I haven’t even been near my computer much, aside from looking at inspiration for our new home.
We didn’t bring much from our apartment in New York and need quite a bit of furniture. While browsing for inspiring homes I came across this lovely Swedish cottage. Hubby and I love the chairs in the first pictures, and we’re thinking about getting some like these.
And I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind one of these malted milkshakes. Because let’s be honest here, this week hasn’t exactly been a culinary highlight – pasta, pasta and well….more pasta.About time I unpack the rest of my kitchen stuff, don’t you agree?!
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This summer is going by way too fast – we’re just spent a week in Denmark to visit hubby’s family, and we’re only 3 days away from our move to San Francisco. THREE DAYS! Might as well be lightyears away, because even though I am super excited about our move, right now I don’t even want to think about all of the boxes I’ll have to unpack. All I want is more ice cream, late dinners al fresco and huge water fights.
I’ll share some pictures from our week in Denmark soon, but today I just wanted to find these cute little DIYs to celebrate summer in pink. Happy Friday, friends!
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Before we move to the Bay area on Monday, I have to share some of my favorite places from where I live in NYC – Downtown Manhattan. Somehow I already miss it a bit, this neighborhood that I called home for 3 years When people visit New York City, they usually don’t spend much time in the Downtown area, apart from zooming through to the Statue of Liberty, visiting Ground Zero and stopping by Wall Street. I know that downtown might at first sight lack the charm of other neighborhoods in Manhattan, but if you look just a bit better, you’ll find some really unique things. Here are my very favorite places:
EAT HERE – Los Americanos in Tribeca: I discovered Los Americanos completely randomly, needing a place to cool off with the girls after a doctor’s appointment a couple weeks before we left New York. It’s funny how often we spend hours looking for the perfect place to have dinner, only to be disappointed, and then little gems like Los Americanos just pop up out of nowhere. Hubby and I loved it so much that we decided to have going away drinks with our friends there, and it didn’t disappoint. We closed the place The drinks were amazing, the food is a great mix of South American cuisine, but with a very authentic feel to it, and the retro decor made me feel like I was in Buenos Aires. Address: 305 Church street, NY, NY 10013
PLAY HERE: Teardrop park in Battery Park City. The best kept secret of downtown Manhattan if you have little ones. Teardrop is our urban oasis, our salvation on the many NYC hot hot hot summer days. This little park is nested between Battery Park high rises and surrounded by tons of trees. When we go there it’s like we’re escaping the city – it’s all water, rocks, sand….and the longest slide you’ll ever see! The girls could spend hours playing there, and as parents, it’s probably the only park we’re I can happily stay without feeling like I am putting in “park like” hours for the girls. It’s relaxing and fun.
HAVE A DRINK – Stone Street in the Financial District: sometimes I like to think about Stone Street as the original Little Street. I made so many memories there, out with only hubby or with friends, and going there always make me smile. It’s probably the street of NYC that I love the most, probably because it reminds me of Europe quite a bit. It’s one small street, but don’t let it fool you, there’s a great restaurant of almost every type of food you might be looking for – Mexican, Swedish, a great pub with the best brunch buffet on Sunday morning, coffee and pastries, brick-oven pizzas. No traffic allowed on Stone Street, and as soon as the nice weather arrives, all of the restaurants set up tables in the middle of the street for this never-ending-beer-fest kinda atmosphere.
SHOP HERE – New Amsterdam Market in South Street Seaport. I hadn’t gone back to South Street Seaport since Hurricane Sandy hit NYC last fall, and it was so sad for me to see almost all of the shops down there still closed up. But people haven’t given up on making Seaport what it used to be, and recently the New Amsterdam market opened up again, on the last Sunday of every month (rather than weekly as it used to be before the hurricane). You don’t want to miss it! There you’ll find great produce, the freshest and most unique breads and pies, and loads of yummy food to eat on the spot. It’s like no other market in NYC, and it makes it worth hanging out in Downtown Manhattan!
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I am not a girl to wear a lot of jewelry, but when I love a piece, I’ll wear it ‘til death do us part. And when I discovered the handmade jewelry by Son of a Sailor a year ago, I knew right away that I’d be visiting their shop over and over again..and again. They charmed me with simple lines, plenty of bright colors, all of the natural materials that they use – wood, leather, etc- and the nautical references. Their jewelry and other gifts have such a genuine feel to them, because I think that Jessica and Billy of Son of a Sailor are such genuine people themselves.
And Right now, they are offering some exclusive designs through their Indiegogo campaign in order to raise up some money so that they can attend a big tradeshow that will hopefully help them grow their business further. They are almost 1/2 way through their goal, and need a bit more help to raise the rest. Maybe you want to snag a little something beautiful while helping these awesome people? I myself snagged the beautiful Luna set below! Also, check out their videos to learn a bit more about what they do and why they love what they do