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Art Deco, vintage, rich color and French chic. The right wallpaper can change the aspect of your home, quick restyle with extreme results. Enhancing femininity and self esteem. Today with the dress I am wearing a feel a little bit like this, I am ready to  dare a bit, without loosing glamour.

I am so happy of this purchase. a dress that without ruining your wallet, it makes a statement. Pimp it up with a cute necklace. a ring, a nice bracelet and you have an outfit perfect for every occasion, from a chic night out with a pair of stilettos to a cozy day with friends with a pair of biker boots. Plus, I maintained the promise to buy something a little bit more colorful for this winter,  at least now my closet is not anymore only black, grey, white tone!

 

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Pick a Color..November

Hello!

Back with the monthly agenda! Is it winter yet? I am starting to think Christmas, decorations and gift lists.. Here the streets are already illuminated by Xmas lights, but It is not weather yet for a white holiday!

What is my color of the month? Looking outside at the window today, November is for sure grey!

“Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative and is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white. Gray is a perfect neutral, which is why designers often use it as a background color.”

Here a selection of sweater I choose for you!

Iro Knit Jacket

Iro Knit Jacket

Paul & Joe Sister Sweater

Paul & Joe Sister Sweater

Selected Femme Maxi Cardigan

Selected Femme Maxi Cardigan

Stefanel Kimono Sweater

Stefanel Kimono Sweater

 

Focaccia experience

Weekend, beautiful day, lunch with friends, enjoying the September sun sitting around a table outside, talking about life, future, plans and catching up on small talks with friends, a perfect atmosphere to end the month and make us feel a bit closer to home, the “original” one , the one where we grew up and we miss when living abroad. That feeling that you know each other since kindergarden, the talking just looking at each other eyes, those feeling that getting older in a different country is not so easy to find anymore…

It is in times like this, with all the positive energies around, that I appreciate the real meaning of slow food. And to celebrate all this I prepared a focaccia, a simple rosemary focaccia. The Italian way.

What you need:

400 g white bread flour type 00

100 g fine ground semolina flour or extra white bread flour

sea salt

1 sachet dried yeast (even better if you can find a couple of grams of the fresh yeast

½ tablespoon sugar

300 ml water, lukewarm

extra virgin olive oil

rosemary

 

How to proceed:

Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and start to add the other ingredients, working the dough with your hands.  Make a ball, cover it with a dish towel and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to let it rise. What  would suggest, it is to turn on the oven at 50°, when it reaches temperature, switch it off, place the bowl with the dough in the oven and leave it there.

Once the dough has risen, place it on a baking tray with extra virgin olive oil and spread it out to cover the tray. Push down roughly on top of the dough. Sprinkle with rosemary leaves and bake it for about 20 minutes at 180° or until golden on top.

As an alternative to the rosemary and according to your taste, you can add cherry tomato or basil as a topping.

Unfortunately when I was preparing it I was bad enough not to take pictures, so I am adding a couple saved from the net.

Hope you enjoy!

Focaccia

Small gifts under 50 euro

September is almost finished, it went by so quickly!!  I had the occasion to celebrate several birthdays this month and, inspired by that, I put together a girly gift list which could give you some suggestions for a beautiful present to your girls, staying on a budget.

Fo the bestie:

Anna & Nina Love Cuff Brass

Anna & Nina Love Cuff Brass

For the ones whose birthday is at the end of the month, for the first chill:

POM Amsterdam Scarf

POM Amsterdam Scarf

For the trendy girls:

ASOS Camel Felt Hat

ASOS Camel Felt Hat

For the simple classic girl:

Mint and Pink Earrings

Mint and Pink Earrings

And to finish up a great gift for a Flamingo Lover:

Flamingo Coffemug

Flamingo Coffemug

Nursery

Eight months, a trip to Brazil and a baby later I am back in the bloggin’ world! The first part of the year was really busy and full of surprises and after this long unwanted break, I am ready to start posting again what it is going on with my life! Only two weeks ago I gave birth to our first child, Brian and we are totally in love with our baby boy. I’ve to admit that the preparation process and nursery decor in the first weeks of my maternity leave has been a fun experience.

We do not have much space available in our current home, so I organized the little “cluster” room we have in our rented apartment and it became Brian’s nursery . It was so exciting that I cannot image how it is gonna be furnishing and decorating the full house once we buy one! It makes me reconsider my career and make me want to became an interior design, but this is a different story ).

Again considering the limited space and the short time I had available, I decided to focused on small handmade pieces such as pillows, prints ecc, without dramatically revolutionize the room!

Here some pictures of the final result…

Owl and Starts mobile by LoveFelt XoXo

Owl and Starts mobile by LoveFelt XoXo

Wood giraffe and elephant by  Berkshirebowls

Wood giraffe and elephant by Berkshirebowls

Cloud Mobile by Leptitpapillon

Cloud Mobile by Leptitpapillon

Nursery shelf by Happy Home

Nursery shelf by Happy Home

Carpet by Pappelina

Carpet by Pappelina

Cloud Pillow by BoHelina   Fox Pillow  by ClaireyLouCreations

Cloud Pillow by BoHelina
Fox Pillow by ClaireyLouCreations

2014 Resolutions

Happy NEW YEAR beauties!!! Hope you had a wonderful entrance in 2014 and an awesome party night with family and friends!

We just arrived yesterday back home after a week of holidays and I am recharged and ready to start again my real 2014 life! When I woke up I through about my resolutions for this year, nothing really special, but If I commit, I think I can manage to realize what I am planning! GOOD LUCK everyone!

1.  Learn Dutch . After some basic studies, I def need to start speaking it for real!

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2. Go back to exercise .  Yoga and pilate classes that relax my body and soul

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3. Save Money. Every occasion is go to save some money and start to thing about my future and where I want to get in life

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4. Travel, go somewhere new

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5. Just be HAPPIER. Just enjoy being myself, have fun, laugh, be around people I love and just appreciate everything I am. BE HAPPY and people will see you under a different brighter light!

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And I promise I will start to commit to this blog and write regularly!

Now let’s enjoy the last day of holidays!!!

Bye bye )

 

 

 

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Happy Sunday!

Blue blue blue…lately I am crazy for this color and I am creating a full stock of clothing, underwear, shoes ..all blue, electric blue to be precise!

Here a little preview..

Warehouse Blue Dress with pockets

Warehouse Blue Dress with pockets

Bright Blue Blouse

Zara Bright Blue Blouse

River Island Shift Blue Dress

River Island Shift Blue Dre

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And what do you think? What’s your color of this season?

Lots of warm hugs everyone!

Hello hello!

Today I am soooooo tired, I really feel like staying in my sofa, with a warm blanket and do nothing. I didn’t cook today and I am trying to relax! Tomorrow after work I will have a long Dutch lessons that every Thursday makes me exhausted, sooner or later I will understand this language (hopefully) !

So, today is time for a Christmas wish list for the house .. everybody likes to arrive home in a little cozy space and decoration plays an important role on this.

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I am back! It will be a busy week, few weeks before Christmas and lots to do in the office, but we can’t forget to keep up with style )

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Necklace by Juliverse

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Friendship Bracelet from a small shop in Italy

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Italian leather Ankle Boots

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Rinascimento Wool Dress

Winter Decor

Happy colorful Monday everyone!

Usually the weekend of December 8th is by excellence THE december weekend to decor the house and prepare the Christmas tree. Back home I remember it as a moment to stay cozy at home with family and deciding which color and which ornaments to use, entering in the Christmas mood. This year I choose White and Silver ornaments, white reminds me of snow, chilly, clear weather, but also of a romantic, peaceful atmosphere, I am really happy with my decision! We will be away for the Christmas week, but I think it is nice to spend some time making the house a bit more warm, at least for a couple of weeks…

Let’s start the countdown!

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And lots of warm candles in pastel colors around the house..
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