cool places : the ranch at live oak malibu

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the Ranch is the ultimate escape back to nature, complete with interiors to calm the most restful soul, organic farm and kitchen to appeal to the inner foodie in us all and an exercise pavilion that will have you feeling muscles that you never knew you had. Nice!

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12hrs city guides

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I discovered this “off the beaten paths” travel guides, filled with secret insiders tips about great spots, funky restaurants and design heaven.  Cool and super practical, check it out!

Barcelona

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Paris

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Portland

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London

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San Francisco

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happy (moroccan) friday

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Happy Friday from Marrakesh, I am so happy to be here (for the first time)! We arrived yesterday morning and already wandered around the small streets of the Medina on treasure hunt (can’t believe how beautiful everything is, too bad I have a small suitcase and traveling on Easyjet…). You can follow my Moroccan weekend on Instagram!

(image above via l’hôtel les deux tours)

2 other things that made me happy this week:

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The great Christopher Makos “altered images” exhibition at 10 corso como

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the best tiramisu at Nobile

Happy weekend!

xo

cool places : casas na areia in portugal

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What started as a project for a weekend house ended in a beautiful small hotel.In order to recover the «soul» of the pre-existent constructions and respecting the local traditions, four separate houses were built: two of wood and reeds, and the other two in white concrete, all with thatched roofs. Casas na Areia is only one hour south from Lisbon in a region called Comporta, known for the beautiful sandy beaches, tasty food and great wine…

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iced cucumber coconut soup

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This is a great light summer soup I made last week…

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Iced cucumber coconut soup

You will need

3 medium cucumber

1 pack of coconut milk

1 dl olive oil

curry powder, salt and pepper to taste

Peel the cucumber, throw the skin into boiling salted water for 3 minutes, remove and cool in iced water, place into the fridge (we’ll mix these into the soup to give it a great green color).

Cut the peeled cucumber into chunks, put these into a pan with the coconut milk and the olive oil, bring to boil and let it cook for 7 minutes, remove and let cool for 15 minutes.

Put the cucumber mix, the skin, curry powder and salt into a blender until you get a smooth texture. Filter the soup (to get it super smooth), rectify the seasoning and blend again. Place into the freezer for 45 minutes and serve immediately.

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cool flats

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love wearing heels but the fact that I’m already super tall and living in a country where the average height is about 1 1/2 head shorter than me kind of pushes me to wear flats most of the time (and also because I travel quite a lot and running to catch a train/plane on 15cm heels isn’t so practical). Flats are prefect and here are some great examples of how to wear them…

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all pictures via glamour mexico

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ideas to dress up your sofa

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I recently changed the configuration of my living room adding and removing a couple of decoration items and moving my sofa around. It is unbelievable how a couple of simple changes can completely change a room. Here are some great ideas to style up your sofa/living room:

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happy friday

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Good morning and happy Friday! I truly enjoyed my week in Switzerland (although the weather really sucked – 13c and raining), it was wonderful to spend time with my family, especially my grandma and my brother who were staying with us as well. We laughed a lot and it felt like a mini-holiday…

On Thursday, I’ll fly to Marrakesh with my (business) partner in crime so most of my weekend will be dedicated to read about the city to spot the cool places and nicest hamam places…

The nicest new restaurant discovery… in Alassio, Liguria

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Cool sandals from &Other Stories… on sale!

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Italian classic: risotto alla Milanese 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

xo