Shopping at Gnomo Lifestyle store in Valencia

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If you're looking for a gift store to shop for the home front during your city trip to Valencia, lifestyle store, Gnomo is the place to be. Gnomo is located in Calle Cuba 32 in neighbourhood Ruzafa. Besides being a great shopping address, it is also worth a visit because of its extraordinary interior design that can be credited to the interior design creative consultancy Masquespacio. Gnomo has an eighties vibe to its interior design. Clean white walls and a smooth granite floor are … [Read more...]

A Historical Journey of Flavours at Restaurant Sucede in Valencia

Restaurant Sucede Valencia

While staying at the Caro Hotel in Valencia, I also had dinner at their fine dining restaurant: Sucede. Dinner at Sucede guarantees a historical journey of flavours and ingredients. I had the Valencian sample menu that takes you on a journey through the different decades of the city with its different cultural influences. The small appetizer-size dishes take you from the Roman occupation, to the Arabic influences and ending with the Christian Spanish era. But not only the flavours transport you … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Caro Hotel in Valencia

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During my city trip to Valencia, I stayed in a very distinctive design hotel: the Caro Hotel. This monumental hotel is located right in the historical center, a stone throw away from the Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica. Interior designer Francesc Rifé has cleverly integrated the historical details and elements of the monument, with 21st century design and furniture, making it an interesting juxtaposition of heritage and present. Contemporary clean, geometric lines are merged with the … [Read more...]

Winter Escape to Valencia: where to go, sleep, and eat

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Fleeing the Dutch winter and cold doesn't require a long flight, or even crossing the ocean. Last week I escaped to the south of Europe, to Valencia to be exact. The city is located on the east coast of Spain and has very moderate temperatures, with over 200 days of sunshine per year. With temperatures of 15-20ºC in February, Valencia is the ultimate winter escape and city trip to embark on in low season. Valencia has it all:  a long-stretched beach, beautiful architecture and culture, tranquil … [Read more...]

Chic Party Ware

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I'm always in for hosting a party. Whether it is a cocktail party, wine and cheese evening, or Valentine's day, it all starts with deciding on the decorations, tablesetting and party ware. That's why I love the partyware from Harlow and Grey. Disposable plates and cups have never been more glamorous and chic. It's almost hard to believe that they are disposable. Gold accents, art deco style plates, marbelized cake plates and salmon pink hexagons are just a few examples of their super stylish … [Read more...]

Ibride wannahaves

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Through the years I have blogged about Ibride multiple times (see here and here). I just love each and every collection they bring out. At the Maison et Objet home decor fair, I was yet again in awe of their latest collection. The new collection consists of gorgeous, whimsical table ware design, and romantic floral tray tables and accent pillows. The Yuan Parnasse line is designed by Benoît Convers and illustrated by Rachel Convers, the plates and bowls are reminiscent of the Roman era. And just … [Read more...]

Beauty essential: Royal Fern anti-aging cream

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Today I would like to share a detail of my beauty regimen; my Royal Fern anti-aging cream. I'm often complimented about my almost wrinkle-less face and therefore younger appearance. People also want to know my secret. I think it's 70% genetic. The other 30% has to do with nutrition, healthy living, and using the right products. I drink a lot of tea, I never smoked, I don't drink alcohol -only occasionally-, and I try to eat healthy. In addition I also use qualitative beauty and skin products. … [Read more...]