Spoons with chocolate

Today the inspiration came from the Valentine’s day. Everybody are looking for gift ideas, but you can surprise with a simple and original idea, putting some personal touch. Women in general like and have more ability in crafts and here has some great and nice suggestions. And for the men  please listen me (  maybe you arrived here  helped by Google 😀 ),  you that waited for the last minute and just searched “Valentines gift ideas” hã?. Ok ok, no problem, so choose an idea and surprise your love 😀

watercolor card to valentine day

valentines surprise ideia ballons hanging pictures

 Valentines gift ideas guide

Flowers are always a classic but it can be a surprise if it comes wrapped in a paper with photo prints or some written by hand. And if your love has some chubby soul (I don´t know someone like this). How about give the flowers with a lot of chocolate? Balloons are also a great tip! It can be shaped by words or with hung pictures! And if she is an instagram girl she will love even more! Because she’ll be able to take a lot of trendy photos with balloons (also I don’t know anyone like that too)! but be prepared to be an instagram boy-friend 🙂 Liked it? So run! There’s still time to work on this. And I’ll leave this post open on the computer screen, with no intention of course, until my husband arrived. Oh the chocolate …

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natural coconut bowls with acai

OMG! Instagram and Pinterest are the temptations of today, at least for visual people like me and you. We spend hours admiring so beautiful and inspirational images. But sometimes we just stop. STOP, no way! What is this? Silence moment! This happened with me when I sow those amazing bowls pictures, real edible art! California fever since 2016, the coconut bowls became famous with Amazebowls, but here in Portugal I didn´t see nothing similar, Brasil neither. Only the açaí bowls, but this ones are different.  The recipe is simple, actually because don´t have recipe, since you fallow some essencial rules like, get a natural coconut and use ingredients varied in color and some creamy base. If you are in a healthier vibe (congratulations  you can abuse the yogurts, açaís, seasonal fruits, granolas and cereals. If you are a chubby soul as me you can put a good ice cream, marshmallows, chunks of chocolate and strawberries to give a color and a relief on your conscience. Speaking of color, edible flowers also give that special touch. But P-L-E-A-S-E make sure that they really are edible. After this is just enjoy and delight, but not without take a picture before, shure 🙂

But if the weather’s is getting colder and winter coming, how about using coconut husk to serve a soup, or even a moroccan or thai recipe? Super will match! In fact I’m super addicted to Thai food, but this is an idea to another post 😉

But Juuuuuuuuules I neeeed a recipe to follow!!! Ok, so I separated this cool video of the Blogilates channel, but I have to say that there’s no chocolate or nutella. But still beautiful and tasty 🙂

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pink cushion with handmade work

In January 2018 happened in Paris another edition of Maison & Obejet, a home decoration fair which happens twice a year in the city of lights and brings together more than 3,000 exhibitors of furniture, textilesdecorative items and accessories for the home. The event always brings many news and trends, and serves as a reference for designers, architects and artists. My first experience with the fair was in 2015, when I visited the event to make a trends research and get inspiration for creating new prints for the Trevisan Concept. At the time my mood board was filled with images of circus, birds and black and white, which resulted in various collections. I’ve already talked about the Circus Collection here.

For being a big fair, the Maison presenting many styles and trends, but I selected what touched the heart and what was really lovely lovely!

 

Handmade, natural materials and nude colors

With the trend of Scandinavian design in high decoration, natural materials such as wool, untreated wood and plants have gained strength in home decoration trends. Handmade pieces and with predominantly nude palette, are in and appeared a lot at the Maison & Objet 2018. As a not minimalist person, I like to mix those pieces of natural materials with other styles and colors. I think that gives more life, and emphasizes even more the adorner.

pendant made of wool and cristals

Different and creative crockery

It’s not from today that the crockery and porcelain are more fun and colorful. The format still remember the classic crockery sets from Grandma (that I love), but with creative and modern designs. White with gold is a strong trend. As like mix colors and shapes and serve all in the same tray are to.

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vestido de tule rosa antigo

So obsessed with these photos! And for these dresses! Created by designers Silvia Chiteala and Laura Cazacu, Chatronette is a brand based in Romania, that makes beautiful dresses, different, creative, with lots of embroidery, flowers, tulle and colors. Frida Kahlo and art nouveau are just some of the many inspirations of the designers. With an amazing art direction, the pictures have a concept inspired by Sophia Coppola, Tim Burton and Frida Kahlo, and are filled with dream, magic and surrealism.

“We create these imaginary worlds, because the world needs stories and see ourselves as Visual storytellers.” – they say.

vestido de tule azul com bordado

editorial de moda romântico

I love everything in this picture, the color palette, the gradients, the scenery, the balloons … But I would really like to see the size of the bench that is underneath the dress model. 🙂

Editorial de moda com vestido de tule com degrade

vestido de tule azul da marca chotronette com degradê

Click below to see more pictures and amazing videos of some making-offs < 3

rustic restaurant with charming decoration

With these days of sunshine and dry weather that Portugal provides in mid-winter (love you Portugal by the way), I want to be on the street, walking, feel the scent of the sea and of wood-fired coming out of the houses. And it was on a lovely day like this I discovered the House Of Wonders, a charming and colorful vegan Bistro in Cascais. Outside´s bistro thas already called attention, with wooden benchs, patina and many flowers on top. But upon entering is that shows the real charm. The furniture is rustic and all mixed together, the accumulation of melted wax of the candles, and unique objects that seem to tell a story.

melted candle

The aroma is delicious, mix of fruit juices, cakes and a wood-fired oven. And the food? Oh the food … so tasty, with a taste of fresh produce.

When you think that no more surprises you discover the terrace! Very cozy, with tables, blankets, pillows and a lovely view that registered in video.

If you liked the decor style, what if you just take a little bit of that vibe in your home? Some tips: Choose some key pieces like a untreated wood table, colorful cushions made with natural materials, melted candles (always), a chalkboard, different and repainted chairs, and why not, a sequin hat so you will have a surprise factor.

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I don’t remember when was my first contact with the works of the artist Joana Vasconcelos, but I know it was after moving to Portugal. The fact is that as soon as I saw, I was completely in love. So many textures, fabrics, threads, shine, shapes that turns into unique pieces. I always say that after I start a new print design, I don’t know the right time to stop. I put some elements, put and keep puting. And I think that’s why I identified so much with the beauty of these works, which give the impression that always fit an element there, another element here, but if you stop to add thing, is just already perfect.

In 2012, Joana Vasconcelos, became the first woman and youngest creator to exhibit some of his works at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

Joana Vasconcelos art in Versailles

The backstage of Joana Vasconcelos art

Obrade Joana Vasconcelos em Versailles

The artist says she never was an honor student and found in arts freedom to explore and experiment.

Joana created arts using large pieces of ceramics of Bordalo Pinheiro giving them a “new skin”, lining them fully in crochet.

estátua de bordalo pinheiro com croceh de Joana Vasconcelos

Click trough and see more pictures and incredible videos about Joana Vasconcelos works.