Why such decadent Infatuation with shoes?

Shoes, marvellous shoes… Affordable diamonds that adorn our feet! Gone are the days when a crystal shoe was the most wanted item in a girl’s wardrobe. The delicate Cinderella crystal shoe is no more! Now we gaze upon ‘pieces of art’ with an extensive palette of colours and materials that may include crystals, feathers or even red soles.  Names such: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and … Continue reading Why such decadent Infatuation with shoes?

Stylish, elegant and cost-effective: Afternoon tea party

Last week in mid-conversation with a friend, she tells me that although being excited with her baby girl christening, she is now stuck for ideas on what kind of event to host. ‘Something sophisticated, personal and with a difference’ – she continues, ‘Any ideas? It could be a good subject for your Blog, what to do you think?’ ‘An afternoon tea, you can’t go wrong!’ … Continue reading Stylish, elegant and cost-effective: Afternoon tea party

Taberna do Mercado London

A couple of months ago London was taken by surprise with the news that the renowned Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes would open his own restaurant in the Old Spitalfields Market. The news were taken with great enthusiasm, with many articles about how the Chiltern Firehouse chef was now making his art available to those who could not get a table at Chiltern Firehouse or wanted … Continue reading Taberna do Mercado London

Kappa & Tanuki – When a monster becomes adorable!

A chubby cheeky raccoon dog with a straw hat, an unpaid bill and a sake bottle, can be seen at the entrance of shops, restaurants and sake factories in Japan. When visiting the country you get used to see animal statues as well as the ones of supernatural creatures, so is no surprise that almost naturally an interest for the Japanese folklore and mythology develops … Continue reading Kappa & Tanuki – When a monster becomes adorable!

My favourite wood spirit – Totoro

I have always been a ‘Disney kind of gal’, with all the pretty pink fairy tale endings.  What’s not to like? Independently of who you are, where you come from or what you do, you are guaranteed a happy ending, one ‘and they lived happily ever after’. Of course, we grow older and life teach us that the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale version is just … Continue reading My favourite wood spirit – Totoro