Friday, 30 December 2016

New Year Wishes & 2016 Favourite Blog Posts

At the end of each year, I take a moment to reflect on the closing year and think about what’s ahead for the New Year.

Overall, 2016 was good to me, but, for the coming New Year, I am longing to experience many “firsts”. I want to achieve a few things that are so dear to me in order to make this year special. Let’s hope that the angels in the sky hear my prayers, otherwise I will have to shout them louder!

As for this blog - well, I never have a set progamme. What I share here are fragments of my simple life and I like to keep it as it comes.

Finally, I wish each one of you a peaceful and happy 2017. May your days be filled with love and bliss.

Lots of Love

P.S. If you are interested in viewing archived posts or learning more about me, please feel free to do a search in the upper left hand corner of my blog page for “About Me” or any of the other topics.

Make Up
Datai Bay, Malaysia

Heidi Country in Winter
Betjeman & Barton, Geneva
Details for Easter
La Paix Restaurant, Geneva
A visit to the worl'd most famous tramp
"Chicago May" book review
Liebes Berlin
Four fantastic cultural visits in Berlin
Where to stay in Geneva? Hotel Rotary MGallery
Cocktail Tormenta Negra revisited
Best Desserts in Geneva 3rd Quarter - 2016
"Sister Carrie" book review

Autumn Postcards - Parc des Bastions
I can almost hear "Jingle Bells"

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The Belle of the New Year’s Eve Ball

The party season is in full swing, with much joy at lunches and dinners with friends (my family lives abroad).

I have already taken my festive outfit for the New Year’s Eve party out of the wardrobe. I will wear this beautiful green tulle skirt by Julia Gloor (purchased in November) and an old (so, so, so old!) black pullover, which still looks brand new.

And, for one night, I will trade my ballerinas for these high heel ankle boots.

To finish off the look, I’m going to put on these gloves and this faux fur coat by Carla G. to keep warm when we stick our noses outside to see the fireworks.

A hint of perfume for that final touch.

I have decided that I’m going to put on make-up. After all, it’s not New Year’s Eve every day! As luck is on my side, my Lancôme Advent calendar came full of make-up and beauty products. Since I am not skilled in make-up, I have asked my beautician and friend L. to give me some tips for using what I have in my make-up bag.

I’m buzzing in anticipation of New Year’s Eve.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Boutique suggestion for NYE outfits

If  you ask me, I’m not someone who is super trendy and I am especially not the first one to jump on new fashions. Moreover, shopping is not something I do frequently.

However, I do like to pay a visit to gorgeous fashion shops that offer quality items and limited editions without having to spend a fortune at the same time.

This is why I want to suggest an exquisite boutique to you where you can find something special to wear for New Year’s Eve.

From a beautiful dress to a nice blazer, a gorgeous blouse or even accessories, one nice piece is all it takes to make the difference. You don’t need to buy a whole wardrobe. Do we agree?

Here is my suggestion (you can find more info on the shop’s Facebook page or website).

Happy shopping my dears!!!

Julia Gloor is one of those stores, or rather showrooms, full of treasures! - It offers a dream range of clothes and accessories. If you don’t know it yet, you will love it! I advise you to take a peek at this store.

Julie Gloor
Showroom Mode & Accessoires
8 rue Pictet-de-Bock
1205 Genève
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 to 19h00
Otherwise by appointment on +41 78 788 18 68

Monday, 26 December 2016

Author Margarida Rebelo Pinto

The second author I would like to recommend to you for December is Margarida Rebelo Pinto, little known abroad, but famous in Portugal.

Margarida Rebelo Pinto was born in Lisbon in June 1965. She obtained her Master’s degree in Modern Literature. She started work as a journalist and wrote articles for very celebrated magazines and newspapers, such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Vogue. Margarida Rebelo Pinto is Portugal’s current best-selling author. She was named one of the 25 most influential women in Portuguese contemporary society. She has a son. She loves tea and long walks.

Margarida, writes about love and women in today’s society. This is the topic of all of her novels. Her books are romantic, sincere, nostalgic, funny and easy to read. Her intuitive analyses of behaviour and relationships between men and women are accusatory.  She excels at writing about generations of Old Portuguese families and reflects on the evolution of Portuguese society: the good and the bad things in it.

Margarida has her detractors, who do not consider her as a “real” writer. But the reading public has had its say... Yes, her books are best sellers in Portugal and are widely sold in Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Lithuania. Her novels move people, they bring something into their lives. What determines the value of a writer? In my eyes, her (or his) universe, her own talented written skills and style, her passion to take us on an extraordinary journey... As I said in my “About Me” page, I have no training in this field, but I can’t live without books. They fulfil me and I am willing to read a book as long as the writing is engaging.

The first time I came across one of Margarida’s books was in June 2006 while on vacation in Lisbon. I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was at FNAC and found a book that looked like a diary, so cute... I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Within minutes I felt my heart beating faster and tears coming to my eyes. The book was “Diário da tua Ausência” (in English Diary of your absence), a beautifully written story about a break-up, the end of a love affair. It drove me into all the feelings you go through when you lose the person you love (sadness, despair, loneliness, anger, resilience and acceptance). I have read it four times since then.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I want to wish each one of you a peaceful and happy Festive Season. May your days be filled with love and bliss.

It’s funny, you know, while writing my wishes I reflected on how this personal blog was created with the intention of sharing things that I truly love with my close circle of friends. Over time it took a different turn, which also makes me happy. I am so pleased to have met people from all sorts of horizons, with whom I learned a great deal of interest and got inspired too.

THANK YOU for being here.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

My Christmas Table!

Those of you who have followed my blog for a long time are already well acquainted with my deep and unconditional love for table dressing. I think a gorgeous table is a promise of a great moment to come!!

Last year, a faithful reader sent me an email asking me for a suggestion for decorating a Chrisrmas table. This surprised and touched me a lot and it was with great pleasure that I shared my 2015 Christmas dinner table (I hope you will enjoy this year’s one too, Tamara).

This year (this will be my dinner Christmas table decoration in 4 days’ time) I have favoured natural tones. With the exception of the sky blue wrappers of the chocolate balls, some pink hypericum sprigs and brown pine cones, everything is beige or white.

I keep my table pretty simple and it varies very little from year to year. I add some trinkets and DIY items, but the essential remains... There is the timeless white tablecloth and matching napkins, beautiful old handmade embroidery, a family gift. Candles are a must, too.

The rest depends on the mood of the moment, really. So this time I have prepared a central table decoration with a silver plate and embellished it with beige baubles and stars, pine cones and a few pink hypericum sprigs, white candles and miniature porcelain angels in pastel/gold colours.

Champagne and Crémant d’Alsace are “must haves”

For dessert, we will have the stars of Italian and Britain Christmas cakes: a “Pennetone with glazed chestnuts and raisins” and a “Christmas Pudding”. This cake “gang” is wickedly good.

Et voilà!! It took me less than an hour and only a few pennies prepare this table for the special day.