Monday, November 16, 2015

Flashback to... Vogue Fashion's Night Out Amsterdam

What better to do on a rainy day than dreaming of tropical holiday destinations, sweet cocktails and sexy bikinis? My thought exactly! Vogue Fashion’s Night Out was celebrated already a while ago, but I didn’t want to keep these lovely pictures from you.

I think Vogue Fashion’s Night Out is always so inspiring! Fashion stores show their new collections, DJs are playing everywhere, beautiful people are literally dancing on the street, champagne is flowing, canapes are served and people really make an effort to look their best!

This year unfortunately I had very little time, since I had to wake up at 4 a.m. to catch a flight to Italy… that didn’t stop me from going of course! The most important stop of the night was Kabana Resort Wear, an amazing new store located in the Conservatorium Hotel.

I felt like I walked right into the tropics…there were fresh coconut cocktails, beautiful models wearing the latest swimwear, there was a DJ and then there were all those lovely new clothes and accessories.

Want to know more about Kabana Resort Wear? Please read my previous review here:

Other highlights of VFNO 2015 were the Tunes Bar and Skins Cosmetics, both at the Conservatorium Hotel, Zara Home, American Vintage and the P.C. Hooftstraat. Too bad VFNO is held only once a year!

Ps. The stunning flower arrangements were made by LM Flower Fashion.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas decorations trend... Food!

I know it’s still early to talk about Christmas decorations, but I’m not saying you have to buy anything… yet! Personally, I love preparing for the holiday season in advance, so last week I went to my favourite stores, to take a look at the various trends in Christmas decorations. A big trend this year is food! (Blame it on all those foodies posting food pictures on instagram!)

There are macarons, donuts, cakes and ice cream for the sweet tooths among us; camembert, caviar, sake and Chianti wine for gourmet lovers; and there are chilli peppers, garlic, salami and even an espresso machine for those die-hard made-in-Italy fans!

You can keep it healthy with green beans and corn on the cob, or go for junk food, such as hotdogs and a bottle of beer. Either way... food and drinks are a must in your Christmas tree this year!

Christmas decorations in picture # 1, 2, 3, 9 by De Bijenkorf;
in picture # 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Sissy Boy.

For more information, please visit:
De Bijenkorf
Sissy Boy

Monday, November 9, 2015

Catch of the Day... Wine Glass Markers

I know Christmas is still far away... but I already found the perfect gift! These wine glass markers by Zara Home are just too cute, don't you think? At your next Christmas party nobody will lose his or her wine glass out of sight!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Picture Perfect Puglia

Last week I went to Puglia, one of the few italian regions that I hadn’t been to before. Some call it the “New Tuscany” but I think that’s a little too easy! By the way, it doesn’t do either of the regions any justice. Puglia is hot, that’s for sure. It offers the best of both the seaside and the countryside, citylife, art & culture, old traditions and
-like any italian region- a great cuisine.

In the next few weeks more in-depth articles about Puglia will follow, but for now I just want to show you the diversity of this great holiday destination. I visited some of the hotspots: Trani, Alberobello, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare and Bari. But there are many other places to be discovered!

Trani is a lovely old harbour town, with a lively fishmarket and a vibrant nightlife. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the amount of bars and restaurants in the marina! But Trani is actually famous for it’s ancient cathedral, dating back to the 12th century. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

Alberobello is famous for it’s coneshaped houses, called “Trulli”. This incredible little town consists of over 1500 trulli and is jokingly called Trulliland(ia). It’s very touristy, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Alberobello is just unique! Walk up the hill to see the trulli church,  Chiesa di Sant'Antonio and have some iceceam afterwards at Arte Fredda (Largo Martellotta, 47).

Beautiful Ostuni is nicknamed “la Città Bianca” (the white town) because of the whitewashed houses in the historical centre. Ostuni is picture perfect and should not be missed! I would advise you to go early in the morning, in order to avoid the big number of tourists that arrive later during the day. Oh and do have a coffee at Borgo Antico, right across the cathedral… perfect for people-watching!

Polignano a Mare is yet another picturesque town in Puglia. Birthplace of the famous italian singer Domenico Modugno (you all know his song “Nel blu dipinto di blu” a.k.a. “Volare”), Polignano nowadays hosts the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

One of the highlights of my trip to Puglia, was a visit to “Masseria Il Frantoio”, a 500 years old farm turned hotel close to Ostuni. Me and my travel companions enjoyed a six course lunch that was just unforgettable!! (More about this place later on my blog)

Oh and before I forget, I ended my trip in Bari, where I took a guided tour of the historical centre in a rickshaw. A rickshaw? Yes… I know, it sounds really cheesy, but it was actually a very fun way to discover the city. Especially since we stopped for fresh focaccia, beer, wine, pasta and icecream on the way. Puglia has a lot to offer and I will definitely be back!

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@tarasdolcevita on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Many thanks to Regione Puglia & USP Marketing PR.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Urban Jungle... Amsterdam


My regular followers know that I'm a fan of street art. Just take a look at my previous articles "Antwerp City of Art", "Urban Jungle Milan" and "Urban Jungle Havana"! After Antwerp, Milan and Havana, now it's Amsterdam's turn to shine.

Usually I love to discover a city by myself, this time however I went on a guided tour by Trip4Real. Our guide Alex lead us through the urban jungle of Amsterdam, telling us all about the history of street art. He actually wrote his college thesis about the "artification of street art". So he knows what he's doing!

While walking through the historical centre of Amsterdam, we learned all the right terms for the various art forms, such as stencil graffiti, sticker art, throw-ups etc., gaining some street cred at the same time.

It was great to see some of the vintage street art that has been there for ages! I must admit I hate to see historical buildings (for example from the Dutch Golden Age) being destroyed by paint and grafitti, but street art can be fun and respectful to the environment as well.

Alex pointed out some hidden gems, like the little alien mosaic by Space Invader. I also loved the lonely kid in "walking alone" by Iranian artists Icy and Sot. Another great piece of art by Icy and Sot is "rebellion", showing Iranian women protesting against oppression. They really make you think!

But when is something considered art? That's of course a very difficult and complicated question. What many people nowadays might consider a simple grafitti or even vandalism, might be considered "real art" in twenty or hundred years from now. Who knows, one of these street artists might be considered the next Leonardo da Vinci!

For more information about the street art tour, please visit:

My previous articles about / including street art: