Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
May all your wishes come true!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas shopping in Amsterdam

5 e Cinque, Florence, Italy

Now here's a true gem among the zillions of tourist traps that can be found in Florence. (Don't get me wrong, I love Florence and there are many good restaurants.... but there's also some really bad stuff out there).

5 e Cinque offers organic and bio-dynamic food, in low profile surroundings. Funny enough... the place is frequented by a not so low profile clientele! While I was having lunch there, I spotted lots of local businessmen and 'ladies who lunch'. However don't expect fancy tableware... this is pure rural cuisine, served on paper plates (placed in small baskets). Not that it matters.... the food doesn't require expensive plates.

The menu of 5 e Cinque consists of homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, torte di ceci (chickpea bread) etc. It all looked and smelled so good, I could barely choose! Luckily owner Silvio helped me out. He and his wife Mariolina and waitress Meri are very kind and and manage to create a cosy atmosphere.
Stop by next time you're around!

Ristorante 5 e Cinque
Piazza della passera 1
Florence, Oltrarno area

Tel +39 055 2741583

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December covers.... Lady in Red

Here are some of my favourite December Covers....all with a Lady in Red! Oh well... almost all... except one: Sir Elton John.
Makes you wanna go out and buy a sexy red dress for the holidays, doesn't it?
Vogue UK, December 2001, Kate Moss
Photographer: Nick Knight

Vogue UK, Deecmber 2002, Sir Elton John & Elizabeth Hurley
Photographer: Mario Testino

Vogue USA, December 2008, Jennifer Aniston
Photographer: Craig McDean

Vogue USA, December 2007, Penelope Cruz
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz

Vogue UK, December 1995, Cindy Crawford
Photographer: Arthur Elgort

Traditional Christmas decorations

Sometimes all those trendy, newest, latest, coolest gadgets for your house can be too much.
So if you long for traditional decorations.... here are some ideas!

Tree by Riviera maison

Tree by Il Regalo

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter wonderland... in The Hague

Winter in The Hague, The Netherlands!
Shown here: Shop window Paul Warmer shoes, Denneweg, Frederikstraat, Malieveld, The Peace Palace, the beach and Scheveningen harbour.

Christmas Wishlist 2010

1. MEMO candle "Mad about Gstaad".... smelling like Christmas tree and snowflake!
2. A tree full of Magic Muffins by Riviera Maison....

3. Bulgari perfume..... any kind will do. Black, Rose Essentielle, Bulgari pour femme.... I love them all!

4. One of those lovely bracelets by Barong Barong....

5. Maroccan style photophore Nanu Lifestyle.....

6. An Ettika coin purse..... great with any party dress!

Gifts available through: