Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter!

Dear Friends, on this Good Friday I wish you all Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua, Joyeuses Pâques, Feliz Pascua, Feliz Páscoa, Vrolijk Pasen! Hopefully you will have a wonderful weekend, in the company of your family, friends and loved ones.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Wishlist 2014


Hurry... it's almost Easter! In case you haven't found the perfect gift or outfit for that Easter brunch yet, here are some shopping suggestions. A nice bottle of wine, a caramel truffle Easter egg or body lotion for him; a beautiful pillow or Italian Easter cake for the hostess or your mother(-in-law) and of course some smashing fashion accessories for yourself ladies!

Cuff bracelet by OoakJewelz:
Sea salt caramel truffle Easter egg by Prestat at De Bijenkorf:
Flower print jacket by Rinascimento:
Coffee mug by Le Creuset at De Bijenkorf:
Bluethroat pillow by Myrte at De Bijenkorf:
Evoka hydrating body lotion at Ici Paris XL:
Pillow at H&M:
Crossbody bag PS1 by Proenza Schouler at De Bijenkorf:
Straw bowler hat "Paunero" hat by Eudia:
Reflection handsoap by Rituals at De Bijenkorf:
Grüner Veltliner Messwein (wine) by Stift Göttweig at De Bijenkorf:
Flower print jacket by Rinascimento:
Italian "colomba" cake by Loison Pasticceri dal 1938 at De Bijenkorf:
Bracelet by Tembi jewellery:
Panama hat "Panama Vecchio" by Eudia:
Bracelet by Tembi jewellery:
Sunglasses by Tom Ford eyewear:

Photos courtesy of SO PR for OoakJewelz, Rinascimento, Evoka, Tembi jewelry, Tom Ford eyewear; De Bijenkorf for Prestat, Le Creuset, Myrte, Proenza Schouler, Rituals, Stift Göttweig, Loison Pasticceri dal 1938; H&M; Eudia.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Setting the table for Easter

My regular readers know that I love setting the table with my fanciest tableware, for special occasions but also on a regular monday night! For Christmas and Easter I go all out... and of course I always want to try something new (different kind of table linen, flowers, etc.).

Yesterday I came across this lovely chinaware in one of my favourite shops, Philippona. Aren't the Easter decorations and the "bunnies" serving dish adorable? Unfortunately I did not bring my photo camera, but these cell phone pics will give you an idea.

Accidentaly I also discovered an amazing Brazilian website, Vamos Receber, which is all about receiving guests and... you guessed that right, setting the table. They used a similar kind of porcelain for their Easter table as Philippona! For some inspiration, please visit:

For more information on Philippona, please visit:

Or read my previous blog about the store: 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Flowers 2014

Easter is only one week away... have you made any preparations yet, like decorating the house? Besides Easter eggs, flowers are a must I would say.They will give any Easter table the perfect finishing touch.

Whether you like traditional spring flowers or exotic blooms such as orchids, you can combine them easily with classical Easter decorations. While you can never go wrong with narcissus and tulips, orchids and lilies will give your centerpiece are more modern touch.

To keep it simple, choose a colour palette that matches well with your table linen and dinnerware.

All flowers arrangements, plants and decorations by Bloemboutique Ton Hofman:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hotel Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento, Italy



Living La Dolce Vita... that's what everybody wants, right? Preferably every day, but definitely during your holidays. Hotel Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento offers you exactly that, La Dolce Vita, trust me.

The surroundings and the views are absolutely stunning. Just pick a table under the pergola, sit back and relax. Enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner overlooking the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius... You can either relax in the garden, hang out by the pool, read a book in one of the lovely sitting rooms or book a beauty treatment in the hotel spa... there's too much to mention really!

Hotel Bellevue Syrene used to be a private residence. That's probably why you feel right at home. I love the way the rooms, the lounges and the restaurants are decorated! Antique chandeliers, mirrors and furniture is mixed with modern art and local sculptures, giving the place a very refined touch.

Besides the chic interiors, the exquisite service provides that home-away-from-home feeling! The staff is very kind, always there to help you. Oh and the food.... Don't get me started on the food... I had one of the best clubsandwiches ever! I know, not the first thing you'd expect in Italy. But actually everything was delicious (pasta, starters, entrées, desserts, wine, cocktails, etc.)! I can't wait to go back!

For more information, please visit: