As you all know, on thursdays people post old(er) pictures on social media using the hashtag #throwbackthursday... so today I take the opportunity to look back at New Year's Eve! It's almost the end of January, but I just had to share these photos of one of my best nights of the year 2016.
I spent New Year's Eve in Orvieto, the location of the Umbria Jazz Winter festival, a jazz fest with great music, good food, nice wines, beautiful architecture and most of all wonderful people. It was great to see my italian friends (italian by birth or by heart), listen & dance to the music and especially... to laugh all night long!
Photos taken at the Orvieto cathedral, the Mancinelli theatre and restaurant San Francesco. Chocolates by Bar Montanucci, dessert by Il Malandrino Bistrot.
First of all I would like to thank you for your support in the past year & I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy 2017, living La Dolce Vita!
It's already the 16th of January... I know... december was such a busy month (working, traveling, partying) that I just did not have the time to write on my blog. My apologies! One of my New Year's Resolutions is in fact to publish more often. Hopefully I will be able to fulfill that dream and keep my promise. For daily inspiration, please follow me on https://www.instagram.com/tarasdolcevita/.
Ps. The Christmas decorations shown here depict the Faraglioni rocks in Capri, Italy... the epitome of La Dolce Vita!
It's the first time ever I'm writing about a store that I haven't visited in person... (you guys know that I usually only publish about places that I've actually been to)... but sometimes you just have to break the rules! Cabana St. Moritz is the younger sibling of Cabana Capri, a wonderful store that I did visit this summer and fell completely in love with.
The owner, Helen White, is a London-based New Yorker who is a former editor at American Vogue. She has such exquisite taste... I literally want to buy every single item in her shop! Beautiful dinner plates, silver-bamboo cutlery, contemporary glass art, the latest beach bags and cover-ups... you name it, it's there.
The same goes for Cabana St. Moritz (Thank God for social media.... allowing us to see what the Swiss store has to offer): stunning tableware, gorgeous home decor, chic fashion accessories and last but not least... lovely Christmas gifts! Ps. Santa.... I want those mushroom plates....
Are you looking for affordable Christmas gifts? Or cute stocking fillers? Look no further! I've done the research for you and found these adorable but inexpensive presents. It's all about hitting the right notes... or in other words... finding something funny, special, comforting and thoughtful. To me it's important that gifts will make the receiver feel good. Let them know you think about them. That doesn't mean you have to buy something expensive. In fact, all gifts shown here are under €10 / $11 and some even under €5 / $5,50!
Fidel Castro has died last friday, November 25th... I pray for the Cuban people and I wonder how this will change their future... let's hope for the best! My regular followers will know that I love Cuba, in fact I have been there several times. It's a breathtakingly beautiful country, but every time it breaks my heart to see so many people living in poor conditions, gorgeous historical buildings falling apart... "Buena Suerte" Cuba!
Fall, it's a season I have a love–hate relationship with... I absolutely love the beautiful colours, the falling leaves, the pumpkins, Halloween decorations and pretty mushrooms popping up in the park.... but I hate those grey, rainy days when you practically can't leave the house.
But when the sun is out, the sky is blue and the colours are those of an "Indian Summer"... it's the perfect time to go out for a walk! I put on some warm clothes, grab my camera, or in this case, my cell phone.... and I'm ready to rumble!
These pictures were taken at the estate surrounding Duivenvoorde Castle in Voorschoten, The Netherlands. For more information about Duivenvoorde, please continue here: https://www.kasteelduivenvoorde.nl/en