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CULTURE, HOME & ENTERTAINING, INTERIOR

HOME EDIT: TIPS FOR A FESTIVE AND MODERN TABLESCAPE

December 1, 2022

This year I’m looking forward to the festive season more than ever. Blessed and grateful for all the bad and good things that have happened this year— because now when I look back, everything happened for a reason.

Moving to my new home in June was one of the most stressful projects I’ve had in years, but the reward was as good as I could have imagined.

If you are hosting a Christmas party, holiday brunch or dinner party— you will need a delicious menu, some holiday goodies, unforgettable cocktails and some beautiful decorations.

I love decorating my new home seasonally, especially decorating the dining table. Today, I am excited to share with you my festive dining table decoration with SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG porcelain and SIEGER by Ichendorf glasses.

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BOOKS, CULTURE

WHAT TO READ: 5 BOOKS TO READ DURING HOLIDAYS THIS WINTER

November 20, 2022

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The colder and the darker it gets, it’s time to cozy up and stay inside for soul food, tea and good books. I feel like I’m slowly counting the days to have some relaxing holidays soon, since this year was so crazy busy. I can’t wait to read new books and just do nothing else. Here is my personal list of pre & post-holiday reading and to say Goodbye to 2022 with books.

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ART, AUSTRIA, CULTURE, VIENNA

ERNST FUCHS MUSEUM: A HIDDEN GEM IN VIENNA YOU MUST SEE

April 24, 2022

Vienna is a powerhouse of art filled with museums and exhibitions. Since numerous museums are located just in the heart of Vienna’s first district, we often forget about the extraordinary places that are located in other districts, such as  in the Vienna’s 14th district.

Between 1886 and 1888, the famous Jugenstil (art nouveau) architect Otto Wagner built the opulent summer villa surrounded by nature for himself and his family. This outstanding villa is located in Hütteldorf on the border of the historical “Wiener Wald”, which today is open to the public as a museum.

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ART, CULTURE, ECUADOR, QUITO

CASA DEL ALABADO: MUSEUM OF PRE-COLUMBIAN ART

December 21, 2021

Monolith – Culture Valdivia 4000 B.C. – 1500 B.C.

A visit to Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, is a must for history and anthropology fans. Located in a wonderfully preserve building, this museum features sculpture, artefacts, jewellery pieces and more. I learned about Ecuador’s indigenous cultures and saw hundreds of archaeological objects belonging to the ancient societies that occupied the territory known today as Ecuador.

Scroll down for the virtual exhibition of one of my favorite pieces of Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art:

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HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

NUEMA – THE TASTE OF ECUADOR

December 20, 2021

Listed on the 48th place in the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants— NUEMA was born as a culinary project of chefs Alejandro Chamorro and Pía Salazar with the purpose of expressing in their proposal the biodiversity of Ecuador under a contemporary and avant-garde perspective.

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HOTELS & RESTAURANTS, LISBON, PORTUGAL, TRAVEL

HOTEL REVIEW: THE VINTAGE HOTEL & SPA LISBON, PORTUGAL

September 30, 2021

*NOTE: Unfortunately we are still in unusual times, and the COVID-19 regulations change rapidly. Please check here the latest information before making your journey to Portugal.

Another check off my bucket list! Over the past decade since I have started my blog, I was mostly focused on travelling within central Europe. Although Portugal was always on my wish-list, somehow I never made it. However as we know, for everything there is a season, a reason and time.

Thanks to my longtime friend and colleague Maria Ratzinger who had a brilliant idea to visit Lisbon in September, this trip was the best thing we have planned to start the fall season. Our journey started from Vienna to Lisbon, followed with a short trip to Sesimbra region.

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ART, CULTURE

TALENTED BLACK ARTIST YOU SHOULD FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

September 18, 2020

1. L’Oréal Knows, Feb 2020, 16 x 20 inches, Acrylic on wooden panel, 2. Only a Dentist Can Give Her Better Floride Treatment, Feb 2020, 16 x 20 inches, Acrylic on wooden panel

Dana Robinson

Dana Robinson is a visual artist who addresses black female identity, black love and blackness. Robinson has exhibited her work in the US, abroad. Currently she has work online with Medium Tings, Stay at Home Gallery, and Selena’s Mountain. Her work has been written about in NY Mag’s Vulture, VICE, and Ain’t Bad to name a few. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Art in 2019, and is preparing to show work for the first time in a virtual reality environment at Untitled Art Online with LatchKey Gallery and Selena’s Mountain later this month.

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BOOKS

WHAT TO READ: ANTI-RACISM BOOKS TO EDUCATE YOURSELF

June 18, 2020

After weeks of overwhelming emotions, I am using my platforms like Instagram as well as my blog to raise awareness, and continue to fight against racism as well as police violence.

As the #BlackLivesMatter trend is slowly vanishing on social media, now it’s time for everyone to understand, that changes won’t happen overnight. Supporting a cause is not about one week of attending protests and sharing content. It’s about continuously spreading awareness against discrimination, fight for human rights, educate ourselves, and our children.

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