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Getting married in Italy? Our 3 top Wedding Planners.

Getting married in Italy? Our 3 top Wedding Planners.

Dulcis in fundo our favorites wedding planners. This time we have chosen to remain in our country, Italy, since it is one of the top destination in the world for an unforgettable wedding. Although Italy is full of marvelous places, our three friends have the power to make any location magical.  With their different personalities and styles, they will meet all your needs and wishes. Here they are! Exclusive Italy Weddings, founded by Laura Frappa.   Le Jour du Oui, founded by Cristina Di Giovanna.   Honey and Cinnamon, founded by Federica Beni. When looking at their web sites and social profiles their overarching style stems out very clearly, so that you can decide if it is one you like. Are you looking for an over-the-top and glamorous wedding? Are you looking for a small, intimate gathering? No matter which style you choose, Laura, Cristina and Federica are credible, prepared, full of relationships and, most of all, they exactly know how to put together every detail of a wedding, from the invitations, to the paperwork and legal practices required.   Exclusive Italy Weddings If you are lost, or in a panic, Exclusive Italy Weddings will embrace your vision and style and orchestrate your luxury wedding from start to finish. Laura’s Team is a solid task force, with strong planning and execution skills and an international work approach. Exclusive Italy Weddings has a long record of VIP and celebrities clients.     Le Jour du Oui If your dream is to create something spectacular, more than you could ever envision, then, Le Jour du Oui is the right choice. Cristina and...

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3 Lifestyle Bloggers We Love

3 Lifestyle Bloggers We Love

Here we are back again with our second post about the best bloggers that we love. Having presented our top food bloggers, this time we will talk about our preferred lifestyle bloggers, which we urge you to follow: Valdirose, Renée Kemps and The Jungalow. Although they apparently have three completely different styles, they share the same philosophy and passion for beauty in the simplest things, nature and handmade. In their blogs and social profiles they talk about life, food, travel, interior design. You will be inspired by their creativity, attention to details and perfection in each shot. Let’s get a closer look at Valdirose, Renée Kemps and The Jungalow  glam styles. Valdirose: Country Chic lifestyle Irene is the queen of hosting. If you want to learn how to through a party, host a candlelit dinner, or set up a charming B&B, you should attend her workshops in Tuscany and definitely follow her Instagram profile and her blog. There is no need to know or learn Italian!! Her pictures tell a story and stories are universal.         Renée Kemps: Modern lifestyle From Italy to Europe. Renée lives and works between Amsterdam and London. She is drawn to minimalist. “Light “ and “white” are two fundamental elements of her beautiful pictures. Although she loves streamlined clean design, her style is absolutely not cold and impersonal yet it inspires warmth, comfort and elegance.         The Jungalow: New Boho lifestyle Turn the page and turn up the volume! Justina is… bold colors, rich textiles, fun, joy and freedom. What we love about her is the vitality and...

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2017 Style Trends for your Zodiac Sign

2017 Style Trends for your Zodiac Sign

We have been studying reports and reports for several weeks about 2017 style trends in fashion, home decor, colors and materials. After careful analysis we’ve came up with four major trends, around which every trendsetter, designer and influencer seems to agree: 1. Greenery – Pantone ® color of 2017. Greenery is refreshing and revitalizing; it symbolizes the need to reconnect with nature and to each other. 2. Blue for the home. From wall painting, to furniture, to accessories, navy blue and in general all the shades of blue are back. 3. Black Steel. Black steel gives a beautiful, modern and sophisticated touch in any space: a coffee shop, a urban loft, a wedding party or a table setting. 4. Terracotta. Terracotta is warm, is rustic-chic, it recalls that “brick and mortar” need to disconnect from the digital world and get together.   Your “Style Horoscope” for 2017 What do stars recommend to each Zodiac Sign? Which are the style trends to follow for a glam and stylish 2017? If you are an Air sign (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), stick to Greenery this year! This color is perfect for lively, sociable, easygoing personality like yours. Buy a rug, a sofa for your living room, or just create your secret house garden where to rest and enjoy some times for yourself.     For Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) the stars suggest to add some Blue to your interiors. Blue is the color of the sky, of the sea and it is emblematic of the desire to escape and unwind.  Blue speaks to your dreams in 2017! What about planning a trip to...

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Set the right scene for Your New Year’s Eve Toast

Set the right scene for Your New Year’s Eve Toast

Getting ready for New Year’s Eve? This is our “countdown” guide to set the perfect scene for a thrilling Italian toast with your friends and family. Dress code: Black & Gold. Style: 100% Italian natural lifestyle. – 3  Parmigiano cubes (not parmesan!) Fill up Sfizio golden bowl with Parmigiano-Reggiano cubes.  A glam snack that will make you stand out from common appetizers. Pair it with sparkling wine for a superb taste. Discover more about the original Parmigiano-Reggiano and its health benefits. If you taste Parmigiano, you will never buy parmesan again! – 2  Pandoro and Panettone Cut some slices of Pandoro and Panettone and place them in Sacchino, a stylish paper basket that you can use for food, gifts, plants, candles and whatever ideas you come up with. Pandoro and Panettone are the traditional Italian sweet breads to celebrate Christmas and New Year.   – 1  Franciacorta Bubbly Uncork a chilly Barone Pizzini sparkling wine, an award winning organic champenoise produced in Franciacorta, in the north of Italy. Franciacorta is the latest drinking fashion in Italy, and it is getting very popular all over the world. 00:00 Cheers and Buon 2017 a Tutti!   Check our Black & Gold collection of serveware and dinnerware here....

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6 Steps for a unique Handmade Gift

6 Steps for a unique Handmade Gift

Handmade gifts are unique and they are really made with love. We all remember when we were kids and used to close the door of our bedroom and started drawing, cutting, gluing and coloring cards and very creative objects (!) for our parents and for all the family members. So, let’s bring up the same spirit and create our special DIY gift for her, him, the kids and even your pet!! Follow these 6 easy steps and make a present that fill the hearts…. and the stomachs 😉 0. Choose your favorite handmade plate 1. Choose your favorite cookie (and place it on your favorite plate!) 2. Fold the plate and the cookies with a transparent paper 3. Wrap the package with a gift paper, or a piece of fabric, or with rice paper, of the color that you like the most 4. Pick up a ribbon, string or twine to close your package 5. Tie well and add a decoration of your choice 6. And now… your handmade gift is ready!   In this example we have used a limited edition handmade porcelain plate of our collection Pensieri filled with Baci di dama cookies by Vaniglia Cooking. For our vegan friends we recommend Valentina, Hortus Cuisine, vegan spiced cookies (along with a Christmas menu suggestion) and our romantic Tè Rosa plate.     You can find many more plates on DishesOnly . Choose your favorite one and customize it with homemade cookies, savory crackers, marshmallows, pies and a pretty packaging, for an unforgettable one-of-a-kind edible handmade gift!     photo credits Rossella...

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How do you present food? Take the test and discover your personality

How do you present food? Take the test and discover your personality

Food presentation is no longer an exclusive domain of caterings, hotels, chefs and food bloggers. Plating is not just a synonym of “getting served” or “putting food in a plate” but it has gained a broader meaning. It means to create a dining experience that temps all of our senses.  We found a very good definition of plating in the Treccani Italian dictionary:  ”preliminarily set up in the kitchen, with taste and choreographic and decorative intentions, the food, in each of the dishes to be served to the guests”. Starting from this definition, and with the precious support of our food bloggers friends, we’ve created a sort of psychology test: tell me how do you present food and I will tell to you who you are. We have noticed that the way we serve food (beginning with the way we cook it, how we choose the dish that best uplifts the food and the table, how we garnish the plate), can tell something about our personality. So, are you ready to know which is your profile based on the way you present food? Answer to these simple questions and discover the results. How do you cook and manage vegetables? I cook my greens for a very short time and pass them quickly into water and ice, so that they stay crispy and keep their shining green color. I cook my greens the right amount of time and season them well, either with lemon or with a scented Mediterranean dressing. I cook my greens for a long time, until they slightly flake, enjoying the charm of a traditional cooking style....

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