I love parfums, so when someone ask me to join for buying a parfum I must go, it is like the excuse to delight smell. Of course, it has a real risk, which is that I usually buy something. Especially if it is about Diptyque, it doesn´t matter if it is a parfum, a candle, some hand cream or even some type of oil for face.
This time it is about the parfum that I want to share with you today. It was launched in 2018, as a new version of 34, but it is a very special version, where sandalwood and vanilla are creating a magic smell.
It is important to say that I like parfums with this type of aromas, so when I found this one, which includes this smell mix in a perfect way, I had to buy. Diptyque can offer you more parfums or toilettes with this type of smell, like Eau Duelle, marked by vanilla, Tamdao where azmicle with sandal and wood are giving a sensual notes or Do Son, with orange blossom and azmicle, this last one is mainly for women.
Actually, this is a very particular article for those who like this sort of perfumes. Highlight each time that I am wearing 34, someone is asking me for it. So, here the complete name: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Eau de Parfum. If you have the chance to try I highly recommended to do it.
In Madrid, you can find in several shops, I share with you some of them, where I enjoy the shopping experience always: Diptyque in Claudio Coello, Abanuc and Le Secret du Marais.
BIBO By Dani García
Dani García’s restaurants are always a great experience, whichever you choose, Lobito de Mar, BIBO, and of course Puente Romano in Marbella is a fantastic selection.
It is curious that, after receiving his third- star Michelin, he decided to give one more year of life to this restaurant, which closed its doors in a few weeks.
The good news is that BIBO, the one in Madrid, will continue with some of my favorite plates: Gazpacho de Cereza and Burger Bull. Some plates that I recommend you try, if you decide to visit this restaurant, together with some tuna dishes, which always are a must.
That is all, I just want to share a special place to visit and to delight the palate, dinner, lunch or even branch on Sundays.
Highly recommended experience
A walk through La Rioja with Juan Carlos Ferrando
I want to share with you one of the great experience of this Christmas Time, in this new restaurant called Juan Carlos Ferrando, where fantastic food and perfect environment is guaranteed.
They have 2 different menus, one based in fish, and the other one based in the earth where this special restaurant is located: La Rioja, small area in the North of Spain, highly recommended not only for the wine, but also for the quality of the food. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to try its cuisine, where vegetables and fruits are a delicious, plenty of taste and one hundred percent natural.
I tried the menu based on typical products from La Rioja, I am not going to explain you each dish of the menu as they will change for each season depending of seasonal crop. I just only want to recommend you go there and try. You won´t regret!
Lately, it is harder for me to write than to sew… so I share with you my last seam, a blanket for these armchair days.
The fabric is Liberty, I love it, and now you do not need to go to London for buying it, although it is always a great place to go 🙂
I discovered when I was looking for Liberty fabrics to make my flamenca’s dress, when I arrived at the store I saw they have padded Liberty fabrics and could not resist the temptation of buying a big piece of this beautiful cloth.
Then I bought a cotton bias to trim hem the edge and blanket done. It sounds quick, but I spend some time to sew it, as part of it has been made by hand, however it looks lovely, so it is worthwhile.
¿Where to buy the original Liberty Fabrics in Spain? In Julian López stores , they are the official distributors for Spain. If you like to sew, I highly recommend you visit this store, they have beautiful fabrics, not only Liberty but also to create your own clothes.
Ioanna Kourbela, original Greek designer!
I want to share with you this special sweater from Ioanna Kourbela, Greek designer, which I discovered last Autumn, during a travel to Athens.
I consider this sweater a very original garment, because of it shape, creative design and the fabric. The cotton used for this piece is great as it is an optimal material for almost all seasons. During Spring with a light tank, or even in Winter, with a warmer tee below.
I bought this sweater together with cardigan, both made with the same fabric, and about the cardigan, you can wear in hundreds of ways. When the weather is nice I will share with you some of these original and fun positions.
Here you have the link to Ioanna Kourbela’s web, where you can buy on line their original pieces, or enjoy different ideas about some garments´ position.
I hope this help you.
Nimú Barquillo, this restaurant is going to be the restaurant of the month. Food is really nice and tasty, environment is very warm and price is more than correct.
I want to share it with you, and this is because it is not only a great place for dinning, it is also a nice restaurant for having a beer, or even for a coffee or tea in the afternoon.
The menu is offering a wide assortment which is able for every taste. Chipiron croquettes, Russian salad, Tuna tartar or Carpaccio with tomato and other great delicatessen.
However, what I recommend you are nigiri, you must try them! Nigiri with quail egg, truffle and soya sauce is really fabulous; and the one with garlic shrimps is really succulent bite… highly recommend.
Regarding desserts, there are a sweet and original one, fried chocolate, it is about some small fried chocolate balls… they are really delicious!!
So, Nimú Barquillo is a great place where you can spend a nice time and taste succulent dishes.
Navaja is the name of this cute restaurant has been a great discover, without any doubt it is a place to go!
Located in the famous quarter of Malasaña, it is a very warm retro style restaurant, with all type of details. Waitress are really kind, and they will help you to have a really nice experience, you will not be disappointed
A mix cuisine between Galician and Peruvian with some Nikkei trace, they do not do reservations, so you should risk going there and wait for a table, but it is worthwhile.
The menu is small, but more than enough. I have been there several times there, and I still have not try all the plates I would like to, as there are some dishes I cannot help repeating each time. Such us Ortiguillas with Kimchi, very special texture and flavors in your mouth. (picture 1)
My favorite dish is Crab Bun with piper mayonnaise. They cook with the full crab with shell included, it is amazing! And this is my stronger recommendation. (picture 2)
If you want to finish with something sweet, you can try their Tom Pay, as they make in a really particular way, mixing the typical galician filloa with cream and adding some light flavor to pineapple and pisco. It is not too sweet, but it is quite special. (picture 3)
You will not regret to try!
Special place to discover if you visit Madrid. Positive Energy, it is the name of this store sited in downtown Madrid, with very original and sophisticated gadgets, and of course, with a lot of good energy.
I recommend you to visit it, you will find some very special things. Such as the famous Lumio lamp, which is a book, and it is depending how the book is, open or close, it is giving you light or not. I only saw this lamp before at MOMA in Tokio some years ago, and this Summer at MOMA in New York.
You can also find very special world globes which rotate on their axis, just because the light. They are really beautiful like a decorative item, and also these globes have a relaxing effect, as you can spend time just looking at how they roll over itself.
In short, you would buy the store, so in my first visit, I bought a very particular notebook, which you can see in the pictures. One of the main features of this notebook is the Korean back, which is allowing to open the notepad 180 degrees, so your writing or drawing is much more comfortable.
I found there many items which can be the perfect present for next Christmas
If you are around Madrid downtown I highly recommend you to visit it ! 😀
Lobito de Mar
Lobito de Mar, the new Dani García’s restaurant in Marbella. It has been opened 2 months ago. I love his cooking, so it was a must-visit for me. I share it with you, as I recommend this great experience.
First of all, if you love tuna this is a perfect place, you can see the menu, with 9 different tuna dishes in very different styles. I tried the tuna tartar with olive oil. Easy to define, it was totally remarkable!!
Something really typical is Crushed Russian Salad with Prawns and Olives, high intensity flavor and very special texture in the month, if you are Russian Salad lover you need to try it.
Another great dishes to try are molluscs. I tried was Grilled razor shells and Clamshell a la plancha. They were a great election.
Related to paellas, we chose Lobster thick rice with tomato and onions. It was right, however I would not choose it again. In addition, it was one of the things that increase the ticket.
Finally, for desert, we chose Egg flan which wanted to be tocino de cielo. It was amazing, taking into account I am not deserts lover and Flan never is on my list. But I have to say it was something to try.
I hope this small summary can be useful, if you decide to visit this wonderful restaurant, which is located in one of the most privilege Spanish coast areas.
Do you know Diptyque?
For those of you who know this great house of French perfumes I do not have much to say, there is no one who can resist its fragrances. And for those who do not know it, I definitely recommend it.
Dyptique is a French house of perfumes, but it is not just another else Maison, it is very special. Without going into too much historical detail, I would like just to point out that 3 French friends were launched with this adventure more than 50 years ago, and today it has become a delight for the senses. I say senses it is because not only the smell enjoys these distinct fragrances. The singularity and detail these artists are putting in the design of each fragrance is special, and the texture of personal care product range, which has been recently launched on the market, is really pleasing.
This singular house pretends to delight our sense of smell, the Maison has a big range of perfumes, another fragrance for the home, and their last launch it has been a care and body assortment of products.
Beginning with the fragrances. These perfumes are elaborated using essences and natural oils, creating very particular conceptions, as each one has a great history behind. They are mostly unisex and a very special. Three of my favorites are Tam Dao, Duelle, and the well-known 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, whose name comes directly from this concrete street of Paris, where was located the first store of these brand, store which today is still open. I do say that all Diptyque smells have body and energy.
If you like the lightest aromas, they also have a range of light aromas such as L’Eau de Néroli, I love it for Summer time. It is super fresh with an exclusivity seduction drop keeping the uniqueness aromas of this wonderful house of perfumes.
We continue with the scented candles, I must say that the Diptyque candles are a spectacle, personally I can say there are the best I have founded. They are completely hand crafted, from the wax preparation, under its secret formula, until the wick is placed.
Their smells charm and nobody will keep indifferent. Personally, vanilla candle makes me crazy. Ii has a very distinct smell, as it has some woody notes which make it a very special aroma.
This is the one I have at home; it never leaves anybody unmoved. Tubéreuse is another of the candles that fascinates me, because its aromas remind me some candies of my childhood.
Finally, as I have said previously, they have personal beauty care range. I do tell you this soap and hand cream are my first test. I bought last weekend; they are already in my bathroom and I am super pleased. The soap is a mixture of lavender with lemon oil and a few touches of honey, it is a delight for the senses, the smell is soft and the texture is extremely gentle thanks to honey. The hand cream is also easy and light with a delicate and pleasant aroma.
I highly recommend you visit a Diptyque Boutique, this experience is like a delight for the senses, and you can deserve with one of its products, you will not regret it.
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