Author Archives: Danielle

TESTED: THE DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL VACUUM CLEANER

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I am not into gadgets or appliances: I don’t need to have the newest iPhone or iPad. And my 5-year-old desktop computer works just fine so there is no need to buy a faster, newer, slicker version. But there is one electrical product that I do get excited about. And that’s … a good vacuum cleaner! With a dog and kids running around the house a powerful vacuum cleaner can be a game changer. I discovered this a few years ago when I decided to spend a bit more money and bought a more expensive, better vacuum cleaner. But after a year of intensive use it got broken and unfortunately that particular model was no longer available. I never managed to find a vacuum that was equally powerful. I did look at Dyson vacuum cleaners as they get raving reviews but I was hesitant to actually buy one because I was not sure if it was worth the price tag.

So I got very excited (really!) when I got to test the new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum. This new model is the only vacuum that self-rights when toppled. Dyson engineers made this possible by assembling the vacuum’s components in a spherical array, with the heaviest nearest to the floor. Placing them inside a curved body with a low centre of gravity means that whenever the vacuum is displaced, gravitational forces will automatically return it to its upright resting position. Handy!

Another important feature of the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is that it does not use bags or filters. Usually vacuums get less powerful with time as the filter needs to be cleaned or changed after a couple of loads (most of us tend to forget this including me). Also, bagged vacuums lose suction because the bags’ pores clog, blocking airflow. And most bagless vacuums use inefficient cyclones to separate dirt and dust from the air. Dust that isn’t captured passes onto the filter – clogging it. Dyson claims that because of the Dyson Cinetic technology the machine will maintain strong suction power for its working life. I was curious to see whether the Dyson would maintain its strong power even after weeks of intensive use. And I pleased to say that it did! After four loads (which is when usually a vacuum with filter loses strength as the filter needs to be cleaned) the suction power remained the same with the Dyson picking up the tiniest bits of crumbs and dust.

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ANOTHER FAVORITE BRAND FROM FRANCE: A.P.C.

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I have been talking about my favorite fashion brands and another favorite French one is A.P.C. Their clothes always have a great fit and are made of high quality fabrics. I recently bought their chambray linnen dress and top (featured here in this post). The chambray skirt is also on my wish list but I could not find it in my size. This entire line is almost sold out everywhere. Below I have listed the shops where some of these items are still available.

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A HOME IN AN 18TH CENTURY WAREHOUSE IN COPENHAGEN

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In a warehouse from the year 1777 in the heart of Christianshavn (Denmark) lives Signe Bloch and her two children. The beautiful apartment has a cozy atmosphere with its raw wooden beams, arched windows and low ceilings. Because of the limited floor space (90ms) creative solutions were needed to provide extra space and storage. For example, storage space has been created under the bed (3rd image). All the furniture in the apartment is inherited, bought used or found on travels. This gives the home loads of charm and personality!

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THE FASHION FILES: BOHEMIAN CHIC FRENCH FASHION

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When it comes to buying new clothing pieces I mostly stick to my favorite fashion brands. One of these is French label Mes Demoiselles. Anita Radovanovic is the life and soul of the brand- through her varied inspirations, she invites us to travel into dream-like lands, where vintage charm flirts with modernity in volumes. Anita created her first Mes Demoiselles collection in 2006, in the first Parisian workshop at 45, rue Charlot. Here are some of my favorite pieces from this years summer collection. Very bohemian chic! I will be sharing more of my favorite brands in the coming weeks. Above: gorgeous silk Carioca dress (now with 25% discount).

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THE TRAVEL FILES: CASA COOK HOTEL ON RHODES, GREECE

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Casa Cook is a brand new hotel brand by travel company Thomas Cook. Their first hotel, which has recently opened, is on the island of Rhodes, Greece. The boutique hotel has 90 rooms, each coming with a small private swimming pool. The design is a collaboration between architect Vana Pernariv, interior designer Annabell Kutucu and design agency Lambs & Lions. I think the result is beautiful: there is a lot of white and natural materials such as wood and rattan give a rustic chic vibe. Casa Cook Hotel: “Our aim is to set a new standard among holiday resorts. We want to create hotels that connect and inspire like-minded travelers. Those who like to eat local and adventure authentic. Who thrive on style and value well-being. At Casa Cook, there will be no one-size-fits-all architecture. No repetitive interiors. Each hotel will have its own distinct personality and will inspire through the use of eclectic, evocative design. As well as through embracing and integrating the native culture of each location.” More information can be found here on Casa Cook’s website.

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A RELAXED FAMILY HOME ON VICTORIA’S SURF COAST

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This relaxed family home is located on Victoria’s gorgeous surf coast (Australia). The interior design consists of a lot of concrete (bench tops in kitchen & living room area and concrete flooring), reclaimed wood (bedroom and porch) and antique & vintage furniture pieces. All together these elements give lots of character and style to this beautifu home.

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MALIBU FARM CAFE AT THE MALIBU PIER (LOS ANGELES)

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Swedish born Helene Henderson has a two-acre organic farm in Malibu. For years she has been organizing cooking classes and hosting farm dinners out of her home and recently she has openend Malibu Farm, a cafe & restaurant at the Malibu Pier in Los Angeles. Helene: “We are not a big corporation or funded by investors, we are a locally owned small business. Our food is super simply prepared, there are no secret ingredients. We order everything organic, but none of our local small farmers are certified, and our big suppliers, do not deliver 100% organic 100 % of the time. I naively thought when I opened the cafe, that organics were easy for restaurant to source – it is not. It is a daily and challenging struggle.However we are proud of the products that we serve and believe we put the best possible produce available on every dish served”

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