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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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A HOLIDAY HOME IN SAYULITA, MEXICO

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This colorful holiday villa, called Casa Dos Chicos, is located right on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Coast of Sayulita, Mexico. The house has been redecorated using a mix of minimal and clean lines combined with colorful Mexican accessories. Casa Dos Chicos can be rented for events (imagine having a wedding here!) and/or holiday villa accommodating up to ten guests. The property features four beautifully decorated suites, a swimming pool, a tree-top Jacuzzi with ocean views, and a Mexican-style open air living area which includes a rooftop living room and kitchen/dining room dramatically linked by a bridge. Sayulita, which has been called “Mexico’s best kept secret”, is on my list of places-to-go-to. The small charming town with a great vibe has lots of good restaurants and boutiques. You can visit Casa Dos Chicos’ website for more information and bookings.

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A FRENCH HOME IN BORDEAUX WITH A NORDIC TOUCH

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This house from the 19th century is situated in one of the most beautiful streets of Bordeaux in France. The family home measures 390m2 and it large enough to accommodate 5 children. Owner Ludivine Degas likes to mix different styles. A palette of dusty gray shades fits well with the house’s history and serves a the perfect canvas for a collection of antique and industrial and modern furniture.

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NOMA OWNER RENÉ REDZEPI’S STUNNING DANISH HOME

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This is the home of René Redzepi, owner of world famous restaurant NOMA. This stunning house in Christianshavn (Denmark), where René lives with his wife Nadine, their three children and his mother in law, was originally used as a smithy. The house has been completely renovated by the family Redzepi, who have been responsible for most of the planning of the redevelopment. It was important that the kitchen was the first to be finalized in the house as they spend much time cooking and having people around for dinner. Both Nadine and René likes to explore antique shops and flea markets, where most of the furniture in the living room was found. The open fireplace, which was originally the heart of the forge, spreads coziness and warmth, but is also used to cook on. The dining room table is custom made by a carpenter, and the bench is purchased antique. The chairs are a mix of Hans J. Wegner Wishbone chair and his CH46 chair. The decorative stoneware is from Danish ceramic artist Aage Würtz. Simply stunning!

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