Tuesday

Casa de colores - inspiration





This is a great color palette for that happy feeling home ! Just a few pics from my collection of inspirational things that I store on my Pinterest page. It starts with the love kitchen full of bright greens, oranges and blues. Then a trio of giraffe pots from Anthropologie in natural with flower like white ethnic tribal markings. I love the frazadas from Peru and Bolivia that come in fantastic colors. Frazada is the South American word for blanket, you can find a nice selection at L'aviva home. Lastly a wonderful white, multi-colored tasseled pillow also from Anthropologie.








Sunday

Sugar & Cloth ~ DIY Leather strapped tote




I came across this wonderful idea on Sugar & Cloth blog. Easy to follow instructions on how to upcycle a not so exciting cloth tote bag in to something special by adding leather straps and rivets. The longer leather straps make the tote bag unique and much more practical. You could even recycle any old leather belt for this project. For step by step instructions and photos click HERE to go to the Sugar & Cloth post.






Yerba Mate Smoothie



I came across this wonderful smoothie on the blog "This Rawsome Vegan Life". The blog has so many great vegan recipes but this smoothie really stood out. It's full name is Hormone balancing Yerba Mate Banana Smoothie with Maca, Lucuma, Vanilla and Cashews. It could almost be called the South American Superfood smoothie since many of it's ingredients originate there and are packed with nutritional benefits. That's particularly why it caught my attention. From my travels to Peru, Argentina and Brazil names like maca, lucuma and yerba mate are very familiar. Here is the recipe from Emily's blog :



Yerba Mate Banana Smoothie

2 frozen bananas
1 1/2 cups chilled yerba mate tea (chai blend can be used)
1 tsp lucuma powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp vanilla powder
3 dates
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1/4 cashews, preferably soaked
Cacao nibs (optional)

Blend everything until smooth. Taste and adjust accordingly (add more dates, vanilla, etc.) Top off with cacao nibs.


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For more info on this superfood smoothie and other great recipes visit This Rawsome Vegan Life.






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Friday

Gerardo Larrea for Vogue Peru



Gerardo Larrea is a stylist, artistic director and fashion illustrator from Peru. His illustrations have a wonderful whimsical feel ! I love the tones of this illustration for Italian designer Alesandro dell'Acqua's N21 collection that appeared in Vogue Peru magazine. I'll be sharing many more in future posts.







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Sunday

Rainy day




Such a cute picture ! I hope to be imitating him soon,
hasn't rained here for quite some time.
I love the rain and I love turtles too.







* found this adorable photo on Cutest paw, it would be great to know it's origin.









Thursday

Treasure shopping in Lima

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The word is getting out ! Peru is a wonderful place for shopping. I travel there as often as possible and once I return home I love going through my finds. Whether I bought it in the capital, high up in the Andes or from an artisan along the beach they are all like exciting memories of a treasure hunt.

One Kings Lane did a great post called Insiders guide to Peru as part of their far-flung shopping escapade series where decorator Nate Berkus jets to Peru to scour the city streets and mountain top villages for handmade treasures. Above are a few of his finds in the capital, Lima Peru. Click on the Insider guide to see a few of his suggestions of shops, places to eat and sleep in the City of Kings. Watch Nate's travelogue below for your passport to Peru.















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Monday

Chicha Morada ~ Purple corn drink


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In a previous post I shared a recipe for Mazamorra Morada, a traditional Peruvian purple corn dessert and mentioned the beneficial properties of purple corn. Recently I have come across a delightful video by Tastemade, with vintage latin music in the background, visually appealing setting and easy to follow instructions it's a sure recipe for fun in the kitchen !



* for more info on Mazamorra Morada or Tastemade just click on the colored links





Sunday

Pura Plata - Vintage Verde Sterling Ring

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I have written before about my love for vintage sterling silver jewelry but 
now I have opened my shop on Etsy dedicated to this obsession. A large quantity of my collection is from Mexico and I'm always searching for vintage Peruvian silver. So today I thought I would feature this great vintage sterling silver ring from Mexico. It has a wonderful bohemian rustic feel with a beautiful stone in an organic shape. With it's scroll work, cluster of spheres and blackened background it evokes the style of Frida Kahlo. This statement ring would be the perfect edition to any ones vintage collection !




For more information on this vintage ring click on the photos or visit PuraPlata.etsy.com








Tuesday

Inspirational studio ~ The Noisy Plume




 This post combines two things I love creativity and travel ! Jillian of  "The Noisy Plume" is a wonderful jewelry artist who now has a wonderful work studio thats mobile. A labor of love for Jillian and her husband. They aquired the 1964 Sovreign Landyacht Airstream trailer from a farm in Idaho. Much work went in to the restoration of this retro dream like the more than 2500 rivets that were buck-riveted in to the interior walls. A skylight was put in along with light blue flooring and the inside of the door painted tangerine orange.










Julian's husband is a smokejumper or wildland fire fighter which requires him to be away from home for part of the year. Now that they have Miss Maple, which is what the Airstream has been fondly named, Jillian can travel along with her husband and have her studio too. There is still work to be done on Miss Maple like installing a custom work bench with lots of little drawers and shelves and of course a kitchen galley, shower, bed all you need for on the road living. How does she feel about her new studio ? " I love the space.  It glows.  I can’t explain it fully, but the light is serene and divine, no matter the time of day, and it feels really good."









To see more of Miss Maple or Jillian's beautiful jewelry visit her blog The Noisy Plume . You could also take a peek at her shop on Etsy thenoisyplume.etsy.com








Wednesday

Casa de Chocolates






















 

Casa De Chocolates is a wonderful little artisan shop in North Berkeley. This unique culinary gem is part of a ethnic foodie community in the northern part of California. As you walk down the street curiosity draws you in to the house of chocolates. Once you enter you are not disappointed, exotic chocolates inspired by the ingredients of Latin America excite the senses.  Aztec and Inca cultures are represented in
ingredients like cinnamon, chili pepper and quinoa. Casa De Chocolates is the creation of two Latin American women, Arcelia Gallardo and Amelia Gonzalez. If you are not in the Bay Area you can still visit the little shop and take home some chocolate by clicking HERE.








   2629 Ashby Ave. Berkeley CA 94705 casadechocolates.com






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Monday

Frida Kahlo by Rupert Gracia






I love this print of  Frida Kahlo by renowned Bay Area artist Rupert Garcia. This Mexican American California artist had a recent exhibit at the de Young museum in San Francisco, Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Projects 1991-2011. To see more of his work, learn more about the artist and see a video interview click here.










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Bicichalina ~ let's ride




This poster has great colors and graphics and I love the idea behind it ! Bici is short for the Spanish word for bicycle - bicicleta and chalina is the word for scarf. The poster is from the bicycle riding club Actibícimo in Miraflores, Peru announcing their fall evening bike rides through the city. I think it's great how this bicycle riding movement is spreading all over. To see a short video of one of their evening rides watch " Noche de Bici en Lima ".









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Andy Ve Eirn ~ beautiful knitwear













This beautiful knitwear is from Andy Ve Eirn, a shop I found on Etsy.  Yael Scharaby is a designer with a collection of elegant, simple and minimalistic knits. Above are a few of my favorites from her shop. Click on the colored links to see more designs or to visit the designers about page.












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Formentera - Rustic Beauty












via The Style Files




A wonderful Mediterranean get away on the island of Formentera near Spain. I love this type of rustic elegance. The white walls give it a fresh modern feel then the rustic wood makes it warm and cozy. What a great place to just relax and recharge, problem is you wont want to leave : )







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Matcha Chip Cookies



A wonderful recipe from the blog " une deux senses " for soft chewy cookies with matcha green tea chips. This is the second time I've shared a recipe from Michelle's blog, last time it was " Green Tea & Strawberry cupcakes ". Notice a theme ? Une deux senses has so many delicious recipes and beautiful pictures, I look forward to sharing more. To see the full post for any of these recipes or to visit Michelle's blog just click on any of the colored links.






Chewy Matcha Chip Cookies
Yields: 24 - 30 cookies


For the cookies
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 tbsn. strong-brewed green tea
2 cups matcha chips

For the matcha chips:
2 cups white chocolate chips
2 tbsn. matcha powder

To make the matcha chips, carefully melt the white chocolate over a double boiler, making sure not to burn it. Once smooth, whisk in the matcha powder until smooth. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe into 'chips' onto a piece of foil. Allow to harden completely, about 1 hour or you can speed this up in the freezer.

To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until very smooth and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and green tea. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in the matcha chips carefully. Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, then place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2" apart. Use your palm to press them down slightly. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.











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