Pallar Power

I not only love the graphics of this poster but also the meaning behind it. The poster is to promote tourism in Ica Peru. Pallares or Butter beans is the subject. Most people are familiar with Lima beans but it's the much bigger Butter bean that originates in the Andes which is called Pallar in Peru. This coastal part of Peru is the center of the Afro Peruvian culture and the cultivation of this bean. The poster continues saying "If you've come to Ica and you haven't eaten Pallar or drank Pisco, what did you come for".

* the art work is from the graphic design company Nidea in Peru


Metamorphosi ~ green glass earrings

Metamorphosi is a shop on Etsy that I have admired for quite some time. These stunning recycled green glass earrings are what first caught my eye. Ilaria Sadun from Italy is the artisan behind these glass hoops and other beautiful creations. A trip to Peru is where she was first inspired to work with recycled glass. You can read her story on her About page.

Vogue Korea - kittens

Vogue Korea photography by Kim Kyung Soo


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.


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.


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



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.



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.


Treasure shopping in Lima


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.



Chicha Morada ~ Purple corn drink


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


Pura Plata - Vintage Verde Sterling Ring


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


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


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



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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