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.




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