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Just because...Style, Decor and Food.

RED is the colour I want for Fall, symbolic for passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure.

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Wear with everything leather shirt from UTERQUE

Wear with everything leather shirt from UTERQUE

Stunning dress from ZARA

Stunning dress from ZARA

Red leather boots at UTERQUE.

Red leather boots at UTERQUE.

Wool sweater, Alberta Ferretti at Espace Cannelle

Wool sweater, Alberta Ferretti at Espace Cannelle

Why I've always loved a Nancy Meyers movie!

Because the storyline is often heart warming and funny, and also, because

 THE HOUSES ARE INCREDIBLE!

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Check out these amazing homes, here, and why everybody loves these houses! 

The kitchen in the movie, The Intern. 

The kitchen in the movie, The Intern. 

Where to eat right now? 2 great restaurants to try out...

Quanjude

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Directly from Peking to Lisbon, Quanjude is the considered the best Peking Duck restaurant in China, and for its first foreign outpost in Europe, it has thankfully come to our capital. I can personally vouch for this crunchy, moist duck as I've been lucky enough to try it in Beijing and love it!! The duck is cooked in the traditional way, in a brick stove, with wood from fruit bearing trees, just the way it has been since 1864. The recipe was a huge success since its inception, and was served to the Imperial Family as created by Yang Quanren, the founder, a chicken and duck salesman from Tiananmen Square. Unmissable, take the whole family and then some...

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The crispy Peking Duck.

The crispy Peking Duck.

Me in China, at 13, dressed up like an Empress. Quanjude:  Rua Pólo Norte 1.06 21 Parque das Nações

Me in China, at 13, dressed up like an Empress.

Quanjude:  Rua Pólo Norte 1.06 21 Parque das Nações

CHUTNIFY

Bollywood kitsch decor.

Bollywood kitsch decor.

Now I've never been to India, much to my chagrin, and not for lack of opportunity, but it just hasn't worked out. But I find it a fascinating country, and I have a very vested interest in it and its people. And if you follow the kitchen on this blog, you will definitely see a curry or three, popping up from time to time. I love Indian food, and could eat it for breakfast, ( also Mexican!!), and have a great new place in Lisbon via Berlin. Yes, the lovely Indian owner Aparna, formerly in fashion, changed her life around and has two very successful Indian restaurants in Germany. Fortunately for us, she has now expanded her empire to Lisbon. 

The food is divine, a take on modern Indian, with the freshest of ingredients delivered daily, and a light approach to her curries, not heavy but full of flavour. The dosas are crispy, light and exquisitely filled with a varied mix of flavours. All this in a cool and relaxed atmosphere, what more could you want? 

Chutnify: Travessa da Palmeira, 46,  Príncipe Real

The weekend starts almost now...

xxx

Isabel 

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Barbie eats macarons from Ladurée...

Yes she does!! She's almost human apparently, I mean who can resist a macaron from Ladurée... and she still looks like her old self, perfection. But you know Barbie, the multifaceted fantastical fantasy doll,  or maybe you don't? She's now got her own Instagram page, @barbiestyle, with 1,8 million followers, and has just launched a book showcasing her impeccable style. 

Barbie style, to die for!

Barbie style, to die for!

The Art of @barbiestyle by Assouline, was launched last week at Barbie's favourite glamourous eatery in Lisbon, JNCQUOIThe enchanting and very pink event, where guests sipped luscious decadent raspberry-poppy macaron topped cocktails, (a real sugary decadence), and paged through the engaging book, highlighting a life only some of us could imagine! 

To celebrate this festive occasion, Ladurée, the famous French patisserie, concocted the raspberry-poppy macaron in Barbie's honour and a beautiful coffret (it looks like the book!!) filled with a dozen exquisite macarons. 

So for the friend who has everything, but not yet reached Barbie's lifestyle status, these are the perfect gifts from the Assouline boutique and Ladurée at JNCQUOI. 

With love from Barbie, Ken and I, still eating macarons, 

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The Latin Swede

Ellen, the very stylish woman in Odd Molly.

Ellen, the very stylish woman in Odd Molly.

She looks super Swedish but definitely doesn't feel or define herself as Swedish. Having been in and out of Portugal since she was two years old, (her father worked in Portugal), Ellen Hansen always knew that when she was old enough she would leave Sweden and probably move to Portugal. She studied to be a high school teacher in her home country but ended up coming back, and later tried living in LA for a year, and whilst loving Santa Monica, Malibu, and Topanga, all very similar to Lisbon, the saudades were stronger! She represents the hippy, bohemian and very cool Swedish brand Odd Molly in Portugal and has settled here for good, as this is her home. She lives with her two daughters, 100% Portuguese, facing the ocean, in a warm, cozy space, filled with Ellen's own ceramics.

How did you get into fashion?

I love textures, patterns, colors, creativity, and when I found Odd Molly, I identified totally with the brand. And I'm free, not in an office 9 to 5. My time is flexible so that I can create my ceramics,be a mother, and because freedom has no price, this brand allows me to do that. I started working with ceramics when I was around 30, but stopped when my daughters were born as there was so much dust in the atelier, but now I've restarted it all thanks to a new found love. It's important for me to talk through clothes, through the Odd Molly look and be creative! 

Who created odd molly?

Two friends, Per and Karin, created the brand in 2002. Per, who was an alcoholic living on the streets at the time and Karin, a struggling designer, with no job. They met by chance and talked about this idea of his, and what he wanted to create, something to make women feel whole, whilst Karin was sketching his ideas on a piece of paper. They sold their first collection on paper, and with that money produced it, and in couple of years it became hugely successful, and within a few more years, Odd Molly was on the Swedish stock exchange. Ten investors refused them initially, and only the 11th said yes! Every Christmas Per sends the other ten investors cards wishing them happy holidays!

Odd Molly perfection.

Odd Molly perfection.

Why 'odd' in the name?

Per was a skateboarder in L.A. and he was surrounded by perfect, gorgeous Californian blonde groupies, and there a lovely girl, very natural looking with no make up, with a beautiful smile that won him over! That was Molly. Odd stands for be who you are, not strange! And Molly was very much herself, in a good, healthy way.

What's your perfect day in Lisbon?

Just to see the sunlight, or not even, just the light! I love to walk around and see the architecture, Never get tired of driving along the Marginal, I adore the food,  so just walking around is beautiful. 

Describe your personal style?

I'm very Odd Molly! Odd Molly, odd molly, odd molly, all the time! I just love that everything in the collection makes me happy! This style of clothing makes everyday feel like Sunday, loose, flowing and easy, and I don't work 9 to 5, or in a corporate environment, it suits me perfectly.  Here most people get to places by car, so the way of dressing is very different to the way say, Stockholmers dress. I need to feel comfortable, a mix of rock 'n roll, edgy, mixed with the sweetness of the brand. I think you have to show yourself more through what you wear, it's not enough to just to wear a dress, you should give it your own touch, otherwise it's just copy, paste. 

What's your beauty routine

I very seldom wear makeup, I just wash my face, brush my hair and my teeth, put a really nice cream on my face and always wear Chanel No. 5. 

Chanel is her classic go-to scent.

Chanel is her classic go-to scent.

What would be your must haves?

Favourite accessories are shoes, and rings, especially from Lara Bohinc, and I also collect scarves from her. My shoes are from Lanvin or Prada, the most comfortable shoes, and other brands. But I'm not into brands in that way, I just fall in love with a pair of shoes, it's a passion. Comfort is a huge issue, because at my age, you cannot wear uncomfortable shoes, or clothes for that matter! 

A favourite bag...

A favourite bag...

Your philosophy on life?

Always be true to yourself, because if you are, you're OK. If you're not, you go off your path, and people can tell. You've got to speak from the heart, especially with my daughter's. If yoyre really, really true to yourself, they can tell and you do not have to repeat yourself many times over. 

Lara Bohinc candles

Lara Bohinc candles

What advice would you give your teenage daughters?

- Never talk to strangers,

- If a car comes by close to you and slow down, RUN!!

And I feel that now I don't need to give much more. The house is always filled with kids, they're loved by others, and they love them back. They know to give love, and so they receive it turn. I wish them such a wonderful life, just like the one I've had! Even with all the ups and downs, because when you're down, you can always stand up. I see myself as a tree, with deep, underground roots, and there can be a hurricane, and this tree will never break. 

 

Hope you~ve enjoyed my chat with the effervescent, positive Ellen, 

Wish you a great day,

xxx

Isabel 

 

 

 

 

 

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