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21 November 2016

 Two weeks ago I was invited by Pinterest UK to an afternoon at Soho Farmhouse – a 100-acre private member’s club and country house hotel- for the launch of their new book Morning Noon Night. It has always been one of my dream destinations in England, so I immediately said yes. It all started by meeting at the Marylebone Rail Station, where we had our own carriage that took us to the country side. After arriving to Banbury Station a shuttle was ready to drive us to Soho Farmhouse, and the view was gorgeous, imagine the beautiful English countryside houses with lovely autumn gardens.
 On our arrival we got greeted by the staff at Soho Farmhouse who took us directly to the main clubhouse barn where a delicious brunch was waiting for us. Even though outside was so cold, I instantly felt the cosiness and warmth that Soho houses have. Their effortless style, yet so elegant and well thought, makes you feel a hipster English countryside vibe. It felt very much like the Danish word hygge, imagine having brunch by the fire place while enjoying the view of the lake.
 After finishing brunch, we went on to the beautiful Barwell Barn, where we enjoyed some workshops and drinks. Some of the workshops included silk printing, flower arrangement and designing ceramics. We got to explore around, and let me say this place is amazing! They have a lovely greenhouse, bikes to ride all around, they plant their own veggies and they even have their own cinema inside, what else do you need for a getaway! They have barns and cottages for people to stay, or if you feel more adventurous you can even go glamping. Other facilities are the boathouse with an indoor and outdoor pool, grass tennis courts and six indoor and outdoor restaurants.
 Right when we finished exploring the entire place, they took us to the main restaurant again, this time for a Prosecco reception (yes!) and a Q&A session with Soho House founder Nick Jones. After hearing all the insights and the story behind this amazing book, we enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea with more than 10 types of cakes.
 If you love interiors, food and a stylish lifestyle, you will definitely love Soho House’s new book.


17 November 2016

Lately I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my spiritual practice, which consists of writing my daily morning pages, meditating, daily connection to flow and night prayers. After being somehow more conscious of my own body I started realizing that I had not been in touch with my feminine side. I’ve been trying to make it in a competitive world, struggling every day trying to achieve goals, working, doing projects, studying, writing a dissertation and at the end it was all too much. My health was deeply affected and I needed a break, a space where I could just connect with myself and do what I enjoyed the most. Even though I love meditating at home, lighting up candles and just connecting, I had the urge to share this with like minded people. I needed to share my perspectives and insights and wanted a safe place to just be vulnerable.

That is when I discovered the Moonlight Goddess Gatherings that Anoushka was hosting at her home. This came to me at the right moment, I needed to have a women’s circle where we can just share our thoughts, meditate, learn about the moon cycles and connect with our wild, wise women side.

These gatherings are shared at her beautiful home, and the first time I saw her place I just felt in love with it. The interior design has a bohemian chic feeling to it with a personalized atmosphere. The white walls contrast with her plants, a mix of natural textures and seashell chandeliers give a gypsy and elegant vibe.

When I was photographing her home we discovered we were both reading the same book, RiseSister Rise by Rebeca Campbell, it was such a lovely coincidence (or should I say synchrodestiny). We ended up talking about our spiritual journeys and what it means to be a woman on a spiritual path nowadays. We decided to do a book club for all the people who were reading the same book at the same time, to gather and discuss our favourite parts and share our insights from the book.

She also recommended me to read Women Who Run With the Wolves, and I did not think twice to read it since she had read Rise Sister Rise, I’m sure this book will be a good read as well. But for this book I decided to do something different. I’ve been living in London for a while now, far from home and family, so I decided to call my mom and see if she wanted to read it with me and have our own intimate digital book club. I wanted to share this book with her because for me this journey of discovering my wise wild woman means a lot to me in this time of my life and wanted to honour the women in my family, and I know this book will open many future conversations between the both of us.

Thank you Anoushka for opening your beautiful home to me and allowing me to capture its beauty.


10 November 2016

 Last week I was invited to stay at The Sixteen, one of the beautiful hotels that forms part of the Firmdale Hotels. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of South Kensington, so it is a great location if you are visiting some of the best museums in London ( like the V&A, my all time fav!) or if you are planning on having a walk through Hyde Park. All around you have so many cool restaurants, cafes & pubs, and if you want a photographic afternoon, it is the perfect location to find everything.
 We arrived in the afternoon, and the staff was really kind, they showed us to our room and we had the opportunity to relax before the afternoon tea, which I was looking forward to having at their gardens. Each room is individually designed by Kit Kemp who is an amazing designer and has a very unique British style. Our room had a view of the white stucco Victorian buildings and so much natural light.
 After resting for a while we headed to the gardens for our afternoon tea, and can I say it was the most amazing garden I've ever seen? We enjoyed coffee, ginger and lemongrass tea, scones with clotted cream and jam, macaroons, smoked salmon sandwiches, lemon and viola tarts, vanilla pannacotta and rose cupcakes. The weather was lovely, cold but not too cold to be sitting outside under the trees. 
 Next morning I couldn't get out of bed as it was so fluffy and comfy so we decided to enjoyed breakfast in bed (yes!!!). Definitely my stay there was amazing, and I'm looking forward on going back.