Here is some Christmas inspirations for you all. I wish you a peaceful Holiday with family and friends and alot of Love.
The last week I went on a romantic inspiration trip to the italian and french Riviera – San Remo, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Grasse, DolceAqua and Seborga.
It was actually my first time in this area, but not the last one. I already look forward to my next visit. I stayed in San Remo on the Italian Riviera and made small trips around the area. Since it is close to France it is very easy to reach Monaco, Nice and Cannes.
The area has good weather all year around and never really becomes cold thanks to the location. Therefor this is also called “The Flower Riviera” due to the mild climate all year around flowers, olives and pesto is some of the local specialities here.
Inspiration is all over, no need to search. You find beautiful dramatic views, amazing Villas, Botanical elements, food, wine, beach, mountains… it has a great variation.
Here I share with you some of the lovely places and inspirations from the trip.
Since we stayed in San Remo on the italian side close to the French border and close to Monaco we made small trips around the ares. One of the great things with the coast is also that the old railway on the coastline got closed and moved more into the land so the old railway has been reworked and are now a bike/promenade road where you can rent a bike and hide away with a picknick. Lovely idea.
First night we stayed at this Vintage Dolce Vita Hotel Lolli Palace. Both Elisabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren was here in the golden years. It has the old Riviera feel in the entire hotel and Lolli Palace Hotel is a true Vintage pearl.
The italian breakfast was made on the delicious San Romolo Pasticceria in San Remo where they have the greatest hot chocolate with chili taste and brioches. Need a visit for sure!
In end of january each year San Remo has the beautiful Flower Festival of San Remo where they make amazing floral decorations to celebrate the Flowers of the area.
Long walks on the beach is a must. It was pretty windy this day, but warm with a beautiful stormy and dramatic sea.
We went several times to eat classic italian regional dinners at Nando´s Pizzeria and Restaurant.
We went to the Kingdom of Seborga. This place located in the mountains north of Imperia is very old and it says it is older than Italy itself, dated year 954 by Guido, Count of Ventimiglia, made it to the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of Lerins (France). It is a medieval presentation with great murals and crafted details in every corner.
Since I am a great fan of handmade and exclusive perfumes we just had to go to Grasse , located north of Cannes. This is the Capital of Perfume. They have crafted perfumes for many years and due to their amazing location and good climate they grow flowers, plants and erbs for their perfumes just on the hills around the city located on a mountain.
We went to Perfumiere Molinard, that has made perfumes since 1849. They had a fantastic guided tour in the factory to follow the process and to know better the profession and the crafting behind. The guide told that today it excists 1000 perfumieres that is educated and diplomated in the world. They have all a chimic background and to become a senior perfumiere you need to have created 1000 perfumes that has reached the marked. Very interesting.
I hope one day I will present for you all a lovely Lobra perfume, crafted in Grasse. Will keep you posted on that one..
Of course we had to visit Monaco and Monte Carlo. Such an amazing place.
The Oceanographic Museum on the hills of Monaco close to the Royal Palace was such an amazing place. It had a great acquarium on the bottom floor, the middle floors where old oceanographic pieces in exposure and the Rooftop with breathtaking view all over the coastline was amazing. The building was constructed on the cliff just by the sea.
Dolceaqua also needed a visit. It is such a magical place. You feel like entering a movie, like Lord of the Rings of such. It has a town constuction like nowhere else. Built in layers on top of eachother. Even of it is sunshine outside it is dark and mysterious inside the little old medieval town of Dolceaqua. The town was build 1177 and has a Castle on top of the town that is built on a height. This was a place where artist Monet often went to get inspiration.
Anna Piaggi, legendary Italian fashion editor and a style icon in every sense of the word, has passed away at age of 81.
She will be remembered as much for her unique style as for her contributions to fashion journalism
Piaggi was best known for her work with Vogue Italia where shed inspired the fashion world with her innovative and intellectual double-page spreads, or DPs.
Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia , for whom Piaggi penned a column entitled ‘D.P. Doppie Pagine di Anna Piaggi’ paid tribute to Piaggi on Twitter writing: “23 years working together, milions of D.P. done together. Will remember you for ever Anna”.
Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese also took to the social media site to express her words on the style guru: “So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty & fashion has passed. She was the height of glamorous eccentricity.”
To me it was always a magical moment when passing her by on the streets of Milan when I lived there. She is a true icon and a piece of art. She carried her style so gracefully and all I have to say is Style has no age. Long live Anna D.P Piaggi!!
You will be remembered forever!!
The British hairdresser Vidas Sassoon who defined the look of the swinging sixties has passed away. He’s probably best remembered for giving Mia Farrow her pixie cut during the making of ROSEMARY’S BABY, but the stylist also created signature looks for ’60s super model Peggy Moffitt, designer Mary Quant and actresses like Nancy Kwan, Carol Channing and his wife Beverly Adams. This is my tribute gallery to the legend of hairstyling.
While in Italy developing the next Lobra SS13 Collection I took the time for some inspiration and went on a trip to the dreamy city of Venezia.
It is a fantastic place, almost like a dream or a saga but all existing in real life. The city is so magical and a true piece of art into the smallest details.
Venezia is the place for love, romance and beauty. It is very inspiring and I recommend you to visit with someone you love.
To get a feeling of Venice I recomend you to watch Casanova movie by Lasse Hallström or Casanova by Fellini
This amazing new street art form Amsterdam 2011 is truly beautiful.
Max Zorn creates amazing images by using brown packing tape and a scalpel. He makes layers of tape and light to create the image. Max finds inspiration from classic movie stars, romanic scenes, historical paintings, boxing and Beatles..
The presentation of Max Zorn tape art is beautiful, dark and a more classic imaginary and we Love it.
Visit Max Zorn website here
This year it is 50 years since Marilyn Monroe passed away, therefor Lobra would like to remember this classic icon with some great pictures taken threw the years.
Lobra loves her joie de vivre, her confidence, and her ability to attract.
Marilyn is and will always be a true icon.
“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”
|I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
The artist, TINA CASSATI, makes costume, ruffs, hats-, bags- and shoes-, jewelry Recycling Objects (Sculpture le Mode) into modern surreale photo-video worlds and illustrations.
See more of her works here
Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2012: PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
Sharing a strong passion for how color can transform a face, mood or even an attitude, Pantone has partnered with Sephora, the leading beauty specialty retailer, to create an extraordinary collection that will change how consumers wear, feel and think about color. Launching in spring 2012, SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE™ delivers insightful color forecasting, timely trends and powerful seasonal product collections. To celebrate the launch, SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE proudly presents the first Color of the Year beauty collection.
“These products allow for on-trend, uninhibited expression, while being exceptionally wearable,” commented Gilbert Soliz, lead artist for Sephora PRO. “Whether she is looking to create a bold look featuring Tangerine Tango, or if demure trend expression is more her style, the collection allows for customized wearability.”
The limited edition collection features a variety of products including eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and accessories, and will be available in Sephora Americas beginning March 2012.