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La Riviera – Inspiration Trip

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.

San Remo sunny day

Lolli Palace Hotel San Remo Italy

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.

Hot Choclate and briosche at San Romolo Pasticceria

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!

San Romolo Pasticceria in San Remo

Primavera (Spring) Statue in San Remo

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.

Bordighera Beach

Long walks on the beach is a must. It was pretty windy this day, but warm with a beautiful stormy and dramatic sea.

Chef Nando from Nando´s Restaurant in San Remo

We went several times to eat classic italian regional dinners at Nando´s Pizzeria and Restaurant.

Seborga Square and church, such beautiful colors together

Seborga Square with crafted stonesettings and one of the village cats

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.

The Capital of Perfume – Grasse, France

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..

Perfumerie Molinard , Grasse France. Vintage bottle made of Baccarat glass.

Monaco – Monte Carlo

Of course we had to visit Monaco and Monte Carlo. Such an amazing place.

Monaco townhouse

Oceanographic Museum Monaco

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.

Oceanographic Museum in Monaco Acquarium

Monaco Royal Palace with beautiful pink lightening

Dolceaqua Church with amazing colors

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.

Dolceaqua Medieval town, like entering a movie – magical

Beautiful Villa on the hills outside San Remo


Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
November 7th, 2012 - 13:52 in Inspirations, Travel

Vacation Dreams

Since I these days are dreaming of having a vacation in Italy I here dedicate a post to my idea of a lovely vacation. Lets go Dolce Vita with it…

No summer without Aperol Spritz. It is a fresh drink that is a classic in Italian bars. Here is the reciepie:

3 parts Aperol Spritz

2 parts Prosecco

1 part Soda/San Benedetto bubble water

Slice of orange as decoration


Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
June 15th, 2012 - 12:28 in Travel

Lobra Loves Venezia

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.

The beautiful panorama of Rialto bridge

Byzantine windows. Amazingly crafted into the smallest details.

Every small detail counts in Venezia. Everything is made with pure beauty.

Harp players made the romanticism of the city even more emotional.

The beautiful shapes of the Gondols and this amazing color blue.

Gondols is probably the most romantic & beautiful transportation ever made.

Piazza San Marco

Panorama of Piazza San Marco

The Angel details was so beautifully dramatic

Gondol details

Venezian masks such pieces of art

The masks makes you want to dress up for a fabulous masquerade

To get a feeling of Venice I recomend you to watch Casanova movie by Lasse Hallström or Casanova by Fellini

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
May 14th, 2012 - 09:28 in Inspirations, Travel

Christmas Decorations

This year I have been travelling close to Christmas time and have been blessed with alot of beautiful Christmas decorations.

Here is some of my favorite pictures from Italy and Sweden. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!!

Stockholm - PUB

Stockholm - PUB

Stockholm - NK

Stockholm - Sergels Torg

Rome - A store close to Piazza Navona

Rome - Piazza Navona

Rome - Piazza Venezia

Rome - Piazza di Spagna

Rome - The Fendi Store

Rome - Grand Hotel Plaza

Italy - Civitanova Marche

Italy - Civitanova Marche Boutique display

Midvinternattens köld är hård,
stjärnorna gnistra och glimma.
Alla sova i enslig gård
djupt under midnattstimma.
Månen vandrar sin tysta ban,
snön lyser vit på fur och gran,
snön lyser vit på taken.
Endast tomten är vaken.

Tomten av Viktor Rydberg

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
December 22nd, 2011 - 11:16 in Travel

Grand Hotel Rimini

Today I want to share my love for this beautiful classic Grand Hotel Rimini. At my visit to Rimini in April I went here for lunch. It was just before the season so it was empty on people and I has lunch in this beautiful Restaurant all by myself. It was extreamly romantic and dreamy.

This is a classic vacation stay that was inagurated 1 july 1908. One of the most attractive aspects of the Grand Hotel is its classic style. The rooms are still decorated with Venetian and French antiques of the 18th century, and the original wooden floor (parquet) and Venetian chandeliers have been restored. In the restaurant and the other banqueting rooms, the furniture, the paintings, and the lights, reinforce the original atmosphere of the past.

The hotel became world-famous through Federico Fellini‘s films. As a poor child growing up in Rimini, he often looked through the gates of the hotel in awe, dreaming of a life of luxury like the hotel’s guests. These childhood memories inspired some of his most successful films. The Grand Hotel is featured particularly in his film Amarcord, where it is in the background of some of the film’s most memorable scenes.

The lovely front view of Grand Hotel Rimini

Lounge Area

The Restaurant

The Restaurant

Curtain holder in the Restaurant

Grand Hotel Rimini from the beach

Here you can visit the Rimini Grand Hotel website

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
July 14th, 2011 - 20:19 in Travel

New York City on my mind

It has now passed 1 year since I moved back to Sweden from New York where I lived 3 years. Therefor I will dedicate this post to my New York. The New York that gave me the good times and the great inspirations.
Times really flies by and dreams really come true.
It was hardworking times, but also extremly inspiering and challenging. It is the city of dreams. Every day you get the chance to change and meet new people and places. You are never bored, there is just simply no time. Maybe you have your dream with you when you come to NYC or you leave with one. For me I came with a big dream of the City and left with a big new one – to start my own brand LOBRA.

I know I will be back soon to continue my NYC Journey. NYC is a place that never stop surpricing you and is constantly changeing that every day is a new start.

I want to share some pictures with you and dedicate it to my New York and the friends I love over there.

New York Brooklyn Dumbo View

View from 42 and Tudor City - between 41 and 43 Avenue

My beloved 5 Tudor City Place

View from my apartment at 5 Tudor City Place - Magical

On my way to Fashion Show in NYC Fashion Week in my Selima Hat

Night at Metropolitan Opera

Baby Phat Fashion Show

NYC View

NYC the city that never sleeps

This song Empire State of Mind is the soundtrack of this time.

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
July 12th, 2011 - 12:18 in Travel

Swedish Midsummer

Midsummer to me is a very beautiful celebration. It is warm outside, the nature is full of green and blossom, and swedes love to celebrate this big. We prepare food days before, decorate with flowers in your hair, the maypole and dinner tables all in wild blossom theme.

With all my years abroad I havent really celebrated Midsummer like in Sweden, but this year it will be big celebration in a beautiful red summer house beside a lake in Småland.

This is probably the best time of the year and everyone is happy and social and outdoor. We sing, dance, eat and drink til the sun goes up.

Midsummer is widely celebrated in Sweden and Midsummer’s Day is a public holiday. Originally, back when the Vikings ravaged in Scandinavia (and elsewhere…), it was a fertility rite. The May pole was a phallic symbol, which was supposed to fertilize Mother nature, in hope that the harvests would be good later in the year.

Nowadays, the holiday always begins on a Friday, Midsummer Eve, but in the beginning it marked the summer solstice – the longest day of the year and the shortest night.

There are many traditions about Midsummer that still live here in Sweden.

A wreath or a bouquet with seven or nine (the traditions vary) different flowers is powerful if you pick them all alone and speak to no one. If you dare pick one flower from the churchyard, the power increases even more… If a girl puts the flowers under her pillow, it is said that she’ll dream of her future husband that night…

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
June 20th, 2011 - 18:55 in Travel

Roma My Love

Would like to share with you inspirational places, art, exploring and dining. Here is my list I made for Rome during my trip in May 2011.

I lived in Rome for 1 and a half year in the beginning of my fashion carrer in 2001 and ever since I have a big heart and much love for this Roma-ntic city. It is one of my favorite places to visit. The beauty of this city is really breathtaking and goes straight into your heart.

It is a city full of warmth, hospitality and love. I always have a great time visiting this city. This is where you fall in love with everything around you. The small cozy streets, the beautiful historical architecture that sweaps over the city and this great history that belongs to this city from the Roman Empire to the great days of Cinema Italiana in Cinecittá with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and the importance of Alta Moda Italiana that colors this city.

I have stated 10 things not to miss

1. Tamara de Lempicka Exhibition at Vittoriano Museum Complex

A highly inspiering exhibition. Fantastic shapes, colors that yet today feels very modern though Tamara de Lempicka had her greatest era in the 20/30´s.

2. Eleonora Boutique Roma, Via del Babuino 97

This is a great concept store for fashion and design where you find a very interested selection of interesting styles and special editions of the season. Their department for Shoes & Accessories is specially worth a visit. This is Romes “Colette Paris” .

3. Ristorante Sora Lella – Isola Tiberina, 16, via di Ponte 4 Capi

My favorite Restaurnt that serves Classic Roman dishes.

I first visited their restaurant when I lived in New York where they had their second Restaurant Sora Lella New York and got to know this fantastic family runed spot. It is a restaurant that has a long tradition of Roman cooking and opened 1959 by Signora Elena Fabrizi (Sora Lella in Roman). Today Sora Lella Restaurant is runed by Elenas grandchildren that continues the Sora Lella Story.

To know is that Elena and her brother Aldo where very important actors in Italian Cinema. Aldo opened up the Italian Neorealismo movie era with Rome Open City 1945 directed by Roberto Rosselini. Aldo also helped Federico Fellini into the moviemaking before he was a known movie director.

4. Le Talpe – Design/Vintage store. Via Panisperna, 222a

This is a newly opened store in the Monti Area that is a goldmine for Vintage  designer sunglasses. They also holds new designer brands and the Staff is Fantastic!! If you are a lover of Sunglasses this is a must go!!


5. Smalto -Shoes & Wine Via Urbana 12,

Shoes store in Monti District that is a perfect new hybrid—shoe boutique and bar. This is where you can enjoy a glass of wine while trying on your favorite shoes on. This store holds many made in Italy brands like Georgina Goodman and Tabitha Simmonds among others.

6. Rosario Ristorante (Seaside Fregene) Lungomare di Levante 54, Fregene Roma

This Lovely Seaside Restaurant outside of Rome (by the beach in Fregene) is a fantastic romantic spot. They are specialized in Fish & Seafood. This is the place for Oysters and Champagne lovers!! Their location just by the beach with seaview is priceless.

7. Fontana di Trevi is a must for me everytime I come to Rome. I love that place, the beautiful architecture and the sound of the ebullient water. This fantastic place is best visited late night or early morning or out of season when less crowds of tourists.

8. Gallery Dorothy Circus Via dei Pettinari 76

This Gallery holds Pop Surrealism art only with artists like Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Natalie Shau. It is absolutely worth a visit. Right now they have the exhibition “The Magic Caravan”

9. Enoteca Cul de Sac Piazza Pasquino 73

I always go here when in Rome. Also when I lived here years ago this was a favorite spot of mine. Their wine selection is exquisite and also their broad selection of italian cheese and salumi is a must when here. The place is always full and you most likely needs to wait a while, but it is definitly worth waiting for.

10. Exhibition Gli Irrepitibili Anni´60

Fondazione Roma Museo Palazzo Cipolla Via del Corso 320

This exhibition of art from the 60´s is a great inspiration where you can see pieces by Yves KleinMario Schifano and Piero Manzoni among others. This exhibition holds Italian Nouveau Réalisme and Pop Art and also they have a movie section and magazines from the 60´s. It is definitly a must if you will visit Rome until 31 July.

11. Osteria Gusto Roma Via della Frezza, 16 vicolo del corea

A very exciting location. A feel of industrial, modern art and trattoria. Their plates are fantastic. Salumi and Cheese is a must here together with a glass of Prosecco. The place is relaxing and music is lounge modern relaxing vibe and they also have a spacious outdoor area for fresh summer nights.

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
May 31st, 2011 - 17:07 in Travel
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