Hi Everyone! according to the calendar it is finally spring, and while in reality the cold weather has decided to stick around a little longer (as I write this, it is currently pouring ice rain and snow… More
Today I am so excited to introduce a new feature here on Stylishly Zen called Spotlight, where I will be interviewing incredibly talented designers, bloggers and entrepreneurs about their lives, their work and how they got started within their respective industry. Today’s Spotlight is with one of my favourite architect and designers Rachele Biancalani, and I was beyond thrilled when Rachele agreed to be the very first person to be featured on Spotlight. Rachele runs her own namesake firm based in Italy which means that she is a architect, designer and business woman extrodinare. It became clear from Rachele’s interview that she lives and breathes design, and this passion and dedication is clearly reflected in her work. A Tuscan farmhouse that Rachele designed has previously been featured on Stylishly Zen (you can check it out here) and I have no doubt that more of her work will be featured in the future. Without further adieu, here is my interview with Rachele:
Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m Italian, I’ve studied Architecture in Florence and I live in Italy right now close to Florence, in Tuscan
When did you know that you wanted to be a designer?
When I was a child I enjoyed looking at similar apartments (at different floors of the same building) and discover how much they were different with various furntiure and different walls.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My main inspirations are my Clients and their desires; for this reason my works are so different one from the others.
What is your favourite city to visit for design inspiration?
I think Italy (with Florence, Rome and Milan) is very inspiring but also other European Cities as Berlin, London and Paris
From start to finish, describe your ideal day…
My ideal day is wake up early in the morning but without the alarm clock, prepare breakfast for my two children, go to gym, go to work in some of my building site and then work all-day-long with nice collegues and smart Clients, then meet my family for dinner and talk about all the beautiful things we have done during the day.
What is the best advice that you have ever received?
An Architect that I respect and esteem told me that in each difficult situation I have have to keep calm and always trust in myself
What is your favourite food?
My favourite food are vegetables and dark chocolate but not in this order 🙂
List three things that you always carry in your bag
I’ve always got in my bag a meter, my smartphone and a pencil
What is the first thing that you do in the morning and the last thing that you do at night?
The first thing I do in the morning is going in my children bedroom and the last thing at night is to fall asleep with them on the sofa watching some tv series that we love
How do you incorporate wellness into your life?
Unfortunately in this period I’m not able to incorporate yoga, meditation or fitness as much as I would… but it is one of my best intention for 2018.
What does living well mean to you?
Living well for me is definitely to defeat stress and learn to say “no” and take care of ourselves
To see more of Rachele’s work please visit her website www.rachelebiancalani.com
I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS
Happy New Year! I hope that your 2018 is off to a fabulous start! This past week was Stockholm F/W 2018 Fashion Week, and as alway there was some major street style fashion moments. I love how fearless Scandinavian fashionistas are. This season they paired their teddy bear coats with bright colours, stripes, checks and vinyl, confidentially demonstrating their incredible styling prowess. Love it! Here are some of my favourite looks from the past week:
I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS
Aside from the fantastic food, one of my favourite things about the holiday season is the fabulous fashion. Beautiful reds, glittering golds and shimmering sparkle suddenly become acceptable everyday attire during the festive season and I love it! While holiday dressing is not for the faint of heart, it is the perfect opportunity to have some fashionable fun and add something bold and fresh to your wardrobe. Here is some festive fashion inspiration if you are still searching for the perfect holiday look:
Photo credit: @shalicenoel, @darjabarannik, @ariviere, http://www.pinterest.com
I hope that you have a fabulous and fashionable holiday season! XXS
Winter weather can cause a myriad of beauty woes. Even the most well intentioned beauty aficionado can get caught easily with hat head, static cling and parched skin. While updating your beauty routine for the cold weather is a necessity in many parts of the world, you may also want to consider adding in a few nutritional beauty busters to help maintain your glow all year long. As I have mentioned (many times) before, I love to eat for skin health. Here are a few of the food that I reach for when the temperature drops:
Beauty and good health begin in the belly and miso is a perfect winter warming food. Made from soy beans, this fermented food is very popular for it’s many benefits. Miso has been consumed for centuries in Japan and China and many regard it as the secret to the luminous skin that many Japanese women are known for. It is jam packed with antioxidants that help to address the signs of aging and bacteria (the good kind) which helps to balance the gut flora. Packed with antioxidants such as isoflavones helps to address the signs of aging and contains beneficial bacteria that helps to balance the gut and in turn aids in keeping the skin clear. Miso is alkalizing for the body and also helps to strengthen the immune system making it the perfect food to indulge in during flu season.
- Make sure that you use hot but not boiling water when making your own miso soup as you don’t want to kill the good bacteria
- In a rush? Enjoy a simple cup of miso soup by creaming a teaspoon of miso in a 1/4 cup of hot water until completely dissolved. Top with 3/4 of hot water and a few drops of chilli oil if you like it spicy and enjoy!
I love mushrooms so I don’t need an excuse to indulge but, knowing that they are a fabulous beauty booster makes them taste even better. Mushrooms are the only vegetables that make Vitamin D from sunlight which is essential for healthy skin and bones. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the turnover of skin cells which will keep you looking beautiful. Mushrooms are also a source of zinc which is well known as a acne fighting mineral. Mushrooms are a total skin clearing winner in my book!
- Try showing mushrooms in to stir fries, pastas, curries and anything else you can think of. The subtle earthy flavour will add a new tasty dimension to most dishes
Most people reach for Vitamin C during the winter months, especially when they feel a cold going on. While oranges are a great source of it, there are other foods that are rich in Vitamin C as well and red cabbage is definitely on that list.
Red cabbage is said to have twice the amount of Vitamin C then green cabbage making it a smarter vegetable to reach for. Rich in fibre and antioxidants and low in calories, red cabbage is an amazing but underrated vegetable. The collagen boosting properties of Vitamin C will help to keep your skin smooth and clear while red cabbage’s anti-inflammatory properties (the carotenoids) help to fight inflammation based skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.
- Roasted red cabbage is simple to make and seriously delicious. Drizzle thick slices or wedges of red cabbage with olive oil (on both sides), sea salt, pepper and minced garlic and roast for 15 – 20 mins at 450F for an easy vegetable dish
I read a study a few years ago that touted the longevity benefits of rosemary. Since then I frequently reach for this fragrant herb. Naturally astringent and filled chockfull of anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary is a powerhouse in the world of herbs. Helpful in reducing redness and puffiness, rosemary even works to address breakouts due to excess sebum. Rosemary’s ability to help stimulate the body’s circulation make it a great warming herb that helps you to achieve beautiful glowing skin.
Rosemary’s scent is said to help improve one’s mood, enhance brain function and boost energy – perfect for jump starting those sluggish winter days. Many people swear by rosemary oil – applying it topically is said to help with indigestion and mental disorders.
- Not sure what to cook with rosemary? Try a simple rosemary tea, simply steep a sprig or two of rosemary in hot water for 5 mins. Remove sprigs and add honey to taste, and sip your way to a glowing complexion!
I hope that you have a beautiful winter season! XXS
Today’s Inspiring Interior is a small space with a lot of style. Located in Kiev, this compact (484 square feet) apartment was tastefully designed by MARTIN Architects. The owners intended to use this apartment as a rental so it needed to have universal appeal to attract potential renters.
Despite not being a very large space, the abundance of natural light and open layout makes this apartment feel much larger then it actually is. The bedroom is partitioned off from the rest of the apartment by a glass wall allowing natural light from the bedroom window to brighten up the entire apartment.
The colour palette is kept neutral with greys, blacks and brown but a aqua green accent colour has been incorporated throughout the apartment upping the style factor on this gorgeous space.
My favourite part of this apartment though is the kitchen. The exposed brick wall was painted black to contrast with the light floors – it’s positively swoon worthy!
All images from http://www.design-milk.com
I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS