Travel Notes: Portugal

Sep 09, 2017

PORTO
A few weeks ago I traveled to Portugal for a friend’s wedding.  I instantly fell in love with the charming country and its culture.  Here, a few of my favorite moments, and highly recommended stops in Lisbon and Porto.

The View

Porto is Portugal’s second biggest city, and best known for its packaging and exportation of Port wine.  What’s most incredible, though, is the view.  Split in two parts by the Douro River, Porto is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving one of Europe’s oldest city centres.

I found this amazing chocolate in a shop in downtown Porto.  The packaging was designed by the shop owner, and what’s inside the packaging is the most delicious chocolate.  The shop sold all locally made treasures, making it a fun stop even if you’re not looking for chocolate.
I love these soaps and have scattered them all around my home.  This specific selection is a special edition; each illustration was inspired by the most iconic sights and scenes of Portugal. 
 
City Walks
Every building in Porto had unique details.  While walking in downtown Porto I stumbled upon this beautifully tiled building and had to take a picture.  Wouldn’t this design look beautiful in a bathroom?

LISBON & SINTRA
Here, Andres and I with the bride & groom, at their stunning wedding.  An absolutely magical place, the wedding was held in the botanical garden, overlooking the city of Lisbon.
Sintra is a lovely town on the coast, just outside of Lisbon.  We stopped at Café de Paris for lunch, but picked up pastries from Casa Piriquita – the best pastries in town!
 
Mass Transit
The best way to see the city of Sintra!  A private Tuk-Tuk ride and tour…
Shopping
Everywhere we turned there were incredible hand painted tiles with intricate designs and details.  They are already on my mood boards to inspire future collections.
Lisbon is heaven for a coffee lover.  Coffee shops lined the blocks.  Nicola is a famous café, and has been around since the late 18th century!  It moved to its current location in 1929, and with that move came the iconic art deco architecture associated with the café today.   
Local Delicacies
I don’t even like sardines, but the packaging was so beautiful I was willing to try them.

The Art of Mixing & Matching

This Instagram-worthy floor has mastered mixing & matching.  Another one for the mood boards!

Airport Eats
Even the airport food is charming!  While waiting for our connecting flight we sampled Portugal’s traditional pastry, the Pastel de Nata, and of course, a latte!

 

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Aug 09, 2017

BAMBOO SHEETS

DON'T: SWEAT IT
Bamboo has tiny air pockets that ventilate when you're hot, and insulate when you're cold.
Say goodbye to that unrestful warm-weather-sticky-sleep.
DO: GOOD
Environmentally friendly, naturally sustainable resource, and no chemicals added.
HIT REFRESH
Naturally and permanently antibacterial, bamboo sheets smell fresh and look flawless between washes.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Bamboo sheets will only get softer with laundering.

BAMBOO BEDDING

We're thrilled to introduce our Bamboo Quilted Coverlets, the perfect compliment to our Bamboo Bedding Collection. We spend a third of our lives in bed, why not sleep in luxury!
The twins couldn't agree more!

4th of July Cocktail

Jun 29, 2017

4th of July Cocktails with Caro

Being from Argentina, and vacationing in Brazil a lot, our go to summer cocktail is the Caipirinha, a light drink made with Brazilian rum that’s derived from sugarcane and lime juice.  It’s refreshing, and simple, and reminds us of home.  Even better?  It can easily be made more festive for 4th of July parties.  Add blueberries and strawberries as a garnish, or muddled with the lime juice, for a red, white & blue theme. 

This is the classic recipe, and one we’ll be using all summer long. 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. cachaça
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 old-fashioned glass
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Directions

  1. Slice the lime into 1/2-inch rounds, cube them, and muddle them in an Old-Fashioned glass or small tumbler with sugar.
  2. Add ice (cubed or lightly crushed).
  3. Pour in the cachaça.
  4. Serve with a stirring rod or festive straw.

CAROLINA’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

May 25, 2017

What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend?  Follow along for Carolina’s favorite Hampton’s hotspots for kicking off the summer season.

STAY:  When we go out East (as the New Yorker’s say) we like to stay in Sag Harbor.  It’s such a charming little town with amazing food, fantastic local art, and beautiful beaches.

EAT:  My whole family loves Pierre’s in Bridgehampton.  Whether we are going for brunch, lunch or dinner, the food is delicious (and I always end the meal with one of their lattes!)  My kids love to have ice cream next door.

TAKE OUT:  Because sometimes you don’t want to cook, and you don’t want to waste the day sitting in a restaurant… my go to place is Harbor Market & Kitchen, but there are plenty of great options for people in the take out mindset.

Cavaniola Gourmet Cheese

89 Division St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Loaves & Fishes Food Store

50 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962

Pierre's Market

542 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962

Farmer’s Market on Sagg Main

DO:  Growing up in Argentina, going to the beach is a part of life.  We try to get to the beach as often as possible.  Our favorite beach in the U.S. is Gibson Beach in Bridgehampton. 

Sunset Fridays & Saturdays at the Wine Stand, Wölffer Estate.

Go with your kids.  It is a great place for them to run and play – and for you to listen to music and have a glass of wine!

Photo Credit: @WolfferWine

SEE:  We always look into the exhibits at the Parrish Art Museum.  It's filled with inspiring art from around the world.

 

Photo Credit: Parish Art Museum 

SHOP:  Sag Harbor has amazing home furnishing stores.  Here, my favorite spots…

Photo Credit: Monc XIII

Fisher's Antiques and Home Furnishings 

144 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

MONC XIII

40 Madison St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Sylvester & Co

103 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

In Home

132 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Bloom

43 Madison St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

 

Caro's Favorite Beaches

Aug 26, 2016

Beach: Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este
Some of my most fond memories as a child are the ones from our summer vacations. My family used to go to a beach in Uruguay, called Punta del Este. I consider it “my place in the world.” It is not only beautiful, its where I feel most at home. As a family, I continue thbeach vacation tradition every summer with my husband Andres and our kids, Thomas and Camilla. Our new favorite spot is Jose Ignacio.
The twins and their cousins contemplating the beautiful sunset in Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este.
Thomas running through the dunes with one of our Caro Home beach towels.
Andres and the twins sand surfing!
Camila with our Caro Home beach towel.
Waiting for my horse…
Horseback riding on the beach.
To round out the amazing day riding horses and relaxing on the sand​, we settle in for a traditional Argentinian barbecue right ​on the beach.
One of the ​best views in Jose Ignacio; “ El Faro.”
Beach: The Hamptons 
I feel very fortunate that ​when we moved to NYC we found the equivalent to our Punta in the US. Before my twins were born, we used to spend the occasional weekend in the Hamptons. Eventually those weekends turned into summers and even some winters, too! When I was pregnant with Thomas and Camilla, I used to go to Gibson beach to relax. The beach has always been the place for me to unwind, relax and be inspired.
The twins when they were little, having lunch at Sunset Beach.
Staging the new beach collection.
The twins enjoying the outdoors. 
Sunset at Sagg Main.
View of Gibson Beach.