Sep 09, 2017
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.
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.
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!
The best way to see the city of Sintra! A private Tuk-Tuk ride and tour…
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.
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!
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!
Aug 09, 2017
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The twins couldn't agree more!
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.
- 2 oz. cachaça
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1 old-fashioned glass
- Slice the lime into 1/2-inch rounds, cube them, and muddle them in an Old-Fashioned glass or small tumbler with sugar.
- Add ice (cubed or lightly crushed).
- Pour in the cachaça.
- Serve with a stirring rod or festive straw.
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
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
40 Madison St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Sylvester & Co
103 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
132 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
43 Madison St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
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, it’s where I feel most at home. As a family, I continue the beach 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.”
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.