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6 Things I’ve Learned From The Italians

A homemade life Weekend Reading June

  1. Pasta and pizza taste best when made from scratch.
  2. ‘I’d rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size zero’ – Sophia Loren
  3. Start relaxing. It seems life is less stressful in Italy. Italians don’t rush around with take-away food and to-go cups of coffee, they prefer to sip their espresso and enjoy their food. There is less emphasis put on being on time, rather, the emphasis falls on how that time is spent.
  4. Maintain a ‘bella figura’. Although this literally translates to ‘beautiful figure’ it means more than that. It’s a way of life that emphasizes aesthetics and good behavior. So always try your best, take care of yourself and never wear pajamas to the dinner table 😉
  5. Italians have an easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about everyday life. They prefer la dolce vita that revolves around a relaxed and happy lifestyle.
  6. Drink wine. Share a bottle of wine with loved ones around the dinner table.

Weekend Reading

A homemade life Amalfi Coast 5

La Dolce Vita in Naples and Positano

I visited many places in Italy – from Verona and Rome to Siena and Florence – but this was the first time I went to the Amalfi Coast, Naples and Positano to be exact, with its charming Italians, delicious pizza’s and pasta’s and impeccable views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. What is there left to say that hasn’t already been said about the Amalfi Coast? Perhaps John Steinbeck said it best: ‘It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone’.

For more photos of my Italian trip hop on over to my Instagram!

A homemade life Naples and Positano

Island Life

A homemade life Island Life CapriLast week I visited two incredible islands in Italy: Capri and Ischia. First I hopped on a ferry in Naples (Molo Beverello) and arrived to Capri for the quintessential experience: fresh seafood, perfect views and lively streets. With its effortless chic vibe and endless sea views, Capri is simply a magical place that you cannot miss if you are planning to visit the Amalfi Coast.

If you’re in the market for complete relaxation, tasty Italian food and views that will be engraved in your memory forever, you’ll find it on this island. Capri is the epitome of la dolce vita and il dolce far niente and you will want to surrender to the preferred island activity of eating lots of tasty Italian food and simply relaxing.

Ps: Be prepared! Bring some lightweight clothing and lots of sunscreen (I used La Roche-Posay sunscreen and it was the best) as the sun is quite intense in the summer months!

A homemade life Island Life Capri and Ischia

The day after I visited Capri I knew I wanted to explore more islands in the bay of Naples. So I decided to take a trip to Ischia, Capri’s lesser-known island sister to the north. This lovely island is covered with white sand beaches and incredible views of the Mediterranean waters. Compared to Capri, Ischia is relatively unknown to many, but I can honestly say it is worth a visit! The island combines excellent beaches with challenging walks, quiet delights, impeccable food places and thermal pools. What makes Ischia so special? Its sense of La Dolce Vita, enjoying the simple delights of everyday life. I only spent a day in Ischia which was way too short so I think I have to come back soon to explore more of this magnificent island!

A homemade life Island Life Capri and Ischia 2

Bella Italia

A homemade life Bella Italia

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Last week I finished my internship at L’OrĂ©al where I spent the last six months as an intern. And now I’m off to Italy for a week to unwind, enjoy Italian pizza’s and wine and sunbath every day. I’m going to Naples and Capri, two places I’ve been dying to visit for a long time and I’m so happy that time is finally here! I’ll see you in a week!

Weekend Reading

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