Belle Vivir is a blog created by Julia Paulino Yenicag to cover everything from Interior Design, home decor, fashion, beauty, design trends and shopping suggestion for the chic and modern woman. The blog was created as a personal Interior Designer bookmark. Julie is currently working on her new jewelry line; Tyche. Chic is in the details.
In many parts of the world it is already 2014, meanwhile here 2013 is still wrapping up. While that happens it's hard to bypass reflecting on what's been this year for us. In my case it's been full of ups and downs, hopes and disappointments, falls and rises luckily with probably more of the latter one. But we all know that completion and accomplishment are never awarded. It's all part of that flurry road that opens up into success and realization. 2013 brought me the beginning of Tyche, my jewelry line. Something that a few years ago was only a foggy wish. From a "what if" went to a "why not"? and I couldn't be happier and more hopeful. May 2014 unwrap in front of us full of opportunities and excitement! Happy New Year dear readers and friends.
If you are like me, and travel for architecture, food, culture and
fresh air then Cartagena de Indias is undoubtedly a place you should
go. The main attractions of this city is enclosed within a fortified
wall built around the 1530's to protect the city
from pirates who seem to be more than interested in the gold existing
in ancients tombs as well as in Cartagenas's strategical trading
location. We were expecting a devastating heat while we were there
however the weather was perfectly comfortable. Sunny
everyday but also breezy and very little humidity in particular during
the late afternoons when the sun is setting. Between admiring the
colonial architecture and trying out the ceviche we had a very memorable
Christmas and I highly recommend it.
The Churches throughout Cartagena are stunning and also a chance to get to cool off while safeguarding yourself from the sun.
Calle Cochera de Hobo is one of the most beautiful streets in the City.
The typical straw hats being sold on practically every street.
My hubby always doing silly things.
There are horse carriages you can stop and hop on everywhere in the city.
Plaza de San Pedro Claver
Restaurante Donjuan was my favorite for lunch. Not only for the beautiful ambiance and decor but also for the good food.
Restaurante Vera at Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, owned by the most well
known Colombian designer, Silvia Tcherassi, was the best for dinner.
(picture above is from Bon Appetit)
We stayed at
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Located in an old monastery, the setting and decor couldn't have been better. The service is excellent as well.
They offer a full buffet breakfast and/or a la cart. Colombian soft
note coffee is so far my favorite coffee and when French pressed it is
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas is outside the walled City, it's as
hot as hell and you basically get to walk outside on the structure
where the sun seems to bounce all over the place. I don't really
recommend a visit here, unless you are really-really
This is Mateo. A permanent resident Toucan of Sofitel Santa Clara.
Everyone who goes there expect to see him and get acquainted with him
We decided to hop on a speedboat and spend one day and night at the beach. Our first choice for
Hotel didn't have any availability but everything works out for the best. We got to spend a wonderful time in
San Pedro de Majagua bathing under the sun, sipping mojitos and munching fish and lobster. We couldn't ask for more.
The Hotel has suites with outdoor spaces with hammocks where we went late afternoons tired of doing nothing.
Now, when are we going back again?
All pictures taken by me with the exception of the Vera Restaurant.
Amid the hustle and bustle of preparation for
Christmas dinner. The heat inside the kitchen, the decoration of the
table, the last minute rushing trip to the Super Market, thank God there
is also the music, the wine, the conversations
and the people you love around you to make up for the stress that every
festive anticipation brings. One can also get lazy or exhausted and
forget planning what to wear. For that reason I've rounded up a very
affordable and cool selection of party dresses
for you to beam that night because you deserve it. xoxo J
There is no way that one Christmas will pass by without our traditional
Christmas in Europe post.
For the third year in a row this has become a tradition which is in the
end what Christmas is all about; Tradition among unity, hope, happiness
I hope you are enjoying your preparations and excitement this season
My first choice of clothing when traveling to a city like Cartagena de
Indias, Colombia's largest tropical port, would be to embellish myself
in only Dries Van Noten and Stella McCartney's sophisticated prints.
When that may happen, I don't know! Until then,
I am happy with shopping at Top Shop this summer. I paid a visit
yesterday to do some shopping for our trip to the wall surrounded city next
week and I loved the beautiful prints on their understated British
styled pieces. I was even happier when I saw their
price tags. Here are my picks to pack when going to a city where heat
is the norm. Enjoy!
When it comes to skin products, in a city like Cartagena where average
temperature year round is 32 C and humidity is the daily bread then I
don't really want to be using too many of them. But anyone over 30
must likely will need some coverage. After my layers
of serum, I swear on Skinceuticals physical fusion UV defense SPF 50.
It's almost as light as water with a café-con-leche tone that gives just
the right coverage. For the body I can't replace my Shiseido Ultimate sun protection lotion SPF 50+ The fact that
this product, while actualizing its formula, has been in the market for
years, speaks millions to how good it is. I also love Jack Black Performance Remedy SPF 45. Beautiful eyelashes can get you far in life,
They're real by Benefit are the best I've found.
One application can give you a natural look, apply some more and you
have thick and separated lashes. Perfection! Then only and because
eyebrows don't sweat and there's little that needs to be done when you
have a pair of respectable eyebrows, I opt for
Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for brows and eyes. I only use
the powder and forget about the rest in the package. I can't live
without blush and to cover that department no one does it better for me
than Nars. It’s shade Torrid goes a long way.
Sugar lip treatment SPF 15 in color passion is my only option lately.
I am convinced that our surroundings influence our beings and if we put in our homes only what we love based on comfort and functionality beauty will reveal itself. After all, having a warm, comfortably functional and beautiful home to come back to at the end of a long and hectic day, is what we all covet. A happy home which should render us with either a sense of comfort or reward at the end of our busy days.
"Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury" - Coco Chanel 2008-2011 BELLE VIVIR: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY JULIA PAULINO YENICAG. ALL CONTENT IS THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF BELLE VIVIR UNLESS OTHERWISE CREDITED. IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO COPY OR ALTER CONTENT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT.