Spending Ferragosto in the mountains of Cancano

So there we were driving up the mountain, turn by turn, climbing higher and higher. The higher we got the more snow was seen on the tops of the mountains. Its something special being in the mountains in the summer. Its warm, you are swimming in the lake, yet you see the snow in the distance.

 

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It was a special day in Italy! Ferragosto! A day to spend with friends and celebrate the summer! And whats is a better place to celebrate the summer than in nature, with friends, in the sun, fooling around, eating, drinking, smoking, laughing and talking.  But we decided not to go to any place in nature, a special day calls for a special place, and we found it.

From St-Moritz we made our way to the cutest mountain town named Bormio. After  a little break with a focaccia and the most delicious coffee we got back on track and started our climb up the mountains to Cancano.

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Now, these mountains are something special. You look up and you feel so small, so overpowered by nature, its amazing. You look down over the edge and see the most turquoise water you have ever seen. No really, EVER. This landscape is one of the most impressive, and memorable landscapes I have ever seen. The landscape is white from the rocks, vibrant green from the trees and turquoise from the sky to the water.

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We drove up, parked the car, and hiked our way up even more until we reached the most beautiful spot. There we sat down at a wooden hut where they made us traditional home made mountain food, cooked by local mountain people themselves. You could taste the rawness and the passion for nature and food in every bite you took. With no phone signal, cow bells ringing in the background, comforting raw food, amazing people and breathtaking views, it was the perfect day.

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Favourite place to work in Lugano

I love working in different environments and places. I feel like it keeps my creativity and good energy flowing. So when I find myself in different locations I love searching for the perfect spots to work from! However, this is a spot where I keep coming back to when I am in Lugano. I fell in love with its atmosphere the moment I first set step on the dock.

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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano

As you sit down your cappuccino will be waiting for you. You open your laptop and take a sip of your delicious coffee while replying to your emails. You can feel your seat moving slightly up and down as waves crash against the dock. When you decide that you are getting too hot and need some refreshment just get undressed and take a dive into the cold lake. As you climb back on the dock you look back and look over the beautiful lake with the mountains in the background. It’s mind blowing, honestly the best place to spend your day working or just to enjoy a relaxed day in the sun!

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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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Lido Riva Caccia , Lugano
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The most fun beach in Lugano

So there we go, in our Fiat 500 cruising down the mountains following the lake. The hot air flows through the car, blowing our hair into the air. Its a beautiful morning for exploring and spending the day in the sun. If you ever drive through Switzerland or Italy you will notice that you are determent to stop every 5 minutes to take a picture of the breathtaking view, that seems to become more and more beautiful as you continue driving.

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You will also notice that after taking a picture of the amazing view you will want to dive right into the lake. Now there are many, but many beautiful spots to go to and enjoy a cooling dive while looking out onto the mountains. However, there is a spot where you can lay down your towel onto the sand underneath your parasol and dive into the lake. But you can also dive from a 10m diving board into a beautiful swimming pool. Or if you just want to leave the kids to get rid of their energy and you just want some peace and quiet then go to the cafe and enjoy a coffee while dangling your feet in the water. Its the perfect place to come if you want to get in some exercise (swimming in an olympic size pool) or just want to enjoy a day in the sun with your family. The beach is called Lido Di Lugano and it is definitely worth a visit when in Lugano.

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Lido Di Lugano
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Lido Di Lugano

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In this exact moment I am dangling my feet in the water next to a beautiful white swan. We both seem to be enjoying the most stunning view. I am in love with this place and tomorrow I will tell you all about it! – Trust me, you will fall in love with it to.

The streets of Como

The light shines through the window, I can feel the heat on my face. You can already feel that its going to be a hot day. Its the perfect morning to walk out and dive into the lake. I pull my hair back as I put on the hot helmet. The warm wind flows past my legs as we drive past the lake following the bendy roads. We drive through a village named Morcote where we stop for a coffee. We spend the morning working while drinking delicious coffees with the most beautiful view. The cafe’s terrace is placed on a platform that is built over the water, which creates a stunning image.

I like working in different places and environments. This is when I tend to work at my best. I find that it boosts my creativity and energy. This is why I like to look for nice cafes to work in! And this place is a very good option! With fast internet, comfortable chairs, amazing view and great coffee! (Very important to keep the work going!) If you are looking for a cafe to work I will advice you to go here! – They also have delicious food if you feel like you are on a role with your work and staying for longer than expected!

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La Terrazza Sul Lago, Morcote Switzerland
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La Terrazza Sul Lago, Morcote Switzerland
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La Terrazza Sul Lago, Morcote Switzerland

As I mentioned, I love searching for nice cafes to work in. So after our productive morning in Morcote we decided to change the environment by driving to Como where we continued working in another cafe. Como is a beautiful place with its cute streets, vibrant colours and amazing atmosphere. As you walk past the cafes you smell the fresh coffee and pastries. The smell is making you hungry. Luckily its lunch time and I am in food heaven!

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Como, Italy
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Como, Italy

Como is beautiful and if you haven’t already visited I strongly recommend you have a stroll around its beautiful streets! You will fall in love with the atmosphere, the food, the people, the views. Just like I did. It immediately feels like home.

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Sunsets in Deauville

I love my alarm in the morning. – Now thats something you don’t hear often! But when your alarm is as cute as mine I am sure you would feel the same way! My morning alarm is a little panda licking my face until I wake up! Whats a better way to start your day then to open your eyes and have this little thing staring at you! – He is ready to start another happy and careless day!

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When you walk around in Deauville you can feel the summery atmosphere. While wondering through the tiny streets filled with bakeries you can smell the fresh bread. When you walk past the harbour you can hear the seagulls while fisherman unload their daily catch. Everything gives a sense of calmness, of happiness. This is a place where you sit down on a terrace, and just endlessly watch people walk by. You will notice that each one of them has their unique style, but show similar vibes. There is a restaurant opposite the harbour in Trouville named Le Central where you can enjoy a freshly caught fish while enjoying your view and watch people walk by. It is the perfect location and they serve the dishes that Deauville is so famous for! Their amazing fresh fish!

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Le Central , Trouville sur Mer

The restaurant is also extremely close to the beach, which means you can have an evening walk while watching the sky turn orange and witness the sun disappear in the sea. Deauville has the most stunning sunsets. It is the landscape and the surroundings that makes it so unique and breathtaking.

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If you don’t want to go home yet make a stop at the most delicious ice-cream place named Amorino! They have an amazing selection of flavours and are beautifully presented! There is also a very large dairy free selection! Which are absolutely delicious and flavoursome! – Try the sorbet hazelnut, you will long for more and more!

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AmorinoDeauville

Summer nights are my favourite. A late night swim is the perfect way to end the day feeling fresh. Cooling your skin down from the hot sun. As you step out of the cold water you can feel the warm air hugging your skin, making you feel drowsy and cosy. The sun is down, the moon comes up. Its another beautiful night in Deauville. You can hear the birds sing into the night as you lay in your bed. Facing the window you see the stars. I close my eyes, and think “I cant wait for my alarm in the morning.”

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Beachwear you will fall in love with this summer

Reina Olga beachwear. They are a beautiful cheeky swimwear supporting their slogan “NO BIKINI IS EVER TOO SMALL, AND NO TOOSHIE IS EVER TOO BIG”.  A company run by brother and sister, who took ‘life is a beach’ a little too serious! Originally starting the brand in Brazil they now create their handmade swimwear in Italy. – And you can’t deny that anything irresistible comes from Italy! (pizza, pasta, limoncello, ice cream, I mean common, its an irresistible country)

And many haven’t actually managed to resist it!! People such as Emily Ratajkowski and the Kardashians already have their closets full of these beauties! And honestly, so do I! I am in love with all their pieces! They have a stunning collection right now, which you should definitely check out! I don’t think you are ready for that summer holiday until you have one of these beauties in your suitcase!!

So if you decide to show off that summer body you have been working on all year you should definitely stock up on Reina Olga bikinis! With their amazing colours, patterns and fits they will make you walk over the beach like you ‘RUN THE WORLD’.

Below are some shots I took for the brand showing their new collection! All their bikinis are original and have a very clever design. Giving you that extra little comfort in the bra to make your boobies look their best! And a sexy cut on the bottoms, shaping your tooshie with the perfect coverage to make you feel beautiful, confident and sexy! (Yep, all at the same time!!)  You aren’t a fan of those large tan lines? No worries, there is the transformer for you! You are going to have lunch on the beach but you just had a swim and you don’t want those wet salty patches to leave any marks on your shirt? Don’t you worry! The new collection has a dress made of the same fabric as your swimming suit, which means you can just quickly change into this dress without worrying about wet stains and still look amazing!! Or do you want to go for their original design, the design they are originally known for? Go for the scrunchie! (My all time favourite!!)

As you might have noticed, I have already filled my suitcase for this summer! And so should you!! Go on, you know you want to rock that body while having a casual stroll over the beach! Trust me, in these you will feel sexy and confident enough to rock the whole world!

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Reina Olga Beachwear – Shot by me 
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Reina Olga Beachwear – Shot by me