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#LoveFromItaly + a Giveaway!

February 17th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

You might have caught our little Valentine’s Day guide to the perfect cozy and casual date and might have guessed our date of choice is one spent inside, being cozy and doing something cute and creative together and this is exactly what we planned for Valentine’s Day this year – nothing too fancy, just the two of us spending some quality time together doing the things that we are most comfortable doing (otherwise known as eating, cuddling, eating and laughing… and eating again).

I’m actually quite the fan of V-Day, I love the whole concept of celebrating love and all the cards, chocolates, gifts of the season. It might be a superficial date, but it’s just super cute! This is the first Valentine’s Day documented on Miel Café so far, so I’ve snapped away to bring you a hour by hour (sort of) reportage of a very cozy day.

Psst, stick with us until the end for a romantic Giveaway!

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8.30 am – I woke up to an email that some special one bought me a tree as gift for Valentine’s Day! I received a lovely cocoa tree based in Haiti from Treedom and that’s probably the cutest gift I ever had! This together with others (and I might add – writing a blog post about lingerie just a few days before the date has totally rewarded!).

Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day

11.00am – We slept in until super late and spent a big amount of time dressing up and deciding what to do – it was kind of an impromptu day. We decided to head over to our favourite bakery for breakfast: there’s something special about their cappuccino that is always sweet enough even with the tiniest amount of sugar, not mentioning that velvety foam… and their cream croissants are always our first choice!

We spent the rest of the morning chatting at our table, observing the rain outside and picking up some heart-shaped cookie cutters for our V-Day romantic baking session!

Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day

2.00pm – I dusted off my favourite and trusted brownies recipe (and decided it was kind of a-okay to be less healthy during V-Day) and we baked delicious heart-shaped treats to eat together later! Baking together is definitely my favourite thing ever, I just love spending some quality time with my favourite person doing one of my favourite things!

Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day

5.00pm – We installed and put together a romantic and super cozy (and very fancy too!) Italian themed picnic inside (since the weather wasn’t keen in letting us enjoy it outside). This was probably my favourite part of the day! We had a fancy bubbly Italian Prosecco, as well as delicious Baci Perugina (probably my favourite truffles for this time of the year and definitely an Italian V-Day signature chocolate that we both love) and spent the time enjoying the bubbles and reading the chocolate quotes at the light of a beautiful Millefiori candle that filled up the room with a sublime floral scent.

Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day
Our Perfect Italian Valentine's Day

8pm – To finish off the day the Italian way, we baked homemade pizza! We love Saturdays because it’s pizza time and we spend a good amount of the afternoon at kneading a few pizza doughs together and this year V-Day happened to be on a Saturday, that meant it was just right (maybe not too fancy, but right) to eat our favourite food on the date. I admit I was quite tempted to make heart-shaped pizza too, but I was already exhausted by that time!

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The whole day was quite improvised but turned out to be the most beautiful and thoughtless day we had in a while. However my favourite part of the day, the picnic, was lovingly hosted by Inntravel, a holiday company that specialises in slow holidays, ones to take the lesser-taken paths, and that has some great holiday offerings over here in Italy too, by very kindly treating us to a rich Valentine’s hamper filled with Italian wine, chocolates and a beautiful candle as part of their #LoveFromItaly campaign, to which, being Italian and a lover of the date of love, I was so excited to take part of! Not only this, they’re also so kind to treat one of my readers to a £50 Carluccio’s voucher for you to have a chance to spend a romantic time and let you be inspired by Italy as much as we did on February 14th this year!
To enter the giveaway simply apply through the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will run for two weeks until 03/03/15, h. 12am GMT+1. I will randomly pick a winner and contact him/her via email and Twitter. Please check the giveaway’s Terms & Conditions before entering.

GOOD LUCK!

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I’d love to know – how was your Valentine’s Day? How did you spend it? I’ve loved your date ideas from my latest V-Day post! x

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A Very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!

December 5th  •  Posted in Blogging

A very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!
a christmas gift for you! ;

Everytime I think of this little blog of mine I feel so lucky to be able to do something so different, creative and special on a daily basis, but something even more special is being aware that there’s people out there that share my same passions, that like to talk and interact with me about all thing beauty, style, food, life related that I share on here, and that I can somehow inspire someone else and document everything I like about what I do with a smile on the face thinking of all your lovely comments and support I’ve received during these past few months! As cheesy as it sounds, a blog can’t be made only by a blogger, but there’s much more behind it and readers and comments are the biggest motivation for me to keep it going and it’s most probably thank to you, to the inspiring blogging and online world, that my creativity and inspiration stay always alive and I want and can share more and more contents over here!

I might sound sloppy at this moment, but the very first Christmas gift that I’ve put together this year is for you! It’s to say thank you once again, to share the Christmas spirit as well as to give you back a little something for all the times you have stopped by my blog, maybe just to have a quick look or to leave a lovely comments. You might remember my first Giveaway‘s prize was a box full of treats, well I thought to bring the Treats Box back but this time I’ve put together a rather Christmassy one, including festive stationery, a little Yankee Candle treat, together with a few beauty and style picks.

A very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!
A very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!
A very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!
A very Christmassy Treats Box Giveaway!
Swarovski Elements Round Earrings | Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie Tarts Wax Melts | Tiny Christmassy Scented Sachet for wardrobes & Drawers | Sweet Cecily’s Mojito Flavour Lip Balm* |
Tiger Secret Diary | Heart + Roses Notebook | Naturelle Vanilla Almond Soap | + a litle tartan box!
The giveaway is international and to enter you just need to follow the Rafflecopter form below! You’ll need to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment right below to unlock some other entries! The giveaway starts today and ends on Sunday 21st December, h. 12.00 AM GMT+1. The winner will be announced on Twitter and contacted by email.

The Treats Box | A Giveaway

September 10th  •  Posted in Blogging

Treat Box | A Giveaway

TO SAY THANK YOU

There’s no special occasion for this giveaway but only to say thank you to all of you who read and comment my blog and chat with me on Twitter, these are the things that make blogging one of the best things that happened in my life! My blog just recently hit 1200 followers which is crazy if I think it had less than half the number only a few months ago. I love this little space I’ve created and I’m everyday more and more proud of it. I wanted to do a birthday giveaway or find any other excuses for doing it, but instead I decided to just do it with no occasion at all, because this is just to say thank you and you don’t need an occasion for that…

I put together a little Treats Box containing a few of my favourite beauty products and some cute little stickers that made me smile, plus the tartan box is obviously reusable. Hopefully this will make you smile too and one lucky winner will be able to bring them all home!

Treat Box | A Giveaway
Treat Box | A Giveaway
Treat Box | A Giveaway
Treat Box | A Giveaway

Paiandpear Stickers (Set of 4) | Caudalie Polyphenol c15 mini set of Serum* & Face Fluid* | Maria Galland Cream Eyeshadow 181* | L’Oréal Paris Ever Riche Absolute Oil Precieux | + a little tartan box!
The giveaway is international and to enter you just need to follow the Rafflecopter form below! You’ll need to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment right below to unlock some other entries! The giveaway starts today and ends on Wednesday 24th September, h. 12.00 AM GMT+1. The winner will be announced on Twitter and contacted by email.

GOOD LUCK!

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