Best lifestyle Instagram accounts

influencers

Influencers are on everyone’s lips nowadays, they are a reality with a special talent to bring trends and what’s new in the world of fashion, decoration, gastronomy.

Today we want to bring you a little closer to these influencers, recommending some accounts that may be of your interest and guide you towards new trends.

The accounts with more followers are those that show us ideas about healthy food, this season’s latest trends travel etc…

Azulmostaza

This account belongs to Mr. Wonderful’s co-founder, who encourages with her advices and positive energy quotes. This personal IG account shows a more familiar side and her everyday life with photos of her daughters, their outfits, family outings, visits and excursions they make. She also posts her adventures on her blog Blue mustard. This account is perfect to find inspiration for your daily life.

Marta Simonet

A Mallorcan influencer with her  ingenuity and creativity at the service of gastronomic companies and for creating recipes as different as delicious.This account is full of  a lot of very original ideas, modern recipes, gorgeous photos and great gastronomic recommendations that will come in handy when you travel.

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Kayla Itsines

This account is intended for people who cannot skip a day without exercising. Kayla Itsines  is a Australian personal trainer and one of the creators of the Bikini Body Guide, an easy to understand exercise guide, which illustrates each of the movements with photographs. With this guide you can reach your ideal weight in a short time and have a healthy lifestyle.  On instagram, she has achieved a big success with the photos of her clients following this method and recovering their shape, so as a result she has written an ebook with all the information about her method. On her account there are many total makeovers with images and recipes to follow a healthy diet. You can also find workout charts to be done anywhere.

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The glamourai

This account belongs to the stylist Kelly Framel, and shows her daily life  with colorful photos of her journeys and projects. This account is very interesting for those who enjoy the world of fashion and wants to know what it is like to be a fashion stylist.

From my glasses

Rafaela Martínez-Dueñas  is the person behind this account. Here  you can find photos of her everyday life, pastel color pictures full of creativity where she captures small details in a new way.

ValentinaSalezzi

She is a journalism graduate and model from Cordoba. She has a large social media presence where  she combines her two passions: travel and fashion on her posts.

Chufy

The most international of Argentinian figures that managed to become one of the most prominent points of reference for style in the Big Apple. She is an art director, businesswoman and fashion consultant.

Foxdecoblog

It is perfect for those who do not find the right furniture to decorate their home, this account was created to show  inspiring photos as well as some proposals to find them in your country. The main idea of ​​this account is to decorate with simple ideas that help you enjoy your house.
As its author says:
“The content is so that what I show on my blog becomes a reality”

ValuRamallo

A pastry account created by a young sweet food lover “My love for cuisine has developed as long as I can remember. New combinations of flavors feed my curiosity.” comments young Valu. So she tries to transmit her enthusiasm for this passion through social networks. Their recipes are puddings, cakes and Argentinian traditional homemade desserts.

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Angelitalc

Her instagram bio is: Traveling ant  #helpingisgood, Art Lover. A very glamorous profile, that shows  her attendance to events, parties, parades, trips and a lot of fashion.  It also encourages volunteer activities.

Lookconnected

This account is intended for moms. Agustina Ramos Mejía is behind it. She combines her time between fashion and her daughter, talking about trends, types of maternity in the world. She has a section especially devoted to women

If you want to know more about these influencers, do not hesitate to visit their accounts and learn more about their everyday life.

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The best luxury safaris

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It is summer holiday season and most of you would already be enjoying them or, at least, thinking about your destination this year. However, if you are one of those who leave planning for the last minute or are interested in adding some more activity to your vacation, pay attention! Today we propose an ideal choice to enjoy this summer:  luxury Safaris.

Why choose a safari?

If there is something that defines safaris, it it’s of course, the possibility of living an extraordinary experience. Thus is a way to enjoy nature that will surely surprise not only you but also your whole family or whomever you decide to share the trip with.

If the safaris are luxurious, better!

As well as hotels or restaurants, there are also luxury safaris that offer many additional possibilities that differentiate them from usual safaris. Certainly, if you book any of them you will be able to discover and approach the habitat of several wild animal species. However, in luxury safaris that’s not all. You can have the same experience in a comfortable way, they offer high-end accommodation and service standards. Additionally, the food that you can taste in them, included in the price, always come from gourmet recipes.

And if this seems interesting to you, it is also necessary to point out that they wont be content with taking you to the typical and crowded sighting areas, which are full of tourists. The areas where you will go with this type of safaris are private places, which will offer you the exclusivity you are looking for.

What is a culture trip without a tour guide? Luxury safaris offer you the best tour guides, trained and knowledgeable people who will inform you about everything you need to know and answer all your questions.

Now that we have convinced you about the wonders of doing a safari, we recommend you some of the most appealing ones. Its routes located in Africa, land of safaris par excellence, will not disappoint you.

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Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

It is a perfect way to see monkeys and silverback gorillas more closely. Along its 27 hectares of forest, there are six private cottages with terraces. From there you can also see the amazing views of the volcanoes Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno. The price is around 900 Euros per person and night.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana

It located in the Moremi Game Reserve of the Okavango Delta, where you can spot lions, giraffes and leopards and, later, relax in its facilities that consist of 12 pavilions with private pool and outdoor terrace. The price is around 6,000 Euros per person for 9 nights, flights included.

The Highlands, Tanzania

It has eight vaulted suites, with large beds with views, thanks to the huge windows that surround the room. The sighting areas are some of the richest in the African continent. You will not leave without having contact with flamingos, leopards, black rhinos, lions, elephants and golden jackals. The price is around 400 Euros per person and night.

King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia

We can find this safari in the Liuwa Plain National Park, west of Zambia. This is a wilderness  area where it is easy to find blue wildebeests, lions and cheetahs. There are also zebras and endless number of birds. Spending your vacation in one of its six luxury cottages is a perfect choice.

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Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe

It is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, just 40 kilometers from Victoria Falls. The hotel presents nine private suites and a swimming pool with impressive views. After having a fun day watching different animals in the area such as elephants and wildebeests, you have the possibility to continue the fun on a night cruise. Its price, which includes food and two safaris a day, is around 400 Euros per person and night.

Miavana, Madagascar

It is located on the private island of Nosy Ankao, and it goes one step further. Here you can reach its facilities by helicopter. In addition to the land routes, which highlight the search for gold lemurs and black sifakas, it allows you to spend an unforgettable day thanks to another activity:  whale watching, which is one of its great attractions. This is an eight-day tour that you can have for just over 20,000 Euros per person. Flights and helicopter trips are included in the price.

Saruni Rhino, Kenya

As its name implies, this safari is designed to see rhinos. In this case, it is an endangered species that had already disappeared once and now has been  recently reintroduced in this part of Kenya: black rhinos. You can spend 4 nights in one of its only two luxury houses. These are made of stone and the stay has an approximate price of 500 Euros per person and night.

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The most appreciated Spanish interior designers

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In Spain we can boast of interior design names of international recognition. We would like to talk now about those great Spanish decorators that you must know and who succeed in and out of our country. They are the ones who know how decorate your mansion, the latest trends and create original and custom projects.

Today in social networks, especially in Instagram, decoration has an important role, there you can see and follow the creations of these prestigious Spanish decorators, to be at the forefront of the latest decorative trends.

We would like to pay tribute to these prestigious Spanish decorators that we have in our country.

 

Tomás Alía

The studio is located in the capital, and focuses on industrial design, interior architecture and decoration. This architect from Toledo, has worked with large companies around the world, changing premises from scratch or its decoration. In some of his interviews he has recognized that one of his specialties is designing private spaces. Specially those who are dedicated to a high-end public, although he does not like to be pigeonholed in this sector. This Spanish defines himself as a decorator with a contemporary and cosmopolitan style.

He combines the influences and craftsmanship of his homeland with lighting and technology.

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Patricia Urquiola

She was born in Oviedo and studied architecture in Madrid and Milan. In her beginnings between years 90 and 96, she was responsible for the product development office of De Pavoda. This is a chain of exclusive design stores. Later she set up her own interior studio in Milan. Since its foundation she has already carried out more than 200 projects for large firms in the sector. Her contemporary style led by her passion for architecture, that has led her to win important prizes as the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, designer of the decade for the German publications Home and Haüser and the Designer of the year for five popular magazines.

Among her most characteristic works are: Fjord chair, Loom sofa or Antibodi, Besides, great industry experts recognized them.

She exhibited  some of her projects in large museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Lorenzo Castillo

He is one of the most popular decorators Spain. It has also achieved great success outside our country. He reuses patterns and forms shapes from different periods and combines them, which makes it a very personal and unusual style. His taste for antiques has allowed him to know how to merge them perfectly with classic decoration. His style stands out for combining Arab souvenir pieces with other more avant-garde to get functional and attractive environments.He graduated in History of Art from the University of Madrid and continued his studies at the Antique School also in Madrid. He has also worked in textiles and jewelry. That’s why some of his most famous projects are, the Loewe store in Gran Vía or different spaces of the Room Mate Hotels. Lorenzo says: “the relationship with my clients never ends. After delivering the project, I spend years working, looking for pieces”

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Jaime Hayón

This designer based in London is internationally famous. He is one of the most important contemporary designers nowadays.

He can be classified not only as an interior designer but as an artist, since he has created many pieces.

 

Among his pieces we can find from designs of lamps, furniture, vases, or masks, to decoration and interior design of all kinds of premises. Everything has his personal touch, a mixture between decoration and art. He studied industrial design between his city, at the Instituto Europeo di Design, and Paris, and then formed the well-known design academy Fábrica.

The aesthetic of his creations is timeless, colorful and with a studied risk.

His works and creations have been exhibited at museums, among them the Grongiger Museum of Holland, the German Vistra Museum or the Design Museum of the British capital.

Pascua Ortega

It was considered the number 1 of Spain in 2010. He has created and designed, interiors of hotels and Spanish embassies around the world (Washington, United States, or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). He was in charge of decorating the entire route that the kings of Spain, Felipe and Letizia made through Madrid during their wedding day. His studies began in 1997, in order to give a new style to interior design.

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Among the different projects of his study, we can find  private, commercial, hospitality in general, and, of course, institutional ones. Each of them offers a deco version, all of these Spanish decorators are classic, eccentric, bold, discreet, modern…,loaded with good taste and style.

 

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The personal Real Estate shopper

Personal Real Estate Shopper

Taking the step to choose and decide on a house is not a simple task. Rarely you will be completely sure if the most eye-catching option will be also the best one. The uncertainty due to lack of experience or knowledge of the real estate market when buying or renting a home is a feeling that you have experienced, if you have gone through this process. Indeed you may not have decided to buy or move into a new house for fear of facing this adventure. However, although you have never heard about it there is a magnificent figure. He will solve your life and help you jump in the deep the  personal Real Estate shopper.

The concept of personal shopper not only applies to the world of fashion, but it is possible to transfer it to the Real Estate sector.

These professionals have a longer presence in Anglo-Saxon countries where their services to buyers is more common. Here, in Spain,their participation in the search and purchase of houses has been gaining more and more weight for some years now. If you want to know which companies provide this service we recommend you inform yourself at the Spanish Association of Personal Real Estate Shopper (AEPSI). This association is in charge of grouping the different companies  of the Spanish market that are associated with this entity. Enric Jimenez, the president  and founder of the company Somrie, was one of the first to encourage the presence of these experts in the processes of buying real estate assets.

What exactly does a personal Real Estate shopper do?

Simple: looking for the property of your interest, negotiating the price and sealing the best option. As an expert in the real estate market, they offer personal and exclusive assistance to individuals and investors, speeding up the procedure so you can save time. Also, guaranteeing that the final choice is protected by technical and objetive notions. Thanks to them, buying hastily  out of fear that someone may go ahead, or doing it just because a house looks more beautiful are things of the past.

Personal shopper vs agent

There is a really interesting point that we need to talk about so that you understand what we mean by personal Real Estate shopper. He is not just a real estate agent. The latter has the role of mediating between buyer and seller. However, the personal shopper is a professional who works solely to meet the needs of the buyer. His main mission is to protect his client and find the house that really fits his needs and desires. In this way clearing all the doubts that we mentioned before.

Likewise, caring about the client’s wishes, the possibilities to choose house are much greater, since unlike the agent, the personal Real Estate shopper  not only has the offer that a specific agency has in its portfolio.

 

Why does the personal Real Estate shopper figure appear?

As we already commented, it is strange not having lots of doubts before accepting to buy a house. And even when we choose to rent.  Price, benefits, hidden defects location are some of the issues that come to mind before accepting a property. Not to mention the great amount of paperwork that you must face. The personal Real Estate shopper is able to facilitate your purchase and offer solutions. It is estimated,  that you can save between 5% and 20% of the initial price.

 

Is hiring a personal shopper very expensive?

Obviously, we can consider it a figure more connected to the luxury real estate market. Although  many people considered  it dispensable, it shouldn’t be  this way. We cannot consider the hiring of a personal Real Estate shopper as an expense. Why? Because the final result of the operation can mean a considerable savings. That’s why paying his fees does not constitute too much.

 

Prices may vary depending on each client’s demands. In order to offer more options of customization you will not be able to know the price of his services until you meet the professional beforehand. Only after interviewing you and knowing your conditions and needs, they will be able to set a budget.

 

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The 5 best places to celebrate the night of San Juan

San Juan Night

One of the most magical nights of the year. Enjoying bonfires on the beach, swimming in the sea, pyrotechnic shows, traditions and superstitions, music … It is a tradition that lives with special intensity throughout Spain, the San Juan Night. It is a special night that that take place on 23 June that welcomes the summer in a big way.

Depends on how it is celebrated, the protagonist can be fire, water, the religion or the tradition of each locality. However all have a common goal: to give up the bad and attract good luck.

Do you want to know what are the best places to celebrate the San Juan night in Spain?

What is the origin of the festival of San Juan?

 The celebration of the summer solstice is as old as the appearance of humanity.

Our ancestors, aware that the days were getting shorter, always lit fires to give strength to a sun that made them afraid that they would not come out again. The Celts celebrated the Alban Heruin, the Berbers, the Ansara, the Aztecs oriented their constructions so that the sun affected them on this date, the Hindu shamans read the future in the flames, the ancient Greeks crossed the Door of the Men.

When Christianity arrived, the San Juan Night became a religious festival based on sacred texts. The texts say that John the Baptist was born on June 24 and that his father, Zacarias, had a bonfire ¡lit to announce the arrival of his son.

As we can see, one way or another, sun worship and the cult of fire have always been part of our history.  In the times we live, you are the protagonist of the most magical and spiritual night of the year, so read on and choose where you will celebrate the next San Juan.

10 destinations to enjoy the San Juan Night:

A Noite Meiga in Orzán Beach, La Coruña, Galicia

 Undoubtedly, the celebration of San Xoan in the Coruña beach of Orzán is one of the festivals of San Juan that you should not miss. This celebration is full of old traditions and especially remembering meigas and witches. The flames of the bonfires of San Juan burn to welcome the summer. It is a magical night where we free the evil spirits. Our tradition says that the Night of San Juan opens the door to the beyond (the world of Alén) where the typical cachelos and sardines roast in the shelter of the fire.

The night of the júas in Málaga

In Málaga, the tradition is to write a wish on a piece of paper and throw it into the fire. Always with good company, food and drink. A wonderful city and very fun to squeeze the shortest night of the year to the maximum between concerts, “espetos”, fireworks and the burning of the júas. The júas are enormous rag dolls that, like a wimp, satirize the popular characters of the moment and end up being burned by flames. The most popular beaches are “La Malagueta” and “La Misericordia”. On the other hand it is important to take a bath at midnight to preserve your beauty.

Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella, Menorca

In Ciutadella on the island of Menorca the day of San Juan coincides with its patron. This is why the celebration is so special. In addition to the bonfires of San Juan and the pyrotechnics, the real protagonists are the horses, which take the center of the city. The “caixers”, riders, are in charge of making them jump among all the neighbors as a symbol of power and nobility. If you go, you can not leave without stopping to try the “pomada”. This is a typical drink based on Menorcan gin with lemonade. If you did not know where to go or what to do in the Night of San Juan in Spain, now you have a plan!

Sant Joan in Tarragona, Catalonia

In Tarragona on June 23 is celebrated in each neighborhood with dinners, parties and firecrackers until dawn. In Catalonia, the bonfires of San Juan are lit with the “flame of Canigó”. This is  a fire that lights up on the top of the mythical mountain of Canigó, in the Pyrenees. Neither you can miss the human castles that the castellers of Tarragona raise during the day or the rain of fire under which the Diables dance for the Night of San Juan.

Burning of Monuments in Alicante

In Alicante the day of San Juan is very similar to the “Fallas” . Although, with better weather, very close to the beach and with a lot of fun. They install the “monuments” with the bonfires in the street so that tourists can enjoy of this tradition. It’s a unique experience. There, fire and the Mediterranean go hand in hand with the pyrotechnic show that is launched from the hill of Mount Benacantil.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful night anywhere in Spain

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Spanish decoration events and fairs

Decoration fairs

Decoration is our passion. That’s why once more this will be a post full of references to this world of interior design at home. On this occasion this post is addressed to those who still do not have very clear what style to apply at home. Also to those who are considering to change their furniture and ornaments. How to find inspiration? At the best home decor events and decoration fairs of our country!

On the other hand, we also want to indicate the best chances for professionals in the sector to meet other colleagues and build useful relationships.

Decoration fairs are a perfect place to get a first-hand look at trends. You will know the newest on furniture market  and decoration in general. That’s why we recommend you keep an eye on the following dates:

 

Casa Decor (Madrid)

We cannot start this article without mention this exhibition in Madrid. It is the great event par excellence in Spanish interior design and many editions endorse its importance. More than 25 years celebrating an event where decorative art have a main role. It has designs that go from  traditional works to the most avant-garde ones.

To the prestige of the event we must add the personality of the venues that host its editions. Examples of them are the Núñez de Balboa building or the Francisco de Rojas building. The last two exhibitions have taken place in these two places.

Visitors can live an incredible experience surrounded by the most special proposals of many professionals in the sector. For them, the interior designers and architecture and decoration studios, is a perfect place to show their work. Also, it is an opportunity to meet other colleagues and companies. More than 40,000 people attend the event and although it’s too late to attend this year’s edition, it took place last February, keep an eye out to know when the next one will take place, it’s worth it!

Intergift (Madrid).

If instead of decorating your home you are thinking of how to make the best decorative gifts for a friend or family, we recommend you to go to Intergif, the Lifestyle and gift fair in Spain and Portugal. It takes place twice a year, so if you missed the winter edition, do not hesitate to visit them in September. At the exhibition you will find differents interior design and furniture projects. In addition, you will find national and international brands. They reserve the “Handmade” for craft-focused makers.

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Habitat (Valencia).

This is the light and furniture fair in Valencia that over 50 editions later, is considered an international showcase of the Spanish sector. In this case, the fair is exclusively reserved to the professionals. It is a decoration event that acts as an access point to markets of great importance, from Eastern Europe to Asia. The next edition will take place on September 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, 2019.

Expohogar (Barcelona).

The venue: Fira Barcelona – Montjuic held this biannual Catalan event. In addition to the exhibition they organize activities, workshops and informative lectures which are carried out by experts specialized in interior design, window dressing, retail, marketing, social networks, crafts, design or demonstrations of floral art and gift packaging. The new edition of Expohogar will be from September 27th to 30th.

Fira Hogar (Alicante).

This is the furniture, furnishing and home decoration fair. There you will find all kinds of decorative proposals ranging from furniture and interior design to lighting and exteriors. This is for all types of audiences. There you can find everything, from ideas for decorating your home based on new trends to  offers of different types of products.

 SurMueble (Sevilla).

Unlike the previous decoration fairs, SurMueble does not stand out for being very long-lived. This only taked place twice. However, in its short history it has already reached more than 10,000 people visiting this event where the Andalusian furniture industry meets. Its headquarters, the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Seville (FIBES) brings together many professionals from the furniture sector during its celebration.

These are some of the decoration events of our country. However, if we expand our horizons a little, we will soon discover that the meetings and decoration fairs are still on the agenda. From the Furniture Fair in Milan to Expoambientes in Mexico City, through the 48HDeco International Fair, in the French city of Lille (one of the most important in Europe). As you can see, the list of options is wide. If you are interested in decoration, you have no excuse! Plan the trip and visit one of them.

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The most spectacular caves in Spain

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Spain has amazing tourist attractions from beaches to mountains along with a great gastronomic offers and other countless leisure possibilities. Surely, coast activities on, such as diving, surfing or simply sun and beach tourism are the most popular choices and the best known options to everyone. However, today we will not talk about any of them but rather about another incredible alternative which is also attractive and that will impress you on your visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Let’s talk about the best caves in Spain!

Our country’s natural wealth, even hard to believe, also resides in the Earth’s interior. The caves which are listed below, were genereted there. They are natural treasures that have been formed over the years, and have reached our days with beauty and a conservation status that is worth seeing in itself.

These are the Spanish caves that we recommend you visit:

Cueva del Drac (Mallorca)

Mallorca is a clear example of what was metioned before. This city does not only stand out for its coves and beaches but also for its four wonderful caves connected together that make up the Cueva del Drac. Cova Negra, Cova Blanca, Cova de Lluis Salvador and Cova dels Francesos were formed by the action of rainwater. Some experts date the appearance of the cave in the Miocene. If you visit it, during the tour (which lasts one hour), you can also attend a classical music concert on the shores of an underground lake.

Price: € 15

 Cueva del Valporquero (León)

The beauty of this place is stunning.  It is one of the most beautiful caves in Spain and it is located in León. Its remarkable stalactite columns make up a structure of seven different halls open to visitors. Some of them are considerably high. An example of this is the 40-meter long gallery called Gran Vía, named after its length although not especially wide, barely 8 meters wide. Under the tourist zone, there are passageways only suitable for speleologists and experts.

Price: € 8.50.

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 Cueva El Soplao (Santander)

It is located in Cantabria among the villages of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. It is best known for its natural formations: it is the area with the highest concentration of eccentric helictites. They are a very peculiar type because they grow in all directions. Since 2005, it is possible to visit this cave that is more than 20 km long. The Fantasmas, Coliflor or Bosque galleries are some of the areas that you can visit.

Price: € 12.5

Grutas del Águila (Ávila)

In 1963 it was discovered by pure chance by some hunters who were crossing Valle del Tiétar. To date its origin, we must go back more than 10 million years ago. It is estimated that it is approximately 12 million years old.

Price: € 8

Cueva de Mendukilo (Navarra)

Although it has been open to the public for only a few years (it has been reserved for speleologists) and it is not even possible to visit it completely, the amazing nature of this place has earned a place on the best Spanish cave list. If you happen to go to Navarre, we recommend you to see the three halls that are open to visitors at the Cueva de Mendukilo.

Price: € 8

Cueva del viento (Tenerife)

Outside the peninsula, particulary in the Islas Canarias which is another of the main beach tourist destination, we also have a grotto to know. Although  it would be better to say, that it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It’s the Cueva del viento. With more than 2000 years of history, it stands out for its volcanic, biological and paleontological importance.

Price: € 20

Cueva de Nerja (Málaga)

While the Grutas del Águila cave was discovered by chance by some hunters, in this case, the Cueva de Nerja was discovered by a group of children. The Sala de la Torca is well-known for its cave paintings. With more than 4,800 meters in length, it is one of the most developed in Andalucía.

Online price: € 11. Tourist guide price: € 13. 

Cueva de Los Enebralejos (Segovia)

It is the most important one in the province of Segovia, located particulary at a short distance from Prádena de la Sierra. It is a cave packed with history because inside of it, many paintings and engravings have been found. The grotto was a necropolis that now is millions of years old. Price: € 6.20

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Best bilingual schools to educate your children

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Today at iLuxenio we want to help you find the best bilingual school for your children. We believe that the education of children is a fundamental issue for families. For this reason, it is very important that parents know and evaluate a wide range of possibilities.

In Spain we have many academic centers that open up their doors every year to welcome tomorrow’s professionals. First of all, we bring you some of the most outstanding centers in the province of Seville:

Buen Pastor bilingual school:

It has been 25 years since a group of educational professionals took ownership of the Buen Pastor bilingual school.

Since that time, they have been extremely focused on adapting the ideals of The Free Institution of Education, Siurot and Padre Manjón, to the 21st century, with the goal of forming free citizens, educated and involved in the regeneration of the country.

The Buen Pastor has a group of teachers involved in their ideas. They are in continuous training and their reputation is proved in different subjects. This is reflected in their success. Year after year, at the university Olympics of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, etc. The students of the Buen Pastor school have represented our country in international Olympics. They have won scholarships such as the “Amancio Ortega” or have got a 100% approval rating on the university extrance exam, with one of the highest grade point averages in Seville.

The school is 100% bilingual so,  we highly recommend it. The students of this center participate in the Ruta Quetzal project, the Magallanes. They also make exchanges with schools in Münster, Nantes, Quebec or London. The English language (the Buen Pastor school is an official test center of the Trinity College of London), French, German and Portuguese are part of its educational offer, as are study trips through Spain and Europe

The educational center organizes internship programs at NGOs and companies. It is committed to local and international solidarity. For this reason, it supports community kitchens like the one at the Adolfo Kölping School, in Ecuador. Besides, it also supports a lot of other projects. The list will go on forever if we had to name all the projects!

 Entreolivos / Tabladilla School

The bilingual schools Entreolivos and Tabladilla have been helping families of Seville educate their children for more than 40 years.

The keys to its success are bilingualism, innovation, educational quality and personalized attention.

The learning of English begins at 3 years in Pre-School Education and they incorporate French lessons in Primary education. The students of Entreolivos and Tabladilla take the Cambridge English exams at the school: B2 (FIRST) in 4th grade of ESO, B1 (PET) in 2nd grade of ESO and A2 (KET) in 6th grade of Primary.

At Entreolivos and Tabladilla schools teachers provide a complete educational coaching with tutorial support and personalized attention to their students and families.

If you are looking for an educational center for your children on the Costa del Sol, we recommend these schools in Malaga:

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Patrocinio San José bilingual school:

It is a well-known bilingual school in Andalusia. With more than two centuries of history, offering a teaching program in Spanish reinforced by English, French and German lessons.

It has a dining room, a swimming pool, music program, sports club, interactive whiteboards and they frequently use tablets in the classrooms. All of this contributes to the productivity of the classes and children’s well-being at the school.
It has two different centers, one in Estepona and the other in San Pedro de Alcántara. Sports are one of their key points because they understand it as something essential for students’ personal development.

It is also a language test center (Cambridge / Trinity).

 Salliver:

This bilingual school founded in 1971 provides comprehensive training from Preschool to High School. It stands out from the rest because it follows a very interesting teaching methodology. It focuses on keeping educational quality and that’s why students don’t take exams until high school, nor do they have to do homework.
For this reason, it has been awarded the EFQM +400 European Seal of Excellence This way of teaching is directly supported by four points: multilingualism; multiple intelligences; cooperative learning; and communication and information technologies.

English lessons start in preschool, but Salliver also offers a German teaching program from primary to high school. His bilingual program seeks to develop linguistic competence in English. For this reason,  teachers use these languages ​​and never in Spanish for any type of communication.

These are just some examples of bilingual schools we can find in Andalucia. However, the list of outstanding centers with a  high-quality foreign languages ​​ program in our country is very broad. You can check this useful ranking here.

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Be Eco-friendly and sustainable, the future of luxury brands

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Today we celebrate World Environment Day, so we want to dedicate today’s post to talk about environment .

Nowadays, there is a growing concern for brands to be environmentally responsible, trying to be as sustainable as posible. Mostly millennials are responsible for consuming these types of brands, therefore big luxury brands do not want to lose sight of this generation.

They are committed to their values ​​and aware of this reality, that’s why they boost this type of purchases encouraging big brands that care about the eco-friendly, being for some of them prescribers.

This is also happening with luxury hotels, which are offering their services trying to cause the least impact on nature, being able to provide their guests with experiences of the paradises where we can find them. As for example Soneva paradise. The eco and the simple are nowadays a definition of current luxury, favoring those, luxury brands so  they have a greater affinity with their public.

A study by The Shelton Group shows that millennials, as mentioned before, are the main consumers of these brands, so these luxury brands are increasingly making positive strategies for the environment .

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Which are these brands?

Vivienne Westwood

A British fashion designer closely associated with punk and New Wave movements. It is one of the pioneering brands in sustainable fashion, although it does not stand out in its image. She named her AW17/18 show “Ecotricity”, and was related to renewable energy,  as an attempt to attract other luxury brands to move to the green energy movement. Her campaign was backed by the mayor of London and the British Fashion Council, and several British companies such as Belstaff or Marks & Spencer, which have already committed to follow Westwood’s example.

We can see the exhibition on active sustainable fashion currently in the V & A Museum, in London.

Gucci

This was one of the first brands to get involved in sustainability, creating a collection of 100% sustainable bags.

In 2010, they launched the use of recyclable containers with FSC certificate. The next year, in 2011 they introduced a collection of eyewear. They made it with greener materials that are based on castor-oil seeds. In 2012 they presented a collection of sandals of sustainable and biodegradable plastic.

Later, in 2014 they focused on corporate social responsibility and its objective was to achieve leather and fur proceeding from 100% of “verified captive breeding operations or  from wild populations in a sustainable way”

Besides, in 2017 they announced that they refused to continue using fur in their collections, stop using fox skins, mink, rabbit, Karakul, raccoon in their collections.  This action produced a very positive attitude for vegans, vegetarians and animal activists.

In 2018, the company launched Gucci Equilibrium to aspire to greater sustainability. The website Equilibrium.gucci.com is “designed to connect people, the planet and the purpose” by allowing Gucci staff to devote 1% of their working time to volunteering in local communities.

Stella McCartney

Since 2001, the designer does not stop at the exclusion of materials from animals. She shot her last publicity campaign in a landfill. It is one of the brands that commits to change their energy suppliers for green energy by the year 2020.

The State of Fashion event, the largest event on sustainability and fair fashion, includes Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood in their exhibitions as pioneers of sustainability in luxury fashion.

McCartney is also present at the V&A Museum’s sustainable fashion exhibition.

Versace

This luxury brand has only  an “E”-rating at the sustainability ranking “rankabrand.org”

Michael Kors

The American luxury company Michael Kors wants to stop using fur by the end of the year.

Burberry

They announced that the luxury fashion brand will stop destroying products in stock.

This year, Burberry has also become a core partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s   Make Fashion Circular initiative, along with Gap, H&M, HSBC, Nike and Stella McCartney. And furthermore, Burberry announced that it will stop using fur in its collections.

Known for its leather bags has also been declared “fur-free”. They announced that the ban will be official in November 2018.

Furla

Fashion is not just about being beautiful, or in fashion. In the 21st century, the question goes beyond. It’s about buying according to certain principles, being aware of what you wear. This is why more and more companies are appearing in the ethical or sustainable movement. Brands that manufacture in Spain or in Europe, tend to be the ones that take more care of the environment.

First of all, they  care about having optimal working conditions. These brands with Spanish seal are: visit them here

 

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How decorate your mansion

Luxury decoration

Luxury has different aspects when we talk about decoration. We want to show different versions of luxury decoration that always keep their style intact. We teach you different ways of understanding and approaching it. It just depends on you to find the one that best suits you and the house of your dreams.

We can start talking about quiet luxury.

It is nearly always a kind of ‘l’art de vivre’, good taste and the ability to get excited. It’s the most peaceful decoration. What we really want is to strengthen the structures of the house. For example, taking advantage of columns, pavements, wooden beams… Decorating with a few well-placed pieces and special decor.  Its value lies in making a beautiful space with no soul, being able to capture the sophistication and good taste. You have to know how to use luxury decoration so you get a quiet and balanced space.

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Let’s see the totally opposite side, the excess.

Here the opulence, the ornate, is carried away. It seems that there are too many elements but it is just an impression. In these spaces nothing is missing, but nothing is unnecessary. In this luxury decoration you cannot miss golden glitters, marble and the wonderful fabrics that dress windows and upholstered sofas.  We cannot help mentioning the classic pure excess of velvets, they are used to make all kinds of patterns to decorate cushions, blankets, curtains, etc. This new luxury, more transgressive and bold, shows the most extravagant side of the house and is only suitable for brave people. You must be really careful not to cross the line of good taste into the most horrendous result. Betting on this version implies a lot of self-confidence

We can talk about another type of luxury decoration somewhere between moderation and excess. A more neutral decoration.

Many times luxury is the details, the proportions, the distribution that makes the spaces look serene, balanced, with harmony. Creating spaces that can captivate and excite us.

Another type of decoration worth commenting on is the collector’s spirit.

Art in motion. We do not only refer to painting, photography and sculpture – almost always synonyms of luxury – but we open this artistic universe to include pieces of furniture. Armchairs, lamps, tables … are usually the protagonists of the spaces, providing the necessary touch of sophistication.

Luxury decoration

Another form of decoration to brighten up your home is the “dazzling style”.

With this expression we refer to metals, crystals, mirrors … elements that reflect light.

This type of materials are ideal for a decoration less opaque or polished.

As we have mentioned when it comes to creating a sophisticated and stylish atmosphere, you should take into account the light but also the color.

Light and color.

Lights can also be used to light up paintings or give a touch of theatricality. Color, on the other hand, is a very important ally, but if chosen wrong can ruin the space. There are different ways to play with colors. You can create different environments with dark tones. But nevertheless, people have the wrong idea about darks colors making rooms look smaller. The easiest solution is White. Anyway creating luxury implies a risk.

As important as the color and lighting is the staging.

The arrangement of different elements and decorative object, including artworks, is very important. It is always a good idea to show your interests but without overdoing it. For example, placing some pictures, but not everywhere. You can also exhibit your books with beautiful spines, or cover them with decorative papers. We always tend to clutter up our lives and we need to know what to exhibit.

Rugs:

Another tip is to put a rug in each area. In this way the furniture of that area will be pulled together, helping to define spaces.  Walls are usually the ones to define the room, but carpets can change the focus on each area.

We cannot conclude without mentioning golden and precious metal decorative elements. They are highly recommended for a sumptuous decoration, since they are the best representation of luxury. Anyway, the world would be a very dull place without a bit of extravagance

 

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