Month: November 2015

Home away from home in Paris

I was so blown away (un coup de coeur) by my recent stay in a 39-room boutique hotel in Paris that I have to show you around. It is called Crayon Rouge located near the Louvre museum in the 1st district. The hotel welcomes you in a eccentrically decorated lobby and reception. No two pieces… Read More »

As I started to describe this look that I shot some time ago in Zurich, it crossed my mind as to what you might be looking for as you browsed through a fashion or lifestyle blog. For example, with this slick vintage oversized leather jacket with a zebra faux-fur collar (get your here or here) –… Read More »

À La Parisienne!

I was in Paris just about a week before the horrific events. I had planned to post this outfit on my return but delayed it. It wasn’t the right time and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. Notwithstanding what happened, Paris is still the world’s most charming metropolis and worth any excuse… Read More »

You can never have enough of addresses of good hotels to stay in Zurich. So let me add another to your list. It is the Marktgasse Hotel, recently reopened after two years of careful restoration. I was invited to celebrate the event with an overnight stay. I checked into a spacious low-ceiling room that overlooks… Read More »

Oh Black!

Has black ever gone out of style? So let me skip the praises of this color and show you instead how to style an all black look. All black can also turn to be bland. So you highlight textures and shapes. I blend different materials and layer them for volume. Here I slip into my… Read More »

For my 4-day stay in Amsterdam, I savored the challenge of packing all my stuff into one carry-on luggage. With bulkier fall outfits, I had to be very selective, organized and disciplined in my choice. Here are some of them (you can see more on my Instagram account: @blaastyle). The weather on the first day… Read More »

We are slowly but surely beginning to feel the chill of winter. Don’t know what outerwear to invest in? Go for a faux-fur coat! Here’s why. First, there are so many cool affordable designs, like the one I am wearing from H&M that costs under €100. You can also get good deals online, such as… Read More »

Good Things come in Twos

Two gastronomic meals in a week – how good is that? That is thanks to Nespresso Gourmet Weeks 2015. First, let me fill you in with a little background. Nespresso invited the fast-rising chefs of 15 top-level gourmet restaurants in Switzerland to showcase their talents, but with a twist. In Nespresso’s own words, dishes are… Read More »

Choux, Amsterdam

I was back at one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam. There is so much to like: charming setting (architecture, canals, and interiors), friendly people, and great food! I am adding to Blaast Places a restaurant curiously named Choux (cabbage in French!). Recommended by a friend, the place is a little out of the city center… Read More »

How to Nail the Minimal Style

I can’t recall where I have heard this statement, but let me share it with you: “Dressing up in a minimal style is way more difficult than with colors, prints or extravagant patterns”. Many of us practice “easy” minimalism. When simple pieces fail to achieve The Look, we add some prints. When black and white… Read More »