Morning Coffee

We moved in June 2018 to our new home near the town of Cadaval.

Every place has its own traditions, and the food is a big part of the tradition here in Portugal.
A good morning starts with the morning coffee (the Portuguese breakfast if you will), and the best place to have t is in one of your locals coffee shops.

The coffee itself is absolutely fantastic all over the country and you can get your favorite brand name in one of the coffee shops in your area, but the bread is a totally different story.

Every region, sub-region and sometimes even village, has its own bread, and bread rolls.
Even if they are called the same, the taste is absolutely unique to each place.

Well, all this was to explain the image of our local coffee house and please take notice of that yummy, crusty bread roll (you can almost hear it cracking).

I love Portugal! no doubt about it!

 

Big Custom Made Signs That Come in Parts (not Assembled)

Danielle and Ryan, Precious customers of mine, put my attention on the fact that when they got their custom made sign, which was made of four parts due to its big size, they did not know how to assemble it
 
Due to the size of our oven I can not “cook” bigger pieces than 10  by 10 centimeters (or 4 by 4 inches) so then  As most ceramic tiles are 4 by 4 inches or 6 by 6 inches, the same problem exists with the ceramic tiles.
For my customers, I want to give instructions about assembling and using the tiles.
It all, of course, starts with the decision where do you want to use them. Are they going to serve as coasters? a decorating creation that will lay on a table or a shelf?
In this case, I suggest you either glue to the back of each tile a sheet of cork like these images.

You can also glue some felt (which I do not have an example to show you)
* If you want to have cork on the back of your tiles, please let me know and I will do it (for a small extra fee)
 

Other customers want to fix it on indoor doors or partitions (or walls) and in this case I recommend using a double-sided self-adhesive tape.  Here is an example. The number 8 is glued to our front door with double-sided adhesive tape.

* If you want to have double-sided self-adhesive tape on the back of your tiles, please let me know and I will do it (for a small extra fee)

If these should be fixed to an outside door then the best is to use some ready mix glue paste for tiles (like nail free glue they use for pictures)

All these images are from our own house, and how we use these signs

Here is a special present I made for the “in baskets system” of my husband!

Here is how I get the pieces together in a video : https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6yvu6q
and here are the pieces themselves (this is a big plaque with 9.2″ by 9.2″)
If you have any question. please ask me using the form on the contact page or using my email soulbysolange (at) gmail ).) com.
I’ll be happy to answer any question.
Cheers
 
Solange

Anklets Are So the “New Choker” for 2018

In 2016, Alexa Chung declared that the “choker is so dead.” She said to Fashionista, “Look, everyone can do whatever they want, but I do think there is a certain thing with trends when they reach a tipping point, and that tipping point to me, with the choker, seems to have happened a few months ago.”

Well, Alexa will be pleased that a whole year later there is another accessory that is about to take over the choker: the anklet. The ’90s jewelry trend has slowly but surely been making a comeback, but during fashion month in September, it was clear that the anklet is going to feature on every beach and festival Instagram next summer.

During fashion month, Peter Pilotto and Victoria Beckham are just two of the designers to include statement anklets in their S/S 18 collections. However, if you’re not a puka-shell or crystal-anklet kind of girl, many street style stars have also been wearing subtler, simple gold bands. Ashley Olsen is a fan too, which makes us all the more convinced.

So take a look at some of ours – sexy and originals!

 

 

excerpted from whowgatwear

 

Celebrating a New Life


Here is one of the day-old five puppies that were just delivered to us by Galga – the stray dog we adopted three months ago.

It is just amazing how they survive with closed eyes and without hearing. Their eyes and ears will start functioning in about 2 weeks.

It is life, and it is so marvelous and so beyond our understanding.It is a miracle, taking some matter and animating it with life! This is truly a godly action!

And to end the suspense, here are the other four.

Neverending Meal

The last two days, since they were born, These puppies are being served an endless meal.

Besides a few moments of sleeping, probably to regain strength to suck again, they are constantly in the shown position.

It is amazing to see how Galga, the mother, is protecting them. Once two of the curious dogs were chased ferociously and bitten by Galga, none  dare come near the puppies,

Every moment of sleep is used by the mother either to eat, drink or go outside to relieve herself.

It is MAGIC!

New Born Puppies

Galga is one of the four stray dogs we took home about 4 months ago.

She, as you can see, is a bitch, and got pregnant two months ago.

Yesterday night she made a hole in the ground and got in.

This morning we discovered her with her five puppies.

LIFE !!!!!!!

Just You… Pure Beautiful Woman

So Speaketh Natalie:

Natalie is Made in Berlin Philosophy student Ex- Fashion advisor, and she has words of wisdom that we asked her to share with you:

 

 

“No make up, nothing.

Just me.

And an important message to my female followers: Please stop all the self-doubt. I see posts of beautiful women saying how fat they look or that they hate their faces, etc. Stop it!

I’ve never ever hated myself. I’ve always loved my body and I love to show myself. Even though I was very skinny back at school and people were rude but I always believed in my beauty and grace. (And you know what? These kids from the past are now trying to add me on facebook. Writing me messages about my incredible change. Ha!)
I have flaws as well. Everyone has flaws. But that’s what makes you unique. Or do you want to look like a member of the Kardashian family? Fake, full of botox and plastic and like a blow-up doll?? Show the world who you are, ladies! Shine bright and please, start loving yourself. ????”

Thanks for the inspiring words, Natalie, and do carry on!

If you want to contact Natalie do so on Instagram #nataliescholz

Fall 2017 colors – New York

Here is what Panatone detected as the colors that were mostly used in the New York Fashion Week for Fall 2017.

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

The Panatone website says:

“Every season the team at the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colors shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create The PANTONE Fashion Color Report where we highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season. “

Regarding the New York Fashion Week;

“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth, “ says Eiseman. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.”

 

 

Fall 2017 colors – London

Here is what Panatone detected as the colors that were mostly used in the London Fashion Week for Fall 2017.

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

The Panatone website says:

“Every season the team at the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colors shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create The PANTONE Fashion Color Report where we highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season. ”

Regarding the London Fashion Week;

“Led by a vivid Flame Scarlet, the color palette for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 is comprised of strong classics colors complemented by a few unpredictable shades for the autumn and winter seasons,” noted Eiseman. “Unexpected combinations such as Royal Lilac and Otter Brown or Lemon Curry with Bluebell are eye-arresting and create an unusual color dichotomy.”

We are so happy that our purple is a chosen color for this fall season!