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Musings ranging from weekend link listings to think-pieces about a mindful life, aging well, well-being and more.

View of an outdoor dining setup for Easter in a city garden

Velvet’s Guide for a Stylish Easter Tablescape

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Spring is here and Easter weekend is literally just around the corner. It is a chance to pause, connect, and contemplate, or even visit another destination for the sake of…

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Just love this sitting room setup with muted earth colors, curvy green armchairs, round brown veined marble coffee table and soft beige sofa. Image: Soho House.

On My Radar : Musings From the Web

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The Danish design company, HAY, has launched its newly SS22 collection, made of products in bold, vivacious colors and spirit, prepping us for the warmer seasons ahead. They got on…

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Lifestyle image of a living room with floor to ceiling windows with a modern vibe and a blonde lady looking out, featuring the Fritz Hansen PK25 chair. Image: Nest.co.uk

Tips for the Making of a Happy Home

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According to SIRC, (Social Issues Research Centre – an independent, non-profit organisation), “the happiness of a home is independent of socio-economic group.” So what makes a happy home? It’s not…

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A pile of Velvet's Christmas Sugar Cookies, holly berries in the background and a red cup of hot chocolate next to the platter.

Velvet’s Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Makes 45-48 servings of sugar cookies Ingredients 200g (or 1 cup) of butter (or margarine), softened1 ½ cups of white sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon…

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A stylish off white sitting room with a beautiful Christmas tree and wreath. Image: H&M Home.

The Stylish Holiday Decorations and Gifts Edition

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Hands up if you are running late with your Christmas shopping. Unbelievable as it may be, the holidays are in full-swing. It’s time to appreciate and count our blessings, spend…

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A beautiful and stylish outdoor setup for a dinner party. Via OZ Design Furniture.

The Intimate Dinner Party

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Are you planning to throw a dinner party or attend one? Perfect. Dinner parties are about to return – one at a time. At last! The sense of community through…

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A flatlay of two items wrapped in the Furoshiki fabric gift wrap. Via Wrappuccino.

The Last Minute Sustainable Gift List

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Gift lists are not really my thing. Yet, once I began looking for sustainable gifts for my loved ones, I came across some great products. So, I thought this was…

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Two young women from India holding up a sign that reads 'I made your clothes.' Image: Secret Projects.

Secret Projects : Empowering Women in India

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A gloomy Tuesday afternoon it was, that I went through my email inbox when my eyes gleamed with joy and excitement. I was just granted an interview that I longed…

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Velvet taking a smartphone picture while in Hermoupolis, Syros.

How to Take Better Pictures With a Smartphone

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Over the last few years, I have learned (unintentionally) to take better pictures with a smartphone for three reasons. The first reason is that I don’t actually own a DSLR…

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Looking up from under the cubic building of the Arche de la Defense in Paris. Image by Velvet.

10 Must See Iconic Buildings

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One of the greatest joys in life is traveling and that’s why many of us have bucket lists with all the places we want to visit. My bucket list includes…

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