MOKKA SCHOOL & SHOP MADRID

Mokka School and Shop, a new space in Madrid with 100% Arabica coffee and over hundred teas and infusions as well as the latest in kitchenware.

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An elegant shop in the Salamanca neighborhood that has been designed by the studio responsible for the interior design of Loewe.
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Mokka School & Shop is also a pioneer brewing school in Madrid, in a country that consumes only 4 kg of coffee per person on average per year, the objective is to teach people to love, understand and make coffee. The store has a learning space where the staff organize tasting courses, prepare and serve coffee and tea for both professionals and the public.
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We went through the school and learnt about the origin, varieties and taste of different types of coffee.
If you want to do a course it is free but you need to book in advance. You’ll also learn how to prepare and serve coffee at home, including a brief introduction to latte-art.
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Mokka School and Shop buys their beans directly from small production farms, carefully selecting and roasting the coffee
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 The coffee selection includes Panama Geisha La Esmeralda, one of the most recognized in the world, with 14 awards for excellence and having reached a price of €600 the kilogram.
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Also highlights Jamaica Blue Mountain, grown in the highest mountains in the Caribbean and considered the Don Peringnon of coffee, with only 6,000 hectares of production area in the country, and only supplied in wooden barrels.
  
Mokka also have coffee from Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Salvador, Mexico, Kenya and Ethiopia. The coffee is sold by weight in beans or ground in the moment, according to customer tastes and the characteristics of the buyers’ coffee machines.
Completing the offer of over a hundred teas and infusions is Mokka’s own brand Exxum; ranging from classic green, red, black, white, oolongs and roiboos from small gardens and exotic fruits and mixes made with 100% natural ingredients.
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Café Mokka is present in the best catering establishments, restaurants, cafés and hotels.
Mokka also sell household items such as spoons, cups or teapots and a collection of tools for preparing drinks.  
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The coffee machines offer includes Chemex, a preparation system suitable only for coffee for consumers with patience, which is based on a grain infusion with hot water and subsequent filtration by gravity. Or Hario Syphon, one of the most amazing methods used to produce a delicate tea-like coffee.
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Mokka School & Shop
Adress: Velázquez, 101
Telephone number: 9163 44 47
Schedule: from 10:00 to 14:00 h. and from 17:00 a 20:00 h. from monday to saturday

Travel in style with Hipercor and Brics Luggage

Until May 20, 2015 get points when you buy at Hipercor and obtain the collection of travel bags by Bric’s.

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You can see all the information in the following link:

http://descubre.hipercor.es/promociones/articulos-de-viaje-brics

I already have my trolley from Bric’s and my computer bag. Now that I am fully equipped I am starting to dream about a travel destination…

After the winter, and these cold and rainy days, I’d love to go to the beach.

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For this trip in my Bric’s trolley suitcase would get the essentials for a week break:

A couple bikinis

Beachwear and flip flops

A towel

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

A camera

Comfortable clothing for excursions

Sneakers

Some clothes for nights out

A cosmetics bag for toothbrush, creams and makeup

And in my hand case a computer and a book

Hipercor are doing a giveaway with this suitcase worth 100 euros.

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How can you participate? Simple, you just need to upload a photo to Instagram from one of your trips with the hashtag #Migranfotoviajera and follow the Hipercor profile https://instagram.com/Hipercor/

 

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This is #Migranfotoviajera from India, Rajasthan.

The promo period is from 09:30 pm March 16 to 23: 59h of May 5th , 2015.

Here are the legal requirements to participate:

http://descubre.hipercor.es/flash/baseslegales_hipercor_migranfotoviajerainstagram

More info on the Hipercor social network sites:

https://www.facebook.com/hipercor

https://twitter.com/hipercor

https://instagram.com/Hipercor

Spring 2015 Trends

Here are some of the trends we’re seeing on the street and that will be a must this spring.
Stripes
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This outfit was one of the proposals at Altuzarra catwalk Spring-Summer 2015 collection.
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Chanel also includes this trend in their Spring-Summer 2015 looks.
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Givenchy creates a new navy style in black combining horizontal and vertical stripes.
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Paris street style.
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The model Karlie Kloss wearing this fashion trend.
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You can find clothes like this striped sweater at low cost stores like Mango.
Fringes
Ethnic style in all versions: coats, ponchos, jackets, vests is another trend this Spring-Summer.
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Saint Laurent proposes this layer  of suede fringed in beige color.
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Ethnic print Hooded vest in gray.
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For a more casual look crochet jacket with fringe.
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Black leather jacket with fringed sleeves from Maje.
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A lowcost version,  fringed brown jacket from Bershka.
Culotte Pants
We are seeing more culotte pants on the runways and on the street than a couple of months ago. Although they can be difficult to wear, here are  some examples of how, when well combined, they can be a winning bet.
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Jennifer Lawrence dressed in Dior to attend the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week.
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Combined shirt and sweater.
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Miroslava Duma with blazer and white culotte pants.
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Olivia Palermo is always right with her looks, this time wearing grey culotte pants and blue jacket.
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And finally the low cost version of these culotte pants from Zara. Easy to wear and combine this color with high heels, sandals or shoes.

 

 

 

Sérum Végétal Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher presents Sérum Végétal line, the first anti-wrinkle product developed with the Natural Treatment Technology Assimilation.

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A technology that allows the skin to better assimilate the treatment and therefore the results are effective from the first moment.
The new line consists of ficoide glacial and is called “Life Plant”, for its ability to survive in extreme conditions and stimulate protein that reactivates cells against aging.

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The treatment I am using is composed of three products: Sérum Végétal Day cream, eye contour and Serum Végétal night cream.

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Some application tips:

Straightening- This expert cosmetic gesture serves to correctly apply a cream every morning and evening to smooth the tissues.
Place the cream in the palm of your hand and warm it by gently rubbing the hands together.
Place hands on either side of the nose and enjoy the aroma.
Apply the product extending from the nose to the cheeks, ending at the temples.

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Type – an expert beauty trick that facilitates the microcirculation and penetration of the active cream.

Place your hands on the neckline and perform small round movements with fingers, moving hands horizontally to the face.

Pinch - This gesture tones and firms skin tissue by stimulating muscles of the face.
Soft pinches to the skin between the thumb and forefinger, this movement must be rapid and light.
Start from the neckline to the front avoiding the area of the trachea, hands moving horizontally.

Paris Spring Street Style

We’re almost in spring and it shows in the flowers, light, temperature and also in fashion.

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Today a spring look: floral dress, faux fur jacket and brown boots for walking around Paris.

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Details of flower bracelets from the Spring collection  ‘Aromas’  Yanes Jewelry, Madrid.

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Bracelets that blend perfectly with this floral dress.

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As you maybe know Paris Fashion Week  it is taking place.

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On every corner you can see fashion,  street style where you better can see the trends and style. 

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Paris is a very cosmopolitan city and because of Fashion Week, people gather from around the world resulting in a wide variety of looks.

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Lots of color

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Very original and flashy

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With long skirt

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Or elegant looks like this one in blue, black and grey

ARCO Madrid 2015

This weekend visited the 34th edition of ARCOmadrid, the art fair organized by IFEMA.

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The selected works range from historical avant-garde through contemporary classics to present day art.

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The International Fair of Contemporary Art, which opened last Thursday by the Kings of Spain, was closed by the President of Colombia in support of the Colombian galleries participating as the highlighted guest country.

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This year ARCO Madrid closes with 10% more professionals and the return of Spanish collectors, both private and corporate, as well as institutional, for a total of 27,280 collectors as a consequence of the growing confidence in the Spanish art market.

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In total, 218 galleries from 29 countries took part, with 160 galleries in the General Program and 62 as part of special exhibits of curated painting, sculpture, installations, photography, video, new media, drawing and printmaking.

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The growing participation by galleries from Latin America should be noted, which is up 52% to a total of 47 galleries from 10 countries.

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The platform FUNDACIÓN ARCO selected the work of Carlos Bunga for their collection.

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At this year’s event, the VIP area was a greenhouse space with flowers and greenery created by ZARA HOME. Inside were different areas with sponsors like Illy coffee, Solan de Cabras, official water of ARCO, Heineken, Ron Barceló Imperial and Ruinart next to the Audemars Piguet space.

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The art fair included a gastronomic space, configured as a square with stalls containing up to date products, designed to encourage informal meetings with collectors, professionals and visitors to the fair.

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A key date in the agenda for the art market in Spain as well as an art exchange between Europe and Latin America. The fair was attended by some 100,000 visitors.

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Chinese New Year’s celebration & Promodelia bloggers breakfast

CHINESE NEW YEAR: The Year of the Goat Wood

We attended the celebration of Chinese New Year February 20th at Hilario Alfaro shop in Platea (C/Goya, 7) with the Chinese community in Spain.

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Alfaro presented their new spring collection, already available in stores.

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Peter King offered his cocktails garnished with a variety of berries and citrus fruits from Gold Gourmet, premium grocery, located in Platea.

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From left to right, Silvia El Blog de Silvia,  Alejandra from Tic Tac News Blog and Victoria from Friendly Madrid.

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PROMODELIA

This week Promodelia Fashion Showroom hosted a breakfast for bloggers.

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The porpose of the meeting was to show their space and the new collection of the fashion designer Lorena Panea.

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The designer with one of the models from her new collection

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Group photo of the participants

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Video summary of the event