Van Der Travels: Hotel Barcelona Catedral

 

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Hey Van Der Lovers!! The Amanda Chic team were in Barcelona these days for some meetings and I want to discover you this amazing Hotel: Hotel Barcelona Catedral, i would like to show you good places to stay when you are travelling around the world. So this is one of my new section as Fashion and Lifestyle Editor in the magazine.

Barcelona Catedral Hotel is an exclusive, modern and comfy hotel in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. It has a good location,  near of Passeig de Gracia and las Ramblas, perfect for discover this amazing city and to fall in love with Barcelona.

The Hotel has a Pool, a Gym, parking and a Restaurant with tasty food where you can enjoy a really good foodie experience. In its restaurant 4 Capellas, you can enjoy Mediterranean’s meals . Hotel Barcelona it’s really excellent.

 

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The hotel offer awesome  and unique experiences for your stay in the city because it has a lot of activities such as cooking classes,wine tasting, guided visits to the Gothic Quarter …

At the end of the day, every trip is an unforgettable experience, and every experience has a smell, a taste, a touch … That memory forever.

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 If you are going to visit Barcelona , don’t doubt to check its site and discover Barcelona Catedral Hotel

http://www.barcelonacatedral.com/

Blue Dolls ” Geometric Doll”

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Hey Van Der lovers!!  I would like to introduce you the new collection of Blue Dolls , the spanish Brand of sustainable fashion who has launched this fall Winter season the ” Geometric Doll” collection. Stay tuned to Van Der Love for more news about this spanish Brand.

Blue Dolls http://blue-dolls.com/
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What have you done today to change the world? Integrate disabled people in the society

“Sometimes I think I’d like to volunteer somewhere else in the world… but there’s still so much to be done in my community!”

Fabíola Lebre Lago, Portugal

 

Fabíola Lebre Lago is an actress, a Special Needs educator and an inspiring human being.

For over 10 years, she has been a volunteer collaborator of CERCICA, Portugal (http://www.cercica.pt/), particularly connected to the Vital Project. Its main goal is to integrate and promote autonomy of young people and adults with disabilities (physical or mental) in the society.

The project entails several types of activities (cultural, recreational and sports) taking place outside the institution’s premises, on some weekends of the month, previously planned by the educator in charge and followed by volunteers and participants.

Usually, they go to the movies or to the theater, watch art exhibitions, play sports and radical activities, go to a bar to socialize, etc. Most of all, the participants should use public transports autonomously, order their own lunch at a restaurant, feel like they are going out with friends, talk about the activity practiced that day and keep entertained and amused, outside the house, on weekends. Additionally, these activities allow the’participants’ families to have some free time to themselves.

Fabíola also volunteered at Casa do Alecrim, a day care center/home for people with Alzheimer’s (http://alzheimerportugal.org/pt/text-0-10-54-87-lar-e-centro-de-dia-casa-do-alecrim).

In her opinion, the help she provides others with changes her more than them. Volunteering has this ability of operating changes and evolution within, in the volunteer more than in the aided person. It makes sense if one thinks about the satisfaction inherent to the act of contributing, even if just the least bit, to another person’s well-being and, who knows, happiness.

. What have you done today to change the world? .

by Cláudia Gomes Oliveira

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What have you done today to change the world? Inspire children

“Our dreams are some of the most precious things we possess. I hope my speaking and singing have a positive impact on these children.”
Kevin Short, USA
Kevin Short is an Opera singer and has been performing since 1987 in theaters all over the world.
Recently, within the scope of the commemorations of Black History Month, in USA (celebrated in February), he started visiting schools and talking to children (aged 6 to 12 and from varied backgrounds) about the vital importance of pursuing the dreams cherished by each one of us, and keep them free from external influences that may eventually, for one reason or another, end up annulling them.
Another relevant part of the talk was about the beauty and the significance of cultivating perseverance. In most parts of the world, and due to the way societies have evolved, associated with advances in areas such as technology, communities got accustomed to results and rewards coming rather quickly.
However, in order to keep cherishing our dreams and, along the way, get to fulfill some (or all) of them, it is imperative that we maintain hope and sheer belief in our visions. Only so will we sustain dreams and renovate vitality. Only so, will life itself have opportunity to happen.
Hard work, or facing whichever tasks, ideas or plans we have with perseverance, is not only a way to build inner strength and positiveness, but it’s also a solid means to understanding our life learning path.
The benefits of such commitment may not always be obvious or immediate, yet carrying on with a certain work ethic and engaging ourselves in the best way we know, will eventually lead to the desired achievement of goals and our involvement will certainly not have been in vain.
Dreams belong to each one of us and each one of us should have the freedom to try to pursue them.
. What have you done today to change the world? .
by Cláudia Gomes Oliveira

Interview with Liliana Alves

 On the last Thursday October 8th, Van der Love Magazine went to Lisbon Design Show 2015 with a goal: to meet the woman behind the homonymous jewelry brand Liliana Alves Jewelry Design. Let me introduce her: she is a Portuguese native, from Caldas da Rainha to be more precise, and is from her atelier that she runs her business and makes her masterpieces. Right away she welcomed us with a big smile and took us on a journey through her universe and collections on display at the show.

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Saying that her creations are masterpieces it is not an exaggeration: one of the things that catch your attention from the beginning is Liliana’s eye for details. Every little piece is so meticulously done that is impossible to say otherwise. Using materials such as sterling silver, oxidized silver, gold plated sterling silver, pearls and semi-precious stones like onyx and amber, all her pieces have a very big impact, not only due to the materials she chooses to work with but also because of her unmistakable aesthetic.

Liliana Alves defines her aesthetic as delicate, light and versatile; her collections always have an architectonical or natural inspiration, from which Liliana makes her own interpretation and deconstruction of the forms, using portuguese filigree (considered UNESCO’s World Heritage), among other techniques, to add a different and interesting texture to her pieces. The use of this technique comes from her three year course at Cindor, where she learned among other things, the craft of filigree.

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Liliana started her brand in 2009 but her love for creation comes from her teenage years: as she told Van der Love Magazine, at the age 14/15, she remembers visiting her father’s electronic shop from where she brought home copper cables to transform into decorative objects, such as dream catchers, to later offer them as gifts to family members on their birthdays and Christmas. Six years after her start, Liliana’s father – Manuel Alves – now works along with his daughter, helping bring life to her designs.

At the moment, Liliana releases one to two collections per year because she wants not only to respond to her clients’ needs, but also because she feels the need to create and materialize her ideas. She defines her client as a tasteful, sophisticated and versatile woman, who appreciates cultural events and art. Among her famous clients are Ana Bacalhau from Deolinda, actress Isabel Medina and USA ambassadress in Portugal, Kim Saywer. Liliana was also invited to be a part of two fashion shows for Storytailors: at Portugal Fashion 2013 and at their 10 year career celebration.
Some of her other accomplishments are being featured at Revista Única Expresso 2009, Notícias Magazine 2011, Direct Art International Magazine 2013, Notícias Magazine Cover December 2014 and British Vogue Magazine September 2015. Other than her magazine features, she also participated on several design exhibitions in Portugal (she won a trophy for Creative Innovation with her collection Metamorphosis at OuroIndústria) she also travelled to Paris and Bern to showcase her work and reach other markets.

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During this six busy years working on her brand, besides all the accomplishments, Liliana still wants to expand her clientele to other countries and gain recognition both nationally and internationally, always preserving her design aesthetic and what makes her brand so unique: the versatility of her pieces that are only limited by the users imagination.