Archive 2020

Mallorca Christmas Gifts Guide – supporting small businesses

Find the perfect Mallorca Christmas gifts for your loved ones or a special birthday celebration, it’s always nice to be able to gift quality and original presents. Support small businesses and buy from Mallorca based small businesses, because when you buy from a small business, there is someone doing a happy dance!

If you think we should include a business you love in this Mallorca Christmas gifts guide, please email us at palmainstatour@yellothere.com.

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Or just scroll down to discover all of the fantastic small businesses featured in our Mallorca Gifts Guide and find the perfect presents for your loved ones.

Fashion

Sunvibes

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Give someone you love Sunvibes! They will have a personalized memory dress, inspired entirely by their favorite colours, their spirit animals, and all the symbols that have a special meaning to them. There are many different styles, gorgeous, feminine, flowy dresses, kimonos and skirts, all of them designed for the free spirited women.

Click here to shop.

The Bleuve

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Having The Bleuve in your closet means having something that represents your way of being and seeing life. This brand makes denim vintage jackets combined with art and nature. They can be a special present, because each piece is unique and tells a story. No two jackets are alike. Besides, under the philosophy ‘let’s take care of the greatest thing that has been given to us’ The Bleuve tries to maintain their passion for taking care of our planet.

Give a cool surprise this Christmas shopping at: https://thebleuve.com

Scaphandre

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Discover this men’s and children’s swimwear brand based in Mallorca. They offer high-quality luxury swim and seaside apparel and accessories. Scaphandre’s spirit encompasses a lifestyle that surrounds adventure, exploration, discovery and global travel. This holiday season make your partner, friend or father a seaman, a daredevil… or a gentleman.

Shop at: https://www.scaphandrewear.com

NAKĀWE

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NAKĀWE Swimwear is an ethical and eco-conscious swimwear and beach accessory brand, which uses the first nylon 6.6 biodegradable in the world. Designed in Palma de Mallorca and handcrafted in-house in Brazil, from start to finish, at a small seamstress workshop, that combines more than 20 years of experience in swimwear. Prepare your loved ones for the next summer or warm holidays with NAKĀWE.

Find their designs here: https://www.nakaweswimwear.com

Sustainable

Viveco

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At Viveco, they are passionate about making sustainable living accessible to as many people as possible, that is why we wanted to include them in the Mallorca Christmas gifts guide, because it is a great option with which to improve someone’s lifestyle.

Start now with the change, buy at: https://www.viveco.co

Cleanwave

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Under the motto of Reduce, Refuse, Refill, we find the non-profit initiative Cleanwave.org. Every Cleanwave bottle that you buy goes towards plastic prevention and regeneration of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for a Christmas gift whilst helping the environment, Cleanwave bottles are the best alternative.

Shop at: https://store.cleanwave.org

Gifts

La Osadía Shop

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La Osadía Shop is a perfect store for the Mallorca Christmas gifts guide, where you will find clothing, jewellery, illustration, decoration and much more, made by a couple from Madrid who decided to escape to Mallorca. Surely you can find an ideal gift for this Christmas in this small concept store of handcrafted production.

Click here to shop.

Amancay – Rural Hands

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If you are looking for buying flowers this Christmas, you should take a look at AMANCAY – Rural Hands. Not only do they have a collection of dried and preserved flowers, but they also have scarves and blankets, natural candles, bags and baskets, and books that will win over anyone.

They promote the value of crafts, Mediterranean traditions, caring of our planet and empowering a circular, authentic and fair economy. 

Find the store at: Costa d’en Brossa, 5, 07001, Palma, or click here to buy online.

Stephie.M

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Surely Stephie.M needed to be part of the Mallorca Christmas gifts guide. She offers textile collections for warm and charming interiors, with colours from the beautiful island of Mallorca. One of these unique pieces collection made from antique & raw fabrics could be the perfect gift for this holiday season. Everything is designed and handmade, and respecting the environment.

Click here to shop.

Alamar Editions

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Alamar is a meeting point for lovers of simplicity, culture and beauty, which take shape in unique objects of craftsmanship and design. You will find from handbags and totes, necklaces to prints, notebooks and much more. All of are sustainable and environmentally friendly products, and they allocate part of their profits to social projects in the Mediterranean.

Find them at: https://www.alamareditions.com

Oma Project

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Oma Project is home to bespoke interior design and styling services, offering hand picked and custom made furniture thanks to its excellent network of artisans and artists with the aim to create authentic, sustainable, warm and soulful interiors.

At their boutique, located on Carrer Pou, bajos 33, 07013 Palma, you will find linen dresses, bags, sandals, and other pieces of art.

Discover their web at: https://www.omaproject.es

Jewellery

Dzerve Jewellery

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If you love the Ocean, the Sun, the Moon and the stars, you have to know Dzerve Jewellery. Their products are inspired by all these, as well as textures, cleanness and freedom. Dzerve focuses on delicate, precious and timeless jewellery pieces. All designs are made from scratch and handcrafted at her studio in Mallorca. Focus is on sustainability, all materials are from sustainable sources, using non toxic materials and supplies in the jewellery making process.

Shop at: https://www.dzervejewellery.com

White&Blu

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Give White&Blu a chance and transport this Christmas to Greece. Their colors, designs and production are inspired by their islands. Unique, high quality pieces of hand made jewellery created by local Greek producers and using local materials. White&Blu was born to defend the ideals of women and to make them feel free.

Find their pieces here: https://www.whiteandblujewellery.com

Books

Rata Corner

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Rata Corner is an independent bookstore, located at carrer d’Antoni Marquès 34 in Palma, where you can find a a varied selection of books, vinyls and graphic works for all kinds of tastes. The books that make up their catalogue are selected one by one with the intention of offering an attractive, coherent and quality catalogue. They also offer a selection of pop and rock music, with special interest for local artists; and a section of graphic work with originals, silkscreen prints or prints of local and international artists.

Click here to see some of their books.

“Hormonal Harmony”

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In this Mallorca Christmas gifts guide we included some books, as Hormonal Harmony, written by Susanne Haegele. It is the best option to give to women aged 16 to 86. Puberty, fertility, maternity, menopause… these major phases of a woman’s life have something in common: the deep impact of hormonal changes. The book shows you how to be proactive and contribute to rebalancing your hormones, naturally.

You can buy it on Amazon or Waterstones, also available in French, and coming soon in Spanish.

“Sleep, Eat, Drink, Shop, Explore Palma”

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An explosion of new trendy places during the last years changed the so-called ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ considerably and makes it more beautiful today than ever. Yet, despite the modernity, the Mediterranean flair can still be felt in every corner. This Palma Guide will show you a curated selection of our favorite places to “sleep, eat, drink, shop and explore”.

Click here to buy it for 24,00€.

“111 Places in Mallorca that you shouldn’t miss”

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If you wanna give a different vision from Mallorca, you should choose this book as a gift for this holidays. “111 Places in Mallorca that you shouldn’t miss” is a book of temples, paths and unpublished stories of Mallorca, written by Rudiger Liedtke. It will show you curiosities about better-known sights, new locations and will tell you a lot of stories that you probably don’t know about.

Click here to buy it for 17,54€.

“The mymuybueno Cookbook”

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Justine Murphy not only shares in her book “The mymuybueno Cookbook” delicious recipes and valuable tips on navigating the challenges of modern life, but also her extraordinary story, giving us an incredible insight into the woman behind the successful business: mymuybueno.

You can buy it here online for £25,00 or at Rialto Living in Palma, Delicioso, Viveco in Alaró or Knox Design.

“Instagrammable Barcelona”

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“Instagrammable Barcelona” is a collection made by Barcelona Travel Girls of some of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona and a tribute to this fascinating city. This book includes photos of the most beautiful locations all around the city, address for each location, information, tips to take your own instagrammable photos. So, if you know someone who is a passionate about Instagram, do not think twice, this is the perfect gift!

Here you can find the printed book for 19,99€.

Prints

Mallorca Prints

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Mallorca Prints is a brand founded by Travel Palma, with which it aims to bring a piece of Mallorca to your home, through their amazing prints made on natural birch paper. Besides, 10% of all sales are donated to Cleanwave Movement. Give a piece of Mallorca to someone special this holiday season.

Shop at: https://travelpalma.net/shop/ ; or at their Pop Up Shop in Palma

Stick No Bills

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It’s time to fill your walls with spectacular poster art from Mallorca, Ibiza or Ceylon, and there is no better choice than Stick No Bills. Transport your walls back to the mid century modern and 1980s’ golden eras of travel, time-machine-style, back to the art-deco.

Find them at Costa D’en Brossa 10, Palma, 07001, or click here to buy online.

Drinks

Solstice Blends

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If you are thinking of giving a healthy and original drink, you should know Solstice Blends. They’ve created a line of products that provides warmth, health and energy needed to get you through the day. All their products are vegan, gluten free and made with organic ingredients, and it is so easy to prepare: Add liquid to the powder, mix and enjoy!

Click here to buy: https://solsticeblends.com

Son Prim

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Discover the typical wine from Mallorca with Son Prim, a winery that was built in 2003, with the aim of producing wines of the highest possible quality with vineyards planted in the nineties. So, this Christmas, they can be the perfect detail to enjoy a lunch or dinner with your loved ones.

Buy their wines at: https://www.sonprim.com

Food

Mallorca Delicatessen – Mateu Pons

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In this Mallorca Christmas gifts guide could not miss some typical food from the island. With the help of Mallorca Delicatessen products, you will take Mallorca home with you. They have been made with a process of refinement, search for excellence, keen dedication and nostalgia for the past. Their selection of products brim all the flavour, colour and aroma of this island.

You can find them at Plaza Marques del Palmer 7, Plaza Weyler 10 in Palma, or Calle Acapulco 2 in Playa de Palma. Or click here to buy online.

Cachao Chocolate

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Cachao is chocolate in its most pure and natural form, rich in nutrients and full of flavors. They use fresh ingredients from the best organic farmers. It is essential to taste this authentic chocolate using real cacao solids without compromising on flavor, texture and nutrition.

Click here to know everything about Cachao.

Experiences

Naturacavall

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Do you know someone who is passionate about adventure? This holiday season, let them experience the wild, unspoiled side of Mallorca on horseback, discover hidden places and feel at one with nature. Naturacavall is a small family run business who are pioneering this business. Each horse is loved and cared for.

Book the experience here: https://naturacavall.com

Palma Insta Tour

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Give the gift of memories this Christmas! Make it happen with the Palma Insta Tour Voucher, which is worth for an hour photo session with the photographer Adèle, who will find the perfect spots in Mallorca to take pictures of you and your loved ones. A one-hour session is 95€, and the session will be made between February 15th and May 15th 2021. Surprise someone printing it and putting it under your Christmas tree!

Don’t miss this opportunity and send a DM to @palmainstatour or email us at palmainstatour@yellothere.com.

Colour Confidence with Leesa Whisker

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Give knowledge this holiday season! Do you know what Colour Confidence is? Leesa Whisker is a professional with 20 years of experience working internationally as an image consultant and stylist. She will teach you through an online masterclass to discover the beauty of your natural colouring and your best colours for clothing, hair and makeup, to save you time and money, help you dress and pack with ease and boost your confidence.

Buy it for here 88£.

La Guilda Cerámica

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A bit of creativity is the perfect gift for this Christmas. If you know someone who enjoys doing crafts, you can give them a pottery workshop like the one that offers La Guilda: 2 hours for 25€ all inclusive. It is a nice option to enjoy with your family or friends and to take out your most creative vein.

Find them at Carrer Torre de l’amor, 2, Palma, or on their webpage: https://laguilda.com

Can Moio

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Hotel CAN MOIO in Montuïri, Mallorca, is a different idea in this Mallorca Christmas gifts guide that can surprise your loved ones. An amazing place to rest, relax and discover the surrounding area throughout the year. Enjoy the marvelous salt-water swimming pool in summertime, lounge in front of open fireplaces in winter or take a gentle stroll around the beautiful gardens.

Click here to book!

Chef Sofia Sagripanti

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The vegan and gluten free chef Sofia Sagripanti, offers some special Christmas Gift Card with discounted prices. She makes beautiful vegan gluten free cakes (bespoke orders too) and take private cooking classes. So if you know someone who is passionate about vegan cooking, they will love this.

Have a look at her Instagram to discover more.

Carys Andersson

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The Fitness & Lifestyle Coach Carys Andersson offers a 6-week health and fitness programme to get you feeling your best self. Six weeks of progressive workouts designed to burn fat, build fitness and tone the whole body; targeted workouts for arms, gluten and core to create a strong toned physique; nutrition coaching to take the guesswork out of ‘dieting’; and much more.

Buy it now for 106€. See all the details here.

Countryside Christmas Fair in Mallorca
Wishing you all the most wonderful holiday season!

If you liked this Mallorca Christmas gifts guide, don’t hesitate to give love and share it. Let’s help small businesses together this holiday season!

With love, Palma Insta Team xx

Christmas Spirit in Palma de Mallorca

Oh, I love December in Palma: the sun is still warming us up most of the days, the sunrises and sunsets are colourful and the streets are magical as soon as the Christmas Lights are turned on.

Here are my favourite spots around Palma during the holiday season.

Passeig des Born: delightful during the day and magical at night; it was quite crowded on the night they were switching the lights on.

I love the stars on Plaza de la Reina.

I don’t know why, palm trees and Christmas lights make my heart jump: I feel so luck to live on this beautiful island.

Another of my favourite corner: Jaume III

There’s something so special about La Rambla during the holiday, I love seeing the flower shops along with the Christmas lights.

I love walking through Plaza Mayor at night, the yellow – my favourite colour – plaza is even more special all lighten up.

Last but not least, Plaza Cort and its sky full of lights.

I’m going away for the holidays so I’m taking all the Christmas spirit I can get before that! I still have a few Christmas events to go to: Santa Lucia at Palma Cathedral on Friday Dec 13th, the Countryside Christmas Fair organised by my beautiful friends at Spoon Full O’Moon on Sunday Dec 15th and a few Christmas drinks with my friends.

If you want to know more about how Christmas is celebrated on the island, check out this Ultimate Christmas on Mallorca Guide.

And you can check my video of the Christmas Lights as I walk through the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca.

Happy holidays!

Festa de la Llum at Palma Cathedral

Twice a year, on 02/02 and 11/11, the reflection of the Roseta is perfectly aligned with the one on the opposite wall, creating the illusion of the number 8. You can find more information about this phenomenon here.

The first time I went, a big cloud appeared just before it was supposed to happen so I couldn’t see it. This year I didn’t believe it would happen as the day was not a sunny one but, miracle, just for 30 minutes, the sun was shining and we were able to witness the light show.

It was truly magical, the reflection of the lights on the wall of the cathedral made me feel so happy and lucky to be able to see such beauty.

Doors of the Cathedral open at 7.30am and this happens between 8am and 9am.

Watch this video from 02/02/2020 Festa de la Llum

This year, due to the current sanitary situation, the Festa de la Llum was streamed online. Watch the video:

Best cafés and brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca

Gorgeous latte arts, tasty matcha, delicious panckaes and yummy cakes… Here are (some of) my favourite cafés and best brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca.

La Finca

My number one! La Finca is located not far from Plaza España and Puerta de San Antoni, and it’s nice to have such a great café in this part of town. The owners are the sweetest guys you’ll meet, and they do great food and coffee. I love the cakes there, and their empanadas and quiches are to die for. I always go for a matcha or a chaï latte, but occasionally I get tempted by their pink latte: a coffee with beetroot.  

Address: Carrer de l’Escola Graduada, 5, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

La Molienda

A new location has opened in Carrer de l’Arxiduc, again, it’s great to have one of this trendy café opening in this part of town. The new location is quite big but gets quite busy in the mornings (it can also be a bit noisy, so it might not be the best place if you’re looking for a quiet place to work from or have a meeting with someone). That being said, La Molienda has a good breakfats selection. I’m a big fan of the simple ‘pan con tomate’ and the delicious cinnamon rolls. The other location, off La Rambla in Carrer del Bisbe Campins, is much smaller and cozier, but the best part of it is the outside terrace.

Address: Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears /
Carrer de l’Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, 9a, 07004 Palma, Illes Balears

Cafè Riutort

They are the masters of latte art! From hearts to swans, I always feel like it’s too pretty to drink! They have a great brunch selection. Located just off La Rambla, Cafè Riutort is where I start my Instagram tours of Palma, it can get quite busy as it’s a popular spot with only a few tables, but it’s worth the wait!

Address: Carrer del Carme, 25, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears

Rosevelvet Bakery

This is the place to be if you love amazing cakes. Rosevelvet Bakery always have a broad selection of cakes from brownie, to red velvet goodness. I’m also a fan of they ‘Sweet as hell’ neon sign!

Address: Carrer de la Missió, 15, Local 1, 07003 Palma, Balearic Islands

The Workshop Café and Cycles

Located on the other side of the town, I love The Workshop Café and Cycles especially for their chia seeds and berries pancakes: they are the best pancakes I’ve tasted in Palma! They also do amazing toasts with poached eggs, and their juices are fresh and tasty.

Address: Carrer Magalhaes, 1, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears

Ben Trempat

For some simple but delicious tostadas, you can trust this place! Located in Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, this is a small and not to expensive, local café to enjoy breakfast with friends on their sunny terrace.

Address: Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, 3a, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

Can Joan de s’Aigo

This one is quite typical of Mallorca. If you want to taste all the Mallorquin specialities, don’t hesitate, go there! From sweets with ensaimadas, coca de patata and their signature hot chocolate (literally melted chocolate, not mixed with milk or water!), or if you prefer savoury: coca de trampo, empanadas and more.
They have a few locations around town, my favourite has to be the oldest one: I love the charm factor once you step inside. Perfect breakfast spot after a morning stroll around the old town.

Address: Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

Panaderia S’Estació

They do some delicious carrot cake and coca de patata, but let’s be honest, the best part of this Café/bakery is their glass floor as you come in! The first time I got quite surprised and thought I was falling, ahah. From the shop you can see the bakers making all the goodies below you and it’s quite fascinating to watch.

Address: Carrer del Sindicat, 66, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

What’s yours?

Tell me what are your favourite brunch spots and best cafés in Palma de Mallorca!

Adèle xx

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Mallorca Best Beaches and Calas

Turquoise water, sandy beaches or rocky calas: Mallorca has a lot to offer and has nothing to envy the the Caribbean beaches. Here is a selection of some my favourite spots for the summer on the island!

Sandy Beaches

Es Trenc

This is THE white sandy beach with endless turquoise water in Mallorca. It can get quite crowded during the summer.

Playa de Portals Nous

I love this one because it’s easily accessible by public transport. A nice family beach to enjoy the day.

Bendinat Beach

A small beach, also perfect for paddle boarding.

Cala Mesquida

I love the dunes surrounding this beach, it’s quite nice in winter as well as there are some hiking paths starting there.

Cala Llombards

A cute little beach very popular during the summer. What I love about this one are the little fisher houses all around!

Cala Pi

The view of this cala from above is spectacular!

Rocky Calas

Caló des Moro

The most beautiful scenery on the island, in my opinion! It’s not the most comfortable beach to sunbathe and stay for hours but the views are so breath-taking, it’s worth it!

Cala s’Alumnia

A little cala perfect to jump from cliffs. I love the hiking path starting there to enjoy the winter views, you can click here to read more about it.

Cala Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar is my favourite village on the island, I just can’t get enough of all the views from there. It’s really nice to be able to go for a dip while spending the day there, even if it’s not the spot I would choose to spend the whole day sunbathing.

Es Canyeret – Platja de LLucalcari

A little hidden gem, I think we found this one by accident. Te waves can be quite strong and it takes a bit of time to actually get to the swimming spots but the views are so worth it!

Cala Maioris

The perfect spot for a late afternoon swim. There are some natural pools all the way as well a little sandy beach. Perfect to go back up right in time to enjoy the sunset.

Torrent de Parreis

This is one of the must do when coming to Mallorca, it’s quite incredible to arrive there and see the sea in between the big rocks. There are some cool jumping points as well.

Torrent de Parreis
Stairway to Heaven – Torrent de Parreis

What’s your favourite?

There are still a lot more coves and beaches that I have yet discovered, let me know what are your favourite spots to sunbathe and swim during the summer on Mallorca!

Enjoy the summer on our gorgeous island!

Adèle xx

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The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 7 & 8

This will be my last lockdown diary. Today, cafés and shops are starting to reopen again, and life is slowly getting back to normal! Many people are walking by the sea every morning and evening. I find it quite overwhelming as it’s a walk I used to do daily before Covid-19 happened, and I’ve never seen that many people out and about! But it still feels so good to hear and smell the sea. So lucky!

First walk outside

You can read all about my first walk here. I’m so happy to be able to go stare at the cathedral again. Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still find it so beautiful!

Home activities

We’ve had some rainy days during the past 2 weeks, so I’ve ditched sunbathing sessions for piano lessons. My flatmate bought a piano a couple weeks ago and I decided to have a go, I’m learning through Simply Piano app and it’s so intuitive and fun, I’m making progress quite fast!

rain drops on window pink building in backdrop

I’m also taking the time to work on my business with Pink Flamingo Marketing: 6 Weeks to Confident Marketing course; and to improve my photography skills. Here are some shots I’ve taken last weekend. I love the vibe! What do you think?

I’ve also adopted some plants! I needed some greens in my bedroom so this plant is no sitting on top of my -broken- wardrobe and it makes me really happy to wake up and look at her (I feel like an crazy plant lady saying this). I hope I will manage to keep her alive! Her name is Pandemica (thank you Jana for the hilarious idea). I’ve repotted my cactus as well and I feel like buying more plants on our next market adventure!

Another addition to our home is this beautiful print of Cap Formentor by my dear friend Maja of Travel Palma. She will be releasing new prints soon (with sea views 😍). Contact her if you’d like your own Mallorca print!

Mallorca prints by travelpalma

Recipes of the week

  • Cauliflower Nuggets

Easy to make and very tasty, it’s a great veggie alternative to chicken nuggets. You can find the original recipe video in French here.

Ingredients
– 100gr flour
– 30gr butter
– 50ml water
– 1 cauliflower
– Breadcrumbs
– Herbs and spices (thyme, paprika, garlic…)

Mix the flour, garlic, thyme, salt and paper and add the water little by little.
Cut pieces of cauliflower and dip it in the dough to have it all around the cauliflower piece. Then dip in breadcrumbs.
Cook in the oven for 15min at 230·C.
Melt the butter and add paprika: pour it on the nuggets and put back it into the oven for 10min.
Tada, ready!

  • Tomato Cake

This might sound strange, but it’s my favourite childhood cake!

Ingredients:
– 125gr of sugar
– 50gr of soft butter
– 50ml of water
– 125gr of flour
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
– 2 eggs (white and yolks separated)

Mix all ingredients apart from egg whites in a bowl. Beat the egg whites and add to mixture. Pour in a baking tray and bake in the oven for 35min, medium heat.

  • Crêpes with integral flour
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As a typical French person, I love crêpes! These ones are only 3 ingredients: 3 eggs, 175gr of flour and 300ml of milk. You can also add a pinch of salt.

  • Mushroom and truffle risotto
mushroom and truffle risotto
  • Salmon tourte
salmon tourte

Another of my childhood dish! This is easy and yummy!

Ingredients:
– 2 puff pastry
– smoked salmon (1 packet 200/250gr)
– 150gr of soft creamy cheese with garlic and fine herbs (Boursin is the brand we have in France)
– 150 gr of fresh cream
– 150gr of grated Emmental cheese
– 1 egg yolk

Roll out the first dough. Place salmon all over it. Mix the cream cheese, fresh cream and grated cheese. Pour the mixture over the salmon, all over the pastry. Add the second dough on top. Weld the edges. Make a hole in the middle and brush egg yolk all over. Cook in the oven fro 35min at 180·C.

  • Sun-dried tomatoes and olives bread loaf
sundried tomatoes and olives bread loaf

We were finally able to find the fresh yeast at our local supermarket. We are petty happy with how our bread turned out!

Ingredients:
– 500gr of strong white flour
– 15gr of salt
– 55ml of olive oil
– 20gr of fresh yeast
– 275ml of water
– 170gr of pitted and chopped black olives
– 55gr of sun-dried tomatoes

Mix all ingredients, apart from the olives and tomatoes, in a bowl. Be careful not to put the yeast in direct contact with the salt when they are first added to the bowl.
Knead until the dough is elastic, smooth and shiny. Leave to rise for one hour.
Divide the dough into two and add half of the olives and sun-dried tomatoes into each.
Shape the dough how you want your bread to look like, sprinkle white flour lightly over the top and mark them with a cross.
Place them on a baking sheet land let it rest for one hour in a warm place.
Bake at 220·C for 30 minutes until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and cool.

Yum!

I hope you’re having as much fun as I have in the kitchen!

Adèle xx

Hello again, Palma

After 7 weeks of the strictest lockdown in Europe, we were finally able to go outside for exercise and fresh air. I have never seen that many people out before 7am. This first walk was strange but felt so good. It screamed freedom!

Sunrise at the beach, palya de Palma

It was blissful to watch the sun rising while listening to the sounds of the waves, along with people chatter and laughter.

Oh, I missed that walk!

Cathedral view from palma Beach

I was so happy to finally be able to see our beautiful Cathedral again. La Seu is definitely my favourite spot. Seeing the flowers around the Cathedral made me realise how much we’ve missed while being locked inside. Spring has happened and we didn’t get a chance to enjoy it.

It was surreal to see the usually busy plazas and streets completely empty!

My mind was blown by seeing how much the trees have grown during the past weeks.

Paseo del Born palma de Mallorca
7 weeks have passed between these 2 photos.

What a strange feeling, to be able to enjoy the beauty of our city again. Never ever taking that for granted, that’s for sure!

I hope you are all enjoying your daily walks by the sea and city strolls!

See you soon for Palma Insta Tour!

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 6

6 weeks locked inside… I’m starting to feel like a fish in a tank! Fingers crossed from next weekend we will be allowed out for walks and outdoor exercise!

Work, Work, Work

home office

This week has been super productive in terms of work, and it felt so good! I had to put together a Yoga video and it was so relaxing to look at them. You can find the final result here.

I took the time to do a quite overdue cleaning of my mailbox! I’ve used Cleanfox to help me sort out all my newsletter subscriptions. So easy to use! Click here to find out more about it and plant a tree together!

I’ve attended an online networking event organised by Mallorca Expats (a great Facebook group for anyone looking to relocate to the island).

Fooooooood

  • Best cookies ever!

I’m always disappointed when cookies are not moist and soft enough. But these ones were absolutely perfect! It’s the recipe from my favourite coffee shop in Lille (France), called L’Impertinente. They always have delicious cakes and I’m a big fan of their millionaire shortbread. Here is the original recipe (in French, translated in English below):

– 2 eggs
– 250gr soft butter
– 300gr chocolate (I only used 200 and it was more than enough)
– A pinch of salt
– 125gr white sugar
– 125gr brown sugar
– 350gr flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Mix soft butter and sugars
2. Add eggs and mix
3. Add sifted flour and baking powder
4. Add chocolate (chocolate chips or bar broken in small pieces)
(I recommend leaving the dough in the fridge for a bit before making the balls, it will be easier and less sticky!)
5. Make ‘ping-pong’ balls
6. Bake for 10 min at 180°C

  • Leek and Mushrooms Pie

Recipe by my amazing flatmate Jess ❤︎
1. chop 2 big leeks, a bunch of garlic and about 500g mushrooms and soften in pan with oil/water/butter whatever (this would be super delish with some chicken too!). season with salt/pepper and herbs (maybe mixed herbs, thyme, sage, rosemary, whatever really)
2. make about a cup or 2 of bechamel sauce and add to the leeks/mushrooms (1tbsp flour, about the same of melted butter, mix on stove to make a paste then whisk in milk until thick) OR, if you prefer dairy-free, sub milk for soy, and butter for oil
3. put some baking paper in a pie dish and then put in shortcrust pastry and bake for 10 min or so until golden
4. add pie mix and cover with a sheet of puff pastry
5. bake in oven for about 30 min

  • Cauliflower base pizzas

Surprisingly really good! You can find a recipe here.

  • Sushi night!

That was our first food delivery since the beginning of the lockdown! We got them from Sushi Chet, if you register on their website you get a 50% discount! This was 30€ for 3 people and we were full!

  • Banana Bread Delivery

My friend Vili from The Workshop Café surprised me with these yummy banana and chocolate chips muffin, delicious! They are doing deliveries of banana bread, carrot cake and even pancakes! Thank you again xx

Creative Week-End

Jess got a piano! I might try to learn how to play. I’ve never played any instruments because I couldn’t be bothered learning how to read music sheets.. But if I could wake up one morning knowing how to play an instrument it would be either the piano, guitar or violin!

piano

She taught me how to crochet! I’ve only learnt the basics at the moment but I hope I can manage to crochet around a jar soon! We have them all over the house and it’s quite cool!

Sunday was one of the only sunny day of the week, so I went on the rooftop with my paints and book and I spent a few others doing that. And then to keep me busy without going on my phone, I cleaned our balcony and blinds and reorganised the dining room shelves… My inner cleaning freak is really coming out during this lockdown ahah!

painting

I received another gift this week (quite spoiled!), by my friend Eli from Sunvibes. She sent us beautiful scrunchies and tee-shirts transfer to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week. You can read more about that in my last blog post: Fashion Revolution – Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe. Thank you Eli for the sweetest surprise!

I hope you all had a good week!

Adèle xx

Fashion Revolution – Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe

Today’s post is inspired by my dear friend and client, Eli from Sunvibes. She wrote Loved Clothes Last, a blog post about clothes, sustainability and family heirloom pieces.

This week is Fashion Revolution Week which “encourage millions of people to come together to campaign for systemic change in the fashion industry.”

I’m trying as much as I can to reduce my fashion footprint. Let me share with you some of my tips on how to have a wardrobe that brings you joy and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, without turning to fast fashion.

Sustainable Fashion Day

This inspired me to share with you memories of Sustainable Fashion Day Sunvibes organised 2 years ago. At that time, I was an intern for Eli so I helped her creating this amazing event. Eli is an Italian fashion designer based on Mallorca, each of her design is made of Italian fabric, printed with her original hand drawn designs, and treated with love. Her dresses are absolutely gorgeous.

We had different station: sewing a passport holder by using the leftover pieces of fabric of the dresses, dyeing clothes with natural fabrics (more info here) and screen printing a tee-shirt with Sunvibes caravan design.

We had amazing music by Christina Jones and lovely delicious healthy food by Vitanja.

You can read more about this day on Sunvibes Blog.

How to Switch to a Sustainable Wardrobe

fashion revolution who made my clothes

“We are living in a climate emergency and the fashion & textiles sector is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries. The industry continues to lack transparency, with widespread exploitation of people working in the supply chain. Never before have there been this many people on the planet in slavery, and fashion is a key driver of this reality. Brands and retailers are still not taking enough responsibility for the pay and working conditions in their factories, the environmental impacts of the materials they use or how the products they make affect the health of people, animals and our living planet.” Fashion Revolution

Second Hand Shopping

I’ve always been used to buying second-hand clothes since I was a kid. Let’s be honest, when I was a teenager I hated it because I couldn’t have the latest trendy items that all my friends at school were wearing. When I first earned a bit of money I did go a little crazy with shopping. That lasted for a couple of years I’d say, while I was at University. Even if at the same time I was still buying things at flea markets (we have a lot of them in France from Spring until September). Nowadays, my wardrobe is 90% pre-loved and I avoid going shopping as much as I can. I love going to second-hand shops and vintage markets and try to find piece that I’ll love for years to come.

My three favourite items from flea-markets in France: high quality leather boots for only 5€ (bought in 2015), a Moroccan bag that cost me 1€ only (bought in 2012) and these cute summer shoes bought for 3€ (bought in 2019).

Then in 2017 I spent a few months in Northern Ireland and there I discovered amazing second-hand and charity shops. I had not much money but needed warm clothes to survive the Irish weather, so I was happy to not spend hundred of pounds on items I’d only needed for a season.

Here is the only item I kept: a blouse bought in a charity shop in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, for 3 pounds. I gave back all my warm sweaters to a charity shop before I left as I was going to Australia and then moving to Spain, I didn’t have space for so much winter clothes!

When I moved to Palma de Mallorca, I was a bit disappointed with the second-hand and charity shops. I’s nothing compared to what they have in the UK! Click here for a guide to pre-loved fashion in Palma.

However, there are a couple of good vintage markets in Palma de Mallorca. My favourite is Mercadet Tira´m Els Trastos in Santa Catalina (Glorieta Pau Casals), every last Saturday of the month, organised by In Progress. Check their Facebook page to know when the next one will be!
It’s such a nice atmosphere, with live music. You can also enjoy a delicious breakfast and drink at Mama Carmen as they have some tables between the market stalls. One of my favourite piece from this market is a super cute cactus shirt.

Clothes Swap

In Mallorca I’ve also discovered the most amazing way of getting new clothes without spending money nor contributing to polluting by buying new items of fast fashion: CLOTHES SWAPS!
My first one was with Mallorca Girl Gone International and I couldn’t believe what I saw! Dozens of women bringing all their pre-loved items that they don’t want anymore and swapping them for new pieces! You have to bring minimum 1 piece, and you can leave with as many pieces as you want. All the leftovers clothes are then donated to charity. I organise these events with GGI, we try to do one every season. Join Mallorca GGI on Facebook to know when the next one will be!

Look at all the gorgeous new pieces of clothing I got for free! Summer dresses, sweaters, casual tee-shirts and more formal jackets: a new wardrobe without spending a cent!

Shoes and bags, too! In my opinion, you never have enough pair of shoes or bags… But I’ve stopped buying them new unless I really need a specific piece. I’m always super happy with my finds at the clothes swap as they are not necessarily things I would have bought if I saw then in the shops, but they bring so much joy to me when I wear them!

Tell me what are your favourite second hand pieces you own! What changes will you make to switch to a more sustainable wardrobe?

A Sweet Surprise

As I was finishing to write this blog post, a lovely surprise package from Eli arrived at my door. Of course, it had an upcycled theme to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week!

Scrunchies made from the leftover fabric of her dresses, and a textile transfer paper with Sunvibes Caravan illustration to upcycle our tee-shirts!
Thank you so much!!

If you want to know more about Fashion Revolution and how to be part of the change, visit www.fashionrevolution.org. Here is also an Instagram post that explains what you can do to take action now:

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The overriding reason I started FROM Clothing was to make people understand how their activewear, from typical high streets brands, was made ⏬ By disadvantaged people in faraway countries who are paid a pittance. People we don’t see 🙈 In factories we don’t see 🙈 In conditions, we don’t see 🙈 I wanted to do it differently. So without any background in the fashion industry, I set off with my Mum’s inheritance to start an activewear brand that would show the world we could do things better. Better for people, better for the planet 🌍⠀ It was an extremely steep learning curve. Back in 2011, there was very little talk about ethical fashion & where clothes came from.⠀ People were resistant to change. They wanted the ’shiny’ leggings, the cheaper leggings 🧘‍♀️ And then 7 years ago today, 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza clothing factory, in Bangladesh, collapsed 🏤⛑😵 1100 people were killed & 2500 injured.⠀ Most of the victims were young women making fast fashion clothes for some of the biggest brands in the world. So finally the true cost of cheap fashion was revealed. I had more fuel for my purpose. I was doing things differently. I was doing things better. I had my WHY. ⠀ So today, join the #fashionrevolution use your voice & social platforms to demand transparency from the fashion brands you buy from:⠀ – Repost these images⠀ – Tag a brand⠀ – Ask them #whomademyclothes and #whatsinmyclothes⠀ ⠀ Keep the pressure on. Don’t let them off. We need transparency more than ever now to help people and the planet.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #whatsyourwhy #yourwhy #simonsinek #passionpurpose #makeadifference #impactbrand #consciousbrand #sustainableliving #philanthropy #alturism #ethicalfashion #sustainablefashion #consciousclothing #fashrev #fashionrevolutionday #greenbusiness #bizcoach #businessmentor #leadbyexample #serialentrepreneur #femalefounder #femaleleader #ethicalbusiness #sustainablebusiness #ecowarrior #smallactscount #covidisolation

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Have a lovely week-end,

Adèle xx