Happy holidays

by Lanalou Style on December 19, 2014

christmasImage credit: Brittni Melhoff

Today is officially my last day of work for 2014! I’ll be taking a break until the 12th of January but I’ll still be checking in from time to time. I’ll be sharing all my photos from my recent trip to Spain during the break, so please join me as I revisit Barcelona, Sevilla and Madrid.

Today’s post is a round up of lovely Christmas and holiday inspiration gathered from some of my favourite instagrammers. Enjoy and happy holidays! Cheers to a happy and successful 2015!

christmasImage credits: The lovely drawer / Urbanic / Shannon Kirsten / A beautiful mess

christmasImage credits: Lobster & swan / The lovely drawer / Caroline Zucchero Hurley / Angelina Catharina

christmasImage credits: Brittni Melhoff / The lovely drawer / Design Love Fest / A beautiful mess

christmasImage credits: Lobster & swan / Zana / A Beautiful Mess / Steph Sterjovski

christmas1Image credit: A Beautiful Mess

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The Trevoyan Guesthouse

by Lana on December 18, 2014

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

My partner and I were treated to a fabulous two night stay at The Trevoyan Guesthouse earlier this week. This lovely Victorian villa is set in the heart of Tamboerskloof and is perfectly situated for exploring the city. Just a few minutes walk away, you’ll find some of Cape Town’s favourite bars, eateries and boutiques (The Blue Café, The Power & The Glory and Saigon to name just a few). We really enjoyed being able to leave the car behind and walk down the road for a bite to eat.

The Trevoyan has seven beautiful rooms with en-suite bathrooms and an inviting lounge that is available to everyone. Each morning we were treated to a delicious breakfast in their breakfast room which overlooks the swimming pool and garden. They also have a small roof top terrace with two delightful Strandkorbs or Beach baskets, the perfect spot for an afternoon of reading.

Owner, Dominique, and her staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and aim to make one feel at home. I loved the relaxed ambiance and quiet, peaceful setting. Sadly our stay was too short! I would definitely recommend a stay at The Trevoyan for your next Cape Town city visit.

The Trevoyan GuesthouseOur room with its lovely American shutters and gorgeous aubergine coloured walls

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan GuesthouseMake sure yourself at home in the inviting lounge

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

The Trevoyan GuesthouseThe roof top terrace with its cute Strandkorbs

The Trevoyan Guesthouse

All photography: Lana Kenney ©

Disclosure: The Trevoyan provided me with a 2 night stay free of charge however all opinions expressed are solely my own.  I only post about a product or brand if  it’s a good fit for the Lanalou Style aesthetic and if it’s something I genuinely approve of.
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Tips for visiting Berlin

by Lana on December 17, 2014

Today I’m sharing a few last photos from my trip to Berlin as well as my tips of what to see and do…

- Get a bicycle and map and explore the city
- Take a cycle through Tiergarten or one of the many parks
- Visit one of Berlin’s beautiful lakes, like Schlachtensee or Wansee
- Visit Bikini Berlin and have a cocktail at the Monkey Bar
- Visit Mauerpark fleamarket on a Sunday and watch the karaoke sessions in the afternoon
- Have a drink at Klunkerkranich and enjoy the views of the city
- Explore the Mitte district, you’ll find loads of cool shops, bars and cafés
- Take a day trip out to Potsdam, just outside Berlin

Of course there’s so much more to see in Berlin, so a return visit is definitely in order! Have you visited Berlin? Do you have any highlights to add to the list?
View all of my Berlin posts here.

Berlin

Berlin streets

Berlin street art

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

All photography: Lana Kenney ©

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Berlin Uncovered

by Lana on December 16, 2014

I’ll be taking you to Berlin for the last time in today and tomorrow’s posts. I wanted to share a few more photos from my trip to give you more of a feel of what this city is all about.

I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Berlin but I did! I could happily go and live there for a while if I spoke the language. The city is dynamic and full of life with such an eclectic, diverse mix of inhabitants. Street cafés are abundant and the cycling culture is huge. I loved being able to get around on bike so easily and safely, without lycra or a helmet!

Beautiful historic buildings, quirky boutiques, lush green parks, urban street art, salsa dancing by the River Spree, festive street markets and so the list continues. Hopefully I’ll get to visit Berlin again and explore further.

Enjoy the city tour and take a look at my previous Berlin posts here.

All photography: Lana Kenney ©

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