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Lake Como Mini Guide

It has officially been 3 months, 1 week and 2 days since my last trip – not that I’m counting. And though that is basically nothing in the grand scheme of things, it feels like eons for a travel nut like myself. So putting together this Lake Como mini-guide with Claire Graham has been a massive tease! It certainly doesn’t help when the place is this dreamy. So let’s pretend we’re all there alongside her.

WHERE TO EAT: Trafforia San Ciacomo. A small restaurant that we found in the back streets, it had amazing service and delicious food. Arrive there early though as it gets very busy with people happy to queue for a table!
WHAT TO EAT: Lets face it, what isn’t good to eat in Italy!? So it goes without saying – any pasta dish, pizza, fish and one of my favourites a caprese salad.
MUST SEE: There really is lots to see, so I would recommend getting a boat pass and jumping from one town to another!
WHERE TO STAY: We stayed at the amazing 5 star Grand Hotel Villa Servelloni in Bellagio. The service was outstanding and the staff were so friendly. The hotel sits on the lake so along with its pretty gardens it offers beautiful views.
WHAT TO WEAR: We mostly dressed smart/casual day and evening. It gets very hot though, so make sure you pack your shorts, skirt or dress!
MUSN’T MISS: You can book a boat journey from Bellagio to Como, its a two hour journey but you get to see all the pretty towns along Lake Como. Alternatively you could stay in Bellagio and visit the Giardini Di Villa Melzi. It has beautiful gardens, botanical path and lots of historical and interesting sculptures.

Photography: Claire Graham

10 Clever Coffee Table Alternatives

Though I could kiss the inventors of Pinterest square on the lips, at times I can’t help but find the selection of interior inspiration overwhelming. It’s become more and more difficult to stand apart in a crowd. So with that in mind, I’ve pulled together a collection of 10 clever coffee table alternatives that are sure to make your living room sing!

10 Creative Coffee Table Alternatives
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Lavender Infused Sugar

Make me a cup of tea, and I’ll be your friend for life. Make me a cup of tea with a splash of lavender infused sugar? That’s BFF status right there. And though it may sound like work, Lauren Werkheiser is here to prove that creating simple infused sugars truly couldn’t be easier. A little of this, a little of that, and you’ve got yourself a decadent little treat that not only makes a great gift, but is awesome just for you as well.

From  Lauren Werkheiser… Infused sugars are one of the easiest and sweetest ways to add flavor to your normal recipes. This one, in particular, is one of my favorites. Give it as a gift, or add the sugar to your coffee, tea or other baked goods. Enjoy! 

Lavender Infused SugarUse it in your coffee, tea or baked goods for a delicious, subtle treat!
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  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2-3 tsp. culinary lavender
  • Optional: 1 vanilla bean
  1. Pour your sugar and lavender into an air tight container.
  2. If desired, scrape the seeds of one vanilla bean into the sugar as well.
  3. Seal and shake every day or so.
  4. After two weeks, your sugar will be infused and delicious!

Photography: Lauren Werkheiser Photography