la vida loca + buenos aires-inspired dinner party

Blogging has been on hold this week as I have been tied up with client projects and prepping for six photo shoots next week. Certainly not complaining because I am having so much fun shopping and putting these looks together.

Time now to put work aside and start prepping for hubby’s birthday celebrations tomorrow. Inspired by one of our favorite cities Buenos Aires, and the awesome food there, we are hosting a dinner for an intimate gathering of friends. Milaneses, chimmichirri steak, proscuitto paired with Argentine Malbec and bubbly on the menu.

Hoping to make something like this for dessert with Dulce de Leche. Anyone have any recipes to share?


We might do it al freco depending on the weather.

I thought it would be fun to create my own double-sided invitations.

I printed an old map of Buenos Aires and a calendar graphic I designed and cut them credit card size. Stuck them on each side of card stock cut into same size and added gold stripe Japanese tape to the borders. I  inserted each invite into a glassine bag which I had also decorated with the gold tape. I mailed these invites in cream-colored postcard-sized envelopes, that I also trimmed with the gold tape.

Hubby was very pleased and I think they turned out well too. What you think of them? Would love to know.

images: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo, From BA to Paris and Shannon Nicole Smith




housetour; nacho figueras home in buenos aires

One of the cities I dream of spending more time in is Buenos Aires. This charming city boasts awesome food and stylish homes. So it should come as no surprise that the home of Ralph Lauren model and polo star nacho figueras was featured on elledecor recently. Reflecting figueras modern style, the interiors are a sophisticated mix of bold art, sculpture, designer pieces mixed with flea market finds. The house designed by architect juan ignacio ramos overlooks a polo fields.

the family enjoying dulce-de-leche { love} cakes on their patio

the painting is by figueras, the chaise by le corbusier and arm chair marcel breuer. Mixing flea market finds and designer pieces creates a unique and classy look.

a wood sculpture by alejandra hoeffner

love the style of their kitchen!

a custom designed walnut- veneer bed in the master bedroom

images photographed by miguel flores-vianna for elle decor

spa escape; alvear palace

Today, I want to introduce a a new topic related to my love for being pampered, addiction to travel and tranquil interiors – spa escape!

Booking a spa session is one of my must-do especially when I travel. I prefer to book a treatment as soon I get to the destination. Helps with the jet-lag, the sore-back from airplane seats , not to mention that post-spa glow for the rest of the vacation. Even when traveling on a tight budget, I highly recommend booking a session at a well rated local spa.

In buenos aires, I recommend checking out the spa at hotel alvear palace. Plan to spend at least half day there and dont miss the famous high-tea after.






A couple of things that are most important to me when selecting a spa.

Interiors: I feel most comfortable in spas that are designed to promote a sense of tranquility, comfort and relaxation.

Facility: Must be clean, hygienic and equipped with showers and lots of robes and towels. A wet-area {jacuzzi, pool etc} is also a must for me.

Hospitality: I appreciate a spa where staff add to the experience. Its the little details that matter! While most luxury spas offer you the basics and refreshments, I truly feel relaxed in a spa with where staff ensure you are well taken care of. organic products, decaf teas and perhaps champagne… 😉

Goes without saying – well qualified treatment specialists.

What adds to your spa experience? Do you have a must- have list? Know a good spa that should be featured here? email me! manvi{at}mochatini{dot}org

images: alvear palace + frank grimm