My new job

Elle MexicoThe end of 2013 also brings new beginnings… more chances, friendships and a bunch of opportunities.

For me, this 2014 is quite exciting as I have amazing news I am thrilled to share with you: I was named Fashion Editor at ELLE Magazine Mexico! Starting January, I will be dedicating myself 100% to this publication so I will no longer write on my blog Il Dolce Stilo.

I urge you to follow my articles, recommendations and texts at ELLE Magazine Mexico, where I will be sharing all of my fashion tips and advice.

January 2014 cover

January 2014 cover

I really want to thank you all for sharing with me this journey into blogging and I hope you stay tuned with my new adventure.

Best regards and Happy New Year to all of you!!

Love,

Pino

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The Perfect Holiday Wine

With Ricardo Torreblanca, Sales Director at El Club del Gourmet

With Ricardo Torreblanca, Sales Director at El Club del Gourmet

Hello December!!! I adore this month, as not only Christmas is right next door, but also my birthday and multiple dinners, posadas and holidays…and when it comes to celebrations sparkling wine is a must.

To figure out the differences between the wide ranges of sparkling wine, I attended a tasting last week hosted by El Club del Gourmet at one of its newest stores in Colonia Roma. I usually attend their tastings as they make it fun and easy to learn about winery and gourmet lifestyle.Tasting

 

 

 

The tasting consisted on technical and cultural details and the tasting of 3 sparkling wines:

Davì Prosecco, Extra Dry  – D.O.C.G. Prosecco. Italy

Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé – A.O.C. Champagne. France

Devaux Grand Réserve – A.O.C. Champagne. France

Daví Prosecco Extra Dry

Daví Prosecco Extra Dry

Daví Prosecco Extra Dry comes from the grape named Prosecco Veneto, Italy(also named Glera) and it is produced in Veneto, Italy. It has a bright yellow color with intense aromas and flavors of yellow apple, pear and hints of peach.  It is easy to marry with practically any meal, but it suits perfectly with mole, seafood and desserts. It should be served in a temperature of 6º to 8º.

Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé

Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé

Canard Duchêne Brut Rosé is produced in Champagne, France. It has 45% of Pinot Noir grape, 25% of Pinot Meunier and 30% of Chardonnay. It has a brilliant graphite color with delicate and constant bubbles. Its aroma is citric with a hint of cherry and tastes as strawberry with a refined texture. This champagne will marry exquisitely with high dining Mexican dishes. Serve it form 6º – 8º.

Devaux

Devaux

Devaux Grand Réserve is also produced in Champagne, France. It consists of 60% Pinot Noir grape and 40% Chardonnay. Its aroma reminds us of toast, orange zest, butter and spices.  This wine is excellent to have as an appetizer and shold be served in a temperature of 4º – 5º.

Among them all, the Daví Prosecco was my favorite, and I really recommend it if you enjoy a fresh and subtle sparkling wine.

At Club del Gourmet store, there is also a wide range of red and white wines if you don’t like sparkling. Personally I would suggest Puzzle, from Uruguay, a 15 varietal red blend. Amazing!!

I urge you to visit El Club del Gourmet for you to find either the best present or to be the best host for this Holiday Season. Cheers!

Club del Gourmet Store

Club del Gourmet Store

www.clubdelgourmet.com.mx

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Barcelona prêt-a-porter: Fifty years of fashion

Barcelona expoI have passed in front of the Palau Robert a few times over the last months and always felt the curiosity to visit its latest exposition: Barcelona Prêt-à-porter 1958-2008. Finally, this week I managed to make some time and visit it.

Located at Paseo de Gracia, the exposition is structured around the material held in the Antoni de Montpalau textile Collection.Barcelona prêt-a-porter

Timeline fashionThis expo looks back at 50 years of the recent history of prêt-a-porter fashion in Catalonia, from 1958 to 2008. “This period saw the introduction and consolidation of the design and manufacture mass-produced ready-to-wear clothing, a phenomenon that revitalized the textile industry in Catalonia and which was embraced by the major haute-couture fashion houses and high-end and low-cost clothing manufacturers, as well as small-scale couturiers and tailors, designers and boutiques”- affirmed Josep Casamartina i Parassols, exhibition curator.Barcelona fashion

Designers such as Lydia Delgado, Teresa Helbig, Arman Basi, Purificacion Garcia. Javier Simorra, Sita Murt and brands like Etxart & Panno, Mango and Desigual, showed their designs in this exhibition.

Over 300 pieces will be displayed during the 9 months that the exhibition will run for. This will be refreshed on two occasions: October 2013 and January 2014.

Fashion timelineThe expo was well organized with a timeline perfectly explained and multiple videos with interviews and runways to understand the evolution of prêt-a-porter.

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

I urge you to visit this expo while visiting Barcelona, it is a must for fashion lovers.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004

 

Maridame: A new gourmet spot at Barcelona

Maridame BarcelonaYesterday, I was invited to try a new gastronomic experience at Barcelona: Marídame. This new spot located at Sant-Gervasi district is the perfect place for gourmet lovers, as if has a wide range of products for exigent palates.

Marídame comes from the word “maridar” which means to marry or combine wine with food; and this is exactly what this space intends for every person to do: marry the preferred wine with the adequate cheese, cold meat, chocolate, etc.MARIDAME

At Marídame, “every wine is married to a product, and every product is married to a wine”.

Maridame storeThe store is divided in 3 spaces:

Store area: Presenting more than 200 references in wine, liquors, beer, cheese, vinegar, oil and gourmet products; the store offers 95% of Spanish references and 5% of the highest quality products like Champagne, Oporto and Tocai.

Tasting area: A perfect 6 table spot to try and combine the products.

Experiences area: An area where tastings, workshops and courses take place.

Wine dispenser

Wine dispenser

One of the things I liked the most was the wine dispenser that Marídame has. 8 bottles are presented for you to select either sparkling, wine, rosé or red. It works by injecting nitrogen each time a glass is served. This way the bottles don’t get oxygen in. The glass can go from 1 to 6 euros.

Zutanita 2012

Zutanita 2012

I tried “Zutanita 2012” a very soft and fresh rosé wine from the grapes Cinsaut and Grenache.

Pino Garcia wineAlongside with different journalist and bloggers, I tried the variety of cheese, bread and cold meats offered to us.

This was truly a gastronomic experience for my taste…

Maridame Barcelona

Mexican fashion

Cañamiel store

Cañamiel store

I consider myself one of the biggest fans of my beloved Mexico. I not only find it as one of the most beautiful countries, but I also admire its culture and history, love its food and certainly have admiration for outstanding Mexicans.

Since I introduced myself into the fashion field several years ago, I´ve witnessed how many local brands, designers and businesses emerged. Some of them are now nonexistent and others are outstanding. However, it was this last August on my visit to Mexico that I was really impressed and mostly happy to see what Mexico has to offer.

Gala is love earcuff

Gala is love earcuff

Alexia Ulibarri blazer

Alexia Ulibarri blazer

This Made in Mexico obsession starts at Cañamiel, one of my favorite stores and a must in every fashionistas wardrobe. It offers a multi-brand range of products from Latin designers that goes from accessories to clothing. At this store I bought a “Gala is Love” earcuff, which was an instant crush, from Mexican designer Michell Galindo. Also, I bought an amazing leather + laces blazer from “Alexia Ulibarri“, whom I’ve witnessed several times during Fashion week and also whom I’ve personally admire for her talent.

Other of my latest designer-musts is Artemiza Cruz, founder of La Vill”. Taking special care in details and expressing her outgoing personality through her designs, Artemiza is an upcoming talent who has presented her collection in Cannes and New York. In her client list you can spot several Mexican celebrities as well as fashion personalities, always looking for a different touch when styling their outfits.

Artemiza Cruz, founder of La Vill

Artemiza Cruz, founder of La Vill

My last obsession comes directly from a pencil and a paper…literally. You might remember a few posts ago I expressed how much I adore fashion illustrations. Well, I was lucky to find myself with Sophia Jaimes, an illustrator who makes her passion out of fashion and whom her hands express what her eyes can’t speak.

Styling, designing or illustrating…aren’t this all different ways of representing fashion? Mexico knows they are.

Me

Me

 

Illustration by Sophia Jaimes

Illustration by Sophia Jaimes