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Natalia & armando.

Natalia & Armando.

As a part of our maudern people series, we asked Madrid-based couple Natalia Swarz and Armando Mesias for insights on modern intimacy. Natalia is the content editor at Loewe and founder of travel site Hotel Weekend; Armando is an artist that explores themes through his painting and mixed media.


What is your relationship status?


How long have you been together?

10 years / almost 2 of them married 

How did you meet?

Through a friend in common! He used to give Natalia drawing classes while he was in a rock band with Armando (this was ages ago) 

In your day to day life, how do you make time for intimacy?

Movie nights, homemade dinners by Armando, and a lot of lying in bed daydreaming and talking ourselves to sleep. 

You feel most loved when__

NS: we goof around 

A favorite literary or on-screen romance: 

NS: on TV, gotta love Jim & Pam from the office: simple but so sweet. Real life couple: Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg.
AM: Tuck and Lydia from the 80s movie Innerspace

The perfect date:

NS: an unexpected adventure.
AM: getting lost in a new city

Your in the mood food: 

NS: Armando’s homey tomato soup
AM: Spicy lime cauliflower tacos

Drink of choice:

NS: Verdejo
AM: Real micheladas

A sexy or intimate song you love:

NS: Blood Orange and Frank Ocean have the sexiest songs. For a romantic mood, Sam Cooke.
AM: Cupid by Sam Cooke

Dating advice to your younger self:

NS: don’t be embarrassed to ask mom all you need/want to know
AM: allow yourself to be amazed by the unexpected

What your parents said about love and relationships:

NS: my dad is an old school romantic while my mom was an independent/free-spirited soul! I learned a bit from both of them.
AM: never take your partner for granted, nurture your love each day as if it was the first

Favorite scent:

NS: Coconut or Amber / anything that makes you feel on vacation + lavender to relax or sleep
AM: Bergamote