Showing posts with label Chanel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chanel. Show all posts

Monday, 17 July 2017

Lagos, Portugal : Part 1



Lagos is a rustic town in Portugal's Algarve. Its coast is chopped up with the strength of the Atlantic ocean, renowning it for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

I've been here for four full days and I've just (about to use a cliched word) wanderlusted about. The first day I lay by the pool and read. I'm reading J.D Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye'. I don't even don't what to make of it, even though I'm half way through it. I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

Medieval Gate


I see a dog...
...approaching dog...


Dog was non-responsive to me...Burned!


The next day we rented a car. I've been the designated driver. I must say, it was quite the novelty driving on the RIGHT side of the road on the left side of the car on the motorway. I've picked it up quite easily...

We drove to a place called Villamour, about an hour away.




Sunday arrived.

And with it came the moral obligation to go to mass. Yes, MASS!

In 27 degree heat my Mother and aunt had me in a beautifully ornate chapel may I add, for 1 hour and 10 mins listening to a Portugese version of mass.

I was silently quoting Father Ted quotes to keep myself amused...

..."Sure didn't the Lord himself go on holiday for two weeks to get away from his Father..." I murmured to myself.

In a bid to divert their attention from actually going into mass: "Mammy g'on take a photo of me"






 Thankfully, an hour later I was on the beach...










My beach bag contents


 Keep an eye out for a few more posts...

Remember to have a look at my 'Packing Process' video on how I managed to fit 10 days of outfits into cabin luggage.



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Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Birthday

It felt so special to spend my birthday in Australia, and being in such a beautiful city like Melbourne I knew my birthday would be like none of my previous birthdays.
On the eve of my birthday my brother, his girlfriend and my boyfriend and I had dinner in a rustic restaurant called 'The Boathouse' in a place called Mooney Ponds, the next suburb from where my brother lives. I knew my birthday had begun once my brother surprised me with a Chanel bag, and inside it was a voucher to spend in one of the Chanel shops in the city. Chanel is my favourite designer, not only because it's a luxurious label, but because of the story behind the name, and the incredible woman who built the empire. For me, Chanel is art.




The next morning I woke up totally forgetting that it was my birthday until my boyfriend wished me a ‘Happy Birthday’ and sang to me in one of his many amusing accents. Highly entertained, I set off to begin getting ready as my boyfriend informed me that he was taking me to a place that required quite an elegant dress code, I was so excited because I had no clue where he was taking me.
I wore my makeup heavier than usual because I knew I’d be out all day and I wanted a dramatic look as it was my special day. 


I decided to wear my dress that I bought in the night markets the week before. It's from a beautiful brand called ‘Grandma Funk’ and I bought a few other things from them before I left. They're an amazing group of people. I wish I could buy their entire shop. The brand name basically sums up the style as it’s unbelievably chic, elegant but with added funk. Check out their page here- Grandma Funk


The Man

Chanelling in my inner Blair Waldorf
Still not relenting to my constant questions about where we were going, my boyfriend took me to get the train and at each stop pretended to get off, until we actually got off at the ‘Parliament’ stop, which is basically the chicest part of the city. Whilst walking through the gardens he stopped and pointed to the most luxurious building, The Windsor Hotel, and said “We’re going for Afternoon Tea’’. I squealed as I knew it was Australia’s most highly-esteemed hotel with Beyonce having stayed there during her tours. After I settled myself down and maintained a decent level of excitement we entered The Windsor. 





We were greeted as if we were Beyonce herself and were led into the Tea room. We were given a flute of fine Champagne and encouraged to pick the kind of tea we wanted. I typically chose a strong black tea and my boyfriend enjoyed his coffee. We were then brought out the most ornate display of finger sandwiches, desserts and scones. After 'ooohing' and 'ahhhing' over the explosive flavours and textures of the desserts I found myself being induced into a sugar coma until I was surprised with a 'Happy Birthday' dessert from the staff, it was so special and I did actually eat the Macaron, with the help of my boyfriend.




Pina Colada Cup

Madagascar Manjari Chocolate Mousse

Vanilla Strawberry Slice


Internal thought- "How the hell am I going to eat this"



After the afternoon tea my boyfriend and I explored the hotel and enjoyed reading the history of how it was built and prevailed over the previous years, I loved feeling like royalty on my birthday.

After that experience I was then faced with the beautiful prospect of going into Chanel and spending my voucher. I had my mind set on one of the unisex scents exclusive to Chanel boutiques, and therefore not easily accessed. After much deliberation over which scent to choose (poor sales assistant) and sitting down due to being dizzy with smelling every fragrance (my boyfriend included) I settled with 'Coromandel'.






A beautiful sight
We then went and had the most delicious dinner in an Italian restaurant called 'The Spaghetti Tree' where I was presented, again, with a birthday dessert. But oh that didn't stop there, on the flight back, and a teary parting from my boyfriend, I was victim to another birthday dessert because my boyfriend had informed the airline that it was my birthday and 30,000 ft in the air I enjoyed another beautiful dessert.

Flying high dessert

I had a beautiful and meaningful day spent in a beautiful country with amazing people.

I hope've enjoyed this little insight to my birthday and how it was celebrated.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Australia: Week 1

I'm currently sitting out in the back garden of my brother and his girlfriend's house in Melbourne. I'm enjoying the last of the day's sun after having just returned from a Hot stone massage and facial.

I can't believe I'm on the other side of the Earth, and feeling like I'm in heaven. I flew into Melbourne on Thursday evening, which was Thursday morning back home in Ireland, so I was so quite jet lagged. Something I do remember is driving past fields and fields of kangaroos. I thought 'wow I'm really jet-lagged if I'm seeing kangaroos already, but my brother and his girlfriend were surprised also. It was so surreal. l arrived at my brother's house and met the new addition to their family, George the pug. They also have a Samoyed husky named Eskie who I had met at home in Derry before they moved to Australia.

My brother has been living in Melbourne for a couple of years and now I can appreciate why he and his girlfriend left to live here. The first evening after I had arrived we walked along the harbour and went in for a meaty dinner in a place called Breslins. After that we went to a bar called Madam Brussels which was a bar in an almost derelict building. We entered the building and took the elevator to the top floor. Never did I expect to see what I saw, only a bar in the theme of a 1920's garden party. There were floral suites of furniture, artificial grass and the waiters were dressed in tennis gear, not to mention the most fashionable and hip customers. I was in awe.
      

       

   


                        

     


     


       


     

I was still very jet lagged so the next day I rested on the hammock and had an intermittent routine of reading, drinking tea and sleeping. The next day we took the dogs a walk to the park, had a nice grilled fry and then ventured into town. We walked about the city and had dinner.

      
                    

On Sunday, we had high tea at the Hougton Tea Rooms, a chic tea room that always has a queue outside it. We were given a menu of unique teas and were able to window shop our choice of dessert. The sheer decadence of the cakes as they were displayed, the smell of the fragrant teas and the late 1800's ambiance was truly like that of an old film depicting high society. Quite in a sugar coma, we went up Collin's Street, more like 'designer alley' where we coveted the latest trends of the Gods of the fashion world, Chanel being my favourite, Obviously.
 
     


       
      
      

      
 



                                 



      

      

      

         

                            

      
 

                              


    

   


   


    


                                  

                        
                       
 

Im so excited for Thursday because my boyfriend is arriving, and it feels amazing that I get to share this experience with him. 
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