Beauty, Lifestyle, Style

Christmas In July with Debenhams #DebsChristmas15

August 5, 2015
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You may find it strange, but Christmas in July is actually a thing, as brands and shops start gearing up for the next festive season, that is now less than 6 months ahead. I was lucky to be invited to the Debenhams Christmas Press Show 2015 and had a sneak peek of what’s going to be available in the next holiday season. Consider this as a substitute for a wishlist!

Of course, there had to be Christmas jumpers, gingerbread cookies and a lot of glitter! No festive season is really festive without tons of glitter, me thinks.

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travel

Travel – Darwin’s Cafe, Lisbon

August 3, 2015
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This marks the last of my Lisbon blog posts, but it doesn’t mean it’s of any less importance. I’ve heard about this restaurant quite a few times before but for a variety of reasons, never got a chance to visit. This time there was such an opportunity, a nice family lunch, to eat good food, excellent wine and even better conversations.

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What makes Darwin’s Cafe so special? There is, of course, the food, the quality and variety of the wine menu but also the fact that this restaurant is named after the English naturalist scientist Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin is better known for his theory on the evolution of the species and the choice of name isn’t anywhere near dictated by chance. You see, this restaurant is integrated on a much larger complex, that is dedicated to the research and advancement of Science, the Champalimaud Foundation.

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London

9 Things to Make Life Less Boring if You’re in London this Summer #MakeLifeLessBoring

August 2, 2015
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It was Samuel Johnson who once said something along the lines of “if you’re tired of London, you are tired of life” – he had a point, there’s always something happening in London but sometimes the problem is choosing what to do. I’ve picked a few activities to do this Summer in the city, that are slightly more off the beaten track. I’m making my life less boring and adding all of these to my never ending list of things to do, so enjoy! Let me know if you’d like to come along to any of them!

Trampolins, lots of them – Up for a bouncy time? at Oxygen Freejumping you can forget about being an adult and just jump. jump, jump! Bring a group of friends and bounce around a room filled with trampolins from wall to wall. I usually say that nothing ever happens in West London, but that seems to be changing, fortunately!

The Alternative London Tour – If you’re a fan of street art and would really like to get into more detail about the artists, get on your feet (or your bike) and explore the art and history of Brick Lane and the Shoreditch area.

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities – Being a fan of oddities, I have already gone through the book Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders. Much to my surprise, I found out about the museum when I visited the Last Tuesday Society for an entirely different event but had no time to go see the Museum. It is now on my to do list, as this is the country’s only curiosity museum. Filled with taxidermy and other curiosities, it’s definitely a must see and on the way out stop for a cocktail at the bar.

Try out new restaurants and bars – I am terrible with these things and tend to go to the places I’ve already been introduced to. I am making a point of trying out new restaurants in London and there’s always deals available at any time, all over the city.

The Hunterian Museum – This is probably not for the faint of heart, as a medical science museum that exhibits hundreds of human specimens. Real ones. the collection was started in 1799 when the government bought a collection to be used by the College of Surgeons. Be prepared to trip on the occasional goth while you’re there.

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Photo Walks – One of my ongoing objectives is to improve my photography and the best way to do it, is to go out and use the camera in different situations. London is a perfect place for this, as there is so much variety of architecture, neighbourhoods and people. I just need to decide where to go.

The Cinema Museum – A small but charming museum, that’s been recommended by several friends. I want to go there and take loads of photos, as it hosts a comprehensive collection of cinema related objects, from old programmes, cinema fittings and equipment. Check the website before you go as you may have to pre-book your visit.

Fashion and Textile Museum – This one isn’t exactly a secret but as it’s a little bit out of the way in Bermondsey, it’s not as well known as many other museums in London. As you know I am interested in Fashion and textiles in general, I can’t believe I haven’t been to this place yet!

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art, Lifestyle, London

Best of July – in life and on the internet

July 31, 2015
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The exploration of London continues, now that it’s been a year that I’ve moved here. A year already! This one time, I headed down to Hackney with my friend Didrik for a lecture at The Last Tuesday Society. We ended up going for dinner at a Brazilian restaurant I didn’t know and is now one of my favourites. It’s called Raizes, it’s located in Hackney Road and worth a visit for feijoada and rodizio. After dinner I realised there was a lot of graffiti in the area, a lot of it cat related. Heaven!

One of the things I finally managed to do this month was to finally go and see the Savage Beauty exhibition, showcasing the genius and talent that was Alexander McQueen. There are no words to describe it, after all, that is the purpose of going there and seeing it for yourself. Although I don’t like every single of his collections, there are some that are absolutely breathtaking. His vision was precise and peculiar, his inspirations varied but translated into his own personal voice. Again, this is another reminder that looking at Fashion and clothes from a mere utilitarian perspective is a fairly limited way of seeing it. These are clothes that are not there to be worn but admired as pieces of art. The exhibition closes its doors at the end of July (the 2nd of August to be more precise) so it might be a little bit late to urge everyone to go there but let me end this by stating that once again (the David Bowie exhibition was another good example of this) the V&A did an excellent job. Bravo!

What else have I been up to? Quite a bit as you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter… Find a few more varied nuggets after the jump!

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Beauty

June Beauty Roundup

July 27, 2015
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That time of the month has finally arrived, and I don’t mean THAT time of the month. I mean the time to share and talk about the beauty products I have tried and added to my beauty regime this month.

Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (*) – Definitely one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. The wand is shaped like a a cone (it looks like a tiny Christmas tree) and is perfect for applying the product from the inner to the outer lashes effectively. The mascara product is quite liquid but thick at the same time and a single application is generous enough to make your eyelashes pop out like you’ve put on some fakes. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to try a new type of mascara.

Nail polish additions – I can’t resist a nail polish bottle. It’s a real problem for me, I admit it. We have been through this before but in case you missed it last month, here is a photo of the extension of my problem. These cute Nails Inc bottles have been the latest additions to my collection and I found them in TK Maxx. TK Maxx is great for a bargain and the beauty products on offer are no exception.

ARTDECO¬†(*) – I have to admit that I didn’t know this brand existed until I was sent an email offering a couple of samples to try. With a name like that, I was sold immediately, as I love anything Art Deco! My ignorance of the brand is due to the fact that only now they are launching in the UK, despite going for 3o years already in Germany! For this reason, Art Deco are offering a 30% discount on all sales from the website on their most emblematic products. You can find them not only on the website but also at Debenhams. I have tried the Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat (seeing that I love my nail polish, this is great) and the High Precision Liquid Liner (great for my and both work really well

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