Monday, 22 May 2017

phryne










These pictures are old. Really old. Possibly almost from two years ago (see the change in hair length!), but I still wanted to post them. I've had this jumpsuit and vest forever and it used to be my mum's in around the 70s. I've worn it a lot (I've not really grown since I was 13, so there's definitely some items I've been able to wear since then - and some items not so much, ha!), but in recent years I feel like it's even become fashionable. Something I'm not too bothered about but it's still nice to see other people appreciating the kind of style I've been into for quite some time. Did anyone ever watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries? Although it's a different era and different everything, this outfit kind of made me feel like a bit of a Phryne. It's not really what her outfits are like on the show, but somehow still reminded me of her. And I'm looking forward to wearing this again in the summer and feeling like a 20s Phryne, a 70s mum or just current day myself!

//UPDATE My laptop broke down (how convenient, just at the end of the semester before I finished all my uni projects!). I am going to be in Finland in a couple of weeks and can send it to be fixed there which will in turn take about 3 weeks. So I will be taking a wee break from the blog - possibly until July. I'll see you then and stay in touch via social media (where I'll possibly be able to be more present)! xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

lagos: day two + three
































On my second Lagos day I saw more of the city walls, more of the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, and also visited the Mercado dos Escravos. The Mercado dos Escravos - or Slave Market Museum - used to be the first slave market in Europe. It was quite cool, fascinating and fairly informative, I did like the style of exhibition and incorporation of new technology, and would recommend going if you're in Lagos. Yet, to me it felt as if it was less condemning of the past and instead a bit exploitative. Then again, I don't know what would be the best way of exhibitioning slavery, I've only barely scratched the surface of the subject of slavery in my studies of history, and platitudes of saying slavery was awful aren't really that helpful.

Just like I merely touched upon the subject now, after my visit to the museum I obviously went to the beaches again. Most of the beach photos here are from Praia do Camilo that I only visited on my second day. It's a bit further away, but it's my favourite. I think it's become clear that I'm a fan of a good beach. (I mean, aren't most people?) On my third day, I woke up early to go for a swim and sadly had to head back to Faro quite soon afterwards, from where I even more sadly headed back up north.

That's the last of my Algarve posts - and I already miss it. Doesn't it sound and look pretty decent, though? And if you've not seen it yet, you can find my firt post on Lagos here.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

lagos: day one






























From Faro I headed to Lagos for a few days and these are photos from my first day. After the initial walk around the city, I made it to the beach. One of the many beaches in Lagos. I walked by Meia Praia, Praia da Batata and Praia do Pinhão before settling in Praia d'Ana. It was just so pleasant. I wouldn't describe myself as a beach holiday type of a person (Hadn't been on one for over a decade before Easter, haha!), but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Getting up early (-ish), packing my camera, book and food, and just going to the beach for most of the day was very much my experience in Lagos. I did see some other sites than the beaches, but the beaches were definitely my main focus. (Which is also why I'm now tanner than I've been in over a decade - usually I try to stay out of the sun!) The water is so blue and the cliffs are so gorgeous. I spent a good time exploring the little "caves" and other nooks on the beaches, as well as looking for the perfect seashell. Although I found some nice ones, I didn't find the perfect one - Moomins have lied to me as I can never find seashells as pretty as they do! I would say I preferred Faro to Lagos; it's just a bit less touristy and maybe has more things to see. But, I still really loved Lagos and it is the place to be if you're looking for a beah holiday. And it is stunning.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

mother-daughter trip







Playsuit - H&M
Bag - Mum's old
Sunglasses&Shoes - Citymarket
Expression - Furiously eating an ice lolly
















Blouse - Mum's old
Skirt - Diy/Dad's old
Bikini top - Sister's old
Hat - ASOS (I think)
Sunglasses&Shoes - Citymarket
Expression - Amused&content, but trying&failing not to show it











It's Mother's Day again for me today, so I thought I'd finally share these photos from a road trip my mum, her friend and I took last summer. (I've actually remembered my mum on three Mother's Days this year; the UK, the Portuguese and the Finnish one. How lucky is she, eh!) We drove to the more northern parts of Lapland in Finland and then Norway. And when I say we, I don't mean myself since I don't drive and just sat in the car enjoying life, haha! The trip was quite short but it was amazing and I have so much love for the new parts of Finland I discovered and so much love for Norway. Norway had been on the top of my travel list for so long, and even after visiting it is still there. I definitely want to explore both Norway and Lapland more; they are favourites. (I know I grew up in Lapland, but there is such a difference between the south and the north - and both a worth visiting!) I'm not even always sure which photos are from which country, and it doesn't matter too much as both are stunning. You can see I was proper on holiday from my questionable fashion choices. I basically never wore a top on the trip as it was so hot all the time. You might not expect that from Lapland, but it was boiling. Swimming in the Arctic Ocean was absolutely one of the highlights of the trip as well. This was the furthest up north I've travelled and also the first time going north in the summer, and making another trip like this this summer is definitely on my mind. I know I usually tell people Finland/Lapland is "orite" when I'm asked, but honestly it's so good and you should really plan a visit. Experiencing it in different seasons is such a thing as well, considering the changes that occur. The winter is so white and bare and possibly what most people imagine and come to see. The colours in the autumn are incredible and it's usually a really good time to go hiking. But I think the summer is my favourite at the moment. Just look at all that nature (and we didn't even get a lot of mosquitoes). (The spring is alright too, a lot like the winter, though! With some added sun and the snow slowly melting away.)

Have you been to these parts of the world, have I made you want to visit at all?