Among the cork trees

We found this gorgeous spot among the cork trees last week whilst driving around Monchique. Completely calm, quiet and totally serene, hubby and I were immediately taken with it. Surrounded by cork trees, it would be the most perfect location for a house – pity¬†we’ve already bought a plot elsewhere ūüėČ

among the cork trees

Cork trees

Did you know that Portugal produces¬†half of all¬†harvested cork trees¬†worldwide? Once they reach about 25 years old, they’re then¬†stripped of cork every nine years. The trees live up to about 300 years old. Nowadays, you can buy a huge multitude of cork products, with the most common being wine bottle stoppers. Jewellery, handbags, shoes, umbrellas, flooring, bulletin boards, shuttlecocks, and much much more. I’ve just read that it has even been used to make postage stamps here in Portugal!


Cork trees are completely¬†full of character. Gnarled and unique. I just love to be surrounded by them, they really inspire me in the creative process of¬†writing, especially when I’m writing urban fantasy books like¬†Raven¬†(one of my young adults books which is free to download, btw).

among the cork trees

Outfit details

It was a tad chilly whilst we were there, hence my¬†denim jacket – one which¬†certainly gets a lot of¬†wear. I actually thought my darker denim jacket looked better with this outfit but the its dark colour made me think of wintery months and not the fact that it’s nearly June! Both denim jackets came from Primark, surprisingly. When I was on a mission for denim jackets (!), I literally tried on every one¬†I could find. The ones that fitted, and looked, the best were the ones from Primark. They were the cheapest too so what a result!

I love these Converse All Stars! I bought them in a closing down sale a couple of weeks ago. At first I thought they were a bit weird looking but now I’ve worn them a couple of times, they’ve totally grown on me. They’re such a fun shoe to wear – and perfect in the rain due to their waterproof rubbery material!

among the cork trees

You’ve seen the chinos a couple of times on the blog recently, here for instance, when I wore them out to dinner with friends in Lagos. They’re so comfortable and versatile. What isn’t so great is their tendency to crease like mad, but you can’t have everything, I suppose! I bought them from C&A¬†(their online shops are only available in foreign languages like Spanish¬†and German, unfortunately) a couple of months ago.

among the cork trees

Although I’m¬†quite fond of pink, I¬†usually find that pale¬†pinks¬†don’t really suit me. But¬†when I saw¬†this vest in a slightly darker shade, I was delighted to discover¬†it looked quite good against¬†my skin tone. Again, it’s a Primark purchase, of which I have quite a few in almost every colour!

among the cork trees


I found this¬†cream necklace online, years ago. It was from eBay¬†I think, but I can’t be entirely sure it was so long ago. I haven’t worn it much though, for some reason. The handbag came from a leather¬†shop in Portimao (my nearest city) quite a few years ago too. Although it’s quite versatile and comfortable to wear, I do think it’s a little boring lol.

Thank you for all your well wishes this past week, by the way. Although I’m still very snotty and have dodgy sinuses, I’m feeling much more human at last! <3

among the cork trees


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  • Those cork trees are amazing- very atmospheric. I remember reading that when plastic wine stoppers became popular there was a lot of worry in Portugal about the cork industry. Love your denim jacket – am still looking!

    • Thanks Gail! Yes atmospheric is exactly the right word. You’re right, there was a lot of worry over here when those awful plastic stoppers were introduced. I really don’t like them at all. They just seem cheap too!
      Suzy xx

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Wow, I love the cork trees, what a magnificent spot to take in all the wonder and snap some darling photos! Love a good chino and that color of tank is fabulous on you!

    • Thanks Andrea! We got lucky with this location – and so close to home too.
      Hugs sweetie!
      Suzy xx

  • You know I’ve never heard of cork trees…but they are pretty awesome!

    • Sarah, they’re all over the place here in Portugal and they really are cool! Thanks for stopping by!
      Suzy x

  • Wow, I didn’t know about cork trees. You learn something new every day. ūüôā


    • LOL I aim to please Nichole! Thanks for stopping by!
      Suzy x

  • Nicole M√∂lders

    Great look. These cork trees are so interesting. Aren’t they? Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • They certainly are Nicole! Thanks so much!
      Suzy xx

  • Love this outfit, really cool, laid back and pretty. Fab location too x

    • Thank you so much, Vicki! Lovely of you to stop by ūüôā
      Suzy x

  • Love this casual look Suzy! The pink tone is very pretty and I love a great cargo pant myself or chino.Pretty necklace! What a neat location!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  • Such a beautiful and tranquil location. I love the colour of your vest, it looks great with that pretty necklace. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Thanks for linking up ūüôā

    Emma xxx