I don’t usually get my nails done, in fact up until last week, I’d only ever had them done professionally twice. Once when I got married, and then again two years ago as a gift from my mother-in-law. On the last occasion, I had a gel manicure and loved the way it lasted – hated the way it ruined my nails. So when I heard about a new, long-lasting manicure that protects your nails, I really wanted to try it… Read more »

When I’m out and about shopping or whatever, this is the kind of outfit you’ll find me in.  Call it my street style! Skinny jeans, a comfy jumper (in the winter), a pair of snazzy boots and a cool jacket. I just love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it can easily be dressed up or down with a statement necklace and a pair of heels  – not that I’m wearing any in these pictures because I was… Read more »

If you’ve been following the blog lately, you’ll have noticed a few posts mentioning Filine Fashion so I thought it about time I introduced you to the actual shop and the woman behind it. Located at the east end of Armação de Pêra, Filine Fashion – the shop has been in existence for over 10 years and it’s owner, Fiona Morton is always on hand to offer help and advice for women looking for quality clothing at sensible prices. Originally, Fiona’s… Read more »

Buying shoes in the Algarve can sometimes be difficult – we don’t have a particularly great choice of shops to choose from, so, following on from my series on Armação de Pêra, I’d like to introduce you to a lovely lady who has run her shoe shop in the town for 27 years. Dolores Fenton has lived in the Algarve since the 70s when she moved here and opened a restaurant in Portimão called Green Hills, before moving to Senhora de… Read more »

Yesterday I was invited to photograph another mini Filine fashion show held at the Holiday Inn Algarve where the models were none other than some of the fabulous ladies staying at the hotel this winter. It was clear everyone had lots of fun modelling some of Filine’s festive fashions for the afternoon and I certainly enjoyed being the designated photographer! Next week I’ll be featuring Filine’s shop in Armação de Pêra so stay tuned 🙂

Among our friends, Michael is known as the pizza king. His pizzas are simply divine and so, after much persuasion, he finally let me share his secrets with you… As I have a bit of a problem with wheat (I usually look about six months pregnant after eating it!), we found a delicious alternative a couple of years ago: spelt. In my opinion, it tastes so much better than wheat and it is believed to be a healthier option too. So… Read more »

I’m absolutely delighted to have interviewed an insanely talented woman, Sue Warhaftig. I’ve never physically met Sue, but a couple of years ago we chatted online about her book, Meant To Be which she co-wrote with a friend (and, incidentally, I thoroughly enjoyed. You can read my review on Goodreads here.). Since then, Sue has gone on to become a very successful artist too. So, without further ado…. Hi Sue! Please tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Sue Warhaftig…. Read more »

Michael and I LOVE Indian food, we cook it ourselves probably 3 or 4 times a week (okay, I’ll re-phrase that, Michael cooks it 3 or 4 times a week) and we will always jump at the chance of eating it out. So we were very lucky to be invited to the Raj restaurant last weekend. Located at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, the Raj is perfectly situated to take advantage of the most beautiful views along the beach – provided it’s warm enough to… Read more »

When you talk about Armação de Pêra, most people will mention, ‘The Holiday Inn Algarve’ (or the Hotel Garbe as it was formerly known). It has a prime position at the western end of the up and coming fishing town and is situated right on the beach – which, incidentally, is one of the finest beaches in the region. Michael and I had the opportunity to stay there last week and it was great fun to stay overnight somewhere that wasn’t that… Read more »

Last weekend Michael and I were out & about in Armação de Pêra, a fishing town on the beautiful Algarve coast. Often referred to as a concrete jungle, Armação de Pêra is actually pretty special – if you’ll only give it a little time to visit. When I first moved to Portugal in 1986, my family and I used to spend many a fun evening hanging out with friends there. There was a great pub called The Bulldog, run by a fellow Yorkshireman,… Read more »