Ana Hanslow is a serious bargain hunter. This woman is mad about car boot sales, charity shops, local Chinese shops and of course the sales in general. She is a woman after my own heart! I love that about her. Not only that, but she’s also got a great sense of style, good taste and is lots of fun to be around. She’s one of those happy people who are always smiling. When I asked her where she does her… Read more »

The Holiday Inn Algarve and Filine Fashion hosted a fun mini fashion show in the hotel bar and lobby yesterday. Five fabulous, brave ladies (guests at the hotel as well as local residents) strutted their stuff down the ‘catwalk’ wearing some lovely items of clothing from Filine Fashion, a local shop in Armacao de Pera owned by Fiona Morton. The models clearly had a wonderful time (as did I on my very first fashion show photoshoot!). Fiona and the Holiday Inn Algarve hotel regularly host… Read more »

Remember I told you about my fabulous pal, Sarah? Well, last week she proved to be even more fabulous when she presented me with this early 40th birthday gift – its a painting of me! Yes, that’s me! And it’s brilliant. I couldn’t believe it when she presented me with it. I practically welled up. It’s the coolest gift ever and I adore it! You’re probably wondering why I’m on a broomstick with a cat, well it’s because I’ve always been fascinated with all things… Read more »

Castelo de Sonhos (castle of dreams) is a registered charity in the Algarve, helping more than 200 local elderly people. Currently, the charity is planning its 11th Annual Shoebox Drive for the Elderly. These ‘gift boxes’ will be delivered by the Castelo de Sonhos team in time for Christmas. If you would like to participate in this very worthy cause, here’s what you’ll need to do: 1.     Find an empty shoe box.  Most shoe shops are only too pleased to give them away. 2.     Decide whether… Read more »

Meet Sarah. She’s one of the craziest, most eccentric people I know and she’s completely and utterly fabulous. We’ve been the best of friends for the past few years after being introduced by our mutual pal Eloise (who, sadly, left the Algarve for pastures new some time ago). Sarah and I now get together for a ‘girls weekend’ (that’s not really a weekend, it’s just when she has her days off) once a month when we head out to the shops for a… Read more »

I LOVE magazines. Always have. Always will. I went straight from college to work in the publishing industry where, eventually (after working on newspapers for a few years) I got to work on magazines full time. I loved going out and about meeting people with fascinating backgrounds and skills and then going back to the office to write features on them all. It was such fun but the best bit? Taking delivery of the brand new magazines. Opening those crisp pages and seeing all those fabulous… Read more »

The fabulous Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb had a really fun idea for us style bloggers to share photos of ourselves wearing our wedding dresses today… regardless of how many years it’s been since we’d tied the knot. Sadly I no longer have my wedding dress because it never actually belonged to me in the first place (it was borrowed from my late step-mother-in-law’s niece!) so I can’t show you if it still fits or not. Catherine therefore suggested those of us who no… Read more »

We try to visit the Lisbon area at least once a year, often staying somewhere along the coast and we always have a great time. Last weekend, we had a short wander around the town of Cascais where we stayed at the Farol Boutique Hotel. We took a few photos as we went. The town is full of beautiful architecture, places of historical significance, coastal beauty and pretty streets. I’d definitely recommend it as a place to visit if you’re ever in or around the Lisbon area. Here… Read more »

Whenever we go away (whether for a full blown month-long holiday or one night away), Michael usually spends weeks (months, in some cases) researching the many different hotels in order to find some real gems and offers. Last weekend was no exception. He booked us, and our two friends, into the Farol Design Hotel located right on the Cascais seafront and boy, was it a stunning place to stay. Easy to find and with plenty of decent parking (always one… Read more »

I spent this weekend in Lisbon with George. Well, not literally. I wore George this weekend. George at Asda that is. A couple of pairs of jeans and a blazer to be exact (among other things of course). I’ve always been a fan of George at Asda so was excited to be among the bloggers invited to take part in their ‘weekend denim’ campaign.     The challenge was to wear denim all weekend – not a problem for me… Read more »