When Joe and I visited beautiful Lisbon last month we didn't intend on making any city guides or any additional blog posts from our trip. As we created a vlog and got some outfit shots, we wanted to allow enough time to soak up the city, without always having to worry about getting the perfect shot or just enjoying the moment. But, organically as it happened- I managed to acquire a handful of shots of the city and thought it rude to not put a little something together with a few of the places we managed to squeeze in!

Anyway on to the city! Lisbon was absolutely beautiful. It oozed so many different elements and pockets to it; from traditional European balcony builds with grand architecture and tiling, to gridded San-Francisco style streets with their trams and street art- to even occasionally oozing a New York feel too nearer Alcantara. It was such a vibrant, colourful and warm city- and I was continually blown away by the mixture of old and modern contemporary buildings and culture and seriously cannot wait to visit again to tick more off of my list.

The (Mini) Little Black Lisbon Book -

LX Factory: One of our 'must visits' whilst in Lisbon was LX Factory- a converted warehouse now filled with independent shops, cafes and art dealers. We stopped by Wish to look at the gorgeous gifts (and sample a pastel da nata in their cafe) and the infamous Ler Devagar bookshop- which although seemed to be largely Portuguese was absolutely stunning inside.
R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal

Louça A Kilo: If you're not big on home-ware this probably won't be top of your priorities, but for the amount of gorgeous ceramics and crockery they had in here (for such reasonable prices too- it deserved a mention! There are definitely more traditional ceramic stores across the city, but this had some beautiful Anthropologie inspired bits but at a cut of the price! Just try getting them home...
1200 203, R. Capelo 16, Lisboa, Portugal

Mercado da Ribeira: Oh my god, this place. Hosted in one of the biggest market spaces in the city, Time Out has converted the location into one huge foodie hang out, with pop ups from some of Lisbon's most loved restaurants and cafes inside. So, whether you're after delicious seafood, ramen, the best ice cream from Santini or even a burger or vegan treat- this place has it all (and amazing communal dining too)!
Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal

A Vida Portuguesa: If you're after some seriously special local souvenirs, then look no further than this gem. With everything from handmade soaps (in the most beautiful packaging), kitchenware, wines and foods- there's something for everyone- and you'll be hard pushed to leave empty handed.
R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal

To.B To Burger or not to Burger: I know Lisbon is well known for it's amazing seafood, but after stumbling across this little burger joint (and then seeing that Carrie mentioned it too)- we couldn't resist! The burgers were absolutely delicious (the veggie burger had fresh grilled veg and mozzarella) and there were so many options (plus I hear they do ace cocktails too)! R. Capelo 24, 1200-442 Lisboa, Portugal

Pastéis de Belém: Finally, I couldn't not include the best place to get the magical little custard tarts of dreams, could I? Although we didn't manage to make it to Belém, I heard so many amazing things that I wanted to jot it down. It's a bit of an institute and definitely no hidden gem- but if you want to try the original Pastel da nata's- head here!
R. Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal



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Exploring Lisbon

(Bandana: Urban Outfitters, Jumper: Topshop (old but similar linked), Necklace: Trollbeads, Jeans: Dr Denim, Bracelets: Trollbeads, Shoes: Next)

Often when it comes to versatility, the first thing we think about is clothing- or even make up. Going from a dressed-down day look that you've been tube hopping in, to something suitable for a sit down dinner normally means a switch up to heels, or a slick of red lipstick- which, understandably, are both fail safe for a reason. But; today I'm talking jewellery. The pieces that can transform, or carry a look- whether that's for running from meeting-to-meeting, or even if you're, ahem, going 'out out' (or, just for dinner- if you're anything like me)!

As part of my collaboration with Trollbeads and their gorgeous 'Say Hello...' collection (if you missed it, do have a nosey here)- I thought I'd show you a couple of my favourite pieces from the collection, and how I've been re-styling them from occasion to occasion; whether that's adding some perfectly colour coordinated beads to the stacking bangles, looping the necklace (or even wearing it on my back, which I'm obsessed with)- to removing beads and embracing a simpler style; it's safe to say the options are pretty endless (which is perfect, if like me, you're one for something a little more subtle)...

(Below: Dress: C/O Glamorous, Necklace: Trollbeads, Bracelets: Trollbeads, Sunglasses: Celine)


Post in collaboration with Trollbeads, but love of jewellery, lazy-girl versatility and colour coordination all my own


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Day To Night Dressing


You know I'm all about that face, 'bout that face...

So rather than filming a tutorial or doing a huge blog post, I thought I'd pop together a wee sit down video talking you through my favourite daily make up staples and the things I've been turning to again and again of late! Everything is listed in the video description, and I hope you enjoy!



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My Everyday Make Up

(Dress: H&M (may not be online, but is in store and similar here), Bag: Aspinal of London, Glasses: Celine, Shoes: ASOS (old but similar here), Hoops: Whistles)

There's something about the crumbling tiled walls of the coastal town of Setubal, the way they contrast with the blue sky in June and the feeling of twenty-something degree heat that has something pretty special about it. Perhaps it was this dress that had me feeling all Roman Holiday (in Portugal, nonetheless)- or the fact these were taken moments after stepping off of a four hour idyllic (albeit slightly wind-swept) boat ride, but I was feeling particularly summery- and was probably a '99 away from bursting with SPF 30...

Plus, although probably the most uncultured thing I'll say, the whole town almost reminded me of the romanticism (ahem) of a high-scale summery beer advert that you sometimes catch at the cinema (hear me out). Where locals clink glasses in the 5pm sunshine, nattering next to the gentle waves as someone winks to the camera (see here or here, I'm not totally bonkers)- or something ridiculous like that. Perhaps the sunshine has gone to my head after all...



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