Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cabanas 2014 - Summer Holidays

My favourite 2 weeks of the year... 2 weeks in the sun!!!  For the past number of years we have been choosing The Algarve, Portugal as our number one holiday destination.  It's a favourite of ours as the weather is guaranteed to be amazing during the summer months, the accommodation is top class, the flight is short (great advantage when travelling with 3 kids) and the Algarve is simply stunning. 
 
Every January our search for the perfect holiday begins.  We've been to lots of different parts of The Algarve over the years and this year we were dying to find out what the Eastern Algarve had to offer.  After searching Owners Direct for almost a week we came upon a fabulous apartment in Cabanas.  It ticked all the boxes, 2 bedroom, ground floor, air con, swimming pool and kids pool, parking, Wi-Fi and only a 15 minute walk from Cabanas Waterfront with its new Boardwalk Promenade.











 
We were totally thrilled with our chosen apartment.  It was exactly like the pictures and the pool was amazing.  We couldn't  have asked for more.  We also hired a car as we love to have the freedom of exploring the Algarve whenever we want.  However the apartment is conveniently located within walking distance of the quaint fishing village of Cabanas with it's promenade, cash points, shops, supermarkets and variety of good restaurants/bars.  
 
The stunning blue flag Cabanas Beach with it's beach bar/cafe, water sports facilities, sunbeds, parasols, showers and toilets can be reached by a two minute Taxi-Boat ride. The kids got a great buzz out of this.
 


 
We were so impressed with nearby Tavira, it has to be the prettiest town in Portugal.   Its an ancient town with a Phoenician, Roman and Moorish past. It has a castle, over 35 churches and a superb seven arch Roman Bridge. It definitely had the feeling of Rome which I just loved.
 
On both sides of the River Gilao you can find good shopping with local produce, including fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, basket ware, pottery, ceramic tiles, wrought iron work and cork and shell handicrafts. 
 
A short Ferry trip takes you to the Ilha de Tavira to one of the best beaches along the entire coast. If you do hire a car you can travel north to visit the wonderful city of Lisbon or venture east over the nearby spanish border and visit the andalusian favourite of Seville.
 
 
 



For the passionate golfer, this region with it's all year round sunshine is an absolute haven, there are seven nearby golf courses, some of which are reputed to be amongst the best in Europe. All are within easy driving distance, the closest of which is Benamor Golf Club (Henry Cotton Design) which is within a few minutes walking distance from the Apartment. My husband and kids were more than happy to get one or two rounds of golf in while I sunbathed by the pool (bliss).

Two places definitely worth visiting while on holidays in The Algarve are Zoomarine & Aquashow Water Park. 

Zoomarine is one of the biggest Algarve attractions and it certainly lives up to the hype.  The dolphin and sea lion shows are very enjoyable with lots of laughs guaranteed.  The new and interactive Dinosaur exhibition with HUGE dinosaur replicas is amazing.  It's an action packed day out for the whole family with fairground rides, including the big wheel, which gives a spectacular view of the whole park, a mini roller-coaster, a huge swimming pool and some great fun water slides. To top it all off, Zoomarine has it's very own white sand beach and wave pool set in tropical gardens.


Aquashow water park is also another leading attraction of the Algarve.  Children are well catered for at Aquashow with several low-rise slides and a dedicated, Aqualandia space where they can play safely under the watchful eye of the many lifeguards. There is also lots of fantastic rides for the 'bigger kids' to enjoy including the White Fall Rollercoaster and the Snake. It was so much fun we had to go back a second day.

There is nothing like freshening up after a day in the sunshine and going for a lovely meal with the family.  We tried most things on the menu and here are some of our favourites. Yummy.



Cant wait to do it all over again next year.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fanny Crown - Style Inspo


A true film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn dazzled the audience when she won an Oscar for best actress in 1953 for her role in Roman Holiday. 

Wearing a dress in ivory guipure with slender organza shoulder straps, lightly boned rayon under-bodice designed by Hubert de Givenchy she won her fans all over the fashion industry. 

With delicate flowers that adorned the fabric against her elfin features the dress was innocent yet striking and this dress is my inspiration for my modern take on the look. 
I have chosen this elegant bateau mid-long white evening dress from Fanny Crown.  Fanny Crown offers high quality custom tailored women clothing that is perfect for every occasion. The dress will be custom tailored just for you, even if ordered in a standard size.  






This evening dress is simply stunning and is perfect for a black tie party, a day at the races or a red carpet event.  The accessories can be kept to a minimum as this classic dress is a statement in itself.  
 
 
A touch of gold with these gold glittery Jimmy Choo strappy sandals are the perfect partner to this glamorous evening dress.  The delicate straps fluidly encase the foot and the glitter leather will add a modern finish to your outfit. 
 
This sparkling modern clutch from Zoe Adams is a stylish addition to your hand bag collection.  Crafted with a clip closure, textured pattern and rhinestone embellishment, this modern clutch is the perfect accessory for any formal occasion.
 
Oh and the accessory I would die for to complete this look are these amazing 18k yellow gold 'Mirador' half ball earrings from Carolina Bucci featuring small sparkly gold half balls and post back closures.
 
 
A flawless finish is a must and MAC studio fix fluid is one of my favourite foundations. Add a touch of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, this is a luxurious, velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish.  If you smooth it on, it adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face, prefect to compliment this look. Glide on a little MAC pro longwear blush for a natural finish.
 
The sheer, lightweight application of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad allows each shade to build lightly layer after layer for dramatic colour with a lustrous glow.  Apply MAC super slick liquid eyeliner and some false eyelashes to achieve the perfect Audrey Hepburn look.  
 
And finally for those kissable lips why not try MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil which defines the lips with rich, saturated colour and prolongs the hours between re-applications together with a Ruby MAC lipstick.
 
Evening dresses, prom dresses, debs dresses | Fanny Crown
 
 
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Monday, 14 July 2014

Something Blue - Style Diary

If you've been following my blog you will know by now I am a big fan of Closet.Their clothes are so flattering, fabulous and affordable. Some of my favourites are the Holly Dress and the Blu Crossover Floral dress. 

So I fancied something flirty and feminine and I was delighted to have received this scooped neck midi dress from Closet.  Thank you so much Brandnation.

The flattering pleats from the waist makes this dress very easy to wear however as I just couldn't pull off a midi dress I decided to have it altered to the knee. 

I love the colour too, it's a great vibrate colour that suits every skin tone. This is a perfect dress for a Christening, family gathering or going out for dinner. 

I plan to get lots of wear out of this dress by adding different accessories, shoes and bags.  It's amazing how many contrasting colours added to this dress will turn it into a new outfit every time. 

If your looking for something blue this dress is now on sale online for a fabulous price of £24. The statement necklace I wore for this shoot is a favourite of mine from Penney's/Primark for €8.







I really enjoyed collaborating with Saibh Egan Photograhy on this photo shoot.  I loved her choice of location with the stunning background near the Cathedral in Galway City working so beautifully with my 'Something Blue'. 
 
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

iNailz - The coolest nails ever


After meeting Wendy & Colin from iNailz at a recent event I was fascinated at how the digital nail art printer can digitally print any image, any design or any pattern on to nails. 

There are over 500 patterns and they can be upgraded on a regular basis. The printer has a high resolution built in camera so you can take photos or images of dress designs and print directly onto the nail. 




There are a number of salons around the country offering the iNailz but you can also order a set online from www.inailz.ie 

I was dying to get my fingers on my very own set of nails.  What a cool and clever idea!!!  I was delighted to receive my Yummy Mummy logo nails  
~ Thank you iNailz I love them ~






 

The nails are so easy to apply, just make sure your own nails underneath are short for best results and longer staying power. A set costs €15 and they would make a super gift for a hen, birthday girl or party animal...available at www.inailz.ie 

Look I even got myself an iNailz selfie. 


Or if you have a salon and are looking for more information on the digital printers please contact inailz@live.ie