Things I Lived|Loved in 2014

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Porto, I Feel You {OOTD}

The best part about travelling, for me, is getting to experience new places. The best part about travelling in my own country is to get to see it from new perspectives.

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I had only been to Porto a couple of times before, and only in passing. This time, we decided to take a few days to visit this beautiful old city, the capital of the north, and see what makes it so special that people have been calling it a city for over a thousand years.

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This was an outfit picked for train travelling and city wandering. Comfort was a key priority but also ease to adapt to changing temperatures, as we travelled from the warm south to the cooler north (or so I thought).

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These trousers are one of the items that I purchased on this trip. Well, technically, I purchased it before I went on the trip as I took advantage of the Mango Summer sales and placed the order online just before I left. By the time I arrived at my parents’ it was there waiting for me.

The shoes are from my home-town shoe shop and are perfect for walking. Right thing too as, it turned out, so is Porto!

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We walked around the old city, with its old buildings but new life springing up everywhere, until we came to this amazing feat of engineering. Across from it, on the Gaia side of the river, we found all the cellars of the magnificent Porto wine.

I had never really appreciated the significance of Porto, the Douro valley and the wine that is produced there until I went on this trip. It turns out, there’s no other place in the world with the right combination of geographical and meteorological conditions that would allow the production of a wine like Porto.

There’s nothing like travelling to learn about the uniqueness of a place and free one’s mind from all sorts of pre-conceived ideas.

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For instance, as a southerner, I always believed Porto to be this cold, rainy place. Well, this trip also taught me that Porto can display the most beautiful, and warm, sunny days too.

The trench, umbrella and foulard never got to leave my Cuyana tote and see the face of day!

On the other hand, this old top got all the glory. Believe it or not, this top will be 10 years old next year. It’s from a place called Promod and still feels like new.

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Travelling teaches us all sorts of good stuff, including how to keep an open mind and not be afraid to try new things. Travelling in our own country, however, challenges our most deeply ingrained pre-conceptions of the places we’re visiting and that’s a whole different level.

I was indifferent to Porto before. On this trip, I got to finally feel Porto to the point of deciding that if we ever move back to Portugal, we will get a flat in the old city. If that’s not saying something about the power of travelling, I don’t know what is!

Have you done it lately?

Lisbon Still Stands {OOTD}

After Paris, Lisbon. We went west, following the sun and Summer to this beautiful city.

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I always enjoy going back to this city that was my home for over 5 years.

After Paris, one could have felt underwhelmed but Lisbon never disappoints, even after 3 years of a government with an active strategy to empoverish the country and its society.

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I chose to wear something new I picked at Uniqlo in Paris. This dress was a no-brainer: its colour, design, fabric, price, quality… It all added up to a good purchase.

It turned out to be perfect for a travel wardrobe: doesn’t wrinkle, is versatile and very comfortable to wander around during hot Summer days.

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It felt good to be back to a much loved place but also experience the city in slightly new ways.

They say you shouldn’t go back to a place you were happy before. I say go as often as you can.

Just remember to stay free to enjoy it as it presents itself to you at that moment, and it will just give you more happy memories.

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Do you have such a place?

Summer Travels

My Polyvore sets continue to be inspired by future travels and end-of-Summer city walks. 

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That Zara bag recently caught my attention and I couldn’t resist adding it to my shopping list. I think it’s the perfect size for walking around a city in those warm late-Summer days. I don’t usually wear black or buy black accessories because I find it a bit boring and life is too short for that. But the perforated details and the bucket shape make that bag interesting so I thought I’d give it a go.

The only way I could think to make that bag work for me was to pair it with bright and/or lighter items. I’m a big fan of that green skirt but, unfortunately, it’s from an earlier Popbasic collection which is completely sold out. The t-shirt and scarf are from the current Paloma collection which is still available. If you’re interested, I still have $15 towards your order. You can join here or click on the Popbasic button on the side bar. 

Hope you’re having a great week and enjoying life! 

:::Thanks for reading:::

Travel Light

 I see each travel opportunity as a chance to practice packing just the right amount of outfits.

I love preparing for a trip and start by spending time thinking about where I’m going, what the weather will be like, how long I’m staying, what I will be doing, and so on. This helps me define what outfits I’ll need and stop myself from over-packing before it even happens. 

The added advantage is that, even if I only pack the night before, it’s never last-minute packing. 

Today I’ve put together an inspiration board for a short stay in Paris on my way to Lisbon in early September.

I’m planning to spend most of the time at le Musée d’Orsay, and maybe pop into Shakespeare & Co. Other than that, I’ll just wander around and enjoy the architecture. All activities that require minimal fuss and comfy shoes, I’d say! 

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What about you? Any tips and tricks to travelling light?