12 January 2019

Sporty mood


Vocês lembram-se do Carlos Pfumo, certo? O miúdo tem a minha idade e fotografa como gente grande! Foi o primeiro fotógrafo a desafiar-me a sair da minha zona de conforto e emanar confiança em cada shot.

Já foram várias as sessões que fiz com ele, a primeira perto do Natal de 2016, a segunda na Estufa Fria quando voltei da Dinamarca e, a útlima grande para o blog foi em 2017 no Pop Cereal Café em Lisboa.

O Carlos também contribuiu para uma sessão KILLER da Hueyras, no Panorâmico de Monsanto. Estava um frio de rachar, chovia torrencialmente a cada 10 minutos, mas ele manteve a sua boa energia, criatividade e a perseverança durante as 3 horas! Uma máquina!


Tenho uma grande admiração pelo Carlos, não só pelo seu talento indubitável, mas como também pela sua personalidade. Ele é chill, é criativo, é paciente, simpático e gosta de café (big plus para mim haha).

Esta última mini sessão que fizemos perto das Olaias, nos recintos de uma escola de Calceteiros e de Jardineiros, foi mais uma vez um empurrão fora do meu conforto — especialmente, tendo o tema de desporto, segurava algumas poses de stretching durante algum tempo.


O penteado foi feito pela querida Agnes, uma rapariga de Lituânia, que me contactou pelo Instagram e que quer recomeçar o seu negócio de penteados no nosso país. Ela sacou de todos os seus produtos no meio de um pequeno parque nas Olaias e entraçou-me o cabelo de uma forma muito segura e bonita em meia hora!
Se precisarem de um penteado especial, já sabem, contactem-na pelo IG @letshair.

11 January 2019

Glowy Skin, at last!


Tenho de confessar. Cada vez que ouvia o nome Clarins ou passava por um balcão desta marca numa perfumaria, a primeira ideia que me passava pela cabeça é que era uma marca cara e apenas para senhoras mais velhas. Talvez associasse esta ideia pelo facto do marketing da Clarins que eu via, ter sido maioritamente a promoção de produtos de anti-age e para peles maduras.

Há uns meses, a Clarins Portugal contactou-me e desafiou-me a dar uma oportunidade a esta marca número 1 na Europa de produtos de beleza de alta gama.

Foi no balcão da Clarins no El Corte Inglés de Lisboa que eu fiz um diagnóstico de pele e onde me foi sugerido um tratamento diário para o meu tipo de pele e consoante a minha idade.

Primeiro, nunca tinha notado no balcão da marca, só para verem como me passava completamente ao lado. Segundo, descubri que a Clarins tem, de facto, produtos para pessoas mais novas. 

A idade ideal para começar a usar os seus produtos é aos 25 anos. Mas eu, com quase 24, tenho muito a mania de me adiantar na proteção do envelhecimento da pele, por isso, menos um ou dois anos, não importava.

Um produto que se destacou bastante na minha rotina diária foi o best-seller Double Sérum. Realmente, após um dia de utilização notei um diferença drástica: a minha pele estava luminosa!

Tinha colocado na noite anterior, e na manhã seguinte, a minha mãe chega-se a mim e pergunta-me o que tinha feito à cara. Eu, assustada com algo que poderia estar de errado, perguntei apenas "porquê?". "Porque está super brilhante", diz ela.

É um sérum que junta duas componentes: a hídrica e a lípida, resultando numa fórmula rica que preenche os primeiros sinais de envelhecimento em qualquer tipo de pele.

O ponto que me interessou bastante foi o facto de serem utilizados 21 extractos de plantas com visão a estimular as 5 fases da pele (regeneração, oxigenação, nutrição, hidratação e proteção). E o ingrediente secreto: curcuma!

Estou bastante satisfeita com os resultados deste sérum! Utilizo todas as noites depois de desmaquilhar e lavar, e antes do creme de noite. Em manhãs que sinto a pele mais ressequida, também o utilizo!

Já conheciam?

08 January 2019

Put a ring on it


I've never been a ring girl. Nor a necklace girl.

But there comes a time when you feel like dressing up, putting makeup on and jewelry just for the sake of it. Let's be honest, a girly girl wants to feel pretty, even just for herself.

The symbolism of a ring is truly magical. A full circle. Of life, of love. Of self-respect.


It's funny how, until this day, I've always sung the lyrics of "Single Ladies" wrong. 

I thought Queen B meant to say "If you like it, just put a ring on it", meaning that girls shouldn't wait for a guy to propose to them, instead they could go out and buy themselves a ring because they could! As easy as that!

That would've made a lot more sense for this post if the lyrics went like that. But they don't.


Yesterday, as I was searching for the lyrics to confirm what I've been singing all of this time, I found that this song has a completely different meaning.

She says "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it". Meaning the relationship is over because the man didn't propose...

Anyways, I abide by my first impression of the song and urge you to buy whatever jewelry you might like in order to feel powerful and beautiful. It's quite an intimate feeling choosing your ring finger's ring. It involves a kind of commitment only a loved person would have. And I mean self-love type of commitment.

I love these from Ti Sento Milano, a Dutch jewelry brand. Their fine jewelry is made of sterling silver with beautiful details such as "a row of pavé style cubic zirconia" or a "faceted stone of shimmering rose set in the finest gold plated setting" (their best selling collection: flower bud).

If you wish to buy some for yourself, enjoy a 10% discount with my code INESXTISENTO.

07 January 2019

New Year's Resolutions — are they a scam?



The other day... well, New Year's day, I was casually talking with my boyfriend about resolutions. In my family, every New Year's Eve, I remember my dad giving us a paper where we would write our promises for that year. For me, years later, those promises became goals I wanted to achieve for the following year. So, for me and my siblings, that tradition stuck.

Though, to my bf, New Year's Resolutions were a scam. In his mind, these promises people made about changing their lives, habits and everything they found to be wrong were utterly a lie. It was plain bullsh*t.

For him, the New Year's Resolutions worked like the famous meme: on the first day of the year, everybody goes to the gym, on the second day of the year, half of the people go, third day... none. So he doesn't believe that the common people truly resolutes what they thought of on the midnight's first strike.

I was quite surprised by his angry reaction to my question and tried to explain that, for me, New Year's Resolutions were about defining new goals for this upcoming year, both personal and professional, as well as travels I'd like to do.

In his defense, he said his intentions didn't change overnight. His way of thinking about life didn't change from the 31st of December to the 1st of January. For him, the new year is just a continuation from the previous. It's NOT a fresh start, nothing has really changed nor his reflections on his life.

It's so weird that someone has this perception of the New Year, because for me, New Year simbolizes a new start, a clean slate to do everything I ever wanted to do plus be a better me. Of course, no one changes completely overnight, but by the end of 2019, I'm sure that I'll feel like a different person: older, wiser and with more experiences to have learned from.

What are your thoughts on the New Year? Are you more like me or my boyfriend?


Shoes: Overcube
Blazer: Loavies

06 January 2019

BALI — an Instagrammable travel guide


Before heading to Bali, I must say I've watched a good amount of Youtube videos and saved many Instagram images concerning where to go, what to do and where to eat.

In the 5 days we where there, I managed to go to a few places I had in mind, but I definitely want to go back and cross out my whole list (who knew Bali had such amazing coffee shops with delicious food and vegan concepts?).

It's indeed an island with a lot to do and I would recommend staying there for at least 1 full week so you can have time to sightsee everything plus hop to other islands AND relax.

Watch my whole adventure HERE

My list covered the entire island and a few islands on the coast. Here it is:

1 — KUTA

Kuta is the closest place to the Denpasar airport, and from my research, it's not worth stopping by due to being too touristy.

2 — SEMINYAK

Right above Kuta, is one of the best places to stay in Bali — Seminyak. It's the area with the cutest coffee shops, two of the most famous Beach Clubs — Potato Head & Ku De Ta— and a black sand beach where you can learn how to surf.

Some of the coffee shops I had on my list were: Nalu bowls, Kind community, Coffee Cartel, and Caffe Organic.

There are tons of luxury spas and hotels and more affordable villas. You have the beach really close by, but you'll find many tourists.



Kynd Community — a plant-based coffee shop. I absolutely fell in love with their pink wall and food photos on IG, but it's a bit pricey.  We tried two "love mugs" — the matcha latte with coconut milk and the pink latte with beetroot and vanilla which I found to be super sweet for me.

We also ordered their "paradise pancakes" which were good but not delicious. Maybe because they were vegan and had a different recipe than I'm used to.

The avocado toast was really good — my mom says. But the poached egg we asked for wasn't really an egg because... plant-based has no animal food. So... a bit weird.

One thing that never disappoints it's the açaí bowl and this one even had BALI spelled out in mango. DELISH!



Cafe Organic — this French-owned coffee shop was literally 2 minutes away from our hotel, so we went there at least 2 times. We would wake up so early because of our jet lag, that we would be standing at 7 AM at their doors waiting to open (it opens at 7AM).

My absolute favorites were the dragon fruit bowls and avocado toast.

3 — CANGGU

Twenty minutes by car from Seminyak, we arrive at Canggu. The hipster place in Bali. This place is ruled by youngsters, surfers, Aussies, and coffee-lovers. This would be a great place to stay at too. If I could, I would stay 2 days in Seminyak and 2 days in Canggu.

Coffee places to go here are The Loft & The Avocado Factory (which I went to none because we only were in Canggu for one day).

The best sunsets are the La Laguna and at The Lawn.

The most fun Beach Club in this area is called Finn's Beach Club — there is music, pools, food, young people, drinks, and the ocean. You'll have
a blast there!




4 — UBUD

One of the most incredible Nature places in Bali is called Ubud. It's a long one-hour drive on the left side of their roads between touristic vans, big buses, and tiny scooters. But, it is so worth it.

What do you have in Ubud (the interior side of Bali):

— the beautiful rice fields in Tegalalang (the best time to be awed is by sunrise when there are few people there)

— the Bali swings in these rice fields or near

— the famous cat poop coffee, which after trying it and crossing out of my list I began to think how cruel it is to force these animals to eat the coffee seeds and poop them out for money, literally, so maybe don't do it!

— the Ubud Market with the most unique wooden bags and food

— and the Monkey Jungle

— if you have the time, also visit the Tegenungan Waterfall (Bali is known for the waterfalls, and this one is not that known so it won't be crowded like the others)



5 — DJIMBARAN

Let me put it this way: THE BEST SUNSET OF THE ISLAND!

Head to Jimbaran beach and you'll have a mile-long view of the early sunset. With tons of people watching it with you.


6 — ULUWATU

Uluwatu is located on the lower side of the Island. You see the airport? It's below that. Here you can surf, stay at a Cliff Top Resort and visit the Temples. 

Bali is such a religious island — Hindu, the religion that has over 33 million gods and at its core is a very peaceful religion. At every house, there is a home temple plus all the big ones they constructed to pray in a group.

The temple we went to is called Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It is on a cliff so you get this amazing view over the Indian Ocean.

One funny thing I read before entering the temple is that women on their period cannot visit it... and you have to wear their cloth if you aren't wearing a piece of clothing that covers your knees and legs. Also, there are monkeys there that still your things, so beware!

7 - GILI ISLANDS

The last place we visited was the Gilli Trawangan or Gili T — one of three islands composing the Gili islands on the northwest of the Lombok Island.


From Seminyak, there is a long 1 and a half hour drive to Padang Bai where you catch the boat and navigate for 3 hours to the island. If you go in the morning, it's a very pleasant boat drive, especially if you go up on the deck, soak up the sun (don't forget to put on sunscreen!), listen to the pop music they play, enjoying a Bintang Radler beer at 10 AM while viewing the little islands you pass by.

Gili T is the first island you arrive, the other two are Gili Meno and Gili Air. And then you have Lombok. 

Gili T was a true surprise. So there aren't any roads or cars. The only transportation methods are either donkey pulled cars, scooters or bikes. The water is the clearest I've ever seen and the sand is a light yellow. It's a true paradise!

Don't forget to find these swings!


Other places I had on my list but we didn't have the time to explore are:

8 — NORTH BALI where you'll find the Padangbulia Waterfall and the Bali gates

9 — NUSA DUA

10 — NUSA PENIDA ISLAND with an incredible cliff view over the dinosaur shaped island

11 — LOMBOK, the Bali's virgin island version





Hope you liked this guide! Have you ever been to Bali?



15 November 2018

BALI — an Instagrammer's paradise (or is it?)


Oh Bali! The Instagram destination of 2018. An Instagrammer paradise. But is it all that pretty and edited?

I never thought I would go to Bali this soon. It always felt like a distant trip. But I'm so lucky to have a father that does business with the Asian countries, being Indonesia one of them.

It's weird how I've always heard of Bali from my Dad, but never really knew what it meant... until Instagram came along. The raw nature, the clear water, the peaceful religion, the coffee shops. Everything you would want on a tiny island.

Summer of 2018 was the year to visit this unknown-known destination.



The thing with traveling accounts on Instagram and the actual traveling is quite a mind trick. When you're scrolling down on your feed filled with travel couple accounts, top destinations and so on, you can get a feeling that, after a long time seeing the same destination over and over, you already know what to expect there.

You are aware of the tourist traps, you have saved a few insta façades of the places, and you know exactly where to have the best pancakes in town. 

In a way, it facilitates A LOT on your destination research or even on your cluelessness when getting to some place. BUT THE THING IS... nothing is truly a surprise, nothing is new to you. For me, when I get to an Instagram place, on the one hand I'm happy to have found it, but one the other I feel some kind of familiarity on a place I've never been to. It takes out the element of surprise, and in some cases, it disappoints us — because we're headed there with this idea that it's an amazing place, really bright and colourful and with no one there, and once you get to the place you see that it is dull and crowded.

That's my thought on Instagrammble destinations...

Somewhat, it describes my trip to Bali. I knew everything that I wanted to see, and I was aware of the pretty perfect picture of Bali, but I was not prepared for what was outside of the frame.

The smells, the (spicy and mushy) food, the crowds, the telephone wires hanging everywhere, the traffic jam, the amount of hours it takes you to get to the other side of the island because there's no highway.

But also I wasn't prepare for the extreme caring trait of the Indonesians in Bali — they are always happy to see you, to serve you —, for the amazing coffee shops developed by foreigners, for the vast raw nature you have in the middle of the island, for the adjacent islands that have the most clear water I've seen, for the freshly harvest young coconuts (they're so delicious!). 

It was a true culture clash. I've never been outside of Europe and North America, and to see such poverty and extreme luxury together is... upsetting. Plus the whole edited version versus the real version of a destination... just unreal.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Instagram ruins the true experience of traveling?

23 October 2018

HALLOWEENING


Chegámos ao mês dedicado ao dia tradicional americano: o Halloween, ou Dia das Bruxas.

Sim, é no final de Outubro, mas parece que estamos todo o mês a planear para a grande noite de sustos. Em Portugal, tenho notado que só há uns 4 anos para cá é que começámos a dar mais importância ao Halloween: os vizinhos dos prédios já estam preparados com doces para o "doçura ou travessura", os bares no Bairro Alto já ficam mais decorados e com bebidas especiais de Bruxas e as pessoas, nesta noite, já vão mascaradas e sem vergonha para a rua. É um ambiente bem animado!



Com este dia em mente, e por estar a gerir a conta da Hueyras, a marca portuguesa de coroas de flores, sugeri à criadora da marca fazermos uma sessão de Dia de los Muertos com coroas especiais de Halloween.

É uma marca tão versátil. Tanto dá para completar os looks das noivas no seu casamento, como das meninas das alianças, como em sessões de maternidade, em festivais, e, agora, para este dia assustador.

Este foi o resultado final. Foi a querida Carolina Santiago que nos fotografou e eu fiquei de boca aberta com a sua pós-produção. A miúda é tão talentosa!

Espero que gostem e não se esqueçam de seguir a Hueyras no Instagram e, se quiserem, encomendar uma das suas lindíssimas coroas de flores.


Fotografia: Carolina Santiago
Modelos: Inês de Ayala, Catarina do Carmo, Marta Santana e Filipa Alturas
Maquilhagem: Telma Mechas
Styling: Hueyras