First thing’s first: this isn’t a sponsored post, I’m just a massive fan of being able to buy awesome brands at purse-friendly prices – so by default I love The Outnet.
There are amazing established brands available, from Acne to Marni to Valentino, newer designers like Sophia Webster and Etre Cecile, and high-end high street items from adidas by Stella McCartney to Petit Bateau and Zoe Karssen. All at up to 80% off! These are my favourite pieces available right now:
cashmere knit | skinny jeans | quilted bag | colourful heels | slogan top | strapless dress | bucket bag | lightening studs | printed skirt | double ring
Happy almost-weekend! And a bank holiday weekend to boot, marvellous. Today is actually my Friday; as you read this I’ll be packing to go to Lancashire, where my BFF gets married on Saturday(!!!). I’m super excited for a fun weekend and hope you have lots to look forward to as well! Here’s what else is making me happy:
- Starting with the big news – I have a new job! After almost six years with my current organisation it’s time for a change. I’m joining the digital team at a charity that I’ve supported for years and really, really believe in. Exciting!
- My outfit for this weekend’s wedding is on point, if I say so myself. I’ll be wearing this red lace midi dress with these bargainous black strappy sandals and old-but-amazing statement earrings from Accessorize.
- I recently won a Lumix DMC-LX100 camera(!) via one of my favourite blogs, Buckets and Spades, so I’ve been getting to grips with my first Panasonic. Tips welcome!
- LEGO has always been my favourite toy (my talented chef cousin even made me a LEGO cake for my 30th birthday) so it was a good day when M found a huge sack of the stuff on the street.
- I treated myself to quite a lot of new beauty products recently. Haul post coming soon!
- Finally, I have a full-length mirror! Getting dressed without one (for over a year!) is not recommended.
- This list has been pretty material so far, so let’s balance it out… if you’re looking to inject some cute into your Insta’ feed, try Geordi La Corgi, Suki and the City, Harlow and Sage, Pumpkin the Raccoon and Piggy and Polly.
- How sweet are these miniature cactus treehouses?! Our houseplants have gone wild recently, look at my little IKEA cactus’ spring blooms!
- If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ll nod your way through this list.
- This is my 200th post. I have no idea how that happened, I still don’t feel like I’ve had this ‘new’ blog for that long…thanks for being here though :)
A Sunday in Sintra…
I’ll say one thing for Portugal: they have a decent train network. Our Sintra day trip fell on Easter Sunday and despite checking in advance I was convinced trains wouldn’t be running. But, trains from Lisbon were regular, tickets were a cheap as chips €2.15 each (double for the return cost) and the journey took only 40 minutes each way. Take note, Britain.
Sintra is bigger than we expected so you’ll either need to be in town early or accept that you won’t have time to see it all. Our visit started with an excellent lunch, one of the best we had in Portugal (recommendations below!), before a wander round the town.
We started to walk up to the Moorish Castle, which you can see looming over the town on the top of the hills, but it was poorly signposted and while we knew we were heading in the right direction we had no idea how far we had to go. With limited time, we decided instead to head back to town and catch the bus (€5 return). It turned out we’d walked at least halfway…then back on ourselves…FOL (f*ck our lives…?).
After a quick poke around the castle walls and a peer through the gates of the Pena Palace it was time to head back to the train station – but the bus had other ideas. After waiting well over 30 minutes we just walked. Moral of the story: don’t get the bus, unless you have to.
In a nutshell
See: National Palace, Pena Palace, Moors Castle
Eat: Caldo Entornado, Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 19
Top tip: Dress appropriately – it’s slightly chillier than Lisbon, being higher up, and practical shoes are advised for the walk to/from Pena Palace and the Castle
Further reading: Lisbon guides, part one and part two