✨Del Maar 🌴

I have been dreaming about Del Maar forever, since I first stumbled into the brand while stalking bikinis on IG. Definitely one of my next bikini purchases! Christmas present to myself this year I think.

To be really honest, the main reason I haven’t bought one yet is mainly because I can’t pick just the one. I want them all. I NEED!

I am Portuguese. I like cool little bikinis. Not the extra tiny and sexy looking numbers. But rather more fun, cool and comfy. The handmade extras are like the icing on my vegan cake. Right?

The reversible pieces are super gorgeous and for someone who is usually funny about weird prints on swimwear… 💙✨ I am all hearts and stars for these.

Here are some of my 😍

Which one would you pick?

 

🌺 Cantê 🌸

 

 

18422959_1343663672386601_1117129097293351299_oFor my first post on my favourite bikini brands, it just had to be CANTÊ! Yes, I am Portuguese and whilst I do always favourite national designers, Cantê would be in my top 5 list even if I weren’t from Portugal. Scroll down for pics and I think you’ll agree, there is nothing like this wonderful label.

In my humble opinion, I feel the brand has set the path for a unique Portuguese swimwear style – young, cool and laidback.

The prints, oh the prints … the mix and overlaying of patterns and colours, is just pure happiness. I also love their whole vibe. Their campaigns are real, not over touched or fake in any way – the girl next door image – which is what I relate to.

Cantê has also recently launched “My First Cantê”, a collection of children’s swimwear, “My Intimate Cantê”, a line of dainty underwear and a few accessories as well. I have a lot going on my Santa list this year!

Now drool over these joyful pieces… Here are some of my faves.

 

 

💫My Morning Sky🔥

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Woke up to these fiery skies. How can we not have an amazing day after being immersed by these colours? …and the soft playful breeze, the sound of the waves breaking on my doorstep. Just heaven!

It only lasted about 4 minutes, before I had to start rushing to get the day going 😂 Get breakfasts and snacks ready before trying  to get the kids up, dressed, fed and just kind of presentable for school. Oh… and that shower, no time! Bah… Grabbed the first dress I got my hands on and off we went.

Nothing beats waking up to this though 💕

Macau, my city, I love you.

 

✨ RISE AND SHINE 🌅

Waking up this morning to this stupendously gorgeous view was just what I needed to get out my blues…

It’s been a very long few months. But moments like these make everything better. Waking up and getting outside before I get the kids up, even if it’s only for a few minutes and on our balcony, it’s a mostly perfect start to the crazy hectic days that await us.

What’s your idea of a perfect start to the weekday?

🌳 COUNTRY LIFE 🌸

We’ve just moved to the “country side” or the closest thing to it, living in the insane city of Macau.

It’s Summer. Myself and the kids didn’t have a chance to go on holiday this year, as we do every summer and have just been making the most of our life at home. My babies are definitely outdoorsy children and spend most of their days monkeying around outside.

Our days start with lazy breakfasts looking out at the sea followed by lots of water play on the balcony. The kids spend the day in their swimming suits. Between swimming in the local pool, running in the green grassy park, cycling around the neighborhood, pladding on our “front yard”  and building sand castles on our black sand beach, it has certainly been a very diferente summer for my family.

Our “backyard “

🏃🏽‍♀️IMMORTALS🏃🏽‍♀️

That’s right lovely people, you guessed it… Another weekend, another trail race from hell! 🔥 And when I say hell, I mean it.

When I decided in the beginning of Summer to sign up for the 30k race, I though ” meh… have all Summer to prep and get back to FIT”. WRONG! I laced up my running shoes all of four times throughout the WHOLE of the kids’ holls. Shame…

Was definitely not ready for this course at Plover Cove and I must admit, I was kind of in denial about it all. It only actually sank in, sat in the cab, on the way to the start point. No joke. I’d done a similar race course – ULTRA Hong Kong – in the same country park back in April and almost died. Didn’t take any water or energy with me and it was a 35+K run. So rough! This time around I didn’t prep for the race, but I had water and gels, which took me to the end, only just…

5K into the race, I tripped and smashed flat on a pile of rocks, as you do… I cried for about two seconds though, before pretending nothing happened and you know, get going again.

It was a gorgeous, super tough climb and run under a blazing sun. Great prep for the upcoming 30K Trail Hiker Macau, happening in early November.

The Green Race organisers are so, so good! The course was extremely well marked out from beginning to end. No one got lost – like in the last Kayk + Run at Deep Water Bay a couple of weeks ago.

We had ice water throughout the whole race, amazing snacks and an ice cold beer as soon as we crossed the finish line.

Absolutely amazing! Signing up for the next one already 🏃🏽‍♀️

 

The One-Piece

2017 has been a year packed full of changes, no doubt about it.

But I’ll let you knwo the biggest one of them all… I bought my first one-piece. Say what? Yep, that’s right! I wore a full suit for the first time in about 20 years. Insanity.

Here I am, paddling away with my big baby boy Mimi, in my bathingsuit 😂 in out “front yard”.  Am I getting old? Is that what is happening?