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Fashion & Beauty Essentials For a Weekend in The Hague

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Cocktail at The Hotel Des Indes

I try to pack minimum items especially for weekend travels. Boyish basics: a pair of jeans and black pants, black shirts, V sweater and three-quarter lengh coat. With beautiful accessories that will bring a touch of glam rock …

A friend invited me to the Hotel Des Indes considered as the fanciest place in The Hague. Minimalist rock: I match a pair of skinny jeans and black wide T-shirt, with Sam Edelman black suede high heels booties and a lovely black and pink leather clutch, Lilu for Mademoiselle K, for sale on this blog.

To add a glam touch, the glossy red lipstick, Pure Color Envy Liquid Potion (330 Lethal Red) of Estée Lauder, with pulled hair and no make-up. I even wear it during the daytime! Less is – definitely – more.

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For Walking Into Town

During the day, I go to museums, do shopping and explore the different neighborhoods, sometimes I stop in a restaurant or coffee. Suffice to say that I walk a lot!

So I chose the flat booties Palladium in waterproof leather. Surprisingly I find they refine the calf and are pretty feminine and comfortable too! I wear them with black pants or jeans.

Plus a Massimo Dutti pouch where I slid my tram and museum tickets and an old school city map.

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Breathing at The North Sea 

Great fun. Long walk with a friend, on a preserved part of the beach lined with dunes. It’s windy and raining. That’s why I wear this gorgeous plastic pink poncho (LOL!). Great match with my multicolored Skechers

Currently, I am more concerned to moisturize my face and clarify my complexion (which tarnishes with the imminent arrival of winter) than wrinkles. After seeing an improvement on my mother’s mature skin, I use the Estee Lauder Enlighten serum and cream. After two months, her spots are slightly faded and her complexion is more radiant. Even the texture of her skin looks better. 

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Mes essentiels mode et beauté en weekend à La Haye

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Cocktail à l’Hotel Des Indes

En voyage, j’essaye d’emporter le minimum, surtout pour un weekend. Des basics boyish : jeans brut et pantalon noir, t-shirts noirs, pull en V et manteau trois-quart. Avec de beaux accessoires qui apporteront une touche de glam rock…

Un ami m’invite à l’Hotel Des Indes, considéré comme l’endroit le plus chic de La Hague. Humeur rock minimaliste : je complète un jeans skinny brut et tee-shirt noir coupe très large, d’une paire de boots Sam Edelman, en daim noir avec sangles et talons vertigineux (le challenge, marcher sous la pluie sur les pavés glissants, LOL!). Avec une superbe pochette en cuir noir et rose (façon reptile) Lilu for Mademoiselle Le K, en vente sur ce blog.

Cheveux tirés et lèvres maquillées avec mon rouge à lèvres du moment, super glossy (que je ne quitte plus même en journée!) : Pure Color Envy Liquid Potion (330 Lethal Red) d’Estée Lauder. Less is – résolument – more.

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Pour marcher en ville

La journée, j’enchaîne musées, lèche vitrine et découverte des différents quartiers, parfois s’ajoute un restaurant ou un café. Autant dire que je marche beaucoup!

Donc j’ai opté pour les boots plates en cuir imperméable Palladium, à double sangles. Etrangement je trouve qu’elles affinent le mollet et sont assez féminines. Question confort : impec! Je les porte aussi bien avec un pantalon noir qu’un jeans.

Plus une petite pochette Massimo Dutti, où je glisse mes billets de tram, entrées de musées et carte de la ville old school (indispensable quand je suis sans Google map). 

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Un grand bol d’air à la mer du Nord 

Plaisir simple. Longue marche entre amies, sur un versant préservé d’une plage bordée de dunes. Il pleut, il vente, d’où se merveilleux poncho en plastique rose (LOL!), assorti à mes incontournables Skechers multicolores!

Mon unique soin beauté : pour hydrater mon visage et clarifier mon teint (qui ternit avec l’arrivée imminente de l’hiver), j’utilise le sérum et la crème Enlighten d’Estée Lauder, après avoir vu une amélioration sur la peau mature de ma mère. Dès le deuxième mois, ses tâches se sont légèrement estompées et son teint s’est unifié : de manière générale sa peau paraît plus souple et éclatante. 

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Madeira: Funchal, Gardens, Dolphins, Poncha &…

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Mercado dos Lavradores

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Early Morning: The Covered Market of Funchal

First surprise, the profusion of tropical flowers at the market entry: the same flowers as in Africa and the West Indies. Ditto for certain fruits and vegetables, such as christophine: one of my favorite vegetables in the Caribbean!

Two discoveries: the custard apple that looks like a green apple pine (on the above photo montage). In fact, a variant of soursop. And second discovery, the curuba or banana poka or banana passion fruit (the first photo of this post).

Part of the market is dedicated to fish. On the photo below: huge Atlantic tuna (I thought tuna was a Mediterranean fish, oops!) … Fish of all sizes and colors, seafood … and many tourists.

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Santa Maria Street

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In The Old Town,

close to the Mercado dos Lavradores, the Santa Maria Street houses the art project “Arte Portas Abertas project”: a collection of doors painted by a hundred artists from Madeira (photo montage above). 

At lunchtime, the street comes alive with many terraces and restaurants. In the evening, it’s crowded. There are a myriad of bars, where you can taste the famous Poncha, mixture of aguardente de cana, honey and lemon. You can also taste one of the different versions with fruit juices … Super strong cocktail: watch out sensitive stomach! LOL!

Monte Palace Tropical Garden

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Funchal: City View From Above 

A five minute walk from Santa Maria street, we take the cable car to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, owned by the Berardo Foundation. On 70,000 m², more than 100,000 of plants, some from the Laurel forest (Laurissilva Forest, endemic in Madeira), plus a Japanese garden and a Chinese garden (photo above).

In the Monte Palace Museum, I discovered “African Passion”, the Berardo collection of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe artists (photo montage below, right side) and the “Mother Nature Secrets” space with 700 samples minerals.

In the gardens, I really enjoyed the Klein Blue panel (of Four Elements of Nature), representing water and the collection of Azuleros (ceramic tiles) from the 15th to the 20th centuries scattered in different walks. I couldn’t see all of them (time flies!). My advice, plan 1 or 2 hours to visit without rushing.

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Swimming With The Dolphins

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Departure From The Marina

Funchal. I do not know why, but I love everything relates to the sea! Hence the excitement, a kind of trance, winning the broad in the zodiac, with our guides, the captain and a friendly dynamic biologist (photo below black and white). I do my second or third Periscope (live stream)! So sorry, no great pictures of our friends the dolphins, I was filming!

When a pod of dolphins (really impressive in water) swim near the zodiac, water is put to you. The zodiac retains his speed to follow the dolphins (and they go fast) while you hang with a firm hand the rope that connects you to the boat, you dive with a mask and snorkel with nice waves on the surface!

Under water the perception of speed is stronger than on the boat: you’re pulled by the boat, it’s really physical. We were only two girls to swim! Another important detail if you are a woman, put on a one-piece suit (not a trikini)! I spent my time trying to keep my bikini bottom, which partly ruined the show. I even had to don a wetsuit! Yep!

But the little I’ve seen in the water is magic! And yet I have already dived surrounded by seals (magic too!). If you go to Madeira, definitely you have to swim with dolphins, especially if you are respectful of nature: here, they do not feed the dolphins to swim near the boat! Dolphins come and go as they please … which also means that you can not see any ; )

Rota dos Cetaceos

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Break @ The Pestana Casino Park

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The dolphins trip ended, I go get changed at the hotel and then continue with the interview of the interior designer Nini Andrade Silva.

Photo above: the restaurant’s hall of Pestana Casino Park has a 70s and 80s vintage touch. It could have been used as a set for a movie of Jean-Pierre Melville …

Dinner @ The Restaurante do Forte

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The Surprise!

An awesome cabriolet from the 30s picks up us at the hotel to drop us off at Restaurante do Forte, located in the São Tiago Fort close to Santa Maria Street. The setting is enchanting with a view overlooking the Ocean from the ramparts!

We ended the evening tasting the different versions of poncha in the Venda Velha, a nice bar of Santa Maria street, LOL! To be continued

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