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Portugal, Cascais: The Oitavos Hotel

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50 Shades of Blue

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Weekend with Friends

I like going by car to Cascais on the Marginal road (20-30 minutes from Lisbon) to see the seaside. The brightness reminds California. Weekend “staycation” with my BFF at The Oitavos located in the middle of a beautiful pine trees. We take the opportunity to go visiting friends and the “Point of View” exhibition in Sintra.

Surprise while arriving: the super modern hotel is huge! And it largely fills my insatiable need for space, outside/inside, lobby, lounge, bar, restaurant, terraces, pool (photos below), corridors and the room! Bikini break, my HQ: the infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and pines tilted by the wind! “Comment vous dire, tout est bleu” (: “How can I describe you, everything is blue”) … even the glasses of my fly sunglasses! 

Photos above: 1. Tadam: flies sunglasses! A mini trails that lead to the pool for those who like to complicate life (LOL) because there are more direct access! 2 and 3. The intimate breakfast terrace as printing a picnic in the countryside. 4. Gosto muito minhas Havaianas offered by my BFF who just came back from Brazil.

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The Spa

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Open to Nature

Early in the morning, when the water in the outdoor pool is freezing, I go to the warmer seawater pool in the Spa (photo above). Then I switch between jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath whose windows offer amazing views of the landscape. I would have tried a treatment, but it was closed. 

Photos below: 1. The pool! 2. My favorite sandals on the blue floor of the room terrassse. 3. My “cowgirl from the beach” silhouette (whith straw hat and beach bag and Balinese sarong) to go to the spa. 4. Really cool at the end of the day: I enjoyed having a drink and big laughs with friends under this parasol of the Atlântico Pool Bar. 5. My postcard ; ))

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The Lounge

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The Ipsylon Restaurant

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Gourmet Dinner

I like the minimalistic design and volumes. For the cuisine, it is the same. I should be able to find the flavor of each ingredient. I am not a gourmet, but I am curious. What a pleasure to discover at the Epsylon restaurant, the delicate blend of traditional Portuguese cuisine and French cuisine, elaborated by the French chef Cyril Devilliers!

Photos above: 1. Epsylon Restaurant & Bar. 2. The delicious first meal consists of a crayfish with asparagus after excellent appetizers and the traditional bread accompanied by olive oil. 3. The delicious fish with vegetables. 4. The Friday and Saturday nights, the bar turns into the Japanese Bar where you can eat estra fresh sushi and sashimi prepared in front of customers.

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A Room with a View

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Bathed in Light

The first day while entering in the room, I was immediately sensitive to the view! And of course the 40 square meters space and bathroom (photos below)! Open volumes, a gradient blue and white shades, nomadic furniture (on wheels), the bay window … I breathe!

Spotless bed: I fell asleep like a baby watching a Brazilian telenovela! I never watch TV, so you can imagine a telenovela! No comment please!  

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That’s the kind of bathroom overlooking the terrace I would like to have at home! With Japanese WC (photo below)! Light and space (I repeat myself)! The originality: the blue!

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My Summer Beauty Routine: Shampoo and Hair Cream

My hair is “a poem” (French way to say: “hard work”)!

So no holiday for my very dry curly hair that requires constant care. The mix of sun-sea-sweat-oil and too-frequent shampoo, makes it brittle and dry up. Paradoxically it is the only “blessed” time of the year, I can let my hair “curls in the wind” (lol!). A real break for my scalp and my lengths. Except for the hair ends that tangle and are nodes. But I decided to simplify my summer hair routine.

1. For the shampoo : Karité intense nourishing shampoo (with shea butter) of René Furterer for extra dry hair and/or ethnic hair (1). Nice to apply and once the hair rinsed, it does not have this unbearable texture of wet straw! I also like the size of the package that I can easily take a trip.

2. On towel-dried hair, I apply a generous amount of Karité intense nourishing conditioning cream (with shea butter) of Rene Furterer (2). And I leave as much time I acn under a hot damp towel. If I go to the beach every day, at night I perfectly rinse my hair  with hot water (no shampoo) and finish by cold water to make it shine. I try to leave a few days between each shampoo.

3. I apply on damp hair a nourishing oil like the Monoi or the Huile de Palme (Palm Oil) of Leonor Greyl,  or my favourite Moisturizing Styling Ceam, with Quinoa oil of PhytoSpecific of (3). Sometimes I do not apply anything to let my hair breathe. And in the morning, I sheath again oil strand by strand, to prevent damage from salt, sand and sun. And then I forget my hair during the all day (lol!), basta cosi! If you have any suggestions or your special way to treat a very dry or Ethnic hair, please leave a comment or sent me an e-mail, I am always curious to discover a fantastic product!

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My Summer Beauty Routine: Cleanser and Face Cream

After severe skin reactions last spring,

to get healthy skin, I decided to use a minimum of products and preferably “dermatologist”. This summer, my skincare routine limited to use the Eau micéllaire démaquillante (Micellar Cleansing Water) of Etat Pur, with a neutral pH (1). Perfect for combination skin. For a very cool and soothing effect, I put it away in the refrigerator.

As a tonic, I use the La Roche-Posay atomizer: excellent for calming the skin very sensitive to heat up under the association of sun, sweat and sunscreen. I store the mist in the refrigerator too, for an invigorating and firming effect.

The day, as I absolutely have to protect my skin from the sun, I use a sunscreen with very high index. And at night, I generously apply the cream Toleriane Ultra of La Roche-Posay (2), for allergic or intolerant skin that contains no preservatives, parabens, fragrance, alcohol, collorant and lanolin. Extra pure, with a completely airtight packaging.

This treatment has drastically improved the deplorable state of my skin after my severe allergy (appearance and comfort). SOS cream, super moisturizing and soothing (“anti-irritant”). After nearly two months of use, my skin was cleansed.

And for the pleasure to have a lovely color on the nails, I’ve finally worn Tour of Finance of ESSIE (3), a slightly metallic fuchsia pink. But I remain addicted to Ole Caliente, a punchy red-slightly orange.

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