Catch me in my Birthday Suit

I’m not getting old, I’m getting better – Unknown

 

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It’s that time of the year again!

I’m officially one year older! Exactly 27 years ago, on the 16th of April 1991 at 10 AM, I was born.

I hope this year will be full of joy and happiness. I hope to travel a lot and maybe, who knows, find the love of my life :D.

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I always give myself a birthday gift. Call me crazy, but I always feel like it’s a day where I deserve to pamper myself. So what did I get myself this year? Obviously some new hair! I was missing my long hair so much, that I decided to get extensions at the amazing Rana Hair Extensions Salon. I couldn’t be happier! I feel so much better and sexier.

How am i planning on celebrating my birthday? Well I have a some plans for the rest of the month. First of all, I took the day off, because you just don’t work on your birthday, so I’m just going to chill today.

On the 21th I’m spending the day with my best friends. We’re going to just eat, drink and have fun :D!

On the 28th I’m having brunch with some work friends at Bar Muza in Lier. They have an amazing all-you-can-eat brunch!

Last, but definitely not least, I’m having brunch with the whole family on the 29th.

After that, enjoy life for another year!

The Portuguese Girl*

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Pictures were taken by @thewanderlustgenes

Pink suit from Totallytwo

Balloons from Aliexpress

Shoes from Zalando

 

 

 

 

 

The cozy corner

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends” – Unknown

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I recently moved to a new appartement (about 4months ago) and I’m still in the process of decorating and making it as cozy as possible.

I have this little piece of wall I didn’t know what to do with. So I decided I would make it a little cozy corner with pictures of myself and my goddaughters.

I bought some basic white photo frames in Ikea that were like 0,99€ each en put some baby pics of my cute little goddaughters in them. I mean look at these pics… Aren’t these the cutest little girls ever? I seriously love them so much and like this I can look at these pics everyday and they instantly put a smile on my face.

What I really want to tell you about is this beautiful picture on forex from fotofabriek.nl

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This is a 20×30 picture on forex from my photoshoot at the Havenhuis by Sunset. This is so pretty and the quality of this picture is just amazing! As soon as I opened the package I fell in love and wanted to hang it up. It became the centerpiece and I build the rest of the corner around it.

If you live in Belgium or the Netherlands, you can create your own picture, just like I did by clicking on this link and your following their easy steps.

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…And just like that I’m one step closer to feeling like I’m home…

Kisses and Hugs

*The Portuguese Girl

The Paris Experience

A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else – unknown

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2 weeks ago we went to the oh-so-romantic Paris. We went by car and left on Friday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon.

It wasn’t my first time in Paris, but it was for my dear friend @andreiapereiraaa

I wanted to show her as much of Paris as possible, but Paris is so big it was impossible to see everything.

So we visited the following places:

  • The Eiffel tower
  • Trocadero
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Les Champs Élysées
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Louvre
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Notre Dame
  • Montmartre
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Colonnes de Buren

The sun was shining the whole weekend, but man was it cold! We had temperatures of -2°C and the wind felt like it was cutting your face in half.

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Paris was also in preparation for PFW (Paris Fashion Week) so it was already quite crowded.

Unfortunately things didn’t go quite as we planned. I hurt my foot on the 2nd day and we had to take the afternoon off because I could barely walk.

Sunday I also wasn’t feeling so well, so we decided to leave earlier than planned.

All and all it wasn’t the best, but definitely not the worst trip. I always have a great time and so much fun with Andreia and I seriously cannot wait to go to Punta Cana with her!

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But who knows… maybe we’ll go somewhere else before ;).

Tell me your best Paris stories or which city you’re visiting next!

Kisses and Hugs

*The Portuguese Girl

*New Years Wishes*

This is a new year, a new beginning and things will change – Taylor Swift

Happy New Year everyone!

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2018 has arrived and with that comes a lot of new hope, goals, resolutions and challenges.

First of all, I want to wish you all the best. May 2018 be full of good health, succes and happiness!

2017 was a very tough year for me personally. I had many dreams that went down the drain, I had my heart broken in a million pieces by the one I loved the most and had to push myself to get out of a dark hole I was in. So you can say 2017 kicked my ass, but I fought back. I never gave up and had amazing people around me to help me see the light at the end of the tunnel and for that, I am so grateful.

2018 is bound to be different. I learned so much during this whole process and so much has changed in my life. I learnt to take care of my mental health, that you do not have to beg for someone to love you and that achieving my dreams is not a straight line but it comes with ups and downs.

So what do I wish for in 2018?

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I wish for a good health, physically as well as mentally. This is the most important thing of all. All the rest doesn’t matter if you don’t have your health.

I wish for family time and happiness. My family is extremely important to me. We are all so close and I just hope I can spent a lot of quality time with them.

I wish for love and friendship. I’m not going to be desperately looking for love, but if it comes my way, I won’t shut the door. To my friends: May our friendship last long, may we have fun and may we support each other through ups and downs.

I wish for success. Yes, succes… I have a lot of dreams and goals and I just hope I can make progress towards my goals and dreams, even if they are baby steps. Just remember, any progress is progress, even if you take 2 steps forward and 1 step back.

Last, but not least, I have just one New Years resolution and that is….

TO TRAVEL MORE!

I want to see a bit more of the world, live life to the fullest and make beautiful memories!

What about you? Do you have any wishes or New Years resolutions for 2018?

Let me know in the comments!

*The Portuguese Girl

 

 

 

 

My Christmas Presents

 

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‘Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love’ – Hamilton Wright Mabie

First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and hope that you spent these magical days with all your loved ones.

Altough Christmas isn’t all about the presents, I wanted to show you what I got, since I’m so happy with it. I mostly enjoyed spending time with my nieces and nephews and my parents and siblings. Seeing all the little ones running around and playing and having this big dinner table with tons of food and playing bingo is what really makes it Christmas for me.

We always buy gifts for the children, but for the grown-ups we do a secret Santa, since otherwhise Christmas would be too expensive and we find it more important to be all together.

So here’s what I got:

My Secret Santa, which was my brother-in-law, got me the new Chanel parfum, Gabrielle. This parfum smells soooooo good and I love it. All it takes is 1 little bit and you have so much already. It comes in such a pretty box and the bottle is just so classy, elegant and minimalistic, which is perfect!

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My Best friend got me a wallet and a beautiful bracelet. The wallet is this soft pink tone and is spacious and simple. It fits all your cards and has a lot of room for coins.

The bracelet is a silver one with the infinity sign in the middle. The infinity has 5 little diamants that give the bracelet that little extra shine. The bracelet is from @good.designs_official and they are a young start-up company.

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My other good friend got me earrings and a pen of one of my favourite brands: Swarovski. The pen is pink and has these supercute pink glitter diamants in them. Now I can write and sign things like a boss ;). The earrings, ooow the earrings, are absolutely stunning! They are this long earrings all made of swarovski cristals. This one can make any outfit. I feel so extra in these earrings that I’m going to wear them on New Year’s eve so I can enter 2018 shining bright like a diamant.

Last, but not least, She also got me a box of my favourite chocolate, Ferrero Rocher.

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Hope you liked all my presents!

*The Portuguese Girl

Think Pink – Race for the Cure

 

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“There can be life after breast cancer the prerequisite is early detection”                     – Ann Jillian

Think-Pink is the Belgian national breast cancer campaign and aims to improve the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. They focus on several different points, going from providing information and creating awareness to funding research and care.

Every year they organize a race for the cure in 3 different cities: Brussels, Namur and Antwerp.

You can sign up in advance and print out your ticket (which costs 12EU) or sign up on the day itself (which costs 15EU) at the location of the race. You get a white T-shirt if you are supporting breast cancer and a Pink T-shirt if you are a breast cancer patient/survivor.

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The one in Antwerp is always in September and near to the pier. This year was the 10th anniversary of this event, so it was extra special and, with 8.017 participants, the most ever (Yeaaaahhhh!!)! The race took place on Sunday 24/09 and for the 6th year in a row, my sister and I participated.

 

The whole place was filled with tents of different non-profits breast cancer organizations. A lot of them where providing information, selling cakes or pink-ribbon items to gather money.

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There was this big stage where Ellen Petri (Miss Belgium 2004) was presenting a few organizations and where there was a live warm-up Zumba session. Next to the stage was this enormous pink air balloon that said ‘Think Pink’. They had different area’s like a jumping castle for the kids, a bar with pink champagne, an on-the-spot hair salon so you could donate your hair to make wigs and a specific area for breast cancer patients/survivors where they could get a massage, talk to each other about their journey or get advice on a wig.

As my sister and I went with her 2 little children, we decided to do the 3KM walk, but you can also do a 6KM run. First up were the children for the kids race, after that the runners were up for their 6KM run. At 11h30, as the last group, were the walkers. The countdown began and as soon as we said 0, everyone started walking. It took us about 45min as this was on a slow pace since we were a large group of people with a lot of little kids and strollers.

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I want to leave a message to all of the people who suffer from, have suffered from or know someone with this disease: You are strong and will overcome this. We believe in you and keep you in our prayers always ❤

Remember to check your breasts every now and then and remember the key is early detection.

More information can be found on: http://www.think-pink.be/en

Kisses and Hugs*

The Portuguese Girl

PS: All Pictures, except for the 2 last ones, are property of Think-pink and can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/ThinkPinkBelgie