I don't usually indulge in post-holiday posts (apart from when I'm shamelessly gloating about fabric finds), but I've had such a fantastically varied time in Portugal that I thought I'd share some of it.
What I think will
horrify interest you the most, is that in between sunbathing and eating, I had a dress made by my mum’s favourite seamstress…which curiously isn’t me!?! I realise this is such a sewing taboo, but I couldn’t help myself as she’s fantastic and I needed a special dress to wear to two weddings next year. I hope you don’t judge me too harshly…
Anyway, I handed over some beautiful silk fabric and a picture of this pattern from my stash...
and got this in return:
Please excuse my beach whipped hair and clammy face...it was hot in Portugal!
I'm reassuring myself that I could of course have made it just as well with my own fair hands ;o) To help ease the guilt that I’m feeling, I’ve reminded myself that I do actually have a 'to sew' list as long as my arm:
- Pinnies, lots of them to help me fulfil my ambition that I moaned about here.
- Skirts and trousers to help me close my wardrobe gaps.
- Sewaholic's Lonsdale sew-along, because I'm a sucker for pretty summer dresses.
Ooops, I digress! Whilst on holiday I also went on long bike rides with my dad - a total of 38km / 24 miles to be precise - after almost 15yrs of mounting nothing but stationary exercise bikes. The Portuguese views were stunning and I surprised myself with just how much I enjoyed the challenging terrain.
Lastly, I also indulged in a professional eye makeup tutorial. In my Uni days I used to experiment a lot with eye makeup, but in recent years I've become incredibly lazy, opting mostly just for a simple feline flick. The makeup artist was brilliant and she went through a daytime and evening look, the principles of which can be applied to all sorts of colours of course.
I was surprised that the smokey evening look (left) made the eye look so much bigger than the simple day look! The makeup artist also highlighted my cupid's bow for the evening look (left) and it made such a difference!
All in all, a great holiday was had, thanks to my mum and dad's awesome hospitality!
How about you lovely people? Any holidays planned for this summer, or maybe you've already been? Care to share some photos?