Instagram of the Month: @joaosilva22

Instagrammer: João Silva, 26 years old, Sintra, Portugal.

image“At first I created an Instagram account just for curiosity, because at that time almost anyone used this app. Time passed by and more peoplewere engaging so I started becoming more interested in photography and started sharing my photographs with everyone. What I like the most about this app is that it gives us space for creativity and anything is an excuse to take a shot.”

His photographs consist of: Travel and landscape shots.

Camera: iPhone 5

Apps that he uses: Instagram and VSCO.

Follow him on: @joaosilva22

Here are a few of his best photographs:

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L’and Vineyard Resort

After discovering the culture of having lunch/dinner or even brunch in a vineyard in South Africa, I started searching for the same concept in other countries. And that’s when I found the L’And Vineyard Resort, in Portugal!

Located in a natural landscape with the special beauty of Alentejo, a contemporary architecture combining luxury, simplicity and tranquility.

A few years ago, during my holidays in Portugal, I had the opportunity to spend some Family holidays at their resort in a”Sky Suite”, which consists in a room with a window roof where you can see the stars once it’s all dark outside. I enjoyed my days at the infinite pool and the inviting spa.

But this year I visit this place only to have lunch at their restaurant and experience the art of wine-making. Take a look at the delicious meal I had:

Roasted pork tenderloin with cauliflower gratin, asparagus and peas as a main course. For dessert different textures of chocolate and a few sweets to go with the coffee. When it comes to wine, the L’And Vineyard red wine from 2010.

I strongly advise you to visit this place and spend a few days at their Sky suites.It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. The views are always lovely and you won’t regret it.

 Contact Details

Phone: +351 213304542; +351 266 242 400
Address: Herdade das Valadas / Estrada Nacional 4
7050 Montemor-o-novoPortugal
E-mail: info@l-and.com; reservas@l-and.com
L’And Resorts’ website.
L’And Resorts on Facebook.

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Vogue Fashion Night Out 2014 Lisbon

The night where all of Lisbon comes alive to celebrate Fashion. September 11th was Vogue Fashion’s Night Out and after vogue-fashions-night-out-lisbon-2014-1so many years not being able to make it, this year I was finally there!

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out takes place in 18 other cities around the world, with the purpose of creating a public’s interest in beauty and fashion by bringing to these cities fun, music and great discounts in all participating stores.

Chiado, Av. da Liberdade, Príncipe Real, Rua Castilho and downtown Lisbon’s stores join themselves in this special major event.

My friends and I chose Av. da Liberdade’s luxury stores where we experienced a few surprises, with live DJ acts and free cocktails,well forget about the free cocktails because they were all gone by the time we arrived. Yes,that place was insanely crowded!

Other places like Rua Castilho had make-up workshops and the exhibitions of new collections for fall/winter. In Chiado, at Ana Salazar and Swarovski,where were held beauty sessions and offer beauty products.

I had the opportunity to visit the amazing new H&M store in downtown Lisbon (Baixa). That place is huge or maybe it’s just the mirrors, go see for yourself.

When it comes to organisation, let’s say some stores should’ve make a bigger effort. It was impossible to move or even breathe inside Michael Kors! On the other hand, Carolina Herrera adopted the simple method of closing its doors the moment the store had the ideal number of clients and re opening again once those previous clients left.

But the party wasn’t only inside the shops, which were open from 7pm to 11pm. More entertainment was held from street artists to museum events.

Here is the list of a few shops participating in VFNO 2014:

Avenida da Liberdade: Adolfo Dominguez, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Calzedonia, Gant, Intimissi, Loewe, Longchamp, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Purificacion Garcia, Timberland, etc.

Rua Castilho: Lanido, Coccinelle, Max&Co, Stockshop Stivali, Stefanel, etc.

Príncipe Real: Embaixada, Peacock, Alexandra Moura, etc.

Chiado: Accessorize, Ana Salazar, Benetton, Bershka, Blanco, Diesel, Eureka, Kiko, Hilfiger Denim, Levi’s,Marc Jacobs, Nespresso, Pull&Bear, etc.

Baixa: Camper, Foreva, Fred Perry, H&M, Stradivarius, Seaside, Merrel, etc.

If you feel like visiting other Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, here’s a list of 2014 dates from around the world:

16 September – Paris
18 September – Madrid
27 September – Taipei
18 October – Osaka

For more information on Fashion’s Night Out Lisbon, visit the Vogue FNO Lisbon website.

Outfit

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This outfit was put together by my friend Andreia,I think she’ll be my stylist from now on.

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Catharina’s Restaurant

It’s been a long time since I wrote a Travel post about South Africa so, it’s only fair that I write about one of my favourite restaurants of all times: Catharina’s at Steenberg.

With a very warm atmosphere, a sophisticated and elegant interior with their crafted origami design on the ceiling, Catharina’s Restaurant is set amongst vineyards and it’s right next to my house in Cape Town, South Africa. So obviously I’m always there!

But my last visit to this restaurant was quite special because they had live music and the talented Executive Chef Garth Almazan’s made a special menu just for that day.

As a starter I had a Roasted Cauliflower soup with gorgonzola cream and white truffle oil.

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As a main I went for the Roasted Beef Sirloin, Lamb and Chicken. Potatoes with Rosemary and Salt. Broccoli and Bacon gratin. Thyme and balsamic roasted onions and baked portabella mushrooms and a mixed leaf salad.

For dessert I had the Cape Malva Pudding with vanilla sauce anglaise and Amarula Ice cream.

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While enjoying this delicious meal I had the opportunity to listen to Demi-Lee Moore and Lize Mynhardt amazing voices. Here is a sneak peek of their covers:

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +27.217132222/ +27.217132251
 Address: 10802 Tokai Rd, 7945, South Africa
 E-mail: catharinas@steenberghotel.com
Catharina’s website.
Catharina’s on Facebook.

Demi-Lee Moore Facebook Page.

Lize Mynhardt Facebook Page.

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014

Yes,the VMAS, the show that makes people talk about Miley when she twerks but not when she decides to raise awareness for runaways and homeless youth.

If you have favourite artists and you don’t want your feelings to get hurt, maybe it’s not a good idea to keep reading this post. Just go do some ice bucket challenges instead.

Here you can have a look at the Red Carpet shots, where Katy Perry showed the world how you’re supposed to enter a Red Carpet and when I called my grandma to tell her that her living room curtains were stolen by Taylor Swift.

We can say that this year the VMAS weren’t as controversial as last year. We had a lot of emotional moments with Beyoncé family scene with baby Blue Ivy and husband Jay-Z, Miley and her homeless date, Ariana holding hands with Big Sean. Oh and when all the girls went crazy once 5 Seconds of Summer hit the stage.

And if annoyance can be considered as an emotion then we definitely must talk about Fifth Harmony and the way they give the world the need to puke. Those girls have amazing voices but damn, I need to close my eyes every time they sing. I don’t know if they’re face is sponsored by MAC cosmetics and they think it’s okay to use their faces as canvas or if the problem is the lack of a fashion adviser. I’m still wondering what was going through Simon Cowell’s mind when he decided to adopt these eight year old brats.

Moving on to some more pleasant moments…

There’s nothing more perfect than Kim announcing Sam Smith. His voice is heaven and even though I love the Kardashians, Kim is probably the only one with presenting skills, if you know what I mean.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora were also amazing, but of course, nothing compared to Beyoncé’s Medley at the end.

And because I couldn’t end this post without talking about Taylor Swift, here it goes.

To me an artist is someone who goes on stage and makes me want to be them. Just like Beyoncé makes me want to be able to dance like her or Ariana makes me want to have that voice.

I don’t want to be Taylor because I acted like her years ago when I was still a teenager. The “I don’t know how to dance I’m just having fun” kind of attitude is too overrated. Liking Taylor because of her song lyrics is one thing, liking her because of the way she wants us to think it’s okay to twerk without having an ass is ridiculous. Time to move on Swift.

If you missed the VMAS 2014 go on www.mtv.com and watch the full show or the highlights of the night.

The Winners

  • Video of the year- Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
  • Best Male Video- Ed Sheeran“Sing”
  • Best Female Video- Katy Perry feat. Juicy J “Dark Horse”
  • Best Pop Video- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea “Problem”
  • Best Rock Video- Lorde “Royals”
  • Artist to Watch- Fifth Harmony “Miss movin on” (I would say Artist not to watch and just listen but okay)
  • Best Lyric Video- 5 Seconds of Summer “Don’t stop
  • Best Hip-Hop Video-Drake feat. Majid Jordan “Hold on (we’re going home)”
  • Best Collaboration- Beyonce feat. Jay Z “Drunk in love
  • MTV Clubland Award- Zedd feat. Hayley Williams “Stay the Night”
  • Best Video with a Social Message- Beyonce “Pretty Hurts”
  • Best Editing- Eminem “Rap God”
  • Best Choreography- Sia “Chandelier”
  • Best Direction- DJ Snake & Lil Jon “Turn down for what”
  • Best Art Direction- Arcade Fire “Reflektor”
  • Best Visual Effects- Ok Go “The writing’s on the wall”
  • Best Cinematography- Beyonce “Pretty Hurts”

My favourite tweets of the night

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Under the Sea: Lisbon Oceanarium

It’s not the first, nor the second, but the third time I visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, and it still amazes me every time I’m there.

Recognized as the best aquarium in Europe and the second in the world by TripAdvisor. Definitely one of the most renowned attractions of Lisbon, Portugal, with 16 years of existence and over 18 million visitors.

The best part of this aquarium is that while you’re walking through exhibits, you get to learn amazing things about the oceans and how to promote the conservation of nature.

Otters, Clown-fishes, sharks, penguins, jellyfishes and the list goes on!Of course I couldn’t avoid taking photographs so here is a sneak peek of the incredible views you’ll have if you decide to visit this attraction, and I know you will!

Contact Details

Phone: +351 21 891 7002
 Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I, 1990 Lisbon, Portugal
Oceanario’s website.
Oceanario on Facebook.

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Instagram of the Month: @hlonicoleman

Instagrammer: Hloni (Hloniphiwze) Coleman, 19 years old, Brand ambassador, Cape Town, South Africa.

6C03AF5A-67E2-4AF4-94FB-50F0AC08D79EAs with most people I started using Instagram as an extension of social interaction, basically as a way to share my day to day through photos however as my affinity for photography grew Instagram became more of a creative outlet.

Living in Cape Town I find the app provides an amazing excuse to just get out and shoot for people who aren’t professional photographers. That coupled with the amazing Instagram community has meant that shooting has become a social, fun and constant part of my life.

 

His photographs consist of: sunsets and creative shots.

Camera: iPhone 5/Canon 1100D

Apps that he uses: iPhoto, Snapseed, VSCO

Follow him on: @hlonicoleman

Here are a few of his best photographs:

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