Flores no Cais| Florist

So here I am dealing with the fact that my obsession for plants keeps growing a little bit more every day.


After heading to Portugal for holidays and feeling really bad about leaving my plants behind, (they survived six days without me), I’ve found this beautiful florist.



The shop itself is already quite astonishing, full of windows and amazing lightning, but the very good service and diversity of plants makes it even greater.




I felt in love with the Bonsai area, but I’m not at that responsibility level yet. I’ve been taking care of an orchid since February, which I think is already a big achievement, so let’s take it slowly.



So here I am, calling the airlines, asking if I’m allowed to bring plants with me on board. The good news is, they said yes, and I might just take the whole shop with me to London. Yes, there are amazing florists in London too, but go visit this one and then we’ll talk.



Visit Flores no Cais page here.


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My Lisbon Guide| Fábrica dos Sabores

There’s nothing better than taking a Spring break and head to Lisbon, where the weather is way warmer than in London. And you know what my visits to Lisbon mean, more suggestions of places to visit, but specially to eat.


This is the first time I’ve been to Fábrica dos Sabores, an artisan bakery in the city centre. It was Sunday around noon on a very sunny day, which usually means that whenever you go, it will be full of people hanging around. Which makes it harder to find a table anywhere in the city.


But I guess that’s how you prove if a place is good or not. If they can handle the pressure while delivering amazing service, than I’ll most certainly come back.


Fábrica dos Sabores was full, but the staff was very effective and nice. They found us a table straight away and our food didn’t even take 10 minutes to arrive.


I ordered a delicious Bagel with smoked Salmon. I wish I was still eating it right now. My sister went for a great beef burger and my mom tried the light Foccacia, which was quite big, so nothing light about that! And for dessert, I’ll let the photograph speak for itself.


I had a few unfortunate experiences when it comes to restaurants and coffee places on my last visit to Lisbon, but I must say that this was definitely not one of them. Will go back very soon.


Visit Fábrica dos Sabores’s page here.

For more restaurants, hotels’ recommendations or any tips to travel to Lisbon, e-mail me at travelwithgoldleash@gmail.com and get your digital travel guide.


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Home Spa Day| Madison Reed

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know I never wrote a beauty post. I just felt that I don’t have enough knowledge on this topic to be talking about it. All I know is my personal experience and why would you care about it if, for example, you don’t have my skin type, colour, or even my hair type?

Madison Reed kind of challenged me to share my home spa day essentials. You know, those cold and rainy days we’re you have a break from work or studies and decide to spend the day at home, just taking care of yourself watching your favourite series, taking a long warm bath and eating your favourite chocolate.

So I decided to give it a try to see how it goes and if I should keep writing more posts on this topic.

Here’s a glimpse at my home spa day essentials:

Music Playlist

To start my very relaxing day I choose a few of my favourite songs to play while I’m pampering myself. Here’s the list, enjoy 😉

Kodaline– All I want

Ellie Goulding– On my mind

Dillon Francis & Kygo– Coming Over

Selena Gomez– Hands to Myself

Sia– Chandelier (Piano Version)

Adele– Hello

R. City  feat. Adam Levine– Locked Away

Justin Bieber– Love Yourself

David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj– Hey Mama

Mumford and Sons– Lover of the Light

Feel free to send my your suggestions below in a comment. I’m always searching for new music.

The products

A long and warm-bubble bath is like sending a message to my body saying “Relax! You can deal with bitches tomorrow”. A few scented candles also help a lot!

  • So one of my first priorities is my hair. Since it’s long and curly it takes quite a lot of time taking care of. Especially after I dyed it. On these kind of days I like to apply my moisturizing hair cream while on the bath, rolled up in a warm hair towel. photo 4-Hair-Color-B-600x600_zps9hi3mwte.jpeg
  • I also love doing my nails. Long were the days were I payed for someone to do them for me. But I decided to stop spending so much money on nails to spend it on food, and since I have quite a creative mind, I started doing all kind of stuff at home. I always start by cleaning them and using a base coat with vitamins to make my nails grow and make them strong. Then I choose my colour for the week. I get tired of the same colour very quickly, so I’m always changing.
  • My boyfriend keeps telling me I have too much creams for everything. He’s totally and completely right. Body, hands, face, hair, everything. That’s how I keep my tanned skin for as long as possible. And now that I’m living in the UK, I have a whole new challenge in my hands, if you know what I mean.

If you have dyed hair too or would like to have it, try this hair colour Quiz from Madison Reed, it will help you being more informed and conscious about your choice.


Netflix Series List

Since I started working at Netflix that I kind of got addicted to the service. There’s no better way to watch my series and movies with high quality and no advertisement. So here goes my playlist:

The Walking Dead

Gossip Girl (over and over again)

The Vampire Diaries

The 100

The Returned (Netflix Original)

90210 (also over and over again)

Now it’s time to wear my comfy pyjamas and make a very hot chocolate with marshmallows. Oh, and my After Eight chocolates. Yes I have a fat mind, so what.


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