my holiday haul

30 September 2014

Shopping abroad is fantastic, especially in Portugal. There are so many stores that I love to visit and we're always finding new unique stores hidden between the amazing and huge 'chinese shops' and various cafe restaurants. My favourite discovery this year is a store named Parfois which I subsequently found have stores all over the world and ship to the UK which I'm pretty excited about. This is are the majority of things that I bought, excluding the clothes - I'm going to write about those separately.


Opi 'you're such a Budapest' from Exeter airport duty free.

Opi Drip Dry quick drying solution and Benefit porefessional primer from Sephora.

Kiko peach rose nail polish and deep grey eyeliner from the Kiko store in Portimao mall.

Purple glitter nail polish, tweezers and metal nail file from a variety of 'Chinese Shop' stores.




The Tea Egg teapot design diffuser and cool mint loose leaf tea are from the 'Magic in Monchique' Chocolate Shop. This fab little store is owned by a lovely welsh couple who moved over to Portugal and set up shop many years ago - It's definitely worth finding.

Piri-Piri seasoning from Intermarche, the supermarket local to us.

Mini tequila, coconut alcohol and pina colada bottles from an alcohol shop in Lagos.

Pottery shops litter the Algarve and whilst I don't usually come back with anything thanks to the weight of it I couldn't leave this traditionally designed portuguese mug behind.




Silicone castle jelly mould and sea themed silicone ice cube tray from a fab household store called a loja do gato preto.

Wooden carved hippo was a gift for my mum that I bought at the Lagos market we visited.

Mirrored orange and blue wayfarer sunglasses from a small market in Sagres.




This handbag is my most used purchase. Though an awful imitation this bag is the perfect colour and size for me to use on a daily basis, I've since removed the buckled tag and use this tan tote most days for work.




This collection of accessories are mostly gifts for friends and family, the loom bands, braided bracelets and snap wrist watches were all bought at the Lagos and Sagres markets. I found the hairbands in the biggest Portimao 'Chinese Shop'.

The red and grey wristband is something I bought at Zoomarine to help support their campaign of environmental awareness for rainforests in particular.




Selection of stud earrings from Pull&Bear.

Cork daisy bracelet and rose gold and white watch from the Sagres market.

Parfois mixed metal ring and silver diamante bracelet.

Pedra Dura spike necklace.

Two top ear diamante studs from the large Chinese Shop in Portimao.

♥ abby