Monday, 25 July 2016

Cornwall: Carbis Bay Break

Hello all!
Joe and I just got home from a couple of days in Cornwall. We had originally booked a few days off of work for Joe's birthday (I'm married to a 31 year old, how weird! haha), but later decided to make it a whole week and go away for some of it. We spent a few days in Wales last year around the same time, so wanted to visit somewhere different this time. We settled on driving as far south as we could and hope for the best weather wise so we ended up in beautiful Cornwall. We didn't know what to expect as neither of us had been there before, but everyone we talked to kept telling us how beautiful it was and we obviously saw all the gorgeous pictures on Google and TripAdvisor...

We stayed at a hotel in a town called Camborne. Everybody aims for St Ives when visiting Cornwall, but we were warned by a local friend about how expensive it can be so I think we made the right choice! Having a car makes everything much easier since everything is so close together! Our hotel was only a 20 minutes drive from St Ives and it was half the price of some of the places we found there.

St Ives really is a must if you're visiting Cornwall. It's very charming and there are loads to do and see. But the place we really fell for was Carbis Bay. It was a bit of a challenge to find the best way to get down to Carbis Bay Beach, but once you get there, it really is worth all the trouble! The beach is not too busy and the sea is ever so calm. The water was cold (we are in England, after all!), but the weather was so warm, it was actually really refreshing.



 I've been such a busy bee with work and it can get really stressful at time, so it's nice to take a break and think about something else in a while. I hate being the type of person who brings work home and can never quite stop thinking about all the things I need to do the next day. I came home feeling brand new. I didn't realize how much I needed this break. Maybe I should take up meditation? Or maybe just the occasional nap might do the trick?

I've got lots of brand new ideas for where I want to take the blog, new content and a new direction. I'm very excited to share everything with you guys in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned. x

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday Treat | The Fox Inn - Worcester



Today was finally such a gorgeous Sunday! The sun was shining so bright here in Worcester, I couldn't wait to get out there and enjoy a day out. I've finally gotten my learner's driving permit in the post so Joe took me for a bit of a drive. We went to The Fox Inn, a lovely gastro pub that sits right in between Worcester and Malvern, in a gorgeous setting! I love driving up that way, I feel so privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Nothing beats the Worcestershire country side on a sunny weekend's day.

We were also celebrating my first week at my new job. It's been really scary doing something new, but so very exciting at the same time! I love the feeling of a new challenge ahead. I'd been doing the same job for almost a year now so getting to do something different is definitely a welcome change. At times I've felt like maybe this new position wasn't for me and was convincing myself I wouldn't be up for the challenge... But that's exactly how I felt about my previous job when I started it and now I can do it with my eyes closed! I really need to cut myself some slack with this one and realize it's only been a week and Rome wasn't built in a day and all that. I've been really lucky in that my new colleagues have all been very supportive and helpful! I feel like bringing them all a cake that reads "thanks for tolerating me" on Monday morning!

Also this week Joe and I started an 8 week challenge at a "gym alternative" called Training for Warriors. We've done so great on our first week at it, we decided to treat ourselves today! Sounds counter productive, but it helps us keep our sanity!

I hope you all had a lovely week and weekend! x

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face | Review



Clarins is a French brand with an uber cult status and loads of their products are absolute beauty classics (hello, Beauty Flash Balm!). Their skincare range is one of the best available out there. I've tried many of their products before and today I'm here to talk about one of their most basic ones: the Sun Wrinkle Control Cream! 

I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys: exposure to sun rays is one of the biggest causes of skin aging, along with smoking and sugar consumption. And that is why it's so important to wear sunscreen every-single-day! Even if it's cloudy outside, don't forget that clouds don't filter UVA and UVB rays. Luckily, wearing sunscreen daily is a habit I got into last year and I'm still managing to keep up! 

And I think what helped me keep this habit going was having found the right product for me! This Clarins sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection (only one or the other won't give you the protection you need, always read the label), so it's already ideal in that sense. 

But the biggest reason why I fell in love with it is the texture: it doesn't sit completely matte, but there's also nothing oily about it! I know that the main reason I never liked wearing sunscreen before was that I always felt it sticky and heavy on my face and I knew any make up on top would just melt right off. But this is so light in texture, I barely even notice it's there and it's a good enough base for make up (no bits peeling off or grey face with this one!). I'm going on holiday to Brazil next week and I've already picked up an extra bottle!

You can pick it up from Boots or find it online at Escentuals.com and it's always around £18!

So, do you wear sunscreen daily??

Sunday, 3 January 2016

My 2016 Goals!




I can hardly believe 2016 is already here and there is a whole entire year ahead of us! This mean 366 new opportunities to reach our goals. I really do believe every days is a blank canvas, waiting for us to paint our master-piece!

I decided to write this post and share my goals with everyone since I think putting them out there and sharing them online is a great way to keep myself in check! I just think I don't wanna look a fool when next December comes around and I've done nothing of what I had planned. haha

1. Drink more water:
This year I'm not falling for the trap of the "losing weight" goal! My goal will be 100% dedicated to improving my health and losing the weight will come as a mere consequence. Drinking lots of water is so important for our health and I'm always forgetting to fill my bottle up at work. I'm thinking about buying a cute, jazzy bottle to remind myself!

2. Eat less sugar:
Along side alochol and UV rays, sugar is one of the things that make your skin age the quickest! It's been proven that eating excessive amounts of sugar can inhibit your skins production of colagen, which is the stuff that makes your skin looks plump, young and healthy! I know I want to keep my skin looking as good as possible for as long as possible, so I feel like this won't be as much of a sacrifice, but rather a gift from present me to future me!

3. Spend less on things and more on experiences:
Joe and I have the exact same problem. We like STUFF too much! haha We always end up spending more of our money on material things, like make up or a new TV or computer and we really wanna change this in 2016! Every time we go out to do something different, we always say "We should do this more often!" Going to gigs or little day trips on weekends... These will be the building blocks of our future memories and we really need to focus more on them! 

4. Keep the blog updated:
I've had blogs on and off ever since I was 12 years old. The one I've kept the longest is the one you're reading right now! I enjoy doing it so much, it's my favourite hobbie and I've not found one I enjoy as much. I'm starting 2016 around here with a bang by graduating to a .com adress (such adulting!) and hopefully I'll be able to keep it going all year. Might even go back to doing English videos, you never know!

Right, so there you have my goals for this year! I did try to keep them as simple as possible, so I don't get too bamboozled with the later on and just give up on everything after 2 weeks. hahaha. If you've got a 2016 goals post on your blog, leave the link in the comments down bellow or just tell me all about them and we'll keep every one motivated.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Chill Out, It's Only Been a YEAR!


iPhone pictures from a weekend away in Wales. I never knew Wales could look so tropical on a sunny day!
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Fotos tiradas com o iPhone em um fim de semana no Pais de Gales. Nao da nem pra acreditar que Gales tem esse look tropical num dia de sol!

Hello, all!
I'm not quite sure where to even begin. It has indeed been a whole YEAR since I've updated this baby and oh, I have missed it! I've had blogs on and off since I was 12 so I guess a part of me feels like I was born to blog, but some other part gets very lazy very quickly and so... A year's gone by without me even noticing it!
I guess the other thing is, when I left this blog, I was feeling some sort of misplaced internal pressure to look and sound like everyone else and that made blogging less enjoyable for me and I hated losing my favourite hobbie over something silly like that. I finally noticed that a couple of weeks ago when reading some old posts from way back. I could tell how much enjoyment I got out of putting the effort into pictures and writing the posts back then and it was all much simpler than my later posts.
So I've decided to come back. This time doing it my way and doing it for me, but hoping you'll come along for the ride as well! I've also decided to start writing in Portuguese as well, so all my friend and family in Brazil can also benefit from my useless knowledge of beauty products! 
You might have noticed the blog name's been changed. I just felt like I had outgrown the "Ferdie" and I've now fully developed into "Fernanda". Like a butterfly! How poetic is that, eh??


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Ola, todo mundo!
Eu nem sei muito bem por onde comecar. Sim, faz mesmo um ANO inteiro desde a ultima vez que eu atualizei esse blog, e olha, fiquei com muita saudade! Eu sempre tive blogs, desde que tinha uns 12 anos, entao parte de mim sente que eu nasci pra blogar. Mas a outra parte e' pura preguica, entao um ano se passou e eu nem percebi!
Eu acho que a outra coisa que me fez deixar o blog de lado foi uma pressao interna besta, que me fez sentir que eu tinha quer ser como todo mundo, fotos iguais a de todo mundo, escrever igual a todo mundo... E isso me fez perder o animo de atualizar o blog e eu odiei perder meu hobbie favorito por algo besta assim! Umas semanas atra eu estava lendo uns post antigos e so' de ler dava pra perceber que eu gostava de preparar as fotos, escrever os posts e era tudo muito mais simples. 
Entao eu decidi voltar! Dessa vez vou fazer tudo do meu jeito e pra mim, mas espero que voces venham comigo de carona tambem! Tambem decidi comecar a escrever em Portugues tambem, pros meus amigos e familia ai no Brasil tambem se beneficiarem do meu vasto conhecimento inutil de produtos de beleza!
Tambem decidi mudar o nome do blog. Nao estava mais curtindo a vibe do "Ferdie". "Fernanda" e' mais legal, ne' nao??


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser - Review



After getting into a bit of a panic about the state of my skin, I knew I had to shake up my skincare regime ASAP. On my emergency trip to Boots, alongside the La Roche Posay face wash, I also picked up this Olay Regenerist Skin Perfecting Cleanser. I had read a review on it a long time ago  on a Braziliand beauty blog and thought it sounded good because of the Salicylic Acid in the formula. It turns out, that's not actually listed in the ingredients (don't I feel silly!), but this is still, nonetheless, a little wonder of a product!

I'd never tried anything from Olay before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. This cleanser has a gel texture and it contains micro foaming beads, which help lightly exfoliate the skin. I like that it doesn't foam up too much (which should hopefully mean I won't get told off by Caroline Hirons for using it!), but it still gives my skin a squeaky clean feeling without making it feel tight or dry at all! I also can't believe how much this has improved the texture of my skin. I like to use it in the mornings, as it feels very refreshing on the skin and I feel like it helps the following products on my regime sink in better on my skin.

If you've got normal to oily skin, I definitely recommend picking this up. And, if you don't like it, no harm's been really done: it costs just under a fiver from Boots AND it's always on offer!

Have you tried anything from Olay? xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Grillstock in Bristol!



Bristol is a wonderful city. It is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to see! But really, we decided to go after a friend posted a picture on Facebook of this amazing restaurant he'd been to and so my husband decided he wanted to go there for his birthday. Saying "we went to Bristol for Joe's birthday" sounds so much better than "we went to Bristol to eat at Grillstock" so that's what we're going with!

Grillstock is a tiny little restaurant in Bristol's Triangle West! Their main selling point is the quality of their meat and their focus on barbecue. It consist of only one very long table and benches, so we were lucky to get a couple of spots to sit on at lunch time! The fact we didn't have any backrests bothered me quite a bit... That is, until we got our food! 

Here's Joe's review of the place: "It's a barbecue lover's paradise! The burnt brisket ends were my favourite, spicy and juicy."

I had the Smokestack burger, which is no where near the biggest offering! I chose the cheesy chilli fries to go with it, but if I'm honest, the chilli didn't add that much because the fries were absolutely DELICIOUS on their own. The best fries I've ever had by far! The burger was also really juicy and full of flavour, the meat is so well seasoned in this place, they take it very seriously!

The space is quite small, which is why don't take any bookings, so you just have to take a chance when you go in and hopefully you'll find a seat. Nonetheless, I cannot recommend it enough, everything was delicious! Writing this post was very hard indeed, cause it just made me wanna go back to Bristol tomorrow! haha

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