Friday, December 19, 2014

Spain 1 - Wander & Watermelon Nails

"Surround yourself with people who nourish your soul." - Unknown
[Spanish Adventure Post 1/2]
We may be well into the chilliness of December but I quite fancied bringing back a bit of that well-missed sunshine! At the end of August I ventured off on a little Spanish adventure, I wandered the colourful markets, dipped my toes in the sea, and drank way too much 'Tinto de Verano'! I had the loveliest week away with my family in Spain, and I made sure I took lots of photos along the way.

I've split my Spanish trip into two parts as there were oh too many photos to cram all in one post, the second part'll be on it's way shortly. Lots of lovely memories were made and the sunshine had the biggest smile. Enjoy the rummage of the images get ya passports at the ready and off we go..

I'd been counting down the days until this holiday arrived, I've been going to Spain ever since I can remember so it's always a joy to go back there. I woke up at the crack of dawn on breezy but warm Sunday, squinting my eyeballs as I completely suck at mornings. I'm one of those people who has to have absolutely everything already set out the night before, so that when I get up I know what I'm wearing, what rings are going on which hand, a list of whats in my bag, suitcase and what clothes I'm wearing for each day of the holiday. I've always been somewhat of a list maker but the list keeping has just progressed over the years, oops..

Anywhos! My mum and dad had already been sunning it up in Spain for a week, so myself and my brother set off together to the airport where we tried and tested too many alcohol samples (note to self: don't do this at 9am when you're about to be on a plane for 2 and a half hours - major sick feels).After a pleasant plane journey (and a packet of Maynard wine gums later..) we touched down in Spain, we wandered with our suitcases to a familiar place where we thought our parents would be awaiting our arrival, and there they were, sat in the sunshine with a jug of Sangria, marvellous-o!

It didn't take me long to be off and exploring my favourite shops, this is where I tend to spend a little too much on trinket things, the picture above of my feet amongst some pretty flowers was taken at the Spanish market, every Friday morning we all wander up the hill and take a leisurely stroll around the stalls, many of my favourite dream catchers have been purchased at this particular Spanish market and it's bloomin' lovely.
A rare photo of my hand without rings | Rings From: Spanish Markets, Topshop, Primark
Fruity nails are most definitely a big tick in my books when venturing away on holiday, not only does the look please my eyeballs but watermelon nails are so easy to create, whenever I'm in a rush I always find myself painting on this tasty style, simple and effective, Bobs ya'rrr uncle! Also, who doesn't love watermelon?!
Malaga, the city of beautiful, lovely things. All the years I've been visiting Spain, myself nor my family have ever hopped on a train and made our way into Malaga. Side note: want to add my love for Spanish trains, so clean and the tickets are super cheap which pains my heavy UK train paying heart! It's certain to say that Malaga holds wonderful buildings, churches, cathedrals and walkways. During our short trip we drank lots of yummy drinks (Mojitos are so yum), grabbed a bite to eat and chatted an awful lot whilst admiring the passers by, if you're ever in the area definitely smooch about the shops, it's like a fancy Brighton!

Usually when we're all in Spain, we're celebrating my mums birthday, but as we holidayed a little later this year, we had a different occasion to be raising a glass (or two) to! It was a joy to celebrate my parents 22nd wedding anniversary in the sunshine. It's safe to say I'm pretty fond of my family, these kind of moments I remember and cherish for a long while, from beginning to end this day felt super special with smiles all round.

My brother is usually photogenic but doesn't seem to appear in hardly any of my photos, but I can assure you he was there! We spent the majority of the day enjoying eachothers company and drifting from bar to bar, when the sun started to set we made our way to the seafront and sat down in a favourite restaurant of ours. After a delightful setting and scrummy meal, my mum and dad had in mind that they'd take myself and my brother to a bar they had previously stumbled across (the dreamiest bar I must add). They only had to mention the name of the bar and I was set to go, 'Buddha Bar', and yep, there were indeed Buddhas everywhere, from head to toe. Honestly the coolest freekin' bar in Spanish existence! (Maybe slightly biassed as I'm in love with Buddhas and Elephants, but yeah..)
Hat - Primark  |  Dress - Forever 21  |  Shoes - Asos
From stepping foot into this place to leaving it sometime later, I was just in awe. It was so magical and peaceful. It was just the most loveliest end of an evening to a wonderfully celebrated day of my parents love! I cannot wait to head back to this bar next year. A bundle of congratulations to my lovely mum and dad for 22 years of marriage, hoooraar!

It's so peaceful to walk down to the beach late in the afternoon, it's so comforting being familiar with a place very close to you and just being able to enjoy every moment there and then. I am quite content sat on the sand watching the sea wondering on for miles and miles, one particular evening I looked up to the sky and caught this lonely moon, dreaming away. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing the moon as clear as crystals just, just how great. I love the moon. The moon seems a great chap.
T-Shirt - Primark  |  Trousers - Spanish Market '13
To round off the days in Spain there's nothing I love more than getting myself into comfy clothing, grabbing a hot drink, putting my earphones in and just sitting back on the balcony. With the smell of aftersun soaking into my skin, there I am staring into the sky with a bubble of thought floating about my head, everything's quiet and it's just the weirdest but nicest feeling, ever. It's good to zone out every now and then, something I'm doing waaay too often nowadays, hey to the ho! I pretty much live in these trousers (also got a pair of bright orange elephant ones, just as great).

Wrapping that up for part one, check on back soon for part 2 if you so fancy! It includes plenty of bubblegum ice cream, my Grandad's favourite place and plenty more daydreaming.

With love,