PG - Blogging My City #3
What better place to get lost and wander for hours than Porto’s Botanical Garden? Materializing an “Alice in Wonderland” universe, this massive garden features some of the most amazing sights the city has to offer, all while putting you in close contact with nature. The idyllic space is perfect to clear your mind from the drudgery of everyday life, allowing you to get in touch with your thoughts, relax, meditate or even work in a unique environment.
Lush areas filled with bushes and trees alternate with floral mazes and barren land thriving with cacti and amazing greenhouses. All in all, this garden is a one-of-a-kind experience that ultimately feels intoxicating and makes you want to come back for more, be it for its serenity or the uncanny feeling of realizing just how insignificant we are when gazing at some of the majestic trees that populate the space.
Picking up one of my favourite pieces of the season, a timeless suede bomber jacket, this look is one I can see myself wearing over and over. The sheer versatility of the jacket allows endless variations of the portrayed ensemble, exchanging the shirt and v-neck for a simple fitted tee, or the worn-out blue jeans by a white counterpart or chinos. The vibrant orange adds extra flare and Summery vibe, contrasting with the inner chambray lining on the jacket and picking on the orange highlights on the boat shoes.
Details: suede bomber jacket, white oxford shirt, orange v-neck sweater and suede boat shoes by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
A touch of nature
I have a very strong connection to my place…it’s where I can get away from the drudgery of the everyday life and let my mind drift away to whatever makes me click at a particular moment. I love arriving home on a harsh, cold winter day when it’s pouring outside and just seat back and relax, especially if surrounded by a bunch of my closest friends…I love having people over to dinner parties and movie nights, as much as I praise some time alone to enjoy my haven…So, it’s only natural that I try to make it the cosiest, most comfortable and enjoyable, whilst reflecting my (and my girlfriend’s) personal taste. One of the things that makes all the difference and I most often notice missing from my friends’ (especially the bachelors) homes is flowers or plants. Making your house “greener” is not only achieved by installing the latest and most efficient appliances or lightbulbs; make room for a couple of plants and you’ll see the difference instantly, it adds personality and a whole new life to the room.
One of the most beautiful additions you can have is definitely a Bonsai. These trees exude mysticism and give a unique feel to wherever you place them. I’ve always been a sucker for them, so I was blown away when last weekend (while strolling around Miguel Bombarda St. during the monthly events) I got a chance to visit Arbole Bonsai. The company’s showroom is located in CCB (Bombarda’s Shopping Center), and it will make you feel 100% zen…Besides gazing at the amazing Bonsai trees, you’ll be able to sit back and relax next to a fountain (another one of their products) while enjoying the placid environment they’ve put together. Afterwards, you’ll face the daunting task of deciding which one to bring home with you as they’re all stunning. Remember that a Bonsai is no ordinary tree (nor is its price tag) and needs attention and commitment; however, when you learn to take care of it properly it can be very therapeutic and relaxing; if you’re too lazy, just take your tree to Arbole and they’ll take good care of it. They also offer a variety of services and activities aimed at companies and people of all ages, all of which are listed on their website. Visit their showroom and bring home a piece of nature!