The Shore Currently: Oh, August!

IMG_7175-2August felt like another long month but in contrast to July, it was a very good month.

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August got me wanderlusting in France and Netherlands. A much deserved break with blue skies, beaches, boats… and rosé!

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IMG_7352-2Matchy matchy with the matelyas at Kon Tiki in Saint-Tropez

IMG_7556-2Cannes can do!

DSC00141-2Checking out small towns in Provence

DSC00176-2Lake life in Gorges du Verdon

DSC00285-2Dutch architecture in Amsterdam

IMG_7304-2Can’t wait to plan some trips for Autumn!

EAT

I’ve eaten rather well at the start of this month and my belly can’t be happier! Lots of fresh seafood, healthy dishes and good Summer-body ready stuff.

Highlights include:

Royal China Fulham by The Girl Next ShoreThis amazing steamed seabass from Royal China in Fulham

Casita Andina by The Girl Next ShoreThis lovely watermelon and feta salad from Casita Andina

IMG_7381-2Awesome beach-side seafood from Saint-Tropez…

DSC00044-2Two-star Michelin desserts from La Palme d’Or in Cannes…

DSC00211-2And good ol’ sushi from DSTRKT.

And then somewhere after France, my cravings started gearing towards food that your doctor would warn your cholesterol about…

DSC00185-2I tried to stick healthy. So when I had brunch with Emma and Angie at Ham Yard Hotel I had avo on rye… but I just couldn’t help but have sausages on the side!

IMG_7792-2IMG_7274-2And then some to die for Asian at C&R and Golden Dragon (which I think serves some of the nicest lauriat food in Chinatown).

IMG_7904And then my friend R, mummy to my godson E, cooked this awesome Filo barbecue with grilled milkfish, pork belly, prawns, chicken adobo, ensalata, skinless longganisa, green mangoes and shrimp paste… OH MY GOSH… GOODBYE DIET!

DSC00529-2DSC00273-2I’m not even gonna tell you about Amsterdam, where I had the best burger and hotdog meals I’ve had in years. (Oh, but maybe later…)

DRINK

IMG_7265-2I’ve started coffee mornings en route to work with my colleague Z at our local Starbucks. Despite us getting the same drinks everyday and telling them our proper names, they never get it right.

DSC00123-2My Cote D’Azure trip got me drinking really yummy local rosé wine ala piscine, but I’ve started appreciating margaritas again after a few at the Ritz in Cannes.

IMG_7784-2August marked an end of an era, because my favourite bar in town, LAB, has finally closed. This photo was taken during closing night, where old bartenders, DJs, regulars – who’ve become friends through the years – all went for a good run of cocktails. And of course, porn star martinis.

LOVE

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DSC00228-214100337_10154522518137682_8532698569396762153_nMy friends have kept me super sane this month. From lovely overseas trips to spontaneous karaoke school nights, to catch up brunches to barbecues filled with these lovely people… my heart is defo full!

IMG_7896Also… how cute are these kids? My godson E is growing up to quickly and K’s little baby girl is such a sweety too! There’s a love story in the making here, folks.

BEAUTY

DSC00618Gotta love some French pharmacie goodies! I’ve started using Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil at night and in the past three weeks I’ve seen an improvement to my skin’s suppleness. I’ve also started using their DD Creme, which is such an amazing product. I’m not too keen on foundation, so I like how this tinted moisturiser gives me enough coverage to look naturally… glowy. La Roche Posay’s Hydraphase Intense Serum has also doing wonders to my skin, particularly after hours under the sun.

WATCH

DSC00292-2DSC00417-2I’ve not actually seen any interesting films nor TV shows in August (SHOCK!) but then in my head I thought… wow… I must’ve been that hyperactive.

But… I felt like a culture vulture this month as we visited a few museums, particularly in Netherlands. Rembrandt’s The Night Watch is something I’ve always wanted to see again so it was good to view it at the Rijksmuseum. I also enjoyed an audio guided tour at Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam.

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I'll make a living, trying to get away 
10, 000 fathoms, under a tidal wave 
It can never pull me away 
Underwater time is standing still 
You're the treasure, dive down deeper

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Maggie’s Top 10 Miami Restaurant recommendations.
Tamsin’s Lecce trip
Jaime’s gentle reminder for errbody to be kind to themselves.
Angie’s post on her travel style.
Katy’s very honest post on her blog awards nominations.
Miho’s Amalfi Coast picture-perfect blog post.

IMG_7542-2My August was sun-soaked, snap-happy, and sausage legs-happy. I hope you all had an amazing month. Bring on Autumn!

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6 Comments

  1. 4th September 2016 / 10:00 am

    Seems you had a fun filled August. The picture of the fish looks really nice and moth watering. Wishing you a nice autumn

    • Honey de Gracia
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      4th September 2016 / 11:10 am

      Cheers love! You too! x

  2. 4th September 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I loved our breakfast! And thanks for sharing my post 🙂

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Such fun with you and Emma x

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Hahaha Shoulda coloured my hair red, too! x

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