Unfortunately I didn’t manage to hook up with Vogue Portugal but did a lot of style watching and checking out the jewellery… The traditional jewellery is all 18ct yellow gold and pretty much all filigree based – for me this doesn’t really suit my tastes as I have always found filigree to feel slightly unsubstantial on its own. This was the style of jewellery I mainly saw in Lisbon, the capital, with no gems set into it either – however, after going back to my family’s town up north and by the beach I started to notice a lot more experimental styles and something clicked in my mind – this little town, well, now a rather hip town is just like Rio!! Portugal and Brazil are pretty much the same thing anyhow, but I started to notice more now than ever that beach culture and style and becoming very very interesting and cool!
Espinho where I am has always had a surf scene and add to that beautiful beach side cafes and bars, rock style chicks all rocking huge ray bans and leather and silver jewellery and you are onto a winner! The guys and chicks have always been beautiful… dark and exotic with a certain natural beach style which Brits tend to lack – the minute the sun comes out in the UK, out come the half naked, burnt tribe, slightly overweight and sweaty! Nice!
I am most comfortable and happy living by the beach, I have always been a beach chick and I love watching how the youngsters use it almost as their runway – plaited leather bracelets, tiny silver hoops all the way up one ear – bands and bells on tanned ankles, it’s slightly rock and roll, meets punk, meets boho beach babe – I love the mix…there are flashes of White smiles and lithe tanned bodies, as I said just like Copacabana or Ipanema beach in Rio.
I love the fact that chicks wear all their jewellery on the beach – guys are equally extravagant and slightly dandy with style – maybe slightly 70s too… Huge ray ban aviators and gold St Christophers dangling down their beach-honed bodies…