myseastoryhey friends!  i am so happy to be finally sharing the news – our baby julia was born a couple of weeks ago. it’s been tough, let’s be honest, but we don’t get tired of staring at her and we are filled with a new love that keeps growing every day. james and i are over the moon with her!

ps – this is our new favorite song – julia by the beatles, and she loves it!

a little update

hey friends – i know i’ve been a little switched off from my myseastory, but believe me, it’s been hard and i miss it! if you’ve been following my pictures on instagram, you know that i’ve been traveling back and forth from lisbon to the north of portugal, where our wedding is taking place, in just three days!

i’ve had a gazillion things to do, since, even though we are planning a small wedding, it will take place in our family home. plus, catching up with family and friends, whom i haven’t seen since the last time i was in portugal.

the one thing that has helped me relax on my breaks is pinterest – logging on and pinning away has helped me forget any obstacles and stressful moments. some of you might think it’s kind of creepy, but it really helped me switch off from the bride mode and live some inspirational moments.

i am finally in the north of portugal now, the list of things to do is almost empty, james is on his way and so is my family and some friends. i really look forward to friday, seeing james after a month and a half, and enjoying the weekend with those who are closest to us.

ps – i thought i’d share a few images of my days in portugal, head over to facebook if you would like to see some more.

abc kitchen / new york

the same way i have a shopping list for whenever i go to new york, i also keep a list places to eat. i try to go to the spots i haven’t been to. abc kitchen was on the list.

it is conveniently located, close to our favourite shops on fifth avenue, near union square,  at the back of abc carpet.

we went for a quick lunch, and the menu, by jean georges, includes organic and the freshest local ingredients. the atmosphere is casual and happy.

we shared a few starters, our favorites were the crab toast with lemon aioli and the tuna sashimi marinated with ginger and mint.

i had a big kale craving so i had the kale salad with lemon, serranos and mint, for entree. it was delicious, but my mouth waters just as i think of the veggie burger i also tried. with minted yogurt and whole wheat pita, it was to die for.

lately, i’ve been trying to cut on sweets and desserts, but we couldn’t resist on sharing the salted caramel ice cream with candied peanuts and popcorn – a huge sin but so worth it!

next time, i will sure try their dinner menu.

abc kitchen contacts.

guest post ~ inês

i was so excited to have my inês over, she’s actually much more than just my sister, she’s my friend, and also some kind of a daughter – we are 15 years apart!  surprisingly she is a great actress, ubber stylish and has an amazing blog (the pop up store), where she sells her fashion finds.
what do you think makes turks and caicos (providenciales) so special?
This might sound silly, but I think one of the things that makes Provo so special is the fact that there is always enough of everything for everyone! Let me explain: there’s always enough beach for everyone, it’s never crowded! There’s always another restaurant to try out! Always more sea to explore! Always more coral to find! Always more activities to do (parasailing, horse-back riding, going to the Conch Farm, seeing the glow-worms)! Always more seashells to pick! Always more hotels to visit! Always more island to explore! Always more of everything to do! There are so many different things to do, that your visit to Provo can be catered to your own taste. Your personal experience of Provo will ALWAYS be different from someone else’s visit!
But the fact that the beaches are NEVER crowded has to be what most impressed me!
what were your favorite things to do whilst on island?
Obviously diving! I got my PADI Open Water Diver license, and enjoyed every dive til the last breath! I went diving in Five Cays and French Cay;  next time I’m over I’ll have to visit all the other diving sites!
would you recommend to a friend?
I would (and do!) most definitely recommend Providenciales to a friend! However, I also recommend that you do your homework before coming! Your stay will be a lot more enjoyable if you know where the best beaches are, which are the best restaurants, what the best activities are, so you can make the best out of them!
to see what other other friends & family have said about turks and caicos – go HERE

guest post ~ lila

lila is, in real life, my dear mum, i have previously shared a few things about her stay (here and here), and i can’t think of someone who enjoyed herself as much in provo. in every corner of the island she could see the beauty of it, the beaches, the well taken care gardens, the variety of sea shells. today she is sharing a little of her point of view with you –

what do you think makes turks and caicos (providenciales) so special?

I was in Provo for two weeks, and I think it was Paradise: the weather is good , the beaches are immense with not many people, or no one, the water is  transparent, in different colours of green, turquoise and blue, it is fresh, not cold or warm, the sand is thin and white. Besides, it is a quiet island, with no traffic, with restaurants to go by the sea, never crowded, the food is varied, and so many other things to do.
what were your favorite things to do whilst on island?
Snorkeling, specially in Coral Garden. Walking on the beach while listening to music on my ipod.  Driving around the island and discovering different beautiful beaches, the Bight, Emerald Point, Long Bay, Pelican beach…we counted ten, each nicer than the other. Going to Iguana island with the kayak. Seeing the world  underwater, on a trip with the Undersea Explorer semi sub boat. Having a drink at Grace Bay Club, at the sunset. Dinning at Amanyara (expensive). Going to Conch Shack and try some fried  conch. Having lunch at Somewhere,  a very nice  restaurant at Coral Garden’s. And, above all, the great surprise Joana and James organized, two days at Parrot Cay. That was fabulous!

would you recommend to a friend?

Of course, but not less than ten days. So that they have time to go to those wonderful beaches, and to do many of the different programs we wanted to do, also parasailing, body board, horse riding, etc. It´s worth it!!!!!!!