Ilha Deserta


I’ve been back from my holiday for nearly a week and have a serious case of holiday blues. I went to Portugal with one of my very best friends Jamie Ball, who you may know from his illustrations on this blog, and was joined later by one of my oldest friends from Belgium, Alix, and even later by Imogen, a friend from London who joined us for just a few days. They’re all good friends of mine, but as this was all a bit short notice and unplanned and none of them really knew each other, which made for an interesting mix, but that was half the fun of it.

Since coming back, the weather in London has been almost as nice, if not nicer, so that’s not what’s causing my blues. It’s the beaches, the beautiful nature, the friends, the amazing food and wine, the adventures, the all-round relaxedness of it all. Portugal is a beautiful country, the people are kind and the sky is a colour blue I haven’t seen anywhere else before. For a while I didn’t think about blogging, emails or tweeting, my mind was blank. I really, really wish I could have stayed a week longer.

I was planning on taking millions of pictures, but as luck would have it, both my cameras died a sudden death there: one was accidentally dropped, the other just stopped working for no apparent reason. So I may not have as many pictures as I wanted, and most of them are from the same days or stolen from my friends’ cameras, but I still have to do this over two posts, as there’s just too many to choose from.

Part one is from my holiday highlight, a daytrip to Ilha Deserta (Deserted Island), which is part of the Ria Formosa, a unique natural phenomenon which makes up the south of the Algarve. As well as having some of the most breathtaking sights ever, it is home to several animals and plants not found anywhere else in the world.

The island is the most southern point of Portugal, and is completely deserted, as its name explains, aside from one restaurant and a lighthouse. We sunbathed, ate fish fresh from the sea, trekked around the island, enjoyed the nature and found some ruins on the beach. It was beyond breathtaking and I would thoroughly to recommend it to anyone who ever visits the Algarve, which is why it deserves a post of its own!


Ria Formosa

Island outfit

The Girls

The Boy

The Ruins

Alix on the beautiful dead tree




The Dress


Imogen and Alix

The Gang

My outfit:
Dress: ASOS Bleached Sundress
Hat: New Look
Scarf (worn as belt): Vintage
Backpack: Vintage
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban RB4141

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  • Oh, I want to go to there! Your pictures really capture the beauty and laid back vibe. Your dress looks perfect. Beautiful write-up :)

    P.S. I *just* stumbled onto this site that claims to help protect your photos from being used w/o your permission. Haven't really looked at it, but it might be worth checking out since you have such great original photos here: http://photofocus.com/2010/06/29/imagerights-ju

  • beautiful pics especially love The Gang it looks timeless!

  • Looks like an amazing holiday was had! That sundress is stunning on you x

  • loving the pics – iv got major holiday blues right now also! xxx