Dray January + The Life Juice

Dry January, February, March…

So I’m going in for the big haul, trying to stay off alcohol for three months! I started, quite a cliché, on the 1st of January mostly because I was sick but also as a cleanse and a deflating effort. Feeling bloated and puffy, it was time for a detox. Suffice it to say that Saturday I broke my fast, yes! I’m that weak, with 2 glasses of Champagne and 1 glass of red wine. It was Saturday, a long and late lunch with friends on a boat so I forgive myself and will carry on regardless. But is it…

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Is he the right man for You?

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person and other stuff…

Yes, what a shocker! Having gotten married earlier this year, I thought I’d better watch this very closely and take notes! Meet Alain de Botton, philosopher and author, who wrote one of my favourite books, The Course of Love. A book that speaks and translates the modern language of love, the misunderstandings, expectations and its everyday challenges. He founded The School of Life which is based in London, and has bases all over the world, and proposes an emotional education concentrating particularly on the issues of Work and Relationships. So Alain is in a good position to tell us more about this…

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Couching or nesting in The Life Juice

5 New Unmissable Shows I’m watching on Netflix

Do you exchange movies, series and documentaries with friends over dinner? We do, and invariably get some great tips on what’s new. This is my favourites list, the shows I most love to watch on NETFLIX, but hey it’s not a sponsored post. I don’t watch much TV, thankfully, otherwise I’d be glued to my screen and not read as much as I do! As the cold and rainy weather approaches, there’s nothing like curling up with your loved one, even if it’s your cat, or dog, having a cup of tea and cake, or cheese and wine, and getting…

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PJ's by The Life Juice

PJ’s By The Life Juice

Hello, long time no hear from me! Sorry, but I’ve helping a friend get a dress and a bunch of other stuff for her wedding at home and it’s been hellish! Last week I did an in – depth (for me) interview for and I just want to share it with you below. This all came about at delicious and really interesting networking breakfast at Hotel Palacio Verride in Lisbon. I worked with Maria Serina and Isabel Canha, the mentors of the site, years ago at Cosmopolitan and it’s been a pleasure to see them make such a success of…

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The gift of Life

The Gift of Life

Do you breathe in and out without thinking? Do you take every sunrise and sunset for granted? How often do you appreciate all the things you once wished for and now have? I fall short of my daily gratefulness by a long shot but I try to be as conscious of all LIFE as much as I can, breathe fully, feel the sun and the wind on my face, and give thanks for being alive. Last week, my sometimes sweet but always truculent teenage daughter sent me a link to a text. She never sends me banalities and this wasn’t…

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Ellen deGeneres

Do we really need Pink stuff?

This woman is really cool, she’s funny, dresses like an original Hollywood star would in today’s age, and dances with style. This mini video of Ellen talking about a new pen for women is hilarious! She’s so right! What do you think? Are we’re targeted to spend more on pink s**t we don’t need? Have a good weekend, Isabel xxx  

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Vintage in Lisbon

The Twice Loved Store

She’s engaging, charming, and charismatic. When I sit down for a chat, it can go on for a lot longer as she has lots of stories to tell. We found lots of common interests such as vintage,travelling and the love of excellence and handiwork in everything that surrounds us. Monique Geallad is the owner of a jewel box of a store, Du Chic à Vendre, that sells great vintage pieces and also newer selected items that have already had an owner and are looking for the next loving one. It is recent venture for this French-raised Lebanese that has lived in Portugal…

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