>> I desperately wish I could reveal the reason why I was fortunate enough to wander around a beautiful 12th century Augustine monastery-turned-hotel perched on a hill, overlooking the picturesque town of Guimaraes in North Portugal.  Then this post wouldn't look a little like an empty outfit postcard with an exquisite tiled background.  There is a completely legitimate reason as to why Steve and I flew out to Portugal for a day.  All will be revealed in due course, she says mysteriously.  Actually, it might all be a bit of an anti-climax when we do tell so I'll just shut up and get on with the photo subject at hand – the incredibly serene Pousada de Guimaraes, where I took a gratuitous number of outfit photos.

I arrived by going dotty with the help of a new Acne skirt and a Marni top that I got on sale at Browns.  Dots will invariably crop up here for the new season, says the TRENDSssssss and I'm hoping mine will be turned up in textural volume  – PVC, faux fur, glitter perhaps? 

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(Marni top, Acne skirt, vintage Robert Clegerie shoes)

I left the hotel, accidentally looking like the female counterpart to Francis of Assisi.  Calm-inducing designer Dusan provided the  silk shirt and skirt in tones, that matched the stonework of the monastery.  Instead of a brown burlap robe, I get to waft about in a vintage Hermes coat from Strut off Broadway Market (too many pieces to talk up from this newfound vintage spot.). 

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(Dusan silk shirt and skirt, vintage Hermes coat, vintage Robert Clegerie shoes)

Comments (42)

  1. RIY_KA says:

    your second outfit blends in so well with the surroundings! splendid:)

  2. alice says:

    I’m guessing it has something to do with shoes. 😉
    I hope you enjoyed you short time in Guimar√£es, it’s my town after all!

  3. Sabine says:

    The dotty combination is so genius that I don’t mind not knowing the secret of your trip… for the time being (because I’m seriously curious).

  4. kiss.mequick says:

    Welcome to Portugal! So glad you’re in my country!
    Hope you like it ^^ You’re very near to my city – Porto. It’s beautiful. You should come by and make a visit.
    http://kissmequick-kissmenow.blogspot.com/2010/12/paradise-circus-ii.html
    Here’s a sugestion. There’s tones of places like this and Guimar√£es is pretty close.
    xxx
    kissmequick

  5. Taylor Lewis says:

    Love your confidence with clothes susie, you inspire me to stand out from the crowd when i dress 🙂 great post!xxx
    http://TheFashionDrugg.blogspot.com/

  6. Bri says:

    Love this crazy polka dot dress, its beyond fantastic!

  7. Very Pretty Model and very pretty dress! The Acne skirt and a Marni top is really beautiful very inspiring. Also I love the location where you took some shots.

  8. Shelley says:

    Both outfits are a bit more subdued than your usual kaleidoscope of colours, but they still look great on you. It’s those fabulous red shoes that I’m lusting after!

  9. Alex says:

    great setting..!!
    Alex’s Box

  10. Filipa says:

    Im so happy you were in Portugal, even if just for a day, lol!I hope youll return soon…and for a longer period :)!

  11. Mel says:

    Really nice… good job

  12. maruschka says:

    love the shoes!!

  13. Desirae says:

    I love the polka dot dress! The pictures on the swing is too cute!
    http://www.pastelsandpirouettes.com

  14. Kazuko says:

    am in love with both your outfits. have a similar marni top – need to play around with it more often (thanks for the inspiration) oh, and that coat… envy!

  15. Birgit says:

    beautiful. i love her hair and the red shoes. thanks.
    http://romanticsthe.blogspot.com

  16. Heather says:

    You look so sweet in this!
    xx

  17. paola says:

    I love your blog and your style!! So vintage!!
    I love the italian brand IL Bisonte, do you know? I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s in your style..

  18. rahelita says:

    the dots with dots combination looks just beautiful.
    I wanted to wear a dotted blouse with a dotted skirt of mine for month- but never found the courage to do so.
    when I see your outfit.. I´m gonna wear it this weekend.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!
    greetings from Berlin

  19. Your second outfit is just beautiful. The effect is shomehow very Armani-like, which I love.
    BTW, the wall in your first pic looks like the skirt I’m wearing here: http://notjustaprettydress.blogspot.com/2011/06/blue-azulejos-day.html I love Portugal, such a charming country.
    http://notjustaprettydress.blogspot.com

  20. Love the first look a lot! Reminds me of Dutch Delfts Blue, do you know that?
    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  21. Ana Luísa says:

    Oh my god! I’m from Portugal, I live near Guimaraes 😀 Isn’t my country just beautiful!? Mostly the north, I’m glad you found time to visit us 😀

  22. Gorgeousness! You look fab! XO Rebecca
    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  23. Gorgeousness! You look fab! XO Rebecca
    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  24. Gorgeousness! You look fab! XO Rebecca
    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  25. Tassos P says:

    That doted dress is marvelous 🙂
    xoxoxo

  26. Ritz says:

    I´m from Portugal and I´m dying to know what you were doing in Guimarães!!!
    http://cenasdaritz.blogspot.com/

  27. SAYMYNAME says:

    welcome to Portugal and Guimar√£es-the European Capital of Culture 2012.

  28. Oh, welcome to Portugal! I hope you like it here! =)

  29. You look fab in the dotted outfit! Love the skirt, dots are such a fun trend!
    http://eighteengramsofglitter.blogspot.com

  30. Tobeinstyle says:

    I love the first design! It’s so cute! Almost every polka dotted thing looks cute. Polka dotted tops, pants, dresses, everything! Now I want this one!! 🙂

  31. Wicked Halo says:

    ah ah it’s seem all of us Portuguese bloggers came out of hiding out of curiosity over what you were doing here! Dying to know 🙂

  32. Maria Luís says:

    Hi! When I red this post I was so happy! I wish I was there to say: welcome to Portugal, hope you like it! 😉

  33. Una says:

    I live in London, But I’m also from Portugal. Thank you for this wonderful pics. I love this places, and there are many there, they are amazingly beautiful and because relatively undiscovered, people can still soak up the place undisturbed by flashy tourists.

  34. Sadie says:

    You have amazing style, but poor posture. Invest in your stance! Stand tall and really carry off those clothes.

  35. susie_bubble says:

    Sadie: alas its a childhood thing from being bullied at school. I have tried correcting it but somehow its a bit too ingrained into me…meh like my imperfect teeth, terrible eyebrows i guess I’ve just accepted them as things I can’t be arsed to correct…

  36. Constance says:

    You look so cute!!! I looove your style!!! I put your blog in my favorite blogs on mine!!:)
    http://www.afrenchinlosangeles.com/

  37. Luís Hipólito says:

    Glad to see you finally in Portugal. The north is absolutely amazing but next time here just take a few days out to visit Lisboa….and if you want some tips about LX don’t hesitate to call me. Love you Style Salvage/Bubble. Luis Hipólito.

  38. Joana Button says:

    Hi Susie
    Next time you come to Portugal, drop in Lisbon. E-mail me if you want, and I myself and Luis Hipólito will show you the best spots in town.
    See you soon!
    http://joanabutton.blogspot.com

  39. Eliana Pais says:

    WOW!
    POusada de Guimar√£es, such a perfect place to rest, get in touch with history, be close to nature and mix all that with fashion. Well, it’s my city and it’s gonna be the capital of culture in 2012. i’m planning in organizing some events with fashion and art and u are so welcome to come back. i love your work.

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