The next part of my Spanish blog is much happier. If you missed my last one, you can catch it here.
We were still sad about the pooch, but we needed to celebrate her life and make the most of our trip that we were so grateful for. My dad’s friend has a boat at Puerto Banus and he kindly offered to take us out on it for the day, while we had this fabulous weather.
Before we went on the boat we had to make the most of being in Puerto Banus. In case you don’t know Puerto Banus is known for it’s luxury lifestyle. I would link it to somewhere like Knightsbridge… but more Essex!
We stopped for a typically Spanish lunch at a really popular restaurant. It’s called La Fríar and it is massively popular with the locals. We tucked into Tapas and it was de-lish!
Obviously, the next stop had to be the luxury shops. I went into GUCCI in honour of our gorgeous pup. They had the belt I’ve been after and it’s sold out everywhere! Unfortunately… or perhaps fortunately they didn’t have my size. Mum managed to bag herself a new pair of sunnies though.
After a little shopping, we headed for the boat. It was still a glorious day, we had gotten so lucky with the weather. We definitely looked like tourists though, all the locals were in jeans and jumpers and I’m here like this…
Top – Boohoo // Shorts – ASOS // Shoes – River Island
We travelled over to Marbella Beach and were treated to nibbles and the most delicious Spanish pastries. In fact, we tried to find them again afterwards but nothing quite compared to the ones we had on board.
The boys had a play around on the boat but mum and I took our sunbathing far too seriously!
After a gorgeous afternoon we went back home to get ready for a lovely dinner mum and dad had booked for us, another birthday treat!
If you want somewhere special to eat, with excellent food and service (also full on English), then Prado Halcones is for you. My parents have been there quite a few times and never had anything but perfect.
They took my grandparents on the last visit and they all went for a Sunday Roast, we however stuck with there dinner menu. I went for the duck – I love duck and dad had raved about it. I knew it would have tough competition because I have eaten duck at some pretty amazing places. The duck was good and I would recommend it, but for a duck enthusiast, The Savoy Grill was… *insert drooling face*.
For pudding I absolutely had to have the chocolate fondant and it did not disappoint. I could eat this again and again… in fact I do and that is probably why I hate all the pictures of me in shorts!!!
For my birthday my parents bought me this dress. It is such a cute story because I actually tried this dress on in Spain last year. I managed to control myself and not buy it, but they went back the following week and bought it for me. So it has been sitting in their cupboard for almost a year – and now it’s back in Spain!
The dress is stunning, you already know my love of Maje and this dress is perfect. The best thing is that I was on the hunt for a summer white dress to go with my red Jimmy Choo’s. They went perfectly together and I think this just might be my summer go-to look!
We were heading home later today, so we spent our Monday fairly leisurely. Dad made us up a poached egg brekkie and we ate it in the sunshine! What a way to start your Monday, Hey?
Orange Square in Old Town Marbella was one of our favourite places we visited last year, so we decided to head there again for the morning and early afternoon.
On arrival, you instantly know where Orange Square gets its name from. The plaza is lined with orange trees and it smells stunning. The streets are cobbled and it really has that feel of a treasured old town. I like to think of this place as a hidden gem, it seems hidden away and although it can seem quite busy, it always seems blissful. The square is covered in cafes and restaurants, the perfect spot to stop and take in the location.
Once you have fuelled up on the square, it is well worth a look round the shops. All the shops are local run businesses and you are sure to pick up something that you won’t find anywhere else. I actually bought a cute summer dress – this will be in my Instagram VERY soon!
Once again, I supported a Maje look.
I picked this skirt up in the winter sales and so it hadn’t had chance to come out until Spain. Originally I wanted to wear it as an evening look with my navy Manolo’s but because we didn’t end up going out Saturday night – I absolutely needed to wear it. I think it looks so cute worn casually with this oversized shirt.
After casually strolling around the shops and sipping on sangria, we headed back to have lunch and pack our cases.
Home Sweet Home
I was quick to eat and pack my case, so I spent the last few hours we had left logging around our lovely house and pool… In 5 inch heels – obviously.
Although the trip had some lows, we also ended on a high and had some wonderful family time together. Sometimes we really take things for granted and we forget to stop and appreciate what we have. I feel truly blessed for the life I have and extremely lucky to call this my second home. Now I’m planning my summer trip 😉