Thursday, December 06, 2018

Travel | 3 Christmas Markets to visit

Travel | 3 Christmas Markets to visit. Includes Germany, Estonia and Czech Republic. Blogmas post.


I think by now all of you unless you are new here (hi & welcome!), have realized that on Thursdays I post travel-related content. But I thought that during December I'd like to make Christmas inspired. Let's say a sort of "blogmas" (a very well known term in the blogosphere, which derives from "blog"+ "Christmas"), where every Thursday a new travel + Christmas related post will be up. So for this week, we kick off with the subject Christmas Markets.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Beauty | Sephora Haul (& great Christmas gifts ideas!)

Beauty | Sephora Haul. Inxludes makeup and skincare products, all in travel size. Brands: Belif, Urban Decays, Beautyblender and Neostrata.

During my last visit to Lisbon, I wanted to stop by a Sephora store and check what was new in the beauty world.  I didn't have anything in mind (except for one item which you'll read below) but it's always pleasant to walk around and check the latest trends in the beauty/skincare world. So for today, I'm sharing with you the things I bought; a little Sephora Haul.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

3 Places I would like to visit in... USA

Travel | 3 places I would like to visit in the USA, from East to West! A new travel series on the blog.

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Over here, I'm counting the hours until the weekend.
Today's post is another travel related one, and this time, I am sharing with you 3 places that are on my to-visit list in the USA.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Music | 5 albums I still listen to

Music - 5 albums I still listen to. All albums from early 2000's. It contains rock, metal and atmospheric music


Some time ago, a friend asked me on Facebook to do this tag of the 10 albums you still listen to; back then, I didn't do the tag (shame on me) but I thought it would be a great blog post idea. and that is why we have today's post, though, I have selected just 5 albums.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

3 Places I would like to visit in... Portugal

Travel | 3 places I would like to (re) visit in the Portugal, featuring cities spread all over the country. All photos by Bárbara Santos for WWW.PORTYSDIARY.COM


Today's post is the second entry on this new Travel series here on the blog, called "3 Places I would like to visit".
Actually, today, instead of 3 new places to visit, the cities mentioned in today's post would be to revisit, since I have been there in the past, all in Portugal.
But in case you haven't, I totally recommend them to you!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Life in NL | 5 (more) differences between PT & NL

5 (more) differences between Portugal & the Netherlands. Life of Portuguese immigrant in the Netherlands.


A while ago, I have written a similar post (here) to today's where I highlighted some of the cultural differences between life in Portugal and in the Netherlands.
Living abroad for a while has its charms; you start pinpointing all the little differences between your motherland and where you currently live.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

One month of Cooper!

One month of Cooper: a little retrospect on having a Labrador Retriever puppy.

Hi everyone!!!

I know it has been a long while since my last post, and even though I have been desperately wanting to come back to blogging, life hasn't really been cooperating.
But today, and even though it's "not on a scheduled blogging day", I wanted to make sure to have 10 minutes to write this post.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Security at airports - my take on this subject

Security at airports, a post filled with some personal stories, considerations and questions. A must read for all travel enthusiast out there.

Today's post even though is travel related, it's not about a location but instead, about some things I have noticed during a couple of my last travels; to be more precise, during my trip to Milan and Lisbon.
Today we are talking about security; may seem a bit of a boring topic to talk about yet, I think it is by far one of the most important ones, especially if you are traveling by plane.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The family is growing: we got a puppy!!!

Get to meet our new family member, Cooper; a 7 week old Labrador Retriever.


If you are following me on Instagram, this post is quite obvious, but in case you aren't (yet, cause it'd be great to meet you there as well), then I would like to take some of your time to introduce you to my (or ours, mine and Mr.A's) family member.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Travel | Visiting Leiden (NL) part 2

A weekend in Leiden, the Netherlands; a great weekend break option! Travel photo guide-diary.


A couple of weeks ago, I showed on this post some of the first sights of Leiden, in the Netherlands, and today, I thought it was about time to continue. This beautiful city is located in the South-Holland province, just about 36km away from the well known Amsterdam.
Like I wrote on Part 1, I knew Leiden would become one of my favorite spots in the country. Let me show you why:

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Travel | A weekend in Leiden

Travel - A weekend in the beautiful city of Leiden, in the Netherlands.

I am back with another travel post, and this time, I am taking to beautiful Leiden, in the Netherlands, with me.
A few weeks ago, after some plans had been canceled, I and Mr.A decided it was about time to go on a little city break, but this time, staying in the country.
After some browsing, Leiden seemed to be a good option, and guys, seriously, I had no idea what I was going to get into...


Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Beauty | Favorites of the moment - Nails

Beauty - Nails favorites of the moment. Includes priming, Color and Remove. Essie, Kiko Milano, Herome, OPI and Sache Vite.
Hey everyone!!

How are you doing?
Lately, I have been trying really hard to take good care of my nails and keep them in good shape, which seems a lot easier said than done.
My nails I have the tendency to break and peel, even though I use hardening/strengthening primers and top coats. No matter what I do, they just break.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

3 Places I would like to visit in... UK

Travel | 3 places I would like to visit in the UK.

Hello there!!

For today's travel post, I thought I'd do something different than usual.
Normally, I like to share places I've been to and provide as much information as possible about those places.

But, today is different! Today I start a new "mini-series" if you will. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Travel Guide | 10 days in Portugal

Travel Guide | 10 days in Portugal. A 10 day trip through many of the beautiful cities of Portugal.
Hi guys!!

How is your week going so far? 
As you can see from today's post title, I will be sharing a travel guide in my beautiful country, Portugal.

I know Lisbon is super trendy nowadays, and it totally deserves that, but Portugal is way more than Lisbon. And I always like to show more of the country with whoever reads this blog. It has always been one of my main reasons to have this blog, in the first place.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today is a special day

This day 7 years ago, my life changed. Today is a special day! Find out more in this post.


Today's post is a special one; we have an anniversary to celebrate!
I know most people know this day for very tragic reasons, and so do I, yet, today also marks the 7th year since I became an immigrant.
Not sure if anyone actually celebrates such a thing, to be honest. 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Travel | 2018 plans - A retrospect to this year's travel plans

Travel | A retrospect to this year's travel plans. The Go's, no-Go's & surprises!


Early this year, I shared with you what travels plans I had for this year.
The plans were quite ambitious, I must admit, but hey, we must aim high, right? hahah At least, I think that's the best approach for most things in life anyway.
Anyway, back to the subject.
Before I look back at those plans and share with you which ones I achieved, which I didn't and if any of the remaining will happen or not, I think it's best you read them again. So here they are 2018 Travel Plans.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Back from a little blogging break

Back form a little blogging break - why is ok to do so and what reasons I had to be away for a little way. Be ready for a personal post.


It is about time I am back to the blogging world, after one week off. 
This past week was such a shity one that I really didn't feel like sitting behind the computer and write posts like everything was A-OK. I figured it would be better if I just take my time, and come back here when feeling better.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Travel | Closing times at airports - what is reasonable?

Travel | Closing times at airports - what is reasonable?


For me, traveling is a synonym for being at an airport. Airports have this very special vibe, I think. You find all kind of people there; super excited people going on their holiday.
Loving couples impatiently waiting to go on their romantic escape.
Business people who are mostly on their laptops/phones and almost look completely alienated from their surroundings.
And people like me, who an airport is just like a bridge between their current life and their family & friends back in their home country. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Beauty | what's in my travel beauty bag

Beauty | What's in my travel makeup bag. Products I use for a full face, yet simple.


Summertime is here and most of us are enjoying well deserved holidays. Perhaps going somewhere new, or perhaps back to our home countries to visit family & friends. 
I wish I could say I was one of those people... But no. No holidays for me.
For today's post, I thought it would be nice to share with you which beauty products I take with me on a travel. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Travel | Short but sweet visit to Berlin - pt 2

Travel | A short visit to Berlin, part 2.


Who is ready to continue this photo diary of the trip to Berlin??
Even though I was in town for just one day, I made sure to get the best out if, even if I wasn't feeling so well.
On the first part of this photo-diary, I explained all about it, so in case you miss it, here you are: Berlin pt1

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Blogging | Which tools I use to keep up with blogging

Blogging | Which tools I use to keep up with blogging.


Some time ago, I wrote a post about the TOP 5 tools I use for blogging, and even though those are still up to date, I thought that it was about time to give share some more of other tools I use in order to keep my "blogging life" in order and going.
Not sure if you know, but I have a full-time job (+40h/week), so blogging is a hobby of mine, that requires a lot of my free time and of myself.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Travel | A day in Zwolle [NL] pt 2

Travel | A day in Zwolle, the Netehrlands, part 2.

Here I am once again with another photo/travel diary of beautiful Zwolle, in the Netherlands.
If you have been reading my travel diaries, you know, I can't simply write one post about it and that's it. Nop! There is always at least two posts. hahaha
So many beautiful sights to see, what can I do?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Skincare | Travel kit

Skincare | Travel kit -  How to keep your routine while travelling, in a compact, easy and lightweight way!


On today's post I thought it would be nice to do something like "What's in my travel beauty bag", but now then Skincare part. The beauty edition will be online soon.
When at home, those of us who like (or need) to take good care of our skin, have a whole routine with quite some steps, at least I do.
But we may find it a struggle to keep it up while on the go.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Travel | Short but sweet visit to Berlin - pt1

Travel | A short visit to Berlin, part 1.


For the longest time, I wanted to visit Berlin but somehow it never happened. To be honest, I don't know why; probably flight fares...
There was this evening, I was browsing around for a nice weekend break that I could go without taking days off, and found out several flight options to Berlin for a very nice price!
Didn't think twice; booked!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

There's a heat wave and I like it

Life in NL - There's is a heat wave in the Netherlands and I might the only one loving it...

As I am writing this post, I have a fan blasting some air at me, almost all lights out, proper summer clothes on and trying not to melt.
Yes, we are in the middle of a heat wave, over here in the Netherlands.
Or as far as I know, in almost all of central Europe.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Travel | A day in Zwolle [NL] - pt1

Travel | A day in Zwolle, the Netehrlands, part 1.


On today's post, I thought it would be nice to show you another beautiful town of the Netherlands. And as always, I had a very hard time selecting the photos to share with you; I blame it on this town's beauty!
Seriously, I never expected Zwolle to be like this.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blast from the past - 3 old posts that are still actual

Blast from the past - 3 old posts that are still actual. Old content doesn't have to be outdated. From blogging tips to experiences as an immigrant.

As a blogger, people always expect from you (or me in this case) to come up with new content on every post, but sometimes, some old (or older) blog posts are as "new" as they were when they were published.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Travel | Visiting Mafra - pt2 [PT]

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Mafra, Portugal.


How is your week going? I hope well!
I believe many people are already enjoying their well-deserved summer vacation, but unfortunately, that isn't my case. Not yet, at least! haha
For today's post, I would like to show you a bit more of beautiful Mafra.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Skincare | My current full routine

Skincare - Full routine! From Cleansing to Hydration, to anti-ageing. Features Bioderma, LaRoche Posay, Pixi and The Ordinary products.

Hello there!!

Some time ago, I wrote about how I found out my skin type and its issues and how I was trying to take care of it, along with drinking more water. If you miss it, then please check it here: Skin type Post
Today's post is all about the products I have been using since then in order to tackle those issues and give my skin everything it needs.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Travel | Row 13, where are you?

Travel | Row 13, where are you?

For this week's travel post, I thought I'd talk about something slightly different than usual. Hope you like it!

The power of our mind is something quite impressive, yet, it can be easily tricked.
A nice example of that is how we perceive the number 13, or its absence.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Music | Lenny Kravitz - Lisbon Show Experience

Music | Lenny Kravitz Lisbon Show Experience.

During my last trip to Portugal, I had the fantastic opportunity to see one of my old time favorite artist playing live.
Wait, I should rephrase this sentence.
I went to Portugal to see one of my old time favorite artists.
Yes, that's better.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Travel | Visiting Mafra [PT]

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Mafra, Portugal.
Hello everyone!!

How are you doing? I hope well!
On today's post, as you might have already noticed I am showing you a bit of Mafra.
Mafra is about 40min away from Lisbon, as I mentioned in this post, and it's mostly known for it's amazing National Palace.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Beauty | New in - Kat von D eyeliner and my training to a better winged liner

Beauty | Review of Tattoo Liner by Kat von D in Trooper.

I love wing eyeliner. Or let's say, I love eyeliner and how it looks on 99% of the people I see.
On me, somehow, it is always a struggle.
Sometimes one eye looks right on the spot but then I go try to do the other one the same way and it all goes down the hill... badly!
Or I can't get the line straight and it all becomes a hot mess and I end up looking like a raccoon. And I do not appreciate this look.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Travel | Visiting Óbidos [PT] - part 2

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Óbidos, Portugal.
Hi there!!

You thought I would forget to show you more of Óbidos?? No way!! It is too beautiful to just not share it (as you may have already noticed from part 1), and believe me when I say I had a hard time making a "small" selection of photos.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Travel | Visiting Óbidos [PT] - part 1

Travel | Visiting beautiful village of Óbidos, Portugal.
Hi there!!

How is your week going so far?
Over here, slowly recovering from a long weekend back in Porty-land, together with some of my buddies. It was lovely!

For today's travel post, I thought I'd take you to beautiful Óbidos.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Lifestyle | When best friends don't come in human bodies

Lifestyle | When best friends don't come in human bodies.

As far as my memory goes, I have been a book-lover. 
Staring at endless bookshelves at stores or libraries always felt so good and somehow inspiring.
Don't know nor I remember how this started, but I know it's been "here" for a while now.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Travel | Sintra - part 2

Travel | Come along with me on a day trip to Sintra, Portugal.


Ready for another #travelthursday episode? 
By the title of this post you already know what's coming, therefore, I will keep the intro short. Hope you liked part 1 (check it here in case you haven't yet).
Today, I figured: shall I take my readers to Palácio da Pena? But hey; that won't be all...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Photography & Travel | two of my passions

A post about two passions of mine: travel and photography. Which gear do I use and how am I going to challenge myself.
If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you might have a nice picture regarding my interests.

So it is no news when I mention how much I like to travel and take photographs of the spots I visit.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Travel | Sintra - part 1

Travel | Come along with me on a day trip to Sintra, Portugal. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

Whoever plans on going to visit Lisbon for the first time, might have Sintra in his/her itinerary. It is no surprise, are Sintra is such a beautiful village, that one can simply not skip.

It was back in October last year, that I also went and visited this charming, picturesque village.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Consequences of having a plant-based diet

What changes have I noticed since I changed my food regime to a more plant-based? Read for more insights. This is my personal experience!


Not sure if you remember, but some time ago, I wrote another post about changing my diet.
You can read the whole story about it here, but in a very short summarized way, I decided to reduce my intake of meat, fish, and dairy. I did not become vegan, though.
But yeah, for more info on that, please refer to this post.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Travel | A beach paradise in Portugal - Portinho da Arrábida

Travel | Find a beach paradise, just 1 hour away from Lisbon. Clear waters, surrounded by mountains. Come visit Arrábida. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

With the days getting warmer, I can't help but think about going to the beach again. It's just something that I deeply enjoy and relaxes me like no other thing! With that being said, I am not a fan of super crowded beaches and normally I do not go to the "most famous beaches in Portugal".

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Beauty | New in - NARS

Beauty - Trying out NARS products for the first time. Read my First impressions on these products. What does and does not work so well for me and why. NARS Radiance Primer with SPF35, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

For the longest time, I have heard great things about NARS and its products.
Foundations, concealers, lipsticks, the famous Orgasm blush... You name it! They are all over the beauty-community but only now, I finally decided to bite the bullet and give this brand a try.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Visiting Milan - part3 | #TravelThursday

Milan - A travel diary of this beautiful Italian city - All photos by Barbara Santos with Sony a6000 for
Hello there!

On today's post, I would like to show you a bit more of the sights I saw while in Milan.
In case you missed it, here you can find the previous two posts I wrote about Milan:
Part 1 and Part 2.
While I was in Milan, every day was very cloudy, cold and even rainy. That was something that it caught me a bit of guard.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Skincare | Finding my skin type

Skincare - Finally understanding my skin type; what issues I am going through and how I am try to solve it. Skin type: sensitive, dry and dehydrated.

Hi, I'm Barbara, 33 and only know I know what skin type I am!
Yes, it took me this long to realize what my skin really is and what does it need. 
For the longest time, I thought I was one of those blessed girls out there with "perfect skin". Meaning, I didn't have to spend time taking care of it that it would always be okay.
But eventually, the game changed...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Travel - 5 places to visit 1h from Lisbon

5 places to visit 1 hour away from Lisbon, Portugal. A personal travel guide. All photos with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos for

Hello everyone,

I thought for today's post I would give you some tips regarding nice places you can visit while staying in Lisbon and that make lovely day trips.

The idea of writing this post came to me during my last visit to Lisbon and while deciding what to do with my days there, ended up looking at the map and checking:
"Where can I go, about 1 hour away from Lisbon, and that has enough things to see?"

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Music - why do I find hard to like new bands/artists?

Is it a struggle to find new bands or artists to like? Do I get pickier with age? Find all about it on this new post about music, concerts and Spotify. Barbara Santos for

If you read this blog for a while now, perhaps you noticed I am quite a music fan. You may even notice what type of music is my favorite, which can sometimes be surprising for some people who know me in person ("what?? or like that?? Never thought of you that way" - heard this many times...).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Visiting Milan - part2 | #TravelThursday

Visiting Milan, Italy | TravelThursday | Read how and why I ended up visiting this city in beautiful Italy. All photos by Barbara Santos for with Sonya a6000.

Hello there!

It is about time that I show you more of my visit to Milan, don't you agree?
Read the first part of this series (here) where I talk more about the whole experience and how I felt about my days in there.
But for now, let's get started!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time for a check-up: how am I doing regarding my goals for 2018?

Goals for 2018: What goals did I set and am I on track or completely off? Read more on Personal Blog.


I thought today would be cool to check up on my goals for 2018 and see how I have been doing.
Do you guys also make like yearly-goals and then check up, let's say, every quarter, and make an evaluation of how things are going?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

How to behave at... a concert

How to behave at... a concert | Is there such a thing as "concert etiquette"? Are there any rules on how one should behave when is at a concert? Read my take on this, with a high level of sarcasm.

Hey guys

If you have been a reader for a while, you know I like music and go to shows and festivals. It is in all honesty, one of my favorite things to do! That and go to the cinema. 
I just wished there were more shows of my liking nearby, as I often have to drive at least 1h/1.5h each way to attend a show.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Visiting Milan - part1 | #TravelThursday


On today's #TraveThursday post, I thought it would be the best timing to share with you some of the sights of Milan.

I went for a weekend to Milan, back in mid-February. It was my first time there and didn't know what to expect of it, to be honest.
But first things first.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How does the Eurovision Song Contest affect my life?


Yes, it is me!! I finally have some time, and energy, to sit behind the computer after a long day and write some posts.
Oh guys, I really missed blogging, but you know, I simply did not have the energy for it during the last few weeks.
Apologies for that!

Now, you read this post's title and you might be like: "How on Earth could that be?!"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

5 Things I like about traveling | #TravelThursday

5 Things I like about traveling | #TravelThursday | Porty's Diary

Hi everyone!

Are you enjoying this new series? I am, to be honest!
Traveling is something I truly enjoy doing, even though I can't do it as frequently as I would like.
If you remember, some time ago, I wrote a post about the Top 5 things I dislike about traveling, because even though I like to travel there are always things I do not like about it.
So for today, I thought I would share with you the Top 5 things I like about it!
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