Santos Populares’ Manicure


I spent two mornings driving through Bairro Alto and Cais de Sodré. This week was São João, and the streets were decorated with colorful banners and lights. Driving around the old part of Lisbon is hectic, with very narrow streets, confusing signs, and lots of people. Nevertheless, it is impossible not to love the old facades with the emblematic “azulejos”, blue tiles.

It was time for a new manicure, and this time I used Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L 027


I used Kiko Electric Blue 336, and Milky White 840 as base colors. Then, with plastic wrap I added yellow, grey, and lighter blue little splashes on the nails to create the undertone colors you find in some old tiles. I finally stamped on blue and white on three of the nails, and voilá! Here it is my Santos Populares manicure.

Have a great weekend! Bom fim-de-semana!



Honey Cornbread

Coming from the land of Arepas and Empanadas, Bollos and Carabinas, I can say that corn flour side dishes were always part of my Venezuelan childhood menu. Yet, when in the USA I first tried Cornbread, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t eaten it before!


This recipe of Cornbread has honey as one of the ingredients. It makes all the difference in the world. Cornbread is the perfect side dish for chili, for a good steak, and it is delicious just by itself.

Honey Cornbread



In the Venezuelan Andes cuisine, we find lots of bean dishes. I grew up eating black beans, lentils, and chickpeas, but somehow there were no mixed bean dishes. When I first tried a “chili”, during my years in the USA, I fell in love with the possibilities of this dish. I am an omnivore, but my husband only eats some fish; therefore, we mostly eat vegetarian dishes at home.

I found this easy, yet tasty three-bean chili while preparing a pot of chili for our annual “Autumn chili cookout”.  In the past, I had prepared more complex dishes, yet with this one I won the prize for the “Best Vegetarian Chili”!

I only changed one thing: Instead of using green bell pepper, I use roasted red Spanish pepper. Also, if I have sweet corn, I also add it to the pot.

Here it is the recipe:



Born Pretty Store

Once my college pal Chrissy convinced me to give it a try to nail stamping, I went to the closest Chinese store and got a basic simple Konad Kit of one plate and a functional stamper. It worked great to start and to get hooked to nail art, but pretty soon I realized I needed more stamping plates, some stamping polish and different types of stampers. Unfortunately, these are not readily available in Portugal, so I had to purchase them online.

Chrissy recommended the online store Born Pretty Store. It is located in China and it offers free shipping worldwide. The have a variety of affordable nail art supplies (and more), and their customer service is good. They sell their own brand of stamping plates, and also Qgirl, Cool, and Ya Qin An. The same for stamping and regular polishes, and all sort of manicure tools and gadgets.

They always have promotional discounts, coupons and special offers. You also earn reward points with your purchase. Depending on customs, here in Portugal I have received my order from two weeks to two months.

Yesterday I received my order with plate: BP-35.


I used it to create a Portuguese blue tile themed manicure, inspired by Chrissy’s creation.

White & Blue

If you live where there are no nail art stores at hand, definitely Born Pretty Store is an excellent choice.

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