Soulful Selah

I’ve been into moody music lately and recently heard about Selah Sue (how late am I?!) Anyway, I think she’s the Belgian Amy Winehouse.

Enjoy!

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New Goods

I just moved to a new city on the East coast and this was my first package! I’m slowly building my work wardrobe (I start my first grown up job next month!) and got this Christopher Kon wallet and Oryany bag from Neiman Marcus’s Last Call. I think their sale ends today!

Trading Sweat for a Sweater

I’ve been thinking about Christmas and snow sports and sweaters lately. I think my body is rebelling against the current weather. So, I’ve decided to post some inspiration for this fall! Only a few more months…

J. Crew F2012 RTW

Kevork Kiledjian F2012 RTW

L’Wren Scott F2012 RTW

Helmut Lang F2012 RTW

Jenni Kane F2012 RTW

Elizabeth and James

Wes Gordon F2012 RTW

From Pinterest

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Check This Blog Out

I came across this design blog recently and thought I would share it with everyone. I love the modern aesthetic and the photographs are very inspiring. I’ve added a link to the right-hand side of my blog. If you’re a design junkie, you’ll love this blog.

Enjoy!

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Things I’ll Miss about Rio

10. The crazy cab drivers. I thought NYC cab drivers were bad. My first cab ride in Brazil was to a birthday party for someone I had never met at a Mexican dive bar in Botafogo. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the cab driver’s car seemed to shut off whenever he made a stop. So, he tried not to stop. At all. Which, though thrilling, scared everyone. Thankfully we arrived at the party unharmed and enjoyed wonderful dulde de leche flavored cake.

9. The swift samba dancing style. I wish I tried to learn in Lapa (a party town), but the rhythm was pretty difficult to pick up.

8. McDonald’s french fries. Oh fine! I went to a foreign country, just to have American food. Don’t judge me! The batatas fritas there were more delicious (and I don’t want to know why).

7. The beautiful landscape. Coming from Atlanta, it was amazing to see the mountains, islands, forests and ocean all at the same time on a regular basis. I’m not a nature girl in any way, shape or form, but it’s so easy to enjoy the elements in a place like Rio.

6. Watching TV. Who goes to a foreign country to watch tv? Well I figured I could work on my Portuguese by watching Two and a Half Men with Portuguese subtitles in the hotel. It actually helped me pick up some more casual words since guidebooks make you sound like a school teacher.

5. “Acai, Acai, Acaiiiii!” The acai vendors’ cry everyday anyone was on the beach.

4. Caipirinhas! I like mine with honey and lime. Strong!

3. 7:30am runs along the boardwalk. Ok so I only went on 3, and my bf out ran me each time, but each run was fantastic. People in Ipanema seem to work out very early or very late in the day. I guess this makes sense since they have day jobs!

2. Afternoon Siestas. Waking up at 7:30am after staying up late takes a lot of energy. These were compulsory!

1. The people I met there. I spoke German with some tourists on top of Cristo Redentor. That same afternoon, I met a world traveler from Key West (who also knew a bit of German and was dating a guy from Sao Paulo). I met three amazing siblings and their parents who were working on their English. I met a jeweler and his wife on separate occasions, at separate locations of the same chain. The concierge at my hotel was also awesome and had great style. Also, one of the bus boys (bus man, I guess) was very friendly and helpful. I had a funny encounter with our housekeeping lady who laughed it off and helped me formulate the most basic sentence ever “I don’t speak Portuguese”.  Everyone was so diverse (duh), but also really kind in Rio.

I’ll be back someday.

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Scenes from Rio

Pictures we took along the beach, in the evening on top of Sugar Loaf, at Christ the Redeemer during the day, along the boardwalk and in the town of Ipanema.

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More from Rio

On Thursday, my boyfriend decided to take surf lessons and we paid a guy on the beach to teach him. Jean-Carlo (the instructor) didn’t speak any English, but managed to teach through gestures and demonstrations which was cool to watch. I was so proud of my bf for being so brave on his first time surfing, but he’s part-man, part-fish, so his success doesn’t surprise me.

I brought many bikinis with me, but wanted to leave with one from Brazil. I did a little shopping in Ipanema and got a plum colored bandeau from a local chain called Bum Bum. Not only was the store’s name awesome, but the cut of the swimsuit flattered my shape (If only we brought a camera!). I saw so many tiny floss bikinis and even tried one on before I realized how it would look on me. When I picked out a swimsuit, the salesgirl looked at me and said, “Are you sure you want to wear this?” That should have been my sign. I love my body, but don’t want strange people loving it too. My boyfriend got some  Brazilian swim shorts at the same shop I think. He normally sticks to deep navy blues, but I like red on him. I also bought a canga from a vendor on the beach. I negotiated in my best Portu-spañol but probably paid the true price for the canga rather than any discounted price (darn!).

I drank so much coconut water on the beach! I always asked for it cold each time, since though it was “winter” the sun was too strong.

On our last day in Rio, we swam with a stray penguin! Well, I didn’t swim, but my boyfriend played water taxi and I hopped on for a ride. It was amazing and the cariocas (Rio locals) were soon wondering what we foreigners were freaking out about and started taking pictures!

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