Friday eye candy " Alittle bit of this and a littlre bit of that"

Good morning lovely readers!  I' m happy that it's Friday, somewhere later than others but, the weekend starts!  I've been a little bit of a busy bee lately, our little one started school and for my peace of mind he's been doing great, happy and excited from the first day.  I finally have Internet of my own, no more using the generous neighbor's one and a lot of plans ahead personally and professionally.  I'll advance you that this blog is also going through a transition, like me, at the moment and it's going to change hopefully for the best.  I feel that this whole experience of moving to Sao Paulo has woken up feelings inside me that I thought were only mere imaginations or dreams.  While I work and organize some things for that change I'll be posting randomly.  For now, and until then, enjoy the good weather where you have it and have a wonderful weekend.

Weather is a bit crazy lately.  Warm one week and then a few days very cold, so I'm keeping myself warm with lots of tea during the day.  Below a picture of my lovely Cinnamon tea.
images from Tumblr, Pinterest and the alternative bride.

Ikea's good art

Everyone knows that designing a house and making it feel like a home takes many long and exhausting months, if not years.  So when I realized that I would only have two months to plan, design, execute, anticipate the smallest details and to think about what we might be needing in the future, I know that in order to not go insanely crazy, I had to rely on things that were not too expensive and too valuable but still good looking.  I don't know much about Sao Paulo yet, but I know that things tend to cost three times more.  So where did I go to for basic things? right!  Ikea.  I was planning to buy things such as a mattress for our little one, a foot step for his sink  and so on.  Imagine my surprise when walking around I found very good looking prints!  God, was I glad, there are an awful lot of empty walls in this house that will need to be filled. We got the top one by Deborah Azzopardi for Lucas's room, of which I will only tell you that it will have a bunch of stripes.  Yeah!

 The top is a motif by Amelia Lancaster.  Bellow, Ikea's selection of Matisse motifs.   We also got one or two of those.


Happy Week

"I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown." 
Kathe Kollwitz

Images from interiors from Casa Vogue Brasil

Tough Nails

Above, my nails with a caviar effect.   I decided to do it only on two fingers, each on one hand to try for the first time.  I loved them!  Long gone are the days of plain and discrete traditional French manicure so are the days when bravery and boldness were only proven by the first explorers climbing Matchu Pitchu.  Leave it to the nails to show your inner adventure.  One of the things that caught my eyes in the runways lately were the decorative nails all over.  I can't wait to try the reverse manicure, fist image below, top left.  Enjoy!
Clockwise from top left, reverse manicure, geometric nails done with Nail Art Pen by Sally Hansen, Adele's nails with some glitter and caviar nails by Ciate can be purchased at Sephora.

Clockwise from top left, striped nails can be done with nail wraps by Nail Rock or Sally Hansen art pen, Kate Spade polka-dot nails, colorful French manicure and the latest one, velvet nails by Ciate.

Why you should keep a journal

  photo above by me via my instagram
Ssh...I'm secretly using my neighbor's WI-FI, let's not wake him up. We finally moved in this past Saturday and still don't have cable or Internet connection. Yeah! much fun! But God does not abandon a loyal blogger so after sniffing around every corner of our home for the past days in search of a few poor bars of connection, I finally found a pair of benevolent ones in a corner of my son's room. I think it comes from the kid upstairs. These Net Generation kids and teens are selfless, good people and highly connected, which brings me back to the intention of this post and why we should all keep a journal. We're living in a time where people don't look up anymore, passing by the flowers and the friendly smiles without even noticing them. Parallel to all the distractions in the cyber world there is our real busy world as well, which render us with always something to do or think about and keeping us from being in the moment. I decided to keep a journal a few months ago and I've been trying to be diligent about writing as often as I can in an effort to keep it and read it later on in life in order to remember things that otherwise I will not remember.  If you want to tell your grandchildren good and interesting stories of your life in full color, go ahead and keep a journal.
 My hubby gave me this journal above from United Nations but you can find it here.
 Love this Ikat one ones, here.



Friday eye candy

I´m head over heels for this necklace above that I found at a jewelry store here in Sao Paulo
This an unofficial Saturday eye candy for all of my lovely readers who, like me, are committing a sin by blogging on a beautiful Saturday morning.  If by any chance you have absolutely nothing more fun to do and happen to be cyber sauntering during  the weekend then this is for you.  Bom fim de semana!

Nothing more relaxing than walking barefoot at the beach. 

Another shot of a home store.  I suspect I´m in big trouble!

Pure Glam!

My coffee standards are way too high.  All I have to say is that I was pretty happy with this one above.
All photos by me via my instagram.

How to wear a Trench Coat fashionalby

Having moved to Sao Paulo during the beginning of Spring has helped me skip all the heavy clothes and coats.  I've been relying on my trench coat for the evenings and lighter clothes during the days' warmer hours.
Since many other ladies count on this iconic piece for Autumn on the other side of the hemisphere as well, it's a good idea to show a few fashionable ways to use a trench coat.  I personally like to wear it with the collar up, like Jackie above; I think I invented this whole collar thing in my previous life. ;) I also like to roll up my sleeves a bit and use the belt instead of buttoning up.  
Whether you want to thank Pink Panther or Burberry for this fashion and classic stable, it's one that, regardless of the very specific-look, can be worn in many deferent ways.  Enjoy!

Love this effortlessly chic way of carrying it, like above.  My mom used to wear her blazers as capes when young.  I like this too.

In a Spring mood with short and pastel colors.  Adore the photo below of those two cutie ones.  Get them ready for the world of fashion.  Yes, it's important too.

wear it almost like a dress like Victoria Beckham.

Lauren Santo Domingo`s Paris Apartment by Fracois Catroux

Lauren Santo Domingo paris apartment designed by Francois Catroux living room
This Parisian apartment and home belongs to Lauren Santo Domingo, socialite, business woman and co-founder of the online fashion retailer Moda Operandi.  The duplex was designed by the legendary Interior Designer Francois Catroux.  The rooms seem elegant but comfortable and airy.  I love the contrast of the parquet floor with the ornate walls.  “The architecture was beautiful; I didn’t want to change that,” Catroux told Vogue Magazine where the apartment was featured.  Catroux used different tones of grey and a mixture of sophisticated patterned fabric as the geometric Kubus fabric used for the windows made by Pierre Frey.  A mixture of modern art, classic furniture and sculptural lighting can be found throughout the impeccable apartment.
Lauren Santo Domingo paris apartment designed by Francois Catroux
A beautiful view of the enfilade of rooms.  Love how the Platner chair seems so in sink with the Louis XVI settee behind.
Lauren Santo Domingo paris apartment/home designed by Francois Catroux bedroom
The Master bedroom where the upholstered furniture were designed by Catroux as well.
Lauren Santo Domingo paris home/apartment designed by Francois Catroux
The art in this apartment is as fancy as it can get.  A Robert Motherwell hangs on a boiserie wall.
Lauren Santo Domingo paris home designed by Francois Catroux entryway
The entryway with a sculpture by Curtis Jere.
Lauren Santo Domingo paris home designed by Francois Catroux
Lauren Santo Domingo paris home designed by Francois Catroux dining room
The dining table which converts into a bar for party was designed by Catroux and the chairs are Louis XVI
Images via Vogue


As you read this we're already in Sao Paulo.  The days prior to our flight were crazy busy and overwhelming.  Moving is not an easy job but, moving overseas while trying not to forget the smallest detail takes the whole experience up a few notches.  It was hard to see our home empty again like the first time we walked into it and I have to admit that as exited as I am with our new home, my heart ached a bit, well okay maybe more than a bit!  This home we left behind was the home were we had our fist son, we saw him start walking and talking and we had a great time in it sorrounded by family and friends.
I've been dealing with farewells since I was a little girl but I'll never get used to it.  It's soo painful! On saturday we went to visit my family and we cried a river when it was time to say good bye. Above all I'll miss my mom dearly.  She has always been there for me all my life and it's hard to know that she won't be close by.  As my husband and I say "the best and sweetest baby sitter possible"  My dear friends have been awesome as well, hosting farewell dinners and get togethers for us and it's been extremely moving and comforting.  Some of them already have dates to come and visit.  I know that adjusting to a new country is going to be hard mostly because I don't have anyone in Brazil but, I'm pleased and happy for this new begining and looking forward to the future, as always!

My mom in 1992
Below, shots of our trip.
Crazy LOCO! ah?  And there was more sent by air container!

photos by me
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