Desert Rose

I just finally made the post about the church and vineyard which you can see below. The wifi at my mom’s is so slow so I have to head to a nearby coffee shop for some speedy internet. I thought I’d do another quick update while I’m here since I’ve been sitting on these photos Jenelle took of me in her super photogenic backyard. I had an amazing dinner last night at my friend Cecilia and Bruno’s. Bruno is from Brasil and Cecilia and he met there. It was exactly what I needed. I feel particularly strange today … emotional in general. I’ve been sitting on this egg, so to speak, for about five months and it’s about to hatch! I’m ready to see and explore what comes next. The anticipation has a jittery sort of energy, like new love. I’m spending tonight with another group of friends which will hopefully calm these nerves. I feel like I’m in Chico to scoop up some love for my journey. I’m lucky to have this place and all the people it houses.

all in my feelings ;)

Acabei de fazer o post sobre a igreja e a vinha que você pode ver abaixo. O wifi na casa da minha mãe é tão lento, então eu tenho que ir a um café nas proximidades para uma internet rápida. Pensei em fazer outra atualização rápida enquanto estiver aqui desde que estou sentada nessas fotos que Jenelle tirou de mim em seu quintal super fotogênico. Eu tive um jantar maravilhoso ontem à noite na minha amiga Cecilia e Bruno. Bruno é do Brasil e Cecilia e ele conheceu lá. Era exatamente o que eu precisava. Eu me sinto particularmente estranho hoje ... emocional em geral. Eu estou sentada neste ovo, por assim dizer, por cerca de cinco meses e está prestes a nascer! Estou pronto para ver e explorar o que vem depois. A antecipação tem um tipo de energia nervosa, como um novo amor. Estou passando esta noite com outro grupo de amigos que, esperamos, acalmará esses nervos. Eu sinto que estou em Chico para pegar um pouco de amor pela minha jornada. Tenho sorte de ter este lugar e todas as pessoas que ele abriga.

tudo em meus sentimentos ;)

Mariamma

New Clairvaux Vineyard

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Blouse - Zara | Shorts - American Eagle | Mules - Thrifted

Hi there! On Wednesday Jenelle, Kelly, Julia and I took a trip out to the New Clairvaux Vineyard, about 20 minutes outside of Chico. The wine was so delicious! I would have bought a bottle if I was staying in The States longer. The vineyard is also a monestary and is home to a small group of monks. The church on the property is absolutely beautiful! We got to listen to the monks sing and after they left we explored! We happened to be there while the man who designed and built the church was fixing something and he told us all about the history. It’s a relatively new church but the stones used to build it are over 200 years old and were originally imported from Spain. If you look closely there are symbols carved into the stone. He said the stone makers were paid per stone so they would mark the ones they had completed in order to be paid at the end of the week. The designer or “master mason” purposefully pointed these markings inwards and placed them at eye-level so this history could be remembered. Some places just have good vibes and this church was one of them. Buildings like this one, crafted with so much attention to detail, aren’t made often anymore. It was lovely to wander around with a little wine buzz ;).

happy sipping

Olá! Na quarta-feira, Jenelle, Kelly, Julia e eu fizemos uma viagem ao vinhedo New Clairvaux, a cerca de 20 minutos de Chico. O vinho estava tão delicioso! Eu teria comprado uma garrafa se eu fosse ficar nos Estados Unidos por mais tempo. A vinha é também um mosteiro e é o lar de um pequeno grupo de monges. A igreja na propriedade é absolutamente linda! Nós conseguimos ouvi-los cantar e quando eles foram deixados, nós exploramos! Aconteceu que estávamos lá enquanto o homem que projetou e construiu a igreja estava consertando algo e nos contou tudo sobre a história. É uma igreja relativamente nova, mas as pedras usadas para construí-la têm mais de 200 anos e foram originalmente importadas da Espanha. Se você olhar de perto, há símbolos esculpidos na pedra. Ele disse que os fabricantes de pedras eram pagos por pedra para que eles marcassem os que tinham concluído para serem pagos no final da semana. O designer ou "mestre pedreiro" propositalmente apontou essas marcas para dentro e as colocou ao nível dos olhos para que essa história pudesse ser lembrada. Alguns lugares só têm boas vibrações e esta igreja era uma delas. Edifícios como este, criados com tanta atenção aos detalhes, não são mais feitos com frequência. Foi adorável para passear com um pouco de vinho buzz ;).

feliz sorvendo

Mariamma

Golden Grove

Good morning babes! I left my purse at Jenelle’s place yesterday so I just biked over to get it and now I’m back at Naked Lounge waiting for my friend Caira. We’re having a little tea date in the park! Yesterday’s errands didn’t go quite as planned but I still got a lot done. I got a few things that I needed from Sephora, got some underwear from Victoria’s Secret, and then hit up the amazing summer sale at Forever 21. I definitely don’t need more clothes to bring but it’s perfect timing to shop for Rio because all the summer clothes are on sale this time of year! I got a red dress with little tie details on the arms and a white eyelet lace top. The dress was only $2 and it’s my favorite color! I couldn’t resist!! The last time I went to Brazil I packed so badly. I brought a bunch of things that I never ended up wearing … like bodycon dresses and six-inch heels haha. I never liked wearing those things but for some reason I thought I would there?? Rio is all cobblestone - so not so good for heels. Plus, wearing heels cuts down on one’s ability to partake in spontaneous adventures, and who wants that?! I feel like I used to buy clothes for an imaginary me and I’ve thankfully outgrown that. I’ve figured out what I like and what I feel best in and now I’m just coasting. The only problem is that this time I want to bring all these things I wish I’d brought last time and I don’t know if I’ll have room or how many suitcases to bring. One big one and two carry ons? One big, one medium, and two carry ons?? Is that excessive? Eek!

cheers to learning and living better and better

Bom dia babes! Eu deixei minha bolsa na casa de Jenelle ontem, então eu simplesmente pedi para ir e agora estou de volta ao Naked Lounge esperando pela minha amiga Caira. Estamos fazendo um cházinho no parque! Os recados de ontem não foram tão planejados, mas ainda tenho muito trabalho feito. Eu peguei algumas coisas que eu precisava da Sephora, peguei algumas roupas íntimas da Victoria's Secret, e depois acertei na incrível venda de verão na Forever 21. Eu definitivamente não preciso de mais roupas para trazer, mas é o momento perfeito para comprar o Rio porque todas as roupas de verão estão à venda nesta época do ano! Eu tenho um vestido vermelho com pequenos detalhes de gravata nos braços e uma blusa de renda branca. O vestido custava apenas 2 dólares e é a minha cor favorita! Eu não pude resistir !! A última vez que fui ao Brasil, fiz as malas. Eu trouxe um monte de coisas que eu nunca acabei usando ... como vestidos de bodycon e saltos de seis polegadas haha. Eu nunca gostei de usar essas coisas, mas por algum motivo eu pensei que iria lá ?? O Rio é todo empedrado - então não é tão bom para os saltos. Além disso, usar saltos reduz a capacidade de participar de aventuras espontâneas e quem quer isso ?! Eu sinto que eu costumava comprar roupas para mim imaginário e felizmente eu superei isso. Eu descobri o que eu gosto e o que eu sinto melhor e agora estou apenas indo embora. O único problema é que desta vez eu quero trazer todas essas coisas que eu gostaria de ter trazido da última vez e não sei se vou ter espaço ou quantas malas levar. Um grande e dois carrega? Um grande, um médio e dois carregamentos? Isso é excessivo? Eek!

aplausos para aprender e viver melhor e melhor

Mariamma

Café da Manhã

This is a quick ‘hello’ and ‘good morning!’ My mom gave me the car to use ‘til one o’clock today so I can run some errands. I’ve already dropped two pairs of shoes off at the … cobbler?? My favorite brown sandals and my 2 inch nude heels are finally falling apart. They both go with everything so I’ve worn them quite a bit. I’d like them to be in tip-top shape for Rio so hopefully they’ll be extra sturdy. I had an hour to kill before Sephora and Ulta Beauty opened up so I came to Upper Crust for breakfast. I need new mascara and setting powder and … I made a list last night so hopefully I didn’t forget anything. That castor oil that I used in my hair was SO hard to wash out. I had to wear my hair in a bun yesterday because even after using twice as much shampoo as usual, barely any of the oil washed out. I guess my hair got an extra day of conditioning! I washed it again this morning and it all came out this time. My scalp has been so dry and last night my mom’s friend Robin gave me some black soap and a cream to use overnight with lots of good stuff like shea butter, cocoa butter, calendula infused olive oil etc. I’m excited to try it out! She also recommended I do a homemade deep conditioner once a week with eggs, avocado, honey, coconut oil, and even some mayo. With all the swimming in the ocean I plan to do this is probably a good idea. The salt can dry everything out so quickly! My hair feels extra soft today though.

Este é um rápido "olá" e "bom dia!" Minha mãe me deu o carro para usar até às 1h de hoje para que eu possa fazer algumas coisas. Já deixei dois pares de sapatos no… sapateiro? Minhas sandálias marrons favoritas e meus saltos nus de 2 polegadas estão finalmente caindo aos pedaços. Ambos combinam com tudo, então eu os usei muito. Eu gostaria que eles estivessem em ótima forma para o Rio, então espero que eles sejam mais resistentes. Eu tive uma hora para matar antes que Sephora e Ulta Beauty abrissem, então eu vim para Upper Crust no café da manhã. Eu preciso de um novo rímel e colocar pó e ... Eu fiz uma lista na noite passada, então eu não me esqueci de nada. O óleo de mamona que eu usei no meu cabelo era tão difícil de lavar. Eu tive que usar meu cabelo em um coque ontem, porque mesmo depois de usar o dobro do xampu de sempre, quase nenhum óleo foi lavado. Eu acho que meu cabelo tem um dia extra de condicionamento! Lavei novamente esta manhã e tudo saiu desta vez. Meu couro cabeludo estava tão seco e ontem à noite amigo da minha mãe Robin me deu um pouco de sabão preto e um creme para usar durante a noite com muita coisa boa, como manteiga de carité, manteiga de cacau, azeite de infusão de calêndula, etc. Estou animado para experimentá-lo ! Ela também recomendou que eu fizesse um condicionador profundo caseiro uma vez por semana com ovos, abacate, mel, óleo de coco e até mesmo alguns maionese. Com toda a natação no oceano eu planejo fazer isso é provavelmente uma boa idéia. O sal pode secar tudo tão rapidamente! Meu cabelo parece muito macio hoje.

xoxo

Mariamma

Beaded

Olá! I am having a lazy morning … just caught up on last night’s episode of Insecure. Yesterday’s hike with Ceci was really nice. We hiked for about three hours in Upper Park. She lived in Brasil for three years so it’s so nice to talk to someone who understands where I’m at and how exciting this move is. The hike ended in a quick dip in the creek. The water has gotten so cold but it felt amazing after a long hike in the peak heat of the day. I don’t have as many plans this week. I leave in a week basically so the biggest thing on my agenda is just stocking up on things I may need … makeup and hot sauce topping the list :). Gotta have your priorities haha. I did an oil treatment on my hair overnight so I need to go wash it out. I used castor oil this time (last time I used coconut oil) and the consistency is so much thicker! It was kind of hard to work it through my hair, but it promotes hair growth so I thought I’d try it out. Chico is extremely dry and my skin and hair have been feeling the effects. Lots of moisturizing! But I’m about to be in ALL the humidity :))) 

Olá! Estou tendo uma manhã preguiçosa ... acabei de pegar o episódio de Inseguro da noite anterior. A caminhada de ontem com a Ceci foi muito legal. Nós caminhamos por cerca de três horas no Upper Park. Ela morou no Brasil por três anos, então é muito legal conversar com alguém que entende onde eu estou e como isso é emocionante. A caminhada terminou em um rápido mergulho no riacho. A água ficou tão fria, mas pareceu incrível depois de uma longa caminhada no calor do pico do dia. Eu não tenho tantos planos esta semana. Eu saio em uma semana, basicamente, então a maior coisa na minha agenda é apenas estocar coisas que eu possa precisar ... maquiagem e molho quente no topo da lista :). Tenho que ter suas prioridades haha. Eu fiz um tratamento com óleo no meu cabelo durante a noite, então eu preciso ir lavar. Eu usei óleo de mamona desta vez (da última vez eu usei óleo de coco) e a consistência é muito mais grossa! Foi difícil trabalhar com o meu cabelo, mas isso promove o crescimento do cabelo, então eu pensei em testá-lo. Chico é extremamente seco e minha pele e cabelos estão sentindo os efeitos. Muita hidratação! Mas eu estou com toda a umidade :)))

beijos

Mariamma

Olive Orchard

Hey there loves! Julia and I went on a little mission yesterday. We were trying to find Bald Rock, a big rock formation with craters like the moon, but my GPS took us only halfway and then told us we were there. Luckily we ended up at a visitors center that had directions that we might use on a future day. On the way home we pulled off into some olive orchards to take a few shots. I was supposed to wake up bright and early for a hike with my friend Ceci but our ride fell through last-minute so we are going on a smaller hike in an hour or so. I just need to eat some lunch and slather on some sunscreen before she comes to swoop me up! 

Ei ai ama! Julia e eu fomos em uma pequena missão ontem. Nós estávamos tentando achar Rocha Bald, uma formação de pedra grande com crateras como a lua, mas meu GPS só nos levou no meio do caminho e então nos falou nós estávamos lá. Felizmente acabamos em um centro de visitantes que tinha direções que poderíamos usar em um dia futuro. A caminho de casa, saímos em alguns pomares de oliva para tirar algumas fotos. Eu deveria acordar cedo e bem cedo para uma caminhada com minha amiga Ceci, mas nosso passeio caiu no último minuto, então vamos fazer uma caminhada em uma hora. Eu só preciso comer um pouco de almoço e slather em algum protetor solar antes que ela venha me atacar!

x

Mariamma

Busy Bee

Hey there loves! These photos were taken in my Mamma’s backyard yesterday. She always has a yard bursting with flowers and fruit, which definitely keeps the bees happy. Today she and I are having a lunch/sewing date. I bought an off-the-shoulder Hawaiian print dress at the thrift store last month with the intent of turning it into a matching crop-top and skirt set. My mom grew up partially in Spain and had to take a sewing class daily. As a result, she and all her sisters are amazing seamstresses. It’s a skill I wish I’d studied more from her, so I try to find little projects that she can help me with. Later today I am going to my old high school’s football game to watch my youngest brother Eli play baritone saxophone in the marching band. He is so musically talented! And in terms of my general state of mind … Brasil feels so close! Today I checked the weather app on my phone to compare and it doesn’t quite cover the week I will be there, but almost! Looks like high 70s/low 80s and mixture of thunder storms and of course, SUN! It’s so nice that I will just be diving into another summer and skipping the colder months here. Perfect timing ;).

Oi amores! Essas fotos foram tiradas no quintal de minha mãe ontem. Ela sempre tem um quintal repleto de flores e frutas, o que definitivamente deixa as abelhas felizes. Hoje ela e eu estamos tendo um almoço / data de costura. Eu comprei um vestido estampado havaiano sem mangas no brechó no mês passado com a intenção de transformá-lo em um top de colheita e saia combinando. Minha mãe cresceu parcialmente na Espanha e teve que fazer uma aula de costura diariamente. Como resultado, ela e todas as suas irmãs são incríveis costureiras. É uma habilidade que eu gostaria de ter estudado mais dela, então tento encontrar pequenos projetos que ela possa me ajudar. Mais tarde, hoje, vou ao jogo de futebol do meu antigo colégio para ver meu irmão mais novo, Eli, tocar saxofone barítono na banda marcial. Ele é tão talentoso musicalmente! E em termos do meu estado geral de espírito… o Brasil se sente tão próximo! Hoje eu verifiquei o aplicativo de previsão do tempo no meu telefone para comparar e ele não cobre a semana em que estarei lá, mas quase! Parece alta 70s / baixa 80s e mistura de trovoadas e claro, SOL! É tão legal que eu esteja mergulhando em outro verão e pulando os meses mais frios aqui. Momento ideal ;).

xx

Mariamma

Tapestry

Top - Mamma’s Closet | Shorts - Ay Que Vintage | Earrings - Thrifted

I realize that I never told you guys that I got a new computer! My old one would crash every time I opened up Lightroom or Photoshop so I was doing all my editing on my phone which decreases the quality. I am having such a good time experimenting with editing on my gorgeous little space grey MacBook Pro! This will mean more blogging and higher quality images! Because I had to transfer all the images I edited back onto my computer to make a blogpost, it was harder and therefore didn’t happen often. Now I can just transfer whatever I want to post on instagram onto my phone, one at a time. So much nicer! Last night my little gang of friends here in Chico got together for dinner at my friend Jenelle’s new place. She has such a knack for decorating, and the house itself is so cute, so it’s just all-around gorgeous! I’m happy I gave myself two weeks in Chico so I can see everyone more than once at a relaxed pace. It is a little strange not to be working, but I am going to enjoy it!

Eu percebo que eu nunca disse a vocês que eu tenho um novo computador! Meu antigo travaria toda vez que eu abria o Lightroom ou o Photoshop, então eu estava fazendo todas as minhas edições no meu telefone, o que diminui a qualidade. Estou a divertir-me a experimentar a edição no meu fantástico MacBook Pro cinzento cinzento! Isso significará mais blogs e imagens de maior qualidade! Como tive que transferir todas as imagens que eu editei de volta para o meu computador para fazer uma postagem no blog, era mais difícil e, portanto, não acontecia com frequência. Agora posso transferir o que quiser postar no instagram para o meu telefone, um de cada vez. Muito melhor! Ontem à noite minha pequena gangue de amigos aqui em Chico se reuniu para jantar no novo local da minha amiga Jenelle. Ela tem tal talento para decorar, e a casa em si é tão fofa, então é linda! Estou feliz por ter me dado duas semanas em Chico para poder ver todo mundo mais de uma vez em um ritmo descontraído. É um pouco estranho não estar trabalhando, mas vou aproveitar!

xx

Mariamma

Hummingbird Feeder

Top - Princess Polly Boutique

Good afternoon babes! I’m sitting in one of my favorite little coffee shops in downtown Chico called Naked Lounge. Matcha latte on the wood table to my left, J. Cole in the headphones, and familiar faces on steady rotation through the big front windows. This doesn’t feel like home anymore though … I didn’t feel like this last time I was home. But last time was very brief and all I did was see the people who make me feel grounded here. Out and about with a lot of time on my hands and suddenly this place feels smaller and I feel bigger. Big fish, small pond ;) not to toot my own horn or anything haha. I miss Long Beach already but I am so excited for Rio in just two short weeks! I can appreciate the slower pace of life in a small town, but I guess I’ve become at home in the hustle. I had a really nice dinner with Julia last night at Crepeville. We talked from 6:30 ’til 11 pm! Lots to catch up on. And that’s why I’m home! To have quality time with the people I love before this next chapter. 

Boa tarde babes! Estou sentada em uma das minhas cafeterias favoritas no centro de Chico, chamada Naked Lounge. Matcha latte na mesa de madeira à minha esquerda, J. Cole nos fones de ouvido e rostos familiares em constante rotação através das grandes janelas da frente. Isso não parece mais o lar, no entanto ... Eu não me senti assim da última vez que estive em casa. Mas a última vez foi muito breve e tudo o que fiz foi ver as pessoas que me fazem sentir aqui. Fora e com muito tempo em minhas mãos e de repente este lugar se sente menor e me sinto maior. Peixe grande, pequeno lago;) não toot meu próprio chifre ou qualquer coisa haha. Tenho saudades de Long Beach, mas estou muito animado para o Rio em apenas duas semanas! Eu posso apreciar o ritmo mais lento da vida em uma cidade pequena, mas acho que me sinto em casa na confusão. Eu tive um ótimo jantar com Julia na noite passada em Crepeville. Nós conversamos das 6:30 às 11 da noite! Muito para pôr em dia. E é por isso que estou em casa! Ter tempo de qualidade com as pessoas que amo antes do próximo capítulo.

bjs

Mariamma

Back in Chico

I'm back in Northern California! I had an eventful drive home ... a pick-up truck isn't a great idea at 75 miles an hour with your whole life in the back ... and I'll leave it at that. I got home at four in the morning, said a brief and tired hello to my mom who had waited up for me, and then slept 'til almost noon today. Today we unpacked the truck and returned it and then headed to the 105th birthday party for the Chico Women's Club. My mom has been a board member for this historic group of women since 2002 and she makes me proud with how articulate, driven, and respected she is among the other members. She made a massive cake for the celebration, the largest version I've ever seen of her famous chocolate cake, decorated of course in flowers from the garden - a family tradition.  We dropped the rest of the cake off at the local homeless shelter before taking a quick dip in the creek nearby. I only had my nice nude heels with me so I walked to the creek barefoot which was a hot and stony path. My feet are feeling a bit raw. They used to be so tough! After eating a dinner of salad and tofu in the backyard we headed to the movies to see Crazy Rich Asians. It is such a good one! I feel like I packed a lot in considering I slept almost half the day away! It feels good and relaxing to be home, especially after a bit of a hectic move. 

happy homecoming 

Estou de volta ao norte da Califórnia! Eu tive uma viagem movimentada para casa ... uma pick-up não é uma ótima idéia a 75 milhas por hora com toda a sua vida nas costas ... e eu vou deixar por isso mesmo. Cheguei em casa às quatro da manhã, disse um breve e cansado olá para a minha mãe que tinha esperado por mim, e depois dormi até quase meio-dia de hoje. Nós descompactamos o caminhão e o devolvemos e então fomos para a festa de aniversário de 105 anos do Chico Women's Club. Minha mãe é membro do conselho desse grupo histórico de mulheres desde 2002 e ela me deixa orgulhosa de como ela é articulada, motivada e respeitada entre os outros membros. Ela fez um enorme bolo para a celebração, a maior versão que eu já vi de seu famoso bolo de chocolate, decorado, claro, em flores do jardim - uma tradição familiar. Nós deixamos o resto do bolo fora no abrigo desabrigado local antes de dar um mergulho rápido no riacho próximo. Eu só tive meus saltos nus agradáveis omigo assim eu caminhei para o riacho descalço que era um caminho quente e pedregoso. Meus pés estão um pouco crus. Eles costumavam ser tão durões! Depois de comer um jantar de salada e tofu no quintal nós fomos ao cinema ver Crazy Rich Asians. É tão bom! Eu sinto como se eu tivesse embalado muito em considerar que dormi quase a metade do dia! É uma sensação boa e relaxante estar em casa, especialmente depois de um movimento frenético.

feliz regresso a casa

Mariamma

Summer Mood Board II

I started this post yesterday and I had so much I wanted to say. I'll try to recall ... I'm officially in my last week in Long Beach and I'm feeling a lot of things that can be summed up most easily as nostalgia. This apartment, this job, this city ... were all safe havens after a 'gypsy summer' last year where I didn't really have any stability. It was a beautiful summer, full of self-growth, being super present, spending so much time outside that I got the tannest I've ever been. But I was craving my own space, some peace of mind, and a little more of a routine by the end of it. I've often talked about this apartment as my little nest, even before I ever thought of leaving it. I surprised myself by wanting to leave it, this perfect little haven I'd created for myself. What I've learned: nests are for growth, and growth is for flying away - which I will literally be doing very shortly. I think I needed to prove that I could create a cozy, stress-free life for myself, completely independently. Now that I have, I feel free to create that - or something else - elsewhere. 

cheers to nesting, flying away, and the freedom to do so 

 

Eu comecei este post ontem e eu tinha tanto que queria dizer. Vou tentar lembrar ... Estou oficialmente na minha última semana em Long Beach e estou sentindo muitas coisas que podem ser resumidas mais facilmente como nostalgia. Este apartamento, este trabalho, esta cidade ... eram todos refúgios seguros depois de um "verão cigano" no ano passado onde eu realmente não tinha nenhuma estabilidade. Foi um verão lindo, cheio de crescimento pessoal, sendo super presente, passando tanto tempo fora que consegui o bronzeado que já estive. Mas eu estava desejando meu próprio espaço, alguma paz de espírito e um pouco mais de uma rotina até o final. Eu sempre falei sobre esse apartamento como meu pequeno ninho, mesmo antes de pensar em deixá-lo. Eu me surpreendi ao querer deixá-lo, este pequeno refúgio perfeito que eu criei para mim mesmo. O que eu aprendi: os ninhos são para o crescimento, e o crescimento é para fugir - o que eu literalmente estarei fazendo em breve. Eu acho que eu precisava provar que eu poderia criar uma vida confortável e livre de estresse para mim, de forma completamente independente. Agora que estou, sinto-me livre para criar isso - ou alguma outra coisa - em outro lugar.

aplausos ao ninho, voando para longe, e a liberdade de fazê-lo

beijos

Mariamma

I'm Moving Abroad!

 

Hello beautiful people! If you follow me on instagram then you saw yesterday that I announced that I am moving back to Brazil next month and moving away from Long Beach in just two short weeks! All the previous posts about being a little distant from the blog and trying to stay organized have all really been about preparing for this move. I couldn't share that I was moving until I had given my notice to work so I've been holding a lot of what is going on with me back. I'm so excited that now we can all be on the same page and I can take you on this adventure, because it will no doubt be an adventure. I lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a full year in college and only came back because I needed to in order to graduate. Never wanting to leave in the first place means I've always wanted to go back and I guess I just needed a little help realizing that this was the perfect moment. In April I went to a wedding with a lot of old college friends and after dancing my booty off my friend Kathleen asked me, while we huddled around a fire, why I had never moved back. In that second where my brain tried to give her the excuses it had been giving itself, I realized that my car lease and apartment lease were both expiring within months of each other this summer. It is perfect timing to just let it all go. I spent the seven hour car ride back to Long Beach calling everyone who could help me decide if I was being crazy or if this really was what I should do. You can guess how those phone calls went! It feels absolutely amazing to be listening to my heart. I have no pets, no children, now is the time to fling myself into the flow of the universe and pursue my own personal legend - if you've read The Alchemist then you know ;). I've also decided that I will translate all my blogposts into Portuguese as a way to practice and learn and so that my blog will be more accessible to my beloved Brazilians! Thanks for all the love and support I have received thus far. Y'all are the best. 

 

Olá pessoas lindas! Se você me seguir no instagram, então você viu ontem que eu anunciei que voltaria para o Brasil no mês que vem e me mudaria de Long Beach em apenas duas semanas! Todos os posts anteriores sobre estar um pouco longe do blog e tentar se organizar realmente foram uma preparação para esse movimento. Eu não pude compartilhar que estava me movendo até que eu tivesse dado meu aviso para trabalhar, então eu assegurei muito do que está acontecendo comigo de volta. Estou tão animada que agora todos podemos estar na mesma página e eu posso levá-lo nesta aventura, porque sem dúvida será uma aventura. Eu morei no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil por um ano na faculdade e só voltei porque precisava me formar. Nunca querer sair primeiro significa que sempre quis voltar e acho que precisava de uma pequena ajuda para perceber que aquele era o momento perfeito. Em abril, fui a um casamento com um grupo de amigos da faculdade e depois de dançar meu saquinho da minha amiga Kathleen me perguntou enquanto nos amontoávamos ao redor de uma fogueira porque eu nunca havia me mudado de volta. Naquele segundo, quando meu cérebro tentou dar a ela as desculpas que ela estava dando a si mesma, percebi que meu aluguel de carros e apartamentos estava expirando em meses um do outro neste verão. É o momento perfeito para deixar tudo e ir. Passei a viagem de sete horas até Long Beach, chamando todos que pudessem me ajudar a decidir se eu estava sendo maluca ou se era realmente o que eu deveria fazer. Você pode adivinhar como esses telefonemas foram! É absolutamente incrível estar ouvindo meu coração. Não tenho animais, estou sem filhos, agora é a hora de brincar no fluxo do universo e seguir minha própria lenda pessoal - se você ler O Alquimista, então você sabe;). Eu também decidi traduzir todos os posts do meu blog para o português como uma maneira de praticar e aprender e tornar meu blog mais acessível aos meus amados brasileiros! Obrigado por todo o amor e apoio que recebi até agora. Vocês são os melhores.

xx 

Mariamma

 

Organized?

Boots - Forever 21 | Shorts - Zara | Blouse - Anine Bing

Hey babes! The last three weeks have been so eventful and the only way to properly document it would be to do a daily post - which I obviously didn't do - so I have no idea where to start right now. This is a special moment in my life, as all moments are haha, and I would really like to be either blogging or journaling daily so I have something to look back on. I feel like I've gotten very good at appreciating exactly where I am and being aware of each moment's importance in what comes next. However, I am not properly sinking my teeth into capturing it due solely to my lack of organization at the moment. I go through phases of extreme organization and extreme disorder and I am definitely amidst the later. I have so many things on my to-do list everyday that it seems like a big daunting mountain. So far I've been procrastinating until the very last second for all these tasks. I get them done, but with seconds to spare. I would like to be more organized so that Mariamma a month from now isn't STRESSED. I have no regrets about the amount of fun I have had heaped on my plate lately, but it's time to get rid of some of these little thought bubbles that are starting to make the fun feel a little less free. I have an amazing Catalina post coming your way so stay tuned for that. And wish me luck decluttering my physical and mental spaces! 

xx 

Mariamma

M.I.A.

Skirt - For Love and Lemons | Blouse - TJ Maxx

I am oh so sorry for how missing in action I've been on the blog. It's for no good reason to be fair and upfront, other than having other things at the top of my list. My little sissy is in town for the week and I'm so excited for the activities we have planned. I got someone to cover my shift on Wednesday which means I'll have three solid days off to spend with her! Tomorrow we are having a beach/movie day. She mentioned to me that I took her to see the first Mamma Mia ten years ago when she was just nine years old and that, for nostalgic purposes, she'd like to go see the new one with me also (so sweet!). So tomorrow we'll go get our tan on and swim in the deep blue sea and then sneak some popcorn into the movies ;). Sounds like a perfect day to me. The next day I have an errand in LA that I'm dragging her to and then I thought we could go to The Getty. I've never been and she loves art so ... And finally, on Thursday my brother is getting us into Disneyland. We have to meet him at 8 am to get signed in so it will be a FULL day of Disney and California Adventure. Chloe (my sis) and I haven't been in a while and there are some new rides that I'm excited to see. Then she leaves early Friday morning to avoid that pesky LA traffic. 

xx 

Mariamma

Pretty Little Bird

Hi loves! I have been in the mood to get rid of things lately and I think this romper is one of them! There are certain things in my closet that I never/rarely gravitate towards and others that I love so much I've worn them once ... which makes little sense. I'm making it a point to wear those items and I've found that, with the first category of garments, they are often ill-fitting and unflattering. I don't feel great in them. And this romper is one of them. I'm actually sitting at a coffee shop in it right now, wishing I was in something else haha. At least it's comfortable though! I went through a phase a long time ago where I got rid of anything that was even remotely small but then I started buying things that were too big for me. I feel like I'm finally balancing out and have become increasingly picky about fit and fabric content. I guess I'm growing up! I know and understand my body and what I look/feel good in and after making myself wear this romper today it's time to add it to the giveaway pile! And as for the items that I covet and never wear, I'm telling myself that it's time to put them on and flaunt them! There's no time like the present - as cliché as that is. And sometimes you need to wear them for a day to figure out which category they're really in.  

Cheers to shedding what you need to shed and savoring the good things!

Somehow this turned into a metaphor about life haha! 

xx 

Mariamma

July 4th

My friend Alli came all the way from North Hollywood to spend the fourth with me in Long Beach. We were originally going to head down to Laguna Beach, which is where she grew up, but her mom had house guests and there wasn't going to be room for us. Instead she came to me and it was so nice. She said she hadn't been to Long Beach since she was seven and didn't have good memories so she was pleasantly surprised. The day got off to a great start when she magically found a parking spot right in front of my apartment. Then we headed down to the beach where we walked, talked, and of course, people-watched. All that sunshine got us scheming about dinner and we ended up going to Saint & Second which was so delicious! The cocktails too! After that we headed back to my place and opened a bottle of wine and watched some of the fireworks on the roof before heading down to the beach again to dance around in the sand and see them a little closer. Such a nice day ... 

xx 

Mariamma

Just Lace

Funny, but after that last post about it being my day off I got a call from work asking me to cover for someone ... so yesterday was actually my first day off. I used to work in the morning but for the past couple months I have been working at night and it means that my sleep schedule is completely flipped. I really love getting to wake up when my body wants to. It's such a luxury! Today I walked to the gym, came back and made a particularly delicious lunch, and then took an hour-long nap before work. I feel like I have time for myself and it feels damn good. I'm savoring this, appreciating it. Also, literally everyone who came to my birthday get-together in Chico brought a bottle of wine so I've been indulging in them before bed ... tonight I sampled Julia's rosé and it was fucking delicious. 

cheers to getting enough sleep & self care <3

Mariamma

Good Days Only

Top - Free People | Jeans - Rollas | Sandals - Blowfish Malibu 

Hello hello! I just went to yoga for the first time in a couple weeks. I've been feeling a bit tight from going to the gym so I thought it would be a good idea to allot today to just stretching. I always bike to yoga and I lay it down next to me on the grass during class. I've had the thought that I could get too zen and someone could swipe it quickly so I lay my yoga mat case and my backpack over the frame. As I was walking my bike off the lawn after class today someone did actually try to steal someone's bike! After the owner started yelling that it was her bike a guy from yoga knocked a girl off the bike at the intersection and got the bike back. It was so crazy! The girl had a yoga mat but walked off quickly without it. What a silly decision! Yoga on the bluff is a free/donation based class so it just seems so strange to take a free class based on loving and nourishing yourself and then greedily try and steal someone's mode of transportation right afterwards. I was impressed with how quickly that guy sprung into action though. And I feel a bit sad for the girl who attempted the whole thing. 

Anyways :) I have tomorrow off and I'm happy about it. I've been scheduled with Tuesday & Thursdays off the last couple weeks and it's actually pretty nice. I never work more than four days in a row which feels really easy. 

cheers 

Mariamma

Palm Backdrops 4Ever

Hello lovelies! I was quite productive this morning. I got my car detailed and went to the new gym for the first time. I am turning my car in tomorrow and then I will officially be a carless SoCal resident - unheard of! I drive my car so little, just for road trips basically since I live three blocks from work and can bike almost anywhere in Long Beach. My three year lease is up and it just doesn't make sense to spend a bunch of dough on a new car when it isn't necessary. There are other things I'd rather spend that money on ;). I got it thoroughly cleaned at a spot right around the corner and it looks as good as new! I am running one last errand with it tomorrow morning and then dropping it off at the dealership! It's such perfect timing that the new gym opened yesterday so I don't need to drive to the North LB location anymore - and that won't be an option anyways. I walked there today and it's only a mile. There were little restaurants and shops that I hadn't seen before so it will be a fun way to explore downtown a little more as well. 

<3 life is good

 Mariamma

Birthday Back Home

Photos by Jenelle Zavala

Dress - Thrifted (and tailored by my Mamma moments before this little shoot <3)

As you may have seen on my Instagram, I went home to Chico, CA for my birthday last week. I was unsure what I wanted to do this year for my birthday but this last-minute decision worked out beautifully! Last year I was tucked into the Montana mountains. It was the perfect place to reflect on the year I had just had and the year ahead of me. I didn't want this year to be anything less and thanks to my beautiful Mamma and lovely friends it was a perfect day. I kind of feel like I was 27 for multiple years, even though it flew by in other ways. Birthdays are opportunities to check in. They're mile markers ... Are you where you thought you'd be? Do you want to do more? Less? Create a new path even if it requires hacking your way through with a machete? Haha 

cheers to new years 

Mariamma