Birthday Girl

Good afternoon! I am currently in Fort Myers, Florida and the humidity is real! I tried to take a photo of my hotel view and had to be quick because the lens was fogging up so fast! There is supposedly a mini waterpark at the hotel so my friend Colleen and I are about to go find it! The sunny weather is such a nice surprise because yesterday the weather said it was going to storm. These photos were taken on my birthday just last week in the absolutely wonderful city of Oporto! What a dream … 


Boa tarde! Eu estou atualmente em Fort Myers, Flórida e a umidade é real! Eu tentei tirar uma foto da minha visão do hotel e tive que ser rápido porque a lente estava embaçando tão rápido! Há supostamente um mini parque aquático no hotel, então meu amigo Colleen e eu estamos prestes a ir encontrá-lo! O tempo ensolarado é uma surpresa tão agradável porque ontem o tempo disse que ia invadir. Estas fotos foram tiradas no meu aniversário na semana passada na cidade absolutamente maravilhosa do Porto! Que sonho …



I'm Back!

Hi babes! I am so so soooo excited to say that I am back from outer space and can get back to blogging! I have missed dressing up, taking photos - the whole creative process - more than I can say! Going off the grid for the past month and a half was worth it though because the adventures to come are going to be EPIC. Thank you for your patience and here we gooo! 


Oi gatinhas! Estou muito muito muitooo excitada para dizer que estou de volta do espaço e posso voltar a blogar! Senti falta de me vestir, tirar fotos - todo o processo criativo - mais do que posso dizer! Sair da grelha no último mês e meio vale a pena, porque as aventuras que virão serão maravilhosa. Obrigado pela sua paciência. Vamos!

Aula de Dança

Thunder, lightning, and a whole lot of rain. It hasn’t rained very much this month so the epic tropical storm that rolled through Rio this afternoon was a welcomed pause in all the heat and humidity. The breeze wafting in from the window to my left and steady sound of cars on the wet and puddle-ridden asphalt will be my lullaby this evening. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday night and weekend!

Trovões, raios e muita chuva. Não choveu muito este mês, então a tempestade tropical épica que rolou pelo Rio esta tarde foi uma pausa bem-vinda em todo o calor e umidade. A brisa que sopra da janela à minha esquerda e o som constante de carros no asfalto molhado e cheio de poças será minha canção de ninar esta noite. Espero que todos tenham uma maravilhosa sexta-feira à noite e fim de semana!



Half & Half

Hi! It is too hot to put on clothes so I just did my makeup in my usual spot (right in front of my windows) in my underwear. Just hoping all my neighbors in the huge apartment buildings across from me haven’t taken too much notice of my inability dress myself right after a shower haha. Yesterday I met Leah at Praça XV. There was a special event going on there this weekend and we got to see so many amazing performers including Xênia França, who I have been listening to all morning. She gives me SZA vibes! There was also an all-girls rap group and rap battles going on in the street. We didn’t stay out that late but I slept over ten hours this morning. Have a great Monday everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend too <3. 

Oi! É quente demais para colocar roupas, então eu só fiz minha maquiagem no meu lugar de sempre (bem na frente das minhas janelas) na minha calcinha. Apenas esperando que todos os meus vizinhos nos enormes prédios de apartamentos em frente a mim não tenham tomado muito conhecimento da minha incapacidade de me vestir logo após o banho, rsrs. Ontem conheci a Leah na Praça XV. Houve um evento especial acontecendo neste final de semana e tivemos a oportunidade de ver tantos artistas incríveis, incluindo Xênia França, que eu tenho ouvido a manhã toda. Confira ela!! Houve também um grupo de rap de meninas e batalhas de rap acontecendo na rua. Nós não ficamos fora tão tarde, mas eu dormi mais de dez horas esta manhã. Tenha uma ótima segunda-feira a todos! Espero que você tenha tido um bom final de semana também <3.



Denim on Denim

Shirt - Forever 21 | Belt - Vintage | Shorts - Vintage Levi’s

Good morning beautiful babes! I woke up early and went for a walk and then came back and made avocado toast for breakfast. The avocados here are GIGANTIC so I used some of the extra to make a hair mask, which I need to go wash out when I’m done with this post. Today is yet another holiday in Brazil so all the stores will be closed today. I think I am going to go to Parque Lage with Ana’s family later today. I somehow never went during the year I lived here so I’m excited to see it for the first time! It’s within walking distance from my new apartment so maybe it will be a new favorite spot to hang. You may recognize it from Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s video “Beautiful,” a 2002 throwback haha.

Bom dia lindas garotas! Eu acordei cedo e fui caminhar e então voltei e fiz brinde de abacate para o café da manhã. Os abacates aqui são GIGANTES, então eu usei alguns dos extras para fazer uma máscara de cabelo, que eu preciso lavar quando terminar este post. Hoje é mais um feriado no Brasil, então todas as lojas estarão fechadas hoje. Acho que vou ao Parque Lage com a família da Ana hoje mais tarde. De alguma forma eu nunca fui durante o ano em que vivi aqui, então estou ansioso para ver pela primeira vez! Está a uma curta distância do meu novo apartamento, então talvez seja um novo local favorito para pendurar. Você pode reconhecê-lo no vídeo de Snoop Dogg e Pharrell, "Beautiful", um haha de reminiscência de 2002.



New Clairvaux Vineyard


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


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


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!



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 lindos! 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.




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! 



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 ... 



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



Jumpsuit - Vintage | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Boots - Lucky Brand

Mission to the desert! I really love how these photos came out. My cousin Cheyanna took all of them. She has such a good eye! In actuality Joshua Tree was so windy. My jumpsuit matched the rocks and all but really we were just trying to find a large hill that would block some of the wind! I start to feel like I'm going crazy when I'm having to squint and my hair is being blown everywhere and car doors won't stay open and ... all worth the photos later haha. I went to they gym today after work at 6:30, forgetting that it closes at 7, so I didn't really get my yayas out. I have to wake up early for a long shift tomorrow so I'm off to bed! More photos from my trip to come!

smooches on smooches


Lace & Denim

Lace Top - Victoria's Secret | Denim Dress - Thrifted | Boots - Free People

Hey hey! I hope you're doing well! I've a had a really nice couple days off. It started off with a movie/wine night in the bathtub. This has become one of my (not so guilty) pleasures. It's been quite chilly considering summer is around the corner and sometimes I just crave to be warmed to the bones, which a bath provides! The wine and movie just make it that much nicer. I tend to overheat quickly too so the movie or show distracts me and allows me to stay in a bit longer. You should try it ;). I've been to the gym both days I had off too. I was so sore this morning from yesterday but I still went to a Butt/Belly/Thighs workout class this morning. I don't think it would have been very hard if I hadn't been SO sore. It felt good to move all that lactic acid through my system though and I rolled out my muscles a bit on a foam roller after class. Afterwards I went to get a smoothie. Did you guys know that Jamba Juice has a 'secret' menu? I thought I'd try one that was recommended called the "Red Gummy." It was a little too sweet for me but it did taste so much like a gummy bear! I'll probably stick with my favorite Peanut Butter Banana one ;). 




Bom dia babes! Today is my Monday so to speak but I have begun working more at night rather than in the morning so I've had a very leisurely morning. I went to the gym yesterday and am so sore today. I had trouble crouching down to get something from a bottom drawer in my dresser this morning haha. I love being sore though. It lets me know that I actually worked yesterday! With a work schedule that fluctuates, so does the rest of my schedule ... but so far it's working well for me. It's nice to sometimes have mornings off, and sometimes be done by noon. It's a nice balance. Plus, working so close to where I live means that no time is wasted on commuting so I still feel like have a lot of free time. Last year I felt like my life revolved around working ... making sure I got enough sleep for work, that my car had gas in it, and I didn't have a lot of time to grocery shop and focus on what I was feeding myself. I am so grateful for where I'm at. 




Good afternoon babes! I was supposed to have today off but I got a call right after yoga this morning that someone needs tonight covered. Luckily I didn't have any plans until later tonight so that works out pretty well. And now I get to postpone my free day, which I'm not mad at. The Grand Prix was in Long Beach this weekend which meant it was really busy at work and parking was almost impossible. I worked from 2-midnight on Saturday and then 8:30-4:30 Sunday so I was exhausted last night. Nothing too exciting to update you on.



Desert Dance

These photos deserve a little intro. When I went to the desert, this was a big vision that I wanted to create. It was really fun to play with my creativity and movement. I'm really happy with how they turned out. This dress is something my mom gave me. I had a gypsy themed 21st birthday - a lovely party with live music and lots of dancing in my mom's backyard. And I wore this dress ... six years ago! It has returned for yet another spotlight moment. 

Today is my Friyay! After work I picked up my newly framed paintings, went to the bank, went to the gym with Joeye and then we got dinner at a Thai restaurant I used to go to all the time last year. I'm feeling sleeeeepy right about now. My body is so sore. I love it haha! 



The Final Hour

Today was pretty great. Work was really slow this morning so I got sent home after just two hours and decided to go sign up for that gym that will be opening up soon downtown. They have a good deal going on right now and they have another location that's only 20 minutes away that I can go to in the meantime. Dancing once a week isn't enough! I'm excited to take advantage of both the equipment and the classes. After signing up for the gym I went to yoga outside on the bluff and then to get some tea. When I got home and saw that I got a parking ticket (I forgot about the damn street sweeping) and was feeling a bit frustrated so I headed to the gym and let off some steam haha. I'm feeling good and sore after a nice hot shower. 

Happy Monday 



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I hope you all had a nice weekend. I just wrapped up mine with a steaming hot, candle-lit bath and I'm feeling particularly pampered. This last week my friend Hannah came to spend the day with me. We first met during my year in Rio de Janeiro and she currently lives in San Francisco. The last time I was up there to go to the Solange concert with my friend Christina we didn't get to see each other, so I'm so glad it worked out this time around! We walked seven miles along the beach together just catching up and soaking in the rare warm day. It's always so nice to catch up with old friends! Thanks for a lovely visit Miss Hannah! 



Hello and happy Saturday night! Yesterday I picked up this lovely cheetah print number at the Salvation Army along with an oversized, double-breasted black blazer (with gold buttons!). I was excited to take photos in this dress today. It's a little big but perfect with a belt. I tried on so many waist belts in my closet and they all looked great with it. I decided on the brown one in the photos because I got it at the same thrift store a couple months ago. Entirely thrifted outfits ftw!! The fabric has this wrinkle-proof texture which will be perfect for the belted look because it won't bunch like normal fabric. I was feeling quite saucy in my matching nail/lipstick combo as well. It looks as though the weather in Long Beach is finally going to warm up in the middle of this week and I am so looking forward to a little less layering.