Sweater Weather

Sweater - Nakd | Jeans - Flea Market (Lee Jeans) | Boots - Thrifted

Last night we had a guest teacher who taught Afro-Haitian/Cuban dance. It’s always so nice to dance in different styles - a welcomed challenge. My back is so sore! I’ve spent the majority of the day studying but I slept in (for the first time since Rio!) and went on a nice park walk with my sissy for a little break mid-day. I’m currently at a coffee shop downtown and will head home soon. Does anyone else have so much trouble studying at home? I’ve always had to get out of the house if I want to maintain concentration. 

Ontem à noite tivemos um professor convidado que ensinou dança afro-haitiana / cubana. É sempre bom dançar em estilos diferentes - um desafio bem-vindo. Minhas costas estão tão doloridas! Eu passei a maior parte do dia estudando, mas eu dormi (pela primeira vez desde o Rio!) E fui em um belo parque andar com minha maricas para um pequeno intervalo no meio do dia. Atualmente, estou em um café no centro da cidade e voltarei para casa em breve. Alguém mais tem dificuldade em estudar em casa? Eu sempre tive que sair de casa se quisesse manter a concentração.

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!

beijos

Mariamma

Made in Guarda

This was the shop I got that lovely little mamão skirt from. I’m so glad we went in this shop. The very sweet girl that attended to us, I wish I remembered her name, said that each season has a new theme. This season the theme was Costa Rica, hence all the pura vida, tropical references. Yesterday I watched almost the whole season of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show on tidying. The main takeaways from the show was only keeping things in your life that spark joy and will serve you moving forward. When you get rid of each thing, you thank it for what it has done for you, making it a thoughtful process, full of gratitude. My #1 New Years resolution was to check in with myself more and so I was very enticed by the idea of bringing this level of self-awareness into tidying and not accumulating unneeded items. I feel like I tackled some of this when I moved out of my Long Beach apartment. I got rid of a LOT. I went through all my clothes and asked myself if this item made me happy to wear. And I got rid of almost all of my miscellaneous items. It truly made me feel lighter, free-er, which was the goal as I made this move abroad. When I do eventually move home I know I will have to invest in some basic things like a bed again, but not having those big items also makes the next move a lot simpler and easier. I also refolded all my clothes while watching using her method so you can see everything in the drawer.

Essa foi a loja que eu peguei daquela linda e pequena saia mamão. Estou muito feliz por termos ido a esta loja. A menina muito doce que atendeu a nós, eu gostaria de lembrar o nome dela, disse que cada estação tem um novo tema. Nesta temporada o tema foi a Costa Rica, daí toda a pura vida, referências tropicais. Ontem eu assisti quase toda a temporada do programa Netflix de Marie Kondo sobre arrumação. As principais conclusões do show foram apenas manter as coisas em sua vida que despertam a alegria e vão ajudá-lo a seguir em frente. Quando você se livra de cada coisa, você agradece pelo que fez por você, tornando-se um processo pensativo, cheio de gratidão. Minha resolução nº 1 do Ano Novo foi checar mais comigo mesmo e, por isso, fiquei muito atraído pela ideia de levar esse nível de autoconsciência para arrumar e não acumular itens desnecessários. Eu sinto como se tivesse resolvido um pouco disso quando me mudei do meu apartamento em Long Beach. Eu me livrei de muito. Passei por todas as minhas roupas e me perguntei se esse item me deixava feliz de usar. E me livrei de quase todos os meus itens diversos. Isso realmente me fez sentir mais leve, livre, o que era o objetivo enquanto eu fazia esse movimento para o exterior. Quando eu finalmente mudar para casa, eu sei que vou ter que investir em algumas coisas básicas como uma cama de novo, mas não ter esses itens grandes também torna o próximo passo muito mais simples e fácil. Eu também recoloquei todas as minhas roupas enquanto assistia usando o método dela para que você pudesse ver tudo.

lighter and free-er <3

Mariamma

Mamão

Hi babes. I am making this post hastily because I’m meeting a friend in Lapa in just a bit. Ever since I got my hands on this papaya skirt I have been thinking up a shoot idea. Ceci pulled me into the little shop in Floripa called Made in Guarda. One of the things I love most about little boutiques in Brasil is that they have these amazing prints and they will have a whole collection of different designs all in the same print. For example, this print came in shorts, a little slip dress, etc. I also ended up getting my NYE dress there (all white of course). Have a lovely night, and keep it juicy ;)

Oi babes. Estou fazendo este post apressadamente porque estou encontrando um amigo na Lapa em apenas um pouquinho. Desde que coloquei minhas mãos nesta saia de papaia, tenho pensado em uma ideia de filmagem. Ceci me puxou para a pequena loja em Floripa chamada Made in Guarda. Uma das coisas que eu mais amo nas pequenas butiques do Brasil é que eles têm essas estampas incríveis e eles terão uma coleção inteira de desenhos diferentes, todos na mesma estampa. Por exemplo, esta impressão veio em shorts, um pequeno vestido de deslizamento, etc. Eu também acabei adquirindo meu vestido de NYE lá (tudo branco claro que). Tenha uma noite linda e mantenha-a suculenta ;)

smooch

Mariamma

Mood Board

Oh here we go again! :) I like to save photos that inspire me on Instagram and every so often create a virtual, ‘90s style wall collage. Cork boards and lots of tape … some very good memories! Anyways, here are some images that inspire me artistically. There is so much beauty being created and captured on the daily! I am feeling under the weather today so this was a nice sick-day evening activity. I hope you all have a more exciting Saturday night haha.

Vamos de novo! :) Eu gosto de salvar fotos que me inspiram no Instagram e de vez em quando criam uma colagem de parede virtual dos anos 90. Pranchas de cortiça e muita fita… algumas memórias muito boas! De qualquer forma, aqui estão algumas imagens que me inspiram artisticamente. Há tanta beleza sendo criada e capturada no dia a dia! Eu estou me sentindo um pouco doente hoje, então esta foi uma boa noite de trabalho doentio. Espero que todos tenham uma noite de sábado mais emocionante haha.

xoxo

Mariamma

Veste Rio

Happy Sunday! Yesterday I headed downtown to check out an event called Veste Rio where a bunch of local fashion labels had pop-up shops and sample sales. There were food trucks, a bar, and live music. It was all very close to Museo do Amanhã, which I went to with Dana only a couple weeks ago. After trying on a couple swimsuits at different shops I stumbled on Dajô where the items were marked so low! I found a super cute gingham set that you may have seen on my Instagram story. It was so cheap! And it’s all linen so it will be perfect as it starts to get hotter here in Rio. After I’d made my purchase I got a beer and listened (and danced a bit) to the all female Samba band. It was a lovely Saturday night. Now I’m off to see A Star is Born at the theatre. There’s been so much buzz about this movie so I’m excited to see it!

Feliz domingo! Ontem eu fui ao centro para conferir um evento chamado Veste Rio, onde um monte de grifes de moda locais tinha lojas pop-up e amostras de vendas. Havia caminhões de comida, um bar e música ao vivo. Foi tudo muito próximo do Museo do Amanhã, que eu fui com o Dana apenas algumas semanas atrás. Depois de experimentar alguns trajes de banho em lojas diferentes, tropecei no Dajô, onde os itens estavam tão marcados! Eu encontrei um conjunto de guingão super fofo que você pode ter visto na minha história do Instagram. Foi tão barato! E é tudo de linho, então será perfeito, já que começa a ficar mais quente aqui no Rio. Depois que fiz minha compra, peguei uma cerveja e escutei (e dancei um pouco) para a banda de samba feminina. Foi uma bela noite de sábado. Agora eu vou ver A Star is Born no teatro. Tem havido muito burburinho sobre este filme, então estou ansioso para vê-lo!

xoxo

Mariamma


New Apartment!

Hello hello!I am very happy to inform you that I have found an apartment here in Rio! The last two weeks I was staying at a hostel in Copacabana and though it was very fun and I met a lot of really nice people, it is SO nice to have my own room again. The location of the apartment in amazing: close to the botanical gardens and the lake. I would like to make walking along the lake a regular morning routine. It isn’t a touristy area as well so things are cheaper and it feels less hectic. I also have a little personal terrace off my room and there is a little patio off the living room, where these photos were taken. I was so tired yesterday after moving because I went out with some friends from the hostel to celebrate my last night there. It was a boat party that took us across the bay to Niterói, all the while playing music and serving caipirinhas. I had a great time dancing with everyone. The only downside was being stuck next to all the people who smoke cigarettes. I still have a cough after being sick so I’ve been trying to avoid being around smoke but there was nowhere to go that night haha. Dancing on a boat in the ocean was a great way to celebrate that I officially live here now! I’m so grateful. Now I need to go get some lunch and then some groceries (never go shopping hungry ;). 

Estou muito feliz em informar que encontrei um apartamento aqui no Rio! As duas últimas semanas eu estava hospedada em um albergue em Copacabana e apesar de ter sido muito divertido e eu conheci muitas pessoas legais, é tão bom ter meu próprio quarto novamente. A localização do apartamento em incrível: perto dos Jardim Botânico e do Lagoa. Eu gostaria de fazer uma caminhada ao longo do lago uma rotina matinal regular. Também não é uma área turística, por isso as coisas são mais baratas e menos agitadas. Eu também tenho um pequeno terraço pessoal fora do meu quarto e há um pequeno pátio fora da sala de estar, onde estas fotos foram tiradas. Eu estava tão cansado ontem depois de me mudar porque eu saí com alguns amigos do albergue para celebrar minha última noite lá. Foi uma festa de barco que nos levou pela baía até Niterói, tocando música e servindo caipirinhas. Eu me diverti muito dançando com todos. A única desvantagem estava sendo preso ao lado de todas as pessoas que fumam cigarros. Eu ainda tenho tosse depois de estar doente, então eu tenho tentado evitar fumar, mas não havia para onde ir naquela noite haha. Dançar em um barco no oceano foi uma ótima maneira de celebrar que eu moro oficialmente aqui agora! Eu estou tão agradecido. Agora eu preciso ir almoçar e fazer compras (nunca vá às compras com fome ;).

bjs gente

Mariamma

Museo do Amanhã

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Dana and her little family. She and I studied abroad together here in Rio five years ago but she moved back a while later and ended up getting married and having a baby. She lives back in her hometown of Chicago but it just so happened that she would be bringing her baby to Brazil for the first time this week! It was so lovely to reconnect with her. She has always been someone that makes everything more fun. And meeting her husband and baby was icing on the cake. We met at Confeitaria Colombo which is a historical landmark here in Rio. It opened originally in 1894 and still stands in its original building. It’s known for its pastries and for its chic reputation; until 1970 men had to wear full suits and women had to be wearing hats in order to dine there. I had a delicious hazelnut pastry. After our little sugar rush we walked to Museu do Amanhã to admire the building and all the surrounding murals. The day ended in Santa Teresa, an adorable neighborhood above downtown on a steep hill. We shared a big pot of moqueca which is a seafood curry of sorts with coconut milk, spicy oil, and creamed rice. The museum didn’t exist when I was here five years ago and I hadn’t been back to Santa Teresa in a long time so it was nice to mix the old and the new. I hope you’re all having a lovely day, wherever you are. 

Ontem passei o dia com minha amiga Dana e sua pequena família. Ela e eu estudamos no exterior juntos aqui no Rio há cinco anos, mas ela voltou um tempo depois e acabou se casando e tendo um bebê. Ela mora em sua cidade natal, Chicago, mas aconteceu que ela estaria trazendo seu bebê para o Brasil pela primeira vez esta semana! Foi tão lindo se reconectar com ela. Ela sempre foi alguém que torna tudo mais divertido. E conhecer o marido e o bebê era a cereja no bolo. Nós nos conhecemos na Confeitaria Colombo, que é um marco histórico aqui no Rio. Foi inaugurado originalmente em 1894 e ainda está em seu prédio original. É conhecido por seus doces e por sua reputação chique; até 1970, os homens tinham que usar ternos completos e as mulheres tinham que usar chapéus para jantar lá. Eu tinha uma deliciosa massa de avelã. Depois da correria do açúcar, caminhamos até o Museu do Amanhã para admirar o prédio e todos os murais da redondeza. O dia terminou em Santa Teresa, um bairro adorável acima do centro da cidade em uma colina íngreme. Nós tínhamos compartilhado uma panela grande de moqueca que é um caril de frutos do mar ou tipos com leite de coco, óleo picante, e arroz chamuscado. O museu não existia quando eu estava aqui há cinco anos e eu não voltava a Santa Teresa há muito tempo, então foi legal misturar o antigo e o novo. Espero que todos vocês tenham um ótimo dia, onde quer que estejam.

amor

Mariamma

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

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

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

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

Mars

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

Mariamma

Little Dove

Top - Boohoo | Jeans - Fashion Nova

Hello and happy hump day! Today is finally my Friday. I got scheduled for 10 days in a row, so basically two weeks of work all crammed together, but I've finally made it to the promised land! And guess what I get to do tomorrow!? I get to go see my cousin Cheyanna in Joshua Tree and meet her new baby! I am so excited to visit with her and spend some time in the desert. Yesterday I took a pile of clothes that has been sitting in a corner of my room to get tailored. The first place I went was a cleaners/tailor but when I started going through the items the woman cut me off and said she was in the middle of eating lunch and could I come back in 2.5 hours ... I was so confused. I had to go to work in a little over an hour and I felt like she was just turning me away. So I packed my stuff up and found a tailor a few blocks away that is super legit, and all men sewing in the back! The older man at the front had me try everything on and pinned it accordingly. One of my items is a cheetah print maxi dress that I got at the thrift store. I want to shorten it into a mini dress and man was he encouraging that. He kept telling me I could probably make it shorter haha. Very different from when my mom hems my clothes. I'm really excited to get it all back in a week.

xx 

Mariamma

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 

Mariamma

Spring Mood Board

The new Instagram feature where you can save photos has quickly turned into a mood board. Scrolling through, I started to realize how cohesive my photos and interests are and thought they would make a nice collage to share. I hope these images inspire you as they've inspired me! There is a lot about social media that doesn't sit right with me but the ability to share and have access to inspirational art is undeniable. 

Enjoy 

Mariamma

Cheetah

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. 

<3 

Mariamma

Lauren's Birthday

Hey there sweet thangs! Last night I went to see Jumanji with a friend and it was so much better than I expected! I thought it was going to just be a remake of the original but everything about it was modernized. We laughed a ton :). These photos were taken this past weekend in San Diego. I really love going to visit Lauren. I've been down to visit her enough times now that we spend half the time visiting places I know and love, and the other half exploring places I have not yet been. It feels like a home away from home thanks to Lauren's lovely hosting. She's always trying to convince me to move there but I am still partial to Long Beach. It's so nice to have a little change of scenery though. 

Mariamma

2018

Hello loves. I'm sitting in a coffee shop off 2nd street. I had an appointment on this end of town and I decided it was a good excuse for a bike ride. It only takes me about 15-20 minutes to get clear across town. Long Beach really is a little slice of heaven! I took the bike path along the beach, bundled in my vintage minnie mouse bomber and listened to Olivia's seven minute voice note with my headphones for half the ride. She just officially finished her masters! So exciting!! 

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Years. I spent NYE with some of my old friends from High School. We all met up at Jared's house in Venice for a lovely little reunion. This past weekend I headed down to San Diego for Lauren's birthday. It was wonderful to catch up with her and Marina, dance, speak some Portuguese, eat some pão de queijo, etc. It was an ideal way to spend the first moments of 2018. I am so excited for what this year holds. 2017 was anything but predictable and it's so funny that I assumed my life would get more and more predictable as I got older. I don't make this assumption anymore ;) 

cheers to new years and new possibilities 

xo 

Mariamma

Le Pastel

velvet shift dress - lulus.com | faux fur jacket - urban outfitters

Hello hello little stranger. I am currently lounging in bed. Today is my Sunday night so to speak and it's been a very lovely 'weekend.' I've been conspiring with a few friends to go on a little getaway. One of my college roommates that I lived with in the dorms is getting her Ph.D. in Santa Barbara and we may have a little reunion next month, plus my friend Lauren in San Diego has a birthday coming up so I may head down there as well. I've had quite a strong travel bug lately and I need an adventure! I finally invested in a 50mm 1.4 lens and I'm obsessed. I just need a smaller case so I can bring my camera everywhere without having to worry too much. I also reinvested in Lightroom and Photoshop and have been having so much fun teaching myself new - more professional - ways of editing. It's a whole new world! 

Hope you're happy. 

xx 

Mariamma