Bloomin'

Top - Vintage | Jeans - Rolla’s

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I had a really nice weekend with Ceci and Bruno, and one of Ceci’s childhood friends Leah. We went on a tour of Sierra Nevada Brewery and then ate dinner at the newly remodeled restaurant. Afterwards we had a little hot tub hang back at Ceci’s place. I ended up sleeping over and we all went on a blustery hike in the morning. Right now I am at a Mexican restaurant I worked at right after college. I just had a delicious fish taco and got to catch up with the handful of servers and cooks I know who still work here! It is raining quite a bit today and my mom kindly let me use the car to run some errands. I’ll go put some gas in the car and return it to her in a minute. My mom signed me up on her gym membership this week, which has been so nice. It is so nice to feel strong! And I want to start taking advantage of the steam room. The gyms I went to in Long Beach and Rio didn’t have saunas, pools, hot tubs or steam rooms so this is quite a luxury. I overheat so quickly though so I always bring cold water to sip on (or splash on myself haha). It really helps! Tonight there is a West African class downtown though so I’ll probably go to that instead of the gym today. It’s always nice to have active indoor activities on cold and soggy days!

Espero que todos tenham tido um fim de semana adorável! Eu tive um final de semana muito legal com Ceci e Bruno, e uma das amigas de infância de Ceci, Leah. Nós fomos em uma excursão de Sierra Nevada Brewery e então jantamos no restaurante recentemente remodelado. Depois tivemos uma pequena banheira de hidromassagem no lugar de Ceci. Acabei dormindo e todos nós fomos em uma caminhada tempestuosa pela manhã. Agora estou em um restaurante mexicano em que trabalhei logo depois da faculdade. Acabei de ter um delicioso taco de peixe e tem de apanhar com o punhado de servidores e cozinheiros sei que ainda trabalham aqui! Está chovendo bastante hoje e minha mãe gentilmente me deixou usar o carro hoje para executar alguns recados. Vou colocar gasolina no carro e devolver para ela em um minuto. Minha mãe me inscreveu em sua academia esta semana, o que tem sido muito legal. É tão bom sentir-se forte! E quero começar a aproveitar a sauna a vapor. As academias que frequentei em Long Beach e no Rio não tinham saunas, piscinas, banheiras de hidromassagem ou saunas a vapor, então é um luxo e tanto. Eu superaqueci muito rápido, então eu sempre trago água fria para beber (ou espirrar em mim haha). Isso realmente ajuda! Hoje à noite há um centro de classe da África Ocidental, então eu provavelmente vou a isso em vez da academia hoje. É sempre bom ter atividades internas ativas em dias frios e encharcad

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


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

Yosemite

Hello loves! I am chillin' in my usual coffee shop, post yoga on the bluff. I am addicted to one of the paninis here so I've been loving going to yoga and then working on the blog and eating lunch down the street. I am excited to share these photos! Yosemite is too beautiful for pictures to truly capture. I had such a nice weekend with a mixture twelve old and new friends. We camped for two nights with no reception, no electricity, just coyote howls and lots of stars. Fresh air does a body good. One thing that makes Yosemite so unique is the striking contrast between the soft green meadows and the towering rock formations and mountains. There is nothing gradual or transitory about the valley. It is two extremes that together, create a true work of art. Nature is magic. I am excited to be heading up to Chico in a couple weeks for my birthday. I have my two days there already jam-packed with plans which include more nature and a little dancing, among other things.  

Happy Monday 

Mariamma

Wild Wind

Hi babes! I just got back from Yosemite and I can't wait to show you the photos! I knew Yosemite was beautiful but in-person it was beyond striking. It was such a lovely weekend with old and new friends! I realized I've gone to three national parks in the last few months! I'm happy to be getting my nature fix. I really love traveling and seeing things for the first time. Being reminded at how gorgeous this planet is keeps what is truly important at the forefront of my mind. Nature is my therapy I suppose. I hope you all had a nice weekend, wherever you spent it! 

xx 

Mariamma

Junk Yard

T-Shirt - Hanes | Shorts - Vintage | Moccasins - Minnettonka 

This was one of the first spots my cousin took me to in the desert. Artist Noah Purifoy created this "Outdoor Desert Art Museum" out of 'junk' items. It is open to the public in the Mojave Desert and we had a lot of fun wandering around in the dust and sand. I've had today off which is nice. I am looking forward to a couple restful days. On Mothers Day last weekend I worked a 14 hour shift and I've been feeling like I'm on the verge of getting sick ever since so I'm taking it really easy today. I cleaned a bit this morning (still wasn't totally unpacked from the desert), caught up with my friend Jenelle on the phone, and then headed to my favorite coffee shop to catch up on some blogging ;) and eat one of their delicious paninis haha! I picked up all the items from the tailor yesterday and I'm thinking of doing a little post on that. I dropped off two more items yesterday though so maybe I'll wait 'til those are done as well. Getting things tailored isn't necessarily cheap, but it makes a lot more sense than throwing $$ away on cheap items that won't last. I'm really excited to wear these items that I've had tucked away for so long! 

xx 

Mariamma

Mustard

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.

cheers 

Mariamma

Anza-Borrega

Feliz Friday y'all! I don't have much planned for the rest of the day except some house projects. I'm currently at a coffee shop on 2nd street and I'm planning on picking up a painting that needed the glass fixed in the frame on my way home. A couple months back I did a post about spray-painting the frames of four pieces of artwork that I bought at the flea market. They are a set and I wanted to hang them in a certain formation together but the beams in the wall were going to make that tricky. The guy at the hardware store convinced me to buy this heavy-duty, double-sided adhesive that could hold up to 300 lbs (supposedly) to the wall. Long story short, one of them fell off of the wall (in the middle of the night I might add) and shattered. I took the rest down fearing the same fate and finally got around to getting it fixed. Now I can hang them all the old-fashioned way haha. 

Sometimes simple is better. Lesson learned. 

xo 

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

Lake Henshaw

I love the city, but this small town girl will always crave wide open spaces and some peace & quiet! I decided to give into my craving this week and took a trip to the desert. Luckily it's only a three hour drive. It's so nice to have my scenery change so drastically with just a couple hours in the car. That's the appeal of California I suppose! Everything is at your fingertips. 

Mariamma

P.S. The whales made it safely out of the channel. Apparently they weren't in a big hurry to leave even when the tide went up. Marine biologists that were watching their behavior said that they were likely cleaning barnacles off of themselves on the sand. Happy ending!

Home Body

Black Silk Maxi Slip - A gift from my Mamma

Happy Saturday! I got off of work not too long ago and am currently brainstorming on what to do with the rest of the afternoon. It's a bit chilly today so cozy things are sounding best. This evening I am going to my friend Dani's modern dance performance in Pasadena and then going out dancing with some friends in Hollywood. Should be a festive little night on the town! My friends Sabrina and Meg who I'm going out with tonight are moving to the Caribbean in about ten days, so I'm soaking up as much of them as possible before their impending departure. They have lived a few blocks away from me since I moved to Long Beach and I am so sad to lose such awesome neighbors! I'm obviously very excited for them though and have been playing with the idea of going to visit. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Cacti

Top - Thrifted | Pants - Stolen from my Ma :) | Booties - Circus by Sam Edelman 

Good morning! Today is my last day in Santa Barbara and luckily Nicole has the whole day free to spend with me! Yesterday we had lunch together and then I headed downtown while she met with a professor for a few hours. I wandered around, popping into shops while sipping on a matcha latte from Good Cup. When Nicole was done we met up and headed to dinner at a restaurant in La Arcada. I'm just waiting for her to wake up right now so we can go wander around more today. I'll head back to Long Beach this evening ... just in time for traffic. 

Have a lovely Friday! 

Mariamma

Kite Runner

These photos were taken on my first day back in Montana. I got to Charlo at midnight the night before and woke up to help my cousin and her family pack up their house and move ... down the road! They rent their house out every summer to the fire service (two pilots are staying there now) and my cousin is conveniently house sitting for a couple that lives on the closest property while they bike through Europe for two months. Luckily we traded one cute house with an awesome location for another! This was a nice pause in the day where I took the kids outside for a break from packing and cleaning to run around in the sunshine with a brand new parrot kite. 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Manhattan Beach

Whatttttup! I had a sweet little lunch date with my friend Alli today in Manhattan Beach. There are so many pricey little spots but then we stumbled on our kind of spot: cheap and tasty Mexican food! It was so nice to explore and window shop ... and I may have made a swimsuit purchase. Summer is almost here and you know I'll be ready ;). 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Desert Dessert

A few weekends ago I went on a little day trip to the desert. I just needed some silence and solitude. I love me some city, but I can't live without my nature. There is something so magical about the desert and its muted shades. No harsh hues but lots of snarled cacti that will insert themselves in your feet via your open-toed sandals ... BEWARE ;).  

smooches on smooches 

Mariamma

San Pedro

Yesterday we woke up early and went to breakfast along the Marina and then decided to use the beautiful day for some exploring. First stop was the Korean Bell of Friendship and then down the road we stopped to hike down to the Sunken City. There's still so much of LA I haven't seen, and little trips like yesterday's really remind me of that. We ended the day at a Dodger's game ... my first pro baseball game ever! We ate plenty of "Dodger Dogs" and garlic fries and drank $15 tall cans. It was a good time. :)

Happy Easter! 

Mariamma

Canopy

Happy Sunday! Today was a relaxing one for sure - and it was much needed. I had a slow morning: eating breakfast, hanging with the puppies, Jax and Bentley, and catching up with one of my best friends on the phone. I'll be heading home in a couple weeks to see all my friends, so we had some conspiring to do. Then I headed to the most relaxing Restorative Yoga class. The class is a perfect combination of stretching and napping, both of which I love! Then I came home and made a very yummy dinner while catching up on The Voice. I hope your day was just what you needed too.

Cheers to a great Monday ;) 

xoxo 

Mariamma