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 … 

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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 …

xx

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

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

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

Little Red Dress

Dress - Zara

Happy Halloween loves! I had all these plans to go to a Halloween dance party tonight but I feel like I'm getting sick and I'd rather kick whatever this is rather than risk making myself sicker. So instead, I cooked a healthy Indian dish for lunch, took a bath, then a nap, made myself a spinach and berry smoothie, and now I'm watching a nature documentary series on the Yellowstone thaw in bed. Quite an atypical Halloween, but thankfully I did plenty of celebrating with Lauren and Marina this weekend. One of my coworkers threw a party and it was so fun to see all of my work homies not only out of their work clothes, but decked out in crazy costumes. Luckily I don't work tomorrow so I can sleep in and hopefully get rid of this. My body does not like the cold which has always been so interesting to me since most of my ancestors (that I know of) came from pretty extreme cold. For some reason I'm just a heat-loving, tropical baby ... shrug*. 

xo 

Mariamma

Gypsy Summer

Jacket - Zara | Swimsuit - Myra Swim | Choker - Lulus

Yup, a little sneak preview of the new place! I have been without internet this week (it's getting installed on Friday!) so I've been exploring the local coffee shop scene and renting movies to watch while I unpack. Today the maintenance guy fixed my closet bar so I can finally hang up my dresses. I now have two whole closets and I honestly don't know how I fit all these clothes in just one. I have SO many clothes and shoes. Not complaining but damn is it a bitch to move it all and reorganize! I've been traveling around all summer and living out of a suitcase so it's been like Xmas discovering all the things I've missed wearing and looking at. My place feels amazing. I think I am appreciative of what I have in a bigger and deeper way than ever before. Crazy how the universe just finds a way to teach you exactly what you need to understand.

Good omen update: when I was driving the Uhaul to my place for the first time, a monarch butterfly flew up the hood and then up the windshield. My family's Native culture believes that monarchs are a powerful sign of good luck, and I'd say so. I'm used to feeling lucky but these last few months put that in check a little bit. I think it's made me grateful for the good things rather than just expecting them. I didn't realize how entitled that expectation is/was until now. I'm glad for the lesson(s).

Gratefully yours, 

Mariamma