Ph. Nuno Calisto // ZARA sweater and boyfriend jeans, PARFOIS chain necklace, CK watch, CHIADO FACTORY rings, ANARTXY bracelet and small medal bracelet from MERCI in Paris.

It’s not very often that I find clothing with messages (read t-shirts and sweaters ’cause that’s as far as it goes for me) that appeal to me. I love typography, yet, most things I come across are just so dull, uninteresting, either too girly or just plain stupid and I have to shop in the man’s department in order to get something nicer. And then there are these, just plain pretentious but too cool to pass! :)

Plus, now that I have to pay a bit more attention to what I wear to work, a cool oversized and cozy sweatshirt is all I want to live in on a saturday afternoon. Call me lazy, who cares? I just love it – and my Saturdays are supposed to be lazy: it’s my favorite day of the week! And no, I’m neither a princess or a rock star. I am comfortably somewhere in between… And I love it that way.

Thanks again, Nuno, my dear, for the pictures. You rock! ;)

If there’s a make-up brand I’d say I’m really fond of, it would have to be BENEFIT. Let’s see: First, there’s the packaging – colorful, fun, with an amazing retro vibe; secondly, there’s the whole bubbly/sassy vibe and overall positive feeling the brand inspires; and finally, there’s the simple fact that the products are really good. I’ve tried most of them, probably – I don’t wear that much make-up but I’ve been a fan for years and I also took a free workshop they were having at SEPHORA last month, which gave me the chance to give some things a go.

I can easily count a few BENEFIT favorites on my make-up bag, especially concealers (a perpetually tired looking girl’s best friend – Boi-ing and Erase Paste are among my favorites, along with Double Wear (from Estée Lauder) and All About Eyes (Clinique), since Confessions of a Concealaholic was my first ever decent make-up buy and I still have it. That’s one thing about them, too: they always have these little kits available, with miniatures of their products bound together for specific results. Quite lovely. :)

Anyway, I’ll do a ‘Make-Up Favorites’ post for you later, if you like. Yet, today, I want to talk to you about two particular new favorites – the They’re Real! power duo (it’s actually a trio, as you can see in the picture above, if we count in the remover). If you’ve been reading me for at least a year (thank you!), you know I wish I had longer lashes. Remember my extensions? Yeah, turns out that doesn’t work so well for me. I’m not an high maintenance kind of girl and though I tried, I am way too lazy to commit to any kind of torture that comes in form of a routine. Ok, no pain no gain, but in this case, balancing the plates, my full, wide and long lashes didn’t get me much worth of note, so I pass. Plus, who am I kidding?! It doesn’t look exactly natural…

Which means I am always on the hunt for best-mascara-ever! I’ve tried plenty, yet most don’t do exactly what they say (what a surprise…). I’ve realized over time that rubber brushes work best for me – they give away a more natural, fluid look (I like them long and voluminous but I want to be able to open my eyes!…). I found my needs answered in the They’re Real! mascara at last. I’ve heard about it for long but haven’t yet tried. And because a picture is worth a thousand words, they say (and I write too much already) check the results bellow.

It’s not over the top neither insignificant – it’s just enough to widen the eye open and give it more expression. Plus, it lasts all day and works perfectly (for me at least) with just one swipe. So, yes, it became an instant favorite, worthy of my love and loyalty until death tears us apart (or something better). Also pretty damn great is their new eyeliner, from the same line – pitch black, gel texture, with an easy applicator and extra-long lasting (Really! I bought the remover because it doesn’t stray away easily with anything). I’ve been using it regularly and am in love with it. Highly recommended! :)

Enjoy your weekend! xx

First off, I’m sorry for my sudden disappearance. I’m still alive and in good health and mood, thank you. :) Actually I’d have to blame WordPress for making this absence longer, because prior to my departure to Paris (you might have noticed I was there through my Instagram), I had 3 posts ready to publish – THREE!! – and Worpress just ‘puff!’ made them disappear, when I was so proud of my blogger manners…

Anyway, we’ll get back on track soon. The last weeks have been a bit hectic with a sudden new job, classes, friends and a general effort to get my life back on track – you can’t imagine how much I love to curse days for being only 24h long! – so I haven’t been able to prepare anything to update the blog. I have plenty of stuff in line, though. Stay tunned! ;)

Last Friday night, me and my friend F. were talking about boys (like all girls do), and I was telling her how handsome french men are, till we reach the conclusion that Christmas is the most lovely time of the year for many reasons but also to watch TV (odd course of thoughts, I know). Why? Because the loooong breaks between any show are filled with fragrance commercials, with gorgeous men and women for us to droll over. Futile approach? Definitely, but who doesn’t love beautiful things?!

Yet, I don’t watch TV. So, to be quite honest, I don’t really indulge in those fragrance crushes that much, though I love them like I told you before in here. I’d rather immerse myself in the pages of my worst addiction – magazines. And as I was reading MIXT(E), I came across a note on Chlóe‘s new fragrance Love Story, I flirted with at the airport Duty-Free shop yet decided to resist to…

Guess what? Clémence Poésy is the face of the new fragrance. Poésy, one of my biggest girl crushes (I’m not only fond of french men, I am also a big fan of french women)!! How can I resist this?? Not to mention I am already sold to Chlóe anyway… (I wear Love, Chloé Eau Florale). However, I really do need a new bottle anyway, so this might’ve just become a powerful argument… (Damn, I am so easy!)

Besides Clémence, the commercial was directed by the also very lovely Mélanie Laurent, and is super sweet, sexy and fun. Poésy impersonates that dangerous type of woman I just love (and probably of lot of man and women do too): youthful, fun, open, sexy and innocent at the same time, graceful with a hint of mystery, and full of that carefree vibe…

Feel free to check the video bellow and inspired by the music of the also wonderful Vanessa Paradis (I’m still mad at Johnny Depp for leaving her – and I adore Johnny Depp) fall in love, just like I did.

P.S.: Who wouldn’t love to start a love story like this?? Oh, l’amour… ;)

In case you haven’t noticed on my Instagram (feel free to follow though I’m only just recently reconciling with the app) I am now very officially blonde. For those still in shock, well, not that I have to but I kinda warned you I was thinking about it. When a woman needs a change, the hair is usually the first thing to go under. Wether you cut it or tint it, it’s always a refreshment and somehow it helps to create an imaginary clean slate, like ‘from now on this is who I am’. And apparently, for 2 weeks now, I’m a proud blondie. It seemed very weird at first (it had to – it’s the most dramatic change I ever took on my looks!)… it didn’t feel like me! I’d come across a mirror and had to take a step back to make sure – is that you?? Yet, now, I think I’m already used to it. And actually like it. Even with the rough contrast with my brows (especially with the rough contrast with my brows)! It’s funny… I always said I would NEVER go blonde! However, I also said I would never do or allow a few other things in my life. Turns out, you should never really say never. And in the end, it’s only just hair.


The BEST part of being blonde:
// Creatively is much more fun – I feel much more like dressing up and looking good because when you have platinum hair it’s very easy to look cheap or trashy… and no can do. Indirectly I end up felling more confident because I do stand out from the crowd and, for a change, I don’t mind it.
// My roots are drier – I have oily hair, so I usually wash it every-single-day. Yet through the process of discoloring the hair, the scalp gets drier hence the need of washing my hair isn’t daily anymore. Which means getting ready much faster and using less shampoo and styling products, plus water and electric resources.
// Being compared to Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johansson – I am not the biggest fan of both and neither do I relate in any way to them, but the concept about these ladies kinda makes it a compliment.

The WORST part of being blonde:
// It’s very expensive and very high maintenance – This ‘little’ change cost me around 200€ (with the dyeing, haircut and haircare products) and 4h of my life. Since I had never dyed my hair in a salon this came as quite a shock to the silly me, used to pay 30€ tops for an haircut. Worse, I have to retouch the roots every 3 weeks because…
// My hair grows terribly fast! – On the bright side, yay for this (good to know); on the other hand, I hate to see the dark roots. Shakira may work it alright, however I am not Shakira, so I either find a way to disguise the growth, get used to it or surrender and accept that less than once a month I have to spend a few long hours of my life to make sure it looks decent.
// The hair gets really damaged - It does. So you have to take really good care of it every-single-day. And to not wreck it completely, you have to be very careful and do your homework and do not overuse styling tools like hairdryers, curling irons and straighteners. And do not forget the damn serum! (Remember, Tatiana!!!)

Where did I do it?
Ilidio Design Cabeleireiros by Carlos Gago
Av. João de Deus Ramos, C. C. Girassolum, 1º piso Coimbra, Portugal
T: (+351) 239 701 516

I was very satisfied with the service. At first my hair looked a bit too yellow for my taste, I wasn’t pleased, and Carlos stepped in immediately to make sure I was happy and solved the problem. I’d been hearing about his work for years and finally decided to give it a try – it was a rather radical change to put it in the hands of someone random – and I’m very happy I did. :)

Last Tuesday I decided to get my ass out of bed earlier than usual to go with some friends to Feira da Ladra – the most famous open air market of my beloved Lisbon. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular… I wanted to get lucky enough to score a few major finds, but 1) I didn’t find that many things to strike me regretlessly (I believe Saturdays are better for this); 2) I really have to work on my bargaining skills to get good at this. Yet, I still managed to come home with a few things: a gorgeous (and pretty heavy) table mirror, a whole box of crystals to make a lot of statement necklaces, a lovely tin flower that serves only for decoration and nothing else but is still very cute, and finally a few comic books of my favorite mangas when growing up – Sailor Moon and Rurouni Kenshin (you know, my childhood called, I had to answer!). I’ll show you these in its proper setting in due time. Shortly before leaving I found this vendor with a giant collection of vintage jewelry. I ended up not buying anything because I’d spend enough money already, but I’m still hung up on a couple of silver rings I saw there… Which means I’ll be probably coming back soon (for that and for the VW Love Bug in 4th picture). :) Meanwhile I leave you with some pictures I took with my phone, just because Lisbon is gorgeous and I could play tourist with it in hand all the time.

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I’m still quite ambivalent on wether I should’ve bought these sunnies or not… 

Where: Campo de Santa Clara, Lisboa
When: Tuesdays and Saturdays (Saturdays is better to arrive early; on Tuesdays 9h30/10h is fine)
Best finds: Vintage / 2nd Hand clothing, decor pieces, jewelry and acessories

Yesterday, as I was cruising SOLESTRUCK – the online almost equivalent of a treasure hunt (most models there are what I call the beasts of the beauties) – I came across something that simultaneously filled me with joy and guilt: the collaboration between the super awesome Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller and SUPERGA, the Italian version of the Vespa in footwear.

Why the guilt? Because where the hell was I when the collection was launched back in July?? Shame on you, girl! Why the joy? Because I’ve been meaning to buy a pair for awhile. However I was way too inclined to the white ones, which is just silly because I already have 3 pairs of white trainers. Turns out the powder pink satin ones Leandra came up with are just the ultimate perfection, balancing graciously femininity and coolness. The bright side of old news like these? They are now on sale! YAY! :D

Ph. SUPERGA x The Man Repeller

The video is also very nice, very ‘Leandra’, with the quirky her outfits (attention – I ADORE her style!) and funny expressions.  :) They come in army green, light blue, yellow (looove) and black. Oh and printed. Read more about the collaboration in here and feel free to watch the video bellow. :)

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”, said Susan Sontag. Yet, it could’ve been me – I’ve been dreaming of traveling the world my whole life. I do still every day (for instance). The only traveling I was allowed to do until I become an official adult, though, was through my imagination (and I did and awesome job there, I might add) with the help of books and movies and stuff like that. Then, when I was 18, I traveled for the first time – to my beloved Paris. In an impulse – I had 4 days off from work, I had to go – I booked a ticket and just did it. It felt great. After that, a few short trips followed, mostly with my ex-boyfriend, and in the summer of 2010 I had my last ‘big’ trip – a girls thing, short but so fun. Ever since (counting out my Angola adventures), for various reasons, I haven’t seen much from my list of everywhere and I have to admit it kills me inside…

Ph. Connor Bleakley (via Flickr)

I miss traveling. I do. But I miss traveling in a way I don’t even know. I miss something I never had. I dream about getting a damn backpack and run out the door into the world. Before, I wanted to do it with friends or a significant other (whatever that means); I used to think I couldn’t do it alone, because it would be so depressing not to have anyone to share the whole thing with. Then, over time, I realized it would be way more sad to spend my life waiting for someone to tag along in the pursuit of my dreams. Relationships end, friends have their own agendas, everyone has their plans and timing. That’s just how life is and it’s OK. It only happens that I hate being dependable. This way I’ve been convincing myself I can do it, I have to do it, I need to do it, despite all the naysayers and general misunderstanding of my purpose, which, to be honest, I’m not even aware of for real. I know I want to see the world with all its wonders and flaws, to meet new people and their stories, to experience things out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself and to grow. Perhaps I fall in that ‘finding myself’ cliché. Perhaps I do. After all clichés exist for a reason. I know I want to live more than I’ve lived until now, and I’m not getting any younger.

Ph. (via Flickr)

Some people enjoy stories of alcohol, sex, drugs and rock&roll (the ones that usually start with “oh, I was so wasted!”). Yeah, I’ve done that for little while. Not for me. I kinda need more than that. Not that I don’t like a good booze every now and then (far less frequently than before as I get older), dancing in the rain, making out under the stars, wait for the sunrise and have long conversations over the sunset. I love it all. I also love long walks, discovering ‘secret’ places, conversations with strangers, improvised pick-nicks, and so many other things that for me make life worth living. Maybe I crave newness too much, maybe I want so much out of life it I make it actually harder to live. Today I found a quote by Simone de Beauvoir that basically sums it all up: “I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.” And BAM!! – I believe I just found one of my (dead) soulmates – see you in the afterlife S.! Perhaps the thing is I don’t know what I want for real, who I am deep down my core, but I do know I really really want to put my finger on it. And I figured The World could be a pretty good school for that. After all, to travel is never a waste of time or money and all the rest is manageable.

Ph. Moyan Brenn (via Flickr)

Over the past couple of years (as I’ve nurtured these thoughts more seriously) I’ve had the chance to meet plenty of people who’ve inspired me with their stories (mostly guys, sadly), and have also given me ideas about how I can make this work (you know, without going brooke after a month) – I guess it is true that you attract what you wish for. I also found these 2 awesome blogs about solo female travel that have been working their spell on me: World Of Wanderlust and Grease & Glamour, both from ladies with incredible stories I envy in a very healthy way.

I’d be lying to you if I said I’m not scared of it all (and this isn’t something I admit very easily) – I am scared of failing, of it all going terribly wrong, but most of all I am scared I might never really find the courage to take that step… Lame, uh? Yeah, so that’s why I’ve got to star planning! That’s the thing about dreams… when you find the courage to go after them they’re not dreams anymore, they become your reality and it might not be as pretty as you’d imagine. Yet, it’s real. And you’ll have to dream new dreams.

Anyway, enough of this, because this post is supposed to inspire YOU! I’m inspired enough already. ;) So, if you happen to find yourself daydreamin’ about traveling too (and through my experience, a lot of people are), here are some of my favorite travel quotes to, who knows, maybe push you a bit more out the door. ;)

1. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” / Augustine of Hippo

2. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” / Lao Tzu

3. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” / Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

4. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” / Anita Desai

5. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” / Mark Twain

Ph. Alex Saurel (via Flickr)

6. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”Samuel Johnson

7. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”Samuel Johnson

8. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”Cesare Pavese

9. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” / Henry Miller

10. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” / Mark Twain

Ph. Vicki Mar (via Flickr)

11. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” / Miriam Beard

12. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”Paul Theroux

13. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” / Bill Bryson

14. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” / Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” / James Michener

Ph. Patrick Smith (via Flickr)

16. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” / Pat Conroy

17. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” / Maya Angelou

18. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” / William Least Heat Moon

19. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” / Mark Jenkins

20. “Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.” / Blaise Pascal

Ph. Maurizio Peddis (via Flickr)

21. “As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” / Margaret Mead

22. “Too often… I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” / Louis L’Amour

23. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.’” / Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

24. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” / Alan Keightley

25. “Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” / Ray Bradbury

Ph. Rushen (via Flickr)

26. “A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse… and thinks of home.” / Carl Burns

27. “One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.” / Charles Dickens

28. “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” / John Muir

29. “To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.”Sam Keen

30. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” / Ernest Hemingway

Ph. Jesse Estes (via Flickr)

31. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”Marcel Proust

32. “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” / Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

33. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” / Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

34. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson’s Essays

35. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”Judith Thurman

Laos & Cambodja 2010
Ph. Willem Kaspers (via Flickr)

36. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” / Gustave Flaubert

37. “But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

38. “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” / Jack Kerouac, On the Road

39. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Pushkar markets India October 2009
Ph. Larpoon (via Flickr)

40. “I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

41. “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” / Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

42. “We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.”Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

43. “No matter where you are, you’re always a bit on your own, always an outsider.”Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi

44. “Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” / Ryū Murakami, Coin Locker Babies

Ph. Maurizio Peddis (via Flickr)

45. “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” / Christopher McCandless

46. “Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

47. “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”George Moore, The Brook Kerith

48. “My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance.” / Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty

49. “The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” Anderson Cooper

50. “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour


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