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Ph. Nuno Calisto (edited by me)

I’m wearing: ZARA cape, cashmere jumper and boyfriend jeans; MANGO scarf; H&M bag.

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Rings: ASOS, CHIADO FACTORY, Paris and CHIADO FACTORY again.

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These pictures were took in Aveiro (a city so close to my hometown that yet I barely know, but definitely have to take some time off to explore), back in early December, when I was still very blonde… Yes, I changed back to my old self, as you’ve probably noticed on my Instagram, but I have to confess I kinda already miss my corn colored locks.

Anyway… This outfit features two of my best buys of 2014 (3 actually, but you can’t see my REPETTO ballerinas in any of the pictures): the grey cashmere jumper and the black leather bag. The jumper is my favorite thing to wear any day of the week – I could live in it (really, I am a sucker for anything grey and it is super soft and warm – well, it’s cashmere, after all…) and the bag holds pretty much my entire world in there (more on that on the next post ;) ) – even my computer every other day of the week. And it still looks as good as new (I can’t say the same for the jumper though as it already shows some pilling bellow the arms). This to say what – it definitely pays off to spend a little more on something better: it’s lasts longer, it looks better, it feels better.

Morals of the story (by the unique and amazing Vivienne Westwood):
BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL, MAKE IT LAST.

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Ph. Joanna Lynn
I’m wearing: Vintage blazer (it was my dad’s – last seen here), MANGO cardigan (worn backwards), ZARA pants, H&M bag, STRADIVARIUS (very old) pumps and PARFOIS hat.

Probably the last outfit pictures of 2014 (no, I also have a few more I took with Nuno in Aveiro yet to post – coming up!), I forgot I asked my sister to take them right before we head to my Grandma’s house for family lunch on Christmas day… Some people buy new clothes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve… I, in these particular times specially, on the other hand, prefer to rely on the oldies I love and know to work. Because in none of the celebrations the focus is on what should I wear (though New Year’s Eve always has me rambling on a few styling options). When you have a closet full of stuff, you don’t need to buy anything else – no you don’t. To take that chance is just and excuse to overspend and add a few more ‘things’ to a pile already too big.

Which leads us to the funny thing about this look I want to share with you: I was obsessed with a pair of burgundy heels (I get these fevers at times… I’ve been also obsessed with ‘the’ camel coat, but I think I’m going to leave that hunt for next Fall…), even thought I couldn’t find a pair I’d feel as perfect (on my budget). Then, amidst of a closet decluttering session at my parents (something I do quite often and find rather therapeutic) I found these pumps I forgot I had! No, they’re not perfect – perfect would be these Gianvito Rossi – but they are better than none.

LESSON LEARNED: Before you hit the mall for yet another reckless buy, drop your bag, take off your shoes, turn around and open your closet. Dive in! Chances are you’ll probably find an handful of gems you didn’t even remember you had. ;)

Trust me. Been there, done that.
(Several times…)

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Ph. Nuno Calisto (edited by me)
I’m wearing: ZARA bomber jacket (from last year’s collection) and cashmere jumper (now on sale), MANGO jeans (very very old); Hat and Moonstone ring bought in Paris; other rings from CHIADO FACTORY; CK City Watch and ANARTXY bracelet. 

As I’ve probably mentioned here before plenty of times already, I have a thing for jackets… It’s my favorite piece of clothing and it’s fair to say I have a modest but expressive collection. In the heat of destroying one of my favorites this past New Year’s Eve (imagine me sobbing because I’m not far from it) I remembered I was yet to post these pictures I took with Nuno a few weeks ago.

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This is my favorite jacket of all… Yet, I almost never wear it cause I’m always afraid I’m going to damage it. You can read the story behind this buy here and here (hint: it has something to do with Ryan Gosling and one of my favorite movies – Drive). I still think it is really really close to look like something only a pimp would wear, but I like the idea of walking on that thin line here… ;)

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Happy Friday!
Enjoy your first weekend of 2015! :)

Hello everyone!
Hope you all set the right foot onto 2015, and let’s get this 365 days party started! ;)

One of the things I promised myself for 2015 is to make more of what makes me better and happier. One of those things is reading. I usually say I used to be a Library rat when I was a kid and it’s true. My mom actually got mad at me a few times for always having my nose stuck into a book. Over the years, though, things changed. Life changed, got more packed, priorities got mixed up and my reading habits became shameful. I read everyday plenty of blogs, but it isn’t the same thing as reading and feeling and diving into a book.

So, after a year I’ve only read an handful of books (shaaaame!!!), inspired by this 9GAG post, I decided to man up and challenge myself. Ladies and gentleman, my Reading List for 2015:

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50 new books (most of them already in my shelf, on queue, but I still had to make a proper list to get things in order). Funny enough, this is also one of my resolutions for my 30 by 30 Challenge (only that was set for 3 years)! To be honest I am more thrilled to start a few more than others, but still, this is serious and I’m going to behave!

However, union is key in these things. So, why won’t you take the Challenge with me? I dare you… ;) (You can make your own list, of course…) I’m sure neither of us will regret it. :)

Day 1 is on: #1 – “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert
(I already read the first chapter a few days ago… Shhhh! :P )
GO-GO-GO! ;)

I have deeply mixed feelings about 2014… I’m not sure if it was the best or worst year of my life. Probably both, but I am glad it’s coming to an end. 2014 gave me the strength to turn 2015 into ‘that one’ year so far, and I’m not planning on letting it down. (Yes, I am that confident!)

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2014 taught me I am deeply deeply flawed but also an extraordinary human being.
2014 taught me it pays off to do your best and the right thing in spite of whatever.
2014 taught me I don’t need that much to live and be happy.
(And life is much easier than we make it)
2014 taught me seeking for help is not a sign of weakness, quite the contrary.
2014 taught me I don’t have to understand everyone and everything, and acceptance is key.
2014 taught me life is full of surprises and the best thing to do is to enjoy the ride.
(Eventually it’ll make sense)
2014 taught me adventure really is the best way to learn. And grow.
2014 taught me life doesn’t bring you anything you can’t endure. And overcome.
2014 taught me people are better and worse than you think, and that’s just how it is.
2014 taught me being scared and vulnerable when you push your limits is normal.
(So you can learn to breathe and put things in perspective)
2014 taught me things tend to get worse before they get much much better. You’ll see.
2014 taught me believing in something really is halfway there.

2014 made me stronger, smarter, wiser, more tolerant, more sensitive, more proactive, more ambitious, more of the woman I want to be. Am I perfect? Not even close. I still make mistakes every single day and feel quite clueless about a few topics of my life half of the time; but I do learn from my mistakes and I do have (kind-of) a plan and a vision. I don’t have a map but I always liked trips with a margin for improvisation, anyway… ;)

A thank you note to every person part of my life this past year – the ones who made it better and the ones who made it worse. I needed everyone of them to be where I am now. For the good ones, I send you all my love and a kiss with the certainty I save you all in my heart. :)

As for you, my dear readers, I hope your 2014 was a great year too, and this upcoming one turns out be even better! Thank you so much for your support, even though I am not the best blogger ever.

Wish you ALL a New Year packed with success, love, health and the prospect of very good memories for the years to come! :D See you in 2015!

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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! ;)

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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.

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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

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