Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CAPSULE WARDROBE | Fist Steps

I don't know if I've told you but I'll be moving soon. I bought an apartment that I've been renovating and where I'll be moving in soon. 
I've been packing all my things, trying to get ready for the move. I'm trying to get rid of things I don't need anymore and that I don't want to take with me to my new home. And one of the things I've noticed I have too much is clothes. And I know a lot of you are with me on this. I have a closet completely full of clothes that I never wear, but that I bought and that don't fit me anymore, or that doesn't go with my current life.
And I've been looking into this concept of a Capsule Wardrobe that is poping up everywhere now. It's not a *new* idea -- I've been hearing about it for year. It's a very popular concept among in zero waste or minimalist communities. And do you know why really smart, busy, successful people always wear suits or similar clothes every day? Because it's one less decision they have to take in the morning. They just put something on and go on with their day.



-- This is my actual new closet, what do you think? --


I'm actually thinking about extending this minimalist concept trough out my whole house. I have to buy everything new for this place because I don't own any furniture and I want to keep it simple, and get only the bare essentials.

So what is a capsule wardrobe? It's a collection of clothes and accessories that include only essential items. Every piece should go with each other, you should be able to coordinate every piece, and you should be able to dress for any occasion. Usually people define a pallet of 2 or 3 colors to ensure that you can pretty much match everything -- I'm thinking black, white, grey and light pink.
As far of how many pieces you should have in you wardrobe, well I opinions on the internet vary a lot on that but my goal will be to be under 50 (including shoes and accessories). Some people like to create one wardrobe per season, but I'm not going to do that because honestly I wear a lot of the same things all year round --  I work at an office where it's basically always the same temperature inside. I just put on a jacket if it's colder out I'm going outside. And I don't actually own a lot of causal clothes. Two pairs of jeans, and two pairs of denim shorts, and a bunch of t-shirts.

Let's see how this goes. If you have any tips, leave them in the comments because I think I'll need them! I'll keep you posted!




Monday, November 12, 2018

Thirteen Studio | Be Kind

Unique clothes are hard to find. 
Everything is globalized and everybody has acess to the same things.  But thankfully there are talented people with amazing ideas that make beautiful -- and meaningful -- things for you to wear.



ThirtheenStudio is a small portuguese brand founded by two sisters that bascilly were missing each other. Ana surprised Carolina -- the amazing girl behind the blog Thirteen --  with a hand-embroidered t-shirt, that made all Carolina's followers go nutz asking where they could get one, and all of a suden they were in business seelling a few different desgins, all embroidered, all with an inspirational message. And because they are done by hand -- they are all a little bit different. All with their own unique details.


Now, they've lunched a special desgin to support a special event -- Blogging for a Cause. For each t-shirt sold, ThirteenProject will donate 5€ to Blogging for a Cause, that eventually will redestrebut the raised amount amonst the five different charities the event is supporting this year.
The t-shirt reads "Be Kind to Yourself", a simple but important message that you can carry right over your heart. It helps you to remind yourself that there is only one person in the world you'll always have a relationship with, and that's yourself. And that like any other relationship you may need to work on it a a little. You need to make sure that you are a good companion for yourself becasue before being able to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself.


For now, you can only buy their products at their Instagram Account or by contacting Carolina directly through her email -- carolina@thirteen.pt -- however I've heard they're working on a cool website.

Thursday, November 8, 2018




These cold rainy days make me miss the beach and that careless, stress free summer feeling.

Monday, November 5, 2018

EAT | Heim Café, Lisbon

It's strange how food plays such an important part in our lives. How we connect with other people over a plate of food. How we make amends by sharing food. And this time we decided to visit Heim Café, a super cool space, with amazing food, and always picture ready.

Hiem -- it means home in German, and that's exactly how you feel when you step food into this really small coffee shop in Santos -- you feel at home.


The space is really small, and the decor is really minimalist -- simple tables with a Nordic vibe, green plants and light shades.

It's always has a line at door, like all the other brunch places that are so trendy right now. And when I say always, I mean ALWAYS. It had a line when we arrived, and it had a bigger line when we left. We went around noon and we had to wait 45 min to get a table. Which was actually good because when we finally sat down, we were absolutely starving. The really hard task was choosing what to order. Everything on the menu sounds -- and looks --  extremely delicious! And since we were so hungry we ordered a lot of stuff.


After carefully reading the menu, I opted for the Yellow Brunch -- composed by toast, two fried eggs, bacon, sausage, some salad, tomatoes, beans, a waffle with nutella and nuts, yogurt with granola and orange juice --  and my friend had a mushroom toast and the Sunday Breakfast -- fried eggs, bacon, salad, tomatoes, beans and orange juice. And we also had two lovely cappuccinos.


And you what, for once, I have zero complaints about the food. Everything was delicious. My eggs were perfectly fried, and the yoke was still runny, the bacon was crispy and not soggy at all! The portions were huge! And what truly amazed me was that, this place was packed and always with a line at the door, but yet the food was so well prepared! I'm definitely going back!



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Travel | Lisbon, Portugal



- Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Belém  -

I love this place. Not only for it's historical meaning but also for how cool and detailed this monument is.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Boi-ing

I've been loving this little pink pot. It's my little helper on rough mornings. Specially because since I've completely dropped my morning routine and now the only thing I do is to lightly cover my dark circles and put on mascara and lipstick.



This is Benefit's Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer on shade No 2, and it's amazing. It is super creamy, super easy to apply and super easy to blend with your fingers. This shade is actually pretty perfect for my skin, specially for my eyes --  It covers all the darkness and redness and it looks fairly natural. I love using it on my eyelids and on my dark-circles. I don't wear foundation on a daily basis because I don't have many blemishes or scares, and I often just opt to apply bit of concealer to cover some occasional red-ish spots.















Friday, October 19, 2018

EAT | Jamie's Italian, Lisbon

If I asked you to name a famous chef, I bet the first name comes to your mind is Jamie Oliver. He is the most famous chef from my generation. If you are a bit younger, you may not remember all his cooking shows, or 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' -- a TV series where Jamie traveled around US and showed the world how trashy the food at schools is and how he tried to change that. 

Because of his success, Jamie launched a few restaurants. One of them being Jamie's Italian that, eventually has been franchised all over Europe. And of course, when I hear that one opened in Lisbon, I had to try it.


We went on a week night, like we always try to do when going to these trendy restaurants. It was easy to book a table with on a really short notice, and we were hoping we'd have a nice calm dinner experience. But that wasn't the case. The restaurant was packed full, noisy and super busy. 
But even so, we didn't have to wait. As soon as we arrived the maitre d showed us to our table, we sat, we looked around and we knew we were going to have a good experience.

We looked to the menu, where everything sounded delicious. We asked for a nice bottle of red wine and as a starter, we shared an Hot-Smoked Salmon Bruschetta with ricotta cheese, fennel and lemon. It was to die for. The creaminess of the ricotta, that zing of the lemon and the warmness of the salmon go really nice together. Really flavorful and really simple. Simple enough to recreate at home!

As for the main dishes, I opted for the Scallop and Prawn Risotto and my friend asked for the Lamb Chop Scottadito.


My risotto was lovely -- The rice was perfectly cooked, really creamy and rich. It had a few prawns and a few scallops. But it wasn't perfect. My scallops needed a few more seconds on each side, because they were lacking a bit of browning.
The lamp chops were super tasty, juicy and tender. They were, though, a bit overcooked. The center wasn't completely pink as it should. My friend said that I'm a food snob and that both of our dishes were perfect, and that I was being too picky. But excuse me if I was expecting perfection! We were paying good money for our food and don't take me wrong -- the food was extremely tasty -- but I was expecting more attention to this type of details.

And then it came the best part of the meal. I'm going to be honest with you -- one of the main reasons I wanted to go so badly was because I wanted to try Jamie's famous Epic Chocolate Brownie. And it is so good. It tastes like chocolate heaven! It comes with a scoop of salted caramel ice  ice-cream and a few lovely crunchy caramelized popcorn curdles, and I don't know how Jamie came up with this combination but it works in so many levels! It feels like a desert a kid would make -- you know, by mixing all the candy -- but it works! The different textures and the different temperatures turn this dessert into a melange of sensations in your mouth. My guy asked for the Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake that was also mind-blowing. It's like a cheesecake and a lemon meringue pie had a baby and the best of them combined into this amazing dessert.  The lemon curd was tangy and creamy, and it had a mountain of meringue perfectly cooked covered with an extremely rich blackcurrant compote. We asked for two deserts because we thought that maybe one desert wasn't enough to share... oh but they are! Both of our deserts were huge.


The restaurant was really noise the whole time we were there. And even tho it has a very romantic atmosphere, the noise really kills the mood. We were having troubles in understanding what we were saying across the table. But we really enjoyed the experience. The food was great, the wine was awesome, and the deserts made it worth it. And yes, I plan to go back and try all the other dishes on the menu.