When I was a little girl, my mother and I got in a big car crash. I had to go through a risky operation and that left me with an also big scar across my belly. This has been part of me since, and it never really bothered me to the point I’d ever try to cover it up. Who am I kidding, belly display in Brazil is as classic as the trench coat. The transformations your body is exposed to overtime tells a story of who you are. Just like my “made in brazil” tattoo is expressive of where I come from and my wrinkles will represent wisdom acquired in years to come, my scar reminds me I’m a survivor. Something I never wanna forget. So hide it?
You all know how I like to decorate ahead of time, and although I will not go all out like I did for Halloween and Christmas, Easter deserves a little attention too. This centerpiece is ridiculously easy and very quick to make, however the mushrooms won’t last over a day so you’ll either have to replace it or just make it when you’ll need it (Easter Sunday?) You’ll need:
- A vase (big, medium, small. It’s up to you)
- Styrofoam ( I used a sphere)
- Mushrooms (with stem)
- Paper (any kind that you can crumple)
- Preserved sheet moss (or real, you’re the boss)
- Optional: jelly belly eggs
I think this took me five minutes from start to finish (not counting the last minute run to Walgreens to get jelly bellys).
A lot of my friends tell me they couldn’t curl their hair with a flat-iron to save their lives. I totally understand and know where the problem lies: delusion (sorry to break it to you, but it takes longer than five minutes). When I first attempted this, I was able to finish the whole hair but also looked like I was trying out for “The Lion King” in the role of Mufasa. It took me at least three tries until my locks began taking spiral shape. The key to curling with a straightener is persistence, no other. Weeks worth of practice and the realization: what I was really using the straightener for was to create big and loose waves. Sure a 1 1/4″ “curly” fits the bill, but it doesn’t quite deliver the same messy, surfer feel. Not to mention creating waves versus curls is a faster/easier, drama free process. Plus, if you already own a straighty, why spend more bucks on a tool you potentially already have? But that’s my rationale. Watch and make your own conclusions.
Oh how I waited for this time to come. A time when it was nice enough out that I could sport my white jeans (and feel appropriate at the same time). I’ve also been desperately waiting to point out this beaded necklace from Zara. For some reason, I think of Cleopatra when I look at it. It may be a stretch from the gorgeous, gigantic neck pieces she used to wear, but for Lulu standards, it looks just fine. Like, I-want-to-sleep-wearing-it fine. I’m back in the city now (so nice to be home) and ready for a new season.
Earlier this week Refinery29 featured an interview with me and two other stylish Chicago girls. Not that I claim the tittle myself, but it felt pre-tty cool to open the main site and see my picture and on top of that, my point of view as I described how the process of transitioning from winter to spring fashion goes in my wardrobe.
But I know you’re probably wondering what it’s like to be on a shoot for a major site like that. Does the word surreal fills in the blank? No? Alright, I’ll be more descriptive. I promptly said “heck yeah!” upon an invite by Chicago editor Shani Silver. Next thing I knew, I was scanning my closet in search of three camera ready looks. We did the photos all in one day, group shots (fun fun) and individual ones (shy shy). Following the shoot, we answered a few questions and days later it was up on refinery29.com. If you haven’t yet, check out the whole interview.
I’ve been waiting to share this post with you for a while now, but as we visit our in-laws and they set aside some of our wedding photos for display, great memories came to me and I figured, why not now. As some of you may already know, my husband Elliott and I got married back in 2010 in Orlando. Right around five years before, we met across from the little mermaid ride. Me, a tourist from Brazil who barely spoke any English and he, a Disney college program student. Never in a billion years would I guess that next in life would be moving to America, going to school here, and marrying the same boy I met that day. All within a span of five years. But still. Life is sneaky. Now, I’m happy to show what my special day was like, accordingly entitled “A Fairy Tale Type of Love”.
I wore: ines di santo flora gown, twigs and honey veil and headpiece, christian louboutin shoes, b. poetic silk shoe clip, pearl bracelet, florrie mitton garter, patricia lejeune hair and makeup, liga photography
Wandering rose petals aisle and an outdoor setup were the top 2 visions I had for the ceremony. The crazy Florida weather didn’t allow for the latter, but I was still happy with the outcome. Kudos to my wedding planner Tracy Marini
The brazilian desserts were the hit of the night. Since I’m a very musical gal, I must share the soundtrack with you.
Ceremony: “Maestro”, “Gumption” and “Anything Can Happen” by Hans Zimmer. All from the movie “The Holiday” soundtrack.
First dance: The instrumental version of “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid. I swear we’re not Disney freaks but we’re very thankful for Ariel uniting us on that very hot day at Hollywood Studios.
Cake cutting: “Mrs. Robinson” by Casey James. This song just made it that much more real.
you brought me to this foreign world
you sheltered my heart
warm I was in your arms when snow outside felt so cold
if I innocently fear the otherwise safe
you know me, make me feel like nothing can beat me
I write these verses with my modest vocabulary
but does it matter?
if no library
in this planet has enough words
in English or Portuguese to describe my love
life beside you tastes like the best passion fruit
because tropical to me,
dear, is waking up to kisses, pancakes and juice
this world is no longer a stranger
because foreign to me, baby
is having lived without you all those years
And domestic it feels when you whisper in my ears:
Wanna see more? Here’s the trailer video
In the mist of a hard-working few weeks for both me and my husband, we decided to take a few days off to indulge in pure relaxation at the family’s cabin in the mountains. And what a treat! I’ve selected a few images that I feel illustrates how much of a sweet time we had. Although the cabin trip is over, we’re now visiting my in-laws in good old Indiana. Cheers for an amazing family and delicious you-cook-I-watch-and-eat time.