Refinery29 Spotlight

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 If you haven’t yet, check out the whole interview.

A Fairy Tale Type Of Love

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”.

My family and friends flew in from Brazil, his came down from Indiana and Canada.

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

Something old and borrowed: my late grandma’s rosary
Something new: my shoes
Something blue: my garter’s bow

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

Happily married

Our beautiful wedding party

We paid sick attention to detail. From the Cinderella coach table numbers and place cards, to serving mini burgers and fries at the cocktail (honoring our first date: at a McDonalds…long story)

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.

As a surprise to my prince charming, then soon to be husband I secretly snuck a poem into the wedding programs written by me for the occasion:

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:
Te amo.

Wanna see more? Here’s the trailer video


Flavia & Elliott – Cinematic Movie Trailer from Simply Cinematic on Vimeo.


Cabin Vacay: Hop in!

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.

the Robinson family cabin

raspberry + rose champagne = match made in heaven

doce de leite sandwiches

feeling the rain fall

watching the water fall

morning mist

why did the chicken cross the road?

calming rain


Dinner Date

I’m wearing: zara shirt and skirt, louboutin shoes, h&m bracelet and clutch

Who would think I’d be pulling off a mini skit and t-shirt combo in mid March in Chicago. Knowing I’d be sitting for the entire time during my dinner date,  I threw in red soles. Pretty but so damn painful.  I see stars after standing on them for over ten minutes. Traumatizing, I know. As I write this post, I’m laying on a very comfy hammock over-looking a beautiful landscape and sipping on a glass of wine under the most gorgeous weather I’ve experienced since my last Florida winter as a resident. It’s a Cabin in the middle of the woods. Gee, such a harsh little life!

Living Area + Desk

There’s been a few minor changes to our living area and desk. Remember the diy rug took that took me over a month worth of hand painting work to complete?

I got tired of it. Why? The pattern looks awfully similar to the pattern on out entryway wall. I have no one else to blame but myself for not realizing this before committing. It just so happened that as I got tired, Joss & Main offered a sweet deal on this area rug for only $90. Ah huh!

A much more interesting pattern that doesn’t resemble anything we have around the apartment, and I like it.

We also did some swapping around with the objects as you can tell. The vintage globe now sits on the wood stump

To make space for what should be sitting on a desk: books and cute owl bookends

And we finally got rid of the old black chair that by no means looked decent near the desk. Also, from Joss & Man.

I feel better now.

Art Effect

The best things in life come when you don’t expect them, and I was definitely not expecting Art Effect in my life. I had walked by it several times before but never walked in. That is, till my friend Megan suggested it as one of her favorites shops in the city

And boy was she right! This place is overloaded with, and only with, the cutest things for your desk, kitchen, ears, closet, you name it!

I usually describe in detail what a store look like and what they offer, but this time I’ll let the images do the talking (it’s too amazing for words)

Notice the frame wall. I can’t!
Although it’s not exactly a vintage boutique, the whole place has an antique/modern feel to it.

I felt at home saying hello to Brazilian flip-flops Havaianas (which means Hawaiians in portuguese, fyi)

Tangerine taking the lead. Aside from all the amazing home goods, they have an incredible selection of accessories and clothing that are out of this world adorable, for boutique prices, I may point out.

The verdict: This is not just a place to go shopping, it’s somewhere to get inspired and take some inspiration home, if you wish. It’s tough to select the strengths because there are so many, but here you’ll find a large variety of eye-wear, cute stationary, charming bookends, the coolest wrapping paper designs, earrings and necklaces (by the bunch), clever kitchen wear, and a perfectly chosen clothing assortment. In other words, heaven at Armitage.

Where? 934 W Armitage Ave (at Bissell St) Chicago, IL 60614 (in Lincoln Park)


Lucky Gal

Often times I feel like life is passing me by and I’m not sufficiently enjoying it. Bless instagram (@luluabroad) for allowing me to look back and realize I have more than enough going on and to be thankful for, like:

  •   friends visiting all the way from Brazil
  •   I live in Chicago, and that’s very cool.
  •   getting up close and personal with Sue (the dinosaur)
  •   Guaraná (the best of the best tasty sodas)
  •   River North’s yummy chicken sandwich
  •   posing next to the seal pool.