Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Goodbye, little apartment!

As we pack to move to a new apartment next month, I'm feeling very melancholic about leaving this one. As excited as I am about exploring a new neighborhood and having more space (we're moving to a 2 bed!), this was the place we stayed the longer since we moved to the US!

So, I decided to put together in one post my favorite pictures of the apartment. Things always look slightly different from one day to the other over here, because I love moving things around from time to time. ;) The best thing about living in this little apartment? Learning to keep only things that are useful and that I truly love.


This is pretty much the same as posted here, but when I took this picture the rug was being cleaned after Maddox had a little "accident". Also, there's a cover on the couch that didn't last long, because I hated it.


Throughout the 2 years and a half that we stayed in this apartment, the only thing that change on this view was the amount of plants. I'm so bad with them that I managed to kill even some cacti! :(


It took us forever to put this shelf up! And I think this was where things changed the most - I was never happy with it, until I got to this set up.


This wall gallery was above the couch until yesterday, when I started taking it all down. It took me a few attempts to get to this layout, but it was my favorite. (it looks different here)


This is "the bar". It's by the couch, on top of a vintage dresser that I got back in Atlanta. Since I took this picture, I hung this little mirror above it and there are also a few new bottles. ;)

Nothing looks the same anymore, it's just boxes and piles of stuff everywhere you look... And that's the phase that I dislike the most: we're kind of not here anymore, but not there yet. Hopefully, soon we'll be settled in the new place and I'll have pictures of it to share!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Healthy Beauty Finds: True Moringa


Lately, I've been drawn to healthy beauty products and I've posted about it before. So, when I first heard about True Moringa, I got really excited to try it out. True Moringa is not only 100% natural, cold-pressed moringa oil, it's also ethically produced. How gratifying is it to use a product knowing that it's helping people involved in the supply chain? The brand is set up in such way that farming families who cultivate moringa seeds in Ghana are able to live sustainably and be included in nutrition programs. An amazing mission!

I've been using the Lavender Facial oil for a couple of months now, and I'm loving it! It's a great product for the summer time, as it's lightweight and absorbs really well. And, needless to say, it smells wonderful! True Moringa also has specific products for the hair and the body. And if you're a DIY person, True Moringa has a few recipes using moringa oil as an ingredient.


If you'd like to learn more about the brand and the products, there's a great interview with Emily Cunningham, co-founder of True Moringa, at The W.E.L.L. Summit website!

Isn't the packaging lovely? :)


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Full disclosure: I was provided a Lavender Facial Oil from True Moringa;
however all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Whale watching at the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary

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A few weeks ago, Chelsea and I went on a whale watching tour. We left Boston on a Boston Harbor Cruise catamaran and got to our destination, Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, in about an hour and a half. It was cold and super windy, but oh, so worth it! I had seen whales before, but never in their own habitat. It's something magical to see them in the wild, swimming around, as if no one was watching. We got lucky and our group spotted 8 whales in total! We spent a lot of time with a whale calf that wasn’t a tiny bit shy and would jump and dive, and showoff as if she knew she was the star of the show. Then, on our way back to the city, two whales were swimming and jumping alongside the boat. It was incredibly beautiful! Here are a few pictures, from me and Chelsea.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

3 things I've been living in summer edition

It's finally HOT here in Boston, and I'm loving it! After the long and hard winter we had, it feels like heaven to be able to wear lightweight clothes and sandals. And that's what I've been living in since it got warmer.

First, the Serena Sandal, from Nisolo. They are super comfortable and pretty! I always feel put together when I'm wearing them.



Next up, the Boyjean, from Madewell. These are pretty much the best pair of jeans for summer time! I LOVE wearing jeans, but when it's hot outside, it can be hard. And that's why I like these so much: they are comfortable and with all the rips, they are not so bad on hot days.


(excuse my almost closed eyes, my contacts were acting up on this day)

Finally, the Sleeveless Dress, from Everlane. It screams summer and it's so flattering. They don't have it in black anymore, but they have it in grey and light denim.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Farmers Market and summer dress season


It's Farmers Market season and I love it! Browsing the booths filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, flowers and breads, talking to the farmers and finding new to me sellers is so much fun. I usually go to Copley Square farmers market because it's the closest to our apartment, but there are many others around town


And last Friday was just the perfect weather for it! Sunny and not too hot. I put on a new summer dress from one of my favorite Brazilian brands, FARM, my Saltwaters sandals and my Elizabeth Crane Swartz necklace and I was ready to browse all booths! We headed out and came back with flowers, soaps, radishes, homemade granola and smoked salmon. Yum!


If you're in Boston during Farmers Market season, I highly recommend visiting one! They often have also sandwiches and juices, making a nice place to have a quick bite. Check the location of all markets here.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My 1st yoga class: Summertime at The Street

Thanks to my friend Amanda and the awesome people at The Street, I went to a yoga class for the 1st time ever (kinda unbelievable, right?)!


During summer, The Street is holding a bunch of super cool events, including free fitness classes on The Green. Every Sunday morning, from June to September, it's yoga time. So, this past Sunday, Amanda invited a few of her blogger friends to go together.

Unfortunately, it was raining and we weren't able to do the class outdoors, but lululemon opened their doors to us and we got to do the class with dimmed lights and relaxing music on the background. It was pretty great and I have to say that I now understand why people are crazy about yoga! Such a great workout without all the jumping around that the gym requires (and that I deeply dislike).

Lulu, Elizabeth and Alana getting ready to start.

After class, we all went to Davio's for brunch and had such a nice time over delicious food and drinks!



I'm really excited to go back for a class outside when the weather is nice. I'm also planning on attending some of the live music events and the Summertime Sidewalk Sale + Street Festival. How fun does it sound?!

So, if you're in Boston during summer and on the look for something fun to do, don't forget to check The Street events calendar, you'll definitely find something for you!

The Street is located on 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA. Click here for hours and and other information.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Have a great weekend! I'm back!



Hello, friends! I'm back from Brazil and, although the first few days are always a little sad, I'm ready to enjoy summer in Boston! I hope you have a great weekend and I'll see you here next week! xoxo

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello from Brazil!


As you read this, I'm landing in Brazil to spend a few days with family and friends. I'm not sure if I'll blog while away, but I'll definitely Instagram, so follow along for pictures of my hometown, my family, my friends, and probably some food too! ;)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Healthy beauty DIY



From my other "beauty" posts, I think it's kind of evident that I'm very much into healthy beauty. So much so, I've been kind of obsessed with trying the beauty recipes from the book Skin Cleanse, by Adina Grigore. Adina is the founder of healthy beauty brand S.W. Basics and in her book she shares amazing tips (like "your diet is the most essential tool you have to getting great skin") and recipes for a natural skin care routine.

illustration by Libby VanderPloeg via Miss Moss

The illustration above pretty much sums up Adina's beliefs: a healthy kitchen equals a DIY beauty lab. You can find most of the ingredients for her recipes in your pantry! So, after I finished reading her book, I started "cooking"! Here are my two favorite recipes so far.


Cleansing Mud (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)

  • 1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dry clay
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk

Mix cinnamon and clay in a small bowl. Pour in coconut milk, stirring the liquid into the dry powder evenly. Eventually, it will become a paste. Apply like a wet face scrub.


Hair Mask (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)


Mix together all three ingredients, stirring gently to stop mixture from foaming.


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