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The Copycats

Good morning, darlings!

As always, hope all is well with you. Today I want talk about something that we often don’t talk about: people that don’t know what to do, so they copy everything others are doing: the copycats! Since forever there’s been people like this: they don’t know how to create themselves, so they end up:

1) Getting into “fads”, trying to do whatever they think it’s cool at the moment, going in the same direction as everybody else, in hopes that they will get noticed or at least, stay relevant;

2) Using others and copying everything they do, sometimes to the “T”

In the first case we see tons of people talking about the same subject in hopes of gaining more views/clicks/retwittes/likes/followers. Yeah, we are free to talk about whatever we want, but honestly if you are one more talking head without bringing ANYTHING new to the discussion, maybe you should drop it.

The Copycats

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Look of the day: Going Shopping

Look of the day: Going Shopping

Hello darlings!

How are you? Hope all is great! I’m finally back home in NYC, with my dear husband, getting back to my schedule after 2 months in Brazil. Still a little bit shocked by the results of our elections, I feel like it will take a while for some of us to get used to it and feel comfortable about it, but hoping for the best, since that’s pretty much all I can do at the moment.

Look of the day: Going Shopping

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Insecure (HBO 2016 – )

Insecure (HBO 2016 - )

Hey darlings!

Today I want to talk about a new TV serie that I started to watch and that I’m totally falling in love it. Insecure (HBO – 2016) talks about the life experiences of a black woman of our time, her insecurities, her professional and personal doubts and of course, relationships.

Insecure (HBO 2016 - )
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Waking up from the American Dream

I hope you’re doing well. I must confess that I’m not so good right now… I woke up today to a different America than the one I went to sleep last night. An America that chose to elect an incompetente, misogynist and racist man to be the President for the next 4 years.

A man that promised revenge on those who questioned him, if he got elected; a man that promised to “finish them off” when referring to the Muslins; a man that refused to rent apartments to minorities (blacks and latinos) for years and was sued by the NYC for doing it, which it’s illegal; a man accused of sexual harassment not by 1 or 2, but 11 women; a man that is currently being sue for the lies about his Trump University; a man that says Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists; a man that clearly is not capable to hold the most important office in the world, a position were intelligence, knowledge, diplomacy and experience are BASICS requirements, and judging by his own actions and words, it’s clear he has none of these 4 basic traits.

Waking up from the American Dream

It’s very difficult to put it into words what this means for me, a black woman, immigrant, naturalized American, with an also immigrant husband. What’s the message that the people who voted for him -among them, the “fine citizen” of KKK and white supremacists groups- want to send to me and others like me. Are we part of the fiber of this society or not; are we welcomed here? When a bully is elected to the highest office, it’s inevitable that other bullies will feel legitimated in their hate and violence towards everybody that they view as their “enemy”. When the president is the bully-in-chief, how safe are we?

Today I fear not only for myself, but for LGBT communities, for the Muslins, Latinos and immigrants from all around the world that believed they could build a better life for themselves and their family here. I’m afraid of what will happen in January, when the president-elected will take office, together with a Congress and Senate seized by the Republicans and the possibility of a conservative judge appointed to the Supreme Court. It’s scary to see so much power in the hands of one party, a party that has been marching towards radicalization, totally unaffected by the needs of the minorities.

I hope that in the comings days, after the initial shock has passed, things start to feel normal again. That I and all the other people that woke up feeling scared and unsure about our future will be able to get reassurances that our rights won’t be taken away.

It’s clear to me now that we will have to get involved and fight for what it’s right. We no longer can dismiss the evil things, we need to speak up and fight for our rights. We cannot give space to evil people that want nothing but the annihilation of those whom they refuse to recognize as human beings. Remember that if you see someone doing something despicable and you say nothing, you’re part of the problem.

In 2018 Brazil will, hopefully, elect a new president and I hope that what happened today here in American will serve as a lesson to us all: do not underestimate your opponent, not matter how inappropriate and pathetic he is. A lot of people can identify with clowns and elect it as their leader.

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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Look of the day: Morning in São Paulo

Look of the day: Morning in São Paulo

Hello everybody!

As always, I hope everything is great with you. Today I want to share with you one look of the day that I wore while I was still in Brazil, in one crazy weather morning. For those of you that never been to São Paulo, the city is famous for having all for seasons in one day: cold freezing in the early morning, crazy hot by lunchtime and breeze nice early nights.

Well, for this look I went with something super basic: boots and dress. Easy, fast, stylish without being over the top.

Look of the day: Morning in São Paulo

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7 Makeup Tutorials for your Halloween

So, are you ready for Halloween? I hope so. Halloween is IMO a great holiday: you get to dress up, do crazy things with makeup and go out with friends for a fun afternoon/night. It’s a chance to be playful again, like we used to be when we were kids.

Here in NYC Halloween is one of the best nights of the year, and it kicks off with the famous Halloween Parade that happens in the Village since 1974. If you happen to be here for Halloween, I highly recommend going out and starting your night with the Parade.

I was looking for inspiration for my own Halloween makeup I came across these great tutorials that I want to share with you. These ladies are all very talented and the tutorials range from easy to difficult. Check it out:

SmartistaBeauty made an Evil Jester that I totally loved it. The tutorial may be a little tricky for beginners, but I still want to share because you could use it as inspiration for something a bit simpler.

SmartistaBeauty

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The many benefits of the vegetable oils in beauty treatments

The many benefits of the vegetable oils in beauty treatments

Today we hear a lot about the use of oils to condition/treat our hair, but many people still have questions, like which oils should I use and what are the real benefits. I’m addicted to oils, so I decided to share some information with you.

WHICH ONE IS BETTER: VEGETABLE OR MINERAL?

When it comes to using oils on your hair, always use “vegetable” oil, not “mineral“. Vegetable oils works best to care for both skin and hair, because they are full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, unlike the mineral oils that are derived from petroleum, and can have a negative effect on live organisms.

When I think of maintaining my hair, specially the “type 4” hair, vegetable oil is virtually essential.

Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

JOJOBA OIL
Jojoba oil resembles the human sebum, an oily substance that is naturally produced by the sebaceous glands below our skin surface, so that the use of Jojoba in our skin and hair will have great benefits.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil

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