Catagena

I love Latin America and I was craving some warmth, friendly people, and delicious food from South America, so I decided to go to Colombia during my Spring Break.

 I flew from NYC to Cartagena where I stayed in a hostel called Friends to be. The hostel was full of plants and nice people which made the environment so welcoming. It was also really well located. After 2 days in Cartagena we went to Rosario Island and when we came back we stayed at Serena which was my favorite hostel during this trip. It also had great decor, but in addition to that they had a big rooftop and their breakfast was amazing!

Hostel friends to be:

Now let’s move on to my ten recommendations of what to do in Cartagena:

 1. Hang out at the plazas
There are a few famous plazas around the city. My favorites were the Trinidad plaza where I ate arepas and drank pina colada from street vendors, and danced Zumba. The plaza of the watch tower is also super fun either at day or night. Great for photos and people watching during the day, and fun to hand out during the night. I was lucky to be there when they were having a arequipe (or doce de leite) fair.

 2 Walk around and pay attention to details

One of my favorite things about Cartagena is that we were able to walk from place to place without feeling tired. One of the reasons why we didn’t feel tired was because the streets were so charming and every corner we turned we saw cute and colorful houses, flowers, stores, restaurants, and so on. Two interesting things about the houses is that some of them have a “knocker” on the door with an animal (lizard, lion) which represented a different family. The second interesting thing was this pointy corner on some roofs which were made to scare away witches. Small details like that make this place so magical.

 3. Rent a bike

I know I just said to walk around, but another way to see the city is to rent a bike. Although the traffic seems a bit crazy it was not hard to get around with the bikes. We chose to ride it toward the beach and then follow the coast for a bit, which happens to be parallel to the old walls of Cartagena (the old town is surrounded by these walls). We biked all the way to Cevicheria (one of the most claimed Colombian places on tripadvisor) but as expected we would have to wait one hour for a table. At the end we were glad we didn’t get a table there because we found an amazing placing one block away which had Cuban and Spanish food. We sat outside and had croquetas, pan con tomate, and ceviche. A few street artist entertained us while we ate our food and sipped our mojitos.

4. Drink coffee
I don’t think I need to say this but take advantage of being in Colombia and drink delicious coffee. Besides the fact that they are one of the main coffee makers in the world, there are a few really cute spots that are great for relaxing a bit after walking and at the same time getting some energy from the caffeine. My recommendations are Café Del Mural and Café San Alberto , but there are many other options. And another tip is to avoid the Juan Valdez which is basically a Starbucks latino.

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 5. Watch the sunset from the top of the walls
The walls is the best place to catch the sun setting. There is a restaurant there called Café del Mar but space is very limited and you have to arrive early to get a table. Since we wanted to enjoy the city we just went there for the sunset which was gorgeous.

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 6. After watching the sunset we visited the NH gallery
The gallery is located right next to the stair to go up the walls. It’s a small gallery and it will take you less than 30 minutes to see it all, but I think it is worth stopping by and checking some art from South American artists like the Brazilian Vik Muniz.

 7. Eat street food, fruits, and of course ice cream.
I know some people might prefer to not eat street food but I have nothing against and highly recommend it if you are looking to try Colombian traditions. You will see arepas, panacon, and empanadas being sold everywhere! And also fruits like watermelon, mango, papaya and coconut.

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8 Try to have dinner at La Cocina de Pepita
I say try it because it is hard to get a table there. It is one of the most famous traditional restaurants in Cartagena and I was lucky to have a table available when I got there. I ate a roballo because I wanted to try a fish there and it was really good. But I was more excited about the coconut rice (yum!) .

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9. Go to Isla del Rosario
There are a few islands which you can take a boat from Cartagena and arrive in about 1 hour and half. I did some researching before our trip and we decided to go to Rosario Islands (Isla del Rosario) and we pent a night there. We chose an area called Paraiso Secreto which I highly recommend. I wrote a separate post just about the Island, but it was definitely a unique experience and I would love to come back and spend more time there. The island basically had no electricity, but had incredible beaches with clear water and dreamy landscapes.

10. Have cocktails at Alquimico and go out to dance.
Alquimico is a three floor bar (with a rooftop) which has amazing decor and fun people/vibe. But the most special thing about this place is that they make infused cocktails. After Alquimico we went out to dance. I chose to go to a gay bar because hello I’m gay and also because they usually have great music. The bar we went was called and it was not full (maybe because it was Sunday) but we made some Colombian friends and danced until late.

 Cartagena was another prove that South America is a great place to make friends, learn new traditions, and eat yummy food. After four days in Cartagena we headed to Bogota where the fun didn’t stop.

Why I quit fast fashion

For the last four years, I have been working on this blog and on my Instagram sharing different outfits inspiration. I have always loved putting looks together and when I moved from Brazil to NYC I decided to create this blog as an outlet to my creativity and personal style inspiration.

Before the #ootd hashtag was a thing, I remember being a young teenager putting outfits together in my head whenever I was bored. So when I moved to the US and was able to afford to buy clothes because they were insanely cheaper here I started photographing them and sharing on the internet.

I remember the first time I went to the Forever 21 store in Times Square. Now, after being a “New Yorker” for almost six years I cringe anytime I hear the words Times Square, but back then that place felt like an amusement park for me. Each new floor (there are four in total) reveled more beautiful and trendy clothes and I could not believe the numbers I saw on the price tag. Everything so cheap! I thought that was happiness.

 I remember after that hearing about the negative impacts of fast fashion on the environment and the mistreatment of garment workers, but I was so caught up in the “amazing life” in which I could afford clothes that it made me shut my eyes to the awful reality behind the stores where I was shopping from.

Last year my life completely changed. I was recovering from a heartbreak that not only broke my heart but also the life that I had planned and dreamed of. It made me put everything in perspective and think critically about the things that I value in my life. I also had to move out of the place I was living and I was shocked by the number of clothes I owned. Moving out was so hard for me emotionally and the insane amount of clothes I had made it more difficult. I felt heavy, like if I was stuck in that place with those clothes.

 Going through the clothes I realized how little sentiment I had for them and how those cheap clothes were either looking bad because of their poor quality or outdated because they were a trendy piece. When I arrived at my new temporary place (thank God for friends) I packed 60% of my clothes in bags and donated them right away. At the time I just wanted to feel lighter and free to move to wherever I wanted.

Then I watched the “True Cost” documentary and that was when everything really changed for me. I realized how the environmental and social issues attached to the fashion industry is much worse than I thought. Since then I have not been able to shop at fast fashion stores anymore.

 It was almost like my heart was breaking again. I realized that I was living a life so surrounded around looking good that I didn’t care about how my clothes were made and who made them. The cheap $10 that I was paying for a top was an investment in a company that is exploiting their workers, polluting our planet, killing ecosystems while their CEOs become billionaires. All I wanted to do was to quit working in the industry. Quit what I was doing.

 However, we can’t just take the number one sustainable option which is being naked (source: Reformation) to live or lives. No matter what, we need clothes. So I decided that instead of trying to quit fashion I was still going to follow my passion but do it in a different way. Call it ethical, conscious, sustainable, green, or whatever you want to call. I am now aware of the impact of my consumerism in our nature and people and want to take a different route. I am still going to look good, create my outfits, share them with you, but now in a way that is less harmful to our earth. I am still learning, but I am so excited for this new chapter. I think together we can build an industry that creates fashion without hurting the environment and create decent working opportunities for people.

 “If the fashion industry has the power to influence trends, then it also has the power to play a positive role in protecting the planet.” 

 

back in the hamptons

In collaboration with Macy's!

This summer has been non-stop for me. The other day, I was counting and I took twelve flights in the last thirty days. I am so ready to slow down and enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation in the Hamptons.  

One of the things that I love about being in a beach town is that you don’t need to dress up too much, which makes the time here even more relaxing. My first night here I went for dinner wearing these cute Tommy Hilfiger jeans and striped top plus a red lip for an extra sauce. Simple, but on point.  Shop this style from Macy's Tommy Hilfiger Sportswear collection!

Top: Tommy Hilfiger
Jeans:
Tommy Hilfiger 

Easy Summer Afternoon

*This post is in collaboration with Macy's

I feel like life is much lighter and easier during summer time. I have been waking up happy and excited every day since the weather has gotten better, and every time I step out of my house I feel the same energy in the people around me. I see people smiling, sitting outside enjoying rose, and the streets just look happier in general.

Summer is also much easier and versatile when comes to outfits. It’s much easier not having to wear many layers of clothes, and be able to wear other shoes besides boots. These pointed-toe pumps are by Clarks and I got them at Macy’s. They look super cute with shorts, skirts, and dresses (or jumpsuits). Pointed-toes do the trick of making legs to look longer and that’s why I like to wear them with short bottoms. Macys also have many other cute styles from Clarks that are great for summer. 

During summer I also love getting fresh flowers to bring some of the summer feeling inside my house, and what better flower to represent summer than sunflower? I got these at the deli near my house before leaving to meet friends for dinner outside at my favorite restaurant.

Praying for summer to go by slowly #macysshoes

Get the look:
Shoes: Clarks
Jumpsuit: Heartloom
Belt Bag: Guess

sun's out, shoulders out

*This post is in collaboration with Macy's

One of the trends that I can’t get enough is off-the-shoulder. Thanks to boxing I am happy with my upper body and I think that when I wear off-the-shoulder pieces it makes my collarbone and chest look nicer and leaner. This cute jumpsuit is from Macy's and it is so comfortable for the summer. It is also a super versatile piece since I can create so many looks with it. I can easily dress it up pairing it with heels, but I can also style it as a chill outfit if I wear sneakers, or a more summer look with flat sandals. I also think that off-the-shoulder gives you the freedom to experience with bolder jewelry, like the red tassel earrings that I am wearing. I have so many ideas of how I can style this jumpsuit and I will probably be wearing it all the time this summer. #Macys1STATE

Get the look:
jumpsuit
earrings (similar)

 

*This post is in collaboration with Macy's 

My first month with classpass & blink membership

You don’t need to know me really well to know how much I love to workout. I have always enjoyed taking classes and when I moved to New York I signed up to NYSC and tried to enroll to all the classes that fit my schedule. However, it was a little hard to find classes that matched my schedule and after a while, they were not doing it for me anymore. I would finish a class and feel like it wasn’t challenging enough and I was getting bored. Coincidentally, around the same time that I was getting a little frustrated with the classes at NYSC I was approached by Classpass for a collaboration. They gave me one month of free membership and that was the push I needed to quit NYSC and join Classpass. 
I have been a member for about two months and I LOVE the classes I tried so far. Their app is very practical and I can easily book a class. They have an insane amount of cool gyms throughout the city, and the app shows you a map or a list to find the options near you.
Another factor that influenced me to become a member of Classpass was their new partnership with Blink. Now, besides having the opportunity to try all the amazing classes, I can also just use any Blink gym when I feel like doing my own thing.

They have different types of membership, which you can check it out on their website.

And if you sign up using this link you will have 20% off your Classpass x Blink plan.

Or you could also use this link for a free two-week trial.

Here are the reviews for the five classes I have tried so far:

Fhitting Room

Flywheel

Church Street Boxing

Bode

Exceed

Stay tuned for more.

Fhitting Room

A friend of mine who has been working out at Fhitting room for years told me to try it and she was right: I love it! For me, I like when a workout is challenging but still doable. And that was one of the reasons why I loved this studio. It was a tough class, but not that class that you get frustrated for not being able to complete the sets. Even though the class was at a fast pace, everybody was able to respect their own limits, without having to rush and lifting the weight appropriate to them. I also loved how there are two instructors instead of one per class, so there is not a moment that you feel lost or helpless. I am very concerned about not hurting myself, and for me is way more important to get the right form than the number of reps.

Level of difficulty: ★★★★✩
Cleanness of studio and amenities: ★★★★★
Hospitality: ★★★★★✩

Good for you if you like to: High-intensity class combining strength workout and cardio. And also clarity in what exercises you are doing and assistance to get the right form/movement (they have 2 trainers in each class).

How I felt after the class: energized, motivated, accomplished, and strong.

Locations: Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Flatiron.

Trainers I had: Dennis Lozada and Riley O'Donnell

Price: $38 (when you buy your first class you get the second one free). Fhitting room is also part of Classpass which you can try 2 weeks free with this link or use this link for 20% off on the Classpass and Blink membership. 

Exceed

I love intense class and to feel challenged, so I decided to try a workout at Exceed Physical Culture. I'm glad I did it and it's one of the studios on Classpass that I will definitely come back. The class is 50 minutes long and gets your heart rate high while toning your whole body. The classes have a maximum of 20 people per class, which made very easy to communicate with the trainer and follow the workout. I liked how the class was in a fast pace which kept my heart rate high, and the sets were composed by a variety of exercises which worked different muscles and didn't allow me to feel bored. 

Level of difficulty: ★★★★✩
Cleanness of studio and amenities: ★★★★✩
Hospitality: ★★★★✩

Good for you if you like to: High-intensity class combining strength workout and cardio. 

How I felt after the class: energized, motivated, and strong.

Locations: Upper East Side, and Tribeca.

Trainer I had: Alan Filauro

Price: $32 and they offer a first time special. Exceed is also part of Classpass which you can try 2 weeks free with this link or use this link for 20% off on the Classpass and Blink membership. 

Flywheel

I have been wanting to try Flywheel for so long and I don’t know why it took me so much time to do it. I love spinning classes! I’m obsessed with Soulcycle, which was one of the reasons I wanted to check how was Flywheel. What I really liked about flywheel is that there is a race between you and other people in the class which for me is an extra push to work hard. I’m a competitive person and for me its fun to race with the other people in the class and also to see how much I am improving from class to class. Another plus for me was the fact that the settings for the class are very clear. Each bike has a little screen in which you can see the torq (resistance), speed, and your total power (an algorithm based on your speed and resistance). So it is very easy to understand what intensity your trainer is asking you to achieve the HIIT benefits, and also to measure your work.

Level of difficulty: ★★★✩✩
Cleanness of studio and amenities: ★★★★✩
Hospitality: ★★★★★

Good for you if you like to: HIIT, sweat a lot, competition, and workout to great playlists.

How I felt after the class: light, energized and accomplished.

Locations: Williamsburg, Noho, Nomad, Flatiron, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Lincoln Square, Tribeca, Chelsea, Midtown East.

The trainer I had: Nowani Rattray

Price: $36 per class and $15 for the first class (NYC special). Flywheel is also part of Classpass which you can try 2 weeks free with this link or use this link for 20% off on the Classpass and Blink membership. 

Church Street Boxing

First I need to say that I might not be the right person to talk about this place because I freaking love boxing!! I did my first boxing class in LA three years ago and it was love at the first sight (or at first punch). When I walked in Church Street Boxing I had a flashback from my first time because the gym looks a lot like the one I went to in LA. Church Street Boxing is not like some of the “preppy” boxing gyms in the city (which btw I also like/frequent). When you are at Church Street Boxing it feels like the real deal: there are posters of fights all over the walls, a big rink, the music, everything made me feel like I was there not just to workout but to fight. The coach Gardea also helped make my experience great. I arrived a bit late and he made me do 50 (YES 50!!) burpees right away. He was the right combination of being tough but still nice and funny, which I personally love. As I have said before, I like to be challenged and having someone screaming at me to push a little harder was very motivational.

Level of difficulty: ★★★★★
Cleanness of studio and amenities: ★★✩✩✩
Hospitality: ★★★★★

Good for you if you like to: be challenged, boxing, getting sweaty and dirty.

How I felt after the class: accomplished, strong, and looking forward to next class.

Locations: Park PlaceWalker Street

Trainer I had: Gardea Christian

Price: $30. Church Street Boxing is also part of Classpass which you can try 2 weeks free with this link or use this link for 20% off on the Classpass and Blink membership. 

Bode

I think I probably never sweat as much as I did in this class! Bode is the formerly Bikram Yoga which offered hot yoga. If you another familiar with the Bikram method it is basically a yoga class in a heated room. When I say heated, I mean really hot. I love yoga, but I decided to try their High-Intensity Interval class because you know me, I love HIIT. What I liked about this class is that the fact that your body gets really warm it also makes it more flexible, and all the movements were low impact and I felt like I wasn't overdoing it or hurting my joints. My trainer was very clear and good at targeting the right muscles. I felt a little sore the next couple days, which for me is a positive sign. 

In this photo you can see how steamy the room gets

Level of difficulty: ★★★✩✩
Cleanness of studio and amenities: ★★★★★
Hospitality: ★★★★✩

Good for you if you like to: definitely sweat! Low impact exercises and effective toning.

How I felt after the class: HOT! lol Energized and motivated.

Locations: Flatiron, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side

Trainer I had: Aura

Price: $30 and they also have an introductory offer. Bode is also part of Classpass which you can try 2 weeks free with this link or use this link for 20% off on the Classpass and Blink membership. 

golden jacket

Taking advantage of the weather today to wear my new vegan jacket from Lysse. I’ve always thought metallic jackets were cool and I was happy to collaborate with Lysse to create this look styling it. You will probably see me wearing it a lot when spring comes #cantwait. I also really wanted this yellow cabbyhat since I saw it last year at Urban Outfitter and I just got it on sale for $20 instead of $40 so I’m happy I waited to buy it (unfortunately it's already sold out). Lastly, my white and golden sneakers are from Shoes of Prey, which is one of my favorite places to buy shoes because they let you customize them. I designed this one myself and I love how it turned out.

jacket: lysse
hat: brixton
shoes: shoes of prey

mint fur

Since I got back to NYC I have been looking for a fun colored fur and finally found this one at topshop, YAY! I wore it during NYFW with my new Tobi jeans and white boots from shoes of prey, which I designed myself - #condragulations for me!
NYFW was ok this season. It has been a hard adjustment to be back in NY and I decided to not go crazy and just do a few shows and events, instead of trying to fit everything in and feel overwhelmed most of the time.

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Back to NYC

I’m back bisheees!

Actually I am not that excited to be back. It was very hard to leave Brazil this time. My heart was so warm and happy surrounded by my family and friends, and it was hard to leave all of that behind and get back to my busy schedule and freezing winter. This is my last semester at the community college so I had to come back to finish it. After that I actually don’t know where life is going to take me. I honestly can’t decide what is my strongest feeling about NY: love or hate lol.
Complains aside, there are also the positive side of being back to NY like my friends here, my favorite restaurants, and the days when the weather is not that bad and I can wear a light jacket. Can’t wait for spring and warmer and brighter days.

shoes: shoes of prey
bag: mellie bianco

get the look:

danger

photo: N3

Just like my previous post, these photos were taken at Iporanga beach. Iporanga is located inside a private condominium and if you don’t live there the only way to access the beach is to get there early in the morning. The privacy and tranquility of this private beach makes it easy to take photos. I was already tan by the time I took these photos and I love how the yellow brightens up with my skin. I’m also obsessed with stacked golden necklaces. I honestly have more than ten of them right now. Need to stop buying them! #pleasehelpme Haha

Home

photo: N3

It feels so good to be in Brazil again. When I moved to the USA I spent five years without going home and Christmas and New year didn’t have the same meaning for me. Being surrounded by my family and friends during the holidays was priceless.
These pictures were taken at Iporanga beach -  a private beach in the island where I grew up. I used to not go much to this beach when I lived in Brazil but now it has become one of my favorites. Being here makes me feel connected o myself again.

swimsuit: sunshine state swimwear

Not ready for fall

Jumpsuit: GCGme | Shoes: (similar) | Earrings: (similar)

New Haircut Experience at SFNY

I had such an amazing experience getting my haircut at SFNY that I had to write a post talking more about it.I was introduced to SFNY through a newsletter email and I became curious to try it right away. The salon is a new concept created by the celebrity stylist Scott Yance. He created SFNY with the goal to offer a more private, enjoyable and worthwhile experience. He works only with appointments, and the service is completely exclusive.

Before I went to the salon, I was already impressed by the care of the SFNY’s team when their concierge emailed me asking my food and beverage preferences, and also offering assistance arranging my trip to the salon. When I arrived at the salon, I was warmly welcomed by Scott who is so incredibly nice and attentive! He gave me a little tour at the luxurious workspace, and then he sat with me and we talked about my hair. However, he was also interested in getting to know me and our conversation made me very comfortable, which made me relax and trust him to cut my hair – instead of my usual little nervous.

At the end, I was extremely happy with my haircut and I also left the salon in such a great mood! Not just because my hair looked great, but it was such a chill and fun time hanging out with Scott. I felt like I was with a friend, catching up and having a good time. I definitely recommend SFNY and will be coming back. 

Apple Picking with Koolaburra

Last Friday, I was invited by Koolaburra to join other influencers and editors in a day at the Penning’s Farm in Upstate NY. We had a blast apple picking and trying their variety of ciders while wearing the cutest Koolaburra boots. Fall has officially began!

Boots: Koolabura by UGG | Jeans: H&M | Top: Light in the box | Sunglasses: Ray ban