Being the daughter of the musician that I am, I've delved into the 60's and I've found this great hit.
The girl from Ipanema.
Now maybe you don't know her, but she has become famous by this song written by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, originally titled Garota de Ipanema. A fine example of the genre Bossa Nova in my opinion. However who's the girl that has sparked such commotion over the last 50 years?
Her name is Heloisa Eneida de Menezes Pase Pinto.
And she is THE Audrey Hepburn of Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
Not only does she possess the beauty and charm to inspire a worldwide hit,
She has had the smarts to use this famous nickname in order to start a chain of stores called,
yes exactly, Garota de Ipanema. Below are a couple of pictures of her in her youth.
The thing I like most of these pictures is that she looks radiant and has a quite natural look (she's gone blonde through the years), which means my boyfriend is right about the less is more when it comes to make up, in this case that is! Besides these pictures remind me of the thing I like of being a brunette,
In a world full of blond bombshells, the dark-haired girl seems intriguing and interesting.
Thank you Garota de Ipanema.
This cover by Blueswing is available on SoundCloud.
I know you usually don't expect this kind of post from me, but this is another side of me which I would like you to know. I've recently been on vacation, which explains my absence. And this is what I wrote while taking my 8 and a half hour flight back to my humble home :P
Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think of my post;)
If you want to see more of my thoughts let me know!
Do we ever cease to chase after our dreams?
Do our dreams change, fade or disappear with the passing of times?
Does this curvy path filled with obstacles and challenges lead to glory, or is it just another illusion of this mischievous life to twist our vision and lead us to our own disdain?
Do we know what it is we are meant to be or be doing?
Can we be guided to our own success, or shall we run eternally in search for that one glorious moment that might or might never appear to us?
We might not have the answers to all these questions, for we live in uncertainty and cannot predict our future.
But surely we must all agree on one single thought:
Might life be as simple and as obvious so that not one of us should be deceived,
for happiness is a collective dream we all desire and deserve at some point in our lifetime.
I have been crushing on yellow dresses previously this month...
But a yellow bag is much more easier and can be worn from Spring to Summer regardless of the temperature.
Thus a yellow bag results in a better investment.
And even fall collections have featured bright yellow, so more bang for your buck!
I still haven't decided so below all are the options I am considering.
I think this is by far the cheapest option.
This beauty is from H&M and costs 30 euros.
I think I could shove my whole life (e.g. books, articles, lunch, shoes, wallet, gloss, lotion) in there!
So that's a plus.
My second favorite option is from Aldo.
It costs 55 dollars, and it has those fab nautical stripes.
Its rather casual, so I'm not sure I could use it everyday.
Office appropriate? Don't think so.
Still it looks really nice.
Another cute lady like purse is this one from Nelly.com
It's 50 euros, but so chic, however the color is more mustard than yellow,
So it's ranked in third place.
My last option is from the giant Asos.com
It's in sale, so my heart is racing!
However it seem kinda small so this baby is ranked at fourth place, retailing for 33.62 euros.
I know I've carefully weighted my options here,
But as soon as I hit the shops I might go totally overboard and forget all about my analysis.
Point in discussion here, I want AND shall get me my freaking YELLOW bag. Period!
And in case I actually win the lottery and become a trillionaire I shall buy myself
a nice Louis Vuitton in this dazzling Citron (aka Yellow) color.
I know promised this post via twitter 2 days ago, but I got caught up with schoolwork.
I am starting to feel that I'm working for Miranda (The Devil wears Prada), only I never get to see her...
So I have no idea what she wears in my situation...:P
Anyway let us strategize how to spend our hard-earned money!
Like most of us working our way to the corporate world,
our budgets are not as dainty as we would like it to be.
So it makes no sense to even suggest you to go buy a total new wardrobe,
and I know the probability that you will mix and match is substantial.
Believe me I myself like to find key pieces that vamps up my closet so I don't end up spending too much :P
Well let's start the counting. These are the items you will need to update your closet!
A bright yellow dress
The color of this dress will revive you dusty, dark and beige winter closet in no time.
This dress, depending on the style you buy, can be worn on different occasions.
You can style it for a night out, for a casual Saturday or even a date.
I've spotted this amazingly cute yellow dress on the runway last September.
Designer Oscar de la Renta made this wonderful item.
Of course if we cannot afford such astonishing prices,
we shall look meticulously for a look-a-like that is within our budgets.
Be smart ladies!
In case you don't like yellow, don't fret. Orange is also huge!
And mr. de la Renta has a fab orange dress of the same collection.
Use it as a general indication..:P
I can bet on my precious hair that you have heard about this trend.
Wherever I look there is someone with a flowery bottom even at campus.
I have seen tons of pictures everywhere of those flower-printed pants!
I am not sure these will be in my best interest, for I am short and curvy,
But I found an alternative way to wear a flowery bottom.
Because yes, I too like to make my day by dressing vibrantly.
At D&G they came up with the flowery a line skirt!
Now that I can wear with confidence!
This look is from the 2012 Fall collection but you can draw inspiration from it starting this Spring.
If you wanna rock the pant either ways,
here is a cheap way to jump onto this trend without much regret.
H&M, 14.95 in euros.
For those of us, who have never ever heard of peplum before (I know I haven't) it is quite a pleasant surprise. The so low priced fashion giant Primark had peplum shirts since last year.
And luckily moi has one already, conveniently in blue which fits the ocean trend of this year!
So my tip is go with your guts, you see something you like it, buy it.
Don't care if no one else is wearing it, yet!
But back to the main story, I spotted a couple of awesome options online.
The lucky ones in the USA can rush to Target and grab this peplum shirt by Jason Wu.
I envy you, because it is not available online..and ticket prices are not cheap.
You see even Jason Wu is digging the yellow thing!
Okay, you are not the over-the-top here I come girl?
Well in that case, fashion has not forgotten you,
These spring pastels are everywhere, especially in mint green!
This is the fabulous Chanel's take on the pastel mint trend
And here we have it at Louis Vuitton.
This whole collection is to die for!
I would kill for any one of those pieces!
This shirt is 19.95 at Only.
No real commitment, just a small price.
Last but not least we got an update on you regular button-downs.
Many designers have added what are called statement collars to make these shirts more interesting.
The one below is from Louis Vuitton Spring 2012. AGAIN.
You see how fab they are, they have a two-trend-in-one going here!
And in case you want to cheap out more, just button up your shirt and add a statement necklace.
Like in the show of Carven for Spring 2012.
So tell me, which one of these trends are you looking forward to try?