The last three… books

 Os três últimos livros

Memories of my melancholy whores, by Gabriel García Márquez, translated by Eric Nepomuceno
original title: Memoria de mis putas tristes  Editora Record

On completing 90 years old, a lonely sad journalist decides to give himself the gift of a night of wild love with a virgin nymphet. And falls in love for the first time. An unconventional love story that only García Márquez could have written. More than a book about sex and eroticism (or pedophilia, as many believe), Memories of my melancholy whores is a journey of self-knowledge, a beautiful reflection on old age and loneliness. 

 Macunaíma, por Mário de Andrade
original title: Macunaíma, O Herói sem Nenhum Caráter • Editora Nova Fronteira

A landmark of fantastic realism, Macunaíma is more than a comic anti-hero or a symbol of Brazilian modernism. Macunaíma is wild, mythical, surreal… The book combines folklore, legends, myths and religion to tell the story of a trickster, smart and amoral man, who gets everything he wants out of life. I coincidentally watched the brilliant and fun adaption of the book for the cinema (directed by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade in 1969) soon after reading the book, which made the experience even more complete. 

Paralelos, by Leonardo Alkmim
Geração Editorial

An accident involving a school bus kills all the students returning from a camping trip. All but one, Vítor, who loses his inseparable twin brother Alexandre in the tragedy. But a mysterious mistake that endangers the functioning of the whole cosmos, ends up saving the wrong brother. Although in different dimensions, the twins will have to fight to restore the universe’s balance. If you like topics such as afterlife, parallel dimensions, angels and other mystical elements, this is a definitely interesting read for you. I’m not a huge fan of this genre, but found myself really involved with the story in a few moments.

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Herbivore Botanicals

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I’m really digging brands with a more natural vibe, so of course I’m loving Herbivore Botanicals, a vegan and cruelty free company. All their products have no artificial color or fragrances, no parabens, no animals products and no unnatural preservatives. Pretty cool, right? I’m dying to try the Pink Clay Facial Mask!

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Herbivore Botanicals etsy shop (ships internationally).

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Fraga

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Fraga is a combination of a table and a pouf, designed by Ligne Roset. I think it was a very nice idea to combine a soft surface with a more rigid one, and I also love the rounded corners. The tray can be removed for cleaning (so practical!). I need this.

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Ligne Roset website.
Via GamFratesi.

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Newspaper-Pencil

Recycled Newspaper Pencils, by Social Goods Co. Recycled Newspaper Pencils, by Social Goods Co. Recycled Newspaper Pencils, by Social Goods Co. Recycled Newspaper Pencils, by Social Goods Co.

These amazing pencils, designed by Social Goods Co., are made from recycled newspaper, tightly rolled around high-quality number 2 graphite, and then hand-painted. Once sharpened, the pencils reveal a marble-like pattern and each is unique. So pretty and crafty!

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Social Goods Co. website & etsy shop (ships internationally).

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Beauty favorites – september

Beauty favorites - september 2014

These are a few of my september beauty favorites:

1. Laura Mercier Eye Basics – It’s a eye primer that makes eye shadow adhere better and last longer. It camouflages the imperfections and enhances the makeup. The creamy formula dries quickly to a very beautiful and silky finish (my color is Wheat).

2. Pomander Bar Soaps – The beauty of this line is that all soaps contain 100% pure essencial oils and Bath Flower Remedies. The fragrances are wonderful! One of my favorites is Meditação (meditation) with cedar essential oil, which relaxes and leaves a delicious woody scent.

3. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras – Loving this concentrated shower-cream anti-dryness, that help restore the skin barrier and replenish the skin’s lipids in the shower. I use it on my face as well. The fragrance is light and the texture is creamy (it makes a soft foam). Soap-free and paraben-free.

4. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Gel-Fluide – This is the ideal product to use after the shower-cream, since it has shea butter and glycerin, that help replenish lipids and hydrate. Suitable for those with dry, sensitive or sensitized skin, this product protects, restores and soothes the skin against external aggressions. Refreshing, light, quick dress texture.

5. Antonio Banderas Her Golden Secret Eau de Toilette – I think what struck me in this fragrance were the top notes: a mixture of bergamot, mandarin, apple and peach. Pretty exotic, right? But this combination works really well and the perfume has great fixation. The campaign video explores the actor’s sex appeal, opposite spanish actress Paz Vega.

Which beauty products were your favorites this month?

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Porcelain delicacy

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Handmade with pure japanese porcelain, these mini vases by Tokyo Craft Studios are so very delicate… I’m in love! 

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Tokyo Craft Studios etsy shop (ships internationally).

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Colori Gelato

Colori Gelato - Doppio Colori Gelato - 100s & 1000s

Colori Gelato, Awon Golding Millinery‘s SS14 Collection, is inspired by the summer, the sea and – of course – the pastel colors of the italian gelato. How fun!

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Awon Golding Millinery website.

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Audrey & Pippin_love

Audrey & Pippin_love

You may have seen around a few pics of actress Audrey Hepburn with a cute little deer, but do you know the story behind these pictures? In 1958 Audrey was filming Green Mansions, directed by her then-husband Mel Ferrer. Her character, Rima, lived in the jungles of Venezuela and should be followed all the time by a fawn. In real life the fawn was called Pippin and her trainer suggested that Audrey take the animal home with her, so that the two of them could bond, facilitating the shooting.

Audrey nicknamed her Ip and pretty soon the two were inseparable. With the end of the shooting, Audrey and Ip had to separate, to the actress’ dismay. In 1959, Audrey was confined to bed due to a vertebral fracture (she was thrown of a horse on the set of The Unforgiven) and, two months later, a miscarriage. Mel Ferrer then brought Ip back to cheer her up and the two of them made a bed for her out of a bathtub.

1. 2. 3. e 4. Most pictures of Audrey and Pippin together were taken by photographer Bob Willoughby, of LIFE magazine, who accompanied the actress on the set of many films, among them, Green Mansions 

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Yacht Club Cereal Bowls

Yacht Club Cereal Bowls

There’s nothing better than starting the day (and the week) with a delicious bowl of cereal and fruits, don’t you think? It’s even better if the bowls are these lovely ones from Eagle Rock Yacht Club

This poster is also amazing, for those who want a “100% jerk free” home. »

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Eagle Rock Yacht Club website.

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Partytime

Partytime, by Laura Berger

Hey, it’s friday! That means… it’s party time! \o/

Tell me, what are you up to this weekend?

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This cool illustration is Laura Berger‘s, who has a cute little shop on etsy.

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