Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It Girl: Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Sevigny is more than just the quintessential-90s-indie-enfant terrible-art house-sweetheart-turned-fashion designer. She has always been a source of eclectic inspiration and I can google her looks for hours, I kid you not. Sevigny is this unconventional style maven who doesn't even bother following trends or trying hard to look fashionable - she embraces simplicity with the quirkiest of details and that's what it makes her notorious sense of style stand out. Effortless, sometimes androgynous, edgy outfits with a playful twist will forever contribute to her style icon status. Sure her roles in The Brown Bunny, Last Days of Disco, American Psycho, Zodiac, Party Monster, Gummo, Boys Don't Cry and the controversial Kids make me admire her even more. She seeks authenticity rather than insipid perfection and that's why I love her. Why be trendy when you can be cool?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sunny Afternoon in Phoenix Park

Sun means serotonin. It also means that Phoenix Park is the place to be. 707 hectares of infinite green - an invitation for halcyon times and epic picnics on lazy Sundays. Home to a herd of wild Fallow deer, this is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, as it's five times the size of London's Hyde Park and double the size of New York's Central Park! Its whole area includes Dublin Zoo, Deerfield Residence, Magazine Fort, Ashtown Castle, People's Gardens, a Victorian tea kiosk, ponds, Jurassic-looking trees, endless grassland and a view to Dublin Mountains. Not to mention the squirrels, ducks, swans, birds and foxes. Established in 1662, Phoenix Park offers an idyllic countryside backdrop perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The awakening of Spring can be witnessed outdoors, even if subtle and shy, and a walk in the park intensifies the experience, specially now that daylight lasts longer.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


For those who are not aware of what's been going on in my life recently, I have some breaking news: I am currently living in Dublin - birthplace of Oscar Wilde, Jameson, Bob Geldof and My Bloody Valentine. That's right, I've moved to Ireland! Remember when I arrived in Dublin for the first time? Exactly one year ago. It didn't take me too long to consider moving to this capital city - smaller and less stressful than London, relatively safe, multicultural enough and not too far away from home (3 hour flight).

This was one hell of a hard step to take, I reckon. I'm not going to sugarcoat my story: my lack of confidence doesn't really help in these circumstances and there were hard times when I was ready to give up and go back to Portugal. On my own, I had no other choice but to encourage myself to develop extraordinary strength and resilience in order to keep me going. Pretty tough but that's how you adjust and eventually get by. I'm glad I've made a few friends over here who truly helped me when I most needed - it's comforting to know who you can count on. You see, moving abroad can be a thorny experience.

Leaving everything behind for a fresh start in Emerald Isle, a country cursed with neverending rain, sounds like a foolish thing to do but I still insisted on giving it a go. I'm just a small town girl looking for something else in life, brave enough to try my luck away from my suffocating hometown (don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful place but it couldn't offer me whatever it is that I'm looking for). I haven't regretted my decision so far, even though I miss my parents, my friends and needless to say, the coffee back home (!). However, I firmly believe that, if I survived January blues by myself, the mild homesickness and St Patrick's Day, I shall survive this struggle too - hopefully not in a Dickensian fashion. I don't know for how long will I stay in Dublin, no matter how much I enjoy it; temporary things can become permanent and vice-versa. Meanwhile, it's all happening and I'm making the most out of it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


A tempescope reproduces the weather conditions in the comfort of your own living room - how cool is that?

Marianne Faithfull in 1967 looked insanely stylish.

A few photos featured in this incredible shoot.

Yuuuuummmmm this cheesecake looks delicious.

Embroided pet portraits are the cutest thing ever.

Bug prints are so cool!

Can I add this whales poster to my wishlist?

Teletubbies in black and white have to be one of the most disturbing, terrifying things I've ever seen.

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