November 30, 2011

Color of the month...passion 4 pink

December passion...

The color of this month is hot! 

If you are crazy about pink, what are you waiting for?

The perfect color applied on the right dosage can bring all the happiness your home needs.

Strategically placing accents pieces such as lamps, vases, and pillows on rooms with neutral color; this amazing and inspiring color, can give a positive effect without overpowering the ambient.

It has been proven that pink is no longer the little girls bedroom pallet; our favorite hot color has graduated and stepped up taking over big rooms.

Sexy living rooms and daring dining rooms, if you still scared, start slow… small areas like an entry foyer or a powder bathroom are perfect for the experiment.

Keep it simple, neutral, and add a little splash of happy pink!

November 19, 2011

When did the “As Legitimas Havaianas” became “Las Originales Brasileiras”

When did the “As Legitimas Havaianas” became “Las Originales Brasileiras”

During my backpacking trip to Europe this summer, I walked my "melissinha" to the core; literally, until I couldn’t walk anymore and then “las legitimas brasileiras” saved my life.

Duomo in Milan

 Museum Del Prado in Madrid

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille

English Way in Nice

Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco

Louvre Museum in Paris


Two weeks of none stop walking. My footwear choice was the zig zag Melissinha by the Campana Brothers because they are very light weight and incredibly comfortable, and its little perforations are perfect for the summer time.

So after walking for hours enjoying the most incredible views and sensational sites of Barcelona, Spain, my first stop, I manage to get myself a double blister on my second alien toe...I will explain, my feet are long and skinny and so are my toes, so they got a cute nickname of “alien toes” I wasn’t particularly trilled about the nickname, but obviously the ones you don’t like are the ones that stick. I got used to, and now I even think it’s funny.

Double blister is basically a blister inside a blister...the only difference is it hurts in double, much more than a regular blister. I didn't know that it was even possible, well it is, I would love to post a picture but, I don’t want to frighten my followers…not attractive at all.

So there I was, at gorgeous Barcelona but I couldn’t walk anymore because of the pain, it was very late and everything was pretty much closed and the only place open was a charming minimarket that sells everything you need. I saw sandals hanging on the wall from a distance and my outmost deep feeling of happiness told me “yiipi yiipi havaianas”, perfect! 

I am jumping around on my blister… I have heard that Havaiana sandals were big in Europe. I thought that they were the legitimas havaianas, they were identical, I would call them twin sisters…”las originales brazileiras”, even had the little Brazilian flag, instead of “as legitimas havaianas” the slogan imprinted on each sole, it was “las originales brasileiras”. 

At that point, I was in so much pain that I could not care less for the bottom of the sandals, all I needed was to be able to walk. I just wanted comfort, and las originales did just that.

I guess that is when the "as legitimas havaianas" became "las originales brasileiras”

Havaianas have always been part of my adventures, Diamond Head Oahu, Hawaii 2009. 

Got to love your havaianas!!!
You never forget your first...

October 31, 2011

The Zen way to live...

The simple living has traditions that stretch back to the Orient.

When it comes to lifestyle, “Zen” is often jumbled by sleek pieces of furniture, water fountains, and soft music on background; witch can be stumble across on all major luxurious SPAs throughout the world.

By ToshiyukiTanisen

The Zen way to live it’s about one’s interpretation, and how that translates into day-to-day wellbeing. Whether the space you live in, states quietness and balance, or it’s simply a warm and cozy place to rest,  if a pleasant atmosphere is delivered, you have found your own Zen way to live.

by ToshiyukiTanisen
For some, a lavish style including ample open spaces and designers’ furniture pieces is essential. For others, scarcely display of simplicity and the ability of living with the least imaginable number of items is sufficient.
Que Chair by Christel ​Hadiwibawa
Zen Style can also be expressed by the choices of modest furniture, organic forms, and humble materials typically sourced from nature.

Enignum III Chair, Joseph Walsh
The definition of the word Zen is from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chán (), which can be approximately translated as "meditation" or "meditative state."

Kairo Chair for Riva 1920

Zen emphasizes experiential wisdom in the achievement of information, emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct self-realization through meditation and dharma practice.

by Joseph Walsh
Enignum canopy bed by Joseph Walsh 

The establishment of the Zen School is credited to the South Indian Pallava prince-turned-monk Bodhidharma, who came to China during the rise of Tamil Buddhism in Tamilakam to teach a "special transmission outside scriptures, not founded on words or letters." 

by Donna K

Thus, through Zen Wisdom was passed, not through words or concepts, but through an ancestry of one-to-one direct transmission of experience from teacher to student.

by Olivier Dolle 

Pikk Chair by Dror Benshetrits 

Cóm-oda Folding Chairs by Mr. Simon

Cóm-oda Folding Chairs by Mr. Simon

Pine Sculptures by Jae Hyo Lee
by Chua Har Lee

Loopita -Victor Aleman  

 Fruit Bowl

by Henriette W. Leth 

QUARK Coffee Table by Emmanuel Babled

October 24, 2011

"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" ...that is the waste hierarchy...

If your idea of recycling is just separating your garbage, think again...

Bow by Gulnur Ozdaglar
Material: PET bottles

Earrings by Gulnur Ozdaglar
Material: PET bottles

Pendant Petals by Gulnur Ozdaglar
Material: PET bottles

All our everyday items can be transformed into functional pieces of furniture, accessories and art. Unused household items such as light bulbs and bottles of wine become fun new ideas for decoration and even a garden. By reusing glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics we reduce considerable the impact of waste in our environment. If we all do our part together we can make the world a better place.

Recycled Tire Tote
Materials: Recycled Tires

Every piece is handmade in a job skill workshop by people with disabilities or limiting conditions. Handmade in Wisconsin.

One-of-a-kind Aqua Aura quartz crystal with 9mm casing
Materials: 9mm casing

One-of-a-kind desk by Jon Elwell 

Hand made in Miami, FL
Materials: Plywood Scraps

38 Special recycled bullet casing - silver tone
Gender friendly
Materials: 38 bullet casing

Vinyl Fruit Bowls by Jeff Davis
 Material: 12" vinyl records

Bud vase By Giannina Lezcano
Material: Old light bulbs

Brass bullet casing cuff by Shannon Astali DeJong
Handmade in Jersey City, NJ.
Materials: Brass bullet casing

Record Cuff Silver and vinyl
Handmade in USA
Material: original vinyl records and album covers

Very Hungry God by Subodh Gupta
Main Recycled Materials: Kitchen Utensils

Coupe Handbag
Made in USA
Material: 100% recycled tire inner-tube

Wine bottle garden By Brian Keith Sullivan

Indoor green thumb wine bottle garden, Organic Basil, Organic Chive, or Heirloom Mint.
Made in the USA
Materials: reclaimed restaurant wine bottles, wool, clay, recycled glass, cork, seeds

Lounge chair by Leo Kempf
Materials: recycled tires

Bottle Of Light by Jette Scheib
Handmade in Germany

Jette Scheib worked Side by Side with mentally challenged adults to create these brilliant lanterns that are as beautiful as they are useful.
Material: recycled wine bottle, glass, and wood

The definition is clear, Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production.

Be creative and do your part!