“Walking on high heels, soaking up life”

48 hours in São Paulo

48 hours in São Paulo

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Although my heels have been back and running around in Amsterdam for quite some time, I am still caught in memories of lovely Brazil, all the lovely things we saw and the treasured places we visited. One of my favorite cities was definitely São Paulo: a city so vibrant and fast that NYC seems 18th century in comparison (sorry lovely NY: I still love you). So if you have some time (be it just 48 hours) here are some essentials you should go see and take your heels to. (All tips today were provided by my lovely Brazilian friend and local Zaza.)

♥ Take a stroll down Rua Augusta,
a beautiful Boulevard with lots of Boutiques (from luxury to reasonable prices).

♥ Have lunch like the locals and stop by Frevinho.
It’s been there for more than 50 years, and is frequented by all for a hangover cure
on the weekend. I loved their roast-beef sandwich in Ciabatta bread
(loads of mayonnaise and the Brazilian all over pepper: Tabasco) www.frevinho.com.br

♥ Have the best ice-cream in town further down the road at “Bacio di Latte” and say hello
to the calories 2000 - 4000 (a sin worth it!) www.baciodilatte.com.br

♥ Also definitely worth a visit: MIS (Museum for Picture and Sound, we saw the
David Bowie exhibition which was mind-blowing - Avenida Europa, 158),
or MuBe (Brazilian art Museum).

♥ The restaurant at MIS is also a tip for dinner and you can take a walk in Parque do Ibirapuera
(think Central Park) before filling your belly.

♥ For the total shopping experience head to Rua Oscar Freire: “posh” brands will happily try to
seduce your wallet and for all luxurious babes: Rua Bela Cintra and Rua Haddock Lobo with shops
like Louis Vuitton and Cartier is your place. For bitches on a budget there are malls
like JK or Iguatemi to get happy too.

♥ But you definitely have to visit Brazilian super shoe brand SCHUTZ at Rua Oscar Freire, 944.
Lovely LOVELY shoes for a fraction of the price you would pay in Europe.

♥ Last but not least (and because shopping makes one hungry - and thirsty): Best bar in the city:
Astor. www.barastor.com.br It’s located in a neighborhood called “Vila Madalena”, which is very famous for its night life. Advertising people and musicians love it, so my place to hang out.

♥ And just for a small night cab: find plenty of nightclubs, bars and restaurants in Itaim!
See you around!

xxx
Today’s shoes are Brian Atwood

Love is in the air, flowers everywhere

Love is in the air, flowers everywhere

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Amsterdam can be a city with the character of a cat. Weather-wise that would be: really smooth and at ease but just when you think all is good - the claws come out. And I’m just saying that because I’m prepared for everything, any time (aka have my rubber boots with me for that sudden bout of rain - ALL THE TIME). But gosh, the city is beautiful when the sun is out, the claws stay in, and nature does what it does best: getting flowers to bloom wherever you go.

I mean, who would even consider staying inside, and not going shopping for some flowery dresses to flatter that mood? Who would even think of hiding in boots rather than the heels that invitingly smile at you to walk them under trees spoiling you with a shower of petals? Who could not see the beauty?

You just go there ladies. The first step in heels outside your door, with that dress too bright and short, and those heels too high to walk on grass: Spring is in the air, love everywhere!

xxx
Today’s shoes are Betsey Johnson
Coat: ZARA | Dress: Vintage-Laura Dolls | Clutch: Louis Vuitton | Jewellery: Stylist's own

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What to wear #10 days in Brazil

What to wear #10 days in Brazil

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Am famous for (always!) traveling with a bag the size of a small Volkswagen (even for a small trip to the countryside: I mean, even wellies come in different colours and patterns, and of course you need to be able to choose and change spontaneously from Hunter to Burberry...) but going to Brazil was different.

Not having read or prepared a thing, all I knew about the contintent were actually some songs and (of course) famous drinks.

Though I had to deal with the most uncomfortable situation of being totally misdressed and underwhelmingly prepared for my first Brazilian wedding (plus the humiliation of not even being able to find an appropriate dress for the occasion at Zara in Coritiba: you always find a dress at Zara!!!...), I had had some instincts about what to quickly throw in a small suitcase to cover 10 days, 4 different locations and 7 flights in total.

I am already dreaming (while unpacking) of packing my belongings for the next time: then I swear I’m gonna go with the big bag: you know that one the size of a ....

xxx

Today’s shoes are Havianas, Brian Atwood, Hermès
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Ride me a Helicopter!

Ride me a Helicopter!

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Am still caught in the memories of the fantastic party we attendend (Pinch me! What a night, what a wedding, what fantastic new friends, everybody so lovely!), trying to find my way back to reality, when we have to leave to Foz do Iguaçu which is in the very very South of Brazil.

It’s where some small water spectacle is going on: the Iguaçu Falls, which have a flow capacity equal to three times that of Niagara Falls. You know, your average waterfalls partly located on the Brazilian side, others already in Argentina. My eyes open wide when a helicopter is awaiting to take us on a ride (hello Michale Kors Ad!) to enjoy the spectacular view.

Oh yeah, and that was before we boarded a speed boat and - just because me and my heels can -grabbed a cab to enjoy South American Steak (the best!) for dinner: in Argentina that is.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Kallisté

My Big Fat First Brazilian Wedding

My Big Fat First Brazilian Wedding

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Although I knew that Brazilian weddings are huge, I had no idea what to expect when arriving at our almost last destination in Brazil: Curitiba.

On the private acres of our generous hosts (including three houses of relatives, own forest and horse stables) a tent is being built. A tent? It’s more like they're building a rock star concert stage (think Beyoncé), with a chapel built from scratch, dance floor for 800 people, buffet, bar, lounge and toilets that are bigger and more luxurious than in the Four Season's. Ah, and there is a glittery Miu Miu heel indicating the ladies room which I definitely would have snatched away (so beautiful!) had I known where the second one was hidden (it was my size!). And the party people! So glamorous and stylish I guess every red carpet would turn green with envy.

Had to plunder the mother of the bride's closet (thank you Danie, I will be forever grateful), since the flowery dress I brought suddenly didn't seem like such a good idea (patterns ladies, so NOT Brazilian wedding....) and I knew that the designer of the brides-dress (couture!) would be present personally. And yeah. That was all before I ruined my new pair of heels by dancing the night away with all the happy wedding crowd in the most beautiful setting ever. What a night to remember!

P.S.: Am still searching fot that second Miu Miu, but psssssst.... let's keep that our secret, OK?

xxx
Today’s shoes are Schutz, a Brazilian brand to keep an eye on!

Girl at Ipanema

Girl at Ipanema

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Have been trying flip flops (the Brazilian version: Havaiannas) for the past three days, but seriously: I’m not made for this kind of footwear. With blisters the size of the lemons they put in their Caipirinhas here, had no other choice than to change from flats to heels while strolling the lovely beach of Ipanema on yet another beautiful day in Rio. The city is so vibrant, and life seems wonderfully free and easy here, it is amazing how the recipe of sun, warmth, beach, and ocean always does its job. (The occasional Caipirinha works magic too I must confess).

Also wherever the cocktail described above is daily standard (talking weather ladies, not alcohol... ) styling issues are basically non-existent: all you need is a bikini, some sort of cover (dress or shorty short, who cares) and off you go. Favorite accessory of the day (any day since we've been here): a fresh coconut and some music in my head.

“The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes I smile, but she doesn’t see
She just doesn’t see
No she doesn’t see”

xxx
Today’s shoes are Zara
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Day at the Pool

Day at the Pool

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We arrived in Rio de Jainero three days ago and it feels utterly surreal to be here. So much beauty, such a different scenery, so many impressions! Our hotel is located directly at the beach, with the most gorgeous view you can imagine. I wonder if someone secretly told the organiser of our journey what to provide to make us happy, as champagne and a pool with the most gorgeous view await us. The sun so bright (aka unforgiving, aka revealing every beauty failure, aka when the hell did I actually grow a mustache???), the colors so intense, the vibe so lively!

You quickly adjust to being a “Carioca” which in Brazil means to just be happy about life, to feel free and be authentic. Well, I must say it’s very hard to resist that mantra (in my case feeling very authentic looking like a cheesecake amongst all the tanned Brazilian beauties) when being pampered and spoiled so nicely.

Let’s go and pop that champagne, ditch the heels and clothes and just hang at the pool and celebrate life, please! But first I will give myself a proper Brazilian. On the face that is.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Stuart Weitzman