Wish-list…

WARNING: POSTS TO GIRLS.

Good news: I don’t have to think about positive things today! No, things are still the same, but I’m just 20 days away to go back home, and I couldn’t be happier. Thankfully he days are passing by really fast! My anxiety is so big that lately my top sites are craigslist (housing search), decor online shopping (beso, target, urban outfitters) and other AMAZING findings to my own personal delight, like clothes 😀 I’ve became an addict in bookmarking fabulous closet pieces, and today I decided to share the ones that I NEED to get it, ASAP!

I have more than 100 links on my “Closet” bookmark folder, including girly flower dresses, navy shorts, wet leggings, oxford shoes, maxi colorful rings and satin scarves, but there are things that I need more than rainbow pieces. So on today’s list, you will only find black&white and my favorite: NUDE! Clothes that will match anything you have in your closet and are the easiest to put together. You’re welcome 😉

note: the jacket is by “Elizabeth and James” and the pumps are by “Jessica Simpson”.

The websites I choose are affordable and you can always find cute things if you dig strong enough. Beso.com is definitely my favorite, right after Asos.com and Forever21.com. AmericanApparel (as we all know) is famous for their simple things and this bodysuit is just PERFECT! FashionDelivery.com.br is a brazilian website, and I don’t know it very well, it was just the only one I found that sold this AMAZING clutch. And last but not least is CiaMaritima.com.br (another brazilian store), which in my opinion has one the bests swimming collections year after year.

Personal secret: I’ve dreaming about this pump for a LONG time! Please God, give me one 😉

What about you? What’s your summer wish-list?

Best Wishes!

Agatha.

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Life…

Every time I start writing, my biggest hidden feelings jump in (without being called) and my fingers start typing by themselves, and sometimes I can’t find good things to talk about. Unfortunately today is one of those days, but I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t type or write bad feelings or what is going wrong with my life. Instead I will only record good moments and happy days. This is what I’ll try to do today.

The best part of being in Brazil is meeting my friends. On Friday, me and 3 other girl friends went to a japanese restaurant (they had vegetarian menu) and it was the best meal I had since I got back, not because of the food (the place was VERY full and the service wasn’t great at all) but the company was worth it. Spending time with people you know since 5th grade is so relaxing, especially because you know that almost no one knows you that good, and nothing you say will be taken in the wrong way; sometimes you don’t even have to say anything. I can’t wait for next weekend!

Also, as always, I have been cooking a lot, and these past days I had the opportunity to try some whole-wheat baked eggplant and zucchini pastry, homemade soy strawberry/banana/orange juice ice-cream and stuffed sweet potato (eggplant&zucchini filling). Everything was very very VERY good! Being vegan is so great 😀 BTW today has been two months since I’ve became a veg. So nice! Especially because on Saturday I went with my dad to a brazilian “farmer’s market” and indulge myself with a lot of veggies and fruits. I’m packed for the week. My list included: Eggplants, zucchinis, carrots, sweet potatoes, 3 kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, regular potatoes, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and maracujá. It was very fun, and we spend less than $15 (R$26)!!! Soooo cheap!

Well, I think what I’m trying to say is no matter how bad things are, you can always find the good side of life and have fun. Coming back to Brazil is being hard and I wanna go back to California as soon as possible but we can’t have everything at once and life is about suffering, so lets just try to make our best of it and forget about the bad moments. “Everything is gonna be alright”. I will accomplish my dreams, my parents will stop judging me and I will find a guy that I love and loves me back. Someday…

Best Wishes,

Agatha.

Cooking…

Today has been a week since I left Santa Barbara, and I miss it so much that it seems WAAAY more. However I’m enjoying my home city and all the components of it. The weather feels nice, my parent’s new apartment is glorious and friends still know how to make me laugh. Things are very good, thank you very much! The best part of all is my cooking… I’m officially part of the women who bring food to the gatherings. Is it great?! 😀 Everybody knows how much I love to cook, and having my family enjoying my food and asking for the recipe is the greatest gift I could ask for.

My parent got me in the airport on Tuesday, and on Wednesday practically my whole family got together to celebrate my return, and we had a barbecue. YES, a meat barbecue. It sucks, I know, but they ate their meat (ew!) and I made some vegan sides. Everybody loved it! Everything was gone by the end of the night, my food was a success. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of it, but FYI I cooked whole grain rice, potato salad with vegan mayo and veggie farofa (it’s a brazilian dish, click to learn more). But since the farofa was SO good, I made again and I have picture of that 😉

I know it doesn’t look great, but it was sooo tasty! Want the recipe? (for those ones that know portuguese, I got this recipe from here.)

1 carrot
Green pepper
1/2 can of corn
10 chopped green olives
1/2 onion
Garlic, salt and black pepper (your taste)
250g of manic flour

4 tbspoons of olive oil

how to:
Cut, and peel the carrots. Cook them until soft (poke with fork to test it)
Chop the onions, green peppers, the garlic. Put in a pan along with the olive oil and fry it.

Add the corn, the flour and the olives and mix well.

Done! So easy, right? But the thing I love doing it is SMOTHIES! Brazil’s doesn’t have Blenders so I have to blend my own drinks. This one I made today and it was GREAT!

So good, right? Recipe? 🙂

1 mango
1 papaya
2 oranges
1 banana
ice

1 cup of water

how to:

Put everything inside the blender, and blend 😉

That’s it! I think this was a very long post, I’m off now! 😀 Hopefully next time I will have more pictures!

Best Wishes.

Brazil…

In less than 4 days I will step in São Paulo once again, and I must say: I’m VERY excited! Excited to compare, to explore, to have fun, to kiss my family, to hug my friends, to hold Daniel in my arms and to take Marzipan for a long walk. I want to walk around by myself, go to Augusta St. in the middle of the afternoon for no reason, meditated in the middle of São Paulo’s hectic traffic, party my ASS off and enjoy this summer (winter in Brazil) like I never did before. Although this semester was a dream come true in every single way, I’m definitely prepared to take a break and to enjoy the most of it. With responsibility 😉 of course. I want to go to Cachaçarias, to Bubu Lounge, to Sub Astor, to Vila Madalena, to have lunch with my parents on Saturdays, to spends nights watching TV at Andréia’s house, to able to buy a drink without showing my ID, to drink a glass of wine while having dinner, to go to Pão de Açúcar, to be brazilian in Brazil and to WATCH THE WORLD CUP!!! Really, I’m very excited for that 😀 Going to bars to watch the game, or staying at home bitting my nails off and cursing the judge (and the players), or hearing people shouting out the window after a goal, or shouting out the window after a goal. BRASIL, AQUI VOU EU!

This pasts months were so perfect that the thing I want the most is to be delighted in my own country, sharing my experiences and telling people about the amazing characters I met in California, and how INCREDIBLE  is Hollywood 😀 I learned so much from everyone and it will be impossible to forget about those faces. Thank you, Santa Barbara! This firsts months were flawless. Thankfully is just the beginning. Anyways, I’m coming back so there is no need to write this “goodbye” post. In August 2nd everything is starting once again. Hostel, apartment hunting, paying for the bus… I can’t wait!

Best Wishes.