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New Year’s Eve Tradition

December 30, 2020

New Year’s tradition to ring in the New Year.

We all need a little more luck in the 2021. One New Year tradition I enjoy, that just so happens to have healthy benefits I remember celebrating while growing up, is eating 7 pomegranate arils to ring on the New Year in order to bring fortune and prosperity. 

The Young me, didn’t understand the symbolism behind pomegranates bringing fortune and prosperity. Older me, now understands why:

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Fiber. It has wide-ranging benefits and may help reduce your risk of various serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, just to name a few.

I want Pomegranate every day in my life! 

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I want to bring more of my healthy(ish) living in here in 2021, as life is not always about outfits as you also need to look good within. 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate where you are from ? Share below

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Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

December 29, 2020

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

The neutral – Ultimate Gray & the vibrant light Illuminating yellow – is the color paring that brings the message of strength and hopefulness that are at the same time, both enduring and uplifting for 2021.

Have you combined yellow with gray colors when picking out an outfit? Or using this combination alone or together with other colors in your home decor, in graphic design or projects alike? If so, you are ahead of the game and ready for 2021 according to the Pantone book! 

Every year since 1999, Pantone forecasts and announces in the beginning of December the color that will best reflect the year ahead – “The Color of the Year”.

This year Pantone has chosen a combo of colors, because Illuminating is associated with optimism and vivacity; while Ultimate Gray encourages resilience. Colors symbolisms that will definitely be of good use in 2021.

A lot of people use the psychology and the symbolism of colors to ring on the New Year.  Like in Brazil it is tradition to wear white to ring on the New Year, while here in the US we see more sequins.

What do you think of the gray and yellow combo? Comment below👇🏼 

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Kids Gifts Guide – Pre School

December 10, 2020

Gifts Guide for the Pre School Kids – The kind of list that will make any kid happy.

We pretty much owned the majority of items in this list, and my girls play with them all the time!

Headband is from Violeta Giovanna. All other items are linked below.

Love, Luci.

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Detroit Christmas Lights

December 5, 2019

By Luci

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go… – I love this song.

Christmas lights in downtown Detroit keep getting better year after year. We love watching Holidays lights with the girls, it is one of our traditions this time of the year. Last weekend we finally had a chance to check it out, closing our long Thanksgiving holiday weekend perfectly.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

It was cloudy and it started raining unexpectedly on our way to the city, which it made us almost to change our plans, but since we’re halfway through and so in need of some fresh air, we decided to give it a try. We were also hungry, so we stopped at a place to get a bite, with the hopes the rain would stop. Best decision we made – the rain stopped, we had our bellies full and it wasn’t too cold. The streets were wet, but it wasn’t bad, it actually made it extra fun for the girls with all the puddles. 

Cadillac Square Christmas Market

Campus Maritus wasn’t crowded, so we stayed around that area. We had a chance to really look around and see the amazing job the city and sponsors did this year. 

Campus Martius

So many adorable spots and interactive installations with the cutest lights and backgrounds to take Holidays pictures in Detroit. Actually I think I’m starting a series of this to give you ideas to take yours. Here are my findings around Campus Martius. Check it out!

Woodward Ave – across the street from Quick Loans
Quick Loans Building
Michigan Humane Society Installation
Campus Martius

I can’t wait to go back and explore more! What’s your holiday tradition?


Wearing Calvin Klein coat (old collection) .
Tony is wearing Jcrew coat (old collection) and YSL scarf.

Carolina is wearing Kate Spade hat & scarf. Zara Jacket & boots and Pipa & Julie dress.

Vivian is wearing Zara Jacket. Neiman Marcus hat and Ugg snow boots.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

Portuguese version

Luzes de Natal em Detroit – tire uma foto

By Luci

As luzes de Natal em Detroit ficam cada ano mais bonitas. Ver as luzes de Natal é tradição da nossa família nesta época do ano.
Fim de semana passado nós finalmente conseguimos ir conferir as luzes de Detroit, fechando com chave de ouro o nosso fim de semana prolongado do Thanksgiving.

O tempo estava fechado, e começou a chover no caminho, o que fez a gente quase desistir, mas resolvemos arriscar e ir assim mesmo, porque precisávamos tomar um ar. Estávamos com fome, então paramos em um lugar para comer, na esperança da chuva passar… Foi realmente o que aconteceu, a chuva deu uma trégua e conseguimos nos divertir. As ruas estavam bem molhadas, cheias de poças d’água, o que não foi problema, porque até adicionou uma diversão à mais para as meninas – elas adoram pular em poças! Como estavam com botas, deixei elas aproveitarem. Amaram!

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Conseguimos explorar a área da Campus Martius. A cidade e os patrocinadores arrasaram este ano. A decoração está linda!

Campus Martius

Tem tantos lugares fofos e instalações interativas com as luzes de Natal de fundo os para tirar fotos de Natal em Detroit. Na verdade, acho que vou começar uma série de uns lugares legais tirar foto nesta época do ano. Aqui estão as minhas descobertas ao redor da Campus Martius. Confiram!

Woodward Ave
Woodward Ave
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Transitioning into Fall Look

September 25, 2019

By Luci

Beginning of fall… i personally love this time of the year! Daylight doesn’t last as long anymore and temperatures start to drop, however the days are beautiful and staying out in the sun feels so incredibly comfortable. It’s time for transitioning outfits, where we basically have to wear 2 in 1 combinations, because of chilly mornings and warm afternoons. An opportunity to pair up a couple of spring/summer pieces with the new season’s fashion.

Photos by Junia Lapp/ Fashion Producer: Marina Anauate

A couple of months ago I finally visited the beautiful Shinola hotel boutique in Detroit. The hotel is located in the city’s shopping district right on Woodward Ave. When you walk in it feels like you are in an art gallery because of all the incredible paintings, furniture, photography and books displayed in its living space. I felt like I was submerged in this mid century modern vibe that made my eyes shine! Oh, and let’s not forget about the great hospitality! I have to say this because the customer experience is everything to me: Every single hotel worker, from the valet guys to the front desk staff said good morning to me. They all had beautiful smiles on their faces, and they seemed happy to be there, which for me completed the vibe of this place.

“The Shinola Hotel Parker’s Alley”, that you see here in my pictures is named after Thomas Parker, one of the first black landowners in the city of Detroit. The alley “is lined with specially-curated shopping options”, which “offers a mix of global brands and homegrown businesses that celebrate Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit” –

My outfit is Zara and my shoes are from one of my favorite Brazilian brands Schutz.

When I first visited Michigan from São Paulo more than a decade ago, Detroit looked like a ghost town to me, and I didn’t quite understand how such a remarkably iconic American city was left like that, destitute and empty. Nowadays, seeing all the construction, the various projects, and the evolution that has taken place over the years is an amazing experience to watch. There is still a lot to be done, but it makes me so proud and happy. Go Detroit go!

Have you been to Detroit? What’s your favorite spot?

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Visit to Sunflower Fields

September 13, 2019

By Luci

Visiting a sunflower farm has been on my bucket list for years, and after having the girls I was determined to find one and share this experience with them. 

We found one only one hour away from our house, and the trip was actually very pleasant and pretty with roads full of beautiful farm houses and rural landscape.

I love to spend time outside in nature with my girls. We take every opportunity we have to teach them something through play and experiences. At the farm we taught the girls how the sunflower likes to face the sun and Vivi noticed that they don’t like shade (proud mom moment there). They also could observe the bees and how gentle they are (if not bothered) while collecting their nectar. It was a dream come true for me, and I was glad my husband was able to capture beautiful shots of us before they became hungry and ready for their naps!

Oh and let’s not forget to talk about the matching outfits! I think it’s so cute and my heart melts every time I see two girls twinning dresses. Vivi is tall for her age and sometimes it is hard to find matching dresses, so when I found these at Zara I didn’t think twice. I choose my outfit of the day to match theirs and free people never disappoints. 

Click here for my girls dresses.

What about you? What are your plans for these last weeks of summer?


Cabo San Lucas Trip Diaries

July 9, 2015

When looking back at my Instagram photos and thinking about last week, it feels like a dream. I took a vacation and spent five days in beautiful Cabo San Lucas with my husband.

It was our first time in Cabo, and we had a wonderful time. Actually, how can you not have fun in Mexico? Mexicans are wonderful people. They are friendly, hardworking people… They are happy and always celebrate life by having a good time.

I had been on the Atlantic side of Mexico before (as you can see in my Tulum post here) but never in the Pacific side.

In my opinion, the Pacific and Atlantic sides of Mexico are totally different from each other. In the Yucatan, it feels more tropical, there’s a lot of green, caribbean sea and can get humid at times. In Baja California del Sur, where Cabo is located, it is dry and it has a desert feel with beautiful views of the ocean.

Cabo is definitely a city connected to the ocean. Get ready, because it is HOT! All the good hotels offer views of the ocean and excellent pools. If you like boat trips, fishing, snorkeling, and all water sports, Cabo is  a great city for you to visit. Cabo is also home to fabulous restaurants and night life.

I love exploring, and about 20 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, there’s the artsy and picturesque city of San Jose del Cabo. My husband and I really had fun looking around the little art galleries and boutiques. Before heading back to our hotel, we stopped at this restaurant called “Mi Casa” where the tables are strategically set among trees, making you feel like you are in somebody’s backyard.

At Mi Casa, I also got my first mariachi serenade. Awe, it was so special. I asked and they sang my favorite Spanish songs of all times: “Paloma” and “Besa me” 😀

We celebrated 4th of July at the incredible One and Only Palmilla. What a magical place! The food was delicious and the people working there so welcoming. I can’t wait to make our trip back!

Wearing from the top: BCGC dress, H&M bikini, Forever 21.

Cabo San Lucas

Palm trees at Cabo

Summer look

Cabo Arch

Beach in Cabo

Relaxing in Los Cabos

Pool party

San Jose del Cabo

Streets of San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo

A house in the artsy city of San Jose del Cabo


One & Only Palmilla chapel - Los Cabos

One & Only Palmilla - Los Cabos

Lady in Red - One & Only Palmilla - Los Cabos

Little red dress

Dinner at One & Only Palmilla - Los Cabos

Ao olhar as minhas fotos do Instagram e pensando na semana passada, é como se estivesse em um sonho. Finalmente tirei minhas férias tão esperadas do meu trabalho, e passei cinco dias na bela cidade de Cabo San Lucas, no México. Fui com meu marido, e foi nossa primeira vez em Cabo. Foi tudo maravilhoso e nos divertimos muito. Aliás, como você pode não se divertir no México? Os mexicanos são pessoas maravilhosas. Eles são amigáveis, pessoas trabalhadoras … Eles são animados, como nós brasileiros, e sempre celebram a vida com um sorriso no rosto. 

Eu já me aventurei pelo lado do oceano Atlântico do México  (como você pode ver no meu post sobre a minha viagem a Tulum aqui), mas nunca tinha explorado o lado do oceano Pacífico .

Na minha opinião, os lados do Pacífico e do Atlântico no México são totalmente diferentes um do outro. Em Yucatán (lado do Atlântico), é mais tropical, há muito verde, mar do Caribe e também muito úmido. Em Baja California del Sur (lado do Pacífico), onde Cabo está localizado , é seco e é mais desértico, com belas vistas do oceano.

Cabo também é definitivamente uma cidade ligada ao mar. Preparem-se, porque é quente! Todos os bons hotéis tem vista para o mar e excelentes piscinas. Se você gosta de passeios de barco, pesca, mergulho e esportes aquáticos, Cabo é uma ótima cidade para você visitar. Cabo também é o lar de restaurantes deliciosos e de uma boa vida noturna.

Eu adoro explorar, e cerca de 20 minutos de Cabo San Lucas, existe uma cidadezinha pitoresca, famosa por seus artistas e galerias de arte, chamada San Jose del Cabo.

Passamos o nosso dia andando pela cidade e descobrindo por portinhas pequenas, grandes galerias e muitos trabalhos artesanais.

Antes de voltarmos para o nosso hotel, paramos em um restaurante chamado “Mi Casa” onde as mesas estão estrategicamente localizadas entre árvores, fazendo você se sentir como se estivesse no quintal de alguém. No Mi Casa, eu também tive a minha primeira serenata realizadas por mariachis. Awe, foi tão lindo! Eu pedi para eles cantarem minhas músicas favoritas em espanhol: “Paloma ” e ” Besa-me”. Realmente muito especial…

Nós celebramos o feriado americano de 4th of Julho no incrível e belíssimo hotel One & Only em Palmilla. Que lugar mágico! A comida estava maravilhosa e as pessoas que trabalham lá são super acolhedoras e simpáticas.  Mal posso esperar para voltar!


Spring Day in Midtown Detroit

April 28, 2015
spring day in Midtwon Detroit

Detroit is coming back strong. If you are thinking of visiting Detroit soon, a good place to check out is Canfield Street in Midtown.

Canfield is a very charming street full of hipsters and neat dog friendly Detroiter stores like Shinola, Willys, City Bird, Nest, and others. I have been wanting to check the Shinola flagship store for a while, so a few weeks ago I finally was able to pay a visit with my dog Penelope.

Shinola store

For those not familiar, Shinola is a Detroit company founded in 2011 that specializes in watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and shoe polish with the majority of its products made in America, except for certain parts used in their watches that are manufactured in Switzerland.

bike photo shinola

shinola watches

On the corner of Cass Ave there is a great dog park installed by Shinola. It’s a place you can’t miss if you have your furry friend with you or just to get a huge helping of cuteness.

Shinola dog park in Detroit

dog park in Midtwon Detroit

Penelope at the dog park in Detroit

After the dog park we tried the newly opened Jolly Pumpkin, which also has locations in Ann Arbor and Traverse City. We sat outside and people were very friendly.  I could tell people are even friendlier when you have a dog! Yes, that is not a myth…

jolly pumpkin food recommendation midtwon

@ Jolly Pumpkin with Penelope

I tried the fried chicken sandwich with spicy slaw and pickle.

jolly pumpkin in midtwon Detroit

Fried Chicken sandwich from Jolly Pumpkin

Terrariums from Nest boutique

cool cards at city bird store midtown detroit

Cool cards @ City Bird boutique

roof top midtown detroit

What a great day in the city!



Wearing cape bought at Hautelook, Page denin and Converse kicks.

Detroit está renascendo, e voltando forte! Se você está pensando em visitar Detroit em breve, um bom lugar para conhecer e fazer shopping é a Canfield Street, em Midtown.

Canfield é uma rua muito charmosa cheia de descolados e boutiques como Shinola, Willys, City Bird, Nest, dentre outras. Já fazia algum tempo que estava com vontade de conhecer a loja flagship da Shinola. A algumas semanas atras eu finalmente tive a oportunidade de fazer uma visitinha com a minha cachorrinha Penélope – pois é, as lojas na Canfield são todas simpatizantes de peludos (happy face)!

graffiti midtown detroit Shinola store

Para quem não conhece, Shinola é uma empresa de Detroit fundada em 2011 especializada em relógios, bicicletas, artigos de couro, revistas e graxa para polir sapatos com a maioria de seus produtos produzidos nos Estados Unidos, com exceção de algumas peças de fabricação suíça usadas em seus relógios.

bike photo shinola shinola watches Na esquina com a Cass Avenue tem um parquinho para cachorrinhos muito legal instalado pela Shinola. É um cantinho que você não pode perder, principalmente se acompanhado pelo seu peludo ou simplesmente para obter uma dose extra de fofura. Shinola dog park in Detroit dog park in Midtwon Detroit Penelope at the dog park in Detroit

Bateu fome depois do parquinho, e paramos no recém-inaugurado Jolly Pumpkin, que também tem filiais em Ann Arbor e Traverse City. Sentamos do lado de fora e as pessoas foram muito simpáticas. Posso tambem afirmar que, muitos foram ainda mais amigáveis quando viram a Penélope! Sim, dizer que bicho aproxima as pessoas, não é mito!

jolly pumpkin food recommendation midtwon

@ Jolly Pumpkin with Penelope

Eu provei o sanduíche de frango, que vem com um molhinho e saladinha de repolho picante.

jolly pumpkin in midtwon Detroit

Fried Chicken sandwich from Jolly Pumpkin

Terrariums from Nest boutique

cool cards at city bird store midtown detroit

Cool cards @ City Bird boutique

roof top midtown detroit Que dia perfeito! Beijos, Lulu. Vestindo: capa que comprei online na Hautelook, jeans da Page e tênis converse.


Magical Tulum

March 25, 2015

Happy Spring everyone! I can’t believe it’s finally here! It has been a long winter, and I guess everybody at this point is more than ready for some sunshine and warm weather, right?
These days specifically, with the sun still being a bit shy here in Michigan, all that I can think of is the good energy, turquoise and warm waters of my stay in Tulum for a quick sunshine fix.

Since I have been planning my vacation, I’m feeling nostalgic going through these pictures from a couple of recent trips to Tulum. Check out these spots!

Planning vacations and long weekends have always been a big deal for me. I love discovering different cultures and there are so many places I want to see, that I follow a personal rule of going places I have never been to at least once a year. But how can I resist Tulum?

For those of you not familiar with this “magical place”, Tulum is a city that belongs to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, approximately one hour and a half away from Cancun – the largest city among all the other cities in the Mayan Riviera such as Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Puerto Morelos and Puerto Aventuras.

BATEY: little and charming bar owned by Italians who serve the best Mojito in town! They have a  Volkswagen outside used to get their a sugar cane juice. All sugar added to the drinks are natural from the sugar cane. It’s delicious! Prepare to listen to great live acoustic Mexican music. People there are super nice and very warm. The biggest Italian touch of the night for me, was when the DJ started playing “Figaro” 🙂

Beach Days with Yoga + Sunshine + Relaxation . Can I ask for more?

Dinner recommendations: Casa Violeta, Casa Jaguar, Hartwood.

Should I end up in Tulum again? What do you think? Leave me a comment with suggestions…

Beijos with love,


Ruinas Mayas + Playa Paraiso + Snorkeling 

BATEY: Um achado! Pequeno e charmoso bar. Os donos são italianos, que vieram a Tulum de férias e nunca mais foram embora. Eles servem o melhor Mojito de todos os tempos! Eles transformaram um fusca em uma moedor de cana. Os drinks que precisam de açúcar, são adoçados com caldo de cana natural. É uma delícia! Eles também oferecem música ao vivo, com músicos muito criativos da região, que tocam tudo acústico. O maior toque Italiano que achei da noite, foi quando o DJ começou a tocar “Fígaro”! Achei o máximo 🙂

Praia com Yoga + Sunshine + Relax. Tudo o que queria…

Recomendaçōes de restaurantes: Casa Violeta, Casa Jaguar, Hartwood.

E aí? Devo ir para Tulum de novo? Me deixe um comentário com sugestões.





February 5, 2015

Carnaval is next week!!! Put your hands up who wants to be in Brazil right now! I wish I could… Carnaval is a big cultural deal and a long holiday in Brazil. So important that it’s very common to hear from a Brazilian that the year in Brazil only starts after Carnaval, hehe.

Rio de Janeiro is a top destination this time of the year and it is a must stop for me – someone from Sao Paulo by heart who loves a nice Rio lifestyle – anytime when I’m in Brazil.

If you are getting ready to explore this amazing and beautiful city now, or making Rio your future destination, here’s a few places I love.

Ipanema Beach: Spend the day or everyday there. This is one of my favorite places in the world.

Big Polis Sucos – Leblon: For breakfast or a snack after the beach. Try their Açaí with bananas on top. 

Christ of Redeemer (also known as Corcovado): Incomparable views.


Santa Teresa: Beautiful, historical, bohemian neighborhood. Explore the cafes and little shops. Also try the restaurant Aprazivel – it’s beautiful!

Caffeine fix: It’s always time for a “cafezinho” (little coffee). Make a pit stop at any coffee house or bakeries around the city and have some coffee. Mmmmm, you won’t regret it.

Parque Lage
Gorgeous park/ art museum
If it’s a Sunday, have brunch at their café.

Jardim Botânico 
Increadible park. It’s close to Parque Lage. You can do both at the same day. Visit the Tom Jobim museum. You will learn all about the story behind the song “Girl from Ipanema” and the roots about Bossa Nova.

Rent a bike on the beach, and ride it from Leblon to Arpoador late afternoon.

bike ride

Arpoador – the best sunset.


A few restaurants: Devassa (Brazilian), Aprazivel (Brazilian), Venga (Spanish tapas), ZazaBistro (International), Baazar (International).

If you cross the Rio-Niteroi bridge, another beautiful surprise… Niteroi!

Visit MAM – Modern Art Museum.


Praia de Icaraí: Has one of the best views of Rio.


Itacoatira beach: My favorite beach in Niteroi.

Restaurant: Seu Antonio (Portuguese) – best cod croquete (bolinho de bacalhau) I have tried in a long time!

Have the time of your life!

Beijos with love,


Carnaval é na próxima semana !!! Quem gostaria de estar no Brasil neste momento põe o dedo aqui! Eu, pelo menos gostaria 😛 Carnaval é tudo de bom no Brasil! É uma  grande festa popular que atrai gente do mundo inteiro, além de ser um super feriado prolongado e importante a todos os brasileiros. Tão importante, que é comum se ouvir a expressão “que no Brasil o ano só começa depois do Carnaval”. Fato! 🙂

O Rio de Janeiro é um destino top nesta época do ano, e é uma parada obrigatória para mim (alguém de São Paulo de coração, mas que ama o estilo de vida carioca) quando estou no Brasil.

Se você está se preparando para explorar a tão conhecida cidade maravilhosa agora, ou colocando o Rio de Janeiro na sua listinha de lugares para conhecer no mundo, aqui fica a dica sobre alguns lugares que eu amo.

Praia de Ipanema:  Faça planos de passar um dia ou todos os dias nela 🙂 Ipanema é um dos lugares que eu mais gosto no mundo!

Big Polis Sucos – Leblon: Uma boa pedida para o café da manhã, ou para o lanchinho depois da praia. Experimente o açaí com bananas. Divino!

Cristo Redentor (Corcovado): Vistas incomparáveis.


Santa Teresa: Lindo bairro histórico e boêmio. Explore os cafés e lojinhas. Experimente também o restaurante Aprazível,  é lindo!

Caffeine fix: It’s always time for a “cafezinho” (little coffee). Make a pit stop at any coffee house or bakeries around the city and have some coffee. Mmmmm, you won’t regret it.

Parque Lage: Lindo parque e museu de arte. Se for um domingo, coma um brunch lá.

Jardim Botânico: Parque incrível. Ele fica próximo ao Parque Lage. Você pode visitar os dois parques no mesmo dia. Lá, explore o Museu Tom Jobim. Você aprenderá sobre a história por trás da canção “Garota de Ipanema”, e sobre algumas raízes da Bossa Nova.

Alugue uma bicicleta na praia, e pedale do Leblon ao Arpoador no final da tarde.

bike ride

Arpoador – o melhor pôr do sol.


Alguns restaurantes: Devassa (Brazilian)Aprazivel (Brazilian)Venga (Spanish tapas)ZazaBistro (International)Baazar (International).

Ao cruzar a ponte Rio-Niteroi, outra surpresa… Niterói!

Visite o MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna.


Praia de Icaraí: Tem uma das melhores vistas do Rio de Janeiro.

Itacoatiara: Minha praia favorita em Niterói.

Restaurante: Seu Antonio (Português) – o melhor bolinho de bacalhau.

Se joga! E divirta-se muito.

Beijos com carinho,