Thursday, 24 May 2012

Pearls are so cool + Facebook page

As a little girl I would look up to the beautiful women my mother admired and dream of someday being just like them... If course I know by now that I'll never be Grace Kelly, Audrey Helpburn or Elizabeth Taylor. Still... the little girl inside likes feeling like a princesse every now and then and this week the little girl found the perfect accessory: Lolabow's fabulous pearls!
Have a look at some of my favorites!

Quando era menina seguia atentamente as mulheres bonitas que a minha mãe admirava e sonhava em um dia ser assim... Claro que por agora já sei que nunca serei como Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn ou Elizabeth Taylor. Mas ainda assim... a menina dentro de mim gosta de se sentir como uma princesa de vez em quando e agora a menina encontrou o acessório perfeito: as lindíssimas pérolas Lolabow!
Vejam alguns dos meus favoritos!




If you're anything like be, then you'll love the whole collection! Discover it at Lolabow's site!
Se são remotamente parecidas comigo, então vão adorar toda a colecção! Descubram-na no site da Lolabow!







And now the second part of my post: I just launched the blog's Facebook page! Please come take a look at it and Like it! =)
E agora a segunda parte do meu posto: acabei de lançar a página de Facebook do blog! Por favor espreitem e façam um Gosto! =)





Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Today's outfit

Since everyone seems to enjoy outfit posts so much, here goes another one!





Jacket - Gant (quite some years old)
Top - H&M
Ring and Necklace - Pandora
Watch - Swatch

Sunday, 20 May 2012

In between the rain and the sun

I had no idea what to wear yesterday! When I woke up it was sunny and an hour later when I was leaving home it was already very clouded. I decided to add a rain coat and later I used my scarf to cover up my hair and prevent it from getting oily due to humidity (this is a great tip for anyone who suffers from oily hair as I do).
The bag I chose is called LaGa, designed by Jorge Moita with illustrations from Benedita Feijó, and it's made out of Tyvek. My favorite thing about it is the material: Tyvek is really light, washable and impermeable, perfect for yesterday's rain. It also has a paper like texture.
Like I said the other day, I own most of my clothes for some time now, and yesterdays a good example of that, nothing in this outfit is from this season's collection. I don't usually wear sneakers, only when I expect walking a lot. These in particular have almost 5 years and look new! And trust me, by the time I bought them I used them almost always.
And all that leads to the following: I really believe it's better to buy quality clothes that last a long time than cheap clothes that won't last till the end of the season. I think I'll do a whole post on that someday.

Ontem não fazia ideia do que vestir! Quando acordei estava sol e passada uma hora quando estava de saída o céu tinha-se enchido de nuvens. Decidi acrescentar um impermeável e depois usei o meu lenço para proteger o cabelo da humidade e não ficar oleoso (esta é uma grande dica para quem sofre de cabelo oleoso como eu).
O saco que escolhi chama-se LaGa, foi desenhado por Jorge Moita com ilustrações de Benedita Feijó, e é feito de Tyvek. O que mais gosto nele é o material, muito leve, lavável e impermeável, perfeito para o dia de chuva de ontem. Tem também uma textura que parece papel.
Tal como disse no outro dia, a maioria das minhas roupas já têm algum tempo e ontem não estava a usar nem uma peça desta colecção. Eu não uso sapatilhas com muita frequência, só quando espero andar muito. As que calcei ontem são da Nike e já as tenho à 5 anos, apesar de estarem como novas! E acreditem, quando as comprei usava-as quase todos os dias.
E tudo isto leva-me a dizer o seguinte: Eu acredito ser muito melhor comprar roupas de qualidade que duram imenso tempo em vez de roupas baratas que não chegam até ao fim da estação. Talvez faça todo um post sobre esse assunto um dia destes.




Mango rain coat
Lanidor cardigan
Mango t-shirt
Zara jeans
Lanidor scarf
Nike sneakers
LaGa bag
Seen sunglasses
Pandora ring

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The moment you realize - Not ready for Summer

Me, last year, in my usual weight


Hi everyone,

This last week the sun decided to make an appearance (at last) and I finally got my t-shirts and light blouses out of the closet... The problem was when I decided to try on some shorts I bought last year... UPS! Major problem! I had noticed, of corse, I had put on some extra pounds. The stress of having everything ready for my collection for Queens, and others, made me eat more than I should and I haven't exercised half as usual. We are now approximately 1 month away from 'Summer', even though the temperatures indicate it is already here, and so it's time I got myself moving and eating right! Of course I won't be back in shape again in just a month, but I'm hoping I will at least fit in my clothes (I'm not the kind of girl who buys herself a new closet each year, many of my clothes have been around for 3 or more years, and I'm not ready to bid farewell just yet!).


Olá a todos,

Nesta semana que passou o Sol decidiu (finalmente) aparecer e eu pude tirar do armário as minhas t-shirts e blusas mais frescas... o problema foi quando decidi experimentar uns calções que tinha comprado ano passado... UPS! Grande problema! Eu tinha reparado, claro, que tinha ganho uns quilos. O stress de criar a colecção para a Queens, entre outros, fez-me comer mais do que devia e não tenho feito tanto exercício como devia. Falta agora aproximadamente 1 mês para o Verão, embora as temperaturas indiquem que ele já chegou, e portanto chegou mesmo a altura de me mexer e comer saudavelmente! Claro que não vou recuperar a boa forma em apenas um mês, mas espero pelo menos caber nas minhas roupas (eu não sou o tipo de rapariga que renova o guarda-roupa cada ano, muitas das minhas roupas já por cá andam à 3 ou mais anos, mas ainda não estou pronta para me despedir delas!).





Saturday, 12 May 2012

1st video - Maquilhagem

Este é um post especialmente em português, afinal, o vídeo também está em português! É o primeiro vídeo que faço, por isso demorei mais um bocadinho a editá-lo do que seria de esperar. Este post marca ainda o início da minha colaboração com a Erré, do blog Overdose de Beleza!



Espero que gostem, deixem o vosso feedback!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Hot in the fashion industry - Inkjet printing

Hi everyone!


I've been working to improve the blog and today I present to you a new series of posts: Hot in the fashion industry. In this space I'll present you trend analysis.
Soon there will be videos, and for those who haven't noticed I'm now part of the Independent Fashion Bloggers community and there's a new bar here at the blog: My Portfolio (still under construction) where you can see some of the things I've created so far.


Inkjet prints have been around for some time now. Many well known designers, such as Valentino (who has made history with his prints), were the first to use it, but this year I dare say inkjet print is closer than ever to its true potential. Without even realizing it, you are sure to have seen it on SS 2012 collections.
This works on fabric pretty much the way it does on paper, but to get something of quality the fabric has to be chemically prepared. Inkjet print is the best kind of print I've come across so far: there is no color limit, it doesn't fade or detach from the fabric and it leaves no texture. 



Tenho estado a trabalhar para melhorar o blog e hoje apresento-vos uma nova rúbrica: Hot in the Fashion Industry. Neste espaço vou apresentar análises de tendências.
Em breve irei partilhar também vídeos, e para os que ainda não repararam, juntei-me à comunidade Independent Fashion Bloggers e o blog tem uma nova categoria na barra: My Portfolio (que ainda está sob construção) onde encontram algumas das minhas criações até agora.


A impressão digital já anda por aí há algum tempo. Muitos estilistas conhecidos, como Valentino (que fez história com os seus estampados), foram os primeiros a usá-la, mas penso que este ano está mais perto que nunca de revelar o seu verdadeiro potencial. Mesmo sem se aperceberem, de certeza que já viram estas impressões em colecções da Primavera Verão 2012.
A impressão digital funciona em tecido mais ou menos como funciona em papel, mas para conseguirem resultados de qualidade o tecido deve ser preparado quimicamente. Impressão digital é o melhor processo de estampagem que já encontrei: não tem limite de cores, não desgasta em quebra e não deixa textura.


From designer runway shows to Asos and Zara, this year you can't miss it!

1) Zara   2) Givenchy    3) Stella McCartney   4) Asos

5) Benedita Feijó     6) Cedite    7) Asos


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Friday, 4 May 2012

Interview with Abby Elaina from Pschh I Can Make That!





Hi everyone!

As I wrote to you some time ago, I've been thinking about a series of posts to introduce you to the Textile Industry!
It all started when I realized that many people are so interested in making a living out of Fashion, but don't know a thing about how a garment comes together or the work behind each step of clothes making. So here I am, sharing with you all this interview with Abby Elaina from Pschh, I Can Make That!
In her site, Abby shares her projects on how to make your own garments and personalize them. In her videos you'll find all kinds of tips and you can see all the steps involved in making a piece, from the choice of design, buying the supplies, cutting and sewing! And not only do I find her steps very easy to follow, I just love the designs she chooses and the design of the site itself.


Ana: What was your first idea when you created 'Pschh I can Make That'?

Abby: Well, without even realizing it, I've been saying "Pschh I Can Make That", about a lot of retail items throughout my life. I didn't grow up with much money, so a lot of the time when I wanted something, I had to make it myself. It finally clicked that I wanted to start a blog last year when I was shopping through Anthropologie's online catalog and came across a dress that I loved, but thought the price was a little excessive. I wanted to remake the dress myself, and have my husband film me, so I could share with other women what exactly goes into making your own clothing, and often how simple it can be. The concept of recreating something that you may not otherwise be able to afford, or just making it your own, is a natural thought process for me, and sharing that with others has been a really fun experience.


Ana: In your site you wrote you've been sewing since early childhood. How did your love for clothes making first appear?

Abby: Sewing has been a large part of my life since before I can really remember. I had two wonderful teachers in my life, my mother and my grandmother who really supported and inspired me to pursue every art form imaginable. My mother had me sewing on buttons and working on my stitching at a very young age, and my grandmother had me constructing simple garments by the time I could reach the sewing pedal. Though I think it took me until my early teenage years, after I had created the majority of pieces in my wardrobe, to realize that I really loved designing clothing and sewing, and to truly appreciate the knowledge I was given. Being raised in an environment where creativity is not only nourished, but greatly encouraged, really played a large role in shaping who I am now, and my love of sewing.




Ana: Do you think it is important to have training in that area before attempting to sew your own clothes?

Abby: Yes, absolutely. The basics of sewing should be mastered prior to attempting to sew the more advanced garments, but the basics are much easier to learn than many initially believe. I think some beginners can get easily frustrated and give up when working on projects because they haven't fully learned the basics yet. Having a firm basic knowledge, makes it much easier to follow patterns, and even design clothing yourself. There are plenty of beginner projects perfect for practicing, I suggest making curtains, pillowcases, blankets, or aprons as first projects for beginners. You'll never know it all, I still learn new techniques and am constantly trying to improve my sewing all the time.


Ana: What books or sites would you advise for people who are just getting started, still learning how to use their sewing machine?

Abby: Youtube is the best resource for watching technical tutorials, you can find virtually any information on sewing imaginable. I do have a few go-to books that I frequently refer to. For the best in universal sewing basics I suggest Simplicity's Simply The Best Sewing Book, you will learn everything from pattern placement, stitches, finishing seams, collars, cuffs, pockets, buttons and zippers. For those interested in learning about fabric, I suggest Textiles by Sara J. Kadolph, which is an extensive look into every type of textile, how fabrics are made and what they are used for. Finally, for those looking to create their own patterns, or get into fashion design I suggest How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn, this book gives a great break-down of pattern making and a good insight on garment construction.


Ana: Many of your projects are fairly simple and anyone with a sewing machine could do them. Still, do people ever write or comment with questions, for instance, the width of the stitches or what needle to use with a particular fabric?

Abby: Yes absolutely. I actually often get asked why I don't go into greater depth when explaining the technical part of each step within my Episodes. The truth is, there are thousands of tutorials online teaching you how to do every possible sewing technique, my tutorials take it a step up from that, and show you how to construct garments in a simple, creative way. I consider my projects to be "Beginner Friendly", but I do offer a rare glimpse of how your favorite garments can be constructed for far less than you think. I do encourage everyone to post their questions on my blog, I always answer technical sewing questions, or refer them to a specific video or pattern for further help. 


Ana: You almost always try to find an already existent garment that you will later change, instead of doing it from scratch. Is that because it is faster or because the tricky part is making the patterns?

Abby: It's a little bit of both, but mostly, I just love the idea of reusing materials and "upcycling". I think there's something really cool about turning something old and unwanted into something beautiful and treasured. I do make garments from scratch, but I will always use existing pieces and fabric first if possible. I also often reuse pockets, zippers, buttons, and even collars from old clothing. Why spend extra time and money to create something new, when it's already sitting unwanted in the thrift store for a couple dollars? My favorite projects are typically finding old vintage clothing, ripping out the seams, and resewing the entire garment in a new, fresh way.


Ana: You usually cut the fabric with the cutter or pattern pinned on top. But for less experienced people and especially when cutting slippery fabric, would you advise on drawing the pattern on the fabric before cutting, so they can see what they are doing?

Abby: Sure! Whatever works for you. I typically use paper patterns because it's a great way to keep each piece of the project organized and labelled during construction, but I also use chalk pencils for marking.


Ana: What were your favorite projects so far?

Abby: That's difficult to say! As for the projects on my blog, I'd have to go with Episode 2, my recreation of the ruffled Modcloth Dress. I spent so much time on that bodice, and always get so many nice compliments while wearing it.




Ana: Is there a garment you made from scratch that you would like to show us? 

Abby: Oh my goodness, I have so many. I have been on a serious vintage pattern kick recently. Here is a dress I recently made from a 1955 Dress Pattern:



Vintage patterns are a little bit more difficult to complete than ones made in the last 10-20 years, the terminology is a little different and not as "user friendly", but still really fun!


Ana: Any last piece of advice?

Abby: I'm a firm believer that almost everyone in the world can sew. So many women believe it's way above their head, and yes, sewing your own clothing is work, it's time consuming and requires patience, but anyone can do it. It's so surprising to me how many young girls are so interested and dedicated to the world of fashion, and yet they have never sewn a stitch in their life. My advice to those wanting to learn to sew or who are interested in the fashion industry, don't get discouraged, start easy, master the basics, and have fun! There's nothing more satisfying than having someone compliment your clothing and being able to say "Thanks, I made it!".


Thank you so much Abby! Your work is very inspiring and the concept of your site is unusual and so, so important! I hope you'll inspire many of the people reading this interview into learning more about sewing and try it themselves.


So, don't forget to take a look at Pschh, I Can Make That and learn some more about this subject =)


Ana Carneiro

PS: I vouch that there's nothing more satisfying than having someone compliment something you made (before they knew you did it, of course!)

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Rainy 1st of May - Shopping day!

Hi everyone,

Today was a national holiday here in Portugal. Unfortunately it was very rainy and therefore I went shopping! It's been a long time since I last had been shopping and I felt wonderful, spending some of the money I received on my birthday!


Olá a todos,
Hoje foi feriado nacional aqui em Portugal. infelizmente foi um dia muito chuvoso e por isso eu fui às compras! Já há imenso tempo que não ia às compras e soube-me lindamente, gastar algum do dinheiro que recebi pelos meus anos!

Here are some photos of what I shopped and received
Aqui estão algumas fotos do que comprei e recebi

This amazing, beautiful bag in wood only cost 3,90€! Though it was bought at a decoration shop, I'll be definitely wearing it around! It was a small gift from my boyfriend
Este fantástico, lindo saco em madeira só custou 3,90€! Apesar de ter sido comprado numa loja de decoração, eu vou usá-lo por aí! Foi um pequeno presente do meu namorado

I had to buy myself a foundation since mine was almost over, so I went to Sephora, bought the Healthy Mix Serum from Bourjois and they they had this great smelling body lotion! (They sent a coupon home for my birthday)
Eu tinha de comprar uma base nova porque a minha estava quase no fim, por isso fui à Sephora, comprei a Healthy Mix Serum da Bourjois e trouxe também este creme hidratante! (Para o qual eles me tinham enviado um cupão pelo meu aniversário)

This brand, Kiko, opened up their first stores in Portugal last year, and though I have some doubts about the quality of their products, the cheap prices have been haunting me, telling me it's better to give it a try... And so I am! I bought a black eyeshadow, a BB Cream (which is something I've also been meaning to try) and the Eye rescue concentrate (in the second photo). I'll let you know what I think about these products later on
Esta marca, Kiko, abriu as suas primeiras lojas em Portugal no ano passado, e se bem que tenho algumas dúvidas quanto á qualidade dos seus produtos, os preços baixos deles têm-me atormentado, dizendo-me que o melhor é mesmo experimentá-los... E é isso que vou fazer! Comprei esta sombra preta, um BB Cream (que também queria experimentar) e o Eye Rescue Concentrate (na segunda foto). Depois digo o que achei deste produtos.

This is lovely ring my boyfriend gave me! He was going to give it to me on my birthday but since I'm very picky and he wants me to use it, not leave it in the box, he decided to take me to the Pandora shop and make sure I like it. I LOVE IT! 
E este é o amorosa anel que o meu namorado me deu! Ele ia-mo dar no meu dia de anos mas uma vez que sou muito 'esquisitinha' e ele quer que eu o use, não é que o deixe na caixa, decidiu levar-me à loja da Pandora e ter a certeza de que gosto do anel. EU ADORO-O!

And the last thing I bought were these 'Minceur' shorts from Dim. The brand promises to make you drop a size in just a month, provided you have a healthy lifestyle and pay some attention to what you eat. Since I haven't been working out much lately and I'm a bit of a compulsive eater when I'm really stressed, I decided it was probably a good idea to try this. After all, it cost me 24,90€ and that's about the cost of a good firming cream. 
From tomorrow on, I'll have to wear it for at least 28 days on a row, at least 8 hours a day... I'll do my best!
Has anyone tried this product? What did you think?


E a última coisa que comprei foram estes calções 'Minceur' da Dim. A marca promete fazer-vos baixar um tamanho em apenas um mês, desde que tenham um estilo de vida saudável e tenham em atenção o que comem. Uma vez que eu não tenho feito quase exercício nenhum e como impulsivamente quando estou stressada, pareceu-me esta ser uma boa ideia. Afinal, só custa 24,90€ e esse é aproximadamente o preço de um bom creme refirmante.
A partir de amanhã, terei de usá-los durante pelo menos 28 dias seguidos, 8 horas por dia... Farei o meu melhor!
Já alguém experimentou este produto? O que acharam?