Monthly Archives: June 2010

Eye delights

Brazilians of German and/or Italian background are very popular in the fashion world. Does the last name Bündchen ring a bell?

Here’s why:

Raphael Lacchine

And if you’re into unusual prettiness and slightly skinny boys (my personal preference):

Douglas Neitzke

Still:

Beauty from B

I’m in a delight for the eye week.

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Truths never hurt

I’m tired, my throat is sore and my voice nearly gone.

I guess I couldn’t say I’m quite in the right mood for letting myself be inspired.

Being alone and quiet seems the appropriate choice for the day.

Time to think, everyone.

Evade

Nothing better for a hang-over than looking at pretty sights.

Since I’m not well enough to leave home, evasion is the best alternative.

Evandro Soldati, another beauty from Brazil, will help us do it:

Rio (or Italy) feelings

Better than aspirine.

Mourning heterosexuality

I was reading excerpts of a book written by Mexican psychotherapist Marina Castañeda on homosexuality a while ago and I couldn’t help but find it very insightful. Although I do not necessarily agree with her in some of the aspects she mentions, I did find one bit very interesting.

She claims that in the process of coming out every homosexual has to go through a mourning phase if they want to be happy as gay individuals later in life. That is, they have to mourn their supposed heterosexuality.

Growing up in societies which are governed by two-gender conceptions of living, including family and work-related assumptions, homosexuals have to learn how to let go of these ideas so deeply rooted in their consciousness in order to be able to accept the fact that they are unlike most others.

According to the author, it is the very process of learning how to give up such expectations which allows gay people to be more or less happy with their affections and sexuality with regards to society. Some do it and are able to find their place in the world, while others seem never to be willing to establish themselves as different from what is expected of them, and that is the major source of feelings of distress and unadaptability.

What a very interesting way of seeing these matters.

I’ve believed for some time now that being different is the key to creating. Once there is nothing to compare yourself to, you are forced to generate new models and just find a whole new path for yourself. And isn’t that what guides true artists and explorers into the unknown?

The thing is, this is by no means an easy task.

Short is posh

I am delighted to see that short shorts have been quite a hit in the Spring collections 2011 of the Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.

Living in a tropical country, shorts have been my attire of choice for many a night out in the town.

It is so refreshing to see that designers are embracing such a heat-friendly trend.

Some of my favorite looks:

Gucci

Colorful and velvety.

Dsquared

Lovely beach feeling, pretty colors.

Dolce & Gabbana

Italy in its best.

Calvin Klein

For a bolder look.

Viktor & Rolf

Make it posh.

Welcome to Brazil.

Yesterday and a Belief

In many ways, the only thing in which I believe is children. They are but the true hope of a new tomorrow.

CHILD, by Sylvia Plath

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new

Whose name you meditate --
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,
Little

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

Adept at adapting

A friend of mine is returning to Brazil after yet another attempt of happiness abroad. This time it was Australia. Before it was France and years ago it had been Québec, in Canada.

She is just convinced she’ll never be happy here and is always on the look for new opportunities to escape. Then, after some time, she just dislikes everything about the foreign country where she is and decides to return. A short time afterwards, the cycle begins again.

Having lived abroad on several occasions myself, I have learned to detach (or at least try to) enjoyment from the place I happen to be in. No site can be an infinite foundation for fun if one is not ready for feeling free to embrace a different perspective on living.

Detaching oneself from one’s culture is a much harder endeavor, nonetheless. But I guess that if you know how to recognize the behavior and sociability patterns, adapting becomes much less challenging. But again, you may never adapt. And that can be okay too.

Immigrant Icon in a pic on Dazed (pic by Rankin)

M.I.A. is there to prove it. I have always loved her take on being who she is exactly because she is an immigrant in the UK and never feeling a full Brit (whatever that means) has contributed to building her persona as much as her own personality.

Her new album is out now and, apart from the controversy, it is plain brilliant. More on that later.