Por uma vida sem excessos…

… e pelo autoconhecimento.

É esta a filosofia de vida que decidi levar de agora em diante.

Cheguei à conclusão de que eliminando coisas em excesso, seja do meu guarda-roupa ou da minha própria vida, conhecerei melhor à mim mesma; os meus gostos, o meu estilo; O que funciona ou o que só esteve lá para ocupar espaço extra.

Tudo começou quando, do nada, senti a necessidade doida de fazer uma limpa em meu quarto: meu armário, meus produtos de beleza, minha mesinha de cabeceira. Mandar embora cremes e maquiagens vazios (sou só eu que acho legal colecionar potes?), roupas que não me servem mais, dar uma organizada na minha pequena bagunça. E foi tão libertador desocupar espaços desnecessariamente preenchidos! Decidi então fazer disto um hábito. Percebi que dando espaço para a limpeza estarei aberta a coisas novas.

E essa minha tentativa de organizar minha vida foi um dos motivos pelos quais decidi voltar com o blog. O outro, foi um processo de autoconhecimento que sinto que estou passando. Deve ser coisa de horóscopo, daquelas “Você está passando por um processo de transição em sua vida. Mande embora tudo que seja desnecessário. Você passará a se conhecer melhor e ter uma vida mais leve. Não se esqueça de registrar tudo em um blog!”. Depois que terminar de escrever esse texto, vou até conferir meu horóscopo da semana pra ver se bate.

À partir disso tudo, senti uma vontade imensa de registrar todos os posts do meu blog mental (quem não tem um?). Afinal, em tempos áureos, eu mantive este blog por muito tempo e com muito amor, e por falta de vontade e preguiça fiquei parada por um tempo quase maior. Então este espaço será um tanto quanto egoísta. Sua maior finalidade será registrar, para mim mesma e também para quem tiver interesse (afinal, compartilhar é a hashtag oficial da década da selfie) um pouco das coisas que eu gosto, que me chamem a atenção, ou que eu tenha vontade de gritar para o mundo todo saber. Aqui será uma espécie de um caderninho de anotações (obviamente tenho um em versão física também – acho que por isso que a aula de filosofia sobre Foucault que falava sobre hupomnemata foi a que mais me marcou).

Então, basicamente a ideia é compartilhar e por para ‘fora’ da caixola minhas descobertas (que podem nem ser novas pra você) e pensamentos sobre os mais diversos assuntos que passarem a me inquietar e que façam parte dessa minha nova fase de me autoconhecer.

Será que eu enrolei tanto, pra em resumo, dizer que estou voltando com meu ‘diário virtual’?

Cupcakeaholic: Crumbs Bake Shop

cupcakes
Eu descobri a Crumbs Bake Shop como dica da Camila Cilento, do blog I’m Leaving 2 dayDepois de ver as fotos daqueles cupcakes incríveis e ficar morrendo de água na boca, acrescentei imediatamente em minha ‘NYC Must Go List’ e fiquei esperando ansiosamente para que viajasse logo #dramática. Um belo dia passeando pela Broadway me deparo com uma Crumbs! Entrei na hora e fiquei doidinha com as milhares de opções de cupcakes disponíveis! Tem de morango, cookie, doce de leite , chocolate, e até cupckaes ‘Edward’ e ‘Jacob’, no maior clima Eclipse! hehe Agora escolher um foi a parte mais difícil: todos eram lindos e tinham cara de serem deliciosos.

Depois de muito indecisão, escolhi o cupcake Dulce de Leche – porque eu sou doida e doentemente apaixonada por doce de leite. Veredito? O bolinho é maravilhoso! É feito de chocolate e tem recheio de doce de leite.

Voltei lá outro dia para experimentar um outro ‘modelo’. Minha escolha foi o Raspberry Swirl, com bolinho de baunilha e recheio de frutas vermelhas. Não preciso nem falar o que achei né? Incrível! O melhor dos cupcakes da Crumbs é que são super leves e nem um pouco enjoativos!!!

Então, se estiverem em Nova York, não deixem de passar na Crumbs Bake Shop e provar os deliciosos cupcakes! Existem diversos endereços espalhados pela ilha – um provavelmente vai ser perto de você! rs, e também em mais outros 3 estados americanos.

Post recuperado dos arquivos do ‘antigo’ Xoxglam, e postado em Julho de 2010

To Chill Out: Parques em NYC

Post recuperado dos arquivos do ‘antigo’ Xoxglam, e postado no dia 12 de Julho de 2010

Além do gigantesco e iconico Central Park, NYC está cheia de parques e squares lindos. Os squares são praças deliciosas, uma espécie de quarteirão com área verde no meio da selva de concreto (thanks Alicia Keys! hahaha). São perfeitos no verão, para dar uma voltinha, apreciar o movimento e dar uma relaxada depois de horas andando pelas ruas da cidade!!! E sempre tem gente fazendo umas apresentações para dar uma animada no pessoal! rs

Aqui separei os que mais gostei:

parquesnyc

parquesnyc2

Quando forem para Nova York, não deixem de conhecer os parques maravilhosos de lá ;D

 

Trabalho: Música Erudita para Universitários

Para a aula de Comunicação Comparada, tivemos que cobrir um evento cultural, e transformar esta cobertura em qualquer tipo de mídia: texto, áudio, vídeo. Fizemos em um formato para a rádio.

Confira o resultado abaixo!


Créditos:
Reportagem, Produção e Voz (1ª voz): Carolina Mikalauskas Sanches
Edição de texto e Voz (2ª): Júlia Storch

Massimiliano Fuksas on Tbilisi’s mix of old and new architecture

Tbilisi’s architecture is a reflection of the city’s history. Byzantine, Classic and Soviet influences combined with traditional local Georgian features make the city one of a kind. However, over the last few years, a spree of modern and futuristic buildings was built in Georgia, adding to the country’s rich architectural identity. “It is important for every country to combine its great cultural tradition with contemporary architecture to create part of the country’s history of the future,” believes Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, founder of Studio Fuksas and one of the names behind Tbilisi’s modernization projects. “Tbilisi has a relevant historic legacy, which unfortunately has been left without any maintenance for the last 15 years. In this context, the plans to regenerate the city not only include the rehabilitation of the landmark of Tbilisi’s Old Town, but mostly to incorporate the requirements of a modern functional city,” the architect adds. Asked about the contrasting mix of modern and traditional architecture in Tbilisi, Fuksas believes that those are coexisting elements: “The best way to experience a city is to guarantee high architectural quality that is able to communicate and represent the various epochs of history. Tradition and innovation need to be combined together to provide a contemporary urban and architectural solution.”

tbilisi-public-service-hall-15-737

Photo Credits: fuksas.it

tbilisi-public-service-hall-18-740

Photo Credits: fuksas.it

The new Tbilisi Public Service Hall is one of Fuksas’s most recent creations in Georgia. According to him, the concept of the building comes from the flower symbol – in his words, “a recognizable symbol related to rebirth.” Inspired by nature, the building is covered by 11 huge petals, with long and strong steel, tree-like columns supporting the roof, resembling a forest. To Fuksas, “the most interesting challenge in the design phase was to combine the idea of the project with the functions of the building.” The first floor of the Tbilisi Public Service Hall is the ‘main square’, where the activities for the public are aggregated, while the offices are on different levels, linked by walkways.

Apart from the Public Service Hall, which was finished in 2012, Studio Fuksas has another landmark project in progress in Tbilisi, the Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall in Rike Park, not far from the Public Service Hall on the other bank of the Mtkvari River. According to Fuksas, “the design concept aims to express poetically the changes and renovations that are happening now in Tbilisi. Special attention is given to technology and building techniques.” Like the design of the Milan Trade Fair, a “structure designed for communication and exchange of ideas,” the Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall in Tbilisi breathes the latest technology not only in its design, but also in its system. Fuksas’s work is an equation that results in high tech, inside and out, a combination of “innovative forms, record size, total usability, highly advanced technological equipment [resulting in] the utmost in spatial design.”

Fuksas says: “Inspiration can come from everywhere, from everyday life. The only thing that I can say is that I’m not always searching for inspiration; so I don’t look for it, but in the end I find it anyway.” He adds, “I’ve never seen myself as an architect in the strict sense. The thought process that lies at the root of my work is more similar to that of a visual artist. For example, I’ve always said that architecture, when successful, turns into sculpture. Afterwards, it has to turn into something more, too. In fact, architecture is something that belongs to the city, to the people, to everyone. Furthermore, it also must be able to integrate new buildings and their history. In order to do this, there is a need to find a dialogue between actors and spectators as well.”

For Fuksas, creating a new project is “an emotional matter. We can talk about what comes first and what comes next, but the birth [of an idea], which is the focus point, has something miraculous, unintelligible, unique and unrepeatable. It is something that fills an empty space. For several days, I sketch ideas and craft models, I paint on canvas. The idea springs from the investigation when it wants to, not when I want it to. When a new project is completed, I just feel amazement and pride.”

Artigo escrito para a revista Made in Tbilisi, em Janeiro de 2014

Diana Kvariani

Este texto faz parte de uma série de entrevistas que fiz com estilistas da Geórgia, que originaram artigos publicados na versão impressa de Dezembro de 2013 da revista Made In Tbilisi.

Tbilisi-born fashion designer, Diana Kvariani has always had the personality of an artist. ‘As a baby, I used to like drawing everything that surrounded me’, she remembers. At first, she thought she would become a painter. Only then, after she started making clothes for her Barbie dolls, Diana realized that her real passion was for fashion.

However, going to a fashion college wasn’t her very first step after graduating from high school. Following her parents’ big advice, she studied International Business at Tbilisi State University. Still, the dream of becoming a fashion designer never left her mind, nor her heart. By the time she was twenty-one, Diana moved to Rome, Italy, where she studied fashion design, at Instituto Europeo di Design (IED), a world-renowned Italian school of fashion, design, communication and management.

Graduating in 2007, Diana held her first fashion show in Italy. After that, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she was able to work for famous Russian designers, getting plenty of experience in the business of fashion. In the year of 2011, back to her motherland Tbilisi, Diana created her brand, Diana Kvariani. Her biggest motivations for that were the love for her job, and the thought of her clothes being interesting for Georgian and non Georgian women. ‘I started making some dresses to sell; as the business went well, I decided to open my own store in 2012. It was a hard work to begin, but in one year, I already had a lot of customers’, she adds. As a fashion designer, what matters the most to Diana is when she sees people walking down the streets wearing her label, Diana Kvariani.

Diana believes, – in her own words -, that three things are what it takes to make a quality article of clothing: ‘High quality materials, perfectly sewn, and a good package’. Therefore, all the fabrics and sewing materials used in Diana Kvariani’s collections are brought, by herself, from Europe – mostly from France and Italy. The designer participates, twice a year, at Premiere Vision Paris – the biggest exhibition of textile in the world.

Travelling is one of Diana’s biggest sources for inspiration: ‘I love to travel a lot. Meeting new people, new cultures… When I visit a new country, I get inspired so much!’. She adds that inspiration comes from everywhere. Also, movies and music inspires her as much as travelling.

When asked about Tbilisi’s fashion, Diana is sure that it is very artsy, creative and chic. “Georgian girls have a great taste in fashion. They can look so stylish from wearing just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. They always know what’s in fashion: they watch fashion channels, read fashion magazines, they go to Tbilisi Fashion Week. I think fashion has always lived in Georgians. Even when there are hard times”.

As a Tbilisi native, Diana enjoys her hometown’s mountains and the summer time. Her favorite places are the old town, Leselidze, Sololaki, Avlabar. Nonetheless, she adds: ‘My go-to place is Mtskheta, Georgia’s former capital from centuries ago. I would like to have a house there!”. She has a beautiful philanthropic side as well. Her biggest love and passion are animals: “My dream is to give help to all homeless cats and dogs in Georgia’. For her future goals, Diana aims on increasing her brand, and opening more stores inside and outside of Georgia. Nevertheless, starting to sell ‘Diana Kvariani’ worldwide is her main goal. Her next collection will be presented at upcoming Tbilisi Fashion Week. “What can I say t? It will be colorful!” she joyfully adds. Diana Kvariani boutique is based at 4a, Takaishvili str., Tbilisi.

Lako Bukia

Este texto faz parte de uma série de entrevistas que fiz com estilistas da Geórgia, que originaram artigos publicados na versão impressa de Dezembro de 2013 da revista Made In Tbilisi.

 

Born and raised in Tbilisi, Lako Bukia has established her signature in the fashion world with a lot of talent and hard work. Starting her studies at Tbilisi State Academy of the Arts, she has also been a student at world’s prestigious schools, such as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion and Instituto Marangoni, in Italy. Today, Lako is a second year master’s student at Parsons The New School of Design, in New York. With her unique and eye-catching designs, Lako Bukia will conquer the world. Her clothing line is very popular not only in Tbilisi, but also around the globe.

When she was a second year BA student at London College of Fashion, Lako was an intern for stylist Katie Burnett, who gave her the first big push: “When she saw my graduation collection, ‘Mushroom’, Kate fell in love with it, and kind of forced me to start my own label, while I was still studying at LCF”, tells Lako. It was only the start of a promising career. “There was no way of going back anymore, as every season I was growing and my label was growing as well. I did lots of different experiments, shows, showrooms, met lots of different people in the industry and it was it. It just happened naturally”, she adds. At first, she didn’t realize how much work it required as a designer and businesswoman. Lako decided to get back to her studies, when realizing, by the great experiences she had, the importance of guidance by talented and successful people in the industry. After one year of graduation from LCF, her label was shown in several important fashion events, such as London Fashion Week, Berlin, Paris, New York and Kiev, just to name some.

Lako believes that a good design, a right fabric selection and good finishing make a quality article of clothing. She buys her fabric from different places, like Turkey, India, New York and London. It all depends on what she is looking for. Georgia is also a go-to place: “There are several nice stores that I am working with, and they always call me when they have new arrivals. I always try to be the first one to buy”. As a fashion designer, defined style, among other things, is very important for her, and she adds: “Always staying true to yourself. Knowing what is happening to the world, the society and surroundings. Reading, researching, making changes – at least, make new exciting things.” For her, a fashion designer has to communicate with the world. When asked where she gets inspiration, Lako said it comes from all different things: travelling, finding new things, such as an exhibition, a book, a building. “That’s my inspiration starting point. Then I develop and research it more, which can lead to a completely different thing”, she says.

During her first year at Parsons, she discovered the ‘draw thread’, a very old lace making technique, which she developed and took into a different level, modernizing it. Starting from two outfits for the school’s project, she did a Fashion Film, which was featured in Fashion TV. It turned out into a collection of 20 outfits, as the project was very successful. “It is a unique collection, because fabrics are all hand-made, and to create each fabric, it took days and hours of hard work”, she adds.

Due to many international requests, Lako is opening her online store, which will make easier maintaining sales around the globe. She has many dreams and goals to achieve. “One of my aims is to go back to showing at London Fashion Week again and being part of this amazing event.  I want to make my business successful in every level and make it as internationally now as possible”. As Lako is currently focused and dedicated on finishing her Master Degree, she won’t be showing on the upcoming Tbilisi Fashion Week, but hopes to be part of next season’s.

Every chance she has, Lako flies back to Tbilisi. “I think because I have been away for so long (8 years), I started appreciating my city more and more”, she says. She loves spending time at her studio/shop (located at Palishvili st, 39), and Solasi, the old neighbourhood. With friends, she goes to Tbilisi Marriot Hotel’s Café, for a tea time, and at summer, Radisson Blue Hotel Terrace is the place to appreciate a good view of the city. “There are many places that I really love because of the memories I have. I can say in general I really love my city”, she says. Tbilisian’s lifestyle is one thing Lako enjoys. “On one glance you will feel like there are no job or money problems, everyone is kind of relaxed enjoying their time, even though the economical or political situation in Georgia is not something you can be proud of. But I also can say that Tbilisi is a very Romantic City, especially for me”.

Lalo Knitwear

Este texto faz parte de uma série de entrevistas que fiz com estilistas da Geórgia, que originaram artigos publicados na versão impressa de Dezembro de 2013 da revista Made In Tbilisi.


Photo: instagram.com/lalocardigans

With their signature big, chunky, handmade knit cardigans, LALO Knitwear has made a big entrance in the world of fashion. Founded in 2013 by Tbilisi’s twin sisters Lalo and Nino Dolidze, at first, the brand started with the cardigans, and now, features different styles of sweaters and hats.

Graduates from the department of Western European languages and literature at Iv. Djavakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Lalo and Nino had always had interest in fashion and style, “Especially knitting!”, as told by Lalo. The young brand started as the two sisters created new looks for every season, “as we pretended ourselves to be noted designers”, she adds. Their starting point was the cardigan, which was named “Vine”. Handmade knitted in large stitches, the inspiration for their first piece were the beautiful Kakhetian vines, seen hanging all around at open air markets during Tbilisoba, the annual October festival celebrating Tbilisi.


Photo: instagram.com/lalocardigans

The cardigan became extremely popular in a very short amount of time, as an outcome for pleasing every woman’s taste in fashion. The ‘Vine’ cardigan is a bold and hype version of a classic-old sweater – in other words, it is a statement piece for the wardrobe, as it can change any outfit in just a matter of seconds. Due to their successful experience, the designers started making several different other styles, which can take up to ten days to be created, as all of their items are handmade. Most of the inspiration for their creations comes from ‘Mother Nature’ – “Nothing and nobody can provide you with such brilliant ideas, as it abounds with them!”, added Lalo.

Part time English language teachers at the University, and part time designers, Lalo and Nino are not planning to settle down any time soon. Currently, their productions are sold in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, among other countries in Europe. Adding to that, they are planning, for the nearest future, on collaborating with some more brands from other different countries. However, when it comes to their homeland, the sisters agree they enjoy the Old Tbilisi. According to them, Ortachala is “the most inviting site in this city for most city-dwellers, and we are not exception”.

Nenhum homem é uma ilha

“De onde surgem as amizades?”, um dia me perguntei, ao me pegar pensando no motivo pelo qual sou amiga de Fulana e não de Ciclana, se nos conhecemos no mesmo dia e no mesmo momento. Não que eu esteja insatisfeita com minhas amizades, ou que gostaria de ter me tornado melhor amiga de Beltrana. Nada disso. Achei graça porque as melhores amizades acontecem de um jeito tão natural e despretensioso quanto andar ou falar. Ninguém anda desesperado pelas ruas, com um sensor que busca amigos. Fazê-los é como jogar em uma peneira com trama bem apertada a mais fina das areias. A maior parte vai rapidamente passar pelo filtro. Uma segunda parte da areia que ficou presa na peneira, vai cair pelos buraquinhos depois de uma ligeira chacoalhadinha. Mas são os pouquíssimos grãos resistentes em cair que são os amigos que valem a pena para a gente manter.

Pare para pensar em seu ciclo social. Tem aqueles, os ‘conhecidos’, que cumprimentamos e conversamos de modo fático, quando os encontramos no shopping ou fazendo feira, e sempre lançamos o famoso “nossa, que mundo pequeno!”. Desses grãos, temos vários – vide os 1367 amigos de seu Facebook. Agora, separando o joio do trigo, concentre-se em seus amigos mais próximos. É possível contá-los em uma mão, no máximo, em duas. Você talvez perceberá que cada um faz parte de um momento diferente de sua vida. Li uma vez, em um artigo que citava uma pesquisa científica sobre amizades, que precisamos de vários tipos diferentes de amigos: um para confiar todos os nossos segredos e problemas, uma para nos fazer cair na real, outro com espírito aventureiro para nos ajudar a sair de nossa zona de conforto, ou ainda aquele só para jogar conversa fora em uma mesa de bar. Uma única pessoa dificilmente exerce todas as funções que procuramos em amizades, da mesma forma que alimentar-se apenas de um único tipo de fonte da cadeia alimentar não nos manterá saudáveis.

Agora pode pensar de novo em seus amigos mais queridos e perceber: tem a amiga do francês, a melhor amiga dos tempos da escola, o grupinho de amigos das suas aulas de inglês quando você tinha 15 anos, a amiga do prédio, o amigão da praia, a colega de trabalho, o seu santo e sagrado grupo de trabalho da faculdade. Estes você faz questão de encontrar, mesmo que juntando os ocupados calendários, o encontro só seja possível uma vez por ano (e olhe lá). Mas aí, novamente, paramos para pensar – como, depois de tanto tempo, ainda mantemos contato com tantas pessoas diferentes? Ou melhor, por que, de tantas outros que passaram por nossa vida, esses são ainda especiais, mesmo que passemos longos períodos sem vê-los?

Se você esperou encontrar uma resposta para as perguntas ao longo deste texto, sinto informá-lo, mas não as tenho. Não por má fé, porque acredite, já tentei buscá-las em tudo que é lugar imaginável. Só sei que não é á toa que as pessoas passam por nossa vida. Como na peneira, uns ficam, muitos saem. De todos levamos aprendizados. E pelos que ficam, temos que ser gratos. Pois aquela mesma pesquisa do artigo que citei no começo dizia que os amigos nos ajudam a viver uma vida mais longa, feliz e saudável. Além do mais, como dizia Thomas Morus: “Nenhum homem é uma ilha”.