Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sweet&Salty February

Oh my sweet lord, 29 days have passed and February was actually exciting:
  • It snowed, like I wished for :) Just for a night but it was perfect!
  • I met the Groundhog and Leap days. ahah! so funny
  • I had to say goodbye to my Chilean friend :c and a farewell to my Portuguese buddy :c
  • I went to the Mediterranean East restaurant as well as the Cantonese restaurant. And of course, the Portuguese restaurant (my kitchen I should say) every single day :)
So, now, it's time for March! And I cannot wait for flowers and birds to come. 
Hey, and you know what: I'm going for my Spring break to Canada!!! I'm so thrilled right now!!

kiss, kiss

Check the posts from February here:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

vintage sewing

I saw a quote one of these days saying that vintage clothes are just a fancy word for old and smelly clothes. lol Well, vintage clothing is a very hot topic and always will be, that’s for sure. But you have to agree with me about the amazing talent and workmanship that goes in to detailing clothing.
Most people use the words "vintage" and "antique" interchangeably. There are, however, several periods of time which are defined.
According to wikipedia, antique is defined as:

An item which is at least 100 years old and is collected or desirable due to rarity, condition, utility, or some other unique feature.

A rough definition of time periods and definitions is as follows:

Gregorian: pre- 1837
Victorian/Edwardian: 1837 - 1910
Art Nouveau/Art Deco: 1895 - 1925
Retro/Vintage: 1940 – 1980

Last week, a friend of mine invited me to her place because she inherited a TON of vintage sewing and craft things from her grandparent. So, after taking what she wanted, she organized a swap. I felt I was in a garage sale back in 1963: there was patterns, pins, thread, buttons, some costume jewelry, some fabric and other flotsam. Well, I just brought a couple of things with me but don’t get me wrong… I wish I just know how to sew! 

I hope you like it!



Monday, February 20, 2012

Silent night

Maybe because I thought really hard about the snow, it really happened this time! Yesterday Richmond had a snowy evening...such a blast! The silence and the beauty caught together in the same night...

Kiss, kiss

Monday, February 13, 2012

Men & Horses

"Atlanta has Coca-Cola and 'Gone With the Wind.' Seattle has the Space Needle. Houston has oil. Richmond has Monument Avenue. Even people who haven't visited know about Monument Avenue." said Edwin Jr.

I agree: you just have to drive down Monument Avenue to get to know Richmond's most emblematic place. It was originally a upper-class residential area and it still is, where you can find many huge mansions! During the American Civil War, Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate, and the Monument Avenue was the chosen place to honor Virginian soldiers in Civil War. 
There is a particular set of statues, representing 4 important men, that comes with a curious trick: some people say that if the statue faces north, it means that he died in the war, If they survived, they face south. Well, it seems that the formula is correct but is it really true? Some argue that the position and pose of each statue only correspond to the sculptor's creative impression. Plus, according to G. Campbell, the equestrian statues usually follow a distinct pattern:
  • When the horse had one hoof off the ground, the rider was wounded.
  • When two hooves were off the ground, the rider was killed during the battle.
  • When all four hooves were on the ground, the rider was unharmed in the battle.
Isn’t that neat? I’m not a huge fan of horses (and dolphins! - I'll explain later...) but I find equestrian statues so powerful, so strong! 

PS: Do you remember the post about the Victorian houses? The photos were taken in this neighborhood near from Monument Av.

 more photos with men and horses and muscles:

Monday, February 6, 2012

some *snowflakes*

Ok, I get it. We are not going to have snow. Tu-ru-ru
Last year it was so fun! In Portugal, I've got to ‘travel to the highest mountain (named Star) if I want to see some snow’. Here, the snow comes to the city and paints the buildings in white... My lack of experience in snowstorms makes me a snow lover... I'm still fascinated, that's why. Poor Europe that is now struggling under a record cold wave. Some with too much snow, others with none! Please, don’t get me wrong, I just want a couple of inches ok?
Although I’m not a huge fan of winter sports (I know my boyfriend would love to) it’s really cool to walk the streets and to feel the snowflakes on my face (that´s my winter sport). I love to watch the landscape all covered in white, the water frizzing turning into ice crystals and to see the buildings with that funny white hat... what about the white capital house? Does it gets whiter?
For me to remember last year, I took some pictures. Do you want to see them?


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