Last Day of Summer

Well, it’s Fall. As soon as summer ends I go from savoring every second to hoping time flies so we can end up back at summer. At the same time though, I’m excited for what’s to come. I’ve gotten so much more comfortable with the navigating the city and I’ve heard NYC is pretty magical around Christmas time. I’ve just got to save up for some big vacation(s) during January-March to get me through the dark and cold that follows the holidays. Why can’t Christmas be in February so the darkest, coldest months could still be lit up with Christmas lights and hazelnut smells? I am very affected by lack of sunshine so I’m not just wining over here. I am going to need some vitamin D doses to maintain a certain level of happy. Luckily Miami, Rio, Mexico, the Caribbean are just a plane ride away. Watch me fly south like the geese. V-formation baby.

I’m sitting in a little café in South Orange and they are playing old-school Christina Aguilera … makes it okay that I forgot my headphones. I won’t be in this neighborhood for much longer though. I found an apartment where I will have my own room, right off the Path Train that takes you straight into the city. I am so excited to be even closer to New York and to start dancing more as a result. I have felt the absence of dance classes in my life in a big way. Going from dancing at least a couple times a week in Rio to not at all has been jolting. Dancing will also get me through the winter. I hope you are all having a wonderful first day of Fall - and hopefully you’re a little less anxious about the impending Winter than I am haha.

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Bem, é outono. Assim que o verão termina, deixo de saborear a cada segundo e espero que o tempo voe para que possamos voltar ao verão. Ao mesmo tempo, estou empolgado com o que está por vir. Fiquei muito mais confortável navegando pela cidade e ouvi dizer que NYC é bastante mágica na época do Natal. Eu só tenho que economizar algumas grandes férias durante janeiro-março para me fazer passar pelo escuro e pelo frio que se segue aos feriados. Por que o Natal não pode ser em fevereiro, para que os meses mais escuros e frios ainda possam ser iluminados com luzes de Natal e cheiros de avelã? Estou muito afetado pela falta de sol, então não estou apenas ganhando por aqui. Vou precisar de algumas doses de vitamina D para manter um certo nível de felicidade. Felizmente, Miami, Rio, México e Caribe estão a uma viagem de avião. Veja-me voar para o sul como os gansos. Formação em V.

Estou sentado em um pequeno café em South Orange e eles estão tocando a música Christina Aguilera da velha escola ... tudo bem que eu esqueci meus fones de ouvido. Eu não vou ficar neste bairro por muito mais tempo. Encontrei um apartamento onde terei meu próprio quarto, logo após o Path Train que o leva direto para a cidade. Estou muito animado por estar ainda mais perto de Nova York e começar a dançar mais como resultado. Eu senti a ausência de aulas de dança na minha vida em grande forma. Passar de dançar pelo menos duas vezes por semana no Rio a nada tem sido sacudido. Dançar também me fará passar o inverno. Espero que todos estejam tendo um maravilhoso primeiro dia de outono - e espero que estejam um pouco menos preocupados com o inverno iminente do que eu, haha.

xoxo

Mariamma

Half & Half

Hi! It is too hot to put on clothes so I just did my makeup in my usual spot (right in front of my windows) in my underwear. Just hoping all my neighbors in the huge apartment buildings across from me haven’t taken too much notice of my inability dress myself right after a shower haha. Yesterday I met Leah at Praça XV. There was a special event going on there this weekend and we got to see so many amazing performers including Xênia França, who I have been listening to all morning. She gives me SZA vibes! There was also an all-girls rap group and rap battles going on in the street. We didn’t stay out that late but I slept over ten hours this morning. Have a great Monday everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend too <3. 

Oi! É quente demais para colocar roupas, então eu só fiz minha maquiagem no meu lugar de sempre (bem na frente das minhas janelas) na minha calcinha. Apenas esperando que todos os meus vizinhos nos enormes prédios de apartamentos em frente a mim não tenham tomado muito conhecimento da minha incapacidade de me vestir logo após o banho, rsrs. Ontem conheci a Leah na Praça XV. Houve um evento especial acontecendo neste final de semana e tivemos a oportunidade de ver tantos artistas incríveis, incluindo Xênia França, que eu tenho ouvido a manhã toda. Confira ela!! Houve também um grupo de rap de meninas e batalhas de rap acontecendo na rua. Nós não ficamos fora tão tarde, mas eu dormi mais de dez horas esta manhã. Tenha uma ótima segunda-feira a todos! Espero que você tenha tido um bom final de semana também <3.

smooches

Mariamma

Home Body

Black Silk Maxi Slip - A gift from my Mamma

Happy Saturday! I got off of work not too long ago and am currently brainstorming on what to do with the rest of the afternoon. It's a bit chilly today so cozy things are sounding best. This evening I am going to my friend Dani's modern dance performance in Pasadena and then going out dancing with some friends in Hollywood. Should be a festive little night on the town! My friends Sabrina and Meg who I'm going out with tonight are moving to the Caribbean in about ten days, so I'm soaking up as much of them as possible before their impending departure. They have lived a few blocks away from me since I moved to Long Beach and I am so sad to lose such awesome neighbors! I'm obviously very excited for them though and have been playing with the idea of going to visit. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Bay Area

This weekend I headed to The Bay to visit my friend Xtina and see Solange play a life altering show at the Greek Theatre. Christina and I danced together in high school so we go way back. I stayed with her in Oakland and we did a lot of exploring - visiting Lake Merritt, Berkeley, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, and took a dance class (that I am still SO sore from) in the Mission District. We ate really well along the way too. All in all it was a pretty perfect weekend. 

xoxo 

Mariamma

Solange photo cred to @shelbymayes, @itgoesanandanand, and @rchlstl <3

Silver Dollar Fair

It's become tradition in my friend group to go in a big posse to the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, and despite moving to LA last year, I've managed to make it every year for the festivities. There's something magical about the junk food, the janky rides, and warm summery nights. 

cheers to good friends and sloppy times

Friday Morning

Good Morning! It's a grey day here in LA and ... somehow that made me crave waffles. Maybe it's the nostalgia for cozy mornings at my Mamma's house where she always makes waffles and a smoothie. Spoiled. I'm slacking on the smoothie part. I'm just chilling on the couch in-between the puppy and my roomie, helping her pick wedding invites. Cheers to weekend! 

xx 

Mariamma

70 Degrees

dress: Lulus/boots: Thrifted

Today was actually kind of blustery, but still pretty warm in true LA fashion. At work we looked at a potential new office space. It's right across the street from the building we're in now, but it's on the top floor and has a roof deck and a view of Downtown ... so it's way better! We all got pretty excited about it, but nothing is locked down. I went to a hip-hop class this evening and now it's time for sleepzzzzzz.

kisses 

Mariamma