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A humble request.

5 Nov

Tomorrow is November 6th, voting day!

People are literally dying in countries around the world to have the voting rights that we do. So please, PLEASE vote. Take a few minutes to find your voting location, set aside some time from your work day (yes, it’s worth the half day/lunch break), and fill in a simple questionnaire.

The amount of effort required to vote is nothing compared to what might happen if the wrong policies are put into place.

So I’m begging you, please, get out there and VOTE.

Fashion Week Street Style

18 Sep

London Fashion Week is coming to an end. This season I decided to stay away from the fashion crowds at Somerset House to indulge in a quiet and stress-free overview of the shows from home. Style.com is my favourite website for catwalk pictures and reviews. Though I love watching the shows, I’m mostly inspired by street style pictures. I find them relatable and admire the effort and creativity that goes into composing interesting outfits.

Here are a few of my favourite street style pics this season:

My go-to blogs for street style are:

The Sartorialist 

On The Streets

Tommy Ton / Jak and Jil

Man Repeller (Leandra is funny and I love her style)

Le Fashion 

Fashion Toast

x Natasha

Beaches and Mussels (no, this is not a typo!)

17 Sep

Miami is an extremely popular tourist destination for brazilians! It combines our favorites–malls, beaches and good eats! It is also a short 7/8 hour flight away (from Sao Paulo) and the weather is always agreeable (perhaps too hot at times, but hey, the sun is shining!)

While in Miami, I am always bugging friends who have lived there before for tips on where to eat, where to go, what to do. Fellow Daisychainer, Steph, will certainly be able to add to our Miami tips dossier here at the blog, but meanwhile, I will continue our discussion with my latest input on the city!

As you know, I took some time off in July and went to Guanajuato, Mexico (read this entry here)! During this trip, I also visited Miami.

My favorite day in Miami started off enjoying Key Biscayne! The beach at Key Biscayne is an oasis of tranquility and beauty–close to my definition of paradise. Before you reach the sand, you walk through a big patch of grass with some grilling stations here and there for barbecuing (another brazilian favorite). The sand is white and the beach is filled with palm trees. The water is an incredible shade of blue and almost too warm to refresh you on warmer days (also a plus for those who, like me, are not very keen on cold water).

Path to the beach

After a long day at the beach, nothing better than going back to downtown Miami and enjoying a couple of drinks and appetizers at Novecento. Luckily, I went on a day where the Miami Heat was playing the Boston Celtics and the bar area was filled with people cheering on for their team, creating an even better atmosphere. I ordered some steamed mussels in a white wine reduction which I highly recommend!

I almost managed to eat all of those mussels!

Stay tuned for more insider tips on this popular destination!

-Flavia

POLITICS! Just don’t bring it up at parties..

13 Sep

Those who know me know that I’m passionate about politics. Be it how it affects your community, your job, or your overall philosophies on life and society.  And although every election year I’m 4 years older and supposedly “wiser”, I feel like I hear more arrogant comments than during the previous election.

Listen, people – don’t be sheep. If you’re family and friends are voting one way, figure out for YOURSELF if you will, too. You might have grown up in your family’s house, but your life experience makes you a completely different person, with your own mind to make your own decisions. Rather than just parroting back your familiar party’s arguments, take a few minutes to find out which issues mean the most to your life and correspond to your ideals.  Just because my grandfather could recite the bible to you and watched Fox news religiously (from Brazil, might I add), it doesn’t mean that I’m going to do the same.

Things to think about first are the big picture issues; Are you like me and have a career vested in the future of The National Endowment for the Arts? Do you work for a corporation whose primary focus is revenue? Do you believe marriage is between a man and a woman, or do you believe in marriage equality? If your teenage cousin became pregnant, would you condemn her for terminating the pregnancy? These are genuine and sincere questions that you need to ask yourself, because the two parties are getting farther away from the middle and embracing the more extreme sides of liberal and conservatism, and you need to figure out which one you’d rather have.

I’m not going to shove my political views down your throat, but I feel obliged to encourage you to discover the facts for yourself and REGISTER!  We need to be a nation of informed voters, not blind sheep who do what they’re told without question. There are two drastically different paths that this country could take in November, and each one of us has a direct responsibility in making it [not] happen.

Uncle Sam wants YOU to vote this November!

 

I will throw in this one bit of my political orientation by asking you to watch Bill Clintons speech at the convention last week; not only is the man amazing, but all fact checkers agree that it was one of, if not the most honest speeches given in a loooong time.

 

 

One more thing: no matter where you are in this big ol’ world of ours, you really have no excuse not to vote if you’re an American citizen. If you’ll be busy all day election day, you can register for early voting, if you’re abroad or away from your home state, you can send an absentee ballot. The extra 3 minutes it takes to fill out and 40cents for the stamp have an enormous impact on your future!

Helpful sites:

http://www.factcheck.org – don’t believe everything you hear, make sure you know the facts!

http://www.fvap.gov I if you’re living outside of the U.S. and want more info on absentee voting.

http://www.isidewith.com An informative quiz that matches you up with candidates that side with issues you care about.

Where is Bike Share?!

11 Sep

All summer I was reeling with excitement because New York City was finally getting bike share in the end of this Summer! For those of you who haven’t heard me yap non-stop about this, bike share is a network of communal bicycles available throughout the city. Designed mainly for short-distance commuting, bike share enables you to pick up a bike and one station and drop it off at another station at your destination, providing an alternative to walking and public transportation. NYC is slated to have 10,000 bikes available at 600 stations throughout the city, focused mostly in Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn. I was so happy we were catching up! Bike share programs are already available in roughly 165 cities around the world, including Boston, Washington DC, and London, which we feature on the Daisy Chain!

Me posing with Bike Share in London!

I was literally counting the days for NYC Bike share, called Citi Bike as it is sponsored by CitiBank, because I just started a Masters Degree program (!) that requires me to commute to the opposite side of town, and Citi Bike was going to make my life much easier. I had my route all mapped out: pick a bike on my corner, ride across town to the West Side, where I would get on the 1 Train, and then 100 blocks later I would be at school.

Sadly, the inauguration of Citi Bike was pushed back to March 2013 and I have been condemned to walk across town or take the bus. It’s actually not that serious, but I am on a little bit of a rant and I must emphasize again how much I love bike shares and how much I was looking forward to it. Alas, I must tell myself to be patient…OR, this provides the perfect excuse to hop down to DC, or over to London, or Mexico CIty, or Paris, or Medellin…

Me and my sister riding Boston’s Bike Share!

-Anne

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