Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Refuse

I think I'm getting sick!  After dinner I tried to go workout but only made it through my run before I got a a really bad stomach ache and later a headache too. Nooooo! I refuse to be sick! Anyways... I took these pictures before the nausea began haha. Throwback thursday: earlier today when I didn't feel like crap.

 I'm wearing a scarf as a shirt.  My mother thought it was scandalous.

Smooches! Only not, because I could be contagious ;)... good thing they're virtual smooches.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Escola de Samba

This is also a catch-up post.

 I went with my friend Dana to her program's day trip to a samba school in Tijuca called Estácio de Sá where they were getting ready for the big Carnaval parade that will be in the Sambadromo and around the city in February.  We got to help make costumes for the kids who will be in the parade.

Each school chooses a different theme every year.  This year, the theme for Estácio de Sá is origami and the costumes looked amazing!  One group of us made hats and Dana and I got into a group making fancy collars for the kids to wear around their necks.  Lots of gluing! It was so much fun.

The best part though was getting to watch the kids' weekly practice show right after we were done with the costumes.  These kids were amazing musicians and dancers! I wish I was half as comfortable in heels as some of those eight year old girls haha.  I am absolutely fine with aspiring to dance like eight year olds ;).

 My beautiful Dana at her program's headquarters in Copacabana.

We are here!

 The samba school owner put us in all the different kinds of hats they have been making for Carnaval :).


Monday, January 28, 2013

Playing Catch-Up

Hello beautiful people.

I take too many pictures to keep up with so now it is time to play some catch-up! These photos are from  last month I believe, before some beautiful friends of mine vanished into a place they call the U.S.A. (I miss you so much! You know who you are).  Some of us girls went to a party in a neighborhood called Vidigal.  There were three floors of dancing with different DJs on every floor.  It kept us preoccupied enough that we danced until just before sunrise and decided to walk down to the beach in Leblon for a better view.  <3

The lovely Lizzie in the first moments of day.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Jardim Botânico


Dress - Boutique bought (mystery brand) 
Shoes - Anthropologie 

Love to you all!


Thank you Bani!

Thank you so much to the very sweet and beautiful Bani from the blog BL4Q for nominating me and my blog for the Liebster Award.

Rules for the Liebster Awards:
1. List 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. 
3. Ask 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 9 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. 
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award. 
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

And so it begins! 

11 Facts about myself: 

1. I was born in the state of Montana in the U.S. which has given me a big love of mountains and rivers and nature in general.
2. I am the oldest of five children in my family (I have one sister and three brothers). 
3. I grew up mostly in Northern California which is also an amazingly beautiful place.
4. I currently live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
5. I am a Psychology student. 
6. I have danced my whole life and have been a part of two competitive hip-hop teams and one Brazilian samba group. 
7. My name is really long... I have two middle names and two last names. 
8. My first blog post  was about Brazil and how "obsessed" I was with it.
9. I haven't owned a car since high-school.  I go everywhere via bike or public transportation. 
10. My parents met in New York City where they were both dancers. 
11. I have a crazy obsession with whales. 

11 Questions from Bani: 

1. What made you start blogging? 
I started blogging because I have always had a love for fashion but the extent of my love for it kind of embarrassed me.  I started If My Fingers Were Feathers as a way to indulge myself in (what used to be) a guilty pleasure.  I could connect with other people who shared my interest while keeping myself anonymous, which I did for about a year.  

2. What animal do you think you identify most with? 
Whales.  I can't really explain why I am so attached to whales, but I admire them so much.  I identify with their gracefulness as a dancer and have enjoyed learning about their deep connections to one another which reminds me of how much I love people in general.  Whales can be both gentle and fierce which I also identify with. 

3. If you could be any kind of plant, what would you be? 
I would be seaweed because it gets to sway with the water and it would have such a wonderful view! 

4. What are you listening to right now? 
I have been listening to a lot of Lana del Rey and Frazey Ford lately. 

5. What's the most breathtaking thing you have ever experienced? 
My first thought was skydiving a couple years ago.  But I also think that I have been to so many places in Montana that take my breath away.  Nature left alone is always breathtaking. 

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, and do anything that you want, where would you go and what would you do? 
This one is hard because for so long my answer would have been "dancing in Brazil," but I'm doing that! Next stop might be Barcelona, Spain where my mom went to high school.  And if I could do anything there it might be to work in fashion somehow.  I would love to be the creative photo director for a magazine!  Vogue Spain... :) 

7. Would you prefer a warm rainy day, or a cold and windy sunny day? 
I would have to say warm and rainy because I really don't like wind.  Warm rain can be so magical and Brazil has a lot of it! 

8. What bug are you most afraid of? 
There are spiders in the Amazon that hunt chickens in nearby villages... that is scary.  But I usually like bugs.  I played outside a lot as a kid and the bugs were my friends haha. 

9. If you could learn any language, what would it be and why? 
My two favorite languages to listen to are Portuguese, which I am learning, and Russian.  So Russian it is! I just like the way it sounds... 

10. What is your favorite feature on yourself or the opposite sex? 
I don't know about myself, but I love shoulder blades on the opposite sex.  A nice strong back is very sexy. 

11. What does the color red remind you of? 
Bulls, fingernail polish, poppies, the sun during a fire, ladybugs, indian food, Mr. Big's one red wall in Sex and the City, salsa, lipstick...

Questions for my Nominees: 

1. What is the funniest nickname you have ever been called or made for a friend? 
2. How has blogging changed you? 
3. If you could have houses in three places where would they be and why? 
4. If money didn't matter, what would you want to do for work? 
5. What do you usually do during the summer? 
6. Who is your favorite musical artist right now? 
7. What is your favorite genre of foods? 
8. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? 
9. If you could magically be the best at any skill or instrument tomorrow, what would you want to master? 
10. What is the first funny childhood memory that comes to mind for you? 
11. What does the color green remind you of? 

Thanks again!


My Last Few Days in Salvador

Here are some of the last pictures that I took in Salvador before returning back to Rio, where I am now.  I love both cities, what makes them different and similar.  I am so glad I got to spend such a good hunk of time getting to know Salvador.  I think, for me, the best way to travel is to try to really see what it is like to live there.  Of course, you can't dub yourself an honorary local, but you can spend good amounts of time getting to know real locals and what they love about a city.  I think it is an invaluable perspective to get while visiting new places.  I feel so fortunate to have done it with my mom, who paid for all of my dance classes and food and transportation.  I am so lucky to have a mom who decided to spend her entire Winter Vacation helping me go to Salvador and dance... something I have wanted to do all through college.  I am very proud to have had such a beautiful, adventurous, strong woman as my mother.

I hope it's all inherited ;).

Iemanjá mosaic and a neighborhood cachorro
There were tons of mosaics in our neighborhood :)


 There was always a huge soccer ball juggling circle on the beach near our house.  Most of the guys in this picture were older men. Down the beach a little farther was a smaller circle of boys doing the same thing :).

 Rain bathing in 90* weather

Okay, the rest of the pictures need their own introduction.  These were some of the kids from the neighborhood we were staying in.  They are my new BFFs.  When I woke up one morning they were all out on a patio pretending to work at the real sushi restaurant down the street called Sukiyaki.  They had picked a bunch of flowers from a nearby tree and were mashing them up and adding water to create a syrup.  Sand was also a key ingredient :).  Twas delicious! ;)

 This is Raíra, the oldest of the crew, and obviously the most glamourous.  She was so sweet.


 Sippin' on (inedible) syrup


Lazy Day

Some pretty little inspo on this hot Brazilian afternoon...