Let me tell you about Bright Swimwear…

Oieeeee! Hello Everyone, how was the weekend? i hope was full of happiness.

On todays post I want to do a little review on Bright Swimwear.

Around May, this brand got in touch with me through instagram for a partnership, and I instantly loved what they said, so I immedeately got into their website to check their products, and my first tough is that the products looked very neat, very basic but with bright trendy colors, but as I have tons of bikini’s already, I honestly only payed attention to the one piece bathing suits, because I was looking for a good one for a couple of years now, and they had this one model in a few plain colors, and also a few in colorful stripes, and I instantly put it in the bag.

Now they also have amazing colorful patterns in both one and two pieces…

I placed my order a litlle nervous because I had just got this dress from a New Zeland Brand and it took way to long to get to my house and when it came it looked terrible. But gladly Bright swimwear gave me the best experience ever, I am very happy that I had the chance to work with them, my bathing suit came in a exactly week, it’s gorgeous, very good quality, very bright colors, just amazing

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* This is the little preview I did on instagram stories, please follow me, I am always sharing everything first hand over there. *

Loved it so much, that even knowing is winter right now in Brazil I went to the beach because I couldn’t wait to wear it. And this is a little bit of how it looks:

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I ordered the Small size, because I am a small person, (5’2) and I’ve been wearing small sizes since forever, I still fit in some of my clothes from when I was 13. But I do have a large hip and butt, so the bottom part got me a little uncomfortable cause the whole thing kept coming up a little bit, so maybe I should have order a medium size, but I am not so sure about it. And another great thing about this one piece is that usually brands that are not brazilian have such huge bottoms for bathing suits, and this one is neither too big or too small, I think it’s a very decent size, so I was pretty happy with that too.

In general everything is really great, and pretty, made me feel very happy about me and my body, so I strongly recomend it. I also HAVE A DISCOUNT FOR YOU GUYS, you just need to add my code MINGRONE15 right at the moment you are placing your order.

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All the pictures were taken in Ilha Bela, S’ao Paulo – Brazil

Another great thing about Bright Swimwear is that 10% of the money paid is donated to help saving the oceans.

I am all about brands that somehow help the enviroment and/or help people, brands with pourposes, brands that actually care, so I think this one deserver some atention, by clicking here you are gonna be redirectly to their website, take a look, use the code, and let me know what are your thoughts on that.

 

Hope you all enjoyed this post, don’t forget to let me know what did you think, and great week everyne!

love,

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5 Ways to Style a Button Dress

Since the beginning, I wanted to make this blog about two things: Fashion and the Au Pair Program. That second part came eventually, as I actually became an Au Pair, so that’s what you guys are gonna see most over here.

Right now I am working on a new youtube channel in English so I can share more of these content with you, while that I am gonna keep posting what I can about fashion here in the blog.

This week I am gonna release some outfits from the pas months, hope you enjoy it!

I’ve been seeing these videos around for a while, and is shocking how I actually with them. It was so addictive that I decided to do one myself, and guess what, I loved more than I thought I would, it was truly fun to recorded it, and I hope you guys have fun watching too.

I got this dress from Cotton On here in Brazil, thought it was so 70’s, and so differen, and turned out to be very useful, I will name all the brands right below 🙂

  • First look: Victoria Secrets brallete, Riachuelo sandals, hair clip and jewelry from thrift stores and faires
  • Second look: Forever 21 Body, Forever 21 Black sandals, Necklace: Riachuelo
  • Third Look: same body, forever 21 boots, BCBG hat
  • Fourth LookLevi’s Jeans, Forever 21 Necklace, Vans
  • With Look: Zaful Lace body, Levi’s Jeans, Aldo Shoes.

You guys can check my Instagram account for more pictures of this look and others.

Hope you enjoy it, bye bye ❤

What Happened to Your Life, and How to Find Yourself Again

Dear self,

Lately I feel like everything is a run, everybody is running to get somewhere, to be someone, to be noticed, when did we change from not wanted everybody talking about our lives, from telling everybody everything about us on social media?

life got so hectic, and yet we spend the whole day in our phones. We harldy haven been to parks, or museums, we never have time for firneds and family, we are so tired in the end of the day, but we dont feel productive at all.

I don`t knwo about you guys, but thats how I feel most of the time? I go to three different places, I clean my house, I go to college… But in the end of the day I didnt do everything I needed to, I haven seen or talk to any of my friends, I dont remember I word the teacher spoke in class, and there are still tons of things to do, but I am way to tired to even think about that.

And you know what, its been terribly stressfull, made me and anxious person, it`s even dissapointing.

What happend to the life I wanted for myself? Thta life where I study what I love the most and enjoyed, the life where I see my friends on the weekend, the life where I go home to relax and not to deal with a billion things, what happened to the gym I used to love to go but now I force myself to be there? Where did my life went?

I feel like I wished for so much, I lost track of what actually matters. Like I had to hit rock bottom to realized what I’ve been missing. And for you who feels the same on the other side of the screen, let’s do it again, let’s start over.

Everyday is a new day, and a new opportunity, and long 24 hours for everything, stop letting everything get in the way, stop crowding your routine with not important things, use your free time for your own stuff, and use the time you have to be stuck in the subway, or in the car for new readings, new songs, try a podcast, be inspired. Do everything with your heart, separate your day into the things that need to be done, and remember to take time to care for yourself.

Let life follow is own lead, let everything find its own place. Stop talking about the things you are not so sure about it, read more, dance more, film more, write more, draw more, meditate, go to yoga, find a sport, give attention to those next to you.

Life is beautiful and you can find your happy place in this world again, believe me.

Love,

Miss Mingrone.

 

3 Trend Decors for Your Room in 2019

We know that 2019 is only at the beggining an a lot can change untill the end of it, but I like to be dramatic okay?!

I am the type of person that does not know how to sit still, I like to keep finding things to do around the house, and I love to decorate new corners every now and then. I also love the change of seasons and found in that an excuse to redo my bedroom every three months.

I showed you guys my bedroom transformation for summer and this weekend I am gonna do everything all over again, so next weekend we might have a new video up on my chanel so don’t forget to subscribe.

But, in order to do that, I search a lot  for ideas, like wall decorations (I love hanging stuff up on the walls), plants, thing to add to my bedroom, and here are the most beautiful ones:

Hanging Plants:

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When it comes to plants there’s not a lot to worry about, they look great however you decide to display them, but hanging them is the new boho touch your new house decor needs. I personally love the macramê art for plants, and loved even more the idea of using this combination in a clothing rack.

Macramê:

Speaking of it, I found a couple of great, I saw this one picture of a beautiful macramê hanging from a wood stick in a white wall, and now is the only thing I can think about. I found some at Zôdio, but didn’t buy it cause I am feeling very tempted to do one of my own. Check it out this amazing ones:

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Mirror | Lamp

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I love how clean and comfort it looks, I get kind of the same feeling as when you walk into a nursery room. Also the fact that you can made a milion types of decoration out of it it’s truly amazing: with braids, and leaves, by adding gems on it, and also the coice of wood to hold it can change so much of the style. I believe that one of these alone can be all the decoration you need for a room.

Tapestry:

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The exactly same thing as #2, except that it isn’t. Currently at this semester in fashion college on my Textile Class, as part of my grade I have to present a tapestry of my own, there are so many different types of woof, and the varity of lines you can use are so extended, you can even not do one at all and just hang the lines. I am so happpy with this project and I will probably share with you guys next week, but for now I just wanted to share with you guys the idea of it.

Folk Pillows:

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Nothing brings more the confy feeling than a good pillow right?! I collected some for you guys, that makes the gypsy me scream on the inside. So, which one do you like better?

AU PAIR: MY FIRST MATCH WITH A FAMILY OF SEVEN!

So, this is a post you gonna want to remember in the future, as we go through my au pair Journey.

I already told you guys my experience about being online at Cultural Care website, you can ready everything by clicking HERE.

After all of that I didn’t have exceptions anymore about becoming an Au Pair, it was about to complete a year that I was online, and in a couple of weeks my profile would’ve been closed and I would have to start all the process again. When I met my host family!

I simply logged into my account to check something, and the minute I got out, an e-mail came saying that there was a new host family on my profile. Here’s a tip I took a long time to realize: every time you log in your Cultural Care account, you make yourself appear on the top of a list of Au Pairs that families can check it out, and that was what happened that day.

Once I saw the *new host family in your profile* e-mail, I already have gotten another email from the same family arranging a Skype. So before answering them, I needed to find out who that family was, right?!

They lived very close to Manhattan, that got me very excited right away, in a super cute neighborhood and they had four adorable toddlers, the minute I saw their picture I felt in love. But I was indeed a little worried, because there was four kids under five years old, plus the host mom was pregnant.

The time I was in United States I noticed that Americans like to have big families, and I really think that it’s great, specially because with a good number of active kids, living with someone else would never be awkward or boring, right?

So I wasn’t scared at all about this, I was pretty confident about it, I knew I could make it.

Can’t say the same about my mom who was freaking out and didn’t trust me at all for the job.

So, I agree with the Skype, it would be nice to get to know a little bit more about them, and “if it doesn’t work, at least I get to practice my English” was what I though.

Our first Skype was great, the host parents were so young and cool, they were extremely interest in me, I got to see and talk to the kids, it was a very nice conversation, so we scheduled another Skype, and another, and we Skyped every week till I went to New York.

After our third Skype they asked for the match and I was shaking on happiness, after almost giving up on everything, talking with so many host family, had a roller coaster of feelings through all the past year, I was relief, and excited, and glad a found such a good host family.

If you read the last post you know I didn’t have many expectations of what I wanted about a host family, I just wished for good people to share this moment, people who I would be comfortable with, because I knew that this experience would change the way I see my life entirely.

On further posts I want to share a little bit more of how I got to the United States, how was living with the host family, and much more, so keep yourself close to this little blog for more of the craziest adventure in my life…

OOTD: A Dreaming Outfit

Oieee! Hello everyone, I’ve finally got some great content for you guys and I hope you enjoy it.

A couple of weeks ago I found this shirt on Cotton On, which was very similar to what I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, Didn’t think twice, and got it for myself. It was on Sale for less than $10 bucks and they had it on my new favorite color hahah, and two others in black or white.

I was so excited with that, so I decided that my new shirt deserved a great look and a even greater photoshoot, and that’s why we are here today my friends!

Before I drop all the pictures on you guys, I want to talk a little bit more about my outfit:

  • I got this very pretty Necklace, that I was honestly searching all over, at Forever 21
  • My amazing pants are from Subdued (got it in Amsterdam, but they have a website)
  • I obviously matched my outfit with white Adidas Sneakers

Okay, are you ready? Please tell me your thoughts of this post on the comments down below, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for more.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did! Hope to see you soon, bye bye!

Life Updates and first “The HighLights Of the Month”

Hey Guys, I know I’ve been missing, so I thought I should share with you some updates, and the little interesting facts that happened in this busy month.

As March is about to end, that could become a “highlight of the month” kind of post, right? And maybe we can keep that in mind for the ones that are going to come…

So march was very hectic, on the first day of the month I took it off my Implanon, which was a birthcontrol method that I chose to placed inside my arm two years ago, but drove me crazy in the last year. So, with that (or in this case, without it), I was able to control a lot more my feelings (they were a disaster before) and also am managing to come back to my normal weight.

I am very excited to see how everything is changing now that I am free of it. I did and a video for my YouTube chanel explaning everything about it, I already have four other videos following the entire process since I decided to put it on, but as they are all in portuguese I’ve been questioning myself if I should do another one in English, or if I should just add subtitles in the ones hat are already up there. Let me know if you have any opnion on that.

After that, Carnaval came (click here to see all the pictures in another post), I had a whole week off, went to some parties, and did my first Make Up Tutorial, that turned out realy fine (click here to watch and don’t forget to subscribe).

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In this picture you can see the bandage in my healing arm

Another high point of this month that you guys probably don’t know about it is that I got a full size mirror for my bedroom and now my new obssession is to share my everyday look on Instagram Stories, I also share some bible verses and talk about my eating change into a more plant based food diet. So if you don’t follow me yet my instagram is @missmingrone.

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Went to the beach last week : YAAAY! I was going to have my first Surf Class last Saturday but my ”teacher” had a problem with it and we had to reschedule, but no worries cause I was at the ebach, and it was a lovely hot day even knowing that was the first weekend of fall. And I vlogged everything for you guys, and can wait to share it over heree!

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For my last update I honetly hope you guys consider listening t this one, cause I finally got my shy young sister to record her beautiful voice, and she blessed us all with this beautiful cover:

 

Hope you guys enjoy this little update, I come back really soon with new posts! Se you soon, bye bye!

How Did I Become An Au Pair

Oieee! Hello guys, how are you doing today? On today’s post I want to begin a serie of posts where I am gonna talk about one of the things that impact my life the most: being an AU PAIR.

So if you are there sitting, looking for the program, wanting to apply, searching for stories and lived experiences, I suggest you to sit down and enjoy this ride. And if you never heard of it before, read this first post, you might be interested by the end of it.

Last in, in May, I came back from US after spending almost two years as an Au Pair, but my journey started way before that: In December 2014 I graduate from high school, was already accepted in the University I wanted, but felt a strong desire to do something bigger, something that was going to help me find myself and leave a mark on me forever.

Okay, I can be very dramatic when I want to, but that was the feeling inside of me five years ago. At the same moment I sat on the cold floor with my computer, and started digging for exchanges, when I remembered my friend mentioned that she wanted to be an Au Pair in Paris.

I was sure I didn’t want to live in Paris, but I really like the idea of it when I got to EF website: “explore the world” , “work and travel”, “have the time of your life”… Sounded like a dream, so I got in touch with them and found out I need some things:

  • Have a medium to high level of English;
  • Being over 18;
  • Know how to drive;
  • Have at least 200 hours of proven experience with children.

Pretty easy , I already had two of those requirements, but I still needed my drivers license (in Brasil we are only aloud to get them after 18), and the 200 hours. Because of my full time high school I never had the chance to do any of those things while studying, but I just graduated, I had all the time in the world now.

It sounded like a good plan, so I made it work. I went to the agency, took their tests, got my drivers license and work at the nursery of the same school I had just got out of for my hours, by April I had it all set.

After that (I think that changed by now) I had to fill it out a profile, with questions about myself, spaces for pictures and also a video presentation about me and my life, plus there was this little online course about children and their behavior that I had to do.

Done it all in a couple of weeks, was ready to go online and talk to families. I was super excited about it all, but from there till I had a match everything was, or at least look like, a disaster.

Cultural Care took a month to let my profile online and visible for families, after that it took another month for me to have the first Host Family on my profile, By December I had only three families:

  1. A jewish family with three very sweet young girls, we did one Skype, they hold my profile while they were in vacation and never spoke again with me.
  2. A very nice Mom with two toodlers ( a boy and a girl), she loved me, and had all these plans for us to do together, as she was a stay home mom. We had many skips, I spoke with the grandma, she was getting a car for me, but not even once I spoke to the father. Suddenly she was gone, for like two weeks and no reason, when I emailed her, she said her husband didn’t want an Au Pair :/
  3. A family with four young kids, parents were very sweet, they even spoke to my parents, but decided on going for the match with another girl.

Weirdly all these three families were from the same state.

By then it was almost Christmas time, the flew of families are very low by this time of the year, and I was extremely frustrated: I went after everything so fast, did my best the whole time and nothing happened, most girls talk to the same amount of families on their first month, it usually doesn’t take more than three months for a match.

I was devastated and my parents wanted me to start college, so by January I switched my date from ‘right away’ to ‘July’ so I could complete at least a semester. Once I did that, that very first week I had one family every day in my profile (forgot to say something important: back then we could only have one family at the time on our profile, and had to wait at least 24 hours to decline their profile.

These were the families:

  1. A Korean Couple with twin newborns, they lived in a big city and I even spoke to the currently Au Pair on Skype. They were very nice, but I got afraid of two newborns and only me.
  2.  A family with three boys that lived in a very quiet place, would say it was a farm, but it was definite a city with not a lot going on. And because of that they though my electric personality wouldn’t be happy in a small/quiet town. Fun fact: a year later they wrote me again whiling to know when would my first year would be over cause they wanted me to moving with them, but back them I was in rematch and had no clue of my future.
  3. This family I got really interested: they had two doodlers and a baby and lived in a gorgeous house, after a couple of skips their au pair decided to extend her years with them, so they didn’t need me anymore.
  4. In between all of those there was this one and only family for California that never even wrote me an email.
  5. A single mom with two kids from Nevada, they looked rich, maybe because she made sure that was implied in the profile, also there were more pictures of her and her friends than the kids. I was really interest in talking to them, but after a few days I realized my emails were sent and by then I didn’t have her contact anymore.

On the list of weird cases I have one more to share with you before I had my match:

After that specific week I had no more families on my profile, I started college and had forgotten about everything. By then I was even expecting anything to happen anymore, when I got an email that one family was on my profile, right after, another email asking for a Skype. I agreed, and had the most weird Skype of all: A guy showed up in the screen, his was Skyping from his basement and I could hear the kids playing but they were not on the picture, until after about ten minutes when they came running and playing into the room. The host dad got mad, took them out of the room and told me he didn’t want me to meet anybody until he decided I was a good match. After we were done with the Skype he emailed me for another Skype, I said I wasn’t interesting in the match, and got a few more emails that week begging me for the match, asking me what I wanted for it. It could mean nothing, but I though it was very weird and right after that I had really let go of the idea of actually being an Au Pair.

…. Until a month later when I found a family I liked and closed the match, but for that Storie you are going to need to wait for the next post.

Hope to see you soon, bye bye!

My Latest Fashion Obsessions

Oieeeee! Hello everyone, how are you doing on this beautiful Saturday? Over here in São Paulo is extremely hot, and Carnaval is still going on, can’t lie, I’ve been loving this energy of loud music and happy people every where.

But the summer vibes won last forever, fall is just around the corner and as the seasons change, so do we, right?! The change of weather bring us the desire of doing everything new: new house decor, new routines, new habits, and also new clothes.

I already notice a huge change in my style trying to show up, I’ve been going towards a more mature look but still very ‘Girly’. And in this very post you guys are gonna take a pic of what’s been my latest favorite obsession when it comes to fashion!

FLAX

Flax dresses, flax skirts, flax matching short and tops, flax everything. I am really crazy about it right now. Unfortunately, according to my Fabric and Textile Class in College, flax is only produced in the north Europe which means that 1. it cannot be produced over here, 2. it’s very  inaccessible and expensive. 

But I didn’t give up on it just yet and I believe some stores, like Zara for example, has some options on that.

The thing with flax is the fabric is super light and fresh, gives the clothes,  I also think it provides a good trim, it’s very comfortable and usually comes in very natural colors. I just can’t explain exactly but I wish I could switch all of my wardrobe for flax clothes, don’t you?

Earth Tones

A few posts ago I spoke to you guys abut pantone colors for 2019 and how to style them, I also mentioned how fascinated I’ve been about about these new tones. If you have no clue what does that mean you can either check the post over here, or simply take a look on the pictures above, all of those are earth tones, but you could also include some shades of yellow, green, blue and what could be a guava pink kind of thing.

Just like this:

As I think this could be included over here I am not gonna make another topic, but the monochromatic look is totally one of the things I am really up to lately.

Accessories

  • Marble/ acrylic/ pearl hair accessories to be more specific, I already did a post about it, that you guys can check over here. But I need to point this again because I can’t get it out of my mind
  • BIG GOLDEN bracelets and necklaces with charms hanged on it
  • Scarfs for hair, I don’t mean like the bandanas type I used to be crazy about, but those ones our aunts and grandmas used to have.

I have a few more things on the list but I am gonna save for a whilst post, cause I wanna suggest you guys some brands and people to follow.

Hope you enjoy this post, see you soon.

Bye bye!

Memories, Outfits and Pictures From My First CARNAVAL

Hello everyone, how are you feeling today? If you are new here you should probably know that this blog has currently only one writter: me!

And as this is not a good enough presentation I should shared with you guys a little bit more about me. If you wondering how I look like, here are some samples: during the day I am a Unicorn, but at night I prefer to be a kitten

No, nothing like that I am both of these girls in the pictures above and yes I am dress up as a kitten and a unicorn , but for very good reasons: this week was Carnaval in Brasil, and if you don’t know how It looks like, don’t worry, I didn’t know either! This was my first real one and that’s why I need to share some details with you.

Around this time of the year (usually in February, but for some reasons that I have no clue, it was celebrated in March this year) we have a special holiday that happens for about four days straight. Now, just to create a picture in your mind, think of summer (a very, very hot day of summer), no school or work, streets are closed and full of people following this giant truck, that carries a group of people who will sing and dance and entertained everybody that follows them.

This last the whole day, for four days, and it extends to the weekends before and after too.

It is insane, people drink the whole day, dance, make friends, all dress up as whatever they feel comfortable in, almost like a mix of a festival and halloween!

So as my first carnaval, I was going to wear the ears I got for trick or treating in 2016 with whatever I had in my closet, but once I got inside the first store that very same day to get my friends something to wear, I couldn’t resist to the rainbow skirt, neither to the matching Unicorn tiara right next to it. So I bought it for a total of almost seven dollars, did some make up and went to these crazy streets in search of a very happy day.

Before I get to the point that I actually show you guys what I wanted in this post (which was the great pictures I took of my look) I feel like I have to share with you guys a little bit more of the rest of that day:

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This is me and one of my girlfriend’s friend who was never able to call me Miss Mingrone, and named me Mississsipi!

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Then we found a group of Dora The Explorar’s, and of course we needed a picture with them …

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And this my friends, is what carnaval is all about hahah.

After that I intended to celebrate all the other days, including that same night where we went to a club to dance till my knees fall off.

But of course, I still needed to wear my kitten outfit, it was when I decided to do a tutorial (click here to check this post) and get a photo book about it, check it out:

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That was it for today! I am already missing Carnaval, and hope to be able to celebrate a lot more holidays like this around the Globe, but for now that was it. Hope to see you soon, bye bye!