Posts tagged ‘blogs’

Changing one’s recipe?

One of the initial discussions about the idea of this blog came after watching the movie Julie and Julia.  For those who have not watched it, it is the story of how a blogger (Julie) puts herself into the challenge of cooking all the recipes of Julia Child, with the idea of blogging about it.  

I just thought of this movie, after watching this interview with Lisa Congdon.  This interview is inspiring as it shows how a u-turn in one’s focus in life can be so beneficial and rewarding.  Bored with her 9-5 job, Lisa started taking some art classes.  At some point, she starting a blog in which should would document for an entire year one of her collections.  The result has now been published in a book.

At treinta o más, career is one of those many ingredients in our life we are consumed by.  We not only have the same doubts as our 20s, but also find ourselves having to think about so many other things which have to fit in the jigsaw puzzle (kids, marriage, house, mortgage, husband, divorce, phd etc).   It is not easy to stop and question oneself: what is really what you would like to do?

It is so inspiring to see women (and for all I know men), taking the plunge and writing their own recipe instead of following the 21st century career instruction book … is it crazy? Yes. But definately, it is worth the effort.

Traducción:

Una de las charles iniciales sobre la idea de este blog se produjo después de ver la película Julie y Julia. Para aquellos que no lo han visto, es la historia de cómo un blogger (Julie) se pone en el desafío de cocinar todas las recetas de Julia Child, con la idea de escribir sus experiencas en un blog.

Acabo de pensar en esta película, después de ver esta entrevista con Lisa Congdon. Esta entrevista es inspiradora, ya que muestra cómo un cambio de sentido en el propio enfoque en la vida puede ser tan beneficioso y gratificante. Aburrida de su trabajo 9-5, Lisa comenzó a tomar clases de arte. En algún punto, inició un blog en cual documentaba durante todo un año una de sus colecciones. El resultado ha sido publicado en un libro.

A treinta o más, la carrera es una de las ingredientes de cual estamos consumidos en nuestra vida. No sólo tenemos las mismas dudas que tuvimos durante los 20 años, pero también encontramos pensando en tantas otras cosas que tienen que encajar en el rompecabezas (los niños, el matrimonio, la casa, la hipoteca, el marido, el divorcio, el doctrado, etc.) No es fácil para detener e interrogar a uno mismo: ¿qué es realmente lo que te gustaría hacer?

Por eso, es muy inspirador ver a las mujeres (y por lo que sé los hombres), dar el paso a escribir su propia receta, en lugar de seguir los instrucciones del manuel de la carrera del siglo 21…. es una locura? Sí. Pero sin duda, seguro que vale la pena.

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02/08/2011 at 13:23 1 comment

Comedias románticas

El último domingo me lo pasé viendo pelis con Tatiana, una amiga que es crítica de cine y escribe en un blog  para el periódico Tribuna do Norte. Super inspirada, ayer ella publicó un texto que me pareció perfecto para nuestro blog. Le invité, ella lo aceptó, y aquí tenemos su primera (espero que no última) colaboración en treintaomás:

“Domingo à tarde. Chuva e preguiça. E, pela enésima vez, eu e uma amiga vimos Julia Roberts se render aos encantos de Hugh Grant em ‘Um Lugar Chamado Notting Hill’. Logo, juntaram-se a outra amiga e a mãe dela. Comédia romântica é assim: poucas mulheres resistem, nem que seja pra ver a mesma cena final pela 347ª vez.

Resolvi escrever este post porque já fui daquelas que odeia comédia romântica. Roteiro previsível, heroínas chatas de tão perfeitinhas e música melosa demais. Era uma combinação que nunca me desceu muito bem. Mas aí surgiram os filmes de Richard Curtis e seu humor inglês irônico (começou com ‘Quatro Casamentos E Um Funeral’, passando por ‘Um Lugar Chamado…’ e chegou ao ápice com ‘Simplesmente Amor’), e comecei a apreciar um gênero mais sarcástico de comédias românticas – que às vezes nem chegam a ser comédias.

Recentemente, o exemplar de tal gênero que mais deu o que falar entre os cinéfilos foi ‘500 Dias com Ela’. Segundo o o próprio filme anuncia, uma história em que um rapaz conhece uma garota, mas que não é uma história de amor. Na verdade – e ouso corrigir o narrador – o filme conta, sim, uma história de amor. Mas é daquelas que se aproximam mais da realidade, em que uma das partes não é correspondida e o seu rosário de desilusões nos parece tão familiar e o protagonista, tão carismático, que não dá para não achar o filme romântico. Porque independentemente dos foras que ele leva, o protagonista continua acreditando no amor.

Em ‘500 Dias com Ela’, Tom acredita que não será feliz até o dia em que encontrar “a” garota. E o filme conclui que a gente pode ficar desencantado e até cansado de procurar. Em ‘Forças do Destino’, comédia romântica com uma Sandra Bullock ainda não-oscarizada, o mocinho não escolhe a mocinha, e o filme é não menos interessante, justamente porque mostra que nem sempre fazemos escolhas baseadas na emoção. Em ‘Simplesmente Amor’, a personagem de Laura Linney troca uns bons amassos e um romancezinho com ninguém menos que o Rodrigo Santoro para prestar assistência a um irmão problemático. Porque nós fazemos, mesmo, muita besteira nesta vida.

Eu gosto mais desse gênero de comédia romântica. Porque romance, de verdade, não é como aqueles de Hollywood. Ele demora a chegar, dá trabalho, eventualmente cansa, e uma hora, acaba. Mas, mesmo assim, me rendo eventualmente a Julias Roberts e seus mocinhos nos finais de semana. Porque tudo o que a gente quer, às vezes, é se render ao sonho do cinema e esquecer que romance dá trabalho. Do mesmo modo com que alguns gostam de ver um bom roteiro de ação no qual, depois de dezenas de porradas, o mocinho sempre se sai bem, outros gostam do conforto das comédias, em que, por mais que haja mil peripécias, a mocinha estará muito bem ao lado do seu mocinho ao final. Mesmo que, na vida, isso raramente aconteça.

Tatiana Lima”

Translation:

Sunday afternoon. Rain and laziness. And for the umpteenth time, a friend and I saw Julia Roberts to surrender to the charms of Hugh Grant in ‘Notting Hill’. Soon, another friend and her mother joined usRomantic comedy is this: few women resist, if only to see the same scene by the end of 347 th time.

I decided to write this post because I was of those who hate romantic comedy.Screenplay predictable, so boring TRAXPLAYER heroines and other mellow music. It was a combination that never went down very well. But then came the films of Richard Curtis and his wry English humor (started with ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, through ‘Notting Hill’ and came to a head with ‘Love Actually’), and began to enjoy a more sarcastic genre of romantic comedies – which sometimes will not even be comedies. 

Recently, the exemplar of a kind which gave more to talk to moviegoers was ‘500 Days of Summer ‘. According the film announces itself, a story in which a boy meets a girl, but that is not a love story. In fact – and I dare correct the narrator – the film tells, yes, a love story. But it is those that are closer to the reality in which one party is not matched his string of disappointments and it seems so familiar and the protagonist, so charismatic that you can not help find the romantic movie. Because regardless of the outs he leads, the protagonist still believe in love. 

In ‘500 Days of Summer’, Tom believes that it will not be happy until the day we find” the “girl. And the film concludes that we may become disenchanted and tired of looking up.In “Forces of Nature ‘, a romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock, Oscar-winning yet, the hero does not choose the girl, and the film is no less interesting, just because it shows that not always make choices based on emotion. In ‘Love Actually’, the character of Laura Linney prefers assisting a troubled brother than to exchange a few passionate kisses with none other than Rodrigo Santoro. As we do, indeed, a lot of bullshit in this life. 

I like more of this genre of romantic comedy. For romance, really, is not like those of Hollywood. He is delayed, employs eventually tired, and an hour is over. But even so, I surrender eventually Julia Roberts and his good guys on the weekends. For all that we want sometimes is to surrender to the dream of romance movies and forget that it takes work. In the same way that some like to see a good course of action in which, after dozens of blows, the good guy always comes out well, others like the comfort of comedies, in which, for more than one thousand adventures there, the girl is well next to her beloved one at the end. Even in life, this happens rarely.

23/06/2011 at 3:01 3 comments

make up make

Entre mis compras del viaje, un paso más a la vida adulta: el maquillaje.

Porque no basta con empezar a usar tacones. Si una quiere de verdad hacerse mujer, aparte de ello hay que saber cómo maquillarse. Y, por supuesto, tener lo mínimo necesário para hacerlo en casa.

Así que aprovechando el paseo a por las sandálias perfectas, nos presentamos, Nina y yo, en la tienda de MAC. Le miré a la chica en la cara (que no podría estar más maquillada) y le dije:

– A ver. No tengo ni idea de como maquillarme. Así que tú me lo enseñas y, al final, lo que me digas me lo llevo todo.

Y así fue como me compré mi primer kit make up completo:

Y ya que el tema es maquillaje, me gustaría presentaros este blog de una amiga de mi hermana (a lo mejor no lo comprendéis todo porque está en portugués, pero hay unos vídeos super explicativos). La chica es una alucinada por maquillaje y decidió empezar este blog hace ya un poco más de 1 año, si no me equivoco. Hoy, aparte del maquillaje, habla de otros temas como uñas, pelos y moda. Para este último, cuenta con la participación especial de una amiga, por lo visto especialista en el tema.

Se llama: Make up Make y en lo que se refiere al make up propiamento dicho, me gusta porque habla de qué te tienes que comprar, las últimas novedades del mercado, como disfrazar tus imperfecciones y, lo mejor, estos vídeos tutoriales super prácticos  explicando paso a paso cómo hacerte aquella mirada iluminada o estos ojos negros tan bonitos que siempre ves en las revistas.

La cosa ha ido tan requetebien, que hoy el blog se ha convertido en página web, con derecho incluso a la venta de espacio publicitario! A que es una verdadera inspiración??

Translation:

Among my shopping trip a step closer to adulthood: the makeup.

Because it is not enough  just starting to wear heels. If I  want to become a real woman, apart from that , I was necessary knowing how makeup. And, of course, have the minimum necessary to do it at home by myself.

Taking advantage of the walk by searching our perfect sandals, Nina and I, stopped at the MAC store. I looked at the girl on the face (which could not be more made-up) and said:

– Let’s see. I have no idea how to do my makeup. So you teach me, and finally, if you say I must have it,  I’ll take it.

And that’s how I got my first full make up kit: (photo)

And since the subject is makeup, I’d like to present you the blog of a friend of my sister (maybe not comprehend it all because it is in Portuguese, but there are some videos super explanatory). The girl is deluded by makeup and decided to start this blog a little more than 1 year ago, if I remember correctly. Today, apart from the makeup, she tals about other issues such as nails, hair and fashion. For the latter, with the special participation of a friend, apparently a specialist in the subject.

It’s called Make up Make and  I like it because it presents to you what you have to have, the latest market developments, explains how to disguise your imperfections and, the best all, she has these super practical tutorial videos explaining  step by step how to become enlightened, or how to prepare those beautiful black eyes that you always see in magazines.

Things have gone so well, today’s blog has become a web page with the right even to sell advertising space! Does not it really inspires you?

13/05/2011 at 3:46 2 comments

Just a little bit of quinoa …

This morning I woke up with a craving for a delicious healthy breakfast.  I flipped through a sports magazine I bought some time ago, and came across this recipe for breakfast with quinoa. Fifteen minutes later, I had my quinoa already on low fire.  As I was waiting the 20 minutes recommended cooking time, I started browsing online for quinoa recipes.  I also had to search whether I should have rinsed the quinoa before I started cooking it.  After reading a couple of articles on how important it is to clean the quinoa, due to a chemical used to keep birds away from the crop, I decided to throw away what I already had in the pot, and start from scratch.

In the meantime, I came across some interesting recipes with quinoa.  In particular, I am really happy I came across this really nice blog through this recipe.  Reading the author´s description of quinoa makes you want to have quinoa for breakfast everyday.  The blog is also great for anyone who wants to include more cereals, grains and beans to their diet.

My little research on quinoa also brought me to this book ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map To Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy, which is already in my Amazon basket.  In this book, Dr John La Puma explores the food we should keep in our pantry, as a way of preventing us opting for medicine from our medicine chest.

Going back to my delicous healthy breakfast: as soon as the quinoa was ready (mine took less than 20 minutes), I let it cool slightly.  In the meantime, I chopped some lovely strawberries and some blackberries and mixed them with the quinoa.  To my liking, the mixture looked slightly dry, so I added two tablespoons of Greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of blackberries marmalade.  Finally, some chopped walnuts and voilá.  The result: delicious healthy breakfast and a day full of energy.

18/04/2011 at 23:18 Leave a comment

The devil wears Zara

No matter how much we lust for Prada, our everday purchases are mostly from high street stores, says Cameron.  Her addictive blog ‘El Diablo Viste de Zara’ went straight to my favourites after reading a couple of posts.  Amongst other things, Cameron talks about upcoming trends, but also goes through the hassle of sharing with her readers where you can buy the clones of the big brands from the high street stores.  What else can I ask for? And not only that, it seems we share the same city!

In few minutes, I’ve already made my list of what is missing from wardrobe for the coming autumn.  And here they come thanks to Cameron.

Aviator Jacket and Camel Coat (both by Massimo Dutti):

  

 

Black dress by Zara (I love the vintage and minimalist cut):

Red dress by Mango:

Cowboy boots by Uterque, original ones from Chloe (image by El Diable Viste de Zara):

 

Lets go shopppinnnnggggg …..Let us know your Autumn wish list 😉

Traducción:

Según Cameron, “Por mucho que deseemos Prada, la mayoría de nuestras compras las hacemos en tiendas highstreet”.  Su adictivo blog ‘El Diablo Viste de Zara’  fue directo a mis favoritos después de leer un par de blog posts. Entre otras cosas, Cameron habla sobre las tendencias futuras, pero también se preocupa de compartir con sus lectores dónde se pueden comprar los clones de las grandes marcas de los High Street Stores. ¿Qué más puedo pedir? Y no sólo eso, ¡parece que compartimos la misma ciudad!

En pocos minutos, y gracias a élla, ya he hecho la lista de lo que falta en mi vestuario para el próximo otoño:

Botas de cowboy de Uterqüe (imagen para El Diablo viste de Zara):

Chaqueta aviador o Abrigo camel (ambos de Massimo Dutti):

Vestido negro de Zara (me encanta su corte vintage y minimalista):

Vestido rojo de Mango.

¡Vamossssss de compra! ¡y por supuestro díganos cual es su lista de Otoño?

  

02/09/2010 at 12:38 6 comments


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