18 June 2012

Love Announcements: Brazil


-Men who wear white pants in the summer?  Yes, please. :)

-For Brazil, I decided to switch over to a natural, mineral sunscreen, and this one did the trick. 

-Guarana soda is so good.  (Danny especially loves Bare.  Can you tell?)


-If Iguacu Falls is not on your life list of places to visit, I highly (highly!) recommend adding it.  That place was so magnificent, you wouldn't believe it.  (It's one of the 7 natural wonders of the world - and for good reason.)  Major bonus....it's romantic.  :)


This hotel, across from Iguacu Falls, was spectacular.  (Honeymooners, babymooners and anniversary lovers, take note!)  We can't recommend it enough. 

-I thought I never needed these, but the hotel provided a complimentary pair, since they're all over Brazil.  They were actually extremely comfortable and handy to have around.  (I see you can also customize your own colors.  mmm....there's some potential there with some great color combinations.)

-Loved my new shorts (my very first pair of shorts, if you can believe it.  Weird, I know.  I guess you don't wear shorts to work in New York, sooo....never had a reason to buy them.)


-I only saw 5 people in Brazil wearing a Panama hat.  (They were all non-stylish 65+ year old men.)  I saw more people than that wearing Panama hats in the first 5 minutes of walking through JFK.  (They were all women.)

-I loooove my new peachy lipstick.  I mixed Bolero with Barbarella, from Nars (Thanks, Jill, for the Barbarella suggestion.)  And Gotta Dash from Mac is really great, too.  [Sorry the photo doesn't show the lipstick too well.  I'm sure it will show up in photos eventually.  And really, I just love the buttons on the shorts.  haha.  These were some of our Harvey Faircloth samples.]


-Also, since red lipstick can feel a bit heavy for summer, I am loving Rouge in Love (shade 340) from LancĂ´me.  It reminds me of watermelon.


-Being dairy-free in Brazil was a bit tricky (avocado shakes!)  Danny enjoyed them.... :)


 -I live on nuts, it seems....so.....I was excited that Brazil is the land of cashews.  But don't be fooled.  Every cashew I tried was not as good as Costco's (they seriously have the best quality nuts).  Sorry, Brazil!  (But your Brazil nuts were still tasty :)

-Fruit in the U.S. will never be the same for me.


-I've decided I need to learn Portuguese (I'm going to try this!)

-I want move to Brazil.


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17 comments:

  1. The best nuts of Brazil are exported to the USA and Europe. It's a quite a polemic issue!!!! : ) I am so glad you are enjoying it all !!!! Love, Sarah Mailleux.

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    1. Sarah - you are the best ever, my dear...truly. We thank you so much for your kind emails...xoxo

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  2. Oh how fun! I'm jealous;). Ryan visited Iguacu falls right after his mission. He told me that he thought it was the most beautiful place in the world and promised himself that he would bring his wife back there one day so he could be in the most beatiful place with the most beautiful person:). We've been married just about nine years now and I'm still anxiously waiting to go. We talk about it often...time to start saving our pennies so we can make our dream come true. This is my first comment. But I've loved this blog for a long time. You guys are amazing, but I knew that the first time you home taught us:). Have a wonderful trip.

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    1. Meagan - so glad you wrote in! I have fond memories of visiting you guys. Hope so much that you and Ryan get to visit Iguacu. Definitely save your pennies. It's worth it!

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  3. I've recently made the switch to mineral sunscreen too - last year, I tried Badger which I LOVE, but does leave a bit of a whitish cash if you apply heavily. I recently switch over to Mychelle Sun Shield, which is made with a transclucent zinc formulation. It genuinely goes on incredibly clear, and there is nothing objectionable on the ingredient list - plus, it has that Coppertone-y, Hawaiian Tropic-y smell I miss. Here's product info: http://www.mychelle.com/SunShield-Coconut-SPF-28br

    I know you've mentioned your diet is primarily whole, natural foods, and in the past couple of years, I've made the change to this kind of approach as well. I also included my beauty routine/grooming routine in my lifestyle cleanup, and it has been a little more challenging than switching diet - but we are lucky to have a wealth of information available to us on the web. I started by using the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) to learn more about ingredients and what I needed to avoid; I try to use only products that fall in the 'green' zone on Skin Deep; knowing that we absorb so much of what we put on our bodies/faces has made me much more vigilant about what I'm willing to put on them. Plus, the cosmetics/personal care industry is mostly self-regulating here in the US, and the skeptic in me just doesn't trust that!

    Anyway, just wanted to pass along my two cents on sunscreen; looks like you're having a FANTASTIC time together in Brazil. I have definitely added Iguacu to my 'To Visit' list. :)

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    1. I totally second that, Natalie! The EWG database is an incredible resource. So many of the cosmetic products we use are "greenwashed" or essentially marketed as if they were healthy and natural when they are anything but. I takes a lots of extra work to read the labels or check the database but once you find some of the better brands that do a true job of self policing it gets a lot easier. I especially love going to the really earthy health food stores because many of them have done a great job of curating their cosmetic products and you can avoid all those yucky toxins slipping through your skin.

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    2. Natalie - I am LOVING the EWG database! Thank you SO much for passing it along. And your sunscreen recommendation sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it. Are there any other products that you recommend? I really want to try switching over as many products as I can...

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    3. Mara, I'm so glad you're enjoying it! There are tons of other products I recommend - would be happy to put together a roundup for you if you'd like! Will shoot you an email :) Also, not sure if you're familiar with the blog 'No More Dirty Looks,' but it's a fantastic resourcing for greening/detoxing your beauty routine.

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    4. Natalie - YES, PLEASE! A round-up would be amazing.....let's do it.

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  4. brazil looks gorgeous and so do you. glad you guys had a blast. :)

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  6. That trip looks absolutely incredible! I love traveling and definitely put the falls on my list of places to visit. :)

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  7. Did you forget your botany days in college? Guarana has twice the caffeine as coffee. Maybe that's why it tasted so good:)

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  8. I like your Harvey Faircloth that you're wearing. So simple and comfortable to wear. Love it!

    Caree

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  9. You're from AZ - how did you get away from wearing shorts?!?!?! :)

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    1. haha - I know, weird, right? Well, I have been in NY 12 1/2 years. And living here and working here all this time has included working in an office almost 100% of the time (the new york lifestyle, for most, is like non other - - it usually involves long hours, work attire, little daylight. It really is nuts!) And so really - I just never had a reason to buy shorts. I actually had very few casual clothes until I started Harvey and got lots of our samples.

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