I might be a bit repetitive with the haute couture subject (posted my dream couture wardrobe here just yesterday), but could not resist sharing this picture from Giambatista Valli’s backstage – such a beautiful image that instantly made me think of Carrie Bradshaw on the last episode of Sex and the City… I just felt like re-watching the whole series (for the 4th time!)

This is one of the most iconic moments of the tv show and, as a good fan, it made me miss it a lot. I want to re-watch it all now!

{Photo: Vogue US and Pinterest}

For the second year in a row, I went to Fernando de Noronha, an island in Brazil, to spend the New Years holidays (some people don’t realise, but it’s actually summer there, so Christmas / New Years is our long and happy summer holiday season!). Noronha is by far one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to and one that I strongly recommend visiting. It’s true that Brazil has so many incredible and beautiful places, but this one is exceptional….

So, packing for paradise – the vibe there is very chilled so I went for casual and simple outfits with some “exciting” accessories and cool pieces in the mix. I was in a relaxed vibe, but didn’t want to look boring! Normally when packing I do a mental moodboard to visualise the feel, the outfits, the colour palette, which this time was around blues and a bit of orange. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but for me it’s practical, makes the planning easier and I find it quite fun. Anyway, here are some of my “summer in Noronha” outfits – expect loads of Brazilian beachwear and resort brands, I mean, we’re just really good at this!

. This biquini if from OH K!, Brazilian brand led by multitalented graphic designer and illustrator Karen Hofstetter, who’s actually Brazilian but lives in Berlin (she’s also responsible for Dia de Beauté’s design). I love the shape of the top, and find it comforting that my chest is protected, specially on the first days under the sun. The shirt is from Artsy Brasil and sunglasses from my friend’s Helena Bordon namesake line.

. Vanda Jacintho is another super talented friend, local style icon and fashion designer – for her namesake brand she creates the coolest accessories as well as beautiful panneaux, like the one I’m wearing. This giant silk scarf can be tied and worn in so many different ways, hence the cute booklets that come with it to give some ideas. I followed one of them to make this beach dress and literally impressed all of my friends. The hat is from local shop O Pico.

. Twinning in caftans with my bff Camila Coutinho – I bought mine in Marrakech back in September, when I went with Clinique (and vlogged everything here!). This is actually one of my favourite kind of beach or après-beach atire and I have many others from another trip to Marrakech as well.

. Cute stripped dress from Brazilian brand Maria Filó, that I wore with espadrilles to attend a Feijoada (Brazil’s most traditional dish) lunch party.

. There were many parties at night, and I wore this outfit for one of them – denim shorts + loose silk blouse from Cris Barros, one of my favourite Brazilian brands, and a super cool Cine 732 necklace.

. Cherry biquini from Jo de Mer, another favourite local brand – amazing beachwear! and Illesteva sunglasses. I don’t use a lot of accessories to the beach, but this shell necklace from Marina Vicintin and the neon bracelets I got in Ibiza are exceptions.

. And finally, my New Years Eve outfit, a beautiful and flowy white dress from Lilly Sarti (you guessed it, Brazilian brand!). Now, I wasn’t very focused this day and forgot to take a full body picture, so hoping to wear the dress again during (European) summer holidays and get a proper shot! But, just so you learn an interesting fact about Brazilian culture, on the night of December 31st, to celebrate the arrival of the new year, the tradition is to wear white, honouring Yemanja, the sea goddess according to Candomblé religion – being a multicultural and mixed country, we do incorporate many different customs, one of the many things that makes Brazil so special. Many people spent this date at the beach, but even if we don’t, we still mainly wear white and, after the midnight fireworks, there’s always an amazing party until the sun comes out… That’s a great way to start the new year, with renewed energy and the feeling of a fresh path ahead!

{Photos from Instagram @vicceridono}

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I was invited by Italian brand Fabiana Filippi to shoot a digital campaign celebrating the launch of their e-commerce and had such a great time – the result is below!

It was my first contact with the brand and I already consider this one of my best discoveries of the year. Fabiana Filippi’s style is classic, super chic, low profile, the kind of understated luxury I really admire – think about a full rack of only grey (my favourite colour) pieces, the dream! And thanks to some smart details, such as a metallic lining or a cool sleeve shape, the pieces never get boring.

We shot at Fabiana Filippi’s flagship store on Via Della Spiga, in Milan, and the brand also has a store on London’s Bond Street. The e-commerce ships worldwide!

Being almost a professional traveler, I get the chance to stay in incredible hotels – many of which I’ll be sharing here soon. But, having said that, I also find great pleasure staying in apartments and having a more local, instead of tourist, experience. You get to do things like going to the supermarket (I LOVE exploring supermarkets when I travel, but only to buy delicious things, naturally), cooking, having guests over… It’s specially great when travelling with family or friends, as you really enjoy more time together, or during fashion week, when you need lots of space to organise all the outfits and all!

After hearing a lot about Oasis, a company that rents apartments but provides hotel hospitality services, I booked to stay with them last season in Milan and Paris and had a great time. The concept is quite interesting: while you stay in an apartment and feel like a local, you have a concierge to book restaurants and transfers, organise the cleaning, they’ll even fill your fridge if you don’t like going to the supermarket!

Upon arrival you’ll find a welcome kit with useful information, like what’s around the neighbourhood and other useful details, plus a few gifts, and their team is great, super friendly and helpful. It really is the best of both worlds! My Milan apartment had a more modern feel, very practical and with great light (handy for early fashion week morning makeup), and the Paris one, where I stayed with my friend Barbara Migliori, Vogue Brazil’s fashion director, had enough space for us to throw a party!

Oasis have many other incredible apartments in their portfolio, so I decided to have some fun and browse their website for a bit of a daydreaming holiday plan! Here are 3 of my favourites:

Rome apartment – I would love to be a Roman for a couple of days;
Amazing 6 bedroom house in Ibiza for the Summer; I still haven’t been to Los Angeles – I would love to stay in this penthouse in West Hollywood…. Or in this house in Venice Beach!

Oasis have properties in the US, Brazil and have recently started in Europe – besides Milan and Paris, there are also options in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza and Rome. Totally worth checking it out.

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On a recent trip to Brazil I went to Rio de Janeiro to host an event with H.Stern, great Brazilian jewellery brand, and for another book signing night for my book, “Dia de Beauté: A makeup guide for real life”. I just love doing events in Rio, my carioca readers are so incredible, sweet and supportive!

And because I had two weddings on Saturday, nothing better to prolongue my stay and enjoy the weekend in this wonderful city. Happily, I got to stay at legendary hotel Belmond Copacabana Palace, where I had only been before for a quick one-night stay for work and barely had time to enjoy. Let’s just say I have some experience when it comes to hotels, travelling around as much as I do (and, thankfully, having the opportunity to visit some really incredible hotels around the world!), and I can attest to the really impressive level of service you get at Copa. The staff is extremely nice, helpful, always going beyond the expected when you request something – sometimes I feel as if they were reading my mind!

The rooms have been recently refurbished and are looking great. We had a big and bright one, with big windows and a sea view, walk-in closet and giant bathroom – perfect to fit me and two girlfriends who also came from São Paulo for the wedding. Although Rio has many great places to go to, we were totally spoiled and almost didn’t leave the hotel on Saturday and Sunday. Spent sometime at the (super photogenic) pool and, ever better, got the chance to move to the Black Pool, a restricted area only available for guests from the sixth floor – aka all the many singers and celebrities that stay at Copa – that we had just for ourselves. I had lunch at Cipriani twice – best pasta with pomodoro – and breakfast by the pool at Pérgola.

Another memorable moment was visiting the spa – I find it quite hard saying no to a massage, so head there to experience an out-of-body treatment that combined the “Slim Summer Sensation”, that includes lymphatic drainage and other slimming techniques to get rid of unnecessary bloatness, with the Harmonia, for tension release (that I always need). It’s a great thing being able to customize and combine treatments to cater to what you need, and the Copa spa also offer the world renowned and hard to find Biologique Recherche facials.

Before leaving, I had the chance to visit a new area of the hotel that was only opening to the public some weeks from there, the Gazebo. With relaxing beds and flowing curtains and overlooking the pool, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind. Cool enough, it’s available for a day use even if you’re not a guest from the hotel – it gives you pool access, bar service, a healthy lunch, champagne, magazines and iPad… A great way to enjoy a bit of the wonderful Copacabana Palace experience. I cannot wait to stay there again!

More info at Belmond Copacabana Palace

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My family is pretty good with entertaining at home – and while my mother Suzana and my sister Luiza run the coolest flower and party decoration company in the country (I’m not that biased, trust me), so obviously know all about how to transform your living room in a party room, how to assemble the food and drinks table and so on, my dad is a great non professional DJ. He loves playing music as a hobby, has all the equipment and is always “hired” whenever there’s a party at home. DJ Lito Ceridono is a hit!

So following this post where my mom and Luiza shared their tips for entertaining at home, I asked my dad to make a “Hosting friends” playlist to go with it. It’s the perfect soundtrack to set the mood without being overwhelming, and I’ve been listening to it non stop (even when home just with my husband!).

Just click below to listen and follow Dia de Beauté on Spotify for the next special playlists, here.

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One of the reasons why I decided to launch Beyond Beauty was to share my love for eating and going to restaurants – after makeup (and possibly shoes), this is my favourite thing to do! I just love exploring new places, going to old favourites and every time I travel somewhere, my main research is based on the restaurants I want to try. It’s all about the foodie experience.

And of course the first post I had in mind was a list of the restaurants I love in São Paulo, my hometown. Not only São Paulo is the biggest city in Brazil, the most cosmopolitan and the economic capital of the country, it is for sure one of the best places to eat in the world – not only because of the amazing quality of the places, but because of the diversity. Being an immigrant country, Brazil’s culture is incredibly diverse, and this shows on the restaurant scene. Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Lebanese, not to mention the local cuisine, you can find it all and of the best kind!

There are so many great places that choosing favourites is a hard task, but I made an effort and came up with this list of 15 restaurantes that are a must visit when in São Paulo – it is for sure a changing one, as new places are opening all the time and there are some classics that I still haven’t got the chance to visit (most importantly Mocotó, a raved-about Brazilian food place). But I think this is a good start if you’re travelling to São Paulo for the first (or 10th) time.

Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Bar da Dona Onça – I love the fact that it is located under the Copan building, a landmark of the Paulista (that’s for “from São Paulo”) architecture, in the historical Center of the city. Although the name says bar and a lot of people actually go there as a bar, the food is incredible and very Brazilian. Also, they make one of my favourite caipirinhas in town, the “Meladinha”, with lime, ginger and sugarcane and cachaça. There’s always a waiting list but I enjoy sitting on the sidewalk to wait for a table while nibbling on the milanese. This is definitely the kind of place to go when not in a rush! Extra tip: Almost in front of Bar da Dona Onça is the recently opened Casa do Porco, whose chef, Jefferson Rueda, is the husband of Dona Onça’s chef, Janaína – it’s entirely based on pork and has been getting rave reviews.

Bistrô Charlô – This charming restaurant has been a favourite for years. The food is always great, the ambiance is also lovely, in a more “low profile” vibe. I love sitting outside for lunch or going for a romantic dinner, even though the big round tables are great for family celebrations. The menu is mainly French, with a bit of Brazilian and Portuguese references in the mix. My favourite dish was a tuna that just got cut out of the menu (c’est la vie…), but their steak tartare never disappoints.

Chez Oscar – One of the coolest places in town, it has a great decor – think many candles that melted to create a kind of art installation vibe and a huge green leather Chesterfield sofa that is to die for -, and is a great place to go with friends for a fun night, either for dinner or just drinks and some appetisers (the fried polenta is a must and the sangria is famous). On hot nights you can seat in the terrace. Extra tip: on the ground floor you’ll find Chez Astro, a cute café, and Prince Books, a well curated bookstore, and on the top floor there’s the Bar de Cima, a fun bar.

– This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in SP. I fell in love with their first place in Pinheiros, close to my house, and they later opened one in Jardins neighbourhood which is also amazing. It’s small, low profile, amazing sushi… I just love it. When I go there, I don’t even read the menu – I just ask Marcel or any of the chefs to make whatever they feel like! It’s always such a treat.

La Casserole – One of the most traditional restaurants in São Paulo, this place has an old school vibe that I adore. It’s in Largo do Arouche, right in front of the cult flower stalls, also in the old city center. It’s one of my “celebration” places for special occasion and it brings me really nice memories, which is always great! I always start with the smoked salmon and then go for the duck confit with polenta. Tip: ask for a table in the front on the restaurant!

Mani – When someone asks me for tips on where to eat in SP, Mani is always one of my top recommendations. I really admire Helena Rizzo’s work and her signature Brazilian cuisine with a “molecular” touch, and it’s no wonder why she and the restaurant have won so many prizes. I admit I sometimes dream with the tuna with quinoa and their dessert called “O Ovo” (The Egg), which is a eggnog ice-cream with coconut foam. Their couvert is a total success – the polvilho, a local snack, is a must try -, and if you go on a sunny day, make sure to get a table outside. Extra tip: visit the Padoca do Mani, located on the same street, a paulista-style boulangerie, and Manioca, their sister restaurant on Iguatemi Shopping mall.

Nino Cucina – This is the latest restaurant I added to my favourites list, and also one of the newest hot spots in São Paulo – it’s almost impossible to get a table there (but they make the waiting nice). The cuisine is Italian, great pasta – I always go for the linguini alle vongole, because if I see vongole in the menu I don’t even look at anything else… But there are other great choices! It’s a good place either for lunch and for dinner.

Nou – when I was still living in Brazil this restaurant was walking distance from my house and I used to go practically 3 times a week, and it’s still a favourite. Super casual and relaxed, great no frills food, lovely atmosphere… My favourite dish is the veal milanese, that has won many prizes as the best in town, and I also love their great beer selection.

Ohka – Another Japanese restaurant that I really like, this one has a more busy / lively vibe, so it’s my choice for a fun night. It’s normally packed, so find a spot on the outside waiting area and just enjoy the people watching! The salmon baterá is delicious, as are the fish carpaccios. Extra tip: 3 other great Japanese restaurants with a livelier atmosphere are Naga, the younger place from traditional Nagayama, Nakka and Kitchin.

Piu – This is another newcomer to the restaurant scene in São Paulo, but such a special place that quickly became a favourite. Delicious Italian food, great ambiance and service, also always packed. My tip is to go either very early or very late (you can dine pretty late in São Paulo!). Their starters and amazing, I recommend trying all of them, and my favourite dish is the chitarra spaghetti with prawns and carcioffi.

Ritz – Practically a São Paulo institution, Ritz – unrelated to the traditional hotels from Paris and London – is the pioneer of the casual place + great comfort food + cool young people formula. I know the menu by heart, as do all of my friends, and it’s that no mistake place to go. There are three options to choose, all great – Alameda Franca in Jardins, Jerônimo da Veiga in Itaim and Iguatemi Shopping mall.

Taberna 474 – If you’re looking for a Portuguese / Spanish place to go, with a relaxed almost bar like environment, this is definitely it. From the same owners of Adega Santiago, a cult local favourite, it has a yummy menu and amazing wine list. The “Prato de Peixe”, a raw fish dish, is heaven on earth and I make sure to go to Taberna to have it every time I’m in town. MKe sure to leave some room for dessert!

Tappo – This tiny Italian restaurant is amongst my favourites since it opened, a few years ago. I’ve been an habituée and feel at home there! The food is perfect (try the Caprese for starter), the sound track is impeccable and the tiramisu is considered the best in town.

Tasca do Zé e da Maria – Attention: try not to devour the unbelievable couvert, full of delicious bread, cheese, croquete and fried bacalhau (the Portuguese cod) – you risk feeling totally satisfied just with it and that would be a shame! This low profile but great restaurant is one of my favourite Portuguese in town, amazing duck rice and those infamous Portuguese desserts!

Vinheria Percussi – Another Italian (you can tell I have a thing with Italian food) and another place that I feel very attached to. Incredible food made by Silvia Percussi, the chef – you can trust whatever she puts in the menu. Don’t miss the garlic bread and the pappardelle with duck ragout, and don’t miss at all the Contrasto dessert, so special.

+ Special mentions:

Pirajá – It’s my favourite bar in SP. Sometimes what makes a place become a favourite is the fact that it’s close to your house, and this is my local bar. But of course the main reason why I love it is… The atmosphere! It’s a typical Brazilian-style bar called “boteco”, very chilled, with tables on the sidewalk under an enormous and beautiful tree that is decorated with fairy lights all year long. You’ll drink the traditional Brazilian beer, chopp, a light and frothy lager served very cold, but also try the “A Nega é Minha e Ninguém Tasca” caipirinha – the original lime & cachaça with a twist. The food is great, my favourite is the meat sandwich. Extra tip: from the same owners, Astor is another great place to go for a São Paulo style bar experience, with the added bonus of Sub Astor, a speakeasy in the basement. (site)

Almanara – I should have a loyalty card from Almanara, it is possibly the place from where I order food the most when I am in town, and I also go there quite often for lunch during the week. Lebanese cuisine is another treasure from São Paulo’s restaurant scene and I’m obsessed with their raw kibbeh. Extra tip: Almanara is more “old school”, like Arábia, another favourite of mine, and I also recommend two more recent ones, that have great food and ambiance: Manish and Saj.

(You will probably notice I didn’t really stick to the 15 places the title of the post suggested… I’m terrible at respecting limits when it comes to lists, but in this case I thought the more, the better! There are so many other places I could have mentioned, so if you’re ever in São Paulo and want tips, let me know in the comments below!)

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I’m a total fan of vintage clothes and find great joy in hunting for those ultra special vintage finds, specially when travelling. For my December column on Glamour Brazil, I’ve listed some of my favourite vintage stores around the world.

If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear about it!

What Goes Around Comes Around – New York (here)
A “good for everything” vintage shop, practically a NYC institution

Le Grand Strip – New York (featured in #camievictakeNY!) (here)
It’s like raiding a very chic french grandma’s closet. The dream! Found a cream pleated skirt there that is one of my most treasured items, I wear it so much

Madame Pauline – Milan (here)
Not too big, not too crowded, full of great gems. I got a polka dot silk shirt there with the best shape and buttons, those things that are hard to go by nowadays

Kiliwatch – Paris (here)
Huge and busy, it’s what I call “hardcore vintage shop”, for the experienced shopper who knows how to navigate and make great finds. Love it!

Deborah Woolf – London (here)
I’m a big fan of this place – Deborah stays there and is so knowledgeable, her vintage collection is incredible and she always does edits to go with current trends or season. Impossible not to find something, one of my favourite summer dresses is from there.

Rokit – London (here)
Another institution, this time in London. Go with time to spare!

Static Vintage – San Francisco (here)
I felt in love with the San Francisco vintage shops when visited 5 years ago, and bought so many incredible cocktail and party dresses from the 60’s, 50’s and even 40’s – they’re some of the most special pieces I own

Farfetch – online (here)
It was a pleasant surprise discovering the vintage section at Farfetch – I strongly recommend it! Bought a Chanel top and earrings that I absolutely love

In Brazil:
À La Garçonne – São Paulo (here)
Great selection of fashion and furniture, also re-worked clothes done by Alexandre Herchcovitch, one of Brazil’s most celebrate fashion designers

Trash Chic – São Paulo (here)
It’s one of the best and yet most approachable high fashion vintage store I’ve ever came across. My most prized vintage item, a tortoiseshell chain Chanel bag bought 12 years ago, was found there (before the big comeback of Chanel bags, you wouldn’t believe the steal it was comparing to what you find now!)

Etiqueta Única – São Paulo (here)
Online only, but great selection of designer bags and other accessories. Also a lot of pre-owned, not as old, special items

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One of the many great things about writing a book is going on a tour to promote it, getting to know readers all over and basically experiencing so much love and kindness coming from everyone. And, of course, with this comes the special book tour wardrobe, another pretty fun part of the whole thing!

I had so many incredible outfits so far – it’s been 17 cities so far around Brazil, plus Lisbon in Portugal, so wanted to share my favourites with you, those that I would love to have forever to wear over and over again!

Gig Couture dress with cape in Belo Horizonte
Fendi jumpsuit in Brasília
Patricia Viera dress and Victoria Sayeg jewellery in São Luís
Miu Miu shirt in Florianópolis
Dior dress and Studio Cocoon jewellery in Rio
Miu Miu dress and shoes on the first night in São Paulo
Dior dress and Epiphanie jewellery for the second time in Rio
Gucci skirt and jacket for the second time in São Paulo

{The Dia de Beauté book is currently available in Brazil and Portugal. Click here to know more about it}

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On this month’s column for Glamour Brazil I did a recap of my favourite shows, discoveries, restaurants and moments in general from London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week.

What made the list:
In London: Charlotte Olympia and Burberry fashion shows – two of the best fashion week moments I can recall, with Charlotte’s 30’s style tropical extravaganza complete with a Bebel Gilberto performance and Burberry’s move to Makers House with dreamy setting and deeper brand experience. Plus the discovery of super cute handbag brand Charlotte Aluna.

In Milan: the Dolce & Gabbana souvenir t-shirts that make a parody of the fake ones were an instant hit, so was the new Fendi handbag, Kan I. For a refuel, there’s no better place than Il Salumaio, at Via Montenapoleone – amazing food, sitting in the patio, great for people watching and to catch up with friends between shows.

In Paris: I went nuts for the Valentino micro clutch – in reality it’s not a clutch, but a mirror with enclosed red lipstick – the brand’s first ever makeup product! I SO want this. Also went crazy for Los Angeles based, Mexico born jewellery designer Daniela Villegas pieces, so creative and full of joy. For dinner & party, the new hotspot is LouLou, new restaurant at Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

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