• #WearYourLove: Turning Your Fashion Superpower On

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    Wear Your Love: Turning Your Fashion Superpower on written by Priscila Teixeira
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    Talkingfashion is like talking about breathing — it's one of those things you need to do without thinking. And yet somehow it feels like it's become harder than ever before to make good style choices without feeling self-conscious or pressured by what others think.
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    Priscila Teixeira talking fashion blogger
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    Our feelings around what we wear come from an inner voice that speaks louder when we're unhappy or feel out of place — these feelings then translate into thoughts and behaviors related to wearing clothes. We want you to start talking back to those thoughts, flip them around and remember that you are the only person who has a say in what you wear — if you're happy then dress the way you want!
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    Create an amazing wardrobe and stand tall knowing you're rocking your signature look! 
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    Turn on your fashion superpower!
    Xoxo, Priscila

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  • The Power of Fashion written by Nancy Smeltzer

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    The Power of Fashion

    The final two hours before the fashion show was a frenzy of activity. The room was a cacophony of color and sound.

    Twenty-three novice designers had spent the past six weeks visioning, drawing, designing and creating wearable fashions that they would model before moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and others.

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  • Is it all folklore or historical fact?

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    I have always been fascinated by folklore. According to Wikipedia, folklore means the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. Folklore is also described as a body of popular myths and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people. Here is where I want to start. One of my favorite groups of people is part of a child book series (and later a tv show series) called "Sitio do Picapau Amarelo" (The Yellow Woodpecker Ranch) which had all kinds of mixed fascinating characters who lived between the 1920s-1940s. 

    Minotaur Labyrinth Emilia Sitio do Pica Pau Amarelo Folklore
    The way I remember, there was "Saci Perere", this one-leg trickster guy. His fashion uniform was composed of fitted red shorts paired with a matching red cap hat, gnome point style; no shirt layered in between (the old good times). He was always happily hopping around while puffing smoke from his pipe.
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    Next, there was "Emilia", the most colorful person, an Avant-guard doll, the biggest influencer of the last century. She definitely got me started on the love of patchwork, colors, layered fabrics; and red lipstick, heart-shaped, Vivienne Westwood individual-glorious-rebellious style. She was the most talkative stubborn doll that ever existed.
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    Another folkloric character was "Cuca", an evil crocodile lady, who as far as I'm concerned could easily jump into "Little Red Riding Hood" novel and be friends with Bad Wolf. Then there was  "Visconde de Sabugosa", the intellectual kind, a tower-tall red-haired man who fashioned a perfect round nerdy frame, steampunk style. His daily clothing uniform somewhat resembles an ear of corn, from the color combo to its design including the long tail of his tuxedo coat. 
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    Are you imagining with me? These 4 characters are a small representation of this unique and diverse family of siblings, cousins, neighbors, and friends who would spend vacations together over grandma's ranch where all the folk magic happened. One of my favorite adventures to watch were the days when they all would go explore "Neverland", or if you are hyped to Greek Mythology, you would call it, the Minotaur Labyrinth.
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    Fast forward a century, a different country, a completely unalike state; and I'm still perpetuating the surreal stories I experienced while listening, reading, or watching these stories. What else is there to tell?  A few years after I came to live overseas, my dad moved from our old home in the megalopolis of Sao Paulo City to a small town in the countryside of SP State. His new home is now a bike ride away from "Sitio", where all this action happened. Needless to say, every time we visit him, we make a point to get tickets to watch the touristic live performance that happens daily on the ranch. Most of the characters, including Saci, Cuca, Emilia, Pedrinho, Narizinho, Visconde, tia Nastacia, are all represented in every play; but there is one who is never on stage. One, no one alive has ever seen performing live, Minotaur. 
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    What sparked this childhood folkloric memory? #NationalBooneDay which is celebrated on June 7th. Do you remember Daniel's fur hats? Although I can not describe his character in so much detail as I can my Brazilian folks, I do remember him. I know I can let the mind wander while stretching a large circle but let's bring you back here for closure. The question is: Is it all folklore or historical fact?

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  • Elizabeth Taylor

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    What are the 3 tops words that come to mind when you think of Elizabeth Taylor?

    Cleopatra. Beautiful. Jewelry. These are my 3 picks. Yours? 

    Check out her story according to wikipedia:

    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She continued her career successfully into the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of all time.

    Born in London to socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939. She made her acting debut with a minor role in the Universal Pictures film There's One Born Every Minute (1942), but the studio ended her contract after a year. She was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and became a popular teen star after appearing in National Velvet (1944). She transitioned to mature roles in the 1950s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun (1951).

    Despite being one of MGM's most bankable stars, Taylor wished to end her career in the early 1950s. She resented the studio's control and disliked many of the films to which she was assigned. She began receiving more enjoyable roles in the mid-1950s, beginning with the epic drama Giant (1956), and starred in several critically and commercially successful films in the following years. These included two film adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter. Although she disliked her role as a call girl in BUtterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

    During the production of the film Cleopatra in 1961, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair, which caused a scandal. Despite public disapproval, they continued their relationship and were married in 1964. Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V.I.P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf, winning her second Academy Award and several other awards for her performance. She and Burton divorced in 1974, but reconciled soon after, and remarried in 1975. The second marriage ended in divorce in 1976.

    Taylor's acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued starring in films until the mid-1970s, after which she focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, United States Senator John Warner (R-Virginia). In the 1980s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series. She also became the first celebrity to launch a perfume brand. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991. From the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy, for which she received several accolades, including the Presidential Citizens Medal.

    Throughout her career, Taylor's personal life was the subject of constant media attention. She was married eight times to seven men, converted to Judaism, endured several serious illnesses, and led a jet set lifestyle, including assembling one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry in the world. After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure in 2011, at the age of 79.

    Reference: wikipedia

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  • History of Levi Strauss Day

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    My first love was the model #501

    From teenager years to now, Levis is still my favorite jean brand. What about yours?

    Here is a brief description of their story:

    Levi Strauss was a German-American businessman born in Bavaria on February 26th, 1829, who came to the United States with his family the mid-1800s when he was 18 years old. Strauss began as a dry goods wholesaler in San Francisco, California, where he sold various items such as clothing, bedding, bags and handkerchiefs to settlers, many of whom had arrived in California to take part in the gold rush.

    Needless to say, the hard physical labor required of the miners of the day and those building new railroads made it difficult for them to find clothing that would last for more than a few months without falling apart at the seams. One day in 1870, one of Strauss’ clients, a tailor named Jacob W. Davis was approached by a woman who needed a pair of exceptionally strong working pants for her husband, a woodcutter.

    Her request prompted Davis to make a pair of pants from the denim he’d bought at Strauss’ shop that he then strengthened with copper rivets to reinforce the stitching. Word of the new article of clothing and its endurance spread fast, and soon Davis was not able to keep up with the demand for his invention, nor did he have the resources to open a larger tailor shop or obtain a patent.

    Falling further and further behind and afraid someone else would steal his idea, Davis decided to ask for Strauss’ financial backing in the filing of a patent application. Strauss agreed, the patent was issued, the two men became business partners, and Levi Strauss & Co was born.

    To see what is happening with the brand now, check their website: www.levistrauss.com

    Story content reference: Days of the Year site.

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