This week’s specials

Here is a little list of the things I loved this week:

These two films

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One French, one Italian. One is a “coming of age” story. The other is about the chaos and emptiness of life. They could not be more different. I loved them both.

Emma and Adele

This book

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I originally bought this book to give away as a birthday present, but I loved it so much that I shamelessly decided to keep it for myself. (To be honest, this book is not even new. I should have bought it years ago!)

The images show Mario Testino‘s vision so obviously, everybody in the book is absolutely stunning. Not all Brazilians look like that, I’m afraid. Then again, I don’t think that’s really the point… the photographs are able to capture the spirit of Rio, which is this unique way of looking at life and being in the world, and a certain sensuality ingrained in the culture. Anyone who’s been there knows what I am talking about. The images are grainy, steamy and magical. You can almost taste the salty air. It’s a gorgeous book!

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This airplane

This is the airplane that will carry the Brazilian team during the WorldCup. Painted by Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gêmeos (meaning: the twins). I adore it. Go Brazil! :0)

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And speaking of twins, it was my brother’s birthday this week. We are officially the same age! Just for a few days, then it will be MY birthday. Last year I was in Hamburg. The year before I was in Switzerland and the year before that, I was in Lisbon. This year I’m in England, which should be a lot of fun. I just hope it doesn’t rain (too much)! :0)

Have a great weekend.


A little bit of my life in Switzerland, as seen through my cell phone.

Yes, I admit it, I am absolutely in love with Instagram. It’s an addiction.

I’ve been going through a meticulous process of finding interesting artists to follow and it’s amazing to get a glimpse of their work processes and understand a little bit of how their minds work. The other day I actually came to the conclusion that some of the best feeds I’ve seen are from Thailand. I can’t explain why. Just beautiful illustrations and stunning photography. Not your usual Instagram-type pictures, if you know what I mean. While I definitely don’t mind those, I think Instagram is not just about seeing what my friends are up to (to be honest, I don’t really care what they’re eating or wearing), it can also be a very good tool for finding great references and inspiration.

If you want to follow me, you can find me @joanafaria.

Lots of love from Basel.

Breakfast in the 5th Avenue

On any given Sunday…

 The most famous shop window in the world.

All color pictures by me. The rest, I don’t think I need to tell you. Just pure LOVE.

Greetings from NYC.

L’amour Fou and Thanksgiving

For a review of L’amour Fou, the new documentary about the life of Yves Saint-Laurent, I was asked to illustrate Ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire.

Jeanmaire was a close friend of the designer. They collaborated together a few times and she modeled for him.

Zizi Jeanmaire & Yves Saint-Laurent

I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but I can’t wait to watch it.

Yves Saint-Laurent fascinates me. He had a terribly hard life and died of a very tragic illness, but he was also an inspiring character and one of the most important designers in the world. He created the first tuxedo for women, he created the first ready-to-wear line and he was the first designer ever to use ethnic models on runway shows. This was a man who was born in the thirties, by the way, completely ahead of his time.

Read the full review in Amelia’s Magazine.


Yesterday was Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Parade. Source: Pinterest.

Even though Europe does not celebrate Thanksgiving, this makes me happy for two reasons:

1) It reminds me to be thankful for everything I have and for everything I have achieved.

My life is going through some major changes at the moment, and even though some of them are difficult, I am thankful for them. Change is always for the better, right?

2) Thanksgiving also reminds me that in exactly ONE MONTH it will be Christmas. Yay!

I love Christmas. It’s by far my favorite time of the year. This year it will be slightly different from the usual: I am going to Brazil. After almost 20 years away, I am going to spend my first Christmas and New Years over there. I don’t know what to expect but I’m very excited and looking forward to it. Though I’m sure I’ll miss the cold weather and the European feel of Christmas: it’s cozy and pretty special. But like I said: “change is always for the better”, so bring it on!

Source: Pinterest.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone.

Lots of love from Lisbon.