Monday, May 31, 2010


This is how you do it!

irradiance by ana cissa pinto

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wonderful New Yorkers "Jah"

I don't know his name, but we rode the train together today.
The had a cool "Futebol" sweat shirt on and I decided to call him (for now) Jah Haile.
He seemed as intrigued by me as I was intrigued by him.
I love his vibe so I am posting him on my new column

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wonderful New Yorkers

This is Dandy. I could not resist, had to ask him to pose for me. What a looker! Thanks Dandy!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Health Risks of Not Enough Sleep

Too little sleep impacts your levels of thyroid and stress hormones, which in turn can affect your memory and immune system, your heart and metabolism, and much more. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to:
Accelerated aging
High blood sugar levels and an increased risk of diabetes
Brain damage
Recent research has also found that sleep duration was linked to gains in abdominal fat even after researchers accounted for other factors that could influence weight, such as calories consumed and exercise habits. This is the type of fat linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes and other chronic diseases, so it’s a matter that goes way beyond aesthetics.
What this means is that if you’re not taking your sleep needs seriously, you could be unknowingly sabotaging your weight -- and your health.
One way this occurs is by altering levels of important hormones linked with appetite and eating behavior. When you are sleep deprived, your body decreases production of leptin, the hormone that tells your brain there is no need for more food. At the same time it increases levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger.
In one study, researchers found people who received only four hours of sleep a night for two nights experienced:
18 percent reduction in leptin
28 percent increase in ghrelin
Also, the sleep-deprived subjects in the study seemed to eat more sweet and starchy foods, rather than vegetables and dairy products. Researchers suspected these cravings stemmed from the fact that your brain is fueled by glucose (blood sugar); therefore, when lack of sleep occurs, your brain searches for carbohydrates.
In short, sleep deprivation puts your body into a pre-diabetic state, and makes you feel hungry, even if you’ve already eaten.
Your Body Depends on its Sleep-Wake Cycle
The consequences of sleep deprivation are so intense because your circadian rhythm has evolved over hundreds of generations to align your physiology with your environment, and your body clock assumes that, like your ancestors, you sleep at night and stay awake during daylight hours.
If you confuse the situation by depriving yourself of enough hours of sleep, you send conflicting signals to your body.
A single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day. Sleep deprivation can cause changes in your brain activity similar to those experienced by people with psychiatric disorders
In addition, too little sleep can:
Increase your risk of cancer by altering the balance of hormones in your body
Increase your risk of heart disease and stroke
Raise your blood pressure
Speed up tumor growth. Tumors grow two to three times faster in laboratory animals with severe sleep dysfunctions
Your body also does most of its repairs during sleep, so not getting enough of it can impair your immune system, leaving you less able to fight off diseases of ALL kinds.
How to “Program Your Body” for a Restful Night’s Sleep
Many people have trouble falling asleep because their mind is racing with thoughts from their day (or planning for the next).
This is why I recommend that at least an hour before your bedtime (but preferably two or more) you start to wind down from your day. You may want to spend time journaling, meditating, sipping herbal tea, washing your face, using Meridian Tapping/Emotional Freedom Techniques (MTT/EFT) or reading a calming or spiritual book.
During this time, turn off your phone and your e-mail, and put away all work. This will give your mind a chance to unwind so you can go to sleep feeling calm, not hyped up or anxious about tomorrow's deadlines.
Ideally, I recommend getting to bed as early as possible. Your body, particularly your adrenals, do a majority of their recharging or recovering during the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., so you should definitely try to be asleep during those hours.
When you get into bed, make sure you room is completely dark -- I’m talking pitch black -- in order to protect your melatonin levels.
Melatonin is secreted primarily in your brain and at night it triggers a host of biochemical activities, including a nocturnal reduction in your body's estrogen levels. It’s thought that chronically decreasing your melatonin production at night -- as occurs when you’re exposed to nighttime light -- increases your risk of developing cancer.
The more your sleep is disrupted by light pollution, the lower your melatonin levels and the greater your risk of developing cancer becomes. So PLEASE make sure you sleep in a pitch-dark room every night -- and this means not only installing blackout drapes if necessary, but also turning off the TV!
Once in the bedroom, some people find the sound of white noise or nature sounds, such as the ocean or forest, to be soothing for sleep. You’ll also want to adjust the temperature in your bedroom to a cool setting (most people find they sleep best at temperatures no higher than 70 degrees F and perhaps even a bit lower than that).

(I received this info in an email and unfortunately it didn't have the name of the person who wrote it or the source/site where it came from. I think it's is full of valuable information so I decided to post it here.)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pézinhos de princesa

Diquinha para as amigas que moram em SP.

No salão NaBahia, em Higienópolis, tem uma moça que tem o dom de fazer os seus pézinhos ficarem LINDOS, felizes, macios, maravilhosos. Ela é MEGA fera!
Fui lá antes de voltar para NY, há uma semana e meia, e meus pés ainda estão perfeitos. O nome dela é SOCORRO. Se você quiser fazer uma manicure, tem a Maria Helena que é boa (meio devagar, mas bem cuidadosa e faz direitinho) e é a CARA, tô falando IDÊNTICA a Edna Moda do filme Os Incríveis. Recomendo a dupla dinâmica. O parzinho, uma do lado do outra então é uma visão. Vale a pena!


Rua Bahia, 778 - entre R.Goiás e R.Pará
- Higienópolis (011) 3662-1774

Joni Mitchell-The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines

Woke up with Jaco in my mind. Best bassist that ever lived.
Here's a Jaco-Joni favorite. Note Jaco Pastorius eating the bass. Unreal.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Perfect Eye Brows

Introduced by my friend Audrey, my new favorite eyebrow experts in New York are the girls at Madhu's Eyebrows.
It's easy to miss Madhu's - it's just a tiny white room with 3 chairs. There they do magic with your eyebrows for a sweet $7 price! Threading is a great technique as an alternative to waxing or tweezing. It is done with an actual spool of sewing thread pulling hair out one follicle at a time therefore leaving you with a beautiful natural looking eyebrows.Why spend $30 to get your eye browns shaped at a nail salon when you can have PERFECT brows by going to Madhu's? (and note, if you, like me, have portuguese or italian blood, ask them to take care of your lady-mustache! - yeah, no denials here~They do a great job! :))
Check it out~!

Madhu's Eyebrows
3 Greenwich Ave
(212) 243 7354
Talk to Nazma
Mon-Sun 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carinhas - How to Make Facebook Emoticons

To do the common smiley face, simply do :)
For a laughing face, :D
If you would like to wink, do ;)
To stick out your tongue at your fellow Facebook chatter, type :P
To get a bit more creative with your emotions, you can be sad by typing :(
and to show that you are crying, :'(
If you would like to look grumpy, type >:-(
and if you're mischievously laughing, >:o
To make a smiley that is very happy, type in ^_^
For a shocked face, :o
If you are confused, create a the confused emoticon by typing :/
To make a "cat smile," type :3
And if you're a little weirded out by something, O.o
If you'd like to get a bit more creative, make a devil by entering 3:)
and if you've been good, an angel is O:)
To make a kissing face, type :*
and if you'd like a heart <3
To make a smiley with glasses, 8)
If you'd like a cool little guy with some shades, type 8-|
if you really want to have fun with the Facebook smilies, you can make a Pacman by typing :v
a robot by entering :|]
a man's face by typing :putnam:
and a shark by putting in (^^^)


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Change your Food System

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Perfume Samples

If you like trying perfumes, and wearing it for a few days before buying it, go to this site:

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They have every perfume you can imagine, but in little (tiny) sample bottles.
The other day I tried Tom Ford's Private Blend Neroli Portofino and loved it. I wanted to make sure that I really like it, (you know, after a few days wearing it) before spending $160 on a perfume bottle. So I ordered a little sample from the perfume Court. I have done this before and I received the samples in a few days. It's great!


I can't stop laughing!!!! Hard to pick the best one...maybe NO FISHING in TOILETTE? Priceless, all of them. It made my day!


Sunday, May 9, 2010


My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

SENHORETTE ou "eu" serei "você"

Hoje, mais uma vez, me vi pensando em um certo assunto, que resolvi então dividir com vocês, amigos navegantes.
Todos nós já ouvimos falar do tal dizer, que se refere å idade: "os 80 são os novos 70, os 70 são os novos 60, os 60 são os novos 50, os 50, os novos 40, e os 40 são os novos 30..." não é mesmo? Pois bem, então gostaria de propor uma idéia...
Que tal criarmos um meio termo entre as palavras SENHORA e SENHORITA???
Eu, por exemplo, não sou mais nenhuma SENHORITA, mas sinceramente, ainda não consegui me acostumar a ser chamada de SENHORA. SENHORA é a minha avó, e minha mãe (e olhe lá por que até ela tá meio enxuta para "SENHORA", talvez devessemos criar mais de um termo)
Ontem a noite, a caminho entre Pacaembu até a casa do chapéu da Vila Olimpia, papo vai, papo vem, com o simpatico motorista de taxi, eu indaguei: "Moço, quando é que você pára de chamar uma passageira de Senhorita e começa a chama-la de SENHORA? Voce examina ela? Conta as rugas?
Vê se tem cara de tiazinha?? Eu tenho cara de tiazinha??? O motorista, muito simpatico, que by the way, nasceu em 1988, socorro, me disse: :-"Não senhora, eu normalmente chamo todas as passageiras de SENHORA, é uma questão de respeito." Pois gostaria de anunciar: ESSE tipo de RESPEITO eu dispenso. Até inventarmos um novo termo para essa nova era, "eu" serei "você".
Precisamos urgentemente, de preferência antes que eu vire uma SENHORA, agilizar uma campanha, que tal? Eu tenho MUITAS amigas e primas e conhecidas que não são SENHORITAS, mas eu não aponto pra elas no estacionamento e digo, "Moço pode dar o papelzinho para aquela senhora (cole aqui a carinha de alguma amiga minha, da minha geraçao, pode ver no face...) Olha, quero dizer que não tenho NADA contra as SENHORAS. Conheço várias lindissimas, chiquerrimas, interessantérrimas, tipo quero ser você, UM DIA. Sacou? UM DIA. Mas, não hoje tá?
Tenho certeza que eu não sou a única, ruminando essa transição, e adorando fazer parte da geraçao onde foi invertada a tal estória dos 40 é o novo 30....
Então meninas, mãos a obra? Eu inventei o termo SENHORETTE. É, com dois Ts mesmo. Fica mais JOVEM. Estou aberta a idéias! Vamos votar!