26 Apr 2012

Are you a preppy?

The message of the preppy style is: Yes, I am a happy and cultivated person. By the way, I want to tell it through my clothes. Last but not least, there is nothing bad about it!

In earlier days, nobody wanted to be called a preppy. Nowadays most people considered the look cool and there is a huge range of labels that celebrates the style. One of these is Tommy Hilfiger. I like very much the irreverence that he uses in his creations, mixing bright bold colours with some playful accessories and the most important thing: high spirits.
The result is a clean, elegant and affluent look.

Although the preppy style was born at the elite universities in England, it was in the USA that it became widespread.

The term preppy became famous because of the film Love Story. On one occasion, one of the main characters referred to the other as a preppy. Before this, few people knew the term. The Kennedys were preppies. They looked classic and smart. Barack Obama is considered a preppy as well.

The wardrobe of a preppy is composed of cardigans, knee length skirts, white shirts, blazers, trousers, dresses and hats. The preppy uses patterns, in conjunction with bold colors. The accessories could be clothes themselves, such as a sweater, wrapped casually around the shoulders.

The preppy sexy look: a chiffon transparent blouse or a dress with a v back neckline.The most important rules of the preppy style: class, elegance and neatness. 

After writing this post I just feel a little bit preppy. If you want to know a little bit more about this subject, I recommend the two books Lisa Birnbach wrote about it: The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep.

Pictures: J.Crew and Tommy Hilfiger catalogues. 

24 Apr 2012

Céu in Manchester

Thank you Céu for bringing a little bit of Vila Madalena to Manchester. 
The concert on Friday evening was great!

The Gipsy inside of me

The gipsy inside of me always turns up when I go abroad: 

I want to taste new flavors and discuss different ideas. 

I want to be inspired and find out what people think about life and how they are doing. 

What is life? Could anybody answer me? 

2 Apr 2012

The True Birthplace

The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself. 

Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian

Foto: Magnolia Brussi