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photo(3)“a portrait of B., once a week, every week, in 2013.”

this weekend B. participated in the Denver Century Ride – it was his first metric century! that’s 100km people! It’s impressive!

he has been training for about a year! at first I really wanted to do it with him! but, then I went to Brazil  and did not train for months, and then there was winter and vacation, which means, I could never accompany him this time! maybe, next time?

it was a very emotional day, to say the least! we could not sleep the night before! him: anxiety, me: he was tossing and turning in bed! by 3:30am we were already having breakfast and an hour later we had left the house!

photo(4)photo(5)he left from The Shops at Northfield around 6am and I kissed him good luck and headed back home, to take a nice nap!

DSC07999 DSC08001 DSC08002 DSC08004B. started getting ready for the ride! the atmosphere was great, the weather was perfect!

DSC08020 DSC08017 DSC08014 DSC08013and there he went!

I followed his ride through twits, an awesome app, and when we was 45 minutes from the finish line, I headed back to Northfield to great him!

DSC08041 DSC08039 DSC08042when B. was arriving – the fourth person to cross the finish line, btw, the children’s parade was happening! so, that was a let down, as he did not get to cross the finish line on his bike!

DSC08044 DSC08047 DSC08050 DSC08048he did it! and was super exhausted! so exhausted he picked a fight with me and we didn’t get to enjoy the post ride party! but, happy, super happy to have accomplished this!

congratulations on your first century, B.! you are amazing!

the entire 52 project is here.

click here to check out Che & Fidel 52 project

the lovely Rebekka Seale created the “52″ button for Che & Fidel.

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Happy Friday, friends!

I can’t believe how quick time is passing! It’s already the middle of the year! Soon enough it will be 2014, World Cup and all! Jesus!

This weekend B. will participate on his first Denver Metric Century bike ride! I’m so proud of him, of all his training! I’ll take him to Northfield in the morning and I’ll go back to see him end the race in later on! I hope to capture a lot of images from all the fun!

IMG_6238Move 2 Denver representing!

Next week will be even crazier, it’s Etsy Craft Party,  B.’s birthday and I’ll be heading to NYC to check on a few details of our engagement party and enjoy some family time!

Have a fantastic, relaxing weekend!

since we returned from vacation, I felt the urge to change our home a little, adapt to the hotter weather and make it more a place we love to spend our time in than ever! i posted about the changes in our living room here, and gave you a sneak peak of our bedroom here! today I’m going to share with you how our bedroom looks now!

IMG_6008we worked on inserting black triangle stickers in one of the walls. i made those myself! I bought two rolls of black contact paper, downloaded a triangle shape in a size I liked, and cut all the pieces with an exacto knife! I really love the results! if you don’t feel like doing all of this by yourself, you can buy these gorgeous removable wall adhesive from walls by mur!

we chose wall adhesive stickers because we rent, instead of owning our place, so I didn’t want to commit to paint! instead, the stickers are easy to put on and take off once I’m tired of them or we are ready to move!

IMG_6014we framed our engagement announcement card and put it on our wall! it’s such a special piece for us! i just love the result!

IMG_6018 IMG_6016I got rid of our dresser, it was super ugly! instead, we are using two ikea’s shelves horizontally, and I more surface to display my jewelery! i’m trying to organize it in such a way I could see it more and be able to use it more!

IMG_6017my side table is an ikea step stool that I painted a few white stripes! the tray I brought home from Spain, from Zara home and the jewelery dish is also from there, it’s where I’m saving my engagement ring!

IMG_6012on B.’s side, I brought from paris these polka dot string lights from La Case de Cousin Paul! 

since I was these lights on jordan’s website, oh happy day, I was dying to stop by their store in paris. i got to go to two of their stores and picked the colors i wanted: white, black, two version of grey and I’m in love with the results!

I bought another light fixture at Merci, but we didn’t install that one yet!

IMG_6015IMG_6013overall I like how things look! we still have work to do, we have an old, victorian style chair we found in the garbage we need to get re-upholstered and I’m desperately looking for a full length body mirror and stairs for hanging clothes.

 

 

52-250pxIMG_5090“a portrait of B., once a week, every week, in 2013.”

This weekend we tried to enjoy the beautiful weather outside and Denver was full of events! Our first stop was the Horseshoe Flea Market! Denver lacks a lot in terms of support of the arts! To find this new flea market was a relief! It was incredibly well put together, with local vendors of some fantastic handmade goods, art, cosmetics, food!

B. was specially interested in the food trucks! we got to try food from two of them and just loved our choices! we also got goody bags full of awesome stuff from the vendors!

Thank you B. for been an amazing company!

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the entire 52 project is here.

click here to check out Che & Fidel 52 project

the lovely Rebekka Seale created the “52″ button for Che & Fidel.

DSC07474the thought of going back home makes me want to cry. everybody should have the chance to live in a gorgeous place like this. even if it is for a little while. i could completely imagine my life here in madrid. this place was made for me and i was made for this place. the beauty, the food, the style, the life, i just had the best experience of my life. i’ll miss spain with all my heart. and i vow to return here every single chance i have.

i need to thank my sweet cousins for hosting us for such a long time! we loved spending time together and we are so happy we got to reunite after 15 years! you were the best hosts in the world! thank you so, so much!

see you soon, denver!

IMG_2339B. and I have been living together for a long time now. we met in early 2009, so the engagement was not a big surprise. we know we want to be together, we are building a life together, we have a company together and we have decided to stay together forever – big surprise!

I really avoid using in my daily life all the regular labels. “we are just dating” did not describe what we had together for a very long time. when you share a home, a life, a business with someone, you are not just dating.

“we got engaged” is also i struggle with. we belong to each other. the ring on my finger does not make that any more real than washing his dirty underwear in my hands {i like to wash delicates with my hands}. you know what I mean?

maybe it’s because i’m brazilian. but the entire hullabaloo around the engagement that happens in america i really don’t get. of course, there is a ring involved in the whole thing, and that’s fun and beautiful, and sparkly. but it’s just a ring. just a thing. and things are just things. nothing is better than falling asleep on B.’s chest every night or the sweet kisses he gives me before leaving for work. even when i’m sleeping and not aware he is leaving and he is kissing me, my heart feels them. i know in my heart i’m loved and i feel peace. no ring in the world is better or more beautiful than that.

i’m a woman who values the actions of everyday instead of placing an incredible value on one single magical night with a proposal. i know he wants to be with me, because he is investing in our future and in our family everyday, not because he said so in spain.

with that said, i’m celebrating this thing with everything i’m entitled to. not a lot of great things happened in my lifetime, so i’m really taking the time to think about this, experience it, take it in, celebrate it, share out love with our families and with the world.

the world needs more love.

and i wanted to share with you something silly we did back in march 2013 to celebrate our love and to remember who we are when we were “just dating”.

we wanted something to remember how silly we were, to look back and remind us of how much fun we have together. so we did a “SINGLE PHOTO SHOOT” – everyone takes a engagement photo shoot. we took a single photo shoot.

i plan on been engaged for a very long time. so i wanted something to remember us when we were single, “just dating”.

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WHEN WE WERE SINGLE / 1

IMG_2325i think i’ll not be using “my fiencé”, when referring to B. at least not much. 1. english is my second language and “fiancé” doesn’t mean much to me. 2. B. is too awesome to be my “fiancé”, so i’ve been calling him my BEYONCÉ. he is great, awesome, and increadible performer {ask him about the earthquake – quite the performance}, fierce, strong, the term “beyoncé” has a lot more to do with him.

IMG_2321IMG_2355 IMG_2358IMG_2381 IMG_2377IMG_2338 IMG_2331 IMG_2336 IMG_2337IMG_2354 IMG_2359IMG_2348The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists – the album we fell in love to.

B. will be returning back home today, with a quick stop in NJ before reaching denver  this evening.  i’m staying in madrid for a little while longer. my mother arrives today and we will be enjoying some family time together and taking a few quick trips around spain.

have a safe trip B. i’ll be missing you.
{ok, there is a chance i might never return home…}

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