Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Being one of the main sources for February’s birth stone, the amethyst, this week we are focusing on the fashion and trends that are currently coming out of Brazil.
Fashion in Brazil is often linked to provocative styling and minimalistic beach-wear, many of us conjuring up thoughts of Carnivale costumes and string bikinis. Recently, however, Brazil has been gaining recognition from the fashion industry. January 2010 brought two major fashion events to Brazil, Rio Fashion Week in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil Fashion week in Sao Paulo. Designers all from all over the world descended on these South American hot spots for two weeks of couture and sophistication.
Rio Fashion Week
A fun color palette of shades of oranges, blues, creams and grays, mixed with interesting textures composed the innovative and fashion forward collection of Melk Z-Da.
In contrast to the softer colors of Melk Z-Da is Cantao’s 2010 Fall/Winter collection, full of bright colors and bold prints.
Giulia Borges’ collection was a dream in black and white.
Brazil (Sao Paulo) Fashion Week
Like Cantao, Alexandre Herchcovitch picks up on the rising trend of gyspy-esque styling, referred to as “Gypset”.
The outdoor runway was the perfect showcase for Maria Bonita’s breezy collection.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
While researching the metaphysical properties of Amethyst, (I was born Remember, Amethyst comes mostly from , where everyone loves to dance, drink, and especially eat.), I came upon many helpful websites, which expanded my knowledge of this beautiful and charming birthstone, as well as my culinary knowledge of Brazilian cuisine.
Brazilian cuisine includes an eclectic variety of foods from a many countries, Germany, Middle East, Africa and even Japan. Alligator meat, called picadinho de jacaré, is a regional favorite and apparently scrumptious and delightful. Pine nuts called pinhão are often mixed with different traditional foods prepared from the locals of southern Brazil and those dishes take on a completely new identity when mixed in. The Portuguese and Indians brought their own essence to the Brazilian recipes. And when the Africans came along, they added some more unique flavors to the exotic dishes.
New generations of modern Brazilian chefs are adding new techniques into their kitchens, everyday. For example, some add to their dishes, such as mango, , and papaya. Mmm!
Below, please find links to my favorite recipes on the I am sure you will find many more unique recipes that you try for your family. .
By the way, Amethyst in Greek means “without alcohol.” So some of its metaphysical properties will only be awakened when we avoid alcohol during the month of February. Good luck, with that.
In Portuguese - Bom Apetite!
By Tulay Lawton
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Starting this month, we will be writing a wide range and aspect of interesting articles. Our starting point is "Birthstones". The articles will cover the home decor, cooking techniques, clothing and accessories and mixed art media that is related somehow with the birthstones... Hope to see you all every week...
Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.
The Modern Birthstone List contains the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Birthstone Color: Purple
Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the sixth of marriage. Once considered more valuable than diamonds, this member of the quartz member occurs naturally as crystals within rocks.
Mystical Powers of the birthstone: The gift of Amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty. It is said to strengthen the bond in a love relationship, so it is an ideal anniversary or engagement gem. Whether or not Amethyst holds such power, it's stunning beauty will certainly make anyone who wears it feel like royalty!
Wear Amethyst if you would like to connect with your intuition, your feelings and your values. It is believed to give calmness and to clear the anxiety and stress…
Main sources of Amethyst: Brazil and Zambia. It is also found in Uruguay, Russia, Sri Lanka, Mexico and the US State of Arizona.
Interesting Facts: One of the largest cut amethysts in the world is 343 carats and is housed at the National History Museum in London. Very dark stones are sometimes heated to enhance color.