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I hope everyone enjoyed the day off yesterday! After the weekend we had, my husband and I sure needed it! See, to celebrate my birthday, I decided to invite some of our closest friends over to watch the Brazil Vs. Chile game (with vegan snacks, lunch and dessert included. No alcohol for us, of course). If you watched it, you know the game was absolutely nerve-racking. Luckily for us, we were able to beat Chile on the penalty shots—but it was a close shot, too close! On Friday, we play against Colombia, a team that has been playing surprisingly well.

 
 
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Before we start with today’s topic, I want to thank each one of you who took a moment from your busy lives to wish me a happy birthday yesterday. I had a lovely day, a calm day, which I spent in great company doing the things I love. I felt very special, loved and blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life (all of you included), and, also, very grateful for being healthier and happier than I have ever been. The big 3-0 may be just around the corner now, but it most definitely does not scare me. After all, age is just a number. I’ll be forever young at heart! Hehe.

 
 
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It seems that the world’s ugliest shoes are now having a major fashion moment. In the fifty years of their existence, Birkenstocks have never been considered stylish—people love them simply because they are, hands down, the most comfortable shoes, ever. I owned one too many pairs as a child, and chances are you did, too.

 
 
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Since I spent all weekend at home in pajamas, resting and trying to kick this cold’s butt, I have no “Look of The Day” for you this week. However, because I still want to give you a fashion post, I thought this could be the perfect excuse for me to share one of my latest style crushes, someone whom I’ve been secretly stalking in Instagram for about…6 months.

 
 
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While browsing through Instagram the other day, I came across Stela 9—a brand founded in the summer of 2010 by an archeology assistant, Jess Bercovici, who just happened to have a deep passion for the Mayan culture.

 
 
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Unlike handbags, I am very particular when it comes to shoes. Although I’ve been loyal to only a handful of shoe designers for a number of years, every now and then, someone new comes and captures my attention. This is the case with Sophia Webster.

 
 
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I’ve come to find so many great and inspirational bloggers through Instagram in these past few months. Some of them are food bloggers (mostly from Australia, of all places) and others are fashion and lifestyle bloggers. One of the fashion bloggers I’ve recently discovered and have added to my daily reads is Gaby, from The Vault Files (follow her @gabyburger).

 
 
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I love Stella McCartney. The daughter of former Beatle member, Sir Paul McCartney, Stella has proven to be one extremely gifted designer who, as a lifelong vegetarian, is committed to creating stylish, trendy and beautifully made fashion that is 100% cruelty free. She does not use fur, leather nor certain animal-derived fabrics in any of her designs. It’s kind of hard to believe that such a designer could make it into the high-end fashion market and still be highly respected, don’t you think?

 
 
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Am I wrong, or did the Oscars feel much longer than usual last night? I love, love Ellen and I think she did a great job so it’s disappointing to hear critics saying that she didn’t perform as well as expected, but in her defense, hosting an event that long, under that amount of pressure, cannot be easy. And c’mon, the epic ‘selfie’ that crashed Twitter, and having Brad Pitt passing the plates for the pizza were pretty memorable moments that only Ellen could deliver.

 
 
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Since I haven’t done a post like this in a while, and since my closet is in serious need of an update (it seems that last year, a large chunk of my shopping budget went into gym clothes instead), I figured that before deciding what the essentials for me truly were, stopping to take a good look at the upcoming trends for this spring could be very helpful. I mean, let’s face it, even if we don’t consider ourselves to be ‘slaves to fashion’, we’re still modern women who like to be up-to-date and current on the latest styles.

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