Festival Season is coming

By Camila Abisambra

Maybe my obsession with Spring has to do with the fact I’m already making mental plans to go to some of the Summer festivals. I had been considering The Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo but finally I decided that the line-up of my life is going to be Firefly. I mean, Bastille, Sir Paul McCartney, Hozier, Cage The Elephant, The Kooks and a little gem that is beginning to become well known, the amazing Grizfolk.

I first heard Grizfolk when they opened for Bastille last year. They are amazing and their songs are exactly my vibe. I hope you enjoy this jam and let me know about your festival plans! Even if they’re just dreams -my dream festival is Glastonbury and one day I’ll make my Glasto debut-.

 

Transitioning

By Camila Abisambra

As the weather is seemingly about to get a little warmer, my inner self is jumping for joy at the prospect of Spring finally arriving. Winter is rough people, especially for someone who had never experienced it before. Whilst I would love to break out my mini skirts and go full on hot weather, that isn’t possible just yet. The arrival of spring comes with the weather being psychotic and going from warm to cold incessantly. But alas, it is still warmer than it’s been all week and you have to live it up.

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The Unsung Heroes

By Maria Alejandra Díaz

Writing this column might be the hardest task someone has asked me to do, mostly because I realized that it is the first time I am free to write whatever comes to my mind and not what someone ask me to do, something I should feel ashamed of. Fortunately “for everything there is a first time”, so I hope you enjoy these words of tribute.

“The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world”

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Let me introduce you the lady in the picture. She was one of the most important women in the world and kind of a superhero… She was simply a genius.

Without an MBA she was able to manage an enterprise like family, with limited resources and complicated members, she could also memorize thousands of facts such as birthdays, food preferences and agendas of a huge group of people. She could cook better than a chef and heal you better than a doctor. At the same time she could defend you better than a lawyer and advise you better than a psychologist or a fashion expert. She had the most powerful mind, because she could always bring out the best even of the most complicated situation.

She was the strongest woman I’ve ever met… she survived cancer and diabetes for more than 15 years and continued raising her 3 kinds until the last day of her existence. She always had a smile in her face despite the awfulness of her disease.

I wonder why most of the people, including me, have to wait until these superheroes are gone, to tell them how wonderful they are. Meet my mom. She died when I was 16 and ever since I’ve been missing her. But let me tell you… the reality is I never lost her, because she remains every day in my thoughts and in my heart as the most inspiring superhero on earth.

The story of how the winter won

By Camila Abisambra

Well my friends, this is the story of how the winter won and is crowned victorious and I am now the type of winter person who can only think of wearing black on black with some more black for good measure. Maybe it’s the freezing temps or just the color that draws me in because the temperature is so cold. I don’t know what it is, but black is having a major moment in my wardrobe and I would be remiss not to show you this wonderful outfit I loved so much (with a sneak peek at my bed).

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Model of the year

By Camila Abisambra

Model of the year, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is also a major style inspiration. Never one to shy off trends, she effortlessly rocks every outfit proving why Elle named her model of the year. Stunning and talented, Rosie is always on hand to prove that looking effortless really is very easy. Pair tighter fitting leather pants with a loose top and a hat to add pops of color and make the outfit feel laid-back and cool. Booties are your new best friend. Pick a statement piece and go with it. There are many stylish things we can learn from Rosie so I’ve picked my favorite looks and what I’ve learned from them.

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BIRDMAN

By Paola Ordoñez

“Ego loves competition, because for someone to win someone has to lose, but the paradox is that true art, true individual expression, as all the work of these incredible fellow film makers can’t be compared, can’t be labeled, can’t be defeated because they existed, and our work, only will be judged, as always by time” -Alejandro Iñaritu-

Movie of the year. True actors behind the scene. A movie about actors. The awkwardness, the nerves, the self-image.

Being an actor is embodying another person without being able to stop being you. I loved the movie, the actors the mise en scene. I guess being an actor must get pretty tough sometimes. Not only are you exposed to all sort of criticism on how you look, but also on how you interpret your character. Most people believe they can have a valid say on whether an actor’s performance is “good”, “bad” or just “hmmm”.

Why do we give awards to “best actors” or “best movies”? Is there really such thing as 2015 best movie? I really enjoyed Birdman or “the unexpected virtue of ignorance”. Isn’t that the proper name: Ignorance? Are we able to evaluate and judge art as other subjects or sciences?

I’m not sure whether I liked The Grand Hotel Budapest, Boyhood or Birdman more. I can make a list of things I liked and didn’t like about those three movies, but still I wouldn’t dare to tell you which one of them is “better” or “ the best” from the other two.

Why is it that we want to rank everything?

My advice for the coming couple of months: go watch the movies you want to watch because of the actors, or the poster, or the trailer or just because you heard someone tell you it’s a nice piece. Forget about who got the award for best actress, best soundtrack or best movie. Let’s pretend the Oscars never happened. Let’s pretend there is no authority telling you what kind of art is the ‘good’ art, art that receives prizes and recognition. Actors sometimes want that recognition and what comes with it. Other times, actors just want you to enjoy the show. For this couple of weeks, let’s just enjoy the show.

Sparkle

By Camila Abisambra

Alas, the winter is taking its toll on me. I am officially bored out of my mind with dressing smartly for the weather. On the other hand, being cold is really not an option is it? My solution to the dilemma was to add a little sparkle to my day. The thing about metallics and sparkly materials is they immediately add interest to a look. Pick darker shades and you can pull them off in the daytime like I did. It really did help me get out of my style rut and loved the overall effect of blue during the day (my favorite color).

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