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Over the course of our five years here in Brazil, there's been countless times where things I tried to convey in my butchered Portuguese became "lost in translation" At the time, the situations drove me nuts, but in hindsight are comical.
A few weeks before I was due with Skylar, I took my old, leather diaper bag to be reconditioned at a bag 'n shoe shop. A little background info: when I had my first kiddo, I purchased
bag from Storksak.
At the time, the $300+ price tag seemed like a major splurge, but now, six years later, I can say the cost-per-use is practically pennies. A great "non-diaper" diaper bag, that I highly recommend.
Mine had seen some serious wear, so I took it to the shop thinking to have it reconditioned. You know, some mink oil or something to blend the water stains, and soften the leather. At least, that what I thought I was saying.
Bells probably should have gone off in my head when I picked up the Portuguese words for "darker" and "paint."
A couple of weeks later, I returned to this:
The nice, leather bag had been....vinylized. It's like they painted it (poorly) with some kind of liquid plastic substance that's the color of a sewer rat. The thing even smells like a vinyl sofa circa '75.
I also must mention how the brass hardware was "touched up" with gold paint.
The picture doesn't do it justice.
Translation: Diaper bag sads.
I think I might just put this one in the donation pile, and call it a day. So...I'm in the market for a new "diaper" bag. I tend to go for styles that transcend the baby look, and can function beyond diapees and wipes. Here's a few I'm considering.
Still, there were some gorgeous moments...
People I was on the fence about: Best Actress Winner, Natalie Portman - Her Rodarte dress photographed better than it looked on live camera. When I initially saw it, I thought, "Why maroon?" (aka worst color ever), but in the still shots, it reads more plum, which is only slightly better. The drape and neckline are perfect for a preggo body, though.
The Mo-Mo Parade
I'm not sure if these women were trying to look older, but to me, between the dress and/or the hairstyle, these women weren't drinking from the Fountain of Youth last night...
This also goes to show that nude can be VERY difficult to pull off - probably even more so on camera.
Wait! There was one more...who???
a) Pulling the "I was the winning princess last year - this year, I'm goin' Goth" a la Gwyneth or
b) She's trying to hide from ScarJo (pfft, pfft, MeOW!)
Battle of the Bumps
What were they thinking?
Gals who Got it Right
My hands-down favorite(s)
...and last, but certainly not least...
Agree or Agree to Disagree?
I know I was one of thousands of gals who scoped out the Issa sight to admire the classic and flattering styles now made famous by the future Princess.
It looks like Daniella has worked her way around that - by letting her love of Morocco, Thailand, and Africa dictate an other-wordly style for her home.
It seems Daniella has done a rather nice job of recreating (if not Ipanema beach), then at least her own Shangri-La.
The billowy, canopied bedroom reminds me of the flattering draping Issa dresses are known for.