MTV Video Music Awards 2014

Yes,the VMAS, the show that makes people talk about Miley when she twerks but not when she decides to raise awareness for runaways and homeless youth.

If you have favourite artists and you don’t want your feelings to get hurt, maybe it’s not a good idea to keep reading this post. Just go do some ice bucket challenges instead.

Here you can have a look at the Red Carpet shots, where Katy Perry showed the world how you’re supposed to enter a Red Carpet and when I called my grandma to tell her that her living room curtains were stolen by Taylor Swift.

We can say that this year the VMAS weren’t as controversial as last year. We had a lot of emotional moments with Beyoncé family scene with baby Blue Ivy and husband Jay-Z, Miley and her homeless date, Ariana holding hands with Big Sean. Oh and when all the girls went crazy once 5 Seconds of Summer hit the stage.

And if annoyance can be considered as an emotion then we definitely must talk about Fifth Harmony and the way they give the world the need to puke. Those girls have amazing voices but damn, I need to close my eyes every time they sing. I don’t know if they’re face is sponsored by MAC cosmetics and they think it’s okay to use their faces as canvas or if the problem is the lack of a fashion adviser. I’m still wondering what was going through Simon Cowell’s mind when he decided to adopt these eight year old brats.

Moving on to some more pleasant moments…

There’s nothing more perfect than Kim announcing Sam Smith. His voice is heaven and even though I love the Kardashians, Kim is probably the only one with presenting skills, if you know what I mean.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora were also amazing, but of course, nothing compared to Beyoncé’s Medley at the end.

And because I couldn’t end this post without talking about Taylor Swift, here it goes.

To me an artist is someone who goes on stage and makes me want to be them. Just like Beyoncé makes me want to be able to dance like her or Ariana makes me want to have that voice.

I don’t want to be Taylor because I acted like her years ago when I was still a teenager. The “I don’t know how to dance I’m just having fun” kind of attitude is too overrated. Liking Taylor because of her song lyrics is one thing, liking her because of the way she wants us to think it’s okay to twerk without having an ass is ridiculous. Time to move on Swift.

If you missed the VMAS 2014 go on www.mtv.com and watch the full show or the highlights of the night.

The Winners

  • Video of the year- Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
  • Best Male Video- Ed Sheeran“Sing”
  • Best Female Video- Katy Perry feat. Juicy J “Dark Horse”
  • Best Pop Video- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea “Problem”
  • Best Rock Video- Lorde “Royals”
  • Artist to Watch- Fifth Harmony “Miss movin on” (I would say Artist not to watch and just listen but okay)
  • Best Lyric Video- 5 Seconds of Summer “Don’t stop
  • Best Hip-Hop Video-Drake feat. Majid Jordan “Hold on (we’re going home)”
  • Best Collaboration- Beyonce feat. Jay Z “Drunk in love
  • MTV Clubland Award- Zedd feat. Hayley Williams “Stay the Night”
  • Best Video with a Social Message- Beyonce “Pretty Hurts”
  • Best Editing- Eminem “Rap God”
  • Best Choreography- Sia “Chandelier”
  • Best Direction- DJ Snake & Lil Jon “Turn down for what”
  • Best Art Direction- Arcade Fire “Reflektor”
  • Best Visual Effects- Ok Go “The writing’s on the wall”
  • Best Cinematography- Beyonce “Pretty Hurts”

My favourite tweets of the night

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Under the Sea: Lisbon Oceanarium

It’s not the first, nor the second, but the third time I visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, and it still amazes me every time I’m there.

Recognized as the best aquarium in Europe and the second in the world by TripAdvisor. Definitely one of the most renowned attractions of Lisbon, Portugal, with 16 years of existence and over 18 million visitors.

The best part of this aquarium is that while you’re walking through exhibits, you get to learn amazing things about the oceans and how to promote the conservation of nature.

Otters, Clown-fishes, sharks, penguins, jellyfishes and the list goes on!Of course I couldn’t avoid taking photographs so here is a sneak peek of the incredible views you’ll have if you decide to visit this attraction, and I know you will!

Contact Details

Phone: +351 21 891 7002
 Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I, 1990 Lisbon, Portugal
Oceanario’s website.
Oceanario on Facebook.

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Instagram of the Month: @hlonicoleman

Instagrammer: Hloni (Hloniphiwze) Coleman, 19 years old, Brand ambassador, Cape Town, South Africa.

6C03AF5A-67E2-4AF4-94FB-50F0AC08D79EAs with most people I started using Instagram as an extension of social interaction, basically as a way to share my day to day through photos however as my affinity for photography grew Instagram became more of a creative outlet.

Living in Cape Town I find the app provides an amazing excuse to just get out and shoot for people who aren’t professional photographers. That coupled with the amazing Instagram community has meant that shooting has become a social, fun and constant part of my life.

 

His photographs consist of: sunsets and creative shots.

Camera: iPhone 5/Canon 1100D

Apps that he uses: iPhoto, Snapseed, VSCO

Follow him on: @hlonicoleman

Here are a few of his best photographs:

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Trending| Mini rings

My passion for rings is not something new. What’s new is the fact that, with this trend, I have the chance to wear even more rings at the same time!
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I’m sure you noticed ladies wearing rings on their mid-fingers and sometimes stacked together near the knuckle.
You can have them in all different metals, gold, rose gold, silver, and different shapes, layered together. It looks very delicate and feminine if paired perfectly with nail polish.So move up  your accessory game!

Here is some inspiration to this trend:

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Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello: Italia

My favourite European country for its food, fashion, cars, landscapes,language, beaches, and the list is infinite. Italia la piu bella!

This year I was invited to a private party in Parma, a city in the region of Emilia- Romagna famous for its prosciutto, cheese, architecture and surrounding countryside.

So we stayed at the Antico borgo di Tabiano Castello for the weekend. Hell yeah! In a castle! Situated in the green hills in the province of Parma, Tabiano Castle dates back to the 11th century.

With rooms, suites and apartments to choose from, divided between the old guard tower and the original main residence, all of them with magnificent views of the countryside and the wide plains of the River Po.

I promised myself that this post wouldn’t be only about food so no, the first thing I did was not going to eat, but I did enjoy a nice swim and tanning session at the swimming pool surrounded by medieval walls and olive trees.

You can also enjoy, inside the relaxation area, which is a natural cave, the sauna and Turkish bath and avail of a range of massage and treatments including Shiatsu, Antistress, Reflexology, foot and face treatments, etc.

Okay now I have to talk a little about food because it’s Italy after all! As expected, the traditional products such as Parmesan and Parma Ham can be tasted at the Relais and products of the area can be bought at the reception. The first photograph above is a “sneak peek” of my breakfast!

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +39 0524 88 11 68/ +39 340 4849570
 Address: Tabiano Castello – 43039 Salsomaggiore Terme (Parma), Italy
 E-mail: travel@tabianocastello.com
Tabiano Castello’s website.
Tabiano Castello on Facebook.

More posts from my holidays in Italy coming soon…stay tuned.

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Instagram of the Month: @marianalbarbara

Instagrammer: Mariana Barbara, 20 years old, Setúbal, Portugal.

10419597_10204032545431591_9129832124976359400_n“I started using Instagram through my boyfriend because he had already created an account and I saw how it all worked. At first I wasn’t very interested in creating my own account, but he made me more excited about photography and Instagram itself. He was definitely my biggest influence and the truth is that a lot of shots are taken in his presence!”

Her photographs consist of: Urban, Animal and Floral shots.

Camera: iPhone 4/ iPhone 5

Apps that she uses: Vscocam

Follow her on: @marianalbarbara

Here are a few of her best photographs:

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Mouth watering: Casa Mateus Restaurant

And because it’s summer in Portugal (if it’s not in your country then be jealous!) and going to the beach became a routine, I found the perfect place to have a quick, delicious and affordable meal.

Casa Mateus is a very small restaurant situated in Sesimbra, Portugal, near the sea. The owner, Mateus will receive you at the door and suggest what you should have according to what season we are on and based on traditional Portuguese dishes. These meals are made by Dona Cristina, Mateus’ wife. (Just so you know who to thank at the end of your meal).

The portions are small which allows you to taste different dishes and still go for a swim at the beach after.

As a starter I recommend the Clams, olive oil, lemon and coriander; and the Mussels Marinade.

As a main course you should try the Massada, mint and lemon; and ask for the fish of the day. Mateus will suggest you a nice selection of flavours. Something that goes well with any dish, especially in Summer is the Cucumber Sangria because it’s very fresh!

Now comes the best part! If you predict that you won’t have enough space for dessert then just eat it first because that’s something you can’t miss!

The photos below are my two favourite desserts at Casa Mateus, they’re not on the menu so be smart and save these images to show them to Mateus. I won’t even tell you what it is, just enjoy the flavour and thank me later!


Reservation is recommended, not only because the restaurant is small but also because it’s becoming very famous! Especially now that I’m blogging about it.

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +351 963 650 939/ +351 918 790 697
 Address: Largo Anselmo Braamcamp nº4, Sesimbra, Portugal
 E-mail: reservas@casamateus.pt
Casa Mateus website.
Casa Mateus on Facebook.

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