Tessa

Proud new mom to my lovely Lara. Half-Brazilian, half-Dutch, married to the most awesome Belgian dude and caregiver to 3 black cats.

Lena Dunham by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Posted by on 18 Jan 2014 at 22:56 in People, Photography

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver by Annie Leibovitz

Lena is awesome

Everyone knows (or should know) Lena Dunham and her fantastic work. She’s a talented writer, actress and director. In case you’ve missed it, please do yourself a favor and watch HBO’s Girls. Lena has often been the target of ignorant people and internet trolls. It’s awesome she’s on the cover of Vogue, a spot not often filled by extremely talented girls as Dunham. I’m sure Vogue is not changing their whole strategy but I’d like to see more Lenas out there.

Through the Lens of Leibovitz

The photographer behind these images is Annie Leibovitz, one of my favorite photographers, as I have mentioned before. The images are stunning and Lena can be seen throught out New York, which makes the series even more appealing to me.

Want to see the rest of the Photos?

You can see the rest of series on my Pinterest or on Vogue.com

Lena Dunham por Annie Leibovitz para Vogue

Posted by on 18 Jan 2014 at 13:08 in Fotografia, Pessoas

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver by Annie Leibovitz

Lena é demais

Todo mundo conhece (ou deveria conhecer) a Lena e seu trabalho fantástico. Ela extremamente talentosa como escritora, atriz e diretora. Caso você tenha perdido, faça o favor, e assista a série da HBO Girls. A Lena infelizmente tem sido alvo de pessoas ignorantes e trolls da internet. Eu acho demais vê-la na capa da Vogue, um lugar no qual não vemos garotas talentosas como a Lena com frequencia. Tenho certeza que a Vogue não está mudando sua estratégia mas eu gostaria de ver mais meninas como a Lena representadas na mídia.

Pela lente da Leibovitz

A fótografa por trás das images é a Annie Leibovitz, uma das minhas fótografas preferidas, como já mencionei algumas vezes. As fotos estão lindas e a Lena pode ser vista em vários pontos de Nova York, o que tornou esse editorial ainda mais atraente para mim.

Quer ver o resto das fotos?

Você pode ver o resto do editorial no meu Pinterest ou no site da Vogue.com

Jessica Chastain como Merida

Posted by on 11 Jan 2014 at 21:20 in Fotografia

Jessica Chastain as Princess Merida in Latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Jessica Chaistain é, na minha opinião, uma das atrizes mais talentosas e bonitas. Annie Leibovitz tem minha admiração por muitis anos. A colaboração entre as duas já gerou images fantásticas. Annie retorna a série fotográfica Disney Dream Portraits e escalou a bela ruiva como Merida do filme Brave e o resultado, como você pode ver, ficou fantástico. A imagem será usada numa nova campanha publicitária chamada Where Your Destiny Awaits.

Jessica Chastain as Merida from “Brave” by Annie Leibovitz

Posted by on 11 Jan 2014 at 21:00 in Photography

Jessica Chastain as Princess Merida in Latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Jessica Chaistain is, in my opinion, one of the most talented and beautiful actresses out there. Annie Leibovitz has been a long time admired photographer. The collaboration between the two have already led to some amazing images. Annie returns to her Disney Dream Portrait series casting the beautiful redhead as Merida from Brave and the result is amazing, as you can see. The image will be used in a new ad campaing named Where your destiny awaits.

I try not to judge

Posted by on 06 Jul 2013 at 17:44 in Personal

As a mother, especially a first time mom, you feel judged. Constantly. Sometimes people are really judging you, other times it’s just in your head. Being a mom is a tough job without the judging, so I try not to. I really do but there are somethings that I simply cannot accept. Yelling, physical violence, none of that is acceptable and I will judge you for it. Giving your baby (or even your toddler) Coca-Cola is also no acceptable. Everyone knows how bad it is. It’s bad enough for us adults, so why give it to a small kid? Something else that I have a hard time accepting is beauty pageants. I always feel like mom (or dad) are very frustrated and put all their hopes on their child winning. This poster makes me cringe!

Satellite Mind

Posted by on 22 Jun 2013 at 00:11 in General

Hold it I’m about to drop off
Let me tell you my last thought

And so Emily Haines sings… but yes, let me tell you my last thought: I decided to compile all the stuff I wrote on my blogs for the last 11 years. Yes, I’m old and that’s how long I’ve been around. I’ve had several blogs (one quite successful, people recognized me on the street!) and thought it would be a good idea to throw it all together in one place. I’m still collecting everything and editing (I used to write in portuguese, so I’m translating) but you can already read some of my old stuff.

When I’m bored
I send vibrations
In your direction
From the satellite mind

And I want to update this on a regular basis, so I’m not going to send vibrations in your direction but I’ll send blog posts. So if I don’t update this, please demand it from me.

Thank you grandmothers (and grandfathers)!

Posted by on 03 Jun 2012 at 01:43 in Motherhood

What would be of fresh new parents without grandmothers? I’m sure that there are plenty of moms that do just fine without grandmothers but I am extremely happy that Lara’s grannies are around. Today I managed to catch up on my sleep, Belgian grandma was visiting. Brazilian grandma moved to the Netherlands specially for Lara. When Tom and I both were ill, she rushed over and made sure Lara didn’t get ill as well. And it’s always useful ask them how they handled situations when we were little. So a big thank you to grandmothers (and grandfathers as well).

My Best Friend: Elmo

Posted by on 01 Jun 2012 at 01:23 in Motherhood

During my pregnancy, I often wondered about how I would raise my daughter. One important theme in these thoughts was media, and specially TV. No, my daughter will not watch TV, she will read books. And then your baby starts crying… and crying… yelling… What do you do? Well, we sat down in front of my laptop and started watching videos of Elmo on YouTube. It’s a kind of magic! Lara immeadiately started smiling and laughing. A good aspect of YouTube is that I can control what she watches and when. I’m still amazed by the effect a single video can have on a baby. But you won’t hear me complain. Elmo, we love you!

Nice to Meet You

Posted by on 30 May 2012 at 00:11 in Personal

It’s time. Since 2001 I have been busy with blogs, always in my mother tongue, Portuguese. This Januari I became a mom and, with it came along an urge to write again. And so the idea behind MAMsterdam was also born.

Who am I? Well, I’m Tessa, 30 years old, half Dutch half Brazilian, film studies dropout, BA in International Communication, concert photographer and Lara’s mother. My little bub was born on January 14th and she is the most adorable baby in the world (proud mom alert!). Lara is Belgian, Brazilian and Dutch, looks exactly like her dad, a happy baby (most of the time), crazy about music and Elmo.

Who are you? 🙂

 

30 Day Song Challenge

Posted by on 03 May 2011 at 22:21 in Lists, Music
So, besides de 30 Day Movie Challenge, I also decided to simultaneously do the 30 Day Song Challenge on Facebook. Here is the result of my song challenge:

Day 01 – your favorite song
Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love

Day 02 – your least favorite song
Katatonia – We Must Bury You
Ok, this list is gigantic, but I chose the one song I hate by a band that I love.

Day 03 – a song that makes you happy
Bat For Lashes – Daniel

Day 04 – a song that makes you sad
The Gathering – Like Fountains

Day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
It’s our song – me & my future husband.

Day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere
Moonspell – Alma Mater

Day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
Alanis Morissette – Mary Jane
1996, Metropolitan – Rio de Janeiro
Alanis’ 1st tour in Brazil. My sister and I were standing in front of the stage and we both felt as if she was singing this song for us.

Day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
The National – Slow Show

Day 09 – a song that you can dance to
New Order – Blue Monday

Day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
Loreena McKennitt – The Mystic’s Dream
Doesn’t really makes me fall asleep but it wonderful to relax.

Day 11 – a song from your favorite band
Anathema – Fragile Dreams

Day 12 – a song from a band you hate
Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
I cannot express how much I HATE Jamiroquai.

Day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
Yes, I’m guilty. I have to admit I really like this song.

Day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
Chico Science & Nação Zumbi – Maracatu Atômico

Day 15 – a song that describes you
Depeche Mode – Walking in my Shoes

Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
Mika – Relax, Take it Easy
I love Mika and this song but I used this tune as my alarm. Everytime I hear it now I think it’s time to wake up and go to work.

Day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
Caro Emerald – That Man

Day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

Day 19 – a song from your favorite album
The Cure – Pictures of You
Perfect song from a perfect album.

Day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
System of a Down – Psycho

Day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
Marina & the Diamonds – Oh No!
Marina is lovely and makes pop music that doesn’t sound like crap. It makes me really happy.

Day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
Opeth – In My Time of Need

Day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

Day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
The Smiths – Asleep

Day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
Arrogant Worms – It’s Great to be a Nerd
Have you read the lyrics? It’s hilarious!

Day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
Lacuna Coil – 1:19
Since I can’t play any instruments, I chose a song I can sing and have actually performed live.

Day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
Verdi’s Piece from La Traviata – Sempre Libera
Since I can’t play an instrument I chose a song I wish I could sing instead.

Day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
London After Midnight – Kiss

Day 29 – a song from your childhood
Neil Young – From Hank to Hendrix
I was in doubt between this or Cat Stevens, but ended up with Mr. Young

Day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year
Angus and Julia Stone – Hold On