Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Hello world!

It's been a while since I last blogged, so now that the Thanksgiving Holiday is over, I finally have time to talk with you guys and write down whats been on my mind.

About three years ago, I read a wonderful book titles My Name is Memory by Ann Brashers, the same author who wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. 

I came across this book while in Target and after reading the back cover I had to have it. 


"Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. For all the times that he and Sophia have been connected throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart.But just when Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally awakens to the secret of their shared past, the mysterious force that has always separated them reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together."

The book is left on the most unbearable cliffhanger and because it didn't sell as well as her other more known novels, the publishing company won't publish a sequel until they see the audience's need for it.

Every so often I do a Google search to see if there have been any updates. This morning, I was in one of those moods and came across a petition to have a sequel published. Brashares has mentioned on twitter and her website that she meant for this story to be a three-book-series and has 'more to write'. Whether or not the petition will work or get the publishers attention, I have no idea, but of course I signed it!

For those of you who have read this magnificent love story, take 10 seconds and click here to go to and sign the petition. We need 200 signatures and are about 40 short!

For those of you who have not yet read this young adult novel, click here to order a copy on amazon! Once you've finished, which won't take long because you'll refuse to put it down, come on back and follow the link to and sign the petition.

Until next time,
xoxo Ines

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happiness is Everything: Guest Blog Post by Tab

 Greetings Everyone!!

My name is Tab and I am the author and creator of – Fashion, Beauty, and Inspiration blog!  I enjoy blogging about fashion, style and all things girly, however I especially love touching on topics dear to my heart such as inner beauty, self-love and happiness…..Today I wanted to share with you all my thoughts on the beauty of happiness and living a life full of joy!!

I absolutely love getting all dolled up with make-up, hair and cute outfits, however I know for a fact that make-up and hair cannot cover up unhappiness or bring unsurmountable joy.  I know a lot of times we tend to try and cover up fear, doubt and worry.…but at the end of the day, who are we when the heels come off and lipstick is wiped away? 

Happiness is Everything! 

Being free from negativity and people who may try to hinder you from your hopes and dreams is the key to entering into a place of happiness and joy.  You would be amazed at how much happiness your life can be filled with just by thinking positive thoughts and dwelling on the good instead of the bad.  Exuding positive energy into the universe is another way of coming into a state of peace and joy.  Being thankful and giving to others - whether it be time, a simple compliment or a smile are all ways of sending out positive vibes wherever you go.  All of this will fill your heart with joy and soon thereafter, all of the negativity will seem smaller and smaller and the bad thoughts will soon become afterthoughts! 

The beauty of happiness and living a life full of joy can be simple only if we allow it.  A beautiful person loves hard, smiles big and gives until the giving runs out!  Situations and circumstances may change, people may come and go, but at the end of the day, if you are at peace within and truly happy as a person, your life will always be full of joy and the world will see just how BEAUTIFUL you really are!! True beauty shines from within and if a person is feeling good on the inside, it will show outwardly! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and special thanks to Ines for featuring me on her blog today.  This has been fun!  I absolutely love working with other bloggers and meeting new people.  Please visit me at and let’s connect.  I would love to hear from you!
Until next time....Stay Beautiful & Keep it Humble!

Twitter/Instagram:  @humblebeauty29
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekly Wishes #1

Hello everyone,

I've been doing a lot of blog-discovering over the course of this weekend and I've found a few that I have fallen in love with. 

The first is known as Epic Mommy Adventures and the second is known as The Nectar Collective

Something I found really interesting was the page "Link-Up List" on Epic Mommy's blog. I had never seen this so out of curiosity, I clicked on it and was directed to an area where you can link-up your blog post for all to see. I thought this was so cool!

So that's when I started looking for ethers who did the same. That's when I found The Nectar Collective. She refers to her Link-Up list as "Weekly Wishes" Every week, she asks her readers to link up their goals and wishes for the upcoming week. 

So of course, I got to thinking that I should create my own wish list and add it to The Nectar's Link-In List.

Here are my weekly wishes and goals for the week of 
November 17, 2014:

1. Stop being anti social! I often get stuck in my day-to-day routine. I'm out of the house by 8 am, teach, teach some more then go to class and come home around 6pm. When I finally get home, all I want to do is eat and get in bed. I don't want to go get drinks or dinner or talk to anyone. It's totally unlike myself. I love going out, being with friends, and socializing. When I do agree to meeting up I completely regret it until I arrive and have a fabulous time! I need to stop being lazy and anti social. My weekly goal will be to incite a conversation with friends and make plans with them. 

2. Finish up my unit lesson plans… I'm in my last semester of undergraduate school. It's crunch time and everything I've procrastinated on is piling up. I have forms to fill out, hours to complete and lesson plans to write up. I'd love to get them all out of the way so I can focus on other things before my semester ends.

I'm very proud of myself for setting these goals. It wasn't until I discovered Epic Mommy and The Nector that I had ever taken a step back and asked myself what I wanted out of this week. I don't do this enough and I appreciate the two blogger for creating such wonderful, thought-provoking content.

In the future I would love to use to create my own Link-Up! What do you think? Would you participate?

What are your weekly wishes?

Until next time,
xoxo Ines

Sunday Rewind: My Week in Review

Happy Sunday everyone!

Raise your hand if you aren't quite ready to head back to work yet…

Can you believe that in just about a week in a half, we will all be sitting down to a turkey dinner? December is right around the corner and there's nothing more I'm looking forward to than Christmas and finishing my last undergraduate semester! 

Woop woop!

Let's take a look into my week in review:

Row One
Last Sunday, I woke up to the smell of pancakes bubbling and bacon sizzling. When I finally got the energy to get out of bed, I was greeted by my boyfriend and an amazing cup of coffe. Can you see why I'm never letting this one go? He never arises to amaze me. 

On Monday, Brendan came over for a little bit. We caught up on AHS and watched the new season. That's when the other man in my life, Willie my cat, decided to join in on the night. 

The next morning I woke up feeling great and decided to dress a little more casual and laid back for work. Although it snowed lightly, boo, my zip up and vest were all I needed. 

Row Two
Later Tuesday night Brendan came over again. Of course we were created by a different feline this time. Reba made herself right at home in his comfy shoulder. Sadly Brendan hopped on a flight the next day to Florida and is currently on a caribbean cruise. #jealous!

The week continued and not too much happened. This past Friday I went to West End Johnnies, in Boston with a girlfriend. I guess you could say that we are spoiled because we get to dance up on a stage, protected by a wall of guys. I can be such a home body sometimes, antisocial and lazy, so I'm glad that I put myself forward and actually went out.

Row Three
This week, abc family played reruns of Molly Ringwald movies. If you don't know who Molly Ringwald is, I give you permission to go google her now and then come back. The Breakfast Club is my absolute favorite movie. I binge watched it happily in my pjs on the couch. If you've never seen it, I highly recommend it!

This past week I also got the privilege to create my first guest blog post for HumbleBeauty. Tab, who runs the blog, was an absolute pleasure to work with. I've been an admirer from afar for the past few months so when she said she would love to feature me, I was overcome with so much happiness and excitement!

Want to checkout my guest post? Click here.

Finally this past week I was able to yet again stop being anti social and go out with my hometown friends. We went to dave and busters and I had a few drinks and laughs. I'm always happy to go out with absolutely anyone. I love all my friends and I love going out. But I've noticed after my year of being 21 and binging out on going to bars, I've become totally exhausted and prefer staying at home.

I forget sometimes that I still love going out to bars. I think it has something to do with students teaching all day, going to work all afternoon and then going to class… should be interesting to see how I feel come January when I won't have to students teach or attend classes anymore...

Until next time,
xoxo Ines

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OOTD: Featured on HumbleBeauty

Hello loves!

I'm excited to announce that I had the wonderful honor of being a 
guest blogger on HumbleBeauty's Blog.

Humble Beauty, run by Tab, is a blog 
"about fashion, style, beauty, and overall well-being.'

Want to checkout my OOTD?

 Follow this link, or click on the pictures, to be taken right to the post. Don't forget to let Tab know in the comments, "Ines sent me here!"

Until next time,
Ines xoxo

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Portuguese Vacation

(Figueira da Foz, Portugal)

Something I tell most people as soon as I meet them is that I am portuguese. 

Since I was basically in the womb up until the age of 16, my parents would take my brother and me to Portugal.

Most of my family lives over there, so what seemed like a vacation for me and my brother was really a reunion for my mom and dad.

In the beginning we would go for the whole summer, and slowly it narrowed down to just 4 weeks.

Up until this year, my junior year of high school 2007 was the last summer I was able to experience going to Portugal.

My brother and myself were older, had our own friends and had responsibilities that wouldn't allot us so many weeks away.

Well this summer 2014 we finally returned for 3 weeks.

There were tears of happiness and joy as many relatives have passed since 2007 and new ones born into the family.

But regardless, I've never seen my parents happier. That's what matters.

And I got a beautiful tan in the process.


Around 2001 my parents decided to sell our condo in Coimbra and move to 
a condo in Figueira da Foz. This is the view from our porch. 

One of my favorite things to do every morning this summer while vacationing 
in Portugal was hop in the car and head 5 minutes down the hill to the beach.

Perks of living in Figueira da Foz.
Here is a picture of the beach and some cafe's and beach-side property :-)

Our first weekend in Portugal, we drove down to Coimbra where my aunt lives. 

Downtown on Saturday night was the procession for 'Rainha Santa', or Queen Saint. 

Her real name was Elizabeth of Aragon.

She is celebrated July 4-July 8.
Reinha Santa comes down from the convent in a procession, across the Mondego River, on the first day. She stays in the church for 4 days and returns to the convent on the last day.
We celebrate her because as the story goes...
Elizabeth married King Denis of Portugal in 1288.

After the marriage, Elizabeth continued to quietly pursue her religious practices and was devoted to the poor and sick in Portugal.

Elizabeth would take food from the castle kitchens and feed the hungry. The King discouraged her from doing this.

One afternoon, when she was getting ready to feed the hungry, the Kind caught her with her skirt folded over, heavy with something inside.

When the Kind demanded that she show him what she was hiding, suddenly flowers fell from her dress. She had turned the food into flowers and the King walked away. By doing this, she was able to continue feeding the poor.

Elizabeth passed on July 4th, 1325. She was buried in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra, in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus. After frequent flooding by the Mondego River in the 17th century, the Poor Clares moved her mortal remains to the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova (also in Coimbra). Her body was transferred to the main chapel, where it was buried in a sarcophagus of silver and crystal.

She was eventually canonized by Pope Urban VIII on May 25, 1625.
Many boys and girls dress as the kind and the blessed queen.
And some adults do too!

The fireworks how lasted 20 minutes. 
Here she is.
Reinha Santa.
Of course, she's standing on a bed of roses.

How beautiful are the streets in Downtown Coimbra during this celebration!?
Absolutely Amazing!

Downtown Coimbra, where my Aunt lives, is always full of of the most amazing smells from restaurants, old architecture, modern art and diverse people!
During feasts and celebrations, they light old downtown with decorations that lead the way for patron Saints, Folklore dance groups and tourists to follow.
Here is a "Rancho" dance group. Each village/county in Portugal has a representative Rancho dance group. Each village or county also has special folk dances and songs. 

The Ranchos perform these as tribute to the past times when these dances and songs were performed as entertainment.
They dress in traditional garb and carry props that were also traditional and specific to each village.

A fishing village may have nets and cod as props and the garb may be less flashy as opposed to a village near a city, where women wear gold necklace layered upon more gold necklaces and the finest in clothes. 

One may sing about finshing while the other sings about being married off.
Recently, the city of Coimbra build a foot- bridge that 
crosses the Rio Mondego connecting both sides of the city. 
While standing in the middle of the foot-bridge, I took this picture. This is the whole downtown of Portugal. The layering of buildings hides the many steep cobble streets connecting the historic sectors to the new. 

The tower in the middle and the surrounding large building at the top is the University. 

Students travel from across the country to attend University in Coimbra. 
Because both my parents (as well as many parents and children) studied in Coimbra when they were younger and also because my Aunt lives in the city, we were hear a couple times a week.

Let's get back to Figueira da Foz :-)

My parents :-)
I tried to really make use of my time in Figueira, especially because we live in a beach town.

Buarcos is my favorite part of Figueira to go to the beach!
Low tide!
Just casually looking for crabs...

Downtown Public Garden in Figueira

Figueira's open air market downtowns was totally renovated this past year. 


One of our stops along the way was my dad's village Seixo da Beira. 
It's about an hour through the valley of mountains to get there.

We went a few times, visiting mutliple families and friends.

We also got a chance to attend my parent's god daughter's (Amanda) dance recital.


Me and Amanda & My brother and Amanda :-)

My parents and Amanda.

 Later during my stay in Portugal, we returned to have dinner with her, her parents and grandparents.

Back to Figueira.
We drove up the mountain side one afternoon as the sun was setting over the town and ocean.

I caught some great images!


Next stop on the list was driving 3 long hours through the "big mountain' and Serra de Estrella to get to my mom's village.

We stayed in Aldeia de S. Francisco overnight.

This was our drive there...

This is carved into the side of the big mountain. We stopped and my brother decided to climb down the rocks and up the stairs. 

Can you see him?!

Then my mom decided to CLIMB UP the montain to pick a flower... she needed a hand to get down...

Me and my brother

After a LONG car ride, we arrived in Aldeia de S. Fransisco.

This is the house my grandfather built and my mother grew up in.

Enjoy some pictures of the the folliage, old buildings and scenic views.

My grandmother would clib up these stairs and keep her chickens and turkeys up there.

The village ovver was a HUGE mining village. 
This is all the silt the miners would dump after mining. Now, its a safety and health hazard.

How can such a hazzard be so beautiful?

My mom's relatives and friends actually use to live in those houses.

My brother siting outside my mom's childhood home. 
That whole white building is her house.

My grandmother's kitchen

Me and my brother on my grandmother's stoop.


Stopped to look at the view.

Had to photograph the rent-a-car OBV.

On the way back from my grandmother's village, we stopped by my dad's to visit more family.

These two women are sisters. 
They come from blue blood.
They never married.

The woman in the pink took care of my dad when he was a child.

She was the live-in nanny.

You see, my dad came from money.

They had a cleaner, a chef and a nanny.

This woman tokk care of my dad and his younger brother.
Bathed, fed and watched over him.

So every trip to portugal, we visit them atleast twice. 


On our final day in Coimbra, the day before out returning flight home to Boston, we payed one last visit to the foot bridge.


Here, you can see Coimbra, and the University tower and buildings right at the top.

Much better photo of the University

Hope you enjoyed!
Highly recommended trip!

Until next time,