We’re completely obsessed with the Rio Olympics so this week’s Friday Favourites will be all things Brazil! So here goes:
Brazilian Sportswomen - Larissa França and Talita Antunes
Brail’s beach volleyball duo, Larissa França and Talita Antunes are ones to look out for at this year’s Olympics. They’ve won EIGHT gold medals together during the Rio qualifiers, previously won 12 out of 19 FIVN World Tour Events and sit pretty at the top of the Olympic ranking list. Clearly, they mean business. They are brilliant examples of how hard work pays off!
Music - Céu
Céu isn’t a known that well known amongst mainstream music fans but she’s been nominated for a number of Latin Grammys and a Best World Music Grammy for her 2008 self-titled album, Céu. Her latest project is her album ‘Tropix’ packed full of laidback sounds, guitar riffs and even a few reggae sounds. It’s a brilliant reflection of the melting pot of different cultures, blended together that make Brazil so great. Our favourite track is ‘A Nave Vai’, which if you close your eyes while listening to it, you’re transported to a Copacabana beach party.
Movie - City of God
Our Brazil-inspired movie choice is a throwback. It has to be ‘City of God’, which is hands-down one of the best movies of all time. For anyone that’s not been to Brazil, it gives and insight to what it’s really like to live in the slums (Favellas) in Rio de Janeiro. Granted, some parts are a bit on the violent side, but it still doesn’t take away how hypnotic and inviting Brazil and the beautifully rich Brazilian culture is. It’s a must watch!
Cocktail - Caipirinha
It is summer and Brazil is on our screens for most of the day, right, so we’ve got to celebrate with a cocktail. Not just with any cocktail, but with the Caipirinha, which is Brazil’s national cocktail. Here’s exactly what you need and exactly how to make it:
½ lime, quartered
75ml (2.5 fl oz.) of cachaca
1 teaspoon of white sugar (from sugar cane)
1 cup of ice cubes
A large rocks glass
Spoon to mix/crush sugar
Squeeze and drop the lime into the glass, add sugar and mix and crush with spoon. Pour in the cachaca and ice. Stir well and enjoy!
Makeup Brand - Natura Brasil
What makes this brand so great is their eco-friendly philosophy. They sell a whole range of products from body care to hair care but their fragrances are divine. The ingredients they use to make their scents are all locally sourced in Brazil, which means by buying a fragrance, you have a hand in helping to sustain of Brazil’s biodiversity.
Shoe Brand - Havaianas
Havaianas are one of the most popular Brazilian brands. Their flip-flops are sold world wide, come in a whole range of pretty colour and are affordable!
Icon - Carmen Miranda
We couldn’t end this Brazil-themed list without including one of the most famous Brazilians of all time, namely, Carmen Miranda. Known as ‘The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat’ who made the fruit hat famous, she was the very representation of Brazil – colourful and musical. Multi-talented would be the perfect word to describe her, as she was a samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress and a film actress. An inspiration to women the world over who, not only dream, but dream big
And there you have it! Our Rio Olympics inspired Brazil-themed Friday favourites. If you love it, share the love with your friends!