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#SaveChad | ALS

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Chloe Origami | Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper

F*SHIFT MAGAZINE | FULL BLOOM

Chloé Origami: Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper

Do you remember all those times folding paper airplanes with friends as a kid? Here we take it up a notch! I had the pleasure of interviewing talented Portuguese origami designer Inês Lima, better known by her brand name Chloé Origami, here on Fashion Shift Magazine! 🐘🐘

Check out the interview and article I wrote, “Unfolding ideas to fold paper” (p31), in the Full Bloom issue – out now!

https://issuu.com/fashionshiftma…/…/full_bloom_digital_2017_

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We’re always on the lookout for new guest writers/bloggers regarding natural beauty tips, skin care, well-being, fashion, healthy living, organic products, etc.
Get in touch if you’re interested!
submissions@fashionshiftmagazine.com
carmen.obied@fashionshiftmagazine.com

You can also read my full article on origami below: Continue reading Chloe Origami | Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper

Deciphering the Jungle’s Language

I breathed in the earthy humid air as I took another step deeper into the dense tangled jungle. As I trekked through knee-high swamps any sudden sound would conjure mirages of Cayman crocodiles known to roam these waters. Ancient watchful trees whispered stories across the mist threaded forest. An orchestra of squawking parrots and howling monkeys followed me as I explored this sensory maze. I will never forget the Amazon.

THE AMAZON! Though often associated with unfamiliar perilous and venomous wildlife, the Amazon jungle had always been to me a much fantasised haven which I yearned to explore. Maybe it was growing up as a wild child by a forest pretending to be a jungle native, but that vision followed me, eventually transporting me into the heart of Pachamama (‘Mother Earth’ in Quechua), through which its main artery flows, the Amazon River. The deeper I ventured into the jungle, I noticed the increase in humidity and diversity of indigenous wildlife, ranging from 222 species of mammals, 99 species of reptiles, 140 species of amphibians, 1000 species of birds, 210 species of fish and 2500 species of insects. My guide had grown up in the Amazon, and it was as though he could feel every movement and call that nature shared with us. There is a co-existence between nature and the resilient locals. To decipher the jungle’s language requires local knowledge, patience and a perceptive mind. From being surprised by playful monkeys, to being the one to swing from vines, I felt in tune with nature’s beat. As dusk set in, and we wandered through the night-veiled jungle, my senses felt magnified, alert to any hints of shapes or sounds within the shadows. Furry-legged creatures formed silhouettes under the torch’s limelight to the soundtrack of the dancing foliage. With the rising sun, came rising currents. After an ‘OK’ from the guide, I leapt into the immense fast-flowing river, and momentarily surrendered myself to its will.  It was while journeying through the Amazon, with curious eyes, that a fresh peace of mind dawned upon me.

[excerpt from my ‘Snippets of a Nomadic Year: From South America to the Balkans‘ article published in F*Shift Magazine‘s Explorer issue, Oct 2016, pp. 40-41]


For a detailed low-down on how to plan your trip with tips on what to watch out for and things to not miss out, check out: Oh Snap! Adventures blog post!

Photography: Steven Lopez (instagram: @eslopez).

Misty Trail to Machu Picchu!

MACHU PICCHU! Rain cascaded down onto me, as fellow poncho-covered backpackers from around the world powered up precipitous trails, surrounded by floating misty mountains. It was the rainy season, which brought its own allure of mystery and enchantment. A sudden humbling realisation rushed through my body as I walked those same long-winding, narrow stone cobbled paths and steep slippery steps as the Incan empire once did, which took around 100 years to build. The legendary 4-day trail leading to the archaeological world wonder, Machu Picchu, or ‘Old Mountain’ in ancient Quechua, an oral language still spoken by native locals today! The journey started at the puma-shaped city of Cusco, the religious-administrative center of the Incan empire. The arduous hike underwent dramatic transformations from Andean alpine terrains to damp cloud forests, with the dissipating mist revealing river valleys and terraced Incan ruins along the way, forming connecting stories between nature and its past people. We camped in different remote havens along the way, gazing silently at the majestic views, a reminder of life’s serenity. Damp, sweat-covered and sleep deprived, but the thrill of the destination triggered my fully awakened senses. As I climbed the final steps, the rising sun dispelled the foggy curtains, uncovering the sought-after panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel, erected at 2,430m above sea level, where we were greeted by tourists and llamas.

[excerpt from my ‘Snippets of a Nomadic Year: From South America to the Balkans‘ article published in F*Shift Magazine‘s Explorer issue, Oct 2016, pp. 40-41]


For a detailed low-down on how to plan your trip with tips on what to watch out for and things to not miss out, check out: Oh Snap! Adventures blog post!

Photography: Steven Lopez (instagram: @eslopez128).

Rio Carnaval!

RIO CARNAVAL! While living in Chile, my dream to visit Brazil felt within closer reach. So I thought, why not escape there one weekend during their biggest, most famous festival? The Rio Carnaval! Being raised in Portugal definitely came in handy and knowing people there meant experiencing the beautiful madness through the eyes of the locals. Vibrant colourful parades flocked the streets in the form of party blocks, blocos, with the most extravagant and imaginative costumes you could imagine! Loud, rhythmic samba beats resonated throughout the whole city, as did the people’s energy. A view of and from the Christ the Redeemer was a must, as were strolls sipping on coconut water along the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema. A delicious feijoada feast gathering hosted by friends’ families in their home was a highlight, with singing and dancing breaking out in that heartfelt, candid manner that seems to come so naturally to Brazilians.

[excerpt from my ‘Snippets of a Nomadic Year: From South America to the Balkans‘ article published in F*Shift Magazine‘s Explorer issue, Oct 2016, pp. 40-41]

‘From Shipwrecks to Ice Caves: stories from an underwater archaeologist’

Exciting news! I was honoured to be asked to write an article  for Fashion Shift Magazine about being an underwater archaeologist and fashion model – out now!

Check it out here, I hope you enjoy the story! 🙂
‘From Shipwrecks to Ice Caves: stories from an underwater archaeologist’ (p68-71) http://issuu.com/fashionshif…/…/f_shift_magazine_winter_2016

Thanks to those who helped with creative editing and images! And a big thank you to F*Shift for the opportunity!