Fashion

From medical necessity to a fashion statement, renowned designers have transformed personal protective facemasks into the next must-have accessory There are several long-standing traditions associated with mask wearing in various cities around the world, but new measures of social distancing and public health and safety protocols have highlighted their role as a protective garment. However, this almost overnight mandate to use facemasks in our everyday lives shouldn’t mean we overlook their potential to be elegant, fun, sophisticated, and the latest accessory to “match” the rest of your wardrobe.  Rumour has it that the next New York Fashion Week, in…

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Brazilian arts and crafts vary up and down the country, but they tell the story of a nation’s creative culture  Arts and crafts in Brazil represent an artisan industry that puts the means of production and manufacture at the hands of a community or family. There is no specialisation or mechanisation of the work involved, which makes the handiwork that much more important culturally as it often represents the artistic history of a given region. This is also why arts and crafts feature so prominently on community tourism itineraries, and why pieces are sold at local fairs and events. …

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Welcome to another edition of BBMag, the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication! This time around we seek to temper some of our more traditional themes, such as tourism and culture, with the rather peculiar context in which we find ourselves. For this reason, we have several articles that explore the health crisis currently gripping our world.  Unable to visit museums and galleries in London during the Covid-19 pandemic? No problem—check out My London for a selection of virtual tours available during these restricted times! You won’t regret it. And speaking of health, we can’t fail to mention the true heroes of the hour:…

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Reach the Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking communities in the UK, Brazil and Europe, as well as Brits and international audiences BBMag is the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication dedicated to lifestyle, travel & tourism, culture with gastronomy, food and drinks, music and business. BBMag is distributed to UK based readers at no cost, ensuring that the reach and impact of our sponsors and advertising partners are maximised amongst this very specific audience. Our readership and distribution are mostly made up of Brazilian governmental entities, industry organisations, bars and restaurants, art centres, schools, cinemas, theatres, shows, festivals, event venues and more. Why…

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Bio-jewels, given their natural beauty and originality, have been grabbing the attention of women of late. Sales of this type of product are on the rise thanks to their value in terms of sustainability. The bio-jewellery market in Brazil is in rapid expansion with growing potential in terms of exportation. People often mistake bio-jewellery for a local craft, but the difference lies in the design, the concept, and the technology used to exalt raw materials, which are composed of natural elements, metals, precious and semi-precious stones. As you can see, they are created from genuinely Brazilian materials, and so…

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Any trip to London should always make time for a spot of shopping Whether you’re visiting London or call the city home, check out the top picks among Brazilians when it comes to finding everyday shopping—with a touch of British style of course—at bargain prices. Primark — Primark is a must for tourists in London, whether they’re visiting for their first or their tenth. From socks to jackets, bikinis to jeans, avant-garde pieces to the most basic of wardrobe items, Primark has it all. Guaranteed low prices is the store’s calling card. It’s particularly good for Brazilians travelling to London…

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One of the biggest issues we face in today’s world is spiralling pollution and the mismanagement of waste, both of which severely jeopardise the environment, on land, sea or air Concern about the health of the planet mounts every day. Awareness is a shared responsibility, between industry and consumer. There are, thankfully, some approaches to help limit our impact on the environment. Several countries have already joined the cause and have come up with a number of inspirational solutions, such as sneakers made from the chewing gum scraped off the pavements of Holland—1kg of reclaimed gum equates to 4 pairs…

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Gareth Southgate, the current England manager, has started a fashion trend with his signature navy blue waistcoat Football fans must be wondering what the England manager has got to do with fashion. Well, it’s quite simple—ever since the FIFA World Cup, in Russia, waistcoat sales have skyrocketed in the UK. The reason? Gareth Southgate became the tournament’s unlikely fashion icon. Generally speaking, people usually wear waistcoats to attend more formal events, such as weddings and gala parties. They can be worn open, in a more casual setting, or buttoned up, which appears to be Southgate’s preference. Sources suggest that public…

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Tired of curly, frizzy hair? Searching for a new look? Then this article’s for you One of the most frustrating things for a woman is having hard to manage hair. People who have excessively curly or long hair know exactly what we mean. However, help is at hand, as there are several types of treatment that can give your hair a new shine and softness. In this issue we’re talking about keratin, a treatment that leaves hair straight and sleek, and free from curls! This type of treatment, also known as “progressive brush” or “Brazilian smoothing”, guarantees excellent results. Keratin…

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I love a bit of retail therapy and am happy to admit I have a very healthy shopping habit! Unfortunately my bank balance hasn’t always looked as healthy after one of my “therapy” sessions… As someone who was born in this country I am constantly surprised at how expensive life in the UK and in particular London can be! All my friends say the same and some have even left City life to pursue their dreams elsewhere. Wondering how visitors from abroad feel about the British economy I asked some of my Brazilian friends their thoughts and the feedback has…

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In addition to high street fashion and the infamous department stores, London’s shopping scene is full of trendy vintage boutiques where you’ll hide some of the hidden treasures of the city. Buying second-hand clothes is no longer something to be frowned upon, reserved for people with fewer resources. Quite the opposite today, in fact in some of the more specialised vintage stores you can expect to spend far more on used clothes than you would on new, depending on what you’re looking for. In addition to such shops, dozens of vintage fairs take place each month in neighbourhoods like Benthal…

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British fashion has defined some iconic looks, from checkered shirts to full-dress tailoring complete with cufflinks and top hats to the punk rock statements of the 1970s and 1980s. English brands are constantly on the look out for new ways of interpreting these styles and make them relevant in the modern era. It’s on the streets that we see this most clearly, with a mixture of styles that make London the most eclectic and contemporary city in the world when it comes to the fashion stakes. Be it the hipster vibe of East London, the posh look of Soho, the…

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At this time of year in London all you’ll see on the streets are scarves, heavy coats and wooly hats, but in Brazil, however, it’s time to dig out the beachwear, shorts and summer dresses and enjoy the tropical heat. Many Brazilians at this time of year look to escape the heat of their homeland and spend their holidays In the UK. But the seasonal differences between Brazil and England can leave many confused about deciding what to pack, especially for those heading to the UK. To help a little we have separated a few looks that have already conquered…

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Makeup and hair ideas to keep you looking hot over the cold winter months Winter is here and as we move slowly towards spring, the cosmetics and beauty industry has a whole host of new products and looks for us to try out! I decided to take a little look at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to hair and makeup trends for Winter 2017/ Spring 2018. Let’s start with makeup and something simple… One trend that always seems to rear its head at some point during every season is groomed minimalism. This is the perfect daytime look…

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British summer left an especially vibrant and tropical mark this year. From London’s most popular high-street retailers to luxury fashion brands, Tropical Mood was undoubtedly this season’s leading trend and is soon to hit Brazilian shores with full force. The warm and vibrant colours include matching greens, roses, oranges and yellows, and a splash of neon. There was also plenty of royal blue to complement other warm tones, like red or even plain white, to achieve that “navy by the sea” look. One of the key elements of this tropical expression was the incorporation of summertime prints featuring pineapples, flamingos,…

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