Well, hi.

I´m Shelly and this blog is an online collection of things that I like – which reads: movies, books, photography, sketches and also random thoughts. It is much shorter than the Portuguese one – which has been on for almost 10 years now- so I will either slowly translate the older content into this page or maybe I’ll just start fresh… Whichever it is, I hope you enjoy it!


My vintage feel-good movie marathon

As we waited for a vaccine, a cure or a sudden end of COVID19, my mom and I decided to watch a few feel-good movies from our past this weekend. My kids were mostly sitting on the floor, playing with their legos through basically the 5 movies. And I thought, pandemic or no pandemic, life […]


It’s funny because I never met my grandfather. None of them, actually. Yet, I have inherited something very particular from each one of them. My maternal grandfather loved books and alpino chocolate, just like I do. He was also a painter like me. He left me a collection of old books and paintings. Some of […]

Colored Pencils

I don’t quite understand how my brain works. The way a smell triggers a memory or the way there’s a certain song that will always make me cry as if something terrible had happened. There’s one thing though that I know it’s very planted in my brain and even though I don’t get the mechanism, […]

The Pandemic

This picture is perfect. Real photographers could criticize it enough, I am sure. But it is perfect, look: This is a picture of my dad’s ultimate dream life. That’s him sitting on that chair. In the water, you can see my mom and her grandkids. This is all my dad wants from life, he told […]

I’m not Lula Mae anymore

I think I’ve changed. Hopefully for the better, although, not entirely. I used to think that the universe would punish me if I ever got mad at anyone. I actually googled “what would Jesus do?” at one point trying to suppress negative feelings. That’s the part where I think I’ve changed for the worse. I […]

Letter to myself

I found a letter I wrote to myself 5 years ago. Apparently, I’ve been this dramatic for a very long time. Dear future me, Beyond all the crying, the screaming and them not doing what you tell them to, there’s a moment you visit from time to time as a parent. It doesn’t matter how […]

I like David Spade and I am probably not a feminist.

Do I get the “worst mom of all times award” just for liking David Spade’s book? I mean, I had no clue! I thought it was hilarious and I was also totally under the impression that David and I were best friends because: We basically lived the same life in high school. He (or his […]

I watched booksmart on the plane. A then a few times more.

Booksmart is one of those movies about teenagers that are not supposed to be watched by unsupervised teenagers. So, my guess is… it’s a movie for parents (much like “13 reasons why”)… so there’s nothing weird about the fact that I have already watched it 3 times in a month, right? I may be just […]

Too all the boys I loved before – Part 2

I refuse to start this post by saying *spoiler alert* ’cause if you’re thinking there’s a major twist on the second book like Lana Jean goes to the army to save Peter, who now only has one leg, and they struggle to cross the border together after a series of dramatic events you are even […]


To be honest, I always thought Halloween was kind-of-ok at most… but ever since I moved to this country and realized how much effort the gringos put into it, it started growing on me in ridiculous proportions! So, this year, I got a little carried away. But just a little, ’cause I’m still relatively poor […]

Kinder Egg Collection

Unless you’re a 90’s kid raised in Brazil, you will not understand what the big deal about these little lions is. But if you are, you have a moral obligation of envying my collection. The thing about toys and specially toys from your childhood is that they are like Macaulay Culkin. They have sentimental value […]

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