5 Fave Things I Found On Instagram This Week

I love lists, don’t you? In fact, I love lists so much, the Notes tab on my iPhone is always open as I’m constantly jotting down anything from grocery lists, songs I want to listen to, perfumes I want to smell, to-do lists, and appointments… you get the gist, I take notes, lots of ’em!
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The Quirkiest Monthly Subscriptions to Gift This Holiday

Now that you’re making some serious progress with your gift list, all that’s left to tackle are presents for those people who seem to have it all. Skip the boring gift cards this year and go for the best kind of gift: the kind that keeps on giving. Keep Reading!

Braids to Beards: 25 Last-Minute Gifts for Hair Lovers

If you’ve got a product junkie, diva teen or hair-obsessed guy or gal in your life, then you know how much they appreciate a good hairstyle. For all those last-minute shoppers out there (guilty!), we’ve combed through the top hair accessories, products and tools to give you the ultimate shopping list for hair lovers. Keep Reading!

Say Yes to the (Pink) Dress: 14 Blush Wedding Dresses

2015 has come and gone, but the blush-hued wedding dress has made the cut on runways and designer trends for 2016. Keep Reading!

22 of the Hottest Wedding Trends From 2015

We may still be picking confetti out of our hair from last season’s wedding fètes, but a new year is upon us, and with it comes a new set of trends. Weddings are about to get real personal as couples say “I do” to hometown flavors, multi-day affairs, selfie invites and dresses that are anything but traditional. Sneak a glimpse at this year’s hottest wedding trends. Keep Reading!

Lucky Charms: 12 Stylish Brazilian Wish Ribbon Trends

From the calming waves of bossa nova to the thumping beat of Olodum –Salvador, Bahia is filled with artistic culture, vibrant beaches, cobblestoned alleys and colorful buildings of Pelourinho, bold design, beautiful and friendly people, acarajé, cozido and a history that pulses through the veins of this rich and incredible place. Keep Reading!


While doing some window shopping, I was drawn to the most fabulous bracelets, enticing me with their vibrant colors. But there was something else that caught my eye, a familiar ribbon signifying luck, the Brazilian wish ribbon or “fita.” Having a fascination with the Brazilian ribbon, I immediately had to know more about these bracelets. Inquiring with the shopkeeper from Lee and Birch, she explained that they found them in L.A. and the company creating them is called, Hipanema. Furthermore the bracelets are each unique and can take up to 36 hours to make.

Hipanema Bracelets

I Googled “Hipanema” and my eyes were delighted!  Not only are the bracelets to die for but the typography, brand, and story enlightened my face! I was hooked on Hipanema!

    (I mean, really, REALLY!!!)

Hipanema Creators

It all began with two Parisian women influenced by the colors depicted throughout their travels in Brazil. Inspired, they began designing these trinket bracelets.

Meeting someone from Salvador, Brazil or venturing there yourself ensures that you will either receive or see a fita/wish ribbon. They are an amulet of the Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (the Church of Saint Bonfim.) Visiting the church you will find thousands of colored ribbons tied to the fencing surrounding it.  Each one of these ribbons represents a wish or an intense plea for dreams, love, success, health, peace, energy….

The ribbons, in a myriad of vibrant colors have the words, “Lembrança do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia”, or in remembrance of the savior of Bahia written on them, and are a 200 year old tradition.  The original fitas were made of silk and written on by hand in silver.  These fitas were draped around the neck and adorned with medallions and holy depictions. Nowadays the ribbons are worn as a good luck charm petitioning for miracles big or small.

In order for the ribbons to fulfill a wish, a protocol must be adhered to:

∆ Ribbons are to be given as a gift.
∆ They are worn on the left wrist.
∆ The knots are to be tied by a third-party.
∆ They are tied with three knots, with each knot a wish is made.
∆ When the ribbon naturally breaks down and falls off it is believed that your wishes will come true.Hipanema Bracelets

The ribbons may last for months or years latching on by a thread. But rest assured it’s worth your wishes!

The Parisian gals from Hipanema devised a way for us to wear our fitas as a fashion accessory.  They created a chic magnetized clasp (in gold or silver) that wrap vibrant trinkets of pearls, shells and multi-colored threads around your wrist.

Another appeal is that each Hipanema bracelet is named after a region or city, giving it character, representation and significance to the wearer.

For lovers of charms, travel and vibrant colors this bracelet is a summer must!

For those unfamiliar with the Brazilian Wish Ribbon/Fita or interested in a historical depiction I’ve written about them before http://michelleswift.com/2012/08/21/brazilian-wish-ribbons/

If you live in GR and want to shop locally you can pick up a Hipanema bracelet at Lee and Birch http://www.leeandbirch.com/

Wear Your Wishes: Brazilian Wish Ribbons

If you ever venture to Salvador Brazil, which you should, because it’s filled with culture, history and celebration – go and visit the Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, The Church of Saint Bonfim. While you’re there be sure to grab yourself a caldo de cana (sugarcane juice) from an outdoor vendor and a fita (wish ribbon) as you decide upon tying your wish to the gate surrounding the Bonfim. This is a special place that has transformed from a church to a popular shrine because of its power to perform miraculous cures.
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