I come from Rio de Janeiro, a city of sea, nature, music and where the sun shines all year round. Rio is a magic city, but after 4 years of studies in International Relations, Paris was my dream destination.
I came to Paris to learn French and then I did a 2-year Master’s degree at Paris Sorbonne. After my Masters I started working in the Beauty Industry and as a Content Creator and Photographer.
Living in Paris brought out a new version of me which is perfectly described by: “Being a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.” Moving to Paris has changed the way I think, dress, eat, communicate and see the world. Paris is the city where I found a fascinating culture, inspiration for what I photograph / write and the love of my life.
Why is Paris so special to you?
I am the kind of person who always tries to find an answer to everything. Except when the question is “where you’ll live if it is not Paris”? Every time I think about living anywhere else, I tell myself that there is so much to discover in Paris and my life here is just beginning..
Tell us about 3 most exciting places to visit in Paris…
- A typical Parisian Café: Café de Flore is a historical place in a charming neighborhood.
- A museum where you can combine art + a creative shooting: Musée Rodin or Musée de Orsay
- A fashion place: Galeries Lafayette, to feel like you are in a fashion movie and then visit their rooftop to admire one of the best views in the city.
Your favourite Parisian Brands
I love the BHV concept: a place where you can find decoration, clothes, food, books, shoes, etc.
About fashion, I would say the & Other Stories collection made in Parisian Ateliers and for shoes the creative models from JONAK.
Anything funny that happened to you in Paris…
Countless funny stories will happen to you if you decide to move to Paris without speaking French. (#emilyinparisfeeling) When you live in another language, there will always be words that you struggle with. At the beginning, I couldn’t pronounce the word “success” without saying sucecSEXY “the funniest time was when I was in a meeting with just Parisians and I said” this project will be a sucecSEXY “
What do you like and don’t like about living in Paris?
I appreciate that: art and history are in every corner of the city, wonderful museums, theaters and cinemas are as easy to find as eclectic clubs and bars. And you can see people from all over the world, especially in the famous Parisian metro.
I can’t believe that: In 2021, we have to print a lot of documents and make appointments( the famous rendez-vous) for almost everything… Also the service: It is better not to come to Paris expecting big smiles and “how can I help you”?
What is on in Paris that is worth a visit?
Something ephemeral that I love the concept is the “Cinéma en plein air” which is an Open Air Film Festival.A cultural highlight every summer with a different theme each time.
What would be your advice to anyone who wants to settle down in Paris?
As Audrey Hepburn says, “ Paris is always a good idea.” Stay focused, positive and always have in mind what brought you here. Ah, and don’t forget to buy a Navigo(metro pass) and take pictures along the way…
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