Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Luiza, 33
Costume Designer
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a bit about Luiza

What are you working on these days?

I work as a costume designer, but considering going back to kitchen work.

What drives you mad these days?

People being unfair, in any situation.

What makes you happy?

Food, movies, music and love.

When was the last time you cried?

I cry easily. The last time was because I was angry with an unfair work situation.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

I have a theory: every time that Stevie Wonder plays, I will have a good day. So I basically listen to him everyday!

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

The regress, I think I was a great movie, with awesome landscape shootings, but I felt in agony every moment, reminds me of No Country for Old Men (of The Cohen Brothers). Agony and tensions all time… I went to cinema without knowing anything about the movie, it was a surprise!

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I work with clothes, so I constantly been searching in thrift shops, cheap places in downtown, and department stores. And also in online stores, or on Instagram.

What’s your go-to café in Rio De Janeiro?

It depends; if I want to have fun and enjoy the food and view, I will go to Confeitaria Colombo at Forth of Copacabana. But for a work meeting I prefer go to Le Depanneur, next to my house, in Botafogo, or at La biciclette at Horto.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I really like Horto, because it’s nearby the botanical garden, its fresh and cool, but its also good a walk through Ipanema beach, or an residential neighborhood called Urca, for an bucolic quiet place with an ineffable view.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Rio De Janeiro but never actually do?

To go to waterfalls, I really miss being connected with nature. Working as freelancer sometimes its hard for job hours, and the best hours to go are commercial times (10-16h) that I will be working in.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

That’s a tough question, I don’t have a hero, but I certainly would take that important person at Olympe, because its a restaurant owned by a chef who I admire and would love to work with, Claude Troisgros, and will be a double chance to taste his food with someone special.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Probably to the cinema, but its good to schedule with friends to go take some drinks at B!ngo, at Jardim Botanico.

What’s that place in Rio De Janeiro you feel like only you know about?

Gruta waterfall at Horto, is really special to connect with nature and not everyone knows it. My best friend showed me this place and it has a great vibe and its not that hard to find.

If tomorrow was your last day in Rio De Janeiro before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I will go to the Ipanema beach early in morning, after that to the waterfall, shower – change for dry clothes, have lunch at my parents house cooked by my father and my mother dessert, then meet friends for a beer.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I really like my neighborhood, botafogo is an great place to have fun, move around city, have great restaurants for all kind of taste.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I used to have a tradition to celebrate my birthday at Restô, in Ipanema, its a french restaurant with Some options of vegetarian food. Definitely go with best friends, my parents and my boyfriend.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I love being alone, meditating, or just thinking about life in general

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

At circo voador or Fundição Progresso, One nearby other, are places with shows that changes every week, with classes during day time and a vast cultural program.

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