Sao Paulo, Brazil
Renata, 41
interior designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an interior designer! I love what I do because I can express myself through my design's colors, shapes, prints, lights. I am always reinventing myself and my projects.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

My worst job was when I worked in a hospital and couldn't do anything other than what I was assigned to do, even though I had time and expertise to do more things and help more people.

Were you born and raised in Sao Paulo? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sao Paulo?

Yes, born and raised here!

What’s your current hood in Sao Paulo and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I really like Rua Augusta, where I once lived and have so many incredible memories. I didn't need anything other than my feet because walking around the neighbourhoods nearby is fantastic! Lots of eclectic bars, good areas for shopping and meals, and surreal book stores! It's crowded 24/7, so not a perfect place to sleep at night!! LOL

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love 90's music, electronic and MPB (a typical brazilian music similar to BossaNova). I don't like forró - another typical Brazilian kind of music.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Adele (Rolling on the deep) / ( Someone like you ).

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

✔️Masterchef - nice show to learn new and different things. ✔️Saia Justa (gnt) - a program made by women for women in which they talk about the news and polemic subjects ✔️Globo News - a famous channel with 24/7 news from around Brazil and the world ✔️ H&H, esquadrão da moda - a program about fashion trends, clothes and tips

Name some spots in Sao Paulo that are good for a Tinder date.

Athenas bar!

Who’s your hero and where in Sao Paulo would you take them out for a serious hang?

She-Ra a power princess! I would take her to Retrô Hair!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I usually buy in exclusive places surrounded by diversity. There are some pop clothes fairs that I will show you on my map!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love to take my dogs to walk around the parks, but I never have time enough to do so as much as I want.

Where do you go in Sao Paulo for a casual night out?

Vila butantã!

Where would you go in Sao Paulo to celebrate some freaking good news?

Si Senor! Mexican food!

What’s your choice of transportation in Sao Paulo and why?

I'd rather take my own car depending on where I'm going, but subway is a good way of transportation here. When I'm not in the mood for driving, Uber is a great option.

What are the Sao Paulo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

1) Gallery of Rock n'Roll 2) Handicrafts fair at Embu da Artes (more infos on my map!)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sao Paulo. How do you spend it?

At the Municipal Theatre!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Paraty, a city near Rio de Janeiro. I've been there several times, it looks like an old movie, culture everywhere, great cozy hotels, lots of things to see, incredible islands and good vibes.

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