To my brother, with love

Today is my big brother’s birthday and this post is for him! First because he would probably get jealous since I wrote about our sister Virgínia not so long ago (lol just kidding he wouldn’t!). Secondly because he has THE BEST sense of humor and I am already smiling with my choice of the picture below! We just love to make fun of each other, so here is my turn…
Happy Birthday Fred!
Now seriously… to have my big brother in my life has been one of the best gifts God has given me. He has influenced my way of being from my behavior as a kid (well a bad behavior by the way) to even my career choice.
As kids we were two lit monsters, always running around and playing pranks. For a while I actually wanted to be a boy – because boys were so much more fun than my girlfriends!
Sometimes we wanted to kill each other but I always thought he was the coolest kid around!
My dad used to called us “Hart to Hart” (in honor to the 80’s TV series) because we were such a great team! We would manage to have fun anywhere, anytime – can you imagine we played hide and seek in the car while my parents were driving? (How does that even make sense?)
One of the silliest memories I have with my brother it was that we used to walk on the mall speaking some language we invented – assuming the people staring at us believed we were speaking english – and we thought that was the coolest thing ever: ‘to look like we were americans‘… Another silly one is that we would play hide and seek inside department stores, we would hide inside clothes racks and at the end of the night my parents would have to be on their knees looking for our lit feet under the clothes!
But my favorite memory… we used to pose on the windows of stores, standing still, trying not to laugh or move and pretending we were mannequins… I now feel bad for our parents running after us all the time!
I could go on and on about all the fun we had… But Fred made the biggest impact in my life when he enrolled in Graphic Design School. I was 2 years younger and still not sure between going to Journalism school (don’t laugh!) or Marketing. I had never even heard of Design College until my brother started to explain it to me. It was back in 1998 and that wasn’t yet a popular field in Brazil. I remember seeing what he was learning and watching how passionate he was about it… and I just knew I was meant to do something along those lines.
As I enrolled in Industrial Design School I come home everyday to watch him starting his business and I got curious about the briefings, the brainstorming, the layouts. He shared his books and art supplies and – the best of all – he taught me all the softwares! He would sit down and tell me ‘this is how you create a new file, these are the tools, now you figure it out and call me when you have questions‘. Hands down the best teacher ever!
We each developed our career paths – I moved to United States and he built his design office in Rio de Janeiro. We are so similar and at the same time so different: he got the business genes and mad organizational skills (you should see his face everytime he sees my messy desktop)! Now he does everything from branding through marketing campaigns to complete website solutions! I am also so proud that he continued his education on Business and Marketing and now he knows everything about everything!
He is currently helping me to build my online store (remember, the one to sell my textiles)! He does it all from his office – humbly located 2 blocks from Pepe Beach! Let me just tell you how jealous I am that he takes breaks from work to go surfing – quite a lifestyle don’t you think? You can visit his company’s website here.
He also just got married, bought a brand new beautiful condo with an ocean view and I wish him all the happiness in the world and much more success! Today I wanted to say loud and clear that I love my brother Fred and I am so thankful for our precious relationship! (And once my store is up if somethings goes wrong or if there are any bugs, you can blame it all on him – lol)!


  • Happy Birthday, Fred! You sound like you have a wonderful childhood and fun memories growing up with your brother. I love hearing heartwarming stories like this. The funniest moment from the story above is when you and your brother would stand still and pose as mannequins. You two are so cute and so cheeky (in a good way)!

    I just love this post! So much sibling love in the family. Wishing Fred the best birthday ever!


  • Having a brother myself (be it younger) I totally can relate to this post!! He now lives in Hong Kong and I am in Ireland but when we talk it like whe are kids again in our back yard. Love it xxx

  • Nessa,

    Como eu TE AMO.. vc não tem ideia…

    Impressionante com vc conseguiu descrever nossa infância perfeitamente…

    E não pense que foi só vc que aprendeu algo comigo ou foi inspirada por mim… saiba que vc me ensinou muita coisa… muita coisa mesmo…

    Sinto muita falta de vc morando longe e sofro por saber que vc está aqui no Brasil por um tempo e não estou te vendo todos os dias… (porcaria de vida de gente grande, não conseguimos fazer tudo que queremos…)

    E desculpe se algum dia te fiz chorar ou não dei a atenção que vc merece, sei que sempre a culpa é minha nesse tipo de situação e vc merece todo amor do mundo.

    Mas saiba que vc sempre está no fundo do meu coração como a irmã que todos gostariam de ter.

    TE AMO muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuito!!!!!!!!!

  • Ahhh Fred, tá fingindo que sabe ler inglês?? ehhehe

    Sério ontem fiquei gargalhando escrevendo esse post, queria escrever muito mais, a gente dominando os cavalos de Miguel Pereira sendo guia turísticos e correndo a cavalo em pleno paralelepípedo – como tínhamos anjo da guarda!! E também todos os conselhos que vc sempre me deu…

    Muito obrigada por tudo e que seu dia (apesar da gripe) seja lindo como você merece, TE AMO!!

  • Thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog, coming from you, it means so much. I’ve just discovered this passion for design and I have no idea in what direction I’m heading.

    I really enjoyed reading this post about your brother and you. I have an older (6yrs older) and a younger (2yrs younger) myself and I love them more than I could ever explain. Being a sibling can be one of the most beautiful things in the world, but it can also be painful. They know you, love you and accept you and they know where you’re coming from.

    My older brother is currently the local drug dealer and when he was 15 he was addicted to gambling. He’s caused not only my parents, but also me and our younger brother a great deal of concern and pain, but I cherish ever single moment I have with him. He’s not a full on addict yet, but I’m fearing it might be his future. So many of his “friends” have died from OD and so I know better than to carry a grudge and so I leave the pain at the door whenever I see him and do whatever I can to show him what he means to me.

    Thanks again! 🙂 xxx

  • Darling this post is so wonderful and I love the pictures you chose. There is so much affection and warmth in your words.

    I wish I had a big brother and that my relationship with my sister was better. You are a very lucky ‘sister’.

    xx Charlotta

  • Happy Birthday to Fred! (Fred… you must be pretty special… because if your sister thinks you are somethin’ else… than SO DO I!) LOVED hearing about all your adventures as siblings!!!!

  • What a wonderful post! I have a younger brother and you’ve made me think back at all the fun (and fights!) we used to have when we were little. 🙂 Ada

  • I absolutely ADORE this post! Thank you for sharing this lovely moment with your readers! Great post and very inspiring …

    Also thank you so much for stopping by – I truly appreciate it your visit to my site, you are more than welcome anytime!

    Sunshine & smiles to you always! =(^.^)=

  • Aw this is such a sweet post! Happy birthday to your brother!
    Your relationship with your brother sounds very similar to mine and my brother! I think older brothers are great.
    That is wonderful you have such a good relationship with him!
    Have a great weekend, friend! XO

  • OHH Vanessa I adore this post about your brother – he sounds like such a great guys. I have a younger sister, and can totally relate to what you said about a special language, hide and seeks, and just a special world of your own!! Loved this and HAPPY birthday Fred. – and have a great weekend hon 🙂
    A xx

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