Category: Destino Brasil

estilo: Beyond the Bikini

Take a glimpse into Paula's Estilo – "style" in Portuguese – as we take you
beyond the bikini and into what inspires the ViX lifestyle. From behind-the-scenes moments
to Paula's own interpretation on luxury living, ViX is more than just a bikini.

Brazilian Carnival

February 4th, 2013

Though perhaps the most famous place for holding Carnival, Brazil cannot actually take credit for its invention.  Rooted in a solemn kind of history, Carnival arose because of the period of Lent, as defined by the Christian calendar.   Lent comes before Easter and is traditionally a period of abstaining from rich foods, such as meats and sugar.  Therefore, communities would try to consume these delicacies before Lent.  These focused gatherings of feasting is thought to be the origin of Carnival.  In time, Carnival emerged mainly in areas with large Catholic populations, including places like Venice, where the use of masquerade ...


Hotspots of Rio: Santa Teresa

January 21st, 2013

Set on a hill near the center of Rio de Janeiro, sprawls the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa.  Considered the Brasilian version of Paris’ Montmartre district, Santa Teresa is a charming neighborhood with panoramic vistas and winding streets dotted with art studios, cafes and restaurants.  The area is a famous destination for artists and tourists, yet also maintains its ever present aura of history and culture.  Find out about ViX designer Paula Hermanny's must-see hotspots in this picturesque quarter of Rio de Janeiro:


Hotel Santa Teresa

A getaway within a getaway, the Hotel Santa Teresa is a boutique hotel ...


New Year's - The Brasilian Way

December 28th, 2012

Celebrating New Year’s in Brasil is an exotic blend of tradition, superstition and zest!  Adding to that is the fact that most everyone heads towards the beaches since the country is at the peak of summer.  Ringing in 2013 on the sand is tempting enough, but what about the idea of an entirely unique, cultural experience?  Here are some of the charming “rituals” that make New Year's in Brasil all the more fascinating:

They wear white!

It not only makes sense in the midst of the summer heat, but ladies and gents, alike, will dress in white to ...


A Bit of Light Christmas Fare

December 24th, 2012

Christmas in Brasil is often celebrated on Christmas Eve.  Families will gather together around tables heavily laden with rich, delicious food.  It’s an important time to relax and enjoy the time spent with friends, family and loved ones.

The following day, meals are usually smaller and more casual.  For ViX designer Paula Hermanny, she loves to serve light and healthy dishes.  With seafood being her absolute favorite, she opts for one of her signature recipes: shrimp couscous. 

Though not a traditional holiday meal, shrimp couscous still works great for the season.  It’s simple to make and calorie concious ...


Explore Brasil: Buzios

December 18th, 2012

In the region of Lagos, very close to Rio de Janeiro, there is a place that even Paula Hermanny deems as paradise.  This place is called Buzios, and it made a splash in the 1960’s with a visit from the iconic beauty, Brigitte Bardot.

With over twenty beaches, charming inns and boutique hotels plus haute cuisine, the city is abuzz during Brasil's high summer.  Below, find the best that Buzios has to offer:

Where to stay…

Insolito is located in Horseshoe Beach and is the perfect hotel for those who want to learn more about Brasilian culture.  Rooms ...