Brazil in the spotlight

On the occasion of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, Encuentros Bazar organized a special event, Wednesday, May 28th at the Embassy of Brazil in Madrid.  This was second event we attended organized by Encuentros Bazar. The first was last month with designer Guillermina Baeza which we wrote about in an earlier post. 

The twentieth edition of the World Cup, will take place between June 12 and July 13, and will be the second time this sporting event takes place in Brazil.

We had the opportunity to talk with Ambassador Paulo César de Oliveira Campos about sports, tourism, fashion, and gastronomy, and his love for Madrid. 




The ambassador wanted to emphasize that visitors to Brazil for the World Cup should be aware that Brazil is much more than Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Less well known places such as Praia de Pipa, Chapada Diamantina, San Miguel, Jericocoara and Trancoso are well worth a visit.

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The ambassador also highlighted the quality of life in Madrid, the fact Madrid is well connected, with great transport and infrastructure, parks and gardens, cultural and leisure offerings, excellent restaurants, making Madrid a very pleasant city in which to live.

The Brazilian Embassy is located in a classical town house in the elegant Almagro district of Madrid, and retains antique furniture.




My look for the event, a white blazer by Mango, a blue dress by Zara, bag by Bimba y Lola and Jimmy Choo sandals.

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Group photo of the attendees



Thank you to Ana Zuazo, Rus Martínez and Alejandra Sanz for the excellent event organization and for inviting Friendly Madrid.

Encuentro Bazar with Guillermina Baeza

The Encuentro Bazar with Guillermina Baeza took place at the Tse Yang Dim Sum Club in La Moraleja, Madrid, Tuesday 29 April.


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Guillermina Baeza and Javier Ares from Dim Sum Club

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Victoria Lorenzo from Friendly Madrid

Encuentros Bazar are organized by Bazar me lo pido, a section of Metrópoli. Bazar me lo pido highlights products and services from around Spain in a casual and selective manner.

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Events are held once a month and organized around a theme and a person from the world of culture, fashion, art or gastronomy.


The event took place at Tse Yang Dim Sum Club (dim sum means “touch the heart” in Mandarin), a trendy and elegant restaurant in La Moraleja. There is a smaller outpost of Tse Yang on the gourmet floor the El Corte Inglés at Callao, and the long-standing flagship Tse Yang restaurant at the Villa Magna Hotel.

The Dim Sum were as delicious as they were varied.

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It was the first time Friendly Madrid attended this get-together and we were very fortunate to have as special guests, Guillermina Baeza and her daughter Belén Larruy, who currently heads the creative team of the firm.


Ana  Zuazo from Bazar me lo pido, Guillermina Baeza and her daughter Belén Larruy. 


Alejandra from Tic Tac  News Blog, Guillermina and Belén.

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Guillermina Baeza and Victoria Lorenzo from Friendly Madrid.

Designer Guillermina Baeza was born in Morocco, an inspiration for many of her creations. She now lives and works in Barcelona.

Baeza started as a designer in 1971 and is a major reference in swimwear in Spain, making collections for major textile groups such as Massimo Dutti, Cortefiel, Hoss Intropia, Tuc Tuc.

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Summer 2014 swimwear collection

For Guillermina Baeza design and the quality of the fabric are very important in her creations and she is always thinking about how to innovate.

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In Madrid you can find Baeza’s swimwear collection at Tim de Kir, Mimoki and Papaya.