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Rio Day 3- Here Comes the Sun (More Pics!)

By January 27th, 2021104 Comments
Rio Day 3- Here Comes the Sun (More Pics!)

Last night my good friend Melissa FINALLY arrived… first thing out of her mouth- “how do you say, ‘it’s about to go down’ in Portuguese?”

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She must have brought the sun with her because we hadn’t seen it in days, so we hit the beach!
Hubby secured some fresh coconut water…
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while Melissa and I opted for Mango Caipirinhas, traditional Brazilian drinks
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 They slice and crush the mango and add ice, sugar and…
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 vodka, of course!
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It’s all fun and games ’til you find yourself chewing your drink… ish was delicious but chunky
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How’s this for the world’s cutest swimsuit cover up?  Gifted by House of Dereon, look HERE
Also, this is Day 7 hair! 
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Melissa showing #NursePride
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 Later, hubby convinced my non-swimming ass to come out into the water
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 You may not be able to tell, but I’m in this pic… that’s definitely me UNDER the wave.
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 Panic.  I came up after what felt like an eternity all discombobulated, gasping, coughing, eyes burning.  #fail #LostaLung
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 Needed a drink
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And later…
Food!
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Strogonoff de Camaroes 
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Instant. Itis. Yes, that’s bacon, a fried egg, cheese and filet mignon in the form of a sandwich. #WhyTheHellNot
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One more round of Caipirinhas… this time more authentic (and stronger!) with lime and Cachaca
#GreatScott!
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Melissa grew ever tired of the chunks and resorted to a rudimentary but effective straining system
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I powered through #gangsta
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My hair is completely dry in the above pic… it’s nearly 7pm here and along with labored breathing from my near drowning, I feel dusty.  The hair is cute and fluffy but I need to wash it before I lose control of the situation. The last thing I feel like doing is twisting my hurr, but it needs to happen.
I’ll check back in later!
xx
nik
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DAY 4
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We
got up bright and early, despite the ‘rainy’ forecast, threw on our
clothes and hailed a cab, headed straight for, Cristo Redentor, aka,
that famous Jesus statue, a must see on the Brazilian tour circuit.

-Melissa on the cab driver whipping the van up the mountain… ‘#INeedAnAirbagStat’
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2300 treacherous feet later…
beautiful!
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#OhMyGodBeckyLookAtHerButt
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-Shirt gifted from Romwe
-Shorts from Forever 21
-Tights from Macys
-Boots- Madden Girl (wear them every got damn day!)

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 Our awesome tour guide and host!
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When asked for his nombre/name, he responded, ‘rocky balboa’. So dope!
#BowBaBaBowBowRockyBalboa
 
Rocky took us to a restricted helicopter pad for the view 
#LockedUpAbroad….correction #LockedUpTwoBroadsATourGuideAndAPoliSciProfessor…#Abroad
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and later…

#INeedAnAntacidStat

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Melissa on the pigeons pecking at her white toenail polish- #INeedARabiesShotStat
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Me on a bumble bee in hot pursuit of my caipirihna ‘don’t kill it… it’ll get angry’ #MomLogic
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Our
new friends from Paraguay… had the best conversation that we’ve had
with anybody and none of us spoke Portuguese.  #BrokenSpanish #Charades #MommyDaddyTalk
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Melissa on the beach eye candy… “#INeedAContraceptiveStat”
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3 caipirihnas + Nikki equals… #INeedAMop #Stat
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Melissa finds STL natives everywhere she goes…
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Brazilian anthem… #AssAssAss
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#ThugLife
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’bout to set it off #jadapinkett
Headed out for a lil samba with the ladies of Estimativa! Check back in soon!
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Last night we accompanied Nina to Trapiche Gamboa Restaurant in downtown Rio.  The ladies pictured below performed regional and black traditional music – samba, jongo and maracatu. The drums were SICK. Like, ‘shake shake shake Senora’, good.  And…  
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the rhythm got me out of my chair!  Sorry for the terrible pic quality. The magnificence and furry of my fancy foot work couldn’t be captured. 
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Never quite mastered the samba… so I resorted to my usual and sometimes off-beat hip swaying and botched Dougie 
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104 Comments

  • Gloria says:

    All I can say to you Nikki is AWESOME!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your writing is awesome! You often make me laugh out loud for realz ;-D
    Tee heeeeeeee! Thank you!

  • Unknown says:

    you look crazy in that last photo,Big hair, teeth showing

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG all I hear in my head is Sergio Mendes and bossa nova! This trip looks incredibly fun.

  • Anonymous says:

    #INEEDACONTRACEPTIVESTAT LOL!

  • toshpa says:

    these pics have made me smile ear to ear. got me thinking of my trip to brazil 11 years ago. i loved it. looks like you're loving it too. continue to enjoy!

  • GGmadeit says:

    I love your life! You are such a great story teller!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your vacation posts Nikki! Beautiful photos.

  • Athene says:

    So jealous! gorgeous pics! Deets on the monokini bathing suit please! Been looking for one of those.

  • natural beauty says:

    looks like fun, hubby and i are overdue for shade and vacay

  • Anonymous says:

    @CurlyNikki- Nik, what type of camera do you have? Your pics always come out so nice and clear!

    Natural83

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki where do you get that black swimsuit?? It has the right amount of coverage I'm looking for. Please share!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ya look like having the time of ya lives. I cant wait to travel like that

    Ashley L.

  • Anonymous says:

    i always wanted to go to Brazil this just makes me want to go more…..

  • TTsGurlBB says:

    You all look to be having a helluva good time!! THAT is what's dope. Can't wait til your next post.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome!

  • Moe says:

    I loooove looking at your pics! The captions are hilarious! Keep them coming…I'm living vicariously through you until I finish school! lol

  • Unknown says:

    Gosh Brazil is B-E-A-utiful, I cant wait to go some day.

  • Carr says:

    Your "stat" hash tags are making me lose it!!! LOL

  • Devon says:

    Love everything! The drinks, food, beach,pics:)

  • Anonymous says:

    You're beautiful and hilarious! Love that ape shirt, cute!

  • Dejah says:

    Lmao your hashtags had me laughing real ugly! I love your pics from Brazil, hope your having the time of your life.

  • Anonymous says:

    That moment when a blog is written almost entirely with hashtags…this is not twitter! xD

  • Aitza B | Petitely Packaged says:

    I knew I always wanted to go to Brazil but this is just reinforcing it! Glad you are enjoying yourself.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm with your friend, Id need a contraceptive stat too! Do they all look like that!?

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, the pics are just breath taking. I am definitely getting wander lust. Two words for the brotha' jogging on the beach — da- yum!!!

    Enjoy and keep sending the pics!

  • Rhonda says:

    Looks like you all are really having fun! I was dying laughing about the water situation…you are so crazy!! I must visit Rio!

  • Deirdre says:

    Looks gorgeous! I'm heading to Italy in September. I will have to put Rio on my bucket travel list~

  • Lin says:

    You look sensational in that cover-up…in fact, you look sensational period! Werk!! #LaVidaLoca

  • Annabel says:

    Love the pics and stories, I have a serious case of wanderlust now! Can't wait to see samba pics. P.s. – late, but my recommendation for the women at estimativa is all of the on the couch stories… They gave me so inspiration during my transition.

  • Abby says:

    woooh drake. Rio looks beautiful! *Jealously sips tea while looking out to the British rain*

  • Rhonda C says:

    Nik,

    Did you 'poos show up yet? *someone at TSA got you for your 'poos"

  • Anonymous says:

    Lordt is that Brazilian eye candy on point… I second that contraceptives comment! LMAO

    Those food pics are making me Homer drool.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice!

  • Aliya says:

    Also props to your friend for reppin GLAM nurses!! #NursePride all the way!!!

  • Aliya says:

    I am living vicariously through you!! Represent for GLAM mommies everywhere (want to get on your level)!! Hope your mission is sucessful in every way!! And enjoy the child-free moments (even though you miss her mad crazy)!!

  • Sophie says:

    LOOOLLLL! Those hashtags are hilarious! It looks like you're having a great time!

  • T.Turner says:

    Had me dyin over that Drake reference at the end!! That dude is a close ringer for him. Too funny, Nikki!!! Love all of the pictures and glad you all were able to have a much needed vacation 🙂

  • watkinsabob says:

    Love reading about your adventures in Rio. Makes me so want to plan a trip 😀

  • Divadeb says:

    Great pictures….and that swim suit cover is HOT!!! ROTFLMBO @ and your description of your lost lung experience.

    ___________________________________

    Sad to hear about Donna Summers! May she now rest in peace!!!

  • Candace4life says:

    Those pictures look great, and the photo of you all wet after the wave is hilarious. I guess you won't be dipping in the ocean no more lol after that experience …..

    _________________________________

    Singer Donna Summers has passed away from her battle with Cancer, she was only 63yrs old.

  • Anonymous says:

    No seriously….what did you do with your hair?? Its GORGEOUS! it looks so defined and has that 'messy' beach look to it. so pretty!

  • katd777 says:

    Nik love the article. Love reading about your vacations. I'm a little late but trying to catch up at work and bust out laughing when you said you lost a lung. Too funny! You look great!

  • Jamie says:

    OMG you are hilarious! You always make me laugh! You look amazing btw!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nik I have to ask since launching CN you have became an instant success story. As a result has the blog afforded you all the fabulous opportunities you and you hubby partake in? I mean, for real – you don't stay grounded in one place for long – always on the go and travel like crazy. I love to see this.

    Also you must have one fabulous wardrobe – with all the gifted items.

    I want a dose of what you and hubby have.

    I for one when you have time would like to see an article on your business savvy – the how to's of blogging, how to become successful with it, etc.

    Thank you – you look gorgeous –

    Are you sure you two aren't undercover millionaires?

  • Anonymous says:

    How I miss my home country. Caipirinha is just awesome, my husband loves it.
    Oh and when you make caipirinha with vodka we call it caipirosca. Have lots of fun over there. 🙂
    I've been reading your advices on curly hair has been very helpful, thanks for sharing.
    Maiara

  • marianela says:

    Wow! It looks like something straight out of fantasy. How beautiful the scenery, I think I decided what my dream vacation will look like lol ;). By the way the swimsuit cover up is so beautiful.

  • Nettie says:

    This post? HI-larious!! I was laughing like a loon through the entire thing.

  • DianePrincess says:

    Having fun in the sun! Love it, thank you for sharing : ) definitely on my bucket list!

  • Carla says:

    What a great vacation!!!!!!!….I'm low-key jealous LOL!!! Have fun!! ~Carla

  • moya says:

    U Go Nikki!!!!!live it up live i u!!!u and Hubby. guys look like u hving a Good Time…love the cover up tunic..is tht frm Romwe.

  • DMWilliams says:

    Go Nikki, even rocking the natural I am still scared to get the hair wet at the ocean/pool…did you do anything special to your hair before getting it wet? Love the cover up, very cute especially with the hood. The pics are great, thanks for sharing.

  • SPstyles says:

    Enjoy Brazil!!! As you see its amazingly gorgeous, whenever I visit my fam I stay at least a month!!! If you like cheese, try a Pastel de quiejo, my fave!!!
    Samba will help those buns and thighs too! 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    I felt like I just took a mini vacation. I'm looking at these while drinking a kale and strawberry smoothie. I love the pic of you right after you were under the water. Classic photo op. Have a great time!

    Nicol C.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thank you ladies! Samba tomorrow! Just finished twisting my hair and heading out to find more food!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki's had a baby and despite the fact she's naturally thin, she looks great! I can tell she must eat healthy.

  • keisha says:

    Get it Nik….show'em what you working wit! Nice pics!

  • CP says:

    FAB FAB FAB ..ENJOY!!

  • Maria says:

    Gorgeous!!!!! Nikki you look fabulous! I love the pictures.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki's still young and it's easy to have "that body" when you don't have curves. Yeah, its hate but keeping it real. 😉

  • shimatv says:

    Viva Brasil. You fit right in with your hair. I visited Rio, and Salvador de Bahia in November 2010. I'd love to go back.

    Obrigada for the fotos!!

  • Davina916 says:

    I look forward to these posts also. I like the way you tell a story. Keep'em coming!

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVED THIS! I look forward to these posts!

  • Anonymous says:

    You look great. Both dishes look great, but the camarones (shrimp) look totally delish!
    Enjoy your trip!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love that you chose to wear your hair out and fluffy on the beach. You're a great role model for me and everyone else. Now you just have to learn how to swim!

  • Jillian says:

    WERK HOT MAMA!You've never looked better!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful, the whole look and the scenery!

  • Y D Shine says:

    You look great! Thanks for sharing….

  • Melodee says:

    Rio is on my bucket list! Keep doing your thing Nikki!

    Since your arrival in Rio, has anyone glanced at you or your friend sideways as far as your hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    I've never had the pleasure of visiting Brazil but have adopted the caipirinha as my signature cocktail. An authentic caipirinha is made with cachaca (kuh-SHA-suh) not vodka. Cachaca is similar to rum but distilled from sugarcane (rum is usually distilled from molasses.) Delish!

  • Anonymous says:

    Girl you are stunning, like model stunning! Love that dress!

  • Janet says:

    I feel for you honey, I went to Hawaii and a wave hit my ass, I came out, my suit was backwards! You look wonderful, I must go to Rio.

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks like fun! I want that cover-up! Cute!

  • Anonymous says:

    FIERCE!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't buy the dress? I don't see a shopping cart option. I need this dress!

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! Gorgeous!

  • Alicia says:

    OK, I need that coverup in my life!

  • Keisha says:

    @Marina I was thinking the same thing. I too am jealous about the whole Brazil thing, but please live it up for those that cant go. Lovin everything about this post!

  • ebonylatrice says:

    The scenery is breathtaking! Great pictures!!

  • Anonymous says:

    SIGH!
    A tropical vacation with hubby is just what I need… Way to go Nikki….Have fun.

  • LP Share says:

    I am so sorry Nikki, I am laughing so hard right now, you are too funny! But you are definitely a great model! Lol!

  • lovingmenaturally says:

    Looks like fun! Enjoy and yes that swimsuit coverup is to cute!

  • Carla says:

    This make me smile so BIG 🙂 Can't wait to get my booty over to Brazil, lol.

    Enjoy!

  • Marina says:

    Funnn! But caipirinhas with vodka?! and not cachaca?? Enjoyyy

  • Jasmine Rose says:

    Looks so fun! Shop and drink looks of yummy coconut juice for me!

  • MelMelBee says:

    I need a beach and a coconut too! (SIGHS) Living vicariously through you Nik…..You lookin good girl!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, looks like you guys are having a blast in Rio! And you are looking fab in that House of Dereon cover up! I'm going to the Bahamas in July so I just might have to order that! Any other time I would've never thought once to check their swimwear out, so they definitely need to give you a KUDOS for sporting it let me just say you are WERKKKKin it to the 10th power! LOL! Your look on the beach is all the way CUTE!!!! You go girl! Can't wait to see the rest of your updates!

    Natural83

  • Anonymous says:

    You crack me up! "lost a lung" LOL! I love it when you go on vacay. Your updates are always great.
    —MrsDjRass

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks like you guys are making up for lost time! LOVE the swim suit cover-up from the house of Dereon, need one in my life! Go Bey! Have a blast CN/Hubby!!!

  • TTsGurlBB says:

    I love these posts. Keep them coming. It's refreshing to visit Rio vicariously through you. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Love the dress……..

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, I miss the fresh coconut water down there! Oh Rio. Have fun!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I would just like to say how super jealous I am right now! It looks absolutely beautiful. Have big, fat, juicy fun!

  • ije says:

    Curly nikki you have such an amazing body! How do you keep it up? Do you work out daily?

  • Anonymous says:

    Does that mean an interview will be coming from Solange? "Gifted by House of Dereon"

  • LaShay says:

    You guys MUST eat at Marius near Sugar Loaf! Its the best Brazilian steakhouse you will ever find in the world! Its expensive but the staff is amazing, the food is fresh and the decor is crazy. Oh and stop by the restroom before you leave & bring your camera, its quite unique. Have fun!

  • watkinsabob says:

    Yeah now that we are natural, we have no excuse now in taking swim lessons. (encouraging myself and CN) hahaha!!

  • Tracey says:

    You should learn to swim. lol lol Have fun!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love Rio!! One of my fav places to visit! Enjoy!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks ladies!

    @Bobby,
    absolutely nothing…Ill post pics later.

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, how cute is that cover up? Work that swimsuit girl!! Ok, why is it that even soaking wet from the ocean your hair still looks fabulous??!!! I give you the side eye of hair envy! LOL!! Looks like you guys are having a great time! Looking forward to more pics.

    That Caipirinhas sounded so refreshing. My mouth is watering over here!

  • Evie says:

    Hi Nikki, you look like you are have so much fun, live it up. You are rocking the hell out of that cover up. Looking foward to more pics.

  • Bobby says:

    What did you do with your hair after getting it wet?

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