Casa De Frida In Coyoacan Mexico: Embroidred Off The Shoulder Top

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Embroidered Off the Shoulder Top- Loft | White Jeans- Express | Pink Slides- Forever21 | Chain Crossbody - SheIN c/o 


Happy Tuesday. Today I'm sharing the outfit I wore when we visited Coyoacan in Mexico. We visited Casa Azul which was Frida Khalo's house and is now turned into a museum. It's such a pretty place and the history is really amazing. I'd been there many years ago, so to be expected the experience would be different this time around.

 The house is completely changed and parts that were open before were now closed off. It felt like a museum instead of a house that Frida lived in…so I didn’t appreciate all the changes. However, I loved all the displays. One of my favorites was the display of her dresses. I’ve always thought that dressing up is a way to dress up one’s attitude about life… “al mal tiempo, buena cara.” And, Frida did this with her dresses, her corsets, and the casts of her torso (that she painted and made look so beautiful). I also loved how proud she was to represent her Mexican heritage in her clothing. For example, on her wedding day she wore a traditional Mexican dress in bright colors instead of a white dress. Anyhow, she was a strong and inspirational woman…and it was awe-inspiring to be where she once suffered, loved, and overcame.

 The day started off cloudy…which was normal for Mexico and we didn’t expect it to rain until later in the evening. However, when we got to Frida’s house the line was CRAZY long and it started to rain a little. We were considering leaving since we didn’t want to be caught in huge rain pour…BUT one of the workers noticed that my aunt was using a cane and offered to take us to the front of the line so she wouldn’t have to stand too long. That kind gesture meant we stayed and got to enjoy the museum.

 I wore this pretty off the shoulder top with white jeans and some pink slides. I am so obsessed with the embroidery details on this top.. it doesn’t get any cuter than that! I ended up sizing down on this top because I wanted the sleeves to be tighter around my arms…I’m usually an XS Regular in Loft tops and I sized down to a XS Petite. This fit smaller and the hemline was shorter- which I preferred. 

Later in the day we went to the Coyoacan Center and had lunch… we ate at a cute restaurant called Corazon de Maguey. We all tried different mixed drinks with Mezcal. It was my first time trying it and it was so good! Later I found out that Mezcal is usually taken with a worm…yea you read that right.. A WORM! I didn’t know about this tradition and I was so surprised that anyone would eat this. Another surprise was when we ordered guacamole and the waitress asked if we wanted it served this grasshoppers! Ummm… we passed on the grasshoppers and just got corn chips. Overall lunch was great and the experience was one of a kind… I didn’t expect the menu to be so unique! The







Hope you like it, love it!

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Favorite Summer Trends with Banana Republic

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Happy Thursday Loves! There is one more day until the weekend, but I'll be kick it off early by sharing a few looks to get you ready to look your best. 

Today I am partnering with Banana Republic to share a couple of my favorite Summer outfits. If you follow along on my Instagram you may have gotten a sneak peek into some of these looks. However, today I am spilling it all on these cute closet staples! 

 I’m rounding up FIVE of my favorite Summer closet staples which include a combination of classic dresses and flattering tops. I personally love the feminine designs of the Banana Republic pieces that can easily be dressed up or down. Even though I usually lean towards casual outfits I still like to look polished. So you can usually find me in a jean and cute top combo (like the ones I'm sharing below)! 

Summer my favorite season to dress for because I like how easy it can be. I like the idea of layers but don't actually like to wear them. So lightweight fabrics and simple silhouettes are the ones I will usually reach for. BUT simple doesn't mean boring. All of these pieces have unique details or cute prints that make an outfit anything but ordinary. Win and win!!



Stripe Cami Dress - Banana Republic c/o | Strappy Sandals- Steve Madden | Necklace- Gorjana | 




Stripes are always a good idea- am I right?! This striped dress has been one of my favorites this season. I adore the pretty colors on this midi dress. Also, the fabric is lightweight which is perfect for those hot Summer days. I actually can’t wait to wear this dress again but I will probably dress it down. I think it will look so cute with a denim jacket and simple slides.

Scarf Print Wrap Top- Banana Republic c/o | Fringe Hem Jeans- Express | Platform Espadrille Wedges- Marc Fisher


I’ve actually already worn this top multiple times. It’s such a cute but simple design that I often reach for it. On date night I love to wear something casual yet put together. And, the easiest way for me to achieve this is with jeans and a nice top. I also appreciate that this wrap top ties around the waist. This silhouette is instantly slimming around the waist- I can totally get with that.



A Line Dress -Banana Republic c/o | Pink Straw Clutch- JCrew | Lace Up Sandals- Schutz | Sunnies- Le Spec | Necklace- Gorjana c/o



When I wore this dress I received compliments on it from two different ladies walking down the street. Hey, that means it is a winner! My favorite part are the pockets of the dress- I LOVE pockets in a dress. Also, a neutral colored dress is essential in any closet. Since it is a neutral color the look of an outfit can easily be changed with different accessories. I choose to wear it with a chunky block heel and added a pop of color with this cute pink straw bag.

 
One Sleeve White Top- Banana Republic c/o | Jeans- Paige | Espadrille Wedges- Schutz | Pink Straw Clutch- J.Crew |



Nothing beats a classic white top. A white top goes with everything and is a timeless staple worth investing in. This one shoulder top is super flattering and can easily be dressed up or worn casually. I love a polished casual outfit…so I wore this top with jeans. It’s an effortless and easy outfit that works for almost any occasion. This long sleeve one shoulder top is also perfect to transition into Fall!

Stripe Wrap Top- Banana Republic c/o | Jeans- Paige | Platform Cork Wedges- Donald J. Pliner c/o | Hobo Handbag- Banana Republic c/o | Earrings- Express 




So I started this blog post with stripes and I'm ending it with stripes…because who can get enough- right?! I wore this top out to dinner a couple times... both times with jeans. It is also the same silhouette as the other scarf print top- and I love that! The fit is so flattering and the fabric is so easy to care for too. I’ve noticed that many of the Banana Republic pieces have easy care fabrics which don’t wrinkle easy nor have to be dry-cleaned. I’m a person that is so lazy when it comes to laundry…if I wash a piece of clothing and it has to be heavily pressed or is dry clean only…it will probably sit for a very long while. I’ve worn all the tops in today’s post a couple times already AND washed them. 

 If you have made it to the end of this post, you definitely need a drink or two (or a double shot coffee). But, hey it’s basically the weekend so you have definitely earned it!





Hope you like it, love it!

Thanks for reading!

Amy

Visit to Teotihuacan: Tiered Ruffle top and Floral Sneakers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tory Burch Pom Pom Backpack | Floral Roshe Nike Sneakers- Available here on SALE | Fringe Hem Jeans- Express | White Tiered Ruffle Top- Nordstrom | 



So I'm finally back home and back to my regular schedule (or at least trying to catch up). If you follow along on my Instagram, you'll know we were in Mexico for a while. We ended up staying longer than we planned but it was not a trip we planned to begin with. We ended up going to Mexico for a family emergency and the days kinda just rolled into one another. We ended up staying three weeks- which went by in a blink of an eye. Nonetheless all that time off threw off my life and I am trying to pick up the pieces. I know that sounds so dramatic but I've had so many different emotions scrambling through my head lately. It feels really bizarre to be a blogger and constantly share images that portray a simple and prettier life; especially when life is everything but sometimes. And, it feels bizarre to feel like I have to hold back with what I do share about my personal life. The past weeks I constantly found myself struggling to caption posts because what I wasn’t thinking “oh this is cute, life is great.” AND, don’t get me wrong there were definitely great moments on our trip and those moments are the ones that make it on a picture and on my feed. I don’t want to turn this blog post into a negative one, because I strongly feel that staying positive is the key to feeling better, so I will quickly cut to one of the best trips we took while in Mexico.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
This is actually my third time going to Teotihuacan. I had been there when I was younger and BUT I didn’t remember it that well. SO this time around a couple things caught me off guard that I wish I knew or remembered from before.

Summer in Mexico is their rainy season…and this means it rains every day. And, it doesn’t just sprinkle- it pours! However, the mornings are usually rain free, cloudy and sometimes sunny. We got lucky enough to pick a day that was sunny. BUT given the weather I didn’t think there could be a chance of getting sunburned.

So before you go make sure to take a backpack and pack it with the following:

1.     SUNSCREEN
This is an absolute must! I often take it for granted but packing it or even putting it on in the morning would have prevented the painful sunburn and all the current skin peeling. ugh.

2.     Cold drinks
So I assumed I could buy cold drinks there. And, yes they sell some there but they are inconveniently located. At the entrance and by the souvenir shops there are cold drinks but this is so far out of the way... that if you don't take some with you to hike to the top of pyramid you will surely be dehydrated or pass out. 

3.     Snacks
Again, this is because snacks and drink are so inconveniently located. We arrived and entered through Gate 1 which is a walk away from getting to the main pyramid (The SUN). So when we got to the bottom of the pyramid we were already hot and a little hungry. We ate some fruit we packed and made our way to the top of the pyramid. Once we got down we were tiered and definitely hungry. So we had to leave the park and go across the street to the restaurants to eat. I honestly wish we had packed sandwiches (or granola bars) to hold us over until we hiked the other pyramid (The Moon).

4.     Sunglasses and/or a hat
I didn’t pack a hat but I did luckily remember my sunglasses. It is so bright there that sunglasses are essential and so is a hat to help minimize sunburns.

5.     Take toilet paper
This is probably such a weird tip but yes you read that right…pack toilet paper. For some odd reason in Mexico basic restroom toiletries are not complimentary. There was a woman at the entrance giving out toilet paper and you give her a couple pesos. But she literally gives you a couple a sheets …there weren’t any toilet seat covers so most of my paper went to cover the seat. The second time I went to the restroom the lady wasn’t even there…but I had a tissue paper pack in my back pack and used that. ANYHOW, it’s uncomfortable to have toilet paper handed to you by a stranger- IT IS WEIRD. Also, there wasn’t soap…so take a hand sanitizer or small travel soap with you.



WHAT TO EXPECT WHILE THERE
Get there early. There is a lot of walking and everything takes time to accomplish. And, you will want some time to just sit and take it all in…the views are breathtaking!

The hike up is tiring but not impossible. I do NOT have the best physical endurance and I was able to do it. There are handrails along all the steps. So this makes it easier to go up and down since some steps are chipped and small (some are not wide enough for your whole foot). Also, it is a steep way up. Some people get vertigo …which was more likely going down (again, the climb is steep). I luckily don’t get vertigo so the way down was easier and less crowed; making it easier to take in the view as you go down.

When you get to the top of the Sun Pyramid you will find people standing at the center trying to absorb energy. Teotihuacan means “Place of the Gods” and many believe it’s a place of with lots of energy- especially at the top of the pyramids. Many people were meditating and some did yoga.  There were also people with their hands up trying to absorb positive energy. Some people had crystals that are believed to attract positive energy. SO if you believe in this…take some crystals or crystal jewelry. Take some time to meditate and clear you mind.


Overall, it’s an amazing experience. As you walk along the Avenue of the Dead (the main walk way) you can hear the sounds of jaguars and hummingbirds (vendors sell toys that mimic these sounds). Even though it is crowded with tourist and vendors, it all blurs in comparison with the history of the place.

Hope you like it, love it!

Thanks for reading!

Amy