The Best Icebreaker Ever.

“If Nancy Meyers made a movie about you, what song would play during the opening credits?”

Now you probably are thinking that I have officially lost it but think about it. The answer to that question would reveal so much about that person -their taste in music, in movies, what type of “genre” they see their lives as – and will immediately help you figure out if it is worth to continue chatting with them or if you should move on. For me, for example, if you don’t know or don’t like Nancy Meyers (is that even possible), we probably won’t get along. Just kidding, I love you even if you don’t know who the best chick-flick director in the world is.

If you were to ask me that question the answer would be easy – September by Earth, Wind and Fire. That’s right. If there was ever a movie made about me, the opening credits would have September playing in the background. Imagine a setting like the photo below and add to it a twenty-something girl/woman walking out of downtown office, wearing red lipstick and carrying too much stuff in her purse….and now start humming the song…. perfect right?! Opening Credits

I’d love to know, what song would play during the opening credits of a movie starring you?

P.S – The best opening credits in a movie, ever.

The Best Icebreaker Ever.

Table for One

Table for one - Blushed TapatiaAlthough I like to think that I am a fairly independent person it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how terrified I am to do certain things on my own.

On Sunday I flew out to San Diego for work. After a crazy flight I arrived famished and was determined to get Mexican food {I mean my home country is literally a stone-throw away and so this will be the closest I get to authentic Mexican food for a while}!

I settled into my room, freshened up and as I started thinking about biting into some delicious rajas tacos I quickly realized that I would be sitting down at a restaurant all. by. myself. While I have eaten at food courts and cafeterias on my own, I have never gone to a restaurant solo and was surprised by the anxiety attack that started coming on: What would people think? What would I do? Would it be awkward?

I resisted the urge of ordering room service { and let me tell you that it was hard….very few things beat  breakfast/dinner in bed!} and instead faced my anxiety head-on by jumping into a cab and asking the driver to take me to the best Mexican restaurant in town. I arrived at Puesto and as confidently as I could muster I asked for a table for one.

Table for one- Blushed Tapatia

The experience was surprisingly refreshing! I not only realized that I can totally rock solo-eating {!!!} but I also really enjoyed it. My phone was dying so I was unable to use it as a shield and was forced to really just be there. I was able to focus on the food that I was eating and truly enjoy it {the tacos and guacamole were out of this world! – seriously…the best tacos I’ve had outside of Mexico! } I also rediscovered my love of people watching! And no I was not the creep sitting at a dark corner of a restaurant watching others eat… I promise!

Although it was nice to face my anxiety, not miss out on what I truly wanted to do, and rediscover some of my pastimes, I also realized how much I enjoy the community aspect of eating a meal. I really love being able to share food and to be able to express my thoughts on it {I actually was tempted to live-tweet my dinner!}. With my new-found appreciation for dinner time, I have decided that from now on I will limit my phone use while we eat to strictly photo taking; no email, no Instagram, no nothing!

I would love to know, have you ever solo-dinned at a restaurant? How did you find the experience? And if not, what is stopping you from trying?

Table for One

En el mar, la vida es más sabrosa!

When most people think of Cancun they think paradise or spring break and for good reason. However, when I think {or even hear} the word Cancun I am transported through a whirlpool of emotions and memories. For me, Cancun means home. My grandmother, her wonderful husband, my aunt and my cousin all live there so I spent all of my early summer months as a child in the sweltering heat of Cancun.

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Apparently I was quite the sassy child}

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{As much as I truly hated having to wear matching outfits with my sister and even though I promised myself that I would never do that to my future children, I just might have to!}

 

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Teaching my baby brother how to swim}

It was there that I learned how to swim and how to fish, where I worked through my awkward teen years, where I had my first crush and my first heartbreak and where I realized that I had fallen deeply and madly in love with the man that is now my husband.

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Mike’s first visit to Cancun…. look at the colour of that water though! Takes my breath away every.single.time.}

I recently returned from spending a lovely week there with family {celebrating my mama and her wonderful husband!} and it was on the drive back to the airport on the final day that I realized just how much love I have for that place. Some people experience that sort of emotion for a house but for moi, a girl who hasn’t lived in a house longer than 5 years, Cancun is that place.

En el mar, la vida es más sabrosa!

Spring is in the Air

Last weekend I smelt it in the air. That fresh smell that is so unmistakably a sign of the {hopefully quickly} approaching spring. And I was feeling good!

Michael and I took the dogs for a nice long walk through High Park and we noticed that even Talulah, the one who detest winter the most, had a little spring to her step {pun totally unintended :)}.

Spring brings light, flowers, jean jackets and fresh warmth. It reminds me of the excitement of finishing off a year at university and of weddings – in particular my own. It’s about renewal, refreshment and growth. And truthfully it helps me appreciate winter a little more, for without it, spring would not be.

spring wedding {A little throw back Thursday photo taken by the talented Blythe from Edmonds & Mckinlay Photography}

So with that, I am allowing myself to begin a spring countdown and since winter this year began way before the official start day I am crossing my fingers that spring is feeling as excited to come as winter was.

Only 20 more days!

Spring is in the Air

And the nominees are…

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph WaltzThe Oscars are my version of the Olympics or the Super Bowl. I get obsessive prepping before the big night by watching as many of the nominated movies as possible {a few years ago I actually watched almost every single movie nominated..the international movies proved incredibly difficult to get a hold off though} and making “educated” guesses as to who will take the Oscar that year.

As much as I love seeing the actors strutting in gorgeous gowns down the red carpet and enjoy the dance and banter that goes on during the show, there is a bigger sentimental element that gets me excited for the Academy Awards year after year. I can’t tell you when it started but my dad, my sister and I made it a tradition to stay up on Oscar nights. We absolutely loved watching the characters that we had so loved {or so hated} turn into “regular” people who laughed and made every day mistakes. I also took joy in being able to discern which movie would be most likely to take the Oscar that year. This night was also extra special because it was the one school night when our bedtime was fully ignored.

To keep the night feeling special, my husband and I get together with a group of friends {who are just as obsessive as we are} and we all get dressed up as movie characters and give awards for best dressed and best guesses. Going in to work on the Monday after is not the greatest yet somehow I still get the same kind of proud feeling I had back in grade 7.

Although I have not been able to watch all the Best Picture nominees this year, I am especially excited for this Sunday. I only have three more movies to watch in this category but every single movie that I have watched this year had me sitting at the edge of my seat, made me cry and/or laugh and made my jaw drop because of the incredible acting or the beautiful cinematography. 2013 was a phenomenal year for movies and although I personally think that the fight will be between American Hustle & 12 Years A Slave, I am excited to see them all up there.

Who do you think will win Best Picture and do you care?

And the nominees are…

Day of Love & Friendship.

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One of the many “traditions” that I absolutely adore and will hold on to for as long as I can is the Mexican perspective of Valentine’s Day. Although the direct translation of the word is San Valentin, we refer to this day as el dia del amor y la amistad – the day of love and friendship and on this day we celebrate exactly that. It is not a day celebrated only by people that are in romantic relationships, it is rather a day to celebrate the love that we have for others and that others have for us {whether it comes from a lover, a parent, a friend or a relative}. I am a big fan of Valentine’s day – partly because of all the pink but mostly because I am a firm believer in the importance of celebrating love in all its forms.

I believe that by focusing only  on the romantic side of Valentine’s we are doing a great dishonor to the holiday {and yes I consider this a holiday}. Although I am very grateful for having Mike in my life and truly enjoy celebrating our love, there are also other people who have showered me with tremendous love and have had a huge impact in my life and that should also be celebrated!  I, for once, do not believe that the word “love” can be over used but I also don’t think that we use it nearly enough. So with that, tell someone today that you love them. Have a happy love day friends and remember…

Day of Love & Friendship.

Hobby Flirting

Blushed Tapatia Store{My first order for 2014!}

Blushed Tapatia

Although jewelry making was such a large part of my life during my university years I have been flirting with it on and off ever since. I’m not sure if I became uninterested because turning a hobby into a job while you have many other commitments and a full-time job became too overwhelming or because I was ready to try new hobbies and teach myself new things. When I started Blushed Tapatia a few months ago I decided to take things slower, to make and sell jewelry for fun and at my own pace, to not become obsessive with the outcome and just enjoy the process. It’s been nice, it’s been slow and I love the fact that when I feel a burst of creativity I can just pull out my beads, make something and share it with the world. Getting this order reminded me of the thrill that I feel when someone, somewhere, loves something that I took time and care to make. It helped me decide that although 2014 is full of new promises I have to make time to enjoy the older things.

Hobby Flirting