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!

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.

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Hello, how are you?! I didn’t mean to have such an absence on my blog for the past month but January has been tough. It never is an easy month for me: taking down decorations, going back to regular non-Christmas music, trees on the side walk – it’s usually just too sad. On top of all of that you add this polar vortex thing, two cabin fever crazed dogs that have short hair and can’t stand the cold and a bad and persistent case of strep throat to the mix and you get one grumpy sad month. I’m not super psyched for February either but I am done with this winter rut.

I decided to focus on the things that make me happy so this past weekend I went on a DIY frenzy. There is nothing that makes me feel more accomplished than finishing a project that has been on stand-by for a long time – for us, it was our wall art collage. I had already done months of extensive research, scouted out fantastic pieces and purchased the frames- they all were just waiting silently by the wall for me to take action. This past Saturday I enlisted the best handyman I know and we got to work (to be fully honest Mike did all the hard work).

wall art  collage prep - via blushed tapatia{When I was younger I was obsessed with making collages – on binders, notebooks, furniture- you name it. I loved looking at the different photos and finding what fit well together. It goes without say that the first step for our wall art collage was, by far, my favourite. We brought in all of the different photographs and random works of art that we have collected over the last few years and played around with the arrangements. It’s the best way to decide what should go on the wall and to see what you are missing.}

ready for a wall art collage - via Blushed Tapatia{Once we decided on the layout, we took numerous photos of it and transferred the pieces so that they sat right in front of the wall where the collage was going. Mike measured it all and we made last minute changes to make sure that it would look perfect and not too crowded}

Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia   Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia              {This meticulous handyman is the sole reason why the project turned out the way it did! The key- according to Mike- is measuring}

Afternoon light via Blushed Tapatia{While Mike was doing all the hard work I sat mesmerized by the beautiful afternoon lighting that was enveloping our apartment…can you blame me?}             

Wall art collage via Blushed Tapatia {The final product!}

In case you are wondering some of the pieces on our wall are family heirlooms that have been passed down, others were great finds at thrift stores, one of them is a handkerchief that has a pattern that we fell in love with (can you tell which one it is?) and the rest are illustrations I collected from old calendars.  

Do you suffer of winter ruts too? If so, what do you do to get out of them?

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Photos from London, part II

The Globe via Blushed Tapatia{I felt giddy and overwhelmed when I had the chance to visit Shakespeare’s Globe – I wanted to take in all that this gorgeous and unique theater has to offer.}

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! During my time off I was finally able to sit back and really process my very last minute trip to England that I went on at the beginning of the month. As the years go by it gets harder and harder to go on family trips so being able to explore the gorgeous city of London alongside my siblings and my mom felt like an absolute blessing! I posted the first part of my trip here but I wanted to share a few more photos and show you why London has made it into my top 3 favorite cities in the world.

{The Tower of London}

Stonehenge via Blushed Tapatia{Stonehenge}

Roman bath house via Blushed Tapatia{The architecture and history in the city and surrounding areas are truly astounding. I often caught myself staring wide-eyed and imagining what the world was like so many years ago when those structures were first erected *does anyone else do this?*. The photo above is from one of the oldest Roman bath houses in the world in a town called Bath.}

Ducks via Blushed Tapatia

{Our entire trip I felt like  a modern version of Snow White. London animals are truly the friendliest but their squirrels won me over; I am not exaggerating when I say that I tried very hard to come up with a plan to bring one home with me}

Tower Bridge via Blushed Tapatia{A crisp morning walk with a hot latte in hand and Tower Bridge ahead}

{The unique Christmas decorations on Carnaby street are so incredibly cute that I bumped into quite a few people while walking since I could not stop from gawking up at the gorgeous little birds!}

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afterlight (54){London’s Christmas market on Hide Park is quite literally a winter wonderland. You can’t really go wrong with a combination of rustic cabin bars, amusement park rides, hearty food and twinkling lights}

Notting Hill via Blushed Tapatia

Tea time via Blushed Tapatia{Notting Hill inspired me to paint my future home blue & red and to always make time for tea-time}

In a few days we managed to squeeze as much life, history and culture out of London and I am proud to say that I can now speak in a very convincing British accent!

Photos from London, part II

Savouring the Season

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I’m taking a few days off during the holidays to spend with my fantastic family. I’ll be back to posting on my blog very soon, but in the meantime, you can find me
on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram. Have a lovely holiday! xo

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Savouring the Season

Friday Favourites

Christmas in Toronto via Blushed Tapatia{Our neighborhood covered in a beautiful blanket of snow}

This week has been full of little joys and a thrilling excitement for the few days to come. With Christmas quickly approaching I find myself thinking of my family back in Mexico and my lovely sister in Denmark. It’s difficult to be away from her this time of the year but I know that she is very happy and loved and is slowly conquering the hearts and stomachs of every Dane with her delicious pastries. Last night my mom took me out for a Dinner and Show date, like we used to do when I was younger, and tonight Mike and I will be going to see The Nutcraker- two amazing nights, one after the other! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy time with family and friends.

Cookie packaging via Blushed Tapatia{Cookie packaging for our annual cookie exchange}

Les Miserables via Blushed Tapatia {Amazing seats for Les Miserables}

Mom & daughter dates via Blushed Tapatia{Mom  & daughter dates}

Anthropologie planter via Blushed Tapatia{Our new gorgeous wall planter from Anthropologie}

Friday Favourites