Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Wheels


I did it! I finally took the plunge and bought a new car. I had been driving around the same old car without air conditioning for years and I could just not bare the sweat of it any longer. I got the car I had wanted for a while. I wanted something bigger than my old car, that sat a little higher off the road, and that would get good gas mileage. I test drove the Kia Soul before and thought it felt a little like a Barbie Jeep, but this time around it was a newer version and it just felt so much more comfortable. So I signed the papers and have been happy about it ever since. I didn't know that a comfortable commute was all I really needed to start the day off right. The comfort of air conditioning is such a luxury. I love it so much!!!

Also, I keep discovering new little features about the car that I wasn't aware of. When someone calls me, my car automatically hooks up to the blue tooth and I can answer the call through the steering wheel. When I want to make a call through the car all I have to do is press this button and say call… so and so and the car is really smart because it will reply back are you sure you want to call so and so? 

I think a lot has probably held me back from finally getting a new car, fear of change and the unfamiliar, but honestly I couldn't be happier. I wish I would have gotten one a long time ago, but maybe it wouldn't be as special as it is to me now if I had. I can't wait to go on road trips. I want to drive it to the Grand Canyon and New Mexico to start. I guess I should start planning.



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mexico City

I spent two weeks in Mexico City a couple of weeks ago to visit family. The fact that they live so far away and that we can't see eachother often made the time that much more valuable. This trip was also particularly special because it was the first time that all of the cousins were able to be together. My grandparents were really happy about that. 

We went to Polanco which is the Beverly Hills of Mexico City. The section that we went to was owned mostly by Carlos Slim, who is the second richest man in the world. The mall had Salvadore Dali sculptures just in the middle of the walkways. The Jumex Museum was interesting.  They were displaying controversial pieces that I found amusing, like the one above.

After Museo De Jumex we had lunch at Carolo which had this beautiful balcony facing the Soumaya Museum. This building glistened with each of its mirrored tile pieces on its exterior walls. It is said that each tiled piece is different in size and shape. 

Carolo is beautiful because of its view of the city, but the decorating was gorgeous and masculine like its patrons of business associates drinking Mezcal on their lunch break with orange slices to wash it down.

La Casa Azul is located in the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacan. This is the home where Frida Kahlo was born and raised and which now houses most of her work and wardrobe.

This exhibit was amazing because the museum directors were able to finally open a locked closet and showcase what was hidden away inside for years.  In that closet were pieces from Frida's wardrobe including her traditional Mexican skirts and blouses as well as her jewelry and back braces. That couldn't be more perfect for me since I love clothes, especially from different eras.

These garments look like bridal pieces that you would find today at Oscar De La Renta or Dolce and Gabbana. I was really in love with this jacket that is knitted up the back with long fur draped across the shoulders, back and sleeves. I'm sure these pieces were considered fashion forward for her time, but Frida was a forward artist and that is why so many people know of and still love her today.

After breakfast one morning we walked the pebbled streets and found a churro vendor. I had this really delicious hot zarzamora churro that was filled with black berries. 

We wondered into this beautiful church just to see what the inside looked like. It was filled with people praying and the melody of a woman singing and playing the piano. 

This espresso shop was inspired by a novel of the same name. I hope to read it someday because it's a love story and I'm a sucker for love stories. 

There are many parks in the city in between busy streets like this one, usually filled with lovers making out because public displays of affection do not seem to be an uprising issue in Mexico. 

We visited the water ways of Xochimilco. I had seen it the last time I was in Mexico, but it is one of my favorite places in the city, so I asked if we could see it again. I love this place because the boats are painted in vibrant bright colors. When the boats fill up the channel and float past you it is a sight to be seen, especially when there are hundreds on the channel at a time. 

Most of the boats are filled with people drinking and eating either food that they had brought with them or that they had purchased from boats floating by.

Homemade candy apples and chips were some of the foods being sold by the vendors. You could also buy foods like quesadillas, enchiladas, esquitas, candy, and beer.  

On the road to Tiotihuacan were these houses painted in pink, yellow, blue, green, and orange along the green hills that made me wonder why the homes in the United States aren't painted in the same hues. I have my heart set on living in an all white house, but I could be into having a vibrantly painted door in pink or blue. 

The ancient pyramids of the Sun and the Moon are amazing. It makes you wonder how the people created this hundreds of years ago without modern mechanical technology that we have today. 

This trip was incredibly special to me and I am so grateful for the good laughs and memories that we shared like when this guy rubbed this black "Love" rock all over our backs, but when it came to be my turn he rubbed it all over my back and then my face. The whole time I was like, oh great now I have millions of tourist germs in my pores.  I'm not really sure what he was saying but I think it had something to do with protection and love so either way it worked out for the best I suppose.  I can't wait to spend time with all of them again because family really is the best thing in life.



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mexican Tile

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21
Boots: Malagros

Have you ever felt compelled to take a picture of a doorway? This urge is constant for me when the doorway is surrounded by Mexican tile. I am drawn to the playful bright patterns that are painted on these ceramic squares. I used to dream of being a textile designer when I was younger, whose work would be inspired by this style of ornamentation. I wanted to design pillowcases, bed sheets, shams, and duvets all with these multicolored markings because I believe in colorful casas. (Shoot, I still might do it!)

The denim forecast for next season is going to be all about that 70's look. Think super fitted flares, denim dresses that would look sexy as hell with aviators (cough, cough Charlies Angels-esque) and overalls which has and always will be a bare necessity of ones wardrobe. 

This look is all about the denim pencil skirt. I especially like how its high waisted with a bit of stretch. It would look great paired with a tank or a crop top. 

Xo, Rachel

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wilshire Blvd.

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Banana Republic
Vest: Vintage
Shoes: Steve Madden

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Back to Black

Pantsuit: Vintage
Pumps: Jeffrey Campbell
Belt: Thrifted 
Sunnies: Santee Ally 

I'm all for breaking the rules, especially if those rules are applied to fashion. I say wear what ever makes you feel good. It's Summer and I'm wearing a pantsuit made mostly out of Polyester. Polyester doesn't breath at all, but I like the way I feel in this outfit so I will put up with the droplets of sweat running down my back.