Holidays in Morelia
I recently realized I haven’t taken too many photos of Morelia and the amazing views from home, so here’s a bit of Morelia and our drive back to the city.
The night before heading to Morelia for Christmas, we celebrated a bit early and opened gifts on the night of the 23rd.
This weekend was certainly one we will never forget, and a first for my brother, Jay and I. We got to be with our dog Lina as she delivered her two puppies, which was a huge surprise since the vet had told us it seemed there was only one.
As you can see, Lina is a beautiful 2lb. black, deer head chihuahua and she had a white with two black spots, black ears and black eye patch boy….and an all white girl that looks just like Valentino.
The arrival of the pups probably doesn’t compare to that of a child, but believe me when I say we are getting less sleep and have become stupefied by Lina’s babies.
Fashion’s Night Out…day 250
The day finally arrived and I couldn’t have been any happier to live in this great city. Tonight Vogue México hosted the first Fashion’s Night Out at the most important shopping centers in the Mexican capital and luxury boutiques on Masaryk—our version of Rodeo Drive.
Jay and I headed to Antara Fashion Hall at 8 and enjoyed a few glasses of champagne at Zara while we waited for Goose to arrive. We then headed to Brooks Brothers where they were offering barber services using Kiehl’s products along with complimentary Chivas scotch.
Afterwards, we headed to Kiehl’s for Jay to purchase a few shaving products, but couldn’t help stopping by Merry Cupcakes to try their chocolate cupcakes and fondant covered vanilla cupcakes. We stopped by one of my favorite, Tous. This one has become one of my musts since I discovered their beautiful jewelry about a year ago, but this time the one who fell in love with a ring/band was Goose, who beat me to the purchase line and ordered one his size. I really liked one of their newest shoulder bags and will hopefully e going back to purchase it in a few days. After enjoying some more champagne and laughs compliments of the wonderful folks at Tous, we checked out Purificacion Garcia where I fell in love with yet another handbag. This one was more along the lines of a medium Louis speedy, but made of brown/gray canvas with dark brown leather accents and handles, and a long strap to top it off—Beautiful!
By now we were done with the first level and headed over to Steve Madden on the second floor. For about two months I’ve been trying to buy their black Tsunami boots bit have had no luck getting them, not even online or in the US…and tonight was different. After SM, we decided to check out one more store, Pink, where Goose purchased a beautiful checkered lavender and white long sleeve shirt.
By the time we left Pink, we realized the party at Antara was about to die out—probably because the party bus had picked up everyone and taken them to Masaryk where Tiffany & Co. along with other boutiques were still hosting parties. We decided to call it a night And head home to our pups.
Gracias a Vogue México por una noche de moda y diversión. Que se repita!
Red velvet…day 249
If it hadn’t been for Tania reminding me, I would have completely forgotten to post photos of the cupcakes I baked a few days ago. If there’s one thing I love is baking…not so much because of sweet tooth cause in all honesty out of a batch of 24 cupcakes I’ll eat three at the most…I actually find the process quite soothing and therapeutical.
For over a year I’d been missing red velvet and cream cheese frosting, but thanks to my mother’s thoughtfulness, I received a baking care package consisting of flour, frosting, and decorating sprinkles. As soon as I had a chance, I began baking while waiting for True Blood’s latest episode.
The last photo I absolutely love—it’s Valentino taking full advantage of the baking process to nap on me while I rubbed his belly.
Valentino is home! … day 236
I never thought the time would come!
Valentino left my parents’ home in Texas earlier this afternoon around 8am and was on the 1pm flight to Mexico City. At first, I was told I could pick him up around 4:30pm, but all that changed thanks to airport import policies, and they held my dog captive till 7:30pm. The day at work seemed so long due to my excitement and joy, and as soon as I could I hit the road and spent two hours stuck in traffic just thinking about little Valentino being stuck in a kennel for 12 hours ago.
When they finally brought his kennel, he seemed very calm and quiet…that was until he heard me call his name. From that moment on, his kennel looked more like a swing with him jumping around and crying inside.
The drive back home was hell…I was totally and completely disoriented and ended up getting lost on the opposite side of town from where we actually live. Between Valentino’s cry for food, water and attention, the rain and traffic, I couldn’t help but begin to cry as well. I called Goose who’s still in Williamsport and he helped me get back on the right road.
Now it was time to see whether the pups, Valentino and Lina could actually live under the same roof…I love Valentine, but know he can be a little too much to handle some times. To my amazement, it was the complete opposite! Lina turned out to be quite a bully—even if she’s way smaller than him. They seem to be getting along just fine and am sure that in a few days they will be inseparable.
Doggy walkathon…day 232
Today has certainly been a good day! Jay, Lina and I got up early this morning to go participate at this year’s Rebook Perrotoning—a walkathon for women and their favorite little fellas. Upon arriving we were shocked to see so many dogs in their little blue and purple shirts walking and meeting new dogs.
The goal of the event was to raise awareness for a dog shelter as well as raise 3 tons of dog food which would be donated by Pedigree. All the participants had a tracker on our shoes which beep every time we finished a lap. By 10:30 am, there were close to 2,500 laps and by noon, Reebok announced they had reach their goal and people were still walking for more.
We met up with our cousin Patrick (olympic athlete for Mexico, you can find out more about him here) and his girlfriend and were able to catch up before they leave for Slovenia the World Rowing Championships Bled 2011 later today.
As we were finishing our last lap, we noticed a lady who had been standing on the “sideline” the entire time with a beautiful pup. The pups name (at the moment LOL) is Nuli, she is a little fighter who literally had to fight to stay alive after he mother and siblings drowned in a river in Michoacan. In a few hours, we will be bringing Nuli to her new home and she will be the newest member of our family.
Jay is 22! …day 229
Jay turned 22 today, and due to a little misunderstanding he took yesterday off instead of today. Good thing is he works at a store within the building where we live, so he was able to come up for some cake and to spend some time with Mariana, Andrea and me of course. Andrea baked one awesome peach cake, and I bought Jay a lemon cheesecake from one of my favorite bakeries.
We had a few drinks with the girls, caught up—I hadn’t seen Mariana in a little over a year. Jay had to go back to work, but I waited for him to get out to sing him happy birthday all over again.
Doggy shopping…day 225
Usually whenever Goose leaves town, I have the bad habit of doing some online shopping. Except today, it was more of sending a wish list to my mom back in Texas and her going to the stores to get everything.
Unfortunately my 2 yr. old chihuahua Valentino has been having some health problems, so we all decided it was best for him to come live with me and have the proper treatment. So since they’re sending him via plane in a few days, we figured why not get a few things for him and Lina.
My mom did me the huge favor of buying two Animal Planet dog houses, on-the-go bowls, a nail grinder, a leash for Valentino and sweaters for the both of them. I am counting the days till I get my monster.
Happy birthday dad!…day 221
Today we celebrated my dad’s 61st birthday, unfortunately the second one we are not able to spend with him..but hopefully the last. My parents have been trying to sell their home for the past few months in hopes of joining us here in DF as soon as the papers are signed.
I called my dad right at midnight to congratulate him and let him know how much I love him, miss him and appreciate him. See, the thing is he’s actually my step dad, and has been for the past 24 years. For pretty much all of my life he has taken me in and has treated me like his little princess. He has been my guide since I left Texas, always telling me the things I might not want to hear, but need to hear. He has looked out for in the absence of my father never looking back.
Gordo, gracias por todos estos años de darme la oportunidad de llamarte papá. Gracias por todo lo que has echo por mi, por quererme y demostrarmelo siempre, por hacerme reír, por tu apoyo incondicional. Gracias por ser mi amigo y guía en esta aventura llamada la vida. Gracias por ser el gordo mas alegre del mundo, y por dejarme ser tu güera. Nunca olvides lo mucho que te quiero y necesito.
Love you dad!
Cleaning the town, literally…day 136
Talk about an early start. Cor picked me up at 8am, went to pick up some coffee and headed to Chapultepec to prep things for the national cleaning campaign hosted by our company every year. Over 25,000 employees spent Sunday morning cleaning parks all over the country.
Lucky for us girls, we finished by 10:30am, jumped in the car and looked for a place to enjoy breakfast outdoors. Unfortunately, looks like so did everyone else in the neighborhood. We ended up having more coffee and checking things out at the W Hotel for my birthday party this coming friday. Yes, I’ve decided to change locations to our favorite spot. After the W, we went shopping for mustaches and beards hehehe
I spent the afternoon with Goose and Lina on Prado Norte. We had coffee and checked out some of the cute shops on the block….Goose says we totally look like a family and I love that.
Babies everywhere…day 134
So I’m starting to think there must be something in the water…three newborns in less than a month.
First baby was Santiago, my step brother’s first born
Followed three weeks later my cousin’s first girl, Vannesa
And today my cousin Mimi welcomed her little Sophia to the world…can’t wait to see photos of Sophie :)
It’s truly incredible how social media has the ability to bring families together. We all live in different points of the country, and Mimi actually lives in Switzerland…but thanks to networks such as FaceBook, we are able to meet the newest members of the family minutes after they’re born.
A day on Prado…day 100
As some of you may know by now, one of my favorite things to do is go to the market, and today I decided to take Lina with me, and Goose decided to join me…and let me drive!
Since it was a sunny day and I figured we’d walk around Prado a bit, I dressed as comfy as I could, wrapped a scarf around as a sling, put Lina in the scarf and headed out. When we got to the market, Goose wanted to check out the entire place before buying anything at the usual stand in case he found something he liked more. Unfortunately, most of the stands were closed, so we opted for the regular. As he was ordering the fruit and veggies—which they hand pick for you according to when you plan on eating it—I went over to talk to one of the florist to ask about seasons for specific flowers, care of gardenias, and work numbers for our wedding budget. We put our purchases in the car, and as I figured, we decided to walk down Prado Norte—I figured Goose would like it. And I was right! Specially when we reached the gourmet shop, La Castellana, where he finally found the spaghettini he had been looking for. I showed him around the different restaurants, cafes, art shops, and cute shops that are all over Prado Norte. We checked Mobica furniture store and fell in love with half of their inventory. Found some coasters we really liked, dining table set, lamps, place mats, bedroom set, etc. Everything was really nice. Memo to self: spend money wisely
We stopped by Starbucks to get some coffee and take a brief break. I thought it was really funny when someone asked if I was carrying a monkey. I always call Lina my little monkey, but never thought she looked anything like one—ODD. The baristas at Starbucks fell in love with and she let them pet her. After cooling down a bit, Sergio asked where Cafe O was, and went to check it out. We got in the car and headed over to Prado Sur…the fancier part of Prado, if that’s even possible LOL.
Everything was closed, except Cafe O, another little restaurant and the bakery I had been wanting to show to Goose…which now that I think about it, we didn’t check out :( We did see something that made us extremely happy—they’re building a City Market five minutes from our place!!!!!!!!
After checking out Prado Sur, we made one last stop before heading home: Gandhi book store and MixUp music and movie store. I ended up buying a cocktail book that I really liked, while Sergio checked out different cooking books.
It was a great Sunday, the three of us out enjoying the neighborhood…it painted quite a pretty picture of what our future can be like :)
Last night was so relaxing! And the bottle of wine was totally worth the wait..we’re hoping we’ll be able to find more since it was a limited edition bottle I guess you could say.
This morning I wanted to stay in bed so bad, but the heat made it impossible. It worries me that it is getting this hot, and it’s barely the beginning of spring here in Mexico City. So in a way, I was forced to get up and get ready to head to the other side of town to go meet two of my dad’s friends and pick up this month’s “love package” sent by my mother.
We were stuck in traffic for what seemed like an eternity…compliments of the million and one events going on in town today. It probably took us close to two hours to get to their home. They were very nice people and are making plans to get together some time next week if possible.
The “love package” this time included goodies for Jay such as Capn Crunch and SunChips…cleaning products for the house (YAY!!!), two Coach purses I had left behind, colognes for the boys and perfumes for me. I know to some of you it might make no sense why my mother would send chips and cleaning products, but unfortunately some of the things we were so used to are not available here yet…And since I’m allergic to everything in this world, cleaning products have to be hypoallergenic and friendly—Swifer Jet has become a life saver for LOL.
But moving on, after picking up the package, we headed over to City Market to buy groceries and I realized I might have a sugar problem…just don’t let Goose know I’m actually admitting this…but everything I put in the shopping cart was candy and/or sweets. For example, tequila truffles, Baileys truffles, chocolate covered coffee beans, merengue, ice cream, etc. My excuse is research!
The rest of the day was slow…we were so exhausted, that all we wanted to do was nap and rest. Tomorrow will be another day.
(Thinking these would be great for the wedding)