Look of the Day: Sweater Weather

I am officially the worst blogger in the world as I still haven’t finished editing my photos of Mexico…and I know you’re probably tired of reading my excuses reasons, but in my defense I have been very busy with a lot of last minute planning. Planning what? Well, for that you’ll just have to wait at least a couple more weeks to find out… but I promise it is goooood, and you’ll totally forgive me for relegating my blogger duties.

Now, not only have I not finished working on my travel photos, but I also haven’t been able to shoot any new Looks of the Day. However, last winter I shot several outfits with my dear Norma, including this, this and this, but for whatever reason I didn’t post this look at the time, which  it’s coming in very handy right now.

Finally, the weather is catching up here in Arizona, and as of yesterday I think we can officially call it sweater weather. So this post comes with perfect timing as my first sweater outfit of the season! Also, this is my first festive outfit of the season, you know, with the holidays quickly approaching and all. And oh this skirt, this lovely skirt…my love for it hasn’t faded, not even a little bit.

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Sweater: from Nordstrom Rack – Skirt: Anthropologie

Clutch: H&M – Shoes: Carlos Santana – Belt: Loft

Shopping: Splurge vs Save

I know I’m behind again on my posts, and there are more posts coming about my trip to Mexico, but today I just had to share this amazing deal with you, my lovely ladies.

It’s no secret that if you’re a woman, chances are you fantasize about owning your very own pair of Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo shoes…and also, chances are you can’t afford them. And yes, I am one of those that would love to own a pair (or more!) of each myself. Pretty much any pair would do really, but lately I had been particularly smitten with the Christian Louboutin Decollete in Patent Nude pair ($685)…

christian louboutin decolleteAnd the Jimmy Choo Anouk in Patent Nude pair ($595)…

20131025-134239.jpgBut yes, I’m also one of those that can’t afford them. So you will understand my excitement when I found the Aldo Frited pump in Patent Nude for only $54.98!!!

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They are so similar to the designers versions, and such a perfect go-with-everything pair of shoes. And you can’t beat that price, which is a sale price by the way, not the original price, so even better! Now run and get your own while they still have them, because they’re practically a must-have that I’m sure won’t last in-stock for very long. In fact, they didn’t have them in my size at the store, so I ordered them and now have to impatiently wait to have them on my feet (which won’t be until next week, grrr).  Of course, there will be countless Looks of the Day to come starring these beauties.

To splurge on the Christian Louboutin Decollete pumps, go here.                                          To splurge on the Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps, go here.                                                          To save on the Aldo Frited pumps, go here.

Travel: Mexican Countryside

Ok, I’m back with some more photos of my trip to Mexico. This time I’m sharing some of the Mexican countryside. Like I mentioned in this post, while in Mexico I took the opportunity to tag along with my friend Arte to visit her parents in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
This town might be mostly known for being located by the lake of the same name, but there is so much more to
Pátzcuaro than that.

It is one of those quintessential Mexican towns that can make you feel like you traveled back in time to get there. It has a charming town center with a big plaza surrounded by Spanish colonial buildings with big arches. Behind the arches, before entering the buildings, one can enjoy the front halls full of tables from little cafes and restaurants as well as improvised establishments of artisans selling their handcrafted goods. Many of these artisans come from families who have been doing the same craft for generations, and their creations are some of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see, and can include works in clay, bronze, hand-carved wood, textiles, vegetable fibers, toys, miniature sculptures, and cantera.

Other than that, the town is pretty rural. Most streets are paved with rock or not at all. As soon as you leave behind the town center, you start seeing corn fields, cows out in the open field enjoying the pasture, horses and, yes, the occasional donkey. Men still work the fields with their own hands, preparing the soil for planting with a pickax, no fancy tractors or machinery here. Many women still wear the traditional clothing from the ancient tribe they might descend from, which includes handcrafted skirts and blouses, usually embroidered and very colorful.

Gastronomy is yet another reason to fall in love with this area. Handmade corn tortillas can be found everywhere, ready to accompany some of the traditional dishes. Among these are uchepos, the name given to corn tamales served with cream and cheese; corundas, another type of tamal that comes in a triangular shape, stuff with cheese and occasionally some vegetables, also served with cream and cheese, these happen to be a personal favorite and I ate way too many of them while I was in Mexico; sopa tarasca, a soup similar to tortilla soup but the broth is mixed with a bean soup; charales, a type of fish about the size of anchovies but served fried; nieve de zapote, a handmade ice cream that you can find in almost any flavor you can think of and many you never would thought of; different types of mole, galletas (cookies), pan dulce (pastries), typical candy, and much more.

I could go on and on about all the wonders of Pátzcuaro, but I‘m short on time as I’m sure you are too, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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