Design Inspiration | Yellow Alley

I'm doing a series on my San Miguel Collection prints and am collaborating with interior stylist Mylene Raspado. I'm hoping to make it easier for you to picture these fine art photographs in your home by giving you two mood boards and color palettes. 

The week I'm featuring: Yellow Alley. Family is one of the most important parts of Mexican culture. In many homes, you'll often find three or more generations living together. Behind the walls of these homes you'll find families enjoying each other's company and fully involved in each other's lives. 

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The colors in this print really make my neutral design heart happy. While I'm not usually drawn to yellow, I love how you can pair this print with grays, whites and browns for a sleek yet comfortable office space. My husband recently moved into my office,🙄 and I think a design like this would make us both happy.

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An entryway is a small and easy space to redecorate. By switching out a piece of art, a plant or a rug, it can really make it feel like a fresh new house upon entering. I love the lighter neutrals here paired with a darker print. I especially love grey for a wall color. What do you think?


This week only (until Sunday), I'm offering free framing on all orders of the "Yellow Alley" print. Let me know if you have any questions about this design mood board, or this specific print. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment below. 


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Recipe | Guacamole

I remember when I was dating my husband I decided to make some guacamole for my in-laws. I mean, I had never before made guacamole, but I wanted to impress. I also made chips from scratch to go with it. (Yeah, I was trying really hard, LOL)

Neadless to say, it was a hit. A huge hit. My mother-in-law really likes cilantro, and she will still ask me 10 years later to make some.

I used my grandfather's recipe, and I'm sharing it with you. It's simple, easy, and so tasty. So rather than buying some from the store, (please don't do that) take 10 minutes to make it fresh. 

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Gather your ingredients

3 large avocados
1 medium tomato
1/2 onion (diced)
3 cloves of garlic
1 bundle of cilantro
1/2 lemon
salt

Now what?

1. Dice tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and garlic. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cut and scoop out the avocados.
3. Mash avocados well.
4. Mix in tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and garlic. 
5. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. More to taste if needed.
6. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon (this preserves it and will help it stay fresh).
7. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with tomatoes and cilantro.
8. Enjoy!

For the longest time my grandfather would make this for every family hangout. A while ago he passed the recipe down to his kids, and my mom helped me figure out how to make it just like he did. And I impressed my in-laws enough to let their son marry me. Hehe. Win-win for everyone.


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History | Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexican Independence day. It is however, a day that Mexico commemorates winning the battle against the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 which happened 50 years after Mexico already won its independence (Sept 16, 1810).

So why did they have to fight this battle?

Mexico had debt that it couldn't pay due to previous wars, and the President, Benito Juarez, asked for a two year suspension to help recuperate. The French saw this as an opportunity and decided to invade Mexico to make it a French territory. There was a small army waiting for them when they arrived at the town of Puebla. Even though the French army outnumbered the Mexican army, the French army was defeated before they were able to get to Mexico City. Yay!

So why is it celebrated so much in the US?

This win was a symbol against French imperialism. The US helped Mexico push out the French for good. Around the same time of the Battle of Puebla, the Mexican Americans in the US used the victory as inspiration in their struggle with the Union during the Civil war. It's thought that if the French would have won in Puebla & the Mexico City, they would have aided the side of the Confederacy in the US.

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated in the town of Puebla with a festival, parade, and music celebrations. In the US you'll also see celebrations. I think this is a great time to educate and teach others about Mexican and American history. It's important to know the significance of any holiday that you choose to celebrate. Rather than just jump at the chance to enjoy Mexican food, and have bottomless margaritas, take some time to learn not only about another culture, but also US history. Doing this will help with empathy, understanding, and humanity as a whole. Our kids will have a better future that way.


TWO EVENTS COMING UP THIS WEEK.

I've partnered with XO Marshmallow this week. I have a new collection hanging in their new cafe, and I'm going to be there hanging out TWICE this week and talking about the history of Cinco de Mayo. So come with any questions or with just your sweet tooth. 

Get your free tickets!

 
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Design Inspiration | La Iglesia

I'm doing a series on my San Miguel Collection prints and am collaborating with interior stylist Mylene Raspado. I'm hoping to make it easier for you to picture these fine art photographs in your home by giving you two mood boards and color palettes. 

The week I'm featuring: La Iglesia. The Spanish conquest brought two major legacies to Mexico: The Spanish language, and Catholicism. There are many Catholic churches in Mexico which are some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. This particular church is located in San Miguel de Allende and is one that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. 

 
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For such an iconic picture, this framed print would be a great statement piece for a living room. The green and blue is so vibrant that you want it to be the pop and really draw the eye. Pairing this with neutral accessories will do just that. I love all of these accents to really make this photo a focal point. 

You can also draw from the greens in the photo to add more greenery to your room. In the mood board for this bedroom, I love how the deep colors in the photo, are being drawn into other items in the room. I mean that orange bed is everything, and that golden chandelier. Yes and YES! I love how the room has light whites and grays with a few bold pops of color that accent the photo. Mylene, you've done it again both of these mood boards are perfection!


This week only (until Sunday), I'm offering free framing on all orders of the "La Iglesia" print. Let me know if you have any questions about this design mood board, or this specific print. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment below. 


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Coco Inspired Birthday Party
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My son Elias turned 5 years old on April 11th. Every year for my kid's birthdays I let them pick a theme, which is usually what they're really into that year, and I plan a big party around it. They LOVE looking at pinterest boards with me, and brainstorming ideas. 

This year, I was especially excited when Elias wanted to have a "Coco" themed birthday party. We saw Coco in theaters in November and I was actually surprised by how much he loved it. I was surprised because he was the kid who refused to speak Spanish at Spanish camp last year. He also doesn't like any Mexican food other than quesadillas and chips.

So, when he himself decided on a Mexican birthday party I was like ok, I'm running with it, and going all out...within reason, of course. 

 
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Elias had also asked for ONE specific thing for the party; a Coco cake. I usually make the dessert, but he really wanted one after seeing it on pinterest (thanks a lot pinterest) I knew I couldn't pull it off, so I ordered one from Pastel! Cakes and More and was blown away by how it turned out. Elias screamed with such joy when he saw it.

I also asked my friend Veronica to make cake pops for favors. I just want to say these are the best cake pops I've ever had. I usually don't like cake pops, but these were amazing...and a perfect cake topper for the cake. 

The rest of the menu:

Guacamole, agua de horchata, arroz, beans, quesadillas, barbacoa & carnitas from a local grocery store, and Palomas that Michael mixed toward the end of the evening.

Everything was delicious.  

 
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I worked hard to transform our living room to a space that felt like Mexico. I displayed some of my pieces on the wall, and hung papel picado across our ceiling. Elena helped me decorate one wall with the quote from one of the songs in the movie; "Our love for each other will live on forever" It was great.

I also made a mural as the backdrop of the bridge from the movie between the land of the living and the land of the dead. It took me a few days, but with the help of my friend I think it came together nicely. At least Elias was impressed, which made it worth it. 

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We had his friends over to break a pinata, and watch the movie Coco of course. They had a nice time hanging out and eating all the sweets they could get. We celebrated with family in the evening too, so it really was a day full of good food, celebration, and lots of love for Elias. 

This birthday was so great that Elias is already asking for a Coco birthday party for next year. 

 

 


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