In mid-December, I told my friend Katie (RIP Daily Crush) that I wanted to get my boyfriend a trip over a physical gift. She was not only supportive but it quickly turned into a couples trip that she surprised her fiance with. Fast forward just a few weeks, MLK weekend is here and the lists from friends were still rolling in with Mexico City recommendations. We made a curated list from all the lists I had received based on vibes, IG feeds and neighborhoods. We didn’t make any reservations and decided to semi wing it, try to get into places on the list but also pop into places that looked cute on the way. Below is a diary of each day, and a list of everywhere I went. I LOVE chatting so please comment or message me any questions you may have!
– Mexico City doesn’t do bars as we do in America. Everything is sit down service and restaurants do not have bars you can wait at. With that- make reservations if there is a place you are dying to go to. That goes for both restaurants and bars- there were a few bars I was sad we couldn’t get into.
– You will not look like a tourist in chic sneakers. Mexican style revolves around a good sneaker and layers.
– Tipping options usually max at 15%, with 5-10% being average.
– Sharing is caring, we did a lot of ordering and sharing then re-ordering of our favorite things.
– The city is 10 times more lush and green than I ever expected! Beautiful, huge parks that have a very rainforest-y feel.
– The most expensive meal we had was about $50/person and it was at the nicest place we went. Everything else was very cheap, talking $5 for two coffees and a pastry.
Friday: We got in around 2pm and had a 30ish minute uber to our AirBnB which was in the Condesa. We found an adorable little taco place- Departamento PB– that ended up being on one of our lists. It was filled with lots of mid-century modern furniture, and the best short rib tacos! From there we had dinner at Rosetta, which was on every list out there and there is a reason. The decor is so serene and romantic alongside delicious Italian food. The wait was about two hours (we forget to make reservations) so we walked to a bar and waited- no ‘text when your table is ready’ so wear your watch. We ended the night with a sweets nightcap at El Moro churros. I accidentally ordered hot chocolate instead of dipping chocolate but it was even better!
Saturday: Kicked off the day at an adorable coffee shop, Chiquitto in Condesa, before hitting the markets. We took an uber to Coyoacan and San Angel to explore the markets and neighborhood. They are both beautiful areas with so much color and history. For lunch, we went to el Parnita which had a long wait but was totally worth it. It opens right into the sidewalk where everyone is drinking, waiting for their table. Felt like one of the most local dining spots we went to- amazing people watching! We had a super late lunch so kinda skipped dinner and went right into checking out a salsa club a little early.
Sunday: Probably my favorite day because it was beautiful, I loved my outfit (haha) and we finally had a good understanding of the lay of the land. Mike and I stumbled into a bakery that made me giddy. Ballarò is half restaurant and half bakery with outdoor seating. When entering the bakery you pick up a cafeteria tray and a pair of tongs to pick out all the pastries and bread your heart desires from the walls. It seems so minor but it was such a fun experience. From there we went to lunch at one of the places we were all 4 equally excited about – Contromar. Mike and I got there right at 12:05 (they open at noon) to get us a table and there was already a handful taken. The place got packed with both locals and Americans within minutes. The way the employees turned tables and hustled was insanely impressive. Okay now to the food….when 4 people tell you to order the tuna tostada – you ordered it twice haha! But seriously the food was amazing! From there we headed deeper into Condessa and explored a few shops including Void Vintage which is probably one of the most beautiful stores I have ever been in. Right, when we walked in Mike spotted a vintage Ohio State tee shirt and I knew it was going to be a good day. Katie and I toyed a lot with staying in either in Airbnb or hotel so we had to check out Condesa df and their amazing rooftop. Highly recommend going and having a few drinks on the rooftop and exploring the hotel. After a very trendy day it was time for a little Mexican tradition- dinner at Cafe de Tacuba which has been around since 1912!
Monday: Short and sweet send-off at Cafe Nin which I would go to every day if I could!
– Panderia (Roma Norte): One of the top places I was recommended to go. An adorable little bakery that is owned by the same people who run Rosetta. One of the best chocolate croissants I have ever had.
– Chiquitto (Condessa) – tasty coffee, modern vibes!
– La Valise (roma norte) – I am kicking myself because I can no longer find the exact place but there is a coffee shop in front of the La Valise Hotel that is SO cute! Stumbled upon it because of the cute building and insta-grammable plants outside and am just not realizing its a very popular hotel in both Mexico City and Tulum!
– Cafe Nin (Juarez) One of my favorite spots hands down- beyond charming and delicious!
– Ballarò – all the pastries!
– Departamento PB – dinner – amazing tacos.
– Rosetta – dinner – the nicest meal we had in terms of $$, Italian food.
– el Partina – lunch – super fun and very local aka great people watching!
– Contromar – lunch or dinner – seafood, so delicious- order the tuna tostada!
– el Moro – churros
– *Lalo! – breakfast – still sad I didn’t get to go
In terms of drink spots, I am sorry to say I didn’t take note of them that much! As I mentioned it was a little harder to get into some of the places we wanted to go so we popped in and out of spots that look cute. This route was actually a little more fun if you ask me!
I have never really set ‘goals’ before, sure I say “yeah yeah I am going to work out more this year or be a healthy person” but do I actually follow through with it….of course not! The root of that is for my therapist, not TLoS haha but this year I am switching it up. I set out a few semi-cheesy goals last week but then on drunkenly on NYE I sent Cat an Instagram of someone being fabulous and said: “my 2019 goal is to be my most fabulous self and not care what other people think!”. Kinda ridiculous? Sure but is it my goal? 100%. Not saying I am now going to wear hot pink fur and embellished clothing every day but I am going to work at not stopping myself from being my most true self. Stop not doing something because I worry about what someone will think. Doing whatever I want to do because I want to!
I am on a Rachel Hollis kick right now, specifically her RISE podcast. She talked about how we are living our lives based on what we THINK other peoples opinions will be or are- hypothetical opinions not real ones. That is ridiculous and I am so guilty of this “I don’t know if I should post that photo or try that pose because what if Sally Jane sees it and is like who does Emily think she is?!” Well, ya know what, I have NO clue if friends or strangers will think that and if they do who cares? I am aware this is 5000% easier said than done but it is something I am truly going to try and work on. I was writing this blog post while listening to her podcast and how she ended it made me tear up a little- don’t laugh! The quote above was what got me and I double highly recommend you turn her on.
Back to fashion and beauty now, thanks for reading!
Have you heard of New England Loom? My friend Katie told me about the Instagram account/website a few months ago and I got my first rug last week! Based in Boston, she posts rugs with their dimensions throughout the week and then everyday Sunday night they go live on the website! I have been wanting a small vintage rug for my bathroom and got this cutie from her. I soon realized that the people who have similar rugs in their bathroom on Pinterest are either lying or it is their guest/powder room…aka not a lot of post-shower standing lol.
The little nugget quickly moved to the side of my bed. Where I kinda like it layered on the classic/coastal blue and white rug. Not everyone in my life agrees, but it’s my room, right? The blue and white rug “should” be bigger but I have what I have. Now just need to find the second one on the other side of the bed. Thinking I could even do one that is slightly longer and have a cool balance..thoughts?
I am writing this because of an article I read that talked about how no one talks about their struggle when they are in the thick of it. Only after, when they are on the other side.
After about a year of living in Nashville, I realized that for my personal happiness there are 3 components that have to be in balance. Job, friends and a significant other. If I hated my job but had amazing friends to go to after or a boy to kiss, great. If friends were not strong in quantity or quality and I was single but had a job that was incredibly satisfying, great. You get where I am going? It is all about balance. After almost 4 years in Nashville, I felt like I could not find a consistent balance and I was over it. I missed my family and had a maybe 2 good friends in Houston, but at the time that seemed like enough. So last February, I made the drive back to Houston, the city I hadn’t lived in since High School.
What was I going to do for work? No idea, but it would be something I love because I was living with my parents and had that ability. Those first few months in Houston were amazing, full of weddings, reconnecting with friends and exploring my city again. I got a part-time remote job with Bumble helping with the blog and Bumble BFF content. So great, right?! Life was great! Then in May, I got a job with a beauty startup doing social media. I was so excited because on paper it was my dream job. Running all of the social and digital marketing for a company that had huge wholesale accounts! In the next 6 months, I moved out of my parents’ house, got an apartment in one of my favorite neighborhoods and reignited an old fling. Things were looking great with a capital G.
A few months later the old fling ended [again], the dream job wasn’t so dreamy and the dreaded 26, kicked off your parents’ insurance, birthday was creeping in. Days after my birthday, miserable that I was in a job I hated with little prospect of other opportunities, I was laid off. So there I was, newly 26 just having learned how to get my own insurance, wearing one of the two more than I could afford happy birthday to myself presents, in an apartment I still had 8 months in, jobless. JOBLESS.
If you are reading this thinking “this happens to everyone, it’s your 20s everyone is struggling and confused” please leave. Not trying to be rude and I get it but it’s like beating a dead horse and it’s actually very unhelpful ‘words of wisdom’. Becuase no matter how many times you tell me that there are millions of struggling people in their 20s that doesn’t make me feel better about being one of them.
What do you do next? Anything you can right? But there is that thing stupid thing called pride that seems to get in the way. Pride and judgment. Friends tone when you say “I will attempt the restaurant industry” but also frustrated when you can’t go out to eat. It is a sticky sticky balance and I was in the thick of it. I am already a homebody, 70% of me would rather stay in and 30% wants to rage. I am the person who sits on the couch sad that she doesn’t have plans but then the thought of reaching out to see what people are doing is not appealing and turns on a movie. This behavior mixed with not being allowed to spend a penny is really bad. I was getting weird.
So there I was, unemployed in a corporate city wanting to do something creative with social media. Not the best combo which had lead me into the of a spiral of why did I move to Houston? Why did you have to fall in love with social media? Why do you have ‘skills’ that majority of the jobs listed in Houston do not give 2 shits about? How do I become a boring 26 year old wide wife to an oil tycoon? Is taking a photo of makeup really a skill? What am I going to do with my life in the short term? What happens when you don’t pay bills? Will the 2 hours I spent watching youtube videos on editing help my unemployment or my blog that does not make money? Reading your lease over and over to see how much they charge to cut it short. The list could go on and on and it does.
On a quick lighter note, having no income can result in two things: gaining a ton of weight or losing a ton of weight. Becuase you either go the route of ‘crap food and fast food are cheaper’ or ‘barely eat anything and eat random cans [of veggies]’. I was/am dead in the middle, a can of refried beans here, Mcdonalds there, sweet potatoes and eggs. every. damn. day. It’s a pattern I am getting used to but honestly wish my body could thrive on less so I could take the ‘damn she got skinny during her unemployment phase’ route.
As of 2018 things are starting to turn around and I will share more on that journey next. Finding the light at the end of the tunnel. But in conclusion, my time in 100% freefall was semi-amazing. I was able to think about what I want in a job. What I want in my next professional community. What I value in a company I work for. The saying “if you can’t laugh you will just cry” got me through the past 2 months. Don’t let me fool you there were a few full-blown breakdowns full of hyperventilating but for the most part, it was a “what the F is happening in my life this is comical” laughing. End tangent.
This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ItsAMatch, #DietCoke #CollectiveBias
If you know me you know that I LOVE me some Diet Coke® and drink one once a day. So when they reached out I knew it would be perfect. One of the reasons I love Diet Coke is because of the fact it has zero calories. Reaching for a midday sweet is usually my go-to but Diet Coke is much better than candy or any other snack!
Winter is slowly winding down but somehow here in Houston is picked back up again which had me craving buffalo chicken dip. Rich dips are my favorite and always go perfectly with a Diet Coke. One of the reasons being that I don’t feel as guilty indulging in the dip when my drink is zero calories. Do you balance your food and drink pairings? I know the majority of you are also Diet Coke fans for sure! I mean hello, there is a reason Diet Coke and pizza are the number one pair in the country!
I have always enjoyed watching the brand come out with new concepts and this new one is awesome. Not only is there a sleek new design to the can but 4 new flavors (Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange, Ginger Lime, Twisted Mango)! This fun little quiz will tell you which flavor suits you best! Think the Twisted Mango would be so tasty with a mango-based salsa this summer!
As you can see in the photo above the cans are also available for individual purchase at Kroger which makes it super easy for you to try out each flavor! You will have to tell me which is your favorite, I cannot wait to try them all. As a die-hard fan of the classic, I love that they are adding a twist to Diet Coke!
Super Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip:
- Package of cream cheese, light!
- Buffalo Sauce (1/2 cup)
- Ranch dressing or blue cheese (1/2 cup)
- Monterey mixed cheese
- Shredded chicken
- salt and pepper to taste!
Mix together the above ingredients, sans celery, in any bakable dish. Put in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. I checked in about half way through and gave it a good stir to break up the cream cheese! Hope you enjoy!
I spent this past weekend/week in Boston with one of my favorite people in world Katie, and her boyfriend Jake. She has always had AMAZING interior style but she has really outdone herself in her current apartment. A lot of her finds are from antique stores around the country, which is a skill in and of its own. Their home is a perfectly gender neutral, not too girly and not too masculine so they both love it equally.
Here are a few tips from Katie about decorating your home when moving in with your boyfriend.
1. Take your time– Especially when it comes to the big decisions. Moving in with your significant other is a huge life step. When I say our apartment was practically empty for two months after we moved in (other than a bed and a couch) I’m being dead serious! It was important to me that my boyfriend Jake and I enjoyed the process together and found items that we’d both like for a long time. Lucky for me, he loves design and kept me great company while planning and shopping. Aside from the financial investment in big furniture pieces, I wanted to be sure we were achieving an aesthetic that made us both feel at home. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have traded a mostly empty apartment for the world and I’m incredibly glad we chose to take it slow.