Amor a la mexicana

Light cotton pants, with Mexican detail on the waist.


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Light cotton Pants, with Mexican detail on the waist,
one shoulder top, and hair flower all by Guaya.


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Light cotton long skirt, with Mexican detail on the waist,
one shoulder top also by Guaya.

Modelos: Argelia & Jordy
Fotografia: Agata Lanz
Maquillaje y peinado: Niza Mendoza
Locacion: Boca del Puma, Puerto Morelos

Manos Mexicanas: Amandina!

When I started writing this blog, I was feeling a bit lonely in the crafts universe, at least in Mexico, blogging and crafting was not a trendy thing, and it was hard to find people that share the same interest. But lately I´ve been finding that now there are more people blogging about crafts and handmade things in Mexico, more people that share this passion, so this makes me very excited, to be able to share the same interest, and also because of this, now I have more options, like fairs and magazines here in Mexico. And also above all this, the fact is, at least in this part of Mexico where I live, crafts and handmade things were synonymous of bad quality, things made only from and for hippies,  so, when I see creations like this, that have all this passion and good quality its a placer to share it with the world.

Cuando empece este blog, me sentia un poco sola en el universo, en Mexico no habia mucho la cultura de los blogs y lo hecho a mano, pero ultimamente he descubierto que cada vez hay mas gente que comparte esta pasion y eso me emociona mucho, me emociona el poder hablar de las cosas que hago y poder compartir un mismo interes con mas gente en Mexico, y sobre todo que cada vez somos mas, y gracias a esto se pueden hacer cosas muy interesantes. Hay mas proyectos de difusion, cada vez se organizan mas ferias y sobre todo, que al menos en esta parte de Mexico donde vivo, lo hecho a mano era visto como de mala calidad, las artesanias solo las hacian los hippies por asi decirlo. Asi que cuando veo creaciones como esta, que tienen tanta pasion y calidad es un placer poder compartirlo con el mundo.

Amandina is a trendy concept in jewelry design, which fuses together craftsmanship and contemporary design and blends tradition with fashion, the result: unique pieces made with love that only the handwork of artisans can create. I love the work of this girls from Yucatan, their organic motifs, trees, leaves and animals are absolutely fabulous. More about Amandina here and at their Etsy Shop.

Me encanta el trabajo de estas chicas de Yucatan, Las siluetas organicas me parecen bellisimas, Arboles, hojas y animales son su inspiracion. Amandina, es un concepto innovador en diseño de joyería, su vision de la tecnica contemporanea se funde con la tradicion de la tecnica orfebre. Obteniendo como resultado una mezcla que conjuga tradición con moda, en piezas únicas e irrepetibles que sólo el trabajo manual de artesanos yucatecos puede crear. Mas de Amandina aqui o en Etsy.




While in Mexico…. Mexican Premium Moda


The main intention of this event is to offer a space for independent Mexican designers to exhibit and sale their products, the idea was to get more attention of the audience by gathering many brands together.
This will last only 5 days, with Probably more than 40 Mexican designers exhibiting their work,  live music from bands to DJ’s, Photo-Expo, walkways, dance, circus, theater, sculpture, video, cocktails, food and bar.

This event took place in Historical center of Mexico City, at the Museo Británico Americano de México (The British American Museum of Mexico), this is an old building, and it´s being reconstructed. So the whole event had this old and modern look, really cool.
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La intencion principal de este evento es ofrecer un espacio para los diseñadores Mexicanos exhiban y vendan sus productos, la idea es tener mas audiencia al juntar varios diseñadores y marcas. El evento duro 5 dias, y reunio a mas de 40 diseñadores Mexicanos, ofreciendo tambien musica en vivo, DJ´s, exposiciones fotograficas, danza, pasarelas, teatro, video, comida y servicio de bar.

El lugar del evento fue en el centro de la Ciudad de Mexico, en el edificio que pertenecia al Museo Británico Americano de México. El lugar esta en remodelacion, lo que le daba un look entre viejo y moderno a todo el evento.


I went with my friend from Mexico City, Jade, but we had other plans and had to leave before the runway, so I went back the next day and made sure to stay longer.


I so want to make events like this in Cancun, so it was good to have a view of this, so I´ll know what to do, and what not to do…  I think I had a different idea of how it was going to be, I didn´t imagine the buildin was going to be remodeling and it was hard to find the place, also I heard a few famous Mexican designers were going to be there, I thought Niceeee. So I just thought this was a more WOW show, It was not what I expected, but it was pretty good  anyway. I had fun, I enjoyed talking to the designers, making new friends and buying too ha ha ha.
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Al evento me acompaño mi Amiga Jade, y aunque yo me queria quedar a ver la pasarela, teniamos ya otros plane sy nos fuimos temprano. Pero yo regrese al dia siguiente y esta vez si pude ver la pasarela.

Desde hace tiempo tengo ganas de hacer un evento parecido en Cancun, asi que fue bueno ver y sabe que se debe hacer y que no. Creo que en realidad yo tenia una idea muy diferente de lo que iba a ser el evento, antes de llegar, no me imagine que el edificio estaria en remodelacion, y me fue un poco dificl encontrar el lugar, y ademas tambien sabia que algunos diseñadores con mas nombre iban a asistir pues pense wow, que bien! No era lo que esperaba pero estuvo bien de todas formas, me diverti, y disfrute platicando con los diseñadores, haciendo contactos y comprando un poquito ji ji ji.

Isla Contoy.

This is an experience i´ve been wanting to share with you, a few weeks ago I went with some friends and family to an amazing Island, Isla Contoy, Protected by the Mexican government, and declared a National Park, its approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. We took a boat from Cancun, the trip took about one hour, it usually takes about 2 or 3 hours depending of the boat, but ours was pretty fast.

As soon as we could see the island on the horizon and the closer we got, our excitement was getting bigger and bigger, it´s absolutely gorgeous, is not very big, i think  it´s only 8 Km in length. There is nothing but palm trees, clear blue water, lots of birds and white sand, PARADISE!!!!

In the island lives a group of government-sponsored biologists who continually monitor and study the ecosystem of the island. Only a few tour companies have permission to bring guests to the island and only 200 visitors are allowed daily.  If you plan to visit the island in your own vessel, you are required to apply for permission first which can be arranged at the Park offices in Isla Mujeres or Cancun. as soon as we got to the peer, we jumped in the water, we didn´t care about barracudas, there was like 50 of them, just right in the peer. I have to say that I was a little bit impressed by them, they are so ugly with the mouth full of teeth!!.  Anyway, it´s better if I let the pictures talk.

Ready to go

arriving to the island

take a good look…. 7 barracudas!

The other side of the island

Dinner time! It´s good to have friends with restaurants.

chill out time after dinner.

our night camp.

almost sunrise.

Next morning we went snorkeling to the reef.

Nurse shark

Mantarraya, Samantha it´s her name, and you can actually touch her, she comes to the shore looking for food.

This is why I love where I live.

and guess who came with us….

I made her bathing suit with a balloon :-)

16 de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day!!

As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec Empire.

After Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, the Spaniards carried out expeditions to find gold and riches from these faraway lands.   In 1521, about 500 Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico, headed by an ambitious man: Hernán Cortés.  At this time, the Aztecs had built a great empire that ruled over all Mesoamérica. So the Spaniards decided to direct their attacks towards them.

The indigenous nations that were under the Aztec rule were tired of the physical and economic hardships imposed upon them by this empire.  This circumstance made them think that by helping the Conquerors defeat the Aztecs, they would be better off.  So they decided to aid the Spaniards.

This is how the Conquest of what is now Mexico began.

On the 13th of August 1521, Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor was captured. The indigenous allies of the Spaniards raided Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. They didn’t know it at the time, but they had been liberated from one oppressor and fallen in the hands of a much more powerful authoritarian.

This was the beginning of three centuries of Spanish rule. The new colony was named Nueva España, New Spain.

The years that followed were devastating. The conquerors brought with them diseases unknown to the natives. The epidemics that broke out as well as the merciless workload imposed upon the natives dramatically diminished the Indian population.   There were approximately 20 million Indians inhabiting this territory before the Conquest, and after just one century of Spanish rule there were only 1 million left!

Colonial society was highly stratified. Spaniards born in Spain, occupied the higher echelons, followed by Criollos, those born in Mexico from Spanish parents; Mestizos, the mix- blood offspring of Spaniards and Natives; Indios, Native Indians; Negros, African slaves. Each socio-ethnic group had different rights and duties. The privileged were the peninsular Spaniards.  Discontent steadily grew, especially amongst the Criollos, who were always treated as second-class subjects of the Spanish Crown.   It is no surprise then, that Criollos were the spark that ignited the Independence movement.

In  1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, and decided to impose his brother José Bonaparte, as king of Spain (1808-1810).  The Criollos found in this circumstance the opportunity to seek their independence form Spain. Influenced by the concepts of liberty, equality and democracy proposed by the French philosophers Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and by the war of Independence of the United States, they decided to start a revolt.

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez-   rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty.  This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.

And this is the moment that every 16th of September is re-enacted in every plaza or zócalo of Mexico, and commemorated by Mexicans all over the world.

It is customary for our President to deliver the grito in Mexico City’s zócalo. It is in this plaza, atop Palacio Nacional, the National Palace -a beautiful colonial building where the President’s offices are located-, that the original bell rung by Hidalgo is placed. And this is the bell that is rung every 16th of September.

The ceremony reaches the high point when the crowd joins in proudly shouting out the names of the heroes of our Independence, to end with the exciting VIVA MÉXICO!

When the grito ceremony ends, the sky lights up with multicolored rockets that shower our hearts with the pride of knowing that we are a free and independent nation.

and to celebrate it I made something with a mexican touch. Do you remember the fabric I just bought.

I wasn’t quite sure if I could make this bag, I had the idea in my mind, put it in paper, but then, I didn.t know what to do, so I just started cutting, and sewing the stripes, and got so much into it I could not stop until I was done. I have to say, that I feel very proud to accomplish this. Perhaps you may say : but it looks really easy to make, well, not for me, I’m still figuring out the best way to make the linings for my bags, or like it’s being really hard to cut and make the fabric fit the other fabric once it’s sawn together. sometimes I have one side bigger than the other. Anyway, don’t you agree that it’s beautiful? and I found a great way to use this fabric with out it looking tacky. (not sure if it the right word to use)

Bolsa hecha con lino y Gambaya (Tela Mexicana)

Sabucan

A friend brought me this grocery bag from Yucatan, Mex. As soon as i saw it I knew what to do with it. So I made the lining, crochet the flowers, which are attached with mother pearl buttons, I also covered the handles and voila, I loved the result!!!

Un amigo me trajo esta bolsa de Yucatan, apenas la vi supe que tenia que hacer con ella… le hice el forro con bolsa interior, tejí las flores, las cuales sujete con botones de concha, forre las asas y voila!!!.. me gusto mucho el contraste de los colores.