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Travel Diaries: Mexico City, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Tulancingo

Hi!

Mexico is one of my favorite places to visit in the world! Besides the fact that I have so much family there, it is such a beautiful country with fascinating history, culture, and traditions. From the busy and modern lifestyle of Mexico City to the ancient architecture, narrow callejones, and history rich Guanajuato, Mexico is an incredible diverse and unique country.

My visit began a few days before Christmas, and ended on New Year’s Eve. It was a nine day trip packed with lots of car rides, family, and sight-seeing. Though I’m no stranger to the country, there is so much I’ve not seen. So, we decided to take a bit of a road trip during our stay there and visit the following places: Tulancingo, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato! 🙂

I arrived in Mexico City at around 11:00 at night and it was pretty cool outside! I decided to go with this outfit to travel because it’s comfortable, chic, and you can easily add layers when you leave the Florida heat and enter the Mexican cold.

Turtleneck Top: Zara

Jeans: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Coat: Calvin Klein

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Bag: Kate Spade New York

Foldable Travel Backpack: Henri Bendel

By the time we finally left the airport and got to my grandparent’s house, it was pretty late at night. However, the excitement of seeing my family definitely woke me up! We spent about two hours chatting, unpacking, and eating a midnight snack. It’s simple memories like this that I’ll always remember. 🙂

We finally crawled into bed at around 2:00 a.m. and slept until pretty late the next morning. That day was spent packing our bags with what we needed for our road trip and seeing some family before Christmas. 🙂

Our first destination on our road trip was to Tulancingo! Each year that we spend Christmas in Mexico, our family always meets in Tulancingo where my great aunt lives. We began our festivities on Christmas Eve and throughout Christmas Day. On the 25th, we made sure to go to mass in the Cathedral and explore the beautiful town center. Tulancingo, though usually small and quiet, is so alive and electric during Christmas! As Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country, every holiday is widely celebrated, especially Christmas. The churches were packed, there were people meeting with friends and family in the town center, the ice skating rink was full to capacity, and the atmosphere was full of love and joy! Tulancingo holds such a special place in my heart and will always be my favorite place to travel to for the holidays. 🙂

On the 26th of December, we left Tulancingo and drove to San Miguel de Allende! I was especially excited for visiting San Miguel because it is my grandmother’s hometown. After all my years of Mexico, I had never visited the lovely city, but I was quickly overcome by the same charm and beauty that has historically enchanted artists and poets from all over the world. The city is absolutely stunning. The roads are made of cobblestone. The architecture is so ancient and intricate and truly Mexican. Everyone is so happy and welcoming. It is truly a city full of life and color. I loved seeing where my grandmother was born, the church where she was baptized, and eating in a restaurant owned by my family! It was such a perfect day and I would’ve given anything to stay longer (a day is not long enough)!

What I got for Christmas 2016!

 

Hi!

As Christmas has recently passed, and this holiday season is drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to show you what I got for Christmas! However, instead of writing a long post and showing you pictures of everything, I decided to make a video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe :)) so I could better show you all the things that I got. So, if you would like to see what I got for Christmas, watch the video above or go to my channel 🙂

I just want to say that I am so thankful for everything I got for christmas and for my wonderful friends and family. I love them all so much and cannot express how much I appreciate everything I’ve been given 🙂

Thank you guys so much for reading. I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to take on the new year!

Lots of love!

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

The end of 2016: Christmas, New Years, and everything in between!

 

Hello everybody and happy 2017!

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written but I felt like I needed to take a break and really be in the moment during the holidays. As I’m writing this, 2016 has officially ended and 2017 has begun. I’ve just gotten back from a lovely trip to Mexico where I went to spend Christmas with my family (more on that in another post,) and visit some beautiful places. I had such a nice time and I feel so much more relaxed going into the New Year!

This holiday season I really wanted to spend time with people in my life that I don’t get to see very often. In doing so, I tried to enjoy every moment and not really worry about collecting lots of pictures (sorry not sorry). I’m so glad I did, however, because I got to enjoy and partake in all the activities that I would’ve been going crazy over trying to capture otherwise and make such fun memories. I love my family so much and I loved spending the holidays with them 🙂 As you might know, I spent Christmas in Mexico and came back home on New Year’s Eve to see in the new year with great friends of ours 🙂 I’ve been so happy these past few weeks and I hope I can carry these memories and feelings with me into the new year and my everyday life.

I hope you all have had an amazing Holliday season and an amazing 2017! I love you all so much and am so thankful for your support. I wish you all a (somewhat belated) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

5 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope all is well and you are finding yourself in good spirits during this holiday season! It is easy to get swept up in the magic of it all and forget the mundane tasks of life. Unfortunately, this means we sometimes forget or put off doing things such as shopping for presents. As Christmas is around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to show you my top five picks for any last minute shopping you might have to do!

 

This first gift idea is extremely affordable and can serve as either a stocking stuffer or a main gift. This is the NYX Simply lip cream set! It comes with three different chubby lipsticks that are super moisturizing and are great for long lasting wear! I personally think that they are great quality lipsticks for a drugstore brand and they make an amazing gift. You can purchase this set online from urban outfitters or from most local superstores, such as Target and Walmart, making it a perfect last minute gift!

The second gift idea is a bit pricier but totally worth it if you’re looking for a nice present for someone dear to you. This is my current favorite pair of shoes… the Zara leather slides with a bow! They are so chic and are comfortable plus they’re made of real leather. They are available to purchase both in store or online so you can get them pretty fast (just in time for Christmas)! 🙂

   

This next item is a great gift for practically anyone! This is a mini phone tripod! It is such a useful product that can be gifted to both men and women as it’s not gender specific. These tripods can come in a variety of prices but most are very inexpensive. The one pictured below is the Promark Photo Tripod. You can order this online for approx. $10 from target or purchase it in store 🙂

The next gift is great for anyone who likes photography or fashion. This is the Kate Spade New York: places to go, people to see book. This is the perfect coffee table book filled with photos of the lifestyle of a Kate Spade girl. The book is sold both online and in various bookstores. The book is so much fun and is guaranteed to make you want to pack a suitcase and see where life takes you.

The final gift is inexpensive, simple, thoughtful and handmade. I received this gift from my sister for my previous birthday and I can honestly say it is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. 🙂 Using simple copy and paste or downloading templates, you can design somebody their very own personalized magazine cover! This gift allows you to get your creative juices flowing and show somebody how well you know them. You can laminate the page or frame it like my sister did. All in all, the magazine cover can end up costing little to nothing and is super easy to create making it a great last minute gift. 🙂

I hope this gift guide helped you and gave you some inspiration for any gifts you may have left to buy 🙂 However, don’t stress too much about finding the “perfect gift”. After all, the holidays are not supposed to be about the gifts. They’re about celebrating religious significance in your life and surrounding yourself with those you love.

Enjoy this holiday season and the eve of the new year!

Much love 🙂

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

p.s. These are the links for the products featured above…

NYX Simply lip cream set: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=38900874&color=000&cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-82530778744product_type_l1b%26product_type_l2makeup&adpos=1o1&creative=51648973624&device=t&matchtype=&network=%7Bnetwo&gclid=CJuS1cnq_tACFUW2wAoddG8InA

Zara leather slides with bow: http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/shoes/view-all/leather-slides-with-bow-c734142p3610011.html

Promark Photo Tripod: http://www.target.com/p/promark-photo-tripod/-/A-50626812

Kate Spade New York: places to go, people to see book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kate-spade-new-york-kate-spade-new-york/1118470698?ean=9781419713927&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP62464