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


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)!

Let’s Talk About Stripes!


imageThis is one of my favorite outfits that uses stripes! It’s a perfect and easy look that can be used for many occasions—dates, dinner party’s, etc!:

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Michael Kors
Handbag: Kate Spade New York
Bangles: Kate Spade New York

Stripes are one of my favorite patterns ever! Stripes have so much history tied to them that it’s impossible to deny that they’ve had an important impact on the history of fashion, especially French fashion. Stripes have endured the pressures of time and change and will probably continue to do so indefinitely. Why, you may ask? Stripes can stand on either end of a spectrum between minimalism and excess. A striped pattern can be used in a very simple and subtle way, such as an accent in the hem of a skirt or dress. However, stripes can also be used to excess when many stripes are put together in different ways to make different shapes, or different patterns. Another reason I believe stripes have endured the test of time is the visual flow it creates. This is many people’s main concern with stripes. It is true that thicker horizontal stripes tend to make a person look wider. However, if this is a concern, you can always try vertical stripes (which tend to make you look taller and thinner), or thinner horizontal stripes to accentuate certain areas of the body such as your hips. If used correctly, stripes will create a very effortless visual flow in your outfit. Finally, I believe stripes have stood around this long because they can be used casually or formally. No matter the dress code, stripes can make any outfit look chic and sophisticated in a very simple way!


Sarah Giselle