Friday, 29 July 2011

la mexicana

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Sorry for posting overload this week. I have so many things lined up... it's either feast or famine in my archives!

Anyway, at this time last year I was living in Mexico (and at this time the year before, though a different city). I really enjoyed my time there overall, and recently discovering Dusana's blog (she just got back) has made me a bit nostalgic. Also, I realized I'd bought this dress at a street market the day before I left and had never gotten a chance to wear it/completely forgotten about it.

I never bought as many beautiful embroidered blouses as I meant to in Mexico. By and large, the stuff for sale in the city wasn't great. One time, Albert and I went to this little mountain village that was very picturesque and famous for it's embroidered blouses. I had big plans to stock up. But then our beetle fell into an enormous pothole on the mountain road which destroyed two tires. We managed to roll downhill to the nearest village (after discovering our spare tire was flat, haha) and get them replaced. But they only took cash, which pretty much wiped out most of the cash we'd brought. And they definitely weren't taking Visa in that village! So I had to content myself with some clearly sub-par $6 blouses instead of splashing out the big bucks ($20) on something really special. C'est la vie. ; ( I guess I'll just have to go back some day!

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dress, necklace and skull from Mexico, charity shop belt, Calvin Klein from Winners shoes (old, gift)

P.S. Gratuitous beetle shot. I loved it, and it's the only time I've ever been or am likely to be a car owner (sort of). This was not on the occasion of the tires, however. Oh, also, our beetle was from 2001 (they only stopped making the old kind in Mexico in 2002)!

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P.P.S. For a post actually wearing one of the aforementioned cheapo blouses, go to Tequila Sunshine

38 comments:

Xavi said...

Andeleeeeeeee manitaaaaaa, que guapa estás... (read with mexican accent).
I learn english with your blogs, you know. I think It's correct "Albert and I" but is correct too "Albert and Me"?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Jeje, no mames, wey!
"Albert and I" is correct at the beginning of a sentence. You can use "Albert and me" at the end of a sentence sometimes. Like "bring the chocolate to Albert and me." Although I don't know why you'd say that, particularly! ; )

Xavi said...

I've said that because I had the doubt. I have to do some exercises in pronouns.
thaks!!! ;)

curious constellation said...

Such a pretty dress! What a pity to hear about the Beetle and all the embroidered goodness you missed out on, a trip back to Mexico must most definitely be on the cards (:

The Daily Fashionista said...

Cute dress!! That story about the car losing it's tires before a big shopping thrift is kinda depressing though. I have fears of that sometimes:) And I'm so jealous that you had a old beetle! I want one so bad, but they're pretty terrible on gas mileage.

Jul said...

I just love this outfit! You look so good in this mexican embroidered dress :) I'm so jealous you've been in Mexico! I also like the accessories you chose.
And the beetle is a dream! ^^

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Penny said...

Emily, I always feel I have some stories to tell- until I hear your (always extraordinary) travel adventures that is :)
hope your thesis is proceeding well- everyone seems to be wishing this to me these days- but it's not working!hahah!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Daily Fashionista: I think the beetle was pretty good. It was actually new (from 2001, I think). They didn't stop making the old style in Mexico until recently. I wish they hadn't stopped at all.

@Penny: Oh. God. Thesis. Gaaaaaah! Hehe, good luck to you!

Carrie said...

What a great car!! The hubs and I were just talking about what car we wanted to take on as a project (to rebuild from the ground up), and a Beetle was put on the list as they are such fun little cars (and easy on gas too!). I dislike the new style, but give me a little Beetle from the 60's and I'd be tickled pink. :-) Bummer about losing the money to tires instead of shirts - you certainly must go back in the future. :-)

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh I love that dress!! And awww yay a buggy! :D My best friend has one, but its a newer one so its not as cute :)
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Shybiker said...

My first car was a 1966 Beetle. I learned to drive on it and thought it was cute. You won't believe this but, in an effort to make it snazzy, I stapled white shag carpeting to the interior walls and ceiling of the car. Hey, I was a teenager!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Shybiker: Haha, that's hilarious!

Maria Elyse said...

Darling dress! I kinda love it when you buy something, completely forget about it, and then find it again after forever. It's sorta fun, haha. :)

That sounds like a story from I Love Lucy or something! Haha! In any case, that beetle is/was so cute.

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Closet Fashionista said...

Yea, I was gonna just keep saving for a dream house but my friend really wants to move out and she said its just for a year (unless we want to stay longer), so then I can go back home and save for my dream house again, it will be a nice little adventure, haha.

CessOviedo said...

Do I need to say I love this post? ... nah didn't think so either, you look so beautiful in your mexican outfit, love that necklace! Hope you come back soon, meeting you would me awesome!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Sabrina T. said...

love your style dear..these pics are awesome:)
I have an idea..would we follow each other??Let me know!i wait u on my blog..kiss from Milan!

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Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Cess: Oh, for sure, I"ll definitely look you up if I go back! Glad you liked seeing a bit of your homeland here!

Monique said...

Yes, I remember seeing beetles everywhere in Mexico. This red one is quite a beauty... I'm loving all your posts by the way. Sorry to hear your big plans didn't work out but this dress is quite cute...you've inspired me to dig for the blouse i bought down in chiapas.

p.s. i think i'm going to steal your flashback idea and post some of my past travels...happy weekend

Heather, 29 Skirts said...

Aww, I'm sorry that happened with your car, but the dress you bought is quite pretty! I saw a turquoise embroidered dress in Goodwill the other day in great condition and now I'm thinking I should have snapped it up...maybe it will still be there if I go back. Your bubbly red beetle was so cute!

Ashley said...

I'm loving all the posts. And I love how you are holding a Dio de los Muertos skull to solidify the fact that this is a mexican post :D

haha.

That dress is FAB because I love embroidered tops! And I own from from Mexi-land, of course!


Keep the posts coming. You're one of my faves :)

Jennyboo said...

I love it! Latin American textiles are some of my favorites. Last year when we traveled Guatemala and Honduras, I bought so many lovely dresses and blouses to add to my collection. Sad to hear about the unfortunate Beetle accident though. Beautiful!! xx

❀Young Vintage Girl❀ said...

The Dress is sooo Cute and I love the Car! They never should have quit makeing them :)

Virginie's Cinema said...

I adore this mexican look so much! The necklace is so unique and fabulous! I love the story too, although it didn't end as expected!

Ramiro's mother is from Mexico (Acapulo) and I so hope to be able to life there some days, we have some plans to go spend a good 6 months in a few years when we start our family and I can't wait!

Have a great week-end dear!

Virginie ♥

sojourned in style said...

nothing beats ethnic embriodery. this is wonderful number and nicely adorned with that unique necklace. the skull tops it off nicely :) my parents are form central america and I remember at one point wearing a dress kind of like this one.

dusanabotswana said...

Aww you look so cute! Such a pretty blouse, I love how it's long enough that you can just wear it as a dress, waaay better for summer! I love that skull too, I always wanted to get one like that but never did & that necklace is awesome too, what is it made from? As always, thanks for your comments, they mean so much, and thanks so much for linking me as well! : )
Oh, & finally know why there are so many beetles everywhere in Mexico, thank you!!

jess said...

The dress is so pretty. Old Beetles are one of my favorite kinds of cars.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Oh my goodness, what a car story! Potholes are evil, evil things.

This is one beauty of a dress and your accessories are perfect with it.

Jacqueline said...

That white dress is so gorgeous!!!

dr.antony said...

That outfit goes well with the beetle.VW could use it as an ad!

Liza said...

I love your outfit!
The dress is really lovely.

x

Annebeth said...

haha I'm a huuuuge fan of beetles, they call them ugly ducklings around here aside from beetles :D and I really want to go to mexico one day, the colorful culture really appeals to me.

Rachel said...

Oh I love your dress and skull! Mexican embroidery is always so colorful and beautiful. And I've wanted one of those skulls for ages!

Terri said...

I love embroidered blouses like this...even cheaply made ones. Consider yourself lucky to have brought the cash along to shop...so that you could have the repairs done.

Nana said...

I love the dress and shoes. so cute! :)

Jennyboo said...

lovely lady, you already know I love this outfit! In response to your question, I am living in Michigan for the summer for a research fellowship I won through the state of California. I am working at the University of Michigan in the joint department of social and personality psychology and women's studies. I am specifically studying stigmatized relationships and it relations to gender and sexuality. The main project I worked on looks at casual sex acceptance rates and emotional reactions. Past research found that women were less likely to accept casual sex offers. However, once we mediated for stigma and the proposed sexual capabilities of the proposer, these difference "went away" if you will. I am applying to the joint phD program in the Fall so hopefully I get in! xx

Katie said...

Great dress! These pictures are awesome!

Stacey Kay said...

Great dress! I love the blue and white together.

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Ashley/ MILK TEETHS said...

Well I think this outfit is just perfect (that necklace!!), I would have thought this was a $20 dress any day ;-)