I’ll get to my trip to Mexico City in a sec, but first…I’ve only had a handful of blog posts this month, but for good reason! I’m authoring my tenth book! I spent much of the summer working on the writing samples for the publisher, and just as I let it go to the universe for “whatever is meant to be” – I received that golden email of approval! It’s by Adams Media (Simon and Schuster) and it comes out this July!

Revel in the enduring legacy of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—from the self-portraits, to the flower crown, to her iconic eyebrows—with this fun and commemorative book! With her colorful style, dramatic self-portraits, hardscrabble backstory, and verve for life, Frida Kahlo remains a modern icon, captivating and inspiring artists, feminists, and art lovers more than sixty years after her death. Forever Frida celebrates all things Frida, so you can enjoy her art, her words, her style, and her badass attitude every day. Viva Frida!

 

 

Now the hard part – pulling together all the research and writing the manuscript. When it hits store shelves, I know it will be a fun hardcover that I like to think of as a fan girl’s guide to Frida. But today, I’m going back and forth between freaking out and am muy…muy.. excited!

There are already so many wonderful books out about Frida. I’m working hard to dig deep and find some little-known facts about her. In order to truly capture the vibe, last month I reached out to my friend, Rose, who recently launched a travel agency – Dulce Vida Travel. I told her about the book and she offered to not only set up a Frida-themed trip to Mexico City, but also join me. I brought along two friends and we made it happen. Everything fell into place!

It truly felt like Frida gave me her blessing.

The focus of the trip was to visit Frida’s hometown of Coyoacán, as well as her favorite places to people watch, eat, shop and paint. I’m saving most of that experience for the book, but there is so much more to share about the trip.

About Mexico City

This post is an overview, but stay tuned for more specifics on the places we ate, visited, and shopped. The first thing I want to share is about Mexico City in general. I’ll admit, I felt really nervous – I don’t know why, but I expected it to be very gritty and scary. Funny how society puts these stigmas in your brain and you don’t even realize!

When in fact, Mexico City is a bustling, beautiful location with grandiose sights on every corner. I stayed alert – “trucha” as my husband says, but I never felt frightened. Okay, maybe in traffic a few times, lol! CDMX reminded me of New York City. Fast-paced, very concentrated, something for all the senses. We met people from all over the world, ate food from different cultures, heard different languages, there are museums everywhere – not to mentions street art, parks, high end and market style shopping, crafts, y mucho, mucho mas.

Living walls were everywhere!

Rose used Airbnb to rent a condo in the Polanco district. 

Not only did we have a cushy four-bedroom pad (we didn’t even use one of the rooms), it came out to $80 per person for the entire stay. We used a combo of taxis and Ubers to get around the city, which averaged about $4-5 each. right now the rate is 20 pesos to the dollar, which is awesome. Our gourmet, lavish meals never topped over $15. You can find all kinds of cuisine in Mexico City – we had Italian on the last night – perfecto!

And the people? Soooo gracious and kind. And helpful. 
Warm up those legs

As far as getting around, be prepared for STAIRS. Lots and lots of stairs, and cobblestone streets and high sidewalks. Bring your best sneakers. I suggest wearing a crossbody bag, I wore a big one to hold my purchases. Practice your Spanish too. While many people are bilingual, it’s just more respectful to try your best to speak Spanish.

As expected – coffee is everywhere and it’s served super fancy. From cappuccino to mochas to straight up black, there’s a cup for everyone. I really loved this area because you could walk in any direction and find cool restaurants and shops.

 

We visited the Museum of Modern Art to see The Two Fridas.

Gorgeous succulent arrangements all along the city streets!

San Angel market

Hearts made with dyed pistachio shells!

We visited an outdoor arts fair, I noticed lots of art with puffy paint!

Bananas! I longed for these as we were driving through town in a taxi, and when a street vendor came by, our taxi driver bought these for me!

Frida’s ofrenda at La Casa Azul

Mexico serves lattes in style!

A park where Frida often visited!

Churro spot!

Tortilla warmers.

Candies at the market.

Sugar calaveras all year round!

Embroidered shoes, I wish they had my size.

Gorgeous heart display in a local eatery.

Mole for the win.

The front of La Casa Azul.

Goofing off, and making friends with the locals!

Soaking it all in, what a trip! Literally!

In the courtyard of La Casa Azul.

Alrighty – guess what? In two days we leave for San Miguel de Allende – I’m leading a tour group of 25. It’s going to be just as poppin’ as this trip. Follow my adventures on Instagram!

Love & light,


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