Well, I like to write poetry, so no matter where I go I always bring my writing notebook with me. When I think of a topic or a line I really like I want to have it close by so I can save it for later. I filled one up completely last summer in my poetry class!
I love shopping for school supplies, so when I reach the end of a notebook I’m always really excited to go out and buy another one to fill up. When I get a new one, I always fill the first cover with some of my favorite quotes.
We love Consuela bags at the shop, and carry a large selection of them. They come in so many different prints. Your options are endless! I like to add a fuzzy purse charm on mine for an extra POP of color.
Since I start thinking about lunch as soon as I arrive at work, I guess I’d have to say it’s all about having “my stuff!”
On an almost daily basis (except for my new weekly treat/obsession “the Mary” at Lulabelle’s Café), I HAVE to have 2% FAGE yogurt – must be plain – no flavors allowed.
The other stuff might vary a tiny bit, but is usually these cardboard-y (but I love’em!!) corn/rice cakes only obtainable at Ellwood Thompson, accompanied by a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. I am VERY picky and will go to several stores to ensure enough supplies on hand. I even have a spoon preference.
Not sure which I love more: traveling or shopping!
I usually take a huge old Scout bag folded flat inside my suitcase to schlep my finds home, but sometimes you just want to travel light! Pillow covers or textiles are a great, lightweight souvenir.
They satisfy my need to seek out something with a local flavor and are a daily reminder of that street vendor, souk or craft market once I’m back home.
Don’t limit yourself to actual pillow covers. One of my favorites started life as a hand towel, another as a rug fragment.
One was maybe 6 USD in a Cambodian airport shop. A beautiful but dirty and torn scrap of patched saris was a lucky side-of-the-road find in rural India:
Now, with a down insert and trimmed with mirrored key fobs, it proudly sits beside a store-bought Christian Lecroix embellished pillow that cost about 20 times as much! Almost anything can be made into a pillow. Be open to the possibilities!
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”. Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye has resulted in a number of talismans in many cultures. As a class, they are called “apotropaic” (Greek for “prophylactic” / προφυλακτικός or “protective”, literally: “turns away”) talismans, meaning that they turn away or turn back harm.
The evil eye or ‘Mal de Ojo’ has been deeply embedded in Spanish popular culture throughout its history and Spain is the origin of this superstition in Latin America. The “eye” symbol can be portrayed in many ways and is frequently represented in jewelry. I bought this necklace handcrafted from clay last week in Guatemala and am wearing it today. I’ll take all the protection I can get!
Pronounced “wee-ple”. You probably don’t have one hanging in your closet, but if you lived in Guatemala, you’d be the proud owner of several. All ages of women and girls wear them. The huipil is a tunic-like garment made by stitching together anywhere from one to five pieces of cloth. The garment is common among the various Mayan groups, and the designs on the front, back and shoulders can identify which type of Maya and from what community.
The most common fiber is cotton, but there are those made from wool and silk as well. Most huipils are made from two or three pieces, which are usually the same size. Most classic huipils are wider than they are long although there has been a reduction in width in recent years. Huipils can be as short as waist length or can reach to the ankles or anywhere in between, but most fall just above or just below the knee. Long or short, it is not designed to be a close-fitting garment. The neckline can be round, oval, square or a simple slit. Most are sewn on the sides, leaving an opening in the upper part for the arms to pass through. Some huipils are not sewn on the sides, especially the very short ones. While huipils today are made from commercial cloth, the most traditional are made from hand woven fabric made on a backstrap loom.
You cannot roam the streets of Antigua, Guatemala for days and days, as my daughter and I did, without becoming increasingly OBSESSED with the huipil! They are everywhere – on the women and girls- and for sale. Every other street corner and inside courtyard is a shopping opportunity! AND, every huipil is beautiful in its own way – the embroidery is all hand done, and many garments are decades old. It’s not really a flattering piece of clothing, at least not on me! The Mayan women are VERY short, so the huipils are not a great length on taller gringas, but who cares! They were too beautiful to resist!!! And, YES!!! we did come home with a few! Will I wear them here??? Will they translate?? You be the judge!
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Tuesday I made my way back home after an amazing couple of days in Guatemala. If you follow Frill’s Instagram and Facebook page, you will have seen all of the pictures! I spent my time exploring and appreciating the beauty.
But just like that, it’s a wrap. As fun as it is to see the world and eat some of the best Mexican food I’ve tasted in my life, there’s nothing quite like being home and being surrounded by familiar faces. Until next time!