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Happy September from Rioverde, Mexico!
We are currently on a trip around Central Mexico, landing back at my husband’s family’s ranch for a pit stop of laundry + packing + chill out before heading off to California in a few weeks. We now find ourselves in the lush Rioverde, San Luis Potosi. As the name suggests it is a green paradise, and we lucked out with a stunning converted sugar mill as a place to rest our heads, surrounded by tropical plants and sheltering trees.
This post is a quick summary of what I’ve been up to in August 2018, along with what I’ve loved, the highs and lows, and where we have been!
– THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS –
TRAVELLING AROUND CENTRAL MEXICO
So far we have stopped in Aguascalientes, León, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, and Rioverde. I am currently writing this from Rioverde! My favourite place has to be Guanajuato which is hands down the most beautiful city I’ve been to in Mexico. We stayed in the most beautiful hotel right in the centre of town, and saw so much of what the city has to offer. Blog post coming soon!
FINALLY, GOOD COFFEE!
I’ve been so surprised to find that in Mexico so many people drink the dreaded INSTANT coffee! Not only that, but a lot of the time it is decaf too. On our travels around some of Central Mexico’s cities and towns, I have made a point of seeking out great coffee shops, and have successfully found so many fabulous ones!
My lovely husband planned me a surprise during my last few days in Sayulita, and booked me on to a pom-pom making class! I’d been admiring the incredible creations in a local studio for months, and when he discovered they offered classes, he snuck me on to one. I had an amazing time learning how to make pom-poms, and got so much more out of the day that just the beautiful creations themselves.
– THIS MONTH’S STRUGGLES –
LEAVING SAYULITA FOR GOOD
This was both a struggle and a highlight (honestly, I didn’t know which header to slip it under). We loved this bohemian surfer town on the Pacific coast, but were also ready to leave and explore more of Mexico. After renting an apartment here for 3 months we finally decided to give it up, pack up, and head off on our travels. Have a peek at my Instagram for lots of Sayulita content!
I thought travelling full-time would give me so much time to work. But honestly, I’ve really been struggling to find the time. When visiting my husband’s family, there are always so many people around and I feel rude sitting on my laptop (plus, they don’t really *get* that blogging is my JOB.) Then there is the travel. Of course when we arrive to a new place I want to explore, not sit in the room working. When Archer has his naptime or goes to bed and I finally have an hour to myself, I am exhausted (and wine calls!) Anyone else struggle with time management?
– THE REST –
ON THE WEB: THINGS I’VE LOVED THIS MONTH
- Always in search of the perfect white shirt, this one could just be it.
- But then I’m also after the perfect linen one like this, which is a summer wardrobe staple.
- Financial advice from a 24-year-old that will change your life.
- This cute straw bag from Matalan is only £12 and is perfect for your holiday.
- This flowy, oversize dress is just my style and perfect for travel or at home with boots and a leather jacket.
- So interesting… how much you SHOULD be sleeping.
- These tanning drops can be added to your favourite body lotion… so handy!
- WelleCo super elixir….Love the product, love the name, LOVE the caddy.
- This fashion blogger’s L.A. home is fabulous!
- Found: the perfect heeled ankle boots.
- These cleansing oils are the best! I’ve been trying them recently and my skin has thanked me.
- 5 wines to try this Autumn.
- And lastly, this is the best make-up item you can pack in your travel beauty kit!
THIS MONTH’S FAVOURITE READS
MISSING PIECES by LAURA PEARSON
Written by a childhood friend of the family, Missing Pieces is the incredibly poignant and moving story of a family that is handed a terribly unfair hand. It follows sisters Esme and Bea as they grow up harbouring the terrible loss of their sister in early childhood, and the effect such devastation had on their once happy family. I tore through it in a matter of days, and thought about the characters long after I had put the book down.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Currently I am re-reading this classic (okay, I never actually finished the whole thing before) and am enjoying it immensely. I have a bit of a personal goal to try and read all of the classic novels I haven’t yet read along side my current reads. Next up, perhaps War and Peace... we will see!
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
I am partway through this beautiful novel set in Bordeaux. The story combines plenty of wine, love, and family secrets, and is therefore my idea of the perfect combination. A perfect dash of escapism with great depth and very good legs!
WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING
Why had I never seen this movie before? It it the true story of three African-American women working for NASA during the time of the first ever Astronaut orbit in space. Such a kick-ass, heartwarming, empowering movie.
The Affair, Season 3
I’m not a huge watcher of TV shows (I have a short attention span and love reading too much). But I absolutely tore through The Affair, and have just finished season 3! Now the wait for season 4 to come on to Netflix is on. If you haven’t seen it, you need to!
ON THE BLOG
- It is finally here! The complete guide to flying long-haul with a baby (I did 11.5 hours solo and survived to tell the tale!) Read it here.
- What it is really like to be a yacht stewardess and how to start out in the industry. Read it here.
- Guest post: City break weekend guide: 48 hours in Venice.
- Guest post: Portland Coffee Guide: the 5 best coffee shops in Portland, Oregon.
- And, of course, you can read last month’s Notes from the Backpack here.
- FROM THE ARCHIVES….All about how I got myself in (and out!) of debt in London.
Thanks for reading! I love writing these monthly roundup posts as I don’t really have anywhere else on the blog to share this stuff. Tell me, what have you been up to this month?