Crystal McLain, the fabulous winner of our Thailand Trip Giveaway, has been excitedly preparing for her grand adventure! Learn a bit about her & check out her contest winning video here. As well as studying her Lonely Planet guidebooks to determine her must-see places and must-do activities, Crystal has been buzzing around like a very busy bee to get prepped for the trip of a lifetime! Here are some of the ways she is getting ready:
Training for an epic trek through Thailand w/ 20 extra pounds in her big hiking backpack!
Learning the language! Crystal says, “One of the first things I did was familiarize myself with the SOUND of the Thai language. Even if I end up speaking nothing but English while I’m there, I thought it would be wise and polite to get used to the accent and pronunciation. This [above] was the first video I watched to do just that. Next, I want to learn a few polite phrases to introduce conversation. A little effort goes a long way when traveling!”
Getting creative with her language learning! “I used to make a countdown chain for Christmas when I was a kid. I thought it would be fun to do the same for my trip. So I made a 50 day chain with a Thai phrase or word I got from my Lonely Planet phrase book.”
Getting organized! “Sometimes I’m clever. Made a chart of our accomodations and excursions we’d like to go to with their name, address, phone number, and cost. It unfolds in my Thai phrasebook and doesn’t fall out.”
Meeting up with Mexicali Blues owners Kim and Pete for a bit their travel insight, and to plan their meeting in Bangkok!
Practicing packing light! ”BOOM. That’s how you pack for two weeks in Thailand!”
We can’t wait to see and hear more about her journey! Stay tuned for tales of her global exploration as she shares the adventure with us!
Coordinating your necklace to your neckline is a subtle trick that creates a huge impact on an outfit. When this pairing is off, it can make your outfit look mismatched and awkward, but choosing the right necklace can instantly pull your look together, creating an effortlessly chic ensemble.
If you’ve been wondering what style of necklace to wear with a boat neck, scoop neck, v neck, crew neck, square neck, button-down, or strapless top or dress, read on for our easy fashion styling tips!
When you are wearing a necklace which will rest above the shirt, you want the shape of the necklace to reflect the shape of the neckline (angular beads or pendants with a square neck, v-shaped necklaces and pendants with a v neck). When you mix disparate shapes–voluminous round necklaces with a deep v, for example–things start to look “off”.
Pendants work particularly well with v neck shirts, because the weight of the pendant pulls the chain into a V shape.
When accessorizing a button-down shirt, chokers are best for people with long necks. A pretty pendant hanging to just above the top button can lengthen the neck and add a bit of flair for those with shorter, wider necks.
Turtlenecks and boat neck tops look fabulous with long necklaces, layered or individually.
A love of music, a passion for travel, and a mindful devotion to fun are the core of who we are at Mexicali Blues. We believe that world culture and community culture are two sides of the same peso. Looking around our stores, homes, and wardrobes, we see these ideas reflected back to us time and again in our Mexicali lives!
Crystal, the winner of our Thailand trip giveaway (who you will hear more about very soon, as she’s getting ready to begin that adventure!), began giving us glimpses into her Mexicali life through instagram, and it left us feeling SO inspired! So many corners of her life are filled with or accented by Mexicali wares, and they reflect different aspects of her personality. We see through these glimpses into Crystal’s world that she is creative, mindful, and a seeker and spreader of peace. It made us start thinking about how Mexicali Blues isn’t just a mode of accessorizing–it’s a way of life!
The things we wear and surround ourselves with are expressions of who we are. We love seeing Crystal’s Mexicali life, and we want to see yours too! Whenever we are fortunate enough to meet our amazing customers in person, we are always so inspired by their stories, style, and the things that make them smile. We hope that through sharing images of your Mexicali Life, we can see how awesome YOU are! Share photos of your Mexicali Life with us on our Facebook, Mexicali Blues Twitter (mexicali_blues), and Mexicali Blues Instagram (mexicali blues). Tag your photos with #MyMexicaliLife and #MexicaliBlues, and if you’d like to shine in the limelight, we will feature you and your unique take on living the Mexicali Life here on our blog!
Our annual February sale is back and better than ever, with 25% – 50% off EVERYTHING! We’ve been spending the past few months adding SO much new awesomeness to Mexicali Blues stores and our website–from exotic jewelry to funky decor and fabulous clothing, you’re sure to find tons of new things to love that capture the spirit of global adventure and express your unique style!
Here are some of our all-time favorite items, most of which are discounted ONLY during this special annual sale event!
What have you been eyeing that you’re just dying to get (or to have gifted to you) now that it’s on SUPERSALE?
Diana the Huntress, Goddess of the Moon//from the movie Fantasia
Happy New Moon in Aquarius! Tonight’s new moon is particularly special because it is the 2nd new moon in January (a rare occurence to have two in the same month!), and it’s also the 2nd SUPER MOON! A super moon occurs when the moon is closest to the earth on its orbit, and is directly aligned with the sun and earth. While tonight’s moon is new, so we can’t SEE that it is so close, the energy of it is very strong!
This is an auspicious time for new beginnings! The Aquarius new moon calls us to freedom and liberation from old habits and patterns that keep us stuck. It encourages us to be completely ourselves, embrace our “faults” as well as our talents, and wave our freak flags high and proud! It asks us to accept and love ourselves exactly as we are, and to see how every challenge and difficulty we have faced (including those we have caused for ourselves) has contributed to making us stronger, wiser, and ever the more actualized as the uniquely beautiful beings we are. There is nobody in the world exactly like you, and you are just as you are meant to be. Embrace your individuality, and take the time to pursue your unique interests, even if they seem silly or frivolous or strange. Try to appreciate the uniqueness in others as well, and encourage the people in your life to shine their own light, even when it doesn’t align with what you would do. Observe without judging, and you may find beauty in the world that you never noticed before!
The sun and moon are together in Aquarius this month, offering you new perspectives and a fresh outlook on issues that may have been plaguing you for a while. This is truly the beginning of a new cycle of your life, and you can use all of this positive energy to help you further your pursuit of dreams and goals. You may be empowered to move in a bold new direction, expanding beyond boundaries that seemed so solid that you had accepted them as “just the way life is”. You may break free of unhealthy patterns and relationships. This might look like literally leaving something behind, or perhaps leaving behind a way of thinking that is no longer useful, changing your perspective and the way you approach difficulties. This is all about breaking free of the shackles that have bound you and stepping in to your power as the creator of your own destiny!
When you change your mind, you can change your life. So..where to begin? Think of where you are giving your power away. Where are you sabotaging yourself? Take an honest look at how you would like your life to be, and consider where your actions are supporting that dream and helping you move towards it and where you are veering off in a different direction for whatever reason. This is less about the ways that reality reins us in–with (for example) debt and multiple jobs when we would much rather be wealthy and drinking mojitos on the beach–but the small ways we use our energy and time. Are you getting sucked in to whatever is on TV when there is a hobby that brings you joy that you could be devoting some time to? Maybe you really truly love TV, in which case that’s cool too! It’s just time to get mindful about how we’re spending our time, and how it serves our growth and highest good. If you want to grow, if you want to change, get a solid sense of your intentions (writing them down always helps) because Aquarius is here to help you, even if you don’t feel ready! Remember, fortune favors the bold!
Want to be ready for the next new moon? We’ve got gorgeous 2014 lunar calenders in a bevy of brilliant colors! Get yours here: http://ow.ly/t77O5
There’s something about these grey winter days that makes us want to clean up, organize, and bring cool new color to our homes! We definitely dig decorating with a wide variety of colors and textures, inspired by (and gathered from) our travels around the globe! Block print curtains and paper lanterns can change the look of light, both natural and from a bulb, to create a dreamy mood, while tapestry wall hangings,buddha sculptures, and prayer flags bring a zen vibe that is instantly calming and inspires imagining even more fun travel adventures. Burning high-quality incense (nag champa is our favorite!) adds another level of sensual opulence to a space, making the experience of lounging at home a multi-sensory delight!
One really easy way to update a space is with surprising pops of handmade hardware in places that we often don’t notice, like the place you hang your towels or the knobs of kitchen cupboards. How often do you open a cabinet, looking forward to what’s within but not really considering the container? Or throw your coat on a hook or a bench as you head inside the house, thinking about where you’re heading to rather than where you are in that moment?
(We’ve been steadily adding awesome handpainted ceramic hooks & knobs to our online collection; check ‘em out and bring some exotic allure to the hidden corners of your favorite place! http://ow.ly/sKWkw.)
Brightening up our hibernating spaces makes everything feel a bit warmer and cheerier, even when it’s crazy cold out! Do you get into a decorating groove in the winter? How do you make your home feel happy and cozy?
Picture is “Moonlight” by Ethel Larcombe. Find this and more of her gorgeous works here.
Tonight is a full moon in Cancer! This moon is shining its light on your emotional self and intuition. While the tide of emotions may be particularly high at this time, you should be able to find some understanding of where they are really coming from. Let the focus of your energies today be on self-care, and set intention to incorporate more of what nourishes you into your life. Where could you be kinder to yourself? What damaging habits or patterns are you ready to let go of?
Cancer illuminates the mother-father archetype for us all. Under the full power of the moon this week, we may feel issues arise towards how we were parented, how we nurture our self and others, or how we have come to live within an armored shell to protect our tender and vulnerable hearts. It is good to reflect now on how the way you were raised has influenced the way you interact with others and the world, in both the ways that you embrace and those that you prefer not to think about. Past issues are looking for closure at this time. Examining your family dynamic may reveal where a pattern is playing out on a larger scale.
Regardless of your own family experience, this full moon lights the way to connect with your own Inner Mother–your inner sense of guiding intuition and self-love. There is a deep strength and knowledge within us all that is particularly accessible at this time. Pay attention to your dreams, subconscious urges, and intuitive insights, as this is where she often shows herself. Consciously draw upon your Inner Mother to feel grounded as you use your intention to illuminate that which is hidden from your awareness. Allow yourself to journey into the world of your emotions and face your shadow side (the things about yourself that you avoid or don’t like). This process is painful, but it will ultimately heal you and allow you to access the rich wisdom contained within your wounds.
This full moon offers the opportunity and the support to find solutions to long-standing problems in your life, suddenly making it all seem very clear. Take time to create in your mind’s eye what you would like to see unfold in your life. Get into detail, and don’t get hung up on what seems realistic vs. what you really want. Write it all out, and leave this written manifestation of your dream future by a window where the full moon light can shine upon it. This could be the beginning of a more healthy, loving, and fulfilling life for you if you work to let go of the old and open your heart to what is coming!