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Oaxaca, México / Diary One

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Hola! I’m finally back from one of the most inspiring trips I’ve had in a while. It’s been over four years since I’ve visited my country, México, so I was extremely anxious and so excited to go back.

I don’t talk about where I’m from much here on the blog, but I was born in Durango, México and raised in Los Angeles. It’s the Northern part of México; in a small town where the weather is hot, dry and humid and we have one of the most successful soccer teams! The only memories that I have is when my parents would take my sisters and I to visit our hometown every summer for a month growing up. I always looked forward to every summer because I knew that I would see my family, eat amazing food, stay out late and have the time of my life. As I got older, things changed, we stopped going to México and my summers in México were non-existent. I have yet to go back to my hometown (which saddens me) but I was so excited to be invited to visit the beautiful state of Oaxaca.

Two of my wonderful friends, Bricia and Fernando Lopez, who own a successful Oaxacan  restaurant in Los Angeles called Guelaguetza (highly recommended!) invited us for a week long inspiration/culinary trip to Oaxaca. They took us around their home, their favorite places to eat, the mercado, places to shop, the cathedral, museum… I mean, the places were endless. I was completely enamored by the beauty of Oaxaca. I hadn’t seen anything like Oaxaca before… every corner was filled with charm, the bold colors of the houses reflected happiness, the food showcased their love for our culture, the art displayed passion and uniqueness, the people were humble and so welcoming. I was completely captivated and felt so inspired and proud to be Mexican.

It hadn’t even been a full day of our first day in Oaxaca and I didn’t want it to end. I was savoring every moment and really, for the first time, relaxing. My girl, Bricia (@bricialopez on instagram) planned a fun packed itinerary for the week that included a little bit of everything. I’m so thankful and happy I was able to visit this part of México, I left feeling completely inspired. Was definitely the perfect trip to wrap up the year.

Below are some photos from day one in Oaxaca. Enjoy!

UPDATE: The winner of the Aritiza giveaway is: Amalia #364

Thank you to everyone, who took the time to enter! i love you all. Will definitely have more giveaways so stay tuned!

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Blouse: Rebecca Taylor
Shorts: Anine Bing
Jacket:  Anine Bing
Sneakers: Converse

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    106 Comments

  1. Laureen Comment #1

    I visited Oaxaca three years ago with my best friend who is from Guadalajara but was raised in California. I had the best time, The city was incredible, as the food.
    Beautiful pictures!

  2. Jessica Rose Comment #2

    Looks beautiful…..sometimes with life these things happen….I hadn’t been to Ireland in years…and went back this summer….home remains in your heart….x

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  3. Jeans Please Comment #5

    Beautiful shoes!

  4. Miss Key Comment #7

    The culture of this country is amazing, all the history and the colors and everything. You look is so cool, love blouse, it’s beautiful and fancy handbag
    Kisses

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  5. Jess Comment #8

    Awesome pictures!! =D

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    xoxo,
    Jess

  6. Camille Comment #9
  7. rachelr Comment #10

    The pictures are looking so wonderful ♥
    With love,

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  8. Emma Comment #11

    Phenomenal photos Julie!
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  9. puritoentusiasmo Comment #12

    ¡guau! ¡ qué bueno que saques un post de oaxaca! I had been in mexico this summer for holidays and the biologic coffe was from oaxaca! the taste of it is really really good. I did not need sugar with it… I brought with me a pack of that coffe but it is long I ended it.. I am looking forward the next posts! xoxo

  10. monkeyshines Comment #13

    beautiful capture!

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  11. Gracie Comment #14

    So many gorgeous details! Love these pictures. Such a beautiful place!

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  12. Sabela Abreu Comment #15

    Love your pictures!!!!

    Much love!!

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  13. carol Comment #16

    this gorgeous place and you ♥

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  14. Martina Manolcheva Comment #17

    Beautiful photos! You look amazing!

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  15. Bodil Loïs Comment #18

    Wow such beautiful photos, I would love to go there someday!

    Love Bodil,
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  16. Laura Comment #19

    Awesome photos! I ‘d love to go to Mexico one day!

    Xx
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  17. Dana Comment #20

    Beautiful photos, fanstastic place :)

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  18. Lauren Wanders Comment #21

    Such beautiful photos, what a stunning place!!

  19. nikki Comment #22

    so jealous! looks like tons of fun

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  20. Cheyenne Comment #23

    Great pictures I feel like I’m visiting Oaxaca through your pictures :)
    xx

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  21. The Dutch countryside Comment #24

    Amazing pictures! I really want to go to Mexico, it looks so stunning there:)
    xx
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  22. Rachelle Comment #25

    You look adorable and love all these pics of fresh produce.

    xo
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  23. Tsangtastic by Jenny Tsang Comment #26

    Really wish I will have a chance to visit there soon! Love the weather and food always look soooo yummy!

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  24. Q Comment #27

    such lovely pics!….. love the top.

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  25. Laura Comment #28

    great post, love all the pics!kisses dear

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  26. State Beauty Comment #30

    What an amazing place! I had the chance to be in México, in Cancun and it’s an amazing country!

    Xo

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  27. I Showed Up In Boots Comment #31

    Sin palabras. Verdaderamente Mexico tiene una cultura tan autentica y me fascina. Que padre que puedes decir que eres mexicana.

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  28. It's About L.A Comment #32

    Lovely picturs, they are so perfect!! such a nice place!
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  29. MaricruzLA Comment #33

    Oaxaca is just so beautiful! I hope you had an amazing time xx

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  30. Mariska Comment #34

    what a lovely photo diary! Can’t wait for the next ones.

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  31. Julie's Way Comment #35

    Your blouse is juste amazing :)

  32. Coralie de Made In SisterS Comment #36

    Wonderful pics!
    xo
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  33. Ellen Keating Comment #37

    Would love to visit Mexico ! Looks and sounds so gorgeous Xx Elle
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  34. Cintya Comment #38

    I love all the photos, they make me miss my summer vacations to Mexico. I love your comfy yet edgy style on here.

  35. Lubica Comment #39
  36. abigail sterling Comment #40

    Gorgeous pictures – looks like you are having so much fun!

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

  37. Leesa Comment #41
  38. Marija Comment #42

    So exotic! You’re adorable!

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  39. Lyn Comment #43
  40. Lu! Comment #44

    Lovely pictures dear! Hope you enjoy a lot! :)

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  41. andreavytlacilova Comment #45

    I am in love with all of your amazing pictures! :)

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  42. Anna Comment #46
  43. Milica Comment #47

    Dear Jules, (as always) the pleasure was watching the photos! :)

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  44. Quyen Comment #48

    The colors are so vivid and vibrant. I would love to visit one day. Love mole!

  45. Eye Like Fashion Comment #49

    Looks like a colorful trip for you! Pictures are great!!
    Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  46. Erika Comment #50

    Gracias por estar en Oaxaca !! Espero lo hayas disfrutado mucho aquí en Oaxaca admiramos tu trabajo

  47. Sonja Comment #51

    Great photos!I would love to visit Mexico one day
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  48. karen Comment #52

    Mexico looks amazing. I can’t wait until I get a chance to visit

    x karen
    the chic & damned

  49. Chrysopigi Comment #53

    So beautiful and cheerful colorful post :)
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  50. Erin Hawkins Comment #54

    I loved the post! Everything about it made me miss my Mexican Abuela! I am in France for the next six months and seeing your post about Mexico- all the colors and food- warmed my heart and made me miss my fam and culture! So great! Now, you have got me craving some tamales…lol, but I guess a fresh croissant will do :) Have a great trip!

    xoxo

    Erin

  51. Rach Comment #55

    Oaxaca is my favorite place in Mexico (well, tied with Puebla!)… these pictures are gorgeous! I didn’t know you were Mexican-American, either- thank you for sharing! I work in the field, and love every second of time I get to spend in Mexico :) Glad you loved your stay… I’ve got to go back asap!
    XO
    Rach
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  52. Carla Comment #56

    So beautiful!!! Love all the rich colors!!!
    Xoxox Carla

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  53. Adri Comment #57

    What a beautiful trip! Going with foodies has got to make for an even better trip.

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  54. Ericka Garcia Comment #58

    Beautiful photos! :)

  55. google.com Comment #59

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

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  56. natalie Comment #60

    oh wow such beautiful photos!!!
    xx
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  57. Diana Comment #61

    Love it, gotta love the rich culture of Mexico.

    xoxo, Diana
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  58. Rachel Comment #62

    Beautiful photos! I taught English in Oaxaca 9 years ago and it was an amazing experience. I bought some beautiful art, met lovely people, and enjoyed the delicious cuisine. Looks like you fell in love with its beauty as well.

  59. pipa Comment #63

    Looks beautiful!!!

  60. Thepinkinnuendo Comment #64

    Me encantaría ir a México, me parece un país con una cultura y una gente de 10! Genial que lo hayas pasado bien. besos

    THE PINK INNUENDO

  61. Helen Comment #65

    Lovely, lovely photos!! It so nice every time I am visiting my country so I can totally understand how it feels!!

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  62. Magda Poland Comment #66

    Hello ,first of all I love Your blog,pictures are awsome! I ve been in Mexico few years ago (Mexico city, Puerto vallarta ,Cozumel, San Lucas )it was such a great trip ,I really enjoy the food,people are so friendly i had a great time, best regards!

  63. Sharon (Style-Chameleon) Comment #67

    Beautiful pictures!

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  64. Julie Comment #68
  65. Tina Comment #69

    Amazing place… I love this poost!

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  66. AF Comment #70

    Such beautiful pictures, truly amazing. I would love to visit Mexico one day!

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  67. Paula Capel Comment #71

    I’m in love with this photos!
    I love MEXICO!!

    xx

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  68. Amanda Markiewicz Comment #72

    Amazing trip!!!!

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    xoxo

  69. Stacia Comment #73

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like such a rich and vibrant place to visit, thank you for sharing! :-)

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  70. Eva Comment #74

    Looks beautiful, I cant wait to go to Mexico! :)

  71. Kim Comment #75

    Lovely photographs, what a beautiful place! Mexico holds a special place in my heart having visited there several times with family. Thank you for sharing.

    Kim
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  72. Rosalinda Tjioe Comment #76

    Amazing photos! Looks like a lot of fun x

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  73. The Fashion Panda Comment #77
  74. Chrystin Comment #78

    Beautiful, inspiring images! Love this post!

  75. patricia Comment #79
  76. Blog Helo Muller Comment #80
  77. Samantha Comment #81

    What beautiful pictures! It looks like you are having a great time ;-)
    ~Samantha
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  78. liz Comment #82
  79. Camila Comment #83

    This is by far one of my most favorite posts on your blog! I am from the state of Veracruz, Mexico and I’m so happy you shared more about your family and where you’re from. Mexico is a beautiful and extremely diverse country and hopefully more people will see that after reading about your amazing trip. It made me smile so big to see how proud you are to be Mexican! And these photos – wow – they really capture the colorful spirit of Oaxaca. You look beautiful as always, but even more so when you’re in your patria :) Viva Mexico!

  80. bLUEoRCHIDcLOTHES Comment #84

    great photos!

  81. MARJOLEIN Comment #85

    That sounds amazing, I didn’t even know you were Mexican!

    x

  82. Lila&Sirena Comment #86

    I’m a proud mexican too!
    LOVE your blog =)

    Greetings from Monterrey, NL!!

    Lila Sirena
    http://lilasirena.blogspot.mx/

  83. Isids Comment #87

    So many wonderful, vibrant colours!

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  84. Madison Martine Comment #88

    Your pictures are always perfect!!

    xo,
    Madison Martine
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  85. BY LUCY NGO Comment #89

    Loveeee love it! Stay inspiring!

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  86. Laëti Comment #90

    La photo est superbe.

    Laëti

  87. fashionaltitude Comment #91

    Thanks for sharing the colourful and sunny pictures.
    This is very interesting to learn about your family roots, no wonder you are happy to
    go back to Homeland:-)
    I think you lost weigh..your legs are so lean ( a bit too lean for my taste) …you look pretty
    anyways. :-))
    xo Fashionaltitude

  88. Stephanie Comment #92

    What a beautiful diary! Oaxaca looks amazing I hope to visit one day! :)

    x
    StephC

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  89. Courtney Comment #93

    Love all the colors! Looks so amazing there, hope your having a wonderful time
    xx
    Courtney

  90. Catalina Comment #94

    México es hermoso! Me encanta mi País! Thanks for visiting us, enjoy it!

  91. Jaclyn Comment #95

    The pictures are amazing! Thank you for the link to your friend’s business! I’ve been dying to have some mole. It’s been way too long. I will be placing a order of the mole pastes and chocolate!!! Can’t wait! :-D

    (Sorry I’m way too excited!)

  92. Jen Comment #96

    Love this post. Your photographs are great. Would love for you to check out my blog http://www.theboonreport.com – would mean the world to me! XX

  93. Fashion Rookie Comment #97

    I’m glad that you had a great time in Mexico :)
    I went to a high school for 5 months in Texas and all my friends from there are from Mexico :)
    Maybe I have the chance one day to visit their home country .

    xx Julia

    http://followthefashionrookie.blogspot.de/?m=1

  94. Costume De Rigueur Comment #98

    for years now, I feel that Mexico is the country I wanna spend my life..these photos prove it! but I have to go and check my own too!!

    CDR

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  95. jamie levine Comment #99

    From one Angeleno to another…. gorgeous photos! The colors of mexico are always so pretty and vibrant. Such a warm culture.

  96. Fashion Musings Diary Comment #100

    Beautiful pictures! So warm and colourful!

  97. Rubi Rdz Ruiz Comment #101

    It’s amazing reading that you fell proud to be Mexican!
    I always saw that touch of happinness we Mexicans have in your eyes :)
    Thanks for beign such an inspiring blogger and person.
    XOXO

  98. Prink Comment #102

    DAMN JULES YOU’RE SO BEAUTIFUL AND SEXY WEARING SOCKLESS CONVERSES, I AM ABOUT TO EXPLODE, I LOVE YOUR STYLE!!!

  99. Kelly Merinas Comment #103

    Love your pictures! It just reminds me how much I miss my home coun,try Brasil and how much I would be happy to be there again…
    xx Kelly

  100. Alba Comment #104

    Hola, Julie!

    Genial tu diary de Oaxaca, me encanta visitar ciudades en México, sobre todo en el sur!

    Siempre trato estar al pendiente de tu blog y ahora que leí que naciste en Durango? Uno de los mejores equipos de fútbol? Yo también soy del norte y estoy muy intrigada!! jajaja En qué parte de Durango naciste??
    Saludos y Felices fiestas!!

  101. Aileen Comment #105

    Had no idea you were from Mexico, but it’s amazing to know that you’re a fellow Mexicana! I haven’t visited family there in a while but do treasure the moments I did have when there. Your trip is incredibly inspiring and the photos make me miss it oh, so much more. Really loved reading where you came from and hope to read more in the future.

  102. Regie Esor Comment #106

    Hola !! I really love all the pictures you take in your trips, and the way you write and describe it, I’ really enjoy my time reading your blogs, I’m sorprise that you were born in Durango México, an you don’t forget from where you are , I’m from México City, an continue writtings is inspiring for me , good luck and god bless you xox.