The birth place to Mariachi, Tapatio, tequila and a recent Miss Universe, Guadalajara boasts more than a metropolitan city with a historic twist. As the capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara is also the Silicon Valley and fashion capital of Mexico.
Moreover, it is my father’s hometown.
A quick weekend escape, I was welcomed in Guadalajara with hearty hospitality.
Introducing my Guadaljara city guide and fashion look book, inspired by Mexico’s culture.
In this post:
– The most beautiful places in Guadalajara
– Mexico inspired fashion looks
– The nearby town of Tlaquepaque
– Where to stay in Guadalajara
– Where to eat in Guadalajara
– Other destinations in Mexico
1. A chic twist on traditional folkloric wear.
Smelling of craft wood and hot salsa, and just a thirty minute drive from Guadalajara, is the town of Tlaquepaque. After traveling for four years to over 250 destinations, I sought to embody my roots.
Local artisan flowers.
The Santuario, Tlaquepaque Church
Strolling the streets of Tlaquepaque.
2. Vibrant Patterns & Tough Textures
Landalba, matches vibrant textures with rough leather. A new clothing line launched by my 25 year-old friend from Guadalajara, Landalba designs are fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit.
The vests, jackets, skirts and bikinis cost anywhere from $100 to $200 USD. They’re already popular in London, but you can have them shipped anywhere in the world.
(This is not a sponsored endorsement, just excited to share my friend’s work).
Bright like the walls of Tlaquepaque!
Each piece is tailor-made and custom designed.
Faux leather heels pull it together.
SHOP THE LOOK
3. Bright & Bold in Andares, Guadalajara Luxury
Want to stock up on that Duty Free? The best shopping in Guadalajara is at the commercial center of Andares.
I opted for a radiant yellow blazer inspired by the cheerful, colorful buildings of Mexico.
These Chanel sunglasses add a glam touch.
4. Off-the Shoulder Look in Downtown Guadalajara
I wore this off-the shoulder shirt from a local boutique, celebrating my indigenous and colonial heritage.
Pictured is the Regional Museum of Guadalajara, Rotonda de Los Jaliscos, the Guadalajara Cathedral, Plaza de Liberacion, and the Teatro Degollado.
Mango-colored feather embroidery at the San Juan de Dios Market
Where to Stay in Guadalajara
I was hosted by the Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara Hotel which was recommended by friends who frequently visit Guad.
My mom and I highly recommend the in-room massage service and the ceviche from Cafe Urbano. The tailor-made folkloric cropped top and maxi skirt that I wear in this blog post was from the boutique shop of the Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara Hotel.
View from the pool.
Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara Hotel
Where to Eat in Guadalajara
I spoke with many locals to compile a list of the best restaurants in Guadalajara. After researching each, we dined at Restaurante Hueso.
While the restaurant is only open for dinner, by reservation — we snuck in a day tour to capture the details.
Ode to My Mother
For the last two years, I’ve been sharing my tips, favorite places and thoughts on travel and lifestyle. I haven’t done very many fashion posts for various reasons – maybe I’ll get into that some time!
However, traveling with my mom again, I couldn’t help but appreciate my upbringing that enables me to express my creativity through what we wear. My mom is my #1 fan, my stylist and my hero. It was nice to share that with you all here today.