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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).

Landalba vest. 

Bright like the walls of Tlaquepaque!

Each piece is tailor-made and custom designed.

Faux leather heels pull it together. 



For custom clothing

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 

Teatro Degollado

Europe or #Mexico? . Checking out my dad's home town in #Guadalajara #Jalisco Happy Father's Day to all! . Feliz día de Los Padres!

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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.
















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