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CV + CV :: Best Day Ever // Spanish Adventure

Hello beauties,

I’ve been saving the best for last. Everyday in Spain was beautiful but this day was my most favorite.

We went to the Spanish version of Central Park, Parque del Retiro. The light was beautiful, the scent of the rose garden filled the air and it the weather could not have been more perfect.

We entered the beautiful gates and found a woman selling rosemary, she said, “It’s for good luck, it brings joy and harmony to your stay”

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We indulged and picked up a few sprigs

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I took in every breath with such deep fulfillment. The park is home to the one attraction I was begging to see. The Crystal Palace. It finds itself nestled in the trees towards the back of the park, so we perused on and enjoyed the scenery.

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Our passion for style was heightened overseas. Chartreuse, pale pinks, periwinkles and chambray.  They all made appearances today!

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Shortly after entering the Parque del Retiro, you find a gorgeous pond of sorts with street vendors and quaint little women selling all kinds of trinkets. I am the trinket queen… so I have to contain myself in situations like these. However, this time wasn’t too hard. Just beyond the railing of the pond sat the cutest baby ducks you’ve ever seen! Los Vallejos Blog // Parque del Retiro Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure We hung out with the ducks for a little bit, we even tried to pick them up! (I was trying to channel cinderella but I came up short on the woodland animal songs)

As we rounded the park and came to a clearing, I saw it. Standing right in front of me in all its glory. My heaven. Los Vallejos Blog // The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace. My excitement could not be contained! Los Vallejos Blog // The Crystal Palace Los Vallejos Blog // The Crystal Palace

The light hit it just like I thought it would. Soft and delicate.

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Unfortunately, it was closed for renovation. The good news? It allowed us to see the inside completely empty. Giving way to really understand how the light works and plays with the glass.

I my heart was full.

But our tummies were empty! It was definitely time for lunch. Papizza here we come! Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish Adventure Los Vallejos Blog // Spanish AdventureYou pick your pizza and they heat it right there in front of you. So yummy!!

With full hearts and fully stuffed stomachs, we ended our perfect day, and trip, in Spain.

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Thank you so much for going on this Spainsh Adventure with us. I hope you enjoyed reading about our journey as much as we enjoyed telling you about it.

See see other posts from the Spanish Adventure series:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

(P.S. Day 3 has a video of our trip to Toledo!)

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Music Festivals // ACL

YOU GUYS!

We are getting ready for our next trip and I cannot contain my excitement!

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS IS UPON US!

So much hippie music goodness! (I’m going to warn your now there will be an excessive amount of exclamation points in this post)

We love Austin. Our love grows deeper with every visit and we hope to call it home one day.

Music festivals are probably one of the top three things we love the most in this world. Behind Mexican food and our fish, Julian, that is!

This weekend we will start planning our outfits and get a game plan for who we’re going to see when and where and how and why!

A lot of thought goes in to our trips. Husband C is basically a part time travel agent.

Some of the people we’re dying to see include LOCAL NATIVES (I will probably cry at this show), Grimes, Haim, The National, Vampire Weekend and for old times sake…Jimmy Eat World is also on our radar!

Deciding what we are going to wear is something to really put thought into. You want to be fashionable enough to be featured on Design Lovefest but comfortable enough to enjoy the shows and definitely be prepared for rain or shine! It’s a lot to think about.

I use Pinterest for outfit inspiration. Here are some of my favorite looks:

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For my hair I will go with easy do’s and flower hand bands like this:

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Are any of you going to ACL? We’re set to go the second weekend and I am so excited!

Do you have any favorite pieces you love to wear or bands you’re dying to see?

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There is always more to come.

Love,
Wife C

 

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CV + CV :: Gathering Goods // Packing for Spain

At my senior prom I was voted “Best Dressed” of my class. It’s really the only thing I’ve ever won and some of my friends like to tease me because I am a grown woman still yapping about high school.

But even though there was no trophy or anything more than my picture in the yearbook, it was very special to me and still is. It meant that the person I was portraying through my clothing was someone that my classmates admired.

I love clothes, putting together outfits is like a work of art in which you can express how you’re feeling. Take, for example, why people wear black to funerals and why a bride wears white on her wedding day. Colors and clothes matter.

I am fortunate that I have a husband that is actually jealous of my award from senior prom. He loves looking his best and we find oursleves bonding over a new trends.

With that being said, we have to start packing in advance when we go on trips and such. If we didn’t…it would be chaos.

We are leaving for Madrid, Spain next week and we could not be more excited! We’ve started to pack a few things and I wanted to fill you in on some of our essentials.

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The weather is Spain is in the mid-eighties during the day then falls to mid-sixties in the evening and into the night time. So we need to prepare for anything.

When we went to Paris last year, it was freezing and raining. Unfortunately, that trip was more of a learning experience since we didn’t bring anything heavier than blazers. Needless to day, we will be ready for anything on this adventure. Swimmys and winter coats will both be coming with!

We both picked up some new kicks for our trip. We probably need more shoes like the beach needs sand but these were just too good, there was no way they were getting left behind.

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Hers: Anthro // His: H&M

My sweet mother-in-law always brings back a pair of huaraches for me from Mexico every time she visits. They’re so comfortable and absolutely the cutest shoes in the world! Can I just bring all of them??

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Claudio loves his short sleeve button ups. Rightfully so, he looks so handsome in them! We both go through hat phases but I have to admit, his page-boy hat phase is my absolute favorite.

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I am taking a lot of flowy, solid-colored items. I love the simplicity of textured solids. Articles like lace and tule are a gift form above.

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How could I go anywhere without my trusty chambray? It literally goes with everything, in every season and will never go out of style. At least, not in my book.

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Our clothes make us feel like we can show the world who we are without saying a word. 

We will be posting more about our Spain adventures over the weekend and hopefully some photos while we’re there. It is going to be a beautiful experience.

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There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Cultured // Sunday Outing

Being married to a man of another culture is inspiring. Sometimes, it’s like being exposed to this whole other world that you never knew existed. There are so many things I had never heard of or tried but now I can’t live without some of them! (I really do think I would die without horchata)

On Sunday we went to a Mexican market. It’s not too different from a regular super market, but there are a couple of things that really stand out. The produce is always amazing and they’re always making something delicious so the whole place makes your mouth water.

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Oh, they also have piñatas and these cute little Mexican men!!

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Our intention was to pick up some carne asada, but we ended up perusing the store. Which, I don’t think either of us minded at all! We picked up some cactus fruit (las tunas), beans and corn tortillas to go with dinner. Going up and down the aisles you see so many bright colors! My favorite was this hot pink cake!

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How fun is that?? We were good and we did not indulge on this trip…but better believe we will be back to satisfy our sweet tooth!

I am all about finding “treasures” on our outings. Just little trinkets that will remind me of the sweet moments we have as we go through life. This time, I picked up this little lady. Her name is Lucy.

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She has found her place on the bedroom shelf with some other friends.

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I live for days like these. Enjoying the things that shaped us into the people we are today, together. It fills my heart.

There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Tuna Ceviche // Home How To

One of my favorite dishes growing up was Ceviche (Seh-vee-che). This was the perfect summer food. Growing up in a (large) Mexican family meant we were getting together for “Carne Asada” (literally, Grilled Meat) every weekend.

SIDE NOTE: Carne Asada, is a term that most hispanic families use nowadays to mean a “Cook Out”. It’s similar to how Americans use the word “Barbecue”. I can invite you to a “barbecue”, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll be cooking barbecue. Hope that makes sense. Consider that your first lesson in “Mexican 101”.

Alright back to the topic at hand. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is popular in the coastal regions of the Americas. There are tons of ways to make ceviche, but typically it’s made with raw fish marinated in citrus juices (usually lime) and spiced with chili peppers. Oftentimes you’ll see ceviche under the “Appetizer” section of a menu at a Mexican restaurant, however, it also makes a great snack and meal. Best of all, it’s an extremely healthy dish.

Today, I’ll be teaching you guys how to make ceviche like my mother used to make. I want to re-iterate how many different ways one can make ceviche, so I would encourage you to put your own spin on it and use ingredients that sound appealing to you!

Our ceviche will be Tuna-based. Other common seafood that’s used to make ceviche is: crab, octopus (yes, and it’s delicious), shrimp, and tilapia.

Now for the ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 cans (2 lbs) of Tuna (you can use more or less, depending on how many servings you’d like to make. 6 cans will typically make 5-6 servings)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped, fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tostadas/saltines (whichever you prefer!)
  • Optional Ingredients: avocado, chili peppers.

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Alright, so let’s get to the nitty-gritty.

Put the tuna inside a medium-large bowl and pour the lime juice over the fish and mix gently to combine fish/lime juice.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re using raw fish, you’ll want to let it sit inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes after you’ve combined it with lime. This allows the lime juices to “cook” the fish. The citric acid in lime does indeed alter the structure of proteins in the fish, but does not kill bacteria. So always use the freshest and cleanest fish!

Add the onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and salt. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. Once you’re done, VOILA! You’ve just made your very own ceviche!

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Serve on tostadas or eat with saltines. These make a great meal on tostadas, however if you’re anything like my wife and love to entertain, you can serve these on saltines for your “ladies eating small portions of food” parties. Or, if you’re lazy like I am, you can use the saltines and eat the Ceviche out of the bowl (shhh… don’t tell CV2!)

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Enjoy!

We’ll have more recipes in the future from each of our families’ recipe vault!

There’s always more to come…

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CV + CV :: Part 2 // Austin, TX

If you’re just tuning in, this is day two of our Austin expedition. To see what happen on day one, you can click here:

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So, now that we’re full to the brim with tacos and horchata, it was time for our day about town. We had quite a bit on the list. But everything on our list could fall into two categories: Record Stores and Vintage Shops. Lucky for us, in Austin there is no shortage of either things. Not to mention they are all right next door to each other! So we would pull up, get out and go our separate ways…while constantly texting each other our super-cool rare finds. It really was great. Our first stop was Claudio’s favorite.

Claudio found himself at End of an Ear. This awesome record shop where he picked up a Coldplay single, Air: Moon Safari and Diarrhea Planet. Yes, you read right.

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I don’t ask questions, I just smile. Anyways, it really was a cool shop. SO MANY options and the woman working the register brought her four year old with her, she was so precious! Her name was Olive. So Austin.

If you follow my instagram, then you have seen that I am head-over-heels obsessed with this cactus flower. I’ve never seen ANYTHING like it ::

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Behind the building we stumbled across this quirky little set up. It resembled a artist shed… but with a serious ‘tude. This place was way cool.

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I visited a super cute vintage store called Ragalicious where I picked up the CUTEST Mexican party dress. You better believe I’m wearing it to my next party! Ole! So, like I said, CV1 would go one way and CV2 would go the other way with these shops. When I tried on the party dress, I came out of the dressing room and asked the cute little girl working what she thought of it – let me tell you, you would think we were life long friends! She also gave me this the amazing guide to all things resell in Austin! If you into vintage shopping at all, this is the guide to use!

My absolute favorite vintage store was Blue Velvet. It is the holy grail of v-shopping.

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(By the way, I’m going to shorten vintage shopping to just ‘v-shopping’, deal?) But really, Blue Velvet was the cutest and had such interesting pieces! I ended up with this mod 60s mini dress and I couldn’t help myself…I put it on before dinner! It was the second best decision I had made that day. The first was buying the dress, obviously.

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Later that night we went to Stubbs, the original Austin barbecue. Wowza! I had the pulled work and CV1 had the chopped beef brisket, both of us had sweet tea and we were in foodie heaven! So delicious.

After dinner we ventured to South Congress and 6th street, but more about that and the trip home in Part 3!

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There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C

CV + CV :: Little School Girl // Scholastics and Schedules

When Claudio proposed in the quaint little town of Giverny, France, just a few minutes outside of Paris and home of Claude Monet and his breath taking gardens. I was over the moon! I wish I could capture that moment in a bottle and open it every time I feel like crying.

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I’m a crier. I will openly admit it and I accept this about myself. I shed a tear when I am happy, I sob when I’m sad and I turn into Niagara Falls when I’m driving to school at 6:30 in the morning. It’s like a sweet release of all my emotions that I’ve been keeping inside. I feel better after I cry and sometimes I think if I cried every day, I would never feel stressed! But I digress.

Usually by the time I get to school on those sleepy mornings I am fresh faced and ready to go. As a PR major, putting on that happy face is crucial. Arthur Page says to always, “Stay calm, patient and good humored.”

I work a full time job at a Learning Center doing exactly what I am going to school for. On top of sales, I take care of scheduling, operations, inquires, event coordinating, making the kids smile and most importantly – reassuring their parents daily that their child is receiving the best education possible. I love my job. But, the 12 to 13 hour days really get to me during the school year. Hence, the tears…

To ease the pain, I choose a few items to purchase that will daily brighten my life. For instance, I just pre-ordered the most adorable planner for the year ahead. Portland based independent publishers, Little Otsu, where Yvonne and Jeremy have a mini-store front in San Fran and they do it all. I giggled when I read on their website, “When we’re not working on an LO project, filling orders or updating the online shop, we’re most likely…cleaning up after our cats, watching bad TV or good movies.” I purchased the Little Otsu Annual Vol. 8 Weekly Planner. The days and dates are blank so I can begin filling it in as soon as it arrives. I am so excited about this little treasure, I can barely stand it!

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all about aesthetics or material happiness. In fact, the unwavering support from my husband is more than enough to keep me going. (The cute planners are just a bonus)

I never thought I would be married and still in school, but let me tell you, it has been a wonderful experience. Claudio and I were raised differently when it came to school. With that being said, it was a little bit of an adjustment for both of us but absolutely for the better. He challenges me and pushes me to want to be better for myself and he is my hero for that. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be in the same boat without his encouragement and the amount of fear that has been instilled from not wanting my husband to be disappointed in me…It is safe to say that my grades have significantly improved.

Life in the Vallejo home gets a little hectic August through, well, let’s be totally honest here, all the way through June. Summers are where the relaxation and rejuvenation take place but unfortunately for this year…that season is coming to a close.

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On the bright side, we’re taking one last summer hurrah and going to Austin for a long weekend.

There is always more to come.

Love,

Wife C