Mayan Animal Art and Other Surprises

16 Mar

So I have a 3-day weekend coming up, and it is going to be epic.

Spring Break is going strong in Cancun, so we might swing by Party Center one evening to see all the craziness. There will also be a wedding and at least two beach trips. I can’t wait!

The most exciting part is our Trash The Dress photo shoot this weekend at a surprise location. (Can’t say where it is just yet… but rest assured it’s STUNNING and I’ve been working on my tan.) If you want to follow along with my photo shoot this Sunday, I’ll be live tweeting, so follow me on Twitter at @CancunGringa.

I’ll leave you for the weekend with some pics of some new wall decor we hung in our living room last week. We bought these little critters on our trip to Ek Balam back in 2010, and we’re just now getting around to hanging them.

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I have a penchant for small reptiles, as well as brightly colored animal figurines. (It occurs to me that y’all have yet to see my alebrije collection! Soon!)

12 Responses to “Mayan Animal Art and Other Surprises”

  1. Nerdy And I Know It March 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    They are so cute! I’m glad your living room is really coming together now. I can’t wait to see some of the Trash The Dress pictures!

  2. aalstrup88 March 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    ahhh! how long do you have to wait to get your photos back? I’m dying to see them (as I’ve already said)

  3. Josie March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Love the wall art! Very Mexican. I’ve seen a few places in the d.f where people put geckos or ‘cuijas’ on their walls.

  4. Ceri March 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I love your lizards. 😀 That’s one of my favourite things about Mexico – the amount of geckos you see crawling up walls. So cute!

  5. Kathryn March 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Please tell me you’ll be sharing some photos from your shoot on the blog! I want to see ’em! Hope you had an awesome weekend- I love the Mayan animal art, by the way. They have a ton of it at “Mexico” in Disney World, which is the closest to Mexico I’ve ever gone… 🙂

  6. Barb March 20, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    Please enlighten this old fuddy duddy about why today’s generation wants to destroy a dress that could be donated to a bride who can’t afford a new one. Or don’t any of today’s brides want to have a “used” dress, no matter how tight their budget is? I’m not asking to be snarky. I truly want to understand.

    • Laura in Cancun March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Barb: My dress was made by my mom, and for sentimental reasons I don’t plan on donating it or selling it. Even though this was a “Trash the Dress” shoot, I was careful about not getting it wet, dirty or torn since in my case, I do want to keep it afterward.

      I don’t see anything wrong with a bride who chooses to destroy her dress for a photo shoot. It’s no worse than keeping it in your closet for decades (like most brides do), and you get more use out of it.

      Right now lots of brides sell their dresses online, so I’m sure many women have no problem with used dresses in good condition.

      I can’t think of anyone I know (in any generation) who has donated their dress. Most either keep it or sell it, it seems. I don’t think this is a “today’s generation” thing.

  7. Barb March 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Oh, I’m glad you’re keeping your dress, after all.

    I think it’s a good thing when brides sell their dresses. I borrowed one because it just didn’t make sense to me to pay all that money for a dress that I’d only wear once. I had no intention of having one hanging in my closet, unworn.

    I agree that it’s a bride’s right to trash her dress if she wants to but, having grown up poor, it just seems so wasteful. If they’re trashing it, then it’s probably safe to assume the money invested in it is meaningless to them, so why not donate it instead?

    Anyways, it’s not meant to spark a debate. I accept that it’s a “tradition” I don’t think I’ll ever understand. 🙂

    • Laura in Cancun March 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      I see where you’re coming from 🙂 It is wasteful to buy a dress, wear it once, then store it/trash it. No doubt about it! I still couldn’t bring myself to give mine to someone else, though. It’s too important.

      I wouldn’t say they’re trashing it because the money they spent is “meaningless”. It’s a way to get more use out of the dress, more memories, more unique photos, etc. It’s a way of celebrating the dress you wore (and the $ you spent on it) in a new, different way. Some brides just develop a sentimental attachment to the dress no matter how much it cost them, and Trash the Dress is a way to get more than 1 use out of it for those who aren’t willing to give it away 🙂

  8. Im The Mami March 21, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Oooo I want to steal your idea for the lizards on the wall! I have only been living in Mx for 3 months but already onwn three little lizzards about that size. I would LOVE to see your alebrije collection.

    I planning on doing a Trash the Dress photoshoot as well after our wedding. Minus the trashing part, like you said. But imagine pictures set on a street here in DF? Super urbany , like under a bridge near some of the wicked awesome graffiti here?! Cant wait to see your pics (if you put them up!)

  9. Barb March 21, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I’m going to say the same thing the generation before mine said…”I just don’t understand kids today.” LOL

  10. Ashlie March 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Cute!! I love those little critters too!

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