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Wanderlust: Día de Muertos, San Miguel de Allende

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Our 2013 trip to the Poppy Barley studio in León for product development coincided with a very special Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). And so Justine, Daelan, Breanne and I (Kendall) traveled to the nearby colonial city of San Miguel de Allende to join the festivities. Día de Muertos is a joyous three-day celebration to pray, remember and honour friends and families who have died. During the holiday, it is believed the dead return to their earthly homes to visit and rejoice with their loved ones. The celebrations start on All Hallows Eve (October 31) when children make a children’s alter to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit the following day. The Day of the Innocents (November 1) honours dead children and infants. The Día de Muertos (November 2) is for honouring the spirits of adults. When we arrived in San Miguel de Allende, evidence of festival preparations were everywhere. Roadside stands sold cempasuchil flowers (marigolds). These bright, earthy coloured flowers are displayed everywhere to help guide spirits back to the earth. Everywhere beautiful and scary skulls were displayed to represent the afterlife (the prominence of skulls goes way back to the days of the Aztecs. Skulls symbolize death and rebirth). We watched Catrinas dance in the streets. We ate pan de muertos (bread of the dead). We ate Mexican food. We went to Day of the Dead party in a mansion. We drank of rooftops with skull lights dancing in the sky. We listened to jazz in a small, crowded room full of people with their faces painted like skeletons. We drank tequila and took photos with strangers. Our only regret: Not having our own faces painted and disappearing into the loud, fun chaos of the Dia de Muertos. Wanderlust: Poppy Barley in San Miguel de Allende Alters/Offerings Throughout the city, private alters called ofrendas honor the deceased. The ofrendas are beautiful offerings of cempasuchil flowers (marigolds), possessions, favourite foods and beverages of the departed returning for a visit. Families also go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. Skeleton Women La Catrina are Mexico’s grande dame of death. La Catrina are tall, elegantly attired female skeletons sporting extravaganlty plumed hats. Originally "Catrina" referred to rich people, but now serves as a symbol that death brings a neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end.

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.