Monday, February 21, 2011

Girl crush

Ever since my very first trip to Mexico, I'd had a thing for Frida Kahlo. Do you know her? The artist with the uni-brow that was married to the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera? The one that was in a traumatic bus accident as a teenager and became bedridden for much of her life? If you don't know her, you can read more here.

Back in 2002, Salma Hayek portrayed her in a movie about her life. It's really good. You should see it. It's probably the way I came to first love her.

She's a classic Mexican icon. Aside from Guadelupe herself, Frida is probably the most well know female in Mexico. Her face is everywhere. I couldn't get enough of it.

The icing on my cake though had to be when we visited Frida & Diego's homes. That's right, homes - plural. But it's not what you are thinking. The each lived in their own home, side by side in Mexico City's elite San Angel neighborhood.

The big red & white one is Diego's and the smaller blue is Frida's

So where am I going with all this Frida madness? Well after sharing our first floor bathroom inspiration the other day, I became inspired to search for some new affordable art. When I stumbled onto this piece on Etsy, I knew it had to be mine.

Not only does it have the perfect accent colors for our teal walls, it conjures some great memories. And the quote is great too. "Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?". Love it.

And just for fun, here are a few of my other favorite Frida quotes from the movie.

Frida Kahlo: At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.

Frida Kahlo: They say never trust a limping dog or the tears of a woman.

Frida Kahlo: What do you think matters most for a good marriage?
Guillermo Kahlo: A short memory.
Frida Kahlo: Why did you get married?
Guillermo Kahlo: I can't remember.

And I saved the best for last.....

Frida Kahlo: I love a man with melones that are bigger than mine.
Diego Rivera: And I love a woman with cojones.


Natalie said...

A very worthy girl crush. I love the print you got. It'll look awesome in your bathroom. How big is it?

Krista said...

Supposedly it is 8.5 X 11 including a white border around it. Framing could be difficult (ie. expensive) since it's not a standard size. Of course, nothing is easy at this house!

Gabriella said...

I think it's great that you found something that makes you think of fond memories, not merely a piece of art that means nothing to you!
It's lovely!