The holidays c/o Whilo: Marcela - Whilo

The holidays c/o Whilo: Marcela


The holiday season is upon us, and while we usually love giving presents more than getting them, it does get a little stressful when you constantly give, give, give.

Since you do so much for everyone else in your life, you should absolutely treat yourself to something special . . . Cue Marcela from My Cup of Tea, enrolled by Whilo to make this time of the year, a little bit easier.

We sat down with Marcela to find out about her most coveted brands, beauty products, and gifts of the season and what’s in store next year for @mycupoftea blog.

Born: Mexico City.

Known for: Los Angeles.

Success is: being truly happy.

Known for: My love for cooking, fashion, and design.

Favorite holiday travel destination?: Punta Mita, Aspen, and New York.

How do you show your loved ones they’re special?: I love to get creative with gifts and give them something personal for them or special experiences.

Describe your personal style in three words: current, chic, feminine.

What was the inspiration behind your Whilo Holiday Gift Guide Selections?: I thought of including basics of all sorts: clothing, skin care (which is my obsession), gadgets.

What are your top three must-have products from your Whilo Featured List?: Braving The Wilderness by Brenee Brown, because reading her books should be required by law; the ACNE Studio’s Jemma White Booties, and the Vintner’s Daughter Face Oil.

What’s in store for @mycupoftea blog in 2018?: Writing about life, travel, fashion, books, and cooking. A story about a recent trip a made to the Mexican Wine Country, some of the best books I read in 2017.

What is the best gift that you have ever received, and why?: A mouse-shaped of cozy socks-slippers that one of my best friends gave me for my birthday years ago. If I’d seen them in a store, I would’ve bought them myself. They scream my name! I use all the time. A super simple gift that showed how much she knows me.

Also, a super chic Balmain jacket (from my Whilo Love List, perfect fit!), that I got from all my girlfriends for my 40th birthday. It had been living on my wish lists and the shopping carts of many of my favorite online shops for years! Now it’s finally mine.

How do you show your loved-ones they’re special?: I love to make little goodie bags for my friends when we travel. I put together all the things that I love and that I think they’re gonna love, too. Recently, I made a little bag for my girlfriends for our 40th birthday trip; I put inside hair and face masks, chocolate covered almonds, sage for smudging, a book, and essential oils blends. Also, the Mexican mom in me, cooks or bake for them.

What is your “go-to” gift for family and friends?: Monogramed travel cases from Cuyana, cashmere sweaters, Dyptique candles, and Marriage Freres Tea (my favorite).

What is your most loved …

App: Whilo! Website: Goop Emoji:🤦🏻 ♀️ Instagram stalk: @erinfoster Beauty product: Skinceuticals C + F Ferulic Fashion brand: Ulla Johnson Album: Hamilton’s soundtrack