Friday, April 18, 2014

TULUM: Last Sunset

sweater ILY Couture c/o // dress Rory Beca c/o [last worn here]

Sigh, the last night of our trip was a sad one. We had essentially convinced ourselves that we were residents of Tulum and just were going to live there forever. [Since we couldn't... I decided to just never stop Instagramming or Blogging about it. Sorry!] I have travel anxiety [of course] so I packed up everything early before heading to the beach for a sunset walk. Tulum Beach in the evening is truly something wonderful. Everything begins to blend together and the most beautiful blues, purples, and grays appear. Kite surfers whip past while cute couples saunter barefoot to dinner and literally everyone is just happy. It's no wonder this place is so popular!

We had spent the entire trip enjoying & celebrating our engagement, but I really do think it sunk in on this night. We were about to head back to our regular lives and for some reason, that made everything a reality. I am pretty sure that I wouldn't have even needed an airplane the next morning... I could have floated on home on a cloud. Really painfully cheesy but basically accurate.

This weekend, I'll do a post with easy references to the best hotels, restaurants, and activities. And then everyone should book a trip, or better yet- meet us there!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TULUM: Top Knots & Margaritas

sunglasses Cor Surf // dress L*Space Swim c/o [on sale!] // sandals Target [available in silver here] // swim top Target

When I started thinking about packing for Tulum, I realized that the fog of San Francisco had totally blinded me from what cool "resort wear" was. I had NO clue where to look for cute swim suits or coverups. Like, do you just wear jeans or...

Luckily, through Twitter, I discovered L*SPACE by Monica Wise. AND... I was instantly ready to relocate to the beach. If you haven't noticed, I picked up a few cute bikinis from the brand [here & here]. Just putting this cute coverup on had me dreaming of opening up a bikini shop in Mexico. It's super lightweight and the prettiest shade of pink. It's the perfect piece for the hot humid weather of Tulum.

We traveled down the coast a little further to check in at our third hotel. It had the most beautiful walkway through thick plants and fountains and cute little cabins before you get to the bar- which had a totally magical view. AND, dare I say, Om Tulum has the strongest margaritas on the beach.

The water pressure in Tulum isn't ideal... so by about day 6 my hair started to dreadlock. Sometimes the wind and saltwater really worked in my favor... other times, it just became a matted mess & the top knot won. Just think of dry shampoo, but instead of shampoo it's a handful of salt & sand. Très chic!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TULUM: Dreamy

dress Forever 21 [old, so I'm sharing a few similar options below] // sunglasses vintage // location Tulum Bay

One of my favorite things about our time in Tulum is that we didn't really need to have a plan... ever. Considering so much of our life in the city is defined by our Google Calendars, it was refreshing to just indulge in each and every moment. I'll admit, this took a lot of practice for me. I love to plan my meals like 4 days in advance. It took about 48 hours before I stopped being fidgety and trying to control everything... but once I got in the habit of living one hour at a time, I wondered how I ever lived any other way.

After a few days of exploring cenotes [defined as a "a natural pit or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath], drinking margs, and/or laying on the beach without moving for as long as humanly possibly, we decided to get gussied up for dinner. Before we walked over, we headed up to our new hotel's terrace. We had an unforgettable view in every direction and watched the sun set over the jungle. In a word, it was dreamy. 

We had dinner at the Papaya Playa Project. It's part of the Design Hotels group, so the grounds are absolutely breathtaking. We hope to stay here a night or two next trip! Our food had a lot of unique flavors and was really delicious- we definitely recommend it! Don't get the cocktail called "PPP" though. It's basically a thick fruit mush with diced cucumber. After a long day in the sun, you need some liquid, you know?? Also, if you're just going for dinner, bring a flashlight! It's easy to get lost amongst the cabins on the way to the restaurant. 

Maybe what I love most about Tulum is that it's as low-maintenance as you could imagine. I packed a few necklaces and bracelets, but they stayed forgotten in my suitcase the entire trip. You only need a few breezy dresses, a chambray or cardigan in case the wind picks up at night, and one pair of sandals. At some point, you start to forget that clothing matters and just grab whatever is dry! My bold & bright patterned dresses helped me feel chic yet took zero effort. The best! 

Shop my favorite Tulum-worthy dresses here:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TULUM: A Day in Town

dress Forever 21 // sunglasses Free People // flip flops Old Navy // bag Kate Landry [old] // mosquito bites c/o Tulum ;)
[Sorry for the lower quality images. We didn't bring the big camera with us on this day!]

These images were snapped on DAY TWO of our Tulum adventure. I guess we should call this post TWOlum? [It's important to note that I didn't snap what I wore each day of the trip... but I will be doing a recap of all restaurants, excursions, hotels, etc... at the end of the week.] 

We woke up extra early to watch the sunrise, and... Tim asked me to marry him! I, between smiles and tears, said yes as quickly as I could. The happiest moment of my life!! It's safe to say we'll be returning to Mezzanine each year to celebrate! [Yes, there are far more details that accompany that story... but we're opting to keep it between close friends & family. We like to think in a world where I put a majority of my life online, that some things are still just a little sacred.]

After breakfast [and mimosas- a rare find in Tulum!] at the hotel, we met up with Willie and ventured into town. Willie is really familiar with the area AND speaks Spanish, so it was nice to have him there to give us the lay of the land. He showed us where the banks, pharmacies [where you get the best deal on sunscreen], bakeries, and souvenir shops were, AND he helped us order our lunch. ;) In Tulum, a lot of the locals do speak English. However, we really tried our best to only speak English when 100% necessary, and learned as much as we could each day. We wanted to be polite and respectful!

The town is not quite what I imagined, yet in the same sense- it's exactly what I'd imagined. The shops and restaurants are in a cluster right along the main highway. I guess I thought they'd be nestled into a quieter street? You'll find beautiful wares for sale [still kicking myself we didn't pick out a blanket] and a lot of open air bars & kitchens. We stopped for celebratory margaritas and lunch- but I don't remember the name of the place. It wasn't too noteworthy, but I have heard that Antojitos La Chiapaneca is amazing.

We ended the day with a few too many Coco Locos at Mateo's. Coco Loco = fresh coconut with rum. YUM. We also had dinner at Zamas. The food was just alright, but the live music was AMAZING. If anything, you should go for good tunes & a drink or two. Don't forget the bug spray!

PS. There is still time to enter the Better World Books giveaway!! We'll be starting Book Club soon & you don't want to miss the boat!!