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!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

TULUM: Shorts Weather

top Anthropologie [old] // shorts Seafolly via surfdome c/o // sunglasses Free People // location Mezzanine 

I am so excited to finally be sharing our Tulum trip! This week, I'll be showing what I wore, where we stayed [we like to move around, so we stayed at three different hotels], and dishing out recommendations left & right in a recap at the end of the week. I might be biased, but this destination is the most magical place. From the views to the people, it is such a wonderful, special town and I couldn't recommend a visit more.

It's a long, long story for another day... but we actually ended up arriving in Tulum a day later than we had planned. Needless to say, our first evening at this beautiful hotel resulted in a 7PM bedtime. Not before having one of the best meals of our lives, however. The restaurant at Mezzanine is THE best Thai food I've ever had. I know, it seems strange- Thai food in Mexico- but this dinner is my top recommendation!

The next day, we enjoyed sunrise coffee, laying out on the private sun beds, swimming in the Caribbean, and treating ourselves to 2-for-1 margaritas. Our friend Willie was also in Tulum, so he came and met up with us for drinks & dinner. I wore these adorable shorts that I got from Surfdome and paired them with a breezy blouse that I got at an Anthro sale years ago. [PS: Surfdome is a great resource if you have any fun trips planned- or you're just lucky enough to live someplace tropical. My shorts are waterproof so they're a stylish alternative to the traditional masculine board shorts. You can get them here!]

As the sun began to set, we realized we couldn't pass up one more swim in the ocean. We ran down to the water and bobbed in the waves while the sun set over the jungle. It was so beautiful and a memory I'll always remember! [Lucky for me, the saltwater worked wonders in my hair and I embraced my natural waves all week long.] We headed to dinner at Mateo's and cheersed to Tulum. Little did I know it was my last night as a "single" girl... ;)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

High Point Market Recap!

Last weekend, I had the privilege of joining my Rue Magazine girls at High Point Market in North Carolina. For those who don't know, High Point is basically fashion week for furniture. We get to tour furniture showrooms all day and look at all of the gorgeous new products and interior trends. Dream job, right??

Since I spent so much time Instagramming {for both my account AND Rue's}, I wanted to share my favorite snaps from the trip: 

It was so much fun, and really reaffirmed my love for the industry! If you have any questions about any specific pictures, leave a comment below & I'll reply with info. 

Also, don't forget to enter the Better World Books giveaway!! We'll be starting Book Club soon & you don't want to miss the boat!!

PS. Be sure to check back on Monday. Next week is TULUM WEEK! I'll be recapping what I wore, our favorite places, and why we're pretty sure it's the best place on earth. Stay tuned!