Friday Finds: Mexico edition

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Today, I’m recapping my trip to Mexico while wishing I was still there! First Henry and I flew into Cancun and drove about an hour to our first hotel, Hotel Esencia. I can’t say better things about this place! Every single person that works here is incredibly kind and attentive. No matter what we needed, they handled it! My two favorites, Jorge and Rojillo, went above and beyond. They treated us like royalty and wanted us to enjoy EVERY second of our vacation.

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Esencia is located on a secluded beach just south of Playa del Carmen. I stayed in a room surrounded by jungle with iguanas and pastries waiting on my doorstep each morning. When the trees break, you are standing on soft white sand. There are three restaurants on the property. The first two are casual options that sit next to the beach and pools. Rojillo will bring lunch to your beach chair if you prefer to eat there! The third restaurant is called Beefbar – a meat lover’s dream with a Michelin star winning team. I can still taste the truffle whipped potatoes!!! Our entire meal was perfection.

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Hotel Esencia’s lifeguard took us snorkeling in a lagoon and then in a cove with brackish water, where fresh water and salt water meet. We saw some beautiful fish! Henry and I also caught triggerfish and redfish while deep sea fishing, but let’s be honest, he caught most of them. We had so much fun being on the water!

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Our next stop was Tulum, just 45 minutes south of Hotel Esencia. If you can’t tell from social media, it’s the place to be, and this is their SLOW season!! We stayed at Be Tulum, and just like Esencia, you can stay in a room surrounded by jungle or facing the beach. You can’t go wrong with either! They have a fabulous restaurant on the beach and a fun rooftop bar overlooking the water. One night we went to a restaurant called Gitano, recommended by friends, that is known for their cocktails, live music and delicious bites. If you find yourself in Tulum, go here on a Friday night!

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On our last day in Mexico, we took a private tour through two cenotes – limestone surfaces that conceal bodies of water. You can visit open, closed and partially open cenotes that provide the perfect swimming and diving holes. Sac Actun and Taak Bi Ha were the two cenotes we visited. Bushman Photography showed us these beautiful caves and the clearest water I’ve ever seen. They are sacred to the Mayan culture, and now I know why! Visit Bushman’s website to find all of the tours they offer.

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Henry, let’s go back ASAP!

White Eyelet Midi Dress

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| similar dresses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 | headband | espadrilles |

One of my coworkers told me I was channeling my inner Laura Ingalls Wilder with this look, and you know, I’m not mad about it. I wouldn’t mind running through a field of lush grass with a basket in tow.

I love the special details on this dress from the eyelet embroidery, ribbon cinched waist and the scalloped trim. You can’t get more feminine than this! Unfortunately, this dress isn’t online anymore, so I linked some of my other favorite white midi dresses with similar detailing. If you want to see what other pieces this brand is offering, click HERE.

I hope you have a great Wednesday!!

XO, MS

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BRIGHT eyed

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| blouse 1 and 2 | shorts | sandals | earrings | clutch | headband |

Mexico calls for bringing out your brightest pieces! I styled this striped blouse with a white skort and beaded accessories. How fun are these parrot earrings?! I can’t get enough of them and style them every chance I get! I will tone this look down when in Dallas by pairing the blouse and earrings with white straight leg jeans instead. Click HERE to shop my favorite white pair.

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Friday Finds: Beach edition

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Today I want to share with you the bathing suits I took to Mexico! All are fabulous quality and worth the investment. I know bathing suits have gotten crazy expensive recently, but I have found the best fit when I’m willing to splurge. Fit is EVERYTHING especially when you’re laying by the pool or beach, jumping in the water or playing sand or water sports. We don’t want anything slipping!

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| top | bottoms | sarong | headband |

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Don’t mind our goggle marks, but I took this one piece snorkeling!

Henry’s swimsuits: 1 and 2.

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I’ve had the red one piece for two summers now, and it’s been a staple on all of my beach trips. For one, I love having a one piece that I can throw on if I get burned. Mine isn’t reversible, but the one I’ve linked is! You get two swimsuits in one! I got the lavender bikini this year, and I love the coverage it offers. It’s hard to find a bikini that you don’t feel like you’re popping out of, so I highly recommend this one. I opted for the hipster bottoms instead of the side tie.

The best embroidered dress

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| dress | bag | clips | espadrilles |

First of all, how dreamy is this backdrop? Hotel Esencia, just north of Tulum, Mexico, is the most serene place I’ve ever stayed. Iguanas greeted me every morning on my doorstep, and the private beach was only steps away. I can’t talk about this place without mentioning the five star service and the kind people who work there. I already miss Jorge’s and Rojo’s smiling faces!!

Now onto my outfit… This was the perfect dress to bring to Mexico. It was not only breathable in the intense heat but mimicked the embroidery you find on traditional Mexican dresses. I paired it with the orange straw bag and my tried and true gold espadrilles. What am I going to do when these fall apart?

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Friday Finds: Anthropologie Edition

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Happy Friday, y’all! Who’s happy it’s almost the weekend? I shared this Anthropologie new arrivals round up last weekend in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, but I wanted to share it again here on the blog. I love the pops of color and the ability to dress these pieces up and down. If you could order just one of these items, which would it be? I’d definitely order the printed pants!!

Happy shopping!

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Denim on Denim

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| shirt | shorts | leopard sneakers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | bracelet | earrings |

This is an outfit you can count on! No matter what brands are in your closet, you can create this combo! Doesn’t this just look effortless and easy? Well guess what, it was! It only took a couple of minutes to throw on and go, and the best part is is that there was no ironing or steaming involved. I can’t believe I haven’t paired these two pieces together before!

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Friday Finds: Bodysuits

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| bodysuit | skirt | denim jacket | loafers | sunglasses |

Happy Friday, y’all! This week I’m highlighting the ease of a bodysuit because they can make an outfit look more seamless and put together. Of course, it can make going to the bathroom a little difficult as well if it doesn’t have snaps. I styled this one shoulder bodysuit with this high waisted skirt, so I didn’t have to worry about keeping a t-shirt tucked in. Everything stayed in its place all day long – no readjusting needed after an hour sitting at my desk. This look can also go day to night if I lose the loafer and denim jacket and add a heel.

Below, I’ve linked other bodysuits that can be paired with high waisted jeans, flirty skirts and your favorite paper bag shorts.

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