Glamping like a Goddess

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Finally wanted to share this insanely beautiful kaftan from Island Tribe. All designs from this amazing company are ocean inspired and for the free spirited! I am all about that long flowy look, so this piece was a no brainer.

I love how versatile it is! You can wear it to the beach, around the house, or even out and about. Plus, it’s all about those neutrals, so you can basically pair it with anything!

Also isn’t this the cutest camper ever?

Kaftan // Island Tribe

Photographer // Bree Marie Photography

Playing in Playa del Carmen

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Let me just start off by saying that at the end of every trip I have gone on, I feel the slight pang of “I’m so sad we didn’t get around to do that,” or “I really wish we had done this.” But folks let me tell you, we did this Caribbean vaycay right in every way. It couldn’t have gone any better, even if the Travel Gods had handed it to me on their golden platter of voyaging and wanderlust.

We booked our first day in Playa del Carmen with an ancient ruins and cenote excursion through Entertainment Plus. We had a private driver take us to Chichen Itza, where we hired a guide to tell us all the hidden secrets. Daniel and I love love love guides and we highly recommend them. They point out details that, without extensive knowledge on the subject, would go unnoticed. I learned that the movie The Road to El Dorado, was actually very on point! The sink hole near the pyramid was where gold and jewels were thrown into the water as gifts to Xibalba, as well as live scarifies. Daniel and I were a little skeptical taking kissy pictures near this sacrificial well, but when your Mayan guide says “now kiss,” you don’t really question it.

We were then taken to the cenote, Ik Kil, where it felt like I literally walked into Fern Gully. I refused to leave or get out of the watery oasis so I ended up treading water for over an hour!

We ended the day at Coba Maya where we actually got to hike up to the top of the pyramid. It was so amazing to get to actually walk on the steps of Mayan ingenuity and craftsmanship.

The second day we went to Xel Ha, a mind blowingly beautiful eco park, where we snorkeled, frolicked through the jungle, and explored underwater caves. We also did what is called a Zip Bike, which is pretty much riding a bike in the air over the gorgeous scenery. It is in my top 3 coolest things I have ever done!

The next day we played in Playa del Carmen and strolled down 5th Ave. You must try the restaurant La Parilla! Such delicious and mouth watering enchiladas! It is such an adorable district, where you can’t help but walk into every shop.

Our last full day we took the ferry out to the island of Cozumel. We rented a scooter, because for some reason, when I am in a different country, I am adamant about traveling around on these things. Nothing feels more adventurous! We scootered over to the other side of the island where we went to Playancar beach. We had the shore and sparkling, clear blue water all to ourselves! Peacocks roamed nearby and hammocks lazily swung from the trees.

I would defiantly go back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico maybe even live there! I was never in fear or worried about the safety of our lives. When traveling just be aware of your surroundings and book excursions through reliable companies. Happy adventuring!

 

Fools for Fool Hallow Lake

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My whole life I have been a Desert Rat, and gladly so.  I love the dry heat, warm air, and most especially, I love the feeling of stepping into the light and having the sun’s rays seep deep into my skin, course through my veins, and settle in my bones.

However, as much as I love the warm weather, even I couldn’t stand the excessive Phoenix heat wave this weekend. With temperatures of up to 116 degrees, the hubs, pup, and I, knew we needed a Northern Arizona Escape. It seems we were not the only Phoenicians who had this same brilliant idea. To avoid large crowds we decided to go to a more secluded watery oasis. Fool Hallow in Show Low was just the place. It felt as if we had the whole lake to ourselves.

We rented some paddle boards, which was such a fun idea! All my years of ballet training really paid off on these bouncing, balancing boards. The water and weather were perfect and we got to try out our new camera, a Nikon 1AW1, which is waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. Perfect for all our wandering and adventuring needs.