Friday, June 28, 2019


Years ago, we took a family vacation to Mexico and fell in love with the ultimate relaxation destination. Since this was now our sixth vacation to Mexico, we knew a what to expect which made it easier for us to plan our vacation. Since we have been to Mexico quite a few times now, we know what to look for in a good resort. This year, we stayed at the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in Riviera Maya, which was slightly smaller than past resorts we've stayed at but there was still plenty to do there. The resort had a stunning beach area although unfortunately there was quite a bit of seaweed in the water. But regardless of the seaweed, the beach was still one of our favorite parts. Everything from the food and drinks, to the amazing service and tropical scenery was nothing short of amazing at this resort.

Barcelo Maya ↝ Upon our arrival in Cancun, we took a shuttle to our resort and settled in for some drinks. You could find us on any given day sipping on mojitos, strawberry daiquiri's, or pina colada's while enjoying the pool or the beach. Our days were filled with tanning by the pool, relaxing by the beach, and lots of sun. Admittedly, we probably spent a little too much time in the sun because we both burned pretty badly which is pretty rare for us (just keeping it real 😂). Thankfully we didn't let that distract us too much and we continued to enjoy our vacation.

You can't go to Mexico without indulging in chips and guac and Mexican rice and beans. The food at these resorts is not all the highest quality but there are plenty of food options to accommodate all different tastes so you're sure to find something you enjoy. Our family personally likes to eat seafood at the buffet areas since they offer so many different types and it is always fresh. We also got to pick a few nights to eat at sit-down restaurants within the resort and we chose the Japanese, seafood, and Mexican restaurants. The Japanese hibachi was our favorite because who doesn't love a show while eating? Plus we got sushi as an appetizer!

One of our favorite things about staying in resorts is that the fun doesn't end when the sun goes down.  We had a good amount of options for nighttime activities including shows (which are always themed and usually highly entertaining), clubs, or even just grabbing a drink and walking around by the beach. You would think laying out in the sun all day would tire us out but come 10pm, we were always ready to hit the night scene.

NEXT STOP ↝ Playa Del Carmen. Our family decided to take a trip to Playa to explore the town. Before wandering around Playa, we stopped at a Tequila factory where we tasted several different types of aged tequila (who knew there were so many different kinds?). We aren't the hugest tequila fans but it was still fun to taste test different exotic flavors like guava and caramel. After we finished exploring the tequila factory, we shuttled over to Playa. The town itself is charming and vibrant with tons of colorful buildings. It also has some great beach areas if you are looking to take a dip in the water. We opted to skip the beach in Playa and walked around Fifth Avenue instead, which is lined with the cutest little shops. It's a great place to find souvenirs as well and usually cheaper than buying them at resorts! We highly recommend a day trip to Playa if you are staying in the Riviera Maya area.

After visiting Playa, we had a few more days of relaxation ahead of us. We spent our last few days soaking up the sun before we headed home. As the sun set set on our last day, we were sad to leave but Mexico has not seen the last of us. We can't wait to come back but for now adios from us!



Saturday, June 08, 2019

Greetings from Riviera Maya, Mexico! This is my 6th time in Mexico and I swear it never gets old! I have been enjoying spending time with my family in pure relaxation mode! It was so nice to have a vacation after an extremely stressful freshman year of college which I will get into in a separate blog post.

Now more about this look! Although I practically lived in swimsuits during the day as Ivana and I soaked up the Mexican sun by the beach and pool, the nights called for some fancier looks. This mustard yellow dress was perfect since the material makes it airy and breathable (even the nights here are humid!) and I have been absolutely loving anything mustard yellow this season! Unfortunately, I can't link the shoes since they are not available anymore but this dress pairs perfectly with just about any nude heel!

That's it for today but we have our Mexico travel diary coming very soon! Bye for now lovelies!



Friday, June 07, 2019

So here's the thing: college is painted out to be "the best four years of your life" and if that isn't the case then you must be doing something wrong. I know I believed it before I came to college and I'm sure many others do too. Before you come to college, you look at social media to get "a feel for the school" (your new home away from home) but there is a lot you don't see. No one is going to post photos of themselves crying at midnight because they are stressed over an essay or a situation they wish they hadn't gotten themselves into. No one is going to admit that their life is not always picture perfect.

Let me set this up for you: senior year high school me visited only a few schools before deciding that the school I currently attend would be the one I call home for the next 3-4 years. Senior year high school me found that the school felt homey and felt welcoming. Senior year high school me knew nothing more about the school than the location, the mascot, what the campus looked like, and what I could potentially achieve as a Public Relations major at the school. Wow, senior year high school me was truly clueless about what college would look like. Before coming to college, you'll think you know it all but here's a secret: you don't.

When I came to college, I immediately started the motions as I would call them. I arrived on campus early to go through sorority recruitment, circled the campus getting from point A to B, and convinced myself that my classes were great. I am extremely passionate about my major and I thought that meant I had to love my classes.

At first, I was confident in the decision I made coming to the school I chose. Oh boy, was I in for a surprise. About three months into college when the new glow of the campus wore off I started to struggle with my decision to attend my school.  Maybe I wasn't where I was meant to be. But through my hardships, I began to realize it's okay to not always be okay. I started to focus on the blessings I had in my college town: my best friends, the opportunity to graduate early and to live out my biggest dream ever which is to visit Australia (Ivana and I will hopefully be studying abroad there this spring semester of our sophomore year of college!).

If you take away just one thing from this post, I hope it's that life isn't perfect. Everyone experiences ups and downs but after all, college is meant to be fun so enjoy it. You only get to do it once, so make the most of it wherever you decide to go! It will be stressful and hard but you'll also make so many memories. I am forever grateful for my freshman year of college, my amazing roommates, the neighbors across the hall who became some of my best friends, always having someone to go to the dining hall with, staying up to study or to hang out with people because who and for sleep anyway??, and for all the little moments that end up being the best memories.

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