April 20, 2017 • CAOL travels, tips, travel adventures, travel blog, travel blogger, travel diary, traveler, travels
Hey beautiful people- happy (thirsty) Thursday!
The weather here in NYC is (finally) warming up which just makes me miss Cancun even more! Back in March I had the pleasure of visiting one my favorite places, Mexico lindo, with The Palace Resorts.
Now I know what you're thinking, "Cancun on Spring Break? Yikes!" And I will admit the thought crossed my mind as well. But, upon arriving at the Moon Palace Cancun, I immediately felt this inexplicable sense of zen that could only be achieved at a drunk teenager-free oasis such as this one.
Keep on scrolling to see more of my marvelous weekend escapade ...and get jealous with me. One can feel jealousy of one's past travels, right? Right...
From the very start the Moon Palace was an absolute dream. The check in process was painless- which is always a plus! Angel, at the front desk, greeted us with a smile and explained the facilities and amenities available to us. Which, spoiler alert: they're plenty!
After dropping off our bags (Mark and Graham btw) at the room, we headed over to (one of the many) buffet areas for a quick bite then straight to la playa to be the ultimate beach bums.
Since we were all pretty worn out from all the traveling/sun soaking, room service seemed like the only plausible option for dinner at the time. After a few bites of a delicious Mexican meal we were pretty much toast and ready for bed.
Saturday was the day to explore the Moon Palace and all of it's glory. We started the day with breakfast at the Bugambilias where I had the tastiest chilaquiles I've ever gotten my hands on, and trust me, I don't take my chilaquiles judgement lightly. What followed next was a combination of pool-side chilling, sun napping (which can be the absolute best or absolute worst, pending on sunscreen application) and eating...tons of eating. Dang all inclusives!
For dinner we hopped on over to Moon Palace Nizuk (yes, there's levels to this resort?!) and went for some Brazilian beef at the Arrecifes Steakhouse.
After a breakfast in bed on Sunday, Isla Mujeres was the plan for the day. The guys over at the Moon Palace excursion office helped us plan a relaxing day at Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Highly recommend for a fun day of adventure and relazation- you can snorkel, zip line or simply chill by the jaccuzi/pool.
Since we were feeling extra adventurous after our day at Garrafon, we decided to "hit the town" Sunday evening and check out the Coco Bongo show. Needless to say our expectations for the "downtown" scene were extremely low but, I'll be the first one to admit, we were absolutely blown away! You simply cannot go to Cancun and not see this show. And if overly drunk crowds aren't your thing, invest a little more and head up to the VIP. You will not regret it;)
And that pretty much concludes our fabulous stay at the Moon Palace Cancun! If you're ever headed out to the Riviera Maya and have any questions about this dreamy place, feel free to shoot me a note or drop a line in the comments. More than happy to provide further recommendations/answer questions. It's pretty safe to say that I came back head over heels for this place and suggest everyone goes here at least once in their lifetime!
April 5, 2017 • CAOL travels, essentials, tips, travel adventures, travel blog, travel blogger, travel diary, traveler, travels, wanderlust
We've all been in that situation. The flight is taking off in a few days (if not hours), we haven't packed a single thing and are freaking out because of it. What comes next is what I like to call panic packing. Read: throwing things frantically in a suitcase, causing you to forget those non-essential essentials that will make your travel life so much easier. But worry not; today I'm sharing the five things we're prone to forget when panic packing (I like that term, might make it a thing), hence the five things you should pack before anything else!
Before I dive into the subject, can we briefly talk about these dreamy monogrammed suitcases from Mark and Graham! These are from their new jet-set collection (how fitting) and come in navy and cream, with multiple monogram color options! They're also made of that sturdy, boxy material that simply won't let up no matter how good you are at ranking air miles. Plus, you'll never ever misplace them because they have your initials plastered onto them. I mean, truly winning from every angle here! Btw check out some of my favorite travel goodies from their site:
Now onto the list. The five things I can't ever board a plane without are:
1. Portable Charger
There's truly nothing worse than running out of juice while on a long flight. Especially since most planes offer wifi these days! Invest in a durable portable charger and never be that guy again. The charger pictured here, by MyCharge, can charge up to two devices at a time (tablets included) and holds 90 hours of extra battery life!
2. Comfy Pajamas
I know what you're thinkinging, "but aren't pajamas a given?!" Well you'd be surprised how many rushed travelers are forced to sleep in their beach coverups (or undies!) because they forgot to pack actual PJs. It's that essential you just don't keep top of mind so it's easy to leave behind. I've been crushing hard on this silky Grana set I received recently. a.dul.ting: becoming overly exciting over pretty pjs! You'll see more of these soon;)
3. Sunscreen / Tanning Lotion
There's nothing you'll regret leaving behind more than this. If you do, you'll probably be faced by one of two situations: you run the risk of not being able to get your hands on some wherever you're going (ouch) or you'll pay a ridiculous price for it. Always. Pack. Sunscreen. Golden rule!
Another plane faux-pass. Trust me on this one, listening to a crying baby for 3+ hours is not fun. But Jetblue certainly made a case for it!
5. Cameras + Chargers
Because you'll want to capture your moments, duh! After all they say if you didn't snap it, it didn't happen. If your phone is your camera device don't forget that charger, girl!
See you in my upcoming travel adventure! Next stop: San Diego.
March 31, 2017 • essentials, fashion, fashion blog, fashion blogger, Outfit post, Spring style, street style, style, style blogger, Zara
Happy Friday loves! Aren't y'all so excited it's the weekend? Mine will be a packed one for sure. Between helping my parents move and packing for my next trip, I'm sure I'll keep busy all the way through Monday.
Speaking of trips- I've been reminiscing hard on Miami weather, which inspired me to share this look. How gorgeous is this flower wall right outside of our Airbnb?! It certainly made for the perfect backdrop for this easy summer look. This off-the-shoulder SheIn frock was the lightest thing I packed for this trip, which made it my go-to for a fun afternoon in Wynwood. I paired it with my vibrant GiGi New York clutch to add a little color, my Aldo string choker and ASOS lace-up sandals. And off I went, to enjoy some of that yummy Miami sun.
Any exciting trips in the horizon for y'all? Tell me your upcoming travel adventures in the comments below!
Dress: SheIn | Clutch: GiGi New York | Sandals: ASOS | Hat: Forever21 | Choker: ALDO | Sunnies: Ray-Ban