04/14/17

Playa Del Carmen Recap + Survey Winner

Happy Friday Friends!! 

It was a short work week for me but let me tell you, it didnt feel like it with all the catching up! But I am glad it is Friday!! And, we are actually doing some fun Easter Egg Partying today at Ridge’s school!

I wanted to share our whole Mexico adventure with you and recap all the amazing things there are to do in Playa! 🙂

First of all, we were up at 4am for a 7am flight so I wasnt too thrilled about starting the trip off like that but we survived…

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The Royal Resort & Spa

The Royal goes above and beyond to make you feel at home and the service is above what you would see even at some of the most exclusive luxury resorts in the world. In addition to exceptional service, the property’s elegant hacienda design adds an entirely different sense of luxury to your experience.

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This view never got old!!

The property was so spread out – I almost felt like I was on my own little island.  This resort is an adults-only all-inclusive resort 5 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen. It was by far one of the most picturesque resorts and while the reviews noted it was a couples resort and quiet at night… we weren’t visiting to relive the Vegas lifestyle but to relax (as if I ever relax on vacation… too much to do and too little time!). The pictures did not disappoint. The resort was stunning; a super sophisticated colonial-style property right on a powdery white-sand Caribbean beach. The gorgeous infinity pool leads right out to the beach, the ocean crystal blue, palm trees systemically aligned in the sand… it was perfection! It’s no wonder U.S. News ranks this resort in the top 5 for Playa del Carmen! Playa Del Carmen is touristy, but still maintains a quaint charm which I loved. It’s the perfect base to explore the peninsula, with tours to Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza to name a few. The beach is beautiful and the restaurants and shops are only a few steps away from the ocean.

XCARET Park

xcaret playa

While you’re walking around Playa Del Carmen, you’ll see plenty of advertisement for Xcaret. The park prides itself for its conservation efforts for its Macaws, Turtles and wildlife. They are known for their natural underground rivers, which we almost froze to death in. We were intrigued by it, especially after a few friends had recommended it to us. Overall, Xcaret was great. The park is beautifully maintained, has gorgeous beaches, plenty of water activities for kids as well as adults and an amazing evening show which was the highlight of the day. Oh yes, besides getting to swim with the dolphins!!!

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Shopping

Our resort is just a short taxi ride away from the very trendy and European influenced downtown Playa Del Carmen. 5th Avenue, the most popular street in downtown, is great for shopping and dining. Fifth Avenue is Playa Del Carmen’s main drag, lined with shops of all kinds. Mexico is well-known for its high quality textiles– you can find everything from housewares to accessories to beautifully woven shirts. We stumbled across this open-air textile shop right in the town center. Everything here is handmade, sourced from local artisans and craftsmen across Mexico.

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The restaurants are so colorful and festive and simply amazing! We tried to go to a new place every meal and try a new drink every time! And we were pretty successful 🙂

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We got to check out Guy Fieri’s Restaurant and let me tell you it did NOT disapoint! I had the fish tacos and they were amazing!!! And of course this delicious Pina Colada!! 🙂

Oh yes, and dont let me forget the amazing artwork on the streets of Mexico!!!

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Overall, this place is a dream! Pretty much paradise! We had a blast and would recommend it to everyone! Especially for all you lovers out there 🙂

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But I was VERY happy to be back home with my babes!

I want to thank all of you beauties that participated in the blogger survey. I received so much amazing feedback and I am so grateful for all the sweet comments. Thank y’all again!

And now on to the winner of a $25 Nordstrom gift card…

Lilly from Beauty with Lilly!! YAY!!!! Lilly, I will be contacting you shortly 🙂

I hope y’all have an awesome Easter weekend pretty friends!!! 

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
04/05/17

Currently Craving: Palm Print

 

Hola Amigos!!!

I am currently en route to Mexico as you are reading this… It is bright and early but momma is READY!!!

This post will be short and sweet but I wanted to share this amazing jumpsuit with y’all!!!

Palm print jumpsuit

While summer isn’t officially here just yet, it is finally feeling like it! I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to for bright colors and to fully embrace the palm print trend! And I’m more than excited that I finally found the perfect one! This jumpsuit from Hazel and Olive Boutique is simply amazing!! Its super comfy and the cutout in the back is so unique. I love this for day to night transitions when I am running around during the day but I have an event or dinner at night. Unfortunately, this one is sold out but I LOVE this one and this one !! I am hoping it gets restocked very soon!! 🙂

For this casual vibe, I paired it with blue fringe sandals I snagged at Marshalls! I decided to have a little fun and add more fringe with my favorite fringe clutch! This is going to be making an appearance in Playa!!

Hope y’all have an awesome week!

Brittany 🙂

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04/03/17

What To Pack For An All-Inclusive Getaway & Blog Survey/Giveaway

If you’re sick of cold weather, raise your hand. I am now sitting in front of my laptop with both my arms high up in the air like I just don’t care. But in actuality, I do care…a lot! I care about Spring and all the warm sunshine!! And I care about a little dream getaway that the hubby and I will be going on Wednesday!!  We are headed to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for our actual “real” honeymoon!! We are staying at an all-inclusive resort that has literally EVERYTHING! After the craziest three months at my job, I am beyond ready for this!

Since we will be heading to the beach, I’ve got a quick system down for packing that I thought  I would share with you all. Fun fact, growing up I would always pack for a trip like a week in advance. We used to go to church camp for a week every summer and I would get so excited that I would pack the Sunday before we were supposed to leave haha! Although I am not that good of a planner anymore, I still do like to set items aside for a trip as I think of them. I wanted to share some things to make sure you need and DONT need for an all-inclusive getaway!

packing essentials

ESSENTIALS:

  • Passport: Don’t forget this #1 travel essential! You’ll need it at the airport and when landing in a new country, and also for documentation throughout your stay
  • Cash: Your stay is all inclusive, but generally this does not include tipping the very large staff that will be helping you throughout your stay. You’ll also want cash if you plan on leaving the resort to explore or go on any excursions.
  • Credit Card: Just be sure to check what your international charges will be before you go, so there are no surprises when you get back!
  • Swimwear: I recommend bringing 2-4 swimsuits. You’ll always want to have a dry suit available. I also always bring one black swimsuit in case I want to do an excursion where things get messy.
  • Cover ups: I don’t know about you but I am obsessed with cover ups. You’ll want these for walking around the resort, or eating breakfast/lunch before hitting the beach, as well as for protection from the sun…speaking of which…
  • Lotions and Sun Protection Don’t leave home without sunscreen!! I have very fare skin and usually burn easily. I want to have a nice tan when I return but I do have to wear sunscreen since the rays are harsher in Mexico. Its also a good idea to pack Aloe vera for the inevitable sunburn. Remember, apply sunscreen 45 minutes before you’re in the sun and reapply every hour or so after swimming or sweating.
  • Bug repellent. Do some research on your beach, but from my experience, bugs can be killer at night time! They make bug bracelets but I also love these bug repellent wipes. They’re easy to throw in your bag and you never have to worry about spills!
  • Dresses/Dress Clothes: Most all inclusive resorts have casual dining spots during the day, and more formal dining options and restaurants all night. Ladies, you’ll want dresses and skirts. Gentlemen, think pants and collared shirts. You may even want to check in advance to see if your resort had any dress code for certain restaurants. I’d prepare 4-6 options, and try to bring skirts/tops that mix and match well.
  • A warmer layer: While the weather is usually amazing at an all inclusive, sometimes air conditioning is chilly or you’ll find yourself just a bit too cool in a tank top.
  • Shoes: I recommend bringing 1 pair of flip flops for the beach, 1 pair of dressier sandals, 1 pair of gym shoes if you’d like to work out or wear them on an excursion, and 1 pair of beachy heels/wedges to wear at night.
  • Phone and charger: This is one thing I always forget!  Have your phone charged the night before travel in case of emergencies. If you do forget a charger, they have them everywhere on the strips
  • Your own cup! For those who are looking to take advantage of the never ending margaritas, strawberry daiquiris, and piña coladas available at your report, you might want to consider bringing your own insulated cup to keep your drinks cool while you bask in the sun. I saw seasoned all-inclusive goers with these all around the resort, and must admit it was absolute genius!

 

 

I hope these must-haves helped for any future vacation getaway’s. Everyone is different but these are definitely some essentials I cant leave with without.

I also wanted to do a blog survey for all the readers of KingdomofSequins to better understand how I can improve and make it better. I would love any and all feedback and honest opinions. Dont worry about hurting my feelings if you totally hate everything about the blog lol {which I hope you dont.. 🙂  } I am also doing a giveaway for everyone that fills out the survey! Just fill out the survey and you are automatically entered. Its a Win, Win for all of us!!  🙂

I will be revealing the winner next week!!

 

 

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As always, thanks so much for reading the blog and being amazing!! I am grateful for each and every one of you!!!

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/01/17

Beach Essentials Wish List

Happy Wednesday & Happy 1st Day of March!!!

Since it is officially March, I guess that means it’s officially Spring (at least in the South)!!! 🙂 We are also going to Mexico next month for our “real” honeymoon (2 years later) so have been on the look out for some swim wear for the beach. I loathe “bikini season” for many reasons but this year I am leaning more towards the super cute one-piece suits. The cut of them are all so different and unique that I actually like them a lot better than most two-pieces. And pom-pom’s have been all the rage for spring and summer! I can’t get enough of them!!  I wanted to share some beach essentials that are on my wish list!

 beach essentials

Snakeskin Bikini / Pom Pom Tote / Fringe Bikini / Pom Pom Sandals / Black One Piece / Pom Pom Hat / Tribal One Piece / Sunglasses / Metallic Tote / PINK Towel

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What are your essentials for a beach getaway?

Brittany 🙂

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Brittany
03/02/16

Spring Break Style

Spring has sprung and with that follows all of my favorite things; perfect weather, bright colors, fruity adult beverages and massive anxiety towards “summer concerts”. I know so many (like me) really lose their minds over fall layers & knee boots, but Spring/Summer trends just gives me all the feels. I usually go into the warmer seasons with 10 pounds of extra weight so starting the bikini finds early should give me motivation to get my summer body ready!

Needless to say, the second I can shimmy my pastey butt into a bikini and be poolside with a cold beverage, I tend to want all things SUMMER!! Here are some of my Spring Break/Festival Season picks for the blossoming warm weather lover!

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Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops

Floppy Hat

White Marble Pineapple Tank

Pineapple Glass Pitcher

Blue Cross V Neck Romper

Fringe Peep Toe Booties

VS Double Strap Tote

Beaded Fringe Necklace

Cotton Fringe Poncho

Shiseido Sun Protection

Leopard Beach Towel

Sugar and Spice Sunglasses

Gold Tumbler

OBSESSED!!! I want/need ALL of these pieces that my longing for summer is killing me! The one piece bathing suit is probably my favorite 🙂

What are you loving for Spring/Summer right now? Do you have any Spring Break plans?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany