If you follow me on Instagram (@melrodstyle), you know that George and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Puerto Vallarta. It was so much fun. We were able to celebrate with some of our dearest friends.
Our days were spent hanging by the pool, relaxing by the beach, enjoying cocktails after cocktails after cocktails… oh, and did I mention cocktails?! 😉 We had the best food, too by the way. Still thinking about that ceviche… mouthwatering.
We also got to go on a fun excursion and ride the razors around town, followed by a quick dip at a waterfall that lead to a river, and a tequila tasting.
I’ve listed the hotel information we stayed in below.
As I am just a few hours away from taking off to Puerto Vallarta, still not packed not even a little bit. DON’T PANIC., decided I’d share what I usually pack when I’m headed somewhere warmer.
Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway.
Here are a just a few tips of what I like to pack…
I always try on every single piece of item that I plan to bring with me. Trust me, this prevents from over packing. So much easier and less stressful.
Pack basics white and black tees and tank tops. These are perfect for day to night outfits, and they make great layering pieces.
Pack a few sandals and one pair of sneakers. You really only need 2-3 pairs of shoes plus a pair of flip flops. Honestly, I never pack heels anymore because I noticed every time I do bring heels with me, I never end up wearing them. Lesson learned.
Swimsuits, obvi. I always like to bring one for each day. I like to pack one-piece swimsuits as well because you can use them as tops paired with shorts.
At last three pairs of shorts and one denim skirt. These double as swimsuit cover ups, too.
Pack 1-2 maxi dresses. Dresses are always a must because they’re perfect for either day time or night time.
One to two pairs of sunglasses. I always pack cheapy sunnies, just in case they get lost.
Bring at least one statement piece of jewelry. For me, I’m really into earrings so I’m definitely packing statement earrings and dainty layered necklaces.
If you’re married, I suggest leaving your wedding rings at home. Both George and I never travel anywhere internationally with our rings. You just never know if they get lost or stolen.
Pack your beauty products in one bag away from any of your tech accessories, such as chargers, batteries, camera, etc…
Don’t forget hair ties and bobby pins, especially if you’re planning to travel somewhere humid.
Bring dry shampoo, and anything you need to protect your hair from the heat. HOT MESS HAIR, I DO CARE.
Don’t forget sunscreen.
Pack little to no makeup. I never pack a lot of makeup because I don’t like to wear makeup while I’m out laying by the pool or the beach. I keep it very minimal. Instead, I pack a tinted moisturizer, anything that already has sunscreen. Pack at least one neutral and one pop of color lipstick, and bring a bronzer.
Either carry your hat(s) with you on the plane or pack upside down in your suitcase. Fill it up with either swimsuits, undergarments or socks, and fold/roll your clothes and pack around your hat to secure your hat from moving or bending around. This will help from damaging your hats.
Bring a tote bag to serve as a carry-on. It’ll double as a beach bag as well. Also, you really only need one day bag (cross body or backpack) and one clutch for the evening.
Pack neutral color clothing. If you want to add a pop of color to your outfits, accessories and shoes are always the way to go. My go-to colors are always neutrals, but I like playing with colors with my shoes and jewelry.
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From mini, to maxi and everything in between, their dresses were perfect for my trip to Tulum. Their huge assortment made it so difficult to narrow down my selections because there are so many cute dresses to choose from.
I decided to go with an off the shoulder mini dress (I love anything off the shoulder), a strappy maxi dress and flowy button-down midi dress. I love that these dresses were perfect for a day out on the beach as well as for dinner with the girls. They also doubled as bikini cover-ups, which is a win win!
Currently: feeling overwhelmed by the massive amount of emails pouring down my inbox. Excited and happy – nonetheless, but also finding myself shaking my head more often than not as I scroll down, mark unread, and continue reading the unanswered reason why brands continue to think I work for free or ok to even ask, when we all know they would not spend one day working off the clock – good heavens no, because why would you? Why would anyone devote their valuable time and get nothing in return? Unless it is for a good cause, right?
I love gifts – don’t get me wrong. I’m forever grateful for all the gifts I receive, however for the amount of work that goes into each photo, every content created for my blog/social media, and not being compensated for, is eye twitching to say the least. As much as I love receiving free stuff just like the next person, unfortunately at the end of the day, they’re not going to pay the bills.
Oh, and the ridiculous net 30/60 terms (gag me). It’s not like I can tell my phone bill company or mortgage that “Oh, sorry I’m going to need 60 more days. Unfortunately XYZ hasn’t paid me”. Yeah, I’d like to see the look on their face. Lol.
In a perfect world, they would say “Oh, no worries. Take all the time you need. I’ll follow up in 60 days”
Am I doing something wrong? Maybe it’s me. I must be crazy… It’s true, I don’t have millions of followers, so maybe I’m not worthy…? Not enough? No, No. Stop it! Of course I am. I’m more than enough. I’m worthy – goddammit. I am deserving.
Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to have a seat and shut up.
Not asking for a pity party by any means. Just throwing my thoughts, feelings and emotions out on the table blog.
On a much lighter note… I am working on creating new content, and revamping my website (coming soon). It is well overdue for a facelift. Maybe I’ll create better content and post less, or post more than usual. I feel as though I was more creative back in 2011-12 when I was working on The Wear To Go Girls… Feel like the creative juices have dried up and need some type of refill to get the juices flowing, know what I mean?
I’m not sure but when I have all my ducks in a row, I will let you all know.
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