Puerto Vallarta Getaway

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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.

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Our days were spent hanging by the pool, relaxing by the beach, enjoying cocktails after cocktails after cocktails… oh, and did I mention cocktails?! ūüėČ 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.

Hotel CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

Although we didn’t get to do many excursions other than the RTV tour, I definitely do recommend the following that George and I did last year…

Horseback riding

Snorkeling

Zip Lining

As always, if you have any questions, please comment below or DM on instagram.

xo

Tulum Vlog

Still thinking about Tulum, and how I wish I were there right now. Such an amazing place. Here’s a quick vlog from our trip, Hope you enjoy!

In case you missed my Tulum recap post, click here.

xo

Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway

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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.

I hope these packing tips are helpful!

Happy traveling, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xo

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Glamping with Pets

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Glamping with Pets

The¬†tree house that filled my Instagram DM’s with the most asked¬†question “Where is this place?!”

The anticipation is over, you guys. Here is all you need to know about our home-away-from-home getaway.

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George and I had been wanting to go glamping… Well, I wanted to go glamping. He wanted to go camping. I¬†stumbled upon this gem online, and instantly fell in love. I mean, can you blame me?! This lovely safari tent cabin is located on a secluded ranch near warner springs – about a two hour drive from LA. ¬†It was the perfect place for a quick getaway.

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Wine with a view… I could’ve stayed in here for hours.

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Best way to wake up every morning.

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The best part about this camp site was that they allow pets. We brought our girl Marley, and she had a blast!

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She was beyond spoiled during this trip.

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During our stay, we visit a few vineyards, which allowed us to bring Marley with us, so it was a perfect “Marley and Us” trip. ūüôā

Click here for more information.

xo

Howlita Tulum

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About a 10 minute drive from the beaches, resorts and all the fancy boutiques, is where you will find the most charming¬†boutique hotel: Howlita, which is located in Tulum Pueblo. I was so thrilled to find out that we were staying in town rather than off the beach, because there’s so much more to Mexico than laying out on the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a beach kind of gal, however; I love exploring new places, and learning about the history and culture behind places I visit. It was my first time traveling to Tulum, and the location definitely reminded me of where my family is from – Zacatecas. It brought back so many beautiful memories.

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The interior was just as chic as the exterior of the hotel. It had a very rustic vintage feel to it (right up my alley). I was obsessed with the¬†hanging clothing rack. It’s inspired me to make my very own for my place. It’s such a great¬†and simple idea.

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Howlita Hotel is a little hidden gem in downtown right next to where the locals live. It is walking distance from the main strip, where all the fun bars, eateries and shops are located.  We took a 5 minute cab ride to the main strip, where we had yummy shrimp tacos and margaritas at La Malquerida.

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Welcome to my crib! ūüėČ

No, but seriously… can I move in?!

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If you know me you know that ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. I have the biggest sweet tooth. We stumbled upon the cutest little ice cream shop called Campanella Cremerie, where the ice cream and waffle cones were freshly made daily. Our ice cream cones were still hot when we got them.

Cravings satisfied!

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Can we take a moment and talk about how adorable the outdoor bathroom is?! I mean, #bathroomgoals.

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Joshua, the owner of Howlita recommended a few places to visit. One of them being the most talked about in town: Batey Mojito Bar. The watermelon mojito is AH-mazing by the way!

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The Gran Cenote was definitely one on the list of where to go in Tulum. We went snorkeling under the caves filled with bats and birds, swam with the fish and even got a love tap on my shoulder by one of the turtles. Can’t say I wasn’t scared, but nonetheless, an amazing experience. One for the books!

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I think Enocha and I could’ve had all the pina coladas in the world. They were so yummy. Also, quick shoutout to the kind local man for taking our photo.

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The Mayan Ruins was one of the places that was highly recommended, perhaps the most suggested location to visit before leaving Tulum. I’m so happy we did because it was beyond incredible to see the ruins, iguanas everywhere,¬†and the breathtaking beach view from above. Best seat in the house!

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We had dinner at Burrito Amor, and it was so delicious that we went again the next morning for breakfast. Their bean and cheese burritos and mojitos were amazing. I had their egg pico de gallo breakfast burrito and a much needed cup of coffee for breakfast. I was a happy girl. ūüôā

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I’m all about that hammock life!

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Howlita, you were so good to us. I had the best time. It didn’t feel like I stayed at a hotel. It felt more like home. The staff was extremely friendly and made us feel comfortable, and feel right at home.

If anyone is planning a trip to Tulum, I would definitely¬†recommend staying at Howlita.¬†It’s the cutest little boutique hotel, everyone is so friendly and all the fun spots are walking distance. What more can you ask for!

Hotel Howlita

Calle Chanchen between calle Zazil Ha y Nicte Ha, behind Avenida KukulcanTulum, Quintana Roo
CP 77780 Mexico

+52 19841575991

info@howlitatulum.com

http://www.howlitatulum.com

xo

Girlfriends Who Easter

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to brunch. Brunch is such a delightful affair. The workweek is over, and it’s all about enjoying your time off. Plus, there’s food, which is obviously the most exciting part.

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This week is all about Easter, so Sunday brunch with girlfriends seemed fitting. I invited my two favorite blogger gals Enocha of Locks and Trinkets and Elizabeth of A Keene Sense of Style to brunch at Manuela ‚Äď a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Right up my alley. Manuela brings southern charm to the Arts District with their locally-grown produce, and a variety of vintage furniture throughout the restaurant. It was a gorgeous place to take photos. Besides, what‚Äôs a blogger brunch without taking a million photos before eating, right?! ūüėČ

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No better way to celebrate the holiday than gathered with your best gals over a delicious meal and yummy lattes. Sounds like the perfect way to end the weekend.

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I decided to switch things up this Easter. Instead of a pastel color, I opted for a metallic-shimmery lacquer – Worth A Pretty Penne. It has a slight rose-tinted silvery-copper tone that has quickly made its way to my top favorite colors this season.

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

I hope your Easter is filled with nothing but good memories. Whether you’re meeting up with friends or spending it with your family, the most important thing is to be surrounded by those who mean the world to you.

 

Happy Easter!

xo

Catalina Island GIVEAWAY!

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that Enocha and I were in Catalina Island last week. Catalina is just a boat ride away, and one of my favorite places to visit, especially when I want to get away for just a few days. We had a blast. It was nice to be back, since the last time we were there, was back in 2015, so definitely was due for some Catalina time.

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DAY ONE:

As soon as we arrived, we went to check into our hotel: Hotel Metropole, which by the way is the cutest little hotel EVER! I seriously wanted to take the pillows home. And I don’t sleep with pillows.

Once we checked in, we headed to Descanco Beach¬†for our two hour…¬†but felt more like 10 hours,¬†kayaking adventure. Kayaking is so much, and boy is it a workout!

Lastly, we went to happy hour for $1 tacos and yummy margaritas. Our kayaking instructor recommended this taco restaurant that was just a few blocks away from our hotel. So yummy.

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DAY TWO:

We woke up super early for breakfast, then headed to our parasailing appointment at 8:30am. Yup, super early and super cold, but so much fun. I was being extra by taking my phone up with me to video and take photos… Yeah, I was THAT girl (smh).

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up and get some OOTDs in before lunch at the Descanco Beach Club. The crab dip was totally my favorite. Also, we sat right next to Carlton (The Fresh Prince of Belair). Enocha was totally being a creeper taking photos, lol. Love that girl. ūüôā

And we ended our day¬†with taking last minute photos near the hotel. Bloggers being bloggers… what’s new. ūüėČ

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Ok, now for the good stuff! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Both Enocha and I have partnered with Catalina to gift one lucky winner a FREE TRIP TO CATALINA ISLAND, KAYAKING FOR TWO, $50 FOOD CREDIT TO DESCANCO BEACH CLUB AND TWO HOUR GOLF CART RENTAL!!!

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*** Open to U.S. residents only and must be 18+ to enter. Winner will be announce via Instagram on Friday, April 14th, and winner will be contacted via DM. Good luck.

xo

Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Rebecca Minkoff runway show debuting her Spring 2017 collection, on behalf of GE Lighting, to celebrate the launch of the RMxGE Glow selfie case. It was so much fun. The best part was that it was a see-now-buy-now show, which meant that the audience was able to view the collection off the runway and shop the entire collection right after.

The collection was a mix of floral prints, flirty and whimsical silhouettes, along with statement handbags.

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Ok, now for the best part!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Because I love you all, I will be hosting a giveaway. So be sure to keep an eye out for the image above on my Instagram to find out how you can win a Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting Glow selfie phone case.

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Car Essentials

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Today’s post is a little different but thought it was very important to share. As a blogger I’m¬†always on-the-go, from one photoshoot to another, in between meetings and outfit changes in the car…. yup. Been there done that. Still do that. I realized how important it was to have certain items in my car while working. I decided to compile a list of items I feel are essential to have in my car, and also feel every blogger should as well.

  1. ‘Absolute’ Camisole: A¬†simple camisole is so helpful when you’re constantly changing from one outfit to another, especially in the car.
  2. Cosmetic Makeup Bag Toiletry Travel Kit:¬†Touching up in between photoshoots and/or meetings are a must. After all, you gotta look your best at all times. ūüėČ
  3. Hair Ties Ponytail Holders:¬†Helps keep your hair out of your face when you’re changing, plus these do not leave any creases in your hair.
  4. Trident Sugar Free Gum: No brainer.
  5. ‘In the Wild’ Throw:¬†Again, very helpful when changing in the car.
  6. Titan Mall Plastic T-shirt Bags: Gotta keep the car clean.
  7. Band-Aid Brand Comfort-FlexAdhesive Bandages: Ladies and gents, we all have those shoes that are killer (literally), so having these around are major.
  8. Lil’ Lemon Drop Daily Detangler to Go Brush:¬†I cannot tell you how many times I’ve found myself regretting not having a hair brush in handy. There has been countless times when I see photos of myself where I can see all those loose hairs that make my eye twitch (insert eye-rolling emoji here), especially when I’m attending events. Not cute.
  9. ‘Detox’ Dry Shampoo:¬†LIFE. CHANGING. Because no one likes oily/greasy hair.¬†One of my favorite dry shampoos of all time. May I also recommend Batiste dry shampoo. That one is also my fave.
  10. Deodorant: When you look and smell good, you feel good. And that’s important… plus no one wants to be around someone who smells like onions. Barf!
  11. Mobile Power Charger from Pac2Go Portable Charger:¬†Aaaah… probably one of the most important things to carry in your car or purse, honestly.
  12. Travel Size Aloe Vera Spray for Face, Skin & Hair: You gotta feel fresh, too.
  13. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: Because ashy elbows and knees are not cute.
  14. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Balm:¬†So important to have, especially when changing lip colors for different outfit looks.
  15. Healthy Snacks: We all get super busy and forget to eat, which is so bad. I am guilty of this. We need to stay energize and take a moment to eat something or else we will crash, and feel very yucky.
  16. Dasani Purified Water: This ties back to #15. Stay hydrated.
  17. Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Hand and Face Wipes: I have found myself wishing I had these or hand sanitizer.
  18. Makeup Remove Cloths: This ties back to #17.
  19. WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder : Hands-free is the way to be.

 

I hope you find this post very helpful. Feel free to share some of the items you carry around in your car.

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Be Right Back

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Let the birthday countdown begin!!!

So excited to be traveling to warm weather with the hubs and good friends this week.

Guess where I’m headed?

Follow along on snapchat (melrod1206) and instagram (@melrodstyle) for all the fun to come!

xo