Gabi Fresh x Swimsuits For All

lol @ the fact that in all my vacation posts I’m holding a drink. If you’re sober on vacation are you REALLY on vacation?

Obsessed with this suit from Gabi Fresh and Swimsuits for All. Link to it here. It’s on sale right now too and it’s SUCH A GOOD BIKINI. The top is really supportive (I’m relatively small in the boob department but I can imagine it would hold bigger-titted people’s boobs up quite well.) I’ve been a huuUUuge fan of Gabi for a really long time so I finally caved and bought a couple of her suits from the line. They’re for sure some of the best swimwear pieces I’ve ever owned- just really well thought-out and well made.

Not quite done my vacation posts yet; more to come soon.

xo

Overview- My Trip to Tulum

Alrighty, spoiler alert: Tulum is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been. When I say Tulum, I specifically mean ‘Boca Paila Road’. This is the main beach-side road in the city and it’s right off the highway- there’s a million little hipster-y instagram-worthy hotels, boutiques, shops, and restaurants. We spent half our trip at an all- inclusive hotel down the road from Boca Paila, and the other half at Maria Del Mar, this amazing hotel at the 3.5 km mark on Boca Paila Road. I’m really only going to be talking about the second half of the trip in this post because there was NOOOOO COMPARISON between the experiences. Being in an all-inclusive can be nice, but the freedom and the fun we had staying on this little ocean-side jungle road was incomparable.

Maria Del Mar

The hotel we stayed at was so pretty and rustic and modern and cool. I want to redecorate my whole house to look like it. The main ‘lobby’- it wasn’t really a lobby in the traditional sense, it was kind of half outdoors and super chill-it led into the restaurant, and there were 3 or 4 buildings down this little path next to the pool and the ocean. We were in ‘Mar 2’ on the second floor (each little building had 3 floors). Our balcony was beautifully furnished and looked onto the pool and the ocean.

Side note, the air conditioning was AMAZING. Super weird to mention, I know, but it was completely silent and super cold and then once the sun went down we left our balcony door open and the breeze coming off the ocean was heaven. The staff was also super helpful and chill (and tan and tall and tattooed and beautiful).

Mina

Mina is the restaurant on the same property, and is attached to the lobby-type thing. They have a beach-front portion and a road-side portion so you can choose the view you want based on where you sit. We ate breakfast and dinner there which were both amazing. They cook all their dinner food over an open flame (the pork I had was cut from a literal, full, giant pig that had been slow-roasted whole on a big stick for the entire day. You could cut it with a spoon.)

My pork with apple sauce and sweet potato; Riley got some sort of chicken thing that he said was amazing.

Our Mina dinner view- always something to look at. 

Scallops with red pepper and quail eggs, and a chamomile mango daquiri

 Breakfast was hashbrowns, eggs, SOME GREEN SAUCE IDK, fresh squeezed pineapple orange juice, and a danish plate with homemade jams.

Other Hotels, Sights, and Eats I’d Recommend

Like I mentioned, the whole road is about 10 km long and there are a bunch of hotels all along it. We biked along the length of the road a few times and stopped in to a bunch of places either to eat at their restaurants, to check out their beaches, or just to look around because we were curious and nosy. What I LOVED about this place as opposed to an all-inclusive is you can literally do anything and go anywhere you want, except for like, into other people’s actual rooms. (It sounds weird but we felt super safe and comfortable the whole time.) The whole 10km-long area just felt like a really cool, fun, communal camp. With really nice rooms and a lot of air conditioning and expensive shops.

Piedra Escondida

This hotel shared our private beach so we wandered over there (a whole 30 second walk) quite often to eat at their restaurant since the food was a lot cheaper than at Mina, but equally delicious.

Jumbo shrimp pesto linguini with, obviously, a mojito.

I can’t believe this is the only photo I got of the food there because it was so good. Riley had duck tacos which were super yummy; we had breakfast there one morning which consisted of crepes and huevos rancheros; and we had a candlelit, beach-side filet mignon dinner there on our last night. Also, for some reason their corona tasted better than anywhere else, and their “””happy hour””” (half price drinks from 12-7) were strong and delicious.

El Pez

We stopped here for breakfast one morning after biking to the end of the road and back, and the staff was so adorable and seated us next to a breezy open door because we were gross and sweaty. I had the gr8est latte and french toast with coconut cream and grilled pineapple. We also wandered around the property a bit, and they had a really nice beach and private little beach-side villas for their rooms.

Kin Toh and Azulik

A minute’s walk down the road from Maria Del Mar is Azulik, a super trendy hotel, and Kin Toh, it’s restaurant. I really really wanted to eat here since you EAT DINNER IN HAMMOCKS AND LOUNGE BEDS IN A LITERAL TREE HOUSE. The food was good, though a little overpriced, but it was worth it for the atmosphere. We watched the sun set in a hammock above the entire jungle while drinking strawberry mojitos, and eating bread with different flavoured homemade butters and fresh seafood.

This little boutique with locally designed clothes and accessories was on the bottom floor of the hotel and I wanted everything.

CoCo Tulum

This hotel is a little further down the road, but still only like a 10 minute bike ride from where we were. It doesn’t look like too much from the road, but wander inwards toward the beach and they have this amazing white wooden bar area with swings and great drinks and a really nice view.

Bike Rentals

I’m not a cyclist. I hadn’t been on a bike since I was eleven. But for $10 US per 24 hours, we could rent adorable little baby blue bikes so I HAD TO. (This particular shop was about a 1 minute walk from Maria Del Mar but there are several.) It’s also the best way to get around since the whole area is just one long road and although it’s pretty easy to grab a cab, there’s so many places to stop and shop or sightsee so biking is just way easier. The first time we biked down the road (once I got the hang of it a little) I had a giant stupid grin on my face the entire time because it just felt so freeing and fun to be biking with the ocean on one side and jungle on the other, going as fast as you want, down a little road in Mexico. It was just such a great experience.

Roadside Boutiques

Along the entire road there are a hundred shops with handmade, locally made items. There are of course the standard touristy shops with beer, bottled water, post cards and fresh cold coconuts (but not as many as you’d think- I literally only counted two.) There are also middle-tier shops with handmade blankets, dream catchers, artwork, etc- still a bit touristy but also with a very local feel. (Nobody spoke English, for example, and I got a beautiful handmade hammock for only $35 US.) The road is mostly full of boutiques owned by local designers. Really expensive clothing, bags, jewelry, shoes, etc- I saw a $650 price tag on a swim cover and thought, 650 pesos!! what a good deal!! No. That was in American dollars. Everything is super expensive in these shops, but everyone speaks english and it’s still fun to stop in and take a look/chat with the owners and designers about their stuff. It’s basically 5th avenue meets SoHo meets Mexico. Expensive, hipstery, and trendy but still such a great local feel.

Roadside bars and cafes

If you don’t feel like sitting down to eat at one of the million restaurants, there are a million and a half little places that you can stop and grab a quick snack, coffee, boozy milkshake, or fresh juice.

YEAH SO, I hope this made everyone want to plan a trip to Tulum because it’s really such an amazing place. I still have a couple outfit photos to add from my trip so stay tuned for that. xo

Margarita, No Salt

 

I haven’t been able to post anything until now because the internet in Mexico is not the best, unforrrrtunately. But here I am, home and burned and bloggin’. My burn is genuinely the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced (mostly just itchy at this point but wowee, it was bad.) At least I’m not super white anymore? Peely and dry, but a little less pale.

Anyways this is me drinking margaritas in my lil Asos Romper, DIY coverup and bag, and New Look shoes. (The shoes were super super comfy- I’ll definitely be wearing them all summer.)

I’m planning a trip overview since Tulum is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been so keep an eye out for that.

xo

Palms on the Beach

About to blow your mind: I got this bathing suit for, like, $20. I was looking online for swimsuits for my trip and decided to search “plus size clothing” on PINTEREST of all places for some inspo. I clicked a link that sent me to Cupshe, where all my cheap swimsuit dreams came true. They have suits in fat sizes (from XS up to XXL, which I got,) for really affordable prices. (Not all the suits go up to XXL but I find the ones that do actually fit true to size- not that ‘we’re calling this XXL but it’s actually like a Medium’ bullshit.) I ended up ordering like 5 or 6 swimsuits and paid a little over $100. Crazy. So, I’ve found my new holy grail for plus size swimwear for sure. (Not sponsored at all. Just sharing my wisdom~)

I also really wanted a plain white linen swim cover which I couldn’t find anywhere, sooooo I made one. I just sewed this baby up in a couple hours and tore the sleeves up a bit to create some fringe. I’m SO GLAD I made this because I’ve been wearing it every day here. It’s light enough to keep me cool (while still keeping me a bit cozier at night), and easy enough to throw on over a swimsuit or a dress. It also dries really fast.

I also made the bag out of a thinner canvas material, some gold grommets, and some rope from Michael’s. I just sewed the bag, added a good sized inner pocket, used a grommet hammer tool that I got from the fabric store for under $10 and tied some rope for straps. I’ve been using it every day on my trip since it’s such a good size and I haaaaappen to think it’s really cute. Look at me! I made 50% of the things I’m wearing here. How neat-o.

Keep an eye out for more Cupshe swimsuit posts. xo

Miu Miu feat. SmartBuy Glasses

HEY FRIENDS. Comin’ to you from (sorta) sunny Tulum Mexico. I thought my first post from my vacation should feature these Miu Miu sunglasses since they’re prooooobably the thing I was most excited to bring/wear. SmartBuy Glasses contacted me a couple weeks ago asking if I’d like to choose a pair of sunglasses from their site to feature on my blog and I was like, YES. YES THANK YOU, I DO. They’re an online shop that sells discounted designer glasses/sunglasses- I was actually really shocked at how good the deals are. Summer is coming and sunglasses are a must for me, so I feel like I’ll end up grabbing a couple more pairs from them with my own $$$$$. I just feel like such a fancy lady in my designer glasses vs. when I wear a crappy pair I bought from a local market for $3, yanno? ALSO, shipping literally took ONE DAY, which is unheard of for something shipping to/within Canada. I told them which pair I wanted and I had them the next day. Super impressive. Double also- if you find the same pair for a lower price within 14 days of purchase, they’ll match it for you. SO if you want a pair of designer sunglasses, they’re 100% the most affordable place out there.

Their Holiday Gift Guide page links you to a bunch of different options for men and women now that the sun is out a little more often, though my favourite page is the Women’s Round Sunglasses page since it’s my fave shape for glasses. (They have my gold round Ray Ban frames that I was wearing in my last post with the cherry blossoms for WAY LESS than what I paid.)

Huge huge thank you to SmartBuy Glasses for the Miu Miu’s- I’m now going to take a literal ice bath because I’ve been here for one day and I’m already VERY BURNT. Wish me luck. Send me sunscreen and aloe vibes.

xo

Cherry Street

There’s a dog park near my apartment (more like a huge fenced-in beach where dogs run wild) where I love to take Petrie called Cherry Beach. I discovered it last summer and didn’t realize why it had that name until this week. This gorgeous little cluster of cherry blossom trees at the end of the street are adorable. Usually come cherry blossom season, I venture to High Park, a place in Toronto where there are hundreds of cherry blossom trees- and THOUSANDS of tourists. Half the time it’s not even worth it to go because the experience is ruined by children and couples pushing and shoving and taking a jillion photos. So when I was driving to the dog park last week and I saw these, I knew I had to bring my pal Kendra and take some photos. She hates people as much as I do and I knew she wouldn’t be venturing to High Park any time soon.

Dress- Asos

Shoes- Forever 21 (similar)

Sunglasses- Prescription Ray Ban’s

WELP, I’m heading off to Mexico in mere hours so the next time you see me I’ll be on a beach. Probably very drunk. WISH ME SAFE TRAVELS

xo

Cold Shoulder

It’s fi-na-lly warm enough to go outside without a coat. At least, it was when I took these photos. It’s currently rainy and feeling like November but I don’t care because I’m leaving for Mexico in a week! I’m going for 8 days and I’ve packed 11 bikinis. Too much?

My pal Sarah was at Old Navy of all places and texted me a photo of some pants that she thought I’d like. Which I did. So I placed a PANT ORDER for several pairs, including these. Every time I post about Old Navy on my blog I’m always like, “Old Navy!!!! Can you believe it!!! I always forget they have cute things!!” And then I say the same thing a few months later about a different garment from them.

Also, ugh, these shoes. I’ve been wearing them honestly every day and they go with everything and they fit my wide-ass feet so I’m sorry for being a boring little shoe repeater.

Top- Forever 21

Bag- Forever 21 (I have it in both colours it is so. so. good.)

xo

Rue 107

Okay welllLlllll evidently I shouldn’t wear this bra with sheer white shirts. Look at those killer boob lines. Also please note how my ‘R’ necklace is backwards- I put it on in the mirror and was all, “the R is facing forward yep perfect good to go” like the complete idiot that I am. (R for Riley because I’m a mushy gross girlfriend.)

Anyway LOOK at this great jacket sweater thing. You guys know how I feel about oversized stuff and this is gr8888. Four 8’s worth of gr8. I think I could probably copy the pattern and make my own in a different material. Oh yeah, and look at that highlight on ma face!!! I bought the Anastasia a23 brush and it makes such a difference. Highlighter goes on soooo much smoother and brighter.

Jacket: Sold out but if you’ve never shopped Rue 107, CHECK THEM OUT because they have the cutest stuff.

Top: Forever 21, similar here 

Pants: Asos, siilar here

Shoes- Asos

Bag- Marc Jacobs

xo

A Special Club

My sweet, beautiful lil friend Jane (who unfortunately doesn’t have a blog but this is her instagram) bought me this vintage jacket after she came to visit Toronto last year and it’s one of my favourite pieces I’ve ever owned. It fits perfectly, it’s my favourite colour, and it’s got ‘A Special Club’ written across it. Who knows what that means, who knows what decade it’s from (I’m thinking 90’s?), it all adds to it’s charm. It sits on display on a rack in my room because it’s too cute to be hidden in my closet.

Bag- Forever 21

Skirt- Addition Elle

Boots- Addition Elle (sold out)

Shirt- Forever 21 (sold out)

Pin- Peace Collective

Speaking of Addition Elle, I reluctantly quit my job there after two years. I loved it a lot, I had so much fun as a stylist and I made so many amazing friends, but I’m just done working at a retail level. To be honest, I found my first grey hair and I panicked about getting old and still working in a store. I’m ready to take the next step in my career- I don’t know yet to what, or where, but I’LL FIGURE IT OUT. Can’t I just blog full time? Please?

Sporty Spice

As some of you may know, since November I’ve been on a bit of a ‘get fit’ journey- not to look “better”, or lose weight- just to feel more fit and be able to climb stairs without wanting to die. SO I bought some gym clothes- and then quickly realized I fucking hate the gym. Back in first year university, when I was literally 130 pounds lighter, I LOVED going to the gym. But the funny thing about being 120 pounds is that no one stares at you when you work out. No matter how unfit you are, if you’re skinny, no one is going to judge you when you’re sweating on the treadmill. A couple years ago I tried out the YMCA gym near my old apartment and when I was on the elliptical, someone literally said out loud, “look at that fat girl sweating.” YES, I’M SWEATING, BECAUSE I’M ON AN ELLIPTICAL. WORKING OUT. LITERALLY TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. THE WEIGHT YOU’RE JUDGING ME FOR. Fat people can’t win no matter what we do, so I just gave up on all that crap.

So, forgive me, but I’m not super into working out in public. Or in general. So instead, I’ve been going on long city walks, going on hikes, and taking my dog to the off-leash beach and running (lol!!!!!!! just kidding. Walking) on the sand. I’ve learned that 1. I’m not 18 anymore and I’m not built like I used to be, and that’s okay, and 2. I’m just unfit at heart. I love walking and climbing a hill here and there, and I’ve actually really been enjoying eating healthy for the past 5 months (kale!!!! I eat so much kale!!) but I’m ALWAYS going to prefer sitting on the couch with a pizza. So instead of eating 100 calorie frozen meals and immediately working them off at the gym like my 18 year old self, I eat kale salad with pine nuts and lemon vinagrette, Which is SHOCKINGLY GOOD, or taco zucchini boats or some other home cooked shit. And if I grab a frappuccino on my evening walk, then so be it.

So now that it’s finally getting warmer, I can show off my cute gym clothes that I never actually wear to the gym.

Pants- H&M 

Shoes- H&M 

Top- Addition Elle (my favourite tshirt in the whole world in tank top form!!!!!)

Jacket- Forever 21

xo

 

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