vamos a la playa

With each new visit to Playa del Carmen, Mexico I fall more and more in love with this tropical destination. The town is built around Quinta Avenida (a very busy 5th Avenue, bustling with shops, restaurants and nightclubs), and every chance I get I discover more and more charming cafes, pretty paths to the beach, and stylish boutiques. I’ve even nailed down a morning routine, complete with my favorite spots for iced coffee and vegan breakfast items. I am quite spoiled, getting to stay at a very beautiful hotel for work (the views are insane!), so I’m sure that has also played a role in my love for this Riviera Maya paradise. Here are a few photos from my trip that you may also see here, here, and here in the coming weeks:)

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working vacation: dc

A recent visit to DC was a mixture of business and pleasure, and also a beautiful way to welcome the Spring season in the north east.

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I love the heart shaped details on the hotel’s bedding.

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Cozy for a night.

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Playing tourist for the day in Capitol Hill.

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Just a short walk from my hotel was the U.S. Botanic Garden, and to my surprise the annual Orchid Show was taking place. It was spectacular!

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Bananas!

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Stunning arrangements.

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My delicious (and beautiful) beet salad.

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Shooting staged cocktails for work!

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Admiring the architecture of the U.S. Postal Museum.

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Flags flying outside of Union Station.

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Beautiful pink blooms outside of the White House on the North Lawn.

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Hey Barry!

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My very handsome date and I at one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been too.

25 on the farm

 All I wanted for my birthday this year was to wake up in Vero Beach, Florida, and spend the day with my family, boyfriend, and best friends. I’m so happy I got what I wished for, and also was able to visit my uncle’s organic vegetable farm.

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[ strawberries were perfectly ripe and ready for picking ]

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[ happy:) ]

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[ picking with my beautiful sister Katie ]

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[ my love ]

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[ the best organic lettuces and broccoli you will ever eat! ]

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a week in los cabos

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has truly grown to be one of my favorite destinations in the world. That statement was really put to the test when my boyfriend and I decided to use a week’s worth of PTO days all towards a 7 day vacation in the same place.

7 days was PERFECT, and when it was time to leave on our final day, after our last morning of watching surfers catch beautiful rides along Monuments beach and relaxing by the pool spotting whales jumping in the distance, we made a promise (if able) to return every year the first week of March.

I was able to mix a little work into our trip to help with the friends & family discount we so generously received, but for the most part we un-plugged and enjoyed consistently amazing weather, food, cocktails, trips to Flora Farms (my fav!), and a bit of whale watching.

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 [ our beautiful “home” for a week ]

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[ our view (seriously) ]

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[ there’s no better welcome than a hand written note from the GM and tequila ]

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[ madagascar palms blossoming ]

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[ our first night! cheers to the week ahead ]

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[ my office at sunrise/my favorite office ever ]

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[ his & hers ]

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[ seaside massages ]

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[ where most of our days were spent ]

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[ every morning i woke up for the sunrise, and every morning it was this beautiful ]

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[ i will always remember this whale watching experience, absolutely incredible! these gentle giants were so amazing to watch, we were VERY close at some points. ]

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[ daily bubble baths were a must ]

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[ the clear deep blue waters of the sea of cortez ]

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[ breakfast always on our balcony ]

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[ dinner at the hotel’s restaurant was exceptional. also loved this fireplace. ]

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[ almost every meal involved guacamole & chips ]

 

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[ stunning property ]

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[ what’s a vacation without pina coladas?! (brian’s favorite:) ) ]

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[ the rooftop bar and lounge at dusk ]

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[ the very famous “lovers beach” ]

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[ cabo’s most famous landmark, el arco ]

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[ pure magic while whale watching in the sea of cortez, two whales jumped out of the water at the same time! ]

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[ the bartenders and mixologist on property are incredibly talented and knowledgable on all things cocktail ]

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[ dinner views ]

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[ my love and I experiencing the hotel’s sunset session ]

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[ shooting on the rooftop for work, wasn’t so bad catching the sunset from up here😉 ]

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[ practicing my headstand, this was my first try! ]

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[ beautiful rocks along the shore ]

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[ our “private” beach that we visited every day, perfect for a quick dip – so refreshing! ]

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[ trying out another nearby restaurant, we loved their champagne bar! ]

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[ impossibly hard to leave this magical place… hope to see you again soon, cabo! ]