Traveling to a foreign country with your best friend is an experience that I recommend to everyone! Steph and I were determined to truly immerse ourselves in Mexico’s heritage. Mexico’s history with rich with Mayan culture. As such, we made a point to see Chichen Itza, home to the largest Mayan pyramid the region of Yucatan, Mexico and it also happens to be one of the seven wonders of the world!

How to plan your excursion

We planned out excursion to Chichen Itza through our resort. In doing so, you will be provided transportation to and from Chichen Itza, a box lunch, a stop to do some local shopping and a chance to swim at the Mayan Sacred Cenote! Be sure to get to your hotel lobby on time the of your excursion. Refunds are not given and the bus will leave without you if you are not there!

Little girl, big pyramid! Say hello to El Castillo. It’s the biggest pyramid in Chichen Itza and one of 7 wonders of the world!

What to wear

Knowing that we going swimming at the Cenote, Steph and I wore our swimsuits under our clothes. The only problem is that we wore¬†cotton. Since it gets really hot in-land, I recommend that you wear cool gear. Also be sure to bring your sneakers-you are going to be doing a lot of walking! Plus, you can still look fashionable in cool gear in my option. ūüėČ Below are some of my favorite pieces that I am crushing on.

What to bring

Bring your camera, you are not going to want to miss getting photos of the ruins! Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. Also be sure to bring cash with you (I bought about $50 with me). It helps if you have mexican pesos with you but do not fret if you are not able to get some. I only have US dollars and did just fine. We were able to do some shopping before we got to the ruins. From hand painted pottery to hats and t-shirts, thesis a great place to stock up on souvenirs for yourself and your family. In case you forget to bring water, there is a snack stand right in front of El Castillo (the biggest pyramid) where bottles of water, snacks and ice cream is sold.

What to expect

As one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza will be sure to take your breath away. This one in a life time experience is an all day excursion. So be prepared to be pretty tried (but amazed) when you get back to your resort. You will get a chance to have a guided tour from natives of Chichen Itza (one of our guides is Mayan and even spoke their native tongue). While our guide was not an archeologist, he was someone who had a passion and love for Mayan culture. Through his incredible story-telling, Steph and I really had a chance to immerse ourselves in Mayan traditions, archeology, and history. Because these man made structures are made out of limestone, we were not able to climb any of the pyramids. It turns out limestone does not take to heat and humidity well!

Rear facing side of El Castillo. Due to the humidity in Mexico, this side of the pyramid is starting to fall apart little by little.

Swimming at the Cenote was the best way to end the trip. The water was not cold at all to my surprise. If you are not a strong swimmer or have trouble treading water, I would recommend you use one of the floatys. Since you are swimming in fresh water, it’s a little more work to stay afloat. If you do not want to go swimming, you can kick back and relax on a Mayan-made hammock. These hand woven hammocks are designed to keep you comfortable and cool!

Have you ever been to Chichen Itaza before? Tell me about your experience by commenting below!

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Happy Monday loves! Summer is by far one of my favorite seasons because of the fashion. I love to wear bright colors all year round. I’m just glad everyone else is doing it too! ūüėČ This look is perfect for graduation parties or bridal parties if you are in the mood for a fun look that is not too formal. Both my top and shorts are by JCREW. The yellow tie-neck top I am wearing is in size 0 regular (usually I am a 2 in petite for reference). The pull-on short with floral embroidery is also in size XXS regular (it runs small). Of course, no look is complete without a espadrille sandal. Finish your look with a ring bucket bag and you are ready to go! My bag bag is small but perfect to stick your phone and wallet in. Have an amazing week loves!

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Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel with my best friend to Cancun (it was our first time going). The trip was filled with incredible Mexican cuisine, history, fun excursions and much more. While we had the chance to do some major beach bumming, we also had the chance to immerse ourselves in Mayan culture that dates back before Christ!

Why we choose Cancun Mexico

If you wanderlust as much as I do, you want to see the world. Mexico is a great country to visit as our trip was super affordable. My best friend is an accountant so when we were picking places to travel to, she paid attention to the exchange rates. In other words, the US dollars can be stretched quite a bit in Mexico (get for anyone looking to get the most for their buck). Plus, she and I are suckers for a great beach trip.

Where we Stayed

We stayed at the Fiesta Americiana Condesa. The resort is all-inclusive and offers a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment and much more. The staff there is so helpful and welcoming! Additionally, there is a healthy blend of families and young adults who were at the resort with us. Needless to say, we did not have to worry about any crazy partiers keeping us up at night.

What we did

Most of our time was spent beach bumming in front of the beautiful Caribbean sea. We also did a few excursions. We had a chance to swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris¬†(which is part of Interactive Aquarium). In addition, we got a chance to go snorkeling at the Meso American Barrier reef (we even saw a sting ray and tons of blue tang!) We also got to immerse ourselves into Mexico’s mayan culture by visiting Chichen Itza. I will be writing a separate blog post next week on what to expect and prepare for the excursion. It’s a once in a life time experience but boy, does it get hot in Mexico!

This pic of my best friend and I is too funny!

I hope you guys enjoyed my little travel diary. I am certainly hoping to do more in the future! Have you ever travelled to Cancun? Let me know by leaving me a comment.

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Hi loves! Greetings from the beautiful nation of Mexico. I can’t wait to give you all details on my trip later next week. In the mean time,¬†I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite pineapple print pieces that I am crushing on. I was inspired to find a pineapple print piece for my vacation thanks to the lovely Marynel from Pineapples and Curls.

The spaghetti strap dress that I am wearing is by JCrew. Right now, I do not see an option to get this piece in petite sizing. For reference, I am wearing this dress in a size 2 regular. The best part? It has pockets! If you have a summer wedding or special event coming up, this dress will be sure to get you lots of compliments! I have linked some additional pineapple print pieces from JCrew and other retailers below.

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I did it! I made the decision to cut my hair and I could not be more excited. It’s amazing how many people like to voice their opinions on matters that do not concern them. I cannot even being to tell you how many people have made comments on how much better my hair was when it was longer (insert rolling eyes emoji). Nonetheless, the decision to cut my hair is the beginning of a much bigger journey that I am taking (and is one that I hope you will take too).

A few weeks ago, I sat down to listen to Style Collective‘s founder Annie Spano first podcast on Becoming Fearless. And let me tell you, I was inspired and had a reality check. How often do we not try things out of fear? Or stand¬†up for someone when no one else is? Or even step back from a bad situation to focus on being a better, more authentic person? If being in my twenties has taught me anything, it is that it is ok to be selfish from time to time.

So what does all of this have to do with cutting my hair? Well, for years I have been afraid to do so. I have been told many horrible things in the past but one of them is that if I cut my hair, I would be viewed a less attractive (quite a primitive way of thinking if you ask me). But have much evaluation, I realized something: my hair does not define me. What defines me as a person is how I act and treat others. I recognize that there are people who do not like short hair. Well, sorry but not sorry! My hair is staying short because I love it. I am grateful that I am at a point in my life that I am confident to try things that terrify me. And it is my hope that you feel confident and beautiful in all that you do.

That being said, I challenge you all to do something that scares you. Apply for that job that you have had your eye on. Book that vacation. Start a blog ;). Whatever has been scaring you to stay immobile, face it. You will be so amazed at all your will accomplish. And trust me, you will be impressed with yourself.

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Hi loves! I don’t know about the rest of you but my skin has been through quite a bit. I have acne scars and rosacea¬†from years of breakouts. Needless to say, my skin is very sensitive and high maintenance. Thankfully, Derma E came out with their new brand of Vitamin C renewing products. Their vitamin C concentrated serum boosts collagen health while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Once you are done applying the serum to your face and neck, use Derma E’s vitamin C moisturizer. These two products together help keep my skin fresh throughout the day and work perfectly under make-up! If you are trying to combat dry skin, these two products are going to be your saving grace! They certainly have been for me.

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