Vacationing in Mexico

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I’m not sure whether it’s the friendly people or the tequila, but something always takes me back to Mexico every few years. My sisters and I love to travel, so it was especially fun to spend the week together in Cancun. Jen’s boyfriend also joined us (how he handled four females for five days straight I’ll never know). We embraced the culture as much as possible on this past trip, tasting authentic dishes, riding the local bus to open-air markets, speaking broken Spanish, and enjoying the accompaniment of mariachi bands at dinner. Most afternoons were spent reading under a palapa and sipping piña coladas, followed by nights of dancing at downtown clubs.

The five of us took a ferry over to Isla Mujeres one day to explore the island and have a picnic on the beach. We rented a golf cart and drove along the coast, stopping frequently for cold beer and opportunities to buy handmade pottery from small vendors. The town was quaint with beautiful architecture—we wish we had more time to spend on the island! Here’s a glimpse of our vacation in Mexico.

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Lace Roses

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Although I’ll always gravitate towards a more feminine look, I love the juxtaposition of a pretty dress with an androgynous piece. I was immediately drawn to the butterfly sleeves and lace detailing on this dress (currently on sale!), knowing that it would easily transition throughout the seasons with a chunky knit and tights. I stuck with a worn-in military jacket and flats for weekend errands, and then added bright lipstick and booties for drinks with a friend.

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||dress, jacket (similar), booties (similar), handbag, watch, necklace, lipstick||

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Smyth Jewelers’ 100th Anniversary


To celebrate Smyth Jewelers’ 100th anniversary, they’re hosting a centennial celebration at their Timonium location. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek last night during their VIP event, where I was able to toast with champagne and try on the perfect diamond ring (it didn’t come with a fiancé). Stop by today to see new pieces from over 30 of the world’s top designers while enjoying refreshments and adding a few items to your wish list. Every 100th purchaser will also be rewarded with a $100 Smyth Jewelers gift card!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Smyth Jewelers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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