MEXICO: PART 1 AKUMAL

AKUMAL

This year we had some friends get married, and give us the chance to visit Mexico again! We left Thursday morning, and made sure to board the plane with our little carry on cocktail kit. We’ve used this before so I refilled it, and added an extra bottle with syrup for an old fashioned.

img_1732.jpg We split the trip just like last year, with an all-inclusive resort for 3 nights, and then 2 nights in Tulum. The wedding was at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, a luxury all-inclusive (adults only) resort that was about an hour drive from the Cancun airport. The place was pretty amazing, with beautifully manicured grounds and A+ service. Our room wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, but we were greeted with a glass of champagne, and then went for a bite to eat while we waited.

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The Lobby at Secrets Akumal

The Lobby at Secrets Akumal

The resort is a pretty good size and never seemed crowded. There are plenty of places to relax and 3 different swimming pools on the property. Some of them were quiet and perfect for lounging while the one close to the beach was a bit rowdier with a swim up bar for mingling and making new friends. Thursday we grabbed lunch at one of the restaurants, spent a little time by the pool, and settled in before heading to dinner. It was Cinco De Mayo and they had a giant buffet set up and a Mariachi band performing. Later that night we all went to the “night club” that is located on the resort for over indulging and some excellent people watching.

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gettin tipsy with my ban.do koozie

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The beach was beautiful and there are paddle boards, snorkeling gear and kayaks readily available for no extra charge. You can venture out just off the beach to view the green sea turtle population that the area is known for. We spent Friday in the sun with drinks and food delivered on the beach before heading into Tulum with the wedding party for dinner. By Saturday we were ready to take it easy under the shade before the wedding.

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There are 6 restaurants on the resort, but we only tried a few since there were some prearranged wedding activities. We did the breakfast buffet every morning, and it was stocked with pretty much anything you could think of. The chilaquiles were a favorite of mine, but I tried to pile a little of everything on my plate. There is also 24 hour food and drink access in your room or out in the cafe, and we felt that all the food and bev were pretty good for an all-inclusive spot.

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We enjoyed quite a few Icebergs (beers topped off with frozen margaritas) while lounging on the beach.

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The time seemed to go by so quickly and suddenly it was almost time to go. Saturday we celebrated, danced, and took tequila shots. Sunday we had room service, said our goodbyes, and hoped in the car for the 30 minute drive to Tulum. An all-inclusive trip is definitely different and not always the way to go, but it can be an extremely relaxing and worry free experience. A lot of our trips are to cities where It seems we are rushing around and not really relaxing. Sometimes its nice to just read a book, have a drink and take a nap. No phone, wallet, or ID needed.

Lots of photos from the second half of our trip to Tulum coming asap!

NOTEWORTHY * 3.17.16

NOTEWORTHY-POST-3.17

1.  Currently listening to Rebecca Traister’s book All The Single Ladies Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation on Audible, and really liking it!  The book goes into historical references, the feminist movement, and current pop culture. Definitely Recommend!

2. Fashionably Dressed Flowers

3. The Things Kurt Cobain Left Behind

4. Alliums Fried Rice from Molly Yeh – So easy and so good! I use frozen rice and it really made this super quick.

5. So obsessed with Astronaut Scott Kelly’s photos of Earth.

 

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Save the Date! Local Maker Pop-Up at West Elm

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Please join me and fellow Atlanta Makers on Saturday, April 2nd from 1pm – 6pm.
Each of the featured artist will set-up shop with their jewelry, home goods, ceramics and more at
West Elm Atlantic Station!
• Curated and Hosted by Jess Smith, from Lady Flashback

RSVP here + share with your friends!

I’m excited to be included with this talented group for the day!
View more details and see the artist list on the West Elm Blog.

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MY PLATES AT KENDRA SCOTT!

I spent the holidays working on a big (little) plate order for Kendra Scott’s Spring display launch, and it is now in stores! They are in 37 stores across the U.S. hanging out with all of the pretty Kendra Scott jewels as an accent on their table tops.12687953_1099801836719548_3950572046368172484_n

Their team was a dream to work with and this project was a really great experience. I visited the store at Shops Around Lenox to take a few photos and snag myself a pair of new earrings from the Spring Collection, and the staff there was also super nice. This was one of my first big custom projects, and I think I really lucked out! If there is a store in your area, I hope you’ll stop in and have a look!

Find these plates for sale here!

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YEAR IN REVIEW 2015 + FREE DOWNLOAD

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I’m a few days late, but I  jotted down my Year in Review for 2015 annnnd I managed to whip up a printable sheet for you guys if you want to do the same. My 2014 list was done in my notebook, but this year I thought a printed sheet would be sweet. This is a new little tradition, and I think they will be fun to look back on down the road. You can download it here!

This year has been pretty amazing with lots of travel and personal/business growth. I’ve had the opportunity to partner with so many cool companies and individuals, and I’m truly excited for what 2016 will bring… More on that later when I start The 52 Lists Project Book from Moorea Seal!

 

SAVE THE DATES & SHOP LOCAL!

This year I’m excited to participate in a couple of local markets, and I hope you’ll come out and shop my goods in person! First up is the Indie Craft Spectacular next weekend, and then Root City Market in December. Can’t wait to see everyone!

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NEW POSTCARDS IN THE SHOP

I’ve had some postcard ideas swirling around in my head for months now, and I’m excited to say that I’ve finally gotten a couple of them into production! I think of these as snail mail to send to your bff who lives in another state, or even just 20 minutes down the road. An old school reminder that you are overdue for a hangout. Available as singles or a set!




A SENSIBLE HABIT POP-UP SHOP AT MADEWELL LENOX!

madewell-pop x a sensible habitMark your calendars! I’m sooooo excited to be bringing my new ceramic jewelry, little dishes, and ring cones to Madewell at Lenox Mall for a Pop-Up Sale! Madwell is one of my favorite shops so this is a dream come true! The event is Sunday, November 8th from 12-3pm, and the perfect opportunity to knock out some of your christmas shopping early! There will be Sips and Snacks and you might as well go ahead and pick out a little something to wear to the next holiday party too 🙂

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NEW YORK | AUGUST 2015

Whoops! I’ve been a slacker on the trip recaps. We mostly worked and ate tasty dinners at night. Friday was a half day at work so I did manage to run around SoHo for a bit. We grabbed coffee at Maman… which was very photogenic, and therefore the majority of  my photos took place here.
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It was also right next door to APiece Apart who was having a Sample Sale that day. We hit a handful of stores, and I was having some unusual shopping luck.

IMG_4980I ate at Eataly 3 times because t’s right by our hotel and perfect for nights when you’re just too tired, or dining alone. Sometimes I’ll grab food to-go and eat in my hotel room… ahem…bed.

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Pigging Out & Drinks

Maman

Eataly

Charlie Bird

Employees Only

Fika Espresso Bar

Prune

Spitzer’s Corner

The Dutch

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Back Room

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Shopping

The Rising States

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ABC Carpet and Home

Pink Olive

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Marimekko Flagship Store

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NOTEWORTHY 10.2.15

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  1. I want to check out Moorea Seal’s new book/journal –  The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration – Hurry and enter to win one on the Besotted Blog!
  2. Wish my houseplants looked like this.
  3. Great post over on Design Sponge for mending holes. Three Easy Ways to Mend Fabric, Inspired by Japanese Textiles 
  4. Every single clever thing in the ADAMJK Gift Shop cracks me up.
  5. Chilean artist Jose Romussi’s beautiful embroidery work. amazzzzing.

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