Resort Style, Riviera Maya, Mexico

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It wouldn’t be a vacation with a blogger and her photographer without at least one outfit shoot. And, somehow, that’s all we did. One single outfit shoot. Oh well, at least this one was tons of fun!

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The top I’m wearing is a winner by t+j designs and one of my favorite things in my closet right now. I’m planning on styling this at least two more ways for the blog, that series coming soon!

Real talk: my hair really truly hates Caribbean humidity. No matter what I did, I could not tame that beast.

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And check out this awesome t+j designs LOVE ring, too! Sarah and I have matching ones.

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

t+j designs feather top | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Our trip to Mexico was absolutely wonderful — relaxing with a hint of history and exploring. And a wicked sunburn, but we won’t talk any more about that.

Thinking of traveling to the Riviera Maya/Cancun area? I highly recommend giving Iberostar Paraiso Lindo a look. Their service was magnificent and the whole experience was just wonderful/

Top | t+j Designs
Ring | t+j Designs
Pants | Target, old
Watch | AIBI Watch ($20 off with code DANNIEM)

Photos by Sarah Levine.
Check out her facebook page to learn how you can get a free blogger shoot! 

Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Our second morning in Mexico dawned similarly to the first one, woke up early (this time on purpose), drank some coffee, and grabbed breakfast. We were heading on an adventure today! An extra pastry in hand for good measure, we waited at the front of our resort for a bus to come pick us up for a day trip to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world and a site that has been on my travel bucket list for a very long time.

The bus ride was long but we were almost instantly rewarded upon arriving. Rather than narrate our walk around the site, I’m just going to give you these photos. Enjoy the scroll!

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

We found a little friend walking around!

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And then we found a much bigger friend.

We finished our tour of the site, our guide being an amazing storyteller the whole, and made our way back out of the heat to lunch, a local restaurant serving local food. I’m sad to say I didn’t get any pictures but I will say this: I had so many tacos. And they were so amazing that no other tacos will be as good ever again.

Back into the bus once again, this time to a nearby cenote, or sinkhole, to enjoy the scenery and go for what felt like the most refreshing swim I had ever taken. Once again, simply enjoy these photos.

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Waiting to jump off a really high ledge

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I didn’t actually look at how high it was until it was entirely too late to change my mind- I was already running!

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

SPLASH!

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Triangl Poppy Neoprene Bikini in Summer Sorbet

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This was easily the most beautiful place I have ever swam in my life. And that includes Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere, Lakes District, Cumbria, UK | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bonus throwback to 2013, Lake Windermere

Back onto the bus one last time, we were handed beers and driven back to our resort, refreshed and ready to go snuggle into bed.

But of course, we were on vacation and that means staying up late and enjoying everything you possibly can. So there’s one more Mexico post!

Chichen Itza:
Top | Forever 21
Shorts | Target
Sarah’s Top | T+J Designs (on sale now!)

Cenote Ik Kil:
Swimsuit | Triangl Swimwear

Riviera Maya Day Two: The Ocean

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

We woke up the next morning surprisingly early. My usual idea of vacation is sleep until I can’t sleep anymore, drink some coffee, and then set about doing things. And yet when 7:30 rolled around, I was awake and ready to go. So, of course, I rolled over and whispered “Are you awake?” She was then. Oops.

We made coffee and went to sip on the balcony, and watched the rest of the resort wake up around us. People sleepily making their way to breakfast, the first swimmers of the day, and everybody else simply enjoying the fact they were waking up in paradise.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finally fueled to actually face other people, we went down to breakfast, already in swimsuits ready to make a break for the beach.

Full disclosure, I have never actually been in the ocean. I’ve been to it, I’ve eaten on the water, but I have never had the opportunity to actually go in the water. So imagine my excitement when I realised I was headed straight for it! My lady was wonderful enough to document the experience.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The camera went away and we spent some time just playing in the waves. It was so much fun! Honestly, I was surprised at how warm the water was. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to Lake Michigan which is freezing despite what time of year it is. But this was really quite pleasant.

After some time swimming, we made our way back to shore, pulled up some beach chairs, drinks, and books and spent the rest of the early part of our day being lazy and enjoying the warmth, sun, and relaxation.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

My beach reading was Too Late… I Love You by Kiki Archer. A sweet little read recommended by the lovely ladies of Wegan. I loved it!

After some lunch, we made our way back to our rooms to get ready for the main event, the wedding! Set right on the water in the sand with the beautiful colors of the sunset as a backdrop, vows were said, everyone cried a little, and we toasted them with champagne. Congrats, Kim and Mat!

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

“You guys are next!”

The whole thing was just beautiful. We all sat down to dinner together and had a grand old family time. Next time we’ll all be together will be for my wedding! (PS, guys, I found my dress! No photos til wedding day, though. Sarah reads this blog!)

Up next on our Mexico adventures: those promised Mayan ruins!

Dress | Francesca’s, very old
Sarah’s Dress | Target, also old

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Last month, my lady and I ventured to Riviera Maya, Mexico to celebrate the marriage of my cousin to her awesome husband.

To the airport, onto a plane, into another airport, and finally to a bus, we made it to our new home and promptly took some time to explore our little slice of paradise, the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

When our room was finally ready, we made our way there and unpacked. Naturally, we took a few photos!

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’m obsessed with that art. It was beautiful!!!

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And then onto the balcony to discover just the most beautiful view of paradise.

Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Riviera Maya, Mexico | Stile.Foto.Cibo

After that, I packed away the camera and we set about finding my family, exploring the pool (with a swim up bar! I still cant get over that), and having dinner. Got some drinks, went back to our room, filled up the jacuzzi on our balcony (!!!!) and weren’t heard from until breakfast the next morning.

That’s all for today, just a teaser of what’s to come. Get ready for: my first time in the ocean, Mayan ruins, swimming in a cenote, and more!