Walking through gorgeous purple lavender fields has been on my bucket list for a while, and I was so excited, I forgot my DSLR! That means all of my photos were taken on my phone and the weather was slightly rainy and very cloudy, but even so, the experience was pretty magical.
If you have a lavender farm near you, I highly suggest you go check it out! (Only downside is there are bees – lotssss of bees!).
Tulum has stolen a little piece of my heart. I took a four day getaway here after wrapping a huge project at the office and it was a much needed escape from work life to relax in the sun. I had brought several books I wanted to read but ended up getting caught up on much needed sleep. Nothing beats napping by the ocean in my opinion and I loved every moment of letting myself recharge.The water in Tulum was beautiful. Not only was it a perfect shade of turquoise blue but the temperature was so warm I actually braved the water and went in a few times. Letting my skin and hair get the full salt water and sunshine treatment was just what I needed. I had brought my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera that I had purchased just before heading on my trip. The camera doesn’t come with film so I bought a package as well. It took me a few tries to figure out how to set the lighting properly and then quickly got addicted to taking photos.
The day I visited the ruins was one of the hottest days of the trip. The views were worth it. Taking a dip in the ocean along the beach lined with ruins to cool off was unforgettable.
Tulum, you are beautiful and I can’t wait to come back here in a few months. I already have a few places on my to do list for next time.
They say the third time’s a charm – and it was so true of my third visit to Miami! Being a bit older and perhaps wiser (?), I was sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and keep hydrated this time around, as well as take in as many sights as possible which meant many early mornings and late nights to get the most out of my 3 day vacation.
Below are a few of my favourite highlights.
^^Maya Hayuk mural at Wynwood Walls – a must see. So vibrant and happy. I fell in love with it!^^
^^Spotted: Toronto Lovebot at Wynwood Walls^^
^^Hit up Shake Shack for the first time and OMGGG it was good. The crinkle fries alone are worth a trip. ^^^^On one of the sunniest days, we met up with a friend who invited us for poolside lounging at the Thompson Hotel. It was so nice to just lay around and relax on the comfy loungers, and the service here was amazing. Definitely hit this spot if you want to feel a little pampered on your vacation.^^^^My favourite white shirt from Anthropologie, by Cloth & Stone – It’s the comfiest, softest shirt I own and it goes perfectly with shorts or jeans, or can be worn as a cover up, poolside. ^^
^^My Miami essentials ^^^^My morning beach stroll on my last day before my flight left. The sunshine and oceanside breeze made it so hard to leave.^^
^^Broken Shaker was an adorable little patio bar at Freehand Hostel. Great place to day drink and lounge by the pool for a low key time. ^^^^2 ft. long, thin crust pizza from Pizza Bar, I will miss you most of all… ;(^^
And no, I was not there for the Ultra Music festival, but that was happening over the weekend, as well as Miami’s Centennial party featuring Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees, which we randomly stumbled upon while taking a night walk along the beach. For a city with a big nightlife on a normal night, this was a pretty eventful time to head into South Beach with the extra crowds in town. All that, plus running into a few friends along the way made this a trip to remember!
Have you been to Miami before? Any tips for future visits? I’d love to hear your recommendations!