Shopping in Playa del Carmen

I’ve visited the Mayan Riviera for over 10 years, and throughout the years, I’ve seen Playa del Carmen grow from a charming town into a bustling city lined with international fashion brands, restaurants and fun clubs. Love it or hate it, the town has changed, but has always offered many great shopping opportunities. Here’s a little guide to shopping in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican crafts, ceramics and leather, there are many stores along Fifth Avenue. A lot of them, including Plaza la Fiesta have fixed prices if you don’t like bartering, and offer promotional deals on typical souvenirs as well. I prefer to go off into the side streets a couple blocks to look at leather bags and sandals. I picked up a beautiful leather bag when I went shopping in Playa del Carmen a couple years ago, and was able to negotiate a… View Full Post

Mangrove Forest

One of the neat features at the Mexican resort we stayed at last week was the mangrove forest leading the way to the beach. The forest protects the coast from erosion and hurricane damage, and provides a shady, tropical jungle atmosphere. I pulled together this casual look for an early morning walk along the beach and breakfast, and brought my woven Mexican backpack along to tote all my beach essentials. I’m wearing an American Eagle top, studded denim shorts from Fitzroy Boutique, leather gladiator sandals from Athens, woven Mexican backpack from Playa del Carmen, Emma sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, St. Andrews watch c/o Daniel Wellington and Alex & Ani jewelry. Shop the post: Instead of a beach bag, I love carrying this woven Mexican backpack. It keeps the sand out, and is light to sling around my shoulders. I find that it goes with everything and the print is a… View Full Post

Orange beach dress

One thing I love about going to the beach is being able to throw on a cute, colourful dress. I wore this orange beach dress on my vacation to Playa del Carmen Mexico. I paired it with fun fringed sandals and a Mexican backpack for an eclectic vacation outfit. My orange dress is from Hollister (similar here), my sandals are Minnetonka, my sunglasses are Prada and my back was purchased along 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, but you can find a similar bag at Urban Outfitters.  I also piled on the jewelry with some colourful pieces mixed in with gold. The whole week I was on vacation, I never so much as dipped a toe into the (admittedly stunning) pool at my resort. How could I when there was this perfect stretch of white sand. My sister and I would spend hours walking up and down the beach, into… View Full Post

Lavender Pleated Dress in Paradise

I know I talk about the weather a lot on my blog, but living in Canada can be tumultuous. Right now, it’s about -17C PLUS a windchill of -28C. That basically means insta-frostbite. While I can’t hide inside all day, I can daydream about summer days and palm trees. It might be a little masochistic to look back at pictures from my Christmas Mexico trip, but I wanted to share an outfit that brings back memories of the warm ocean breeze and sun. I’m wearing a chiffon pleated dress from Urban Outfitters, and gold sandals from Guess. The dress is breezy and pretty, with a sexy low back, sheer lace panel and a trendy high low hem, which shows off my legs, but covers my behind to prevent any “oops” moments if the wind picks up! Another focus of this look was the jewelry. I’m wearing a white and gold lion… View Full Post

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

May the fifth is Cinco de Mayo, which means it’s time to get together with friends, share a round of tequila shots and party! Contrary to popular belief, the holiday is mostly celebrated in the United States, to commemorate the battle of Puebla exactly 150 years ago. I’m wearing a dress from American Apparel (I guess fittingly, considering the company is an advocate for helping Mexican immigrants find jobs in their factory in LA), jewellery from Forever XXI, and a pouch made in Mexico. The sombrero is just a souvenir. I love these wrapper pouches. They are so kitschy and eclectic. My silver sombrero ring was just par for the course. I took these photos last December when I went to Puerto Morelos, Mexico.