Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa Day at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim: Everything But Water

In case you didn’t know (currently listening to that song by Brett Young), I am a sucker for a spa day. Growing up, my mom took me to a lot of different spas around the world, but my mother was never into a higher end spa facility that had all the bells and whistles. Needless to say, as an adult, this has been a learning experience, and it has become one of my favorite things! I also have been spoiled by going to so many nice spas with the Chateau Cocomar team, since that is what they love to do! I mean who doesn’t? Last weekend, I visited Hotel Grand Velas in Riviera Maya, and we got a morning to enjoy the spa and the facility (yes please)! It really was a pretty spa and we tried a treatment that I actually never had before, a hydrotherapy! Let me break down step-by-step the water treatment:

First you get your own personal spa specialist who walks you through each step, which is so cool! You are in a bathing suit during the entire treatment too fyi!

  • Sauna: I LOVE the sauna. My new gym doesn’t have one, and I am a bit bummed about it. Something about hanging out in a hot room makes me sweat and smile at the same time. While in the sauna at Grand Velas, they provided a cold (scented) towel and cucumber slices to place on your eyes for a glorious experience. Our new condo has a sauna and I need to go down there with a cold towel and cucumbers and recreate this moment!
  • Ice Room: The only ice room I have been too was an ice bar in Amsterdam, so this was a pretty cool experience. I am not usually a cold air gal, but this was bearable and smelt so minty and fresh!
  • Color Therapy Steam: Next, you go to a steam room, which is pitch black with a few colored lights on the floor. As you can tell, your body is going from hot, to cold, to hot, which was pretty cool! I love a good steam room too!
  • Clay Room: This was probably my favorite part since it was so unique! We were handed a small, hand-sized tub full of clay and we were told to rub it all over our body. It was like a mini-wrap, but we did it ourselves! I met the nicest lady in this room and she told me she has done many hydrotherapy sessions around the world! I loved hearing that since it was so foreign to me!
  • Polar Pools: just as it sounds! There are 2 pools (hot and cold) and you go back and forth a couple of times!
  • Waterfalls: the facility indoor pools were amazing and a complete oasis. There were 3 waterfalls that you can sit underneath and enjoy!
  • Bubble Volcano: The next part of the session was a jet experience for your legs!
  • Water bubble bed: This was a bed in the water, just above the surface, with full jet treatment. The perfect ending to the hydro therapy!

I actually had no idea what to expect going into the hydro therapy treatment, but I loved it! I definitely will be looking for hydrotherapy treatments in the future spas I visit. This treatment is included with any of the spa treatments you choose!

Red White & Blue

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fouth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fourth of July

Top: Wayf | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Kenneth by Jay Lane | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman

Lauren // Dress: Draper James | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Purse: JCrew

Kailey // Top: Show Me Your Mumu | Shoes: Steve Madden 

Ummmm can you believe we are half way though June?! I don’t want to think about it! Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year and I don’t want it to come and go in a blink of an eye. Especially while traveling, it’s so important to stop, reflect, and soak up all the little moments! While I was in Charleston a couple weeks ago, the girlies and I decided to share a Fourth of July inspo look on the adorable streets on Rainbow Row! Since the fourth is only a few weeks away, it’s about time to start thinking about outfits for the holiday! I love that we all came with a touch of red white and blue but all different styles.

Lauren from Life to Lauren showed up in the most adorable Draper James gingham blue dress! You can take this babe on all your summer date nights or would be perfect to wear to showers. So festive and cute!

Kailey from Double Shot of Sass paired her mom jeans with an adorable off the shoulder red top. Isn’t she the cutest? I would totally rock this top so many different ways this summer!

Did you notice we all are wearing the same Steve Maddens but in different colors? We clearly believe in this shoe!

If you are headed to Charleston sometime soon, I rounded up a bunch of my recommendations here & Lauren recommendations are here. I had such a blast with these girlies and can’t wait for our next adventure!

Oh, & what better day to share our looks on Flag day, aka Teds birthday! I am so excited to squeeze his neck today in South Korea!  Happy birthday pumpkin pie. You are literally are the apple to my eye, my favorite person on this planet and I am so blessed to be your wife! I’ll spare y’all all the mushiness (highly unlike me) but I have a plane to catch!

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Cinnamon Shore

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Top: Lush | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Shoes: Jack Rodgers  (Sale)| Purse: Elaine Turner | Necklace: Bauble Bar |  | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

Y’all, Ted and I had the absolute best time in Cinnamon Shore that I felt like I had to share! We stayed there this past weekend for a small getaway since we desperately needed it and I felt like I was on cloud nine. I don’t know if it was how cute Cinnamon Shore was or how giddy I was spending the weekend with the husband, but it was much, much needed! The kid makes me laugh more than anyone I have ever met and the thought of going on all these trips without him is so sad. He isn’t going to Cancun with me, but I am so excited to meet him back up again in South Korea! What does stink is we don’t get to travel 18+ hours together since he has to leave Saturday and I still will be in Cancun, but I guess that means I will fall asleep on some strangers arms (accidentally, of course) instead of his :/ ANYWAYS, I wanted to share a little about this hidden gem in Texas because we were blown away!

Cinnamon Shore is an adorable community on Mustang Island (or you might be familiar with Port Aransas) only a couple hour drive from Houston. We both have been to that side of the beach before growing up, but never together. My dad was a beachaholic so we always, always would take trips to Port Aransas to fish and stay on the beach! Once we arrived we learned that Cinnamon Shore just wasn’t an area with cute houses. They had EVERYTHING all in one community. When I say everything, I mean everything! We didn’t even use our car the entire weekend. We rented a golf cart (which you NEED to do) and I felt like a kid again. Something about driving a gold cart around was so exciting to me! The community had a “town center” where they had live music and lawn chairs right next to the restaurant. It was literally magical! It reminded me of Seaside, which I mentioned to one of the girls that worked at Cinnamon Shore and she said that is exactly what the builders had in mind. They took the idea of Seaside (you can find my blog post of a travel guide for Seaside here) and they replicated it since Texas needed something like it! It is very family friendly and I am so ready to plan another trip back already!

Catch & Release: We stayed at an ADORABLE 2 bedroom condo called Catch & Release. It was literally perfect. Every decor detail was thought of and it just made me happy. I loved that we had a patio view of the town center and could enjoy the live band while we were getting ready. HIGHLY recommend this cute condo!

Lisabella: perfect dinner spot. Was in the center of Town and I wanted basically everything on the menu! We started with the warm goat cheese and lobster bisque which was magical. Reservations is recommended! I wish we reserved for outside so we could have enjoyed the live band and watched the kids play on the lawn, but inside was just as nice!

Seaside Cafe: We ate and drank here for lunch and it was delicious. It is their pool cafe, but the food was impressive! I loved, loved the grilled shrimp to start as an appetizer and their fish tacos were yummmm! We took our beers from here and filled them in our Yeti’s before hitting the beach!

Instead of “city spots”, I would say accommodations in Cinnamon shore. They are very heavy on community and providing the best accommodations to your stay, so they have tons to offer. Keep in mind, I am not even listing them all, only the ones we used! I mean they even have yoga on the beach, which sadly we missed!

Texas Monthly: So the Texas Monthly magazine has their Gulf Coast Show Room on the property and it was so much fun to tour the picture perfect house. We got so many ideas and were so inspired by the decor! What’s funny is growing up, my mom use to always just take us to RANDOM open houses, we weren’t even in the market to buy, she just wanted to check out the layout and decor, so this was right up my alley!

Golf Carts: Like I mentioned, probably highlight of the trip. The fact that you can golf cart to the cafe or to stop and get ice cream is glorious. I think my favorite part was being able to golf cart to the beach. Imagine carrying your bags and beach chairs to the beach, well you don’t have to do that here. You can back up the golf cart and literally park your cart on the beach. It has to be the most genius thing EVER.

Beach Service: They provide lawn chair and umbrellas so you don’t have to haul all those things over to the beach. Having someone take care of that is wonderful!

2 Pools: They have 2 pools on property, one that is byob and one that you can purchase from the cafe. The cafe pool is a bit smaller, but has an infinity look to the lakes. The byob pool is a lap pool size that is a GREAT size and where Ted and I spent a lot more time.

I am sure I missed a ton of information, so if you are interested in learning more, be sure to check out their website!

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Charleston Travel Guide

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Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston blogger, fashion blogger, Charleston Travel Guide Romper: Everly | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman  | Bag: Baggu (similar)
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Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston blogger, fashion blogger, Charleston Travel GuideTop: Pleione | Shorts: Kendall & Kylie | Shoes: Steve Madden 
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Top: Topshop | Shorts: Jcrew | Shoes: Jack Rogers

Charleston literally did not disappoint! I feel like it has been the hot spot to go over the years and I had to go see for myself. Everything from pink doors to oyster bars, it was Southern perfection. I was so excited to go on this trip with my blogger girls Life to Lauren & Kailey from Double Shot of Sass. We literally ate & drank our way through Charleston but what else is there to do in the South?! I definitely want to go back and take the hubs. We only had 2 nights so will want to do the plantation tours next time we are back! Would love to hear your favorites when in Charleston below!

  • The Dewberry Hotel: I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. We debated staying at The Restoration, Zero George, Hotel Vendue, etc but we are so glad we decided to go with Dewberry! The staff was amazing, always so helpful and kind, and the rooms were to die for. Full of white marble, gold mirrors, chandeliers, a floor to celling drapes. We also were obsessed with the location. It was walking distance to King Street and just around the corner from everything. There was a Walgreens a block away they we stopped at and they currently are building a rooftop bar! We also had one our favorite brunch spots here!

  • The Park Cafe: Went for Happy Hour && ordered a cheese board. It was a good first stop but kinda in a strange area. Also got Avocado toast which was yummy!
  • The Darling Oyster Bar: Got one of each oyster and loved how the waiter was very informative and explained the oysters.  Brussels were also so good! Just the cutest environment and a must! Every Uber driver recommended it. Be sure to make reservations!
  • Brunch at Hominy Grill: everyone loved the grits & pancakes
  • Stopped into goat sheep cow but didn’t have a place to sit and eat so walked to Hotel at Vendue for drinks on the rooftop. The view was meh but a good artichoke crab dip. Ask for cucumbers with it!
  • Had drinks at Zero George before dinner and it was THE CUTEST little place. Perfect wrap around porch seating.
  • Went to dinner at La Farfalle and by far our favorite meal. Had the duck confit pasta and SO GOOD. I can’t wait to go back just for the pasta.
  • Rooftop bar at the market pavilion. Such a stunning view even if it was at night. I bet the view during the day is even better!
  • Had breakfast at The Dewberry hotels restaurant. Probably the best brunch. White marble tables outside and had the breakfast sand which which was yum Yum
  • We didn’t get a chance to go to The Ordinary for happy hour oysters but was recommended!
  • Peninsula Grill was recommended by our Uber driver for some coconut cake & champagne to end the night. We got here one night after it closed and was SO bummed! I want to go back just for this!

  • Woke up and shot on rainbow row
  • Looked around the neighborhoods. Walked to Battery, was meh
  • Walked around kings street and shopped. Loved The Skinny Dip, Candle Fish!
  • Biked to do some last minute shopping before headed to the airport
  • On one street, there is a market where tons of booths are set up! logo