Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pom Pom Necklace

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the best readers!!!

And one of my readers, Holly Downs, sent me the link to this necklace.
What's not to love??!! Pom poms, beads, silver things...it's all good. 
All that fun for only $12.90!! 
My local store did not have it so I ordered it and the mailman delivered it today. Colorful & tribal...that works for me.
Get you one here
Thanks Holly

While you are visiting their site why not check out...




This clutch



And this clutch
A great tribal bag is just the accessory to make a simple dress or top standout...they would both look great
 with this caftan , dress , dress or this striped t

Happy Shopping!!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tulum - Part 3 Aventures

I meant to post this yesterday, but Mondays are hard.

One of the best things about Tulum is that there is so much to do!! You could go and relax all day, do some yoga, have massages and chill or, if you want  a more active vacation, there is so much more to choose from. We wanted a little of both.


1. Cenotes
Our very favorite part of the trip was snorkeling in one of the many cenotes - natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has reveled a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools with crystal clear waterWe went to Cenote Dos Ojos which was recommended by our hotel and it was fabulous!!! You met your guide in a little hut where you put on a short wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins and off you went to the underground world of Dos Ojos. No release forms, no safety speeches, just an excellent guide who made it easy and fun. We swam through small caves and channels and ended up in an underground bat cave. Incredibly cool. Even Locke (my seven year old) jumped right in and took off. 







These pictures are from the Cenote Dos Ojos web page since I didn't have a camera with me.


2. Xel-Ha
Another fun and unusual outing was to Xel-HaXel-Ha is a commercial aquatic theme park and self-described ecotourism development located on the Caribbean coast.
I had to get that description from their website because I wasn't sure how to describe it. It's like Disney World on sea steroids...except cleaner, less crowded and way more beautiful.





Once you enter Xel-Ha you are given your snorkeling gear and then you are free to explore the whole park - floating on the lazy river, zip lines, Mayan Ruins, snorkeling in several lagoons, nature trails, cliff jumping, all you can eat food and drink. 




It really was an amazing place. Great if you have children, but if you want a romantic getaway this may not be your place.




3. Mayan Ruins




The Mayan Ruins was a great educational and fun outing. I highly recommend you hire one of the guides waiting by the ticket booth - we didn't.  


Clay, Me, Cricket

 4. Sian Ka'an

We went kayaking in Sian Ka'an which is a biosphere reserve (yeah, I'm not really sure what that is either. My translation: nature preserve)





It was absolutely beautiful, full of wildlife: alligators, birds etc. One warning, we kayaked for 3 hours. Yes 3 HOURS. They practically had to pry the paddle out of my hands when we finished. Barbie and Ken in our group had no trouble and hopped on their bikes for the two mile ride back to their hotel...I was thrilled for them. I, on the other hand, may or may not have offered our guide $20 to take me back to the dock..I should have offered $50. It was a great experience, but I could have had a great experience in 2 hours or less...just saying. I can't remember the name of the tour group we used...they were the second hut on the left if that helps :)

And there was so much more we could have done, but mama needed to nap and shop. 




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vintage Accessories

I am interrupting my Tulum rehash to give you a break and to show you some fun vintage finds.
Yesterday I ran into Cape Fear Jewelry to pick up a bracelet that was being repaired (I ran over it with my car!!! And now it's good as new!!) and guess what I found??!!


Sitting right on the counter waiting for me was this little beauty! We hit it off immediately.
Vintage from Neiman Marcus in perfect condition.


And look at that handle!!
This little bag will make me happy just hanging on a hook in my closet but I predict it will get lots of use. 

My all time favorite piece of jewelry, my squash blossom necklace, also came from Cape Fear Jewelry. 






Every time I wear it people want to know where I got it.
(A visit with my little Bama)




And now Cape Fear Jewelry has another one! It's a little smaller than mine but oh so fab!!
Interested? Give them a call 910-762-1310
 Ask for Pait or Suzanne, they will know what you are talking about.
Tell them Sissy sent you!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tulum - Part 2 Shopping

Of course I didn't go to Mexico just to shop, but it certainly didn't hurt...and shopping in Tulum is a special experience. As you drive down the beach road you would approach a small area carved out of the jungle and a fabulous shop just waiting for you. 


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Town of Tulum Mexico


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And Coqui Coqui where I did a little shopping and wouldn't mind staying if/when I go back.  Bill took this picture while he was on the beach and I was holding up different dresses for him to see and trying to decide what to buy...he loves this game. And evidently so does Locke by the look on his face.




And just look at this cute mother/daughter team selling their goods by our hotel...love! I bought one of their brightly colored wraps and can't wait to wear it!!






So much color, so much goodness, so little time!!!!
It was a little overwhelming, but I was able to come home with a few goodies. 
I would have come home with more, but on the last day I was in one of my favorite shops/happy place until they told me their credit card machine wasn't working and I would have to pay cash. After running up and down the road and trying FIVE different ATM's that DIDN'T work I admitted defeat. I had to go back to the store and put half my items back...it was like Sophie's Choice. Sadly, the gifts I had picked out for my sisters didn't make the cut - sorry Susan & Betsy! (But you are welcome to borrow my fabulous shirts, wraps, bags etc. After all, what are sisters for, right?)


photos: Blue Hydrangea and here



Monday, April 6, 2015

Tulum - Part 1

*Warning, vacation pictures. This may be boring to your health*

We are back from our trip to Tulum, Mexico. I can't even call it a vacation; it was more like an adventure. You know when you go somewhere and you just feel like you're at home? Like a flea market or Anthropologie? That's how I felt about Tulum
I don't know if I can put into words how wonderful it was....but I am gonna try. 
Let's start with our hotel - Zamas
One of the original hotels on the beach strip, it is so unique and charming.


Guess what this cute little hut is? 
The front desk where you check in!!!



Can you stand it? That's the open air restaurant under the thatched roof...and the food was amazing!

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Another view of dining area.


There was a small bay for swimming or sun bathing and the boats were available to take you snorkeling or scuba diving. 



It may be a little hard to tell, but there are small cabanas behind the umbrellas where you could stay right on the beach. 


Bill and I enjoying a drink before dinner while the kids hung out on the beach. 


We stayed in a family cabana right across the road on the jungle side.




The room had a two story high thatched roof and most of the windows had screens and shutters but no glass. At night there was a great breeze and you could hear the waves and the wind in the palm trees...it was fabulous!!


I found this picture online of our room that is a little better than what I took. Thankfully they had switched to green blankets for my visit. There was also a little sleeping nook with another bed so we all fit in one room. 
Every night they would come let down your mosquito nets (although we never saw any bugs) and tuck them in and leave a bottle of water (glass not plastic) and a night light - a candle and a book of matches. Don't you love that???
And best of all...no T.V. or internet in the rooms, our teenagers actually had to talk to us!

Are you bored yet? Hope not, because I've got lots more to share!!!
















Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Big Thank You!!

I can't thank you enough for all the comments and e-mails with suggestions of books to read!!!

Book nook

I have been compiling my list of books, reading summaries and narrowing it down. Thanks to all of you I have a ton of great books to choose from!! So far I have downloaded The Nightingale and Z but there are more to come!!

In other news I got my first spray tan yesterday..interesting, very interesting. I am tan from the top of my head to the tip of my toes and I think I like it!! I was going to get in shape before our beach trip but on Wednesday I figured it was too late to whip myself into shape so I went with plan B - spray tan.
What are your thoughts on spray tans?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reunited

Guess who showed up??!!
And it's even better than I dreamed!! It looks good in every room in my house but my bedroom put dibs on it so I hope to have a couple of fab pillows made to dress up my bed. 

Are any of you local readers looking for a fun night of shopping? Check out Gypsy*Lew!!


They've just added morning hours today 10 -12!!
Check out their Facebook page here
This is one of my favorite Gypsy*Lew necklaces that will be joining me on Spring Break.


I am going to wear it with this dress....


This clutch, similar here, here and here

And these sandals although these are cute too!!
Plus I think it will be super cute with my cutoffs and white tee.

I probably need to spend less time wondering what I am going to wear and more time trying to find the box of Clay and Locke's bathing suits and shorts that I put in the attic...