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SIDESMILE STYLE FINEST PLAYA MUJERES RESORT CANCUN TRAVEL GUIDE-46

A few months ago, for our two year anniversary, Christian decided to surprise me with a trip to the Finest Playa Mujeres Resort by Excellence in Cancun! He planned the whole thing from top to bottom which was SO unexpected and sweet. I’m sure some you can relate when I say that the majority of trip planning usually falls on my shoulders. So for him to take the initiative really meant a lot.  Overall we loved the whole experience, but I thought I would share some of the pros and cons of the resort we stayed at for any of y’all that are looking to plan a trip.

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THE PROS:

OUR ROOM

We were staying in one of the two-story suites in the Excellence Club. The room was amazing, giant rain shower, double sinks, walk-in closet, jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. But the best part had to be the rooftop pool! My favorite part was going up there for sunrise and sunset. There even was a whole patio set up complete with loungers and couches – I felt like we should make friends and have a party up there!

THE SPA

Spa credit was included with our package at the Excellence Club, and I intended to take FULL advantage. We both got Thai massages and it was incredible. Honestly, one of the best massages I’ve ever had. My favorite part about the whole experience was the quiet room after the massage. They had a bunch of waterbeds and two person rockers set up so you could keep relaxing after your treatment. I was so cozy snuggled up in my robe next to Christian, I legit almost fell asleep which is very out of character for me, haha. I told him we needed to buy one asap…come to think of it I still really want one! Maybe I can find it on amazon

FOOD & RESTAURANTS

I had never been to an “all inclusive” resort before, so I was a bit skeptical. I don’t have an exacting palette by any means, but I can be a bit particular when it comes to food. My main worry was that I wouldn’t like anything and would be hungry the whole time– well, the exact opposite ended up happening. I loved EVERYTHING, which isn’t the best when you are in your bathing suit 24/7 but oh well. My favorite restaurant on the property had to be the Insieme Trattoria, the Italian place next to the pool. After all I really am a pasta girl at heart. Also, most everything was available via room service which was super convenient.  The one thing we didn’t love was the Hibachi. But it may have been a bit too optimistic to expect amazing Japanese food in Cancun haha. The fact that we didn’t have to walk around with cash or wallets was also amazing. And the open bar(s)…16 to be exact, that was amazing too.

THE CONS:

The resort wasn’t adults only, which when we were booking the trip at least, I honestly didn’t think would bother me. However, nothing kills your buzz at the pool or a romantic dinner like a screaming toddler. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, just not on my anniversary vacation. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but just something to think about if you plan on going during the summer or spring break. In the end, the access to the adults-only Excellence Club pool was what saved us. The good news is there are Adult Only resorts within the Excellence Family, so we can opt for one of those next time.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:

Bottomline, we had a great time, and I would definitely recommend staying at the Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Resort. The Execellence Club was well worth it because of the access to the adults-only pool as well as the lounge. The resort staff was super friendly, the drinks were strong, and there were plenty of food options for even the pickiest eater aka me (12 restaurants total).

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BRIXTON straw hat (last seen here) | J.CREW off the shoulder top | c/o AEO button front denim cut offs | & OTHER STORIES sandals | c/o SMITH & CULT lipgloss | BP aviator sunglasses

OUAI dry shampoo | TULA illuminating face serum | BUMBLE AND BUMBLE surf spray | CAUDALIE lip balm |COOLA sport sunscreen | PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber detox gel

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Sam Edelman Woven Loafers

Spring is literally just around the corner, so over the past weeks I have been hunting down some new shoes to help me transition into the season. I definitely have been leaning more towards neutrals lately, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! Today’s picks are full of texture and embellishments – all the while still being easy to match with the majority of my closet. A dusty pale pink is such a key color for my accessories this season. I just love how girly and elegant it makes me feel! Best of all, EVERY pair of shoes on this list are under $200…three of them are even under $100.

Spring Shoe Shopping List:

1. Embellished  Heels

2. Woven Loafers

3. Espadrille Sneakers

4. Platform Wedges

5. Velvet Heels

6. Flat Ankle Strap Sandals

How sweet is the pearl detailing on the heel of these sandals? I wore them to the Veuve Clicquot event last Saturday and got SO many compliments!

An espadrille sneaker has been on my wish list since I saw a preview of these shoes back in September! I can’t wait to wear them all around Miami.

So many pretty pairs of shoes, on my pretty pink rug – literally a dream come true. I’m not going to lie, I left them set up like this for a few days after I snapped these pictures just because I loved how they looked so much haha. What can I say, I have problems.

Again, with the pearl details, I just can’t help myself! I warned y’all in this post, that my feminine side was coming out in full force lately! I love Steve Madden heels mostly because they are actually semi comfortable. I’m not going to lie, it’s not like I’m walking around on clouds, but I don’t want to chop my feet off at the end of the night either.

I LOVE THESE LOAFERS.

First of all, I’ve always been a big loafer fan (I’ve been rocking these gold ones since 2013), so it’s been so great for them to have such a big presence this year. I like these woven ones because they take a more winter-y style and update it for warm weather. The result is very Miami Vice in the best way possible. Maybe this city is finally rubbing off on me…

Budget Friendly Spring Shoe Styles

There you have it, all of my favorite shoe styles for Spring. What are y’alls picks? Sound off in the comments below:)

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STEVE MADDEN ella heels and pearl sandals | SAM EDELMAN woven loafers | TRETORN suede espadrille sneakers | CALL IT SPRING velvet sandals | c/o MARC FISHER adalyne platform wedge

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Embroidered Jeans Cult Gaia Bag

Embroidered denim isn’t the newest trend out there, but it is still holding strong in 2017. Embroidery is a fun way to update the classic jeans look – whether you DIY it or buy them pre-embellished. Today I’ve rounded up my favorite pairs for every budget from under $100 to this splurge worthy pair. My personal favorite pair only costs $31! What do you guys make of this trend – are you excited to wear it for Spring? Are you leaning towards the floral designs or are the patches more up your ally? Sound off in the comments!

SPLURGE – $300 & UP

SPEND – $100 to $300

STEAL -UNDER $100

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