Phew! Excuse the loooong break while I got my life together! The past month (err, 3 weeks) have been amazing and beautiful but totally hectic. No one ever warns you how stressful traveling with a toddler is!
First, we went to Arizona to spend some time with the new baby of the family! A huge congratulations to my sister in-law and her husband on their adorable little package. This was Isla’s first time meeting her new baby cousin, and I swear if they didn’t have cat’s I’m sure she would have been VERY interested! (insert embarrassed monkey emoji here).
Our favorite thing to do with Isla in Arizona is the zoo we have in our area. I know the San Diego zoo is notorious and supposedly one of the best in the country, but I honestly don’t prefer it. The exhibits are so far away, and half the time they’re either empty or the animals are hiding. The zoo in Arizona, on the other hand, is amazing! We were blown away. You are able to get so close up to the animals and there were so many babies! I swear the last time we went, every animal had just given birth!
Of course we visited the flamingos, and Isla loved it.
(in Xavier Navy), PANTS: here
, BAG: currently SOLD OUT but love this bag
for fall!, GLASSES: here
, SANDALS: here
Isla’s outfit: here! Her shoes are sold out but THESE are similar and I love these too!
Then, it was off to Mexico. We had two destinations; first, to Guanajuato to visit my grandmother so that her and Isla could meet for the very first time. Second, we booked a mini get-away to Ixtapa, a place where Mexican locals go for a relaxing get-away.
I have to apologize for the lack of pictures. Worst blogger of the year award goes to: me. I didn’t want to risk bringing the nice camera on the trip, and we were busting at the seems with all of the items we were bringing for Isla. Talk about stressful! We were lucky to get an entire isle to ourselves, but keeping a toddler in one spot for 3 hours is a feat all in itself. We employed the help of a couple Disney flicks to make the ride go a bit smoother.
Isla loved going for walks to the Plaza in Mexico. There were these great looking animals carved into the trees and she had a blast going around to each one and making their noises!
The fact that Isla finally was able to meet my grandmother was such a dream come true. I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to go visit her, and Isla is lucky to have met such a great woman! We miss her already, and are planning a trip to go visit her next year, lord willing!
This was at the fiesta of Pinicuaro, where the town came together to honor the town’s saint. There were fireworks, live banda music, and lots of activities for the kids. It was fantastic to see how kid-friendly everything was there. There is so much emphasis on the family and it is engraved in everything they do. Restaurants have play areas and your own personal bag rack for diaper bags, town festivals have paint stands, jump houses, and traditions centered around entertaining the kids. It’s all so geared towards the children. Sometimes I feel that American culture wants parents to suffer in silence. If you can’t hang, stay at home. So it was refreshing to see children welcomed and celebrated rather than tolerated.
My cousin got married in Pinicuaro a couple days later and I was excited that Andrew got to experience a true Mexican wedding. Andrew and I had a blast dancing! He is SUCH a better dancer than I am! He put my Mexican roots to shame.
It was a four hour drive, but Ixtapa was incredibly beautiful and so worth it. I have been everywhere in Mexico; from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta, Pinicuaro to Puerto Pinasco, and each place I go is so very different from the last. I always told Andrew that Mexico was multi-faceted, and this time he was able to go and see for himself. It was an amazing experience for the whole family!
After a couple days of lounging at the resort, we decided to explore the surrounding islands. First we visited Isla las Gatas, which featured rows upon rows of comfy hammocks and little shack restaurants nestled on the whitest sand and most tranquil beach I’ve ever visited. The water was so clear, which made snorkeling a dream for Andrew and I. Then, we took another boat to Isla Ixtapa where we stopped to eat. Thankfully, we went during the slow season which gave us this island completely to ourselves (+our family!). There was literally no one else besides the restaurant owners and marina workers. It was so peaceful and such an unforgettable experience.
I wore this fringe kimono as a coverup practically the entire time I was at the resort because it’s so cute and comfy! It’s hard to get creative with pool-side makeup/accessories, but I saw some super cute fashion forward locals wearing some adorable kimonos and matching it with bright lipstick, they looked fantastic! I played it safe with my black kimono/faux lipstick. I will have to build up the confidence to wear a red lip poolside ;).
Find similar kimonos below!
MAC in ‘Candy Yum Yum’ and this Ripcurl Kimono in ‘Black’. Click on the pictures for links!
Something about MAC’s shade in ‘Vegas Volt’ just screams poolside to me! Paired with this Kimono in white is perfect.
As you all know, I love my neutrals! If you’re more on the playing it safe side, stick with this neutral combo. MAC in shade ‘Cherish’ and this Tribal printed Kimono.