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3 Days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

My PJs: Plum Pretty Sugar // Britt’s PJs: Plum Pretty Sugar

I believe that most of you know that I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta recently with my good friend Britt from Hello Honey blog. If you have not been to this area of Mexico, I honestly cannot say enough amazing things about it! Our number one concern traveling as 2 girls, was our safety and not once did we ever feel unsafe. Not at the airport, at our hotel, walking around the city or even getting a taxi. Although we didn’t venture out too far from our beautiful hotel, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, we had the most relaxing, and beautiful vacation I think either one of us could have asked for.

Our vacation was a quick 3 night stay as I had little time to take off from work and Britt had 2 important men waiting for her at home. We made the most of our 3 night stay and pushed the limits when it came to sun bathing, relaxing, and over indulging in ALL of the food options at the hotel. With 4 exceptional dining options, a full service spa, 24/7 gym, 2 pools, and a walk-up beach front, we were in our own little paradise!

Day 1

Since we did not arrive until late afternoon, we checked into our room and then immediately headed down to check out the hotel pool situation but more importantly the swim up bar situation (#priorities). After a few drinks we freshened up for dinner and made our way down to the Westin’s fine dining restaurant, Arrecifes Seafood and Steakhouse.

This was by far my favorite meal, or I should say meals, of the trip. We had a series of 6 courses and I devoured every single one of them as I was not told that we would be having 6 courses. I all but licked my plate clean on each of the courses as I was sure it was my last, especially when we came to the 4th course, which was sorbet. Any person in their right mind would think sorbet was dessert right? WRONG. It was a “palette cleanser” to get us ready for the main course and dessert. The inner fat girl in me was not mad about this. Maybe a little disappointed that I had wasted stomach space on the first couple courses but not to fear, I still devoured my delicious filet as well as the goat cheese cheesecake, coconut ice cream and cappuccino.

Day 2

Our first full day of vacation took the term relaxation and maybe even over indulgence to the extreme. I justify it because neither one of us had had a vacation in far too long! We started the morning with room service and since everything on the menu looked absolutely divine (I promise we weren’t even hungover), we pretty much ordered one of everything. Vacation calories don’t count after all. After taking our sweet time enjoying our feast on our balcony that overlooked the beautiful pools and beach front, we got ready for a day of relaxing by the pool. With 2 pools to choose from, we chose the one with the swim up bar (duh). We were very quickly introduced to our new best friend, the Miami Vice cocktail. Happy hour was from 2-3 each day but we pretty much made every hour a happy one if you know what I mean 😉

There were several places to grab lunch around the hotel such as Arrecifces Beach Club or Tlaquepaque pool bar but we decided to make the most of our sun time and order directly from the pool menu since it was quite abundant. Ceviche, tuna tartare and guacamole and chips were our diet for much of the trip when we weren’t on our liquid diet that is.  Maybe it was the drinks talking, but we met several people at the pool that we became friends with right off of the bat. In fact, they tried to talk us into canceling our fight home so that we could stay and go to karaoke night with them. I was pretty convinced, Britt needed a little more bribing 🙂

For dinner we ate at the Westin’s La Cascada restaurant where we enjoyed scallops, muscles, roasted duck and creme brulee . I loved this dinner setting a lot because it was still inside the hotel but was open to and overlooked the entire property. We even got to end the night watching a firework show!

Day 3

Our third and final day qualifies as my favorite day. We started the morning off for breakfast at one of the beautiful pergolas (similar to a cabana) on the beach. The menu consisted of the hotel’s Superfood menu packed with nutrients and energy. Normally you would find me with my nose turned up but everything that was served, including the quinoa yogurt parfait was out of this world, as was the view of the ocean.

From there we went to the onsite spa to get a massage and let me just tell you it was the best one that I had EVER had and the facility was one of the nicest too. We sat in the sauna and freshened up in the locker room after our services were done. With fully relaxed minds and bodies, we blew off any sense of trying to be productive and headed right back to the pool for more sun time and Miami Vices.

For our last night’s dinner we finally ventured away from the hotel premises and into Old Town Puerto Vallarta to a place on the beach called La Palapa. I guess you could say we went out with a bang because I think we ordered more drinks (er, shots), than we did food. Which is saying a lot because there was no shortage of food. We started with the coconut shrimp and then I got the tuna tartare (my fav) and Britt had the salmon. We also each ordered a dessert and coffee. There was a 2 person band that sang American song covers and Britt and I danced our last night away overlooking the sunset and beach.


Having stayed at multiple Westin’s in the states, I knew what a quality hotel I would be getting, but the Puerto Vallarta site was by far more like a 5 star resort than anything compared to in the states. With enough amenities and beach front access, you honestly could stay at the resort your entire vacation and be perfectly content which is exactly what most people that we talked to were doing. Since I am such an avid traveler, I do not normally try to ever go back to one place more than once, but I can honestly say that Puerto Vallarta and the Westin are two places that I would LOVE to go back to. That being said, I am currently taking applications for travel buddies 🙂

*Thank you so much to the Westin for sponsoring our stay while we were there. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Beach Trip Packing Guide

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The day is finally here that I get on a plane to Puerto Vallarta! I thought it only appropriate to share some of my not-so-obvious things that I can’t go to the beach without. You can shop these directly by clicking on the pictures above or the corresponding numbers below the picture collage.

Sunhat and sunglasses– Hopefully it’s going to be sunny wherever you go so bring your favorite shades and hat. Both of these are an absolute must for the beach to keep your skin protected from the sun. I always opt for a wider brim hat to get the most coverage. The sequins and cute message were an added bonus. As for sunglasses- I linked my new favorite pair of Karen Walkers which are a total splurge, but if you you don’t want to risk losing or messing up your favorites, here is a knock off pair that is less than $25.

Swimsuits– If you saw my recent post on one-piece swimsuits under $100, then you know I am a huge fan of this trend. The beach is one of the most appropriate places to show some skin, so find a swimsuit (or 2) that you look and feel good in. It’s not everyday that you get to show off that bod! I will be taking this sexy little number with me!

Beach shoes– The easiest way to make something instantly cute? Monogram it! Flip flops are a necessity at the beach and these Marley Lilly ones are just about the cutest, well-made pair I have seen in awhile. I suggest bringing along a pair that you can wear to the beach but will also double as a cute alternative to wear with other beach outfits. Besides the flips flops, bring a dressier pair of sandals like a wedge or espadrille for a nicer dinner or event. I usually stick to 2 pairs of shoes on vacations and that’s it.

Comfy clothes– Bring a few comfortable outfits to throw on after a long day at the beach. My go-to is a graphic tee and denim shorts. If it’s one thing you remember to pack, make it a pair of denim shorts. They are durable, can be worn in the sand and go with everything! If I am wanting to get a bit more dressed up, rompers are my favorite. They are quick, cute, and don’t take up too much room in your suitcase.

Jewelry– Keep it simple and versatile. Bring a couple pairs of earrings and a necklace that will match multiple outfits. My current favorite pair of earrings are the Bauble Bar tassel earrings.

Skin care– While my routine at the beach really doesn’t differ too much from my everyday routine, there are 2 products I wouldn’t dream of traveling without. Those are the Tula exfoliating mask and hydrating cream. When I am at the beach, I don’t like wearing a ton of make up (because I actually want to get some sun), so catching pimples before they start is a must. I will dab the exfoliating mask on blemishes before bed and wake up to a clear face! The sun will dehydrate your skin so I make sure to put a layer of moisturizer on my face in the morning and then also carry around my favorite chapstick.

Beach essentials– Besides the obvious, some things that keep my life a bit easier and more enjoyable at the beach are a good book, a large tote, and a pool float. If you are like me, you probably don’t ever get time to just relax and read for pleasure- well the beach is the perfect time for that! A large tote is a must to load up everything you will be taking to the beach- towels, books, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc. Another thing that has come in handy for me is bringing a smaller bag to put my phone, money and any other essentials in so that I am not digging forever in my larger tote. Lastly, the pool float is perfect because is can double as a beach chair or a relaxing way to sunbathe in the ocean. Plus it’s the perfect photo opp 🙂

Want to see what I am doing in Puerto Vallarta while I am there? Follow along with me on snapchat [shelbiadams] or Instagram stories for all of my crazy, real-life shenanigans. Also, I wanted to let you all know that since I will be in full vacation mode, there will not be a post up on Monday. Lastly don’t forget that I’ve already posted everything that I will be wearing on the trip here so that you can grab it before anything sells out! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Adult Spring Break

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Spring Break Vacation style: palm print tank + distressed denim + wedges

Top: Similar | Pants: Levi’s | Wedges: Steve Madden | Clutch: Elaine Turner | Bracelets: Elaine Turner | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Photography by: Banavenue

If you could use a vacation I would like you to raise your hand right now. I’m assuming all of you are raising your hands and I might as well be jumping up and down waving both because this girl needs the beach and a drank STAT! Well I’m excited to say that’s exactly where my happy butt will be in less than 2 days and I could not be more thrilled!

Britt, from Hello Honey blog, and I spontaneously decided a couple of weeks ago that we wanted an adult Spring Break adventure. Although we are certainly not above having a few too many drinks and dancing on the tables, we both were down for a more relaxing beach trip. Mexico was the obvious answer to our Spring Break wannabe blues. So without further ado, we are off to Puerto Vallarta in just 2 short days!

I have been snatching up all of the vacation wear that I can find. Nothing is more true when it comes to packing about suddenly needing 32 outfits for 3 days of vacation. #oops. If you are interested in getting a sneak peak of what I will be bringing along with me, I have listed everything here and also created a Spring Break wish list here.

This top is already packed in my ever growing suitcase and these jeans haven’t even made it in there yet because I wear them on a daily basis. There is a 99.9% chance I will even wear them on the plane. You know that pair of pants that very rarely gets washed because they are almost always on you? These are them and I have no shame whatsoever! As a side note, do make sure to size down in these as they run big.

I’d love for you to share along in our mini adult Spring Break adventures! Follow along with us on my Snapchat (shelbiadams) or Instagram as I post everything that we will be doing, where we are staying, and OF COURSE all of my outfits!

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Spring Break Wishlist + Shopbop Sale Picks

CLICK AN IMAGE TO SHOP THE ITEM DIRECTLY,
OR USE THE LINKS BELOW!

I remember in college I looked forward to Spring Break for months in advance. Planning out every detail so that once we all made it to the beach, it was 24/7 fun. Being the eldest child, I was not allowed to go on Spring Break until my junior year of college. Both of my younger sisters went when they were freshman. I’m still a little bitter about it but let’s continue on.

You don’t need an entire new wardrobe for the beach, because let’s be real you are probably going to be drunk in nothing but a swim suit the whole time. That being said, I always invest in a swim suit, cover up, beach bag and at least one cute outfit for a dinner out. Anything more than that and it just seems not to get worn.

If you are needing to stock up on any of these type of items, Shopbop is having their huge spring sale with up to 25% off depending on how much you spend. They have a great selection year round of name brand items. Everything you see above is apart of this sale. I’ve also included some additional sale picks below. Make sure to make your purchases this weekend so that online orders arrive before Spring Break!

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A Vacation Guide to Seaside, FL

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

A couple of months ago my family and I escaped to the most beautiful and colorful little town of Seaside, Florida. It was actually my second time to go to this little slice of heaven, but it was my family’s first and I loved getting to show them around one of my favorite places. I had not been in almost 10 years, but it was just as simple and beautiful as I remembered it. Growing up, my family would go to Florida almost every summer but with all of the sisters in college and in the working world, it had been far too long since we took a family vacation to the beach.

The pictures were scarce but the memories made were plentiful! When we weren’t lying around on the white sandy beaches, you could find us biking, playing board games, and exploring. My favorite thing about Seaside is how quaint and cute it is. From the beautiful beaches, to the pastel colored beach cottages, to the town square, to the best food I’ve ever eaten, Seaside has something to offer people of all ages. I can’t wait to go back and I hope you all get to experience Seaside at some point as well! If (and when) you do, here are my top recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what you must see while there!

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside is known for their pastel colored beach houses and I have got to say that my best recommendation if going with a big enough group, would be to rent a house. We used Trip Advisor to find our cottage for the week and could not have been more pleased. We stayed in Seagrove, which is a stone’s throw away from Seaside, and we were able to ride our bikes into town. Many houses will come with bikes and a golf cart to get around. Besides using the car to go get groceries and go to a couple of dinners, we lived car-free for the week! Having your own kitchen will also come in handy if you do not wish to eat out every meal.

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

The inner foodie in me could not have been more satisfied with every single meal that I ate in Seaside. True story: it’s hard to maintain that perfect beach bod with this many great food options at the beach! While I honestly don’t think you could go wrong with any place here, here are just a few of my favorites.

  • The food trucks– These are a Seaside staple and believe me you will want to try every one of them. These are great for a quick lunch or dinner and are located in the town center so it’s nice to sit outside and enjoy the sight seeing. My personal favorite is The Melt Down which is gourmet grilled cheeses made anyway you like. Need I say more? Others include shaved ice, BBQ, smoothies, Thai, and juices.
  • 30A Cafe– O. my. goodness. This was probably our favorite dinner of the trip. And when I say probably I mean most definitely. The food was absolutely incredible and the service was even better. Except the banana beignets might top all of that. It really was a great experience all around and I highly recommend this place!
  • Great Southern Cafe– We quickly discovered that this was THE place in town to go and for good reason! The gouda grits and every-flavored mojitos were my 2 favorites but the entire menu looks amazing! I suggest going for breakfast or brunch to beat the crowds during the evening.
  • Donut Hut– You know sis loves her donuts so naturally we tried the only donut shop in town which just so happened to be across the street from us. Ok fine we might have visited it almost every day. It’s just THAT good. If you have never tried a maple bacon donut, well now is your chance! They also have kolaches, danishes, and some other breakfast food.
  • Bud and Alley’s– Looking for a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy a great cocktail? This is a great place! The good is amazing as well as you can tell by the crowds. Go early and don’t mind the crowds because it is such a fun place to be. They also have a pizza and taco bar located right next door!

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

 Besides the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal blue water there is SO much more to do and see! If you are like me I can’t just lay on a beach, I like to explore and still get my tan on while being active. Here are a few of my favorite things around town.

  • Bike Riding– The number one form of transportation to get around town and to the beach is going to be by way of bikes. My favorite thing to do is bike around the neighborhoods of multi-colored beach cottages. It really is like riding past homes plucked straight off of Pinterest, y’all! This is a no brainer that you must do! Also if you enjoy early morning bike rides to get your morning brew, Amavida is located in the town square and is a must! This quickly became my favorite morning ritual.
  • Paddle Boarding– It is the thing to do here! It is a little more tricky than paddleboarding on a lake but if you are looking for a fun challange and are bored of laying around on the beach, this is a fun, and pretty cheap alternative!
  • Town Events– The town square has events going on most nights. From outdoor movies, to concerts, to live bands, there is always something! That’s why you must spend at least one night (if not every night) in the town square just to experience everything going on and all of the yummy food to boot! Fun fact: I got to be in a music video that they were taping one morning. So basically I’m famous, y’all 😉
  • Shopping– You know I couldn’t end this blog post without telling y’all about where to get your shop on! The town square has so many cute boutiques and pop up shops but let me warn you they are pretty pricey. A girl can window shop though right?! If you are looking for a more budget friendly option, Destin is pretty close and has a great outlet mall! Rainy beach days call for shopping!

If you plan to go to Seaside and have any more questions on where to stay or what to do, please feel free to reach out. Fair warning: I might be pretty persistent on wanting to tag along in your suitcase. I know I can’t wait to go back and it is a place that I will bring my family to for years to come!

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Towel | Swimsuit

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Jumpsuit | Hat

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Dress | Earrings

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