Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vacation

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This post is a bit delayed but I figured it’s better late than never! If you follow along on Instagram, you might already know we took a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last month. And it was pretty wonderful. It’s somewhere I’ve been going the last 5 or so years ever since my parents bought a condo there. Fun fact, they actually honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta almost 40 years ago, so it’s always been a special place for them. Now, it’s a special place for all of us—my sister and her husband even got married there! 

We feel incredibly grateful to have a wonderful home to stay there but, because of this, I unfortunately don’t have hotel recommendations. However, I’m always happy to try to help in any way I can, so feel free to reach out with any questions in that realm and I’ll do my very best. 

Their building is located in Zona Romantica (the Romantic Zone), which is where we spent mostly all of our vacation. It’s filled with plenty of boutique hotels, art galleries, cafes, global restaurants, cute cobblestone streets, beaches and more.

The majority of this post is dedicated to what I wore but I’m also sharing a list of some of our favorite places to eat, plus things to do and see. I hope you enjoy!

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Madewell Sandals available here, here and here | Walmart Pants - similar below | Kinilush Bag - more affordable options here and here

Our first night in Puerto Vallarta started off wonderfully. We actually had my parents there for our first two days, so we enjoyed dinner out with them at Daiquiri Dick’s. I’ve been there before and their food is very unique. They classify it as “Mediterranean-Mexican with subtle Asian influences” and that’s spot-on. Honestly, to me the food is just ok but I think it can be a good option if you’re looking for somewhere with more Americanized food choices. Definitely do go to enjoy a margarita with a beach view. Just be careful—they are STRONG!

My biggest outfit tip: I ended up living in my lightweight linen pants during the daytime and wish I’d brought more. This was the first trip I realized I’d rather choose easy-breezy, longer length bottoms over denim and other shorts. Don’t get me wrong, definitely bring a great pair of denim shorts but after a few days, most likely a slight sunburn and maybe a few bug bites, you’ll want comfy, lightweight coverage. Lightweight pants are the perfect comfy bottoms to toss on with a tank or tee or even with your swimsuit to head to the beach or pool. You can just as easily dress them up with a cute crop top and strappy heels for evening.

These Madewell sandals also had zero break-in period needed and truly went with everything. I brought other sandals but ended up wearing these the majority of our vacation. I can’t recommend them enough!

Full disclosure: most of my outfits shown here ended up being dinner looks because it was just too hot/sunny to take outfit photos during the day. Plus, Tariq (my Instagram boyfriend) was much more open to taking photos if they were at night after he had a drink. 😅

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Vici Dolls Dress - old; similar breezy styles below | Gigi Pip Hat - similar here and here

Our first morning we woke up and went to breakfast at Cafe de Olla, which I highly recommend. When I’m in Mexico, I pretty much always order either huevos rancheros or chilaquiles and I had the huevos rancheros. Tip—order the hash browns, too! I don’t know what they do to them but they’re crisp yet creamy and it. is. heaven. Their Mexican Coffee is also delicious and tastes like cinnamon.

For dinner on our second night, we went to Joe Jack’s because it’s one of my favorite places for fish tacos. It’s not on the beach but it’s a cool atmosphere and their fish is delicious. I wore a navy midi dress from Vici Dolls which is unfortunately old and no longer on the website, so I linked some similar breezy styles for you.

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And Other Stories Tee c/o | Nordstrom Linen Pants | Madewell Sandals | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

This all-white outfit may have been one of my favorite looks. It was just easy and effortless and I find myself feeling most comfortable in classic outfits over trendy styles, even on vacation. This is something you could just as easily wear all summer long for casual days or backyard bbq’s. Size down in the white linen pants, as they do run a bit big.

I wore this outfit for dinner out at El Mole de Jovita. I had the Tacos Dorados with mole sauce which was so yummy. When you arrive, they give you chips with three different types of mole and you choose which mole sauce you like best for your entree. This is another place that’s not directly on the beach but you’ll love the ambiance and family feel. Each night, this young man plays his guitar and sings on the street and he’s incredible. I feel like I’ve “known him” for a few years and only just learned he’s in school for music. You’ll love him.

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Goodnight Macaroon Dress c/o

For an easy little day-to-night dress, I wore this polka dot number from Goodnight Macaroon. I love how it’s still classic in silhouette and print. I’m not huge on polka dots but this one is done right and almost gives me Julia Roberts “Pretty Woman” vibes with the color. I’m 5’6” and it does run a little short. I’d wear boy shorts or swim bottoms underneath for added comfort/security.

This is the night we went to Langostino’s on the beach. I’ve been there before and remember I wasn’t impressed with the margaritas but they were great this time and the food was really good. We had lobster and a cheese dip I can’t remember the name of but it was delicious.

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Hat Attack Coverup | Madewell Scrunchie | Nordstrom Hat

About halfway through the trip, we realized (to get the most out of our vacation) we wanted it to feel like a true vacation: relaxing, rejuvenating and stress-free. We don’t get to spend nearly enough time at home together with absolutely nothing on the agenda. So, we decided hanging out at the pool all day was just fine.

I usually bring two swimwear styles with me on vacation: something strapless for sunbathing and something with a little shoulder coverage for when I get sunburned.

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Goodnight Macaroon Off-Shouder Bikini c/o | Ella Moss White Ruffle Bikini Top and Bottom | Striped Shorts - similar here and here

The olive bikini is from Goodnight Macaroon and it’s a great price at just under $50 for both pieces. I was happy with the quality and fit, though I could have used a little more room on the bottom and a little less on top. I have the small and am usually an xs on top and small on the bottom. If it helps, I’m a 34A/32B and size 25 in jeans.

The white ruffle bikini I bought last summer and I’m still so in love with it. It’s truly such a sweet style and I absolutely love the flutter sleeves. They added just enough protection and sun coverage and it’s a really flattering silhouette on the arms. I bought this directly from Shopbop and it’s unfortunately sold out but I did find it on Amazon in select sizes. The top can be found here and the bottoms here.

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Leith Midi Skirt | And Other Stories Tee c/o

We went to Pancho’s Takos for one of our last dinners out, which is hands-down my absolute MUST-GO every year. They kind of blew up from a Trip Advisor review, so they d fill up fast! They’re only open from 6pm-2am and usually I recommend going before they open to get in line. We went at 6:15pm and luckily snagged a seat right away, so I guess you never know!

This midi skirt was another style I loved for easy, breezy effortless coverage. I loved it with a jersey tee, again for coverage.

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Flat Lay: Everlane Linen Tank c/o | Levi’s Wedgie Shorts here and here | H&M Hairband | Kristin Ess Sea Salt Spray | Supergoop Powder SPF

Outfit Photo: BB Dakota Tank | Levi’s Wedgie Shorts here and here

For my days in denim shorts, I wore these Levi’s wedgie shorts. I also love these Levi’s shorts, which are a great length. I made sure to bring along a couple easy and pretty white tanks to pair with them like this lace peplum from BB Dakota and this linen button-down from Everlane.

I also swore by this Supergoop sunscreen brush—I put it in my hair part!

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Lastly, these are the pajamas I brought with me and they were the perfect comfy, easy style. They’re a great weight for the season or if you just run hot at night—which I do, so I’m still wearing them. The top runs a little big and the bottoms run a little small.

Here’s a little recap of some of our favorite restaurants for convenience…

Where We Ate

Breakfast:

Cafe de Olla - Try the huevos rancheros, hash browns and Mexican coffee

Coco’s Kitchen - We ate here at least 3 times. I love the chilaquiles and it’s a really cool indoor/outdoor vibe

Andales - Sit Outside. Can be a little busy but the food is good

Lunch:

Agrodolce - The white shrimp pizza here was SO good!

The Blue Shrimp - Food is okay but it’s an easy place on the beach to enjoy a late-afternoon cerveza

Dinner:

Daquiri Dick’s - Go for the margaritas

Joe Jack’s - I love the Fish Tacos

El Mole de Jovita - Tacos Dorados with Mole

Pancho’s Takos - Go early, try everything! My favorites are chorizo tacos, beef & bacon tacos, quesadilla

What to Do

Like I said, we quickly realized we wanted the majority of our trip to consist of having nothing on the agenda but we usually try to do at least one new excursion on each trip. Our favorite travel team is Vallarta Adventures by far. They’re friendly, fun and you can usually book online to take advantage of a deal—like 3 excursions for the price of 2. This trip, we did Rhythms of the Night, which was a night cruise to a remote island for a show and dinner. We did the VIP offer for the best seats in the house but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary. We really enjoyed the show and would love to go back for a day trip. This one looks amazing.

A few more favorite Vallarta Adventures we love:

Yelapa

Islas Marietas Eco Discovery

Outdoor Zip Line Adventure

Snorkeling at Los Arcos

More To Do in Puerto Vallarta and Surrounding Areas:

Visit Sayulita - Cutest beach town for shopping and more

Walk the Malecon (boardwalk)

Rent a Cabana on the beach. Most of the hotels on the beach offer towels and cabanas for rent even if you’re not staying there

I hope this post is helpful but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all and, as always, thank you so much for reading!

xx Tyler

6 Classic Vacation Essentials

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No.1 COVERUP | No.2 BODYSUIT | No.3 BREEZY SHORTS | No.4 DENIM SHORTS | NO.5 SLIDE SANDALS | NO.6 SARONG

With the season warming up and our trip to Mexico around the corner, I’ve been doing a little bit of vacation shopping and wanted to share some of my personal favorite, must-have finds. While I always seem to gravitate more towards trendy, feminine, flirty pieces in the warmer months, I’ve been trying to keep my wardrobe classic and want my vacation wardrobe to also reflect that as much as possible. Below are six of my must-have, vacation essentials for any warm weather trip!

No.1 Beach and Pool Coverup

Sure, you can throw shorts on over your bikini or one-piece before you hit the beach or pool but is there anything more effortless and pretty than a chic, sheer coverup? I think not. I love having a maxi length style you can use to shield your skin from the sun in a pinch!

No.2 Tank Bodysuit

An easy style to pair with shorts and skirts for a chic and effortless look is the bodysuit. These tank styles are both comfy and sleek and really work well with everything. Tip: You can also use a one-piece suit the same way!

No.3 Breezy Shorts

Light and airy is the name of the game for any warm-weather vacation. I always pack a pair of breezy, cotton or linen shorts I can toss on with a tank or tee—or even pair with a sweater for a cooler evening!

No.4 Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are something I don’t skimp on. I personally love a high rise with a little extra length at the rear and will invest in styles that fit, are flattering and last. These Levi’s wedgie shorts are one of my favorite pairs.

No.5 Comfy Slide Sandals

Whether slipping on before heading to the pool/beach or if you’re doing a day of walking, a comfy pair of sandals is a non-negotiable. This pair walked me all over Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with absolutely no break-in needed. They go with absolutely everything and have the perfect amount of support.

No.6 Sarong

Another pool essential, you can wear a sarong over a bikini or one-piece whether you’re enjoying a magazine, your favorite book or a good cocktail. ;) Toss on a straw hat and sandals and you’re set!

Are you heading anywhere warm this season? What are your must-haves? I’d love to know!

As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler

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16 White Dresses under $100

White Dresses Under $100

No.1 linen shirt dress // No.2 trapeze dress // No.3 midi sundress // No.4 wrap dress // No.5 chambray midi dress // No.6 lace midi dress // No.7 slip dress // No.8 midi dress // No.9 off shoulder dress // No.10 cotton dress // No.11 ruffle dress // No.12 off shoulder dress // No.13 midi tee dress // No.14 off shoulder dress // No.15 linen button-down wrap // No.16 t-shirt dress

From mini to maxi, wrap silhouettes to ruffles and everything in between, a little white dress might be the biggest style staple for the spring and summer season. They’re the epitome of effortless and make styling a breeze. Whether tossed on with a denim jacket for spring daytime, paired with strappy sandals and a beach bag for vacation or dressed up with wedges for a summer soiree, the little white dress will take you through warmer days with pure ease.

Find the style staples to get you started for the season!

A linen shirt dress is both classic and modest and can do double duty for day to night.

For beach days and breezy nights, this midi sundress is a must.

A wrap dress flatters every frame—truly!

I have this silk slip dress and it’s equal parts sexy and effortless.

For an upcoming vacation, this midi dress shows the perfect hint of skin—on the back!

Anything off-shoulder is always on-trend for the warmer months. Try a ruffled style for feminine flair or this one for something classic and simple.

Another vacation favorite, this cotton dress is sweet as can be—I love the detailing.

Simple and laid-back, this t-shirt style midi dress is a great comfy way to test the midi trend.

What’s your personal favorite style?

x Tyler

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5 Things to Do in San Francisco

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If you’re going to San Francisco....

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...be sure to take a jacket!

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Living in the Bay Area, there’s certainly no lack of things to do. Whether you head north to Napa Valley, explore the city or visit the East Bay, you really have a vast array of options. From beach days to nature hikes; city life to wine country. It’s honestly an incredible area I truly feel lucky to both live in and be from. 

Growing up in the suburbs of the East Bay (about 25 miles outside San Francisco), a trip into “the city” was always a treat and something I was able to start doing “on my own” in high school. We would take the train in for a shopping trip in Union Square. In college, we’d meet “in the city” for drinks when everyone was back home. And in my few single years after college, it seemed like the only place to meet people was “in the city.” 

Fast forward to now and I started going “into the city” less and less. Call it having less free time or more “wanting to spend your free time with Netflix, your dogs and a murder documentary” but, somehow, over the years, it happened. 

But on a Saturday in the middle of February, after almost a month of rain and being cooped up inside, Patricia Nash Designs inspired me to take a trip...into the city. 

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Aa a brand inspired by discovery, Patricia Nash values both wonder and wander and her designs are inspired by her own travels, memories, people and places she cherishes. With meticulous craftsmanship and loving design, her handbags, footwear and accessories are perfect to take you through your own everyday travels and adventures. Plus everything in between.

For me, a day trip to San Francisco entails plenty of walking. I’m sure you’ve all heard of its infamous hills. I slipped into these Fia Loafers for the first time and was instantly amazed at their level of comfort. Memory foam flats? Yep! Memory foam flats that feel like you’re walking on a cloud. We were able to walk through the Marina and uphill through Pacific Heights with ease.

I also took along her Raffia Meldola Satchel which is both spacious and beautifully crafted with unique details. I absolutely love the acrylic tortoise-shell-effect handles. It also has plenty of pocket space, along with a detachable strap and scarf.

Of course, if you’re heading into the city, layers are a must. San Francisco and the entire Bay Area is made up of microclimates, meaning you can go from cold to hot to windy and pretty much everything in between. Keep in mind, the closer you get to the water, the colder it can be. Overall though, San Francisco weather is pretty mild.

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We spent our day in the Marina, grabbed coffee, picked up flowers, meandered up through Pacific Heights and caught a tiny bit of the Chinese New Year parade all while enjoying this beautiful city and each other’s company. And it was glorious.

And without further ado, whether you’re a Bay Area Native like me or visiting this city by the Bay for your first time, here’s 5 things to do in San Francisco…

No. 1 Meander Through the Marina:

If you’re looking for a place to start in San Francisco, try the Marina. You can catch a picturesque view of the Golden Gate just as easily as you can grab coffee and brunch, pick up fresh flowers and do some boutique shopping. Make your way up towards Pacific Heights and The Presidio for quintessential SF mansions and city views. 

No. 2 Bike Across the Golden Gate:

Everyone should do this at least once. We did this for my 27th birthday to check something off my bucket list and it was truly an exhilarating feeling and incredible experience. It’s easy to rent bikes from plenty of places, depending on how far you feel like biking. Tip: once you head across the bridge, grab a drink in Sausalito and take the ferry back. Also Tip: the bridge is incredibly windy. Why I didn’t realize this, I have no idea. It’s San Francisco.

No. 3 Play Tourist at Fisherman’s Wharf 

If you took the ferry back from Sausalito, you’ll end up at The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero. Brave the crowds and play tourist. With Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll have plenty of water (or seal) views. Tip: this is also a great area if you want to spend a rainy day indoors. There’s both the Exploratorium and Aquarium. You can even go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Wax Museum if that’s your thing. Or, grab clam chowder and a lobster roll at Hog Island or Pier 23 plus an Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista. You’ll also be really close to Ghirardelli Square. You can catch a cable car and take it all the way to Powell Street. 

No. 4 Go Shopping in Union Square

If you took the cable car from Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll find yourself hitting the end of the line at Powell Street and the heart of Union Square. Take some time to meander through Westfield Mall or simply walk up towards Union Square for a day of downtown shopping. 

No. 5 Take in the SF Views

For when you’re just in it for the #PhotoOp, San Francisco has plenty of places to take in the views or get a gram-worthy shot. Try Twin Peaks, Hawk Hill, Alamo Square, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Kirby Cove for a swing that overlooks the Bay, or grab drinks at a high-rise like Top of the Mark or The View Lounge at the Marriott. End with dinner at The Cliff House or Waterbar. 

As always, thank you for reading. Have you spent time in San Francisco?

XO Tyler

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Special thanks to Patricia Nash Designs for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

4 Swimwear Styles in Neutral Tones to Try This Season

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Whether you’re heading on vacation or prepping for the warm weather season, there’s a swimwear style to suit you. I’m breaking down the must-have styles below!

Strapless

If you don’t bring a strapless swimsuit on vacation, did you even go on vacation? Ok, yes of course you did, but it’s truly a must-have style in any woman’s collection. If tan lines aren’t your thing or you want a style that wears seamlessly under your vacation dresses and spaghetti straps—a strapless or bandeau style is for you. Tip: look for one with a removable halter strap to go from sporty to strapless in an instant. Something without underwire will also be most comfortable.

Sporty

Whenever heading on vacation, I always make sure to bring something that will be both comfy and practical. Leave the strapless styles for sunbathing, something strappy in a sporty silhouette will be your best friend for snorkeling, jet skiing, swimming—and everything in between. Look for styles with thicker straps for added support!

Feminine

For something sweet to pair with shorts hanging by the pool, a flirty and feminine swimsuit will be your best friend. Look for ruffles or sheer details like lace and crochet or try a flirty off-the-shoulder silhouette. A well-placed ruffle or a hint of sleeve can be just the extra bit of coverage you crave. Tip: white makes a tan pop!

One-Piece

One-piece swimsuits have made a major comeback in the recent years. And with good reason. They’re a great way to stay both comfortable and cool and can offer plenty of coverage or show plenty of skin. They can be sleek, chic and classic and still just as sexy (if that’s your thing). Pick your style preference—sporty, feminine or strapless—and I promise you’ll feel confident in this silhouette this season.

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What’s your favorite swimwear style?

As always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler