Travel Guide: Tulum, Mexico

I recently returned from a week long trip to Mexico where we had an amazing time exploring Tulum. This trip had been in the works for months and I actually cannot believe it's over. Let me start by saying this place is like no other location I've been to in Mexico, it is inexplicably unique and truly worth putting on your short list of where to visit next.  Tulum has been getting a lot of (well deserved) attention lately for its eco boutique hotels, delcicious food scene and, best of all, the sandy beaches that meet the Caribbean Sea. 


I am definitely guilty of falling into the beach bum category and love nothing more than planting myself in the sand with an umbrella, SPF 85 and a great book to get lost in. This trip was all that and much more.

We stayed at a place called Coco Tulum in rustic beachside cabanas. The cabanas had cute private decks outfitted with you own hammock and adirondack chairs. The rooms were clean, simple, and above all, extremely well priced. Keep in mind the (extremely clean and equally pretty) communal bathrooms for the beachfront cabanas. For a less rustic experience, I suggest booking one of the rooms in the tower with private bathrooms. We also checked out Coqui Coqui and really enjoyed the vibe there. We also really enjoyed spending time at Posada Margherita, the hotel two properties over.

Juice Stand
Posada Margherita Beach
Griffin Coco tulum Beach


You really can't go wrong with eating out in Tulum, but make sure you don't miss the juice bar at Posada Margherita, poblano pepper crepes at El Tabano, and the black bean tostadas at Simple. You can't visit Tulum without going for dinner at Hartwood. We were told multiples times to get to the restaurant around 5:15 to ensure your spot on the reservation list, and boy should we have listened. Showing up at 6 after a leisurely beach walk from your hotel will get you a 10:30 seating. Trust me, we learned the hungry way...

Posada Margherita Juice
Posada Margherita Breakfast Menu
Posada Margherita Atmosphere
Heartwood Atmosphere
Heartwood Hearth
Heartwood Bar

I am going to take this moment to tell you HOW STRONG THE SUN IS! Use the last photo as inspiration when you're feeling like slapping on sunscreen is the last thing you want to be doing. Believe it or not but i wore SPF 80 the whole trip and still toasted. Do myself and yourself a favor so you don't end up channeling my lobster look in your vacation pics.

When we weren't hanging on the beach, we took some day trips to check out the Dos Ojos Cenote, Tulum ruins and Akumal beach where you can snorkel with turtles (photos of that coming soon hopefully...)

Dos Ojos
Dos Ojos Asmosphere
Tulum Ruins Beach Atmosphere
Tulum Ruins
Tulum Ruins By Boat
Akumal Picnic
Lifeguard Stand

A great trip with some of my favorite company. I can't wait to go back.

West Coast Weekend

I headed to LA this past weekend to meet one of my dear friends for the second weekend of Coachella. We rallied at 6am in order to beat the LA traffic for the very scenic road trip to Palm Springs. I had never been to the music festival or out to the desert, so this trip was extra exciting for me! The 95 degree weather and arid land was a huge change from the mild spring weather we have been having in New York. The weekend was filled with SPF 70, margaritas, harmonizing to Haim (and Lorde), catching up with old friends and exploring new places. It was such a treat to be out west, but there is nothing like returning home after a wonderfully exhausting trip.

Off The Beaten Path: Phoenicia Diner

It is always nice to find new "getaway" spots that are close by for those weekends (or weekdays!) when you just need a break. My favorite spot away from the city this year has been Phoenicia, NY. Though the summer brings all sorts of people up there for hiking, camping and water sports along the Esopus Creek, the winter is relatively quiet. This means no waiting for my favorite brunch place right now... Check it out here.


I recently returned from a trip to London where we stayed at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. I wanted to share some interior photos of our room. I loved the industrial feel of the aluminum, solid wood and low pile carpets mixed with the camping mugs and denim accents. The whole place is really well done (as is the room service from the just opened hotel restaurant, Hoi Polloi). I wish I had some good shots of the lobby to add to this post, but you'll have to check out the hotel website here to see for yourself!