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A Day In Paris

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Since our first day in Paris was so toasty, I insisted on wearing a dress for the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. And I knew that meant a lot of walking (or in our case biking) so I threw on a pair of comfortable flats and we were off to breakfast/brunch. We ate breakfast at Claus and holy moly batman, it was seriously the best breakfast ever. I could have eaten there the rest of the trip it was so good. The wait was over an hour, but totally worth every last crumb I put in my mouth. Across the street from Claus is where they make and keep the pastries and perishables so the staff was constantly running across when they needed more eggs, tomatoes, croissants, etc. We ordered the brioche with orange and cinnamon, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, and eggs.

We then walked to the Louvre, which to be completely honest I wasn't that excited for because I was holding out for the Eiffel Tower, but once we got there I was obsessed with how beautiful it was. It was a little crowded because we got a late start, but still very pretty. And yes, we had to take a few corny photos. From there we walked through the Tuileries Garden and onto the Pont des Arts bridge (aka the Love Locks bridge). Although they're in the process of taking all the locks off, we couldn't pass up putting our own lock on the historic bridge - when in Rome (our case Paris), right. Mike went and bought a pink lock (duh!) for us, we wrote the "V <3 M" with the date, our life life motto "faith, family, health" then locked that sucker up. Threw the key overboard and walked away...we're officially love locked in in Paris!

Then we jumped on bikes, which are all over Paris that both locals and tourists grab-and-go to get around the city. The first 30 minutes are free then it's 1€ for each hour after. So we grabbed some bikes and  headed to the Eiffel Tower but first had to grab a few things for a picnic. We stopped at Bellota to pick up some meats. Bellota came highly recommended so we were excited to try their prosciutto, salami, and chorizo. Oh and they literally sliced the meats off the animal - it was pretty legit! Then ran across the street for a few bottles of rosé, cheese, cherries, and a French baguette (I think I've lost count of how many we've consumed at this point).

There's something so quaint and beautiful about the Eifffel Tower, then add riding bikes with your husband to the mix and you won't be able to get a smile off your face! Of course, I wanted to picnic at close as we could get to the Eiffel Tower, only after setting up realizing that we couldn't really see it because we were so close (jokes on me!). 

We ate dinner Seb'on, the cute and tiny restaurant with less than 10 tabes and enjoyed a tasty meal with wine, of course! 

Paper Crown Dress (major sale - only $70!!) | Pointy Toe Studded Flat | White Skinny Jeans | Michael Kors Crossbody/clutch (similar here

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Sketch in London

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When you find out there's an all-pink room in London called Sketch, you do everything in your power to go. I'm not even joking, I probably told every person I came across about it. And when Mike and I got there it definitely didn't disappoint. Just look at it -  have you seen anything like it?! From the second we walked in I was giddy like a kid in a candy store. Every inch of the room was literally perfectly designed from the chevron floor… to the pale pink puffy velvet couches/chairs…the shimmery copper bar…pale pink walls with dim lighting…pale pink receipts, etc.

When we initially walked into Sketch, the hostess greeted us and said we can take a look at the various rooms and pick which we'd like to take our drinks in. We popped in the first room (Mike like this room) but it wasn't pink so was a no-go in my book. Then headed into another room...as we got closer I saw pink pouring out of the doors (jackpot!). Then beyond the pink room, there was another sketchy circular bar, with the wash room above it (all pictured below). Clearly we made our way back to the pink room and started speaking with the bartender to get some background on this sketchy place (no pun intended).

This pale pink room is called the Gallery because it changes every 2 years. Yes, you read that right, it will only be pale pink for another year and a half so get your tush there ASAP! They close the room for about one month during renovations and bring in an amazing artist to literally re-design everything.  And by everything, I'm talking about the wait staff uniforms, bar, walls, art work, menu, floor, envelope you get the check in…literally everything (only the cocktail napkins stay the same..pictured). The brains and vision behind this pretty in pink room was by internationally celebrated artist David Shrigley.  

Regardless of the pink room, If you're in London you need to stop in Sketch for afternoon tea, dinner or drinks (tip: you must make a reservation for tea or dinning). The various designed rooms and wash room is seriously something out of this world. (PS - Apologies for any low quality photos - all photos were taken with an iPhone 6)

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Mexico Part 1: Fairmont Mayakoba

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As I sit here on my 5 1/2 hour flight from Cancun to San Francisco with sun-kissed skin (well...maybe more burnt then kissed, but let's roll with it) and reminiscing on the incredible work trip/vacation we had. We ate tons of amazing food, met some great people, jumped around to different hotels, drank lots of margaritas and mojitos, and celebrated 6 months of marriage. One of my favorite spots on our trip was the Fairmont Mayakoba

Fairmont Mayakoba is one of the most unique hotels we've stayed at. They have such a big property with different kinds of pools, restaurants, beach areas, etc. One of the coolest parts of the hotel was the different vibes we felt...one second we felt like we were in a tropical jungle, then the beach. The Fairmont was very comparable to our honeymoon spot at the St. Regis Punta Mita, which was nothing short of ultimate luxury. We kept ooh-ing and ah-ing at how cute, clean and unique everything was.

I knew we would like the Fairmont Mayakoba from the second we stepped out of the taxi - we were greeted with ice cold hand towels, which couldn't have been more refreshing in 90 degree heat. They have an open air lobby with a balcony overlooking the lagoons of Mayakoba. Mayakoba is it's own little community within Riviera Maya - with water canals connecting three hotels: Fairmont, RosewoodBanyan Tree, and a 18-hole golf course. Guests can jump from hotel to hotel riding the Mayakoba Connection, which is a cute little boat (see below).

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There are BMW bicycles outside of the rooms and throughout the hotel that you can pick up and go, which we thought was super fun! I don't even remember the last time I rode a bike so was a little slow at first until I got my grove back. Although, I did make my husband carry the beach bag because I would have ended up crashing if I had anything to do with it! Especially since I almost had a collision with a little dinosaur....I mean iguana

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We had breakfast at La Laguna, one of the restaurants on-site at the Fairmont. They had a buffet or a-la-cart ordering. We skipped the buffet and went straight for the eggs. The coffee tasted just like the coffee from our honeymoon, which brought back great memories. (If anyone knows what kind of coffee the St. Regis Punta Mita serves...please let us know!)

And lunch over looking the beachfront at Las Brisas, where I had a yummy coconut crusted chicken salad...my mouth waters thinking about it! 

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The rooms are awesome! They are mini bungalows, instead of the traditional hotel feel. There is wi-fi throughout the property, which was nice and each room has a french press (check, check) and showers with a huge window that opened up to the outdoors to give that feeling of showering outside - literally you can hear the birds chirping and palm trees blowing in the wind. Tip: Anyone can sign up for a Fairmont Presidents Club, which gives you complimentary room upgrades. We were able to get upgraded to the Beach Area Casita in the 700s on the top floor overlooking the Mayakoba lagoon and golf course. 

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We will definitely be coming back to the Fairmont Mayakoba, it's definitely made the list of our top places to stay on vacation. 

Stay tuned for more on our Mexico trip...will be posting our favorite dinner spots, drinks and more.

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