Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 2

I woke up with the sun on my first morning at Villa del Palmar and still thought I was dreaming. The only thing missing was my husband who I will definitely bring next time! I felt well rested and refreshed, ready for a fun day filled with adventures!

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The morning began with this decadent breakfast spread!

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After breakfast we took a tour of the property. This is the Danzante Bungalow. It is at Danzante Bay on the outer edge of the resorts property and is an 800 square foot yurt! It is totally private with its own jacuzzi on the deck right on the sand! How romantic! I would love to stay there and sip champagne in the jacuzzi under the stars!

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This was an interesting and important part of the tour because it is part of the desalinization system which is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater. A big concern when traveling to Mexico is always the water. At Villa del Palmar all the water is drinkable because of this system! It was impressive. They really care about the environment and do a lot to give back to their local community.

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I loved spending time at the Sabila Spa. It was absolutely gorgeous and soooo relaxing. I had a wonderful mini massage and then spent time hopping around from the jacuzzi to sauna to steam to cold water plunge. They also offer yoga, meditation, juice therapy and have a new wellness program.

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The afternoon was spent taking a scenic 50 min. shuttle ride along the coast into the quaint little downtown area of Loreto. There is shopping in Handcraft Alley, great food/drinks and historic buildings like the church and Mission. Carlos from Villa del Palmar was our guide and really gave us a lot of historical information about the town as well as the best spot for chocolate clams and jalapeño margaritas!

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When we returned from town we had a magical meal at Danzante, the fine dining restaurant at Villa del Palmar. My photos don’t do it justice because of the soft, dim lighting but trust me, it was delicious!

More adventures from this trip coming soon!

 
 

Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 1

Sunny beaches, snorkeling, hiking, yoga on the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, amazing food and drinks, an award winning spa and much, much more all nestled into a beautiful cove on the Sea of Cortez? YES PLEASE!!!

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a few days at the fabulous Villa del Palmar resort in Loreto, Mexico. Just a quick 2 hour flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines, Loreto is on the Baja Peninsula and is a sister city to Hermosa Beach, California. Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly staff member from Villa del Palmar who was ready to shuttle me 30 minutes away to paradise. My group grabbed margaritas to go and we hit the road. Between the gorgeous drive along the rustic coastline and the drink, I was in full relaxation mode when we arrived at the resort. Set on hundreds of acres, the Villa del Palmar is called the only “Million Star Resort” because at night the sky comes alive with millions of stars. It is spectacular!

From the moment I arrived I felt like I was dreaming. The beautifully groomed grounds, friendly smiles from all of the staff members, warm salty air, spacious room, gorgeous pools and fabulous food…could it get any better? Every moment of everyday spent at Villa del Palmar was magical!

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The Villa del Palmar Loreto

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The little bar in the airport makes legit margaritas (no need to worry about the ice!) and you can take them on the shuttle to the resort!

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Check-in was a breeze and my room was gorgeous. I had a giant jacuzzi tub and a  huge balcony that faced the ocean. I was seriously ready to move in! They pulled out all the stops to make me feel special and right at home.

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After checking in I headed straight to lunch which was absolutely fabulous. Everything was super fresh and delicious. I was in foodie heaven! I just want to note that someone in my group was vegan and the resort staff never missed a beat. They completely catered to her dietary restrictions and made her delicious alternatives to suit her needs.

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The room key was a resort wrist band which I thought was really cool and convenient. I never had to worry about losing it. Brilliant!

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The sunsets from my balcony were spectacular!

Evenings at Villa del Palmar can be as quiet or as lively as you want. If dinner and a show is your thing they’ve got you covered. If you want to sing karaoke till your hearts content, you can. Is dancing the night away your jam? There is a disco up on the hill with a shuttle to take there. Want to sit around a fire pit with a glass of wine, no problem. Take an evening soak in the giant jacuzzi, a romantic walk on the beach under the stars, or just have a quiet night in… whatever your heart desires, there is something for everyone at Villa del Palmar Loreto.

More adventures from this trip coming soon!

 
 

Black Friday Deals and Steals

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Good Morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today I have rounded up some of my favorite BLACK FRIDAY sales that you can access online so you don’t have to leave the house. Stay inside in your cozy pjs, eat leftovers and shop till you drop on your living room floor!

Clothes
* 40% off the entire site thru Monday at Feather 4 Arrow with code BLACKFRIDAY. One of my besties is the woman behind this awesome line of clothing for women and children.

* Beautiful bras and panties are 40% off at ThirdLove with code blackfriday40.

* Prisim Boutique is offering 25% off sweaters and outerwear with code TOPITOFF and 40% off sale items with code WHYWAIT40. This is one of my favorite Long Beach boutiques!

* 30% off of everything at one of my faves…Trina Turk.

* If you have got some $$$ to spend Alexander McQueen is having an awesome sale!

Beauty
* 40% off everything for your hair thru Monday at Macadamia Professional with code HOLIDAY40.

* The eco-friendly facial mask line BioRepublic will be offering 30% off all purchases made with code DEALSWEEK30.

* 20% off, free shipping and a free gift on purchases over 30$ at Pixi Beauty

* Birchbox is offering 25% off any $35+ purchase with code BIGDEAL.

* Beauty Collection Stores are offering amazing in store deals today as well as online promotions.

* My new favorite super matte lipstick is from POP Beauty and now thru Nov. 30th take 30% off with code POPblack30!

Accessories
* Unique hair accessories from Elizabeth Heard are 15% off all orders with code LIKE 20% off all orders over 150 with code LOVE and 25% off all orders over $250 with code GOTTAHAVEGOTTAGIVE.

* 15% and 20% off cards and gifts at Minted.

* 30% at BaubleBar with code THX.

* 20% off everything at Miansai.

* 25% off all of the cutest pins, postcards and nail stickers from my friend Sara Lyons with code HOLIDAZE.

Art
* My talented friend Farron Feiner makes some gorgeous weavings and is offering 30% off for Black Friday with code TURKEYHANGOVER!

 
 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays. I was thrilled to be hosting this year and couldn’t wait to set the table. I collected some fall leaves while we were in Portland and somehow they survived the trip and made it home with me in one piece. I love using nail polish for small paint jobs because it is easily accessible and dries fast. I tipped the leaves with this light gold by Pixi and wrote names on them for place cards. I love how it turned out. I channeled my inner Martha today. Whatever you do have a safe and fulfilled day with friends and family! XOXO

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