Beach Combing

 forever 21 trapeze blush dress zara black gold plated pool slides

forever 21 trapeze blush dress zara black gold plated pool slides

 waves ocean pacific beach mexico travel vacation las brisas

waves ocean pacific beach mexico travel vacation las brisas

 ocean pacific rock pools mexico

ocean pacific rock pools mexico

 forever 21 black straw panama hat vacation style outfit

forever 21 black straw panama hat vacation style outfit

 wide angle lens beach zihuatenejo ocean

wide angle lens beach zihuatenejo ocean

 las brisas ixtapa zihuatenejo mexico beach huts ocean

las brisas ixtapa zihuatenejo mexico beach huts ocean

 beach mexico vacation blogger zihuatenejo

beach mexico vacation blogger zihuatenejo

 karen walker helter skelter sunglasses style beach mexico vacation style blogger outfit fashion

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses style beach mexico vacation style blogger outfit fashion

Here it is… my final post from tropical Zihuatenejo! It pains me to know that I will not have any more sunny content to fill the blog with after these photos. Just more depressing, wintery months with less-than-optimal snowy scenery as a backdrop for outfit posts. Despite the fact that looking good isn't realistic in blizzards and -40 degree celsius temperatures, I have been brainstorming some creative ways to shoot my cold weather wares, because GOSH DARN IT I have so many sweaters/furs/boots/beanies that are begging to be styled! More on that soon… The above photos were taken on our final day roaming the beach, and I chose to wear this breezy trapeze dress, Zara gold & black pool slides, Karen Walker Helter Skelter tortoiseshell sunglasses, and a black straw panama hat. Love the simplicity of this dress and the endless ways to accessorize it… not to mention how ideal it is for comfort and ease!

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 jersey trapeze forever 21 dress

jersey trapeze forever 21 dress

 black straw panama hat

black straw panama hat

 karen walker helter skelter sunglasses

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses

 melissa cream slide sandal black gold plate

melissa cream slide sandal black gold plate

Oceanview Brights

hammock fashion blogger outfit mara hoffman white sandals
hammock fashion blogger outfit mara hoffman white sandals
zihuatenejo mexico fashion blogger style
zihuatenejo mexico fashion blogger style
mini ikat dress buckle h&m heels white
mini ikat dress buckle h&m heels white
mara hoffman mini dress outfit vacation
mara hoffman mini dress outfit vacation
mara hoffman ikat dress mini cobalt
mara hoffman ikat dress mini cobalt
h&m white leather strappy buckle block heels mexico ocean view
h&m white leather strappy buckle block heels mexico ocean view

In my younger days I was a big fan of colour. Not in the sense that I'd be wearing a rainbow of different brights every day, but I certainly wouldn't shy away from purchasing an electric blue skirt when the same one also comes in black. As I have now entered my mid twenties (WAH), my wardrobe has begun to veer more towards neutrals. Yuck, how sensible of me! Now, before we start to mourn the lack of colour in my closet, allow me to bring this issue full circle and say that the one occasion in which I still fully embrace colour is on VACATION! Party confetti emoji!!!!!! Yes indeed, there is something about the sun, sea, and sand (and tropical cocktails) that will always have me reaching for the most colourful of dresses. Enter this Mara Hoffman number! She is the queen of cheerful brights, aztec prints, and vaycay appropriate silhouettes, and I was so happy to be able to don one of her designs during my recent trip to Mexico. Even if I'm in monotones during my daily grind, I can still relish in the fact that my holiday attire will always be the sunny spot in my wardrobe.

 

Royal Palms

 forever 21 black straw panama hat mexico jungle outfit

forever 21 black straw panama hat mexico jungle outfit

 vintage black pleated midi skirt outfit crop halter straw hat

vintage black pleated midi skirt outfit crop halter straw hat

 seychelles black leather buckle strap sandals midi halter top hat mexico style outfit

seychelles black leather buckle strap sandals midi halter top hat mexico style outfit

 ixtapa mexico beach outfit vacation fashion blogger

ixtapa mexico beach outfit vacation fashion blogger

 sunday best aritzia halter crop top white floral outfit

sunday best aritzia halter crop top white floral outfit

The grounds of our resort were so lush -- these rock walled paths down to the ocean were completely engulfed by palms, cacti, and other greenery. They made a perfect backdrop for this Jane-of-the-Jungle-esque outfit. I have recently been embracing midis with open arms after resenting them for essentially my whole life due to the fact that I thought they would make my legs look shorter than they already are. When I found this pleated basic black version while thrifting I decided to just go for it, cause it was like $4.99 and seemed like it might be versatile. Needless to say, after playing around with the skirt a bit I am totally on board with this whole midi train! I wore it with a great floral halter crop top from Aritzia's Sunday Best label and a black straw Panama hat for a day of exploring our resort in Mexico.

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 black straw fedora brixton revolve clothing

black straw fedora brixton revolve clothing

 pardon my french seychelles black sandals

pardon my french seychelles black sandals

 asos pleated midi black skirt

asos pleated midi black skirt

 nasty gal sideways crop white halter top

nasty gal sideways crop white halter top

Skippin' Town

 zihuatenejo mexico streets flags flowers

zihuatenejo mexico streets flags flowers

 side slit white zara midi

side slit white zara midi

 coconut water beach mexico

coconut water beach mexico

 mexico ixtapa jungle road tropical

mexico ixtapa jungle road tropical

 mexico ixtapa balcony sunset style blogger

mexico ixtapa balcony sunset style blogger

 palm trees fronds leaves jungle mexico

palm trees fronds leaves jungle mexico

 ixtapa mexico island beach umbrella ocean

ixtapa mexico island beach umbrella ocean

 beach style mexico forever 21 stripe crop jogging shorts straw ballcap

beach style mexico forever 21 stripe crop jogging shorts straw ballcap

 baby bananas palm tree jungle mexico

baby bananas palm tree jungle mexico

 flower landscape mexico ixtapa

flower landscape mexico ixtapa

 black overalls zara beach rocks mexico ixtapa

black overalls zara beach rocks mexico ixtapa

 minpin on the beach in mexico puppy

minpin on the beach in mexico puppy

 beach grass huts ocean rocks mexico ixtapa zihuatenejo

beach grass huts ocean rocks mexico ixtapa zihuatenejo

 linen overalls zara made by dawn tie dye halter bikini

linen overalls zara made by dawn tie dye halter bikini

 zihuatenejo mexico streets town

zihuatenejo mexico streets town

 mexico ixtapa sunset h&m white block heel strap buckled

mexico ixtapa sunset h&m white block heel strap buckled

 architectural stairs mexico ixtapa palm trees

architectural stairs mexico ixtapa palm trees

 sirena gorda zihuatenejo mexico fat mermaid

sirena gorda zihuatenejo mexico fat mermaid

 ixtapa beach outfit style braid overalls jelly sandals

ixtapa beach outfit style braid overalls jelly sandals

 ixtapa resort jungle tropical

ixtapa resort jungle tropical

 forever 21 cross front jogging shorts black leather trim

forever 21 cross front jogging shorts black leather trim

 mexico beach ocean view pacific

mexico beach ocean view pacific

 fruit cart zihuatenejo mexico vendor

fruit cart zihuatenejo mexico vendor

 striped black white crop top leather trim dolphin hem shorts

striped black white crop top leather trim dolphin hem shorts

 sunspot jungle palm trees mexico

sunspot jungle palm trees mexico

 zara white midi slit tank white block buckled strappy heels h&m outfit style

zara white midi slit tank white block buckled strappy heels h&m outfit style

 wood mobiles mexico

wood mobiles mexico

 made by dawn halter bikini tie dye blue

made by dawn halter bikini tie dye blue

I spent a wonderful week gallivanting around the southern Pacific coast of Mexico... Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, specifically. The tropical flora, endless sunshine, azure waters, and rugged terrain this part of the country boasts left me completely enamored and thinking this may be one of my favourite Mexican destinations yet. Days were spent on the beaches (as seen above) lounging, kayaking, eating guacamole, scrambling over rocky cliffs to examine tidal pools, swimming, and sipping mai tais and coconut water. We also ventured into the charmingly eclectic town of Zihuatenejo and took in the sights at the market, with vendors selling fruit, crafts, seafood, etc., and strolled through the winding streets off of the main seaside strip lined with many other artisan shops and restaurants. During the trip I got a chance to debut my billowy white side-slit midi tank from Zara, which paired easily with strappy buckled white heels. If you ask me, there's no better time to go white-on-white than in a tropical location! Daytime attire was quite a bit more relaxed, so black linen overalls, straw ballcaps, and striped crop tops fit the bill. Also, I was finally able to showcase my new favourite bikini, a cross back tie-dye halter from Made by Dawn... Such a gorgeous swimsuit! The blue tones and silhouette feel so fresh and now. I was able to wear a few other items I had been saving for sunshine as well... coming up in the next few posts!

Courtyard White on White

 fountain courtyard playa del carmen mexico white outfit wrap skort

fountain courtyard playa del carmen mexico white outfit wrap skort

 mexico playa del carmen blue diamond riviera maya courtyard

mexico playa del carmen blue diamond riviera maya courtyard

 mexico courtyard zara all white outfit skort tank sunglasses

mexico courtyard zara all white outfit skort tank sunglasses

 white jacquard zara racerback scoop back tank

white jacquard zara racerback scoop back tank

 zara wrap white skort mirrored sunglasses textured tank outfit

zara wrap white skort mirrored sunglasses textured tank outfit

 mexico palm trees sun golden american apparel romper

mexico palm trees sun golden american apparel romper

 american apparel black white striped romper onesie tshirt mexico

american apparel black white striped romper onesie tshirt mexico

 plunge pool villa mexico playa del carmen palm trees

plunge pool villa mexico playa del carmen palm trees

 plunge pool mexico playsuit stripe romper

plunge pool mexico playsuit stripe romper

Happy Blogiversary to Good as Gold! It was one year ago today that we registered our domain name and started dreaming up future posts, layouts, and ideas for our little corner of the web. Last spring, summer, and even fall were great for us, but needless to say, old man winter has slowed our blog’s development down this season, with only getaways to Mexico (Kendra) and Costa Rica (Dayle) to break up the icy days and give us opportunities to get outside and shoot. As disappointing as the cold has been, we are hoping for a rapidly approaching spring, because we are itching to get back into the swing of things after posting so sparingly the past few months. These photos were taken around the resort in Playa del Carmen, in the courtyard and backyard (which boasted a fantastic plunge pool complete with bubbles) of our suite. First up was a little all-white getup to beat the heat. Still getting good use out of the Zara origami skort! I paired it with a double layer tank (actually a dress tucked in, but who can tell?) that has a slight sporty feel thanks to the second layer’s racerback, and vibrant blue reflective aviators. Later on, donned a soft striped cotton romper to laze around the backyard in prior to dipping into the PLUNGE POOL! Favorite part of this outfit, though, was my beaded anklet, for making me feel like a bohemian beach bum… what could be better?

Kendra wearing:

Outfit 1: Skirt - Zara (similar here or here), top as dress - Zara (similar here or here), sandals - Mossimo (similar here or here), sunglasses - Nordstrom (similar here or here)

Outfit 2: Striped romper - American Apparel (similar here or here)

Cenotes & Ruins

 cenote playa del carmen patterned ikat jacquard shorts

cenote playa del carmen patterned ikat jacquard shorts

 jungle palm trees path mexico tropical

jungle palm trees path mexico tropical

 cenote mexico swimming hole playa del carmen tulum

cenote mexico swimming hole playa del carmen tulum

 mexican blankets lace hammocks market mexico tulum colour

mexican blankets lace hammocks market mexico tulum colour

 painted sign mexico coconuts

painted sign mexico coconuts

 tulum ruins mayan mexico forever 21 shorts vintage top red white blue

tulum ruins mayan mexico forever 21 shorts vintage top red white blue

 vintage crochet white top forever 21 pattern highwaisted shorts

vintage crochet white top forever 21 pattern highwaisted shorts

 stairs beach mexico ruins tulum steps

stairs beach mexico ruins tulum steps

 beach mexico tulum playa del carmen ruins

beach mexico tulum playa del carmen ruins

 tulum sand beach ocean blue palm trees

tulum sand beach ocean blue palm trees

 tulum ruins mexico beach ocean palm tree tropic

tulum ruins mexico beach ocean palm tree tropic

 crochet white vintage lace jacquard patterned shorts red blue mexico

crochet white vintage lace jacquard patterned shorts red blue mexico

 iguana mexico camo reptile

iguana mexico camo reptile

 mexico mayan tulum ruins thatched roof stone

mexico mayan tulum ruins thatched roof stone

 palm tree stones ruins tulum mexico

palm tree stones ruins tulum mexico

 temple mayan ruins tulum stone

temple mayan ruins tulum stone

 plants mexico ruins tulum stone green

plants mexico ruins tulum stone green

 tropical mexican ruins mayan tulum stone

tropical mexican ruins mayan tulum stone

So.... better late than never right? 2 months after returning from Playa del Carmen, here are my touristy photos (+ an outfit) from the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and one of the nearby Cenotes. The day sure didn't start off on the right foot with a tumultuous thundershower that almost deterred us from visiting the ruins, but the more optimistic ones from the group insisted we trek through the rain. So through the jungle we went, and wouldn't you know that the very moment we passed through the stone entrance of the ruins, the rain stopped. Proof that it pays to have a sunny outlook. After a guided tour that I mostly didn't pay attention to due to the fact that I was using a super fun wide angle lens to photograph the scene, we visited the absolutely breathtaking beach that separates the ruins from the ocean. Following this, we stopped by the Dos Ojos cenote, which is a naturally occurring water hole in the middle of a jungle... Also quite the sight! Instead of diving into the frigid water, I once again took to photographing the natural wonder. For this day chock-full of sightseeing, I wore bright ikat patterned jacquard hotpants with a vintage crocheted blouse. Easy, breezy, and paired with some highly unexciting flat sandals, not pictured. Here's to hoping that us Canadians will be able to trot around in this little clothing soon enough! Happy March!

Kendra wearing: top - vintage (similar here or here), shorts - Forever 21 (similar here or here)