On my birthday, I woke up at the early hour of 8:30 am. I’d slept a grand total of two hours that morning, but for some reason I naturally woke up early. We didn’t have any plans that day and had severals hours before we had to leave the hotel, so I decided the perfect activity for me right then was to take a nap on the beach.
Ahhh, it was so very relaxing. The weather was perfect and the sound of the waves softly crashing on the beach lulled me into a dreamy, sleep-like state. There were a couple of vendors walking back and forth across the beach and one of them was selling coconuts. With a little salt and lime sprinkled on top, the coconut was a perfect little snack for the beach.
After a few hours of lounging on the beach, the whole group decided to rally and walk to a restaurant at a nearby hotel. From the beach, we could see the hotel off in the distance and we slowly made our way towards it. Along the way, I saw this flock of birds hovering in the air. The interesting thing was that they were all in formation, but hovering together only a few feet off the ground. I’d never seen anything like it before!
Lunch was a simple, but delicious meal of fish tacos. After lunch, it was time for my group to say our goodbyes to the rest of people who were staying and head back to the airport. Of course I was really sad to go, but we decided that we must go back for a longer visit someday in the near future.
On the day of the wedding, we girls woke up bright and early to start getting ready. My best friend and her sis had hair appointments that morning, but I’d opted to do my hair and makeup myself. Oh, and did I ever fill you guys in on my dress drama? When I got on the plane to head to the wedding, I didn’t have a dress to wear. Ok, that’s not quite true- I packed a little black cocktail dress as a backup, but the plan was to do a some shopping in San Diego once I landed.
My sister picked me up from the airport and after a quick pit stop at In-N-Out, we drove straight to the mall. After looking around for a few hours, I still hadn’t found a dress I liked. Then we decided to pop into JC Penney, a store I haven’t visited in ages. There, in the area that contained the Joe Fresh collection, I found this pretty pink dress for under $25. Scooore!
Although I don’t want to procrastinate like that again because I was having serious anxiety about what I would wear, I am really pleased with the dress I wore. The price was pretty perfect and I wanted to wear something light-colored like this. The printed design may look intricate, but the dress itself was comfortable and fuss-free (and it had pockets- swoon).
Now, back to the day of the wedding! As I was saying, we woke up early to get ready, but of course we were rushing to make it to the church on time. The first wedding ceremony took place in the loveliest little church- exactly what you might picture when you hear the words “wedding in Mexico.”
The wedding was so lovely. I can count the number of weddings I’ve attended on one hand, but that doesn’t mean I can’t call this one as my favorite wedding ever. It just felt so special since I’m close to their family. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous and the groom looked so dapper and happy.
After the church ceremony, there was a little break for pictures. Then we headed down to the beach for the civil ceremony in front of the judge. As it turns out, I ended up being one of the witnesses to sign their official marriage license- I felt so honored that I could play some small role in their special day.
The night ended with dinner, drinks, and dancing on the beach. The live band was fantastic and it was so much fun to cut loose on the dance floor. You could tell everyone was having a blast! Well, I shouldn’t really say the night ended because I stayed up into the wee hours of the next morning. I didn’t even realize it was after midnight until someone turned to me and said “Happy Birthday!”
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Come back next week for part 3 of my trip to Mexico and to find out how I spent my birthday!
I’m so excited to be kicking off my gift guide series today! For the next few weeks I’ll be posting a new gift guide each Wednesday. Today we’re starting off with the most expensive set (that’s right- it will only be getting more affordable from here on out). I’d like to see a few of these pieces added to my own closet, but I’m trying to be good and not buy anything for myself for the next couple of months! Tell me: Have you started your holiday shopping?
Mark and Graham Leather Pouch (my dad has a similar leather pouch and he’s used it for years) // Zara Structured Bowling Bag // Tinley Road Faux Fur Scarf // Ted Baker Knot Cufflink // Gorjana Chevron Lariat (love this dainty necklace) // Drusy Drop Ring // C. Wonder Polka Dot Leather Gloves (cannot. resist. polka. dots.) // Jack Spade Stripe Watch // J. Crew Calf Hair Pouch // J. Crew Medallion Sweatshirt
I hope you guys enjoyed yesterday’s Mexico pictures! Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, it feels like my trip was a long time ago, so it’s been nice to look through the pictures and remember what a great time I had. The second installment from Mexico should be up on the blog later this week and the final part will be up next week.
I missed a week of “Weekly Wishes” while I was gone, but I’m back at it today. The photo theme for this week was memories and I chose the picture above because I also like to collect little mementos when I travel. I save everything, from plane ticket stubs to brochures, and when I get home I tuck them away in a little box in a corner of my closet. I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything with these little bits of my trips, but I like to hold on to them just in case.
Happily, I was successful with my last set of goals, which involved getting ready for Mexico, taking a lot of pictures, and having a great time. It’s been really hard to settle back into the daily routine, but I think I’m finally getting there.
This week I want to…
- figure out what kind of holiday cards I want to send. Last year, I decorated the cards myself. This year I’m not sure if I want to make them by hand again, or I’ve also been considering designing and purchasing photo cards. Do you guys send holiday cards? If so, have you already started the process?
- start my holiday shopping. Somehow, I already feel like I’m behind, which is silly because we still have several weeks to go before Christmas. Still, I want to get my lists in order so that I’ll be prepared to take advantage of upcoming Black Friday deals.
- start reading The Circle, my pick for book club. I got in lots of reading time on my vacation, which was great, as now I’m one book away from meeting my Goodreads challenge. I also want to come up with a few ideas of snacks to serve at our next book club meeting. Pinterest, here I come!
Tell me: What are your goals for this week?
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