5 Fall Fashion Trends Already in Your Closet


Animal print

Maybe on a shoe, scarf, purse…trust me, you have this…



No brainer since floral has been a trend for awhile now…


Plaid (in all colors)

Who doesn’t have a plaid flannel or a significant other that has one…


Red or Pink, the brighter the better

Triple trend it and wear them both together…


Statement Bows

Just tie one on…









Sandy Toes Decor Update

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Here are the decor updates I made to Sandy Toes this visit.

Pillow decisions made.


The moving of my armoire from the “dining area” to the living room.

A meditating cat is always a good idea.

My sister’s housewarming present. Sandy Toes wine glasses. The best!

My bedroom is somehow morphing into the color lavender. Not sure how this is happening since I don’t consider myself a purple person. I’ll be rethinking this for sure.

Making it happen little by little.


Driving Tips for Playa del Carmen

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Driving in PDC is not as scary as you might think. Here’s a list of some driving tips to help.

  • Street lights work differently here. They have the same colors, red/yellow/green, but the timing is different. Green is go, but then it will start blinking. I think of the blinking green light as an American yellow light.  When it starts blinking, it will change to yellow and VERY quickly it turns to red. I consider the yellow and red almost the same.
  • At the gas station, check the gas amount on the gas pump before letting the person pump your gas. It is not unheard of for there to be money left on it and added to your bill.(I actually benefited from this tip on my last visit).
  • Those HUGE speed bumps are called Topes. They are not only meant for you to slow down, but pedestrians use them as a crosswalk as well. Be sure to check both ways for people trying to cross.
  • There are also small silver bumps in the road to slow you down. They seem small, but they are mighty. Don’t ignore them.
  • If you come back to your car and there is some type of window guard on it to keep the sun out, it’s not by accident. There is someone waiting for a tip for keeping your car cool. Help a local out.
  • I am the worst parallel parker, and PDC near 5th is a nightmare. I have 3 spots to park if headed to the beach: CTM, 34th, and Walmart. And all are free.
  • In general, if parking by 5th, the earlier the better when it comes to parking spots. I never have problems finding spots on the above reference 3 locations if I go by 10:30am.

PDC 5th Ave Day

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Instead of working on Sandy Toes, I decided to hang out on 5th. August is incredibly humid here, but it didn’t seem to stop the tourists. They were out in full force.

I ate at a new restaurant called Leaf Bar on 8th between 10th and 15th. It serves sandwiches and salads all geared toward health. The veggies were fresh and the healthy spreads for the sandwich were delish. They let me try all 3: beet, hummus, and eggplant.

I took in a quick view of the ocean. It didn’t seem right to be so close and not take a look. This was early in the morning and still a little gloomy from the rain. A lot of seaweed happening.

It also didn’t seem right not to buy anything on 5th, so I did. A new sundress to help get me through these temps!



Sandy Toes After Three Months Closed Up

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I hadn’t been to Sandy Toes in 3 months. The anticipation of what I might find was always on my mind. As most things in life, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

First fear: Mold. Minus 2 wooden spoons, no mold was to be found. That being said, the rainy months in PDC are September through November. I suspect if mold is going to happen in Sandy Toes, it will be during these months. (Side note: I’ll be switching to rubber kitchen utensils.)

Second fear: Jungle creatures. Sandy Toes did not disappoint in this area. While there were no huge spiders, snakes, or scorpions to be found inside, I did walk into a floor full of dead centipedes. I was at Home Depot getting bug spray before I even opened any luggage. This was just from one area of my depa!

Third fear: Break in/theft. This fear doesn’t actually exist for me, but I thought you might be wondering. Sr. Elizondo made sure Sandy Toes is barred up and locked like Fort Knox!

On the positive side, the construction in the area of my condo is complete and it looks great. I was one of the first owners to occupy their condo, so it’s nice to see my building now populated with people enjoying their new homes.