June Recap-Week 4

A Fathers Day success. It was so nice to see Sr. Elizondo’s kids all together. My new place settings looked great too.

A random purchase: a kitsch pink flamingo. I couldn’t help myself.

Sandy Toes 2.0 is officially mine! Papers signed. I’m one step closer to some quarantine-modified beach livin’.

Making it a point to drink a minimum of 2L of water per day. The slice of lemon makes all the difference to my success.

Don’t know what to do with yourself staying at home? I’m a fan of this quarantine routine.

My latest series find: I Love Dick. A funny and feminist, but sexually explicit series.

June Recap-Week 3

SamSam continues to maintain her hummingbird vigilance.

My current read is The Great Gatsby. I hate when I see a movie before the book. Just as I thought, the Hollywood visual will not escape my mind while reading it.

I made Keto Lemon Cheesecake jars. SO FRICKIN GOOD. I tasted no difference from the real thing and it literally took about 10 minutes to make.

Using a mixer, blend: 8oz cream cheese, 3 tbsp heavy cream, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup Stevia, 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1 tsp lemon grated lemon zest (optional). Set aside. For the crumble: 1/2 cup Almond flour, 1 tbsp Stevia, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp melted coconut oil. Use a fork to blend into a crumble. Layer in a jar and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Speaking of food, Sr. Elizondo made one of my favorite soups: Pork, Squash, and Corn. I’m set for quite awhile!

I finished my 40 day Kirtan Kriya Meditation, along with my gratitude journal. Next milestone: 90 day.

May Recap-Week 4

It was gloomy and rainy all week.

However in Playa, Sandy Toes 2.0 is almost ready. YAY!

This week’s binge program: The Great on Hulu. (Be forewarned: It’s a bit on the raunchy side.)

Next level Dalgona coffee: The Dalgona cocktail. Haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list.

  • 2oz Bailey and 2oz vodka put in glass.
  • Dalgona coffee: 2tbs instant coffee; 2tbs sugar; 2tbs cold water. Blend until fluffy.
  • Scoop coffee into glass.

Even in quarantine, Sr. Elizondo manages to buy me roses.

Playa del Carmen Recap

It was hola/adios this visit. All was well at Sandy Toes. I found some new restaurants and stores, and was sad to see that others were gone.

I love Playa del Carmen, but for those who would like to come visit this beautiful town, I would suggest maybe next year. Unfortunately, the gorgeous beaches that PDC normally has is overrun with seaweed and algae. I heard more than one disgruntled tourist. I personally went to the beach once, never set foot in the ocean, and had no desire to hang out again. Hence, all the shopping and blogging I did.

My Playa Purchases

“I wasn’t planning on buying anything this visit, but…”, are famous last words, at least for me. You already saw my Old Navy haul. Well, aside from that I also bought:

This great big fringed beach towel from Oysho which was on 50% sale.

I also got these sandals from there for 30% off. (Notice how I reference the sales to justify my purchases.) I’m hoping they’re as comfortable walking around as they were in the store.

This blouse from Stradivarius called my name…in stripes and in black…

Along with some of their on $10 perfume since I didn’t bring any this visit.

Just when I think I have the shopping madness under control, I found Dine n Dance women’s clothing store and had to purchase this linen coverup and dress.

This cover up has gray metallic ribbing which you can’t really see in this pic and side pockets. Perfect for walking around 5th after the beach.

And isn’t this the sweetest linen maxi dress you’ve ever seen? I love the pale pink color. It’s my favorite purchase from this visit.

Obviously, Sandy Toes took a back seat to this visit.

Chic Shops in Playa del Carmen

Here’s a few of my favorite quality boutique stores for women that you can find on 5th avenue.

Silvia Suarez (behind Bodeguito del Media on 5th)

Traditional Mexican women’s clothing, but with a modern feel to them. (If that makes sense…) They also have some cute accessories too.

Biuriful

This is a newer store in Playa.

I had high hopes for this store based on their advertising, but didn’t really see anything that was for me. They did have some chic hats and alot of cool sunglasses.

Touche (5th & 10th)

Upscale beachwear with an upscale price. This store had lots of items I wanted. The coverup in the window was so pretty. I’m still debating it….

***Now for the boho chic/Tulum-esque shops:

La Troupe (5th between 38th & 40th)

This store is boho chic at it’s best. It has both women’s clothes and home textiles.. A must visit.

Bedouin  (Next door to La Troupe)

Another cool boho shop with alot of their clothing artisan made.

Mira (5th between 38th & 40th)

This is a new store that has the boho vibe, but with a higher end commercial feel.

 

Jula Luma 

My favorite boho chic shop in Playa. I loved everything about this store and I could not find it. I was hoping they had just moved, but they simply closed.

However, when one store closes, another opens…

Dine n Dance (corner of 28th and 1st)

This store is adorable and if you’re a linen lover like I am you should come here. They also have some really cute hats.

 

Looking at these pics again, I might go back before I leave.

La Bikineria (5th ave between Constituyentes & 20th)

This is a really small store selling bathing suits, some boho beachwear, and a few miscellaneous items as well. It may be small, but I like what they sell.

PDC New Restaurant Finds and Restaurant Busts

My Playa del Carmen intel continues…

RESTAURANT FINDS:

Salade at the corner of 10th & 15th. For a good BIG salad, this is the place. Fresh veggies and friendly service.

La Mission on 10th between Juarez and 2nd. This is a good typical Mexican restaurant.

Yala on 10th between 5th and 10th. I walked by this small restaurant earlier in the day and the smell of curry was divine. I went back later that evening and had falafels. It was pretty darn good.

 

RESTAURANT BUSTS:

Romeo’s Italian restaurant is supposed to be really good. They were temporarily closed.

Cafe Antoinette had great reviews and menu online. I should have checked the dates because now it’s only a bakery and coffee place. (The pastries and breads did look good, but I wanted an actual meal.)

La Brioche is a French restaurant that also had great reviews. I looked on 10th and it was nowhere to be found. Again if I had researched a little more thoroughly, I would have known this restaurant has moved and I’ve already been there! It’s on 5th ave and 38th. I’ve been to it a few times and yes, it’s an excellent place to eat.

What I’ve learned: Make sure the info you are googling is current!!!

 

 

I’m Loving Old Navy

Playa del Carmen has a few malls located on 5th Ave that I ventured into today. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Old Navy is rockin’ it. One random visit and I left with four summer blouses. Not only are their styles really cute this season, but their clothes are great for hot humid climates.

The cut of this sleeveless top sold me.

It may be an Old Navy top, but this one looks super chic on.

So I had to buy one in a similar style. This one more cutesy chic, but still love.

This one gave me a Madewell vibe and actually fits a little better than my Madewell top at home, not as boxy.

 

Funky Art Store in Playa del Carmen

El Jaguar Dorado is a small store on 8th between 10th and 15th. It’s full of art and cheeky miscellaneous things made from Mexican artisans. The textiles feel boho and come from Chiapas in the south of Mexico. It’s a fun store to browse and if you’re looking for a more unique gift from Playa rather than the usual souvenir, you should definitely check this store out.