March 2018 | Where your heart is now

Our Trip to Cancun

March 28, 2018

Outfit details: Green Bathing Suit- Aerie (on sale for $30!) Black Bathing Suit Top- Asos Black Bathing Suit Bottom- Asos Earrings- BP Necklace- Mia & Mac Shop c/o Visor- Asos Bathing Suit Cover Up- Asos

Hi babes! I am so excited to share our recent trip to Secrets the Vine Cancun! Justin and I went there for a little getaway and it was AMAZING. Only 20 minutes from the airport sits this gorgeous resort right on the ocean with perfect views anywhere you look. When we walked in the resort we were greeted with bubbly tall glasses of champagne. We had lunch at this delicious restaurant there called Olio on the 12th floor and I got a chicken caesar salad, my favorite! We actually didn't leave the resort the entire time because it truly had everything we needed! Here is a rundown: 

- Unlimited Luxury
- Adults only 
- Free Wifi/ calls to the U.S & Canada (check up on your freezing family)
- 24 hour room service concierge services (unlimited, I should know...)
- Daily refreshed mini bar (like magic)
- 8 gourmet restaurants which are INCREDIBLE! 
- Live entertainment (Did someone say karaoke?)
- 3 Pools (and chairs in the pools!)
- Amazing Spa (I got the poolside massage!)
- Less than 20 minutes from the airport
- Wine tastings offered daily (delish!)
- Piano Bar (fancy)
- Fitness Center (pump some iron with a view!)
- All rooms have private balconies (with comfy furniture)

We ate all of our meals at the resort because they were so good everywhere we went! Here are my favorites: 

Secrets the Vine  Restaurant Recommendations: 

- Market Cafe: They offer an amazing breakfast buffet. My favorite was the yogurt granola parfait and Justin and I loved the french toast! It had brown sugar cinnamon on it...YUM.

- Olio: Located on the 12th floor this is the first place we ate. I went with a chicken caesar salad and Justin had a chicken burger and both were so good. Also you have to split some chips and guacamole too! 
- Bluewater Grill: Justin and I both got the filet and we tried octopus! It was different, lol but the filet was so so good! 
- Nebbiolo: Known for their Italian cuisine, they did not disappoint! The margherita pizza was so good! 

Secrets the Vine Cancun is such a gorgeous resort! It offers the modern elegant suites equip with private terraces that overlook the bluest Carribbean Sea. Whether you want to check out the piano bar, enjoy dinner at one of the delicious 8 restaurants they have or just stay in your room while watching Netflix and eating room service like we did, this place will fulfill all of your travel dreams! 

Our second day at Secrets, my friend Lindzy and her husband came and shoot some photos of Justin and me in the room and at the pool. The weather couldn't have been more perfect the entire time we were there. On the third day we checked out their fitness center and omgosh.....GYM GOALS. Check it out here! I hate cardio but I would do cardio everyday if I got to look out at the ocean while on the treadmill, lol. We didn't make it to the Spa but I know it has to be amazing because one of the massage therapists was going around the pool one day giving out free 5-10 minutes back massages. I got one and she said you have a lot of tension, haha I know sister! It felt so good though. We will definitely go there when we come back. 

The service everywhere in the resort was impeccable. Whether you are at the pool laying out or in your room, the staff is constantly checking up on you to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Adriana (our Butler!) took amazing care of Justin and I while we were there as did the manager. Our anniversary is coming up and they surprised us multiple times with celebratory desserts, roses and heart balloons! I have never felt so special. 

We have been on tons of trips and this was by far the best vacation we have ever taken. I would recommend Secrets the Vine Cancun to anyone if you're looking for a place to stay. Between the amazing staff, delicious food, beautiful views and our rainfall shower, we will definitely be back! 

Thank you so much Secrets the Vine Cancun for hosting us!

Photography: Lindzy Lee Photography

10 Ways to Make Money Blogging

March 7, 2018

Hat: Forever 21 Shirt: Forever 21 (only $17!)  Bag: Forever 21, similar here Jeans: Boohoo c/o Boots: Forever 21, similar here

Ok first things first, how do you guys feel about this baker boy hat? I wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something here it is! lol. I have gotten some questions on how I make money blogging. People are often confused that this is my actual job and not just a hobby. So if you are curious too or if you are looking to start a blog, here is how you can make money:

1) Sponsored Posts: This is definitely my biggest income. When I pitch a company or they email me about a sponsored post, it means I will showcase their product on my blog and or social channels in exchange for the product and compensation.

2) Affiliate Programs: Bloggers make a percentage of their monthly income through Affiliate Programs. If you don't know what this means it refers to companies such as Reward Style and Shopstyle that allow you to make a percentage of your sales that you link through them. Other companies such as Amazon offer affiliate programs too. So whenever I link what I'm wearing and my readers click on the link, even if they don't purchase that exact item I will make money as long as they check out on my link. So whenever you find a blogger you love, purchase through their links to help support them! 

3) Agencies :  You can be represented by an agency and your agent will help you gain sponsored posts in exchange for a percentage of each deal you receive. 

4) Social Media Consulting : I recently started social media consulting. I have done this for a few friends in the past and they are doing amazing so I thought why not start this as a side income. If you are interested, message me! I will evaluate whatever social media platform my client needs then we have weekly meetings to help them prosper. 

5) Advertising: Ads are a great way to make money also! Through your website you can charge for ads. You can also run Facebook and Instagram ads that help get your posts seen more which in turn leads to more payoffs. 

6) Coaching: Lots of bloggers make money from teaching blogging courses or how to's. This goes along with social media consulting. I know one of my favorite bloggers Hello Fashion Blog is currently coaching girls through FaceTime to help them. 

7) Events: A lot of companies will pay you to attend events. If you are traveling or speaking at the event both of these are great ways to negotiate payment. 

8) Press Trips: Justin and I are going on our first press trip this month to Cancun! While I am so so excited, press trips are hard work. I will not be lounging on the beach sipping pina coladas the whole time. I'll be waking up early, shooting content, Insta-storying, etc. I am not complaining, free travel is absolutely amazing and a goal I have had for a long time! 

9) Video Production: Video has been getting bigger and bigger. Almost every blogger has a YouTube now a days and a ton of brands are asking for video when collaborating. The good thing about video is you can negotiate more because it takes a lot more time. 

10) Sponsored Giveaways: This is when you work with a brand to promote a giveaway that benefits both of you. 

I would love to hear any feedback on how you felt about this post! I am going to add a "Blogging" tab to my blog so these are easier posts to find! :)

Photography: Photo 243

My Spring Plans

March 5, 2018

Top: Chicwish c/o Skirt: Chicwish c/o Bag: Hazlymay c/o, exact here!
Shoes: Target (on sale for $18!0 Earrings: Adina's Jewels c/o

Spring is almost here! Woo! I wanted to share some plans with you guys! First of all, how fun is this skirt?? Thanks to Chicwish for making me look cute for Spring! :) I paired it with this super cute white top that I know I'll be able to wear with sooo much! Plus it is on sale! Do you guys have any Spring plans coming up? Here's what I have going on! 

- Trip to Cancun with Justin! We will be checking out Secrets Resort and we are so excited! 
- Seeing Demi QUEEN I'm so obsessed with her, if you haven't checked her documentary out, you need to!
- Helping my sister organize for my new nephew! He'll be here in June :) I'm SO excited
- Visiting my blogger bestie Jessica Hall aka @halljessicalynn in Arizona! 
- Celebrating Justin and I's four year wedding anniversary! 
- Booking more travel plans....I have a few ideas in mind
- Hosting a Blogger Event at Lululemon :)....also my favorite! 
- Hosting my sisters baby shower! 

I'm so excited for warmer weather! I can't wait for the clothes and to be able to walk Frankie and Emmy more than just around the block without freezing my bum off! I linked some super cute Chicwish pieces below I have my eye on for Spring! :) Enjoy your Monday babes! 

Photography: Photo 243

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring today's post! 

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