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Wearing: Forever 21 v-neck, One Teaspoon shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, Forever 21 sunnies, Bling Jewelry necklaces, Stella & Dot earrings, Fossil watch

I had been wanting to go back to the botanical gardens this year and planned to go this weekend only to find out it was their Spring Festival! There are vendors everywhere selling every plant and flower species imaginable. It was lovely walking around in the sunshine with a cool breeze checking out all the blooms. My sister bought me some flavored honey sticks: mango, watermelon, and wildflower this time. The honey is so fresh and there are hundreds of bees buzzing around pollinating the plants. We didn’t buy any honey this time around because I still have some left from the last time we went, but we did get a fresh guava-mango smoothie to enjoy whilst snapping some photos. I was hesitant about wearing a headband at first because of the heat, but paired with a top bun and large round sunnies it was the perfect amount of sun coverage while maintaining breathability. I am definitely keeping that combo in mind when we road trip to southern Texas a.k.a. desert wasteland next month!

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Roatan, Honduras

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Wearing: Missguided romper, Report sandals, Quay sunnies, vintage purse, Bling Jewelry ring and necklace

The day started out a bit clouded and rainy as we set out through the streets of Roatan, but the further we walked the more the clouds dissipated to reveal blue skies and sunshine. We walked for quite a while and found some real gems including a couple pigs chilling by the sea. While admiring the cute pigs a young girl approached to try to sell us fresh coconuts. That’s how you know you’re in the right place.

We eventually got tired of walking and took a taxi to the beach. The driver was nice enough to take us through his awesome resort entrance to avoid the crowds. After a quick swim, we grabbed some food and enjoyed the view from the bar. At the far end of the beach was a rock ledge that played host to iguanas above water and tropical fish below. There was even a monkey climbing on tourists and I have to say it was pretty adorable even though I’m not a fan of monkeys. After some solid snorkel time we haggled with another taxi driver to take us back and that was the craziest ride I’ve ever been on. The whole trip he was basically driving on the other side of the road into oncoming traffic passing people. Somehow still safer than a carnival ride…

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Costa Maya, Mexico

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Wearing: Missguided halter, Nordstrom rack shirt, Forever 21 sandals, vintage sunnies, Bling Jewelry ringnecklace, and beaded necklace

Costa Maya was sooo beautiful! There were many places to snorkel and ruins to see. We ended up walking a great deal but you typically get to see more of what you want when you walk rather than take a “tour” in my opinion, plus it’s cheaper. I passed by this one tree with giant leaf-cutter ants crawling on it and I felt like it was a scene straight out of National Geographic. My Spanish is a bit rusty but I still successfully purchased a beverage from a local shop owner and haggled with a nice vendor for a colorful woven bracelet with my wet dollar bills. Tour guides don’t really show you that stuff, but I think it’s these little things that make an experience authentic.

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