Travel Diary: Tulum, Mexico

whats good cool catz! its me. hope you have had a stellar week so far. i launched The Beaux Store this week which i am really proud of and hope you enjoy. It took 6 months to carefully curate the rugs from all over england (i drove many hundreds of miles and had a blast) + germany and hand-retrieve the baskets from portugal. ((ill do a post on that asap to share more about how i find the rug and baskets and misc items.))

I'll have new + different rugs and baskets each week on Wednesdays at 4pm GMT so please stay close (i love you)

so i went to tulum! its a bit of a doozy to get to from london so bae and i turned a wedding invitation into a 10day holiday and predictably, IT WAS AMAZING. INSANE. PARADISE. im a alittle excited so there are a few typos. I honeslty can tell you Tulum is a top three desintation for me (up there with hawaii and sun valley, idaho). It was kewl bc i had been there 13 years ago before it was 'TULUM' (aka with cool chic fashion + art types frequenting it)... obvioulsy its much different now but I still love it. great perks nowadys include healthy and fresh food, biodegradable + eco-friendly ethos plus great clothing boutiques. in other words, go. 

The easiest way to chat about tulum is to divide it by: the good, the bad, the ugly. I only have one fun fact that doesnt need a whole section... pablo escobar used to have an estate here (its now where casa malca is and includes the deserted property next door) and which adds an interesting (read: dark) layer to the tulum culture/history...so keep your eyes peeled when youre far south in tulum for that. But now lets get into it!

THE GOOD: 

-Euphemia Taco Shop: the most hippy dippy taco spot ever...party starts at 11am and keeps going until late but BEST FISH TACOS IN TULUM. first day we got there bae and i dressed up a bit too smart for here and walked in and were omg we gotta leave stat bc we look like narcs and headed to gitano. trust me when i say no shirt, no shoes, no problem...

-Gitano: we went here 3 times in 10 days cuz we play it cool like that. life changing hummus, amazing handmade tortillas.  cool vibe (disco ball in palm trees).

-Coconut Bar at Sanara: i had probiotic coconut water shots, organic almond milk cacao in the am, and seriously awesome green smoothies. bit like LA in tulum, local/unrefined sugars etcs which i love

-Luv Hotel: my fave hotel in tulum hands down. super small and vintage-rustic.  if  youre staying here, lunch on the beach cannot be beat. we had sandia juice and quesadillas and guacamoles and ceviches everyday. its like 10 rooms and each room is different. i hate mass produced hotels/food/lifestyle and i was happy bc this was NOT that. 

-Sunrise walks on the beach in the morning. Quoting phil dunphy, I tried to watch "one sunrise a day" and guess what, bc of jetlag when you fly from europe...that is NO problem. plus you can see flamingos fly early in the morning and at dusk. if thats not the coolest...idk what is. 

-Arca is great. loved the atmosphere of this restaurant. youll see :)

-Casa Banana breakfast was so super. Fresh bread and seaweed omlettes. 

-Rent a bicycle and cycle the whole length of the tulum 'strip' and venture into sian kaan. 

-Wanderlust boutique. Maxi and Linen dresses that penelope cruz in vicky christina barcelona (aka my muse) would probably wear. next i just need a worn velvet matador hat...

-Try to see the more secret cenotes in dos ojos with a private, local guide. its worth it.  It blew my mind bc i had never seen cave cenotes as untouched or as private as i did in this trip. see photos below.

THE BAD:

-Cash only almost everywhere, and pesos are the most efficient to use (US dollars accepted but bleh exchange rate is iffy most of the time). oh also, 10% off wanderlust boutique if you pay w cash if youre looking for trouble ;)

-I wanted to love hartwood but they never respond to booking emails (the only way you can book a table) and i dont queue for food (unless its franco manca). i didnt love the diva vibe they put out. you guys are serving food not saving lives. there are seriously such good food options in tulum, dont stress if you cant get a table here. just keep walking. 

-Cockroaches and mosquitos: i made an organic essential oil of citronella spray before i went...1 part purified water, 1 part witch hazel and about 10 drops of organic citronella oil in a spray bottle...worked great and doesnt harm your endrocrine system! Had to wear lots at dinner...

-Raw Love Cafe: this vegan spot gave me a terrible stomachache (i had the vegan pizza) but i think its just bc i ordered the stupidest thing on the menu that i felt awful bc you should never ever have vegan pizza.

The ugly:

-Casa Malca cooked some part of chicken tacos in peanut oil so bae was done early at dinner one night with a nut allergy. Im listing this as ugly because its the typical high-end hotel attitude here, "i cant be bothered with anything" bleh

Bottom line is Tulum will be paradise. I hope you have so much fun and please let me know if you want any other recs, ill let you know all i know from my perspective!

lots of warm fuzzies

xo, Ashley

ALL BASKETS ARE FROM THE BEAUX STORE, ALL SWIMWEAR IS BOWER

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double trouble

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probably flamingos flying overhead bc its literally paradise here

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im not coming home...shoot im writing this post from home

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the best fish tacos in tulum...also the world?

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spent everyday all up on there, hotel LUV was my fave place in tulum personally 

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our super cute casita at luv

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someones a happy camper

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the alley of trouble jk its where my fave boutique wanderlust is located... i am a 2 for 2 right now of going in that shop and walking away non empty handed....and look here is me with my beaux basket wooo!

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look its me in front of the keith haring corner in Casa Malca!! plus one shot without me bc moderation

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mmmm creamy beige

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here is my 'wedding attendee' look for the most bonkers amazing wedding ive ever been to, and here is when i waded into the water and risked everything to take a photo of the beach from the water w my phone...not sure if it was worth it in the end but whatevs

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my names ashley you can call me ashley

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op cheeky here is another photo of me infront of the keith haring wall, plus some great table design at a fun party i went to at gitano

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my true love is Bower Swimwear..literally they do no wrong. chic chic chic

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i like gitano 

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shoutout to bae for being a good sport for a photo everytime i ordered a sandia juice, here is me being young and fancyfree on a bicycle

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cenotes 4 lyfe...was only a bit scared swimming in the darkness with lots of bats and no torch but we cool we cool now

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haha k 

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This was my favorite boutique in tulum...wanderlust. 

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The Beaux Gang is all here! hayyyyyy (the large round style, "corsica" is coming this wed March 22!)

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actually was reading

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another photo of me with keith karing howd that get in there!

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he waited for his spearfisher to come back to land

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foliage and my all american behind

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the place that i never ate at nor whill i ever eat at bc i dont queue for food but that aside, BANGING DESIGN choices...i mean limestone and iron?? #hearteyes obviously im handling it well haha

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guacamole and fish at every sitting duh

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I showered like a Mermaid and was barefoot all day IS THIS HEAVEN OR IS THIS HEAVEN

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How amazing is this cenote...that water is deep too you guys and you can see straight to the bottom FAR OUT!

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rainbow views out the window en route back to london. GROOL.