TRAVEL DIARY: PUNTA CANA

I’m a beach girl at heart so anytime I get the chance, I pack up my bags and head south to enjoy a little R & R. I mean, any excuse to get away from the freezing cold and indulge is simply the best. What’s not to love? Well, this time it was a no brainer to book a trip away to one of my favourite destination spots in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Why Punta Cana? Being on an island surrounded by beautiful, lush beaches is exactly my definition of a vacation and it never disappoints. Other than being the spot to go to when the temperatures drops, I think what I love most about it is that there’s so much to discover every time I visit.
WHERE TO STAY
Though I’ve stayed at many resorts on previous trips to Dominican Republic (previous post found here), my two favourites hands down are Paradisus Punta Cana and Bavaro Princess All Suites. Newly remodelled, both properties are just gorgeous with delicious fresh food (I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a proper vacation without room service). It was funny to discover that both of these all inclusive spots were situated right beside each other.
TO UPGRADE OR NOT
The answer is a big YES! The amenities and services offered through each resort’s upgrade makes your trip experience that much better. With Paradisus, their Royal Service gives you access to their VIP lounge, private check-in and check-out, a personal butler service along with my absolute favourite, access to the private pool with Bali beds and a pool concierge. I loved how secluded their beach and pool area was. It was so relaxing and quiet that you felt like you were in your own little oasis.
|Royal Service Pool area|
With Bavaro Princesstheir Platinum package offers access to three of their neighboring resorts (Hotels Punta Cana Princess, Caribe Club Princess & Tropical Princess) along with exclusivity to their premium alcohol, private check-in, access to their beach club with luxury beds (hello private bar on the beach) and discounts on all of their spa treatments to name a few! These reasons alone were why I opted for the upgrade at each resort. I can’t say it enough: upgrade…. you will not be disappointed.
THINGS TO DO
Navigating around both hotels was a breeze since there was always a shuttle available to take you to different parts of the resort (yes both resorts are fairly big). It’s not too long of a walk from the lobby to the beach, but if you’re looking to make dinner reservations on time, the shuttle is always your best bet. When it comes to activities to do, both resorts offer live entertainment at night (dance lessons, evening shows etc.) and during the day you can play tennis (lessons are offered), beach volleyball, golf at their local Golf Country Club or dance the night away on the beach. Did I mention they have the best Pina Coladas?!
As I am a bit more partial to relaxing while away, I was a huge fan of both of their spas. The YHI spa at Paradisus is gorgeous and tucked away that you feel like you have the entire spa to yourself during your treatment of choice. It was definitely one of the things I appreciated most about Paradisus. For those of you that want to venture off of the resort, I highly recommend trying out one of the excursion packages available (horseback riding, dune-buggies, zip lining etc). This info is available through each resort’s guest services. Trust me, these will be nothing short of epic.
Thank you to Paradisus Punta Cana and Bavaro Princess All Suites for going above and beyond and making each stay incredibly memorable.
Have you stayed at either resort? Planning to visit Punta Cana? Let me know below. xoxo
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3 WAYS TO LOOK STYLISH IN WINTER

ORA COAT | TURTLENECK | RIPPED DENIM | ANKLE BOOTS | CHLOE BAG

Some of the best outfits are the ones you can throw on the go without having to put too much thought behind it. These looks can have simple colour schemes, clean silhouettes and are elevated when added with that unexpected accessory. With winter though, that can get a little tough. Some of us struggle with the cold (including myself), but you can still look warm and put together when following these 3 easy tips:

THE IMPORTANCE OF LAYERING 

Over the years, I’ve come to figure out what outfits keep me warm and what keeps me looking my very best and found a happy medium. The answer my friends is layering. Add a sweater over a long sleeve shirt, then your coat and voila, the formula for looking stylish and warm.

WEAR THE RIGHT MATERIAL

If you have to invest in anything, cashmere, wool and leather are your best friends especially when the temperature drops! 

ACCESSORIZE

Never underestimate what a toque, beanie, paperboy hat or any hat for that matter can do. It’s all science; your head is the most sensitive to changes in temperature so covering it up prevents heat loss. Also wearing a hat can look stylish while serving it’s purpose; SO great for those in between days when you don’t want to do your hair (always a plus).

What are ways that you stay stylish and warm? Anything I missed? Leave me a comment below. xoxo
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NEW YEAR, NEW JOURNEYS

EXPRESS TANK | AEO JEANS (similar) | CHLOE BAG | SCHUTZ HEELS

Getting back to the swing of things here on Sweet as Fiction. First off, I wanted to say thank you for all of your love and support throughout 2017. I wouldn’t be here without you! Over the last couple of weeks, I took a step back to reflect on the things I’ve learned throughout the past year. I think this is so necessary in order to move forward into a new year. I can say 2017 was one big learning curve in all aspects of my life. I bought a house, switched cities, changed jobs and detoxed my life of relationships that no longer served me, all while focusing on growing my blog. It had a lot of ups and downs, but I learned about myself, life and business and feel it was all a step forward in the right direction. In a way, I think it was to prep me for what’s to come. 

Now with 2018 in full swing, I am looking forward to the new year ahead and have a long list of goals that I cannot wait to achieve! Don’t be afraid to dream big. I believe when you strive for greatness, the universe answers. I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for the year ahead. Do share below. xoxo
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