Alison’s Friday Favorites

Welcome to a special spring break edition of Friday Favorites!  Our family is gearing up to head to one of our favorite places on earth for spring break.  We hadn’t planned on doing anything this year but it’s our daughter Aubrey’s senior year and I found a great hotel/flight package deal last minute.  So we’re busy packing for five days in the Riviera Maya of Mexico!

If you’re new around here, Alison’s Friday Favorites is a weekly list of anything that makes my life a little easier, prettier or happier.  Here are five things that checked those boxes this week.

Favorite #1 – Grand Residences

Grand Residences is the all-inclusive resort we’ll be staying at in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.  It’s in a sleepy little fishing village in the Mayan Riviera about 3o minutes south of Cancun.  We stayed there for one heavenly week last summer and have been dreaming of going back ever since. All inclusive resorts work so well for our family.  We get to truly relax and not worry about having to do a thing for ourselves. Grand Residences even includes room service so most mornings we have breakfast on the patio. Plus it’s a smaller resort so the beach doesn’t ever get crowded. I feel like it’s our little secret!  Here are a few pictures from last summer’s stay.

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Favorite #2 – One Piece Swimsuit

Since this trip was kind of last minute, I scrambled to find a new swimsuit and took a chance on ordering one online.  This black mesh inset swimsuit came a few days ago and thankfully, it fits perfectly!  I’ll be wearing it with the strap at the top.

For size reference, the small fits me perfectly (I’m 5’4″ and 128 lbs.).

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[Black Mesh Inset Swimsuit]

Favorite #3 – Swim Coverup

And what’s a swimsuit without a coverup?  Again, I ordered this one online and couldn’t be happier with it.  Target is running a buy one, get one 50% off of all swimsuits and coverups (online only) so I got this one for half price.  It fits really well and is tapered at the waist to give it a nice shape.  It’s also a little longer on me than on the model (which I like!)

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[Crochet Front Coverup]

Favorite #4 – Floppy Hat

My skin has barely seen the light of day all winter so I’ll definitely be taking extra precautions at the beach!  My hat rarely leaves my head when we’re on vacation, unless it blows off.  I bought this black and white floppy hat last summer and will be packing it for our trip this time too.

Hat packing tip:  Stuff it full of socks and undies when you’re packing and then pack around it to keep it’s shape in your suitcase.

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[Striped Floppy Hat]

Favorite #5 – SPF Foundation

Last but certainly NOT least, I’ll be wearing plenty of this every day.  Honestly this stuff works better than applying sticky sunscreen to my face and feels a lot better too. Granted it’s not waterproof, but I do reapply it after swimming and sweating. It’s my daily foundation, even when I’m not at the beach.


[IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – SPF 50]

 It’s Your Turn:  What are you loving this Friday?

Linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.