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1.25.2023

Top luxury hotel in Costa Mujeres

Long time no speak. I know, I know, I haven't been on here in a while but hopefully I will be giving you a whole bunch of goodies to read this year in 2023. One of my main loves in life is travel and now that travel is back in action, we are making different plans and listing our wish destinations. One of them was Costa Mujeres in Mexico. If you've been a seasoned reader, you know that my love for Mexico is very very strong and I've visited many different places in Mexico. There is just something about that country that gets me and when I land in Mexico, I feel at home, I can't really explain it. We are freshly back from our stay at the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres and I have a lot to unpack (all positive). 

Firstly, this was our first trip to an all-inclusive with our toddler. She is almost 2 years old and apparently a beach bunny. After many days of research, the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres came highly recommend, so we decided to go for it and let me tell you it was our best decision. Please keep in mind that the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres is part of the luxury hotels selection, we booked via Air Transat vacations. I've worked with Air Transat on a lot of different projects and have flown with them for many years and I've always trusted them for their selection of great all-inclusive hotels. So let's get into it!


Hotel amenities & site

I am the type of person that does not like a huge huge site for an all-inclusive hotel but also not a hotel that's too small. I'm not the biggest fan of super high-rise resorts also and the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres is sincerely the perfect size. The site was always always beyond clean, every single inch of this hotel was 10 on 10 in regards to cleanliness, from the rooms, to the hallways, to the pool and the restaurants, wow. 


Beach & pools

The main reason why we booked this hotel is for the beach, let me explain. We are not pool people, when I pay to go to an all-inclusive, I pay to be at the beach and we selected the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres because of all the reviews in regards to the beach, options of shade and chairs, let me explain. Firstly, in Costa Mujeres in January, you will still have a small amount of algae but the Majestic had a team in place cleaning the beach every morning, so if you missed the tractor, you would never know there were algae. Secondly, within the strip of hotels (not many) on Costa Mujeres, the Majestic is one of the only ones that offers shade via palapas and day beds, yes you read this correctly. I had actually seen many reviews on this topic but decided to explore for myself, so we walked on both sides and indeed, the next 2 hotels on each side did not have umbrellas, palapas or anything that could offer shade to their clients aside from actual palm trees and bushes. This is one of the main reasons we booked the Majestic, the beach chairs were super high quality, they offered day beds for everybody (first come first serve) and you did not need to fight every morning to secure a spot, there was space for everybody. Also, something else I wanted to mention regarding the beach is that at the time we visited, the beach was wide and flat, so very fun for toddlers and children to just sit, play and build sand castles. Our daughter was obsessed with finding shellfish! 

Now the pools, so the Majestic is mainly a swim-up hotel, I would say. This means that they offer a lot of rooms with the swim up option and if your room is facing the interior of the site, then your swim up is linked to some of the pools. We were also debating getting the swim up option for when our toddler naps in the room, but she ended up sleeping on the beach beds almost every day. Once again, we are not pool people but the pool was good and they had a mini pool for kids which was perfect. 

Food

So this will be brief because we've never eaten this well in a resort ever!!! The food was 12 on 10, from filet mignon for lunch to ceviches by the beach, to custom smoothies every morning, we ate like king and queens. So many options, and so many healthy options! After 7 days, you really do not get tired of the food because you end up with so much choice. Every day at lunch, the hotel sets up a bbq style section where they offer high quality hamburgers and hot-dogs but everyday the menu would change, one day it was tacos, another seafood, another amazing meats on the grill, i've never had ''beach food'' of this caliber. Aside from this, all the restaurants were very good and I truly was able to eat so healthy with so many veggies all week.


Service

The service was very very good, the whole team from front desk to servers to bartenders were beyond accommodating with children. We had a crib in our room for our daughter, they filled our fridge with a carton of whole milk for her nighttime milk, they were amazing.

Lastly because the hotel does not have a splash park or any big kids activities, it was not filled with kids running around. When we were there, there were a lot of kids but mostly babies and toddlers and it really was super pleasant. As someone who likes to be in pretty aesthetic hotels, it was truly nice to be in a gorgeous hotel, by an amazing beach, eating great food but that was super accommodating and fun for our kid. If you don't follow me on Instagram, you should right here

If you wish to book the Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres for your next trip, you can visit here.


*This post is not sponsored or gifted. All opinions are my own.

8.16.2022

My top 3 swimsuits from La Vie en Rose

It's no secret that finding the right swimsuit is not an easy task, especially when you are blessed with curves. When you are wearing a swimsuit, you want to feel your best, you want to feel confident, you want to feel gorgeous. I recently took a little trip to la Vie en Rose to discover their new swimsuit selections and I was very happy with the amount of selection, especially for us curvy ladies. I wanted to make sure I was covering different categories of swimsuits from one-piece, to a tankini and to a bandeau style.
Ce n'est pas un secret que trouver le bon maillot de bain n'est pas une tâche facile, surtout lorsqu'on a des courbes. Lorsque vous portez un maillot de bain, vous voulez vous sentir à votre meilleur, vous voulez vous sentir en confiance, vous voulez vous sentir bien. J'ai récemment fait un petit tour à la Vie en Rose pour découvrir leurs nouvelles sélections de maillots de bain et j'étais très contente de la quantité de sélection, surtout pour nous les femmes rondes. Je voulais vous présenter les différentes catégories de maillots de bain, du une-pièce au tankini en passant par le style bandeau.

After trying on many swimsuits in store at La Vie en Rose, I wanted to happily share that their swimsuit range is very true to size. I wanted to give you an honest review and try different styles to let you know how to select your size. I will be letting you know which size I chose for every style.
Après avoir essayé de nombreux maillots de bain en magasin chez La Vie en Rose, je voulais partager avec joie que leur gamme de maillots de bain est très fidèle à la taille. Je voulais vous donner une critique honnête et essayer différents styles pour vous permettre de choisir votre taille. Je vous ferai savoir quelle taille j'ai choisie pour chaque style.

The one-piece 
Firstly, let's talk about the one-piece. A one-piece is a classic swimsuit that every woman needs in their swimsuit collection. It's an easy to put on, super practical for sports and activities (also running around after a toddler on the beach), often comes with a variety of different ways that you can use the straps and you just feel elegant in it. Also, one trick we often forget, is that your one-piece swimsuits can be used as bodysuits during the fall and winter, it looks amazing with jeans or pants for a night out. I opted for this gorgeous one shoulder one-piece in pink for that summer pop of colour, it gave me the perfect amount of coverage. I just felt so confident in this one-piece around the pool and I felt like it stays perfectly in place, especially thanks for the adjustable straps. (wearing size XL)


Le Une-pièce
Parlons d'abord du Une-pièce. Le Une-pièce est un maillot de bain classique dont chaque femme a besoin dans sa collection de maillots de bain. C'est facile à mettre, super pratique pour les sports et les activités (également pour courir après un tout-petit sur la plage) et il y a souvent différentes façons d'utiliser les bretelles pour le support et avoir des looks différents. De plus, une astuce que nous oublions souvent, c'est que vos maillots de bain Une-pièce peuvent être utilisés comme des bodysuits pendant l'automne et l'hiver, parfait avec un jean ou un pantalon pour une soirée. J'ai opté pour ce magnifique Une-pièce à une épaule en rose pour cette touche de couleur estivale. Je me sentais tellement en confiance dans ce maillot Une-pièce autour de la piscine et j'avais l'impression qu'il reste parfaitement en place, surtout grâce aux bretelles ajustables. (je porte la taille XL)


The bandeau

As a curvy girl, I really wanted to test out the bandeau swimsuits to give you an honest review and let me tell you, I’m so so happy! I’ve dreamed of wearing bandeau style swimsuits while on vacation for so long, because every girl wants those perfect tan lines. I was so happy with this style because it has removable straps which help you create different styles (criss-cross, halter and strapless) and because the bandeau is longer, it does provide more support. I feel so good in this coral bandeau bikini and I get good support. (wearing size XL)



Le bandeau
En tant que fille avec des courbes, je voulais absolument tester les maillots de bain bandeau pour vous donner mon avis et laissez-moi vous dire, je suis tellement contente! Je rêve de porter des maillots de bain de style bandeau pour mes vacances pendant si longtemps, parce que toutes les filles veulent un bronzage parfait, bien évidemment. J'étais tellement impressionnée par ce style parce qu'il a des bretelles amovibles qui vous aident à créer différents styles (entrecroisés, licou et sans bretelles) et vu que le bandeau est plus long vers le bas, il offre plus de soutien. Je me sens super bien dans ce bikini et je sens que j'ai un bon support. (je porte la taille XL)


The tankini
The tankini top is known to provide more support on the bust area thanks to the large elastic band at the under-bust and that is exactly why I adore this style! I opted for this gorgeous black and white tankini and it’s ideal for those days when you want a bit more coverage but you still want to opt for a two-piece swimsuit. I feel supported yet I feel super stylish with this cami style tankini that I can easily mix and match with so many different bottoms style. To be perfectly honest, the tankini is not a style I usually gravitate towards but la Vie en Rose offers so many amazing patterns that I really fell in love, so many different styles: some with less coverage and some with more coverage depending on your liking. (wearing size Large)


Le tankini
Le haut de tankini est connu pour apporter plus de maintien au niveau de la poitrine grâce à la large bande élastique sous la poitrine et c'est exactement pour cela que j'adore ce style ! J'ai opté pour ce magnifique tankini noir et blanc et il est idéal pour les jours où vous voulez être un peu plus couverte, mais que vous voulez toujours opter pour un maillot de bain deux pièces. Je me sens soutenue, mais je me sens super stylée avec ce tankini de style cami que je peux facilement mélanger et assortir avec tant de styles de bas différents. Pour être tout à fait honnête, le tankini n'est pas un style vers lequel je gravite habituellement, mais la Vie en Rose offre tellement de motifs incroyables que j'en suis vraiment tombée amoureuse, tellement de styles différents : certains qui couvrent plus et d'autres qui couvrent un peu moins, vous choisissez selon vos goûts. (je porte la taille Large)

Finding the right swimsuit for your holidays is always something woman struggle with but I think the key is knowing what looks good on your body shape and trying on as many pieces as you can. Trust yourself, try different things and go check out the amazing selection at lavienrose.com.


Trouver le bon maillot de bain pour les vacances est toujours quelque chose avec lequel les femmes ont de de la difficulté, mais je crois vraiment que la clé est de savoir ce qui nous va bien selon notre corps et d'essayer autant de pièces que possible. Faites-vous confiance, essayez différents modèles et allez voir la sélection incroyable sur lavienrose.com.






*This article is in partnership with La Vie en Rose, however all opinions are mine.

* Cet article a été créé en partenariat avec La Vie en Rose. Mes propos reflètent mes propres opinions.
6.06.2022

How to create the custom terrazzo table of your dreams

During the end of my pregnancy last year, we entered a major nesting phase and decided we wanted to redecorate most of our appartement. We've always had a rectangular dining room table but to be honest, it always ended up being a catch all table and I was really done with that. I said ''I want the table of my dreams'', let's make it happen. My dining room table dreams consisted of terrazzo and I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to create something with a local company, I did some research and fell in love with everything Béton Multi Surfaces had created.

Béton Multi Surfaces is a Quebec company that has been around since 2007 and they are specialized in Terrazzo, my dream. They create amazing pieces from dining room tables, to sinks, to countertops, to vanities, basically everything your heart desires. I had a vision and I knew they could make it happen.
The process of creating your own piece at Béton Multi surfaces is very easy, here is how it goes:

1. You select your model and dimensions according to your needs

2. You select the choice of material for the top of the table, you can select from 14 shades of concrete and more than 50 mixes of terrazzo.

3. You select your base model and material, if you want wood or steel.

4. You select your base finish in steel colour or wood.

If you are having a hard time deciding, you can always order for 50$ a sample kit that comes directly to you and helps you make the selection. What is amazing is the sample of the terrazzo options can then be used as coasters. Nothing goes to waste!

Every piece is created in 8 weeks and installed and delivered at your house.

During those 8 weeks, the team at Béton Multi surfaces is working hard on creating your custom piece. Here is a little inside on their process.
Molding: a mold is made for each piece in anticipation of pouring each concrete or terrazzo mix.

Casting: a recipe made from high quality raw material is made for each concrete or terrazzo. Then pour everything into the mould. Let everything dry in a water cure for a minimum of 7 days.

Polishing: we unmold everything and then send it to several stages of polishing with water by hand. The porosities are filled with a glaze to have smooth and non-porous surfaces.

Sealant: after all the polishing steps, a high-performance sealant is applied which protects each part for a very long time.

8 weeks later, the table is at your door and the team comes and installs it for you.
We are beyond happy with the result, we opted for a round table as we wanted something smaller but also because I've always dreamed of a round terrazzo table and now my dream came true. We opted for the Maurelle terrazzo with natural oiled maple wood and we are so happy. It will easily live in our next place and this table from Béton Multi surfaces is a timeless piece that we will keep for years and years. Their service was impeccable and the team is such a dream to work with as they really listened to us and guided us to create the table of our dreams!

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Lors de la fin de ma grossesse l'année dernière, nous sommes entrés dans une phase et avons décidé de redécorer la majeure partie de notre appartement. Nous avons toujours eu une table de salle à manger rectangulaire, mais pour être honnête, cela a toujours fini par être une table fourre-tout et je voulais changer cela. J'ai dit ''je veux la table de mes rêves'', faisons en sorte qu'elle se réalise. Mes rêves de table de salle à manger ont toujours consisté en le matériel de terrazzo et je savais exactement ce que je voulais. Je voulais créer une pièce avec une entreprise locale, j'ai fait des recherches et je suis tombée amoureuse de tout ce que Béton Multi surfaces avait créé.


Béton Multi surfaces est une entreprise québécoise qui existe depuis 2007 et ils sont spécialisés dans le terrazzo, mon rêve. Ils créent des pièces absolument magnifiques allant des tables de salle à manger, aux éviers, aux comptoirs, aux vanités, essentiellement tout ce que votre cœur désire. J'avais une vision et je savais qu'ils pouvaient la réaliser.

Le processus de création de votre propre pièce chez Béton Multi surfaces est très simple, voici comment ça se passe :

1. Vous sélectionnez votre modèle et vos dimensions selon vos besoins.

2. Vous sélectionnez le choix du matériau pour le dessus de la table, vous pouvez choisir parmi 14 couleurs de béton et plus de 50 mélanges de terrazzo.

3. Vous sélectionnez votre modèle de base et votre matériel de piétinement, si vous voulez du bois ou de l'acier.

4. Vous sélectionnez votre finition de base pour le piétinement en couleur acier ou essence de bois.

Si vous avez de la difficulté à prendre votre décision, vous pouvez toujours commander pour 50$ une trousse d'échantillons qui vient directement chez vous et vous aide à faire votre choix. Ce qui est super, c'est que ces échantillons des différentes options de terrazzo peuvent ensuite être utilisé comme sous-verres. Rien ne se perd !

Chaque pièce est créée en 8 semaines et installée et livrée chez vous.

Pendant ces 8 semaines, l'équipe de Béton Multi surfaces travaille d'arrache-pied à la création de votre pièce sur mesure. Voici un petit aperçu de leur processus.

Moulage : un moule est fabriqué pour chaque pièce en prévision d’y couler chaque mélange de béton ou de terrazzo.

Coulage : une recette fait à partir de matière première de grande qualité est faite pour chaque béton ou terrazzo. On coule alors le tout dans le moule. On laisse le tout sécher dans une cure à l’eau durant 7 jours minimum.

Polissage : on démoule le tout pour ensuite l’envoyer à plusieurs étapes de polissage à l’eau à la main. On remplit les porosités avec un glaisage pour avoir des surfaces lisses et non poreuse.

Scellant : après toutes les étapes de polissage, on applique un scellant très performant qui protège chaque pièce très longtemps.

8 semaines plus tard, la table est à votre porte et l'équipe vient l'installer pour vous.


Nous sommes plus que satisfaits du résultat, nous avons opté pour une table ronde, car nous voulions quelque chose de plus petit, mais aussi parce que j'ai toujours rêvé d'une table ronde en terrazzo et maintenant mon rêve est devenu une réalité. Nous avons opté pour une table ronde avec le terrazzo Maurelle et le bois érable huilé naturelle, un choix magnifique. Elle habitera facilement dans notre prochaine demeure et cette table de chez Béton Multi surfaces est une pièce intemporelle que l'on gardera pendant des années. Le service de Béton Multi surfaces était impeccable et l'équipe nous ont vraiment écoutés et nous ont guidés pour créer la table de nos rêves !
8.25.2021

The must-have travel stroller: Babyzen YOYO2 from Agatha Boutique

Finding the perfect stroller for your lifestyle can get a tad overwhelming, especially when you are pregnant. All you want is to find the safest gear for your baby and you obviously want to make sure the stroller fits exactly with your needs. Whether it's day to day activities, long walks, travelling, leisurely strolls around a city, you want the best and easiest stroller. 

On our end, we started by making a list of requirements, which were the following: 

  • light and easy
  • does not take too much space in the car
  • follows the baby from newborn to toddler age
  • perfect for travel
I've had the pleasure of working with the Agatha Boutique team since I found out we were pregnant. Agatha Boutique has an amazing inventory of brands and so many options to choose from, so we shared with them all of requirements and they presented to us the must-have travel stroller: the Babyzen YOYO2.
The Agatha Boutique team is so well versed and we trusted them to guide us towards the right choice for our lifestyle and needs and they aced it!!!

Perfect for travel
Before writing this article, I really wanted to us to use the Babyzen YOYO2 stroller for many different activities, including travel. Unfortunately, we have not yet travelled by plane (for obvious reasons) but the Babyzen YOYO2 fits in the overhead compartment on an airplane, which was the selling feature for us! Can you imagine pushing the stroller super easily through the airport all the way to your gate and boom, quickly folding it and bringing it with you on the plane, what a dream. We cannot wait to be able to travel again to test out this feature but we've heard amazing reviews from our friends who purchase the Babyzen YOYO2 after seeing us use it around town. 


Last weekend, we did have a little roadtrip up to Ottawa and we packed the Babyzen YOYO2 in our car, which took barely any room. The Babyzen YOYO2 stroller exceeded our expectations during our stay in Ottawa. It was super easy to manoever around town, small streets, very lightweight to carry up some stairs, we are so happy with our choice.

One of the things we really wanted to do with Mélina, our baby, during our Ottawa trip was to do as many restaurants as we can, so she could get used to it. Let me tell you, the Babyzen YOYO2 was an absolute dream because it takes barely any room in the restaurant and fits absolutely everywhere. One little trick, that we absolutely adore is the fact that it's super easy to change a diaper in the stroller with the 0+ pack, which sounds crazy but very convenient when your baby is crying and you are out and about, not near a bathroom. 


Last but not least, getting the Babyzen YOYO2 0+ pack as well as the 6+ pack was a game changer for us, because we wanted to make sure we got a stroller that would be convenient for the newborn stage and would follow our baby to the toddler stage. We are obviously planning on travelling a lot with Mélina and we cannot wait to put the Babyzen YOYO2 to the test and get back to you about that. 

If you have any questions regarding the Babyzen YOYO2, do not hesitate to reach out to the Agatha Boutique team, they are amazing and can help you with anything! 


4.14.2021

Lapiz of Luxury x Horace jewelry inclusive collection

If you've been a very long time reader of mine, you would know that in August 2016, I launched my first ever jewelry collection with my friends Horace Jewelry. It was absolute amazing and now, 5 years later, we decided to join forces once again to launch a second jewelry collection focused on inclusivity. You can shop it HERE now! 

Being a curvy girl, I always had a hard time finding good quality jewelry, especially necklaces, that were fit for my shape. I started Lapiz of Luxury to inspire women of all sizes to be courageous and confident in their fashion choices and to never back down when it comes to style. Launching this 2nd collection with Horace, it was very important for us to be inclusive and cater to everyone. 

This collection was inspired by my grandmother as she was the biggest influence in my life with the strength and confidence she always projected through her amazing fashion sense. I designed this collection around the Mélina earrings, which is inspired by her wedding band my grandfather gave her. 


The collection consists of 2 necklaces (the Yasmine and the Ani) that are 18 to 22 inches long and 3 earrings (The Mimi, the Mélina and the Coco) from a dainty one to a nice detailed hoop. 18k gold plated or .925 sterling silver plated, there is something for everyone.




Today, as I am bringing a little girl into this world, it is very important for me to teach her that EVERY woman deserves options and no limits. 

Shop the complete collection HERE

Enjoy xxx
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