Tulum Diaries-Part I

Lifestyle, Places, Travel
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It all started when my husband Oz and I started thinking about our honeymoon in May 2017. As always, we could not agree on a single place so we decided to draw from among the six different spots that we had previously written down. He drew Tulum and I drew Bahamas. So we ended up with these two different yet both magical places! We casually left the final decision after the wedding. When all those hurricanes struck certain places this year, we decided to play it safe and went for Tulum.

I am so glad we agreed on Tulum looking back on our wonderful vacation. It was the perfect combination of tropical idyllic beach and unique places waiting to be discovered. I wanted to both lie down and work on my tan and walk around the cute town for hidden gems. And Tulum was both!

We flew directly to Cancun and after reading a lot of reviews and advice, we decided to take the Super Shuttle, which was a big mistake that I will tell you about in Part II. Upon landing in Cancun, a warm and nice breeze and tropical palm trees welcome you. It was interesting to me that palms have lighter color and the leaves are thinner over there. It takes about one and a half hour to get from Cancun to Tulum. It is a nice long drive with no curves or complications.

When we arrived at our hotel, Tata Tulum, the pants and sweaters were already starting to feel extra, but we were very pleased to get rid of them for the next six days! We were warmly welcomed at Tata Tulum and pretty spoiled by the Tata Tulum crew! Our room was facing the ocean and conveniently located next to the restaurant and the bar. A delicious desert and champagne were waiting for us in our room.

room in Tulum

Our amazing room in Tata Tulum

By the way, we took the red-eye flight to Cancun so we were pretty exhausted the first day. Our hotel had the most comfortable sunbeds, so we tried taking it easy just hanging out on the beach. And of course, looking around and taking some pictures! I’m sure you have seen a lot of travel bloggers going on and on about Tulum and how everywhere is full of photo options, but I must say it is true! I love the fact that it offers best of both worlds: a beautiful, idyllic beach and a bustling, cute town.

Tulum beach

Gorgeous beach in front of our hotel

birds in Tulum

palm tree

The famous leaning palm

Turquoise water, tropical birds, leaning palms.. What else can you look for on a perfect beach? Oh, I know! Maybe freshly-cut coconut served with Mexican chili and lime? These are the things you can see and eat in Tulum on a daily basis. In the afternoon, you have the option to check out these unique and authentic restaurants and bars. Luckily, Tata Tulum is only 5 minutes away from this part of the town. Most of the time, we biked to grab coffee or lunch, but there were nights that we took a taxi, which was so cheap. On our first night, however, we decided to walk and discover. We drank amazing margaritas in a hotel called Coral Tulum Boutique. This hotel and its bar were so colorful that I couldn’t miss the photo opt!

a bar in Tulum

I’m in love with the colors of this bar

margaritas

A tamarind margarita for me and a regular margarita for Oz

Coral boutique hotel

Our view while sipping our margaritas

Our morning routine included waking up before sunrise (how can you sleep knowing that there’s this beauty!), going for a walk on the beach followed with the most lavish breakfast you could imagine, loading up on tropical fruits and coconut juice while tanning and then grabbing our bikes to discover the town more. We even found a Turkish place (Pasha) that makes Turkish coffee, which is one of my favorite coffee in the whole world!

sunrise in Tulum

Sunrise in Tulum

coconut with lime

Fresh coconut with Mexican chili and lime

Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee in Pasha

fresh coconut juice

Fresh coconut juice

Another coffee place I had been wanting to go was Matchamama. Anything matcha really draws me in! It is a cute place to hang out after breakfast or for your coffee fix in the afternoon. Needless to say, with the iconic “I love Tulum so Matcha” sign, it is highly Instagrammable! This cute place is a little bit further down the road but if you ever end up going there, I think you should visit Casa Malca, too, which used to belong to Pablo Escobar back in the day. They turned it into a luxury hotel/villa with limited rooms. Be careful, though, because we almost couldn’t find it since there is no sign on the door. Use your navigation and look for a huge wooden gate with security!

matchamama

Matchamama

matchamama

Matchamama

on a swing

Casually swinging in Casa Malca

Entrance to Casa Malca

Another thing I love about Tulum and where we stayed is the sunset views on the beach! You cannot imagine the colors the sky turns to in sunset! We not only took walks in sunset but also managed to take a few pictures but of course the photographs do not do justice to the colors and the view!

sunset beach

sunset beach

I will be posting another Tulum Diaries since this one is already too long! Stay tuned for more recommendations about where to eat and where to go in Tulum!

Thanks for reading!

XOX

gulin

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Holiday Dress Guide

Fashion, Places, Style
Velvet jumpsuit

Hello again!

I am so sorry to disappear for such a long time from my blog, but you know there are times when you don’t want to read or write a single thing? Yup, that happened and I am so glad I took that time for myself to reflect on the direction my blog will be taking! A few weeks ago I did a poll on Instastory asking about which posts you like best on my Instagram and most of my followers responded with ‘lifestyle shots,’ so I decided to listen. Plus, I really want my blog and Instagram to be a platform that inspires people rather than just a fashion catalog. I will still be touching on which outfits are trending and tips on what to wear but mainly I would like to blog about lifestyle and traveling. And I am so happy I found out about what I really want to do at last!

So, here I am blogging about best holiday dresses/outfits this season! I know holiday parties are a big thing and you really wanna dress up when it’s cold and festive, well, when it’s the holiday season! That’s why I rounded up my favorite looks for holidays below.

Before you start shopping, a few trending tips for this season: Sequins and sparkly outfits are still a thing. Velvet anything is so trending right now that I acquired a few velvety items now and can’t wait to wear them this season! Also, of course, black and red are still the most classic colors you can choose to wear to any holiday party!

Thanks for reading!

Happy Holidays!!!

XOX

gulin

 

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Sweater Weather with Faux Leather Leggings

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style
sweater and leggings

I’m just so thrilled finally we are having a sort of a sweater weather! There are so many great fall trends and I just can’t wait to wear them! So, one of these is off the shoulder sweaters you can see almost on every blogger. This trend has actually existed since last year and I am loving the fact that wearing a sweater does not make you feel chunky and unattractive but pretty sexy!

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Polka dot Romper with Red Accessories

Fashion, Style
polka dot romper

You know polka dot reminds me of Marilyn Monroe, black and white movies and red lips? That’s why I feel so glamorous when I’m in polka dots! Polka dot is also one of the trends of this year just like velvet I talked about in this post.

This polka dot romper is so cute and comfortable that it can be worn day or night. Long sleeves actually make it appropriate for fall. The tie-front detail and the ruffle trim adds movement into the romper. It would also look very chic with sock booties, another trend of this season or white sneakers if you would like to dress it down.

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Velvet Bodysuit and Kimono

Fashion, Style
bodysuit and kimono

Happy October friends!

As we gradually start prepping for the fall weather- although it seems like it will never come- I would like to talk about some of the fall trends that you can easily add to your outfits: velvet bodysuit and kimono

I was already using kimono as a summer staple  as something to throw on me on cooler nights, but I discovered it might actually be a great addition to your fall wardrobe. For starters, it can be paired with so many things like jeans, dresses, and skirts. And you both look trendy and stay warm!

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Adding Fun to Work Outfits

Fashion, Style
striped shirt and midi skirt

When Monday morning comes and I get out of bed, other than wishing I was inside the bed, I also wish that I had more fun clothes to wear to work. It seems as if all the pieces in my wardrobe are just so boring! So I thought I’d give some ideas for adding some fun to spice things up at the office because girl, I know how that would make you more motivated about work!

Striped shirts are always my go to look for work, or for anywhere really (I just love them and they look stylish and casual with whatever!). So, when I saw this red striped shirt, I thought what a great staple to add to my wardrobe! Apart from being striped, it is actually off the shoulder, which is what I absolutely love about it. Off the shoulder detail makes it sassy but being a shirt, it retains some of the seriousness somehow.

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Mini skirts and Cozy Knits for Fall

Fashion, Style
sweater and mini skirt

Fall is definitely my favorite season, well after summer yes! But, really I love Fall vibes with all the gorgeous foliage colors, the pumpkin season, cozy sweaters and boots.. So, in an attempt to create one of my favorite looks for this fall, I finally wore my over the knee boots for the first time in a year. I really love these, but you cannot wear them with everything, but this fall/winter, mini skirts with over-the-knee boots are very trendy. So take out your OTK boots, ladies!

This mini skirt carries both of this season’s trends: stripes and the color pistachio (which is one of Pantone’s fall colors). I love the fact that stripes and that bow detail in the front adds a more casual quality to the skirt. You can actually wear it with tees and sneakers as well.

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One Shoulder Shirt+Ripped Jeans

Fashion, Style, Uncategorized
shirt and jeans

Hello friends!

Although the weather in California makes it a little hard to get into the fall mood, we are slowly feeling that the season of sweaters, layers, and pumpkin spice latte is coming! Before ordering more cozy sweaters (’cause I will be doing that), I decided to transition into my favorite season with the all-time-trendy off shoulder or one shoulder shirts.

If you were watching the New York Fashion Week like a crazy person like me, you have probably seen that shirts that are one shoulder, off the shoulder or cold shoulder are everywhere. They go with almost everything from skirts to wide-legged pants and jeans.

I myself love this particular one because of its wrap style and the dramatic sleeves. It feels very unique because of these two qualities. It also has only one collar, which makes it a very fun and trendy top.

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Pleated Metallic Midi Skirt

Fashion, Style
black camisole and pleated skirt

Hello again after a long while!

Sorry for being MIA for the past month, but I had a wedding to plan and attend! Thankfully, it was a magical wedding,  everything went so smoothly and we had a lot of fun. I am also planning to do a post featuring my wedding pictures as soon as the professional ones are out.

It feels so good to be back both in California and back at blogging! I am already getting all the fall vibes even though it is still summer in California. I have been seeing pleated midi skirts everywhere and I thought I’d hop on that band wagon too!

This pleated skirt is a great addition to the fall wardrobe. I love the fit and shape of it. It also has metallic undertones, which is another fall trend. What I like about it is that it can be worn in a few different ways. It looks casual chic with a tee and sneakers or a sweater and boots. I chose to dress it up with a simple black camisole and strappy heels.

I’m a big fan of leather jackets and I’m so lucky to live in California because all you need is leather jackets and cardigans for fall and winter! Complementing the look with a black leather jacket makes the outfit more casual and fall-ready!

Hope you enjoy reading

XOX

gulin

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Cami: JCrew (old) similar here and here 40%off    Skirt: Halogen    Sunglasses: Raen

Bag: Prada | similar here     Heels: Sam Edelman     Jacket: Zara (old) similar here 

 

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Olive OTS Top and Cutoff Denim Shorts

Fashion, Style

As the preparations for our wedding continue, we make day trips to Izmir, which is the city we will have the wedding in, for things like meeting our organizer and making the arrangements with the hotel . That’s why I have to adjust myself to city life once in a while. Other times I spend my days wearing beach dresses or swimsuits!

I wore this combo for an afternoon in Izmir, a beautiful city on the Aegean coast of Turkey. I purchased this light olive off the shoulder top in Turkey, but I found several similar styles online (so I am linking them here). You know that I am obsessed with the olive color by now! Besides the color, I love the fact that it has long sleeves. It will be perfect for California to wear at night when it cools down.

Olive goes perfectly with white, that’s why I combined this OTS top with white denim shorts. I think everybody must have a pair of white denim shorts! They are an essential staple of your closet and go well with every color you can think of! I’m linking several styles below.

Also, I’m still in love with these suede sandals, which are finally on SALE!

Hope you are savoring every last bit of summer!

Thanks for reading,

XO,

gulin

 

Top Ipekyol | similar here and here (on SALE)

Denim Shorts Mango (last season) similar here and here

Sandals Dolce Vita     Bag Louis Vuitton (sold out) | similar here

Sunglasses Prada    Earrings H&M    Watch Skagen

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