Vacation Photos: Caye Caulker, Belize

Last month we took the dreamiest week-long vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize. A few of our friends have gone to Belize recently, and their stories were so inspiring, we had to go. We found amazing roundtrip flight deals (less than $400 roundtrip from SFO - BZE), so we spontaneously booked it and let all of the other details fall into place.
 
One of the best things about traveling to the islands is that they're super accessible. We flew into Belize City and then took a 5 minute (!) Tropic Air flight to Caye Caulker. Some people choose to island hop, but on our friends' recommendation, we went to Caye Caulker and posted up for the entire week. We stayed at the Iguana Reef Inn, which I highly recommend. It was hands down the most expensive hotel on the island, but at ~$120 / night, it still felt affordable. 
Caye Caulker is the most colorful, picturesque little island. For the most part, they don't permit cars on the island, so everyone walks, bikes, or drives golf carts around. Every day, we went diving, kayaking, or swimming in the morning, ate lazy lunches of grilled fish and Belikin beer, and then relaxed by the ocean all afternoon. It's the perfect vacation spot if you're looking for a place to recharge. 
One morning, we borrowed a colorful kayak from our hotel and paddled over to The Split, which is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike. I hung out in the shade (no surprise that I was already sunburnt by day 3) and drank coconut margaritas. 
Since we're both into scuba diving, we went diving for 3 days during our trip. We booked dives through Belize Diving Services, which was an amazing choice. We were both completely blown away by the vibrant reefs and marine life in Belize. We also crossed a major item off our bucket list when we dove 150 feet into the Blue Hole. Since the Blue Hole is ~2 hours from Caye Caulker, we made a day of it and had lunch on a tiny deserted island close by. I think we both agreed this was our favorite day of the entire trip.
Our hotel was on the west coast of the tiny island, so the sunsets were unreal. We ended every day on adirondack chairs on the dock with beers in hand. I'd love to jet myself back there right now. :)
Cheers, Belize! We love you so much.

Our Wedding Featured On HGTV

HGTV.com kindly featured our wedding this week. The entire gallery is here. Thanks HGTV for letting us take a walk down memory lane. :)  

Austin Bachelorette Party Weekend

My friend Laurie celebrated her bachelorette party in Austin, TX last weekend, and kindly invited me to join in the festivities. I flew out of SF bright and early on Thursday with my friend Paige, and after drinking a few Bloody Mary's on the plane and indulging ourselves with the latest magazines (Vogue, People, Vanity Fair, oh my!), we were there before we knew it. We met up with an old friend, Allison (posing above), and a new friend, Fran, and took a quick Lyft to the house.
We stayed in this cute craftsman style home in the Deep Eddy district, which is near Lake Austin. It has an amazing back yard, large family style dining table, and plenty of bedrooms, so it was perfect for a girls weekend.
The first night we blew through several bottles of rosé and champagne and through two boxes (!) of white wine. The wine festivities quickly escalated into a game of slap the bag, so needless to say the bachelorette party was off to a good start.
The Maid of Honor and artist extraordinaire, Madeline, made us dinner and even put homemade lavender sachets on our plates as party favors. I told you, she's crafty.
On Friday, we took a group trip to Barton Springs for the day. The lawns are sprawling and the water is chilly, so it's the perfect place to sunbathe and fight the 100 degree heat. After hanging out for a few hours, we grabbed tacos and margaritas and then went home to get ready for a night out.
"YAY BARTON SPRINGS WE LOVED YOU SO MUCH AND WE'RE SO HAPPY WE SNUCK OUR OWN MARGARITAS INSIDE TO ENJOY & NOW I'M JUMPING FOR JOY!" -The Bride
Friday night we ate dinner at Fabi + Rosi, which was a convenient two minute walk from our house. We found some friendly chickens hanging out back and dinner was so good. They had truffle fries, so enough said. They even brought out a sparkler surprise for the bride.
After that, it was time to get down to business -- the Dirty Sixth. Disclaimer: we're all super classy and what not, but this is a bachelorette party and we wanted free drinks and the opportunity to dance all night. We rode a mechanical bull. We took Jello shots. We danced to Trap Queen. It was the best.
On Saturday, we decided that we all needed a little hair of the dog and a lot of sun to sweat out the hangovers. We found a boat / driver on the cheap through Craigslist the morning of (bad idea?!) and set off in Ubers to the lake. It was so awesome (whew, GOOD idea!). We anchored our pontoon rental up to other pontoon rentals at Devil's Cove, drank Tecate, and floated on pool noodles to our hearts content.
Laurie, we love you. Austin, we love you. Can't wait to be reunited with these weirdos at the wedding. :)