Spring Wardrobe refresh with Walmart and We Dress America


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To be honest I’ve always thought of Walmart as an affordable grocery store, not somewhere to go for my new spring wardrobe. That misconception went out the window when I began scrolling through Walmart’s new We Dress America fashion campaign to see SO many pieces I wanted to purchase for myself! Walmart has really stepped up their fashion game and I now find myself shopping there regularly for affordable on trend clothing. I love how their new campaign stands for style that’s original, doesn’t discriminate, at prices everyone can feel good about. I definitely feel good about the $9 dress I’m wearing in today’s post.

P.S. A pro tip when shopping at Walmart, buy online - there’s tons more options than in store!

I’m so excited to be partnering with Walmart on their We Dress America campaign and share this affordable look with you. Not only is my dress a great price, it also comes in NINE different colors and the material and quality is spot on. I would say my style is pretty casual for the most part and mixing dresses and sneakers is one of my favorite things to do in the spring and summer. I honestly feel like a dress of this quality would be at least $30 at other retailers so finding it for $9 was a huge win. I’m wearing a small in this dress (that’s the smallest size available) and tied it in a knot to make it a little more fitted. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this dress and I am for sure going to buy more colors, especially the black and grey! I’m wearing the bay leaf stripe here. I also bought this spring dress for $15 that comes in several patterns and looks super flattering!

I’m a sucker for a classic white pair of sneakers and I found these at Walmart for $12. They fit true to size and are super comfortable! I’m thinking about buying multiple pair since I like them so much and they’re an unbeatable price! I also found these adorable slip on sneakers that would look great with this dress as well.

I accessorized my outfit with a $9 tote bag that comes in 9 colors! I got so many compliments on this tote when I wore it out recently. People were shocked when I told them I got it at Walmart and how little I paid for it. The neutral color goes with basically everything, it’s a great size and can even fit my 15'“ laptop in it. Straw bags are one of my favorite trends and this $16 circle tote immediately caught my eye as well!

I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a lot more time shopping online at Walmart and highly recommend you try it out for yourself! Click here to start shopping from the We Dress America selections!

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Shop my outfit

Dress ( Bay Leaf Stripe - small) | Sneakers (true to size

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This post is sponsored by Walmart. All selections and opinions are my own.

xoxo

Whitney

Placencia Belize Travel Guide + Our stay at Laru Beya

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WHERE WE STAYED

This post is wayyy past due but I’m sure most of you remember from my stories and posts that last month I traveled to Belize with my bestie Jaclyn. It was just the two of us and we stayed for an entire week in Placencia, which is in the southern part of Belize. Pro tip: take the extra hour long flight from the Belize airport to Placencia. We didn’t take the flight because I’m a child and not a fan of small planes. The other option (what we unfortunately endured) is a 3 hour bus ride with speed bumps literally every ten seconds. We stayed at Laru Beya, an all inclusive boutique resort that proved to be the perfect choice for our stay. The resort is about a 10 minute golf cart ride to the town of Placencia where there are restaurants, shops and most importantly, Tutti Fruitt Gelato to check out.

We had the most spacious room ever with a separate living room and kitchen. With all the clothes and accessories we packed for this trip it was so nice to have a large room where we didn’t feel crammed. Jaclyn and I were grandmas on most nights and stayed in - honestly I blame it on the insanely comfy bed! We both made comments on how nice it was haha. Aside from the room the hospitality at Laru Beya was incredible. The entire staff were beyond friendly and accommodating towards all our needs. That’s so important, especially when you’re staying somewhere for an entire week.

Laru Beya is all inclusive so we enjoyed most of our meals there. There’s one three-story restaurant onsite called Quarterdeck. It’s an open air setting with views of the pool and ocean. The menu offers all fresh, locally sourced ingredients and tons of fish dishes, which I especially enjoyed. Scroll down for the fish tacos that are an absolute must if you stay here! I also recommend going to Quarterdeck for the daily happy hour where you can try different things aside from the traditional menu.

Laru Beya is a smaller boutique hotel and that’s one of the things I loved most about it. The staff definitely made us feel right at home. Our room had a gorgeous view of the ocean complete with a hammock for relaxing. I also recommend renting golf carts to drive into town to explore. We rode bikes the first day and that was the only time haha. It was a much longer distance than we anticipated so we stuck with golf carts for the rest of the trip.

I highly recommend Laru Beya resort if you are traveling to Placencia. Jaclyn and I both agreed we would stay there again and again! Scroll down to see more of what we did during our trip and other places we ate.

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Best fish tacos at Laru Beya + their local Belikin beer — SO good!

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What we did

One of my favorite parts of this trip was going snorkeling for the first time. We went with Go Sea and they were amazing and showed us such a good time! We anchored the boat at the most gorgeous tiny island where we had lunch and relaxed. Correction - most people relaxed. Jaclyn and I took about 5000 pictures of each other with multiple swimsuit changes. Yes there were a lot of stares but what can I say, it’s what we do. Once all that was done we went snorkeling!

Honestly it was the coolest experience seeing all the beautiful fish and coral. Our guide even picked up things from under the water to show us up close which I thought was a great touch. We also took the boat out to a separate area and got to see turtles, sting rays and nurse sharks. I put my phone in a plastic cover so I was able to record it underwater. Like I said, best first experience snorkeling and my personal highlight from the trip.

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We chose the perfect rainy day to hit up the spa at Belize Ocean Club. We both enjoyed the best hour long facials..the sweet ladies working there seriously knew exactly how to help us lay back, relax and feel pampered! The best part was that the spa is right on the water and has windows which I thought added a special touch and enhanced the overall experience.

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Another cool first time experience was going on a monkey river tour! We ventured through the forest and saw lots of monkeys, bats, crocodiles and iguanas! We also earned a lot on this tour! Below is a picture of us in the “bamboo church”, as our guide described it. Our tour guide was the best and so knowledgeable. It was so interesting to hear how the people who live in Monkey River Village use wildlife and Mother Nature to cure things versus traditional medicine. I really enjoyed this tour and recommend it if you want a little outdoor activity and get some insight on how a small village in Belize lives.

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Love sailing with this girl! We sailed with Daytripper and they were the best hosts! Lots of cocktails flowing and snacks too! Be warned - flowy dresses may NOT be the best outfit choice for this activity since it’s super windy. Even though I didn’t dress appropriately we still had a great time per usual!

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Where we ate

We ventured out a few times to eat at other places besides our resort. I definitely recommend going to Barefoot Bar (below) for the colorful decor and atmosphere. They have a massive menu, both drinks and food that make it hard to decide what to order! One of the drinks I remember liking the best from Barefoot was the Mudslide!

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Hit up the Tipsy Strip in Placencia for a few restaurants and shops. There were locals selling goods along the sidewalk and little boutique stores selling souvenirs as well. We went out to Tipsy Tuna sports bar one night for karaoke. We didn’t participate (thank god) but it was a fun place to have cocktails and people watch.

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Rumfish y Vino is a great restaurant to try if you’re in Placencia. Jaclyn and I both had the Al Pastor tacos + fries and it was delish (highly recommend). The atmosphere of this place is nice, it’s two stories with lights and a great ambiance for a dinner out.

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That’s a wrap for my Placencia Belize Travel Guide - I hope you enjoyed it! As always feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions on the area. I would love to go back and even explore other parts of Belize, maybe the northern part next time!

Belize Outfit Recap

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Top (small) | Pants (small)

I’ll keep this short and sweet but just sharing ALL my outfits from Belize with links to shop! I’ve included sizing info for your reference but feel free to reach out with any questions. This post is separate from my Placencia Belize travel guide but be sure to check out that post too if you’re thinking of traveling there soon!

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Bikini (medium) | Coverup | Earrings

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Bikini (medium)

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Bikini top (medium) | Bikini bottom (medium)

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Bikini top (medium) | Bikini bottoms (medium) | Hat

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Bikini (medium) | Coverup | Earrings | Hat

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Swimsuit (small) | Shorts (small) | Sandals

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Dress (small)

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Swimsuit (small) | Pants (small) | Sandals

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Tee (medium)| Shorts (26)

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Tee (medium) | Pants (small)

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Top (small) | Skirt (small) | Heels | Bag

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Crop top | Skirt (small) | Bag

Sliding into Spring with Clarks

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I'm always curious to find out what my girlfriends obsess over and sometimes splurge on when it comes to fashion. For me personally, it's got to be shoes. I mean who am I kidding, I'm always on the hunt for new pairs to add to my collection. Now that spring is here I'm all about comfortable and easy styles that are versatile and pair well with many different outfits. I was so excited when I found these cute Clarks mules recently. The fact that I can walk in them for hours on end is the icing on the cake. It makes sense because they have a dual density Cushion Plus technology that ensures comfort with every step. Even the most gorgeous shoes won’t go home with me if they aren’t comfortable. Life is way too short for uncomfortable shoes!

I didn’t have to splurge for this level of comfort either, my mules are very affordable and will be on repeat all spring. I think they are a great option for all my 9-5 girls too, they would look perfect with a pair of fitted trouser pants and blouse! When I used to work in an office everyday my typical uniform was ankle trouser pants, a cute top and mules. These would have been perfect for that setting, but now I’ll style them in everyday looks like this. How cute would they be with white jeans? I’m sure I’ll be styling that exact look very soon!

I can always count on finding shoes I love at Clarks . I know they offer a max level of comfort you can’t find just anywhere. My cart is currently full of a few new favorites that are perfect for spring like these classic white sneakers that I need to get my hands on ASAP. I also really like the slip on style sneaker and these blush suede beauties are calling my name! If you’re in search of some new spring shoes (Honestly, what girl isn’t?) I highly recommend checking out Clarks and the mules I’ve styled in today’s post as well as the other styles mentioned. Scroll through to see more photos of my new Clarks mules!

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This post is sponsored by Clarks, a brand I love. All selections and opinions are my own. Thank you Clarks for sponsoring this post.


What I wore during my stay at The Thompson Playa Del Carmen

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Swimsuit (size up - wearing a large but would be best in a medium)

A few weeks ago my girlfriends and I went to Playa Del Carmen and stayed at The Thompson hotel. It was my first trip of the year and it was honestly so nice to escape the cold Dallas weather for warmer temps! The Thompson has two locations in Playa, the main house and beach house (just two blocks from each other).

We stayed at the main house and had the best time shooting outfits and relaxing for a few days. If you’re traveling to Playa Del Carmen and want to stay right on the beach I would recommend staying at their beach house. We chose the main house because we loved the rooftop pool and didn’t necessarily feel the need to be right on the beach during our stay. We did go to the beach house one day and hung out in their cozy cabanas and had lunch and cocktails.

If there’s one restaurant you need to try while in Playa it’s CATCH, which is on the rooftop of the Thompson main house. We ate there twice during our stay because it was that good. I recommend trying ALL the sushi rolls, brussel sprouts, truffle fries and chocolate cake!

Even though we were technically “on vacation” we shot a lot of new content during this trip and worked quite a bit. I think we only went out one night, which is pretty odd for our group. I do recommend venturing out and hitting up Mamita’s Beach Club party. We had a Friday funday there and it was a blast. There’s cabanas on the beach, a DJ, and great drinks..it’s basically a huge party that we couldn’t turn down.

I’ve included all the outfits I wore during the trip with sizing info. Be sure to scroll all the way down because there’s A LOT. I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your next vacation and if it doesn’t don’t worry because there’s a ton more coming your way!

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Bikini top (medium) | My bikini bottom (medium) | Jaclyn bikini top (small) | Jaclyn bikini bottom (small)

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Bikini top (I’m wearing medium in both and Yasmina small in both) | Bikini Bottom

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Swimsuit (small)

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My one piece (small - but would be best in a medium) | Yasmina bikini top (small). Bikini bottom (small) | Jaclyn bikini (small)

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Swim top (medium) | Swim bottoms (medium)

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Swim top (medium) | Swim bottoms (medium) | Coverup (small) | Hat

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Swim top (medium) | Swim bottoms (medium)

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Swimsuit (medium) | Hat

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Swimsuit (medium) | Hat

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Dress (XS) | Bag

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Cami (large) | Shorts (26) | Hat

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My Outfit : Tank (large) | Shorts (26) | Slides | Hat | Bag

Jaclyn’s Outfit (middle) : Top | Shorts | Slides | Bag

Yasmina’s Outfit : Shorts (small) | Top (small) | Tote | Sunglasses

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