amansala eco-chic resort Tulum
Style, Travel

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort Tulum

May 22, 2017

The beaches of the Mayan Riviera are some of the most beautiful in the world. When I first visited Tulum 10 years ago, it was just an up and coming yet “hip” spot that attracted experienced travellers from all over the world. It was quiet, people camped on the beach, as there were only a few boutique hotels. Now it is a international hot spot for all those seeking white sand, laid back vibes, but upscale bohemian lifestyle. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort  Tulum encapsulates the spirit of beach life in Tulum. Peaceful atmosphere, minimal and comfortable rooms, open air commune spaces for yoga, working out, eating, pool hanging, dining, enjoying a bon fire or a mid day hammock hang, and more. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort Tulum Mexico

Whether you’re in Tulum for a Yoga Retreat, or you’re on a romantic getaway, looking to adventure along the Mayan Riviera, or simply seeking an authentic spot to unplug from the rest of the world, being welcomed at Amansala amidst the mangroves and palms along the ocean is the place for a genuine Tulum experience.

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort Tulum Mexico

The Mayan Riviera and state of Yucatan, have some of the most beautiful natural attractions you do not want to miss out on seeing. If you’ve never been to the Mayan Riviera or perhaps have only stayed at a resort, I have a few Travel Tips!

  1. Rent a car. Even if it’s just for a few days, you’ll love the flexibility. Tulum is around 2 hours from the airport so save yourself the hassle of booking a ride and rent a car there for a couple days so you can go see all the attractions close by. If you don’t want to go far, I’d highly suggest renting bikes which are available all along the main tourist area on Tulum Beach.
  2. Go out to eat. The town of Tulum has a few authentic spots where you can grab cheap tasty tacos, and boy is it worth it! Check out travel sites like Tripadvisor for best reviewed restaurants. Our favs: La Barracuda (delicious traditional Mexican seafood resto. Try the coconut shrimp and seafood cocktails) and Kitchen Table (upscale farm to table resto. Try the tamarind margarita, the huitlacoche quesadilla, and ahi tuna). Ziggy’s Beach Club also has great food, music, and beach lounge area. Not gonna lie, one of our favourite taco places was a fast food taco place beside a gas station in Puerto Aventuras.
  3. Experience Cenotes! They are sooo beautiful and literally everywhere! These underwater fresh rivers are like secret paradises! Some are more like caves, others like rivers, others like big pools in the middle of the jungle. Tops ones to see Dos Ojos, Gran Cenote, but would highly recommend going to the less touristy ones as well. There are also beautiful lakes near by. Kaan Luum is beautiful and peaceful.
  4. See a show. While there are so many entertainment options from clubs and live music along Cancun to Tulum, I recommend going into Playa del Carmen for the day and going out dancing or to a show at a club, or Xcaret.
  5. Have options, but don’t make plans. Research before hand places you’d like to visit but make your trip spontaneous and go with your gut. You’re in paradise, and the simple pleasures are all that you need for an amazing experience.

Amansala Eco-Chic Resort Tulum Mexico

Photography by Pantel Photo

Location Amansala Eco-Chic Resort

Outfits: Sommer Swim, Sabo Skirt, Myra Swim, Brandy Melville

jord wood watch klassh
Style, Travel


March 6, 2017

My absolute favourite accessory right now is my Jord wood watch! It arrived just in time for my trip to Tulum, suitably fitting with the beachy vibes. The golden face, and warm wood tone of the band complemented all the natural colors I like wearing.

jord wood watch klasshI have to admit, I was a little hesitant about getting a watch with such a large face, but I LOVE it! The fit is perfect (as I submitted my wrist measurement as part of the order), and it looks like a statement piece with everything I wear! I also love how different it is compared to what’s out there in the watch world. Slim, leather banded, white and silver faces, this design takes the cake for me. The Frankie Series (in Zebrawood & Champagne) is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. And although it appears large in face in comparison to the other series, it’s golden color and exotic zebrawood give it a refined and elegant appearance. It has officially become my go to watch right now, and I get sooo many compliments on it.

I was completely wowed when it arrived in its beautiful hand crafted wood box (WHICH has a drawer with a humidifying pouch to you know, keep your wood watch at the ultimate humidity). The artistry and attention to detail and design is simply stunning! Never before have I had a watch come with such a beautiful box to store and display my watch in.

jord wood watch klasshAs they describe…”minimalism has never equated to more. Effervescent luxury, a lustrous light emanates from within. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case powered by a Swiss movement and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style”. Couldn’t agree more. I’m in love.

jord wood watchI’m seriously considering adding a few more JORD wood watches to my collection! Curious about gifting a unique watch? It really is the perfect gift and something most watch aficionado’s are sure to enjoy. They make gifting real easy too. Shipping is fast and easy while the minimal and thoughtful packaging, stunning wood box, and watch are guaranteed to amaze your giftee!

Giveaway Time!!! 

One lucky winner will receive the $100 code, and all other entrants will receive $25 once the contest ends, just for entering!  Enter by clicking this unique link! Winner will be decided April 9th 2017 and notified via Jord, email!

Smith Restaurant Winnipeg
Local Features, Travel

Smith Restaurant

November 8, 2016

Somehow I ended up eating at SMITH Restaurant Winnipeg on four occasions over five days when I went to visit Winnipeg last…but to be honest, I kind of knew we were meant for each other from the beginning. The Hudson Bay inspired aesthetic had me doe eyed from the first time I laid eyes on the Hudson Bay blanket upholstery, the lacquered sleek minimal black tables, the cow hide rugs, to the petrified stumps and antler chandeliers. My inner Canadiana was so thrilled!!! But what really stole my heart was the menu. Smith Restaurant Winnipeg

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Inn at the Forks
Local Features, Travel

Inn at the Forks

November 8, 2016

Apart from its prime location in the cultural heart of Winnipeg, the Inn at the Forks sets itself apart from the rest with its incredible guest service, beautiful facilities, and convenient luxuries. My kinda luxury? The best food, a full service spa and relaxation facilities, and comfortable spacious rooms with views over the beautiful Forks. The perfect spot for a staycation as everything you could dream of is at your fingertips! Riverstone Spa and Smith Restaurant are both located inside the hotel and offer top notch spa services and delicious dining experiences! It’s really a perfect trio. And the truth was, as much as I like to adventure, I never really wanted to leave the hotel – which for those cold Winnipeg winters, is a clever convenience. Plush robes, slippers, jacuzzi, room service, wine… I wasn’t going no where!Inn at the Forks Continue Reading…

The Roost Winnipeg
Local Features

The Roost

November 3, 2016

Nestled on a rooftop in the heart of the Italian district on Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, sits The Roost – an intimate and refined boutique resto that offers creative cocktails and shareable plates. Its atmosphere is coy, moody, and unassumed, but don’t be fooled – the cocktail list and food menu is bold and quite impressive featuring ever evolving inspired cocktails with ingredients found only in the most savvy of collections. The Roost Winnnipeg Continue Reading…

mere boutique hotel
Local Features, Style, Travel

Mere Boutique Hotel

October 28, 2016

Situated alongside the beautiful Red River in the historic Exchange District, downtown Winnipeg, is something bold, beautiful, and bright! Mere Boutique Hotel stands out amidst its historic and natural surroundings with its vibrant colors and striking architecture. I’m a huge fan of minimalism, and fresh, innovative spaces are definitely not underrated in my books. Less is by far more! Take a peak inside the finessed details of the contemporary Mere Boutique Hotel! mere boutique hotel

Mere Boutique Hotel is by far the most beautiful and unique hotel Winnipeg has to offer. Its innovative design elements reflect its high appreciation for the pure and simple. The “less is more” philosophy creates a lot of value displayed in the detailed use of space, natural lighting, and quality of amenities. The sum of its well thought out parts make for a truly calming and peaceful experience! Continue Reading…

Johanna Seier of Aurea Fitness shares her tips on "How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Travelling"
Local Features, Style

How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Traveling with Johanna Seier

October 21, 2016

Fitness bae and founder of #FitGirlGang Johanna Seier shares her tips on “How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Traveling”

Okay! So it can obviously be super easy to go into YOLO mode while on vacay.

We all know what that means… Ignoring exercise completely and eating

absolutely EVERY piece of food in sight. While travelling definitely is a time to

enjoy yourself and ditch the guilt, I am a huge believer in doing the little things to

help you still feel your best while away and actually maximize the enjoyment you

get out of your vacation.How to stay stay on track with fitness Johanna Seier Ashley Klassen

Working out

Maybe back home you hit the gym for 1 hour 5x each week. Well, realistically

that is probably not going to happen on vacation. My best advice is to be efficient

with the time and equipment you have! Maybe that’s a fully functional hotel gym,

or maybe its just a pair of runners and your hotel room. No matter how restricted

you are on both time and equipment, you still have the opportunity to make it



  1. Get it over with early. The last thing you want to worry about while vacationing is having to fit in a late night workout in between all of the fun activities and events you likely have going on. Get up, get it done, and move on with your day!
  2. Know what you’re going to do! Plan out each exercise you’re going to do and for how long. Even if that’s just making a quick note on your iPhone, you’ll be WAY more likely to stick to it if you write it down and aren’t just wandering around aimlessly.

Johanna Seier of Aurea Fitness shares her tips on "How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Travelling"20-Minute Hotel Room Workout

This is a super-quick and effective workout to blast calories, increase your

muscle tone, and get in an awesome sweat without having to leave your room.

Circuit #1:

 Push-ups x 15

*NOTE: To make this more advanced, do these with your feet on your

hotel bed. To modify, drop to your knees.

 Single-leg Glute Bridges x 12/leg

*These are to be done lying on the ground with one heel pressing onto

your armchair or bed.

 Mountain Climbers x 1 minute

Circuit #2:

 Jump lunges x 20

 Tricep Dips x 12

*Done with hands on the edge of your ottoman

 Up and Down Planks x 1 minute

*Drop to your knees to modify

Complete each circuit 3x through with a 90 seconds rest between the two


Johanna Seier of Aurea Fitness shares her tips on "How to Stay on Track with Fitness while Travelling"Eating

Obviously while away, it’s so easy to give in to every single temptation and

completely disregard your health until you get back home. From personal

experience though, I can genuinely say that this is not going to make your trip

more enjoyable! I can remember going to all-inclusive resorts and absolutely

binging on junk food each meal to the point of being SO FULL that I honestly

didn’t even feel good. Yeah sure it was novel and exciting at first, but by the end

of the trip I felt lethargic, energy deprived, and just plain nauseous.


So here is my best advice: YES, enjoy yourself! But don’t completely disregard

health along the way. Try to choose one meal each day that you will allow

yourself to have whatever you want, and attempt to keep the others (as well as

the snacks you have throughout the day) more health conscious. Not only will

you FEEL better (and have wayyyy more energy) getting the nutrients your body

needs, but it is so much more satisfying to have the treats that you TRULY

WANT when the trip isn’t an absolute free-for- all at every single meal. Believe

me, I am all about “TREAT YO-SELF”, I just want to make sure that I’m going to

actually appreciate and enjoy all of the amazing things that I’m treating myself to!


Johanna Seier, Aurea Fitness

Thanks Johanna! Seriously, this girl!!! I felt so inspired after our little afternoon, even I, and I’m borderline sloth lazy, felt I could do this after our meet up. Make sure you follow her on snap (@joseier) and insta (@johanna.seier) and join her #FitGirlGang. Stay tuned for our NEXT blog collab as we talk business and female empowerment!

Photography: Vanessa Mayberry


Tights – Lululemon

Shoes – Nike

Shirt/Sweater – Addidas


Tights – Titika Active

Bra – Titika Active

Shoes – Nike

Sweater – Titika Active


Vintage Tee Klassh Ashley Klassen

Vintage Tee

October 20, 2016

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been watching too much Chelsea…but the Vintage Tee fad has definitely worn off on me. I absolutely LOVE finding ways to mix the casual and comfortable worn in grungy look of the Tee with more classy pieces like a blazer, high heels, or dainty necklaces. I love rocking this combo! Shop this look below!
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BeYouTee Bar Winnipeg
Beauty, Local Features

BeYouTee Bar

October 17, 2016

Macarons, makeup, blowouts and bestie’s–BeYouTee Bar is destination “treat yo’self”. The perfect little spot to share the afternoon pampering yourself or getting the works with your squad (tunes, drinks, treats n’ all!!). We relished in all things glamourous from luxurious hair treatments and blowouts to makeup applications. If you haven’t already experienced the wonder of what a great blowout can do for your hair, you don’t know what you’re missing! BeYouTee Bar Winnipeg Continue Reading…

Canada Goose SS 17

Canada Goose SS 17

September 28, 2016

It’s funny to think that summer has just ended and the fashion world is ready to roll out Spring, while I’m still enjoying the pre fall weather. Nevertheless, I love looking ahead. And I must say, the Canada Goose Spring Summer 17 Collection and is feeling pretty fresh. So what is Canada Goose doing that’s amazing? The Spring Summer 17 Collection boasts an array of contemporary ultra light transparent wind wear to the down filled jackets and coats we all anticipate. They also draw on a lot of urban influences seen in the use of neutral palettes and minimal lines.   Continue Reading…