Where and Wear | Mexico

I'm still prowling for the perfect summer vacation.   I have had some world class journey's since I began taking my kids with me around the world   I think that is the problem though, I only want to have a "10" vacation and I don't want to wake up in a "2" {this terminology is also popular with Katy Perry} experience. 

Two years ago I took my family to Puerto Vallarta.  I was expecting a cliched tourist experience but I did for the kids.   I thought warm water, pools, and some ATV action would work for #Halestorm.   I was completely surprised by the elegance of the resort, the activities available to us, and the happiness and gratitude of my family.

It may end up that we go back this summer because we had a perfect time and It was one of the easiest vacations that I have ever been taken.  A quick flight, a short taxi ride, a huge suite, all-inclusive... makes me think a bit more about it for sure. 


Where: Garza Blanca Preserve Resort on Banderas Bay is an ideal get away for families.   The beach is clean and swimmable.  The service at the hotel is impeccable and genuinely kind.  The food was delicious; filet mignon for lunch every day (boys) or ceviche (me), Coca Cola Light and that special formula Mexican Sprite.   This was only the start of the great dining options.   I have to consider all food options when i travel with four sons, because meal time is every two hours, almost like a nursing baby feeding schedule but ruder.

The activities for guests were endless including paddle boards, boogie boards, sand toys, kayaks, and other games available the kids.  There is green jungle and mountains, gorgeous coastline, dolphins to watch, horses to ride.   

Wear: I think denim shorts are an easy basic.   I don't love them when they are really short so I like this Current Elliot pair.  My boys call them JORTS and asked me why all their toddler pictures have them wearing said "JORTS". (#ThingstheMENsay), 

I like ruffled or flouncy top because it looks fun and ready to go to dinner.   I love this top with flare jeans too!   This top and these jeans is a quintessential "Amber" outfit. 

It would be perfect to take all ankle-wrap sandals and espadrilles on a beach get-away because it is fun and moreover super chic. 

Don't forget a light nude lipstick or gloss.  If you wear a dark heavy lip color while by a pool or at the beach it doesn't say "vacation".   It says "desk job" or "old school".   These are my rules for myself and I wanted to share.

A wow! swim suit and great cover-up can take you from the beach to the street in no time and keep your bum covered.   These are important details when you are on a family vacation and need to search out popscicles and other treats in the afternoon.

Sunglasses, a little jewelry, sunscreen and you are ready.