Snapshots from Mexico | What I Packed & Wore!

Happy almost-Friday, friends! I’m headed to LA this morning for some fun Gibson x Hi Sugarplum business, so you’re getting my Friday post a day early.  We’re working hard on our next Collection (yep…a whole new Collection!!!), and today is all about fabrics, prints, and silhouettes. I have so many ideas, and am so excited to see how the talented Gibson design team translates them. Follow along on my Instagram Stories for peeks behind the scenes at what’s coming next!

Tomorrow I’m joining up with the wizard Suzie Moldovan and shooting the new prints and colors for the first round of Resort Collection re-orders! You know I’ll be sharing them here on the blog, so look for those in a few weeks. (Email subscribers get news first, so make sure you’re signed up here!)

Today I’m excited to share snapshots from our time at one of our favorite places on Earth…the Belmond Maroma Resort! We discovered this gem last year (see my posts here & here), and counted down the days all year until we could return again. It’s become an escape of sorts for us…the chance to unplug, reconnect, and reflect on the previous year. We hope to make it an annual tradition, because there’s really no place like it.

Swimsuit (small) | Hat | Bangles | Earrings | Sunglasses

From the moment we enter the palm-lined drive, I feel my entire body relax and exhale. They greet you with a margarita, and within minutes I’m in a swimsuit with my toes in the sand. Between the friendly staff, peaceful jungle-meets-beach setting, morning hot chocolate delivery, and huge breakfast (all included in the room rate!), I savor every second I’m here.

Granted it’s a splurge, but we watch for sales, travel during slower season, and book the basic rooms. (I shared ways we save while we’re here in this post.) As returning guests, we lucked out with a beach view upgrade this visit, and I think we spent as much time sitting on our patio as we did the beach!

Since I’ve already shared the details of the property here, today is snapshots from our recent stay, along with what I packed and wore. It’s a very casual, laidback atmosphere…the only requirement is a shirt in the restaurant! (Shoes optional!) Let’s start with my travel style…comfy and layered, perfect for chilly morning in Dallas, and warm afternoon in Mexico!

Long Hooded Cardigan | Tank | Jeans | Sneakers | Monogrammed Bag (matching zipper wallet & laptop case)

The rest of the time I rotated between swimsuits, cut-offs, and a few dresses. Most of my swimsuits are under $30, or 30% off!!

What to Pack for a Beach Trip

  • T-shirts & festive tops
  • Shorts or cut-offs
  • Sundress
  • Swimsuits (the more the merrier!)
  • Swim cover-up (I wore this dress a lot)
  • Large hat & sunglasses
  • Flip-flops & flat sandals
  • Pajamas
  • Beach tote bag

I brought more than I needed, but Resort wear is so fun, how could I not! #amIright?! Each outfit is linked under the pic, with sizing included, and you’ll see how I repeated the key pieces.

Swimsuit | Hat | Bangles | Earrings | Sunglasses | Nail Polish in ‘Pink Agate’

Halter Dress (XS) | Bucket Bag | Hat

This is the face of someone who just slept 11 hours! Of course I brought my earbuds and sleep mask I told you about in yesterday’s Sugarplum Top Five.

Striped Pajama Set (XS, but would prefer sizing up)  (look for less here)

The hardest decisions at Belmond Maroma Resort are which path to take to breakfast…the beach or the jungle, and where to spend the day…the beach or one of the pools! Well, and I guess if you want beef or chicken nachos in the afternoon. Because it’s never a question if you want guacamole! #amIright?!

Ruffle Racerback Dress (XS) | Flip Flops | Woven Tote | Hat | Bangles

Ric Rac Top (XS) | Jean Shorts (26) | Earrings | Hat | Sunglasses | Bangles

Embroidered Tee (XS) | Jean Shorts (26) | Woven Bag | Hat | Sunglasses | Bangles

Swim Top (S) | Swim Bottoms (S) | Striped Bag | Hat | Sunglasses

Ric Rac Top (XS) | Jean Shorts | Clutch | Earrings | Hat | Sunglasses

Tropical Halter Top (XS) | Jean Shorts | Sandals | Earrings | Hat | Sunglasses | Bucket Bag

Swimsuit (S) | Woven Tote | Hat

Sunglasses | ‘It Starts With Us’ book | Hat

Who knew the simple act of sitting on a patio with a steaming hot pitcher of hot chocolate could bring so much joy?! Seriously one of my favorite things about this Resort!

Ric Rac Top (XS) | Jean Shorts | Clutch | Earrings | Hat | Sunglasses | Sandals in ‘Makeup’

Swimsuit (S) | Hat | Bucket Bag

I shared my ‘tutorial’ on my Instagram Stories for looking stylish while on vacation…did you see it? It’s simple…messy bun, hat, hoop earrings, bright lips, sunglasses and a cute top! You’d never know what I actually look like under this vacation disguise!

Embroidered TeeHat | Sunglasses | Hoop Earrings | Lipstick in ‘Yu’

Colorblocked Swimsuit (S) | Hat | Sunglasses

Swim Top (S) | Swim Bottom (S) | Hat | Bucket Bag

We said goodbye after a few short days, and I traveled home in this soft striped tee (with my trusty jean jacket packed away!).

Striped Tee (XS) | Jeans (2) | Sandals | Monogrammed Bag | Hoop EarringsBangles

Until next time, my beloved Belmond Maroma Resort. And while this post is in no way sponsored, the lovely people at the Belmond Maroma are so grateful for our loyalty (and all the HSP readers who’ve visited since reading about it here!), they’re offering a free three-course dinner for all reservations! (On top of the free welcome cocktail, morning coffee/hot chocolate service, and full breakfast!)

Simply email reservations, and mention you found them on Hi Sugarplum for the dinner to be added to your stay!

Do you have a place that’s special to you? I’d love to hear, and maybe add it to our bucket list! Obviously I’m passionate about this property, so feel free to leave any questions in the comments!


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  1. Victoria Munoz wrote:

    Hi, Casie! I loved these photos, the clothes & accesories (of course!!!), the place is a dream come true! I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year and I have a lot of fun. So, I just stopped to say hi!
    PS: Does the book end or start with you? 😉

    Posted 2.28.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your support! And that book!!! So sad…not what I like at the beach, but I liked it.

      Posted 2.28.19 Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    Who takes all your pictures on vacations? They look professional! I want to visit here! ❤️

    Posted 2.28.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much! We take all our own pics! These were all done by me and Mr. SP, AND on a phone!

      Posted 2.28.19 Reply
  3. Keri wrote:

    I love the rick rack off the shoulder shirt so much! I want to order it but I have a hard time keeping that style to stay “off my shoulder”. Any tips?

    Posted 2.28.19 Reply
  4. Liz P wrote:

    Cassie! Please tell me how you keep yourself so fit! Amazing! Is it genetics! Or do you do some kind of regimen? I need help. At my age almost 49 I struggle …….

    Posted 2.28.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much!! I might share my fitness and eating in a post soon! I think it’s a little genetics, and a little moderation of food and workouts!

      Posted 3.2.19 Reply
  5. Keri wrote:

    I love the Rick-Rack top! How do you keep it off your shoulders? Whenever I get a top like these i can’t keep them down! Any tips? By the way, love all the clothes and your blog!!!

    Posted 3.1.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much! I find that pulling it a little lower on the arm helps keep it in place easier! When it’s too close to my shoulder, it always slips up!

      Posted 3.2.19 Reply
  6. Julee wrote:

    Belmond is now on my list! You need to investigate the One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos – quite pricey but sweet friends gifted us a stay there. The pics of this place reminds me of it in some ways. And that book was good but like you said – not what I expected – not a happy beach read!

    Posted 3.1.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I’ve been drooling over that place for years…nice friends you’ve got!!! 🙂

      Posted 3.2.19 Reply
  7. T wrote:

    Hi! Is the resort all inclusive as far as food and drink go?

    Posted 3.1.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Breakfast and in-room coffee service is included, but the rest is a la carte.

      Posted 3.2.19 Reply
  8. Sarah M. wrote:

    Love, love, love your blog! My wardrobe, skincare, and makeup have all been upgraded because of you! Congrats on the resort collection—love the pieces I have. Quick question—what size (S,M, L) Budha bangles do you have? Thanks in advance!

    Posted 3.2.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so so much!! I wear a small in the bangles…the sizing is most dependent on the size of your hands, since they slip over hands with no clasp.

      Posted 3.3.19 Reply
  9. I love the rick rack tops! The resort looks amazing! It’s on my list now! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 3.4.19 Reply
  10. Angie wrote:

    I just love your blog! All of your outfits are so cute and your resort Collection is just gorgeous. I’m going to be following you for tips next year for sure before our cruise! Do you mind if I ask do you do spray tan or is your skin naturally that dark? I’d love to have a tan like that! Thanks!

    Posted 3.15.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much! I totally get a spray tan before beach/pool trips!!

      Posted 3.17.19 Reply
  11. Kathy Middleton wrote:

    Hi Cassie,
    Could you tell me where you purchased the pink tank swimsuit? The whole post from Exuma makes me wish summer For summer… now!


    Posted 3.18.19 Reply