Vamanos! We’re off to Mexico for a white SAND Christmas. Although I’ll have to admit I am a little sad to be missing my hometown festivities, I’m stoked to hang with the fam and drink a margarita (or two, or three). We’re Mexico fanatics, and usually venture to Isla Mujeres, or Baja, but opted for Playa Del Carmen this year. I’ve never been to this part of Quintana Roo, and plan to visit a couple of cenotes, dine at a few choice restaurants recommended by friends, take a day trip to Cozumel, and dance 2014 away on the beach with Odeza in Tulum. Above are a few of the essentials Im taking along…Note I will not be checking a bag and we’re staying 8 nights (bikinis don’t take up much room). I’m temporarily retiring the pink weekender that my Dad gave me about 15 years ago. It’s been all around the world with me (like seriously everywhere…even Nepal), but it’s a little, uh, tired looking. I’ll never throw it away but decided it was finally time for an upgrade, and this rad Stela 9 embroidered beauty was the one. When you know, you know. When I saw this Mara Hoffman Bikini at Principessa in Venice it was love at first sight, and the fact that it’s reversible to black helped solidify the decision. Thrifed pom pom shorts are perfect, and fun to be paired with most anything either casual or dressy. SIN-MIN, my fave chapstick, because it’s the bomb, and its horchata…fitting. Not Soap Radio travel bath gels are fun, portable, and smell insanely good. Not to mention there’s one for everyone in the fam. Sunnies and PASSPORT! Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo mis amigos…Adios!