Holbox Photo Diary + Recommendations.

If you follow along on Instagram, then you will know that two of my girlfriends and I took a little vacation to Isla Holbox at the beginning of the month. Holbox (pronounced “Ole-bosh”) is a tiny island about 40 miles northwest of Cancun. It’s absolutely beautiful and totally off the grid. The beaches reminded me of Tulum (before it got ruined) and the town reminded me of Sayulita (but cleaner). It made for the perfect remote getaway.

I got so many questions about our trip (especially our hotel + how we got there, etc.) so am going to do my best to answer them all while also sharing some pics from our trip!

Where we stayed: 

We stayed at Punta Caliza. We LOVED It. The hotel was actually the reason we booked the trip; we’d been stalking it on Instagram for ages! It’s a tiny, family-owned boutique hotel (just twelve rooms!) and so beautifully designed. The pool is amazing (as is the bar + restaurant… they had the best ceviche + mezcal margaritas and a really yummy (free!) breakfast in the morning). This place is going to blow up – if it hasn’t already. They just were featured in Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot Issue as one of the best new hotels in the world so it’s getting popular fast and they’re small!

Every room has its own entrance to the pool and access to the beach which is wonderful. The beach is about a 5-10 minute walk and Punta Caliza has its own little area with chairs/umbrellas, etc. The water is beautiful and crystal blue and reminds me of how Tulum used to be before it got ruined.

I will note that they do have a no children under 12 policy (sorry). This was a draw for us as we wanted a quiet girls weekend where we could drink margs and read in the sunshine without any little ones running around. I have heard great things about Casa Los Tortugas which sounds more family friendly. I will also say that it seems they raised their rates quite a bit. Our room was about $150 a night (slightly more with taxes). A friend of mine reached out and was quoted $800 USD/night (yikes) so I don’t know if it’s just a very busy time of year or they’ve increased their prices. (We didn’t receive a media discount or anything; Becca was the one who booked it so they didn’t even know about my blog.)

Getting There:

Okay, it’s a hike! I would recommend booking transportation through your hotel, which is what we did.

You fly to Cancun (very easy from New York) and then drive (we had a driver) two hours and then take a 30 minute ferry. Our hotel picked us up in a golf cart. For the three of us (total) this cost $185 each way, which includes ferry tickets. We took an 8am flight and weren’t settled into our hotel til about 4pm later that day.

What to Do:

Honestly, we didn’t do a lot! The town is REALLY cute (it reminded me a lot of Sayulita). Every day we wandered around the town, got juice, shopped a little bit (there are a LOT of cute shops!), and then went to the pool/beach. But we were only there for three days and we were all pretty exhausted after our live show / work stuff so we were happy to just lay low and read in the sun. We were all on a very strict book a day diet!

We heard good things about the bioluminescence tours but didn’t do that – maybe next time! You should also rent bikes and explore the island.

Restaurants:

I will be honest (and someone is going to rip me apart for saying this but I would want to know this – also know that I’m tough crowd and am always honest) – the food was kinda underwhelming! We kept thinking we were missing something but talked to a few other groups of tourists we met and they felt the same way so we felt a little better. The ceviche at Punta Caliza was amazing – we had it every day as lunch or at least a snack. But what we really wanted was authentic Mexican and had a hard time finding that.

  • Mandarina at Casa Tortuga – we went here twice for dinner! The first night we ate at their main restaurant (a mix of seafood and Italian) and on our last night ate on the roof and had sushi.
  • Barbra Negra – really good fish tacos.
  • Luuma was probably my favorite meal we had and the nicest restaurant we went to. We got the veggie board and a ton of tapas.

There are tons of spots to grab a drink if you walk along the beach.

We also had really great coffees at Clandestino.

What to Know Before You Go:

  • There is one ATM on the whole island (or so I’m told, we didn’t see it!) and it doesn’t always work so take out pesos before you go! I took about $180 in USD for the whole time we were there (three full days/four nights) and it was more than enough although we did eat a lot of ceviche + drink a lot of margs at our hotel. The food is very inexpensive.
  • If you love dogs, you are in for a treat. There are SO many cute pups, everywhere! I was dying and wanted to take them all home!
  • Most restaurants do not take reservations so get there a little early and plan to grab a drink nearby (there are tons of great little bars around every corner.)
  • The Wifi and cell service are NOT great. This is a draw for a lot of people but I wish I knew ahead of time as I would have prepared as if I were going to Cuba – you will be disconnected.
  • There are no cars on the island! Everyone gets around on golf carts which is very charming.
  • It’s so casual. Like, you don’t even really need shoes (seriously, all the roads are sand – at dinner a lot of people were shoe-less!)

Would I go back?

I definitely would. I will just say that I am a little torn on if I actually will. It is such a hike to get there, and once you are there it’s amazing but I got restless and was a little bored by the food options. I probably wouldn’t want to go for more than three or four days, and I would also make sure I didn’t have to work at all while I was there!

So it’s a pain to get to for just a few days but if you are the type of person who wants a week long sleepy vacay (which makes the long travel days more worthwhile), this is your spot!!

An Easy Summer Rosé Punch.

easy summer rosé punch | the stripe

This post was originally published last year but I updated it as it’s getting warm outside so we are entering ROSÉ SEASON!

I used to do more cocktail recipes and would like to bring more of that back, as I love experimenting with fruit and booze and mixers to make something really delicious. Recently, my cousin came over for drinks so I decided to whip up something light and summery. This is perfect if you (like me) are more of a lightweight and want something delicious and not too strong but love the idea of sitting outside with a delicious pitcher of something.

Rosé Punch Recipe:

It’s really simple. Take a bottle of rosé (I used Summer Water), and add a bunch of ice. Cut 3 peaches up into little chunks (like you are making sangria) and fill the rest of the pitcher up with seltzer (usually about a half a bottle). Let it chill in the fridge until company arrives, and then let everyone appreciate you for the effort you made (zero effort but who needs to know). You can use a large pitcher or a punch bowl.

If you don’t have fresh peaches, berries are great too… or you could even use frozen fruit (it doubles nicely as ice – I love making this with chunks of frozen mango… mmmmm!)

(The pitcher + tumblers came from Amanda Lindroth – obsessed with their new-ish home + tabletop collection!)

peaches + rosé = the most delicious summer punch! how to make a refreshing summer cocktail, perfect for the patio! An Easy Summer Rosé Punch Recipe | The Stripe

Cheers!

10 Target Finds I Want NOW!

It’s been a minute since my last Target roundup but once again they are killing me – so many great new arrivals that have me craving summer weather (and outdoor picnics!!!) SO MANY GOOD THINGGGGS….

I love this rope basket and it comes in so many sizes (linked in the widget below). Also it has to be said that Target has SO much fantastic rattan + wicker furniture right now. Like SO MIUCH. I chose to feature this chair but it was really hard to narrow down a favorite. I’m also very very into these woven mules (and also, these straw ones – CHIC!) I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time with mules (my feet fall out) but both are so cute that I’m tempted to try them. And I LOVE this minimalist satchel – perfect for running errands or even as an overnight bag.

one  // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten

Gingham Blazer.

Grace is wearing a Gingham Blazer
blazer // camisole // jeans // heels // tote

I really, really love how these photos turned out. It was really windy so at first, I was like “SHIT,” (because whenever we shoot in the wind someone tells me I need a hairbrush) BUT we actually used the wind to our advantage – Carter had me twirling in the middle of the intersection so I looked a little crazy to anyone passing by, but it made for great photos!

If you watched my #makemysize video with Katie, then you may remember this jacket. Veronica Beard has definitely been one of my favorite discoveries to come from my inclusivity challenge. Also, her store in Soho is DIVINE. Like, I would live there. The decor is beautiful and the clothes (especially the jackets!) are so good. She’s known for her “dickey jackets” and the fit on those is spot on. I especially love the double breasted styles. I take my usual size (a 6) and the fit is absolutely perfect. If you run wider through the shoulders I would size up as they are quite fitted. I tried on this jacket and just fell in love. It’s definitely a splurge (all of her clothes are, to be honest) but it’s something I will have forever and I feel like a million bucks every time I put it on.

I hope you guys had a great weekend. I had a fun brunch at Bar Beau on Saturday (SO GOOD), dinner with friends Saturday night, and a lot of relaxation yesterday. Also, I read an entire book in basically one sitting, treated myself to a really good bagel, and went for an hour long walk along the river. Perfect little day.

And just in case you missed yesterday’s (idiot proof!) makeup tutorial, you can check that out right here!

Outfit Details:

Veronica Beard Blazer (also herehere and in a full range of sizes here) // Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Camisole (old, similar here + here + here and cute plus option here) // Paige Jeans (for a great pair of dark denim in ALL sizes, Katie and I both tried on – and loved – these jeans from Universal Standard) // old leopard belt (similar!) Talbots Heels (on sale and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH) // Palmgrens Bag (a FAV – if you have been reading here a while you will remember it from last year) // Celine Sunglasses (my exact pair)

Grace is wearing a Veronica Beard Blazer,  Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Camisole and Paige Jeans Gingham Blazer Outfit Gingham Blazer Grace is wearing a Veronica Beard Jacket,  Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Camisole and Paige Jeans Grace is wearing a Veronica Beard Jacket,  Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen Camisole and Paige Jeans Gingham Blazer Red Talbots Heels

photography by Carter Fish.

Makeup for Idiots.

Makeup for Idiots by Grace Atwood

HAPPY SUNDAY. I just posted an Instagram TV video with a little beauty tutorial for how I got ready for the Sephora Squad launch party in LA. It’s highly technical and very very professional. 😉

Makeup has never been my greatest strength but over the years I’ve assembled an arsenal of easy to use, hard to f*ck up products that I rely on for getting ready. Epecially if I’m doing my own makeup for a big event which was the case on Wednesday night! Watch the video for the how-to. And below you can find everything I used in one place!

Makeup for Idiots – Products Used:

Charlotte Tilbury Soft Focus Wonder Glow Primer/Highlighter (use it UNDER foundation)

Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Foundation (color is light)

BeautyBlender (my everything)

NARS Radiance Booster

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

NARS Orgasm

NARS Brow Pencil

Bobbi Brown Crystal Drama Palette (best eye palette ever. I literally JUST bought it and it is sold out everywhere UGH but this one is very similar)

NARS Eye Shadow Brush

Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara (this is the one I used but if we are being honest, I prefer Wander’s original mascara to this one. In fairness, the original is REALLY hard to improve upon; it’s one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. But I wanted to test the new one so brought it with me to LA.)

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick (the best nude/pink lipstick in all of the land. If you don’t use it you are doing life all wrong!)

*This post and video are not sponsored; though I do have a year long paid contract with Sephora. I just wanted to share my getting ready process from the party. And it felt wrong to go to a Sephora party using products they didn’t sell! I will always disclose which posts are paid posts!