Friday, December 28, 2018

December Favorites + Christmas and Moving Updates

Outfit Details: Dress: Tahari, purchased at Ross,  Heels: Marc Fisher 

I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas with family and friends. I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone. And really, where did December go?! Between moving into a new place right before Christmas and then the holidays, this month seemed to fly by so fast! I know so many of you were also busy traveling to see family, finishing up finals or marking off your never ending to-do lists getting ready for the holidays. Christmas is the one time of year I truly look forward to all year long, and yet it seems to fly by so fast that I almost miss it!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Discussing My Move to Des Moines & Exciting Updates

A life update is waaaaay overdue! If you're just newly following, then you may not know that I recently moved to Des Moines in September! I am SO excited to be back in my hometown, be closer to family and also work for the family business.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Women Under $50

Even though they're small in size, stocking stuffers leave such a big impact. What I love about stockings is that you can fill them with gifts ranging in price from 50 cents to expensive jewelry!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday Deals: Best Tunic Sweaters All Under $100

Happy Saturday! What is it about cozy tunic sweaters that you just can't have enough of? Each year I think I buy more tunic sweaters than anything else. They're cute, they keep you super warm and they're easy to style with jeans, leggings, skirts, you name it! This time of year tunic sweaters usually go on sale, so I rounded up a few of my favorites all under $100. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Deals: Gift Guide for Men all under $150

Good Morning and TGIF! Hope you all had a great week and are prepping for an epic weekend. I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support of my Black Friday and Cyber Monday posts last week and on Monday. It was so fun talking to readers about what they purchased and who they're purchasing for (many of you for yourselves!).

Monday, November 26, 2018

Where You Need To Shop This Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is here! Who's been up since 4am shopping?! Ha! Normally I get up a little earlier than usual to shop but this year since I stayed up late last night looking for all the right deals, I slept in! 

I've rounded up all my favorite sales going on and will be updating these throughout the day. Some of my favorites are Amazon (50% off lots of women's fashion and electronics), LOFT (50% off your entire order) and Macy's (20% off almost everything). They're listed in order by retailer so you can just search for which retailer you want to shop and click on the link. I also included some items in the widgets that I'm personally loving! I hope you find this list helpful. Happy shopping! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Every Sale and Code You Need to Shop For Black Friday


Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving! I'm incredibly thankful for your support and readership. Many of you have followed from the beginning - way back when I was a junior in college and had no idea what I was doing - and I appreciate you following along for so many years! Thank you to everyone who shops from my links and allows this little blog to stay in business for over 5 years! Love you all. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Monday Deals - Work Dresses and Casual Items

Good Morning and happy Monday! How was your weekend? We spend this weekend in northwest Iowa celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Nate's family. It's always fun seeing his family, especially his young nephews and niece! I found out that winning a game of Connect-4 against 7-8 year olds is actually very difficult! I won maybe one game... looks like I need to brush up on my board game skills before Christmas in a few weeks! 

As we're gearing up for Black Friday this week, I'll put together a Black Friday guide that will help maneuver you through Black Friday and Cyber Monday so you can get the best deals. Do you shop in store on Black Friday or do you do most of your shopping online? I plan to have that up on Wednesday, but I'll still do Daily Deals each day to keep you posted on specific items that just went on sale or items that I think are a must-buy!

Have a great day and thanks for reading. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Deals - Cozy Finds on Sale

Happy Saturday from wintery northwest Iowa! We woke up to an ice storm this morning, and all the trees and plants look so pretty. Can't say the same for the roads though! Luckily for us, we don't have to go anywhere today so we're good to celebrate Thanksgiving early and watch big college football games today. 

I found a few items on sale this morning that I think you might be interested in. This sweater is only $6.59 and this blazer is my favorite (I have it in fuchsia and robin's egg blue) and on sale for $49. I'll also list a few sales going on this weekend in case you're looking to get some Black Friday shopping done early. There are so many good sales happening right before the holidays! I typically try to get a lot of online shopping done before Black Friday so that I'm not having to fight lines in store or low inventory online. 

Have a great day babes! See you on Monday. 

Holiday Sales This Weekend: 

ULTA Beauty: Take $10 off your online purchase of $60+ with code CYBERFUN18. Some exclusions apply. 

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off fall inventory. No code needed

J.Crew: Take 35% off dressed-up styles with code READYTOPARTY

Overstock: Up to 70% off early Black Friday sales. No code needed.

Victoria's Secret: 40% off sleep tops and bottoms with code SLEEP40. 

Macy's: Extra 20% off with code SCORE. Also $10 off your purchase of $25 or more with code SCORE25. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Deals - Casual Outfit Inspiration All Under $100

Good Morning and Happy Friday! What are all your weekend plans? This weekend I'm headed up north to visit Nate's family for an early Thanksgiving celebration. We're keeping things casual, so I thought I'd put together some ideas for casual outfits, perfect for weekend plans or running errands. 

I've been looking for a suede moto jacket and my co-worker recommended this one. I love the deep teal color, and there are plenty of sizes and fits still available. I love that so many retailers are making tall and petite sizing more of a regular thing! Most of the time I wear regular sizing but at times I need a petite option, so I love it when stores carry different options to help with getting the right fit. 

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for reading. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday Deals - Oversized Sweaters You'll Want to Wear for Thanksgiving all Under $50

Good Morning and happy Thursday! I posted some thanksgiving outfit ideas yesterday, and I found a ton more sweaters this morning that I had to share. Each sweater is under $50 and some have additional promo codes to add to them. This sweater I actually shared yesterday in a solid color but I love the striped version too. It's on sale for an additional 50% off making this sweater only $29.99. Such a steal! I'm also obsessed with this embellished sweater... I actually bought this myself for Thanksgiving. If you add the promo code WARMTH you'll receive an additional 40% off making this sweater only $23.99

I hope you have a great day! See you tomorrow.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Deals - Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas All on Sale

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I'm starting to stock up on some comfy sweaters, jeans and leggings! What are your plans for thanksgiving? We're celebrating Thanksgiving with Nate's family in northwest Iowa this weekend and next weekend we'll be in Kansas City with my family. I can't wait! Since I'm eating two big meals, I've decided to find lots of oversized sweaters and stretchy jeans to make sure I'm still comfortable after eating :) This sweater is on sale and there's a few sizes left in this gorgeous maroon color! I also own these high-waisted jeans and they have a good amount of stretch in them and they're only $25

Have a great day! Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday Deals: 30% off with code READYTOPARTY

Good morning! Today I found a really good sale, so I'll get right into it! This retailer is taking 30% off full priced inventory with code READYTOPARTY. They just came out with a bunch of great items for holiday parties and special occasion wear. Each Christmas I end up wearing a piece from this retailer because they're so beautiful and I feel amazing in them! The quality is hard to beat too. I'm especially loving this sweater that's under $60. 

Have a great day! Thanks for reading. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Deals - New Inventory and 40% Off LOFT

Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? Last night we did a mini Christmas cooking trial with my parents. On Christmas Day, my parents have my entire family over for a prime rib dinner. Well last night my parents realized they had another small prime rib waaaaay in the back of their freezer that needed to be cooked... so we did that last night! It was delicious, however I need to hit the gym a few times this week! Ha!

Many stores came out with new inventory this morning, and there's one sale in particular that I think is really good. LOFT is still doing their 40% off sale with code WORKIT. I love this blouse with the peplum detail and I definitely think I'll be heading in store to check out all their new arrivals too. I've never done a try-on session for insta-stories, but I might start doing those. What do you think? Are they helpful? Or just annoying? 

I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week. Take care and see you tomorrow!  

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Deals - Kate Spade 30% Sale with Code FRIENDS

It's the weekend, PTL! I don't know about you, but I get my best sleep on Friday nights. It seems that my body just knows it needs it's best rest on Fridays to conquer the weekend :) This morning I woke up to a great sale happening  - Kate Spade is taking 30% off a lot of their staple items that would make perfect gifts for your friend, sister or mom! I love that Kate Spade has so many great quality items that last and never go out of style. This is a great time to stock up on holiday dresses, handbags or tech accessories! 

My favorite is probably the Hayes Street Sam bag - it comes in five different colors including this gorgeous red color, and its under $250 with code FRIENDS. Also, if you have a daughter, sister or friend in college, this bag would make a great gift and it's only $66.50 with the code. 

I hope you all have a great weekend! See you Monday. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Deals - Nordstrom 40% Fall Inventory

TGIF Friends! With everything going on this week - elections, snowy conditions - it kinda felt like we'd never make it to Friday! What are all your plans this weekend? We don't have much going on - I'm hoping to get some Christmas decorations up and maybe even help my mom with her tree! 

Nordstrom is taking 40% off their fall inventory, so I rounded up a few items that I'm loving. Lots of their sweaters and boots are on sale. I especially love these boots. They're a little bit of a splurge, but they're 40% off and would be a good staple iten. I personally own a few items of this brand and the quality is impeccable. They last a few seasons at least. 

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday Deals: Winter Coats for Under $150

It's sooo cold here today. We're supposed to get snow later this afternoon and it just seems too soon for that! Since it's freezing, I thought this would be a good time to check out some coats and jackets that would be a nice addition to any winter wardrobe. Most of these are under $100 (score!). I'm especially loving the patterned options, like this oversized herringbone coat and this plaid look.  

Have a great Thursday! Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday Deals

Any one else exhausted from watching election results last night?! It was "too close to call" for our Governor's race until about midnight last night so I stayed up to see who won. Regardless of the outcomes, I love the passion and excitement around election time - seeing so many people vote for people and causes they believe in is inspiring and exciting! 

Ok on to today's deals! I'm noticing a lot of you are favoring cozy sweaters so I put a few more in today's lineup, and there's quite a few that are a great value. I've never seen sweaters from this retailer at such a steal. I love this retailer because their quality is hard to beat and their sweaters make great gifts for the holidays. This sweater is at a great price point, would be a fabulous work staple and comes in 8 different colors.

Also this sweater I just recently purchased and got it in the mail yesterday! The material is so soft.... it feels like butter! Maybe i'll try it on tonight for my Instagram stories. Definitely recommend, and it's only $14.99!  

Alright, on to my second cup of coffee :) Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday Deals all under $100

Good Morning! There are a lot of good sales this morning that I'm already taking advantage of - Loft had another mark-down of all their regular priced items.  A lot of their items are marked down an extra 40%-50% at checkout (yay!). I personally already own the double breasted blazer that's currently on sale and it's a must for anyone working in a professional setting. It's very comfortable with just a little bit of stretch, but it holds its shape well and looks great with pants, skirts, you name it! 

On another note - if all the political ads didn't give it away, today is finally Election Day! Make sure to get out there and VOTE for whatever cause you feel strongly about. Did you know your employer is required by law to allow you 3 hours to vote? I voted absentee this year so I won't be going to the polls today, but I'm excited to watch the results all day!

Have a great Tuesday and thanks for reading!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Deals All Under $75

Good Monday Morning! How was everyone's weekend? It's been a little chilly and rainy here, so I started my Christmas shopping early this weekend! I think we decided to put up the Christmas decorations this week and I can't complain. I love the Christmas season! Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to put up your decorations? Or do you start early too? 

Here are a few Monday sales going on today - now that it's officially the "holiday season", I think I'll post a few items that I'm loving each morning to get some ideas going. I love finding things on sale (who doesn't?!) so I'll probably post a few things each morning that I'm loving, and maybe a few gift ideas as we get closer to the holidays too! Be sure to check out my Instagram page @libby_glaser to get a sneak peak of what I'll be posting each morning in my stories!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 23, 2018

My Favorite White Denim You Need For Spring + Unique Chambray Ideas

Shop the Look:

Chambray | White Denim | Booties | Bag | Sunnies | Earrings - only $14!


Hey babes! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend. I spent most of the weekend relaxing with family and friends, and also got some spring cleaning done around the apartment. Next weekend I'll be traveling again for more of my sister's wedding festivities and I just hate coming home to a dirty apartment...but maybe that's just the clean freak in me! HA! 

Ok on to this would think for a "spring" post it might actually look like spring in my pictures! I guess that's midwest weather for you! One day it's 60 degrees and beautiful and the next it's snowing 10 inches and we're pulling out gloves and beanies again. Instead of sulking inside, I decided to pretend it's spring and put together a spring outfit. Any time I think of my perfect spring look, I always gravitate towards white denim! It brightens up any look and can be paired with lots of different colors and styles. I used to be so afraid of white denim because I just imagined them to be see-through. I mean, how embarrassing would that be?! One trick I use for checking how opaque white denim is to run your fingers through and see if you can see your skin tone through the fabric. Seems simple enough, but when you're walking around, bending down, etc. the fabric should be flexible but not too flexible that you can see right through it. I recently bought this pair from Old Navy and they're not only comfortable but also super opaque. I've worn Old Navy denim since college because they have different styles, both classic and trendy, and their price point is hard to beat. I bought these for under $25 and they fit like a glove and haven't shrunk after washing and drying. I love that you can go to Old Navy and buy a whole outfit for under $100, sometimes even under $50, and their stuff is CUTE. 

I also wanted to give a shout out to this fun chambray I bought from Nordstrom. I love a good chambray but I wanted something different from your typical chambray. I love that this one has an oversized fit, and those stars!!!!!! Such a fun twist to a classic favorite. This shirt was recently marked down to $24 and all sizes are available. I would go down a size though - I bought my normal size and although I like the oversized fit in my normal size I think you would still get that effect from going down one size. 

I've tagged a few more white denim finds that I love below and also my favorite chambrays. 

White Denim




Have a great day loves! Thanks for reading! xo

Monday, March 26, 2018

Favorite Spring Makeup and Beauty Finds

If there's one thing I'm always on the hunt for, its a new makeup product - you can never have enough! I swear once I buy a bag full of products at Sephora and think I've got my makeup bag covered, I go home to find that my mascara just ran out, my blush compact cracked, etc. We all know how it goes :) Yesterday on Instagram, I shared in my stories a few make up products I purchased a while back that I wanted to share. Some were definite "hits" that have been game-changers for my makeup routine - like holy-grail finds! 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation

I'd heard a lot of great things about this foundation and was excited to get my hands on a bottle! The foundation is very long-wear. You can tell right when you put it on that it's going to last a long time! I put it on first thing in the morning before work and it lasts through the work day, no touch ups needed. If you're looking for full coverage, this is a great option that will last you awhile - a little goes a long way! Try applying it with a beauty blender or a foundation brush and it'll give you a flawless look [I use both but prefer to apply it with a foundation brush]. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: 

So if you watched my Instastories then you heard my story on how I used to apply two different foundations to my face - the first one as foundation and the second one to "set" it.... LOL I'm definitely no expert, that's for sure! I talked to the sales associate at Sephora and this setting powder has rave reviews. It sets everything in place and makes your skin look flawless! If you have oily or combo skin, this powder would work great paired with any foundation. 

Bare Minerals Stroke of Lights Eye Brightener: 

For years I've used drugstore concealers and never had a problem, but lately I've noticed more dark circles [hello aging], so I decided to invest. I'll be honest, this product doesn't do the best at covering my dark undereyes, but it works great as a base for highlighter! I like to use this product down my nose and along my jawbone to create shadowing with my bronzer. Again, it's supposed to be an eye brightener, but I like to use it for contouring my face instead. If you're looking for a drugstore concealer, Covergirl's Ready, Set Concealer works pretty good for the price [$5!]. I use the shade ivory. 

Evian Facial Spray: 

I've tried setting sprays before and for some reason they always feel sticky on my face or make my skin more oily, therefore defeating the purpose of a setting spray. Although this isn't a true setting spray, it works really well for my combo skin! It definitely helps set my makeup but doesn't make it look too oily or dewy. I like to throw a few bottles in my purse for work to help refresh my face during the work day. Not to mention it just feels gooooood when you spray it on! Maybe it's just water... who knows... but I'll keep buying this "wonder water" spray because it's been a game changer for my makeup routine! 

I would love to hear your makeup must-haves! What should I try next?! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Work Pant Favorites Under $100

Hey friends! As many of you know, I recently made the move from working in event planning to the financial services industry as a Wealth Advisor.  With this career change came a wardrobe update, which is definitely an added bonus :) I know many of you also work in a professional environment, so I figured you understand the agony of trying to find new work pants every year. Good, quality work pants are so hard to find now-a-days. You're either spending an arm and a leg for one beautifully tailored pair of pants or you're running to Target every month and buying new Merona skinnys (I still do this! #noshameinmygame). Over the last couple years I've found a few options that I personally love and luckily they're all under $100, so today I'm sharing the pros and cons of each of my favorite picks.

Also, these pictures were taken on my iPhone after work so I apologize for the low-quality mirror selfies!

J.Crew High Rise Cameron Pant

Price: $79.99
Colors: black, navy, gray and olive green
Fit: TTS, available in regular, tall and petite sizes

J.Crew High Rise Cameron Pant

Price: $79.99
Colors: black, navy, gray and olive green
Fit: TTS, available in regular, tall and petite sizes

PROS: I love that these are high rise, yet not restricting. You know how some high-rise pants may look great in the tummy area but make you feel bloated? These don't feel like that! They fit like a glove and are great quality for the price. I like that they have a double button fly and the material is comfortable, but keeps its shape. They also don't wrinkle easily. The biggest bonus of all is that these are machine washable! I've washed and dried these at least once and they kept their shape quite well. The look of these are very professional, classic and "dressy". They would be perfect for a business professional office environment.

CONS: I wish they made these in a few spring colors like a cream or pink color, but they have all the staple colors that you need. Because these pants are more of a dressy look, if you have a more casual office environment you may not need a pant like this. Not much to complain about with these!

Banana Republic Sloan Skinny-Fit Solid Pant

Price: $52.80 - $59.80 with code BRFAMILY
Colors: black, navy, charcoal, dusty pink, red and various other colors and prints
Fit: Slightly larger fit, go down a size; available in short, regular and long
Currently 40% off with code BRFAMILY

Banana Republic Sloan Skinny-Fit Solid Pant

Price: $52.80 - $59.80 with code BRFAMILY
Colors: black, navy, charcoal, dusty pink, red and various other colors and prints
Fit: Slightly larger fit, go down a size; available in short, regular and long
Currently 40% off with code BRFAMILY

PROS: These pants are very flattering and would look great on many different body types. I like that they flare out a little at the ankle, so they're easy to style with any type of shoe, like pointed toe flats or heels. These aren't as dressy as the Cameron pant, but the dark navy color I have works well in a professional environment. Comfort level wise, these are by far the most roomy. I ordered my normal size and probably could've sized down (not mad about it!). The sizes are available in short, regular and long to accommodate various pant lengths. They also have TONS of different colors and prints available.

CONS: These pants are dry clean only, which for some might be a "pro", but for me it's a con because I don't have too many dry clean only pieces. Not to mention dry cleaning bills are steeeeeep. I noticed throughout the day these pants seemed to lose their shape some, and they're wrinkle prone. Nothing that can't be fixed with a quick swipe of a steamer, but throughout the day I noticed how wrinkly the top portion was.  


White House Black Market Body Comfort Side-Zip Skinny Ankle Pant

Price: $29.99 without a code
Colors: black, navy and heather gray
Fit: TTS
Currently 60% off in "Sale" section, no code needed

White House Black Market Body Comfort Side-Zip Skinny Ankle Pant

Price: $29.99 without a code
Colors: black, navy and heather gray
Fit: TTS
Currently 60% off in "Sale" section, no code needed

PROS: These are a knit pant, so they feel like a legging! They are very flattering and make your legs look long and lean. They have an elastic waistband with a side zipper, so if you're in a hurry these pants are super easy to slide on and go. These are great for day-to-night outfits and would adorable with a cute satin blouse and moto jacket for after-work drinks. What I love about these the most is that they're extremely versatile and could work in any closet. They're machine washable and also the price is pretty amazing for a work pant!

CONS: I seriously loved these pants the first few times I wore them, so much so that I contemplated buying another pair in black and a pair in the other colors. With that being said, they haven't really lasted (I bought these in November). My biggest complaint is the side zipper. In theory, a side zipper works amazing and is easy to manage, however the zipper on these pants isn't the best quality and it constantly unzips, making for a few near-traumatic moments in the office. The knit has started to pill around the seams, causing a less put-together look than what I prefer. Overall, they're a good pant for the price, but just know that you'll need to watch the zipper during the day and you'll definitely have to replace after a few months of repeated wear.

What's your favorite? I'd love to hear your suggestions for your favorite work pants in the comments so I can try some new ones! Thanks for reading and have a great week!

My Look:

Blouse: old, similar under $25 | Pumps - shade: light beige | Bracelet | Necklace   

Monday, February 26, 2018

Travel Diary: Riviera Maya, Mexico | Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Review

Hi friends! Two weeks ago Nate and I traveled to Mexico to get away from the cold and snow. We had such an amazing time - anytime someone asks about our trip I basically can't stop talking about the beautiful ocean, beaches, food, people, etc. Because we enjoyed it so much, I decided to write a blog post reviewing our experience. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee, because this post is LONG. 

I'll preface this by saying this is a review of the Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya Resort and not a review of Riviera Maya/Cancun since we never left the resort. We only stayed in Mexico for 5 days and we wanted to just enjoy the amenities of the resort and spend as much time by the beach relaxing and resting! However next time we would definitely do excursions and explore the area. 


We traveled from Des Moines to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport and then from there to Cancun International Airport. We left on a Sunday morning which happened to be busier than what we were expecting. The Des Moines airport is pretty small and I've never had to get there more than an hour before my flight (praise the Lord!), however that was a big mistake! We got to the airport at 4:45am for a 5:50am flight and the airport was PACKED! Lines upon lines, people everywhere, and basically no one working the desks. When we finally got to the front desk to check our bags, the attendant helping us said we may not be able to check our bags since we were within an hour of our flight time! Thankfully we were able to check our bags and avoid disaster, but we were pretty freaked out. By the time we got through security we had to run to our gate and we barely made it on the flight. It was definitely a lesson learned and added stress that we could've avoided, but in all honestly we'd never seen the Des Moines airport that busy...ever!

We were delayed in Dallas, so by the time we got to Cancun it was late afternoon/early evening. Our travel agent had arranged for a transfer from the airport to our resort. We used AmStar as our transfer and they were wonderful. We traveled with another couple and between the four of us and another couple in the van we had plenty of room and the trip took under 30 minutes. 

The Resort: 

The Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya is an adults only, all-inclusive resort about 30 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport. The resort is off the main highway in Cancun, and you can tell upon arrival it's safe and well secured. There are huge stone walls along the highway with guards in tree towers every 50 yards or so. The entry is gated with security and they confirmed our names and reservations right at the front gate. Once through the gates, we drove another 2-3 miles on beautiful paved roads towards the main lobby. I was very impressed with all the flowers, green grass, and gorgeous wildlife. Upon arrival we definitely knew that the Valentin staff took pride in the landscape of the resort. We felt like we were in a beautiful jungle the entire time! 

Upon checkin we received warm towels and champagne cocktails. The only complaint from the whole trip was the checkin process. Although informational and thorough, it took almost an hour to get through everything. Additionally, when we were given the details of our room, we were informed that we wouldn't have a king size bed but rather two double beds and that we would have to move in two days to a room with a king size bed. The only other option was to upgrade to the next level room, which is what we ended up doing. We were able to negotiate a better rate which ended up being not much more than an extra $30 per day, but we were still disappointed that we didn't get the room we requested. With that being said, the room we stayed in was amazing! 

Our room was beautiful, spacious and updated. We stayed in Building 2 which was in-between the lobby and the largest pool. Our room was on the first floor and we never heard any footsteps from above or music from next door. Each room has a stocked mini bar with snacks, bottled water and Dos Equis! We also had an espresso maker for mornings, robes and slippers, and a safe for valuables. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom was spacious. Each room also had a deck or patio with chairs that overlooked beautiful greenery, a pool or the ocean. We had a room that overlooked some trees and it felt like a private retreat!

Now to all the fun parts! Each day we would wake up and put on swimsuits. Then we'd head to one of two breakfast buffets for a quick bite and then run to the beach or one of the pools for the day. At night we would head to one of the many bars at the resort for a cocktail and then head to dinner, followed by some sort of show or concert and then back to the bars for late night cocktails and snacks. I'll explain all the restaurants we went to and the pools/beaches/bars:


La Hacienda: this is the Mexican restaurant and it was also our first meal at the resort. We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table (it was about 7:30 when we got there) but the food was amazing! The Chicken Tortilla soup is to-die-for! I also had a taco platter that was delicious.

Ginger: this is the Japanese restaurant that also has multiple Teppanyaki rooms. We tried the Teppanyaki the second night, and the fried rice and miso soup were pretty spectacular! The entertainment was great and it was fun meeting other couples during Teppanyaki. Ginger also had a sushi bar that you didn't need a reservation for and it was the best sushi I've ever had! We tried a few different rolls from the menu - my favorite was the spicy tuna - however they would make you anything you asked for. Almost every night we would stop at Ginger for our "appetizer" and then head to a different restaurant for the main course. So good! 

L'Olivo: this is the Italian restaurant. It's definitely one of the larger restaurants on the resort and we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table. We tried the salmon carpaccio and bruschetta for appetizers (both were excellent!) and I had pasta carbonara for dinner, which was decent. Nate tried their lasagna bolognese and it was absolutely amazing!! We were licking the plate clean it was that good! 

Dress: found at Katy Lynn Boutique 
L'Alsace: this is the French restaurant. We'd heard amazing things about this place so we were excited to try it on Valentines Day. We got to the restaurant at 6:20 (they opened at 6pm and it's the largest restaurant on the resort) and we had to wait over an hour for a table! However once we were seated we were not disappointed. I tried the french onion soup and it was the best french onion soup I've ever tasted! They bake fresh bread over the top of the soup... delicious! I also had the sea bass with sautéed spinach and it was excellent! By far the best sea bass I've ever eaten. Nate had the filet, which he was nervous about since we are spoiled with having the best beef available living in the midwest (in our opinion). He said the filet was the best cut of beef he'd ever had in Mexico. Like melt-in-your-mouth good. Everything I ate was very rich, so by later that night I wasn't feeling the best, but the food was worth it!

Dress: Nordstrom, similar here 
Taman Sari: this is the Indonesian restaurant. First off, the atmosphere was incredible and the service was the best out of all the restaurants. We both started with the pad thai - it had shrimp and chicken - absolutely amazing! Nate had a chicken dish that he said was the best meal of the whole trip! I had sea bass again with noodles and vegetables and it was also spectacular. We also had dessert - strawberries with dipping sauces and Pandan tiramisu. You must try this place!

Mar y Tierra: this is a breakfast and lunch buffet right by the ocean. This was our favorite place for breakfast! They had a custom omelet bar, as well as a variety of fresh fruits, breads, cheeses and fresh squeezed juices every morning. They also had popular "American" breakfast options, like pancakes and waffles. We never came here for lunch, but I heard they had great options. 

Le Marche: this is another breakfast and lunch option closer to the lobby. Their lunch options were different dishes from all the restaurants, so you could get sushi and fried rice, pasta, Mexican food...whatever you wanted really! They also had some of the best coconut ice cream I've ever tasted. We never felt bored coming here.

Bars and Entertainment: 

Don Miguels: this is a piano bar off the main lobby. We would come here every night before dinner for espresso martinis, jalapeño margaritas or their famous 1921 tequila drinks! They always had someone on the piano or playing the harp. After shows we would come back for one last drink and play cards with friends.

Dress: found at Katy Lynn Boutique
Sports Bar: accurently named, this bar has pool tables, darts and card tables, as well as TVs showing American sports games (they even had the Iowa Hawks basketball game on one night!). They also provided yummy nachos and cheese fries for late night snacks.

Salon Partagas: this is a cigar bar. The cigars were not provided in the all-inclusive fee, so we did not participate in this, however they had many cigar and hookah options. 

Martini Bar: right off the lobby is a martini bar, but we would frequent this bar in the afternoon for lattes and cappuccinos!

Golden Pool Snack Bar: located next to the lazy river pool, they had a lunch/snack menu where you could get salads, burgers, paninis and appetizers served poolside. Their shrimp burgers were amazing, as well as the mahi mahi ceviche! 

La Plaza Espana: this is the courtyard and bar outside the lobby. Every night they had the Valentin Imperial Band perform Spanish and American music. Everyone was dancing and hanging out by the stage. They also had vendors arrive every other night that sold different items, like jewelry, bags and paintings. The band was great and the atmosphere was fun and inviting. We would end many nights here taking in the sights and dancing the night away!  

El Palenque: this is the main stage for entertainment. Each night they had different performers. We saw a magic show (I was pulled onstage!), an acrobatic performance similar to a Cirque du Soleil show, and a caribbean dance and music show. All were impressive!

Excursions: we could have booked excursions through our transfer, AmStar. They had different options, like catamaran boat rides, snorkeling, and day trips into the city. All of these options were for an additional charge. 

Pools and Beaches: 

Large Pool: I don't think this pool had a specific name, but it was very large with lots of chairs and cabanas. You had to reserve spots at this pool pretty early - around 7:30am to get chairs right next to the pool - but it was worth it. They had live entertainment every day next to the pool, as well as two swim-up bars and a jacuzzi tub in the middle of the pool. There was also a quieter side if you didn't want to be around all the music. Everyday around 2pm a chef would make pork tacos poolside with grilled pineapple - these were delicious! 

Golden Pool: this was a lazy river pool that was much quieter. We came here a few times to relax and get away from the "party"! This is also where they had the snack bar for great lunch options. 

Beach: this was my favorite part of the whole resort. The beach was absolutely beautiful - hardly any rocks or seaweed. The water was turquoise blue and super warm for February. Each set of beach chairs were under cabanas that you didn't have to reserve. There were plenty of chairs so we never had to worry about getting there early. There was also a bar at the entrance of the beach, and they had waiters going up and down the beach taking orders and bringing drinks. We liked sitting in front of the sand volleyball area, and it was fun to watch people play! Nate and I took a long walk down the beach and it was clear that our beach was taken well care of compared to other resort beaches nearby. 

This dock is not at the Valentin but at a resort next door. We walked along the beach about 1/2 mile to get here. Worth it for this view!

Would we return?

Overall, our experience was amazing and we would definitely return to the Valentin. Next time we would probably fly out of a larger airport so we wouldn't have a connecting flight (we flew back into Dallas on our way home and almost missed our connecting flight due to long lines at customs and not enough time between flights). We would also reserve the same room again that we upgraded to because we loved the amenities the room provided. If you're looking for a fun and relaxing vacation for you and your partner or with friends, this is definitely a great option. 

To book our trip, we used a travel agent. We were referred to Michaela Moore at Creative Vacations, a Travel Impressions agency out of Des Moines, IA. She was wonderful to work with. 

Let me know if you have any questions about our stay! And if you have any other all-inclusive resorts you love, please share in the comments below! I'd love to hear about your travel plans and vacations.