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How To Take A Romantic Trip To Tulum, Mexico

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Courtesy of Houghton, by Michael Hooks (@h.o.o.k.s)

Houghton’s Katharine Polk shares her travel diary from a recent romantic getaway

Houghton designer Katharine Polk let us in on her travel diary from her recent trip to Tulum, Mexico. Join her in the sun, surf, and sand, below.

After designing and shooting my collection for April's Bridal Fashion Week, next up on the agenda was planning my birthday trip in June. I have an affinity for palm trees, beaches, and frozen drinks and didn't want to travel too far since my schedule is so busy; an easy, short flight was a must! Tulum, Mexico, where I've been to before, made perfect sense then. I quickly found two hotels in which to split a 10-day trip with my boyfriend Michael Hooks. The planning had begun.

When I started thinking about this getaway, I wanted to stay at and visit resorts, restaurants, and explore landmarks that I thought would speak to the Houghton Girl and Bride. This is my firsthand research on the ultimate Mexican wedding venue, bachelorette party spots, and, naturally, honeymoon suites.

The two hotels we ended up staying at varied drastically in style and aesthetic, speaking to two very different girls and couples. The first half of our stay, we resided at Papaya Playa Project, a sustainable resort stretched out over miles of oceanfront paradise. For the “low-maintenance" Houghton Girl, Papaya Playa Project has a variety of private villas sans Wi-Fi, phones, or cable. This is the resort for you if you are looking to disconnect from the web and reconnect (especially after all the intense wedding planning) with your partner.

The rooms feature an open layout with rain showers, perfect for that romantic vibe. Papaya Playa Project is also great for a bachelorette party if you book one of their larger private houses that sleep six-plus. The staff at Papaya Playa Project is so gracious and friendly; on my birthday, they brought me a birthday cake with my breakfast! The staff will make sure you have anything you need including bikes to explore the town of Tulum and will even book you a couples massage overlooking the beach, with nothing but the waves crashing underneath you. And if you're there with the girls, book a table to celebrate their famous Full Moon Party.

Casa Malca was our second stop, a drastic difference from the open and rustic layout of the first resort. With both my boyfriend and I in creative fields, we were really excited to get an up close look at the famous art collection housed on the property. Casa Malca has recently expanded to 42 rooms, which are all surrounding the pool, looking out on the beach, or have their own private garden. The boutique hotel is built around the main entrance, formerly Pablo Escobar's home!

Lio Malca, the hotel's owner, is an avid and world-renowned art collector. He's made the hotel a museum for his guests filled with his extensive collections of KAWS, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf. Everywhere you look, there is a colorful painting, sculpture, or commissioned installation by one of these famous artists. Each room and suite is also designed around the art selected for that room. This resort is perfect for the creative artsy type who will appreciate the art hidden in each corner and crevice.

Houghton beach brides, get ready…

Courtesy of Houghton, by Michael Hooks (@h.o.o.k.s)

Left: Love this pic, shot by Michael. It really evokes the simple and pure feeling of our trip. This look is so clean but feminine, which is perfect for a Mexican getaway. The tulle skirt is made up of pleated ruffles, so I could roll it up in my suitcase, and the silk cashmere tank is an elevated classic. This look can go from birthday dinner to beach elopement.
-Houghton “Holly” tank, Houghton “Constance” skirt, Tuza “Snake Belly” necklace, Amanda Pearl “ Quill Thorne” earrings, Amanda Pearl “Quill Bypass” rings, and Lulu Frost “Code Number” rings.

Top right: I bring my Polaroid everywhere with me and caught a snap of my babe after my birthday dinner at Nomadé in the wind chime alley.
- George Frost “Harpoon” bracelet, George Frost “Poison” necklace, and Freelife LA hat.

Bottom right:  A view from above; Mike and I ventured to the top of the tower at Papaya Playa to get a bird's eye view of the “Tree House” being built. P.S.: You can stay there for maximum romance factor!

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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