byJAMES is one of those brands that had us a first sight. It’s everything we love at Camille Styles: simple, timeless, and beachy with just the right dose of modernity. That’s why it was such a delight to spend the day with style director Katie James and discover she’s living the life to match her summery designs. The designer moved from Dallas to Mexico (with family in tow) three years ago, and now calls the sunny beaches of Tulum home. She loves the people, food, and creative freedom she’s found in the tiny town known for big style. What she loves most, though, is sharing the experience with her children Luca and Olivia. After spending the day with them on the beach I can’t blame her — it’s pretty idyllic. They’re playing in the ocean, finding shells, eating ceviche with their bare hands, all while we sip mezcal margaritas at Coqui Coqui. What’s not to love? Join me as I discover that mornings in Tulum are anything but typical.
photographed by jennifer rose smith