Post-COVID, after three years of not traveling internationally, I took a short five day trip to the Mexican Riviera for a dear friend’s wedding and to exhale from the rigors of live. The City of Playa del Carmen is magical and deeply connected to its Mayan roots. The locals are beyond inviting, kind, and extremely helpful.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Photo by D’angelo Thompson)

I stayed at the Serenity Hotel Boutique close to the town center and nice beaches.

I think taking a moment to connect with the ocean, centering one’s self, and simply inhaling/exhaling deep breaths is the best elixir for a full life. It’s paramount to take time to relax and exhale.

Sunglasses, Prive Revaux and Swimsuits by Todd Sanfield / Park and Ronen (Photo by D. Thompson)

So, pack a few stylish looks, swimsuits, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hop on a flight to your favorite island or coastal city around the the world or maybe its a short drive for you, take full advantage of it. Why wait for a special occasion or retirement or all the excuses we make not to live our best lives, if not now, when.

D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.

His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.

As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on,, and other online retailers.

He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.

D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.

As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex trafficking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).