With President’s Day and Spring Break looming right around the corner, I imagine many of you will be hitting the beach and soaking up as much Vitamin D and Vitamin SEA as possible.
Can I say, I’m a wee bit jealous!? Actually, my very pale skin and I are immensely jealous.
Before you haul that huge suitcase to the airport (and proceed to pay a small fortune in checked baggage fees), you MUST check out this foolproof guide to packing for your next resort vacation. Even if you’re a packing MAXimalist, a little bit of time and effort on the packing end can score you 15 fantastic looks and low-stress dressing when actually on vacation.
Do you find that you’re more drawn to certain types of colors during certain times during the year?
For example, I can’t get enough grey and blush during the coldest winter months. This summer, however, I’ve got a serious case of the blues. If we’re being technical, blues, greens, aquas and teals with a hint of sand — essentially, all of the gorgeous shades typically found in a WATERFRONT SCENE!
I’m desperately clinging on to whatever (minimal) tan I managed to pick up during my Gulf Coast getaway. As someone who doesn’t really tan, I appreciate any semblance of color I can hang on to as a friendly reminder that yes, my body actually saw sunlight a few days ago!
One of things I’m bringing back from the beach in addition to some stray sand — that stuff gets into every crevice! — is a renown appreciation for the off-the-shoulder styles we’re seeing everywhere. Warm weather dressing generally calls for the shedding of layers and the baring of skin. Needless to say, this exposure might make some of you uncomfortable or feeling less than confident. Fortunately, the shoulder and collar bones are some of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body, so regardless of age, size and paleness — go ahead, give them all the cold shoulder!
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Some styling notes for your favorite off-the-shoulder-styles:
• Many off-the-shoulder dresses tend to fall on the shorter side — don’t be afraid to treat them as a tunic and layer over slim fitting jeans for a more casual take on the look.
• Forego a necklace and instead, style an off-the-shoulder top or dress with statement earrings to keep the neckline from looking too busy. Oversized earrings with further draw attention to your face and décolletage area and provide a fun spin on the cold shoulder style.
• Warm weather trends are some of the most fun and require the smallest commitment when it comes to budget. You can find great on-trend styles for pennies, well, not literally pennies, but you get the idea. While I always recommend buying the best quality for more substantial fall and winter clothes, summer lightweight fabrications are almost indistinguishable regardless of price point. So go ahead, have fun with your summer look!
Also, you might have noticed that a few of the styles I selected are currently 25% off — hooray! BLOOMINGDALE’S is currently running their Friends + Family Sale now through 4/10. To take advantage of the sale selection, make sure you check it out sooner vs. later as the best styles tend to get snatched up pretty quickly. Personally, I couldn’t resist and just added THIS DRESS to my collection!
Anyone else totally have Spring Fever in a bad way?
Cleveland has had a small taste of spring this week and the sunshine is intoxicating. More importantly, it’s making me excited for our upcoming Spring Break beach getaway in less than 3 weeks!
One of my favorite things about warm weather dressing is actually the price tag. Comparatively speaking, vacation and summer styles tend to be some of my least expensive purchases and the most versatile. When it comes to building an expensive looking wardrobe on a dime, spring and summer are your best bets. Not only are most of my picks under $100, most are actually under $50– I’ve always been an overachiever!!
Good thing, because I’ll need that extra cash to pay for some much needed spray tanning — my body has never been a paler shade of white!
As you can see lace ups and tassels are still heavy in the rotation this season! I love the details they add without being too fussy or overly embellished. How cool are those TASSEL EARRINGS? Not too big, not too small and practically go with everything you might want to wear — all for under $50!
When building a resort ready wardrobe, I aim for pieces that can do double duty from beach to dinner. Take that LOLA LACE UP KAFTAN, for example. During the day, it’s an easy piece to throw on over a swimsuit. Once the sun goes down it becomes a casual dress to pair bare legged with flat sandals or to wear over a pair of SKINNY WHITE JEANS (these are under $40) and NUDE STRAPPY HEELS!
One of the best additions you can make to your Spring Break style is a lightweight leather tote. The ASOS GOLD TOTE is statement making and most importantly, light. When traveling or carrying all of your essentials beachside you don’t want a heavy bag weighing you down. This bag also happens to be stylish enough to grab for sunset pineapple margaritas… which I happen to be currently craving.