Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Sometimes, you just need a weekend, on a beach, in a foreign country, with your girlfriends. A few weeks ago one of my college roommates asked if any of us wanted to go to Aruba. I did out the math, and decided that fiscally, it would be wiser if I put the money into my savings account. Fast forward to today. Life throws a lot of curveballs at us; sometimes they leave us feeling like we've been pummeled by The Hulk. This is where that beach in a foreign country comes in. We're headed to Aruba this morning. We will spend 5 days not focusing on the storms that we've weathered in our own lives, and instead, we will be grateful that we have jobs that afford us such luxuries. We will breathe in the salty air, and let the sun kiss our cheeks and be reminded that every day is a gift. God never gives us more than we can handle, I firmly believe that. Girlfriends are there to lend you a shoulder to cry on, and also remind you that it's time to buck up when you're really down. So, now that I've been all mushy, let's talk about my Spring Break Essentials!

Having a really cute outfit for the pool, or beach is always a must. I've been really into the crochet look lately, and I chose two great options. This bikini is colorful and fun, and this one piece is a bit more modest but also has adorable detailing along the edges. I also love to mix and match pieces, which is what I did with this scalloped top and high waisted bottom. To go along with these, I chose a cover up that would go with all three. This cover up is super soft, and lightweight. If you're not into using a cover up, I found these shorts last year, and have bought three pairs since then because they are just that good. Throw on some flip flops with any of these outfits and you're ready to go!

Accessories can really step up an outfit without much effort. I bought a straw hat in Costa Rica years ago, that I still use and found a great dupe for it.  I never leave home without these sunglasses. They're a bit pricey but I love them and to me, they were worth the investment since I've been wearing them for 4 years. How stinking cute is this beach bag? It's timeless, and has enough room for a towel, sun tan lotion, a bottle of water, and your favorite book!

Protecting my skin is super important which is why I always carry something with SPF in it. I like this CC cream because it can be applied alone, and covers up any blemishes while also smoothing skin and protecting it. Speaking of protection, not many people think about their hair when applying sun tan lotion. My hair is pretty fine, and already takes a beating from heat tools. A few years ago, my hair dresser suggested that I start using this hair protectant spray. It comes in especially handy since I travel often, usually to warmer destinations, and I live near the beach. She told me that it can be used every day, even just for walking Finn around the neighborhood, if I wanted.

Okay, now that the water activities have been covered, as I almost forget to mention this too cute for words pool float, let's talk about the versatility of the other items I've chosen to pack. Finding pieces that can be used day and night, simply by switching out shoes or an accessory, make me so happy!

This adorable floral romper is a great example. I'll be pairing it with these studded sandals and my favorite hat during the day. For a night time look, I'll ditch the hat, and swap out the sandals for these designer dupe wedges. Another piece I'm excited to wear is this flowy maxi dress. It can be worn during the day with some flip flops and you can simply swap them out with these block heels for a more formal, night time feel. Either of these outfits can be accessorized with a straw clutch, like this one, or even a crossbody bag. This one is my current favorite.

At the end of a long, tiring day, full of fun in the sun, and drinks with little umbrellas, what's better than getting into some super comfy, and equally adorable pajamas? I found these online and was quick to add them to my cart and just as quickly shoved them into my suitcase!

Do you have any plans for spring break? If so, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! As always, thanks for stopping by :)