How to Pack for a Tropical Resort Vacation
If you’re headed on a tropical resort vacation, you’re probably entering a no pants, no jacket required zone: a place with perfectly warm weather where you’ll relax, lounge around, lay on the beach, and take a dip in the pool. Oh, and did I forget cocktails?? I recently came back from my one-week Caribbean vacation to the Bahamas, where my itinerary included all of the above. To avoid going overboard on the packing (which I often do), here is a handy list of all the clothing and accessories you’ll need for a resort vacation!
· A couple pairs of sunglasses: Protect those eyes from UV rays in style! Because sunglasses are small and easy to swap, I typically bring a few so I’ve got options (see above).
· Swimsuit(s): You’ll be around the pool and the beach pretty regularly, so bring at least 2 swimsuits especially if you’re staying for a few days. This’ll add variety, allow you to wash them after every wear, and still have one to wear as the other dries. You can also mix and match different tops with the same bottom (or vice versa) if you’d like to achieve variety without buying 2 entirely different swimsuits.
· Dresses, dresses, and… dresses! Specifically flowy pullover dresses, some of which could easily double as swimsuit cover-ups like my black blossom dress picture above. The fabric should be light and breathable since you don’t want thicker fabrics soaking up all the heat. Maxi dresses are also great vacation staples because the way they naturally drape on the body looks so effortlessly chic. I love dresses because they’re easy; you put on one piece of clothing and bam, you’re all set!
· Loose-fitting, breathable tops: You’re bound to break a sweat, so you won’t want a tight-fitting shirt sticking to you! I was super comfortable sporting my floral cut-out, lightweight cotton shirt even though it had ¾ length sleeves because of the fit and fabric.
· Lightweight shorts and skirts (and skorts?): Breathable fabrics (ex. cotton and cotton blends, polyester blends, linen) will make walking around much more comfortable in heat. If you bring enough dresses, you’ll only need a few bottoms (ex. 2 shorts, 1 skirt, etc.) since you can easily pair different tops with the same bottom. One of the items I brought was my white, cotton skort that I paired with a purple silk blouse (above) on one day and the white cotton shirt above on another.
· A light, versatile jacket: If the weather won’t drop below 70 degrees, one jacket should suffice for your entire trip. Choose a utilitarian jacket that will go with everything. For me, an example of that is my mid-length army jacket featured in this post. Or you could also do a light denim jacket or comfy blazer. If you’d feel more comfortable with 2 jackets, pack the lighter one and wear a slightly thicker jacket to the airport (or on your drive) to save space!
· A couple bags: A good-sized tote is a MUST! It will be handy in carrying your sunblock (another MUST), reading materials, towels, and other knickknacks you want to bring to the beach or pool. Personally, I brought a spacious Tory Burch tote in black, but I wish I would’ve had a brighter color! Additionally bring a smaller (potentially more structured) bag in case you head to a nice meal or just don’t need a large tote for certain activities.
· Sandals! Unless sandals just aren’t your style, sandals are the ONLY footwear you’ll need on a resort vacation. Pack at least 2 different types – one pair of easy, slip-on sandals (ex. flip-flops) for the pool/beach and another cuter, but still comfortable pair of sandals to add a stylish touch to any outfit. I also brought my pair of comfy sandal wedges (from this post) for nicer outings.
· Simple jewelry: Because jewelry can be difficult to transport, I recommend taking 1 or 2 pieces of each type (necklace, bracelet, ring) that can match with most outfits. Personally, I think simple golds, silvers, or two-tone metal jewelry do the trick. Then you don’t have to worry about untangling too many pieces of jewelry or losing anything. On my trip, I brought along a rose gold watch, gold bangles, amethyst rose gold ring, and a two-tone long necklace that worked across all my outfits.
Voilà, you’re set! Overall, warm weather clothing is much more portable and compact than winter clothing. So if you feel like sneaking in some extra clothing in excess of the above, likelihood is that you’ll have a bit of extra room ;)
Snapshot of the sunny weather and perfect cool breeze in the Caribbean 🌴 I’m back from vacation but hey, at least it’s a 3 day weekend! New Bahamas blog post coming soon…
Time to get some cocktails and partay
Happy new year everybody! Been about a month since I last posted, so I hope you, your friends, and family had a wonderful holiday and new year. This weekend, Chelsea (hembits) planned an awesome surprise birthday party for Edwin (edwinzee). It was a James Bond-themed cocktail party, basically a fun reason to dress up and hang around other fancily clad ladies and gentlemen. Using Bond movies as my inspiration, I decided to wear my tan/black bustier dress since the colors were simple and classic. And overall, the fabric (satin / tulle), style, and draping were perfect for an evening cocktail party.
After yesterday’s cocktail party, I can’t help but think… my friends (or I) need to host more parties like this so we can have more opportunities to dress up!
Shoes: Brian Atwood
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Winter is coming: Keeping warm in GAP cable knit and pleats
Brrr, it’s been COLD in the bay recently! At least for a Californian :) So it’s definitely sweater season! Any store you walk into nowadays has a bunch of cozy, fun sweaters available. One of my recent favorites has been my cable knit sweater from Gap. I love the chunky look and feel of it that has made it so easy to throw on top of anything else - skirts, skinny jeans, and more. The thick cotton skirt (from Gap too) was also a great winter investment because it’s a simple navy neutral that goes well with many tops, and the subtle spotted prints add a tad of extra flair.
Stay warm everyone!
Sweater: Gap (on sale!)
Urban dressing in denim, cobalt, and rugged booties
Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, and happy first of December! Can’t believe the holidays are just a few weeks away; time to start that Christmas planning and shopping! And that also means that winter is coming… and you can really tell around here with the weather starting to get a bit breezier than normal! So layer up!
Recently, booties have been my staple footwear to face the cooler temperatures. Every girl should own at least a couple pairs of booties (the shoes, not the bodypart though every girl has that too!), and I’d recommend a black and a brown pair to start. I love them because they’re so versatile. You can pair them with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts, dresses, leggings, you name it! And as hot as high-heeled, stiletto booties are, I think the booties you’ll find the most use out of either have little or no heel or have a chunkier heel for more support (like the ones I’m wearing). But if you’re great in heels (unlike me), then go for a higher pair!
One of my favorite pair of booties recently has been my rugged-looking Clarks. I actually got them last season, but they’ve still been very relevant this season! Because the boots are a bit rugged and “worn”, it’s nice to balance it with a feminine piece or two. To strike that balance, I paired it with a cobalt, scallop-hemmed skirt and patterned clutch. But to keep the overall look relaxed, I layered a casual, light denim tank with my fitted denim jacket on top. Great for wandering around the city and even walking the dog in the park :)
Happy Sunday, and get ready for those Cyber Monday deals if you need anything!
Skirt: Club Monaco (Spring 2013)
Booties: Clarks (Winter 2012)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Wearing a chunky knit and drop-waist dress on a chilly but sunny #sunday in SF! #sundayfunday #sf #sanfrancisco #style #ilovesf #baybridge #ootd #wiwt #fashion #fashionblogger #fashiondiaries #dress #knit #sweater #booties #stripes
Varsity, blue, and stripes
I’ve never watched the movie, Varsity Blues, and don’t have intention or urge to. But just figured the name was appropriate for today’s outfit! Work has been keeping me busy and geez, it’s already November! The holidays are around the corner, the weather is much cooler, and there’s no mistaking that we are truly in fall heading towards winter. So keep warm everybody!
Being a girl who likes to play sports recreationally but was never especially gifted athletically (therefore no letterman jackets for me), I am all on board for sporting the varsity jacket trend. Now I can wear fun varsity jackets to compensate for my lacking athletic ability in high school! Pairing my moss green varsity jacket with a blue tank and striped skirt created a relaxed yet chic look, perfect for brunching and walking around San Francisco on a laid-back Saturday morning and afternoon.
Outfit details (I was pretty Madewell-ed out today!):
Varsity jacket: Forever 21 (such a steal!)
Bag: Cole Haan
Relaxed weekend wear in floral and distressed denim
Happy Sunday everyone! Just a quick post today before getting the last day of the weekend started. Let me just tell you that I love me some floral patterns! Don’t be deceived; sometimes when you look at floral patterns alone (ie. just hanging on a rack by itself), the pattern can look a bit old and dated. But paired with the right pieces, floral is easily chic, modern, and adds a lot of interest to a particular outfit. And be sure to pick out the florals that have more vibrant colors and details if you want to ensure that the pattern is not dated.
In today’s post, I balanced my floral, button-up blouse with a casual, distressed denim mini. (I’m so glad I kept this mini since I actually bought it many years ago! I’m convinced that most things always come back in style, so why not keep it if it still fits and you still like it?) Paired with my roomy Louis Vuitton tote and comfy pair of d’orsay flats, this outfit is ready for a casual day strolling about town, running errands, and more.
Enjoy the day, and thanks for reading!
Tote: Louis Vuitton (vintage)
Flats: Chinese Laundry
Sunnies: Elizabeth and James
Dressing for fall but still staying bright (red)
These past few weeks have been a blur! Going to 3 weddings in 3 different cities, prepping for product launches at work… there hasn’t been much time for anything else! This is the first weekend in 3 weeks that I haven’t had a wedding to attend. As much as I love weddings, I’m happy to finally have a break to relax and stay warm in the increasingly cool, fall weather!
The weather has really been cooling down quite a bit in the Bay Area, so it’s time to break out the pants, coats, and layers. Earlier in the week, I got the chance to break out my new, bright red coat from Zara. I’ve been waiting for a chance to wear it since it’s such a fun, bold colored coat! Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with color! Because the coat is already such an eye-catching piece, I kept the rest of my outfit a bit simpler to make the coat stand out. But I still managed to squeeze in some other details to polish off the look: delicate polka dots on my blouse and gold buckles on my booties.
Thanks for reading, and hope everyone else is having fun and keeping warm in this cooler weather!
Blouse: Zara (last season)
Jeans: J Brand
Booties: Report (right now on sale for fall - 30% off!)
Aviators: Ray Ban