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sales & steals: vacation essentials.

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somehow i got lucky, and i’m headed to the beach again this weekend. i am SO SO SO excited! in the spirit of vacation, here’s a little round up of my favorite beach/vacation/pool day essentials that don’t break the bank.

  1. i’m very into the idea of a one piece, so i ordered this one from amazon because it was unique and cheap. unfortunately, i’m a smidge too tall for it, but i definitely recommend it! the quality seemed decent for less than $20 and bonus: it’s padded.
  2. i ordered this leave in conditioner for post beach/sun hair and this solar recovery body spray for when i (inevitably) get burned. i got burned last weekend at the pool and sprayed the solar recover on immediately and my burn healed fast and didn’t peel!
  3. obsessed with this beach towel!!!
  4. these are my favorite flip flops this season. i have them in brown and gold, and i just ordered the black. they’re SO comfortable and don’t look sloppy.
  5. these havaianas are my favorite flip flops for the pool. and they last FOREVER. i’ve had both of my pairs for 2 or 3 years.
  6. j.crew makes my favorite swim suits and they have so many cute options on sale right now for amazing prices. i’m IN LOVE with this long sleeved, zip up one piece.
  7. i grabbed this beach bag in black last year and its perfect.
  8. taking into the water and in a dark, dark wood for this beach trip.
  9. i have two of the wet brush hair brushes because they are literally the best for brushing wet hair. i keep one in my pool bag at all times.
  10. my throw on and go to the beach hat.
ends up sunscreen is important.

okay so heres the deal:
on our first day of vacation a few weeks ago, marty went to go play golf and i went to the beach by myself. i thought i had done a decent job spraying my back, but since i was all alone and no one was there to double check, i got burned. burned bad. and i also got the worst tanlines in the history of tanlines because my back burned in a splotchy u-shape and the front of my legs burned but the back of my legs didn’t.

so the moral of the story is don’t go to the beach alone between the hours of 11 and 2 because its impossible to know how well you sprayed your back but you also shouldn’t talk to strangers so just avoid the situation altogether.

details: j.crew palm print one piece (this season’s version), free people runaway cutoffs (my favorite)

this time last week…

oh to be on vacation again.

marty and i had a great week in panama city beach last week. we spent the first half of the week with my brother and sister in law, and then met up with my friend kathleen and her family for the last half of the week. it was so great to just sit all day and truly relax for the first time in a while! we ate lots and lots of delicious seafood (of course) and our favorites were schooners and runaway island (you’ve gotta get the dream pie!!).

for this trip, my suitcase was full of easy, throw on and go t-shirt dresses which, as you know, are my summer uniform.

details: forever 21 striped dress, old navy sandals

 

happiest place on earth.

a few weeks ago, marty and i took a vacation to our favorite place in the world: disney world. i know i know, we’re adults. why is our favorite vacation spot a place where the central character is a cartoon mouse. and i’ll tell you why: IT’S THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH PEOPLE. literally!! i’m considering doing a bigger blog post on all my disney tips (because if i counted correctly this was my 13th trip to a disney theme park so i know some stuff), but for now i’ll just talk about this trip.

outfit: free people shorts, similar black tshirt, flannel, nikes, rebecca minkoff crossbody, sunglasses

outfit details: BCBG romper (similar), j.crew sandals

outfit details: zara dress, rebecca minkoff crossbody, sunglasses, nikes

breakfast at the beasts castle! you normally have to book a reservation months and months  in advance, but sometimes they have walk in tables available and we got lucky and just walked right in. it was so cool and just how i’ve always pictured it to be. there was this main dining room from the big “beauty and the beast” scene, then another room with the torn up beast picture and the rose, and a third room like the dining room in “be our guest.” SO SO COOL.

outfit details: rails shirt, free people shorts, nikes, rebecca minkoff crossbody


the castle all lit up like this is the entire reason we went to disney world during the holidays. so unbelievably pretty.

outfit details: zara shirt, free people shorts, havianas flip flops

when we go to disney, we always get the park hopper ticket. that way we can enter and re-enter the parks as many times as we want to throughout the day. we usually go to all four parks, but since we had limited park time this trip, we decided to stick to just magic kingdom and epcot since you can ride the monorail between the two parks. we went to the parks on friday, sunday, and monday and had the best time bouncing between magic kingdom and epcot. i’ve always dreamed of seeing disney world decorated for christmas and it did NOT disappoint. talk about magical!! i even cried at one point because of how overwhelmed i was with the magic of it all.

we spent saturday exploring the new disney springs. if you’re familiar with disney world then you’ll know this is the “new” downtown disney with added restaurants and shopping. it’s AMAZING. so many unique restaurants and great new stores including zara and uniqlo (i had never been in uniqlo before and i am now obsessed). we also got to see the new christmas drone show while we were there. i know it sounds weird, but trust me, it was so so cool. here’s a youtube video of it. doesn’t do its justice but you get the idea.

we spent tuesday before our flight exploring the different disney properties. if you’ve never visited the different resorts while down there, marty and i highly recommend it. it’s so fun to see the different themes of each resort, and how magical each one is. we started the day with brunch at our favorite disney restaurant, the grand floridian cafe, located inside the grand floridian resort-which has the most beautiful christmas tree i’ve ever seen and a life size gingerbread house in the lobby. then, we rode the monorail around to our favorite resort, the polynesian. this resort is one of the original two that opened in 1971 when magic kingdom opened (disney nerd alert). marty and i love it because here you can grab a dole whip (YUM) and walk along the beach and see magic kingdom from the shore (another nerdy thing we like). after the polynesian, we drove over to the wilderness lodge to see its christmas decorations. this resort is AMAZING. i don’t even know how to explain how huge, yet super cozy it is. it’s like the worlds biggest cabin. plus there’s a really cool waterfall/stream that goes from the lobby to the pool and it’s just so neat.

 

if you’ve made it this far, i hope you enjoyed this super long disney recap. it really is my favorite place in the world (if you couldn’t tell by this point).