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spring break + coverups

I've never really found a beach coverup that I've been in love with. All through college I ended up wearing oversize sorority tanks as my coverup because I couldn't find the ideal option. Obviously I still love shopping for them, but it's harder than it looks!

Let's start with Lilly Pulitzer. When I think beach, I think Lilly. They've actually toned down some of their merchandise to reach a larger customer base, which is honestly a good plan...I'm a converted ex-Lilly girl, and sometimes the prints can just all blend together. For this post I've chosen my two favorite coverups from their collection this season.

The Castilla Tunic comes in white (with blue embroidery) and navy (with yellow embroidery), but I strongly prefer the white. I love the pink tassels! The Nita Off the Shoulder Cover Up honestly looks like you could wear it off the beach. It's so cute.

If you're going for low-key, then the J. Crew Voile Tunic will do the trick. The whole menswear-inspired vibe is so cool, and it's the perfect coverup to just throw on.

Otherwise, I love the see-through eyelet look in black or white. I found this tunic at Nordstrom and it's just transparent enough. The high-key version of this is the Surf Gypsy Crochet Cover Up; really leaves nothing to the imagination, and you're already wearing a bikini. I have the Vineyard Vines Eyelet Cover Up, which is super cool because it's actually part of a collection that's made completely in Italy...and you can also wear it with a cami and white jeans to dress it up.


spring break + swimwear

kate spade scalloped bikini (top | bottom) | l*space rocky bikini (top | bottom) | monday swimwear clovelly bikini (top | bottom) | o'neill batiki one-piece | ted baker plunge one-piece | triangl gigi bikini | triangl milly bikini | tory burch tie dye (top | bottom)

It's swimwear time! If we're going to be completely honest here, what you bring to wear on the beach is probably the most important part of packing for spring break (given that you're going to the typical tropical destination). Most of your time is going to be spent on the beach or by the pool in a cute bikini or one piece.

A moment of silence to praise the return of the one piece.

This year I won't be donning my usual obnoxious one piece (I'm a repeat offender of the "Bae Watch" red suit) for a couple of reasons. This is a reunion trip with my girl friends, not a beach darty in college. I also  have only a short amount of time on the beach, so I'd rather focus my time on minimal tan lines. But, I found a couple of cute one pieces while shopping for this post. 

If you're going the more chic and fashionable one piece route, go for a looooww plunge and looooww back. It adds a little bit of sex appeal. I'm not a huge fan of complicated straps or cutouts, so suits like this Ted Baker one or this O'Neill from Nordstrom are perfect. 

I, however, will be wearing this amazing bikini from Monday Swimwear. I have been wanting it for years, and for my birthday I got a "bikini of my choice" for Florida, so it was the perfect time to snatch it up! 

I'm a big fan of the black bikini (they're basically the only bikinis I wear), and you really can't go wrong with a black string bikini. This L*Space bikini is really cute too, and Monday Swimwear has a similar option on their website, too. I have always been obsessed with this Triangl bikini, but the thing is, they're really not flattering on me. Boo. 

So, I ordered the Monday black underwire bikini with this bottom last week. Obsessed. Will post more about it when I go through what I'm actually packing for Florida. But, I just found this Kate Spade pink scalloped bikini on Shopbop.

Guys. How stinkin' cute is this??? Like oh my gosh it's adorable! It's really girly and flirty and doesn't really fall in line with my style but I'm loving it! It also comes in black, which will probably look less ridiculous on me, but the pink is just so cute. Kate Spade has a couple of scalloped swimwear options this year, and this bikini is my favorite by far - love the strapless look. 

What cute swimwear have y'all seen this season so far? Let me know!


spring break + beauty must-haves

Okay. Let's talk Spring Break beauty must-haves. 

Obviously, sunscreen is at the top of the list. But even before I get to the beach, I like to take the proper precautions so I don't look like Casper the Ghost in a bikini. Hello St. Tropez. In a few days I'll gave a complete run-down of my faux tanning routine, so today I'll keep it short. To give your skin a little boost of color before spring break, go for St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse. Always remember the tanning mitt so the mousse goes on smoothly and evenly. I've decided that I'm going to do my own self-tan instead of going to Palm Beach Tan to get a spray tan there. I am just loving St. Tropez! Also, don't forget to take the proper pre-self tan precautions!

I have weird skin in that when I was growing up, it was very sensitive and I would burn easily, but still get tan. Now, it's not very sensitive, and I can get very tan. While I obviously love my tanned skin and freckles, I have to be very careful to always wear sunscreen because large pores are not ideal. 

I just ordered Beautycounter's Protect All Over Sunscreen as my face protection for my upcoming trip to Florida. I'm obviously obsessed with all their other products, so I have high hopes for this new one. Sunscreens are unfortunately notorious for causing skin breakouts, and I am not about to wreck my skin! I have had completely clear skin (seriously - not one blemish in sight) since I started using Beautycounter in November, so fingers crossed. I'll keep y'all updated on my opinion of this sunscreen post-spring break.

Two face sunscreen fan favorites are La Roche Posay's Antihelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid and Neutrogena's Clear Face Liquid Lotion. I've actually used both, and I prefer La Roche Posay, but they both get the job done. I use at least SPF 30 on my face (usually between 30 and 50), and typically SPF 30 on my body. 

For the body, I definitely like spray sunscreens over lotions just because of convenience. Sun Bum is my personal favorite for body sunscreens, and you can find it at Target and Ulta. 

In case of a burn, always apply aloe! My friends always burn when we go on spring break, even when they layer sunscreen, and it definitely helps to have an after-sun lotion or gel to help soothe the skin. I'm planning on getting Sun Bum's Moisturizing After Sun Gel in case I get a little too much sun one day!

In terms of after-sun face repair, stick to a repairing and moisturizing face mask. I have my eye on a Sephora Lotus Sheet Mask for moisturizing and soothing skin - just want to add a little extra something to my skin!

Lastly, you can't forget about haircare. Direct exposure to sunlight is very drying, especially at the beach when there's the added salt water damage. I love a good beach wave as much as the next girl, but if I'm trying to grow out my hair a couple of inches, I don't want it to be a dry mess when I get home! I love the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, especially since it comes in a smaller, travel-size version - perfect for packing! I've been known to leave on a hair mask while I'm tanning outside; it's low-maintenance and adds an extra layer of protection. 

If you're more inclined to keep on the mask during your post-beach shower, then make sure to use Fekkai's Pre-Soleil Radiance and Protection Mist. I've been using this product for years. It's a quick-drying spray serum that protects against UV rays while you're outside. It's also great for saving your hair color so it doesn't get too brassy from the sun.

Post-beach, I like to embrace my beach waves. My hair is curly naturally, and when salt water and sun are added into the mix, I have the perfect messy ringlets. But, to recreate that look after showering and getting ready for dinner, I use Bumble and bumble's Surf Infusion Spray. It's the non-drying version of the classic Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, and while I do love the original, it gives my hair a weird texture. Surf Infusion has a mix of salt and oil to hydrate your hair while still giving it that beachy look.

What are y'alls beauty must-haves for spring break?

Here's to hoping that I can fit all these products in my carry-on.....

spring break + cool girl sunglasses

On Friday I leave for my "Spring Break" trip to Florida with my college friend group! I put spring break in quotations marks because it's just a long weekend, but considering this is the real world, and the real world doesn't have week long spring breaks, this is as good as it's gonna get!

For the next week, I'll be posting about all my favorite spring break topics: swimsuits, beauty must-haves, coverups, faux tan tips, just to name a few. I'm very excited for next weekend, and writing these posts have actually helped me figure out what to pack for the trip!

So, first up: spring break sunglasses. Let's jump into it.

It's about time that I venture out from the typical Ray Ban aviator look. I'm pretty sure that any time I recommend sunglasses, it's the classic Ray Ban green and gold aviator, or a flash lens version. I truly believe they're the greatest sunglasses of all time, and are universally flattering, however, #newyearnewme, and I'm trying to be a little trendier and a little more adventurous in my personal style.

I love sunglasses, and actually have a small collection growing in my bedroom. However, they're just variations of the same Ray Ban sunglasses, and I'd really like to venture out into edgier waters.

Real talk: if you're looking for cheap but outrageous and trendy sunglasses, go to Bp. at Nordstrom, Free People, or Urban Outfitters. Not all of us are willing to shell out cash for a new pair of sunglasses, and they actually have a great options for spring break. Free People honestly probably has the best selection, which is so random to me considering their clothes are so absurdly overpriced. 

Personally, I have my eye on a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses from Urban Outfitters. How fun??

I'm really loving the 70's-inspired almost translucent colored sunglasses. Think Stephen Hyde from That 70's Show. If I'm not going for the reflective look, I'm definitely going for the barely there look. 

If you're looking for a thicker frame, I definitely recommend the Quay Cat Eye sunglasses. I have a bunch of friends with these sunglasses, and they're so friggin' cool that they're currently sitting in my shopping cart on Nordstrom. Definitely a statement piece, so those faint-of-heart fashionistas should probably try them on in-store before buying.

Tomorrow I'm running around on my day off to find a cute pair of cheap sunglasses. Fingers crossed I'll find some!
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