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3/17/19

Lemon Drop Dress - Perfect Affordable Spring/Summer Dress!

As this time of year rolls around and it finally starts to warm up and feel like Spring, all the cute citrus prints come out. I don't know what it is about lemon prints in particular, but I can't get enough of them! There's just something so crisp and fresh about them, especially on hot, sunny days. 
This dress is the perfect answer to all your lemon-print cravings! I just noticed it's back in stock and had to share with you all!  

The print is absolutely one of the most charming I've seen with its soft-yellow lemons and dainty black 'n white polka dots. I just adore it!
A flounced hem and ruffle details at the bust, too? Sold. I can't get over the details. Too cute for words. The waist is  elastic, too, making it the easiest dress you'll ever pull on. I love how simple and sweet it is and that you can wear it on or off the shoulders for a different look. It's flirty and fun and looks darling worn either way. I've layered a jean jacket over it as well for an effortless, weekend look. 
You'll never believe the price. $14. I'm dead serious. It's even less than it was last year! I'm giving you a head start on this dress because there's no way it'll last at this price, so if you missed out on it last year, go now before it sells out like hot-cakes again.
It fits true to size, and I'm wearing size 0 for reference. It's not too form-fitting, and the material is soft and breathable -- perfect for Spring/Summer!
Add a bamboo bag and a layered, gold necklace, and ankle-tie sandals and you're set. I love easy-breezy dressing like this; you can't beat it for hot, sunny days!

Hope you're all having an amazing weekend and soaking up the gorgeous sunshine and warmer temps if you're in SoCal! Sending warm-weather vibes to the rest of you with lingering winter weather!

XO,
Sara







3/11/19

2019 Vacay Style // Favorite Swimsuits & Resort-wear

Happy Monday, Everyone!

With Spring Break on the horizon (thank goodness!) and warm-weather getaways already in the works for several of you, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few of my favorite recent vacay-style finds!

I'm counting down the weeks to our annual family trip to CancĂșn, so I'm excited to share all these goodies with you -- from swimsuits to cover-ups, accessories, and more -- all are coming along with me and I had to share! The best part? Most are in the $30-60 price range!

Let's start with these two cute one-pieces, shall we?

True to form, I saw the bow and said, 'yep, sold!' But it's not just the shoulder-bow detail that enticed me; it's the color! Labeled 'Sundrenched Peony' it's the prettiest lilac shade that is so lovely and flattering on any skin tone. I have zero tan right now, but I can see this lilac color looking even more striking with a tan or against darker complexions. There are 6 other beautiful colors to choose from in this style as well, including a pale mint, bright cerise, and a classic navy and black. Just note that certain colors in select sizes are on back-order, so be sure to click on the color/size you want to check availability. You'll want to ensure your suit will arrive before your planned vacation.
What I love even more about this swimsuit is that the bow is actually functional -- you can tie it and adjust it to your liking -- making it perfect for petite ladies with shorter torsos. The material is lined and is nice and stretchy, too; not at all see-through. There are soft, removable cups in the bust area for added lift/support, which I like as well. I do want to point out that this suit is higher-cut on the thighs than I prefer, but I tend to wear a pareo or cover-up when I'm on the beach anyway, so to me, it's not a deal-breaker. I just wanted you to be aware of it. The backside has modest coverage but if you're at all concerned about it, I'd suggest sizing up one size. I sized up to a size 2 since swimsuits in general tend to run on the smaller side, and I'm glad I did. I'm petite with hips and a booty, so a size 0 would've definitely been out of my comfort zone. ;-)

I snagged this suit on sale several weeks ago, making it only around $60, and just noticed it's back on sale for a limited time only -- see below!

*Sale Alert:  use code "23HOURS" to get 40% off now! ($66)
Fuchsia Ruffle Swimsuit 

This fuchsia number is another winner. The color is just stunning! This suit comes in a pretty dusty-blue color, too, but the fuchsia was my instant favorite. And the ruffle details are so fun and flirty! The front dips down a bit but is still fairly modest for us mamas. This suit is also lined with removable cups and fits nicely without pulling or tugging. I sized up to a Small and it fits perfectly.
 
One of my favorite details, though, is the criss-cross back.
See what I mean? So cute!
(Sorry for the awkward selfie pose; trying to take pictures of the back is tricky!)

I love the ruffles at the top of the shoulders and also the center strap across the back that allows you to adjust the fit to your liking.

Can you believe this suit is only $30?! I love finding classic styles like this for less! Snag this one while you can because I see sizes are already going fast. And no wonder -- I can see this suit being on rotation every year!

If you love seersucker, I ordered this oh-so-pretty seersucker one-piece in the blue/white color. It comes in a blush/white color combo as well, making it so difficult to choose between the two! You have to see it -- it's darling! *Sale Alert: It's now on flash sale for 50% off, making it only about $44 with free shipping! Go!

I also ordered this pink one-piece and these blue/white striped bikini pieces here and here to try! I'll try to post an update in this post once they arrive.
 

My favorite white one-piece from last year is back in stock in a few sizes! Yes!! If your size is available, snag it now because it will definitely sell out again. I can't say enough good things about this one. I've styled it a variety of ways, from striped wrap skirts like the one above to longer midi-length skirts like this one and this one. It looks so adorable when worn as a 'top' when you need to step out of the pool/beach for a quick bite or just want to explore the resort.

At only $40, it's a steal for a timeless, versatile swimsuit that you'll reach for over and over again. If your current size is sold out, try this white ruffle swimsuit which is similar and would be in my cart if I didn't already own the previous one.

See my blog post from last year for more photos, my review and sizing details.

Speaking of back in stock...
Striped Button-front Dress

This striped dress is back in stock in the light gray/white stripe combo and is only $17! It's such a darling dress for vacation and was one of my favorites for CancĂșn last year! First of all, it has pockets! And the buttons are actually snap buttons, making them super easy to open/close yet still sturdy enough to prevent accidental peek-a-boo incidents. It's unlined but the fabric is a nice, medium weight that feels similar to a thick cotton. I love the square neckline of this dress as well as the thicker straps (no strapless or special bras needed!) and the midi length -- so many pretty details packed into one $17-dress!

If you prefer the blue/white stripes more, I'm crushing on this dress, too!

Bamboo Arc Bag
This quintessential vacay bag is also back in stock and only $30! I like to tie a cute scarf around mine for an extra pop of color/pattern.
Button-down Dress (similar from same brand)

This popular button-down dress now comes in new colors/patterns this season!

Click here to see the options!

If you don't have a button-down dress like this already packed in your vacation bags, you need to remedy that stat. These dresses are comfy, cute, and easy to throw on and go! I just roll mine up in my luggage to prevent wrinkles and I'm set.

I'm loving the white one and multi-colored striped dresses offered this season! My tip is to wait for a good flash sale or promo code for these dresses, which is what I did for my pink one above (which is from last year and no longer available, unfortunately.)

If you love this style, I found this polka-dotted one with pockets, and can't wait to try it on. Note that the item description online says, "floral" when it's clearly not; it's polka-dotted and so cute! I'll share this one soon, too.
Crochet Cover-up

Meet my new favorite cover-up! I always gravitate towards crochet cover-ups for vacation, so when I came across this one for only $19, I had to snag it. It's the perfect piece to slip on over your swimsuit for a touch of modesty and style at the pool/beach. I love that it can be worn off one shoulder like I'm doing here or fully on the shoulders.
Here's a closer look at the detail. I love the lace and contrasting trim at the neckline and hem -- so intricate and pretty! It's one size-fits-all (not sure why the item description shows "Medium" since reviews show it's one-size-fits-all) but fits nicely without being too snug or too boxy. There's a string-tie in the back across the shoulders to keep it secure, too. If you're petite like me (I'm 5'2), this is a great petite-friendly find for vacation! This is the white color, not beige.

I ordered this open-front one to try, too, based on its many popular reviews. It's another cute, affordable option at only $20! The open-front styling is perfect for showcasing your favorite swimsuit while still having a subtle layer of coverage for modesty. It ties at the front, too, so you can close it for more coverage as needed.
Statement Earrings:
White Flowers // Blue Raffia // Blush-Beige Raffia // White Beads

Statement earrings in a variety of colors and styles always make a re-appearance for vacation! I generally wear pearl and gold stud earrings daily, so it's fun to experiment with new, colorful and bold earrings for my getaways; I love how statement earrings can totally change up the look of any outfit!

All of these earrings are recent finds and around $10-20! I don't like spending too much on trendy styles, especially for vacation in case they get lost or damaged, so I was thrilled to come across these ones. The majority are lightweight, too. The white beaded ones (seen on me in the swimsuit photos above) are the heavier ones of the bunch, but they're still manageable for a dinner date or other brief outing. I couldn't wear them all day, though. The other 3 sets are definitely more wearable and could be worn all day. The raffia ones are my new favorite -- they're so cute with multiple outfits and so lightweight, you can barely feel them! I'm eyeing the pink ones next...
Updated 3/21/19

I just added this super-cute black and white one-piece to my rotation and love it! It just came in the mail and I snapped a quick photo for you. It's amazing! I'm blown away that this suit is only $29 and ships for free! I'm wearing size small and it fits perfectly with plenty of stretch/give. It also has nice, modest coverage in the back. The black, mesh trim is elastic, making it easy to put on/take off and allows it to conform to your shape, and the white portion of the suit is thick and lined. This is a great, classic swimsuit that's affordable, modest, yet still super flattering. I plan on pairing it with this palm-leaf pareo (only $14!) for a fun pop of print when it's time to grab lunch. Highly recommend both!
This darling cover-up also just arrived, and I'm so pleasantly surprised with it;  it looks way better in person! This is a great dupe for the pricier Anthropologie Farm Rio Havana dress from a year ago or so; it's the same exact print! It comes in a maxi length here, but I actually prefer this shorter one so much more! The water-color print is so beautiful, mixing soft and dark pinks, sky-blue, coral, melon, green, and so many other pretty shades. The pom-pom trim at the hem and the string-ties at the shoulders (which are fully functional and allow you to tie and adjust to your liking) make it all the more sweet! I'm wearing size Small and it fits and drapes nicely. This cover-up may be my new favorite, along with the crochet one above, because it can be worn as a sundress, too! Just layer a tank and half-slip underneath for modesty since there's no lining on this one.

Hope you love these pieces as much as I do!


To keep things simple, here's a full round-up of my top vacay picks by category!




SWIMSUITS


COVER-UPS


DRESSES


ACCESSORIES


As I come across more great finds, I'll be sure to share them with you all! I may put together a "2019 Vacay Style - Part 2" post. Also, I've updated the VACATION SHOP page here on the blog so you can access/shop these items easily without having to search for this specific post.

I hope this helps with your upcoming Spring Break or vacation plans! And if there are any items you're especially loving or would like to see included, please let me know!

Have a great week!

XO
Sara
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