Travel Series: Beach Vacation

Ok, it’s not summer yet but I know lots of you have already been planning some fantastic trips already. One of my fabulous readers is planning her bachelorette party in Cancun and requested a post on what to wear/bring so I thought I’d do a post to help her out and get us all excited for those beachy vacations we are all planning.

For the plane ride, I love traveling in maxi dresses as it’s super comfortable and provides ample coverage for the cold planes.
Forever 21 Maxi Dress

Of course you need a cardi to wear on the plane but once you get off, toss that baby into your carry on! Get a nice lightweight cardi like this one that won’t add much bulk to your bag.

Splendid Jersey Open Cardigan

I chose wedges over flats only because I like the little bit of height and I think these travel well and would look great with any of the outfits that I would bring with me.

For the beach, of course a cute little bikini. I’m a patterned bikini kind of girl, stripes, dots, plaids, love them all.
Gap Plaid bikini

I don’t wear flip flops. They are just not my style, even to the beach and the pool I wear cute flat sandals. It may seem unpractical to some but that’s just how I roll. 🙂 I like the look of these ones, super cute!

Vera Wang Lavender Label Nita Flat Thong Sandals

I always throw a cheapie dress over my bikinis as a cover-up.

Forever 21 Casual Striped Dress

The all important sunnies. Gotta have those.

MICHAEL KORS Santa Cruz Plastic Aviators

And a cute beach tote to carry your essentials: sunscreen, towel, iPod, magazines and cash to tip the cute cabana boys 😉

PacSun Black Cloud Anchors Terry Tote

It’s good to have a cheapo bag to take to the beach but I love this heart print one too.

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Little Tate Nylon Tote

When I’m on vacation I don’t spend every day on the beach, I usually try to make a day trip to the nearest city to shop, explore and take pictures. Day trips means comfort so I chose a cute romper to wear as it’s minimal effort but stylish and comfy at the same time.
Floral Rayon Ruffle Front Romper

Either the Tory Burch wedges or the Vera Wang Sandals would look great with this romper so you don’t have to think about bringing other shoes.

For a night out of dinner and dancing, instead of changing, just throw on a cute skirt like this one over the romper to create a whole new look! (Plus for my bachelorette girl – in case you have a bit too much to drink you won’t have to worry about flashing anyone if you just happen to fall over. Just looking out for ya! 😉 )

Add an armful of pretty gold bangles,

Amrita Singh Alanna Bangle Set

change your shoes into these cutie wedges and dance the night away!

Coach New Maritza Wedge

Other miscellaneous must haves:

If you are self conscious about getting into a bikini before you are tan, I suggest this self-tanner. It’s very natural and goes on really well.

St. Tropez Self Tanning Spray

For the face, I like to use this bronzer. It’s the most natural look of all bronzers that I’ve tried. Not shimmery and just the right amount of color.

Bare Escentuals Medium Faux Tan Face Color

The all-important floppy hat. Personally, I don’t like to get my face very tan, I’d much rather use a bronzer to match my tan. I always keep my hat on when I’m at the beach.

Forever 21 Floppy Hat

And of course, your most important accessory of them all, a yummy fruity drink in your hand!

(source: the good mood food blog)

Don’t we all wish that we were on the beach right now? I sure do!

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  • PetiteAsianGirl
    March 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I almost got those exact wedges the other day for Spring / Summer. They have a comfy low wedge and the tan is a great neutral.

  • tam pham
    March 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    this makes me want to go on vacay now!

  • WendyB
    March 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I need a new bikini desperately. I had some really awesome ones and can't find worthy successors!

  • Diane
    March 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    i can't believe that maxi dress is a F21 item! i really love it!!! and that marc tote is so fabulous!

  • DiamondsandTulle
    March 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Love this post Tiffany! m It's making me excited for my vacation (also to Cancun) in a couple of weeks!

    xx Vivian @

  • Dream Sequins
    March 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Oh my lord. You just made me heave with jealousy… Some girlfriends are heading to Miami to escape this whirl of snow we are having.. and I'm stuck working. Tis not fair… But I'll live through warm weather travels through you…

  • Jennifer
    March 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my Oh my Oh my I MUST have that blue maxi dress! SOOO CUTE!!

  • jen byun tadema
    March 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    yay! this is perfect because we're actually thinking about a possible babymoon to PV or riviera maya before Baby T #2 arrives! definitely have to try the romper look this summer. 🙂

  • Jacqueline
    March 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Oooh are you planning a vacay somewhere warm soon? I have to try the self-tanner, I also wear a floppy hat because I tend to get a lot of freckles on my face. Love the plaid bikini and Tory Burch wedges.

  • Christina
    March 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Always such cute stuff. Love the maxi dress. It makes it hard to be on a spending freeze.

  • janettaylor
    March 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Love the floral romper…

    P.S.: I am moving my blog. (, but I have a big problem with DNS of and now the blog update is not working. (for example: google reader, bloglist…) I hope so the problem will be resolved soon. I want let me know this. Please don't forget to visit this blog because I can make a new post for everyday, will not break my habit. I love you. ♥

  • Katie
    March 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Definitely making me wish for summer! Great picks and tips!

  • JAWS
    March 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Great ideas for summer, I can't wait to be by the beach again soon.

  • issa
    March 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    i am sooooo ready for a beach vacay…

  • Lindsay
    March 5, 2010 at 12:56 am

    cute finds. I love the plaid bikini. Now I need to plan another vacation 🙂

  • Nina (Femme Rationale)
    March 5, 2010 at 2:10 am

    god, i wish i was going on a beach vacay somewhere. i would love to live in a bikini for days and drink fruity cocktails.

  • dancinginchiffon
    March 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    wonderful tips…love those bangles!

  • Kristin
    March 5, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I live in maxis in Spring/Summer! Sooooo comfy. Love all the pretties you picked out, especially that adorable bag!

  • Mary Anne
    March 5, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Man! I wish my Oahu / Kauai vacation was sooner than 5 months! Thanks for the wonderful tips! I love having cheapie cotton dresses to throw over my bathing suit after hanging out in the sun!

  • Taylor
    March 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    great choices….I have always been on the fence with rompers…but I think this is the year I finally make the plunge!

  • Melinda
    March 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    sounds wonderful