Max and I are headed to Nicaragua tomorrow to escape from the wintry weather for a few days, and, just to torture myself, I created a fantasy wish list of everything I want to pack in my suitcase. To begin with, a comfy and chic travel outfit is a must and these adidas floral track pants, light weight sweater, and backpack style purse would be perfect. I’m of course going to need a few swimsuits and a pretty caftan. A floral one-piece, a simple black suit, and a ruffle strapless bikini should be sufficient. For beach or pool days I would use a fun tote to carry my panama hat and cat eye sunglasses. For dinners, excursions, and just exploring our surroundings I’ll need a dress, or two, or three. Separates can be mixed and matched easily, especially if there’s a cohesive color palate. Printed shorts, an embellished tank, a delicate camisole, a bird print t-shirt, a striped top, polka dot bottoms, a silk skirt, running leopard shorts, colored denim, and a cute jacket, just in case it gets chilly, are my top choices. Jumpsuits are an easy way to look pulled together without a lot of effort, and just because I like having choices, I would bring along both casual and formal options. As far and shoes and accessories go I would bring flat sandals, a pair of slides, a statement necklace, and a fun snake ring. And just because we’ll be traveling over Valentine’s Day, I’ll need to bring along a flirty dress and killer heels. I never said I was a light packer.
At the end of summer I always get nostalgic because the time seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year. I never seem to have enough time to visit with friends and family as long as I want to, or accomplish all of my warm weather plans. However, I am especially looking forward to the beginning of next summer when my cousin will turn this beautiful boardwalk into an aisle when she gets married on the beach here in Maine. There will be dancing, and laughter, good food and drink, plenty of loved ones, and some seriously beautiful clothing! Until next time summer, it’s always a pleasure.
When I’ve worn these shorts in the past, I’ve always dressed them up with a pair of heels and a fancier top for a night out. I wanted to try something a little different and dress them down for a more casual day spent hanging out with family. My main goal was to avoid the pajama look, which can sometimes happen when wearing silk bottoms. I opted to wear a white tee and hot pink gladiator sandals, letting the shorts do all the talking. I don’t think they said “I’m wearing pajamas,” so I’ll call this one a success!
You really can’t go wrong with a head to toe black and white look. The color pallet is classic, while the playful patterns in the garments keep it young and modern. I love the cut of the top and how it opens in the back whenever I move. Another reason to love black and white, you have room to play around with colorful shoes. My pick was a pair of bright orange wedges that I slipped on after my walk on the beach.
I’m feeling a little sad posting these pictures because Labor Day weekend in Maine always represents the end of the summer for me. Everything closes at 2 PM in Ocean Park. The lifeguards walk off the beach, all of the small shops along the shore close, and there’s a mass exodus of families leaving in their fully packed cars. However, I am getting a little joy out of these pictures because of how well my pants and fringed sweater match the weathered rope on this quaint walkway to the beach.
During an evening stroll on the beach this past weekend, Duchess fell for a dog named Max (It’s true!). He swept her off all four of her feet, and she followed him up and down the beach. We knew it was love when she followed him into the water. She has never willingly gone into the ocean on her own before, but that night, we couldn’t get her to come out! She wanted to swim and frolic with Max forever! Sadly, we had to leave, and on the walk home Max and I tried to explain to Duchess that it was just summer love and that she will eventually move on. Her broken heart was mended approximately three minutes later when we fed her dinner. However, I captured some pictures of Duchess and Max so we can always remember that night.
These pictures were taken on our last night in the Outer Banks. It’s always sad when a vacation comes to an end, but wearing my new favorite dress helps. I had been saving it for a couple of weeks because I knew that I wanted to wear it to take pictures on the beach. Now that I’ve a fulfilled that need, I plan on wearing this dress with these shoes, as many times as I possibly can before it gets too cold and I have to store this outfit away until next summer. While I’m waiting to wear this dress again, you can be sure that I’ll be dreaming of the beaches in the Outer Banks.