8 ESSENTIALS FOR A BEACH VACATION

Essentials for a beach vacation

I had the pleasure to travel to Cabo and stay at one of the most magical resorts I’ve been to, Las Ventanas, for my husbands 50th birthday and we had the best time!  When I say Las Ventanas is like heaven on earth I’m not exaggerating one bit.  Everywhere you turn there is a spectacular view of the ocean and their gorgeous infinity pools.  The food is to die for and the service is impeccable.  The most special thing though about this heavenly resort is that it’s where we had our honeymoon 11 years ago.  Needless to say, any chance we get we to go back we do because we’re able to reminisce on all the old memories we had, but we also have fun creating new ones!  If you’re looking for an amazing place to stay in Cabo, I highly recommend Las Ventanas, it’s truly a magical experience you’ll never forget!

Now, let me get to the point of this blog post: packing for a beach trip.  I did a lot of thinking about which items I really used when I was on this trip and focused on the ones I couldn’t have lived without.   I narrowed it down to 8 beach trip essentials sure to chic up all of your beach vacay looks.  I’ve listed them all below plus you can shop each item under each corresponding photo and see how I styled it too.  Also, be sure and check out the YouTube video I made sharing these 8 essentials for a beach vacation!

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8 ESSENTIALS FOR A BEACH VACATION:

1.) SWIMSUIT COVER-UP:

I’m featuring 2 in this post and these are the 2 I wore every day while I was in Cabo.  The first one I want to talk about is this chic leopard kimono by Something Navy because it’s my favorite and if you only buy one cover-up in today’s post let it be this one.  First off, it’s wrinkle-free which is something I always look for when I’m packing for a trip and I was pleasantly surprised that this one passed the test with flying colors!  Second, anything long and leopard print just screams glam so I promise you will feel like a million dollars when you wear this stunning kimono!  I wore it over my swimsuit as a cover-up but I also wore it with a black bodysuit and my cut-offs to breakfast one morning and I wore it to dinner one night over this black midi dress proving it’s versatility.  Another fabulous thing about this cover-up is that it can be worn tied or untied as you can see from these photos making it even more wearable!  The best part, it’s on MAJOR SALE making it only $40!  Grab this one fast ladies because I promise it will sell out soon!  It runs true to size, I’m wearing a size XS.

The second cover-up I took is the one I’m wearing in photo #2 and I got so many compliments on it!  It comes in ivory too and would you believe it’s only $55?! It’s very comfortable because it’s stretchy which is always a plus.  It runs true to size, I’m wearing a size XS.

 

2.) BLACK SWIMSUIT

I just think black swimsuits are uber chic, I always have and I always will.  Not to mention they’re the most flattering color of swimsuit because black is super slimming and so is a solid color versus a print.  The exact bikini I’m wearing is sold out, so I linked a similar one for you all.  I will also link some super chic black one-pieces below because I realize not everyone is comfortable wearing a 2 piece.

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SHOP CHIC ONE PIECES:

 

3.) STRAW HAT:

I seriously couldn’t live without a straw hat at the beach!  First, it does a great job of keeping the sun off my face and it covers up my crazy and frizzy beach hair!  Both of the hats I’m wearing in this post are by Rag & Bone.  The black one is no longer available so I have linked a similar one that is very budget-friendly, plus a few others I think you all will love too!

 

4.) FLAT SANDALS:

I literally wore my studded flat sandals by Marc Fisher every single day I was on vacation!  I wore them to the pool, to the beach, and with cut-offs and a bodysuit to breakfast.  They’re so comfortable and they come in several different colors, but of course, the black are my favorite because they go with everything!

 

5.) BEACH BAG:

I can’t believe my black beach bag didn’t get photographed but the one I took was from the Rachel Zoe Summer Box of Style which I adore!  The black fringe and wooden handle make this chic to death beach bag so much more than your average beach bag.  I carried during the day with all of my beach and pool-side ensembles proving it’s versatility!  The best part, it’s 1 of 5 items that come in the Box of Style – I did a full blog post featuring this amazing Box of Style, you can check it out by clicking here.  The best part, you can get all 5 items including the bag and you get $25 off with code SUNSHINE25.

6.) DENIM SHORTS OR SKIRT:

I took my denim skirt and my cut-offs both by Agolde with me and wore them a ton during the day over my swimsuits or with an easy summer top, with the leopard cover-up from above or a chic bodysuit, see photos 4 and 5. I couldn’t have lived without either one on this vacation!  They both run small so order one size up, I’m wearing a size 26 in both.

 

7.) DRESSES:

At night time I wore mostly midi dresses, some dressier than others and I tried to bring ones that were wrinkle-free and they all passed the test!  If you’re going to a more casual resort then you may want to bring more beachy looking dresses, but I knew this resort was more the fancy side which is why I brought dressier dresses with me.  See a complete description of each dress I wore in the corresponding photos below.

 

8.) TRANSLUCENT HEELS:

As you can see from the photos below I wore the SAME HEELS with every single dress which proves their versatility!  These are hands-down my favorite summer heels because they’re super comfortable and they literally go with everything not to mention they make your legs look longer and slimmer, need I say more?!  They’re so good that I own them in black too and wear those a ton as well.  I always love packing things I know I will wear multiple times and these nude heels by Schutz were one of those items no doubt!

 

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Dallas blogger at Las Ventenas

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Dallas blogger wearing the Something Navy leopard cover up

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Dallas fashion blogger wearing a denim skirt by Agolde

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Dallas blogger riding a horse on the beach

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Dallas blogger at Las Ventanas Resort

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This black dress is from Revolve and it’s under $200 making it a very good deal!  It’s wrinkle-free and I love the fabric because it feels really nice against my skin.  The fit of this flattering dress is impeccable as it hugs your curves in all the right places! I will also be wearing this dress come fall and winter time with a leather jacket or blazer layered over it.  It runs true to size, I’m wearing a size XS.

This metallic kimono was quite a splurge but I knew I would wear it multiple ways so I got it!  It’s trimmed in leopard which I love and I also wore it to the pool over my swimsuit and with cut-offs to breakfast one morning!  It’s glamorous and chic and a piece I know won’t go out of style anytime soon!  You could also style this look with the under $50 leopard kimono from above which would look super chic for much less!

 

Dallas fashion blogger wearing a leopard midi dress

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This chic and effortless leopard dress is one of my favorite midi dresses hanging in my closet!  It’s wrinkle-free and the fit of this dress is super very flattering!  This dress is designed by Harper Hallam which is a jewelry line you have probably seen on my blog before because I’m obsessed with all of their things!  They have just started designing clothes including this chic to death dress and I’ll have to say I’m SUPER IMPRESSED!  I’ve seen this dress on other size women and it looks super flattering on EVERYONE!  You can also wear this dress in the city on a date night or even to a luncheon proving its versatility.  When it gets cooler out you can bet I’ll be sporting this midi dress with an edgy leather jacket over it!  The best part, you gorgeous ladies get 15% this dress and sitewide with code SOHEATHER15!  This dress runs true to size, I’m wearing an XS.

 

 

Dallas blogger wearing a Caminyc midi dress

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I’m so in love with the gorgeous green hue of this flattering slip dress and the back is even more pretty than the front.  You can see the back on their website. Pair this classic slip dress with some sleek heels for a look sure to take you many places in style including your next vacation!  It runs true to size, I’m wearing an XS.

 

Woman on the beach wearing a sequin dress

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This dress was a splurge for me, but every once in a while if it’s for a special occasion I will allow myself to buy it!  And yes, sequins are ok to wear to the beach, I mean, you only live once so why not?!  This one-shoulder silhouette is super flattering and the tie around the waist makes this dress even more appealing.  If you love compliments then wear this dress to your next event, I promise you’ll feel like a princess wearing it!  This exact color isn’t available online but I found the pink and the white for you ladies, happy shopping!  It runs true to size, I’m wearing an XS.

 

Dallas blonde woman wearing a black midi dress

A very special thank you to my sweet husband for taking most of these amazing photos!

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XOXO, Heather

 

 

My mission is to empower women to look and feel confident. I hope through the different looks I create that I am able to inspire YOU to express yourself in a way that makes YOU feel good – on the inside and on the out. If you wear what you love and what you feel your best in your confidence will shine through and that is the best accessory a woman can wear! Every woman deserves to look and feel like the best versions of themselves, no matter what their age!

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