dress (on sale for $15!!!)
These bracelets!! The coins on them are Guatemalan and French. One of the ladies I work with during my summer job made them for my birthday. They are so cute and I can't believe she made bangles like this!
I think it's pretty obvious what my go-to outfit is for vacation: dresses! Dresses are great for vacation for many reasons. 1. They take up much less room in your suitcase 2. They're comfortable (unless you're wearing a super tight one) 3. You look super cute and put together, but you did not even have to try hard for it! You just slipped a dress over your head and boom, you're done.
Now speaking of vacations, here are some tips if you are vacationing at a Caribbean island:
1. This one is probably very obvious, but still so important. Do. Your. Research. You may see beautiful pictures of somewhere you dream of going and then get there and decide it is not your paradise. In order to love St. John you have to love exploring, snorkeling, beach bumming, and disconnecting from the rest of the world. If you love commercialization and shopping, it's probably not your place. This is why it is so important to do your research on activities, excursions, shopping, etc BEFORE you decide to come somewhere.
2. I think this tip can go for anywhere; bring your own food. This will save you A LOT of money. Foreign countries and islands (even if it is still U.S. territory) have the most expensive groceries. Like $15 bags of chips - expensive. My family packed all of our meats in a cooler and carried it onto the plane. It got through security fine and saved us a lot of money. The other foods, like snacks, we packed in a checked suitcase. These can be hard to get through security because some snack foods are grainy and jelly.
3. When traveling to an island, be prepared to travel by car, plane, taxi, and ferry. This may seem excessive, but not all islands have airports on them so you may have to take every kind of mode of travel.
4. Speaking of cars, we rented a Jeep during our time in St. John, and I think it was worth it. Islands will have taxi services, but with these you have to call them ahead of time, wait on them to pick you up, and then whenever you're ready to leave to go back to your hotel/house, you have to do it all over again. Also, many of the taxis on the islands are big vans. Your party may not be the only party in that taxi! Renting your own car is just so much more convenient. You can go where you want, when you want. Before renting a car, make sure you check the terrain of your destination! I know in St. John it was absolutely necessary to have a car with four wheel drive.
5. Learn the lingo of the locals! If you are going to a country that speaks a different language, obviously you need to learn your basic phrases. However, even if you're going to a place that speaks your language, there may be some differences! For example, in St. John it was perfectly acceptable (and even preferred) to greet someone with "Good night!" Learning the local sayings makes you feel like a local and enhances your experience of island life!
Hair tip: for summer, and even this transition for fall, I am lovingggg space buns (two buns on the top of your head). They are the easiest look for the pool or the beach or shopping or anything haha! Click here to watch a tutorial by one of my favorite bloggers, Missy Sue!