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Resort Wear 101~ Don’t Travel this Summer without these Essentials

Do you ever wake up and just think“Yesss!” That’s how I felt this morning because it’s Friday and the weather in San Francisco this weekend will be unseasonably high in the 80’s. Roof top happy hour anyone? 🙂 While I’ll be enjoying a little shopping and family time staycation in SF, I can’t help but crave a real tropical destination later this summer.

In the mean time, my Fauxchella St. Tropez tan has faded since last weekend and I wanted to share some must-have vacay survivor essentials whether you’re flying to an island across the world or simply heading to a hotel pool in your own city.

1. Loungeworthy Outfits are Key ~ I found these shorts recently at H&M and was instantly drawn to the vibrant scarf print pattern. The sheer lightweight top is also from there.

2. Reading Material is Crucial ~ Whether it’s fashion mags or a novel, books are a life savor if you’re in a location with no Internet. (Storitelling by Tori Spelling actually saved my vacation a few years ago when I was stuck on a Carnival Cruise from hell)

Day Clutches to the Rescue ~ These over sized clutches are a big trend this year and a perfect vacay essential. They can carry everything from a magazine, sunscreen, lipgloss, camera, hair ties, and even a pair of flip flops.

THE Day to Night Transition ~ If you’ve spent all day at the beach, pool or sightseeing, the last thing you want to do after a quick power nap is spend a long time prepping for dinner on vacation.
Here’s some of my new fave anti high-maintenance travel beauty tips:
1. ADD some bold neon earrings (these are cheap from F21 since I always lose jewelry on vacations)
2. ADD eyeliner on the outer corners of your eyes for a more dramatic evening look. Instantly makes your eyes pop without looking over the top (I recently discovered Urban Decay glide on pencil in Demolition~$19.00 here)
3. Metallic Flats ~ high heels are a hassle on vacations so add metallic sandals or wedges
4. Hair ~ Sideswept, braids or pull your hair in a high pony, tease it and then wrap it around in a bun keeping it in place with bobby pins which is what I did here.
Details by Dale

Shorts & top (recent) ~ H&M, clutch~ Nine West (TJMaxx), bracelet ~ Boutique store in Palm Springs, ring~ Versace for H&M, nail polish~ Sinful Colors neon fusion

What are your summer travel essentials and if you have any suggestions for a tropical vacay destination, let me know. I’m thinking Miami!! 🙂
Have a great weekend,

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  1. Stunning! You look amazing ,love the Outfit 🙂

    Wish you a happy Weekend ♡

  2. Valerie Griffin says:

    you look great! love that outfit!

  3. Love the shorts. Such a fun and colorful pattern that shows total spring fever!

  4. Perpetuity says:

    Paisly is a classic for me…love!


  5. Ilaria Ro says:

    the shorts are very nice! ps:new post on my blog 😉

  6. love your jewellery

  7. Despina T. says:

    amazing outfit,perfect for spring.i just adore your accessories.beautiful colours.

  8. Gracey at Fashion for Giants says:

    Gorgeous outfit. Those shorts are perfection and I love the styling.

    Love the neon polish too; I’m wearing neon pink on my toes right now and I love it.

    Enjoy the sunny weather – Oregon is finally supposed to hit the mid-70s and I’m ecstatic. I can’t even imagine how great 80 degrees would feel!

  9. CottonCandyINK says:

    amazing print and color on those shorts

  10. OMG I am in love with your blog! Def a new follower 🙂 If you would like to follow back, here’s mine! Have an amazing day XO!


  11. Great outfit…but you already knew that 😉 I love seeing your color schemes come together…I need this! As for a summer destination…hmm..Mytrle Beach or Outer Banks in North and South Carolina…Miami is great too! I can’t wait for summer to finally arrive!

    Thanks for sharing…


  12. JustPatience says:

    Amazing look. Love your accessories.

  13. I love the prints of your shorts too! They look like Emilio Pucci and I love the blouse paired with them! Do you really use St. Tropez faux tan?! I used to use the lotion and have been contemplating trying to mousse. I have too hard a time keeping up with the tanning though anymore. I’m too lazy by the end of the day! Have a great weekend! xx


    • Hi Pip, I did actually use St. Tropez lotion because I couldn’t find my have which is the FAKE BAKE airbrush tan. I like that kind a lot better actually, but the St. Tropez worked. 🙂 And yes, tanning lotion applications does take A LOT of effort. hehe

  14. RochellekeCloset says:

    beautiful outfit!

  15. dat legs…

  16. Perfect outfit!!!

    Love from South Africa

  17. Hi, Dale, I love your entire look:)

  18. Dale, you look gorgeous! Love the tropical look and the nail polish is awesome! 🙂 I want those metallic sandals! Great post 🙂


  19. Sonja Hoopz says:

    ш like this look and espesially clutch))

  20. markedbeautyblog says:

    Absolutely gorgeous outfit, love the print on this shorts! This post is making me miss warmer weather, we are just heading into autumn here in Australia!
    Sharleena xx

  21. Worthington says:

    I love the Nine West clutch – super cute and I bet it was a great price!!

  22. Andie Willows says:

    love love love your shorts! and the clutch! and the jewelry! omg! you look amazing!

    xoxo, andie
    Fashionista’s Pick


  23. *Glam Chameleon* says:

    Officially envy u for this warm weather!:) U look so pretty, the shorts is really stunning piece!!<3

  24. Stephanie says:

    Hi, Dale! (:
    You look stunning!
    Thanks for visiting my blog,
    and leaving a lovely comment there.
    I’m following you now too,

    Stéph❀nie’s Notebook

  25. Aimee Victoria Long says:

    Hey doll,
    This is a great post and I am loving your blog so so much!! I REALLY REALLY like how you do each of your post and your overall style! I think we have very similar tastes, which is really cool. You have given me loads of inspiration for my blog, which I just love, so thank you for that!! ☺
    I found your blog from a comment you left on another blog and really do love it. It would be really cool if we could follow each other?
    I would also like to invite you to my ‘promote your blog’ challenge I have featured on my blog, where us bloggers are helping one another find more followers and readers. It would be great if you could join in: http://new-yorkdoll.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/promote-your-blog-again.html
    If you have facebook, I would be so so so grateful if you liked my page: http://www.facebook.com/newyorkdoll

    All the best,

  26. That clutch is so cute and I love your shorts, and YEP, gotta have that reading material! You look adorable in all that pink!

    have a nice weekend!


  27. Windy City Fashionistas says:

    Amazing look! Love the accessories!


  28. Loving this look awesome shorts 🙂


  29. H&M is my favorite shop too. They copy so many pieces from designers like D&G or Luis Vuitton and so on, but they cost just 20€ instead of 300€ or more. 🙂 But H&M in USA is a little bit more expensive than in Germany.


  30. CherryRetroBerry says:

    You always look so nice! :))
    Love the outfit so much <3


  31. The one thing I always keep in mind is making sure I pack things that don’t crease too easily!

  32. Wow,those shorts look so good on you 🙂 I tried them but a-a 🙂

    If you have time,check on my very first post 🙂 http://liliemarlen.blogspot.com/2012/04/very-first-spring-post.html

  33. Hei! I just found your blog and it is amazing!

    I am following your blog and I hope you will follow mine too!

    Ana V

  34. amazing shorts xx

  35. Charlotte Beecham says:

    i love your blog, your style and vibe are great. Would love it if you’d check mine out and follow me back if you like!


  36. oooh pretty pretty shorts <3 and i love the huge clutch! so super chic :)

    Anna @ FEED ME NANA xoxo

  37. you look amazing!


  38. So beautiful!:)

  39. Mara Feliz says:

    Oh those shorts are amazing!!!! I love em’ 🙂 And that clutch! Oh my! haha.. You’re quite beautiful by the way 🙂

    Kisses! xxx


  40. Sweetie, I want that look so badly! 🙂 The shorts are stunning 🙂 xoxo ♥

  41. I love to do the high bun look when I need to dress up (and am too lazy to do my hair). Hooray for quick and simple

  42. Cute look!

    Missing Amsie Blog

  43. Beautiful GIRL and Fashion says:

    hi, thx for comming to my blog:)
    You look greate and i follow you to:)


  44. Fashionobsession-mieni says:

    What a great Outfit!! Your shorts is really awesome and i think you combined it perfectly!! The blouse is beautiful and i love your clutch!! Amazing colours!

    Hope you visit me on my Blog

  45. Hi sweetie, you look fabulous, love that pair of shorts and you’ve styled it up perfectly! Top to toe gorgeous!

  46. Pratishtha Durga says:

    Love your bun and the earrings. thanks for the tips… Have a wonderful week ahead!

  47. love your bag!


  48. loooove these amazing shorts;)

  49. flea market says:

    Great look and great tips 🙂

  50. Baby Budget Blog says:

    LOVING all the pink in this outfit!


  51. Love your sytle. Great pics
    Welcome to visit my blog if you’d like we can follow each other xx

  52. Brittany LeSueur says:

    I love this entire look!!! SO cute~

  53. Maria Camila says:

    Thank you for commenting on my post, I love your style.

    Xo, newest follower

  54. Diva In Me says:

    My travel essential for Summer vacay? Ok, here goes:
    1. Sunblock with SPF50
    2. Neon color swimwear
    3. Sunnies
    4. Flip flops
    5. Magazines and books
    I think that should be it. Btw, you look great in this outfit! I like your neon clutch and that printed shorts! Uber cool!! You were mentioned in my blog today and I even took a picture of myself at Fish & Farm! =D

  55. Romina C. says:

    Nice nailpolish and I have the same ring!
    Thank you for the comment on my blog.

    x Romi

  56. The Pink Flamingo says:

    Hi! I like your outfit, especially the clutch and the earrings! but I like your blog too, very very nice photos, so I’m your new follower!

  57. Melanie Liliana says:

    Love the outfit! and I defs gotta go pick that Elle magazine up! I’m a huge fan of RiRi! haha Thanks for following me! I’m following you back! xo


  58. Cute outfit! Love the sandals and your picture perfect topknot.

    ~xx camomeetscouture.blogspot.com

  59. So shining pink!!! Gorgeous match, love the pink clutch, and her shoes!!!
    If you are a chic fans, you can also go on a journey in here: ray bans

  60. Aurelia (A Pretty Life) says:

    Love your pics, love this style!!


  61. Lori Supek says:

    love the whole outfit! The shorts are my fave!!!


  62. Gaby de Modacapital says:

    Hi!! 🙂
    I really like your blog, I´m following you 😀
    … maybe if you have time, you could visit my blog too ( I hope you like it 😉 )

  63. Girls in the Green Boots says:

    I want this entire outfit! It’s all so perfect!

    Sarah & Kristina

  64. TripsTreasures says:

    I love this look !

    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  65. ElizaElizabete says:

    I love your outfit, you even make me want to go shopping now 🙂

    Lots of love,
    elizaelizabete.blogspot.com – take a look and if you want, we can follow each others blogs!

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