Nothing new here wearing straw hats to islandy destinations (or any beach for that matter) but the style of hat can drastically differ. Whether you’re going for more of the lost on an island, drinking from coconuts style (that one is on sale!) or casual, sitting by the poolside with a piña colada look (similar to mine) – they are all welcome and so diversified! I’d definitely recommend those two types of styles, however, so you don’t over pack like I do… always. When I travel, I like to at least have 1-3 different types of hats… sometimes all of the same material because I just cannot make my mind up, lol… or I have different styles and looks. What I pack depends on the destination, what my pre-planned looks are, and what I own at the time (since I have seasons of owning certain items in which I then “recycle” for newer pieces).
Lace is also a material I can never have enough of… it’s so feminine and delicate and sometimes light which helps when visiting a hot island. I actually have owned this dress for a few years now & do not even remember where it is from- but I was so happy to add it to the suitcase for this trip.
I was thrilled to work with a local Cape May Boutique in New Jersey this year where I found these adorable floral earrings that I am in love with. I kept walking past them in the store and decided to just go ahead and get them! Definitely safe to say they’re one of my favorite sets of earrings I now own.
I love lace and straw so much too is because of how versatile they can be to create your look. Pairing these materials with accessories can be easy especially when working with neutral colors. I am a natural, muted, basic color lover. Beiges, tans, browns, white, grey, black in all types of hues are my favorite- so it is always easy for me to match to those color palates or add a pop of color here and there.
In these photos, I simply added a leather brown bag with gold accents and some gold jewelry (gold in another go-to for me & I love wearing it with sun-kissed skin).
I wanted to write up a whole post on this look just because it was one of my favorites and just so simple. Being able to stand out from the background is always important too if you are trying to take a nice self portrait (hence the pop of white against the muted grey/brown and dark green background).
I will have a few more Dominican posts coming up soon along with numerous of wedding posts– so stay tuned ♡
RIP to this pair of RayBans… they are now at sea due to a catamaran accident.