Wednesday, December 19, 2012

If You Like Pina Coladas..

Lately, the boy and I have gotten to the point where we've started discussing going on a trip together - a real trip, not just a weekend trip to Philly (which was amazing, don't get me wrong, but when something is less than two hours away, it doesn't seem like a "vacation," just a getaway -- plus, we were both highly hungover and were back in bed by 11 p.m. on our first night in Philly, ah!).

Since I'm a teacher, which is clearly known for its high salary, trips to Europe, Fiji, and all the places that my parents love to go are out at the moment. We've currently been looking at Puerto Rico, where his family is originally from, or the Dominican Republic (and seriously - with Groupon and Living Social, some of their deals on all-inclusive vacations are out of control amazing).

Tropical vacations are some of my favorite - there is nothing more perfect to me than being in warm weather, at the beach, with a drink (okay, it's me, who are we kidding - drinks) in hand, doing absolutely nothing. In Costa Rica this past summer, my friends and I spent the majority of our time along the water, in bikinis or sundresses, just lounging around (I read four books over my week-long trip and it felt amazing).

When I start thinking tropical vacation, I immediately begin thinking about a wardrobe for the trip (aka bikinis, which then makes me think about how I need to get myself to a Bikram class ASAP!), which is where Beach Fashion Shop comes in.

Their collection of all things for tropical destinations far surpasses other retailers, especially online retailers that don't ship outside of their country. Beach Fashion Shop is based in Europe, but offers incredibly reasonable shipping prices worldwide (and a currency converter, which is brilliant since I still can't figure out the different between dollars and €).

With bikinis from brands like Diane von Furstenberg, tunics from Taj, and maxi dresses from Alexis, Beach Fashion shop is definitely inspiring my wanderlust. I'm thinking this trip absolutely needs to happen.

Some of my inspiration - and fingers crossed, you will see pictures from my vacation soon! ;)

Mystique sandals are heaven. Plus, I'm kind of a hoe for anything turquoise.
turquoise 2turquoisepink stonesSandals w Swarovski seahorse by Mystique

Beach bags (because come on - how else will I tote my US and UK Cosmo/Vogue to lounge poolside?).
Terry 2

'Merica! (represent ya hood).
Terry Beach Bag by American Vintage

Please, replace your Little Mermaid towel from circa 1994, and pick up a fabulous textured one like these from Fresco.
Fresco towelFresco towel brocade

Mixing and matching various pieces.

T-shirt by e.vil (I love graphic prints), Tunic by Taj in perfect colors
T-shirt by e.vil Tunic by Taj

Alexis maxi skirt and Melissa Odabash maxi dress (sensing a theme?)
Trendy maxi skirt by AlexisMelissa Odabash dress

Confession - I am obsessed with Matthew Williamson and have been since I saw him at NYFW back in 2007. This caftan = perfection, but I may just be a bit biased.
Matthew Williamson caftan

Diane von Furstenberg maxi dresses (shocker).
DvF patterned maxi dressDvF backdVF maxi

Alexis bandeau dress.
Alexis bandeau dress

And of course - what beach trip is a beach trip without fabulous bikinis?

Fantasy print bustier bikini.
Fantasy print bustier bikini

Bikini by Charlie by Matthew Zink; Alexis bandeau bikinis (no lines, yay!), and tribal print bikini.
Charlie by Matthew ZinkAlexis bandeau bikini729_0

You can also become a Facebook fan of the shop for updates right on your newsfeed!

Any favorites?

Where are your top vacation spots? Have any of your been to the Domincan Republic?

Enjoy your holidays, lovelies! Love you all very much.

Currently listening to: Drunk and Hot Girls - Kanye West