Out of My Suitcase

March 26, 2012 — 17 Comments

Ola, my friends! I have returned from the coast of Cuba at last. What a wonderful, relaxing week. When I tell people about it, it’s a very short story: I sat by a pool and read. Then I ate. Then I slept. Then I repeated that for 6 more days. While my days were full of sloth, I did manage to rally for dinner on most nights. I loved getting out of the sun in the late afternoon, washing up, and taking my time getting dressed for the rest of the evening. Here’s a look at some of the items in action from my last post. (Note: I left the big camera at home, but my iphone stepped up as an understudy)

The first night, I celebrated my transition to vacation mode with my much-discussed Betsey Johnson dress. It felt so good to finally wear this baby! There’s such an ease with vacation style – I didn’t blowdry or flatiron my hair, or fuss around with heavy makeup. The only accessory this dress needed was mojito. Or four.

I also wore many-a-maxi during my time in Cuba. I love of the loosened rules of vacation style – it I were wearing the outfit below back home, I’d fuss over the straps of the dress showing under the tank-top, but here it works just fine.

The vintage scarves I told you about also added some flare (oh man, flare – that’s one lame word) to my basic black swimsuit. I paired another with my sailor shorts for a more casual evening outfit.

I found myself adopting a simpler approach to dressing all week. Up until recently, I found it difficult to decide what to wear with my snakeskin sandals. But with a limited closet, it made perfect sense to wear one animal print with another:

The same goes for the vintage crochet top my mom found found. I wasn’t sure how I’d wear this one – jean shorts? Bathing suit coverup? But when the time came to put it on, I decided the best compliment to crochet was…more crochet. Rocket science! And wouldn’t you know it, this became my favourite ensemble of the trip:

Last, but surely not least, one more loving shout-out to my faithful jean jacket. It was the perfect way to tone down this coral, embellished maxi dress:

So there you go! Seven different outfits from several different pieces, none of which cost more than seven dollars each to start. Now all I need it for that heat wave to return, a few more mojitos, and I’ll be wearing all of these again soon.

17 responses to Out of My Suitcase


    I love how you look so happy in all of these pics. You definitely look like you enjoyed yourself. I love the crochet outfit and the shorts with the white tank. Both very good looks, though I have to admit the crochet one is my fav. You look amazing 🙂



    Oh my gosh, I am so JEALOUS. I want to go to Cuba soooooo badly. (its been obsession every since I saw Dirty Dancing:Havana Nights) However, it is not exactly legal for me to do so yet as US citizen. Hopefully soon! Did you do some thrifting while you were down there? I have heard that their vintage is AMAZING.




    cute cute cute! Loved them all! and i too prefer a vacation of sloth! adventure is for the birds!


    uncommonprincess March 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Very cute! Love your style. I myself am really excited for the warm weather, as I’ve said on my blog. I’ve been in Goodwill a couple times since my last post and I am itching to debut some very unique very vintage pieces.



    Love that last outfit. It’s so casual and fun. A denim jacket is always a must-have!



    You plan your suitcase well!! Very fashionable yet comfortable 🙂



    You look great in all the outfits, so appropriate for some fun and rest in the sun. Great job putting them together for so little money! I still love that Betsey Johnson dress the most!



    Love, LOVE the crochet outfit!!



    Cute blog! Found you because we are both listed on Michelle Drew’s little blog! Now following!



    Aw girl your outfits were super cute!!! Glad you had a good time!



    so jealous of your warm vacation! funniest thing: i found a betsey johnson dress TODAY at my local union gospel mission thirft store! It is really cute and only cost $3!!! i felt like i was stealing!



    Excellent dinner outfit choices! I’m going to the Mayan Riviera next month and will definitely take some tips from you 🙂



    Mojitos are my favorite too 🙂 Love the crochet outfit!



    I love all these outfits, but my absolute favorite is the crochet + crochet outfit. Brilliant. 😉 (Just found your blog via A is for Ampersand, by the way. I loved your guest post!)


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