Coral Casual in Bermuda: Travel Guide Part 1

Kevin and I recently traveled to Bermuda for the first time together and I think I’ve officially won him over on a great island in the Atlantic! I had been going for many summers for work so I was looking forward to sharing this special place together to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.

If you’re not familiar, Bermuda is a British Island territory located less than two hours by flight from NYC in the Northen Atlantic!. It can make for the perfect weekend getaway if you’re craving some tropical feels and the most amazingly clear beaches, pink sands and turquoise waters everywhere. The warm weather climate makes it a great tourist destination where lowest temperatures drop to just 50 in the winter and is in the 70’s by early April. I’ve always traveled in July and August, so if you travel then be prepared to be in the high 80’s and to never rely on the weather report. It rarely rains as much as it may say, and when it does it’s frequently a sun shower than is refreshing then clears quick. Even the thunderstorms on the island are beautiful to watch. Bermuda is also very accessible by cruise ship with Norwegian Gem and Royal Caribbean. Most leave right from NYC and NJ.

We’ve loved wandering the streets of the different parishes during our stay. Each home is more breathtaking than the last, all painted in different vibrant colors. The overflowing abundance of flowers had me wanting to landscape paint for days! I made a point to bring my sketchbook along to paint some.

We took some photos on our way to the grocery store early because it would get so hot by 11 am! Be forewarned, food is very expensive in Bermuda since it’s all imported in from each side of the Atlantic if you plan on grocery shopping. But, hello Digestives Cookies and Mars Bars! The most reasonable way to stay if you’re trying to plan your trip on a budget would be an air bnb , but plan on renting a twizzy or figuring out the bus schedule. The resorts are hands down amazing and worth it for the convenience of having private beach access, pools, and delicious restaurants.

The transportation system is efficient, but you cannot rent cars as a tourist nor is a camping type of spot. And if you try the electric twizzy’s be prepared to drive on the left side the road. So much fun! We rented ours from Current Vehicles which are located at many of the hotel resorts. I highly recommend doing this or a moped if you want to see as much as you can throughout the island. I’ll be putting together my Bermuda Travel Guide soon and will feature more tips on travel here. I’ll be rounding up the resorts, restaurants, what to do and what to see for a short or long stay. I can’t recommend this sunny island enough for a warm weather get away, you can’t take any bad photos because it’s all so breathtaking!

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Outfit Details

Bodysuit, Aritzia / Denim Shorts, Levis / Sandals (great Valentino dupes!) / Hair Clip / Scrunchi Anthropologie/ Sunglasses Gucci

On Trend Summer Swim Pieces

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It is officially August! I don’t know whether to sigh in relief (that I’m off another month) or to weep tears of sadness! July was busy month that was finally the perfect balance of productive, relaxed, and family filled. I can’t believe summer is halfway over for me. I always feel so grateful to have these two months to reset, recharge, and refocus on some other passions before the school year kicks off in September.

I’ve been eyeing some of my favorite swim wear this summer noticing some great pieces I love to mix and match and others that I’ve been waiting to go on sale as it gets closer to the end of the swimwear season. Keep an eye on this as many pieces that are traditional never go out of style and I always find my favorites come toward the end of the season and I get excited to wear as new the following.

I’m not putting away my swimwear quite yet! I’m actually planning on spending most of August on the water with an upcoming trip my husband and me have planned for our anniversary. I remember organizing it a while back thinking I had so much time to get everything set and counting down. But now this vacation is just right around the corner. I plan on spending most of this adventure in swim wear or casual pieces because it will be high temperatures for where we’re headed. Any guesses??

I’ll be putting together another post early next week of what I’ll be packing to bring along and there will be some major clues. Last month, for the 4th of July weekend we made our first trip to Cape Cod and stayed at the most quaint inn, The Escape Inn before we met up with friends who are Cape natives. More to come on that trip in another post for my travel section. It was a favorite short trip and I’ve been editing photos and wishing I could have a house there!

The swimsuit I’m wearing is a steal at the price point from Amazon, a less costly version compared to the scalloped one by a higher end designer. I had seen some other bloggers trying it so thought I’d see what the hype was about.


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Swim Details

Swimsuit/Amazon // Tote/Amazon // Headband/Anthropologie // Sunglasses/Gucci // Sandals/Steve Madden

I thought it my be helpful to leave a review here on this swimsuit because there’s some others I’ve tried from Amazon and loved and some I’ve passed on due to sizing, quality, or fit. I actually wasn’t a fan of the high waist bottoms in this style given my longer torso, depending on the cut this isn’t always a style I feel flattered in. I actually ended up switching out the bottoms for a different pair once we hit the beach. Overall, the quality is good, it is fully lined and the top is lined with light removable cups too. I just felt that for a set the bottom scallop area could’ve been more seamless in construction. But for under $30 it was a budget find that’s on trend.

There’s a few other brands and retailers featuring some swim pieces on sale that I’d had my eye on for our upcoming trip. Linking a bunch of my sale finds then favorite beach ware pieces in the widgets here so be sure to check them out.


The One Piece Swimsuit

The one piece I’ve noticed has definitely made a come back the past few years and there’s so many versatile styles that are made to fit so many different shapes and sizes. I’ve been loving the throw back to the belted swimsuits this season and anything with texture I can get on board with.



The Two Piece

This season I have been loving the one shoulder silhouette and the ruffled feminine pieces. I’ve been spotting a ton of floral combinations and pieces that can be styled with straps or strapless.

I’m looking forward to putting together some coverups next to coordinate with the swimsuits that are lightweight or could double as a blanket for the plane or a dress for lunch. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys what is left of summer!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide 2019: My Top Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary is now open for public access for all level of shoppers through August 4th. I’ve also shared some of my favorite items that were restocked for the 2019 sale in this blog post: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Selling Items Restocked for 2019

Overall, I set a budget to stick to then ordered pieces that I knew I would wear through fall and winter. Many of the items sell out quick, so I highly recommend getting the Nordstrom card if you’re a responsible shopper for next season. It’s the only way to snag items before they sell out if that matters to you. Sale items will go back to regular price after the sale ends so if there’s any items you’ve wanted to to add to your wardrobe now is the time. I usually end up ordering whatever is on my list and sometimes in more than one size. Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns so it’s easy to buy now and return later if necessary. Highly recommend this!

During early access a lot of pieces sold out but there’s still a lot of great staple items left that may be worth purchasing depending what you’re in the market for. Everything in the widgets below are still available to shop!


Shoes



Sweaters

Athleisure and Loungewear


What I Bought from the #NSale: My Try On Guide

I’m also sharing my try on haul for most of these styles over on my instagram account in my stories. I get a lot of questions regarding fit and quality so hope that is helpful to you as well. Just for reference I’m 5’10” and have shared sizing of everything I styled.

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Long Sleeve Thermal Henley (wearing size small)

BlankNYC Faux Leather Snakeskin Skirt (wearing size 26) sold out but this one is similar and denim fabric. This is my favorite purchase!

Stuart Weitzman Darla Over the Knee Boot (wearing size 9, runs true to size to little big)

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B.P. Longline Leopard Cardigan (sold out) found a similar one here for under $30! Also loving this Something Navy mock neck sweatshirt from the sale.

Zella High Waisted Leggings (wearing size small) These are my favorite and best quality leggings that I wear year round for the gym/errands/with tunics. They’re so good and the last, no pilling or runs!

Also have and wear these Cropped High Waist version.

Gibson Lace Trim Camisole (wearing size extra small)

Stuart Weitzman Darla Over the Knee Boot (wearing size 9)

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Top Shop Patch Cable Crew Neck Sweater (sold out) (wearing size small, runs big)

I do love this slouchy version and this option that would work with denim and skirts.

BlankNYC Suede Mini Skirt (wearing size 26 fits true to size)

Leopard Booties (unavailable) loving this style for skirts & denim and this block heel bootie.

BlankNYC Faux Suede Jacket (wearing size small in Bankroll color) I have gotten so much use out of this jacket I purchased it from last year’s sale and love that it was brought back for 2019.

Top Shop Patch Cable Crew Neck Sweater (sold out) (wearing size small, runs big)

BlankNYC Suede Mini Skirt (wearing size 26 fits true to size) still in stock!

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Free People Knit Tunic (wearing size xs, runs big order one size down) this is the red color. So I this Caslon High/Low Tunic in two colors, it’s lighter in weight but I actually prefer how soft it is and for the price and great length I highly recommend. Great option because the Free People one is a splurge.

Zella High Waisted Leggings (wearing size small) though I would actually style this outfit another way with denim and perhaps these booties as an option. Love any Sam Edelman boots they fit true to size and they’re always beyond comfortable!

Stuart Weitzman Darla Over the Knee Boot (wearing size 9)

Tory Burch Everly Flap Saddle Bag (in light umber) blue & black are still available. This is my one splurge for fall and I was surprised how much space and compartments are on the inside of this purse!

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Barefoot Dreams Cozy Sheek Light Island Cardigan (wearing size small/medium) OMG this cardigan is a cozy dream that is just as soft and warm as my blankets. I will definitely be wearing this to lounge in and layer for fall. I’m tall (5’10” so it does run long) It was more than I usually spend on sweaters but I’m obsessed it’s SO good!

Socialite Leopard Print Tee (wearing size small)

Articles of Society Denim (size 26) These have great stretch and a good fit.

Marc Fisher Yakira Over the Knee Boot (wearing my regular size 9)

Tory Burch Everly Flap Saddle Bag

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Leith Wide Strap Sleeveless Sweater Midi Dress (wearing xs) if you like a looser fit I recommend sizing up. This is a little tighter on me than I’d like without spanx, but it’s a great color for fall. I like it paired with the suede moto jacket below.

Tory Burch Everly Flap Saddle Bag

Leopard Print Headband

Steve Madden Reece Sock Bootie runs true to size

BlankNYC Faux Suede Jacket (wearing size small in Bankroll color)

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I also plan to throw together a beauty post this week as well since there’s some good value in some full size products or packages that are exclusive to the sale for hair/makeup/body and haven’t sold out. Happy sale shopping everyone, now it’s time to return to what feels like 100 degree NYC heat for the remainder of the weekend!

I’d love to hear any questions/comments you may have regarding the #nsale or any items you found were to be a great value or quality you would recommend.

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