Excitement is an understatement when I grasp the fact that Nathan and I will be soaking up the French West Indie sun in less than 4 days! The desire to travel is something that Nathan and I bonded over deeply at some point in our relationship. I would say we fell into a new level of love when we went to Europe for the first time together in 2013. Since then, travel seems to be the only thing we think about! We have traveled throughout Europe twice, so the prospect of doing something totally different and tropical excites me like crazy!
We recently spent 25 days in Europe for our honeymoon in October and November and I learned something: I suck at packing. I packed TWO suitcases of literally anything and everything you can imagine. Our honeymoon was truly perfection aside from the suitcase situation, which honestly ruined some moments for me. Lugging those things from country to country was NOT fun. I promised Nathan I would never overpack again, and seriously, I am so excited to be in the complete opposite of our last experience; this time I will be organized! I wanted to share with you a few essentials that made it onto my packing list for my Caribbean excursion!! WOOOOP.
A list!? Who am I? I learned a list has really helped me eliminate all those unnescessary items I am usually so quick to pack.
I am packing some cute slip on sandals (which I think are an upgrade from the expected flip flop), cute buckle sandals and heels for dinner in the town, and a pair of converse for some hiking trips we have planned.
I am packing some loose neutral tops to throw on for the beach. I am silly but I want them to match my bikinis! No patterns for me.
An adorable and over-the-top straw hat from Anthropologie is a must.
Eggplant and fire engine red bikinis are the perfect contrast for the crystal clear waters and white sand.
When I am in the sun ALL day, I love going out to dinner feeling sun kissed, smelling good, and being well moisturized. I love this tanning oil; it protects me from burns, but helps me get some color. My favorite Caviar Repair shampoo is a must to help rejuvenate my locks after hours in salty water. Texturizing hairspray to give my hair the beachy, tousled effect. Moisturizer, because my skin gets dry after the salt and sun, along with my favorite perfume, which smells fresh and beachy.
The last thing you want is to appear cake faced on a beachy vay-k. I've narrowed down my cosmetics to a few essentials that will leave me looking healthy and put together. Skin moisturizer, my new favorite hourglass foundation (I just use a tiny bit and it goes a LONG way), bronzer, chapstick, a rosy hue of lipstick to inject some life into my face, mascara, and of course, my most important cosmetic tool, MY EYEBROW BRUSH.