Our long anticipated family vacation to Hawaii was a BLAST... for the kids. Before stepping foot on the airplane, I had some really grand plans. The content I'd be able to create, all the places we'd be able to visit (I had a list and some locations saved to an Instagram collection), our long days hanging out at the beach, mini hikes, cultural excursions, etc. Lemme tell you, NONE of that happened.
On (or around) my birthday, which is August 19th, I like to get out of the city and see a little something different. This year was no different. I enlisted a couple of girlfriends into taking a quick jaunt with me to Bermuda!The idea of pink sand beaches really had me intrigued, and being that it's only an hour and a half flight from NYC, it was a no-brainer. Needless to say, it wasn't too difficult getting my girls to come along. ;-)
We spent most of our time relaxing on Horseshoe Bay beach (since it was so close to our hotel & absolutely gorgeous!), but we did get to venture into town for a bit.
Packing tips for Bermuda:
- Lots of flowy, comfy dresses - the high was only about 78 while we were there, but it feels *much* warmer than that. I'd packed a couple pairs of pants for the evenings, but only ended up wearing a jumpsuit one night to dinner, because it was a bit rainy earlier in that day.
- Bright & colorful swimwear! The beaches are absolutely stunning, and you'll want to take lots of pictures
- Comfy walking shoes - we walked quite a bit around Hamilton one evening, and I had to switch shoes with one of my girlfriends because her feet were hurting towards the end of the night.
And now... pics. Enjoy!
Jumpsuit: Vêtu de Joy
Dress: Vêtu de Joy // Shoes: Shoedazzle
The Summer '17 collection from Vêtu de Joy, is bright, fresh and suited for palm trees and tropical weather and will be released on their 2nd year anniversary, May 15, 2017. The team traveled to the cactus-laden deserts of Aruba to shoot travel and style-loving social influencer, Jessica Franklin (@heygorjess) along with Raushannah Kornegay (@simplyshannah) to showcase how limitless your style and your dreams should be. Shot by internationally published street style and portrait photographer, Denisse Benitez, (@thugnanny_) the pieces took on new life in this unsuspected setting.
Taking a temporary departure from their usual love affair with structural stripes, the newest collection combines their obsession with palm prints and vivid florals with stark white and sunset orange hues.With asymmetrical hemlines, strapless tops, and high slits that reveal elegantly, keeping the wearer both comfortable and sultry, they boast pieces that are colorful for those who love them and fresh, with clean and simple looks for others.
Vêtu de Joy is a Brooklyn-based online retailer, curated by Stylist Mikaela Pabon - wife and mother whose love of prints is both bold and tasteful, which shines through her selection of pieces.
The layering piece. Once I'm dressed, I love adding another piece to give my look that extra umph. In this case, it is this beautiful & vibrant palm print kimono that I just added to the shop. While I loved this monochrome romper all on its own, adding the pop of color (& you know me, it's a second print, which is an added bonus!) made me love it that much more. It was perfect for the intense Aruba sun and I loved that it would catch the wind just right for the perfect dramatic photo (because really, that's what it's all about, right?).
I was able to get some good wear out of on our trip, by wearing it with my tropical print bathing suit, too!
One thing we love to do as a family is travel! My husband's family is from Puerto Rico, so we spend lots of time there, exploring the island and beach hopping. This year, we took the family to the Southwest side of the island, to a small town called Cabo Rojo - where Dre's father was born and raised. We don't usually go for more than 3-4 days, which is just enough time for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of New York. We stayed at Dre's uncle's house (which is sitting on the same land that he grew up on!), which is spacious and comfy - perfect for our family of 4. The best part is that we can go to the grocery store, pick up some fruits and other easy items to have breakfast & cook dinner at home.
We had about 3 days to explore, so our plan was to veg out on the beach for 2 of those days and explore for one. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans, so we ended up with only 1 beach day. Womp womp. That one day, we started off at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, which is an easy hike up to the southwestern most point of the island. It is incredibly beautiful, and definitely something I recommend to everyone who visits this side of the island. The day was a bit cloudy, but we made the most of it!
After taking a walk through the the Lighthouse, we went down to Playa Sucía and spent the rest of our day relaxing at the beach. It's one of those off-the-beaten-path places where you won't find too many tourists, but worth the extremely bumpy road and 10 minute walk (with beach chairs & cooler) to get to the beach. Beautiful views, soft sand, calm waters that are perfect for kids and inexperienced swimmers, and lots of secluded shaded areas for families to relax.
On our last day, we took a drive to Ponce and spent the day exploring. It reminded me a lot of Old San Juan with its colorful buildings and small town charm.
You can probably tell by our very resort-inspired, print-filled collection of clothing, that a huge part of our lives here at Vêtu de Joy, is travel.
We recently traveled to St. Thomas on a mini weekend getaway, with Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes, a blog celebrating the entrepreneurial woman, in advance of Parlour Magazine's #Travel Fly Solo Weekend - coming in June. Renae, along with Kéla Walker and Africa Miranda, will join Parlour Magazine and a group of fly female travelers (including you?) in St. Thomas, to explore the island, your way, and on your own time.
It felt like a natural fit for us to partner with the ladies at Parlour to bring you snippets of the island, and get everyone excited about the upcoming #TravelFly trip, all while being #DressedinJoy.
From mixed prints to stripes and tropical prints, we had our (carry-on!) suitcases packed with statement-making pieces, ready for whatever St. Thomas had in store.
First we took to the streets of Charlotte Amalie in a vacation style staple - the jumpsuit.
My BFF Angela came along on our trip for some much needed R&R, and like any supportive girlfriend, she rocked pieces from my shop almost every day! It helps that she's gorgeous & sample size, too ;-)
(Angela is wearing our Which Way is Up Maxi Dress, available here)
We spent the next day soaking in the beauty of Magen's Bay, browning in the sun and talking about everything from choosing to be happy to trap music. (C'mon, you know you love Fetty Wap, don't front!)
One must-have when traveling, is the casual evening dress. Something you can wear with heels or flat sandals, and can stand out all on its own. Before traveling back to the charming neighborhoods of Charlotte Amalie, we stopped at Drake's Seat...because, selfie.
(Angela - on the left - is wearing The Otherside Dress by C/MEO Collective, available here)
(Renae is wearing the Easy Love dress, available here)
(Yellow Bell-Sleeved Shift Dress & printed sandals are by Nicole Miller)
St. Thomas is a magical little island, for sure. We experienced a bit of that magic on our last day of shooting & exploring, when a sweet homeowner invited us into her yard, then into her home to see the 15 years of hard work she's put into her labor of love, the Garden of the Silver Palm in Charlotte Amalie.
(Mikaela is wearing our Midnight Top by Finders Keepers, currently on sale here)
So, if you're ready to take on St. Thomas in June with (or without!) your crew, be sure to get all of your statement pieces ready! Hop over to Parlour Magazine to find out more about the #TravelFly Solo Weekend and find out how you can have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded friends for dinners, nightlife and more, in a tropical destination. You won't be disappointed, we promise!