Summer Vacation Essentials

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Getting away? Below are this year's Summer essentials to pack.


The One-Piece Wonder

That's right Bebots, gone are the days when wearing a one-piece swimsuit meant you were either a serious swimming Olympian, sun-averse, or body-conscious. Fashion designers have heard our cries and cascaded the mall with one-piece styles anyone can love in cuts and colors that rival the two-pieces we've been starving to fit in for years. Easy to pack and so comfortable, for me, the one piece swimsuit is a matter of style, and personal preference. And whether your look is retro or sexy, today's one-piece suits options are experiencing a wondrous resurgence.

Below are a couple I'm saving my pennies for:

-Tropical Swimdress
-Sexy Cut-Out Suit
-Metallic One Shoulder
-Striped One-Piece
-Ice Cream Cutie


Versatile Cover-Up

If you do not know me by now, you know I collect kimonos like a pro. This is a perfect summer layering piece is now the versatile cover-up you can wear with your suits yet also perfect to layer on with any lounge wear or maxi dresses for your vacation. Inspired by traditional Japanese robes, modern kimonos are now the must-have layering piece that is ideal for the global trotter or lazy weekender.

Summer kimono crushes:

-Sheer Goodness
-Floral Fun
-Eternal Flame
-Spellbound Tie Dye
-Leaf Print


Tropical Print

Is it really a Summer vacay without a lil' tropical printed somethin' somethin'? This summer offers a great explosion of colors, mixing up flora and fauna, islands, gardens, beaches and deep forests. In fact, while waiting for your vacation time, why don’t you put on some tropical piece of clothing. The tropical print is the must-wear print for the summer and you don't have to wait until your vacation  to feel like you're on a white-sanded island!

Eternal tropical vibes:

-Wrap Dress
-Hawaiian Wiggle Dress
-Sunshine Jumpsuit
-Tropical Bodycon
-Off-the-Shoulder Stunner


Straw Accessories and Cool Shades

These natural fibers are made to be worn with favorite warm weather textures like cotton and linen, along with the relaxed ease it brings to a dressed-up look. Plus, these straw gems will lasts you a thousand Summers. 

Cool shades are a must for Summer and might I suggest a bright colored pair? Green, red, or yellow is just perfect for an electric Summer!

Catch me rocking these:

-Why You So Perfect
-Picnic Cutie
-Summer Formation
-Fly With Me


Bright Slides

Can we find an easier shoe to show-off our fresh pedis than the slide? The lazy girl's go-to style has been experiencing a serious revival for several seasons now proving that this footwear phenomenon is sticking around. Designers have been doubling down on their slip-on offerings- and we Summer Babes are taking the bait, rocking them in every iteration from pool slides to backyard boogies. Suffice it to say, you're going to want to have several pairs on hand- or on foot- this season.

Current sandal obsessions:

-Classic Twist
-One of Each Please
-Because Bey
-Just Do It
-Big Diva


Cool Set

If you need budget-friendly new travel wardrobe this season, I suggest a matching set! Matching sets are a great investment- the pieces can either be worn together or separate to create more outfit options.

Plus, you deserve all of these:

-Nautical Goddess (top) (bottoms)
-Free People Takes All My Money
-Boho Queen (top) (bottoms)
-I Live Here Set

Shop my Summer vacation looks here:
Swimsuit - Lauren Ralph Lauren, Macy's | Cover Up - Forever 21
Tropical Dress - Gifted by City Chic | Orange Sandals - Target | Straw Bag - Target | Hat - Asos | Sunglasses - Anthropologie
Soft Top - Forever 21 (similar) | Soft Pants - Forever 21 | Headband - Amazon | Sandals - Target



~Betty Williams