Having already experienced the clichéd spring break trip years ago in Cancun, I’ve come to prefer a slower pace for vacations in more recent years. Don’t get me wrong, clubbing until well after 4am is always fun, but doesn’t fully encompass the relaxation aspect of a vacation. Some sister time was needed after midterms, countless papers, and long hours at work, so we took the week to recharge and indulge in some little luxuries. Shopping along Lincoln Road, dining out (Casa Tua and Cecconi’s were our favorite spots), and working on our tans were among our top priorities. I wanted to share the last of our photos now that reality is setting back in and signs of spring are still fighting to appear in Baltimore.
I usually never wear sunglasses while laying on the beach for fear that I’ll end up with raccoon eyes, but I’ve been trying to get better about protecting myself from harmful UV rays. Admittedly, I went a little overboard and packed six different pairs for five days. I clearly like my options and take Southwest’s luggage policy to mean that I have to pack two bags. I recently added this pair to my collection as aviators are my favorite style of the moment (evidenced here). I barely took them off all week and am happy to report that I didn’t return home with distracting tan lines or strain my eyes while reading. I also never wanted to change out of this bathing suit (partially because I wore it on our last day in Miami and it signified an end to warm weather, but mostly because I loved the print and shape). Statement pieces, like a cocktail ring and white watch were added for good measure.
Over the years, I’ve learned that a good bathing suit is like a good pair of jeans. While I used to ignore quality and fit, I’ve since realized what a difference it makes overall. Similar to denim, my favorite bikinis are the ones that are comfortable enough to wear all day long, flattering, and on trend. When it comes to swimwear, I always gravitate toward bold patterns and bright hues. Knowing that beach season is just around the corner (when I practically live in a bathing suit for four months straight), I splurged on this one and couldn’t wait to wear it in Florida. To balance out the orange, I contrasted it with my aviators, turquoise stone necklace, and a few simple bracelets.