When you spend as much time on Instagram as I do, it’s easy to feel the jealousy creep in. Ugh it looks so warm in that picture of the beach. To say it’s been cold in New York this winter would be putting it mildly … and that’s the only thing mild about this winter. It’s been brutal. So being able to pack my bags and get on a plane to warm, sandy beaches and clear blue water was just what the doctor ordered. Our go-to place for some much needed Vitamin D is Sanibel Island — a little gem off the coast of Fort Myers in Florida. There I can expect a week of sun, daiquiris, and total unplugged relaxation.
Confession – I am the WORST when it comes to packing. I will leave it until the absolute last minute, and then run around like a chicken with my head cut off 10 minutes before we need to leave for the airport. Luckily, I managed to successfully pack all of my beach vacation essentials: colorful sundresses + swimsuit + a beach bag. The rest isn’t important.
Dress: Eliza J | Bag: Elaine Turner c/o | Sunnies: Uterque (love these) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot | Wedges: Aldo (similar)
Since I spend the majority of my time soaking up the Sanibel sun, I put a lot of thought into what comes down to the shore with me. AND how I’ll be carrying it. My Elaine Turner Sabine Tote is the perfect beachside carryall — chic, spacious and practical — fitting all of my beachside necessities.
In my Sabine tote you’ll find my latest beach read (I am currently blazing through The Girl On the Train), some necessary sunscreen (definitely did not apply enough on Day 1 and scored some seriously splotchy sunburn), my favorite sunglasses, a beach towel, and sandals for my walk back to the condo. One thing you won’t see is my cell phone. When I’m on vacation, I want to be UNPLUGGED as much as possible … except for the occasional insta (@anewyorkloveaffair) or snapchat (@nyc_loveaffair) of course.
Even a city girl like myself needs a little rest and relaxation sometimes. Especially if that R&R comes with an ocean view and some blended beverages!
Where will you be relaxing this spring break?