Packing My Bags for a Beach Escape Vacation

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

Dress: Eliza J | Bag: Elaine Turner c/o | Sunnies: Uterque (love these) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot | Wedges: Aldo (similar)

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

A New York Love Affair :: Elaine Turner Sabine Tote

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?

xoxoelenamichelle-200

Want our own Sabine? Use the code “NYLOVEAFFAIR20′ from now until 3/23 for 20% off your entire online purchase! Or pop into Elaine Turner’s NYC location on Madison Avenue and mention my promo code.
Thank you to Elaine Turner for partnering on this post. To see what’s in the designer’s Sabine Tote, be sure to check out her youtube clip!

18 Comments

  • Reply March 16, 2015

    Heather Graham

    You are the cutest thing!! Love the dress & colors. I can smell the salty air and sunscreen now!
    ~XX

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      aww thanks heather! time to hop on a plane and head to the beach i think!

  • Reply March 17, 2015

    Caitlin

    Florida!! Lucky you :)

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  • Reply March 17, 2015

    Darcy

    gorgeous!! A good book is a beach must have!
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    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      totally agree! this was a good one too. not quite gone girl good, but still good!

  • Reply March 18, 2015

    Brenda Kelly

    I LOVE this dress and all the accessories you paired it with! It looks like you had a wonderful time :)

    Brenda
    http://www.alaplagestyle.com

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks brenda!! this dress was so bright and colorful i had to have it!

  • Reply March 18, 2015

    Tara

    Love this! I also just escaped the cold to visit south Florida last week! Just discovered your blog and love it! Enjoy your vacation!

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks tara!! wanna go back to South FL together??? I’m having withdrawals.

      • Reply March 31, 2015

        Tara

        I actually lived there for 10 years! The wintertime is beautiful there for sure! It feels like a permeant vacation. I’m glad we are starting to get warmer temps here in NY and I’m looking forward to those spring flowers coming out soon!!!

  • Reply March 19, 2015

    Samantha

    I would love a beach vacation right now! We used to live in upstate NY and live in GA now. So it’s hot.. But no beach! And loving that look :)

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      where in GA? my brother is outside of ATL now, but moving to Savannah soon!

  • Reply March 19, 2015

    Victoria Galindo

    Cute! That’s the perfect beach bag, thanks for sharing! Love it.

    Xo
    Victoria

  • Reply March 30, 2015

    Jeanne

    Love that bag! And the idea of staying unplugged for a few days.

    Jeanne
    http://www.HeirloomFinds.com

  • Reply March 31, 2015

    Livia

    This just looks lovely! Enjoy!
    Liv

    http://www.lovealwaysliv.com

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