A week at the beach really helped me reflect on some of the things I prioritize in life. I for one spend a good hour putting on makeup, doing my hair, and picking the right outfit every day. At the beach, those priorities wash away. You’re on island time and nothing else matters. I let my hair air-dry all week, I rarely put on make up, and threw on whatever sundress was at the top of my suitcase. Life was easy and the stressors were few.
Can I go back now? I’ve barely been home a full 24 hours and I’m already missing the beaches of Sanibel Island. Maybe the pending snow storm here in Manhattan has something to do with that. It was six days of absolute bliss — and I’ve returned home with a tan to prove it.
One of the best parts about Sanibel is that these photoshoots were never planned. The scenery and sunsets were so perfect, they just begged to be photographed. Half the time we were just out on one of our walks and Peter started snapping away. It was stress-free, relaxing, and just gorgeous to be a part of. Even an expensive DSLR camera doesn’t do the sunsets justice.
Dress: Forever 21 (loving this) | Necklace: Wantable | Bag: Elaine Turner (20% off with code NYLOVEAFFAIR20) | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Stella & Dot + eff.Y.bee
Looking back, I sort of laugh at my wardrobe selection on this particular night. We had just arrived in Sanibel — the sun had barely touched our skin — and pale old me decided to wear a white dress. In retrospect it would have looked much better on Day 5 with my new tan … but we’ve been over this … it doesn’t matter on vacation! Plus, the light cotton feel of this dress was perfect for the 80 degree evening.
I hope to have brought some of this low maintenance mentality back with me to Manhattan … but we’ll see how long it lasts.