On Island Time

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

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.

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

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

A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

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.

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A New York Love Affair :: Sanibel Sunsets

 I hope to have brought some of this low maintenance mentality back with me to Manhattan … but we’ll see how long it lasts.

xoxoelenamichelle-200

8 Comments

  • Reply March 20, 2015

    Brenda Kelly

    Love that white dress on you! Beach life is amazing, isn’t it? It suits you well :)

    Brenda
    http://www.alaplagestyle.com

  • Reply March 20, 2015

    Jeanne

    Love your philosophy about vacation style and routines! Heading to the beach soon and will try to scale back and take it easy.

    Jeanne
    http://www.HeirloomFinds.com

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks Jeanne!! enjoy your vaca and definitely take it easy :-) have a margarita or two for me too!

  • Reply March 20, 2015

    Brooke

    What beautiful pictures! Love the white dress too…perfect for a beach setting! xoxo

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks Brooke!! missing the beach, and this sunset right about now…

  • Reply March 22, 2015

    Olivia DeFilippo

    What a cute photoshoot!! Looove this photoshoot.

    • Reply March 30, 2015

      Elena Michelle

      thanks Olivia!!! the backdrop sure helped. but it was so fun to shoot!

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