Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Break Essentials

I love Spring Break. It comes at the perfect time and it is always fun. Last year I went skiing in Jackson Hole and went on a girly vacation with my mother in Scottsdale, Arizona, but this year I am SO excited because my family and I are going to Palm Beach!! The last time I went to Florida was when I was 9 and I went on a business trip with my dad. It was great and I can't wait to go back!!

Since I'm going on a sunny getaway, filled with tanning and relaxing before I hear back from my last college notification and get ready for the extremely busy graduation festivities, I've decided to make a list of my must-have's to pack for Spring Break!! 

1. The Hat: Seeing that sunscreen is an obvious must-have for being in sunny conditions, the next step to be sun-safe would be to have a great looking floppy sun hat or baseball cap!! The sun hat is great if you want more coverage. I recommend the J. Crew summer straw hat in natural...or if you want to tap into your inner prep, buy a monogrammed floppy sun hat from Marley Lilly!! I got one last summer in pink and green and I looove it. Other than the sun hat, get a baseball cap!! I think that the cutest ones come from Vineyard Vines, Southern Proper, and Ralph Lauren.

2. The Sunglasses: I think that Ray Ban's are the best sunglasses ever. Whether it be aviators or wayfarers, you honestly can't go wrong with them!! You can either get the real deal, but there are also great alternatives online. Urban Outfitters and Topshop have cute sunglasses, as well!!

3. The Entertainment: Even though lounging on the beach or by the pool can be super fun, especially after a busy fall and winter, it can get a bit boring. So, in order to combat the boredom, I always bring along a book (or 10) and my iPod! With technological reading devices such as the Nook, the Kindle, and the iPad, it's so much easier to have all of your books in one place without the bulk!! Just a side note: If y'all have any reading recommendations, let me know!! I'm trying to build up my reading list for vacation. Anyway, an iPod is a must-must-must have for vacation. Remember to bring your chargers!!

4. The Bikini: I know that I have been working extra hard these past couple of months to look extra good in a swim suit, and it's totally worth it!! There are so many cute bikinis (as well as one-pieces!) out there. My favorite bikini is, of course, from Lilly Pulitzer...specifically the Keene Bandeau and the Boardwalk Bikini Ties top. From J. Crew, I think that the seersucker bikini is absolutely adorable. Otherwise, I've heard that Victoria's Secret makes a great selection of bikinis in tons of different styles and colors. To remain classic and preppy while donning a swim suit, look for pink, pink and green, navy, seersucker and Lilly prints.

5. The Coverup: To layer on top of your adorable swimwear, you must have a cute coverup!! They can range from a sheer tunic to a brightly colored mini dress. I found a super old super small Lilly Pulitzer dress and I'm going to use that for my swimsuit coverup!! But, Lilly also has some cute current coverups, such as the Cassie dress and the Ciara tunic. I also like the Cat Island Coverup from Vineyard Vines, which comes in white and navy!! Either way, it makes you look extra tan!! Lastly, J. Crew has a large selection of coverups that are perfect for a sunny getaway.

6. The Beach Bag: In order to carry all of the summer-y goodies that are essential for Spring Break, choose a cute, brightly colored beach bag! My vote definitely goes to Lilly Pulitzer for best tote bag. They had better prints (not targeted to the sorority crowd) a couple of seasons ago, but eBay has a great selection. Since my mom stocked up when Lilly had their Endless Summer Sale a couple of years ago, I have a hard decision on which to choose for Palm Beach!!

7. The Sandal: Meaning, Jack Rogers. They are the best of the best and I love them so, so much. Yes, they do take "breaking in", but they are reliable and forever classic. My mother owns almost every color and I am slowly building a "collection." I get a new color every year and this year I chose light pink!! The best colors to own are silver, gold, nude (bone), hot pink, pink and orange, and green and turquoise. I prefer the metallic colors because they honestly go with everything. Yet, if y'all are looking for less expensive, not-as-nice sandals, check out Lilly Pulitzer.

What are y'all spring break essentials?? Let me know!!

Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah


  1. Great post! What is your favorite suntan lotion?

    1. I like Hawaiian Tropic and then I use La Roche Posay for my face.

  2. Being a girl who loves her hats, I love your picks they're perfect for the beach! I have always eyed the Marley Lilly monogrammed floppy hats and may just have to make a purchase this year! Enjoy your break!

  3. I have the Light Pink Jack Rogers- I got them last summer and I literally wore them with every outfit! Rainbow flip flops are also pretty big here in the south if you have ever heard of them- they are leather flip-flops made in California and they last FOREVER!!!

  4. Hunger Games are definitely a great pick! But also any Emily Giffin books, and if you haven't read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers I'd highly recommend it :)

  5. I'm going to Florida, too; so excited! I loved the Hunger Games, and I love using a white button down as a coverup!

  6. Love are your picks!

    The Hunger Games is a must but Jodi Jodi Picoult wrote a ton of good beach reads or The Help if you haven't read that already!