I’m back from a bachelorette trip in Miami celebrating one of my loveliest friends, Carolyn (who happens to be extra tall so we make quite the duo together)! Some of you actually remembered her from this “building confidence in the workplace” blog post from my earliest blogging days. I couldn’t be more thrilled for her, and thoroughly enjoyed the getaway with an awesome group of gals! It was my first time traveling without my laptop and DSLR in an effort to take a real vacation. And then my phone came inches from taking a dive off our boat, which I would’ve accepted as an omen to truly “disconnect” ; )
I was anxious being away from Nori for the first time, but Nick held down the fort with the help of her Lola and Lolo who came to visit. Also, as a breastfeeding mom, pumping on the road (and airplane, and boat) and transporting my milk back home went more seamlessly than I could’ve hoped for! For those interested, check my Instagram story highlight labeled “pumps & nursing” for more info.
White on white
Attire themes for the weekend were white and animal print, which we decided on as a group to surprise our leopard print-loving bride! Here’s the white top and shorts from my recent blog posts re-styled. I’ve heard from a few of you that you liked this cropped blouse so much you also got it in black! The label says hand wash and lay flat to dry, but I’ve put my blouse in the machine on the delicates cycle and hung it up to dry with no issues (for any wrinkles, I use my steamer instead of iron). This BP hat is an old favorite that I added a black ribbon to freshen it up.
Party Animal (print)
I’ve often recommended ASOS for on-trend swimsuit and coverup options. Their in-house “ASOS” brand makes lots of mix and match style in extended (including very small) and fuller bust sizing! Just be warned their bottoms tend to have a “cheeky” level of coverage in the back, and I usually size up. My leopard top (love the strappy back) has adjustable shoulder straps and no padding, but you can add inserts. You don’t really need any though due to the camouflaging print! These high waisted bottoms are very flattering and comfortable as well, after I sized up to a US 2.
I found a few other spotted options prior to the trip, and my friends looked incredible in them! I linked their suits above per your requests on DM. Unfortunately the two swimsuits in more generic S, M, L sizing are a little big on someone my size. I did like the squared neckline and padded cups on this one below, but a S was loose on me around the bust and rear (so I would say it runs TTS).
Since a few of you asked about bachelorette gifts, Etsy is a haven for all things personalized and bridal related! We got the bride this monogram pom hat with her soon-to-be initials (will also be great on the honeymoon and beyond), cute favors from this Etsy party shop, and this grey leopard print caftan. I had ordered a couple of swim coverups from Amazon and this was the clear winner, in a nice lightweight woven material and tiny grey tassels!