I’m getting married this summer. (Insert a million happy face emojis here.) But before say my I dos, my three closest girlfriends decided that I needed to bail on all wedding planning and head somewhere sunny for a little pre-matrimonial escape. Yes, it was a bachelorette party, if you will. And a much-needed one at that—planning a wedding can be stressful. So we all hopped a flight and headed south, straight to The James Royal Palm in South Beach, Miami. Bienvenidos!
I’m a very strategic packer. I like to print out an itinerary of my trip and then I meticulously plan an outfit for each place I’m planning to go. It takes me forever, mostly because I fall into the self-imposed trap of trying on every piece before it hits the suitcase. (I’ve pulled quite a few all-nighters before long trips!) It’s not the most efficient way of doing things, this I understand. But it’s a habit I can’t seem to break. And it’s always worth it because then I don’t stress later. I know exactly what my options are!
For Miami, my goal was to interpret the beautiful art deco look of the beachside city with my wardrobe. I brought only items that popped with pretty pastels and prints. I even packed bright lipsticks I’d never usually wear in New York, like oranges and magentas. (And a few extras for my girlfriends.)
By the time the bubbly had been popped, the clubs hopped, and the eateries bopped, I was bummed to be leaving the Sunshine State (but excited to come back and get the big show started—i.e. the wedding!). That said, I have since decided to pack my bright pink lipstick in my handbag instead of my normal nude. That way a little piece of my memorable Miami girls trip can stay with me wherever I go.
“I lived for these sunglasses. They really flattered my oval face while shielding my eyes with 100 percent UV protection. Mara Hoffman’s eye-popping prints are perfect for the shores of Miami, which is why I gravitated to this two piece for when I went to a daytime pool party at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel.”
“There are only a few things I need for the beach: A good game option, waterproof sunscreen, sunnies, and a copy of the newest InStyle! I caught up on all of my colleagues' great stories while lounging on the sand.”
“Yes, I decided to try the crop top trend. And I actually liked it! This one by Anthropologie was made particularly for petites, which is why it fit so great without any alterations for my five-foot-tall frame.”