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Favorite Things: Resort

by habituallychic

02 . 06 . 09

I skipped my winter Favorite Things post because it was all just too depressing to think about and by this point, I am ready to burn all my winter clothes so why not focus on resort. Besides, I’ll need something to wear in St. Barths and I like to plan my outfits in advance, even if they are just for my fantasy getaway!

I am usually not a fan of pink. I think it’s something to do with living in the city or growing up in a Peptol Bismol pink bedroom. But I make an exception for pink when it comes to vacations at the beach. It also looks good with a tan and although the color in the Milly Ikat Dress above is a little more mauve, it still fits my theme perfectly. I tried this dress on at Saks last week just for fun but I may have to go back and buy it. I just love the way it fits and it’s flirty and fun without being too frou frou.

When I first saw these sandals on the J. Crew website, I was hoping they came in another color but now I realize the pink would be perfect compliment for my getaway wardrobe. And you know that I never never met a pair of gold shoes I didn’t like so the gold straps definitely had me at hello!

Everyone knows that you can’t go away without a great manicure and pedicure. I’ve already switched out my dark polish for Essie Potato Fields. It’s the most perfect neutral color and also looks great layered over Adore-A-Ball if you need a little more coverage.

You need something to wear on the plane and I will probably wear one of my J. Crew Tissue Camp Shirts with the white jeans below. You can leave the sleeve down while traveling and then roll them up when you get to your destination. If you get chilly, you can always throw a cardigan over it. (Oh, and the orange one is already on sale!)

I love white jeans. I don’t care if they make my butt look big or need constant washing since they get so dirty. They are just so easy to throw on and go easily from day to night. It’s best not to spend too much money on them since they do have a tendency to attract dirt. I actually found a pair on sale for $10 at a J. Crew store recently but this pair is not too bad at $98. Now if I just had legs that long, I’d be all set.

I know most of the things I’m packing are from J. Crew but it really is one stop shopping there and everyone knows they have great swim suits so I had to post one from them as well. I usually stock up on them during the end of season sale but there is something about this new Italian Jersey bikini that I love. I think the Earth color is the perfect foil for all the pink and would also look fabulous with a white little cover up. I think I am going to give up carbs forever after looking at her body in it. Sigh. Let’s move on shall we.

I tend to buy certain accessories that I know I will be able to wear forever so I don’t really need a new pair of sunglasses. My Tom Ford gold Angelica’s are still going strong but if I did need new sunglasses, then these Ray Ban aviators would be perfect. They are a classic and could also be worn forever and also won’t break the bank.

I bought this Lambertson Truex beach bag very on sale at the end of last summer at Bergdorf Goodman so I’ll be taking it along but you can find great bags at the Gap and even Target. The tote bag from the Gap that I wanted to post isn’t online yet but it’s been featured in all the magazines. It would be perfect so I’ll keep checking for it.

There isn’t much new fiction on my must read list but I’ve been hearing good things about Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni so I am looking forward to reading it. You definitely need a fun read for the beach so don’t even think you’re going to make it through War and Peace while you’re on vacation. Trust me. It’s been tried before and it never goes well. Just pick up the chick lit and throw it in your bag. You’ll thank me later.

And don’t forget your sunscreen! La Roche-Posay make the best although you may want to bring some Hawaiian Tropic along just for the coconut smell. Or you could just order a few Pina Coladas. Bon Voyage!

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  1. Ana February 6, 2009 | 7:35 pm

    That dress, those shades, that campshirt! I love it all!

  2. Laura Trevey February 6, 2009 | 8:01 pm

    I love white jeans as well!! Great photos BTW.
    … just added you to my blog !

  3. Style Maniac February 6, 2009 | 8:11 pm

    HC–I just recently discovered your site and every time I check back I’m startled at how much we have in common…someone who dreams of St. Barths, likes gold accessories, is as crazy about books, design and fashion as I am? Who knew? And then I click on your Blog List and find there’s even more of us! My mag obsession is suddenly waning, this is so much better.

  4. Jill February 6, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    I love this post. I really need a vacation…this perfectly set the scene. Love the dress. I just finished a post about Ikat for tomorrow. Great minds think alike chica!

  5. Ivy Lane February 6, 2009 | 8:58 pm

    Ahh… I love the dress, the polish, the ray bans!!! Heather..we MUST see the luggage you will be packing all these lovlies in!!! Will it be Hermes, Vuitton, Furla….????? Do tell..

  6. Habitually Chic February 6, 2009 | 9:15 pm

    Ana – so glad you like them too!

    Laura – thanks!

    Style Maniac – thank goodness for blogs now that there are fewer and fewer magazines on the newsstand!

    Jill – ikat always looks fresh for spring!

    Ivy Lane – my luggage is Hartman but I would love a roller bag from Louis Vuittan or Goyard! Now that would be chic!

  7. CashmereLibrarian February 6, 2009 | 10:35 pm

    Such a pretty post. Perfect things for your trip to St. Barts! 😉
    Even though it’s a bit warmer here today (over 40!), I don’t know if I can stand another day of winter.

  8. Style Noir February 6, 2009 | 10:52 pm

    White jeans are The Truth. I just wore a pair (of the skinny variety) the other day– with some vintage brown boots I scored on eBay and a grey cashmere turtleneck (short sleeves– totally ridiculous, I know), over which I tied a bright orange, shibori-dyed silk scarf that I bought last month at an antique kimono shop in Kyoto. Too much information– but I thought you would appreciate!

    Also, didn’t you hear– big butts are all the rage! They’re hot in my book, anyway! And I’ve got GREAT taste– I *am* a faithful reader 😉

  9. Lisa Borgnes Giramonti February 6, 2009 | 11:28 pm

    Get the dress or I will. I’m sure it looks fabulous on you! xx

  10. Caroline @ Absolutely Unique February 7, 2009 | 1:17 am

    Oh Heather, I’m so with you about white jeans. I love them! Although most of the times I don’t buy them because they make my butt look big or need constant washing. But I love them. Maybe I should do what I like despite everything!
    Have a wonderful weekend, darling!

  11. Cakewalk February 7, 2009 | 1:26 am

    What a cute little plane-ride ensemble! Makes me think of when our grandparents got dressed up to go anywhere, especially for train trips and travel. Makes me pine for that era that I didn’t get to experience. Loved Milly’s Spring line. Got mixed reviews for being too ‘bohemian’, but I completely disagree. I loved it. I think that Ikat dress would be perfect. And, I, too love my white denim. Most of it is JBrand: skinnies, straight leg, and the Lovestories. Can’t wait to get them back out.

  12. Heather Beth Taylor February 7, 2009 | 1:33 am

    that dress is very delicious for a getaway!

  13. Grant K. Gibson "the blog" February 7, 2009 | 1:39 am

    I wear the La Roche-Posay everyday!
    My advice to everyone it to buy it- it is the best. I do the 60 SPF…

  14. Renee Finberg February 7, 2009 | 12:30 pm

    i love resort wear !!!

    nothing like the white jeans,a navy blazer,and with virtually any colred shirt under the blazer( the blazer hides the butt ).



  15. Jennifer February 7, 2009 | 1:10 pm

    Bring to read, “A Beautiful Place to Die” by Malla Nunn. You won’t be sorry!

  16. Habitually Chic February 7, 2009 | 1:34 pm

    Cashmere Librarian – It’s supposed to be 50 degrees here tomorrow but I know it’s just a tease. I want winter to be over now!

    Style Noir – Sounds like a fabulous outfit!

    Lisa – I might have to go visit it again today but I think it might look nice on your trip too!

    Caroline – I usually wear a longer top so that it at least covers part of my butt. I say go for it!

    Cakewalk – I always dress nicely when I travel and I wish more people would as well. I don’t think Juicy sweatpants are necessary on an hour and a half flight!

    Heather – I might have to go buy it now!

    Grant – thanks for the endorsement!

    Renee – I don’t have a navy blazer but I might have to go buy one now! Thanks for the suggestions!

    Jennifer – I’m going to go look it up now! Thanks!

  17. tanya February 7, 2009 | 2:49 pm

    I love the color palette you chose for the resort wear–classic and chic! I’m really itching for those aviators…hmmm…

  18. Paloma {La Dolce Vita} February 7, 2009 | 5:02 pm

    I love your choices. The Ikat dress is so pretty!

  19. red ticking February 7, 2009 | 8:29 pm

    everytime i read your post i think… we need to meet… we are sooooo much alike it is unreal! white jeans are my complete live ins all summer long…gold sandals and of course… raybans. your books, things you love… aaahhh thank you for bringing me into the world of blogging… it is incredible…