One of the nice aspects about living on an island is that island style and fashion is extremely laid back. I have yet to don a pair of heels (though I brought at least 15 pairs), and if I so much as put on flip flops with crystal embellishment MJ exclaims to Baby Girl “Look at Mama all dressed up!”
Which makes it painfully obvious that currently on my list of priorities, fashion is way down near the bottom next to learning to speak Italian, neither of which are much use on a Caribbean island.
However, this does not mean I’ve completely given up my city (and pageant) girl tendencies. No indeed. In fact, I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but one of the things I’m most looking forward to when we visit the states next month is going shopping.
I’m dreaming of it now… Starbucks Chai Tea in hand, strolling past the artfully created window displays, the delicious aromas wafting through the air outside of Bath and Body Works, browsing Barnes and Noble with its endless supply of books and magazines (books and magazines are virtually non-existent on the island), and last but certainly not least, the basking in the swoon worthy styling of Pottery Barn. Oh, my heart, be still!
All kidding aside, shopping on the island is quite limited, so I’ve been craving a little shopping fix. Unfortunately, shopping online is not a great option either. Once you factor in the cost of shipping to the island, plus duty and taxes, it makes buying anything other than necessities seem downright silly.
Therefore, the best option is to stock up whenever we travel back to the states. In effort to save time I’ve been shopping online and having the items sent to my parent’s house so we can pick them up while we’re in town. What’s even better, this will allow me to actually enjoy my impending shopping trip with instead of frantically running from store to store trying to purchase everything we need.
I’m finding life on the island has significantly impacted my buying tendencies. Instead of following the minute by minute trends (which I was never very good at anyway), I’m focusing on more practical and casual pieces which will last for several seasons.
Here’s a look at what has been in my online shopping cart over the last couple weeks.
With the hot and humid weather on the island, tank tops and camisoles are a must have. These are simple, lightweight, and oh so comfy.
Before moving to the island I did a major wardrobe purge and gave all of my smaller sized jeans to my sisters. Much to my surprise (and delight) the combination of breastfeeding and eating healthier has caused my current jeans to literally fall off my hips, so new jeans were in order.
I’ve never ordered jeans online before and I have a feeling it’s a risky endeavor, so cross your fingers (and your toes) that these jeans work for me!
I live on an island. Enough said.
When I’m in the house I want to be comfortable, but still want to look presentable should someone unexpectedly pop by. These fit the bill.
The perfect hat for protecting my face from the sun, and I fell in love with the turquoise ombre.
A beauty blogger I follow came up with her own line of foundation and after seeing her perform a makeover of one of my other favorite bloggers, I was sold. Seriously, a fantastic makeover! Here’s the link if you want to see it for yourself: Kate’s Makeover
This was a necessity for the same reason as the jeans, and it was 80% off. Score!!
On our last trip to the states, my bottle of Pureology Shampoo exploded in my suitcase and took the coating off of my curling iron. (Kind of makes you wonder what’s in that shampoo doesn’t it?) Needless to say I need a new curling iron, and this one has rave reviews on Amazon.
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