Island Style… What’s in my Shopping Cart

In: Beauty, Fashion, Style
Island Style cover What's in my shopping cart

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.

Island style and fashion - tank tops and camisole

Victoria Secret Pink Tank Tops

Express Camisole

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.

dark skinny jeans

Express Mid Rise Skyscraper Jean

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!

Beach fashion- Aviator mirror sunglasses

Express Mirrored Silver Lens Aviator Sunglasses

I live on an island.  Enough said.

Bebe White Overlace Shorts

Bebe Lace Overlay Shorts

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.

Turquoise ombre sun hat

BCBGeneration Ombre Hat

The perfect hat for protecting my face from the sun, and I fell in love with the turquoise ombre.

IIID Foundation by Maskcara

IIID Foundation from Maskcara

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

Becca Cutout Blue Swimsuit

Becca Swimsuit from Nordstrom Rack

This was a necessity for the same reason as the jeans, and it was 80% off. Score!!

Hot Tools curling iron

Hot Tools Curling Iron

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.


  • Thistle

    July 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    So cute!!! I love your hat!


  • Heidi

    July 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you! 🙂


  • Jackie

    September 14, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I’ve been thinking about trying the maskcara make-up! How did you like it?


  • Heidi

    September 14, 2015 at 3:10 am

    I really like it and I’d definitely recommend it! I’ve been playing with it quite a bit and I’ve found using the beauty blender sponge really helps make it look natural. I’m thinking about writing a post soon showing how I’ve been using it so far. 🙂


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