Last month, a bunch of my cousins and I traveled to Tulum for a much needed break from reality and some time away from the frigid Midwest. Truth be told, I’d never taken a tropical vacation before – I’d rather spend my time exploring new cities or backpacking through countrysides – but I get it now. The whole pantless-drink-in-hand-staring-at-the-ocean-for-five-days thing really spoke to me. I get it now and I’m sorry to anyone I ever judged for choosing to do this with their vacation time. I’m one of you now.
Per usual, I packed some super cute beach looks to specifically take pictures in and then change into a bikini and sweats but in true form I only ended up in a few of the outfits I packed. The rest will have to wait to be seen in August, when this place thaws from the longest winter anyone has ever lived through ever. Hi, when can I go back to Mexico?
We’ll get to the full Tulum travel guide later next week. Today, we’re talking outfits: the 3.5 I lazy-girled on at some point during this trip…
Aerie swim is a rare gem that’s really not talked about enough. I have always had a really hard time finding neutral, simple bikinis that are not completely unflattering. Aerie is my stop for this. I don’t want bells and whistles and tassels and sparkles – I just want neutral, classic, simple suits and I hit the jackpot at an Aerie outlet store in Naples over Christmas. The timing could not have been better. The unexpected score prompted me to peruse their online shop where I found a few more suits that ended up working out perfectly. If you haven’t given their suits a gander, I highly recommend doing so. Additionally, the price point can’t be beat.
My style strategy on this trip was incredibly simple outfits + huge statement earrings – the more wild, the better. For our first night, I paired a super casual olive green jersey dress with the most obnoxious earrings that I own and I loved every second of this look. In the future, I think I’ll stick with this strategy. It’s simple, effective and seamless to pack. Later on in the Tulum Travel Guide I’ll be sharing the details of how we got to this magical resort for dinner on this first night in Mexico. It involved a beachside trailer park, barbed wire, an unwelcome guest and a 5 mile walk in complete darkness. Stay tuned.
Again, these Aerie suits were my rage. Whether we were laying around, exploring or taking completely staged Instagram pictures, these suits hit the mark. I highly recommend them all.
Oh look, another Aerie suit.
This was probably my favorite look of the entire trip (we’re at the ruins here). My $10 super sale one piece suit from Aerie, my $9 Publix hat, the $7 clearance pair of Levi 501’s, my super cool Patagonia fanny pack and a white linen button up I found at Saks Off Fifth. Super simple and who doesn’t love wearing a bathing suit as an undergarment!?
Same look, different adventure, differently styled fanny. I got a lot of grief for this little guy but guess who was most popular when it came time to passports and chapsticks? You got it, sister.
For our last night at the house, we decided to take showers and dress up a bit. I settled on this boho mini dress because, quite frankly, it was too hot to wear anything else I’d packed. I paired it with a strapless swimsuit and, you guessed it, big ol’ pink raffia earrings. We don’t do much color here at District Sparkle but when we do you can find it in a good beachy earrings.
Next week I’ll have the full Tulum Travel Guide up with details about the house we stayed in, the adventures we took and all the other details from our trip!