Did you know that Boston's high on December 25th was 62, which means it was warmer on Christmas than it's been all this week in June?
Heck yes, we turned the heater back on.
It occurred to me while I was shivering in my living room and wondering how on earth we're having an SF summer all the way over here - this is the perfect time to recap some of my Bermuda style!
For most of us, there's no huge difference between "resort" and plain old summertime.
It's not like I went out and hit up some trunk shows for our trip last Dec-Jan, I just dug up some old summer stuff and grabbed a few new things online to fill in the gaps.
Let's face it, part of the fun of a trip is preparing for it and sometimes that means a bit of shopping...
SHOPPING CART experiment:
I threw this white dress on for a sleepy, lazy morning on the island. It's from Cotton On, a popular Australian brand the petite discovered thanks to her surf obsession. It had the right amount of stretch and texture to just toss on without being shapeless, and was light enough to wear alone in the heat or layer over in case Bermudian winters got a bit finicky (and they sure did). I snagged one in navy, too!
Sometimes the teen asks us to order her something from a site I've never heard of (because I'm not actually that cool), and I sneak an item or two into the cart for myself
Expect H&M price points and an Aussie take on basics and fast-fashion trends. They're definitely worth a look if you're hunting for swimwear (or, like me, just can't stop at one or two swimsuits). I love this super bright, classic but sporty take on the palm print craze, and if you like to mix-and-match your two-pieces and are looking something that reads a little tougher or more androgynous, try these great mesh tops!
Guys, this is what it looks like when M is standing in the middle of a busy street taking pictures and I'm nervously staying as still as I can really hoping that a car doesn't come tearing around the corner on the hill, because the locals haul ass (mostly) within the speed limit on long, narrow streets that stretch the entire length of the island. It's a small island, everyone knows everyone and the roads like the back of their hands. Dummy tourists lolligagging in the middle of the road better be prepared to dodge cars and mopeds!
Most of Bermuda's lush flora isn't native, but there's so much flowering color everywhere! It seems plants of all kinds can flourish on the island, and it's the last, northernmost stop in the northern hemisphere where coconut palms can grow naturally!
What's the cover-up?
For the longest time I didn't get coverups at all.
Beaching is super different on the West Coast, for one thing. For another, like, why do you need a separate article of not-real-clothes?, where are you going, what is happening that you need one, HEY ARE YOU OK?!
Most of the the ones I see hanging sadly off clothing racks look like they want to age you aggressively, or were made for WASP-y country club ladies like on Revenge, or like they might get caught on a fishing line or the spoke of a passing bicyclist and leave you forever maimed.
New England beaching is less about wild, rugged coast than epic snack shacks and massive, bustling public restrooms that could be a half-mile walk from your spot on the beach, and I sort of get it now. Maybe you don't want to get saltwater on your silk sundress because you have to get that shit dry-cleaned every damn time, or you can only fit so much in your carry-on luggage for vacation and don't want to change outfits every time you go for a swim, thanks.
Anyway, I love this frothy little coverup from Ted Baker. It matches an adorable one-piece (click that link and if you're a Size 10, you're in luck and can get yours for under $40!). The thing is pretty sheer IRL, but reversible, has a great little pop of neon at the neckline and ties in the back, and it rinses clean and dries super quickly. I am really, really into how it reminds me of something Trudy from Mad Men might sleep if she were on a tropical vacation!
Thanks for reading, enjoy the drink recipe and find outfit details below.
An Island Cooler
WHat's IN IT?
Hendrick's Gin, healthily poured
Owl's Brew Pink & Black, a mixer with Darjeeling and a hint of hibiscus
Fresh lemon or lime juice, on the rocks
WHAT THE - WHERE DO I FIND OWL'S BREW?
BevMo has it because #bestcoast forever, but in New England it's at Whole Foods. Or find it at West Elm, Crate & Barrel, or Williams-Sonoma
Dress - Cotton On
Belt - Zara
Shades - Cole Haan
Gold Sandals - Dolce Vita, but I left them there because they seriously made me feel like I was trying to walk on little slabs of MDF
Coverup - Ted Baker
Earrings - J. Crew
Shades - D&G (I bought them BEFORE the hoopla, I swear)
Gold Sandals - Dolce Vita
Tote - Sonic Youth