Spring Break Wishlist

Anel and I haven’t been on a proper spring break vacation in years. The year I was pregnant with Amalia, Zika forced us to cancel our babymoon to St. Lucia and two years after that, I had terrible anxiety about leaving her for more than a night or two. But now we’re ready. More than ready. My sister offered to take care of Amalia for a few nights in March and we’re trying to plan a getaway now!

The rub is that the week she can do also happens to be spring break for most colleges so everything is already booked up completely or exorbitantly expensive so I’m dedicating an hour this weekend to finding something that works for us. Ideally somewhere very warm and very sunny. I spend way too much time fantasizing about a book (and a drink!) in my hand with my toes in the sand… uninterrupted. It sounds too good to be true!

I’ve been shopping a lot less lately and trying to make smarter decisions when I do.  My 2020 goal is to only buy clothing that will last for years to come. So while price points might be higher on the wish lists, I hope to end up spending less on amortized costs because I will wear one dress more often instead of buying three dresses for the same amount.

If we end up going on this trip, I plan to buy myself one dress, one top, and one pair of espadrilles because the ones I’ve had forever are finally on their last leg. I’ve added Soludos tie-up espadrilles to every summer and spring break wish list for years so I think it’s time to finally bite the bullet and get them. The only question is what color. I’d love to do this pretty light pink or off-white… or navy. I can’t decide!

As far as dresses go, my friend has this LoveShackFancy white lace mini dress and every time she wears it I fall in love all over again so it’s at the very top of my list. As is this beautiful Cuyana silk crop top that would look so pretty with a long skirt or high-waisted white jeans.

My bathing suit collection is already pretty awesome so I don’t need anything in that department. My favorite suits are The Marina and The Sidestroke from Summersalt, a sustainable swimwear line that makes the best-fitting suits I’ve ever found. If I do buy a swimsuit this year, it will probably be this one from Vitamin A.

Striped midi skirt, $245
Straw bag, $134
Rainbow-striped dress, $298
Sandals, $48
Blue pom dress, $128
Cropped silk top, $145
Blue floral blouse, $128
Striped cotton dress, $98 (on sale)
White lace dress, $325
Espadrilles, $95
Shell and raffia earrings, $88

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  1. Emily said:

    I love all of your choices! I am going to Florida in two weeks and am trying not to buy anything until I see the Vineyard Vines x PB Lately collab that launches on 2/24… I have a feeling I’m going to want everything!!

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    • Julia said:

      I’m quite excited about that too!

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  2. Ann Marie said:

    I love everything in this post! Thank you!

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  3. Gina Deveney said:

    We just planned a last minute getaway to Anguilla and it was amazing! We flew direct from Philly to St Maarten and then took a “ferry” (ours were much smaller than that sound) to Anguilla. We stayed at Zemi Beach House and I definitely recommend, but they also have a Four Seasons and many other nice options.

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  4. patty said:

    Best of luck finding the perfect escape! I have a friend who has booked some fabulous last minute trips through Costco, of all places.

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    • Julia said:

      I had no idea they do travel. So random but good to know.

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  5. Hayley said:

    Great choices! I have the Soludos wedges in off-white and they’re really versatile.

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    • Julia said:

      Do they get dirty though? That’s my only concern.

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  6. Marija said:

    This looks like a dream. Just a heads up, even though it might be late ( but for next season, it’s worth it), I’ve got a pair of soludos on net a porter sale for 23$. Crazy, right? But when you find the right thing, don’t think twice

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    • Julia said:

      What!?!? I will keep an eye out, that is amazing. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. Ann said:

    You should look at Palm Springs! It’s the best, and definitely not a college spring break destination in the traditional sense. I highly recommend the Korakia to stay!

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    • Julia said:

      It’s a little too far for us for 3 nights but I love it there and would LOVE to take Anel!

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  8. Kelly said:

    I love everything on this list and really appreciate your effort to choose high-quality brands that aren’t fast-fashion! It’s so inspiring! But I do wish there were at least a few clothing items that were under $100. The price point of everything here just feels a little unattainable, especially for a 20-something like myself. I always love your wish lists because you offer a range of products at different price points. I completely understand and support your reasoning behind this shift, but hope that you can share more pieces/brands that are just stylish and sustainable without breaking the bank (totally believe this is already a goal of yours, but just wanted to emphasize that it’s something I value as a reader!).

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    • Julia said:

      I will definitely keep this in mind for my next round-up! And if there are brands you love that you think I should look at for posts like these, send them my way.

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  9. I am totally torn between the off-white or light pink Soludos for this summer too!

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  10. Dana said:

    Go to Turtle Inn in Belize!!!!

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