Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Polka Dot Beaches

Santa Cruz Travel, Plus Size Polka Dot Dress
Hubs and I took a much needed mini vacation down to the Santa Cruz area of the bay.    We rented a cute little beach house for the night, ate some fresh seafood, and just relaxed.  It felt fantastic to unplug and think about absolutely nothing.  It's been a while since I've gotten to really decompress and I almost forgot what it was like to not check my phone every 5 minutes.  I've always thought of myself having a balance with technology and social media.  I'm 33 and so I'm young enough to where social media comes very easy and almost naturally to me, but I am old enough to remember what it's like without social media.  Since it has become apart of my job, I fear that it's taken over my life a little bit.  I have to do better.  

Anyways, we had an awesome time.  We ended up in Aptos, Ca, which is about 10 miles from Santa Cruz. It's a cute little beach town hub.  It's a little less tourist-y and less crowded.  Shug got to get all of her life in the sand, but wanted no part of the beach water.  She ate quite a bit of the sand, as well.  Poor Shug. We dined at Cafe Rio for lunch and dinner, which was within walking distance of our accommodations. Their happy hour is magnificent.  

Style Notes: This polka dot dress was the perfect beach getaway dress. I got it in a 2x. I'm generally a 16/18 on top.  This runs true to size.  You will want to get this to fit the upper portion of your body. It has slight stretch in, but not much.  Also, I know people had concerned about the Keds being too narrow. I found them to be fine and pretty comfortable, but note that they are white and you will have to toss in the washer frequently. 
Santa Cruz Travel, Plus Size Polka Dot Dress

Santa Cruz Travel, Plus Size Polka Dot Dress

Santa Cruz Travel, Plus Size Polka Dot Dress

Dress - c/o Modcloth, Shoes - Kate Spade for Keds, Bag - Kate Spade (sold out), Lip - MAC Red by MAC, Towel - Nate Berkus for Target, Swim - Modcloth

16 comments:

  1. As usual, you look great. That dress is a beautiful color and I love the same pattern/different color mix with the shoes. The whole outfit looks way comfortable and very pretty which can be a difficult combo to pull off. Glad you got some r&r with your family- we all need some of that. You look beautiful in the sun. Make sure and get out more often ~Inspector33.com

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  2. Very cute and simple, I love the family vacation post as well.

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  3. I love the dress. I have to try modcloth again , I had two bad fittings with them but I love your dress so much hun. Im glad you had a great time and got to rest. Its fun to sit back and look at whats wonderful around you.

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    1. So this dress is from the Modcloth line, so the fit is good. Some of the other things are bought from vendors and so the fit is all over the place. Go by the size chart..it's pretty dead on. I hope this helps.

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  4. i love this color on you! yellow just makes me smile unfortunately i dont think its quite my color! also the polka dots are cute too! so retro!
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  5. Oh la la...so beautiful photos and your outfit is chic...super chic!

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  6. loving the contrasting polka dots, yes yes yes!-Angeleawhat.com

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  7. POLKA DOTs!!!!! Love, love, LOVE!!!

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  9. I love the yellow polka don on you!

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  10. Very lovely dress and your courage to rock the swimsuit I admire.
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  11. Love the swimsuit. I really don't like my shape though, I have "the pouch" ugh. I don't think i could pull this off with out shorts:(

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  12. Love this -especially the bathing suit! And Shug!!! There is a daily vlogger on YouTube right in that area, so I know it's very beautiful !

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