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Week O’Nautical – Warm Summer Cabana Striped Nights


Cabana Stripes

Cabana Stripes

Warm summer evenings are perfect for tiki torches, twinkling lights, bbq’s and garden parties!  As the sun sets, the lights turn on and as we garden and bbq can’t help but make the night more magical with a pretty cabana striped dress!  I may not be lounging in the cabana so I might as well bring the cabana to my lounging!

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The dress is from Loft Outlet, a major score with the holiday sales this week/weekend!  The fit is full and the material a nice thick linen (and lined!) so I needed to tie it all together with a wide belt.  The mark. The White Approach belt ($18) was the perfect way to tie in my nautical influence as well as tie my look together!

mark. The White Approach Belt

mark. The White Approach Belt

Why stop the stripes at just the dress!?!  Print matching the cabana stripes with the black and white stripes from my mark. Handle With Flair Handbag ($36).  Which also perfectly match my cobalt faux suede peep toe pumps from Shoedazzle!


mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

To complete the look I just added some sparkly jewelry and eye look with my mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet (see review here) and What A Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Twilight.  You can shop the beauty products used, Handle With Flair handbag and The White Approach Belt at my eBoutique:

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes on stripes actually work really well together!  Try it for yourself by mixing different sized stripes in your outfit and in an accessory.  Personally I’m loving how my nautically influenced cabana stripes pair with the mark. Handle With Flair handbag.  I’d recommend it as your striped accessory.  It has exterior pockets as well as interior and the silky fabric is anchored with with cobalt trim.  I’m thinking this bag will look equally as chic paired with black and white stripes for some stripe on stripe matching!  Now through Sunday get FREE SHIPPING on this bag (or any other $20 purchase) with promo code JULY4FS at

Week O'Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Your Summer Vacation Must-Haves

I absolutely LOVE that summer is JUST around the corner.  Which also means its time to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’ve been following my posts for the last 2 weeks you’ll notice I’ve been highlighting pieces from the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts collection (last seen here), so let’s pretend I’m planning a real vacation to Saint Barts.  There are a few must haves from the collection that are needed for any summer travel regardless of the destination.  Here are my top 3 must haves for your summer vacation:

1.  mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24).

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

If you’re anything like me when packing its about fitting as much as possible and bringing as many multitasking items as possible.  The mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case solves both those issues.  Pack all your jewelry in its 3 zippered pockets, 1 slip pocket and along the necklace/earring bar, then roll it up!  The compacted case fits nicely in your bag and keeps you organized.  MULTITASKER:  The jewelry roll can then double up as a clutch once you get to your destination!

2.  mark. Get Packing Tote

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

The mark. Get Packing Tote is just what you need for your carry on bag or overnight bag.  Its roomy so you can pack a lot, and I mean a lot!, but it has sturdy and comfortable straps for lugging it around.  But on top of all that its a really good looking bag!  The neutral camel faux leather is really nice in quality and the pops of pink neon around the trim, studs and tie details give it a luxe look so you can also look like a chic jet-setter!  MULTITASKER:  Use this bag as your beach bag, shopper tote and/or just as your purse when you get to your destination.

3.  mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16 each)

Beautiful sunwashed eye shades and bronzy goodness!

mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16)

Who wants to haul a bunch of makeup when traveling?  That’s when a good pallet is really important, one that will give you a ton of looks from one case!  I’ve already reviewed and sung my praises on the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty pallets here, but on a trip these are really all you would need to bring, plus the slim design makes them really travel friendly!  MULTITASKER:  The mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet is a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one!  The mark. Island Eyes pallet contains the perfect shades to go neutral and beachy or bold and smokey!

BONUS MUST HAVE!  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard (pic cred’s to Erica Gerlemann!)

I know I said my top 3, but I had to add on the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line!  A lot of vacation destinations are going to have bugs and pests you don’t want biting you.  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line is EXTREMELY effective at keeping them at bay, plus its deet free!  No matter your formula preference there’s an option for you, lotion, spray or towelette.  MULTITASKER:  Get your other vacation must have, SUNSCREEN in your Bug Guard formula!  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line also has options with SPF30, which is just a life must have, really!  DOUBLE BONUS:  Now through memorial day the Skin So Soft Bug Guard is all on special pricing in our Memorial Day Shop (shop it here!) and with a $40 order get a FREE travel size Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray.  Plus shop the Memorial Day Shop for other must-haves to ready you for the weekend!

Let's Get Packing For St. Barts!

Let’s Get Packing For St. Barts!

Now let’s get planning for your summer vacation!  Possibly with the long Memorial Weekend?  Let’s kick off summer with a vacation weekend with these vacation must-haves!  What destinations are on your bucket list for summer travel?