Thursday, August 21, 2014

beach side essentials

When it comes to prepping for beach vacations, there are a handful of items I will kick myself at the security gate for not remembering (and then frantically search for said items when I land at my destination). In no particular order, let's run through them:

1.) A great beach tote. My biggest pet peeve is having to head back to the hotel room too many times, unless it's to charge a phone, so I'd rather have everything at my side for the whole day. Bonus points if it has raffia pom poms like this Tory Burch number on loan from The RealReal.
2. A panama hat. It goes with everything you're probably already planning on bringing. It literally can do no wrong. Until everyone in your group photo has one on. 
3. Lots of magazines. I usually stock up on a few current issues and bring along a few past month's issues that I haven't had a chance to finish yet.
4. A fan! It's, oh so, functional for humid climates plus it doesn't hurt that it adds a certain glamour factor to your beach look.
5. Beach snacks. Since you're usually out for most of the day, dipping in and out of the ocean, I try to make sure to have plenty of water and snacks on hand, to avoid any sudden blood sugar drops, or worse yet, hangry episodes. I mentioned earlier this week that I've been trying out NatureBox, a healthy snack monthly subscription service, and it's been key while out here in Jamaica. I'm particularly hooked on their French vanilla almond granola and can't wait to try it with yogurt later this week when I'm back in SF. If you want to try it out yourself, they're offering two This Time Tomorrow readers a free 6-month membership. To enter, browse their snacks section here and leave a comment below listing what snack you'd like to try. Good luck -- winners will be selected at random next week. And if you want to get a jump start on your first order, they're also offering a 50% discount with the code "THISTIMETOMORROW". Please note, both the giveaway and the discount is only available to US readers. 

This post was sponsored by NatureBox. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting This Time Tomorrow collaborations! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

wish you were here {island playlist}

It's a little after midnight right now and I'm sitting out on my hotel room balcony in Jamaica. I can hear the Caribbean lapping the shore nearby, the night birds are waking up singing a few different songs and I can't believe I'm here right now. It's utterly beautiful, serene and peaceful. Earlier today, someone light heartedly made the joke "In Jamaica, we don't have problems. We just have situations." And for the next few days, I'm going to fully embrace that MO. 

As you may have spied already, I've hopped over to Jamaica for my first visit ever and am absolutely loving everything the island has to offer. While I have a jam-packed travel diary to share with you once I get back, I wanted to pop in to share a few postcard snaps along with some surf-ready tunes (scroll to the end of the post) that have been getting me into the true one love spirit. Happy jammin'!

Huge thank you goes out to our home away from home the past few days, Round Hill Resort.

Hammock life, napping in my go-to island shoes, Soludos. // Obligatory fruity cocktail on the beach.

Much of the resort's interior design is by Ralph Lauren, whose private villa is toward the end of the property. But first, let's just admire those canopy beds, shall we?

Outfit details: Shirt: Isabel Marant borrowed from The RealReal; Shorts: Levis; Shoes: Soludos; Hat: J.Crew; Beach tote: Tory Burch borrowed from The RealReal

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