My Easy Vacation Packing Guide: Punta Cana

My Easy Vacation Packing Guide: Punta Cana

Hello, everyone! Welcome back! Next week I have an exciting trip coming up so just like I do for all my travels, I wanted to share some things I’m planning to pack. This would include clothes, accessories, toiletries, and anything else I think will come in handy on this fun trip I’ve got planned. Keep on reading to see what I’ve got packed for my trip to Punta Cana!

Clothing

Obviously clothing is super important for a vacation because you can’t walk around naked. We’re only staying 4 nights/5 days so I don’t need TOO much, but I will most definitely over pack because of who I am as a person. Some of the things that I’m really focusing on purchasing for this trip are evening outfits. The resort we’re staying at is pretty high end, so I feel like I can get away with looking extra nice for dinners. Plus it’s a baecation, so I want it to be extra special. I decided that rompers and dresses are the way to go for dinners because they are super easy to throw on, while still looking put together. Plus it’s going to be hot and humid so I want to wear something easy to keep me cool too. Below are a few things I’ve had my eye on for a fancy dinner!

Swimsuits

This is like a no brainer, honestly. Going to an island means that I’ll need some cutie swimsuits! I plan on spending my days in swimsuits and my nights in the dresses above, because I plan on baking in the sun for 5 days (with spf on don’t you worry). I got a few swim suits before going to Greece earlier this summer and I shared those in my swimsuit collection blog post, linked here. I don’t need too many, but I do want to share a few that I saw on ASOS for less than $30 per piece. I’m loving a neon swimsuit and of course, you can’t go wrong with classic black!

Toiletries

Other than my usual skin care, I don’t plan on wearing TOO much make up or anything but I figured I’d share some of my favorites that I definitely will bring. Currently, Sephora is having 20% off for Rouge members which ends today, August 27! I get my FAVORITE mascara there so I wanted to share. It’s the Dior Diorshow Mascara and the Dior Diorshow Volumizing Lash Primer. I have also been thinking I’d pick up the Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush and Bronzer in Sunkissed because it’s been sold out every time I try to buy it. It’s perfect for a vacation where you don’t want to wear a ton of makeup but you still want to look bronze and glowy.

Some Other Necessities…

Some other things I will definitely be bringing with me is a few different cameras. I love to bring my Polaroid camera on vacation with me because it’s a fun way to capture the memories, plus you get to see the photo right away! Here’s the one I use, it’s the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. Along with that I always get a multipack of the film because I find it the most cost effective. It’s the matching Fujifilm Instax Mini Film. And last but not least, you know I LOVE to use a disposable camera so of course, I got the Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera. I usually buy these in a 3 pack also for cost effectiveness.

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July Favorites 2019

July Favorites 2019

The month of July was all about day trips and eating lots and lots of food. So, for my July Favorites, I figured I’d share some of the places I went (mostly around Long Island) to give you all a few last minute ideas for what to do this summer too! Let me know in the comments, what some of your favorite things were from this past month?

1. Greenport

A few weeks ago, I took a trip out to Greenport (on one of the hottest days of the year mind you) and it was such a nice easy experience. Greenport is all the way on the eastern end of long island, on the north fork. There’s all kind of great vineyards over there also! This day we went to visit the famous lavender fields, called Lavender By The Bay where the lavender is only in bloom for about 6 weeks in the summer! It’s a little pricey to get in at about $9 per person, but the field is one of the most instagrammable places around there, so it’s worth it (if that’s what you’re into). After that we stopped by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, which is cute and has a bunch of great beers. If you do a tasting there, you can even keep the glass! Finally, we stopped by Lucharitos for some tacos and margs and I had the BEST jalapeno margarita, probably ever. The duck breast tacos were also delicious!

2. Fire Island

For fourth of July weekend, we took a little trip out to Fire Island for a little R&R and lots and lots of drinks. We relaxed on the beach all day long, drank some beers out of red solo cups, and soaked up as much sun as possible. After a nice long beach day, we headed over to the bar there for rocket fuels which are frozen, rum, amaretto, and pineapple drinks. They were good, but I’m not big on frozen drinks so I only had one but it’s basically like a rite of passage. After that, we spent the night watching the fireworks, across the bay all across Long Island. If you ever get the chance to do this, take it! It’s an amazing view, that sort of makes you realize how small you are compared to the rest of the world.

3. White Plains

Also during fourth of July weekend, we took a trip up to White Plains and had ourselves a night. We spent the day and night drinking all kinds of margaritas, eating even more tacos and nachos and guacamole. We ended the night with some much needed Domino’s Pizza and some good old quality time. Th next morning, we treated ourselves to some bagels and coffee (and some Advil), which is not quite the same as the kind from Long Island but you know, it did the trick.

4. Montauk

Ahhh, Montauk. Honestly, one of my favorite places on Long Island. It’s the literally end of the island. It’s so far east that you could drive 2-3 hours to get there, and not even leave the island yet. It’s also got a little bit of everything. There’s tons of cute vineyards on the way there when driving through the Hamptons, lots of cute shops for food, coffee, and clothing on the way and even in town. There’s the Montauk Brewing Company, with the most aesthetically pleasing packaging for a beer you’ve ever seen. And of course, we can’t forget the beach. On my trip out there, we stopped for tacos (duh) at Tacombi, which is my favorite taco place in all of Long Island and Manhattan. Then we took a little walk around town to get some iconic Montauk apparel. They had sweatshirts 2 for $35! After that, we went to Kirk Beach which is the public beach in that town and finally our last stop was the Montauk Brewing Company for my favorite, the Watermelon Session Ale.

5. Michael Anthony’s Food Bar

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Truly and honestly, the most amazing culinary experience of my LIFE. Our host for the evening, Cassandra, is truly a sight to see. She has such a knack for what she does, you’d have to think she’s reading your mind. This restaurant in Wading River, NY is one where the host, basically reads the energy and the feel of the group and chooses your entire menu for you along with wine pairings for each course. It’s really a game of trust, and she hit the nail right on the head every single time. Some of our favorite dishes from that night included Spanish Octopus, Calamari, Wild Boar Ribs, Escargot, Duck Breast, Monkfish, and Lambchops. It was really the best experience and if you are adventurous and interested in trying new foods, I would highly recommend this place. However, save it for a special occasion, because the price tag is not fit for every day eating!

6. Core Life Eatery

This place is not as exciting as Michael Anthony’s Food Bar, but I love it just the same. There are a bunch of these restaurants all over, actually, but I’ve only just discovered it this month! This place is basically Chipotle, but for super healthy food. They have a variety of pre-selected grain or rice bowls, green bowls, and broth bowls or you can build your own. Everything is made with fresh produce and meats. The portions are a pretty good size, where you might not finish everything but if you did, you won’t feel horrible about it after. It’s really delicious and I highly recommend trying it out if you can!

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