Category Archives: Travel Diary

Travel Diary: Shots From the Cruise

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 1

Beyond Vintage Dress; Kate Spade Marie Bow-Toe Pumps (similar)

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 2

Elevated Style | Beyond Vintage Leaf Dress 3

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 1

Forever 21 Skirt (similar ); J.Crew Factory Blouse;  J. Crew Factory Enameled Dot Bangle (similar); Color Bubble BIB Statement Fashion Necklace – Turquoise; Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flats; J. Crew Polka Dot Bag

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 2

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Polkadot Shirt 3

Hello! I got back from the Caribbean just under a week ago and it took me the whole week to get back into the swing of things. I think my mind is still on vacation!

Above are a few outfits I wore to dinner on the ship. While I dressed up every night, I tended to live in my bathing suit during the day. I didn’t take as many pictures as I had planned and instead ended up relaxing as much as I could.

I’m excited to start blogging again!

Travel Diary: What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

I’m going on a Caribbean cruise in a few days and I thought I’d share some packing tips with you as well as what I’m bringing.


Below are a few tips I’ve learned over the years.

  • Know the dress code. It’s always fine to wear shorts and tees during the day, but there are usually at least one or two formal nights that you should plan for.
  • Dress for the destinations. Think through all the possible scenarios you could experience—lounging on the beach, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking—and plan your outfits accordingly.
  • Bring layers. No matter how close to the equator you are, it’s going to be freezing on board in the dining room.
  • Plan for two outfits a day. One for the day and one for the evening.
  • Mix and match. Stick to one color palette and choose items that you can remix to get more than one wear out of them.

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Below is a sneak peek of a few things I’m bringing on the cruise. I stuck to bright colors, fun patterns and lightweight, comfortable fabrics. Stay tuned for the cruise outfit posts coming in a week!

For the flight:


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Shirts + accessories:

Tops + Accessories

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Bottoms + shoes:

Bottoms + Shoes

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Readers: Do you plan this much before going on a vacation? Is this overkill?

Travel Diary: Newport Day 2

Elevated Style | Ann Taylor Cotton Sateen Sunbaked Illusion Print Split Neck Sheath Dress 2

Day 2 of the Newport, RI trip involved more mansions! In total, we toured nine. I can safely say that I’m all mansioned-out for a while.

I wore a regular-sized Ann Taylor Dress all day and found it to be quite lightweight and comfortable in the hot sun.

Typically with regular-sized Ann Taylor dresses, the area where the butt is supposed to be ends up on my back. It’s a horrible problem! Luckily, by sizing up one size, I was able to get this particular dress to work for me. It’s not perfect, but I fell in love with the color and print—way too cute to resist! I wouldn’t recommend this dress to anyone over 5’10” since the waist will probably not fall in the right place.

I’ve never tried tall dress sizes from Ann Taylor before because they’re not sold in store. I’d love to hear feedback if any of you have tried them.

*Thanks again to my Sister, Kelly who took these photos!

Readers: What’s the fit like on tall-sized Ann Taylor dresses?