What’s In My Beach Bag

Kate Spade Pink Embellished Bow Bandeau from Everything But Water’s 30th anniversary collection.

Since I look more like I’ve been indulging a bit too much in ice cream and macarons verses really looking like I’m expecting, I was a bit self-conscious about baring my belly in a bikini. The eye-catching bow on this playful one piece seemed like the perfect solution to draw the eye upward and away from my midsection.

Kate Spade Grainy Vinyl Floral Tote

I snagged mine on sale at the Kate Spade outlet. There are usually outlets near the beach, and they make for a great rainy day activity.

Stella & Dot Tunic

A great cover-up for the beach or tunic top with white jeans.

Gold Mine Leave In Conditioner by Drybar

I know that some women enjoy the extra thick mane that they get during pregnancy, but since I already have plenty of hair, it’s actually been quite a challenge, especially with the summer humidity. I’ve been trying all sorts of new conditioning and anti-frizz products to try to tame my, now, straw-like strands. I like how light weight this leave-in conditioning serum is. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling weighed down like most anti-frizz serums do. Don’t be scared by the shimmery specs. I thought they might add a nice bit of shine in the sunlight, but by the time I’m done brushing and blowdrying, the sparkles are nowhere to be found.

Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home

A little light beach reading.

Target Floppy Brim Hat

Perfect for providing a little shade.

Tory Burch “Mini Miller” Jelly Sandals

Cute and waterproof!

What’s in your beach bag this summer?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Kristen

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Babymoon

I have been so excited to get away and spend a few days basking in the sun and sand. Unfortunately, we learned that we shouldn’t call a beach vacation any sort of “moon” since that seems to invite the rain. We headed down to Jekyll Island for a mini honeymoon for a few days immediately following our wedding since we had decided to take a longer trip to Paris and the French Riviera later that year. It rained the whole time! The same thing happened this past weekend when we jetted down to Naples, Florida for a babymoon, a final vacation without a baby in tow.

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As soon as we landed, we scurried down to the beach to try to catch a few minutes on the sand in between rain showers, but quickly had to seek shelter at the beach cabana. We spent the afternoon darting outside between rain showers, and eventually admitted defeat before seeking out a dinner spot in the historic downtown area.

The weather our second day wasn’t much better, but we had plans to visit dear friends at their nearby home that afternoon and evening. It was wonderful catching up with old friends and sharing a delicious meal. We even snuck in a sunset stroll as the weather cleared just in time for sunset.

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Our final full day, we had to admit defeat when faced with a forecast that showed nothing but thundershowers all day long. I spent hours finding a resort that boasted comfy cushioned beach and pool loungers, but also made sure they had a spa with prenatal friendly treatments, so that’s where we sought refuge from the storm. We treated ourselves to massages, I splurged on a facial as well, and enjoyed access to the spa facilities for most of the afternoon. I had also made dinner reservations at BALEEN, one of the few restaurants where you can actually enjoy a sunset dinner on the beach. Again, the rain foiled our plans, but we still enjoyed a lovely meal from the covered patio instead.

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Exciting News

After 15 years of friendship, 6 years of marriage, and countless adventures together, Ted and I are excited to welcome a new addition to our family this December!!!

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photos courtesy of Brittany Patterson

Date Night with Rocksbox

It’s true what they say, “You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl.” Since moving to Alexandria, we’ve been saying that what Old Town really needs is a great southern restaurant, and I couldn’t have been more excited when I heard that a new place was opening on King Street called Magnolia’s. If Magnolia’s isn’t a classic southern restaurant name, I don’t know what is! In true southern girl style, a hair appointment is always a reason to go out to dinner, so that’s exactly what we did and Magnolia’s did not disappoint. Wanting to dress up a little, I selected an eyelet peplum top paired with white jeans and blush pumps for a pop of color. My latest arrival from Rocksbox contained the perfect assortment of sparkle to glam up a classic black and white ensemble. The classic color scheme allowed the jewels to take center stage, and we all know that I love a little (or lots) of sparkle. The delicate Wanderlust + Co heart ring and SLATE studs were a lovely complement to the bold necklace so that the look wasn’t over the top. I was so taken by the Perry Street Floral Crystal Necklace that I decided to purchase it. Unlike other subscription services, Rocksbox allows you to opt to purchase pieces you love instead of giving only a short window to return the things you don’t, and operates under a wear and return model. This allows you to request special occasion pieces that you may only want to wear once without feeling pressured to buy, or having to fret over precise timing since you return whenever you’re ready and the subscription is on a monthly basis, much like Netflix. You even get $10 each month in “shine spend” towards any piece you’d like to purchase, and the purchase prices are discounted from retail. Every girl knows that jewelry can truly transform an outfit, and Rocksbox allows endless options. What are you waiting for? A free month? Well, go ahead and give it a try! As a special gift for Peonies & Prosecco readers, use code peoniesandproseccoxoxo for your first month free!
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Thank you for reading and thank you to Rocksbox for sponsoring this post.

xoxo,

Kristen

Hair: Nadine Matar