Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Fashion: Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding - What To Wear to a Beach Wedding
What to Wear to a Destination Wedding on Polyvore - click for details.

It's Wedding Season!  Even better - it's Beach Wedding Season!  Combine a dream vacation with a beautiful life event?  Yes, please!

What will you wear to a Destination Wedding?  Well, you'll need a gorgeous dress, of course.  This beauty will flow in the ocean breeze, without revealing too much.  In case that breeze gets chilly, bring a pretty wrap.  Jewelry is in warm golden tones, it will catch the sun and sparkle.  You'll need something to carry your essentials; this La Pluma clutch by ále by Alessandra is just stunning.  Low heeled strappy shoes cover your feet (unless you go barefoot), and you top everything off with a glamorous sun hat.  Morgana sun hat by Gottex has a wide brim for fantastic sun protection as well as all the style you could ask for. 

Are you going to a Beach Wedding this summer?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beach of the Week: Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Beautiful Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Long Beach Island, NJ is a favorite vacation spot of many.  A summer haven, it’s the annual vacation spot for countless families.  The beaches are large and not overcrowded.  The streets beg to be wandered: ice cream shops, yummy restaurants and all the beach town essentials.  A wonderful place to gather with friends and family, to relax and bask in the beauty of the shore.

Are you planning a summer beach vacation?

Sand between your toes and a stylish sun hat on your head!  Get set for your next beach trip at SolEscapes!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Fashion: Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival Fashion
Cannes inspired!

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing!  The films are an integral aspect of the festival, of course, but just as important are the fashion culture and beach life!  This week, we feature some pieces that would be right at home on Plage C or strolling down Boulevard de la Croisette.  

The tunic by Glamourpuss NYC is made of sun protective fabric!  It can be worn as a swimsuit cover-up, a dress, or a tunic length top.  Pair it with an awesome tote, some chic sunnies, and colorful accessories.  To protect yourself from that Riviera sun, wear a stylish sun hat, like San Remo.

What would you wear to the Cannes Film Festival?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beach of the Week: Playa de las Catedrales Galicia, Spain

Playa de las Catedrales Arch Shaped Rock Formation
Breathtaking Playa de las Catedrales
We were so struck by the beautiful rock formations at Praia da Marinha beach, that this week we’re visiting another beach with awe inspiring cliffs: Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals).

Near the town of Ribadeo, in the Galicia region of Spain, Playa de las Catedrales provides a regal spot to wade, explore, and take lots (and lots) of pictures.  Towering cliffs have been shaped over time into dramatic formations.  Most famous among these are the tremendous arches that resemble the flying buttresses of cathedrals.

Timing is of essence, as the beach is only accessible at low tide.  During low tide, you can walk the beach, exploring caves and pools and soaking in the majesty of its arches.

If you could visit any beach today, which would it be?

Get ready for Summer!  Stock up on sunscreen, sun hats and swimwear!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

10 Travel Apps We Love

Travel Apps We Love
Smart apps make travel even better

Travel and technology: two of our favorite things.  Put them together, and magic happens! We love a good app, and apps that make travel even better… well they really earn our app-plause!  Here are 10 of our favorite travel apps for your next vacation.

Great Apps for Travel

Packpoint – This cool little app is designed just to manage your packing lists.  It gets you started with standard items, then gives you the ability to customize.  You can upload it, email it to your travel companions, and more.

Evernote – we’ve talked about Evernote before; it’s useful for creating ongoing packing lists.  But it can do so much more.  Keep a running list of travel “to-do’s” or “to-see’s”.  Copy in itinerary information.  Record your favorite memories.  

Trip Advisor – Knowing a bit about where you’re going to sleep is invaluable.  Trip Advisor, long known for reviews of hotels, also has loads of user reviews about restaurants, beaches, things to do and more.  Additionally, you can book flights and hotel stays from the app.

TripIt - Your one stop travel itinerary app.  Store details about your flights, hotels, rental cars, restaurant reservations and more.  It even has an auto import feature, which will pull from confirmation emails you’ve received – so handy!

My Currency Converter – Doing math in one’s head… well, it’s not for everyone, is it?  This app does the currency conversion math for you, simply and quickly.  Bonus: for an app that converts all sorts of things (currency, volume, length and more), check out Units Plus.

Google Maps – Pretty obvious, right?  Though it has features you may not use day to day.  For example, when requesting directions, use the “walk” option if you’re on foot so it will adjust the time estimate accordingly and give you walk-appropriate directions.  Also, check out the “Apps” option within directions for public transit and other apps relevant to your location.  

GateGuru – Ever had a couple hours to kill at an airport?  Or, ever had a short layover and a ravenous appetite?  GateGuru to the rescue.  Just select the airport, and it gives you all the info you’ll need: maps, tips, amenities, restaurants, even flights.  Sort by gate if you’re short on time – dash to the nearest restaurant and grab some food before you board. 

Speak & Translate – Language barrier, no more!  Just say whatcha need to say, and the app translates it into the selected language.  There are a bunch of languages to choose from.  Too cool!

Wi-Fi Finder – When you yearn for wi-fi, this app helps you find it!  It uses GPS to identify hot spots nearby.  You can even download the offline database, so the info will be at your fingertips, regardless of your connection status!

Moldiv - You're going to be making a lot of memories; why not share them on the fly?  Use Moldiv to quickly create photo collages of your adventures, then share them via your favorite social media: Instagram, Facebook, etc.

What's your favorite app for traveling?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fashion - Poppies!

Poppies! Polyvore Set

It's Friday!  We're celebrating with color... and poppies!  We love the combination of this beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress with our Renda sun hat, La Pluma clutch (both from the ále by Alessandra collection) and SolEscapes Resort jewelry.  We may just hunt down a garden party this weekend! 

What fun does your weekend hold?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beach of the Week: Praia da Marinha, Portugal

Praia da Marinha, Portugal
Stunning views of Praia da Marinha in The Algarves of Southern Portugal
The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, is home to some drool-worthy beaches.  Known widely as the most beautiful of the bunch is Praia da Marinha, or Navy Beach. 

Praia da Marinha makes you work for it, as it’s a bit of a drive, and then you have to navigate the steep staircase down to the beach.  Worth it?  Of course it is. 

Once on the beach, you’re surrounded by towering limestone formations, the deep aqua Atlantic, and the serene blue sky.  It’s time to explore the beach’s hidden alcoves, bathe in the clear water and enjoy the stunning views of those towering cliffs.

What’s the most unique beach you’ve been to?


Get your family summer ready!  Find all your sun protection needs at SolEscapes!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Belize Fedora in Redbook Magazine

Belize fedora in Redbook magazine
The fabulous Belize fedora in Redbook Magazine!

The May issue of Redbook Magazine has a fantastic "Fashion Under $50" spread featuring the Belize fedora sun hat!  Belize is joined by a wonderful assortment of clothing fit for any "prepster".  The layout has an emerald green and royal blue theme with a fun preppy, nautical feel.  

Belize has fedora lines and panama straw, making it a warm weather favorite for any cool cat.  The diamond detail and black contrast stitching set it apart from the fedora crowd.  The Belize fedora sun hat is a real chameleon, suitable for a preppy vibe, a sultry demeanor, or a beach casual look.  It is made of off-white straw adorned with a navy ribbon or a black ribbon.  $40 by Physician Endorsed.

Belize Fedora Sun Hat
Belize Fedora Sun Hat

Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrating Mom: Summer Bag and Tote Offer

Moms Summer Bag and Tote Offer

Hey Moms!  This weekend is all about YOU!  With summer coming, you know you'll need a great looking bag to accompany you - whether it's around town, at the shops, to the beach, or on summer vacation.  Treat yourself to a wonderful new tote bag, beach bag or clutch!  

Get 25% off all summer bags and totes!  5/9/15 through 5/11/15.  Use code: LOVEMOM.

Summer Bag Sale

Here are a few ideas... see our complete selection of resort and beach bags and clutches on the site.

1. St. Tropez Tote from Glamourpuss NYC.  Super fun print, and it's transparent!

2. Brasilia Tote Bag.  The beaded details and flower applique are gorgeous!

3. Grand Cayman Raffia Tote Bag.  Big enough to haul essentials for the whole family, and it packs flat!

4. Tulum Straw Clutch by Kayu.  Pink with polka dots.  I mean, come on - the cuteness!

5. Ipanema Linen & Raffia Bag by ále by Alessandra.  The contrasting fabrics make this shoulder bag a knock-out.

6. Boheme Clutch by ále by Alessandra.  A stylish straw clutch, complete with tassel!

7. Copacabana Straw Bag by ále by Alessandra. Pretty much the perfect beach bag. 

8. Turks & Caicos Resort Bag.  That turquoise crochet handle is so good!

9. La Pluma Clutch by ále by Alessandra.  This stylish clutch is ready for a night on the town!

25% of all bags and clutches, 5/9/15 through 5/11/15 with code LOVEMOM.  Shop our collection of resort bags and clutches now!  What a wonderful way to celebrate your role as Mom!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Beach of the Week: Baker Beach, San Francisco

Scenic Baker Beach, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge makes a glorious backdrop to Baker Beach.

We’re staying close to home with this week’s beach: Baker Beach in San Francisco.  With the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background, the views here can’t be beat.  Though San Francisco is known for it’s chilly, foggy weather, the best weather occurs in the Spring and Fall.   This beach is family friendly; even the family pooch is welcome.  It’s a beautiful place to picnic, play in the sand and take a scenic stroll.  Brave souls will enjoy wading, or even swimming, in the chilly water.  Be sure to bring your camera, photo op’s abound here!

Northern California has scads of gorgeous beaches: what’s your favorite?

Check off your packing list at SolEscapes!  Get all your warm weather travel needs: sun hats, swimwear, resort wear and more!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide
Gift Ideas for Mom

We know you adore Mom every day, but Mother's Day is the time to really show her how much you appreciate her!  We love these ideas for fun, stylish and useful gifts for Mom

1. Not just any sun hat, but a glamorous sun hat!  The Alhambra sun hat is a classic beauty, with a 4" brim and 50+ UPF sun protection too!  It comes in the feminine white/pink shown here, as well as white/black, black, tan/brown and white/navy.

2. Jewelry always works!  The Color Pop necklace is just the thing; it goes with a casual outfits and dressier ensembles alike.  It brightens a neutral top instantly!  Comes in pink, yellow, green or turquoise.

3. How about a gorgeous tote bag?  The Gigi Straw Tote Bag is the perfect size to carry all her essentials.  It has several pockets, a flat bottom, and a fun chain/bamboo strap.  

4. Summer's coming, sandals are a necessity.  These Keikei's flip-flops are cute as can be!  The colorful beads are made from coconut, making them perfect for the tropics.  They also come in turquoise.

5.  More jewelry?  Yes, jewelry will always make a fabulous Mother's Day gift!  The Calypso bracelet is a really special piece.  The white wooden beads set off the rainbow of colorful stone beads.  And? It goes with everything, making it ideal for travel.

6. Swimming season is right around the corner.  This Bond Girl Tunic cover-up from Glamourpuss NYC is a real multi-tasker.  It's a swimsuit cover-up - yep.  It can also be worn as a top, paired with capris or skinnies.  Or, let down the sides, and wear it as a dress!  It also comes in navy and an aqua jellyfish print.

7. Mom deserves a special night out, and you can equip her with this perfect going-out clutch.  The La Pluma clutch from the ále by Alessandra hat and bag line is beautiful.  The feather pattern repeats across the bag to stunning effect.  It comes in gold and black too.

See these items and more in the Mother's Day Gift Ideas area of the shop!

How will you celebrate Mother's Day?