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I’m Going To Mexico! Packing These 6 Beach Vacay Essentials!

February 1, 2020 in I Adore What I Love, The Travel Bug
I'M GOING TO MEXICO! PACKING THESE 6 BEACH VACAY ESSENTIALS! :: I Adore What I Love Blog :: #iadorewhatilove

Ahhh, it’s true! I’m going to Mexico and I leave TOMORROW! My husband and I are going {sans kids, though I know I’ll be missing them like crazy!} because he qualified for his top producer work trip – proud wifey! – and I get to tag along! To quote Jessie Spano from Saved By the Bell, I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it!!!! Insert all the laughing emoji faces here, LOL.

But seriously, I am. So excited, that is. The last time I went to Mexica was during my senior year of college when all my girlfriends and I went to Acapulco! I imagine this time is going to be just a little different?!!? Why yes, yes it is! Haha!

We’re heading to Riviera Maya and I am SO looking forward to some sun, relaxation, and pool time. Don’t you worry, my plan is to continue instagramming + I’ll def be instagram story-ing the whole time we’re there too. So if you want to follow along, make sure you follow me on Instagram now!

With that, I thought I would share 6 beach vacay essentials that I’m bringing along with me. You ready? Let’s do this!

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That Book You’ve Been Dying to Read but Haven’t Had Time For

Every beach, adults-only vacation needs a good book to go along with it. When I think of some of my favorite past R&R trips, I also think about the books that I read when I was there. The books that I HAD TIME TO READ while I was there! I’ve always loved to read but as a working-from-home mom, it’s super hard to find the time. Ya know?

I give myself full permission to TAKE the time to read whatever floats my boat on vacay. I realize this is a luxury in my life now and I take full advantage whenever the opportunity arrises… which less face it, is less often than desirable.

On this vacation, I’m bringing along Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I actually started reading it a few nights ago and I am already invested. I won’t give too many details away but it’s a memoir written by a therapist about her therapist, as well as her patients. Interesting, right?! Also, Eva Longoria is making it into a TV show and I love to compare books to their TV or movie counterparts so for that reason alone I wanted to read it! If you’re interested in reading it too, you can shop it HERE.

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A Cool New Tee

Easy, breezy, and cute – just how I like my favorite summer tees! This “Feeling Fine” bleached top is new, from Bolt Addiction. It’s soooo soft and while on the cropped side, I can still tuck it in. I love that the body of it is a little oversized too. Roomy, I would say. Exactly my kind of warm-weather style!

EXCITING NEWS – Bolt Addiction is giving my blog readers 25% off anything {!!!!} on their website with the discount code ADDICTED25 – so check it out now! They sell clothing, handbags, and accessories and while anyone can shop their online store, I love that it was also started by a local North Shore Chicago mom! Everything is so well priced and on-trend!! You’ll love!

Some other cute vacay t-shirts are this Stones Tongue Tee {which I personally own already and let’s be real, will probably will bring to Mexico too!}, this Coke tee {omg so cute!}, and this tie-dye top that’s to-DYE-for adorable! SO MUCH YES!!!

Your Favorite Pair of Frayed Jean Shorts!

Now, let’s chat about what I plan to wear my easy tees with!? A no-nonsense pair of jean shorts, of course!! I got this pair that I’m wearing in the photo from Amazon for LESS THAN $25. Yes! AMAZON! Less than $25!! And they’re surprisingly well made; they fit great with the ideal amount of stretch! Let’s be honest, I’ll probably live in them while I’m basking in the warmth. Also, they come in a million other styles, washes, and they’re even sold in different rises. Amazon for the win!!! Shop them HERE.

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A Double Duty Mini Dress

When I found out that I was invited to go to Mexico with my husband, I immediately searched the internet for all the cute summery dresses. I found this little number, bought it and now I want it in every color! Too bad the only other color it comes in is blue, ha! Regardless, it will be such an easy throw-on dress to wear during the day but I can also totally wear it to the pool. Bringing something that can do double-duty when on vacay is always a good idea! Obsessed! Shop this one-size-fits-most dress HERE.

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The Perfect, No-Fuss, Fedora

Every beach vacay should include the perfect, no-fuss, fedora! What do I mean by that, you ask? Well, I mean that your fedora should be free of heavy materials {no felt fedoras here!!}, it should be easy to travel with {AKA not too big!}, and also, the obvious – CHIC!

Look no further because I found the most perfect beach vacay fedora that literally checks off allllll of those boxes. And if you have a little head like yours truly, it fits! WOOHOO!! Shop it HERE.

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Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

THIS has recently become my secret sauce to life. While I just started using it, I can confidently say that it is a true miracle worker. On a daily basis, I have 1,259 things going on in my life and my mind is racing a million miles per minute. I’m constantly thinking about this, that or another. Can you relate?! I bet you can!!! Being a mom is a juggling act in itself, and then adding in actual work to the mix – WHOA. Basically, I’m tired all the time and probably look that way too.

However, I’ve found that ever since I started using this Tula cooling and brightening eye balm with one swipe under my eyes in the morning + throughout my days, I feel instantly energized and more awake! Like, it’s almost bizarre that an eye balm can have that affect on someone but it is REAL and I am here for it! Soooo, yep, I’ll be bringing this with with me to Mexico. And will most likely wear it to the pool over my sunscreen – because COOLING!!!! And ENERGIZING!!!! And more AWAKE!!!!!

I’m also bring all the usual suspects for a beach vacay – bathing suits, sunscreen, sandals, my workout clothes, a cute beach bag, etc. etc. But the list I’ve shared here makes up my absolute essentials!! Are you going away anytime soon? Let me know! DM me on Instagram and tell me about it!!!

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