Travel style journal: Lake Geneva, Wis.

August 28, 2016

Ahoy, fashionistas! 

If you've been following along with my Instagram posts, you have probably noticed that I've been traveling this past week. Every summer and winter, Adam and I visit our favorite getaway spot, The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa in Fontana, Wisconsin.

It's only about two hours from the Chicagoland suburbs, and it is conveniently only 15 minutes from downtown Lake Geneva, which is a popular tourist destination for lake life in Wisconsin.

We LOVE it there. The resort is always fabulous, and being on the lake feels like a home away from home for us.

For today's post, I'm providing a style journal from my trip. From all of my #ootd's to the swimsuits I was beach bummin' in, I'm giving the scoop on all of it.

Day | 1
Top: Old Navy | Shorts: Old Navy | Jacket: Old Navy | Sandals: Aerosoles | Bag: Michael Kors
Our first day was the day we traveled to the resort, so I wanted to dress comfortable for the drive, but still somewhat stylish. I paired this soft mermaid tank from Old Navy with white linen Old Navy shorts and these Aerosoles strappy sandals. I chose to carry my black Michael Kors crossbody for the trip, as well as my Old Navy jean jacket for the chilly lake life nights.

This look: $33 (Old Navy clearance and Marshalls)

After we arrived and got settled, we wanted to hit the pool right away. I brought four swimsuits with me and wore three of them, which you will see in this post.

Swimsuit: Old Navy

I'll talk more about my swimsuits at the end, but the suit I chose for the first day was this bright orange number from Old Navy. The top is sold out, but the bottoms are currently available for $5.99, and I've linked them here. 

This look: $18 (Old Navy outlet)

Day | 2
Dress: Target | Sandals: JCPenney | Hat: Target
I'm all about nautical and tropical vibes in my outfits when I'm on vacation, and this look definitely follows that rule. I wore this floral and palm leaf patterned Tori Praver dress from Target with my Liz Claiborne nude sandals from JCP and a straw fedora from Target.

This dress is actually a swimsuit coverup! But I just love the low back cutout, so I threw on a bandeau and made it a sundress. Flowy and comfy! I wore it through our whole day out in downtown Lake Geneva for shopping.

This look: $32 (Goodwill and JCP coupons)

Swimsuit: Mossimo from Target top and bottom
Later in the afternoon, we came back to the resort to splash around in the indoor spa pool. I decided on this Mossimo from Target suit: black high-waisted bottoms and a white mesh cutout top. Black and white always steals the show.

This look: $16 (Goodwill and Target sales)

Dress: Merona from Target | Sandals: Aerosoles | Necklace: Old Navy | Hat: Target
At night, we went back into downtown LG for dinner and visited the bar at our resort for drinks and live music. I chose to wear this blue tie-dye maxi dress by Merona from Target with a beaded Old Navy necklace, my white Aerosoles sandals and the same Target fedora from earlier in the day. Beach chic!

This look: $22 (Goodwill, Marshalls and Old Navy clearance)

Day | 3 
Swimsuit: Old Navy
 Our final day was mostly spent at the beach! We soaked up the summer sun, collected a few shells and pretended the water wasn't freezing. I chose to wear my FAVORITE swimsuit- this teal scalloped bikini from Old Navy. It makes me feel like nothing short of a mermaid.

This look: $24 (Old Navy sales)

Top: Grace Elements | Skirt: Croft and Borrow | Sandals: Michael Kors | Necklace: Crystal Ship Vintage 
Our final stop was back to downtown for a boat tour. I kept it casual with a simple Croft and Borrow denim skirt, black and white striped Grace Elements cropped tank, Michael Kors black slide sandals and my Crystal Ship Vintage boho necklace. Then it was time to set our sails back home.

This look: $19 (Goodwill and TJ Maxx)

A quick ode to that perfect swimsuit...
As I mentioned before, I was going to chat more about my suit choices later in this post. The reason for that is to emphasize how extremely important it is to find a suit (or three) that make you feel truly confident. Find a style that fits your body type AND your personality. I really can't stress that enough.

For quite a few years, I've been purchasing my swimsuits from Target, but I've always been uncomfortable in them. The bottoms are too low cut for my wide hips. I'm definitely not saying there is anything wrong with swimsuits from Target, because I obviously wore one that fit perfectly on the second day of the trip! But if you aren't 110% comfortable in a suit you try on, keep searching for the right one for your body shape. My two Old Navy suits come up higher on my hips, aren't tight on my curves and make me feel confident enough to swim all day. I am beyond happy I gave them a shot, as you can probably tell!

I'm off on another trip this week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to see the latest. Another style journal will follow that adventure as well, PLUS I have some awesome new posts coming soon, including a very exciting collaboration! Don't miss out!

Somewhere on a beach,

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