I’m in Singapore now, visiting my brother. We will be off to Thailand on Friday! I cannot wait for the beach! I have a another version of this first outfit for my time in Singapore. That popover is one of my J Crew faves. I need to find it in a size bigger (size 8!). The Tory Peasant Blouse and Denim Skirt are “Husband-approved” separately and as an outfit.

~ Striped Linen Popover, J Crew (one, two, three) ~
~ Sunday Slim Chino Shorts, J Crew  ~
~ Flip-Flops, Toms ~
~ Floral Peasant Top, Tory Burch ~
~ Denim Front-Slit Skirt, J Crew (one, two) ~
~ Strappy Sandals, Tory Burch (one, two) ~

This H&M Jumpsuit/Romper is perfect for the beach. It’s lightweight and easy to slip on or off. I’ll definitely use it as a cover-up.

~ Patterned Jumpsuit, H&M ~
~ Strappy Sandals, Tory Burch (one, two) ~

I love my Bailey 44 dress and knew it would come with me on my trip. I tried to find it in a different color on ebay, to no avail. The Old Navy dress is a very lightweight, but not see-through jersey dress. It will be good for night-time shenanigans. The J Crew Shirtdress in Vintage Plaid (originally the Madras Shirtdress) runs big. I figured it was like the Lame’ Shirtdress and ordered a Small but I think I could fit into an XS without any problems. It’s a sack with arms. :-/  The cardigan is from H&M and very sheer and lightweight. It will be good for the plane trip to Thailand along with keeping my shoulders covered, if needed. The striped dress is older J Crew and “Husband-approved”, so it had to come along.

~ Maren Midi Dress by Bailey 44, Anthropologie ~
~ Jersey Knit Swing Dress,  Black, Old Navy ~
~ Shirtdress in Vintage Plaid, J Crew ~
~ Shoreline Stripe Dress, J Crew (one, two) ~
~ Fine Knit Cardigan, Light Beige, H&M ~

I was obsessed with the Madras Shorts immediately. I debated on ordering them, hoping my store would get them in. Last Sunday, there was a 30% off promo. I was going to order the shorts but decided to check the store one last time. They had just gotten a shipment on Saturday with these shorts! Which was great because when I got home, they were sold out in my size online. The yellow and mint colors are in the shorts, though very subtle. 

~ V-Neck Pocket Tee, J Crew (Bright Butternut, Sunwashed Aqua) ~
~ Sunday Slim Shorts in Patchwork Madras, J Crew ~
~ Flip-Flops, Toms ~

And, lastly, my beachwear. I love the brown straw Panama Hat. I already have the Natural/White one but don’t want it to get dirty.

~ Cover-Up, H&M (one, two) ~
~ Bikini Top & Bottom, H&M) ~
~ Checkered Bikini, J Crew (top/bottom) ~
~ Panama Hat, J Crew (Factory) ~


H&M has been a surprising go-to for my upcoming vacation. I ordered quite a few things including sunglasses, bikinis and tees. I’ve bought and returned over the past couple of weeks trying to only keep what I think/know I’ll wear after I return.

~ Patterned Jumpsuit, Black (also in Red), size 8 ~

This jumpsuit/romper is part of the H&M Loves Coachella collaboration. Everything is festival friendly. I liked this romper, especially in the black. The halter neck is flattering and the size 8 fits really well. I found that most H&M fits me like J Crew sizing and not Forever 21 or Zara where my “normal” size is smaller in those stores. I bought the red as well but returned it. I know I’ll wear the black, even if only at home or during summer pool parties. It’s perfect for the beach and an alternative to a normal cover-up. It’s really easy to get in and out of with a tie at the back of the neck and a large opening down the back. If you prefer pants, these are in the same color and print.



A few more H&M Loves Coachella picks…

~ Embroidered Shorts, size 8 ~

I loved these shorts on the hanger and took them to try on. The size 8 was, again, a great fit. I really liked that there were several colors in the embroidery to choose from for your top. In the end, I returned these as 1) I have way to many shorts, waaayyyy too many; and 2) I didn’t think I’d wear these after the trip ended. It has a matching jacket as well.


~ Diamond Cover-up, Medium ~

I would have preferred this patterned sarong but this will go with most of the swimwear I’m taking. I was originally taking the J Crew Factory Eyelet Ruffle-Sleeve Beach Tunic but it’s a thicker material and I this H&M cover-up is really lightweight.


~ Beaded Jacket ~

I am in love with this beaded jacket. I saw it online first but then my store got it in recently. It’s just as gorgeous as I knew it would be. The embroidery, beading, colors and pom-poms at the sleeve are stunning. Alas, I wouldn’t know what to do with a beautiful piece like this. But, if it makes it to the sale section I might just get it.




I also bought this cardigan in case I am wearing a sleeveless shirt and need to cover my shoulders. I’ve already been wearing these sunglasses, in green, and won’t mind if they break or if I lose them. I have this Linen T-Shirt in Gray and Blue. It runs big so size down one. I am bringing this bikini top and bottom, in the Turquoise Blue, with me. I sized to a 10 in both the top and bottom.

I’d say H&M is one of my new favorite stores. What about you?