I recently got married and next month I'll be going to San Diego for a week with my husband's WHOLE family. I'm talking aunts, uncles, cousins and babies. The entire time is spent in beach cottages and no one leaves the beach the whole time unless it's to go across the street for groceries. Naturally, I will be decked out in a swimming suit all day and it's really important to me that I look great (especially in front of my mother-in-law).I'm jealous! For the tan skin, I recommend a professional spray tan in a salon the day before you leave (go with the lightest shade they have) and/or ample applications of Build-A-Tan at home. Here's my recipe for great vacation at the beach wear:
Unfortunately I haven't been blessed with my husband's perfectly tanned skin, but instead, have a big problem with an annoyingly white exterior. You've mentioned getting a "spray tan" more than once on your blog so I thought I'd ask if you have any advice for a first-timer? Feel free to advise on cute beach outfits as well! You're so good at this!
Dress - A light linen piece that can work as a dress or with pants/shorts underneath.
Bikini - A basic model from Old Navy.
Rash Guard - This is a favorite trick of mine for preventing sunburns, especially when snorkeling. Plus, the rash guard and bikini bottom combo is very flattering.
Pants - A nice pair of wide leg pants is perfect for relaxing on vacation.
Shorts - I don't wear shorts. But if I did, I would totally wear these from J.Crew.
Bag - For all your sunblock and sand-logged magazines.
Sandals - A step above basic rubber flip flops.
Have a great time in San Diego, Elizabeth! Try to make it to Balboa Park and eat as many fish tacos as you can.