Cross-Front Sundress

Guess what? I’m going to Kauai in ten days! This development happened in the blink of an eye and I might be breathing into a paper bag right now, but I’m thrilled beyond belief.

D and I never had a true honeymoon. (I know what you are thinking…we got married in Hawaii, for Christ’s sake. However, we had family with us the entire time. Is that a honeymoon, I ask? IS IT? MOST CERTAINLY NOT.) We really need this right now.

So, Hawaii. This puts a little bit of a damper on my No Shopping Mandate, as my two bathing suit bottoms look like I took a dump in them. A little baggy in the rear department, thanks to a combination of worry and Jillian Michaels. I need a new bathing suit, some bathing suit coverups and maybe a new pair of flip flops.

In a Daddy Warbucks-attempt to make my February blues disappear, my most wonderful father presented me with a check for $300. I am going to use this money to fund my Hawaii wardrobe…reporting everything to you in the process.

Luckily, I have found my two bathing suit coverups for cheap!


$15, Old Navy

I don’t think this was made to be a bathing suit coverup, but it’s perfect. Super lightweight cotton and ideal for drinks by the pool. I also am buying this in black with my 30% Give and Get promotion…let’s tally it up!

Purple dress: $15 (on sale)

Black dress: $19.50

Total (with 30% off): $24.15 + tax

I also ordered 7,650 bathing suits from J. Crew yesterday in hopes to find ONE that fits. I can’t wait to return approximately 22 pieces to my local store. They will LOVE me.

  • Lawyerish

    March 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Dude, we’re going to Kauai in April! We’ll probably just miss each other! I also bought about 50,000 beachy/vacationy items from J Crew final sale and Gap/Old Navy last week. I cannot WAIT.

  • Jora

    March 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Yay! Hopefully a trip to the islands and a couple of fun new things to wear will be just what the dr. ordered. :)

  • Becky

    March 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hooray for the Give and Get promotion! I haven’t had a chance to shop yet, but some of the friends I’d passed the info along to have had some fabulous luck with their shopping.

    Have an awesome time in Hawaii! I hope the trip is everything you hope for!

  • Tammi Marie

    March 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    You are so lucky!! I loved Kaua’i. Have a fantastic time.

  • rachel

    March 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Love Old Navy. What for them is a sundress is for you a cute bathing suit coverup. And for me, pj’s!

  • Angella

    March 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Have a blast, my friend. You deserve it.

  • Spandrel Studios

    March 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Aw, man! I’d love to be in Hawaii right about now… enjoy the trip!

    The latest JCrew catalog was so chock-full of swimsuit styles, you’re bound to find something!

  • Rebecca (Bearca)

    March 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Kauai…good for you!! Love the ON dress. I just fell in love with a convertible skirt/dress thing from Title Nine that I want but have no immediate use for. It would be perfect for a Hawaii vacation! Will email you the link (can’t now since can’t copy and paste from my iPhone).

  • slynnro

    March 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    OOOH OOH OOH! Where are you staying!

    We just booked a vacay (for Sept). To celebrate, I bought that lace panel coverup dress from the Crew.

  • Kelly

    March 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I have a couple of similar Old Navy dresses that I use as cover-ups, too. You’re right … they’re perfect. Enjoy the trip!!

  • sunny

    March 16, 2009 at 10:27 am

    ok, I’m taking back all that stuff I said about your fans respecting your private life…. I want vacation photos, tales from the Island and fruity cocktail updates :)

  • Amanda

    March 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

    So happy for you! This will help you relax away the February blues. One day, will you tell us why it’s been so hard lately? Maybe when things turn around and you have some Mai tais under your belt?

  • kimmer

    March 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    You too have a great time in Kauai. If the little hole in the wall burger joint still exists on the Northeastern side of the island – stop and eat. and eat. and eat. Also – find Secret Beach…some of the best memories from my honeymoon. Just perfect sun and cold cold HeineCANs.

    You will look divine wherever you go, as you are fabulous inside, and that SO radiates out.

  • kimmer

    March 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I need a quick redo. You TWO have a great time. Don’t know where my head was.

  • amy

    March 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    How fun for you to be able to get away with D.

    I wanted to extend myself…and let you know if you need any help with Wito…babysitting and the such on your vacation or while you prepare to leave…let me know…as my days are full of working out and job searching online:( And i would love to be entertained by that precious angel.

    Also, you are welcome to anything in my closet for your vacay….

    That’s what Okie friends are for…

  • Jessica

    March 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Sending good vibes your way. Even my Long Island hubbie loved Hawaii. (He claimed that in Long Island, everything on the beach could kill you). Enjoy yourself, and save some of your dad-money for some delicious food.

  • Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

    March 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Ugh, swimsuit shopping is so tough! Good luck; I hope you find something you like!! =)

  • kate

    March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Yay for you!!! I LOVE Kauai!!

    David and I just got back from our 5-months-late honeymoon to Maui….with 18 of our closest friends and family. After less than 48 hours we decided that this? Was most certainly NOT going to count as our honeymoon….so we’re going to Kauai next February ALONE.

    Have so, so, SOOOOOO much fun. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Please tell me you’re leaving Wito home…

    PS. Great job on the shopping. CUTE purple dress!

  • April

    March 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Have you posted about your wedding before? I’m in the pre-planning stages and have been thinking about a super tiny Hawaii wedding, just like it appears yours was (grammar fail?). I would love to know where you had yours! It looks lovely!

  • PB Rippey/sleepless mama

    March 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Well, I’m going to Old Navy. Alooooone. When my husband can watch our toddler. Although they have great boy-toddler clothes there. But now that I’ve seen that “cover-up”? It’s all about meeeee.

    On another note, I highly recommend Caffe Coco in Kapaa, Kaui. It’s totally local in a comfortable, haole-friendly way, the food is fresh and gourmet, it’s cute, outdoors, has fairy lithgts, is intimate and the entertainment–man, we could have stayed all night. Very romantic and sweet. We ate at pretty high-end (for Kaui) restaurants, but Caffe Coco beat them all out. It’s a jewel.

  • kat

    March 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    how fun! warm blue water, amazing sunsets, hula dancing, oh my!

  • Kerri Anne

    March 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hurrah! for much needed breaks. We are taking our little vacay at the end of April. I have been to Oahu and the Big Island (Hilo & Kona), but never Kauai.

  • Stephanie

    March 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Have a great time – it’s so beautiful! If the restaurant Postcards is still on the north side of the island (little white building, all organic food, maybe one of the best breakfasts of my life), please eat and report back. Or just go enjoy your vacation, sounds like you’re ready for it.