[Photography by Gen Street Style]

LINEN TEE, PANTS, SANDALS, NECKLACE, EARRINGS, RINGSSUNNIES, CLUTCH: (c/o) Ann Taylor

Wow. It’s been a hot (literally) second. #hellosummer

I can’t believe my last outfit entry on the blog was like nearly two weeks ago. That’s unheard of for me! But between traveling, shooting (so many great looks on the way!) and casually swimming with STINGRAYS AND NURSE SHARKS (say what?), I’ve barely found time to sleep much less carve out a moment to write. So here we go.

I’m currently on my way back to West Palm Beach. It’s both exciting and sad. Exciting because I get to sleep in my own bed again. Tackle a pile of work. #yay Go to the gym. #ouch Get back into my routine, I guess. And sad because I made so many great memories in Bimini as well as new friends. But with every vacation, comes an end. Sigh.

As I opened up my laptop to write today’s post, I paused. And clicked on my journal instead to reflect on that thought for a quick second. Because sometimes, I get this strange feeling when I’m about to leave a new place that I’ll not only miss the people, but I’ll miss the person I was at that very moment. “Island time” is a real thing, my friends and this east coaster is not one to adjust easily to the saying, “relax, we’re on island time now.” Lately, my world is fast-paced and ever changing. I bounce around a lot. I have no choice but to schedule every minute of the week… which frequently has me thinking, “geeze… where did time go?”

As I eased into “vacation mode” and slowed down to finally accept the island’s laid-back attitude, where it’s perfectly acceptable to be five… ten minutes late and drink Bahama Mama’s before noon #notguilty, something inside of me changed. I went from being tensed to relaxed. I started to live in the moment, the now. I became more aware of the beautiful surroundings instead of dwelling on the past or work or worrying about the future. And completely forgot what time it was. My week was unhurried and unburdened. Yes, it was pure #BiminiBliss.

But more on that later! 😉

I’m planning to recap my trips to Key West and Bimini on the blog soon! In the meantime, today’s outfit is from Ann Taylor. Shop it below… (I hear everything is 50% off today! Now isn’t that JUSTBEACHY.)

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. I’m headed to Houston this weekend to spend time with family! Can’t wait to see them…