Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Starts with a shirt dress...

...and a beautiful island called Moorea in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

It's been a few months since my hubby and I went on our belated honeymoon to the French Polynesian islands. With the mid-winter season yet to come, there's no better time than now to reminisce about warm breezes and azure waters. Packing for a winter getaway? Don't forget your shirt dress.

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

A classic shirt dress is the perfect piece for a warm destination. It's an ideal cover-up for breakfast (bathing suits are a huge restaurant no-no for me, unless you're eating on the beach) and when styled with a few dressy accessories, it can take you from the beach to a casual dinner in no time. As you may also recall, I'm also a strong advocate for multi-use items for efficient packing, so this trip was no different.

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

Moorea is truly one of the most beautiful and lush locations I've ever visited. While we were there, we had the opportunity to take an ATV tour around the island and if you ever get a chance to do so, I highly recommend it. It really was the best way to tour the island and take in some pretty life-changing views from the various mountain tops. Who would have thought a valley full of pineapple plants would take my breath away? The real highlight however, was our snorkelling trip with sharks and stingrays in the ocean. There is nothing quite as enthralling as standing in water while watching wild stingrays and black-tip reef sharks swim calmly around you.

I'm slowly but surely going through the rest of our photos, I can't wait to share these with you!

French Polynesia, Moorea, what to pack for beach vacation, shirt dress

Shirt dress: J.Crew
Shoes: TKEES
Belt: Abercrombie & Fitch (old)

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