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St. Maarten Here We Come | What is in My Suitcase

Jun 12, 2015

I can’t believe our vacation has finally arrived.  I feel like we booked this trip so long ago. I am so excited for so many reasons but mainly because it will be the first real adult only vacation Matt and I have taken since our honeymoon 8 years ago.  We went to St Thomas and St John then and absolutely loved the Virgin Islands, so I can’t wait to explore St. Maarten.  I welcome any restaurant or island recs if you have traveled there.

I am thrilled that one of my oldest and best friends and her husband will be joining us as well.  Since we had our kids we only see each other maybe once a year.  It will be such a treat to relax together and catch up.  Plus all 4 of us get along so well, we always have a blast together.

I will be taking the week off from my blog but I will post a few snippets on instagram (@snoopnattynat) so follow along there and I will be back in a week with a fun recap!

I did a little last minute shopping this week and found the cutest Maxi Dress at Loft.  I have to admit my luck at Loft is hit or miss sometimes.   Their clothes don’t fit my body that well, but this dress was a perfect fit.  The colors are just stunning.  It runs on the large side, I am wearing a size 2 so order down a size.  If you sign up with your email you can take 25% off your order.

|| Loft Maxi Dress

I figure most of our vacation we will be in cover-ups and bathing suits lounging at the beach or pool.   But of course we will get slightly dressed up for a few dinners out.

I also packed a few workout clothes in case we hike or walk the island, that are not pictured.

Here is what I am packing as of last night, although I am sure I will add in a few more things before tomorrow.  I am notorious for over packing- I like to have options while I am away:)

Sole Society Cover Up | Lolli Cover Up | Pink Stitch Maxi Dress | Alice and Olivia Dress | Marysia One Piece | Banana Republic Bikini | Free People Tee | DL1961 Shorts | JCrew Palm Romper | Marysia Bikini | Gypsy 05 Cover-up | Barbara Cobb Hat | Tkees | Gigi New York Uber Clutch (15% off with code friends15)

Can’t forget some fun accessories!! 

If you are local my friend Jenny from Theodosia made the first two necklaces.  They are a Summer Favorite of mine, I toss them on with everything!  You can call and order if you live out of town as well. The third necklace is from LOFT and a total steal.

First two necklaces Theodosia | Loft Necklace | Twine and Twig Shell Necklace | Tassel Earrings (25% off with code shopnow) | Fringe Earrings | Bracelet

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Have a fabulous weekend and I will be back next Monday with a full recap of our vacation.  Now wish me luck for the flight:)

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  1. Love all your picks to bring along on your trip! Hope you and Matt have a great time, you both deserve some serious R&R!

  2. I'm not sure where you are staying, but there are so many great places to explore! Here are a few of my favorites that are outside of the area where the cruise ships dock or Maho beach…

    We went on a hike along the coast, which was amazing. The parking area is near the power plant, but don't be scared off by that, it's well worth it! It's called the Seaside Nature Park I think. Bring your camera!

    There's a zip lining place in the middle-ish of the island, but I think it's on the Dutch side still. Looked really cool, but everyone in my group was too scared so we didn't do it.

    We took an excursion from our hotel (we stayed at the Royal Palm Beach Resort in Simpson Bay) on these little inflatable jet ski things through the salt pond and out on the west side of the island to do some snorkeling near Creole Rock, which was awesome.

    Maho was fun, very bright and vibrant. Pricey, but it worked for a couple of nights.

    Have fun, and don't be scared to explore all over, even the French side! Everyone on the island is super friendly, and there wasn't a single time where I didn't feel safe.

    Can't wait to see pictures!

  3. Christina says:

    seeing all those bright colors make me happy. have so so so much fun!

  4. Jillian says:

    i love that floral maxi dress! have a great time. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  5. jenrocha1 says:

    Go to orient beach and coco beach club with the blue chairs

  6. jenrocha1 says:

    Also Auberge Gorman great place to eat

  7. Andrea C says:

    Have a fab time!! That dress is perfect for the trip. My fave restaurant when we went was Halsey's but sadly it's now closed. You MUST go to the Sunset Bar to watch the planes land, it's INSANE how close they get, like you could almost actually touch them. Orient Beach is great too. We explored the French and Dutch side, such a beautiful island. There was a really nice perfume store in the French side mall in Marigot, or there was at least. I got a sweet little french girl's perfume before I was even pregnant with my daughter. šŸ™‚ Definitely check out the farmer's market type place there too.

  8. Andrea C says:

    Definitely hike up Fort Louis too, it's not that hard. The views up there are stunning!!

  9. Daisy Harvey says:

    Beautiful Loft dress, have a lovely time!


  10. I love everything that you picked, and I hope that you have the best time!

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  11. It is SUCH a gorgeous island, we have been 3 times! I'm not sure what places are open as it's summer season, but just keep talking to the locals–usually good restuarants will recommend other good ones!! You are going to have a blast. I have a few posts you could check out–my thoughts on some places to eat etc.





    Have a wonderful trip!!

  12. Taylor says:

    Have an amazing trip! Cant wait to see insta pics!


  13. Morgan Smith says:

    Go to the Barefoot Cafe – soooo cute and island-y. Beware buying jewelry there, I got a ring for $50 that was supposed to be a great deal on "real" silver and it turned my finger green. We stayed at Onesta Great Bay Resort. It had a casino and a swim-up bar and was all-inclusive. Where are you staying? Have so much fun! I recommend a snorkeling and island excursion – best day of our trip!
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