Saipan Recap

Back in January of this year, Jamie and I flew back to Saipan where I was born and raised.  It was his first ever visit to the island.  Prior to this trip, we had already planned on having our wedding in Los Angeles and we even had our venue picked out.  That was before he fell in love with this tiny little place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  I couldn't be happier with the decision he had made, and for me, it was an easy yes!  I also knew that it would come with some challenges, but since I'm not a quitter, I was ready to take that challenge on!  For example, there aren't any wedding planners in Saipan so I knew I would basically have to do everything on my own and hope for the best!  This trip back home before the wedding was necessary just to make sure everything was in line and in place for the big day.  All you ladies who have had destination weddings feel me on this one.  Thankfully, however, I have a florist to take care of most of the flowers and decor.  Personality wise, I am very OCD and like to have control of things so in a way, this might be a good thing.  With Saipan being so far away and with such a large time difference, it poses some complications in that I can't just drive there if something needed to get done.  This trip definitely put my mind at ease, but I also didn't know there were so many new things that we needed for the wedding.  I arrived with a short list of things to do and left with a long one.  I can't believe it is already August and before you know it, I will have to fly back again in December to tie up all the loose ends.  

Since I can't show you much when it comes to the big day details, I have compiled some snippets of my outfits (that you can shop) that I wore and other things in between.  

Here is a sneak peek of what my wedding venue looks like!

Here is a sneak peek of what my wedding venue looks like!

On the way to scout rehearsal dinner locations and found these beautiful and enormous bougainvillea plants... so we had to stop and take pictures!!

On the way to scout rehearsal dinner locations and found these beautiful and enormous bougainvillea plants... so we had to stop and take pictures!!

A potential rehearsal dinner spot.

A potential rehearsal dinner spot.

Randomly found this Jamaican inspired wall and had to take a pic.  This was one of the most hectic wedding planning days of all.  Glad I wore easy clothes because it was super hot! 

Randomly found this Jamaican inspired wall and had to take a pic.  This was one of the most hectic wedding planning days of all.  Glad I wore easy clothes because it was super hot! 

The perfect bag for a tropical island.  It isn't bulky but still fits all your girly things! 

The perfect bag for a tropical island.  It isn't bulky but still fits all your girly things! 

Typical islander breakfast- Fried rice, portuguese sausage and eggs!

Typical islander breakfast- Fried rice, portuguese sausage and eggs!

Latte Stone- what the ancient Chamorros used back in the days to build.

Latte Stone- what the ancient Chamorros used back in the days to build.

Acai Bowl from The Shack!

Acai Bowl from The Shack!

Strolling along Beach Road and stopped to take a quick pic like all the tourists do!

Strolling along Beach Road and stopped to take a quick pic like all the tourists do!

Micro Beach

Micro Beach

Post workout silhouette.  Sunsets like these are an everyday occurrence back home.  

Post workout silhouette.  Sunsets like these are an everyday occurrence back home.  

There is a lot of Japanese influence when it comes to food, so bento is a must!  Here I have tempura, chicken teriyaki, sashimo, miso soup, Japanese pickles, rice, cold tofu and fruit. (Dolphin Restaurant, Grandvrio Hotel)

There is a lot of Japanese influence when it comes to food, so bento is a must!  Here I have tempura, chicken teriyaki, sashimo, miso soup, Japanese pickles, rice, cold tofu and fruit. (Dolphin Restaurant, Grandvrio Hotel)

In case you are curious and want to see more of Saipan, here is a vlog of us on our trip back in January.

Red Hott Summer

I used to say that I don't wear much red or try not to, but this has not been the case since it seems to be one of the hottest colors of the season!  With the warm summer approaching and vacations underway, I found it necessary to purchase this puff-sleeve, off-the-shoulder top from Zara.  I believe it is sold out by now, but don't worry, I will link similar alternatives below.  Also, if you still don't have anything to wear, then I just found your July 4th outfit!    

The first time I wore this top was to the Bahamas.  I would throw it on over my white bikini top which looked amazing together, not to mention, it photographs like a genius especially in a setting like that!  I definitely see myself using this top as my accessory to dress up any basic- like what I did here.  I paired it with my favorite jean shorts- the Levi's 501's in Sierra Skyline which seems to be the "it" shade for denim shorts these days.  Ladies, it's shorts season- time to embrace yourselves and feel sexy no matter what your age.  I'm not saying wear daisy dukes, but do what makes you feel comfortable and do something different to compliment you and your style- because no one can take that away from you!  And if not with this outfit, with any future ensemble you decide to put together!

An off-the-shoulder top like this is probably one of the easiest ways to look "dressed up."  It is not going anywhere this season, so stock up!  When buying the perfect off-the-shoulder, go for something that looks unique- one that you haven't seen too many versions of.  They pair well with skirts, shorts and every kind of jean imaginable.  

Since I get a Cuban/Salsa vibe from this top, I decided to throw on some gold hoops and bracelets by Gorjana to capture just that.  Lastly, I threw on my suede YSL Tassel bag and Steve Madden Clary heels. If heels are a problem, you can easily swap them for a pair of nude lace up gladiator sandals or block heels.  If you're loving this post and want to see other ways on how to wear shorts, check out my video below.  

Happy Dressing!!

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