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Help! My Luggage is Lost......{How I Created Resort Wear Out of a Bra and a Belt}!

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Having no luggage for the first 4 days of our Caribbean vacation was a good reminder to
 always be prepared with well stocked carry on luggage.
If you followed our trip to the Dominican Republic in July herehere and here
you will know that our journey took some unexpected turns. 



Cancelled flights in San Francisco following the plane crash, and an unscheduled red eye to New York City were just the beginning. The afternoon and evening of Day 2 were spent with a quick trip into Noho and a little slice of heaven at Piccola Cucina here in a major heatwave. 
Darn those men-they still look good after the red eye day 2.
#boyfriend #luckyduck

This was me-day 3 of our trip same clothes/no luggage at the airport in Newark. 
With a hot shower, good night of sleep and my 'survivor' makeup essentials* I was feeling okay
(hats will hide a multitude of issues) #blessthehat

Another flight, tropical humidity through customs, a long drive with a cranky driver,
 finally arriving sopping wet at the resort and I made a decision.
It may have been more like a declaration......
I told my husband, Scott, "We are going in to the gift shop and not coming out until we are dressed in something else. Period."
There were itty bitty titty bikinis (no thanks!), a moomoo that was road weary and one little flowy mini number that made my husband laugh. I felt a bit like a pinata.

That's where my fabulous DKNY bra comes in.
In desperation (and a desire not to spend $200 on a moomoo),
I searched the rack of sarongs.

Haven't I always praised the sarong as it 'rights' what is so wrong'?
here and here



Thanks to my rather fashionable DKNY black bra (with gold detail), my black 'take me everywhere' belt, an extra necklace in my purse and gold sandals 
(Scott had put in his carry on last minute due to weight restrictions at the airport),
I fashioned a new outfit that could take me to the beach and out to dinner at the resort. 

Finally-something Fresh!!!
#obviouslystillneedhotflashmeds



Next time my carry on bag will most definitely include:

Toothbrush/paste
Medications if needed #holyhotflash
Swimsuit (if beachy vacation)
A small size anti-frizz  hair serum or cream
mini deodorant
scarf/sarong

*The makeup essentials in my purse created my 'look' for 4 days.

Here's what I learned:

Lipcolor can add a touch of color and definition to cheeks and shimmer for the eyelids
A touch up stick can hide a multitude of skin flaws and under eye 'baggage'
Pressed powder smooths the look and adds some 'texture' to puffy hair
An eye pencil adds definition to the eyes-even without mascara
I was lucky to find a sample pack of Chanel Vitalumiere Agua in my purse
(I had meant to take it out but was so thankful it was there-and in nearly my shade!)
Body Lotion can serve as day and night moisturizer and even lip balm at night
Hotels generally stock toothbrushes and sample paste at front desk.


I'll admit, Day 3 I broke down and bought a bronzer at the pharmacy.
I was in the Caribbean after all.


Finally, our luggage arrived!!
Let's head to that gorgeous pool.....


And the only lounge chair at the pool had 'caution' tape since they were building a pathway.

It was non-stop adventure on this first leg of our journey.
We decided to head to the beach..........
#makeitwork!

Wishing you smooth travels and 
always having just the right bra-just in case.
xx, 

Curated Collections at my Stylemindchic Boutique!



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