Spring Escape Blog Crawl

I am so excited that Jillian of Cornflake Dreams asked me to be a part of her fun Spring Escape Blog Crawl.  I mean, aren’t y’all so excited that the cold is finally ending and Spring is right around the corner (as in this Sunday)?  Yesterday, Elle Sees shared some great tips on how to go about planning for your trip.

This coming weekend (as in I’m leaving tomorrow) some girlfriends and I will be heading to Miami/South Beach for my best friend’s Bachelorette Party!  :)  We have a full weekend planned of going to the beach, shopping, clubbing, partying, cocktails, gossiping, pillow fights, and having a good old girly time.  Many of us have been friends since middle school and we don’t see each other very often, but when we get together we probably have wayyyyy too much fun and that’s not a bad thing!  ;)  So in preparation for the trip, I’ve put together two fun outfits… one for daytime wear and one for evening wear.

Jen s Pirate Booty top | Beach bikini |Giuseppe Zanotti gold strappy sandal |By Malene Birger straw bag |Irene Neuwirth diamond bracelet |Jessica Simpson gold chain necklace |Eugenia Kim cap hat |Marc by Marc Jacobs aviator sunglass | OPI On Collins Ave NLB76 – South Beach Collection, Spring 2009

I am totally digging all the bold, vibrant colors and prints in this collection, because that’s what Miami is all about!  Straw hats and bags, sunglasses, a good book, sunscreen and a beach towel are the essentials I pack when heading to the beach. 

Paul Joe boat neck dress| Badgley Mischka satin strappy sandal | Lanvin jacquard handbag|Kate spade jewelry |Primadina onyx jewelry |Metal heart jewelry |Deepa Gurnani gold hair accessory |Dorothy Perkins lace belt |Yves Saint Laurent – Pure Lipstick – No.143 Blazing Red

And for an evening out, I kind of switched it up and instead of being bold and colorful, I stuck with black and gold sophistication with a pop of hot red lipstick.  Oh and you can’t forget about the martini too!  ;) 

That’s all for now folks, I better get packing!  :)  Tomorrow, head on over to exPress-o’s blog to continue the Spring Escape!  But before you go, answer me these questions…

What are your beach essentials?


What is your drink of choice?


Sandy A La Mode Signature


  1. Have a fantastic time in Miami!!!

    My beach essentials include my Shiseido sunscreen, the latest gossip rag magazine and a cute bikini!

    Drink of choice … an original lime margarita!

  2. I live at the beach so I just need a bikini and a sun hat and I’m all set!
    My drink of choice…Malibu and pineapple juice! O.M.G! It’s soo refreshing after a day in the sun, but be careful…it tastes so fruity you don’t even realize you’re drinking alcohol! :)

  3. Love me some Miami! Went there last year for the first time & we’re going back again this year, too!

    My fav drink was a pina colada when I was in Miami, they were so tasty there!

  4. I’m loving these outfits! So bright and fun.

    My beach essentials have to be SPF of at least 50, for I am a ghostly pale redhead. Sunglasses too, I have crystals in my eyes that make them super sensitive. My drink of choice? Long Beach Iced Tea!

    Have a wonderful trip and enjoy yourself!


  5. Love that gold dress and necklace! – Perfect for Vegas or Miami!

    Sounds like a blast, and enjoy the reunion with good friends!


  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE your picks! everything is so cute and full of color. have a fantastic time :) i’ve always wanted to go to miami! my signature drink is a classic mojito! yum :) xoox jcd

  7. My beach essentials include a tunic (to cover my hiney!), ipod and book :) Oh…and sunscreen! Loving the “clubbing” outfit! The sequin dress is right up my alley!

  8. 1. a bucket, bag, yogurt container… anything I can put my shell collection in. I’ll spend hours and hours plopped in the sand inspecting every single shell.

    2. pina coladas from a bar called Fast Eddie’s. They are HUGE and delicious!

  9. Well, my beach essential has to be sunglasses a book and sunscreen spf like 70+ haha, I burn like a marshmellow on an open flame!
    My drink of choice? On a beach a fruity drink is prefered. However last night I had a rum and coke! YUM!!!

  10. Woooo hooooo! Sounds like so much fun. The outfits you choose are darling. I especially LOVE the gold dress. My drink of choice is definitely redbull and vodka, but I tried a bloody Mary for the first time last week and LOVED it! We’ll see though..I’m open to trying different drinks. Again, have fun – take pictures!

  11. Sandy, you’re so lucky you get to travel so much — and to Miami now? That’s awesome. I love these ensembles you’ve put together. That bathing suit is amazing and with the coverup? You’d be the most stylish person there for sure. Oddly, I’ve never taken a real beach vacation yet. Maybe I need to. But I’d skip the drinks and spend my money on sunblock — trust me, I wouldn’t survive without it.

  12. Love these! My beach wardrobe…? I’ll be lucky if i get to go to the lake this summer! Haha
    i love that gold dress, reminds me of something Grace Potter would wear…sassy!
    Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

  13. what a cool post, sandy!! i like this blog crawl :)
    love the beach and the club wear!!!

    beach essentials: lots of sun block (i get ridiculously tan – in a bad way – ick!), a blanket, book or magazine, ipod and lots of food!!!!

  14. I love the south beach babe collection!! Makes me want to hit the beach!! :) My must for the beach is a book and sunscreen!!! I ALWAYS burn like a lobster, so now I just stay in the shade with a layer of sunscreen. After all : Pale is the new tan! ;) and my drink of choice? A Shirley Temple. After all, I AM under 21. ;) But if I was over 21 it would be either a Margarita or a screwdriver.
    HAve a wonderful day + Happy St. Petty’s day!!! xoxo

  15. A beach vacation sounds so enticing right now! That yellow swimsuit is so fabulous, I can’t get over it. Have a great time on your trip, I”m just going to be sitting here with visions of Miami and Ipanema in my head now :)

  16. We live at the beach, but with little kids my beach essentials list goes something more like this: baby powder, ziplock bags, sand toys. For me, my one luxury is a full-sized sheet so I can lounge on it. Other than that my only must-haves are my hat and sunglasses!

  17. Oh man, you’re gonna look gorgeous down there! My beach essentials are similar to yours – a good suit, cover up, great sunglasses, bright polish, and a new pair of sandals.

    I love that sparkly dress!

  18. ADORE your looks!! Have the best time in South Beach… it’s about an hour-ish from me, but might as well be a lifetime; haven’t been down that way in ages! It’s awesome, and yes…colorful during the day is totes the way to go. Enjoy the girl time.


  19. Essentials: A big floppy hat to keep the sun off of me so that I don’t burn too much. :)

    Drink: Toss-up between a Cosmopolitan & Malibu/Pineapple (or even better, throw Blue Curacao in there for a Blue Hawaiian!)

    Have fun in Miami! I grew up there, but haven’t been back in ages.

  20. just found you through jillian…LOVE your blog. now following :)

    both outfits are super cute, but i die for that sequin dress! beach essentials are def my ray bans and a glossy. fave drink for beach weather is a margarita. other than that, red wine or a dirty martini!


  21. LOVE that turquoise bracelet…I know, you are thinking “of all things, *THAT* is what you zoned in on???” What can I say? I’m a details kind of gal! (c: So glad you visited my blog so I could find yours! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  22. Both of your looks are fantastic. I especially love the turquoise bracelet as well as the gold sequin dress and black circle necklace. Have so much fun!! My drink of choice is a vodka gimlet.


  23. Gorgeous outfits Sandy! I love everything. I hope your having a ball. I’m up in North Florida, Jacksonville to be exact, and the weathers in the 80′s so I know you’re enjoying it. Can’t wait to hear about your trip and all the fun and of course pictures.

    OOO’s…Tracy :)

    P.S. I don’t know if I told you but I’m having a giveaway too. I hope you’ll stop by to visit and maybe follow me and enter.

  24. OOPS….drink of choice is a gin tonic and beach essentials are swimsuit, sunglasses, cooler, beach chair, beach bag filled with drinks and snacks, lotion, book and radio. I want to have it all and stay awhile.

    OO’s…Tracy :)

  25. I hope you had a wonderful time! Those outfits are great – and the Lanvin totally completes it. Yumm Lanvin.

    Bloody Mary all the way! Nothing tastes better the morning after a fun night!

  26. I like how you put together a day and night outfit. Both are very nice. I especially like the gold dress and YSL lipstick.

    My beach essentials are a cover up, sunglasses, tinted lip balm, music and a magazine. As for my drink of choice, a cold beer or a mojito!

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