What I’m Packing for Caneel Bay

I’m heading to Caneel Bay next week! I can’t wait to relax and explore and did I mention relax?! The funny thing is that before I moved to DC, I hated the beach. We always went to the beach for vacations growing up. But living in Florida, it basically felt like we drove a few hours for more of the same. We’d drive to the Panhandle to go to Seaside or drive south to go to the Keys or hop across the bridge for Sarasota. Always the beach. And then I moved to DC for school and even though I spent hours every day on the river, I MISSED THE BEACH. It actually felt like a craving. I would bundle up in the morning, close my eyes, and just wish I would magically be transported to a warm tropical island. Toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders. 
Living in New York makes that craving 300x worse, especially in January. (Remember last year with those polar vortexes?! All I wanted was the beach!) All of this is to say… I can’t wait.
While in Florida, I planned on visiting the Lilly Pulitzer store to pick up a few things… Lilly Pulitzer resort is my idea of #neverendingsummer 
I’m trying to keep things super simple, basically bathing suits and coverups. And dresses that are easy to throw on when I’m not at the beach. (Oh, and definitely bringing running shorts, sneaks and casual t-shirts for exploring!) The above picture are things that are 100% on my list and I have a couple of additions that I know I’ll end up throwing in… I am a chronic over-packer after all. 
I went to the book store and picked up The Silkworm (almost done with The Cookoo’s Calling!), but I want to bring one or two more books that feel more like “beach reads”… any recommendations?! I’m all ears.


PS Lilly Pulitzer’s “After Party” sale starts tomorrow morning at 8am. As with all Lilly sales, things can get crazy. My biggest piece of advice is to create an account today. Update your payment, billing, and shipping so you can shop and buy fast. The good stuff sells out within minutes…

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Madeeha Syed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a great read! The movie is out in theaters so, it was one of those I need to read the book first things. It's a memoir so while it's a short read, it isn't so light that it becomes boring.


If you have not yet read Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot or Big Little Lies, both are great!) you NEED TO. Easy reads with a lot going on, plot-wise and character-wise.

Sascha und Karin

I am so jealous. I am lving in Berlin, Germany and I can relate to your beach cravings. I always miss the beach especially in the wintertime. I hope you have a lot of fun and time to relax.

Audrey Lin

I'm a competitive swimmer, and I blame that for my inability to have fun in bodies of water! I never know what to do in a pool "for fun" or at the beach. Float and ride the waves? Lie on the sand? It all sounded so silly to me before. But after slaving away during my first semester of college, doing nothing but float and lie down on the beach sounds like paradise! Haha just kidding–true, my first semester of college was really challenging, but it was also super awesome and so much better than high school was. My winter break ends soon as I need to return to campus early for winter break training, and I'm not ready to leave this warm climate for the cooler east coast weather! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


I loved The Silkworm and The Cuckoo's Calling! If you like biographies or nonfiction, there's a really good book out called "Furious Love" about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their marriage.

Megan Burchfield

I loved The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm, I read them both early last year and can't wait for J.K. Rowling to finish the next one.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein are all quite good. I still think about them and it has been 2-3 years since I've read them.

3 Peanuts

You MUST read The Boys in the Boat. It is excellent!!! It is kind of long and I just finished it at 1am last night but I loved it. I know your were a coxswain in college and I think you will really enjoy it. It is non fiction and the first 50 pages it did not engage me but then I could not put it down. Stick with it. I highly recommend it.

Sophia Ton

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One of my fave beach reads is definitely "Bond Girl" by Erin Duffy. The protagonist is sassy, witty, & sophisticated and even though it's an easy read, the plot is pretty poignant!

-Brooke ( )

PS – Even though I'm going to be on a train heading to Boston tomorrow, you better believe that's not about to stop me from buying some (much-needed, let's be honest here) Lily!! I am so so excited.


I love that Kate Spade bag! The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon are sort of silly but a great beach read. I really liked the first one especially! And The Secret History by Donna Tartt (author of the Goldfinch) is one of my absolute favorite books. Way better than the Goldfinch and much shorter too. Have so much fun!

Ashley Blum

Rowling's other book, A Casual Vacancy, is pretty good, too! If you want to read a book that's a page turner but also gives you so great life take-aways… read the Outliers. I really enjoyed it!


Love Caneel Bay! We went there a few times and I loved swimming with the Turtles! Also, if you are looking for dinner off the resort, Asolare was delicious. If you haven't read it yet, I would pick up Yes Please and anything by Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot…). Great beach reads!