Turquoise Bay

Last week, B and I headed to St. Thomas for our summer vacation. As someone who can count the amount of beaches I’ve been to on one hand with enough fingers left over to make an obscene gesture, I was SO excited to see a beautiful beach and beautiful clear waters. Was I scared of the clear blue water? Yes, yes I was. Did my husband drag me in and had to hold me like a baby into the ocean for a solid 5 minutes? Yes, yes he did. But once I realized I was not going to die in 4 foot waters, we ended up stand up paddle boarding and sailing in the bay like good tourists should. 
I also realized that I might be obsessed with the beach now. Every night before or after dinner, I had to go back one more time before we went back to the room. The calming sounds of the water hitting the sand was the best night cap. (As was the wine we snuck onto the beach. But that’s our secret, ok?)
We ended up snapping these photos after dinner one evening. My leafy Loft dress fit in perfectly with the view. I always want to feel put together on vacation but not fussy. You know? I love to be able to take things on vacation that can work day or night (for my suitcase’s sake) and this dress fit the bill perfectly. And now I have a perfect memory of the beach in this dress. You can’t find a better souvenir than that. 
A few beach inspired pieces from Loft: 

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*Special thanks to Loft for sponsoring this post and providing this beach-inspired dress.

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  1. Gorgeous! Love that dress and the beautiful beaches! Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

    xo christa | http://www.gardeniasandmint.com

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  2. Love your earrings! Do you remember where they’re from?

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    • Anna Kay says:

      Seconded! Obsessed with the sparkly ear cuff!

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  3. Kimberly says:

    So glad you guys had the chance to get away – it’s been so fun to live vicariously through all your instagram shots. Love the soft colors & pretty print of this dress – it looks comfortably chic!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

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  4. Grace says:

    Such a gorgeous dress! I love the print. And it’s sure tough to beat a breezy dress along the beach!

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  5. Liv says:

    Love the print. Great outfit.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

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  6. elza says:

    gorgeous photos and location, love them!

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

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  7. Sasa Zoe says:

    Beautiful dress! I love it:P

    Shall We Sasa

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  8. I’m such a beach junky! Not a fan of going in the water, but love being by the water. Sounds like you had a great vacation!
    xo Adri | http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  9. It is hard not to fall for the beach. Lovely dress!

    http://www.freedupgirl.com

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  10. Tamara says:

    I live in St. Thomas and hope you enjoyed your visit!

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  11. Kaolee Hoyle says:

    I love that dress! Beautiful.

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  12. I’m a little afraid of going in the water, but I do love going to the beach. I love the pattern on that dress and it’s such a cute piece to wear to the beach!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

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  13. Natali says:

    You look stunning Kendi! I like your dress a lot, it has such an interesting print!

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  14. Bridget says:

    this looks so heavenly.

    http://www.delightfulbybridget.com

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  15. rhiannon says:
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  16. These pictures are beautiful and perfect for being by the beach yet still looking dressy ­čÖé

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  17. Gorgeous!!

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  18. Such a lovely dress! A totally wearable vacation look-polished and casual. And now I’m seriously wishing I was at the beach…..

    xo, Summer
    http://www.belleandgrace.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh these photos are beautiful! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

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  20. Elizabeth says:

    love this summery outfit!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

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  21. Love your earrings! Do you remember where they're from?

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  22. Kate says:

    I LOVE that dress on you! And LOVE how long your hair is getting!

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  23. lavieenliz says:

    love that dress

    giveaway on my blog!

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  24. Kimberly says:

    So glad you guys had the chance to get away – it's been so fun to live vicariously through all your instagram shots. Love the soft colors & pretty print of this dress – it looks comfortably chic!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

    07.13.15 · Reply
  25. Grace says:

    Such a gorgeous dress! I love the print. And it's sure tough to beat a breezy dress along the beach!

    07.13.15 · Reply
  26. Liv says:

    Love the print. Great outfit.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

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  27. Jonny Kay says:

    Wow that beach! Thats a colorful dress!

    Checkout my online store: Jonnykay.com

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  28. I'm such a beach junky! Not a fan of going in the water, but love being by the water. Sounds like you had a great vacation!
    xo Adri | http://www.adrilately

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  29. Beautiful color and dress.

    http://Www.Eyelikefashion.Com

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  30. Tamara says:

    I live in St. Thomas and hope you enjoyed your visit!

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  31. Kaolee Hoyle says:

    I love that dress! Beautiful.

    07.13.15 · Reply
  32. I'm a little afraid of going in the water, but I do love going to the beach. I love the pattern on that dress and it's such a cute piece to wear to the beach!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    07.13.15 · Reply
  33. Natali says:

    You look stunning Kendi! I like your dress a lot, it has such an interesting print!

    http://lartoffashion.com

    07.13.15 · Reply
  34. Bridget says:

    this looks so heavenly.

    http://www.delightfulbybridget.com

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  35. rhiannon says:
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  36. Anna Kay says:

    Seconded! Obsessed with the sparkly ear cuff!

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  37. Summer Smith says:

    Such a lovely dress! A totally wearable vacation look-polished and casual. And now I'm seriously wishing I was at the beach…..

    xo, Summer
    http://www.belleandgrace.blogspot.com

    07.13.15 · Reply
  38. Oh these photos are beautiful! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

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  39. Elizabeth says:

    love this summery outfit!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

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  40. Kate says:

    I LOVE that dress on you! And LOVE how long your hair is getting!

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  41. Stephanie says:

    This dress looks so good on you! Lucky lol it doesn’t look good on my skin tone at all. Those are gorgeous photos. Looks like you had a great, well-deserved vacation!

    07.13.15 · Reply
  42. Jonny Kay says:

    Wow that beach! Thats a colorful dress!

    Checkout my online store: Jonnykay.com

    07.13.15 · Reply
  43. Beautiful color and dress.

    http://Www.Eyelikefashion.Com

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  44. Stephanie says:

    This dress looks so good on you! Lucky lol it doesn't look good on my skin tone at all. Those are gorgeous photos. Looks like you had a great, well-deserved vacation!

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  45. I have recently fallen in love with the beach too although I don’t use to visit often, the sea has such a calming effect! Lovely dress by the way, the leaf prints are so trendy this season!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  46. Alyssa Thomas says:

    Beautiful! It never fails to amaze me how good you look in every single color! Love the blush on you.

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  47. Lindsay Truax says:

    Such a cute dress!! I love the hemline!!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

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  48. Such a pretty beach! I love your breezy dress and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing vacation!

    C’s Collection
    http://chelseascollection.com

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  49. Danielle says:

    I like how the dress looks on you; perfect!

    http://www.spring2spring.com

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  50. Rach says:

    I love this dress! So cute and looks great on you!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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  51. I have recently fallen in love with the beach too although I don't use to visit often, the sea has such a calming effect! Lovely dress by the way, the leaf prints are so trendy this season!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    07.14.15 · Reply
  52. Sydney Nguyen says:

    Love that dress! It looks so good on you! And it goes perfectly with that pretty beach!

    Syd
    The Style Roll

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  53. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love this dress on you!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  54. Lindsay Truax says:

    Such a cute dress!! I love the hemline!!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

    07.14.15 · Reply
  55. Such a pretty beach! I love your breezy dress and I hope you have a wonderful relaxing vacation!

    http://chelseascollection.com/">C's Collection

    07.14.15 · Reply
  56. Danielle says:

    I like how the dress looks on you; perfect!

    http://www.spring2spring.com

    07.14.15 · Reply
  57. Rach says:

    I love this dress! So cute and looks great on you!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    07.14.15 · Reply
  58. Sydney Nguyen says:

    Love that dress! It looks so good on you! And it goes perfectly with that pretty beach!

    Syd
    The Style Roll

    07.14.15 · Reply
  59. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love this dress on you!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  60. Kate Style Petite says:

    Gorgeous look for a beautiful backdrop!

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  61. Kate Style Petite says:

    Gorgeous look for a beautiful backdrop!

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  62. The beach looks beautiful, I know what you mean about the sound of the ocean being so soothing. I love the idea of an item of clothing being so connected to a good memory that it takes you back there every time you put it on – lovely x

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  63. Iris says:

    That dress is a perfect summer piece, I love the subtle color and the pattern.

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  64. Gill {from www.jamjargill.com} says:

    The beach looks beautiful, I know what you mean about the sound of the ocean being so soothing. I love the idea of an item of clothing being so connected to a good memory that it takes you back there every time you put it on – lovely x

    07.15.15 · Reply
  65. Iris says:

    That dress is a perfect summer piece, I love the subtle color and the pattern.

    07.15.15 · Reply
  66. Beach vacations are the best! Glad you’re having fun!

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  67. Beach vacations are the best! Glad you're having fun!

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