Resort Wear Over 40 – Souvenirs

March 5, 2017

Part of the fun of vacation is shopping for souvenirs, at least it is for me (I think my husband might disagree).  In the past, I’ve brought home my share of clothing and jewelry that I never end up wearing, so I’ve learned the hard way what to buy and what to pass by.

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I always like to think ahead a bit about what I might want to get, while still leaving room for a have-to-have surprise! It was just my luck that the embroidery trend happened to coincide with my Puerto Vallarta trip! The markets and boutique were full of pretty cotton blouses with floral embroidery.  I knew for sure I want to get myself a good quality one that fit just right, so that I’d actually wear it once I got home. But then if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to wear what you bought! I try to add one souvenir piece to an outfit rather than looking like a walking billboard for the local shops.

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Outfit Details & Shopping Links

Blouse – local boutique (I’ve linked a few adorable ones down below)

Jeans – cut offs made from old Old Navy jeans

Sunhat – Coolibar

Sandals – Clarks

Earrings – Kendra Scott

Sunglasses – Topshop

I’ve pretty much stopped buying t-shirts on trips, yet when I saw this one, I couldn’t pass it up.  Not only did it have a photo of the amazing Frida Kahlo, it also was a Vogue cover!

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Now, the husband has his own ideas about souvenirs and wanted to bring home an iguana.  I love animals, but … umm, no.

Outfit Details & Shopping Links

T-shirt – local souvenir (a few cute Etsy versions below)

Maxi skirt – old

Sandals – Sam Edelman

Sunglasses – Illesteva

Tote – Uncommon Goods


I also bought a pair of pretty silver butterfly earrings, along with several funky handmade earrings at the local flea market. We were tempted to bring home pretty Talavera pottery, but wasn’t sure if it would make the trip back without breaking. We also saw lots of fabulous paintings by local artists, but nothing that we thought would actually fit our decor at home. It’s hard not to come home with everything!

So Dolls, what do you like to buy as a souvenir on trips? If you buy clothing or jewelry do you wear it right away or wait until you get home? Has your husband ever wanted to bring home an iguana?!

For those of you following my lap top drama, I’m happily typing on my new one right now.  I decided my accident of spilling coffee on my old one brought two gifts with it:  Number 1, a reminder to slow down and not try to do ten things at once (which I was doing when I spilled), and Number 2, an excuse to buy a shiny new one.  I always try to find the positive in any situation anyway!

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And have an amazing start to your week!


Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply Cindy L March 5, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Love this post — and I am reminded of a trip we took, three years ago, to San Juan. I loved the “old town,” which is lined with all sorts of great boutiques. There was a wonderful shop called Pure Soul, which was reputedly launched by someone affiliated with Chico’s. They had all kinds of lovely things, including artisan jewelry and embroidered tunics that reminded me of Frida Kahlo. I wear them in the summer and remember my trip each time I put them on.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 5, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Aww thanks, Cindy! I would love to visit old town San Juan! Next time you wear one of these items, tag me! 😀

      • Reply Cindy L March 5, 2017 at 8:09 am

        Dawn, I don’t have a fashion blog like yours (I am a writer and just use my site for my published work), but I will try to remember to take a photo and send to you. Again, I am really enjoying your blog!

  • Reply Patti March 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Such a joyful post! I love, love the Frida tee shirt and would have had to buy it too. Thanks for linking, xo


  • Reply Shannon March 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    So much fun and I love your embroidered top!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply Maureen March 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Next time you are in PV, you should check out Mundo de Cristal in old town. Plenty of talavera pottery and lovely glassware. I bought 8 wine, 8 drinking and 2 pitchers in the local ‘confetti’ pattern. Shipping was reasonable and they guarantee their incredible packing for airline carry on. If you choose not to ship. Definitely worth the stop!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 8, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Thanks for the helpful tip, Maureen! 🙂

  • Reply Katie March 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Love your Frida T-shirt! I agree that finding fun souvenirs is part of the fun of going on vacation. Looks like you had a fabulous time!


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 8, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Of course …. I LOVE shopping! 😀

  • Reply Nancy March 6, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I love that tee! And your blouse is a simular one I have worn as a little girl, with sort of glass in it! Lovely to see again!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      How cool! 🙂

  • Reply jacqui March 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Very good read, cute blouse looks great on you. Not sure I’d be holding the reptiles like you did – very brave! Jacqui

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Haha … It happened so quickly, I hardly had time to protest! 😀

  • Reply Shelly March 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

    You are just so darn adorable! I’m not sure there is any fun look you can’t pull off.

    Thanks for linking with Ageless Style!

    Shelly|The Queen in Between

  • Reply the cape on the corner March 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

    i love that tote bag, couldn’t find it on their site tho. i love buying souvenirs that i will actually wear, sometimes it’s daily (like my 3 bracelets that stack and go so well with each other despite being from sedona, israel, and austria. sometimes i get a unique statement cuff, and if possible i buy something that is locally made (or at least in the country, like my necklace from slovenia!) don’t you just love reliving your travels with those types of piece?!? i do, i feel proud! also now i want to go on a beachy vacation like you did, lol.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 8, 2017 at 9:03 am

      They don’t have that tote anymore unfortunately! Love the idea of a bracelet stack from different places! What a cool idea, Hon! 🙂

  • Reply Annette March 10, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Fabulous post and timely as I am reading your blog while in PV on family vacay….loving it and looking forward to hitting the markets….

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