Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: The Modest Budget: Bahama Chic + Link-up

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Modest Budget: Bahama Chic + Link-up

Hello, my friends!
Jon and I are (reluctantly) getting back into every day life after our fabulous anniversary vacation last week... and at the same time, trying to figure out what the new "normal" looks like now that we are back in Virginia!

I think this was by far Jon's favorite outfit to take pictures of. 
Because he could lounge in a beach chair and drink a pina colada while he took them! 
I've read that you shouldn't buy things just for vacation because you run the risk of never wearing it again. So I tried to shake up some outfits I already had, and somehow make them more fun for the Bahamas.

At first, packing for the Bahamas without buying a few new outfits kind of bummed me out... but then I realized how many beach-friendly outfits I had in my closet already! It just took a little bit of creativity.

This tank is a Target find from last year, and I really like how light it is. This neckline is also flattering for almost all body types, because it makes your shoulders look broader, giving a greater illusion of an hourglass body shape!
It's loose fit is also great for all of the vacation eating, lol!

And who doesn't find a pair of white linen pants refreshing in the summertime? Sometimes I just get tired of wearing shorts, and these pants are a great substitute for shorts without adding a lot of warmth.

The hat and long necklace (gifts from my husband:) and some basic sandals had me feeling very high-class for shuffleboard and strolls on the beach. This outfit worked really well for wearing my one-piece bathing suit underneath.

This week I'm doing something a little different and co-hosting with Rachel's link up called "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link up Rachel of Garay Treasures blog! 

  Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

And then, there's me:) Casey, from Cattails, Rabbit trails, and Thistlefish:
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Casey Capra is the writer behind a faith, marriage and fashion blog called Cattails, Rabbit trails & Thistlefish! She is 22 years old, a full time psychology student, and a newlywed who is passionate about women knowing their true worth. She has challenged herself to find cute modest outfits that don't break the bank by blogging about it every week. She has also challenged herself to create her own knitting patterns and (finally) learn how to cook! Her favorite thing to watch is Food Network, her favorite way to work out is cycling class, and her least favorite thing about herself is her food allergies. You can follow Casey by: Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Now for Rachel's Featured 5 (well 6 and you will learn why below) from last week:
I was inspired by how Karen of She Thought She Could and Amy of Amy's Creative Pursuits both met in real life. See the distance they traveled and the fun adventures they had by clicking on their links above. I would LOVE to meet several of you in real life. Any of you in the Roanoke, Virginia area?
  This blue dress on Lee was the perfect inspiration for looking for a good fitting little blue dress for myself.
  I am always inspired when a blogger takes an article of clothing and remixes it. This white button down shirt post from Anna shows just that.
I can relate to Roxanne's picture taking experience from this post. Other than that I love this floral jumpsuit look.
Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!
 2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.
 3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.
 4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!
To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:
Garay Treasures


Hope ya'll's week is off to a fabulous start!
Stay tuned for more pictures of our relaxing trip.
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  1. It is nothing better for the summer than white pants. I have a few and love to wear them. T-shirt whit strips is perfect for vacation or casual outfit back home. And I love your hat! o)

    Anna xoxo

    1. White pants are totally "in" right now... and flannel means that you can have the fad without the heat!

  2. Such fun photos! Cute outfit too! Thanks for co-hosting!

  3. Actually you're wrong about neckline. Because it's too close to your neck it makes short people look shorter.

    1. Right, but I wasn't talking about height! I was talking about shoulder width;)

  4. that is the perfect beach outfit. but i'm like you, i try and not buy things, but every vacation i find something i need. france-i need more stripes, and gray! aruba-i need sundresses. ugh. i try to be good, but nope...! lol.

  5. What a cute laid-back outfit for the beach. I love that hat on you! That would be my husband's kind of outfit-photo taking too :)

  6. Linen pants have such an easy, breezy air about them. I always think of them as crisp and chic yet immensely versatile :)

  7. I love your white pants! They are perfect for the beach! I hope you had a great trip! Your top is adorable too!

    Thanks for linking up at Grace + Lace!


  8. Super cute outfit Casey and I love that you choose to go with what you already had. How cool! Thanks for co-hosting with me. I am in the Roanoke/Salem area of Virginia, what about you?
    Rachel xo

    1. Thanks! Loved co-hosting!
      I'm in the Southeast side of VA! Just 20 minutes from NC and 30 minutes from the beach, haha!

  9. I love and have always loved white linen pants (but for some reason, I don't own a pair)! They just scream beach vacation! It is the perfect outfit and the perfect pink sandy backdrop. Just gorgeous!

    I would love for you to come join my weekly link up On the Edge of the Week! It goes live every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EST and remains open for the entire week. Have a glorious week!


  10. Perfect vacation outfit. Looking good