My time has come. Amy published her post with grace and style and now I must follow suit…

It’s my turn to face this “reality” that she speaks of.Kicking myself with every thought of it, I went down to Costa Rica without a camera. The one thing you truly want on vacation, minus of course a good book and bikini, is a camera. This is the first time I have faced this dilemma in quite some time seeing as Amy and I go most places together, and her camera has been shared between the two of us. So forgive me for my lack of photos and extreme lack of outfits, but the last thing you want to do in the tropics is dress up…less is always more.

Memories are what I have left of my beautiful trip and that is what I hold dear. Swimming, reading, morning workouts/kickboxing classes in the jungle, long strolls on the beach, snorkeling, dancing, laughing, eating, dancing and more laughing, bull fighting, and all with a wonderful crew of childhood friends and a slew of amazing new ones…this was my Costa adventure.I lived in cotton. Denim cutoffs, oversized American Apparel tees and tanks, a bathing suit or two, that’s pretty much it. The one area I seriously failed in while packing was the sun dress department. I have plenty of them, I lived in San Diego for seven years, but not a single sun dress, made it into my tiny little backpack. I made due with what I had and what I had was plenty. I tend to acquire things (i.e clothes, shoes, accessories) like it’s my job. As much as I love to buy, to have, to obtain, I love nothing more than to leave those items behind. To not need anything but the necessities and to know that I would be perfectly fine (if not happier) without any of it is one of the most freeing feelings I’ve had in a long time, and of course makes me that much more grateful for what I do have. Ciao Costa, until we meet again…

Xx AlexRegarding our Giveaway coming up, I think Amy might hold me to too high of standards…

If I had my way I’d head straight back down to Costa Rica with this next item and never return. It’s that good. To be honest, it’s great to be home, to be blogging again, to be among the likes of such inspirations like you and that’s why we’d like to pass this gem on, soon…