How to Create Resort Wear Out of a Bra & Belt (when your luggage is delayed)


Making a cocktail dress out of a bra and a belt when your luggage is lost on Stylemindchic Lifestyle

Having no luggage for the first 4 days of our Caribbean vacation was a good reminder to always be prepared with well stocked carry on luggage. If you followed our trip to the Dominican Republic in July here you will know that our journey took some unexpected turns.

Cancelled flights in San Francisco following a plane crash, and an unscheduled red eye to New York City, were just the beginning. The afternoon and evening of Day 2 were spent with a quick trip into Noho and a little slice of heaven at Piccola Cucina here in a major heatwave.

Darn those men-they still look good after the red eye–day 2.
#boyfriend #luckyduck

This was me-day 3 of our trip same clothes/no luggage, at the airport in Newark.

With a hot shower, good night of sleep and my ‘survivor’ makeup essentials* I was feeling okay

(a hat will hide a multitude of issues)


Another flight, tropical humidity through customs, a long drive with a cranky driver,
finally arriving sopping wet at the resort and I made a decision.

It may have been more like a declaration……

I told my husband, Scott, “We are going in to the gift shop and not coming out until we are dressed in something else. Period.”

There were itty bitty titty bikinis (no thanks!), a moo-moo that was road weary and one little flowy mini number that made my husband laugh. I felt a bit like a pinata.

That’s where my fabulous DKNY bra comes in.

In desperation (and a desire not to spend $200 on a moo-moo), I searched the rack of sarongs.

Haven’t I always praised the sarong as it ‘rights’ what is so wrong’?
here and here

How to create resort wear out of a bra and belt?

Thanks to my rather fashionable DKNY black bra (with gold detail), my black ‘take me everywhere’ belt, an extra necklace in my purse and gold sandals (Scott had put in his carry on last minute due to weight restrictions at the airport), I fashioned a new outfit that could take me to the beach and out to dinner at the resort.

Finally-something Fresh!!!

Next time my carry on bag will most definitely include:


Medications if needed #holyhotflash

Swimsuit (if beachy vacation)

A small size anti-frizz  hair serum or cream

mini deodorant

*The makeup essentials in my purse created my ‘look’ for 4 days.

Here’s what I learned:

Lip color can add a touch of color and definition to cheeks and shimmer for the eyelids
A touch up stick can hide a multitude of skin flaws and under eye ‘baggage’
Pressed powder smooths the look and adds some ‘texture’ to puffy hair
An eye pencil adds definition to the eyes-even without mascara
I was lucky to find a sample pack of Chanel Vitalumiere in my purse
(I had meant to take it out but was so thankful it was there-and in nearly my shade!)
Body Lotion can serve as day and night moisturizer and even lip balm at night
Hotels generally stock toothbrushes and sample paste at front desk.

I’ll admit, Day 3 I broke down and bought a bronzer at the pharmacy.

I was in the Caribbean after all.

Finally, our luggage arrived!!

Let’s head to that gorgeous pool…..

And the only lounge chair at the pool had ‘caution’ tape since they were building a pathway.

It was non-stop adventure on this first leg of our journey.
We decided to head to the beach……….

Wishing you smooth travels and

always having just the right bra-just in case.


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Heather Lindstrom

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Such ingenuity and style — you are amazing, Heather!

I also learned the hard way to ALWAYS pack essential makeup, an extra outfit (and bathing suit+ flipflops or Jack Rogers for resort or warm weather spots) and pashmina in my carry-on luggage, no matter how brief the flight. With just those few things you can be set for days.


You are amazing. Well done.


This is something I’ve always dreaded but you were so creative and put together a great outfit. Luckily you had a glamorous bra to help you!


What a nightmare..but you made lemonade out of a lemon situation!!. Gonna follow your blog…I enjoyed it!! Laurel


Heather I love your attitude and we could have some serious fun together. First of all I appreciate your traveling advice and I can’t believe you went without your luggage for that long. But secondly, you look great in these photos. I especially love the last one next to the caution tape …there’s some symbolism in there somewhere hahaha


Hi Heather, sorry I got behind in my reading… i hope by now your vacation is swimming along beautifully! You look gorgeous in your sarong! how smart are you, girl!!


Your travel antics crack me up! The first one that made me follow you was your adventure in London but this made me smile too! Xx


Okay Heather….. YOU are amazing the way you styled these pieces. Having had this happen to me before, I’ll say I don’t think I pulled it off like you and I most definitely didn’t have your sense of humor! Always a good idea to take those basic travel essentials! xxleslie


That is what I call pulling a rabbit out of your a** : )

Kudos to you for keeping a smiling face and pulling through with flying colours. I don’t know that I would have held it together so well.



OMG…..YOU PULLED IT OFF MY FRIEND! Good heavens, what a fiasco! I had an unexpected turn that same week of the crash, had no luggage and got stuck in Houston, with NO toiletries or clothes! But you had just the right essentials to WORK IT RIGHT! You two are just such a lovely couple, Heather! Enjoy the rest of the summer! Anita


Awe Heath, only you can look so fashionably gorgeous in a bra & sarong! Tim Gunn would be proud…you definitely made it work!

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