Vacation Style: Bathing Suits and Outfit Details from Costa Rica

What's a vacation without the proper slay, right? I'm a sucker for bomb bathing suits and luxe resort ensembles. I've always had to spend a pretty penny on swimsuits since I was younger since I'm busty, so splurging on them has now become the norm. But, I do love a cheap Fashion Nova swim here and there. Anyways, here are my looks:

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This was my first day in Costa Rica! Fresh off the plane and it was raining on and off as you can see from the puddles. I wanted to wear something resort worthy, yet something that covered my legs because the rain had the mosquitos out and they love these juicy thighs. 

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The pants were custom made by one of my newly favorite designers Fe Noel, she has a new Resort collection that just dropped. Shop it here! The top was from Zara, here's a similar one from Pretty Little Thing. These gold pants are currently the most fun item in my closet. Prepare to see them A LOT! Fashion week, vacation, work – I don't care. I love a good wide leg pant! 

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The bathing suit that had you all FLOODING my DM's! First of all, isn't it bomb?! I got this cut out 2-piece from Andrea Iyamah – another amazing designer with some great pieces. It was a little pricey, but so worth it. The only thing I would say is that if you'd busty like me, purchase with caution. I had minor problems with the top, but the quality and design of the swimsuit overpowered that. I have another one of her swimsuits that I can't wait to rock in Jamaica! 

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Orange and melanin are a match made in heaven! OK! I love how orange looks on my skin tone, so when I found this I had to get it. ASOS has amazing swim tops for busty girls with their 'Fuller Bust' collection. The plunge top had the perfect cleavage and I still felt secure. Unfortunately, the fuller bust sizes are sold out, but you can shop the regular sizes here. The high leg tie bottoms were perfect because they covered my stomach without being extremely high waist and I loved the tie detail, if you're into mixing and matching get the bottoms here

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I accessorized with a floppy hat I found at my favorite sunglass stand in the city! It was only $12 –ASOS has a similar one. The tiered tassel sandals are from Forever 21, also be prepared to see these a lot. They are the most comfortable pair of sandals I currently own. 

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I threw this dress on as a cover up, but I will be wearing it as a dress in New York. It has a thigh slit and waist cutout, sexy! I love it and it was only $25 from Forever 21. It's sold out, but here's a similar style. 

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Cover-up, dress, shirt! This top is just about anything I want to make it. You can't see it too well here, but it's an oversized printed Zara top that screams vacay with it's patterns and fun colors. I wore it as a belted cover up in Costa Rica, and immediately wore it as a shirt with shorts when I got home. I will absolutely be wearing this top at least once a week, and nope I don't care. Snag one for only $50 at Zara!

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I must admit, I am not a fan of black and white on vacation because I love wearing color and feeling like I belong on an island. But, this skirt?! I had to get it. The slip underneath the crochet is a bit short so I can't wear it anywhere else but vacation because I have way too much just in my trunk. The fringe detail at the bottom is so cute, I received so many compliments on the resort. I figured I'd let the skirt speak for itself and I just kept it simple on top with an old ASOS top from their Fuller Bust collection. Get the skirt here! Shop an even cuter top to team it with from ASOS here

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I saved my waist snatching one piece for the last day for obvious reasons aka bloating from drinking and eating for 6 days straight. It's like a LBD, but a LBS – 'Little Black Swimsuit.' It has a elastic waist band that complements my hourglass shape so I can flaunt my curves appropriately. This is also from ASOS. They have a Fuller Bust edition available which is what I'm wearing, and they have a regular-sized one. The swimsuit also comes in pink, white, and royal blue

Which look was your favorite?! I love dressing on vacation. Now, I'm collecting my vacay looks for Jamaica! 

Xoxo, 

Asia Milia 

 

 

 

Asia Milia Takes Costa Rica: Where I Stayed & Pros and Cons of the Trip

Happy Hump Day travelistas and travelistos? Does that exist?! You get the point! I always love sharing my travel details with you all so if you ever visit you have lots of knowledge before jet setting overseas.

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Last week I enjoyed 6 days in Central America, Costa Rica. I’ve received a plethora of DM’s and questions on everything from my looks to the resort. My looks are in a separate style post, but let’s get into this rundown of Costa Rica!

I stayed at an all inclusive resort, the Riu Palace. I’ve stayed at the Riu before in Cancun, but never at the Palace. This is the upgraded and more expensive version of the resort and it allows access to the less expensive one as well. So, I was able to eat, drink, party, etc. on 2 resorts.  Although I didn’t, it was nice to know I had the option.

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Everyone’s favorite question is always, “How much was it?” We booked through a travel agent who my mom frequently uses. She hooks up transportation to and from the airport, flight, and the resort stay. For both of us it was $2,300 for 6 days. Keep in mind we flew in on a holiday weekend so the price may not be as high if you were to go on a random week. As always, I recommend CheapCaribbean.com and lately I’ve even noticed GroupOn has great deals if you're willing to lock in specific days. A downfall with traveling to Costa Rica is the direct flights. If you're like me you just want to hop on a flight and hop off at your location with no layovers. Direct flights are extremely hard to find to Costa Rica, from New York specifically there are only direct flights on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

My mom and I went for our annual mommy/daughter trip for her birthday and we usually just hang at the resort and relax, so the resort's appearance and ambiance means a lot to us. For starters, we walked into the room and WOW! I was immediately intrigued by the pink and purple (I’m such a girly girl, I know)! But, seriously the room had a beautiful set up with a huge tub at the entrance of the room, the bed was adorned with quilted purple blankets and bows, amazing artwork, and a beautiful breathtaking view of the mountains. Even the balcony was nice, it was the biggest one I’ve ever had at a resort. The room also had a mini bar set up just like my room in Cancun, this is always my cherry on top. In addition to this, the room service was included in the all inclusive although it took very long and was my food cold the one time I ordered it.

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 Balcony View from 4th Floor

Balcony View from 4th Floor

Food is always a hit or miss during an all inclusive stay, but Costa Rica wasn’t so bad. There were a lot of restaurants on the land—a yummy buffet open for all meals, a steak house, a Japanese restaurant, and an Italian restaurant. I only tried the steakhouse and buffet because the other menus didn’t quite fit my preference. The only downfall to the steakhouse is the walk. It was down past the pools and when it rains you have to walk past that and it’s open so it was home to lots of mosquitos and other huge bugs. One night we even saw 2 dogs just sitting by the entrance, Yuck! But, the food was delicious. I had both salmon and lobster tail and my mouth was watering, I’m a pescatarian as many of you know so my mom did the honors of trying the steak and she gave it 5 stars.

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Drinks were a hit, just as they would be at any all-inclusive resort. However, they specialized in sangria and chocolate martinis. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have one everyday. The pool bar was my favorite because everyone was social and the bartenders were lit! I don’t know about you guys, but sipping a drink in the sun and socializing is like heaven to me.

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So, you’ve got the rundown of all the good, but it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t tell you some of the cons that I ran into. Of course on my Instagram aka the highlight reel you saw the sun shining and loads of happy moments. But, there was one downfall. Costa Rica doesn’t have 4 seasons like us, they have a dry season and a rainy season. If you didn’t know, most of the state is a rainforest. May is the start of their rainy season and it only picks up as the summer goes on. When I say when it rains it POURS there, I am not lying. Most days it rained heavy at night with scary thunderstorms and bright lightening streaks in the sky. There was one full day that it rained so much we spent a lot of time in the room. Other times we’d look up and see a cloud pass and it would pour for about 30 minutes and the sun would shine like nothing ever happened. So, my number one piece of advice for visiting would definitely be to go during the winter when they’re in their dry season.

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If you and your friends or you and bae are an adventurous bunch/pair you’d love the rainforest zip lines, mud baths, and more excursions that Costa Rica has to offer. Personally I’ve done zip lining once and I don’t see it happening again in the future because I’m a punk. But, it’s definitely somewhere to go if you’re into that. I love to travel to experience how different everywhere is. The black sand and mountains I saw were breathtaking and I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else. Not too far off of my resort there was also a ‘Monkey Bar’ where tourists could feed monkeys suit, I must admit this is the only thing I didn’t get to do that I was upset about.

 Zip lining in Cancun, circa 2014 

Zip lining in Cancun, circa 2014 

Aside from adventures, I enjoy soaking up history and culture of different countries when I’m away. When we arrived at the airport and I read the brochure I was immediately drawn into the photos of the colorful buildings and historical landmarks in the city of Nicaragua. Unfortunately, due to recent protests and deadly riots it is closed to tourists at the time. So I was upset, but I took a moment to research and what’s happening just hours away from the paradise I was in, there are deadly streets. It’s scary— you can read about the recent happenings here.

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As a whole, Costa Rica was a relaxing getaway and the Riu Palace hosted a great stay. I’d recommend this location to anyone outside of the rainy season, of course. There’s so much to explore out in the world, get to it! Up next? Negril, Jamaica— unless I decide to fit something into my schedule within the next 7 weeks!

 1/4 pools at the Riu Palace Costa Rica

1/4 pools at the Riu Palace Costa Rica

Where are you traveling this summer? Would you consider Costa Rica? 

Feel free to email me if there is anything you want to know that I didn't cover. 

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Xoxo, 

Asia Milia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancùn, Mexico - What To Do, Where to Stay, What to Eat, and More!

Hey, hey! I've seen the DM's, the snapchat messages, and the comments so I am finally giving you guys some insight on my travel life! Here I will give details of my trips that I take and I'll also drop some vacay necessities from time to time because vacationing is one of my favorite things to do.

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Last week I got back from Cancun with my best friend—it was out 3rd time there and our favorite, for lots of reasons. But, let's just into it! So, a lot of you asked where I book trips. If I don't go through a travel agent, which most of the time I do not, I go to Expedia, Orbitz, or like I did for this trip CheapCaribbean. These websites allow you to book package deals including flight and hotel with an all inclusive deal at the resort of your choice. All inclusive is honestly your best bet. I've experienced both and you end up spending the same amount of money. 

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The only thing I would say is that sometimes the all inclusive meals on the resort aren't the most appetizing, but the unlimited alcohol certainly calls for no complaints. After all, isn't that what vacay is all about? 

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Anyways— into these details. I stayed at the Riu Cancun, which was all inclusive and $800 for each of us including airfare from JFK A DEAL! It was a quick weekend away, the fastest we've ever taken actually, but the best one because every second was LIT! There was no, "Oh, let's just chill and go there tomorrow." No! It was we're living our best lives every second that we're here because we need to make everyday count. 

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The resort was absolutely beautiful, especially our Oceanview room. We had a bar at the pool, in the lobby, and bottles in our room (no extra charge). There were a few food options including a Japanese restaurant, Italian, a Steakhouse, a buffet and a few others. I'll be honest our best meal was when we went off the resort to Ruth Chris. Previously when we went there with no all inclusive we ate at restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Hooters, and chains of that nature. 

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 View from our room 

View from our room 

So, you've got the eats, but of course you go to Cancun to party! The Riu Cancun was in walking distance from the Party Zone. You have Cocobongo, La Vaquita, Mandala, the list goes on. Most of these places have a set price range for entry and open bar—from about $35-$65. You can always walk the strip and see who plays music that best fits your vibe, we went to Cocobongo years ago, but La Vaquita was our spot this time. 

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If you're not a club person, there's a little alley off the strip (that we discovered this time around) and they have a little hookah lounge, and a few restaurants. 

So, that's nightlife— what about during the day?! There's lots of shopping in Cancùn, but you can do that at home. I'm big on always trying something new when on vacation. Our first time there we went to Xplor, a day trip to a park that has zip lining, under water rafting, and ATVs. With lunch and transportation, it's really a fun-filled day. Be adventurous! Xplor was a little over $100 Our second time, we went to see one of the Seven Wonder of the World; Chichen Itza, it was scorching hot at the end of May but it was such a great experience. We also went parasailing on that trip, which was cool besides the fact that on the jet ski on our way to the boat we fell off. So, this trip when Shay went jet skiing I punked out, ON MY BIRTHDAY! I regret it. Moral of the story live your best life and try new things while you're on vacay. 

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Some extra things to know when planning a trip to Cancùn or out the country in general— bring cash for cabs and tips because that does add up. Go see one of the travel advisors in the lobby when you first arrive to plan excursions, and lastly, LIVE IT UP! 

If you have any extra questions comment below and I will answer the best I can. Also, note I am not a travel agent, nor travel blogger I'm just someone who loves to travel and I want you guys to know that you can travel outside of the country for a good price and not have to keep going to Miami or wherever else (no shade), but get your passport and live your best life! 

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Outfit details on next Slaycation post! 

Slaycation — Cancún 2018: My 22nd Birthday Trip

It's not possible to go on vacation without a few bomb bathing suits and resort looks, right?! Correct. I think I get asked where I get my bathing suits from more than anything else. I'll be sure to write up some good pieces for you ladies when the bathing suit collections really drop for Summer '18. But, until then let's get into the looks I wore on this trip. 

On My Birthday

ASOS is my go-to site for bikini tops, and bathing suits in general because clearly I'm extremely busty. They have a 'Fuller Bust' bathing suit line which is where I find most of my hits. On the Friday of my birthday, I wore this embellished ASOS top, paired with NY & Company x Gabrielle Union wide leg pants, because I am absolutely obsessed with white pants. They're on sale for $13, so snag them up quickly! 

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Beach Look

Here I wore another bathing suit from ASOS Fuller Bust collection, a sexy red cutout one. It looked horrible on the model, but I knew my curves would bring it to life. Sometimes we have to take chances with clothes and know how our bodies, swag, etc. can make clothing rather than judging it on the model. I paired it with the BooHoo floral kimono which will also be worn as a dress majority of this summer, so you've been warned! It's so colorful and pretty—absolutely in love!

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The Denim Ensemble

Unfortunately, I don't have deets on where to get this look from because Claire gave this to me while cleaning her closet. Yes, Claire Sulmers— I have the best boss I know! But, what I will say is that 2 piece looks are perfect for vacation and great for a stroll on the resort or night life. I'll do a guide to 2-piece set ensembles soon! 

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 Claire wore it when interviewing Kevin Hart! 

Claire wore it when interviewing Kevin Hart! 

Sheer Galore

This look was one of my favorites (and everyone else's)! I personally would never wear sheer and polka dot together. However, this look was different! It was waist-snatching, comfortable and everything in between. When the weather got a little chilly at night, I opted for a one shoulder top instead of the sheer top and it still looked cute. Rue 107 is responsible for this super adorable set! They have the best vacation clothes so definitely check them out for your next getaway, for all sizes! 

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I wish I could've got more looks in, but honestly I was living my best life not for Instagram or anything, but in real life because I genuinely needed this getaway. I've become a workaholic and it's unhealthy (more on that this week). But, I hope you guys enjoyed these looks and shop some of them for your next trip! 

Xoxo, 

Asia Miilia

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