Thursday, May 26, 2016

Packing for Vacation: Pro-Tips

There are few things in the world that can cause as much stress as packing the perfect suitcase.  Do I need this?  What if it's cold? Do I check or carry-on?  What did I forget?

First, know your packing and travel style.  Are you a "accessories change the look and I can wear this 3 times!" or are you a "I need to pack my entire wardrobe because I have NO idea what I want to wear everyday!" I am a notorious over-packer.  And I am Ok with that!!  I do try to follow some of my own advice and whittle down my luggage from 3 checked bags to maybe just 1 and a carryon (or 2!) Stop judging me.

Next, make a list.  Seriously I cannot tell you how much this one little tip has changed my packing life.  I travel all.the.time.  I try to take at least 4 leisure vacations a year, and I have at least 4 or 5 work trips a year, so learning how to pack more efficiently was key for me.

Where do I begin?  Great question, I start with the type of trip and the climate.  Obviously my packing list for a week in Hawaii looks very different than my list for a week in Paris in the Fall.  For my next trip, I'm headed to Hawaii, so that's where I will start this list.  I know that in Hawaii I will be beach or pool side for the majority of my days, with a golf lesson, hike, and a trip into town for the day likely thrown in so I need more swim than usual, and a few day-time outfits that will stand up to some activity.  Then dinners I will change into something else - and I'm always cold ALWAYS - so I need layers I picked up an amazing wrap top in 2 colors available here and I am SO happy with it, soft, comfy, perfect fit, both casual and workout wear - Done!

Knowing those things, I start with my dinner outfits.  This may seem like a strange place to start but it works for me, as you experiment with your list you may start somewhere else and thats good too.  I have 8 nights of dinners, I'm guessing I will dress up for at least 3 of them and the rest can be casual. With that in mind I select some of my favorite go-to's:  A DVF printed silk shirtdress, (I found a similar on sale here!) a cotton striped Ralph Lauren 3/4 sleeve dress, and a gorgeous floral haute hippie midi dress.  Knowing me, I will want jeans on some nights, so I plan on 1 pair of jeans and 2 tops.  While I am not a huge fan of wearing the same things multiple times, I will wear my dinner wear a couple times each as I will be in those outfits for about 3 hours at nighttime.

Next, daytime stuff.  I am a fan of dresses so I've got a linen sleeveless number and a striped cotton swing dress on the list, as well as a maxi dress because it's the perfect throw on and go dress (This one is absolutely perfect!)  I know I'll need shorts for the golf lesson, and maybe a few other days for flights between islands and days in town, I have a few cute shorts (sailor shorts seriously adorable), and a bunch of t-shirts and tanks to interchange.  I try really hard here to make sure that each pair of shorts and shirt can be worn with multiple colors - if I find I've packed shorts that only go with 1 top, I take them right out of the suitcase, this is wear I generally pick up the most discarded items.  Be ruthless here, if it doesn't go with at least 2 things, take it out.

Shoes, ah my god shoes.  I used to pack about 7 pairs of shoes not counting flip flops and flat sandals. That's crazy.  Thankfully, I've realized I really don't need all those shoes on a tropical vacation.  Now, I try to pick one pair of dressy sandals (these are my go-to) that will go with literally everything, a couple pairs of flat dressier sandals, and then a pair of basic flip flops for the beach or pool. And I'm pretty proud of that!!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Perfect T-shirt Dress

If there is one item of clothing I swear I search for all summer long it is the perfect T-shirt dress.  I'm not a huge shorts wearer so these dresses are exactly what I need for hot, throw on and go days.  I am picky though and don't like any that are to clingy or tight, or that are to swingy and trapeze like.  Enter Target's freaking awesome T dress!! Seriously couldn't believe I found this cutie on a Target rack! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Leopard & Lace-ups

These lace-ups flats are seriously just what I needed today! Even when your outfit is all neutrals, these flats are anything but! I'm taking this look straight to Lowe's so I can finish buying all of the crap I need for an upcoming bathroom remodel, which to be honest cannot be done soon enough!! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Casual Chambray

Chambray is versatile, cute, comfortable, and at times, completely difficult to style.  I paired my Chambray with white jeans - perfect for Spring, a super cute pink tassel necklace, a leopard clutch and my perfect pink sandals!  Happy Shopping!

Shop the look:     Shirt (exact here, similar here)
                          Jeans (exact here, similar here)
                          Clutch (exact here, similar here)
                          Sandals (exact here, similar here)
                          Necklace (similar here and on sale!, similar here)
                          Earrings (exact here, similar here)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chambray & Neon

Similar Chambray under $50! // Similar Sweater under $60! // Similar Jeans under $60!! // 

Anyone else love the denim on denim look but just.can'  Your perfect solution is to separate your denims with a top layer.  This can be anything, I choose a lightweight neon cashmere sweater, but you could go with a light open cardigan, a colorful or patterned vest, or just about any other item you already have in the closet! Voila instant denim on denim for those of us a little more scared of the trend!  Happy Shopping!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chambray & Tweed

Similar Chambray here under $50! // Similar skirt here under $50

Wearing Chambray to the office can be tricky, especially in a conservative, business casual environment.  This look however is all business!  Pairing a very casual chambray with a tweed skirt dresses up the shirt instantly, for my office I would wear pumps and really push this into the acceptable category!

You could also try wearing the chambray under a sleeveless shift dress, or wearing chambray with a pencil skirt and topping it off with a cardigan so only a little peek of the chambray is out at the wrist and collar.   Happy Shopping!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring Gingham

Gingham is one of my favorite patterns, it is so easy to throw on and go and it always looks good! This top is extra awesome because its light weight, long, and very comfy!  This one is paired with white jeans to make it crisp, and a leopard clutch to add a little pattern mixing! Topping off the whole look is my very awesome, wear with everything TB Miller sandals in rose gold.  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Full Skirt & Sparkles

Today I want to discuss turning items you may not think about wearing to the work place - like this bright pink full skirt, into perfect business casual attire.  I am in love with this skirt, it has a perfect fit, a beautiful flare, and pockets!  To make this an office outfit, pair a a classic button down shirt - an instant "class it up" piece, add your work tote and a chunky necklace and off you go!  I've finished off this look with my sparkly sandals, and yes I would rock that look to the office, but a classic nude pump would look stunning with this look and put it over the edge for office wear!  Happy Shopping!

Shop the Look:    Skirt (exact here, similar here)
                          Shirt (similar here, similar here)
                          Necklace (similar here, similar here)
                          Clutch (exact here, similar here)
                          Shoes (exact here, similar here)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

To the Max

Swoon.  That is all I have for this gorgeous flowy scarf print Maxi dress!  I have worn this dress so many times - dinners on a cruise, weddings, showers of all sorts, and dinner dates with the Husband.  Where will you wear yours?!

Shop the Look:  Dress (exact here, similar here, similar here)
                        Sandals (exact here, similar here)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pink Lace

I am absolutely loving this little blush tone lace sheath dress!  It is so cute and wearable for pretty much every occasion - Bridal Showers, Brunch, Church, Mother's Day festivities, Weddings.  I paired mine with these gorgeous gold sparkley Jimmy Choo pumps, and the possibilities are pretty much endless. The dress is finally back in stock in a decent range of sizes too!  Happy Shopping!!

Shop the Look:  Dress (exact here, similar here, similar here under $90!)
                        Sandals (similar here under $120!, similar here under $75!)