Wear Now, Wear Later-Dark Floral Midi Dress

If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you have probably heard me preach about buying clothes that can be worn multiple ways and multiple times. It is so important to me that pieces in my wardrobe can do double or triple duty rather than serve only one type of occasion. The garments I design for Magill are no exception. I want anything I design and sell to earn their keep in my customers’ wardrobes rather than just take up space for those once-in-a-while events. One of my favorite Magill pieces, the Denes Dress, is a dark floral midi dress and perfect for both warm and cold weather. Today’s post is sharing two ways to style this dress both for now and later! Click of each of the products to get details and shop!

Sunglasses on a Budget

Sunglasses for me are something I don’t think too much about, generally I have a couple pairs I love and just keep them on rotation. But I do like to branch and get a new pair every so often. While there are a plethora of designer options out there I don’t always have the extra cash to invest in a pricey pair. Lucky for me (and you) there are plenty of affordable sunglasses that add some new style to your wardrobe without making a dent in your bank account. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picks on the interwebs right now, all under $30!

Shopping For: Statement Earrings

A good pair of statement earrings can take a ho-hum outfit to effortlessly chic with minimal effort. It’s the epitome of lazy-girl style and I am a big fan of it. For the past couple of years glitzy, gemstone over the top earrings have been all over but lately my favorite earrings include natural details like tortoiseshell and raffia. Pair them with something casual and classic like ripped denim and an oversized sweater for a chic and easy look.

Winter Travel Packing Tips

Packing for vacations can be tricky. On the one hand you want to have options (who doesn’t, right?) for what to wear but at the same time you are limited by your suitcase space. If you are like me, you want to avoid checking your bag at all costs - added fees, potential lost luggage, extra time waiting at the airport…no thanks.

So what’s the solution? Be strategic about what you bring along in your carry-on suitcase so that you have maximum outfit options with minimum baggage. Over the years I have had some successful and less than successful packing experiences and learned a good deal about what works and what doesn’t. Today’s post is all about packing tips and tricks, just in time before heading off on your holiday getaways. Let’s get going!

A Few Helpful Tips

The name of the game here really is versatility aka. the ability to mix and match to create multiple looks. Focus on neutrals or one color palette to enable the greatest number of combinations from the least amount of items.

Think about how you can take all your clothing items and be able to dress them up or down. Small items that pack a big punch like red lipstick or statement earrings are perfect for transitioning something like a sweater into a night time look without taking up any extra luggage space.

Packing List : Winter Travel

Cozy Sweater 

Floral Blouse

Skinny Black Denim

Straight Leg Blue Denim

Camel Coat

Classic Sneakers

Chelsea Boots

Black Hat

Cross Body Bag

Neutral Scarf

Other Travel/Flight Essentials

  • Eye Mask - I love this one because it is soft and with big sockets for your eyes. This means no squished eyelashes/lids. It also has a velcro opening so it’s easy to get on and off.

  • Inflatable Footrest - I got this before going on my Italy trip and it was great. It really helps you recline and get the stretched out feeling. It does take up some room though so you may need to have a smaller bag at your feet when using it. You may feel a little ‘extra’ when blowing it up on the plane but whatever, they’re just jealous!

  • Neck Pillow - This one from Muji is impossibly soft and cozy; I end up using it open and laid out as a pillow a lot too. You can unzip the outside to machine wash as well after your trip (so essential).

  • Packing Cubes - I got these years ago and swear by them. It makes it sooo much easier to find things in your suitcase and keep organized. I recommend getting the Starter Set; the compression set is great to maximizing suitcase space.

  • Compression Socks - My feet tend to swell a lot when I fly, these socks help reduce the pressure and swelling.

Shopping For: Long Sleeve Mini Dresses

Hands down my favorite dress style as of late is the long sleeve mini dress. The covered top half of this look is warm and seasonally appropriate while still getting a little bit of skin in before the real cold blows in. My top picks in long sleeve dresses are dark florals, rich navy velvet and vibrant red prints. All of these dresses would be perfect for holiday parties, grabbing drinks or even for work. Just toss on a jacket, black tights and booties and you’re good to go!