I am guilty of overpacking on more than one occasion, but I’ve also been known to pack just the perfect amount of stuff for a trip so that everything gets worn - nothing more, nothing less. That is the packing sweet spot.Read More
Leather Jacket - I am all about the investment piece for a leather jacket. It never goes out of style and more often than not you may be wearing it with fancier outfits. So pick a high quality one that will last you a lone time. Real leather also softens with wear so over time it will only get comfier and more broken in. If buying a real leather jacket is not in the budget right now, there are some affordable vegan leather options on the market. Tip - make sure the hand-feel (design term for just what it sounds like, the hand-feel) is soft and supple.
Army Jacket - I’m army jacket is the final piece that rounds out the perfect jacket collection. More casual than leather, this style pairs perfectly with feminine prints or silhouettes, adding just a hint of masculinity and toughness. This style is great from a practical perspective too, as it is easy to layer, packs up small and with many pockets. I find myself running out for errands or walking the dog with just my phone and keys, those pockets definitely come in handy! The jacket I am wearing here is actually one designed/sold by me through my shop, www.magillclothing.com - while I’m surely biased, I think it’s the perfect army jacket to add into your rotation!
Denim Jacket - My denim jacket is probably one of my most worn items since I moved to San Diego. We all know that jeans match with everything and the same goes for a denim jacket. Dress it up, dress it down. There are many different washes out there but you can’t go wrong with a simple medium wash with some distressing.
There are color trends every season and those coming in hot for spring perfectly reflect the changing weather and lightened up mood. Start incorporating these springtime colors now within your winter looks to create a happy and fun transition as we move into warmer days.Read More
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 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!
Every year Pantone puts together a forecast of the colors that will be most important in fashion and design for the upcoming twelve months. The color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral, a vibrant lush pink.Read More
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.
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
Other Travel/Flight Essentials
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.
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!
We may be a ways out from Spring 2019 but that doesn’t mean I’m not getting a head start on fashion inspiration. The Ready-To-Wear Spring 2019 shows wrapped up earlier this month and they were chock full of feminine and romantic details, which are the cornerstone elements of my design aesthetic for Magill.Read More
It's still summer but September is here so fall fashion is definitely on my mind. As with the start of every season there are certain style elements popping up slowly that are poised to be major trends for the upcoming months.Read More
I'm a print-lover, through and through. In the hot summer months my wardrobe and my apparel designs are dominated by colorful florals. Now that we are starting to transition into fall my print proclivity is shifting to more geometric and organic shapes.Read More
My shopping list for August moves away from the bright and poppy prints I've been wearing all summer long (like this top and this dress). Right now I'm feeling muted shades of pink and brown, woven textures and animal prints. Long sleeve floral-printed dresses are perfect for late summer and transition wonderfully into cooler fall temps. A few of my faves are this one, this one and this one.
Cheetah is making a comeback this fall - everything cycles in fashion, ya know? Slip and bias cheetah skirts are trending especially hard. I recently bought some cheetah fabric and plan to whip my own skirt up soon, but this style from And Other Stories is a great find and will work well into fall and winter paired with a chunky sweater and boots.
Oh yea, and all these pieces are under $100! Who says you get beef up your closet without dropping a ton of money?
Hats are one of my favorite accessories, especially in the summertime heat. They add interest to an outfit, shade your eyes and protect your skin - all good things in the summer months! I have purchased a number of hats over the years but have found I come back to a handful of classic styles again and again. Knowing that I'll wear the hat many times over makes me more willing to invest in a high quality piece as well. Today's post features my three favorite hat styles for summer and where you can pick up one of each for yourself as well. Hats off to you.
We're halfway through July and I'm feeling all kinds of inspired and motivated about the summertime season that is all around us here on the East Coast.Read More
Graphic tees are having a moment. But are they though? Graphic tees are always having a moment, ever since the 80's flash-dance era has there ever been a season that graphic tee shirts are not around in some capacity?Read More
June is here and with my honeymoon in a few weeks I have vacations on the brain. This month my mood board is full of clear blues, pops of yellow and woven details.Read More
This spring has felt strangely long and quick at the same time, anyone else feeling that way? On the one hand it seems as if we are still at the tail end of winter while on the other hand Memorial Day is next weekend.Read More
Now that we have finally shifted into springtime I've found myself gravitating towards muted colors, looser shapes and subtle textures. Wide leg pants, white + cream and soft browns all are feeling super fresh and inviting.Read More
If you live in a area where you experience a cold winter, cozy warm scarves are most likely a staple in your seasonal wardrobe. But when the warmer temps roll around, I for one have usually been less inclined to reach for a lightweight scarf. Why is that? Perhaps it is because I used to associated dainty scarves with something my grandma would wear (not to throw shade on my grandmothers). Well this season my view on silk scarves has totally changed and these lightweight accessories have become my new styling best friend.
Silk scarves are versatile accessories that can be utilized in countless ways. There literally is no limit to the options for how to knot it, drape it, loop it or tie it onto yourself or your other accessories (like a bag for example). A few of my favorite ways to style a silk scarf include -
- Tied around the wrist and paired with casual denim
- Knotted around the neck with a simple tee shirt
- Worn like a headband for a day in the sun
- Paired with another print like a striped tee
The next obvious question may be where to buy some new silk scarves. Hands down my favorite place to buy these is from a vintage or thrift store because you will find unique items for dirt cheap. There are also tons of options on ebay, simply search "vintage silk scarves". A few I found that I liked include this NYC scarf, this pink printed scarf or this vibrant yellow option. If you're more of a buy-it-new kinda gal, I included a few great options below as well!