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!

August Shopping List - Under $100

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?

Top Tips for Buying Summer Hats

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.

How To Style Silk Scarves

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 -

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!

Springtime Shoe Favorites

Top row : 1 // 2 // 3

Middle row: 4 // 5 // 6

Bottom row : 7 // 8 // 9

Shopping Guide - Early Spring

Spring is here! I already started pulling out some of my lighter pieces and moved some of my winter items into storage. I usually like to shuffle around my closet when the seasons change to get the colors, prints and fabrics I am in the mood for front and center. This season I have pinks, light blues and dark florals lined up for wear. Usually when I do this process I start to see some gaps, whether clothing items I need to replace or a specific accessory that could really help to tie together the items I already have. Today's post has some of the pieces that are on my spring buying list to help round out my wardrobe and inject some new color.

My white sneakers have been on heavy rotation recently and I love the look for spring. I have a pair of black Supergas and love them for their simplicity and quality. The white pair is classic and will go with pretty much everything.

Basket bags were everywhere last year and the trend is still going strong this spring. This round one from Urban Outfitters feels of-the-moment and is at a great price.

Who doesn't need a red stripe blouse in their closet? I also love this one in blue.

Silk scarves, I'm a woman obsessed. If you aren't into vintage, Urban has some great options right now.

Now that I will be setting my booties aside, I want a low-ish heel that feels casual and elevated at the same time. I love the mid-height mules out right now, especially in a fun color like this pink.

This pastel sweater is easy, casual and perfect for the lingering chill in the air.

I go through earring phases, for awhile I only like studs. Now I'm really into the statement earrings. I really like how this pair feels fancy yet casual with the raffia fringe.

Purple nail polish feels fresh, unique and is surprisingly very flattering. I have this color from Essie and wear it all the time.

I've gone on about my love of high-waisted jeans and while I have a few great blue pairs, this spring I'm changing it up with a wider leg in black.

Shopbop Spring Sale Picks

Shopbop is having a crazy sale right now, just in time to start picking up some pieces to round out your Spring wardrobe. I as spoke about in this recent post, I'm all about versatility when it comes to buying clothing and accessories. Being able to wear the piece in questions multiple times and multiple ways is the main lens through which I make all shopping decisions. My picks for the current Shopbop sale are no different. Such as a striped sweater or long sleeve tee I can wear now and when the weather gets warmer or floral dresses that do double duty for the beach or afternoon events. Make sure you check out the sale for any key pieces you've been eying since the savings are pretty good!

15% off orders of $200 or more (if you're looking for some new shoes for spring)

20% off orders of $500 or more (if you're in need of a wedding-attendant dress)

25% off orders of $800 or more (could be a good time to invest in a winter coat for next year)

Wish I Was Wearing - Gingham

1. MDS Stripes // 2. Lost + Wander // 3. Rachel Comey // 4. MasterxMuse // 5. SHEIN // 6, Forever21 // 7. Bliss and Mischief // 8. Gucci // 9. Topshop

As a fabric, gingham looks great in all kinds of silhouettes from dresses to skirts, even bathing suits and tops. Though it’s only February, there are tons of gingham pieces in the market right now. While gingham is great for warm weather, by pairing this fabric with darker and heavier pieces like a leather jacket or black jeans, you can definitely start wearing gingham now rather than waiting until summer rolls around.

Above are some of my favorites in the market right now. Click on each piece to get all the product details!

I’m a big fan of gingham and have been for a couple seasons now and definitely plan to pull this ruffled number I created last year out again this summer. I recently created a black gingham wrap top that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon too!