In Memory of Kate Spade

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Favorite Features, Spring, Summer, Winter

SheInside Dress (exact) / Asos Booties (similar) / Kate Spade (similar)

Kate Spade has been a fashion icon for me for many years. This is my first Kate Spade New York purse.

I couldn’t afford to buy one when I first graduated college and started working, but after a few years of saving I splurged on this classic dome purse in Kate Spade’s signature cream and black. I still use this purse today. Like this bag, Kate Spade’s style stood the test of time, giving confidence to women on main street like myself.

The entire fashion industry mourns her loss, but we all know she is leaving a glittery trail behind her in the skies above us.

This week reminds me that we never truly know what someone else might be struggling with. It’s brave to ask for help, this is a 24/7 hotline 1-800-273-8255.

How to Pack for any Trip

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Spring, Summer, Travel, Travel, Winter

 

My friend recently asked me for some packing tips so I sent her a whole list of recommendations for her upcoming trip to Japan. Most of my tips came from preparing for my own trip in December. This whole exercise though made me think that there were probably lots of my blog readers with the same question, how does one pack like a pro?

A leisure trip is different than a work trip, but here are my suggestions I gave to my friend that would work for basically all situations.

To pack like a pro, pick a color and only bring things that are part of that color family and would compliment it. Therefore, if you are one of those people that doesn’t mix brown and black, then don’t pack black purse and brown boots. Essentially, pack things that can layer together. There are a few things I always recommend packing no matter where you travel.

Always pack:

  • scarf
  • stripped top
  • jeans
  • white/black tank top

For my trip in December, I packed this red J. Crew vest and flannel top and it was perfect for layering!

 

What bag to bring?

The answer to this question can depend upon on the type of travel trip you are taking. I’ve been personally looking at this Tumi convertible backpack/crossbody. I like that it can be worn as a backpack and as a crossbody. I also generally always go with black as my theme color so this would be a great travel bag investment.

However, for my trip in December, I got this Madewell transport crossbody. It’s lightweight, has a zip closure, which is good to prevent pickpocketing, and it doesn’t draw a lot of attention to itself. I generally don’t wear anything too flashy when I travel because I don’t want to be targeted by thieves or mischievous youth.  Madewell also lets you monogram the bag for free!

Madewell Transport Crossbody Bag

What shoes to wear?
When I travel, even for work, I always go for more comfortable shoes. There are a lot of great flat options that look great and are also super comfortable. I have a pair of black flats from Anthropologie that are my favorites for travelling. It was from a few years ago, but this is a similar option: http://bit.ly/2EEJB0l
Slides are also very popular at the moment. I really like these brown ones as an option: http://bit.ly/2EBCAgV
If you’re going somewhere tropical, you could consider Soludos:http://bit.ly/2svPW9w
Oxford flats are also very trendy. I’d recommend a burgundy one because it would be more versatile of a color but any neutral color works.
For my trip in December, since I was travelling through the desert, I wanted to bring booties along. My thought was that they would prevent sand from getting into my shoes better than tennis shoes. This ended up not being true, but they worked really well nonetheless for all-purposes. I brought my Frye booties with me on my trip, but I would recommend any booties from an outdoorsy brand would be comfortable. Don’t buy booties from ALDO and expect them to be comfortable all day. You’ll have better luck going with a brand like Clarks.
I hope these tips help for your next trip you have to pack for!

Blue on Blue

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

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nautical favorites from my closet with these fun
three-tiered earrings. I wear a lot of blues. In part, because blues mix well together. This skirt is from H&M, top from Ann Taylor, heels from Nine West, and bag from Clare V. I’ve linked up similar items below.

I’m finishing my work conference in Chile today. I’m heading with my colleague to check-out the Atacama Desert. Follow my adventures on my Instagram stories!

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Steve Madden Block Heels

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

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can’t get over these
Steve Madden block heels and their versatility. I’ve got lots of plans to wear them with LBDs, but I thought I’d pair it for the blog with a pop of purplish/pink to bring out the colors in the print.

I’m loving the block heel trend. They are so much more comfortable than stilettos. This is one trend that will stay in my closet for a long time.

Today, I’m actually in Santiago, Chile for work. Follow my adventures on my Instagram Stories.

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Zaful Slit Beach Printed Wrap Dress & Shopbop Sale

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Summer

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summer still lasts, I love wearing vibrant green. This
Zaful green dress is light-weight and easy to toss on for these oddly warm days in September. It’s been wonderful to partner with Zaful this week, and I would definitely recommend you checking out their affordable brand. I love the classic wrap dress with green, floral print, which makes it pop even more. I’ve paired with these Schutz sandals, which are also another summer essential.

If you’re hoping to pick-up some other essentials for your closet, check out Shopbop’s 3-day sale! Use promo code EOTS17 before Friday!

Zaful Bowknot Floral Cut Out Maxi Dress

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

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Zaful bowknot floral cut out maxi dress is light-weight, and I’ve fallen in love with how it looks when I walk. I’ve attempted to capture its flowiness in these photos, but you’ll just have to take my word that it moves wonderfully. I’m five feet wearing three-inch heels, so the dress might be short for taller women.

The best part, their dresses are very affordable! I wore it to at my party for finishing my Master’s program, and it was a hit! Thankful for these Indian Summer days to still wear sleeveless maxi dresses. Also, in case you love my sunglasses, they are still in stock at ASOS for a bargain!

 

 

 

Work Wear Uniform & Charming Charlie Giveaway

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Summer

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summer work wear essential is a
classic white blouse and blue trousers. These ASOS culottes add a fun twist to the traditional pantsuit. I’ve also added a pop of color with my accessories. These shoes are con constant repeat, and Charming Charlie purse and earrings.

Love my accessories as much as I do? I’m giving away on Instagram Charming Charlie $50 giftcard! Follow me and Charming Charlie. 

You can also tag your friends for an extra entry, increasing your odds of winning the giftcard 10x!

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I’m a Peasant

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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boho dress is from Zara’s little girl’s section, but it’s lightweight fabric is perfect for these Indian Summer days. I’m loving that peasant style is back in this year. I’m actually a little bit of a hippie at heart. And it’s also a super comfortable trend to wear.

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Off-the-shoulder ruffle top

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

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was so fun to partner with
Charming Charlie! I love their accessories and that they categorize by color. These earrings are the perfect nautical addition to this fun summer look I wore to explore Annapolis, Maryland. This skirt is from eShakti, which makes clothing to measure. It’s not all bespoke, but it does a great job customizing enough to fit all body types.

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The Starry Night

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Summer

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tri-color pleated midi skirt – yes please! I love colorblocking and
Ann Taylor had a great summer sale. This skirt is now sold out, but I linked to a few other colorful options below.

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