Packing for a Vacation

So the dilemma  of what to pack… I go through this EVERY time that I have a trip on the horizon.  Whether it is a weekend away or a two week trip, it is something that most of us struggle with.  So what to do? Well the basic tip is to pack neutrals with accessories that can add that pop of color or pattern.  So I totally agree with that, but frankly I wear basics to the office everyday.  I want to use my weekends and vacation time to wear my more creative and fun stuff.  I am talking some of my favorite pieces.  So here is my approach to this packing struggle every time my trip comes around…. 

  • Check what the weather is like there— well duh, but I look at multiple sources– people have very different ideas of what the weather is like in a certain place
  • Have a general idea of what you are going to do— duh again, bit it will tell you a lot about what shoes and special items (like a bathing suit) you will pack
  • Then pick the favorites that you really want to bring.  Part of having fun on your trip is feeling great about how you look, so pack that cute dress- weather permitting
  • I try to bring at least one dress— that way you can wear it as a dress and as a skirt (paring it with a cute tee or top).  It also comes in handy if you choose to go to a “fancier” restaurant or event
  • Then mix in some basics that you can pair with your favorites or something new that you may buy along the way
  • Try and pick things that you can wear more than once—- think mix and match

So basically I take out all the pieces that I may want to bring and lay them out on my bed… then I force myself to edit.  This is a must because I love for my souvenir from my trips to be a piece of clothing or accessory–and I don’t mean a t-shirt with the name of the city I was in! I love getting a great scarf, pair of earrings or top that reminds me of the places that I have been when I wear them.  One example of this is a great pair of earrings that I bought at a glass blowing shop in Venice, Italy.  Seven years later I still have them and they remind me of my trip to Italy every time I wear them.  So that being said, make sure you edit enough to leave room for souvenirs! That is why the editing is so important, not to mention the space and weight restriction of airlines! It is always the hardest part for me.  So as I pack for my trip next weekend, I will  post some pics of my process and how I will make my choices work.

Hope this rant is helpful for my fellow fashionistas who struggle with packing for that long awaited trip! Happy stylish traveling!

Style at Work

I’m looking for ways to be more stylish at work. It is tricky for teachers because school is not the best place for nice or expensive clothing and shoes. There are markers, paint, glue and kids that can be a mess after recess. So how can teachers get out of the rut of wearing our worst clothes so we don’t ruin our nice ones. And don’t get me started about wearing uncomfortable shoes (for most heels) when you have to stand all day. Well, I think that there is a happy medium from rolling out of bed and throwing on your faded- and sadly sometimes mom jeans- and faded t-shirt and dressing like you’re going on a dinner date. I will take a cue from my style god & goddess, Clinton Kelly and Stacey London, wear simple basics that fit! Please, for the love of all things fashionable, NEVER wear themed sweaters or sweatshirts! That is the reason that when people think of teachers, they think of us as frumpy ladies with apples on our shirts!

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