Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Pack Lightly for a Summer Vacation

If you're like me, your mind is on vacation mode, now that Summer is finally here. Dreaming of a weekend in Martha's Vineyard or a week with the family at an amusement park. In reality, we won't be taking a vacation this Summer. We try to go visit our family each year for the 4th of July, but this year, a vacation just isn't going to happen. That doesn't mean, I'm not dreaming of a vacation anyway. And for those of you who are going on vacation, how about a little help on packing lightly? 

Whether you are hitting up a beach town, touring the sites or riding the latest thrill rides, you want to look your best. Just think about all the pictures you take when you go on vacation? You may have them in a frame in your home for years do come and sorry but that cute shirt that claims "Are you Kitten Me Right Meow" will probably be a fashion regret one day. 

I try to stick to all black or brown based outfits. Meaning, I will bring 1 pair of flats like comfy sandals I can walk in all day that will still transfer to the evening and one pair of heels, like some fabulous strappy sandals in either black or brown. I always start with the shoes and build up from there.  I'll  add a few colorful separates that all match each other so I can mix and match. In my faux vacation here, I am packing a cute convertible maxi dress, 2 pairs of shorts, two tanks, a tube top, a button down, black flat sandals and black strappy sandals. I am packing it all in a cute tote and throwing in a small wallet/wrislet.
Whether traveling by plane or car, I always try to wear the outfit that would otherwise take up most of the room in my bag.  You want something cute, comfy and perfect to wear around town when you get to your destination. A maxi dress with sandals and either a white or chambray button down is perfect. The shirt can stave off any chills in the plain or car and you are ready to go site seeing when you arrive at your destination.

Outfits that can be easily taken from day to night are key. With each outfit, you can swap out the sandals for heels and the tote bag for the wristlet and be ready to go. If you're like me and want to go the extra mile, add some hoop earrings and bangles to your evening look. 

If strappy heels aren't for you, try some cute dressy wedges. Just think of a cute pair of shoes you would normally wear with a dress and dare to wear them with your shorts. Your legs will look amazing! I promise! It is my trick since I am on the short side. 

Maybe it's just me, but if I am spending the day out in the sun at an amusement park, I prefer thin straps or strapless. If you're like me, even with sunblock, you tend to get a bit of color on your shoulders if you're out in the sun. Not only that, you get so hot, you just want as little clothes on as possible, but you still want to look good.  Jean shorts are a no go for amusement parks, wear something light, preferably cotton for maximum comfort. (skip the white shorts and make these tan if you plan on going on water rides.) You can throw the button down in your bag for the evening or in case it gets chilly. 
Casual enough for a day in the parks, strolling through town, or enjoying some coffee and beignets. 
From dinner to dancing, you are ready to conquer the evening. 

Don't be afraid to mix colors. It can change the look of an outfit entirely. Pale yellows and corals are hot for Summer. 

Turn your maxi dress into a skirt. Gap and Old Navy have some great convertible maxis'.  Mix and match the maxi with any of your tops. It'll look great whether worn with heels or flats. 

Did you think I'd create a post without talking about nails? Before your get away, paint your toes in either Feel Me Up or Be Loco. On your tips choose one color for 4 fingers and use the other on an accent nail and top with All Out, for a bright vacation look! Of course if you are a nail art dynamo, go all out with a fun mani. 

Any fun vacation plans you're looking forward to this Summer? Where are you off to? 

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