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Tuesday, November 19th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Packing Tips for Your Holiday Travel

The holiday season is officially upon us, and for many that means traveling to visit family and friends. Traveling in general, no matter the time of year is stressful; planning, preparing and packing, and the actual act of the travel whether via plane, car, or train is the most painful part. The holidays tend to put an extra edge on traveling, but there are ways to lessen the impact. Ease your travel stress by eliminating packing stress and remorse with these 5 simple packing tips.

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Make a List
Make a list and check it twice! The simple act of writing things down will help you remember to pack them, and double checking to be sure will help avoid anything important is left behind.

 

Plan Outfits Ahead Of Time
Have a habit of throwing pieces into your suitcase and not knowing how to put them together once you reach your destination. Save yourself time and dressing stress by planning your outfits for each day and activity ahead of time. Take it a step further and take pictures of your planned outfits so you don’t forget!

 

Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes allow you to separate items by category (toiletries, intimates, active wear, etc.), events, or people (if you are sharing luggage). They also ensure everything you pack stays organized throughout the manhandling your luggage will inevitably receive during travel.

 

Pack Trusted Pieces
It’s always tempting to shop for new clothes for your holiday getaway; who doesn’t want to go home and impress their family and old friends? But you don’t want to be stuck with clothes you’ve never properly worn before and potentially being uncomfortable not knowing that your new sweater was so itchy or those new jeans stretch out too much after only an hour of wear. Pack trusted pieces that you know you look and feel good in.

 

Weigh Your Luggage
Portable luggage scales are inexpensive and eliminate the guessing game of how much your luggage weighs before getting to the airport. Knowing your luggage weight beforehand will give you a chance to reevaluate what you’re packing without having to struggle at the airport with rearranging between bags, buying an extra bag, or paying avoidable fees.

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October 29th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada A Blogger’s Guide to Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping the ultimate costume if you haven’t already! The great part? A lot of these outfits can be re-created with what you already have in your closet! So, whether you’re staying at home watching Hocus Pocus with the gals or trying to win for “Best Costume,” there’s a Halloween costume for everyone.

Check out a few of our favorite blogger costumes for some inspiration:

How cute is Julia Engel as Belle from Beauty and the Beast? We’re loving the book props as well.

 

Animal ears and a dress isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel for Halloween, but we can’t get over how simple it is to recreate this costume!

 

Skip wearing a Halloween costume this year and opt for a Halloween tee instead!

 

How cute is this Little Red Riding Hood costume? The plus side? It’s a great way to reuse that picnic basket that you kept from summer!

 

Never underestimate the power of a shimmery mermaid to turn heads on Halloween.
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Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan, and dress up as a flapper for the night! You already own a little black dress and a pearl necklace, now you just have to find a fur coat and a headpiece!

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September 6th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Can You Wear White After Labor Day?

Hint: absolutely!

The antiquated no-white-after-Labor-Day rule appears to have originated in the late 19th century, when white was considered only proper for summer vacation attire (before bare arms and legs were appropriate, color and fabric were often the only difference between seasonal clothing). After Labor Day became a federal holiday, it unofficially signaled the end of the summer and vacations, meaning there was no longer a need to wear vacation clothing—so all white clothing was put away until the next year. Darker color clothing was a signal for the end of summer and a return to work.

Thankfully, somewhere between then and now, this arbitrary fashion rule has become outdated. Fashion and lifestyle have evolved and there are many more ways to keep cool in the summer besides lightweight white pieces. Lucky for us, that means we get to wear our favorite white pieces year round.  Take a look at some of the most chic ways to wear white after Labor Day this year!

 

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When updating your fall wardrobe, pick up a cozy cable knit sweater in white or cream.

 

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A white denim jacket brings a fresh perspective to a those gloomy fall days.

 

Blazers are the perfect transition piece. Dress down a white blazer by pairing it with jeans and sneakers.

 

Add a trendy pair of white wide-leg pants or denim into your fall wardrobe rotation.

 

Don’t pack away your silky slip dresses just yet. Layer a blazer or an oversized sweater to get more wear out of them.

 

Dare to wear an all-white outfit with dark accessories for a chic autumn look.

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June 18th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada Round-Up: 6 Easy 4th of July Outfits

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, meaning Wednesday fireworks, beach bonfires, and backyard barbecues with friends and family are on the horizon. While you may have given some thought about what dish or drink to bring, have you decided what to wear yet? The good news is there’s no need to break the bank, because most of these pieces are already in your closet!

Keep scrolling for a fail-proof shortcut for pulling off a patriotic look.

 

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Amy Jackson of Fashion Jackson proves you don’t need to wear a bright and daring outfit to make a statement on the Fourth of July. Keep it simple with a white off-the-shoulder top and a pair of red heels.

 

Planning on having a picnic with your best gal pals to celebrate Independence Day? Opt for a romper in a chambray material or a red floral design to keep with the spirit of the season.

 

 

Feel free to get creative with your red, white, and blue outfit combinations. Tip: Start off with a classic pair of white shorts, and work your way upwards with solid blue and red pieces. (Hello, accessories!)

 

Going monochromatic red, white or blue is always a great choice for looking immediately put-together.

 

Break out your favorite patriotic graphic tees to celebrate the holiday!

 

A top with stars or stripes is everything you need for a festive July 4th look! The best part? You don’t need to stick to a certain color scheme to pull off these patterns!

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January 29th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Day Outfits for Any Occasion

Love is in the air and we couldn’t be more excited… except for the fact that it can be tricky to find that perfect Valentine’s Day outfit. Luckily, our favorite bloggers have got you covered with plenty of style inspiration. Whether you’re celebrating with your favorite girls, flying solo, or having a date night with that special somebody, here are a few Valentine’s Day outfits to try this year!

 

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Rule number one for Valentine’s Day: You can never go wrong wearing pink (and eating a ton of chocolate).

 

Heading to your annual Galentine’s brunch? Opt for a white blouse with romantic details like ruffles or statement sleeves.

 

If there’s ever a day to break out your favorite red dress, Valentine’s Day is the one! All eyes will be on you, dancing emoji girl.

 

Having a handful of pink pieces is going to come in handy on Valentine’s Day! Layer up and go for a monochromatic all-pink look.

 

Skip the familiar red, white, and pink palette and wear your favorite floral ‘fit.

 


When all else fails, a sheer maxi dress is always a romantic choice for Valentine’s Day.

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