Friday, May 22, 2015

Going Somewhere? 5 Packing Tips

You guys know that I LOVE to travel! My sister calls every week and says "so where are you off to next?" because I am always on the go. The past year has been the perfect year to travel because John is in his intern year of residency so he works long hours and rarely ever gets any time off. When he comes home, he spends time with me but when I am traveling he gets to catch up on sleep so it is a win-win! 

Anyway, the past 3-4 months, I've gotten so many e-mails & requests for a packing post - and just in the past few weeks I've been getting specific questions for summer trips.. like "how do you pack all of your hats without them getting smashed?" SO, I thought that a dedicated post would be the best thing, especially since many of you will be traveling this weekend and this summer!

Sidenote: if you are wondering where anything is from, I am linking all random details at the bottom! 

1. Tips for the Hat Ladies Out There..
I don't go ANYWHERE without a hat! Hats are a must when traveling for many reasons - the most important being that you can spend more time exploring and less time fixing your hair! :) 

So, my trick for packing my hats is in the photos below but I will explain in words, too. I always stack the hats together first - and I put the thickest/strongest hat at the bottom and stack the flimsier hats on top. Then, I lay the hats in the center of my suitcase before I've put anything else inside. After that, I just pack my clothing around the hats. I've been doing this the past few times I've flown and I have had ZERO hats get smashes or messed up! This keeps the hats from losing form or getting pushed around.

2. Packing away your shoes..

I'm totally not a germaphobe (I wish I were), but when it comes to packing my shoes with my clothes, I do not like them to get mixed, ya know? The suitcase I have been using has a divider so in half I have clothing and the other half shoes + shower stuff. 

I'm not too picky about my shoes getting squashed(?) lol, but if they are new shoes, I always keep the white wrappers stuff inside them to keep them from getting indented. AND, if I am checking an expensive pair of shoes, I always always grab the dust bag out of the box and keep them separate from the others. I don't want the heels or in my case, studs, to scuff up other shoes up or get scuffed.
3. Random Extras

I really like being prepared because you literally NEVER know what could go wrong. Almost every other time I travel something goes wrong. I like to have lots of little things on me just in case- and when I mean 'on me', I mean, I can reach for the quickly.

Here are some extras I am sure to have:
- Cute Pouch (love the little tassel one above!): I always keep some small pouch or bag that I can put debit card, cash, I.D., gum, etc. in - its easier than digging out my wallet each time I need something quickly. 
-Earbuds: I always always have these little Lilly Pulitzer earbuds on me - I love the packaging because they don't get tangled and it's bright and easy to find. I use Audible and listen to audiobooks when I fly (sometimes just to put me to sleep, lol).
-Passport cover: if I am leaving the country I like having a cover just to store the boarding pass, passport, etc. in for easy access. (craving THIS passport cover, too)
-Hand sanitzer: duh. 
Sunglasses: I always keep those in an easy to reach place. If I try to sleep on the plane and the sun is coming in they are a must.
-Travel sized lent roller

4. What goes in my carry-on..

I am pretty strategic about my carry-on because ONE time my luggage got lost and I learned really quickly how important it is to think through what's in your carry on.

I always keep my jewelry in my carry on - even costume jewelry because it is heavy and takes up weight in my checked luggage. I also like to keep my expensive handbags in my carry-on - just in case. And just as important as my handbags, I like my make-up in my carry-on (this should come as no surprise.) Finally, I keep my toothbrush, Clarisonic, iPhone Charger, pajamas, curling iron, laptop, & laptop charger. I do always keep my laptop in my purse until after I go through TSA that way I don't have to unpack it while going through TSA.

5. Puppy Mama's (sorry Ms Jackson is stuck in my head now)

When Fitz was a little pup, I didn't like traveling without him. I would let him stay at my sisters and I'd come home to get him and he would have forgotten ALL the rules (lol, rules?). But really, he flew with us to Ohio for Thanksgiving and I got so many questions about that. 

So we flew United for that trip - they charge $125 for a puppy ticket one way. I called a few weeks before the flight and made Fitz his own reservation and got charged for it then. We had already purchased our tickets, so they just had to add him on to our reservation. Technically though, he was just a carry on. We went to Petsmart and got the traveling carrier which comes in a few sizes but you have to look online and see what your airline allows. For us, his carrier had to fit under the seat (really really sad) and he had to be under 25 lbs. We were lucky because on one of the flights there- and one of the flights home - the Pilots and flight attendants were laid back and let him stay in my lap. He was 15 weeks old when he traveled with us so he had already had his shots. The airline did not ask for proof of his shots, btw. Fitz was just a baby when we flew with him so we were SO nervous about how he was going to act when surrounded by tons of people (Fitz is a major people person) but he was sweet. HE just sat in my lap and stared at us and napped a lot. Our vet gave us some medicine to calm him down (aka make him sleepy) and we did give him some, but he didn't really need it. Everyone in the airports/planes really liked him and there were TONS of dogs traveling during Thanksgiving so he made a few friends.  One of the pilots even asked for a photo of him to send to his girlfriend! :) Oh, and as far as eating/drinking/bathroom breaks - he slept so much it wasn't an issue. During one of the layer overs we took him into a family bathroom and poured a bottled water and food for him. 
Oh and one more thing - I wanted to share that I recently purchased the Louis Vuitton Keepall on Fashionphile. I love traveling with my Neverfull and I wanted something more duffle style so I started searching last fall and honestly, I couldn't bring myself to spending that kind of money on a bag that was going to get beat up while traveling. I knew for sure that I wanted the Keepall 55 (55 is the largest size that fits as a carry-on - any larger & it will have to be checked) and I also knew it HAD to have the shoulder strap (referred to as the "bandouliere"). Anyway, while at fashion week in February another blogger was telling me about Fashionphile - and showing me her handbags. So I went ahead and started looking at Fashionphile for the Keepall 55 Bandouliere - and every time one would become available - it would sell out SO quickly. So I learned my lesson and the other day when this one became available I purchased it - you can barely tell that it is used. It comes with the authenticity card and all so no worries about getting imitation bags.

Other Details:
Striped Sweater (I am wearing)
Brown Sweater (I am holding up)
Lip combo: "Whirl" + "Japenese Maple" (plus this gloss)
Gold Foil Art Prints by Always Lou Party Studio & Designs

I'd love to hear some of your tips & tricks for packing.. make sure to let me know if you have any! Or what you are up to this weekend - have any fun plans?! Whatever you do, be safe! xx

ALSO! Here's a Memorial Day Sale Roundup:
Anthropologie: 20% off sale
Baublebar: Up to 30% off site wide!
Forever 21: Buy One Get One HALF OFF Online Only
J.Crew: 25% off your order -- PS my chandelier earrings are a part of the sale!
Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale - up to 40% off - BEST SALE
Revolve: up to 75% off sale (there are a ton of cute things on sale, too!)

More details in widget below:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Spring Outfit Idea

TOP: Trouve (comes in 9 bright colors including pink!) | DENIM: SP ($58, and very flattering :)) | SHOES: Vince Camuto (obsessed w/ these -they are crazy comfy and also come in black!) | BAG: Celine (love this similar style & this one) | SUNGLASSES: Prada (in tortoise) (more affordable version/here too) | BRACELET: BaubleBar | RING: Kendra Scott | LIPS: Whirl / Cherish 

This silk blouse is one of my favorites from the TBD section of Nordstrom. I've only had it a couple of weeks and I wear it quite a bit because I love the color and it goes with so much! It also comes in pink, red, baby blue, etc. Chances are I will probably order the pink version, too! On a different note, I've been wearing these Vince Camuto mules SO much lately.. they are really comfortable and they are a little different than my usual wedges.

If you haven't checked out the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale yet, it is a must -- up to 40% off brands like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, etc. I have a sale round up here! Also, the other night I put a snapchat up of how I apply  mascara and I woke up with a ton of messages - you can read my last makeup tutorial to get exact product details.

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Picks - Nordstrom Sale

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is the best for catching summer and spring staples marked down! I am sharing a few of my picks below! And above is an outfit I wear SO much - the striped swing dress is crazy comfy and so cute in person, and the wedges (as you are aware) are a great buy. 

Up to 40% off..
1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baby Doll Denim Dress

DRESS: Chicwish c/o ($42) | BAG: Valentino | SANDALS: Sole Society (size up half a size!) | SUNGLASSES: Prada (tortoise) | BRACELET: Nordstrom, David Yurman | RING: Kendra Scott (just came out and I. am. obsess.ed) | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott c/o (designed in the color bar!) | LIP COMBO: "Whirl" liner + "Cherish" 

First things first, I promise this dress was ironed prior to wear! I took these yesterday after John got off work and (as always) I had to wait a while for him (resident probs). I guess after too much sitting in the car, so it got wrinkled. I actually had it styled w/a belt as well which is super cute but I think I may be a little too tall for that. :/ This is pretty true to size though - I ordered a medium for length and it is too big everywhere else so I wish I would've gone with the small! Other than that, I'm kind of crazy about this style dress for summer time! (PS. it comes in reverse white & blue here.)

I put a selfie on Instagram last night w/this dress & lip combo. When John got in my car, the first thing he said to me was that he really liked my lip color (which he doesn't typically notice stuff like this!). I had just gone to Mac to try out some new colors so I was impressed he noticed. I will totally be wearing this a lot - it is a good every day combination!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring Gingham

 TOP: Ace Delivery (its a super lightweight material) | DENIM: SP (only $56 - similar here & here) | PUMPS: Christian Louboutin (similar & under $100 here) | BAG: Celine (love this similar tote - and this one, too) | SUNGLASSES: Prada (tortoise) (love this similar pair under $100) | BRACELET: Nordstrom | NECKLACE: Kendra Scott

 I have been loving the TBD section of Nordstrom lately - it's been my go-to when I am looking for quality pieces that aren't too expensive. With gingham being a popular print for the spring & summer, I was thrilled to find this lightweight button-down - and in a bright orange shade on the TBD section, it also looks so good with cut off jean shorts! I also got this one, too in purple (oops.)

John and I have this on-going disagreement for my jean obsession.. it's been going on for a while but I love, love denim and I like trying out new denim. My body isn't proportional really so I'm pretty picky about denim so you know if I am wearing the same pair several times, I love them! Anyway, I ordered these white jeans last week from Nordstrom and honestly didn't have high hopes for them - they are only $56 and sometimes inexpensive white jeans are not exactly cute on my thighs, lol! Well, these were total win. (I got the blue denim version, too.) And just an FYI, I actually really like the AOS denim, too.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had some crazy weather here - the tornado sirens went off but no tornadoes touched down, praise the Lord! Thank you for stopping by..xo 

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Simple Sundress

DRESS: Topshop | BAG: Chloe (smaller, less expensive version here) | WEDGES: Jessica Simpson (love these, too!) | HAT: BP | BRACELETS: David Yurman, Kendra Scott | RING: Kendra Scott | MONOGRAM: Love Always (3xl, 16") 

I'm a sucker for a good sundress... growing up in Arkansas, the summers are super hot so I love dresses that are cute, yet loose & comfy! The edges of this one are frayed which is a fun detail, and of course I love the pockets (so basic, right.)

Okay, on a different note... We I have been updating out living room furniture lately. Okay, not really updating but finally getting around to decorating. First off, John loathes any sort of decor.. he thinks our living room just needs a big ugly, yet cozy couch and a big television. (I couldn't disagree more!) So anyway, now that Fitz is no longer a wild, un-trained pup, I decided to order a nice, new rug & couch (both of which John hate) about 2 weeks ago. The same week that I got them in, some construction people (okay I don't know what I'm talking about here) had to dig a massive hole in our backyard for something ??? and then left our backyard a hot mess, with a mud pile essentially. Well, it's part of our morning routine for Fitz to spend a good chunk of time running back and forth across the backyard talking? to the dogs on each side (its just a lot of barking). Anyway, so far this week Fitz has come in 2x w/his paws covered in thick mud and guess what - I can't get it out of the rug!! I'm kind of nervous about potentially damaging the rug if I start experimenting w/Pinterest recommendations, but Resolve doesn't work. If you all have any great tricks I'd love to hear them. -xoxo, your friend Emily who let's her dog run the house!


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