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HOW TO PACK FOR A “HOT” GETAWAY

I am a lucky girl. This is now the second winter in a row that I jaunted off to Miami for an “extended stay”. How you might ask? It is simple, my boss is awesome. And stylish and amazing and cool…. If you haven’t figured it out by now, my boss is me:) During this time I had visitors almost every weekend who all asked the same question, “what do I pack?” I realized this is a universal epidemic and as opposed to helping each individual friend, I would write a blog post and direct all of them (and you) to it. Simple instructions that will take the anxiety out of packing, teach you what to bring, how to actually assemble it in your suitcase and leave you not only wearing everything you brought, but feeling stylish and carefree. Folks, this is how you pack for a hot getaway.

 

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The art of packing is to understand that you do not need to bring the kitchen sink. Overpacking is actually what is causing your anxiety and your anxiety is causing you to overpack, it is a vicious cycle. We can stop it together. Let’s bring it back to the basics, literally. Every good outfit is based on foundation pieces, utilize this concept specifically when you are packing. If you make sure to include neutral basics, you can build an outfit differently every time using the same items. Examples of this for a warm trip are white jeans, a white blazer and a jean jacket. There is more on this at the end, don’t worry, I’ll give you the cheat sheet. As for preparing, lay everything you are thinking of taking out on a flat surface, a bed or the floor works. This way you can see everything and visually mix and match items. The goal is to be able to utilize most pieces in multiple ways. If most of your items do not have the ability to do this, remove them. Of course you can have a few stand out pieces that “make” each outfit and cannot be repeated, but not more then 25% of what is being packed.

 

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The next key factor to packing is getting a lot in a little space. Roll, roll, roll. There is no better way to get a ton into your suitcase and NOT have it get wrinkled. You may need to steam out a few things, but in general, this is the best method to keep things looking good. Additionally, if you know a certain piece has the propensity to get wrinkled easily, leave it at home. You will most likely not feel like dealing with it and then you will be a crinkled mess, not a good look. Vacation is suppose to be easy, don’t add a household chore like ironing or steaming to every outfit you bring. Use your underwear and bathing suits for tight spaces like corners, to shove into shoes or keep a hat from getting squished. Put them not only in the hat, but around it as padding.

 

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Here is when we throw caution to wind and break the rules. When it comes to jewelry, you can pack as much as you like AS LONG as it will all fit in your travel jewelry organizer. Since you have been smart and packed all of the proper basics, your jewelry is not only your opportunity to make your look shine, but it can instantly change up that white T-shirt and jeans into 5 different outfits. Genius. And, the most brilliant part is that it really doesn’t take up any room in your suitcase. Make sure to include pieces that have lots of color and show off your fabulous personality. Don’t think too much about it, just pack what you love.

 

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Once you arrive I would definitely unpack if you can. It doesn’t take that much time and just like at home if you have an organized closet, you will able to see everything you brought and easily style new and fun ensembles. You do not need to pack specific outfits for each day (heck, things can change at the last second), but you should have an idea of general looks. If you have packed correctly (which you have because you followed my directions), you will have plenty of options for last minute changes. These are just a few easy and stylish looks I put together while I was in Miami. Above anything, you need to know your itinerary and the weather. For example, Miami is cold (think 60-80 degrees) in January and my friends all had their sundresses and sandals ready to go. They would have froze their cute, little tushes off. I helped them to actually believe what Google weather was saying and re-pack based on the reality of this.

 

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All of these outfits show the temperature range I was faced with, but also that you can look  ”hot” even when it is chilly. This requires more clothing, but lighter colors and fabrics. Don’t drape yourself in ALL super summer colors, you will look like a tourist. Remember when you are traveling some place warm in the winter (at least in the US), it is their winter too. Meaning, they are pulling out their fur, leather and anything black as well. They are not necessarily wearing as many layers as those of us in actual cold places, but they have their own version of seasons too and this is their time to rock that part of their closet.

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For daytime it is going to be much warmer, the sun is shining and the world is a warm weather wonderland. A few key basics to bring on your getaway include a fabulous coverup, flip flops (I prefer fancy gold ones to casual boring ones) and an amazing hat. Let’s be real people, a sunburn is so 1999 and if a stylish item can not only make me look like a fashion model but also protect my money maker, I’m in. SPF 30 not included. Don’t forget to also bring a few day dresses, they double as a great shopping look or as a cover up substitute.

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How to Pack for Miami Winter

For nighttime, there might be a chill in the air so make sure to bring layers. Remember, the key to packing is to bring 75% neutrals and no more then 25% stand out items. I always make sure to have a white blazer when I travel to a warm place. It is so easy to style with everything from a great jumper to a cute dress to boyfriend jeans. It creates instant sophistication. You will also need a neutral (yet fun) smaller bag and a scarf. I love this particular bag because it will either add color to any neutral look or pick up the color from something you already have on. The scarf can do the same AND it doubles as your blanket on the plane. Yes, you read that right. I use my scarf as part of my outfit when I travel (because it keeps me warm and looking cute) then I wrap myself up in it once I am on the plane and take a nap. Wake me up when we hit the runway….. You are now officially ready for take off, please follow the exit signs to your next, fabulously stylish journey…..

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How to Wear Printed Pants

Printed pants are a huge trend this season. They are a fun way to add variety to your summer wardrobe and update your last summer season’s colored pants. I rocked some printed pants (event) but paired them back to a white blouse to keep them more subdued. I added in some colored accessories that go back to the colors in the pants to tie the whole look together. photo 5

 You can transition printed pants into the cooler months as I did here. Wearing them with a solid long sleeve and fur vest is a way to winterize a summer style.

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Clearly I love my cheetah print pants because here I am wearing them again! This time. it’s the fall and it’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I made the look a little more edgy and daring because of the occasion. An army green blouse and denim vest funk up the pants and the more jewelry the better!photo 6

Going back to summer looks, we have some bold floral printed jogger style pants. The jogger pant is everywhere this season and can be transitioned from daytime to nighttime very easily. This look is more casual for daytime with a simple white t-shirt and brown sandals but can quickly be dressed up with heels and a blouse!

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Another alternative for the printed bottom trend is a pair of jeans. These pants are a good option if you’re looking for a more fitted pant. This particular pair made by 7 For All Mankind has a lot going on in terms of colors and large print so I would definitely stick to a white top but you pick a top with a fun ruffle silhouette to mix it up. Finish the outfit off with a pop of white in your shoes and a light pink bag.

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With so many prints and patterns out there for you to choose from, you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy!

 

Summer’s New Silhouettes

 This summer you can fill your closet with new, fun silhouettes that can add some variety to your wardrobe. I wore this crop top outfit out in South Beach because well in South Beach the less you wear, the better right?? I kept it classy by pairing it back to a form fitting pencil skirt for a night on the town.

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A huge summer staple this season is the full jumpsuit. For the HOT  NYC weather choose a shorts style jumper, but a full leg option is great for a cooler night (wishful thinking:). This is from Forever 21 and it is my “travel outfit”. It is light weight but has full coverage so I am not freezing on the airplane. Note to readers: I do not promote buying tons of cheapie clothing, but the occasional purchase is good for the soul.

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More of a flirty summer silhouette is a colored maxi skirt. This piece can be easily worn during the daytime or out to a nicer dinner. To dress it down pair it with a simple t-shirt and long necklace or to dress it up with a blouse and heels. photo 10

Wide leg pants are a MUST this season! Not only are they super comfortable but they are a practical piece to have in your closet. These printed wide leg pants are fun for work or play. I like to keep it simple by pairing them with a casual t-shirt that everyone has in their closet, a delicate gold bar necklace, and some caged stacked heels.

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If you want something a little more fitted, stick to a tapered printed pant. These pants you can also pair back to a t-shirt and a gold bracelet. During the summer, I love to add a pop of white with my accessories. With this outfit, I chose a white fold over clutch and white slip on wedges to complete the look.

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Something very daring to try this summer is a pair of crochet wide leg pants. This pair made by GUESS is perfect for your weekend getaway or just a fun day at the pool. These definitely will help keep you cool because they are see through ! 

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So now with various options for new additions to your summer wardrobe, it looks like you need to go shopping and check out these fun new silhouettes!

Summer Denim

Denim is the easiest go-to piece in almost any wordrobe, even for summer!! I literally have a heart attack when I see people in dark, skinny jeans when it is 100 degress, so here are some other less terrifying options… I am kind of obsessed with my denim short overalls. They are an easy throw on outfit that you don’t have to really think about but is still super cute and fun! I am almost too old for this trend, but I decided I just make the cusp:)

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Another version of the denim overalls can be seen on the trendy Sarah Jessica Parker. She rocks the full length look so well because she is slender. If you’re going to try this look, I would only recommend it for those who are long and lean. We are obviously not as small as her, but you should have less curve going on for this look.

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Another big denim trend this summer is the distressed boyfriend jeans. They’re great for a both a casual daytime look and nighttime look. Pair them with some Vince slip on sneakers and a lightweight sweater for during the day or a blouse and heels for a dressier nighttime look.

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Who doesn’t love a good pair of white skinny jeans for the summer. They can be worn with almost everything and add a little variety to your standard denim. Pair them with a color blouse  for a pop or stick to a more neutral black and white palette and you’re good to go! Yes, I added Birks, even though I don’t love them,  because they are functional for running errands or just being on your feet all day.

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 Flared denim can be cute if worn the right way and on the right body type. Obviously Victoria Beckham looks great in flared jeans because shes so slender, but she also pairs them with sky high heels to make her legs look longer. Rule to live by: If you are under 5’5″, you need to wear some sort of heel with a wider leg pant or you look short and squat. Over 5’5″ can get away with a flat and wide leg pants.

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So no matter what your body type is there is summer denim for you!

Images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk and fabsugar.com

July 4th BBQ Style

Dressing for July 4th doesn’t have to be a hassle at all. Most likely you are spending the holiday with friends and family on a beach or outdoor BBQ so your outfit can be something casual and cute. This amazing Catherine Malandrino dress is clearly not what you would wear to a backyard BBQ but if you are feeling bold this would definitely put the spotlight on you. catherine malandrino dress

One outfit idea is a simple white maxi. Using white as your base color allows you to have fun with your accessories. These American flag printed TOMS help show your patriotism on this holiday. Pairing this look with a fedora and neutral satchel is a good way to complete your outfit.

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Another outfit option is a romper. This red romper keeps you patriotic but is still practical to wear after July 4th. The American flag sneakers keeps the outfit casual and comfortable. And what’s cuter than tying your whole outfit together with red sunglasses!

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 If you’re going to a pool party or spending the day on the beach why not stay festive by wearing an American themed swimsuit. Choosing white accessories will make your suit stand out and you’ll be the talk of the party!

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So no matter what your fourth of July plans are, you will have an easy time picking out an outfit. Just remember to be comfortable, stay cool, and show your patriotism!