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How to Pack for a Summer Vacay

Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to start thinking about taking a summer vacation if you don’t already have one planned. During the summer, I love to try to head to the beach as much as possible because NYC is the WORST in July and August!! You feel like a caged animal in the humidity.

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Stay organized and use a checklist, packing doesn’t have to be at the bottom of our to-do list or take a long time after all. How hard does packing for the beach have to be when you’re not wearing that many clothes anyways?? I like to pack focusing on outfits and not just a bunch of random “stuff”. This helps to narrow down the amount of items you bring and makes choosing an outfit a lot easier. Don’t fall into the trap of a bunch of “maybe” pieces. “Maybe I will wear this” or “Maybe I will wear that”. You end up with a suitcase busting a the seams and a bunch of things you DON”T need. Be sure to have foundation items that can be re-styled many ways. I do give you free reign to bring as much jewelry and sunglasses as you like. They don’t take up that much room and they can instantly change a look.  BUT, no girl needs more then 4 pairs of shoes for 1 week. Seriously.
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 A black bikini bottom is an essential because it goes with any top and can be worn multiple times throughout the trip. It’s fun to accent the black bottoms with printed tops such as this adorable J. Crew aztec print bikini top. Bringing neutral colored beach accessories allows you to wear with them all of your swimsuits. beach day

Now it’s time to conquer your daytime looks. I know I stray from the beach to do a little shopping and I prefer not to be in a see-through cover up:) What could be easier to throw on than a maxi dress? The great part about maxi dresses is it’s only one piece to put on, but can be accessorized in many ways. Simple jewelry, a patterned scarf, and floppy hat are easy ways to help turn a rather plain gray maxi into a chic summer look.

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The last outfits to pack are your nighttime looks. When you’re at the beach, everything is pretty laid back so make your life easier and keep your night outfits casual too. You can still look really cute but keep a beachy vibe with drawstring silk shorts and a black t-shirt. Add some lace up wedge leather sandals for a little bit of height and you’re good to go!

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See… Packing for the beach doesn’t have to be such a pain after all. Choosing some basics that can be worn different ways and bringing lots of accessories can be a way to minimize the size of your suitcase and make packing less stressful. So grab your sun hat and sunscreen and hit the beach before summer quickly passes!

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Cut Out Shoes

Usually when one thinks of cut outs, they think of club wear or something scandalous. But let me tell you there is a way to wear cut outs without showing too much skin and can be worn either during the day or at night. My fancy gold cut out heels happen to be for nighttime but there are plenty of options for casual daytime looks.

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This look is perfect for a casual daytime outing. Staying with the neutral color palette makes all these pieces very practical in anyones wardrobe but the best piece to have is a pair of TOMS. Being on my feet all the time, I’ve learned that there are very few shoes that are bearable to wear all day. TOMS have been my very best friend in terms of keeping my feet sane throughout the day. These gray crochet TOMS are not only SUPER comfortable but still very cute and you are still giving back to a good cause!

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If you’re looking for something a little fancier, these Sam Edelman stacked heels are great for a night out. White is an essential color for summer and is still very versatile. Having the thicker heel makes these heels more comfortable than your typical stiletto, which is great news because heels can be a woman’s worst enemy sometimes. Men definitely invented them:)

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If you are looking for a dressier daytime sandal, I have two options for you. The Sigerson Morrison sandal is a much higher price point but you can tell why. The laser cut detailing is amazing and even though there is a lot going on, there is an convenient zipper up the back making it easy to take the shoe on and off. The Sam Edelman black leather sandals are better if you want a more simple sandal for a much more reasonable price point. No matter which shoes suits you more both have fun cut outs and add some funk to your summer wardrobe!

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 So now when you wear cut outs you can still be conservative but with a little fashion flair!

Festival Style

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It’s that time of year again… Festival Season!!! This is quite possibly my favorite season because it combines music and fashion. One of my favorite events, that occurs all summer long is the PS1 Warm Up Party. I also go with my two besties, Allison and Danielle. It helps that they are equally as stylish as me :)

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Pick one piece and build a look around it. Comfort is key.  These cropped, ripped boyfriend jeans are great for festivals because they are comfortable for wearing all day and still give off the casual vibe that is festival worthy.

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Pair your distressed jeans with this crocheted fringe top. Sometimes you can get super hot at these festivals so it’s necessary to keep cool and wear less…flaunt what you got ladies!

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So I personally have no clue what the big hype behind these rather ugly (sorry if you like or own some) shoes is, but hey it seems they are “in style” especially when it comes to festivals. I will let this pair slide because they have the spiky, cool factor. Updated versions are a yes, true Birkenstocks still scare me.

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These sandals are WAY more my style! The cute colored embroidery adds a little funk to your look and the flat sole makes these wearable all day.

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If you’re more into the easy, throw on look, I would stick with a simple sundress. Personally, I love sundresses because they are no fuss, no muss and you can look cute in no time (who doesn’t like this). The Kate Moss for Topshop line just hit Nordstrom stores and the looks are totally fab! This dress is perfect for festivals with its Aztec print and lightweight material.

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Accessory time, the fun part!!! What’s better than a hat? They serve two purposes: They cover up your dirty hair (you are at a festival, you probably haven’t showered), and they protect you from the sun. If you aren’t a big fan of hats then the other must have hair accessory is a flower headband. You can design your own with flowers of your choice. Some people that are super crafty can make them themselves but for those that struggle with crafts, like myself, Etsy.com is the perfect place to have one custom made to your liking.

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So now that you have the look down, it is time to buy tickets….

Topshop for Nordstrom

Let’s take a moment to praise the fashion Gods, Kate Moss for Topshop has arrived at Nordstrom. I know that is a lot of names in one sentence, but it is all the right ones. Kate Moss has teamed up again with Topshop, a big (and decently priced) retailer from England, to bring you a new collection. Better news, Nordstrom is selling it too. And don’t forget the rest of the regular Topshop collection…

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One of my absolute favorites from the collection are these wide leg pants. Prints for the bottom half are trending this season so they add a perfect pop to your summer look. Wide leg is hard to pull off if you are under 5’6″, so just add a small (or big) wedge for some height.

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And, if it ever actually gets warm here on the east coast, I am buying this bright orange two-piece. LOVE. I have a small chest (very happily, thank you!), but the T-strap caged back provides a lot of support for the bigger busted gals. Now I just need a tan…

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I just don’t know about the skort phenomenon. I suck at tennis, so where am I wearing this thing?? If you are down with this (I allow you to be), then you can be tennis chic in this color , black, red, or white. Buying all 4 colors is not permitted :)

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Yes to this jacket. I know that this is a huge trend and it literally seems like everyone owns one (especially in NYC and LA), but there is a reason. It works…With everything. And you can bunch it up and leave in your bag as a layering piece, it is not just an outdoor jacket!!!

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I love a good maxi dress. They are comfortable, chic and easy. Need I say more? The only issue is length. Like any long dress, expect tailoring if you are below 5’6″. The good news is for for all you tall ladies, this piece is your friend. There is usually length to spare…Did anyone catch those shoes?? Just say NO to trendy birkenstocks. Seriously??

So now there is no excuse for not looking fabulous for the right price. You can travel to Topshop (there is one in NYC, come say hi to me!), Nordstrom (they are all over) or just hop online. You will look like Kate Moss in no time…