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How To Pack For A Weekend Getaway

Stop stressing over packing! Follow Amy’s easy Labor Day weekend packing checklist to style tons of looks (without bringing the kitchen sink).

 

3 BAGS YOU NEED (and how to pack them!)

 

When talking about the ultimate packing list, I always talk about bags. They can completely change an entire look (which is why you need 3 just for a weekend getaway). They should cover all categories of possible activities including the beach, daytime adventures and nighttime fabulousness. And that’s it, do not try and squeeze in any more. We are trying to streamline your packing with reality in mind! Watch the video below for quick and easy tips on how to pack your 3 awesome bags. And be sure to click on my checklist to shop some look-alike options for your next trip!

 

HOW TO PACK YOUR HAT

 

You need at least one hat for a fabulous weekend getaway. This is not optional, this is a necessity. Your face is your money maker and sun damage is not conducive to this concept. Plus you are WAY more fabulous with a hat on. Think of this styling choice as a daytime activity topper in addition to your beach days. Does the threat of packing said hat cause you to leave it in your closet? Stop no more. Watch this video and learn how easy it is to bring your awesome (and protective) hat with you.

 

THE PERFECT BEACH LOOK

 

Getting ready for the beach should not be an uphill battle. It can definitely be a daunting experience if being half-naked around strangers is not your thing. So let me make it just a little easier (and more fabulous). Just a few basics will have you feeling good, looking good and showing off your sassy sense of style while still being comfortable. Check out the video below to create the ultimate beach look no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle!

Style Your Summer Wardrobe for Fall

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge, Caroline, a recent high school graduate, is off to college and looking for a chic yet casual new look. She is moving in by herself and only bringing 2 suitcases. Can I help her create a capsule wardrobe that can go from late summer to early fall? Yup!

 

ROLL YOUR SLEEVES. YOU LOOK COOLER!

 

It is one of the easiest ways to instantly make you look skinnier, trendier and cooler. With that much awesomeness created in an instant, why wouldn’t you do it? By rolling up the sleeves of a shirt or a blazer, you are defining your waist by drawing the eye to your middle. In addition, often times leaving a sleeve down allows a garment to overwhelm your body. Basically the item is wearing you rather than you wearing the item. If this seems confusing, watch the video above and be amazed by the magic of a rolled up sleeve!

 

HOW TO ROCK A BLANKET STYLE SWEATER.

 

I am all about function first, fashion second. And if we can make that function ridiculously comfortable in the family of a blanket, then hell yes! An oversized, blanket-style sweater is all the jam. It can be used on a cozy Sunday afternoon for lounging or go out on a Saturday night with skinny jeans and heeled booties. It is basically your go-to piece for any “I just threw this on and look fabulous look”.

 

TO BELT OR NOT TO BELT.

 

Lots of people think that if something is oversized they NEED to belt it, not so. Stay away from the belts!!! In fact, do the exact opposite. Let your oversized item be just that, oversized. Don’t fight with the silhouette. So you don’t get swallowed by it, everything else you have on should be fairly fitted. And if you want to define your waist, put on a long pendant necklace that hits right at your belly button. This draws the eye in just as a belt would!

Create Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Sherrie, a 30-something stay-at-home mom who is looking to buy a new summer wardrobe after losing 20 pounds. You’ll wear these must-have pieces over and over to every fitting occasion this summer. 

 

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

 

Dresses are most people’s number one go-to in the summertime. Why? Because it is one and done. Your look is complete with a singular fabulous item. So why not make it the perfect piece no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle? A “sexy mumu” is the ultimate option. You look hot and you can eat 3 cheeseburgers at the BBQ. The main components of this option are slinky straps, an open, low neckline leading into a super loose and flowy long dress.

 

CHANGE YOUR WHOLE LOOK WITH SUNGLASSES

 

Sunglasses are one of the most important things you will own. They can upgrade and stylize your entire look in an instant. You go from having a “meh” outfit to freakin’ fabulous all by choosing the right sunnies for your face. This should be a collection. Take time to craft the wide variety of options you should and will have. The basics should include aviators (sporty and casual you) and an oversized pair (glam and chic you). My collection even includes options for specific locations…. Miami, the Hamptons, Greece, etc. And remember, a collection of anything takes time. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

 

THE ULTIMATE JEAN SHORTS

 

Jean shorts are not for everyone, I get that. I also believe that it is probably a case of not finding the right pair for your body type, budget and lifestyle. I believe whole-heartedly that they should NOT be expensive. I also believe that they should be comfortable. This is often a hard combo to come by unless you know a stylist who can tell you where to find them. Oh hello, my name is Amy, have we met? American Eagle (yes, the store for teenagers) has the best jean shorts ever. High-waisted, stretchy, long(er) and super comfortable. Boom, problem solved.

City to Country Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Crystina, a 40-something HR manager at a farm who is originally from Boston but recently moved to upstate NY, about how to transition her big city wardrobe to a country look. You can still look chic on the countryside!

 

BE YOURSELF! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE.

 

This is a must. You should always be you no matter where you are living. Clothing is a suit of armor to make you feel like your most bad-ass self, not a costume. The key is to identify your favorite element of your style and showcase it no matter where you are. If big jewelry is your thing, wear it. Just style it for your new locale. For example, country style = stone jewelry. Leave the big pearls for city life…..

 

HOW TO STYLE YOUR CITY DRESS “COUNTRY”

 

Just because you move does not mean you need to get rid of everything you own for your “new life.” Is this a great opportunity to clean out your closet with an iron fist? Yes. Is it also a moment to challenge your restyling capabilities? Hell yes. Check out my checklist below for tips on how to instantly turn your city pieces into country friendly looks. Hint: A blue denim jacket is your new best friend.

 

MASK STYLE. YES, THIS IS NOW A “THING”

 

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I’d be giving styling tips for face masks, and yet, here we are. Get ready, this is going to rival your sunglasses collection. It’s essentially the same thing. It goes on your face the moment you leave the house and you want it to complete your look, not compete with it. If this idea is so ridiculous to you (it kind of is to me too), choose a mask retailer that is donating all proceeds to a charity. Style mixed with good doing is always in fashion.

Gym Clothes to All Day Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Tatiana, a 20-something corrective exercise specialist from NYC about how to rock her gym look as an all day outfit. With a few simple wardrobe additions you too can wear your sweaty yoga pants from the gym to errands to lunch and beyond. Athleisure chic is not only a trend, it is a way of life!

 

“HOW DO I RESTYLE MY WORK CLOTHES FOR CASUAL LIFE?”

Think outside the box! We are so quick to categorize things in our closets. This top is for work. These pants are for vacation. Why? When you open your mind and stop pigeon-holing items you realize your wardrobe has a LOT of potential. Take a step back, look at your “work clothing” and think about where you are currently going. Would it fit into your “new lifestyle”? How can you restyle it? Play around, you just might put together something fabulous.

WHAT IS THE PERFECT LAYERING PIECE FOR GYM TO REAL LIFE?”

A waist length light-weight bomber jacket . Yup, it’s as simple as that. This piece will take any gym look to real life in an instant. Your sweaty post-work out look becomes a chic and sporty outfit. Have you always dreamed or wearing your yoga pants all day without the world wondering why you never got dressed? Throw on a bomber jacket and no one will ever wonder again. The dream is real.

“CAN I WEAR THIS GYM OUTFIT AS AN ALL DAY LOOK?”

Hell yes. I mean, you aren’t going to a fancy function in it, but it certainly works for errands or lunch with friends. By pairing your gym outfit with a fun pullover and cool sneakers, you are instantly upgrading your workout wear. Lucky for you, athleisure is a trend now so being ever so sassy in your comfy gym outfit is an actual thing. If you are going to spend $100 on yoga pants shouldn’t you actually be able to wear them outside the gym, don’t you think???