This year has been my busiest year ever for travel. I have been in and out of the airports at least once a month this entire year going mainly from California to Texas and up to Michigan. Now that might not be a big deal to some but for me that’s a lot of traveling. All this flying and travel has helped me master not only tips on how to fall asleep on a plane (I used to be too nervous to even sit still) but more importantly how to pack and stay organized on trips. I thought I would share my top 5 travel tips with you guys today!
5 Tips for Travel
Pack in outfits – This tip is a big one for me. I used to be that girl who just threw in my favorite pieces from my closet in hopes to make outfits when I got to wherever I was headed. Now I have learned to only pack in outfits (with a few additional loose items if needed) to avoid over packing and to make life easier on the go. I will usually try my outfits on before I pack them to ensure I have everything I need for that look from strapless bras to the right pair of shoes. Once the outfit is together I pack it close together in my suitcase.
Roll your clothes – Some of you might be familiar with this tip but if you aren’t this is a huge space saver and anti-wrinkle trick for ya! Roll all the items you can in your suitcase into a small hotdog shape and pile the rolled clothes together like logs in your suitcase. This helps big time with space but I’ve also found it helps keep some items from getting wrinkled as easily. Try it once and you will never be folding clothes into a suitcase again.
Bring a steamer – My $35 Conair steamer is a life saver and I do not travel anywhere without it. Its a handheld and easy to pack steamer that can literally make any clothing item look fresh and ironed. I have had 2 of these steamers over the course of the last 4 years and I use them nonstop. Even if I am going somewhere for the night or the weekend I throw this baby in my bag because there is always that one top or dress that you wish you could steam the wrinkles out of. I swear by this steamer and have turned so many people onto it.
Unpack when you get there – No matter if I am going to a hotel or an Airbnb I always utilize the closets and the drawers in our room. This helps me space out what I brought so when I go to get ready I can see what I brought instead of trying to dig through my suitcase and remember what outfits and such I have. I HATE living out of a suitcase so I always try to unpack as much as possible wherever I am to help me feel more organized.
Know your trip – This might sound like a “duh” tip but it really helps me. I try to plan out as much as possible before going on the trip so I know what I will need while I am away. Check the weather so you know what kind of clothes to pack. Try to plan activities or get a good idea of what you will be doing before you leave so you know what kind of shoes, ect you will need. If you know you’re going to Disneyland for example you will know to pack some comfy shoes and your Minnie Mouse ears!
I hope these tips helped you! If you have any good travel tips for me send them on over. Thanks for stopping by and shop my look below.
I cannot believe it’s officially summer and the 4th of July is already next week. Does anyone else feel like 2017 is seriously flying by? Today I wanted to share an Instagram round up from the past month + my travels lately. I have really been loving easy quick styles like rompers and dresses as well as colorful cute picks. This top from SheIn is one of my favorite go tos and its under $19. I also really love how easy this Auguste skirt is to style. Both of these have been on repeat lately!
Shop my current favorite styles + similar picks below –
I’ve been super excited to share these photos from La Jolla on the blog because my girl Arielle Levy Photo really crushed what I wanted to do for this look. We had so much fun shooting at Windnsea beach and I just got to dance around in the sand and waves while she made magic. She somehow turned me into a mermaid beach goddess (just kidding) but I do always love shooting with Arielle because she really knows how to capture the look and style perfectly. Part of me just wants to pack everything up and move to San Diego so I can shoot with Arielle on the beach everyday!
I’m not sure why it took me THIS long to try styling a matching set like this one from Flynn Skye but I am officially obsessed and sets are my new favorite thing to wear. I’ve always wanted to try a set and I’ve seen them styled on other girls but for some reason I just never tried one. While I was shopping for our California trip last month I randomly fell in love with this one online and bought it. Now I am hooked and I think they’re so cute and obviously really easy to wear (hello they’re a matching top and bottom = no thought needed) which is great for the lazy styling days when you don’t want to think much about your outfit but you still want to look cute and put together.
Here are some of my other favorite sets + you can shop them by clicking the images below –
Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great weekend!
I love a good statement piece because for me they’re easy to wear. Add a statement top for example like this gorgeous pink one from Chicwish and you can keep the rest of your look pretty minimal. Pair your statement top with a pair of simple jeans and heels or shorts and a cute pair of tennis shoes or sandals and you’re good to go. You can let the statement top all the talking making getting ready – simple!
Statement tops are another style I am currently loving and have seen trending for the spring and right into summer. Think anything with a structure detail, ruffles, bows or even one shoulder and ruffles. The combinations and colors are endless and these tops are everywhere and so adorable to add to your wardrobe for the summer. I have hand picked some cute ones for you guys below that I have personally had my eye on. Chicwish also has some really cute ones for affordable prices (under $50) you can check their selection out HERE!
Shop my personal favorite styles below by clicking on the image. Thanks again for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Happy Monday loves! There’s nothing like being super productive on a Monday and that is just how my day has been + I love it! I wanted to post an updated Instagram round up since I haven’t done one in a while. A lot of these styles above have been on repeat for me and as you can see I have been grabbing my Converse a ton lately. Both colors will definitely be summer staples for me!
This week I asked my Instagram followers to send over any questions or topics they wanted me to talk about on the blog and I had one sweet follower reach out and ask about how I care for my designer bags and keep them looking nice. I thought I would share my top 5 tips on how I care for my bags + these tips are great for both designer and non-designer bags!
Use your dust bags – I know most designer bags come with dust bags and even some non-designer bags come with them. They come with those dust bags for a reason so be sure to use them when you’re not using that bag! I also highly recommend stuffing the bag with tissue or anything that can help the bag keep its shape before putting it away into the dust bag.
Research your bag – This tip might sound funny but I always want to know what my bags are made of so I know not only what to do to care for them but what not to do. There is nothing worse than getting a pen mark on your bag (this happened to me this week on my pink Gucci Marmont) and not knowing how to care for it or using the wrong product to clean it. There are tons of websites that give tips and tricks on how to care for each type of bag, leather, ect. So do your research!
Treat your bag like a baby – I am all about taking good care of things you spend good money on. You wouldn’t sit your child on the bathroom floor would you? So don’t sit your bag on the bathroom floor! My bags normally always sit on the car seat and never on the car floor. Be mindful where you’re sitting your bag and how you care for it as you carry it day to day.
Find a specialist to care for your bag once a year – I went into the local Chanel store and asked the guy who sold me my last Chanel bag who he recommended to clean and care for my bags. He knew a local guy at a place called the Shoe Hospital (local Austin girls) where I take my bags and shoes once a year to have them cleaned, cared for and dyed if needed. This really helps to refresh your bag or shoes and keep them in shape!
Rotate your bags regularly – I personally try not to carry the same bag for too long and always switch my bags out throughout the week. This helps to spread out your wear and tear over your collection instead of continuing to use your nicest bags even when you’re running to the grocery store (god knows how dirty those carts are). Try switching your bags out for what your day or week has planned.
I hope these tips and tricks help you guys better care for your handbags! Send me a message on Instagram if you have other questions or topics you want me to talk about on the blog. Thanks as always for stopping by!