The 5 Best Packing Tips for a Holiday Getaway

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During the holidays, I think it is safe to say that most of us will be traveling and living out of a suitcase even if it’s just for a weekend, over the next couple months. At first, the idea of a vacation is exciting as you image a dreamy adventure, however like clockwork, a flood of confusion sets in as you think of what to pack. Staring into your closet, questions begin to flood in — what do I bring? what do I pack it all in? And how am I going to share the holiday spirit with my loved ones out of a little suitcase?

I’m a chronic over packer — known to bring a whole suitcase of clothes and five pairs of shoes for an overnight stay. However I’ve slowly gotten more strategic with my packing over the years and have narrowed down my top packing tips for a holiday getaway.

1. Know the Occasions: It is important to be prepared and bring appropriate clothes, whether it be packing a sparkly dress for Thanksgiving dinner or a pair of sneakers and leggings for a family hike. It is better to know what you are packing for in advance and bring one specific outfit for every occasion and day — this way you won’t overpack! You’ll find a pair of neutral sneakers, ripped denim, chunky sweaters and leggings in my bag.

2. Find a Suitable Suitcase: Nothing is worse than having an overly stuffed, unorganized, or unrecognizable suitcase. Find a carry-all with enough compartments, space, and bonus, get it personalized with a monogram for easy spotting amongst a sea of suitcases at the airport. I’ll be using the PB Teen Hard-sided Carry-On Luggage and the Jet Set Paisley Power Toiletry Bag for extra organization.

3. Bring the Entertainment: There’s no time to be bored on a holiday getaway — become the entertainer! Bring cards, a board game the whole family can play, and earphones for the airplane or car ride.

4. Don’t Forget the Cozies: Bring what makes you feel most like home — don’t forget your plush robe, favorite pajamas, and fluffy socks and slippers! You’ll thank me later.

5. Keep the Memories: Don’t forget your camera (and all the chargers!)

What are your favorite go-to’s when it comes to holiday packing? See below for details on all my favorite finds! #mypbteen

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This post is sponsored by Pottery Barn. All opinions expressed are my own.

Transitioning to a Work Wardrobe

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Vest: Truth & Pride  //  Sweatshirt and Sunglasses: Banana Republic (c/o)  // Dress: Elkin Collection  //  Bandana: Gap  //  Boots: Via Spiga

Finally being a post grad means a whole bunch of things — having a degree, searching for a job, and transitioning to a more appropriate work wardrobe.  This does not mean buying every neutral matching pant suit from the department store, but it does mean finding some great transitional, classic pieces that can do double duty.  A classic blazer, a midi skirt, lower heels, and fun statement pieces are all great buys.  They can work for both the office and weekends! Being a young professional means being smart with your money and finding clothes that are quality items and can be mixed and matched, but don’t break the bank.  Start your shopping at places like Banana Republic, Shopbop, Zara, and Nordstrom to get work wardrobe ready!! 

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Athleisure: Too Good to Be True?

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Let’s be real: I never look great after a hard workout. My face is a bright tomato, I have sweat soaked clothes, and the last thing I want to do is meet a friend for coffee or brunch without a real shower.  Everyday I plan my schedule around my daily workout, my social life and work obligations, and… a well deserved shower! The idea of athliesure post gym is enticing  but is it actually attainable?

Athliesure has been a college wardrobe staple of mine for the past four years, way before white sneakers and leggings were a 9am-5pm staple.   However, the idea of remaining in my gym clothes all day (sans shower) sounds anything but ideal — but with new and improved products like dry shampoo and super stylish exercise gear and a few clothing swaps post exercise, could athliesure actually work?  Scroll down and check out my take on the athliesure trend.

Jacket: Levi Jeans  //  Top: Zara  //  Leggings: Lululemon  //  Shoes: Vans  //  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs  //  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  //  Rings: Bony Levy

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Styling the Golden Globes + Sneaker Talk

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It is amazing how things can change so quickly — one day average, the next day beyond imagination.  This past Friday, January 8th to be exact, I received an email on my way to the hairdresser.  An email from a lady I’ve never met, but with a very intriguing subject line: Golden Globes Intern.  Needing two red stoplights time to reply {and control my excitement}, I was set to intern under stylist Kate Young and Caroline DeJean.  It was an amazing experience.  There are so many truly talented and genuine people that I’ve been so lucky enough to meet.  It’s a new year, and I already have the Golden Globes under my belt.

Side note: I was so excited to embrace the comfy sneaker/slip-on trend and purchased a classic leather pair of Vans late Friday evening — knowing they would be the perfect thing to wear for my busy day helping style for the Globes. Ironically the “comfy” sneakers turned into major blisters. Buyers beware. 

Coat: Kate Spade Saturday // Sweater: Gap // Jeans: Joe’s Jeans // Shoes: Vans // Ring: Bony Levy // Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Sunglasses: Céline

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Winter’s Best: Over-the-Knee Boots

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On a side note — if you are shopping for any fashion girls, over-the-knee boots are having a major moment (and they are oh, so practical for chilly days!)

Sweater: Joie // Jeans: Diesel  // Boots: Via Spiga // Scarf: Inouitoosh  // Sunglasses: Céline  // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
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