Anyone else have trouble packing for vacations? I seem to have the hardest time packing for trips. I never know what I will feel like wearing on any given day and it stresses me out not having my full closet at my disposal. Last year, when we went to Disney I didn’t plan very well. Most of my outfits were based on cuteness not comfort. This year, I decided that I wanted to be comfortable and cute! I decided to try a capsule wardrobe. Here are most of the pieces that I decided to bring.
Let’s face it when you are walking between 15,000 and 20,000+ steps in a day you have to wear comfortable shoes. I have realized I don’t have the most comfortable sandals and athletic shoes are the best choice for me. If you have any suggestions on cute and comfy sandals I will definitely love the advice. When looking at Disney at what others wore I didn’t find too many cute sandals that looked comfortable. So I decided to stick to my Nike’s and Keds. With the basic colors I knew they would go with just about everything.
To plan what pieces I wanted to bring this time around I made a mental list of what were my criteria for my outfits. I wanted to make sure that the pieces I brought were interchangeable. I kept the idea of a capsule wardrobe in the back of my mind. The next criteria, I wanted was comfort. Temps while we were in Florida was in the high 80’s and low 90’s with the heat index close to 100. It was crazy hot!
As I packed I made sure to actually try on the pieces that I wanted to bring. I made sure that all the pieces went together and that I felt comfortable wearing them. There is nothing worse than putting an item on, only to realize it doesn’t fit. I also thought about each day and what our plans were going to be. This made getting dressed so much easier throughout the week. I loved my outfits that I planned and unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of everything. When you are on the go nonstop I didn’t want to make everyone stop for my #ootd pictures. What do you think of my Disney looks?
You know how I said last week I didn’t have any cold shoulder items. Well as of this week this item #3! Do you ever find yourself not sure about a trend, and then decide you love it and buy everything that you can? Well, that is me and I find myself doing it all the time! I’ve decided that summer cold shoulder tops are now my favorite thing! I am still not sure about wearing them in the winter though.
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To say I am obsessed with florals and stripes is an understatement! They are two of my favorite patterns and are the perfect patterns to pattern mix together. I have a huge section of my closet dedicated to these two patterns. This dreaming of floral top from Simple Addiction was a must have with new obsession with cold shoulder tops. This top has so many perfect details. From the criss cross top, the feminine cold shoulder, down to the flowiness at the bottom.
I have been looking for a striped cotton skirt for a while. I found this one from Simple Addiction, and I love it! For sizing purposes this is a medium. I could have sized up to a large for a slouchier fit. This one works perfectly though for a more polished look! I decided to knot the top to give the silhouette of this top a more defined outline. These two pieces I consider closet staples. They can be worn with so many other looks, and into other seasons!
Since the humidity has been high in Indiana, I decided to keep my accessories simple. I decided the colors in my bracelet stack from Centered Jewelry helped enhance the look versus make it even busier. When pattern mixing, it is a delicate balance to make everything work. I also added my Elisa Necklace that I won from Tiff and Nicole’s giveaway on Bright on a Budget and What Nicole Wore. It is the perfect layering piece, but is also one of my favorites to wear on its own.
Simple Addiction is one of the first site’s I found after joining Instagram. I loved their trendy, but reasonably priced items. Everything I have ever ordered or received from them have been of the highest quality. Currently Simple Addiction is having their Anniversary Sale. There are so many fabulous items on sale and for great prices. The sale is July 15-24. You can also use code MANDY15 for an additional 15% off. What are your favorite pieces?
One of my favorite summer trends has been the straw tote. I am not sure if it is truly the idea of a straw tote or just this gorgeous one from Vera Bradley. The best part is it is currently on sale! I got this tote in late March, and I have gotten so much use out of it! It came with me on Spring in Florida. It was perfect for the beach to carry all of my important items, and for evenings out! Straw totes are not just vacations. I have used it as my everyday bag at home too! It has been the perfect accessory!
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As you can tell I have gotten so much use at of my fun tote! It can be dressed up or dressed down. What is your favorite summer accesory?
A few nights ago, I met up with some of my favorite ladies from work at a new restaurant in town. It seems like it has been ages since I have had a girl’s night out! With summer break, we tend to lose touch with the craziness. I know with the boys’ schedules there hasn’t been much downtime. I had a great time catching up with everyone. It was an evening spent laughing and chatting.
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When deciding what to wear I knew that I want to wear jeans. I typically get really cold when I go to restaurants so I decided to dress in layers. I knew that I wanted to wear this kimono from Outer Grace Boutiquethat I picked up last week. I loved the floral details and the slight ruffled bottom! I was drawn to this kimono, because of the ruffles and the colors. This will be a great piece that I can transition into the early fall.
I debated between a cream tank or this bright yellow. I decided (with some help from friends) on the yellow. I love the color yellow, and whenever I wear it I feel happy! I also thought the yellow helped bring out some of the colors in the flowers.
I have been wanting to add turquoise to every look this summer. I decided to add it to this look through my Vera Bradley cross body. I love the additional pop of color that this bag brings to so many of my looks. Since I already had pops of color through my jewelry, top, and bag I wanted to keep my shoes neutrals. The cognac color with the gold details of these sandals were the perfect pair for this look.
I kept my accessories simple and went with some of my favorite pieces. This bracelet from Wink of Pinkis one that I wear on a weekly basis. It is perfect for creating fun arm parties. I decided to add my Kendra Scott bracelets for a finishing touch. What are your favorite looks for a girl’s night out?
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In the summer, we spend a ton of our spare time at the pool. We are very lucky that my parents have one and only live two houses away. Every now and again we take a trip to our local pool so the kids can play on the slides and diving boards. It never fails they are always quite a few friends there also!
I have a few pool day essentials that are a must! One being a cover up. I tend to buy dresses and use them for dual purposes. This dress from Shein also acts as an adorable cover up! I love the tie in the back along with the embroidery details on the front and hem. I like for my cover ups to be able to be worn in public while running errands, not just at the pool! This one covers my swimsuit perfectly, and is long enough to cover all the important parts.
I also love wearing hats at the pool. As I have gotten older, I have become more concerned with sun damage. I like to wear a hat to help shade my face from the sun. I also use an SPF 50 sunscreen. Another essential for me as many of you know is sunglasses! I have to make sure I am wearing some anytime I leave the house. Any kind of bright sunlight hurts my eyes. To help keep them protected these adorable Vera Bradley glasses are the perfect pair!
My last pool accessory is a cute swim bag. This straw tote from Vera Bradley is the best! The print is adorable, and the size is perfect. It holds towels, sunscreen, and of course snacks perfectly. It isn’t a pool day without these essentials. What are your poolside essentials?