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i’ve been out of town on long weekend trips the past two weekends and i thought it would be fun to show you some of the essentials i pack. i was a chronic over-packer for years, i’d bring tons of options because i didn’t know what i’d feel like wearing and my suitcase would be a mess, i’d end up only wearing half and having to wash and unpack the rest when i got home. i’ve really worked to streamline my packing situation, to lighten the load and also make it easier to get dressed on the go. i try and build my packing around two things – the weather and activities. knowing the weather helps me eliminate things i wouldn’t be able to wear anyway and also makes sure i don’t forget crucial things like a rain jacket. the activities dictate the outfits and shoes. lots of walking, fancy dinners, hiking, hanging indoors, etc. i also like to bring things that have multiple purposes, a dress that can be worn alone or with a sweater over it during the day. a t-shirt that i could wear hiking or with jeans. i pack a minimal amount of cosmetics and jewelry – usually two sets of earrings (one studs, one hanging), one statement necklace, one watch and a pair of sunglasses. and two pairs of shoes, one comfortable and one cute. here are a few things that i find myself reaching for again and again. some of the items are on the pricey side but i will admit to you that my philosophy as of late is to invest in a couple pieces a year and wear the heck out of them. and of course my current go-to carry on is our new pink roller bag! – joanie
– Veja sneakers ($154) – neutral color, slim shape and can be worn with a dress or jeans.
– Janessa Leon hat ($209) – the only thing with bringing a hat is that you have to wear it on the plane because it takes up too much space in a small bag. i have this hat in grey and i love it. you could wear the same outfit two days in a row and throw a hat on one of the days and no one would notice you doubled up.
– Gap fit cotton leggings ($45) – i can’t tell you how many times i’ve done out of town and realized i don’t have any socially acceptable lounge clothes with me. nothing worse then trying to relax in jeans. i like bringing pants i can hike in and also lounge in, double duty.
– Natori t-shirt bra ($68) – i generally pack two bras but if you’re cutting down on space bring one that goes under anything.
– Club Monaco knit jacket ($269) – a day to evening jacket in a color that pairs well with anything.
– Cuero & Mor crossbody bag ($395) – this is the perfect travel bag, it’s practical for travel (size, shape and zip closure), casual enough to wear around during the day but also nice enough to wear out to dinner.
– Rebecca Taylor on/off the shoulder top ($169) – this falls into the category of pack a top you’re excited to wear – a fun color, feminine touch, can go on and off the shoulder, and worn with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt.
– J.Crew skinny jeans ($170) – i know i recently made a case for not wearing skinny jeans but i find that a super dark wash, skinny pair that isn’t too stretchy is the perfect jean to take on a trip. it holds it’s shape, can be worn day or night and is flattering after a weekend of indulging.
– Intentionally blank shoes ($166) – i own these shoes and wear them almost every day. they are comfortable enough for walking and still give you a little height when you want to dress up.
honorable mentions go to a simple pair of silver hoops, one of my favorite plain white t-shirts, this one piece in black that can be worn alone or out as a top, my favorite jacket i’ve ever owned, and this james perse dress that is sexy for night and totally day appropriate with a sweater over it.
i’m headed to San Francisco this weekend which is supposed to be in the high 50’s low 60’s so i have transitional jackets on my mind. a coat or jacket that gets you through the transition between winter and spring when you don’t want to wear your heavy coat but it’s too chilly to go without the extra layer. below are a few of my current favorites, a mixture of colors and textures. for transition jackets, i like either a punch of color or a soft grey, that way they can be worn into spring without the wintery feeling that a navy or black jacket brings along. also, for the record i love fancy coats with jeans. hope you’re enjoying the warmer temps and longer days! – joanie
– Mango unstructured wool coat ($100) – i love this shade of pink. it’s a step up from blush but not all the way to bubble gum. so pretty!
– Zara crossover belted coat ($100) – very chic!
– ASOS duster ($62) – a great layering piece and takes your every day jean look up a level. feels like an ideal traveling piece.
– Mango textured wool blend coat ($130) – the cuffed sleeve, deep purple color and side slits makes this jacket a great closet addition. the color would act as a neutral and could be paired with almost anything and the style of the coat is laid back and not too fussy which is great.
– Lou & Grey jacket ($240) – soft plaid print and very unstructured = a more sophisticated version of a zip up sweatshirt.
– Madewell jean jacket ($138) – one of the best jean jackets i’ve seen in awhile. the cut, the wash, the buttons, it’s all good.
– Zara long coat ($190) – yellow can be a tricky color but if you’re open to it i think this coat is very cool and would be such a fun spring piece.
– Zara double breasted coat ($130) – a wool free jacket for those who can’t do wool. and the color is called nude pink which might make you feel like a ballerina.
– Topshop Embroidered jacket ($250) – i always got to throw in a cool girl piece. this one does the trick!
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i could write four posts on t-shirts alone because that’s how much i believe in them as a wardrobe staple and how much it impacts your closet to have a few strong go-to options at all times. black, white, grey, a stripe and a couple of low key graphic ones if that’s your thing. they are the key component to so many outfits and you’ll feel like you can get dressed much faster if you have t-shirts that you love and that fit well. you can layer them under jackets, sweaters and even dresses, wear them with everything from causal jeans to overalls and fancy skirts. i promise that a great t-shirt is always a welcomed addition to any closet and most likely something you’re missing. you’ll notice that almost all of inspiration picks show a crew neck t-shirt but if you are busty (like myself) a v-neck is generally more flattering. i also like to have few sleeveless options too. – joanie
– Velvet v-neck tee ($70) – i really like the tee’s from Velvet. yes, i know they are $70 but they often have great sales and you’ll wear the heck out of it. i have included a lot of budget friendly options but also some that’s i’ve tried and love that are expensive too. i also love the black scoop neck tee.
– Zara tee with full sleeve ($10) – i love the romantic touch of the full sleeve that is slightly gathered at the shoulder. it’s sweet without being too girly.
– H&M linen t-shirt ($7) – i love a linen t-shirt. they have a worn in look that is hard to achieve with other fabrics and they really lay nicely against the skin and they also wear in well with time.
– Zara cropped Ramones tee ($20) – i think there is a time and a place for a graphic t-shirt. i like this one because of the subdued colors and i’d like it paired with a full skirt or under a fitted jacket.
– Which We Want ribbed tee ($48) – cropped, ribbed and super fitted. this is a killer layering piece. and i love ribbed anything!
– Re/Done pocket tee ($80) – i’m annoyed with myself for liking this $80 t-shirt. i bought one at a re/done sample sale and i wear it all of the time. the cotton is perfectly worn in, thin but not too thin and the pocket is a nice touch. i like bigger t-shirts tucked in, gives you some definition at the waist with a casual ease in the fit.
– Elkin Asshole Tee ($72) – i was gifted this by a friend and have worn it non-stop since. it’s currently sold out but you can leave your email address and they’ll let you know when they re-stock.
– Brandy Melville Tee ($16) – this is one of my favorite t-shirt finds of all time. this store is geared toward teens but they happen to make amazing basics. they only come in one size (small/medium) which is a bummer but if that’s your size you’re going to be thrilled to know about them.
– Topshop t-shirt ($48) – i love the off white color and the seamless shoulders. the cut of it has an effortless relaxed feel.
and some inspiration…
image source: 1, 2, 3, 4 (the Sartorialist), 5 (time for fashion), 6 (pop sugar), 7 (Harpers Bazar), 8 (Who What Wear), and 9 (Funky for Me)
it’s no secret that pink has been a trending color for the last year or two. it mostly shows up in the softer hues like blush and rose and for the most part hot pink has been overlooked. but, i think that’s about to change. i think we’re going to start seeing a lot more hot pink then we have in a long time. it’s a strong choice but one that flatters many different complexions. i’m personally excited for it’s return and ready to see more bold colors out on the streets. favorite color combinations are pink + olive, pink + orange, and pink on pink. so, just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my favorite hot pink pieces. i also included a few tamer ones for those of you who aren’t ready to make the leap yet. – joanie
a round up of some pieces i’m digging from across the web. january can feel like an uninspiring month with fashion due to the fickle temperatures and the post holiday blues but i think pulling in some elevated staples in cool colors and textures can go along way. it also doesn’t hurt that there are sales everywhere! -joanie
– the clogs ($258) are from a company i’ve loved for a long, cute with socks and tights and also barefoot in the summer.
– the velvet jacket ($340) is the perfect dress up or down piece, i haven’t tried it on but i’d imaging it to be rather flattering.
– accessories go along way in the winter when you feel like you’re whole body is covered in layers. i love the green of the hat ($149) and it’s on sale, too!
– everyone is all about the block heel and these bold velvet loafers ($283) would work all year round.
– i gave away almost all of my bras that were just not doing the trick anymore and invested in some new sturdy ones. a good bra goes along way in helping to create nice lines under your clothes. i purchased the one ($39) above and it’s great.
– a rose colored jacket ($200) works as a neutral to go with all your blacks, browns and navy.
– a denim skirt ($88) that feels a little like spring but also can be worn with tights and boots.
– i’m always looking for the perfect flat boot that is cut to flatter the ankle and doesn’t break the bank. this one from aldo ($60) is perfect. update: that color has sold out but they available full price in a light tan color.
– did you know american apparel is going out of business? they’re offering 40% off everything. i picked up this stevie tee ($28) and wore it for three straight days, it’s comfortable and the perfect layering piece. i recommend sizing up!