Vacation Packing

The Beach

A beach vacation … it’s all about the water! Swimming, sunning, and chilling. You’ll be covered in maximum SPF sunscreen and enjoying a week of relaxing in the sun. Your beach vacation is complete R&R! While you’ll have a lot of lounging beach-side, there are other restful activities as well. You may be boating, water skiing, exploring tide pools, and taking in an evening show. You’re just headed to the beach, but with so many entertainment options, you’ll have a lot to consider when packing. You may find that you need a wider variety of outfit choices when headed to the beach, since there’s so much to do.


Top of the list is sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and a pair of sunglasses. Easy slip on sandals are a beach-side must … that sand is hot. What about your swimsuit cover-up? A breezy wrap or a sarong are classic toppers. You might also consider a light cotton midi-dress, a maxi dress, or a knit maxi-skirt. Light and airy fabrics will flow nicely and dry quickly when you have a swimsuit underneath. Short-shorts or a mini-skirt make good cover-ups also. Be sure to pack a light cardigan. The evenings may get chilly and the restaurants are cold inside.


Most places have a resort-casual dress code but why not pack one dressier outfit when you want to step out on the town? Nothing formal. But a spaghetti-strap dress gives you the “wow factor” and with a pair of heeled sandals, you’re good to go anywhere!


Accessories are easy - keep them simple and minimal. Wear simple gold or silver pieces.  A bright beach tote is fun; if it’s extra-large, everything fits in it. Don't forget to pack at least one statement jewelry piece, and you’ll be looking as hot as that sand you ran across earlier!

Camping

Does your summer vacation include camping and hiking? We love the great outdoors, away from the city. Hiking and exploring, afternoons lounging at the campsite, and chill time around the campfire. While we’re not here to talk about camping and hiking gear … we do have a few tips about looking fashionable at the campsite, and tips about skin care too.


Fashion/Skin Care Tip #1:  If you head out on a day hike, or just to explore the area around your campsite, a long-sleeved top and pants are in order. Skin wise? Not only will it keep you safe from the sun, it will protect your skin from insects and any kind of ivy that could cause an allergic reaction. Fashion wise? A linen blouse with light-weight cargo trousers is perfect. The fabric is breathable, so you’re not too warm, and more areas of skin are protected from the elements.


Fashion/Skin Care Tip #2:  When you’re back and lounging at the campsite, it's a perfect time to don some cute shorts and a top. Skin wise? Of course, we recommend sunscreen and if you're a mosquito magnet, apply that bug spray as well! Fashion wise? What better time to wear your favorite pair of light-wash denim shorts and a flowing top? The denim shorts are just too cute and the flowing top … it flows; bye-bye clingy-look and visible muffin topping.


Fashion/Skin Care Tip #3: Layers. Yes, even in the summertime, layering is a fashion must-do. Skin wise? If you want your skin to remain dry and comfortable, an absorbent foundation layer is a must. Consider an undershirt that will draw the moisture away from your skin. Fashion wise? Layers add interest. They give you that pulled together look, even when you’re camping. Top your undershirt with a long draping knit vest or scarf.


Enjoy your camping and hiking vacation this summer, being smart with your skin care and looking just as fashionable as you please.

Staycation

Have you decided to stay closer to home for your summer vacation? You still need a break from your busy work schedule, but this is the summer to be spent closer to home, with day trips to local attractions.


The DFW area has so much to offer … checking into an airbnb or a boutique hotel is a great way to have a staycation. You’re closer to home, but you’re still getting away. With a week off and staying local, you’ll have a great time playing the tourist on your own home turf.


What do you pack for a staycation? If you plan on staying at home and not going anywhere … then you don’t need much: PJs and a new book. If you’re venturing out to explore the sights, you’ll want to think about comfortable outfits that give a put-together look.


Pack your workout gear if you are into fitness. A staycation is a great way to run or walk new routes and see new sights. Pack cute shorts, loose miniskirts, a few tanks/t-shirts, and chic sandals. Be a tourist in your own city. Check out a museum or art gallery. You might not be on the beach but it's still hot and there is probably a pool at your hotel! So, don't forget your cute swimsuit, your cover up, and your sunscreen!


Pack your favorite "hot date" dress and sandals. Make a reservation at a new restaurant and give your "hot date" dress a good workout. Let your personality shine with whatever accessories you have and keep your makeup minimal and elegant - remember you are still on vacation!


And if you need more room for more books? Then pack another bag! After all, there won't be any carry-on charges! Fit that staycation into your hectic schedule and take some down time for a little R&R! 

You deserve it!

Capsule Wardrobe

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The Basics

Capsule packing focuses on using the minimum number of pieces to achieve the maximum desired effect. If the capsule wardrobe has a motto, it might be "less is more."


The benefits are readily recognizable -- easier packing, less items to keep track of, and fewer pieces to launder while on vacation. It’s possible to fit your wardrobe items into your carry-on and skip checking a larger luggage piece.


The capsule wardrobe is a small and trusty collection of wardrobe essentials that all mix and match well with each other. It's important to choose one basic and overarching color scheme -- it will make the planning and coordinating that much easier! 

Foundation Pieces

Jeans, crops, and shorts are our foundation pieces for the capsule wardrobe.


Of the three, our favorite component to a capsule wardrobe is a pair of skinny jeans. Extremely versatile, skinny jeans can be dressed up or dressed down, making them appropriate for the evening as well as the daytime. A solid, dark wash skinny jean is classy and dressy. Leave them long or cuff them up into crops for a more casual look, skinny jeans are a definite staple.


It’s summer, so one pair of shorts, and a pair of cropped jeans balance out the foundation pieces.

The Specifics

First, pick a color scheme. Identify the top three-five colors that you normally wear, and that dominate your wardrobe. 


Our color scheme is navy, white, yellow, charcoal, and brown.


The key to a capsule wardrobe is to make sure that every single top you pack will coordinate with every pair of bottoms, whether they are shorts, trousers, or a skirt. 


There may be that one patterned skirt or brightly colored pair of shorts that will only work with two or three shirts, so there is an element of wiggle room. BUT ... a good rule of thumb is to ensure that each pair of bottoms matches all the shirts you pack. Just by doing that, you've increased your outfit options! For example, if you pack five pairs of bottoms and five tops, you already have 25 different outfit combinations!


Accessories are more critical: make sure that every pair of shoes you pack works with every outfit combination. Even if you only pack two pairs of shoes, you double your outfit combo possibilities.


The same rule applies to jewelry. Pack two or three jewelry sets that will each work with every single outfit. Packing one or two scarves increases your outfit combinations even more.


The concept is simple. But the hard part is establishing a versatile color scheme and coordinating EVERYTHING with EVERYTHING else.

A Mini-Vacay Plan

We’ve envisioned an extended weekend trip to California. The central coast is lovely in July, so we can expect cool weather overnights and mild temps during the days. Maybe the weekend includes outdoor gatherings, shopping, a wine tasting tour, and an evening show. A low key and casual weekend, spending time outdoors with family sounds delightful. We’ve selected the color scheme for a California weekend getaway: navy, yellow, white, black, and brown.


Our foundation pieces include dark-wash skinny jeans, white cropped jeans, and blue jean shorts. Six different tops provide ample mix and match possibilities for all three pairs of bottoms. In case more chic attire is called for, we’re thinking a navy and white tie-dye maxi skirt would be the perfect option.


We’ve selected two scarves that will coordinate with all the tops and bottoms; stripes and florals are perfect accents. They increase the outfit combo power exponentially! For cooler days and evenings out, a wide scarf doubles as a lovely wrap. The jewelry is a mix of silver, charcoal, and white. These two sets give plenty of options for all the outfits. We chose a brown leather tote as the main bag for the weekend. It’s light weight, durable, and holds everything! Navy wedge sandals, yellow mules, and gold loafers give us enough options for weekend events. Whether it’s sight-seeing, light walks, or an afternoon show, these coordinate with all outfit options, plus they’re comfortable, and adorable too.


One capsule wardrobe bonus … everything fits into a carry-on suitcase, making it easy to bypass baggage claim and be out of the airport in no time!  Super easy! Hooray for the minimization of packing!

All About Pearls

Elegance

What do you think of when you think of pearls? Royalty? Ballgowns, heels, and red lipstick? Do you find yourself thinking of timeless fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn?


Audrey Hepburn’s style was chic, timeless, and oh-so-elegant. And she didn't just wear pearls ... she wore them well. Perhaps no other jewelry item is so specific to Audrey as the pearl necklace. Whether it was a single strand, or a dazzling statement piece, Audrey is still well known for her pearl necklaces.


Is any jewelry collection truly complete without a pearl necklace? Whether it's a long, simple strand, or a multi-strand statement necklace, a girl needs her pearls. Pearls are the perfect complement to the Little Black Dress and an evening out, or they can add a fun and feminine twist to a knit top, jeans, and a pair of heels.


Are you ready to take your pearls to the next level? Try donning them backwards! With a deep V-back, your pearls will provide a unique accent. And their lovely clasp is instantly a dramatic pendant at the neckline. Very Audrey!

Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces with pearls are unique and fun! 


A long strand of chunky faux pearls can also be worn as a double or triple stand. Wear them alone, or clip on a large enhancer pendant for a touch of fun.


Pearls on a leather cord give an edgier look. Worn more casually, this is a great accent piece for an artsy linen tunic or a casual chambray blouse.


Do you need a dressier option? Something to spice-up an after-5 dress? Choose a multi-strand necklace for a dramatic effect. 

Accents

Pearl accents are a great way to wear pearl jewelry. When you want to wear pearls, but you want a more delicate look, earrings, rings, and bracelets might be your perfect pieces.


Instead of dramatic all-pearl statement pieces, opt for pearl accents. Choose jewelry pieces that incorporate pearl into their overall design but aren't overwhelmingly pearl.


Delicate earrings and beaded statement rings add a subtle pearl touch. 


Pearl beaded bracelets add interest at the wrist. 

Classics

Pearls … oh so elegant … oh so timeless … oh so classic. The pearl is known as “the queen of gems and the gem of queens.”


Worn by royalty, strands of pearls are opulent and decadent. Worn as an everyday accessory, they are delicate, sweet, and feminine.


A strand of pearls is perfect for a black-tie affair or an afternoon out with your girlfriends. Chic, perennial, and utterly elegant.


No matter your event, no matter your style, pearls are a fabulous accessory option. 

Spring and Summer Shoe Trends

Animal Print

Oh yeah, this sweet print is here! Wear it as a sandal, heel, wedge, flat, loafer, or mule. There are so many options.


Pattern mixing is great with animal print. If you want to wear a tip-to-toe animal print ensemble, add a pump that mixes well. Or, wear bold solid colors, and add a pop of fun with an animal print heeled sandal.


Pair animal print pumps with a vibrant color skirt and blouse for a sophisticated look.


You can keep it simple with a white button down blouse, cuffed jeans, and animal print flats. Or, swap out the flats for heels to give an edgy vibe.

Lace-Up Sandals and Slides

Spring and summer are sandal weather. Dressy or simplistic, flats or heels, strappy, lace-ups, or slides. There are so many sandal options. 


Sandals pair well with most any outfit. Sandal styles range from casual to dressy. They are a perfect complement for your summer wear, no matter the occasion or style of outfit.


Artsy linen outfit? Floral silk maxi dress? Cuffed jeans or distressed shorts? Poolside or an afternoon reception? Morning wedding or an evening concert? Sandals are your summertime go-to accessory.


Lace-up and strappy sandals are edgy and fun. Pair with a light and breezy maxi dress or palazzo pant for a summer chic silhouette.  


Slides are so simplistic it’s amazing. Choose a bright color or bold print to complete your summertime outfit. You can slip them on in a flash, and you’re out the door. 

Mules and Kitten Heels

Kitten heels and mules have also made the fashion trend list this season. Kitten heels are just as sweet and cute as their name implies. The kitten heel is perfect when you want a heel, but not too much heel. 


On your feet all day long? A kitten heel is more versatile than a 3” pump. If you love heels, just not the height, the kitten heel may be a perfect option for you. Kitten heels come in a variety of options: closed toe, peep toe, sandals, and mules. 


Dressy or casual, kitten heels pair with an after-5 ensemble or a breezy summer dress.


Mules … this easy shoe comes in a wide variety of options and pairs well with different styles too. Mules are another great option that pair well with jeans, a flowing skirt, or a summery dress. This easy slip-on shoe is a great go-to piece. Whether you’re opting for a mule with a stacked heel, a closed-toe pump, or a peep toe with a lot of bling, there’s a perfect mule for you. Just slip them on and away you go.

Wedges

What’s a summer without wedges? Wedge sandals are cheery and fun.


Wear them with a sundress and straw hat, or, pair them with ankle jeans and a silk tunic blouse. Available with any height, and with a platform base or not, these versatile sandals are perfect summer shoes. 


Choose a bohemian beaded wedge sandal to complement your fringed-trim ensemble. The silhouette is earthy and carefree.


Pair a floral-patterned platform sandal with a contrasting solid color silk-knit dress. The look is sweet and fun.


Whether you have a weekend getaway, an evening out on the town, or just an afternoon shopping spree with girlfriends, wedges and platforms are summertime perfect. 

Scene Change

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May is upon us. This busy month is full of celebratory events. End of year school events, graduations, spring sporting events, get togethers, and holidays too. That's the fun list. We still have the responsibilities of regular life.


Are you already double-booked for events in May? What do you wear on a day of multiple activities? Join us this week as we explore outfit options for going from event to event.

Work to Wedding

May is a such a busy time of year. Between the graduations, weddings, and get-togethers, it's easy to pack the schedule. But the key to surviving the season (and all those special events) is knowing exactly what you're wearing.


For example: What if you're headed from work to an afternoon wedding? With no time to run home and change? The swap is as easy as a chambray shirt, and it's one of our favorite wardrobe tricks. It's effortless and totally glam. Here's how!


Start with a bright springtime dress, such as a scarf print Jessica Simpson dress. Next, add a pair of heeled sandals. A strappy heeled sandal functions well for both work and special occasions. While you're at work, keep things casual and comfortable with a chambray blouse, worn open like a jacket. And when it's time for the wedding? Trade out the chambray blouse for a wowing statement necklace. Effortless, and totally glamorous!

Brunch to Game Time

Our next transition outfit is intended to take you from a morning event to an afternoon game. Start out the day at a dress-up brunch and end the day in fun platform sandals. It's an easy change-up ... here's how!


The foundation piece for this look is a knit dress in a cheerful color. We chose a silk-knit dress, however a cotton or linen knit would work also. For the morning event, layer a contrasting blouse over the solid-color dress. Create definition by adding a couple of knots at the hemline. Slip into a pair of neutral heeled sandals, and you're ready to go! When it's time for things to get casual, tuck the blouse away, and swap out your heels for a pair of platform wedges. It's as easy as that!

Errands to Afternoon Reception

Our third outfit transition is designed to take you from morning errands to an afternoon reception, and it's an easy switch!


The two key pieces for this outfit are the pants and the sandals. Start with a dressy palazzo pant. A pair of pink suede wedge sandals provides both a comfort factor and a wow factor too.


For morning errands simply pair with a cream top and a fringe necklace. When it's time to head to the afternoon reception, swap out the top and necklace for an off-the-shoulder tunic with lace trim. The result is artsy & sophisticated.

What to Wear to a Wedding

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Wedding Guest Fashion

Springtime is wedding season. It’s time to have an outfit or two available for upcoming weddings that you plan to attend. This week we are focusing on wedding guest fashion and attire. We’ll be talking about what to wear to morning, afternoon, and evening weddings, and showcasing outfits each day. 


The ceremony time is a key factor when deciding what to wear to a wedding. Morning weddings are casual, evening weddings are usually formal, and afternoon weddings are in between the two.


Whatever the level of formality, you want to be comfortable in your wedding guest attire. Choose items that are your style, and pair well with the level of formalness for the wedding ceremony. 


Avoid anything too revealing or sheer. It's the bride's day, and there should be no distractions or redirection of focus.

Wedding Attire: The Morning Wedding

Morning weddings are the most casual. Choose a bright and springy color, or a playful print dress in a lightweight woven or a comfortable knit. 


If the wedding is to be a very casual event, try a pair of flat sandals. Or to dress it up a little, swap out the sandals for a pair of heeled sandals. If the day is cool, slip on a light cardigan or blazer. Keep the accessories light and cheerful.


The Key:  Don’t overdo it. This isn’t a formal evening wedding. Keep the vibe simple and casual, yet clean and polished.

Wedding Attire: The Afternoon Wedding

Choosing an outfit for an early afternoon wedding can be challenging. It’s too late in the day for a casual summer dress, but too early to don a cocktail dress.


Steer away from cotton and knits. Try a more luxurious fabric, like a shimmery silk or a lace.


A sleeveless lace striped dress that hits just at the knee is perfect. It’s polished and not too casual, but still not an evening dress. Let the accessories compliment the vibe of the dress; simple and not overstated.


The Key: More polished and dressier than the attire for a morning wedding, but not over the top. Dressy, but not formal.

Wedding Attire: The Evening Wedding

A knee length cocktail dress is almost always appropriate, or a floor length formal gown if the occasion demands. 


The perennial question: Is it all right to wear black to an evening wedding in the spring? ABSOLUTELY YES. For an evening event, black is perfectly acceptable. 


However, if you prefer color, go with a vibrant solid color, and accessorize with black. 


Either way, evening weddings are the perfect time to sport elegant black or stunning, deep colors. 


As far as accessories go, black is classic and pairs well with most any outfit. Alternatively, bold-color accessories are perfect if you choose to wear a black dress. Rhinestone-studded velvet mules and a small handbag with gold hardware give plenty of sparkle and keep the celebratory mood.


The Key: Formal. Go with a cocktail dress, if not a floor length gown. The level of formality can be dictated by the location of the event. 

Spring Transitional Wear

Winter-to-Spring Wardrobe Ideas

Ah, springtime … brisk mornings, warm afternoons, and cool evenings. Springtime weather is so unpredictable. What’s a girl to wear? While we’re packing away the heavy coats and winter knits, let’s keep those boyfriend jackets, cardigans, and plaids handy for layering.


Springtime scarves and light denims are perfect components to a transition outfit as well. And layers! Layering is a girl’s best friend. It’s the perfect technique for changing an outfit as the temperature fluctuates.


Now is the time to consider winter-to-spring transitional wear. We’ll look at everything from boots to florals, scarves to cardigans, and plaids to denims. And for a fun touch, Emma is prepping her “Must Haves” for spring transitional wear, with items on display in the Boutique.


Do you have a favorite long-sleeve floral blouse in your closet from wintertime? Wear it this spring with jeans and denim vest. Complete your outfit with a pair of peep-toe heeled booties, which are perfect for spring transitional outfits. These pair well with jeans, ankle trousers, skirts, and dresses when we’re not quite ready to break out the sandals.


If your favorite dark floral is a dress, add a denim jacket and complete the outfit with boots. But not just any boots … pull out those over-the-knee boots to polish off this spring look with a bold, edgy vibe.


When wearing blouses or dresses, layers are a girl’s best-friend! The always classic boyfriend jacket is a perfect layering piece. If it’s too cool to wear just a dress, add that jacket. Cuff those jacket sleeves to give the outfit a spring look. Or, change it up a bit by adding a lightweight cardigan under the jacket. The extra layer gives interest to the outfit and added warmth if needed, or layer with just a cardigan … pair that brightly colored chunky knit cardigan with your floral outfit for springtime contrast.


Layering is key when putting together your spring transitional outfits. Layering … it is a girl’s best friend! Layering makes it easy to build your winter-to-spring outfits. Here are some fun ideas to try.

  • Start with a lightweight top or blouse, add a neutral sweater, and top it off with springtime accessories. Need another layer? That denim jacket is perfect!
  • Queue the dark and neutral sweaters and add a splash of spring color. Scarves are the perfect accessory to complement any transitional outfit.
  • Lightweight sweaters are perfect for spring. For a fun visual effect, try pairing opposite fabrics in your outfit … a textured neutral sweater with a springtime skirt, or a chunky springtime sweater with a flowing dress.
  • Another sweater option … consider a short-sleeve sweater dress and layer it with a light cardigan. Step out of your comfort zone … use a colorful springtime scarf and tie it as a belt.
  • Heavy knit dresses are just cozy enough for early spring. Wear a fun spring fedora and those over-the-knee boots to add that “boom” to your spring outfit.

  

Now is the time for a light-wash denim or chambray. Pair a light chambray with your dark jeans, monochromatically brightening up your springtime outfit. Top it off with a pop of color. Adding colorful springtime accessories is easy and fun. Whether it’s a bold handbag, a bright floral scarf, or cute colorful flats, have fun adding a springtime touch to your outfits.


The chambray shirt dress can be worn several ways. It’s your perfect spring foundation piece. Wear it with any of these combinations:

  • Leggings and ankle boots
  • Festive floral scarf and over-the-knee boots
  • Black 3/4 leggings and bright flats
  • Leather fedora and cowgirl boots


What about those plaids? Don’t pack them away. Plaid is back this year as a style trend, so we’re going to have fun with it!


Make a statement with a plaid jacket. Layer it with a chambray shirt dress. Cuff the sleeves, and don’t forget those heeled booties. Change up the outfit by pairing the plaid jacket with light-wash blue jeans, bright heels, and a bold spring scarf.


Or, keep it easy by layering a tee with a plaid blouse and dark-wash ankle jeans. Dress up that outfit with classic black heels. Feel like stepping up your 2019 fashion game? Wear contrasting plaid heels!

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