fashion

Chic Outfits for the Spring and Summer

Hey everyone!

So…I took a little bit of a break after my 30 day blogging challenge, but I’m back and ready to share a lot of new content with you all!

It’s been raining nonstop here, but I know that means warmer weather is just around the corner, along with pretty, well-watered plants and flowers.

While I wait for the skies to clear up, I’ve been daydreaming quite a bit about outfits that are perfect for higher temperatures.

I’ve put together a few looks that I really like, featuring a lot of discounted pieces, as usual!

Check out the looks below and feel free to comment with your reactions/feedback.

Links to buy are included for everything, as well.

Dress | Sandals | Purse | Earrings

This black and white chevron dress is so easy to accessorize because its neutral colors go with pretty much anything. For Spring, I’d add a mint colored purse from Kate Spade and some pretty arm candy (pictured are the lotus, Stand Up to Cancer, and ‘What’s for you will not pass you’ bangles from Alex+Ani, plus a colorful bangle from a local boutique).

Dress | Heels

This dress is a little more formal; great for a graduation, shower, or any other event you may have coming up over the next few months. Also shown here are a large Kate Spade purse (not currently avail) and a matching necklace/earring set from NY&Co.

Shorts | Top | Sandals | Purse

I love some fun, bright colors in the warm weather! These adorable color blocked shorts are perfect with any white top, and I’ve just been dying to use this Valentino bag that I got at a huge discount from Saks, so here it is. 🙂

Dress | Sandals | Purse

Another pop of color comes from this pretty Boho Factory dress. Shown here with the same sandals and purse as the previous picture, and some added statement earrings (an old pair that I’ve had forever) to complete the look.

Dress | Belt | Bracelets | Shoes

It seems like every time the warm weather comes around I find myself with a new sunflower dress…not that I’m complaining! The dress and belt were both Amazon finds, the shoes I’ve raved about in multiple previous posts, and the bracelet set is from Boho Factory. The earrings, again, are a super old pair.

lifestyle, travel

What’s in My Carry-On

Hi all,

I’m a big fan of traveling, and I try to go to at least two new places every year.

When flying, I try to pack as lightly as possible, but still make sure I have everything I need.

This applies to both my checked bag and my carry-on luggage.

I try to keep my carry-on small, because I prefer to keep it with me at my seat rather than in one of the overhead bins.

I also try to keep it light so that I can move around the airport easily and am not stuck lugging around a huge, heavy bag.

Here’s a glimpse of the carry-on I’ve been using to travel lately, and the key items that I keep inside whenever going on a trip.

Kate Spade Bag

Kate Spade Botanical Satchel: I used this adorable nylon bag throughout my entire trip to California last month.

It’s the perfect size for a carry-on as well as an everyday purse when exploring a city like Los Angeles.

iPad: I admittedly don’t use my iPad as often as I should, but it definitely comes in handy when I’m going to be sitting on a long flight.

I’ll usually add some movies or music to my iPad to keep me entertained during my trip, and I have a few other games that I can play on it without Wi-Fi if I get bored.

Bluetooth Headphones: Because my iPhone doesn’t have a headphone jack, I always make sure to bring wireless headphones with me.

Most pairs link via Bluetooth and are very comfortable/stay in your ears well.

I use the same pair for travel and for running, and I haven’t had any trouble with them.

Baby Lips: I’ve already professed my love for Baby Lips in my What’s in My Purse post, so of course I keep a tube or two in my carry-on, as well!

For those who haven’t read my previous post, Baby Lips is my go-to Chapstick alternative, and comes in a variety of great colors.

Books: Again, I’ve discussed my love for books in several previous posts, so it should come as no surprise that I refuse to travel without some reading material.

I usually bring whatever book(s) I’m reading at the time plus one more, but I’m always secretly hoping I’ll finish every book I have with me so I’ll have an excuse to pick up a new one at the airport bookstore. 😉

Top | Joggers

Extras: I tend to keep some extra clothes with me in case my luggage gets lost, because who wants to be stuck without their luggage AND without something comfy to wear?

My favorite emergency outfit consists of a basic tee and the comfiest joggers ever from New York & Company.

I don’t just save these for my carry-on, I own the joggers and matching hoodie in several different colors because they are soo soft and cute.

Water and Snacks: Water is my drink of choice, always and forever, and I like to bring some snacks for the plane ride.

My favorites are plain m&ms and something salty to balance out the sweet; last trip I went with Buffalo Wing flavored Pretzel Crisps (so good).

Phone Charger: The last thing I keep in my carry-on is my phone charger.

Once again, if my luggage gets lost I don’t want to be without a charged phone in addition to everything else.

That’s pretty much all of the extra stuff I keep in my carry-on, aside from the essentials like my wallet and phone, of course.

I try to keep it light and only bring things I need, while covering emergency items and entertainment for my plane ride.

What additional things do you keep in your carry-on bag? Do you keep a small one with you or a big bag with a lot of other items?

Share with me in the comments below, and happy carrying-on! 🙂 ❤