Hello, lovely readers and fellow huntresses! My apologies for delays on posts this week! I am out in sunny California for work and a mini vacation.
Believe it or not, I pride myself on being a light packer when traveling. I think all the years of my parents telling me, “just remember, you’ll be carrying this around with you from city to city” really sunk in and I’ve shied away from overpacking. Admittedly, there have been a few under-packing moments- including one year when I forgot to pack pajamas. But anyway, on this trip I was working and touring (and not under or overpacking!). My outfits had to transition from one activity to another and in one carry on!
Here’s how I styled my work look.
Later in the day, I transitioned into my tourist look.
Top: Express (approx $11 marked down from $30)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Bag: Cole Haan ($30 marked down from $300)
Red necklace: Nordstrom Rack (approx $5 marked down from approx $20)
Gold necklace: Forever 21 ($1.50)
Pants: Banana Republic ($90. Sigh. Full price. But, if you’ve read about my pants postings before, sometimes you have to just get pants when they fit and you find them!)
Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack ($20)
Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I love a cross-body bag for travel. For safety, I like having my bag across my chest when traveling, and I love the weight distribution for long hours of carrying it! When I found this blue Cole Haan bag (and what a steal for $30!), I knew I would use it a ton, but especially for travel. The purse was formal enough for dinners and work wear, but also was easily dressed down with jeans. The blue is also surprisingly versatile. It added a pop of color when I was wearing black and white, and naturally looks great with jeans.
2) Light packing for travel is essential to me. I have no patience for checking bags and lugging heavy bags around! As a result, I have not checked a bag in years. I like to pack items that can be dressed up or down, like my peplum top and cardigan. I generally pick one or two accent colors to wear on my trip and then pack neutrals. I picked red and blue to be my accent colors on this trip, and then the rest of my pieces were black and white: black skirt for dinners, black pants for work, black and white tops to wear with the cardigan. Light packing while still looking fashionable is definitely doable!
Thanks for stopping by readers! One more California post to come! We stopped by a hat shop that I can’t wait to share in my next post! Have a great week-