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guide-to-packing-blog-2Jetting off to Lake Tahoe for a girls’ trip got me thinking about how exactly I choose which coveted pieces make it from my closet to my carry-on.  It may seem like a breeze between the floaty dresses and floppy hats, but through weekend getaways and months abroad I’ve finally got packing down to a tee (okay, maybe three or four). 

First of all, sturdy luggage is key.  It’s important to invest in a multiwheel suitcase made of aluminum with a lock. It will be pricey—but trust me on this, it will make packing and schlepping through the airport so much easier. My personal favorite is the Rimowa North America Topas Titanium 29″ Multiwheel; it comes in a sleek rose gold or titanium hue to make your suitcase just as chic as the wardrobe it’s holding.  (Also, don’t be fooled into thinking you need fancy name-brand luggage.  I once had an uber-expensive Louis Vuitton suitcase and believe me, I was too worried about my suitcase being damaged to even care about the clothes inside.)

Full disclosure: I usually end up packing the night before my trip—as much as I try and plan everything out ahead of time, I’m still a procrastinator at heart.  So if you’re like me and throwing everything in last minute, fashion icon Lauren Conrad suggests rolling your clothes instead of folding them to make more space for those last-minute impulse grabs (Bonus: it also prevents wrinkling!).

Check out weather.com to see the forecast—there’s nothing worse than showing up to your destination in sandals and a sundress and finding out it’s 40° in the middle of May.  And no matter where you’re going, make sure to pack in layers; I recommend at least one basic cardigan that pairs with everything, a denim jacket, and a leather jacket as a baseline.

I also recommend doing some research on Yelp to scope out the best hotels and find some of the area’s hidden gems. Be sure to browse the user photos so you can get a feel for the local fashion scene.  Websites like lookbook.nu are super helpful, especially if you’re heading abroad and want to get a sense for the country’s street style.

To get the ball rolling, I set aside the must-haves first. Underwear, bras (a love/hate relationship), gym clothes, and comfortable cotton camis.  Leave these out for now; they’ll be the easiest thing to squeeze into the nooks and crannies of your suitcase at the end of packing, and this way they won’t take up precious cargo space.  Then I pull out my tried-and-true staples, like my favorite jeans and basic tees.  Make sure to pack pieces that you know look good on you; the rule of thumb is that if you don’t wear it at home, you won’t wear it in unfamiliar territory.

Next I assemble my uniform.  No, we’re not going back to high school, but a personal collection of similar pieces is a MAJOR KEY when it comes to packing like a pro.  Personally, I live in light, flowy dresses and flat sandals, so as much as I might be tempted to bring that black blazer that makes me look fierce, I fight the urge and leave it behind.  Along the same lines, Shiona Turini from Cosmo urges: pick a color scheme when packing.  “[It] helps cut down on any unnecessary extras that I never end up wearing anyway and reduces the number of shoes I have to pack.”  Whatever color you decide, packing thematically helps ensure that all your pieces will go together and helps prevent you from taking that one pair of boots that doesn’t go with anything.  For a beach trip, I like whites and light blues; for the city, black is my go-to pick.  When in doubt, go with jeans.  They’ll never go out of style, and with the exception of baseball, wearing jeans is basically America’s favorite pastime.  (Also, you can re-wear them and no one will ever know, which saves key real estate in your suitcase.)

Finally, I pull out a couple statement pieces that I don’t wear everyday (just a couple!).  For weekend beach getaways, this means floppy hats and chiffon maxi dresses that can transition from beach to brunch.  As much as I try to conserve space in my ever-too-tiny carry on, I know that this is the time to experiment.  If you’re anything like me, you will be taking lots of photos, and a floral maxi beats a grey t-shirt any day when it comes to Instagram.

When packing toiletries, zip lock bags will be your best friend.  Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and opening your suitcase to find your perfect packing job ruined by a shampoo mishap.  Speaking of shampoo, make sure to stock up on the travel sizes!  Not only will they help you speed through security, but they’ll also do less damage if they go rogue and decide to burst in your bag.  And you know those little samples the ladies at the makeup counter give you?? Bring them. One of my guilty pleasures is drinking wine in my hotel room while giving myself a mini facial….Okay, and maybe some room service. I have also found that little scissors have come in handy—you never know what you’re going to encounter while traveling. These are perfect for loose threads, bothersome tags and any other wardrobe malfunction that may come up.

Now for my tote bag.  The bag itself is of the upmost importance, since traveling in style is the only way to travel!  My personal pick is a classic black leather tote, which will match with everything and have the Mary Poppins-esque power to fit the world inside.  For air travel, I always throw in lip balm, and I cannot live without my favorite from La Mer. Mine always lasts for a few months, so it’s worth the investment.

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My last minute must-haves include: Aleve, reading material which ranges from an intellectual “how to” business book to a “how to” relationship book (currently more single than a dollar bill), blotting papers, socks (I put them on as soon as I get on the plane), a lightweight scarf, a travel tooth brush set, moisturizer, vitamin C and a journal if I’m in the mood to write.  And don’t forget your chargers!  Between phones, tablets, and computers (oh my!) the cost to replace your chargers on vacay could end up being as expensive as the trip itself.  Speaking of essentials, proper forms of identification aren’t just recommended—they’re legally required.  This means a valid driver’s license if you’re going anywhere or passport if you’re going out of the country; without ‘em, you might as well just get your chic butt back in the car and turn yourself around.

Personal items aside though, don’t stress too much about forgetting something.  Remember—you’re on vacation, and splurging on a new outfit or two is part of the fun.  You look great, your luggage is expertly packed, so now it’s time to relax and explore!

Bon Voyage!

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Join us today for our >> Mimosas & Markdowns!

Take an additional 10% OFF already reduced priced merchandise 20%-80% OFF!

To get this party started here are some of our favorite Spring Mimosa’s!

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Skinny Crunchy Stuffed French Toast by Nora from Savory Nothings

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INGREDIENTS
  • 4 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 8 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 teaspoons oil, divided

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the filling mix the cream cheese with the honey and set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish whisk the eggs and milk together.
  3. On a large plate combine 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, ½ tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. Heat ½ teaspoon oil in a large non-stick frying pan. To assemble the French Toast, spread a slice of bread with ¼ of the cream cheese mixture. Top with two sliced strawberries and cover with a second slice of bread. Coat first with the egg mixture and then with bread crumbs. Fry over medium-high heat until golden brown and crunchy, gently pushing down on the edges of the bread to seal.
  5. Continue the same way with the other six bread slices. Halfway through wipe the plate with the coating mixture clean and mix the rest of the bread crumbs, sugar and cinnamon for making the other two French Toasts.
  6. Serve warm with additional strawberries.

 

Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings

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Original recipe>>  http://www.savorynothings.com/skinny-crunchy-stuffed-french-toast/

Ingredients

1 lb Russet potatoes (about 3 medium)*

  • 1 3/4 cups refried beans, homemade or store bought**
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and chopped and 2 1/2 Tbsp drippings reserved
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (I use a blend of both)
  • Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa, recipe follows
  • 8 taco size flour tortillas, warmed

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Join us for a big Thursday evening event! Come meet Kelly Cimber from Cimber Designs and enjoy 15% off all Cimber Jewelry.

Still need to get a gift for Mother’s Day? Shop great gifts for every mom in your life with amazing bracelets, rings, and more. Plus, Love & Bisous will be here with one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and will be offering custom gift wrapping for you!

Thursday is also Cinco de Mayo so we’ll be celebrating appropriately with tacos and tequila from Tijuana Flats. The fun begins at 6pm. Don’t miss the fiesta!

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Name: Madison Morton
Blog: The Salty Vogue
Website: www.thesaltyvogue.com
Instagram: @TheSaltyVogue

Short Bio
Hi babes! I’m Madison and I run a life and style blog called The Salty Vogue. I’m a fifth generation Florida native who lives with my high school sweetheart and our two fur babies. I’m a twenty something entrepreneur who loves working out and soaking up some good Florida sun- but with a big floppy hat and sunscreen of course!

What inspired you to start your blog? How long have you been blogging?
Well, I guess you can say my love for fashion started when I was four years old. I would go in my grandma’s closet, steal her Ferragamo’s, then shower myself in her Chanel perfume. Fast forward to high school, I was an avid Googler. I wanted to learn EVERYTHING from fashion to wellness and everything in between. So, I put the two together and BAM…The Salty Vogue was born. I actually started blogging a few years ago, but I never had the balls to make it public. Three months ago, I pulled the trigger and I’m so glad I finally did.

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Describe your style? Where do you find your style inspiration?
My style really depends on my location and the weather! If I’m going to the Bahamas, I’ll dress boho chic. If it’s raining out and I haven’t had my morning coffee, I’ll go all Parisian and wear black head to toe. When I’m not wearing gym clothes, my favorite style is minimal. Jeans and pumps are my go to. I usually keep an eye out for what’s trending on the catwalk or I’ll just visit Lilac and Lilies for a little styling time!

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What is a timeless fashion piece you can’t live without?
I would say my red pumps are a timeless fashion piece. I believe every woman should own a pair of spicy red pumps! When I walk into a room wearing them, I instantly feel confident and beautiful. Red screams girl boss. After all, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

What are some of your favorite Summer 2016 Trends?
I actually have a whole list written down of spring trends I’m diggin’. Only so I can snatch them up. Anyways, this is what my list is looking like so far:
+ Round beach towels (boho chic theme print, obviously)
+ Denim (a girl can never have to much denim)
+ Slip dresses
+ Flat Mules
+ Chokers
+ Bomber jackets
I want it all and I want it delivered!

 

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One piece of advice you would give to any start up bloggers?
I think there’s a few points that every new blogger should know when they first start out. When I first started my blog, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, and I wish I had someone to help me and say hey, instead of doing that, you should do this. SO, for new bloggers:
+ Stand out and be unique. I think it’s important to share valuable information that will benefit the reader. So none of that, “you should be wearing plaid because fall fashion”. At the end of the day, you are writing FOR the reader.
+ Be yourself. Let your personality shine through the computer screen.
+ Quality over quantity. It’s better to have a few really bomb ass posts rather than a lot of crappy posts. Make sense?
+ Be consistent with your posts.
+ Lastly, take pretty pictures! Presentation is important.

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Favorite place to work on your blog? Creative Space?
My friends make fun of me because I bring my laptop and camera everywhere I go! You never know when a blog post is going to pop up in your head! Most of my inspirations behind my blog posts, are just from everyday life. If you read my blog, you know I like to get down and real. It’s weird, usually I’m running on the treadmill or taking a shower, and I’m like “Oh my gosh, I have to tell my readers this!” When I want to feel like a normal working person, I’ll blog in my little home office. But I only blog, if the vibes are just right. Candles, diffuser, lounge music, and a cup of java!

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march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful May! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


May 1

Bikini Trunkshow with SolKissed:

  • 15% off all SolKissed Swimwear
  • 10% off all other swimwear
  • Complimentary flower leis for National Lei Day
  • Complimentary champagne and sweets

May 5

Cimber Trunkshow:

  • 15% off Cimber Accessories
  • Complimentary margaritas and light bites from Tijuana Flats to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
  • Special guest popup shop with Kim Khan from Love & Bisous for custom gift wrapping

May 14

Mimosas & Markdowns:

  • Take an additional 10% off already reduced merchandise
  • Complimentary sips and sweets

Through May 18

Free Alex and Ani Chain Station Charm:

  • Receive a free Chain Station Charm when you purchase any Alex and Ani necklace