Category Archives: Travel

April 24, 2017

A Blue and White Scenario in San Diego

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Pattern mixing can be so so so good when done right. Even the most unlikely of patterns can go together with a little finesse and a lot of confidence. This is a more subtle approach to the style. I love polka dots and stripes together. The skirt has a very petite polka dot pattern and allows a louder patterned top to take center stage. Any color striped top would have worked well. Not that I need any more striped tops, but a kelly green or yellow striped top would have given this outfit a little color punch. A bright bandana around my neck would have added a pop of color too.

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We shot these in San Diego’s Balboa Park. That is one seriously gorgeous park, with SO MUCH to do. I have a ton of content to share with you about my California adventures, so stay tuned!

Outfit details

Skirt: Thrifted. Similar here, here, and here. I’m obsessed with pleated midi skirts. Wardrobe superheros IMHO.

Shirt: Madewell

Sandals: J.Crew from a million years ago. Madewell has a similar shape.

Bag: Vintage. This is a similar option, as is this.

July 27, 2016

AV-RA Performance in Iceland

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I take packing very seriously.

I detest overpacking. What is the point in dragging around 40 lbs of extra crap in order to have wardrobe options?! Instead, I prefer to pack basic pieces that have styling flexibility. Lots of options with little bulk.

When A Ruby reached out to me about trying their activewear line, AV-RA Performance, I knew they would be perfect additions to my Iceland wardrobe. Each item is basic enough to be a building block, but has thoughtful details that keep it from being boring.

However, I would be remiss if I did not mention the impeccable fit of every piece. A Ruby was started by Club Monaco veteran Avra Myers. With a 30 year career behind her, her understanding of fit shines through in every item. 

I wore these pieces so many times through the course of the trip. I wore the moto leggings on the red-eye flight to Reykajvík, on a boat tour to see nesting puffins, on a helicopter flight to the geothermal area of the old Hengill volcano. The leggings went under a rain suit on an ATV tour of lava fields and a black sand beach, and were pulled on after a soak in a quiet geothermal spa tucked within the hills. The sweat-wicking properties kept me dry and comfortable. I’m also happy to report that they kept their shape despite the constant wear.

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I reached for the moto jacket just as many times. It was a great layer under sweaters or a rain jacket, but substantial enough on its own when the sun was out. My favorite feature of the jacket is the cuff thumbholes. The cuffs doubled as fingerless gloves when I needed a little extra warmth, and kept wind off my wrists when wearing a rain shell.

The yoga tank was the dark horse of my suitcase. It didn’t get the chance to shine on it’s own very much due to the weather, but it was an invaluable addition. It served as a great base layer, with thick yet breathable material.

I was consistently impressed with the items from the A Ruby AV-RA Performance line. Though form-fitting, they were comfortable and easy to move in. Their material and construction were top-notch. A Ruby is an online brand, but will be at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts for pop-up shop from now through the fall. The storefront is between lululemon and Legal C Bar. In addition to A Ruby’s “Quintessentials” and AV-RA Performance, the A Ruby Pop-Up Shop a will carry a selection of curated items to compliment their chic essentials.

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This post was in collaboration with A Ruby. I received free product, but – as always – all opinions and styling are my own.

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March 4, 2015

Packing for the Beach

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white romper / paloma / Mara Hoffmann two-piece bathing suit / lace front one-piece bathing suit / Ray Ban aviators / blue scarf / raffia clutchCoola sunscreen / pink dress / lace top / leather sandals 

Beach vacations are really easy to pack for, in my opinion. Grab a few bathing suits, some basics, and then a few snazzy pieces. A palette of navy/blue, white, and natural leather is a flexible and practical neutral vacation wardrobe. Add a scarf, something bright, or a bright accessory and you totally change your look without using much suitcase space.

 

February 3, 2015

Tropical Dreamin’

 

Round up of items to pack for a casual beach vacation

sunglasses / hat / floral dress / striped shirt / denim shorts / white dress / t-strap sandals / bag / leather sandals / bathing suit

With two beach vacations on the horizon, I can’t stop looking at thinking about what to pack. In reality, I’m pretty broke from booking last-minute flights so will only be buying a few new things.

Plus, let’s be real. I really only need a few bathing suits and a gallon of SPF 1000.

February 12, 2014

Cabin Fever

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Winter, we’re breaking up.

The dry air is finally taking it’s toll. I have a crack on the side of my hand, and woke up to a bleeding split lip. Most mornings, I don’t feel as if I’m going to work but rather, going into battle, adding layer upon layer until I’m sure the cold can’t get through (I’m typically wrong).

I’m dreaming of a getaway that doesn’t include Thinsulate-lined anything in my suitcase.

  1. I love vacations that have a ton of physical activity. Our last trip included snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing.
  2. Have cabin fever but don’t have a lot of time to get away? Check out this book, which has 150 weekend getaways. We’ve referenced it before a few recent trips, and it pointed us to some awesome spots.
  3. Part of why I love lots of physical activity on vacations is because I love to eat on vacations. I research where I want to eat first, and plan the rest around that. This book has recommendations from 400 of the world’s top chefs, and there’s an app so you can have the guide on-the-go.
  4. I keep my toiletries to a minimum when traveling. I typically use a Ziplock sandwich baggie to hold my liquids, but this pink Truffle bag is a more attractive option. It’s TSA approved for your carry-on, but would be equally as helpful holding ear buds, lip gloss, and all those little things that get scattered around your bag.
  5. A lightweight waterproof map that’s meant to be crumpled? Yes please.
  6. My carry-on, purchased in Chinatown for twenty bucks when my shoulder was tired of hauling my weekender, has finally bit the dust. This bronze one is attractive, durable, and reasonably priced!

Do you have a vacation planned? Tell me, tell me! I want to live vicariously through you.