How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel – Beach Edition

Planning a weekend (or longer) beach getaway?  Here is How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel – Beach Edition

Start here if you are new to the Capsule Wardrobe concept

Black Sandals flip flopsShoes: 

  • 1 pair of flip flops or beach sandals
  • 1 pair of sport sandals or water shoes
  • 1 pair of dress sandals, heels, flats or wedges for the flight or fancier activities

Must Have Accessories – Hat and sun glasses

Dresses (optional):

  • 1 or 2 casual, comfy sun dress to wear on the plane or dressed up for a nice event/meal.  Maxi dress is a great option for day or night activities near the water.

Skirts/shorts: 

  • 1 pair of light weight shorts that can be worn as a swim suit cover-up, or sport activity such as volleyball, yoga, or hiking.
  • 1 skirt that can double as a cover-up over bikini, or paired with a blouse for non-beach-side activities
Island straw hat

Hat and UV blocking shirt

Tops: 

  • 1 natural fiber tunic style shirt that can be worn with shorts or as swim suit cover-up
  • 1 UV blocking short or long sleeve (rash guard) shirt for snorkeling or extra skin protection out on the water or hiking
  • 2 tee shirts (cotton or natural fiber blend)

Bikini for Beach PackingSwim Suits: 

Pack at least 2 swim suits – be sure to rinse and hang your suit after wearing so you always have a clean, dry suit ready to change into.

Lingerie:

Wear a pair, then pack additional pair of panties based on the number of day of your trip.   Panties do not take up much space, and you can wash to reduce the number packed.  Wear one, then pack 2 bras (I usually include 1 convertible bra for strapless, halter, or X back for more outfit options).  Swim suits can perform double duty as bras (including strapless bra substitute) and panties to reduce packing.

Pants (optional):

  • 1 pair of pants or jeans for flight or night time activities (where it might get a little chilly by the water)
  • 1 pair of cotton, linen or other natural fiber loose pants

Extras:  A light cardigan/long sleeve shirt for travel or cooler nights on the water, colorful scarf, and sleep shirt/pajamas.

How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel – Beach EditionAdditional considerations – Know your hot/cold tolerances!

I find California, Hawaii, and most beaches in the US to be too cold, especially at night, and require pants and sweatshirt.  Beaches closer to the equator (Mexico, Caribbean, and any beach between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn latitudes) are comfortable year round to me, while many people would find these too hot.

Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Shoes for Your Wedding

Everything You Need to Know about Bridal Shoes

Here is everything you need to know about Bridal Shoes for your big day!

 

Timing

Which came first, the wedding dress or bridal shoes? For long dresses, you should have your shoes before your final dress fitting to get the hem the right length.  Most Brides select their wedding shoes after finding the perfect dress.  I bought my shoes before my dress, they were just perfect!  There really is no exact time to get your shoes.   Continue reading

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom Dress

Prom season is here!  Check out these helpful hints for buying your Prom Dress.

Simple Tips to Upcycle Your Prom DressAfter Prom, you may consider selling your Prom dress while the style is still current and to make room in your closet for other things.  Or, you may just not want to part with your beautiful frock – so Upcycle it!  You can repurpose your dress into another fabulous outfit.

A former client loved her Prom dress enough that she upcycled it into her wedding gown!  Try different fabric spray paints (continuous spray are better than pump) or dyes for a totally different color or pattern.

A hem transforms a long dress into a semi-formal cocktail dress or skirt, like this example from New Dress a Day.

Keep the skirt and ditch the top, another New Dress a Day example with instructions here.

Or, maybe you are just not ready to drastically alter your dress – accessorize it for other events!
Pexels_dress1Get a little inspiration from your favorite store for layering options.  Lace tops over strapless dresses offer a more casual look.  Or, try a sheer tee shirt over your dress.  Switch up the top from your favorite full skirt!

Add a jacket or cardigan sweater.  Try your dress with various belts or a coordinating scarf.

Experiment with different items in your closet.  It is amazing how many different ways your Prom dress, or any special occasion dress, can be worn!

Wear a Scarf

Hooray for winter!  It is finally cold enough to wear a scarf.  There are so many types and sizes of scarves to choose from, the style options are endless.  These little accessories can transform your outfit into chic, funky, classic, dress it up or down, and so much more.  And of course, they can help keep you warm on these chilly winter days (or nights).

I am always looks for a new and creative way to wear my scarves, so here are some ideas for you.

HowWear

 

A friend was kind enough to send me this clip demonstrating 10 different ways to wear a scarf.  There are a few more ideas here, and another 50 ways to tie a scarf of all shapes and sizes!

Summer Handbags

This summer is all about accessories!  I am wearing simple dresses & clothing for summer, and focusing on my accessories.

This week is all about handbags!  When it comes to handbags, I am not brand loyal.  I want a quality bag with personality for a good value.  Notice, I say value not price?

Let’s start off with my favorite low cost (high-value) hand bags – Miche.  This is a base bag that you switch out the “shell” cover.  For years I have had the classic size black base and a variety of shells for my every day wear.  My first base bag finally wore out after 5 years, and 2 shells were thrown out from wear & tear.  Overall, not bad for the low, low price.  I tend to carry small bags anyway, but for summer I want an even smaller bag.  For less than $125, I just purchased the petite size base and 6 shells to match just about any outfit!

My new Miche bag would be more than plenty to get me through summer, and beyond, but then I saw these new Dooney & Bourke bags.  I cannot get enough of the bright, fun prints!  I love the quality of my Dooney’s – these bags last decades!  I bought my first Dooney around 20 years ago, and it has only a slight wear on the bottom leather.

My splurge bag is Gucci!  Beware the knock-offs, these little darlings are expensive.  This Gucci leather boston bag is over $800!  The classic shape will never go out of style and will last a lifetime.  And this delicate pink is a great neutral for spring and summer.

Whatever your budget, look for the best value (quality for the price) and have fun with it!