The Organized Traveler, I Am Not

Madewell Tie-Sleeve Dress in Stripe

This weekend, I’m going to my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party weekend. Usually when I go on a weekend trip, I look like a disheveled crazy women… I’m normally carrying my lands end “boat tote” with things popping out of the top (like my hair dryer and brushes), and I’m usually carrying my hanging clothes. Well girls, not this time! I’ve been on the hunt to find a look and luggage to help me look and feel a little organized, so now I will look like the perfectly organized traveler that I am not -ha! .  Madewell Tie-Sleeve Dress in Stripe

It’s a never ending quest for me, but travel looks always start off with a perfect travel outfit. I found this dress, and it’s perfect. It’s comfy, it won’t wrinkle easily (it already has that look going), it’s light weight, and it can transition to any activity. PERRRRRFECT.
Clare V. Messanger Bag

I’ll be honest, I have always felt that the major culprit for making me look and feel like a disheveled mess when I travel was my erupting boat tote. So I’ve been looking for a weekender bag to solve all my unorganized traveler problems. I went on a search, and I found this one. I liked it because it was big (I was able to fit clothes and shoes for a three day trip!), had a cross body and shoulder option, and it zipped to keep all my mess inside. I’ve linked to other (less expensive) weekender bags that meet this criteria below.
Clare V Messanger Bag

The other culprit was my old terry cloth train case my sister gave me as a present over 10 years ago. You can imagine how dirty it was… But I loved it, so I went on a search to find one just like it but that was more durable and wouldn’t get so dirty. The vinyl on my new train case can be wiped clean and the size is big enough for all my stuff!Madewell Tie-Sleeve Dress in StripeFinally, after a long drive, I’ll throw on my trusty red lip color to make me look a little more chipper. Here’s hoping I don’t look like a disheveled mess this weekend. I’m sure I’ll trip or spill coffee on myself, but at least my bag won’t be erupting!

Outfit Links:

Dress- Madewell, Sandals- K. Jacques and here for similar, Sunglasses- Ray Ban, Necklace- Gorjana for similar, Earrings- Gorjana for similar, Tote- Madewell, Weekender- Clare V. $ in black and $$ in navy, Train Case- Mark and Graham, Lip Pencil- Nars Dragon Girl
Photos by Traci Ling

Tips and Tricks: Cover-Ups

Tommy Bahama Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up

For most of the summer and on my “Vacation Gone Awry“, I wore cover-ups almost everyday! For that reason, I want to share with you all my favorite cover-ups from this summer and why I liked them. I also want to share some tips and tricks on getting the beach/pool ensemble right (it’s harder than I thought). If I was a magazine, I would probably save this post until next summer, but then I would forget all this information -ha! And some of the cover-ups in this post are now on SALE! Not to mention, we are almost into the busy season for beach destinations! #resortwearTommy Bahama Boyfriend Shirt Cover-UpOutfit Links: Button up- Tommy Bahama, Swim Suit- Exact top in blue and similar bottoms, Shoes- Tkees for similar, Bag- Billabong for similar, Necklace- Gorjana for similar, Bracelets- Alex and Ani and  Urban Outfitters here, here, here and here, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Sunglasses- Prada for similar, Fedora- J.Crew (size up, it runs small)

First off, I think my favorite kind of cover-up is just a plain button up. Out of all the cover ups in my closet, I seem to go to this one the most. Here is why: The buttons make it is easy to take on and off, since I don’t have to pull it over my head. And since it’s white, it goes with everything. I also like that when it gets wet, it doesn’t get heavy. And finally, I like that this particular button up covers my rear. 
BP. Chambray Boyfriend ShirtChambray Shirt- Nordstrom, Swim Suit- Exact top in blue and similar bottoms, Shoes- Tkees for similar, Bag- Sold out but Billabong for similar, Necklace- Gorjana for similar, Bracelets- Alex and Ani and  Urban Outfitters hereherehere and here, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Fedora- J.Crew (size up, runs small)

I love using a chambray shirt as a cover up (remember this one from “Favorite Finds“?!?!). They are perfect for when you might go eat at a restaurant after you’ve been at the pool or beach. All you have to do is throw on some shorts and leave your shirt unbuttoned, or button it up depending on the situation. If need be, you can almost completely cover up the fact that you’re in a swimsuit. 
Tommy Bahama Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up

I found myself wearing a hat this summer, more than any other summer before. Maybe it’s because I’m getting a little paranoid about sun damage. I found that my fedora (even with the black ribbon) went with everything. I only wish it had a hole in the top for my bun to stick out (ha! imagine that), but for now I’ll settle for a low bun. 
Star Mela Revi Tote Bag

I like colorful bags for pool/beach bags. I like them because they are happy and fun, but I also like them because they seem to go with whatever I’m wearing. After having this realization, I bought this one (which I love), because it was larger and I loved the colors!
Summer Cover-upsSheer cover-up// Cover-up for similar// Shorts for similar

Left: I’ve been skeptical of sheer cover-ups. They seem to show too much and are a little too racy for me. Although, this one didn’t feel too sheer, and I felt comfortable. What is also nice about a sheer cover up is that, just like the white button up, it goes with all your suits and it’s light weight. My friend mentioned that she would like to wear it as a tunic- great idea!  And lucky for you guys, it’s on SALE!

Center: I love colorful cotton cover-ups! I bought this Lemlem knock off last year from Anthropologie! The great thing about colorful cover-ups is all the colors keep me from worrying about what it “goes” with! I just throw it on and try not to worry about matching.

Right: A pair of shorts can make for the perfect cover up when you are wearing a one piece. This is my go to trick when I’m in a hurry, because it’s so easy! Throw on some shorts and go!

Photos by Traci Ling

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