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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I recently came home from Italy. I’m pretty proud of myself for fitting everything for a 10 day trip in one small suitcase (at the request of my boyfriend, who literally fit his wardrobe selection in a carryon bag!) I admire all the travelers who do two week Europe trips off of a backpack, but sadly that will never be me (just being real). So, I focused on lightweight, matchable dresses and tops, and lots of navy, white and tan tones (also appropriate for the Fourth of July) and wore just about everything in my suitcase. In the end I was glad I traveled light. It’s one thing if you’re checking suitcases and plan to stay put in the same location, but lugging around your stuff to a new city every couple days isn’t fun – and doesn’t leave room to shop.
Downside: I also realized the few key pieces I forgot. First up, a neutral, walkable and breathable flat shoe. Somehow in my “I’m going to look like a Net-a-Porter ad in the Italian Riviera in my all-white outfit” delusion, I though I could get away with a two inch sandal, or maybe low booties.. but the truth is, if you’re going on any trip, you need a flat shoe. Period. On our last day in Santa Margherita Ligure, we planned to take a train to Cinque Terre (the one place I really, really wanted to see and was so stoked on!) Well, the day comes and all the Italian trains decide to go on strike. Apparently this is a very normal thing, and it was funny how unfazed the concierge were (they were also unfazed whenever the wifi stopped working – America needs some of this attitude at home). Anyway, our only option was to hike from town to town in Cinque Terre, so I had to buy a pair of good old New Balance sneakers, which ended up being completely worth it. We hiked in the rain into Vernazza, had a wonderful day, and laughed about how awry our plans had become. Long story short, lace up gladiator boots do not cut it for all-day exploring on cobblestone roads. Pack appropriately.
Next: the importance of fabrics. Europe is hot in the summer, and we hadn’t even hit high temperature season yet. Think linen and cotton, like this lightweight navy scarf. If we’re being honest, most days I gravitated toward backless cotton tops and dresses because I was so over wearing a bra and sleeves.
Lastly: invest in travel essentials. No matter what city you see or time of year you go, a good pair of flattering sunglasses, a felt hat and a leather cross body bag are quick ways to add style to the most basic outfit. A cross body bag is key so you can use your hands (for shopping and eating gelato, obviously!)
I’d love to hear what your travel essentials are and the places you’re dying to go next – let me know!
While I love trying new makeup products and amping up my look for nighttime, day-to-day makeup calls for something a bit more subtle. I always go back to a few favorite color tones for my daytime look: taupe, gold and champagne. Problem is: most eyeshadow palettes only have a couple of those! I end up carrying around two full eyeshadow palettes, each with only one color left in it that I like. Cue the heaviest makeup bag ever. Until now I’ve pretty much accepted my routine as status quo (at least I could apply to assist Pat McGrath with my kit) but it becomes a pain while traveling.
Buxom Cosmetics has the best solution: a customizable eyeshadow palette with super easy slide in and slide out eyeshadow pans. You can choose your favorite shades from 40 highly pigmented colors, or try one of their 3 curated palettes (shown above). I did my go-to daytime look with soft neutrals, but the kit has darker shades easy to add on at night. I also like how the shadows are primer infused so that’s one less step you have to worry about. Shop the palettes below!
I’ve written about my love for jumpsuits before, and this Flynn Skye jumpsuit is no exception. When I first saw it I loved the print but wasn’t sure if I could pull off the 70’s bell bottom flares (I love the look, but it’s not for everyone – bell bottoms always make me wish I were a bit taller!) I pulled out a pair of platform sandals for some extra height and loved the extra drama at my ankles and the way the fabric swooshed when I walked. It also comes in a shorter romper version and a wrap kimono, which is the perfect addition to denim shorts for the beach and a little more practical for daily wear. I wear this fedora hat with everything recently. Grey is such a trusty color for a hat; it compliments anything without distracting and the chain detail gives it some edge.
My friend Kaitlynn and the new site Foray Collective (an awesome new style site combining the best brands with influencer-styled content) turned me onto Flynn Skye and I can already tell the line will be one of my go-to summer brands for its lightweight and breezy dresses, rompers and kimonos. I love the delicate prints and soft colors – I need this flowy floral skirt next! What do you think?
This not so basic black bikini is my favorite from the Guess Swim collection this season – the bottom strap gives it something extra, but it’s still a classic summer staple. I always like to have a cover up to wear for poolside drinks or lunch. My favorite pool in LA must be the London hotel rooftop – it has secluded little cabanas and 360 degree views of the Hollywood Hills! x