trip board: NOLA

new orleans

Alice Olivia alice olivia dress
445 – oxygenboutique.com

Halston Heritage wool dress
$117 – theoutnet.com

Cheap Monday charcoal shirt
€35 – weekday.com

Erin Kleinberg long tank
58 – glassworks-studios.com

All Saints short mini skirt
$270 – allsaints.com

Valletta Set
$74 – anthropologie.com

Hollister Co. cotton shorts
$20 – hollisterco.com

SECOND FEMALE pleated shorts
€31 – welikefashion.com

Robert Rodriguez feather mini skirt
$308 – theoutnet.com

Missoni bikini bathing suit
$371 – boutique1.com

Faith heeled sandals
45 – debenhams.com

Kenneth Jay Lane amethyst cocktail ring
110 – harveynichols.com

Sequin crystal jewelry
$168 – nordstrom.com

The worst part about going on vacation is packing for it.  Everyone knows this, and we all put it off until the last minute (I’m not the only one, right?).  This often leads to some serious stress before a trip.  The art of dressing chicly for the airport?  I’ve had that down pat since I was 12- and multiple seat upgrades to show for it 😉  The art of packing light?  Haven’t exactly perfected that one yet.

This time around I was determined to get it together beforehand and have a plan.  Especially since I am not checking a bag, for the first time in my life.  Yes, the fees have finally gotten to me.  But alas, here I am on the eve of my little journey to New Orleans and I am still not packed!  The thought of fitting all of my clothes and accessories into a bag that is no more than 45 inches is kind of intimidating.  So, the inspiration board above at least got me thinking about how minimalistic I can bear to be considering my teeny luggage, while still looking chic at my final destination.
So, here is what I plan to pack, to save space in my suitcase and still stay in style:
  • A black dress that can double as a pool cover-up and can work double-duty at a mimosa-laden brunch after a night out.
  • One bathing suit.
  • Gladiator sandals for days I’ll be walking a lot.
  • Versatile denim shorts that can be worn with a tank top for sightseeing during the day, or paired with a velvet blazer for a casual dinner.
  • Sparkly skirt for a big night out.
  • Tan strappy sandals that work for lunch during the day or drinks at bar (I’ll be wearing these on the plane as well).
  • Black eyelet shorts that are comfortable enough to wear all day and even to bed (and yes I will use them for both).
  • Huge gold and black cocktail ring and a gold statement necklace- with two major jewelry items like these you don’t need many other accessories.
  • Sheer tank- again, for daytime or sleeping.
  • White strapless dress- so versatile you can dress it up with tan sandals or play it casual by slipping on the gladiators with this.
  • Purple feather skirt- just for fun.
That’s the plan.  Hopefully I can spring it into action quick enough this evening so that I can go enjoy happy hour!
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