Monday, March 17, 2014

Traveling Basics

With our upcoming trip to Israel & Italy, I have been slowly picking up some basics that are ideal for travel.  I always keep an eye out for articles of clothing that meet my 3 rules of traveling; it must be comfortable {nothing makes for a worse day than touring around in uncomfortable clothes}, it should be able to be layered, and lastly it must be capable of being worn multiple ways.  

A striped knit is one staple item that is always tucked away in my suitcase.  Aside from being classically chic, a striped knit can be worn with just about anything from white pants, with any style of jeans & shorts, with a cute skirt, or over a dress.

Here's an affordable striped knit that I found over the weekend that I fully intend on purchasing, along with other essential items that make for some great traveling basics.

Shop These Items:

Tassel trim scarf {currently on sale here with code 'sunny', super affordable version here} //  Tortoise framed Ray-Bans {here, similar also here} //  Navy striped knit sweater {under $50 here} //  Adorable 'ciao' iPhone case found {here} //  Boyfriend shorts {found at a great price point here} //  Small wallet/clutch {here, extremely similar budget friendly version here} //  A cheeky silk eye mask for long haul flights {available here} //  I think I need {this} light denim jacket! //  Comfy woven leather flat sandals that goes with everything {here} //  Fun leather passport case {available here} //  A classic crossbody bag {available here}

A few quick notes:

  • Whenever we travel, I tend to stick to a basic color palette and then plan my outfits around that.  I wear a ton of neutrals in everyday life, so most often you'll find me packing grays, whites, tan, and blue colors.  Sticking to a neutral palette allows you to mix and match your outfits so that you don't need to pack as much {trust me girls, you do not need to pack the whole closet!}.  I'll be gone for 16 days next month and am only bringing 1 suitcase :) You can always throw in a fun pop of color with accessories like a patterned scarf, or a great piece of jewelry.
  • Choose functional items that can be used in different ways.  For instance, the small wallet/pouch can be used to store small items in a tote while in flight, or exploring a city during the day, but is pretty enough to serve as your clutch in the evening.
  • Always, always choose comfortable pieces.  I can not stress this enough!  Those stylish boyfriend shorts look cozy enough to tour around in all day long!
  • Choose shades of brown leather.  Brown leather {esp cognac colored leather} always looks rich plus it's classic and goes with literally everything.  It doesn't have to cost a small fortune in order to look great!  Case in point: that crossbody bag that is so similar to the Chlo√© Marcie small bag [see it here].

Lastly, I wanted to share with you girls this post that I found on Polyvore that serves as a great example of basic pieces that are ideal for bringing along on your next vacay.....

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It's all about the neutrals, ladies!! ;)

Happy Monday! xx


  1. Can't wait to see your pics! Are you taking the pups? How do you pack for them?

    1. Hi Megan! No, not taking the pups this time :( We took Ace last year to Italy {he's beyond easy to travel with} but Lulu is a whole different story! Luckily, we have a great dog sitter who stays at our place and watches them - and they LOVE her so it works out great for us!

  2. Can't believe those boyfriend shorts are from gap! I might need them....

    1. I know, right?! I thought the same thing :) Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Carrie.



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