The Art of Packing: Chicago Bound

So I’m going to Chicago for the first time and I’m only allowed one bag, so says my husband.  We’re only going to be there for four days but he’s gotta know a girl needs options!  I’m never good at packing, and by good I mean – I wait until the last minute and I bring everything I own.

Some people “pack in outfits.”  That doesn’t work for me; I just bring stuff without a thought of what I’ll pair it with.  I don’t know what I’m gonna want for lunch tomorrow, so how am I supposed to know what I’ll want to wear.  I usually end up throwing a fit and changing anyway, not in regular life, but when I’m away somewhere special.  In order to rule out packing sweaters, I’ve looked up the local weather of my midwest destination, and it seems to be in the 80’s.  I’m well aware that it’s Summer, but it can be easy to forget this – living in a year-round sauna.

Since I can’t decide what I’m NOT bringing yet, here are some things that will definitely make the cut…

I love Alice + Olivia and I love things that stretch, especially when traveling.  That’s why I’ll be wearing these wonderful jeggings, and flats so my feet don’t freeze on the plane.  Since I’m a wannabe fashionista, I may even wear the hat 🙂

Here are some fun/flirty tops, that are nice and light for the heat.  I can barely stand how cute the collar is on the cream-colored top.  I’m thinking I might wear that to our anniversary dinner on Saturday.  We’ll be celebrating five years together.  It’s especially cool because the 13th falls on Friday this year, just like the day we met.  See, it can be a lucky day.

Here are my age-appropriate shorts.  I snagged both of them from the JCrew factory store, for $20 each.  They fit great and are super-comfortable.

It’s neon if you couldn’t tell.  Another reason why JCrew is awesome.  A great fit and a great style.  I think I’ll add a few more dresses to the suitcase, it’s a good way to cut down on extras because it’s pretty much a two-in-one deal.

To sass up these outfits, shoes and accessories are a must.  These wedges are comfortable and give my stubs for legs some length.

These shoes are currently my favorite.  Jessica Simpson knows how to do a shoe.  They might be my favorite ever.  I’m not a heals girl, but these are easy to walk in and the leather and sparkle combo stole my heart.

I always bring a small bag for a night out and a cross-body bag for shopping and sightseeing.

Rose gold bangles are a staple for me, a watch and these “oh so summery” earrings will go great with my colorful attire.

Kate Spade bow and bead bracelet is so darling, I think it’ll be great for the anniversary dinner too!  Another great Nordstrom Rack find.

 

Now, last but not least, I never go anywhere without my retro-blue necklace from Forever21.  These complementary earrings can come along too.

HERE’S ONE MORE THING, THAT I WISH I COULD BRING, BUT SADLY CANNOT.

This is my Sea Shell(Sheldon).  He’ll be staying in Arizona and I already can’t wait for Monday to pick him up.  He’s my air.  I hope he’s not too upset with us.  It’s possible I’m getting misty-eyed as I type this…

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING WITH YOU, MY EXCITING TRIP TO THE “WINDY CITY.”  I WONDER WHAT I’LL FIND.  I HAVE A COUPLE OF MAKEOVER POSTS COMING THIS WEEKEND AND A REALLY KEWL DIY PROJECT FOR NEXT WEEK.  STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AND FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN ON MY CHICAGO FUN!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

FOURTH OF JULY: FASHIONS

I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for the month of July.  Tomorrow is our independence day – Saturday, Wayne and I will be sitting front row at the Beach Boys Concert – next week brings a trip to Chicago – AND we have a Northern California wedding to round out the month!

SWEET!

As we all know, celebrating the Fourth of July has a lot to do with expressing one’s patriotic spirit through attire.   I’ve put together some outfits that will suit our Country’s birthday very well.  I had a blast having my husband take pictures of me, and by blast  I mean he’s lucky I didn’t strangle him… just kidding, kind of!

For the first look, let me just say, I’m not a “red person.”  I never like the way the color red looks on me, but I found this dress and that changed my mind.

Nordstrom Rack is my absolute favorite place to shop.

For the next look:  I bought this dress for my engagement photos a little over a year ago at Forever21.  I haven’t worn it since and this would be the perfect occasion for a rerun!

I GAVE IT MY BEST “BLUE STEEL”

HERE’S A RECAP OF SOME OF THE DETAILS FROM THE FIRST TWO LOOKS:

HERE IS THE FINAL LOOK AND THE MOST COMFORTABLE…

DETAILS:

So those are the looks.  The great thing about them, is that they all have pockets!   What do you think?  Maybe I’ll just have to celebrate all week long and wear all three looks!

What are you gonna wear?

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

EVERYONE, BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!

Until really soon,

Renee

PS WAYNE SAYS HI!

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