If I were to be touring Florence or Paris (instead of the Target in Florida, sigh…), I would wear something like this. A light and airy dress feels comfortable in the heat of the summer and takes little effort to coordinate as it is one piece. I love traveling with dresses because of this reason. Toss a hat (worn on the plane to save packing space) and a chunky necklace and you are good to go. Now, I would not wear sky high wedges while exploring a new city (I am not that crazy!) I would wear this dress with these and probably throw on this for fun, too.) While I am not one to wear sneakers, a cute pair of white sneakers would look nice with any dress as well as rolled up boyfriend jeans and a tee shirt. I love to multitask the items in my suitcase and I try not to pack things that don’t go with everything else.
As you can see, I got the orange! My mom and I were shopping at Dillard’s yesterday and this bag was on the marked down shelf for having a couple scuff marks on it (which rubbed right out!) It was marked off $140 less than full price. My heart is palpitating just thinking about it. It was two feet from the full price ones, looking just as pretty and it was fate. My mom surprised me with it as I was waffling over the color. What can I say, I am a super indecisive person. It was between this and the pink one. You just can’t say no to the bag of your dreams on sale.
I. Love. It. So. Much.
I also love that my daughter shopped with us and “had to have” a hat and a sparkly shirt and, “can you take a picture of me and put in on your blog?” came out of her mouth several times. So be warned, I have created a monster.
F21 top; Target jeans (similar), sandals and sunnies; Fossil watch (similar); Dooney and Bourke bag.
When it comes to traveling I like to keep it simple and comfortable. Most of the time I am flying with my two small children and I need to be able to keep up with them and still feel like I look good. A loose, cotton top and bright jeans feels nice as I don’t like tight things when on the go and the jeans have tons of stretch. I pair it with sandals in the warmer months and little ankle boots in the winter. If I am flying alone I will bring a smaller tote like the one pictured. I always bring baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Neosporin ( I dab in on my nose to ward off germs), hand lotion, travel soap, and some make up to touch up in the bathroom when I land. I do love to bring a cozy wraparound cardigan either wear or use a pillow.
When I have the kids (as I almost always do!) I plan way ahead. When they were babies I would bring a large bag and pack changes of clothes, diapers, extra receiving blankets, pacifiers, enough food to last through an apocalypse if necessary, and a change of clothes for me as I have been heavily soiled by babies in an airplane bathroom. Did you know you can fit an adult, a six month old, and an eighteen month old in one of those things? I do. It was…interesting.
Now that my kids are a little bit older I can pack them their own little bags to carry on and it saves me from carrying everything. I shop beforehand for them and buy fun things from the dollar section at Target that they don’t see until we get on the plane. Stickers, books, coloring books and crayons, as well as treats. I pack tons of snacks and feel as long as they are eating they can’t cry, right?? Lollipops also help for their ears while taking off and landing.They love having a bag full of their own things and always remember their special blankets/lovies and a change of clothes, too. Drinks will be spilled off the tray table while the lovely man in front of you reclines into your lap. I like to get on the plane first and get settled, but wait to get off the plane last so we can gather our things and not get rushed. I also dress them in loose, cotton clothing and slip on shoes for comfort. I have flown at night and dressed them in their pajamas, which worked out nicely. I won’t mention the insane temper tantrum that occurred upon landing at 11:30. It would scare you.
When I pack for my kids I usually wash their things and pile them onto the guest bed in groups (Molly’s clothes, Brady’s clothes, shoes, underwear, jackets, pajamas, etc.) I then stack them in these groups into the cloth bags you can buy at grocery stores. I tie the handles once it is all in to keep it all secure and then pack it all into a large duffel bag from L.L. Bean. I hate loose stuff in suitcases and love to be organized (it’s a sickness, I know.) I then pack a sound machine, their toiletry bag and any misc items around the cloth bags.
For the most part I feel it is more stressful preparing and packing for the trip then the actual traveling part. With enough planning and preparation for the kids I can be one happy mama once we land (and I have a drink in my hand!)
P.S I am purchasing this bag for my birthday (it is amazing in person!) and need help with colors. I was dead set on the orange, then saw the pink and almost died. Then I saw the black and thought it would be beautiful, too. Did I mention it has a Kelly green suede interior? Do I go with a color or basic? Heeeeeeeelp!!
My baby is three. Which means I spent the day making chocolate chip pancakes, pulling toys from impossible to open packages, watching “Finding Nemo” (his favorite), eating macaroni and cheese with hot dogs (more favorites), serving cakes with construction vehicles on top, bathing frosting covered children, and tucking one tired and happy little boy into bed with huge kisses and happy smiles. Life is good.
My fabulous mother bought me this luggage last year and the cosmetic cases this year. Before, I packed in random, un-matching, ugly as sin luggage. I love having pretty bags to pack my clothes in! These are hard sided, take corners like they are on rails, and make me look cooler than I am. Thanks mom!
I have a separate case for all my jewelry. I usually pack a lot as that is the easiest way to transform a basic outfit into something fun. Bold jewelry is best as it is more memorable. I also wear fake rings to save my nice stuff (where I am more likely to lose it) and it is a chance to jazz up my hands with rings I will likely never afford. The bigger the better, baby.
When choosing outfits I will pick one item, say a pair of bright blue skinny jeans, and then find two or three shirts I could wear with them. That makes at least three outfits that can be rolled tightly for space. All of these options can be dressed up down with different shoes and jewelry.
Another outfit idea, taking a basic white tee and finding something to dress it down (blue jeans) and dress it up (a mint colored floaty skirt.) Again, these outfits can be dressed up or down depending on the shoes and jewelry you pick.
Bright cardigans and belts can be the game changers of any outfit. They help any outfit become more interesting and layering is always a good thing if you don’t know what the weather will be like. I also like to pack a fun colored clutch to bring in case some fun night out presents itself and you don’t want to drag a big tote out with you to dinner or drinks. In the winter I would wear my jacket while traveling to save space.
I love packing dresses that can be both casual or dressy. I would wear this dress with simple sandals and a cute hat in the day with a cross body bag for day, belted with wedges, a colored clutch and fun necklace for night.
An example of how I like to dress while travelling: simple basics like a white tee and jeans that are jazzed up with a bold necklace, funky sunglasses, cute men style oxfords and an interesting colored cardigan. Throw on a crossbody bag for sightseeing and hands free fun and you are set. I love taking the basics and making them pop. Sometimes all it takes is bright lipstick and sunglasses to make you stand out.
P.S More to come tomorrow on airport style and how to travel with kids!
Three year ago today I was in labor. I didn’t know my heart would grow bigger to love this little boy who was about to come into my life. I didn’t know he would be so cuddly, and prefer me over anyone else. I didn’t know there would be a day that I couldn’t imagine a world without him in our family. I didn’t know he would be his sister’s best friend.
Three years later I know. I know this boy is my heart and I dread every day he gets bigger and look forward to everyday he grows.
Happy Birthday, Brady!
In honor of one of my all time fave blogger’s, here are some of the awkward and awesome moments from my week:
-Teaching my daughter the correct word for her nether region and having her respond, “That is such a pretty name! I think I’ll name my doll, Vagina.” There are not enough words in the English language to describe my mortification.
-Explaining to my step mother the plot of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” No daughter should ever have to use the phrases “submissive,” “red room of pain”, “written pornography” or “hard limits” to their parents. Never.
-My daughter asking me, “what does blood smell like?” Umm, nothing?
-Walking around a store in a button down shirt and finding out when you get home that it is unbuttoned to your waist. Yikes. And no, I was not wearing a pretty bra. That never happens.
-Shopping for school supplies for BOTH of my children. It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
-Tuna melts and tator tots. For dinner.
-The teal blue moccasin booties, oxfords with hot pink bottoms, distressed jeans and mustard yellow cardi I bought at Target this week. And yes, I’m totally going back for those bright orange skinny corduroy pants and owl sweater next week. And the green lace dress.
-Watching the Olypmics. I thought I was all “bah humbug” about it, then I got sucked in. Go USA!
-Hanging out with my mom while the kids played outside for an hour. We haven’t had a lot of one on one time since the kids were born and I missed it.
F21 shirt (similar) and shoes (similar); Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s skirt; Target sunnies and necklace.
We’ve been watching a ton of Olympic coverage this year (partly because it is the only thing on/partly because my husband will watch anything that involves sports.) My kids watch it with us and it amazes me how cool it is see to see the competition through their eyes. The medals are the coolest, the gymnastics awe inspiring, the pride in women especially is fun to share with my daughter. It is great to show her fit, strong, amazingly talented women to look up to.
I am not a sports oriented girl. I am never one to enjoy playing or watching sports, but when it is the USA and when it is the Olympics I find myself drawn into it. I get excited, and I want to sign my kids up for all sorts of activities so they can go win a gold medal and make us some money:)