How to pack for a 10+ day trip with only a carry on

7.27.2016

Wearing my fave Free People slipdresses (this layered over this) at a family reunion!


Hi there! I took an unintentional-ish break from posting here and I am so happy to be back! I had a huge month of travelling and just enjoying life and I knew that I could step away for a bit and be able to get right back into the swing of things with YOU. I have such pride writing here and sharing my life and style on a pretty regular basis and I have zero plans of NOT doing that, I hope you know that. I have some awesome posts planned (including my #nsale picks!), so YES, let's do this.

This past month has been nuts, with the Fourth and all the festivities that come with that, as well as a short family trip to Indianapolis with my husband and kids, and then a longer 11 day trip back home with just my kids (my husband had to stay home and work, boo.) I was determined to travel for both of these trips with just weekend bags and carry on suitcases. This ended up being surprisingly easy! Obviously the 3 day weekend getaway was the easiest to pack for, but I found that going home for 11 days with just a couple of bags was not that hard, either. My kids each took a back pack, and I had a carry on suitcase and my Lug weekend bag that served as my personal item on the plane. I learned a thing or two about packing for longer trips with just a small bag and I wanted to share these with you now, yay!

1) Despite the length of time we were traveling, I packed my kids and I 5 outfits each because I knew I could wash them at my mom's house and re wear them all. When I am back home I tend to wear simpler things, so I brought a pair of jean shorts, my overalls, a pair of jeans I flew in, and then various tops. I did less actual  "outfits" for me, but tried to stay with neutral colors (black, white, and blush.) Often enough, a simple tee and shorts, with a cute choker or kimono thrown over the top is all you need. My denim shorts were the star of the week for me, I wore them over my bathing suit at my dad's camp in Maine, and with lace up sandals and an off the shoulder top for dinner with my brother and sister in law. I also loved wearing my Free People slip dresses (above), I have them on black and white, and I always feel pretty in those. 

For the kids I did actual matched outfits with one dressier option for them, which worked well. Their clothes fit in their school backpacks, along with pajamas, bathing suits, and some small items they could play with on the plane (luckily they love playing cards together, or in a pinch I could pop a movie on from my Kindle or laptop.) They are old enough to carry their own bags through the airport, so that helped as well. 

2) I tend to over pack shoes, for some reason I think I will actually need the heels or cute wedges when I am home? I packed two pairs of shoes for me, a basic tan sandal (above), and a silver tie up pair of sandals that work well in dressier situations.  My kids each brought one pair of shoes, which they wore, because kids are easy like that;) I need to remember this for future trips, I almost never wear more than 2 pairs of shoes on a trip, ever. I do know it is best to wear your heaviest things on the plane (boots, sweaters, etc), which would work best in colder months. 

3) If I am travelling and need to dress up more, I find that a simpler all black look, with ankle boots (I love my fringe ones!), with statement jewelry of course, works well. I have a cute all black body con dress that translates well dressy or casual, and it rolls up easily in a bag for packing. I save the bags my jewelry comes in from Rocksbox when I buy it, and I travel with those a lot, just tucking jewelry in those. I prefer to pack simpler outifts and add in fun jewelry for a little bit of uniqueness. 

4) When I travel home to my mom I can leave out stuff like shampoo (luckily she buys Monat!) and other bathroom necessities. I do have travel sizes of that stuff, but I left that home this time. I could have easily fit it into my bag, though, in a Ziploc, for easy travelling. I pare down my makeup bag to bare necessities and I brought one neutral colored purse that I rolled in my carry on so that I could call my Lug weekender bag my personal item on the plane. I essentially had two carry on bags, that I used to put toiletries in, my lap top and Kindle, and any extras we acquired on the trip. 

That's it! It's taken me quite some time to limit my packing to smaller bags, I am a notorious over packer. All I know is that on the way home, when the line for checking bags and the security line were super long (seriously, it took us an hour and ten minutes to get through security!), I was so glad that we didn't need to check any bags as we would have missed our flight. 

Tell me, are you able to pack less for trips? (This wasn't really that possible when my kids were babies, but I maybe could have done it, ha!)

Shop the exact pieces I brought on my trip, below!


Mother/daughter 4th of July style

6.29.2016







On Meagan: Old Navy top (in stores) and jeans; Converse sneakers; Baublebar necklace.
On Molly: Old Navy top, wearing her Dad's old hat from Disney, cicra 1985;)

The kids and I popped into Old Navy last week and had a little fun getting prepped for the upcoming holiday. I LOVE theming Molly and I (the boys tend to to do their own thing with tees and cargo shorts;), and when we saw these star tees/tanks, I knew I had to buy them. My daughter is funny, she tends to be more sporty in how she dresses, and then sometimes she is all about a certain look. I bought her this tee and a similar striped one and she has not taken them off. I adore watching her develop her own sense of style and really try to step back and let her do so (even if I cringe a bit at some of her ideas, ha!)

As for myself, I truly envision  wearing this tank on the 4th with a pair of cutoff denim shorts and simple sandals. I'll bring a lace kimono to throw on in case it gets chilly. (And red lips, too, most likely!) We go to a friends house for the day/night to watch the airshow and the fireworks, and it is really casual and awesome. Think sparklers and yummy food, and the best view in the town. It's been a great tradition that I look forward to each year. I'll most likely wear this tank again over a bathing suit for a day at the beach on Friday to watch my husband fly in the air show practice. Maybe knotted at the waist with a denim skirt

We are an extra Patriotic family and we will dress accordingly for about a week straight. I can't wait!


3 things on my mind right now

6.24.2016


1) We are in full on beach season, which is my FAVORITE, and I've discovered 99.9% of my bathing suits are black. Which is fine, obviously, but maybe I need to get out of my comfort zone? I've been looking for a couple of fun bikini tops that I can mix and match with my black bottoms. First on my list? A ruffled off the shoulder top that I just CANNOT LOCATE. I found a similar style HERE that is cute, but I want ruffles! Anyone see one out there you can point me to? 

2) You know how those Facebook ads that pop up on the side of your feed seem to KNOW the inside of your soul and point you to what you didn't even know you need? (Through browsing history, but whatever.) I discovered Pure Vida that way and their fun bracelets and this cute pineapple pouch are ridiculously fun for Summer. Love this Friendship bracelet pack and this Pacific Daze pack. I find myself stalking the site daily lately. Who doesn't want a fun stack of bracelets on their arm that are this cute? 

3) Continuing on the Summer theme and all things beachy, I just got this watermelon case for my iPhone from Caseify! #obsessed

Also, this pineapple one and this 'Good Vibes Only' palm print one are AMAZING. 

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Something old, something new (something borrowed, something blue...)

6.22.2016






Target top and sandals; Baublebar choker.

This outfit is a very simple "mom" look of mine. It's a mix of comfortable and trendy, with the pretty crochet details on the top and the funky feather/moon icons on this (old) skirt I own. I love Target's maxi skirts that they do each summer. The patterns are always fresh and fun, and you can't beat the comfort and wearability of a maxi skirt. I also think they are killing it in the top department right now! They have so many pretty tops with off the shoulder, crochet, and 70's patterns. I've bought 3 or 4 over the last month or so and I love them all. You can't go wrong with a handful of new tops that are $22 or less. 

In other news, my daughter decided that she wanted to plan her own wedding the other day. She made invitations, we came up with a menu (strawberry shortcake and Coconut La Croix spritzers!), did a photo shoot in her bridal look, and set up a ceremony site in our backyard. I just love her imagination! It's amazing what happens when you let kids run with something and give them a little time to amuse themselves. I've said this before, I'm a big proponent of limiting activities in the summer and just letting my kids do their thing. We go to the beach a ton, run through the sprinkler every night, our routine gets really easy and a lot less scheduled, and life is just plain AWESOME. 

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Target is killing it right now

6.17.2016


Let's be honest, Target is always killing it in my opinion, but what I REALLY mean is that Target is killing it in the clothing and shoes department. Maybe because it's finally warm out and all the off the shoulder tops and dresses can be worn now, or maybe it's just because I'm a sucker for all things boho and pretty? I just know I can't stop buying all the pretty things there, and it never matters because 90% of it is under $22 and that's the best price for clothes, in my opinion;) 

I wore this outfit above to Target last week and got stopped by a lady there telling me how pretty she thhought my top was. I directed her about four aisles away and showed her right where it was, right there in the front. She was so happy to find it, ha! I LOVE this shirt, it is flowy and just the prettiest peach/blush color.

I also bought this off the shoulder top that was sitting beside the one above, and last worn with my overalls HERE

And continuing on the peach/blush of the shoulder trend, this dress is great! Last worn here and here!

I think Target always kills it in the summer sandal department. From the simple ones I'm wearing above, to my metallic tie up ones, to these super cute tassel sandals. I never buy expensive sandals, because Target has the same ones for much less. 

The best simple tee (with a cute flare shape and tie back!), that I have in 3 colors. 

Love this mesh one piece bathing suit (it looks super cute with cutoff shorts at the beach!)

I use this tassel pouch every single day, I keep my wallet in it and use it to transfer my stuff from one bag to another easily, or I just grab it and go if I want to not carry a bag at all. 

Happy Friday, friends! Any good weekend plans? We are heading to the beach all weekend and I am so excited. The beach is my happy place. 

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