Thursday, July 31, 2014

packing up what is left of summer

I move into my new apartment at school in a little over a week and the summer will come to an end, but lets have summer end in style. Today I am going to talk about how to pack for your end of summer trip. I concord the beach in June and now it is time for a relaxing trip that consists of me, my mom, breakfast in bed, shopping, lounging by the pool and of course macaroons. I am packing up for my relaxing spa trip and here are a few essentials I think any gal should bring on such a vacation.
wha to pack for a girls weekend


To start off here are a few basics I think are always great to pack :
 A casual comfy but cute outfit that is great for the day you are driving or flying to your destination. I plan on wearing my Burberry black t-shirt with the signature plaid cuff and my J.Crew shorts - I will probably tuck in the shirt and add a belt, a red one would be adorable. 
There are a lot of questions when it comes to traveling with jewelry, do you bring your favorite expensive pieces? How do you pack it? My suggestion is to pack all of your jewellery in a separate pouch so that it do not get easily lost with everything else. When on a short trip like this I try to just pack a few pieces that I know will go with all of my outfits.
I love to travel with my big longchamp bag because it fits so much in it, and if it gets dirty its very easy to clean, I have had mine monogrammed which I suggest.
You always need to pack a really cute dress or skirt combo because you might just want to go out to a nice dinner and look fab. I think this dress from ASOS is adorable and since it is black and white you can many any accessories go with it.  Also keep in mind when choosing a dress to pack how easily does the dress wrinkle and if it does make sure you remember to give yourself time to iron it in the room.
Bring a fun shoe it can be a heel it can be a flat but bring a fun shoe that you can wear with one or two outfits but that really add something special to it, I am in love with this Kate Spade pink heel.
If you plan on getting a manicure or pedicure while on your trip I suggest bringing your own favorite polish so that if you get a chip you can always fix it.
Get you tan on in a cute suit, I chose this one from Anthropologie first off because its thinking cute and also because it is strapless so won't give you any weird tan lines. Your at the pool with your girl friends you don't need to try to be sucking it in, in some bikini you arn't there to impress anyone wear what you are comfortable in.
Sleep in style, you might be ordering breakfast in bed or staying up late watching the Bachelor, you might as well pack your cute pajamas. I am favoring this one from adoreme at the moment. 
Pack some comfy shoes to you might be doing a lot of walking after all isn't shopping your cardio?
Pack a cute fun umbrella so even if it rains you have something to brighten up your day.

Now here is the most important thing I can tell you about any shopping vacation: 

My last tidbit of advice is to PLAN your shopping trip.
Start off with the outlets first because you will likely get the best deal there, and then on your second day of shopping hit up the big mall and also don't forget to ask your hotel if there are any shopping areas with great boutiques those are always the best! Try to look for things you can wear for the up coming season but also keep your eye open for a great deal on the clearance wrack even if you won't be able to wear it for a few months. I am very excited because I will be shopping at the NEW Simon's Premium Outlets that just opened today on the 31st and they have a Kate Spade outlet that I am just DIEING to go to, I will give yall a review of what I think of the new outlet when I return.
I will be off blogging duty for a few a week until I get moved into my apartment but I promise when I finish decorating I will give yall a tour of what I have done with it. BUT I will be posting a lot of pics to my instragram @sarahlouisezerbe of my trip and just my OOTD's so make sure you are following my instagram.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Mix it Up with Colors

It is not a secret to anyone that I love color.  Here I mixed it up with coral and mint. When mixing colors there are a few things to keep in mind, you usually want to chose one of the two to be your more dominate color in this case coral was my dominate color because it is so bright. Also when choosing which colors you want to use, the color wheel is always great to think about, I usually like to chose contrasting colors. A few things you want to avoid: don't mix colors that are to similar because it looks like you tried to match and you failed so make sure there is enough difference. Secondly don't try to mix to many colors it can be overwhelming. To really tie an outfit together where you mixed two contrasting colors it is great if you can find a piece that ties in both colors for me my bag tied everything together because it had both coral and mint in the pattern.What are your favorite colors to mix up ?
Top: J.Crew (similar)
Pants: Citizens of Humanity (similar)
Bag: Kate Spade (similar, similar)
Shoes: Tory Burch but would recommend THESE
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Lipstick: Bare Minerals light it up

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda Giveaway Winner

I am happy to announce that Brittni Thomas won the Lilly Pulitzer agenda. I want to say thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart who participated it really means a lot to me. This was my first giveaway and I feel like it was very sucsessfull, I am planning on doing more in the future if you have any ideas of something you think I should do for my next giveaway please let me know by leaving a comment on this post with your ideas! 

Thanks so much to everyone again ! 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Duke Rose Garden

I have lived in Raleigh for almost all of my life and have never been to the Duke rose garden, and now I know what a beautiful place I have been missing out on and I am already planing my next trip back. If you live anywhere near Duke University I would definitely recommend you plan and afternoon to spend in the Duke rose garden. I am in LOVE with this skirt from Pink Tartan for many reasons 1- it is hot pink so enough said, 2- it is fully lined and has pockets and was on sale at Belk for 75% off and 3- I just love a full skirt I think they are so flattering on everyone.
Top: Express here in solid
Skirt: Pink Tartan also love this one
Bag: Kate Spade (similar, similar)
Shoes: Messeca NY (similar) these shoes match my bag
Earings: Tory Burch
Bracelet: Nordstroms
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is like Christmas in July, because rarely discounted brands are on SALE! Here are just a few of my favorite items in the sale this year if you haven't gone online or in store to check out the sale I definitely recommend you do so the sale lasts till August 2nd. Most of the items in their sale are 30% off some are discounted even more, also I do not suggest waiting if you see something especially online in your size shipping is always FREE with Nordstrom and you can return anything you decide you don't want to keep in store.Nordstrom Anniversary sale

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