Tips for Travel

Vera Bradley / Garment Bag: Vera Bradley / Carry-On: Louis Vuitton / Louis’ Bag: {similar}Lilly Pultzer

It’s been a month in D.C and we are headed back to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow! Living in a hotel has its benefits {who doesn’t like coming back to a clean room everyday?!} but I can’t wait to get home and sleep in my own bed! 

I’m sharing some of my traveling tips to help you pack for your next adventure and investing in good luggage and a garment bag is key {plus if you’re anything like me you always go home with more than what you brought!} I love Vera Bradley’s rolling luggage line. It doesn’t break the bank, is very well made and comes with a 5 year warranty just in case something does go wrong. 

When it comes to fitting all my clothes into one suitcase I pack flat. By folding my tops, bottoms and accessories flat, I’ve found I’m able to fit more and utilize other spaces in my suitcase {smaller gaps for workout clothes, hair products and costume jewelry} My luggage has amazing pockets, so my undergarments, shoes and clutches have their own place too!

If I have dresses, blazers and skirts that I’d like to keep from wrinkling at all, I’ll also pack a garment bag. They are great for keeping your clothes “wear ready” and usually have outside pockets you can utilize as well {like for shoes and more shoes}

A good carry-on makes your in-flight experience so much more enjoyable. The Keepall from Louis Vuitton is my favorite and holds all my essentials. I travel with a girly magazine, good book, laptop, pillow {yes, I bring my own everywhere!} and jewelry {never pack your good jewelry in your checked luggage} Finally, since we usually travel with our pooch he also gets his own “suitcase”. Lilly Pulitzer makes an amazing soft-sided insulated cooler that is collapsable. It holds Louis’ food, toys and treats plus it squishes in our luggage and has a strap and handle making it easy to carry. It’s also perfect for when we’re having dinner at friends and want to pitch in!

Enjoy these travel trips and start planning your next getaway!

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The Kelly Pant

Lilly Pulitzer / Bottoms: Lilly Pulitzer / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Handbag: Louis Vuitton / Watch: Michele / Sandals: Tory Burch

New arrivals have arrived at Lilly and if theres one thing you should get, it’s the Kelly Ankle Length Skinny Pant! People have been asking for a luxury printed pant from Lilly for years and it’s finally here. Kelly fits true to size and if you’re petite {like me} it’s a great length for wearing with flats or wedges, but if its the true ankle you want, they can be hemmed super easily. I also love the stretch thats in these. It’s the perfect amount and helps keep its shape throughout the day without bagging out. Kelly comes in three different prints and you really can’t go wrong! {today’s the last day of Lilly’s gift with purchase! Spend $150 and go home with a super cute bangle set!}

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Throwback Thursday

Top: Lilly Pulitzer / Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer / Sandals: Tory Burch / Lips: NARS

It’s throwback thursday and I HAD to bring out these shorts again! I’m pretty much in love with the Tusk In sun print from Lilly and when they relaunched it on the Callahan short I was done. I love print on print looks and repeated the Hollin sweater to pair with my shorts. I linked my favorite print and solid Callahans below along with my sweater {which comes in bay blue & navy}

See more ways I styled my shorts here and my sweater here. There’s only one more day left to enter the Lilly Agenda giveaway with The Sassy Gator! Make sure you check out @michellepanderson on Instagram for info on how to enter!

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{keeping my husband on his toes!}

Baseball Caps and Buttercups

Top: Lilly Pulitzer / Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer / Hat: Vineyard Vines / Sandals: Tory Burch / Necklace: BaubleBar / Watch: Michele

This heat is no joke! I’m cooling off with a chilled glass of wine, a little shade on my face, and seriously cute shorts. These Buttercup shorts from Lilly are my go-to for staying cool and looking cute. They come in so many prints, solids, and even seersucker that theres no way you can pick just one! The scalloped hem adds a feminine touch and my baseball cap from Vineyard Vines keeps my look sporty for whatever the day {or night} might bring! 

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The Marlowe

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer / Pumps: Salvatore Ferragamo / Necklace: J. Crew / Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties

The Marlowe Boatneck Dress from Lilly Pulitzer is amazing! It’s 100% cotton, super soft and also comes in two prints {Red Right Return and Toucan Play} I went with this classic navy and white stripe for the summer months and to transition into fall with cute boots! Since we’re visiting D.C this month, I’m all about the preppy look. Pearls are the perfect accessory {from earrings to bangles} and a feminine nude pump makes this the perfect outfit for my Birthday night out! Make sure you hop over to Instagram to see the amazing Lilly Pulitzer agendas The Sassy Gator and I are giving away this week. Enter to win yours by end of day Friday! 

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The Amelia Island Tunic

Lilly Pulitzer / Pants: Lilly Pulitzer / Sandals: Tory Burch / Earrings: BaubleBar

This week my looks are all about Lilly Pulitzer! The Amelia Island Tunic is super cute and summer chic with its embroidery detailing and it comes in two colors {white and indigo} I paired mine with the Worth Skinny Jean in pink fizz and the Moore Sandal from Tory Burch. I fell in love with these tassel earrings from BaubleBar at the beginning of the summer and they’re now back in stock! Don’t forget to check out Louis & Louis on Instagram and enter to win my giveaway with The Sassy Gator’s Alina Smith, a Lilly Pulitzer agenda could be yours!

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Capitol Hill Casual

{view from Speaker Boehner’s Balcony}

Top: Lilly Pulitzer / Blazer: J. Crew / Denim: J. Crew / Clutch: Louis Vuitton / Pumps: Salvatore Ferragamo / Bangle: Bourbon & Boweties /  Necklace: Blush Brand / Watch: Michele

Thanks to my wonderful brother and sister in-law, we had an amazing behind the scenes tour of the U.S Capitol yesterday. We were able to go down on the House of Representatives Floor, walked out onto Speaker Boehner’s Balcony and ended the day with lunch at the members-only Capitol Club. I was able to keep it business casual {since Congress was in recess} wearing white denim with a classic navy blue blazer and nude pumps. My look helped me blend in with other professionals on Capitol Hill and was perfect for sightseeing around town without looking like a tourist. My blazer is on sale but almost sold out so I’ve linked very similar styles below from J. Crew Factory

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

Accessories

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Shoes

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Clothing

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It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost open to the public so I’m sharing some of my favorites that you’ll be able to find online and in stores July 17th. I picked great items to get you through the rest of the Summer and some perfect finds for Fall. If you have a Nordstrom Card you can shop my picks right now!

Linen Love

Lilly Pulitzer / Pant: J. Crew / Wedges: Lilly Pulitzer / Watch: Michele 

Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties

The Seaside Pant from J. Crew might be the most comfortable thing I’ve worn in a long time. They have an elastic waist and a slight crop leg making it easy to transition from day to night {I’ve styled mine both ways so you can see the difference} and they’re made of a linen blend {my favorite} that is perfect for the summer heat! They come in five colors and two sequins prints, this pair is on sale for less than $40 with an additional 40% off with code GOSHOPPING

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A {mini} Affair to Remember

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Dress: J. McLaughlin / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Watch: Michele Watch / Sandals: Tory Burch / Earrings: Majorica / Sunglasses: Chanel {similar below}

I’ve been on the lookout for a new crossbody for an upcoming trip and couldn’t get Rebecca Minkoff off my mind. If you haven’t taken a look at her things stop what you’re doing and head over to her website now! She has so many great styles of handbags, but I fell in love with her classic Mini Quilted Affair. It’s the perfect size at 8.5W x 6H x 2.5D {also comes in a larger size} and holds all my essentials {sunglass case, iPhone 6+, credit cards, and lip stains} The chain strap allows it to double as an evening bag worn over the shoulder and I especially love the soft leather and snap closure {so easy to get in and out of} The Mini comes in a ton of colors but mine {Aloe} is on sale plus you can get an additional 15% off by signing up for their email list!  Ps. If you love this dress J. McLaughlin has select prints on sale too!

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