One Pair of Pants – Two Fab Styling Options

With me, there’s always color or more color (when I’m not on a total neutral bender which often happen on the weekends).  After seeing the J.Crew Minnie Pants in Medallion print on other ladies on Instagram, I decided I had to try them out. I am admittedly not a huge fan of orange but seeing them styled a few different ways and realizing they were really more on the coral side of things, I decided to try them out. Well…suffice it to say I have another fun pair of printed pants in my collection! Now, how to style them! One would probably suggest that they need to be toned down…which I would agree with but, come on, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t pair them at least once with a bright color.

Cue my Valentine’s Day outfit (ok, so I’m a month late posting…) I’ll be honest, if it hadn’t been Valentine’s day, I’m not sure I would have rocked this outfit. Maybe…but I can’t say for sure. Let’s just say nobody missed me that day! If I had wanted to tone this outfit down, I would have swapped the pink vest for a black blazer (that’s how I started out).

PhotoGrid_1392387387404Turtleneck and Vest: J.Crew (in neon azalea) / Shoes: J.Crew Factory Emery Flats / Necklace: Groopdealz (J.Crew Crystal Rosette necklace  inspired)

20140214_081955Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Groopdealz (bow), J.Crew Factory, Style Love Living

And now for a little more toned down…It was Friday and I had a happy hour after work so I wanted to be able to go right from work to happy hour.  Even with the statement necklace which I wore over my sweater, my neck was lonely so I added in the J.Crew Factory version of the Crystal Venus flytrap necklace

PhotoGrid_1394206860218Sweater: J.Crew V-Neck Boyfriend Sweater / Chambray: J.Crew Keeper Chambray / Flats: Tory Burch Reva Flat

The top down shot can be a little deceiving so here’s the front on shot.  I have to say, this is probably one of my new favorite outfits! I look forward to wearing it again!

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So, which of these is your favorite? Do you like these pants paired with another bright color or toned down with black and chambray? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!!

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What’s in my Carry-on for Italy

What's Coming to Italy

 

I have been meaning to write this post for weeks and now that we are in the final countdown for our Italy trip…I’m running out of time!!  Believe it or not, I have not done a ton of extra shopping for this trip. Yes, I bought new shoes and a few new dresses but that was about it. I have a pile of summer dresses in my closet that only get worn a few times a season so when I went through them all to see what  I ‘needed,’ it surprisingly wasn’t much. You may recall that my plan is to do this entire trip in a carryon, so here’s a peek at what’s going with me on vacation! We’re going to be gone for 10 days and have access to laundry.

I’ll admit there’s one more black/blue striped dress from Target coming and perhaps another pair of shoes if I can squeeze them in my bag. And I might swap the maxi dress for black pants for the plane. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!! My goal was to stay simple with dresses – add some jewelry for pop for evening, and have a basic cardigan if need be to dress things up. I’m not a huge scarf person so cardigans and necklaces will be my color pop.

But yes – all of this fit in a carry-on. My secret? Packing Cubes from Ebags. These mesh zip bags come in many shapes and sizes and fit perfectly in a carry-on. I can fit three of the square size and a few narrow ones work well for underwear, socks and belts. They’re also great to move dirty clothes in to them and help you repack quickly if you’re moving from place to place.

I’ve been a bit crazy getting ready these past few weeks – hoping everyone out there in blogland is fabulous and can’t wait to catch up on everything when I get back.  I’ll be sure to follow up with how my packing plan worked and what I had to much of/not enough of. So how about you – do you have a packing plan when you travel? Or do you just wing it? Would love to hear what you think and thanks for visiting!

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