Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway

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As I am just a few hours away from taking off to Puerto Vallarta, still not packed not even a little bit. DON’T PANIC., decided I’d share what I usually pack when I’m headed somewhere warmer.

Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway.

Here are a just a few tips of what I like to pack…

  • I always try on every single piece of item that I plan to bring with me. Trust me, this prevents from over packing. So much easier and less stressful.
  • Pack basics white and black tees and tank tops. These are perfect for day to night outfits, and they make great layering pieces.
  • Pack a few sandals and one pair of sneakers. You really only need 2-3 pairs of shoes plus a pair of flip flops. Honestly, I never pack heels anymore because I noticed every time I do bring heels with me, I never end up wearing them. Lesson learned.
  • Swimsuits, obvi. I always like to bring one for each day. I like to pack one-piece swimsuits as well because you can use them as tops paired with shorts.
  • At last three pairs of shorts and one denim skirt. These double as swimsuit cover ups, too.
  • Pack 1-2 maxi dresses. Dresses are always a must because they’re perfect for either day time or night time.
  • One to two pairs of sunglasses. I always pack cheapy sunnies, just in case they get lost.
  • Bring at least one statement piece of jewelry. For me, I’m really into earrings so I’m definitely packing statement earrings and dainty layered necklaces.
  • If you’re married, I suggest leaving your wedding rings at home. Both George and I never travel anywhere internationally with our rings. You just never know if they get lost or stolen.
  • Pack your beauty products in one bag away from any of your tech accessories, such as chargers, batteries, camera, etc…
  • Don’t forget hair ties and bobby pins, especially if you’re planning to travel somewhere humid.
  • Bring dry shampoo, and anything you need to protect your hair from the heat. HOT MESS HAIR, I DO CARE.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen.
  • Pack little to no makeup. I never pack a lot of makeup because I don’t like to wear makeup while I’m out laying by the pool or the beach. I keep it very minimal. Instead, I pack a tinted moisturizer, anything that already has sunscreen. Pack at least one neutral and one pop of color lipstick, and bring a bronzer.
  • Either carry your hat(s) with you on the plane or pack upside down in your suitcase. Fill it up with either swimsuits, undergarments or socks, and fold/roll your clothes and pack around your hat to secure your hat from moving or bending around. This will help from damaging your hats.
  • Bring a tote bag to serve as a carry-on. It’ll double as a beach bag as well. Also, you really only need one day bag (cross body or backpack) and one clutch for the evening.
  • Pack neutral color clothing. If you want to add a pop of color to your outfits, accessories and shoes are always the way to go. My go-to colors are always neutrals, but I like playing with colors with my shoes and jewelry.

I hope these packing tips are helpful!

Happy traveling, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xo

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Lulus Vacation Dresses in Tulum

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You guys, Lulus has done it again! No one can argue that when it comes to finding the best vacation dresses, Lulus vacation shop has you covered. They nail it every season.

From mini, to maxi and everything in between, their dresses were perfect for my trip to Tulum. Their huge assortment made it so difficult to narrow down my selections because there are so many cute dresses to choose from.

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Look #1: Red Striped Dress, SunglassesFlatform Espadrille Sandals

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I decided to go with an off the shoulder mini dress (I love anything off the shoulder), a strappy maxi dress and flowy button-down midi dress. I love that these dresses were perfect for a day out on the beach as well as for dinner with the girls. They also doubled as bikini cover-ups, which is a win win!

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Look #2: Royal Blue Print Midi Dress, Rhinestone Statement NecklaceFlatform Espadrille Sandals

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Look #3: Coral Pink Print Maxi Dress, Aviator Sunglasses, Crochet Fringe Bag, Slide Sandals

If you’re looking for vacation dresses or the best dresses in general, I highly suggest checking out Lulus vacation dresses.

xo

Labor Day Sale

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Nothing quite like relaxing by the pool with the most delicious cocktail… Long holiday weekends are the best.

So in honor of the Labor Day, I’m sharing a few sales that are going on this weekend, that I know for sure you don’t want to miss.

Happy shopping!

xo

BLACK HALO // 20% off site wide CODE: BLACKH20 | DATES: 8/31 – 9/5

 

ELLA MOSS // 25% off everything (including sale)  CODE: LDW25 | DATES: 8/31 – 9/5

 

KATE SOMERVILLE // Complimentary full size RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream with any $120+ purchase CODE: LABORDAY | DATES: 9/4 – 9/5

 

LULU FROST // 10% off fine jewelry and 20% off everything else CODES: LF10, LF20 | DATES: 8/29 – 9/5

 

SERENA AND LILLY // Free shipping CODE: JUSTFORYOU | DATES: 8/31 – 9/9

 

SPLENDID // 25% off everything (including sale) CODE: WKND25 | DATES: 8/31 – 9/5

 

SHOW ME YOUR MUMU // Up to 40% off plus free shipping | DATES: 8/31 – 9/5

 

 

PLANET BLUE // Up to 75% off | DATES: 8/31 – 9/5

Top Knots and Fringe Things

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Currently swooning over: Top Knots and Fringe Things. If you’re following on the ‘gram or on snapchat, you know my entire life has revolved around top knot hair do’s and this fringe bag. Anyone else currently obsessing a specific item or thing? Let me know.

xo

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Dress | Bag | Heels | Sunglasses

Band of Gypsies

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This two-piece from Band of Gypsies has won my heart. It’s so good.

xo

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Two-Piece Set: Band of Gypsies | Shoes | Hat | Sunglasses | Watch: Kyboe | Necklace: Wren and Glory

Stress-Free Packing Tips for a Weekend Getaway

Who doesn’t love a quick weekend getaway? I know I do! But sometimes when you’re faced with the task of packing for just a few days it can seem a bit like a chore. Lucky for you, this post will explore what I find to be some of the best pieces to bring so that you don’t spend a lot of time packing or unpacking for your trip. In the spirit of summer, we’ll be imaging that this mini vacay will take place somewhere warm and by the sea.

Thanks to bold colors, versatile shoes, and a few basics, you’ll have everything you need to grab your bag and go without having to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

Maxi Dress

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A maxi dress is a great versatile packing piece. With the right shoes and accessories, it will seamlessly take you from day to night. When the sun is up, pair one of these with flat, lace-up sandals and hit the shops, head to lunch, or use it as a swimsuit coverup. And when the sun goes down, throw on a pair of heels and statement earrings, as you head out the door for dinner, drinks, and dancing.

Lightweight Jacket

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Even though it’s summer, early mornings and evenings can still get chilly, so sometimes a lightweight jacket can come in handy. Add a different texture to your getaway wardrobe by choosing a denim piece that you can throw on over all of the tops and dresses you brought along for the trip. You can roll up the sleeves for an even more chill beach vibe.

Swimsuit

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When your beautifully printed one piece can double as a top, it will make packing for your weekend getaway less hectic. Choose something like the gorgeous swimsuit above and pair it with shorts and those neutral lace-up sandals you packed. If you get chilly, utilize the lightweight denim jacket mentioned earlier.

Stylish Shorts

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White, high-waisted denim shorts are a great packing piece for a weekend jaunt. The neutral color works well with the tops you decide to bring along—not too many, though! And like I said previously, these also look just as great over your one-piece swimsuit, creating a stylish look that won’t require packing a lot of unnecessary tanks and tees.

Strappy Sandals

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Let’s face it, more than two pairs of shoes for a weekend getaway seems like a bit much, so let’s exercise some restraint here by choosing the right ones. A pair of trendy, flat, lace-up sandals will work with everything seen on this list—maxi dress, shorts, swimsuit, and more. They’re comfy and perfect for day wear.

Statement Heels

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Short trips mean your evenings out are limited to maybe one or two at the most, so bringing more than one pair of heels would be a bit much. Choose a single pair that will match everything you brought, like your maxi dress, and opt for something comfortable as well as fashionable, like the trendy block heel.

Aside from undergarments and the rogue accessory, following just a few simple suggestions will make a world of difference when preparing for your trip. And now that you’ve gotten a few pointers on packing easily and efficiently for a weekend getaway, you’ll be able to concentrate more on sipping daiquiris by the bay, than wrestling with an overstuffed suitcase.

This is a guest post by Lauren Williams, a fashion writer hailing from Orlando but currently living in Charleston, South Carolina.

Palm Springs

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Sorry I’ve been so MIA here. Just life has gotten in the way. Been so busy but promise I’ll be back to share new #ootds. Until then, here are a few photos from my weekend in Palm Springs.

Catch more on instagram @melrodstyle.

xo

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Bathing Suit c/o Banana Moon | Hat: Nordstroms | Sunglasses c/o Zero UV

DIY Elina Linardaki Inspired Sandals

 

I have been wanting a pair of the Leather Dizzy Parrot sandals by Elina Linardaki for quite some time now, so I decided to make my very own pair.  It has been forever since I’ve last done a ‘Mel Made‘, and with my blog’s 6th anniversary just around the corner, I thought it would be perfect!

Making my very own Elina Linardaki Sandals made me realize how much I love making things. When I first started my blog, it was mainly focused on DIYs, and making these sandals truly reminded me how much I missed it.

I plan to do more fun DIYs, so be sure to follow along to see what I make next.

xo

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Memorial Day Sale

 

Before the long holiday weekend is over, I wanted to share a few styles that caught my eye while I was online perusing on Nordstrom, which all are under $100 BTW. 🙂

  1. Fringe Bag, $21.98
  2. Off The Shoulder Top, $21.60
  3. Off The Shoulder Cover-Up Top, $27
  4. Pointy Toe Flats, $27.99
  5. Floppy Faux Suede Fedora, $13.98
  6. Cover-Up Dress, $52.26
  7. Off The Shoulder Romper, $25.20
  8. Off The Shoulder Crop Top, $46.23
  9. Crochet Bikini Top, $72.36
  10. Wide Brim Boater Hat, $13.98

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

xo

 

 

My Love for Dove

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Today I’ve partnered with Simply Stylist and Dove to talk about Dove Dry Spray, which is an antiperspirant that protects from perspiration and odor for 48 hours. That’s right – 48 hours! I know, I know. You’ll want to keep reading (trust me).

Before Dove Dry Spray came into my life, I was using an ordinary deodorant that I had to reapply throughout the day. In fact, I would carry my deodorant stick with me. It was such an inconvenience, especially for the on-the-go gal that I am. It is definitely a travel necessity as well.

I’ve only been using the Dove Dry Spray for a few days now and it has quickly become my new favorite deodorant. I received two different deodorants to try. I’ve been using the dry spray for sensitive skin. It has a soft and clean scent to it, which I absolutely love. The best part about this Dove Dry Spray is that it doesn’t leave behind any residue, and it goes on instantly dry, while keeping my skin moisturized. The clear tone variant has the exact same benefits, and also helps restore skin to its natural tone.

With my busy schedule, this Dove Dry Spray has worked wonders for me. Dove Dry Spray sure is giving my old deodorant stick a run for its money. Out with the old, in with the new.

For more information, please visit www.dove.us

xo