PACKING LIST | THE BAY AREA

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Today’s packing list for The Bay Area comes from Lindsay of Middle of Somewhere

I was lucky enough to live in The Bay Area for about three years while attending graduate school and I look forward to each and every time I am able to go back to visit. San Jose has a special place in my heart because that is where I lived and was able to make so many new friends who I still keep in touch with to this day. That’s why visiting this area is so special to me. San Francisco stole my heart from my first visit there. It is such an amazing city because every time you visit, you can find a new neighborhood to explore that is completely different from the next. I always try to pack clothes that can transition from one activity to the next and are comfortable enough to walk around and explore in all day.
  1. SF Giants hat: Because you can’t make a trip to San Francisco  without making sure to catch a Giants game.

  2. Old Navy Cardigan: The weather can often be random and unpredictable in the Bay Area, so I always make sure to have a cardigan or light jacket on stand by, especially in the summer time.

  3. Gap Boyfriend Jeans: Boyfriend jeans are the perfect transition piece to wear during the day or to dress up at night with a blazer and heels for a nice dinner—preferably a nice Italian meal in North Beach! 

  4. Rebecca Minkoff Purse: You can’t go wrong with a lightweight crossbody bag while sightseeing around the city all day.

  5. Steve Madden Sneakers: Comfortable walking shoes are a must, especially when braving the hills of San Francisco.

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PACKING LIST | SANTORINI

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Hi there, it’s Jillian from Cornflake Dreams. I am so excited to guest post today about one of the prettiest place I have ever visited: Santorini. The small island off of Greece’s mainland is home to a beautiful caldera full of bright white and blue buildings, with the Aegean sea below. The island is relaxed and you can spend all day exploring cliff-side restaurants and small churches. Keep your clothes casual and don’t forget to pack a swimsuit (and sunscreen)!
 
For the beachBlue Colorblock tunic with a pretty patterned swimsuit (I like this hibiscus floral print) + retro sunnies.
 

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PACKING LIST | KENNEBUNKPORT

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Today’s packing list for Kennebunkport comes from Jaime of La vie Jaime

Kennebunkport, Maine is one of my favorite destinations all year round, but especially in the summer! My family and I have spent a week there every July or August since I was a little girl. Between the sand dollar-lined beaches, cute downtown with shops & restaurants, and a laid-back vibe, KPT (its bumper sticker nickname), is a perfect summer getaway town. It certainly lives up to the Maine state mantra “the way life should be.” I will be heading there at the end of August once again and here’s what I am packing:

  1. Ray Ban aviators that go from beach to patio bar
  2. An easy, breezy white maxi dress for walking and shopping around town
  3. A cute lobster coverup for the beach
  4. Supergood acai fusion lip balm: SPF and tinted with glossy finish
  5. Classic, striped TOMS that have a nautical feel

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PACKING LIST | MIAMI

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Hi guys! I’m Rachelle from pinksole.com, I live in South Florida and it is a MAJOR vacation hot spot. If you are heading to Miami, you can expect tons of sunshine, clear blue skies and pretty beaches that are perfect for a dip or just to work on your tan. It is extremely hot here, so pack accordingly.

  1. A light dress that can easily be dressed up or down, always bring a cardigan as most establishments will have the AC low because of the warm temperatures outside. Trust me do not wear anything with a high neck or long sleeves. 

  2. I’m pretty sure they will be a lot of walking involved, so bring comfy sandals to do so in style.

  3. Short shorts are a staple in Miami, so pack your cutest tanks and tees to mix and match.

  4. That’s really a no brainer; the beach will be packed so with an awesome bathing suit like this one, you will be a show stopper.

  5. Last but not least bring a beach bag to hold your water (always have a bottle with you to stay hydrated), snacks, and more.

Thank you so much Jessica for having me and thank you guys for reading.

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PACKING LIST | BOSTON

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Today’s packing list for Boston comes from Tia of Big City Tyro:

A Floridian for most of my life, I was excited to experience a real “up north” spring during my first year of college. Unfortunately, Boston ended up having an abnormally long winter this year and we still had some snow in late April. But, just when I thought spring was a myth, the city started to bloom. The grass was green again, the flowers were opening, and I even spotted some baby rabbits in the park. While I missed out on enjoying most of spring this year, I took every opportunity to get outside and explore the city before I left. 

Whether admiring the foliage at the Boston Public Garden, eating a lobstah roll al fresco in the North End, or riding the Greenway Carousel by the Boston Harbor, this outfit is perfect for exploring the best seasonal sights that Boston has to offer. 

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE

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PACKING LIST | TALLINN

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Today’s packing list for Tallinn comes from Laura of Laura etc:

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia is small but beautiful city with a intact medieval Old Town and rich history. 

Tallinn has everything you can want in a city break. Spend a weekend getting lost in the winding cobblestone streets built in the 14th century. Have lunch in one of the cozy courtyard cafes you will definitely stumble upon. Go for a drink at one of the funky hipster spots in reworked industrial areas or choose a delicious fine dining restaurant. 

  1. Jacket: Evenings will get chilly in Tallinn and after spending a day flowing around in pastels adding a bit of edge to your outfit will immediately make the outfit different.

  2. Bag: The less stuff you have the better. This pretty cross body bag will leave your hands free but fit all the daily necessities. 

  3. Dress: Walking in the Old Town sometimes feels like a fairytale or a  movie set so wearing a sweeping maxi is both suitable and comfortable. 

  4. Jewelry: This “Fangs” necklace is delicate but with an attitude. The rock crystal necklace would look perfect paired with the maxi dress. 

  5. Shoes: Cobblestones and heels don’t make a good match, so pack your flats.  

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AWAY WE GO

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We leave for Brussels this afternoon! Now that the pre-vacation stress of getting caught up on everything at home and work has subsided, I can finally revel in ten days of European bliss. I’m keeping my personal item on the plane light with just the essentials (scarf, passport, ear plugs and melatonin), but you can peek into the rest of my must-haves—jewelry included—over at Julie Leah’s blog

We’re purchasing a SIM card when we land, so I won’t be without Internet (ahem, Instagram) access for long. Just don’t be too harsh if there are one too many snapshots of beer and mussels. When in Brussels…

Things won’t be dull here, though. Nine incredible ladies put together a list of their packing essentials for vacations abroad and in the U.S. I hope it inspires you to starting planning your next getaway!

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GIVEAWAY | $150 TO FLAT 128

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Isn’t Flat 128 just the coziest little store imaginable? Located in New York City’s West Village, the British lifestyle boutique offers an array of jewelry and accessories from designers that are difficult to find this side of the pond. I was absolutely delighted to find gems from Clarice Price Thomas and equally giddy to discover new-to-me artisans like SMITH/GREY (these earrings are so good). Take a few minutes to learn more about Founder Elizabeth DuBois in yesterday’s “Behind the Baubles” post, then come back and scroll down for your opportunity to win a $150 gift card to spend on your own little piece of Great Britain. 

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: FLAT 128

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If you’re searching for a unique piece of British jewelry, look no further than Flat 128. Founder Elizabeth DuBois lived in London throughout her 20s. During trips back and forth across the pond, the New York native found that people were constantly inquiring about her jewelry—British pieces that weren’t available stateside. It wasn’t long after that her dream of curating a UK lifestyle store in a beloved New York City neighborhood was realized. And, as you’ll see in tomorrow’s post (with a giveaway!), the West Village store is as charming as the founder herself.

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Shop It: Comfort Station, $265 |  SMITH/GREY, $140 | Yunus & Eliza, $325 | Clarice Price Thomas, $205 | Rachel Boston, $250 | Eleanor Bolton, $375 | Julia Burness, $330

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IN THE DETAILS

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Collecting souvenirs is one of my guiltiest pleasures. I just can’t resist a little tchotchke (or three) to commemorate a special getaway, but my favorite way to relive vacation memories is actually through scent. Sometimes the aroma presents itself through a briny ocean or a crackling fire. Other times, I’m more intentional about my approach with a new fragrance to use on the trip. One of my favorites is a sea salt-infused crisp scent by Pucci I wore to Fort Lauderdale on my first vacation with Dave. It has since  been discontinued and I can’t bear to use the last few spritzes.

We leave for Belgium this Thursday and I’m hopeful that Tory Burch’s signature fragrance brings back fond memories long after we plant our feet back on American soil.

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