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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POSTCARDS FROM KENTUCKY

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A trip to Kentucky over Memorial Day was just what we needed to curb our wanderlust until we head to Belgium next month. We had been itching to get something on the calendar earlier, but each time we talked about a destination (Puerto Rico! Miami! San Francisco!), our upcoming Euro trip reminded us that we really didn’t have the money to spend on a second significant vacation in 2014. Enter Louisville. We’ve already been to the city, but it was just a seven-hour road trip away—far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to avoid the expense of airline travel.

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Outfit 1: LOFT dress | Rivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Hermes bracelet | Jennifer Meyer x J.Crew bracelet | Cynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals | Coach bag | YSL nail polish

Outfit 2: Rachel Zoe romper | Tory Burch wristlet (also love this one) | Hermes bracelet | Rivet & Sway sunglasses c/oCynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals 

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BON VOYAGE

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…and we’re off!

I won’t be updating the blog while we’re away (aside from Sunday’s scheduled “Bauble of the Week”), but there will be plenty of bourbon-laden Instagrams to document our trip to Kentucky. I hope you have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

The above photo is from our 2012 trip to Louisville. Yes, those are penguins on the roof of 21c. The staff moves them to new locations in the hotel-restaurant-gallery hybrid each day. I’d love to spend the night here, but a more budget-friendly hotel is just fine with me.

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CALLING ALL GUEST POSTS

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As you know, we’re jet-setting to Belgium at the end of July and I’m hoping you’ll help me out while I’m gone. I’m looking for eight guest posts featuring an inspiration travel city and five items you’d pack in your suitcase. This could be for a vacation you’ve already taken, one you’re planning or just a fantasy escape. 

Example:

What’s not to love about Nantucket? There are cobblestone streets, fresh seafood, and a reason to squeeze every last striped item in my suitcase. The New York Times has already taken care of the heavy lifting for a long weekend getaway, leaving me with just two tasks: purchasing plane tickets and packing plenty of maritime must-haves, including:

  1. A pair of double pearl earrings. They’re an ideal mix between trendy and preppy, and they’ll look fantastic with a suitcase chock-full of stripes. (Snag a pair on eBay for a song.) 

  2. At least one striped dress to toss over a bathing suit or for a leisurely afternoon of shopping downtown.

  3. A canvas pouch to tuck away your daytime essentials and your new collection of seashells.

  4. A striped swimsuit in a patriotic color scheme. If a bikini isn’t your thing, try a navy or red striped one-piece. 

  5. Comfortable sandals in an understated color.

Interested in guest posting? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Email me at jessica@bedknobsandbaubles.com (or leave a comment here with your email address) and let me know which city you’d like to create a five-piece essential packing list for.

  2. Pick an inspiration photo and your five items before June 15.

  3. Send your links to me via email with a paragraph that includes the city you picked, why you selected it, and a bit about the items you’d pack. Please send a copy of your blog logo as well. 

  4. I’ll put everything together in a collage for consistency and will let you know when it’s scheduled to go live. 

Cities already chosen:

  • Miami, Florida
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Santorini, Greece
  • London, England
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Versailles, France or Stockholm, Sweden
  • St. Martin, Caribbean
  • Boston, Massachusetts 
  • Tallin, Estonia
  • San Jose/San Fransicso, California 

All of the spots are now full. Thank you to everyone for participating! (If you’re bummed that you missed out and would still like to contribute, let me know. I’m sure I’ll appreciate a couple more when I’m battling jet lag!)

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TRIP PLANNING: LOUISVILLE

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Even though our trip to Belgium is on the horizon, we’ve been itching to take a long weekend somewhere stateside and settled on a return trip to the Bluegrass State. We visited Louisville a couple of years ago and checked off the major tourist attractions, freeing up this trip to meander through neighborhoods, discovering shops and bars along the way. There are a few must-dos on our list already: coffee at Please and Thank You (I’m definitely buying one of their adorable branded mugs), the races at Churchill Downs (we’ve done this already, but it’s too much fun to pass up), craft beer at Holy Grale (an old church renovated into a bar), a distillery tour at Woodford Reserve, and a stop at the Zappos/6pm outlet.

We leave next Friday in Dave’s convertible (oh la la). Let me know if there are any hidden gems I need to add to our itinerary!

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Packing List | Venice

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Things have certainly changed over at Yoox! I hadn’t visited their site in years (I found the product selection overwhelming and navigation underwhelming), but they’ve really stepped up their game. The site looks more modern, the homepage is a bit blog-meets-retailer with some editorial pieces and it’s now so much easier to find what you’re looking for. (If you spot something you love, use discount code SHOPSENSE15 for 15% off your full price purchase and free shipping through April 7.)

After browsing the site for well over an hour, I thought I’d put together a little fantasy packing list for a weekend in Venice. You wouldn’t need much for a long weekend. Two dresses, two pairs of shoes and a handful of thoughtful accessories can be mixed for fresh new outfits each day—and it’s a heck of a lot more fun than packing an all-black wardrobe. Here are a few ways I’d wear the pieces above:

  • Striped Dress + Flats + Tote + Scarf (to tie hair into a ponytail) + Cuff 
  • White Dress + Sandals + Clutch + Ring
  • Striped Dress + Sandals + Clutch + Cuff
  • White Dress + Flats + Scarf (tied around your neck) + Tote + Ring

Shop It: Dolce & Gabbana dress, $755 // Case Scenario iPhone case, $30 // Halston Heritage dress, $370 // Dolce & Gabbana flats, $295 // 8 cuff, $45 // Taolei ring, $30 // Anya Hindmarch clutch, $465 // Missoni sandals, $309 // 8 tote, $306 // Valentino scarf, $206

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Packing List | Las Vegas

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I’ve been to a casino twice. The first time was on my birthday to collect my free $10 in birthday cash (with no obligation to gamble) and the other was on an impromptu day trip with Dave. I played the penny slots, lost money and that was that. The romanticism of the day was pretty much shot after seeing elderly people feebly toting their oxygen tanks to each slot machine. (Thank goodness smoking wasn’t allowed.)

Honestly, I feel like you’d get a better experience gambling at home with sites like http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au. Add a stiff drink and a strobe light for ambiance and it sounds like Sin City to me. And it’s a heck of a lot cheaper.

But I get the allure of the Vegas Strip. Flashing lights, beautiful people, a peacock-display of wealth, and warm weather. That last bit might actually be enough to convince me to jet set to Vegas. I’m yearning for 80-degree weather and the ability to lay poolside all day, which is exactly what I’d do. My travel bag would be stuffed to the brim with the brightest pool items I could find: a hot pink swimsuit, big sunglasses (for anonymity, naturally), gold sandals, and show-stopping jewelry.

And, since it is Vegas, a sequin cocktail dress, feather faux lashes and the highest stilettos I can manage are a must. After all, do you really think I could resist flirting with Lady Luck at least one night in the casino? 

Have you been to Vegas? What’s in your bag? 

Shop It: Maslin beach towel, $225 //  Alex Woo pendant, $168 //  Napolean Perdis false eyelashes, $25 // DKNY dress, $395 // J.Crew sandals, $198 // Fantas Eyes, $22 // Ca & Lou earrings, $355 // Marysia swimsuit, $315 // Neutrogena sunscreen, $10

This is a collaborative piece with Sean Doherty, but all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Bedknobs & Baubles! Images via here and here.

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Postcards from D.C.

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It dawned on me that I never did share photos from our most recent excursion to D.C. (aside from a few Instagrams here). We went over Labor Day and, in truth, we didn’t do too much. It was our third trip to the capital in as many years, so we took the opportunity to aimlessly wander the neighborhoods, enjoy daytime cocktails and pop into the zoo. But the most memorable part of the trip was convincing Dave to paddle boat with me in Tidal Basin. It was terribly humid that day, my life preserver was damp with the previous boaters sweat and I didn’t anticipate how difficult paddle boating really is! (Dave kept kneeing himself in the chest because the boats aren’t exactly ideal for anyone over my height at 5’ 7”.) We made it close enough to snap the photo above before giving up and calling an Uber to take us to Churchkey, my favorite beer bar in the city. 

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Inspire It | Wear It

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We’ve been toying with the idea of going to Europe next fall, which has me searching for and pinning all sorts of travel-related images. Our short list of possible destinations includes Belgium, Istanbul and Prague, but this image of snowy Paris has me yearning to go to France. 

1. ASOS earrings, $44.50 // 2. J.Crew sweater, $98 // 3. Essie nail polish in Parka Perfect, $8.50 // 4. Repetto flats, $285 // 5. ASOS ring, $14 // 6. Bauble Bar ring, $32 // 7. Tibi pants, $214

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Review: In a Clutch with 3FLOZ

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Standing over the sink and squeezing the last bit of my preferred shampoo into a flight-approved bottle is my least favorite part of packing. However, I don’t check a bag, so it’s the only way to avoid hotel soaps and lotions that irritate my skin. Enter 3FLOZ. The site features a selection of luxury beauty items in sizes the TSA won’t confiscate with resources to make your travels so much easier:

  • Frequent flyer? There’s a replenishment program.
  • Heading to a new destination? Shop by activity
  • Forgot something? They’re now putting beauty vending machines in major airports. 
  • Not sure what you need (or are just too darn stressed to make a decision)? There are six curated kits with all of the essentials.

The 3FLOZ team sent over a "In a Clutch" kit for my trip to D.C. It’s full of must-haves for a night out, but the Air Repair rescue balm has already become my favorite everyday product. It’s an all-purpose moisturizer for lips and skin. (I had a dry patch on my lip that wasn’t healing even after applying Vaseline and ChapStick for two weeks; this Air Repair product did the trick in two days.)

What’s inside?

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A huge thanks to 3FLOZ! That rescue balm was a lifesaver! 

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