We leave for a trip of a lifetime in exactly 2 weeks, but I started outfit planning like a year ago haha, kinda kidding, kinda not!  Knowing what to pack for Europe is a bit overwhelming, especially because I am notorious for being an over-packer.  In an attempt to have room in my suitcase for fun souvenirs, I am vowing to stick to somewhat of a capsule wardrobe.  This actually might be the most prepared I have ever been when packing for a vacation.  By writing this blog post it has really allowed me to dig in on how I can mix and match pieces from my closet!

packing tips for europe

  1. Comfy, but cute sneakers
  2. Sandals
  3. Mules
  4. Block Heel
  5. Crossbody Purse
  6. Sunnies
  7. Hat
  8. Bandana
  9. Swimsuit (depending on temps)
  10. Blue Jeans
  11. Black Denim
  12. Cutoffs (depending on temps)
  13. Denim Skirt
  14. Black Dress
  15. Another Solid Colored Dress
  16. Leather Jacket
  17. Windbreaker
  18. Chambray Shirt
  19. White Tee
  20. Black Tee
  21. Striped Shirt
  22. Lace Cami


By sticking to a neutral color palette, you will be able to better mix and match pieces to make different outfits from your wardrobe.  Pieces that are white, chambray, olive green or black will allow you to easily mix and match!

how to pack a capsule wardrobe for a european vacationACCESSORIZE

Pack accessories such as a bandana, sunnies, and a cute hat to help bring some fun to the simple pieces you packed.


When traveling to Europe, it’s inevitable that you will be walking A LOT.  You want to choose one that will look great with jeans, but can also be worn with dresses and skirts.

how to pack for a trip to europe

how to pack for europe

what to pack for europe


When choosing what to pack for Europe, think of a rule of 3.  What are three different ways you could wear the item while on your trip.  You may want to be casual during the day when walking around doing touristy things, but then at night you may want to be dressier for a nice dinner.

packing for europe

Have you gone on a vacay to Europe?  If so, I’d love to hear from you plus your number 1 item to pack!  Comment below!

Traveling to Disneyworld soon?  Be sure to read my post on how to dress cute while visiting Disney!


Fall is in the air, and that means it’s time to break out the layers!  Lace camisoles are the perfect piece for transitioning to fall because you can wear them alone or throw a jacket on.

satin camisole with lace trim


EARRINGS (similar)

I recently purchased this polka dot lace camisole from Abercrombie!  Yes, you read that right, Abercrombie.  I’m pretty sure it has been at least 18 years since I’ve purchased anything from there, but I stumbled upon it during Labor Day Weekend sales.  I wore it out for date night, and it’s perfect alone or with a leather jacket thrown on top.

satin lace camisole


CLOGS (similar)

It will be great for the office too!  It’s not too low cut, and will be perfect with a long cardigan thrown over it.  This one comes in several different colors and prints AND it’s under $30!

lace camisole top


camisole with lace trim


lace trim camisole tops


white lace camisole top

I rounded up 10 of my favorite lace camisoles below!  Which one would you choose?


This post is sponsored by Wayfair, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

wayfair kitchen accessories

wayfair baking accessories

ceramic measuring cups

Ceramic Measuring Cups

Baking has quickly become one of my favorite things to do on the weekends now that I have kids.  I love that it’s a way for us to spend quality time together, and it teaches them things too.  I especially love baking during the fall and winter months!  I also find baking more fun when there are cute kitchen accessories involved too!

fun things to bake with kids

chocolate chip muffin recipe

chocolate chip muffin recipe

baking with kids

ceramic spoons and cups

An easy go to recipe for us are chocolate chip muffins.  These are great for a snack or for breakfast, and this recipe freezes well too.  The ingredients are simple (most likely items you already have in your kitchen)!


2 C Flour

1/3 C Brown Sugar (packed)

1/3 C Sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 C milk

1/2 C Butter (melted + cooled)

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pkg chocolate chips

1/2 C walnuts

ceramic spoons and cups

baking with kids


Preheat oven to 400

Line cupcake tin with muffin cups

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugars, baking powder + salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended.

Create a well in the center of dry ingredients.

Add the milk mixture + stir to combine

Stir in chocolate chips + walnuts

Spoon batter into the muffin cups (HINT:  these OXO cookie scoops are ah-mazing)

Bake for 15-20 min

Cool for 5 min

Serve warm or freeze for later!

Photos by Liz Olson Photography

Recipe c/o Genius Kitchen

What’s your go to baking with kids recipe?  Be sure to check out my last post on all of my must have kitchen essentials!


The end of summer is here, and the sales have started! This is one of the biggest sale weekends of the year and there are tons of really great deals!  I am rounding up a list of my favorite retailers, their current sales and my top picks for you in my Labor day sale guide!  Happy shopping friends!

labor day sales

Abercrombie:  40% off Sitewide

H&M:  Up to 60% off + Free Shipping

Levi’s:  30% off sitewide with code SALE30

JCrew:  40% off your entire purchase including new arrivals with code BIGSALE

Madewell:  Select styles marked down

Nordstrom:  Up to 40% off

Old Navy:  Jeans, tees, sweatshirts & dresses are 50% off + 20% off your purchase


Disclosure: This is an unsponsored post, but was done in collaboration with Wayfair.

Next month my husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage!  Say what?!  It dawned on me that this is a LONG time, and many of our kitchen essentials haven’t been replaced or updated since September of 2008!  I love Wayfair (they always have just what I need) 🙂 and decided to round up some of my favorite kitchen essentials that they offer below.  It is time for us to update some of our key items we use in the kitchen (+ who doesn’t love cute and fun kitchen accessories when baking)?  Also, with Labor Day weekend upon us they are running a summer clearance (up to 75% off select items)!  Time to stock up!

wayfair kitchen accessories

Photo from Wayfair.com

My Wayfair Wishlist

KitchenAid Stand MixerKitchenAid Stand Mixer // More KitchenAid Mixers Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware SetStainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set // More Cookware Sets Le Creuset Signature Dutch OvenLe Creuset Signature Dutch Oven // More Cast-Iron Cookware Vitamix Ascent 2500 Series BlenderVitamix Ascent 2500 Series Blender // More Blenders
Sophie Conran White Measuring CupsSophie Conran White Measuring Cups // More Measuring Cups & Spoons 4-Piece Porcelain Measuring Spoon Set4-Piece Porcelain Measuring Spoon Set // More Measuring Spoons Non-Stick Perfect Oblong Cake Pan with CoverNon-Stick Perfect Oblong Cake Pan with Cover // More Nonstick Cake Pans Pyrex Rectangular Baking DishPyrex Rectangular Baking Dish // More Baking Dishes
Round Pan SetRound Pan Set // More Round Cake Pans 3-Piece Non-Stick Cooling Rack Set3-Piece Non-Stick Cooling Rack Set // More Cooling Racks 3 Copper-Core Non-Stick Frying Pan Set3 Copper-Core Non-Stick Frying Pan Set // More Copper Cookware 12 in. Cast Iron Skillet12 in. Cast Iron Skillet // More Induction Cookware
5-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set5-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set // More Cooking Utensils Le Creuset Stoneware Utensil CrockLe Creuset Stoneware Utensil Crock // More Utensil Crocks Parawood Utensil SetParawood Utensil Set // More Cooking Utensils Flat Woven DishclothFlat Woven Dishcloth // More Kitchen Towels
Combination Coffee & Espresso MakerCombination Coffee & Espresso Maker // More Espresso Machines Dijon MugDijon Mug // More Mugs & Teacups Wayfair Basics Glass Salad/Dessert PlatesWayfair Basics Glass Salad/Dessert Plates // More Plates & Saucers 2-in-1 Oven and Toaster2-in-1 Oven and Toaster // More Toaster Ovens
2-Piece Stainless Steel Colander Set2-Piece Stainless Steel Colander Set // More Colanders & Strainers Lemon SqueezerLemon Squeezer // More Fruit & Vegetable Tools Peony 2-Piece Beverage Dispenser SetPeony 2-Piece Beverage Dispenser Set // More Beverage Dispensers Michelangelo 84 oz. PitcherMichelangelo 84 oz. Pitcher // More Pitchers
Deluxe 2-Person Folding Handle Picnic BasketDeluxe 2-Person Folding Handle Picnic Basket // More Picnic Baskets 1.5 Qt. Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker1.5 Qt. Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker // More Ice Cream & Yogurt Makers 29.5 in. Travel Q Portable Grill29.5 in. Travel Q Portable Grill // More Portable Grills 12-Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler12-Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler // More Wine Coolers & Refrigerators
Wayfair Basics 36-Piece Wine & Champagne Glass SetWayfair Basics 36-Piece Wine & Champagne Glass Set // More Wine & Champagne Glasses Selene 2-Piece Cake StandSelene 2-Piece Cake Stand // More Cake Stands Take the Cake 2-Piece Cake Knife SetTake the Cake 2-Piece Cake Knife Set // More Flatware Serving Pieces Dean Marble Serving BoardDean Marble Serving Board // More Cheese Boards
Bourget Window ValenceBourget Kitchen Window Valence // More Curtains & Drapes Lily Arrangement in Glass VaseLily Arrangement in Glass Vase // More Artificial Flowers Sybil 3-Piece Kitchen Canister SetSybil 3-Piece Kitchen Canister Set // More Glass Kitchen Canisters Pirouette 4-Piece Kitchen Canister SetPirouette 4-Piece Kitchen Canister Set // More Ceramic Kitchen Canisters