22 PIECES TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO EUROPE

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

CHOOSE A NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE

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.

A COMFY, BUT CUTE SNEAKER

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.

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CONSIDER A RULE OF 3

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!

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4 EASY WAYS TO ADD A BANDANA SCARF TO YOUR OUTFIT

Happy Friday friends!  It’s a short work week for me as we are headed to the lake with friends for our annual (no kids) weekend!  Be sure to follow along on IG stories!  Before I go though, I wanted to share my latest must have with you! A bandana scarf!  Chances are you have one of these around the house just waiting to be worked into your wardrobe.  I’m sharing four easy ways to incorporate a bandana scarf into your next outfit!

TIED TO A PURSE

By far the easiest way to “wear” a bandana scarf is to tie one to your purse!  It gives a bag a whole new look and it’s one that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you tied it right.  There really is no way to mess this up, trust me!

how to tie a scarf to a purse

POLKA DOT SCARF // COPPER BIRKENSTOCKS // TAN BAG (similar)

THE BRACELET

Another way to wear your bandana scarf is to tie it like a bracelet around your wrist. You may need someone to help you (or maybe I’m just really uncoordinated) with this option, but here’s a quick tutorial for you to try:

  1. Lay scarf on flat surface
  2. Start rolling from one corner (making the roll widths to your desired liking)
  3. Lightly drape the rolled scarf atop your wrist with equal parts on both sides
  4. Wrap one side under, and then the other
  5. Tie in a loose knot (this is the part you may need assistance with)

madewell scarf

POLKA DOT SCARF // CUTOFFS 

AROUND YOUR NECK

There are many ways to accomplish the scarf around the neck look.  In this case I went for more of the western tie as I would call it.  I folded the scarf from one corner to the other to make a triangle and then loosely tied it in the back.  It’s the perfect accessory for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit.

how to wear a bandana around your neck

BLACK BODYCON DRESS // BOATER HAT

In your hair

I love this one because you can wear it with long or short hair, with your hair down, or with your hair in a pony.  To get my look shown below, follow these steps:

  • Roll your scarf to your desired width
  • Put your hair in a pony
  • Place the scarf underneath with the ends coming to the top of your head
  • Loosely tie the ends on top of your head to your liking
  • Voila!

You kind of have to play with the knot a bit so it’s not sticking straight up.

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BLACK TOP // SUNNIES

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Shop some of these cute bandana scarves below!

Have a great weekend friends!

Be sure to check out my post on 3 ways to wear cropped flares!

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KENDRA SCOTT COLOR BAR PARTY + MY FAVE PIECES

Jewelry + shopping + cocktails = the perfect girls night out!  I was in my local Kendra Scott store a few months ago and I randomly dropped my business card into the fish bowl for a chance to win a Color Bar Party.  Since I don’t normally win anything, I really didn’t think this time would be any different but to my surprise I was wrong! I won a party for a few of my girlfriends and I, complete with champagne, snacks, and all of the pretty baubles surrounding us!

What is the Color Bar?

The Kendra Scott Color Bar is an interactive tool that allows you to customize your own pieces in store AND online!  Choose from 50+ styles and 30+ stones to create pieces that are exactly what YOU want!  Maybe it’s the digital marketer in me, but I totally geek out over fun and interactive things like this.  I could spend hours playing with this tool and creating and recreating ideas.  I am kind of known for being indecisive, so with this many options we were bound to be there all night 😉

Kendra Scott Color Bar Party

DENIM JACKET

Kendra Scott Color Bar Party

What is a Color Bar Party?

A Color Bar Party allows you and your closest gal pals to have a fun night out playing with around with the interactive touchscreen, and putting together your own creations.  You can choose from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings!  The store associates were so helpful in bringing out cases of stones and popping them in and out of various pieces for us.  If you want to host your very own party, call your local store to set up a time.  It’s a great idea for a girls night!

It’s fun to see what everyone creates and how it is unique to each individual.  Scroll on to see what I got, and what some of my gal pals chose!

Kendra Scott Color Bar

TURQUOISE EARRINGS (on sale for $40)…and what I designed at the Color Bar the last time!

color bar at Kendra Scott

 

Kendra Scott Color Bar Parties

 

color bar at Kendra Scott

STILL deciding…

Our Picks

Remember how I said I was super indecisive?  So instead of creating something from the Color Bar, I ended up going with a pre-made necklace!  I didn’t own any KS necklaces until now, and I love that this one will go with literally everything!

Kendra Scott Pendant Necklaces

PENDANT NECKLACE (available in multiple colors)

The last time I visited the Color Bar, I left with two pairs of earrings.  I wear both of these all of the time!  I am actually surprised at how often I come across things in my closet that the green stones go with.

Kendra Scott Stud Earrings

STUDS (with green stone)

Kendra Scott Alex Earrings

EARRINGS

 

One of my friends bought two of the Edie Rose Gold Cuff bracelets and has been layering them.  I wouldn’t have thought of doing this, but it’s such a cute look!

Kendra Scott Drusy stone bracelet

BRACELET

If you’re indecisive like me, the Shelia Earring is a great option because when you design your own you can choose a couple of different colored stones, or you can stick with all one color.  This is such a fun statement earring!  This cat’s eye blue with the gold looks so pretty!

Kendra Scott Shelia Earrings

EARRINGS

Insider tip, sign up for Kendra Scott emails if you haven’t already, and in your birthday month you will receive 50% off!  Now that is something to look forward to!  We had such a fun evening, I highly recommend having your next gals night at KS!

Kendra Scott Sale

 

Kendra Scott store near me

I rounded up my top picks from Kendra’s new Fall Line too!  What’s your go to KS piece?  Tell me below!

Photos by Liz Olson Photography

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WOODEN SHIPS OVERSIZED KNIT SWEATERS

This post is sponsored by Wooden Ships, but the content and opinions are my own.

Another weekend has come and gone, but I’m sharing one of my new fave brands that I have discovered through my content creation journey!  I’m so excited to introduce you to Wooden Ships!  This family owned brand has a love for casual and cool styles, and is passionate about our planet and giving back to the community.

A NEW COLLECTION

Wooden Ships recently released their new collection, “Sporty Chic” and they were kind enough to gift me with the Mini Soccer Ball Crewneck in the pout/black color combo.  Soccer is a big part of our family, my husband is a huge Premier League fan (Tottenham to be exact).  We are traveling to Europe this fall and have plans to attend a game at Tottenham’s new stadium.  I’m excited to already have my outfit planned, haha!  This crewneck is lightweight and super soft which will be perfect for the time of year.  It has the perfect drape, and I love that the shoulder falls slightly off of your shoulder.  It’s not too over-sized and allows you to do the perfect front tuck.

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MINI SOCCER BALL CREWNECK

Use code EMMYLOU15 for 15% off your purchase + FREE SHIPPING!

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BAG (similar)

POLKA DOT SCARF

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MINI SOCCER BALL CREWNECK

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SUNNIES

DENIM CUTOFFS

women's oversized knit sweaters

SANDALS (similar)

WORDS

Besides the new Sporty Chic collection, Wooden Ships offers a ton of variety with something for everyone.  I love their Words Collection because you can say some of your favorite things on a sweater.  These are lightweight and perfect for chilly summer evenings or as a swim cover up on a breezy day!

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LAKE CREWNECK COTTON

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BIG HEART COTTON CREWNECK

cute oversized knit sweaters

BUT FIRST COFFEE

CARDIGANS

Everyone loves a good cardigan that can be thrown on in a pinch and pull your whole look together!  Wooden Ships offers a variety of styles and colors and at various price points too!

 

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BEACH KIMONO CARDIGAN

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BALLET SWEATER

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KATY KIMONO COTTON

Be sure to head over to Wooden Ships and use code EMMYLOU15 for 15% off your entire purchase (+ FREE SHIPPING always)!

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3 WAYS TO WEAR CROPPED FLARE JEANS

If you’re like me and need some additional options for your summer wardrobe, let me introduce you to these cropped flare jeans!  I can’t even tell you the last time I shopped this brand, but a coworker recently had a similar pair on at work and convinced me I needed a pair.  My husband is totally NOT a fan of these, but what does he know?!  A couple of things to keep in mind when choosing a pair of cropped flare jeans:

  • A good length hits just about right above the ankle.
  • A frayed hem provides the perfect amount of distressing.
  • Tuck your shirt in to show off a high waist jean.
  • Mules with a cropped flare provide a chic look.

how to wear cropped flare jeans

A PLAIN WHITE TEE

I’m pretty sure “plain white tee” could be found in multiple places across my site if you were to do a search.  What can I say, you just cannot go wrong!  It’s definitely a summer staple, click here to read my post on this! Since I’m wearing a pair of high waisted cropped flare jeans, I decided to tie this tee in a little knot in back to show off the waist.  A simple block heel is always a great option with this style of jean as well!  This look is perfect for running a few errands.

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Cropped Flare Jeans

White T-Shirt

Simple Block Heel Slide (similar)

Beaded Bag (similar)

A FITTED TUCKED IN SHIRT

This bodysuit (comes in 4 colors, under $10) is a great option for flare jeans.  A fitted tucked in shirt accentuates the high waist. I love pairing these flares with some mules because it pulls the outfit together for a chic look.  This would be a great option for date night!

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Cropped Flare Jeans

Cognac Mules

Leopard Print Clutch

Wrap Bodysuit

A COLLARED SHIRT

I love this option for a day in the office.  You could tuck the collared shirt in, or tie in a front knot like I have here.  It’s casual, but still pulled together for the office and again allows you to show off the high waist.

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how to wear cropped flare jeans

 

high waist cropped flare jeans

Cropped Flare Jeans

Striped Shirt (similar)

Wedge Flatform Sandals

Fringe Backpack (similar)

Shop these other great cropped flare jeans!

What do you think?  Is this a style you would try?  Tell me below!

Check out this post on step-hem jeans!

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