THE ULTIMATE EUROPE PACKING CHECKLIST: 22 PIECES TO PACK FOR A TRIP

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!

Coming up with your own Europe packing checklist can be 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!

The Best Europe Packing Checklist:
Everything you’ll Need for your Trip

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  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

EUROPE PACKING CHECKLIST: 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!

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

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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 making your Europe packing checklist, 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.

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Have you gone on a European vacay recently?  If so, I’d love to hear about your Europe packing checklist! What did you take with you?  Comment below!

Loving this Europe packing checklist and 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 POLKA DOT 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 polka dot 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!

POLKA DOT BANDANA TIED TO A PURSE

By far the easiest way to “wear” a polka dot 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!

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

WEAR YOUR POLKA DOT BANDANA AS A BRACELET

Another way to wear your polka dot 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)

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POLKA DOT SCARF // CUTOFFS 

WEAR YOUR POLKA DOT BANDANA 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 polka dot bandana 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.

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BLACK BODYCON DRESS // BOATER HAT

WEAR YOUR POLKA DOT BANDANA IN YOUR HAIR

I love this one because you can wear your polka dot bandana scarf 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!

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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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SUMMER FRIDAY FAVES UNDER $100

Happy Friday / Fourth of July Weekend!  It’s always the WORST when the 4th falls in the middle of the week am I right?  There are so many summer faves I have right now that are under $100 and I feel compelled to share them with you!  Grab a glass of wine and read on!

summer friday faves under $100

Embroidered Ruffle Hem Top

This embroidered ruffle hem top is a summer fave because you can pair it with white shorts now or with denim and a pair of booties in the fall!  Worth the price!

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Embroidered Ruffle Hem Top

 

Striped Pajama Set

This set comes in two colors and is under$30!  Perfect for summer!

pinstripe pj set forever 21

Striped Cami and Pants Set

 

Nike Vintage Skirt

This is easily a summer fave because I love the vintage look to it.  So easy to throw on and go!

nike vintage athletic skirt

Nike Vintage Skirt

L’oreal Lumi Glotion

Ladies, this stuff is incredible!  I snagged it from Ulta the other day and have been applying it before my foundation or slightly mixing with my foundation.  It gives you the perfect summer dewy look!

summer dewy glotion by loreal

L’oreal Lumi Glotion

LeSpecs Sunnies

I’m loving the color of these frames and the shape!  Hoping they go on sale soon!

lespecs tortoise aviators

Sunnies

Fringe Earrings

I am stalking these to go on sale!  Love the colors.  Such a fun statement piece!

jcrew bead and raffia earrings

Bead & Raffia Earrings

Raffia Clutch

I’m on a raffia kick this week!  This cute little clutch is perfect for summer!  How cute would this be with a little black dress?!

colorful raffia clutch

Clutch

 

Striped One Piece Swimmie

I love that this swimmie covers you in all the places you want to be covered! I love the price too!

striped one shoulder one piece swimsuit

Striped One Piece / One Shoulder Swimmie

 

Chambray Tie Waist Shorts

Chambray heyyyy!  These are darling for summer and look so lightweight!  Perfect with your fave white tee!

chambray tie waist shorts under $30

Chambray Tie Waist Shorts

Striped Tie Front Shirt

This shirt legit looks like some sherbert ice cream and screams summer!  I want to wear this with some light colored denim!

striped madewell shirt

Striped Tie Front Shirt

What are you loving right now?!  Tell me below!

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TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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Christmas in July.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is literally just that.  This sale happens one time a year, and it’s always in July.  I’ve rounded up the top 5 things you need to know about it.  Read on so you’re ready to shop!

The Top 5 Things to Know about
the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Early Access:  7/12/18 – 7/19/18

The Nordstrom Card is KEY for early access!  Only Nordstrom card holders will be able to shop during this early access period.  Apply for a card today so you can get first dibs on all the great deals!  Anyone can view the sale during this time, card or no card, you just wont be able to buy anything at the sale price without a Nordstrom credit card.

Public Event: 7/20/18 – 8/5/18

The sale opens to the public at this time, and everyone can purchase from the sale regardless if you have a Nordstrom card or not!  Be sure to shop right away because popular items will sell out (if they haven’t already during the Early Access period).  Have no fear though, they usually do restock popular items prior to the public event starting.

What are the benefits of being a Nordstrom Cardholder?

  • Early access to the Anniversary Sale
  • $40 bonus Nordstrom Note when you make your first purchase with your card
  • Impeccable 24/7 customer service
  • No annual fees
  • 2 pts per dollar spent with Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Trunk Club or HauteLook
  • Discounts on alterations

What items are included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Mostly fall and winter pieces.  Prior to the anniversary sale, Nordstrom will send out a catalog which will highlight many of the things that will be included so keep an eye on your snail mail!

What pieces should you plan to purchase during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

This is a great time to purchase higher priced items because they will be sold at the lowest prices of the season.  It’s the perfect time to buy things like that killer pair of boots or a great moto jacket.  Last year I grabbed my Sperry Duck Boots (similar) and they were about 25% off.  Bras are also on sale so I usually stock up on some during this time.  If you need a new bag for the fall/winter months this will be another area to scope out.  I remember last year there was a great deal on a classic looking Madewell tote.

How should you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?

The best way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to visit Emmy Lou Styles of course!  I will have an entire tab/section right here with links to all of the key items that are in the sale.  Basically, what I’m telling you is, I will be up at MIDNIGHT on 7/12 browsing the Nordstrom site and linking to items for you so you don’t have to do the digging.  With that being said, it takes a lot of time and effort for me to browse and link everything on my site but it’s something I truly enjoy doing (I’d probably be up shopping then anyways even if I wasn’t a blogger).  If you do plan to purchase something during the Anniversary Sale, I would love it if you shopped from my links.  Even if you don’t purchase the exact items that I post, as long as you click thru my links and purchase from a link that I’ve posted, then I will receive a small commission from your sale.  You can also click thru my links and buy online then pick up in store!

What are you hoping to snag during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?!  Tell me in the comments below.

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