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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how to pack for europe

what to pack for europe

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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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.

wooden ships knits crew neck sweater

MINI SOCCER BALL CREWNECK

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

women's oversized knit sweater

BAG (similar)

POLKA DOT SCARF

oversized knit sweaters

MINI SOCCER BALL CREWNECK

cute oversized knit sweaters

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!

cute oversized knit sweater

LAKE CREWNECK COTTON

knit oversized sweater

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!

 

cute oversized knit sweaters

BEACH KIMONO CARDIGAN

womens oversized cardigans

BALLET SWEATER

cute oversized knit sweaters

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.

how to wear cropped flare jeans

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!

high rise crop flare jeans

 

how to wear cropped flare jeans

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.

womens cropped flare jeans

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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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!

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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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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

2018 nordstrom anniversary sale

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!

When is it?

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 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 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 sale?!  Tell me in the comments below.  Click here to see my most recent Nordstrom try on session!

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