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Ten Days in a Carry On

When I started packing for California I knew I didn't want to have to check a bag. Not just for the added cost, but also for the inconvenience of hauling around multiple bags, and my propensity for over packing. I wish I had ten outfits to post, but of course life always gets in the way and I only ended up getting five of them photographed. However, I did manage to cram far more than ten outfits into my single carry on, with my laptop, camera, two purses, snacks, and a novel tetrised into a beach bag serving as my personal item. Oh and a giant straw hat, just to prove how nuts I am. 

Considering that shoes take up the most room, I packed a lot of flat sandals, one pair of heels, and my converse sneakers, which I never wore. In my mind, sneakers felt like a logical choice, but I hardly ever wear them at home, so what made me think they'd suddenly become my go-to while I was away?

Other things I packed and didn't need included two pairs of jeans (though if I'm being honest I did need them, just only when I got back to the east coast, but more on that another day), more than one pair of statement earrings, more than one pair of sunglasses, more than one swimsuit (I packed three), and if I'm being honest, more than one purse. I was convinced I'd be wanting with only one, but I ended up carrying this straw bag most of the trip, and there was one day I borrowed a bag from my sister, but more for the sake of mixing things up for outfit posts than actual necessity.

I'm quite pleased that I was able to prove to myself, my sister, and the world that I could pack for ten days in just a carry on, but I'll admit it was only made possible because my sister has a steamer. (Anyone who tells you rolling clothes leaves them less wrinkled clearly isn't then jamming them into my carry on.)

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Black off the Shoulder Tee Express similar
Button Fly Denim Shorts Gap
Black Slides c/o Soak
Round Rattan Bag Etsy
Earrings Ann Taylor similar
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
 Sunglasses "Caravan" Ray-Ban
 Nail Color "Sunday Funday" Essie
 
 
 

New In

At the beginning of each month I think I'm going to be so good and watch my budget very carefully. Then three weeks in as I start putting together my budget post for next week, I realize how much blatant disregard I've had for 'the budget'. I think it's about time I got serious about creating and following an actual budget, as opposed to my present budget deemed worthy of air quotes. Especially after my trip to California (photos will finally be coming next week), my bank account is not very happy right now. 

However for the moment, I have two new purchases to share - my nominal $15 top from Target (size down for this one) and the Danse Lente bucket bag. I'll admit I've been coveting this bag for months since I saw E carrying it, and used a combination of Paypal money from everything I've sold on eBay and a RewardStyle payout, plus I got it on eBay myself, so I saved $80 off the list price. And it's gorgeous, and I love carrying it, but now I really need to stop treating myself.

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Black Wrap Top Target
White Wide Leg Jeans Gap similar
Woven Mule Sandals Ann Taylor similar
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx

 


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Checking Out, Not In

I'm sure you've seen this greenery covered, twinkle light lit arch before. Even if you have no idea where it is, what building it serves as the entryway to, or that those vines are indeed plastic, you've probably seen this place before.

These are the times we live in, the world made to be instagrammable. A few weeks ago I headed to the city with Alexandra on a mission to visit some of the most trendy photographed locations. Trying to find a moment to snap a photo under this arch without another group, or two, or three, doing the same was a struggle. I'm sure none of them were staying at NOMO SoHo, the hotel this serves as an entryway too. But it's just one of those spots, geotagged so that everyone can find it and take their very own identical photos.

As much as I am aware this photo location is far from original, the draw did not lessen. I've seen it on so many other blogs, always looking so magical, craving for it to be on my own. I like to think of myself as someone who doesn't follow the masses, someone who doesn't always need the next trendy thing, someone who'd rather own a vintage bag than a new one, but do my actions speak to those beliefs? Because here I am, posing under this arch, wearing a dress I saw another blogger wearing on instagram, with vintage earrings I got because they reminded me of a pair I saw at J.Crew.

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Red and White Printed Wrap Dress H&M similar
Wedge Sandals Loft similar
Vintage Macrame Tote Etsy
Earrings Vintage similar 
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Gold Circle Ring Thrifted




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