Weekend Things|My Birthday

summer white dress target {Dress: Target. Necklace: Alexis Bittar. Bracelet: Kate Spade New York}

Before I can share details about my birthday weekend, I simply must tell you about this amazing Target find. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous white dress, it’s an absolute summer essential. And this Mossimo pleated maxi I picked up the other day looks like a $100 dress straight out of BCBG. No joke. The fabric is so soft, so shimmery and it’s comfortable as hell. Not to mention, ridiculously affordable and breathable, which is so important in this unbearable heat! Bonus: it’s on sale right now for 25% off. Eee!

This birthday, I kept it to a few of my favorite things. A morning facial at Kalologie, a stop into To Be Continued where I may or may not have been surrounded by designer shoes (if you’ve never been you simply must check it out), followed by dinner out. We stopped into Virtu, since I’m the last person in AZ to have tried it and unfortunately, ended up pretty disappointed. Perhaps it was the hype, the monsoon or the excess salt but I left completely underwhelmed. Which is why I was so happy to have booked an all-time favorite, Zinc Bistro, for a fun birthday brunch with friends the next day.

kate spade new york bracelet

My husband got me this gorgeous Alexis Bitter rose gold pendant necklace, this darling Kate Spade New York bangle and some other goodies. I’m lucky to have celebrated another birthday with family and friends and now, I’m looking forward to getting out of this heat! We’re off to Canada at the end of the week and I’m stoked to actually be able to step outside, relax and have the baby meet his cousins for the first time.

Any summer reads you recommend for my trip? I am all ears!

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My Packing Secrets

my packing secrets

When you’re a pilot’s daughter, it’s pretty safe to say you’ve traveled a time, or two. Sprinkle in a few luxury press trips and your run-of-the-mill jetset bug and yeah, I’ve packed! A lot. Even though I’m tempted to somehow stuff my entire closet into my suitcase, I don’t. And you shouldn’t either. Travel light with my four packing secrets.

Packing Cubes

e bags packing cubes

Before my recent trip to Canada, I stumbled upon eBags Packing Cubes and I have no idea how I’ve lived so long without them! They’re lightweight, have heavy duty zippers and great at keeping your suitcase organized. You’ll never have to deal with fishing through your entire suitcase for one item hidden at the bottom again. Need a sweater? Take out the cube filled with sweaters! Need a swimsuit? Don’t rummage through all your clothes, take out the cube with swimsuits in it! I’m addicted to these things now and even use them when I’m not traveling. I use a Large Packing Cube to store my leggings and two small packing cubes to keep my swimsuits organized in my dresser. Trust once you’ve tried these, you’ll wonder how you survived any trip without them.

Pre-Packed Makeup

mini kittour jetsetter

Filing up your toiletry bag isn’t just time consuming, doing it last minute makes it so easy to leave things behind. That’s why I have a pre-packed bag with my favorite travel-sized items, ready to go. I keep my favorite beauty travel products in my Mini Kittour Jetsetter so all I have to do is grab and go!

Stuff Your Hats

how to pack hats

I love hats but boy are they a PIA to travel with! For my St. Lucia honeymoon, I wanted to take big, glamorous summer hats for days spent by the beach but was worried they’d flatten out and lose all their shape. Solution? Wear your biggest one on the plane. For the smaller ones, like your summer fedora, stuff it just like they do at the store! I used cardboard from shoe boxes to first line around the bag and then, stuffed them with rolled tops. You need to use every nook and cranny available so you might as well fill your actual hat with some of your clothes. Plus, it helps your hat retain its shape, too. Moms, you can stuff your hats with diapers, too!

how to pack hats

how to pack hats

Keep it Simple

packing secrets

{Duffel: c/o Herschel Supply Co. Hat: Calvin Klein. Tee: James Perse. Necklace: Gorjana (similar).}

It can be oh-so-tempting to try and stuff your entire wardrobe in your suitcase–don’t. You won’t have any room left to bring goodies back and will end up wrinkling more clothes than needed! Pack according to outfits instead of at random and remember to keep it simple. I like to stick to a color scheme so all your shoes, accessories and bags match. The last thing you want is outfits that all require completely different shoes and bags. Think dresses that do double duty and can transition from day to night and head-to-toe looks that are in a similar color family. For more on this, check out my guide on how to pack for anything. 

What are your favorite packing tips and tricks?

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