All hail summer and the long weekends that come with it! Am I right?! Wait...what's that? You love summer and long weekends, but hate packing? Well then, you've come to the right place! I know packing, especially for a short getaway, can feel like a nightmare, so I thought I would do something a little different with this edition.
Normally I choose a single, classic piece of clothing to rave about, but this time I'm going to talk about packing for a short jaunt and offer up some of my go-to tips, all while showing you what I'll be packing for my next long weekend.
There are roughly one million (actually 4) long weekends between May and September. Plus overnights, vacations, and Summer office hours, which basically make every weekend feel like a long one and obviously lead to many more trips to the cottage.
I would be seriously remiss if I didn't talk about packing, and offer up some of the strategies I have for getting it done quickly, efficiently, and stylishly AF.
Packing for a long weekend can be extremely difficult, especially if you aren't sure what the plan is and/or what kinds of occasions you will need to be dressed for. If this is your life (or even if it isn't) then listen up, because these three tips will ensure you are Instagram ready for your next mini getaway, no matter where you go:
1. Pick a Theme
Decide on a theme or colour story that will allow you to mix and match all pieces of your wardrobe regardless of the occasion. The more classic you go, the better.
2. Don't Forget Accessories
We've talked about this before, but I firmly believe that accessories make an outfit. With the right shoes, bags, jewellery, hats, etc. you could wear the same jeans and shirt five days in a row and never have the same outfit on twice. When you have limited packing space use your accessories to mix up your wardrobe.
3. Blanket Scarves - Get One
Invest in a beautiful and well-made blanket scarf (or urban blanket as my boyfriend calls it) and you will be ready for any trip no matter how big or small - plus you won't have to worry about bringing jackets. It's a blanket, pillow, shawl, scarf, and general comfort all wrapped in one chic package. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, how to use it, or where to get one read this and then go here.
Since this edition covers more than one piece I've decided to focus on the perfect weekend bags for varying budgets. The way I see it, you can be immaculately dressed and impeccably packed, but it all goes to shit if you're carrying your things in a garbage bag.
Here are my favs:
Treat yo' self.
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