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Packing for Hawaii with Chico’s

Hawaiian luau outfit ideas

The perfect luau outfit for Hawaii: sun hat / woven tote bag / palm print dress / convertible statement necklace / statement earrings / wedges /

I’m packing for a trip to Hawaii today, and thankfully it is really easy to do! As you know, I am a huge fan of Chico’s. They have in-house artists who create the beautiful, exclusive prints you can find on Chico’s scarves and clothing. So when we started to plan our family vacation to Hawaii, I knew Chico’s would be my go-to source for island-ready prints, fabrics, and style.

When packing for a trip, it’s always important to make sure you pack clothing and accessories which can be mixed and matched. This cute little woven tote by Chico’s is perfect for travel. It can be worn two different ways depending on the outfit and/or activity. There is a detachable strap which can be worn over the shoulder, or cross body. This is great for travel since it is always nice to be able to be hands-free. It can also be worn hand-held, or on the arm with the strap detached. This is a great look for dinner, the pool, or the beach. The interior offers a zipper pocket and two slip pockets which are perfect for a phone, and other small items. The woven texture offers a tropical vacation vibe too. It’s the perfect handbag for Hawaii and summer vacation! Love!

I know you have heard it from me before, but Chico’s has the best convertible necklaces. This convertible necklace can be worn three ways. The top layer can be detached and worn close to the bottom of the neck. The bottom layer can be detached, and offers an adjustable 18″ drop with a statement. Of course, both strands worn together offers a huge statement; and isn’t it fun to be bold?! Love it! I picked up the matching earrings too in order to complete the look. I don’t need to pack any other necklaces or earrings, these will carry me through the entire week! Love that!

The first outfit pictured above, will be my luau outfit. The outfit below will be perfect for sightseeing and dinner on the beach.

Hawaiian beach dinner outfit ideas

Hawaiian beach dinner outfit: wedges / ombre dress / blue print scarf / convertible statement necklace / statement earrings / blue bracelet / sun hat / woven tote bag /

This blue ombre dress from Chico’s is absolutely beautiful! I love the shades of blue, and it looks amazing with this floral print scarf worn around the waist as a belt. Of course I am pairing it with my convertible necklace, statement earrings, woven tote, and this fabulous sun hat from Chico’s. This outfit will be perfect for sightseeing, and dinner on the beach. For sightseeing, it can be worn with flip flops or flat shoes, and for dinner, wedges dress it up!

When packing for a trip, it is always a good idea to bring basics which can be worn multiple times, multiple ways. The black pants below by Chico’s are really comfortable, and versatile for travel! I am pairing them with a classic black, v-neck tee for a base look. It can be worn with an island print kimono (mine is currently on major sale) or with a scarf worn as a belt. That’s already two outfits in one! The pants and tee can be paired with flat shoes for sightseeing, wedges for dinner, or sneakers for an aggressive walking schedule. These pants, and this tee, are a must-have for travel!

what to pack for hawaii

Sightseeing look for Hawaii: sun hat / palm print kimono (on major sale!) / statement earrings / statement convertible necklace / blue bracelet / black v-neck tee / black pants / woven tote bag / wedges / Alternate sightseeing look below: blue print scarf / black mules /

Shop my Hawaiian travel looks from Chico’s online:

I’m excited to pack all these versatile pieces for our family trip to Hawaii. Stay tuned! There will be plenty of Hawaiian vacation coverage here on the blog in the coming week, as well as on my Instagram where you can follow along via Insta-stories. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, or anywhere this summer, be sure to check out Chico’s Traveler’s collection as well as all of their fabulous prints! They are the perfect vacation destination!

Check out my Chico’s look from NYFW, and my Traveler’s Collection looks from last summer’s Seattle trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own

outfit ideas Hawaii


What to pack for Tahoe in the spring

Tahoe spring season packing list

Have you ever asked yourself, “What should I pack for a ski trip in the spring?” I just asked myself this same question while planning my family vacation to Lake Tahoe over spring break in April.

We normally visit Lake Tahoe, or go skiing, over Christmas break, or Ski Week. This year, our schedules were a little crazy with fashion week in February, and my husband’s work trip at the same time. So, we decided to take on Tahoe during spring break. The problem? Spring break is April 2016! This means the snow pack could be questionable, and skiing? Not 100% sure it is on the table.

Our trip included two travel days, and five full days in Truckee; just a few minutes north of Lake Tahoe. We decided to plan a few different activities in order to make sure our kids would have plenty of fun, snow or no snow. In order to combine snow activities, lakefront beach activities, hiking, and poolside fun, I had to make sure we were packed for any adventure.

Here is my packing list for what to pack for Tahoe in the spring season:

Skiing and snow activities:

Ski pants / 3 in 1 jacket / boots / short sleeve tee / gloves / snow hat

*If you own ski or snowboard equipment, be sure to bring it along just in case there is still snow on the slopes. If you don’t own your own gear, you can always rent ski gear, sleds and/or saucers.

Hiking:

Shoes / jeans / jacket / short sleeve tee /

Lounging at the cabin:

Flannel PJ’s / book / slippers / robe

Poolside fun and beach activities:

Swimsuit / cover-up / flip-flops / sun hat / sunscreen travel kit

Shopping and dining on the lake, and in Truckee:

Look 1: Dress / shoes / handbag / earrings / bracelet /

Look 2: jeans / lug shoes / tee shirt / jacket / handbag / earrings / ring

This took up one 21” suitcase, and one 24” suitcase. I also carried my handbag separately, and stuffed my tech into my smaller suitcase. A blogger never leaves home without a DSLR, iPad, iPhone, and small laptop!

Since my kids needed less shoes, and no blogger baggage ;-), they were able to fit similar items into one 21” suitcase. My husband fit all of the above, with no tech, and less shoes, into one 21” suitcase, and one backpack. The trunk of our small SUV was quite full!

This turned out to be the perfect packed suitcase for a trip to a snow resort town during the spring months. A little snow, a little sun, and a ton of fun! Next time you travel to Lake Tahoe, consider visiting in the spring. It makes a great family vacation!

Stay tuned! I have more articles posting later this week about all the fun activities for families in Lake Tahoe in the spring months!

Thank you for stopping by to see what to pack for Tahoe in the spring,

Cathy

XOXO


Packed for New York Fashion Week February 2016

how to pack for new york fashion week in winter

pink coat (under $200) / lace trench coat (under $150, spring piece) / blue coat (sold out) / navy coat (under $200) / chevron skirt (spring!) / black skirt (must-have closet staple for spring) / floral blazer (spring!) / black sweater

New York Fashion Week February 2016 starts on Thursday, so as you read this, I am on a plane from San Francisco to New York!

It is always a challenge to pack for New York Fashion Week in February. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cherry blossoms are blossoming, and temperatures sneak into the 60’s and 70’s on occasion. It feels like spring is peeking through! At the same time, New York is still in the throws of winter.

With snow on the ground, and temperatures near-freezing, being a guest at New York Fashion Week means trying to dress in the new, spring season, yet accommodate the freezing temperatures, and possible rain or snow falling from the sky. This means sensible shoes which are still relevant, and trying to incorporate spring trends, and select spring pieces, into a winter wardrobe. It is a challenge!

For New York Fashion Week this season, I am mixing coats in spring hues with warm, black pants in order to look like a fresh new season, yet stay warm in the cold weather. I will also be pairing spring skirts with winter sweaters, tights, and sensible shoes. To immediately see how I do this, please be sure to follow me on Instagram @BayAreaFashionista

I am excited to see which trends from the spring 2016 season will carry into the fall 2016 season on the runways in New York. Will designers stick to Pantone’s Rose Quartz, and Serenity combination on their cold weather collections? Will the 70’s still emerge as an important decade of influence? Or will a new decade emerge? Will the saddle bag reign supreme, or will the box handbag emerge on top? Will stacked heels remain hot for fall, or will stilettos take over? Will all-white be a spring-thing, or will we see white after Labor Day? Will lace still be the hottest fabric on Earth?

Stay tuned! New York designers will reveal what we will be wearing for the fall/winter 2016/2017 season in the week to come! I will be posting on social media, and here on the blog, what I see on the New York runways. Look for my coverage of fall collections by designers such as Marissa Webb, Leanne Marshall, Taoray Wang, and more; here on the blog and on my social media channels!

Which trends would you like to see stay for fall? Which trends would you like to see go away?

In  my suitcase: