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Friday Feature: Vacation Packing 101

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I know I promised this post yesterday, but I’ve been lazy  catching up on Sons of Anarchy on Netflix   really busy;)

As I mentioned earlier this week, Tyson and I will be heading to warmer climates on Saturday.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for a vacation in my life!  We will be staying 6 nights/7 days at the beautiful Rondel Village in Negril, Jamaica, a.k.a. Seven Mile Beach.  This is the first time we’ve ever been to the same beach resort twice, but we loved it so much last year that we couldn’t wait to return.

We have made it a rule over the past few years to only travel with carry-on luggage.  The main reason for this decision is obviously the money we save by not checking additional baggage.  It also gives us peace of mind that everything we pack ends up where it’s supposed to. So here is how I make it work:

Step 1-Plan Ahead

Sometimes, packing for a weeklong vacation and squeezing it all into a carry-on is challenging, but one more reason I like it is that it forces me to plan ahead and not throw a bunch of “I might wear this” options in just for the heck of it.  This time packing was a little easier since we’ve been there before, and I know exactly what to expect-shorts or cover-ups by day, lightweight dresses by night.  To get anywhere, we walk on the beach, so flat sandals are a must, and anything too dressy would be wasted space.

I also try to pack items that can be mixed and matched.  Denim or white shorts are perfect options that can be worn more than once, and white or striped tees go with just about anything.


Now comes the fun part:) This is just a standard carry-on that fits in the overhead compartment of most airplanes. Getting everything to fit is kind of like working a puzzle. Let’s get to it!
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Step 2-Line Suitcase with Shoes

I’ll be honest, the hardest part of packing for me is narrowing down shoes.  Even if I’m only taking a pair to wear with one outfit, I find a way to make it work if I want to wear them bad enough (there are 8 pairs pictured here, but I did get rid of one pair of flip flops).  Flat sandals and flip flops go around the outer edges, and when I run out of space, I lay them flat in the middle.  I also put a couple pairs of flip flops in the smaller zipper compartment on the top of the bag


Helpful space-saving tip: Fill shoes with accessories such as belts, larger necklaces, bracelets to keep shoes from getting smashed. If you’re packing tall boots, roll up t-shirts, socks, scarves and stuff them inside.accessories
Step 3-Roll it Up

I start with shorts and skirts.  Rolling them is most space-efficient way I have found to pack as much as I can into a small space.  Just start from the bottom and layer your way up.  Tops go next.


On the other side, I roll dresses, cover-ups, anything that takes up a little more space.  I top it off with thicker items that can’t effectively be rolled, such as sweaters, sweatshirts (I added one for the way home), or jackets.  Fold as normal and lay on top of rolled layers.

Step 4-Finishing Touches

Lastly, I pack swimwear and undergarments.  Swimwear goes in the larger section on top of the bag, and undergarments, of course, in the netted section inside the bag.  I usually take as many bathing suits as I can squeeze in because I like variety, and there’s no rhyme or reason to how many pairs of underwear I throw in.  All I know is I’d rather have too many than not enough!


I’m really becoming quite the pro at this packing thing because this time I didn’t even have to sit on my bag to get it zipped! I know it is a lot simpler to use this packing technique for beach vacations because the clothes are smaller, but I pack the same way for our mission trips to Guatemala which means boots, jeans, and work clothes. Same goes for a trip we took out west in 2013 which required a variety of hiking clothes, sweatshirts for mountain climates, and beachwear.

The key really is to plan ahead.  We don’t usually do much shopping, but if you plan on it, make sure you leave enough room to pack those new items!

The last thing I pack is a separate bag for my toiletries, jewelry, hair tools, books/magazines, etc.  Most flight rules say you can carry on a bag that will fit into the overhead compartment and an extra bag, such as a purse or laptop bag as long as it fits under the seat in front of you.  I fill up the biggest bag I can find and stuff it full!  I usually don’t have that completely packed until right before I walk out the door, but keep an eye on instagram, and maybe I’ll get some of those pics posted later today.

Are these packing tips helpful for anywhere you’re headed to this spring break or summer?  What are some of your easy packing techniques?

Friday Feature: My Summer Wish List

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It’s no secret that I love to shop, and my personal style changes from day to day depending on the season, the weather, my mood, what time I wake up…Seriously, if someone asked me to describe my personal style, there’s no way I could narrow it down to anything specific.  That’s okay!  I mean, that’s what makes fashion fun for me, but it also means I end up bringing stuff home that I might just wear a handful of times before it gets pushed aside to the back of my closet and forgotten.

I have discovered over the past year, that creating a seasonal list helps me tremendously in keeping my shopping in check.  I try to limit my list to items that will go with several different things already in my closet and that can be styled both for work and casually.  It’s really a great tool to weed out those impulse buys, and to be on purpose about watching for sales.

So without further ado, here is my current top 10 list in no particular order (click image for full view):

#1: Via Pinterest-ALWAYS at the top of my wish list!  Maybe next year:)

#2: 6pm.comMint heels because, if you hadn’t noticed, this is my favorite color, and I would wear them with everything!

#3: Charlotte RusseI’m a little obsessed with the wedge heel right now and would love to have a nice pair in cognac; a neutral color, in my opinion, that can be worn with brown or black.

#4: Amazon-See above comment:)  I love the neutral tone to these, but the stripes make them stand out.  Very classy.

Why all the blazers? At my work, capri pants are allowed as long as worn with a jacket, blazer, or cardigan so as to give it a “suit-like” appearance.  I nearly have the cardigan end of things covered, but sometimes I want something with a little more structure, such as a blazer.

#5: Charlotte Russe-Plus, they are a super easy addition to tank tops or dresses that I couldn’t wear to work otherwise.  I love this one with the black and white shown, or I would also wear it with red or orange.

#6: Forever 21-I would wear this navy blazer with khaki or white and gold accessories.

#7: Forever 21-Might as well have a pink one too, am I right?  These definitely come to mind to pair it with.

#8: Kohl’sI have been searching for the perfect pair of white capri pants for about 5 years.  Hopefully, this is my year!

#9: Old Navy-Why do I not have one of these yet!?!  A chambray shirt goes with anything from a sequin skirt and heels to khaki shorts and flip flops.  Love!

#10: Macy’s-a white denim jacket is in the same category with the blazers.  I’ve wished I had one several times recently to wear over a dress or with a skirt.

I have now added at least 5 items in my head that should also be included in this list… What items are you currently craving for summer?  Do you create shopping lists for your closet?

I won’t be marking anything off my list this weekend, but if you plan to, here’s a list of great deals you might like:

Bogo $10 Shorts at CharlotteRusse.com. Valid 6/11 to 6/13 at 3am EST. Shop Today!
BOGO $15 Shoes at CharlotteRusse.com. Valid 6/11 to 6/13 at 3am EST. Shop Today!
30% off Site-wide Reg Only at CharlotteRusse.com. Valid 6/13 Only – Ends at 3am EST. Shop Today!
Vanity-Buy One Get One 50% Off All Dresses, Skirts, Shorts and Crops! Offer Valid 6/12 – 6/15 & 6/17 – 6/18
Target-Buy One, Get One 50% off Women’s Shorts, valid 6/8-6/21
Getaway Sale – 25% Off on Summer Essentials @ maurices.com! Valid 6/12-6/14
Maurices-Buy 2 Pieces of Jewelry, Get 1 Free! Valid 6/9-6/14
Enjoy a Little Extra – 30% to 75% Off Markdowns @ maurices.com!
Old Navy-Starting 6/13: IN-STORE & ONLINE ALL DRESSES ON SALE Limited Time! Ends 6/25. Restrictions Apply.

BOGO 50% Off Regular Price + BOGO $5 Off Clearance with promo code SUMMERCRUSH at Torrid.com!
$10 Off Select Swim Styles at Torrid.com!

Friday Feature: Style Tips For The Busty Ladies

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Shortly after the public debut of Jinger’s Closet Creations, I received a very flattering message from a reader/friend who commended me for being “fashion forward” yet also being modest in the way I dress.  As a mother to 2 young (and adorable!) girls, she shared how important it is to her to relay that sense of modesty to them, but, as a busty gal, how difficult that can be sometimes.  She, and a few others, were looking for solutions to wearing cute tops while not being over-exposed.

Well, I was not blessed (or cursed depending on who you talk to) with much in the way of a bosom, so I didn’t have any immediate advice and promised to do some research.  After much browsing, I was most impressed with these articles, so rather than trying to re-write my findings and worry about plagiarism, I’ve provided the links for you to click right to them:

fashion.allwomenstalk.com

youlookfab.com

sheknows.com(Inspiration photo #14 is the author, and I bet she’s super cool!)

I also scoured Pinterest for photos that display the tips offered in the articles and to give you some visual inspiration.  You can click on each one to view full size;)

I hope the articles were helpful and would love to know how these tips work for you.  Keep me posted and have a great weekend!