If you live in the Midwest, you are familiar with the cold weather we are experiencing this week. There is one word for it: brutal. Some of you are smart and taking vacations to escape the bitter cold. Let’s be real, sunshine is the best medicine for gloomy sub zero weather. However, since I am not traveling somewhere warm as soon as some of you, I am going to be living life vicariously through you by writing about resort style for the next couple of weeks!



Whenever I travel, one of my favorite events leading up to it is PACKING. I know…most people think I am a little nuts when I say that. However, it is true. I am that girl that loves planning outfits for vacations almost as much as the vacation itself (almost). So, since I know that many of you are snowbirding the heck out of Kansas in the next month or so, here are a couple of basic tips for when you are preparing to pack for a vacation.

Trick 1: Always create a capsule wardrobe for your trip

What is a capsule wardrobe you ask? Think about a capsule wardrobe as a collection of a few essential items of clothing and accessories in classic styles that can mixed and matched to create multiple looks. When you are traveling, you need to be somewhat strategic because everything you wear needs to fit in a teeny tiny bag that is about 1/18th of your closet. Creating a travel capsule wardrobe is the easiest way to organize, plan and get the most out of what you are taking.

Trick 2: Packing in a basic color scheme.

My fave is black and white. Boring you say? Keep reading. Black and white look totally chic. It is a classic color combination that will never go out of style. Next, black on black looks ravishing (and it’s slimming.)  And, don’t even get me started on how much I love an all white outfit against sun kissed skin. It looks amazing. And ta-da…everything you have packed, goes together!


Trick 3: Bring accessories in gold and pops of colors

I love gold jewelry because it looks awesome and because it brings warmth to the skin. Also, think about packing candy colored jewelry, vibrant colored bags, totes and clutches. Not only do these bright colors look fab against black and white, but they will match all of your clothing.

Are you loving this idea, but wondering how to put it all together? Here you go:)

P.S. If you hover over the item it will show you the price. If you click on it, it will show you where you can buy! Genius.


Stay tuned for next friday because I am sharing some awesome packing hacks. I love hacks. Until next Friday…


Images in this post were provided by the talented Crystal Albo of C. Albo Photography