Shopping Blitz Travelogue Series: The Importance of Packing

As a part of the ShoppingBlitz.com marketing team I am a sucker for planning, especially when it comes to travel. The amazing experiences you receive from visiting a place you have never been is unparalleled. Being prepared for such an adventure can make the experience a once in a lifetime event. On a recent trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico I was once again reminded of the importance of packing.

packing list

The first step in any successful trip is intelligent packing. Lists, lists and more lists is the key.

1.  Break down all your anticipated activities into categories and make a list for each.
2. Pack more underwear then you think you will need!
3. If you are going somewhere warm, always pack more than one bathing suit.
4. Think about accessories in terms of outfits, both day and night.
5. Figure out what items you can’t survive without and what you might need in an emergency.
6. Don’t forget to check the weather, research the location and read as many traveler reviews as you can stand!

jansport

The correct luggage is also key.  The bags you choose could mean the difference between misery or ease and heaven knows you don’t need added stress at the airport! Backpacks, cross body purses and a carry-on roller are ideal. As you rush to make your flight or attempt to stow away your bags on the plane, you need light and easy to maneuver pieces. It’s also smart to pack an extra bag for souvenirs or dirty clothes for the trip back. Bonus points if you have a matching set of luggage with numerous compartments!

ladies essentials

Above all go into the experience with an open mind. Life happens despite our best plans and its good to be ready for all the ups and downs. Never forget to pack your sense of adventure and playfulness. This is vacation after all and what better time to step out of your comfort zone and try something entirely new! Luckily for you, ShoppingBlitz.com has all your travel needs in one place. Whew! One less thing to check off that list.

 

 

The Hiatus : A Look at 2014 Spring Trends

hello springConfession:  I’ve spent the greater part of this winter hiding under my snuggie. You could say I was staying warm and hibernating or just plain being lazy – and you would certainly be right! Once the clock struck March, I knew I had to get out there, and the excuses just wouldn’t cut it. My motivation, you say? SPRING FASHION, OF COURSE! In the tail end of this never ending winter, I’ve quietly been taking notes and stashing pieces in my closet. Despite the frosty forecast, I know that sooner or later the snow will melt and I have to emerge from this fleeced out cocoon – and I better do it in style. A girl HAS to have her priorities! Without further interruption, I bring to you the most anticipated fashion trends of this upcoming season! Spring 2014 is beckoning us to awaken from our slumber!

1. Wearable Art

SBSSS_757507Beautiful paintings on your wardrobe and shoes will be all the rage this upcoming season. If being a walking Picasso is too much for you, then pack those clothes you love into this bold luggage set that’s impossible to loose at the airport!

2. Roses are Red … and Yellow … and Blue

SBDMT_R15733601The floral motif of these Dr. Martens penny loafers captures the softer, more romantic side of Spring. Pair them with some jeans and a blazer for a subtle floral ensemble. Ready for more flower power? Tuck a bright daisy on the smaller side of your parted hair and throw on a maxi dress in full bloom, such as this V-Neck dress by Lole.

3. Black & White

 

 via whowhatwear.com

via whowhatwear.com

Classic, fresh and sophisticated, the mixing of black and white patterns can carry you from all business at the 10 AM meeting to the life of the party on a Friday night.  Polka dots, stripes, checkered prints, or just the basic, white tee and black pants – they will all work!

4. Safari

 

safari

It’s not just cheetah prints and neutrals this season, the jungle has been set loose! If you want to test the waters, try adding a bold shoe, such as the Safari pump by Pinup Couture or even a modest safari hat or sunglasses to get you started.

5. Embellishments

 

Break out the bedazzler and give those clothes buried in your closet the encore they’ve been waiting for! Give your favorite jeans and edge with some silver studs, or liven up a simple black tee with colored gems. If you’re just beginning, a little bit can go a long way.  For beginners this python studded sandal can add a kick of style to an otherwise demure wardrobe. If you’re ready for more, this Ariat Long sleeve shirt has just the right amount, paired off with a pair of blue jeans & boots and you’re ready to go!

 

6. Wear What Feels Good

Take in the color palettes, get inspired, and use your imagination! If you haven’t worn a crop top since your first pregnancy, or don’t even know what a bedazzler is, that’s ok! Put your own twist on things. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Even the simplest change, be it a new shade of lipstick or a fresh haircut can you feel renewed this spring.

 

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