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What to Pack for Spring Break

March 8, 2017

 

If you have the itch to travel after being cooped up all winter long, the perfect excuse is fast approaching: Spring Break! Whether you’re headed to the water, the city or the mountains, we’ve put together a solid packing list, luggage included!

BEACH VACAY

If you’re headed to a beachy destination, whether that be Miami or Playa del Carmen or St. Thomas, you’ll want to fill your suitcase with easy, breezy resort-friendly clothing that can stand the sand and surf.

What to pack: Multiple swimsuits are a must! For maximum options, bring a printed and a solid two-piece such as this floral halter top and bikini bottoms and coordinating mint-green bandeau and matching bottoms; then you can mix and match the two suits for four different looks! Pack a couple of swimsuit cover-ups, such as versatile tunic and a breezy maxi that can do double duty beyond pool-side for a night out. Fun sunglasses are also a must, like this pair with ocean-blue frames and flashy mirrored lenses.

Pack it in: This hard-sided suitcase printed with tropical florals that will get you in the mood for your warm-weather getaway.

 

 

CITY SIGHTSEEING

Are you embarking on a trip to explore New York City, San Francisco or Chicago? Assemble a vacation wardrobe fit for an urban adventurer.

What to pack: Build a compact capsule wardrobe of basic, versatile pieces. That could mean your favorite jeans, black leggings, solid-colored tops and layering pieces that go with everything, like a basic black bomber or an olive green anorak. A neutral cross-body bag and comfortable shoes are a must: Think black ballets flats, low-heeled booties or a sleek sneaker. If a night at the ballet or the opera is in the plans, that’s a job for a little black dress, or its edgier counterpart, the little black jumpsuit.

Pack it in: A basic black suitcase with a sweet dose of personality in the form of polka dots.

 

 

OUTDOORSY RETREAT

If a sojourn to the great outdoors–perhaps hiking in Colorado, outdoor desert yoga in Phoenix or horseback-riding in Montana–is in your future, stack your backpack with athleisure wear.

What to pack: Outfit your bod for active days with moisture-wicking tops and stretchy leggings you can move in, plus a zip-up pullover or cowl-neck cover-up that can keep you warm when temps dip. Throw in your favorite colorful sneakers, a sturdy water bottle and sunscreen, and you’re set!

Pack it in: This rolling backpack with an eye-catching tribal print.

 

Where are you headed for Spring Break? Share your destination in the comments!

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Bachelorette Party Planning

February 27, 2017

Bachelorette Party Planning

Attention bachelorette party planners! If your best friend forever, beloved sister or cherished cousin is planning her trip down the aisle, it’s time for you to start planning the bachelorette party. If the traditional night of bar-hopping isn’t exactly the bride’s style, choose from these alternatives to make it a night to remember.

 

SPA DAY

Does your guest of honor’s entourage span the ages from teen nieces to mothers and grandmothers of the bride? There’s nothing like a day at the spa to unite generations. Call ahead to your favorite local salon or day spa and book services of your choice, whether it be mani-pedis, facials or massages. As a parting gift to the bride, load up this beautiful tote with pampering gifts such as bath salts, candles and shower gel.

WEEKEND GETAWAY

Pack your bags (these Pucci floral cases will do!) and get out of town for a group trip. It doesn’t matter whether you go far or stay near—it’s the company that counts! For a lower-budget getaway, book a nearby hotel with an on-site pool and restaurant and stage a staycation. For a big splurge, pick a destination that’s special to the bride—maybe that’s a road trip to Vegas a la “The Hangover,” a pool party in Palm Springs or a ski trip to Boulder—and get outta town.

GO GOURMET

If your lady wolf pack tends toward the foodie side, sign up for a cooking class together. Check with your local community college, culinary school or kitchen store for options. Be sure to snap pics of everyone in action as well as your final culinary creations, then print your favorite photos to assemble in this Friends Forever album ($3.99) to give to the bride as a keepsake.

RETRO FUN

For a dose of nostalgia, recreate a childhood memory from the bride’s childhood. That might be spending a day at an amusement park, roller rink, laser tag arena or miniature golf course. Follow up the throwback fun with a group dinner or some decidedly grown-up fun, like a round of drinks at a wine bar or karaoke at your favorite local haunt. For a keepsake for the bride from the whole crew, have all each guest add a message or doodle on this autograph frame ($12.99).

Comment below and tell us what other fun ideas you have for a bachelorette party!