What to Pack: Texas in the Winter

Another trip, another packing guide for you guys! This time…what to pack for the great state of Texas…in the winter time (though to be honest, we had weather mostly in the 70-80 degrees).

In case you’ve missed prior ones, feel free to click through the archives below to find some packing ideas/inspiration!

What To Pack: Hawaii Edition – What to Pack: Cruise Edition – What to Pack: Europe Edition (2015) 
What to Pack: Florida – What to Pack: Europe Edition (2016)

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Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I don’t/didn’t.

This might have been the most simple of all my packing guides, but it was also one of the easiest to utilize. I knew what I wanted to wear every day and had a ton basics to utilize. I sometimes wish I was one of those bloggers who thinks of travel “theme” outfits, but I’m definitely not. I like to explore and squeeze in as much adventure as I can while traveling, so my favorite pieces and versatile basics are always what I build my suitcase around.

Plus, I’m notorious for forgetting to take outfit photos while on vacation (guilty AGAIN), so why waste that valuable carry-on space for something you won’t wear again? I guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.

Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Black Tee: Casual and cool and works with everything (jeans, patterned shorts/skirts, etc.). Enough said! 
  • Gray Tee: Equally casual and cool.
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and definitely can’t last six days without them. Wear it with….everything.
  • Patterned Tee: Perfect for days when you don’t want to wear solid colors.
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). You choose the rinse and wear them with everything, duh! ;)
  • Black Dress: I almost embarrassed to admit how much I wore this on this trip. We were only there for 6 full days, so I’ll let you wager your own guesses as to how much I wore this bad boy.
  • Print Shorts: Because you got to have a little print in your life to keep it interesting!
  • Denim Skirt: When you can go bare legged in February, you do.
  • Stripe Dress: Because more stripes is never an issue.
  • Cardigan/Blazer: I wore my new favorite cardigan-blazer on the plane and after the sun went down, and it was so cozy and comfy. Plus, I got a billion compliments. #win
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…ideal when the temperatures drop at night or the air-conditioning is blasting. 
  • Flat Sandals: When it’s practically summer weather, you wear sandals. And you wear flat ones, because you’re walking around all-day and don’t have a personal driver, because you’re not a Kardashian. ;)
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse looks super roomy and is affordable! It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!
  • Ballet Flats: Bring your most comfy flats, because if you’re sightseeing, you’re going to be on your feet.

So that’s it for my “winter” in Texas packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more specific to each person!

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

What to Pack: Europe, Round 2

Oh hey guys! We just got back from our Europe trip yesterday afternoon, and I’ll be back with outfits posts soon enough! But my What to Pack posts are been so well received, that I thought I’d update it for another round of what to pack for Europe!

In case you’ve missed prior ones, feel free to click through the archives below to find some packing ideas/inspiration!

What To Pack: Hawaii Edition – What to Pack: Cruise Edition
What to Pack: Europe Edition (2015) – What to Pack: Florida

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Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I don’t/didn’t.

I used last year’s Europe packing guide (here) as a guide for this year’s version, but I switched up some of the main colors and used tan/brown as one of my major neutrals instead of black. But other than that, many of my key pieces remain the same. I sometimes wish I was one of those bloggers who thinks of travel “theme” outfits, but I’m definitely not. I like to explore and squeeze in as much adventure as I can while traveling, so my favorite pieces and versatile basics are always what I build my suitcase around.

Plus, I’m notorious for forgetting to take outfit photos while on vacation, so why waste that valuable carry-on space for something you won’t wear again? And while it may seem like a lot…I guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.

Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Black Tee: Casual and cool and works with everything (jeans, patterned pants, chinos, etc.). Enough said! 
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and definitely can’t last one week, let alone 2 weeks without one! Wear it with the black pants and the jean jacket. Or with jeans and vest. Or with everything (too much?)!
  • Graphic Tee: Perfect for site-seeing or days you don’t want to think about what to wear. Great with jeans and a utility jacket or black pants and a cardigan. Easy peasy!
  • Cardigan: Take one. Trust me. Perfect for layering and easy to remove if it heats up during the day or add a jacket/vest to if it cools down.
  • Gingham/Plaid Shirt: An easy piece that can be worn alone or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Bonus Shirt: I would take one or two more shirts, because they’re small and easy to mix in with your four pairs of pants. This time around, I chose this colorful floral option!
  • Sweatshirt: This one looks so cozy and comfy for wearing on the plane or on a tour bus.
  • Chambray Shirt: Another easy piece that can be worn alone, as a light layer over the tees, or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Sweater: I swear, tan/camel sweaters are the most luxe-looking things EVER. 
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…you’ll probably be recognized as an American though, as this is a classic Americana piece! ;)
  • Colored Pants: Because you can only wear jeans for so many days and a little color never hurt!
  • Black Pants/Jeans: Leggings work here too. It’s just another great alternative to regular blue jeans.
  • Print Pants: Because you got to have a little print in your life to keep it interesting over the two weeks that we were in Europe!
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). You choose the rinse and wear them with everything, duh! ;)
  • Utility Jacket: This is the perfect jacket for exploring Europe. Easy neutral to wear with everything and pockets on top of pockets for holding maps, phones, cameras, etc.
  • Puffer Vest: Another easy layering option. I wore mine everywhere!
  • Ankle Boots: Don’t pack these and wear them on the plane to save room! And pro-tip that I learned the hard way…go with a no-heeled version! 
  • Two Pairs of Flats (lace-up, leopard): Perfect for walking all day…which is what you do when you’re site-seeing in Europe. These both are affordable and comfy.
  • Sunglasses: Because even though you’re not on a beach, you still need sun protection!
  • Sneakers: These are the shoes you’ll wear when you’re walking down miles of cobblestones or up stairs to the top of Sagrada Familia. Lightweight and in a neutral color. This pair doesn’t scream tourist!
  • Scarf: Layering options are a must in fall, and this scarf can also double as a blanket on the plane!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse looks super roomy and is affordable! It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!

So that’s it for my second fall in Europe packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more specific to each person!

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

ps. Because we were in some warmer locations for half of our trip, I swapped out the patterned pants for a patterned skirt, and the colored pants for a black dress and jean skirt (took up about the same amount of room in my suitcase). 

Louisville Travel Diary

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A couple of weekends ago, a few of you all asked for some recommendations for a trip to Louisville, so I’m here to round up some of my favorite places/things to do! Louisville is a great city with an amazing set up (right on the river) and an even better restaurant scene that’s developed in the past few years!

One of my best friends, C, lives (and grew up) in Louisville, and it is only a 2 hour drive away from Indianapolis, so I am lucky to be able to visit probably 2-3 times a year. She loves to find the best places to try, so you can thank her for most (if not all) of this list!

We love to eat, shop, and gossip, and we rarely leave any other time for anything else, so that’s what most of my recommendations will include, but I’ll be sure to hit the main sightseeing parts as well! Check it out below!

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Top Ten Things to Do in Louisville (in no particular order):

  1. Churchill Downs – Duh. This is probably the most well known area of Louisville, even if you don’t know it by its actual name…because it is home to the Kentucky Derby! There are other racing events that are held here and racing occurs from late spring until end of June/early July. Grab your best fancy hat and place your bets! I’ve only ever driven by, but it’s on my bucket list to attend a Kentucky Derby sometime!
  2. Four Sisters – This is a new discovery for me and is right now my favorite brunch place…even though I live two hours away. Four Sisters is a creperie, meaning that they only serve crepe-based dishes. You can build your own or choose one of their pre-concocted options, but you do have to decide whether to get sweet (banana, chocolate, strawberry, Nutella, etc.) or savory (eggs, cheese, tomatoes, chorizo, etc.). We all decided to go savory, and I devoured every inch of my crepe! Yum! Also, be sure to get the Nutella latte, and thank me later.
  3. The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass – I didn’t score anything on my latest visit here, but I love checking in at the outlets to try and find some great bargains!
  4. Wild Eggs – While we’ve got brunch on the mind, this was my original favorite brunch place in Louisville. They have several locations across the city, and Indy folks, we now have one here in Carmel! The decor here and centers around all kinds of egg motifs (artwork, lamps, salt/pepper shakers, etc.) and is so cute. The buffalo chicken omelet in my favorite dish, though sometimes they offer a peanut butter syrup that is SO good and requires me to switch things up and order some pancakes!
  5. Louisville Mega Cavern – Another thing to add to my Louisville bucket list is the ziplining in the Louisville Mega Cavern! The man-made cavern is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky. You can zipline, complete a high ropes course, take a tram through the caves and learn about how it was made, or even enjoy a Christmas lights show in December! I can’t wait to check it all out!
  6. Mojitos/Artesano – You have to pick one of these to go to, because they’re owned by the same folks and are very well done, but slightly similar. These are tapas (small plates) style restaurants, so get ready to make some stomach-pleasing choices. If I had to choose, I would pick Mojitos over Artesano, for two reasons: swirl margaritas (frozen margarita swirled with red sangria…basically a delicious adult slushie) and guacamole served with plantain chips! Though, Artesano does have a beautiful outdoor patio that makes you feel that you are dining at someone’s private villa! You can’t go wrong with either place though!
  7. Distillery Tours – Go to one or try to conquer them all, but Kentucky is certainly known for its bourbon. There are several within driving distance from Louisville, so you can make a whole day of it or pace yourself for a long weekend! Be sure to pack a water (or two or three)!
  8. Bluegrass Brewing Company – The real BBC (don’t tell London I said that)! This is for all the craft beer enthusiasts (men AND women) and also has great brewery-style food. But it should be known that I’m slightly biased to this place, because we dined here when my college (Indiana University) beat the University of Kentucky in a buzzer beater shot, and we went crazy! It’s also right across the street from the KFC Yum! Center, which is where I saw Taylor Swift perform last year!
  9. Louisville Slugger Museum – A must-do if you’re a baseball fan…or traveling with one! This is a museum all about baseball and the one bat (yes, that is a giant baseball bat outside the entrance of the museum) that has made it through years of American’s favorite pastime. Great tour and you’ll learn something, whether you’re a fan of the game or not (aka me)!
  10. Louvino – Another tapas restaurant that is SUPER delicious and was voted Kentucky’s best wine bar. We dined here last year, and I had the short ribs mac and cheese and the Jennifer Lawrence-themed wine flight (bubbly and sweet). Great atmosphere here, and I’ll have to go back soon, because they apparently have brunch now and offer PANCAKE TACOS!

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Kentucky, we’re pretty lucky to have you as a neighboring state, and I can’t wait to visit again soon! Also, thanks for letting your team lose against my Indiana Hoosiers this weekend! #sorrynotsorry Sweet 16, baby!

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What to Pack: Winter in Florida Edition

Oh hey guys!

No outfit photos for you today, but instead, I thought you might like to see what I packed for our trip to Florida last week, since you all seem to have enjoyed my prior packing posts (see What To Pack: Hawaii Edition, What to Pack: Cruise Edition, and What To Pack: Europe Edition) and because I didn’t manage to take a single outfit photo while in Florida!

Whoops. This seems to happen to me almost every single time I go on vacation, you guys! Maybe I needed a vacation from the blog and from work! But definitely not from the croissant doughnuts in Epcot…those things are DELICIOUS.

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Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I didn’t.

Another full disclosure? I wrote this post before we packed/left, and I would have to swap out the shorts for pants, but other than that…pretty accurate!

It was weird to pack for 60 degree days instead of the below-30 temps that I’m use to experiencing in February here in the Midwest. I can personally guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane. Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Stripe Tee: Casual and cool and works with nearly everything.
  • Graphic Tee: Just some fun to add to your solid bottoms.
  • Blouse: Easy to dress up or down.
  • White Tee: A perfect neutral that should go EVERYWHERE with you.
  • Dress: Because you don’t have to wear tights with it when in Florida!
  • Light Sweater: Because even though you don’t have to wear tights…it’s still winter!
  • Cardigan: Take one. Trust me. Perfect for layering and easy to remove if it heats up.
  • Utility Jacket: This is the perfect jacket for travel: pockets on top of pockets!
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…a classic Americana piece! ;)
  • Skirt: Perfect for a cover-up or dressing up after a day of sightseeing!
  • Two Pairs of Shorts (dots here, solid here): Because you’re in Florida!
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). 
  • Beach Tote: You know…for toting things to and from the beach!
  • Straw Hat: For keeping the sunburn away and disguising bad hair days on vacation.
  • Swimsuit: For water parks, swimming in the ocean and/or hotel pools, or beach laying!
  • Two Pairs of Flats (sandals, navy flats)Perfect for walking all day…these both are affordable and comfy.
  • Sunglasses: Because even though you’re not on a beach, you still need sun protection!
  • Sneakers: Shoes to wear when you’re walking a ton, and this pair doesn’t scream tourist!
  • Scarf: This scarf can be worn around the neck or as a sarong or used as a blanket on the plane!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. 

So that’s it for my winter in Florida packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more person to person needs anyway.

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

Germany Travel Diary, Part 2

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Our final stop was Munich, Germany (though we actually flew back to Dublin for our flight home…somehow it was cheaper that way?), and it was predictably The Husband’s favorite. Number 1 reason why? Beer. Number 2? Pretzels. ;)

We had actually planned a day trip with a tour group to go to Austria from Munich, but that was unfortunately cancelled as all the trains in and out of Germany were not running due to the refugee crisis. Which was a bummer because it took a whole country off of our list, but probably ended up working out in our favor. We used the full day to really, REALLY explore Munich and really got a feel for the city, and then we had several other days to do some other day trips.

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Top Ten Things to Do In and Around Munich (in the order we did them):

  1. Eat a Doner Kebab/Kebap – My parents had taken my brother and I to Germany when I was in third grade (because they’re brave and flights were cheaper back then?), but one of the number one things I remember is eating TONS of doner kebabs/kebaps. So, I had to have one immediately on arrival to Germany to honor that. Basically it is meat rotating vertically on a stake, shaved/cut off, and put into a pita-like bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and other toppings. I LOVE THEM. We happened to have an amazing doner shop right by our AirBnb, and we may or may not have eaten there three times!
  2. Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel – The Marienplatz (Mary’s Square) is kind of the central location of the city of Munich, and it happens to have a large clock tower with a glockenspiel that goes off twice a day (11:00am and noon). The glockenspiel chimes and tells two different stories (one about a 1600 wedding and another about the plague). It was hilarious to see it start up, because nearly everyone in attendance gasped like they weren’t expecting to see it! Definitely worth a viewing if you’re in Munich!
  3. Rick Steves Walking Tour – I love Rick Steves’s tours. They’re informative without being a over-the-top history bore, and you get to do them on your own (without looking like a super tourist). The Munich walking tour took us about 2.5 hours (with some breaking away from the tour stops to explore further on our own) and took us pretty much to all the city’s important stops. Besides the glockenspiel and the Viktualienmarkt, I think my favorite stop was Asam Church. You walk into this church and are basically blinded by all the fanciness. We’re talking marble/gold/ornate details everywhere, but it turns out…everything is almost faked!
  4. Dine at Hofbrauhaus – Omg. What an experience! We went for lunch on our first day there and had a great time. We first ordered beer (radler for me, which is 1/2 beer and 1/2 lemon soda…yum!) and a pretzel each, and then – almost on cue – a German folk band started playing! We also shared a creamy mushroom stew, potato dumpling, and some wursts (sausages) with mustard. We went back that same night to see some more entertainment and drink some more beer, and they had another folk band, dancers, and a guy that cracked this huge whip in time with the music! So so so fun and such a unique experience!
  5. Ride the Romantic Road – This was one of our day trip adventures. We boarded a large tour bus and headed out to three stops: a castle, a town that successfully avoided the plague by performing “The Passion Play” and still continues to do so in honor of their past, and Rotenburg. Rotenburg (a medieval town still surrounded by the fortress wall) was probably my favorite stop, since we had time to explore the colorful cities (nearly all the houses are painted one main color and one super contrasting color), eat lunch (street bratwursts for the win!), and meander on our own. I don’t know if I would recommend this day trip, since there are SO many other things you can do with your time in Munich!
  6. Schnitzel and Noodles – Just kidding, we didn’t have any noodles (I don’t think they actually eat them that way), but we did eat at Andy’s Krablergarten, which is known for its delicious and massive plates of schnitzel. I ordered the spicy one and The Husband ordered the horseradish/sweet mustard one. Both were amazing! This restaurant was super authentic and there were tons of locals eating dinner there. We might have been the only “tourists” in the restaurant, which was a pretty cool thing to experience!
  7. Viktualienmarkt – This is basically like a giant farmer’s market that happens EVERY SINGLE DAY. Fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, cheese shops, sausage shops, bakeries, beer stands, butcher shops (which, yes, are different than sausage shops!), fruit juice stands, and much much more! We walked through here several times and always ended up stopping to get something!
  8. Beer, Beer, Beer – Not much explanation needed here, since Munich is home to Oktoberfest (which we purposely missed by one day!). The Husband is big big BIG on beer and enjoyed plenty of it on our trip (though he lost 2 pounds…someone explain that to me!). In addition to going to Hofbrauhaus, we also dined at Augustiner-Brau, which is another beer hall. This is where the very best radler is, in my opinion, and this place is a whole experience of its own. You basically fight for a table, squeeze in next to some locals, flag down a waiter, and enjoy the ambience and beer (and really really really good food)!
  9. Tour the Castles – This is one of the top reasons to go to the Bavaria/Munich area of Germany…to see King Ludwig II’s castles! He was a hermit (his whole life story is SUPER interesting and mysterious), and he built multiple palaces/castles to get away from the public and his various families members. Neuschwanstein is the most popular (and dedicated to Richard Wagner), and it is known as the “Cinderella castle,” as Walt Disney was thought to have modeled Cinderella’s castle after Neuschwanstein. Both the castles/palaces that we visited were gorgeous and definitely worth the trip through the beautiful German countryside.
  10. Visit Dachau Concentration Camp – Dachau is about 20 minutes outside of Munich and is one of the Nazi concentration camps (specifically one that almost was open the longest amount of time). We were in a small tour group with a guide that had been giving tours of Dachau for 12 years, and he had even given tours to survivors and soldiers who had liberated the camp. It was super informative and moving, and definitely a sad note to end on, but beyond worth a visit.

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And that’s it! All four countries that we visited and an in-depth look at our trip (plus four easy travel outfits)! We’re lucky to have gone and enjoyed ourselves so much (despite the crazy travel schedule and mishaps along the way), but we’re glad to be back to our home, bed, and puppy!

Now to start planning the next trip! ;)

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  • On Target item: Merona Leopard Print Tassel Flats (super similar)
  • Sweater: Talbots (exact)
  • Nail Color: “Rhapsody Red” (exact)
  • Purse: vintage Coach (thrifted; super similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)