Flying to China!

HKG Hong Kong Advertising-2As we speak Cesar and I are on a plane on our way to China! We will be traveling for so. many. hours. I can’t even tell you, but we are SO thrilled to be visiting Asia (it’s our first time!) and can’t wait to explore. We will be seeing Macau, Hong Kong, and Beijing during our visit and can’t wait to document all of it for you.

For a full list of what I packed for 2 weeks in 1 carry on suitcase please visit this post.

Have an amazing day, and rest assured, outfit posts will continue even during our vacation!

How To: Pack for Two Weeks in China in a Carry On

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Cesar and I leave for China tomorrow and we are so thrilled! We decided early on that we would pack for our entire two week trip in a carry on and a backpack each. We like to travel light and have learned from years of consulting that checking a bag isn’t an option. As a self-proclaimed “fashionista” and two very different climates, I knew this was going to be a challenge.

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We are visiting four cities: Seoul (during a layover), Macau, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Beijing will be chilly during the day and colder at nights, and the others will be hot and humid throughout.

When I start packing I always start with the smaller items: underwear (I always bring at least one per day. the idea of rewashing underwear never appealed), socks, tank tops, and bathing suits.

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I then move on to tops. I brought 4 colorful, light tank tops that could be mixed and matched over dresses, with skirts or over jeans. I tend to stick with solids so that they can easily be rotated between bottoms.

Packing for China in a carry on

Finally, I moved on to dresses. I knew I wanted to bring my ASOS floral dress from this post. It is amazingly lightweight and a great piece for all-day walking. My Club Monaco maxi dress is so comfortable and good for cooler days. I also brought the J.Crew skirt from this post.

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Finally, I moved on to long sleeve tops. I always bring one lightweight sweater (similar) for layering and decided to add one lightweight blouse for Beijing days.

Packing for 10 days in a carry on

Shoes were the hardest for me to narrow down. I knew I had to sacrifice style and take my tennis shoes. “Cute” walking shoes just don’t cut it for me when it comes to all-day walking, so these were a must. I brought my Tieks for a bit more fashion and sandals for Macau pool days.

packing for 14 days in a carry on

This is everything laid out, excluding two pairs of jeans: my JBrand high waist skinnies and my BDG black skinnies. You’ll notice I didn’t pack any shorts. While I love the idea of shorts, I hate how they look on me and find them terribly uncomfortable, so I left them out. Finally, I brought one piece of costume jewelry that matches everything: this Sole Society necklace.

One last note: these packing cubes are life savers. Really the greatest way to pack and keep organized!

Wish us luck on our flight! Communication might be a bit delayed for the next few weeks but posts will go up regularly.

Cascading Peplum + Fun Photos

Peplum

Old peplum from Gilt (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Sam Edelman heels

One of the amazing things about making friends with fellow bloggers, is that they don’t look at you like a crazy person when you have the bright idea to snap pictures in a kitchen, especially when you’re wearing a cute outfit. As a matter of fact, they take it super seriously, angle the camera just right to get proper lighting, and give you hundreds of picture options to choose from.

Metallic Heels

Red Lips

Just a little red lip, bold earrings, and a heinously wrinkled peplum that is almost half as old as I am for some girl time with my blogging best.

Sexy Kitchen

Oh, and homemade Oreos. Recipe coming soon!

Welcome To The Purse Family: Leopard Kenneth Cole + Review

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Leopard Calf Hair Leopard Handbag from Kenneth Cole

The newest member of the purse family has finally arrived! She is squishy, fat, and absolutely hairy but I love her all the same. I have been on the hunt for the perfect leopard handbag forever. I didn’t want to spend a fortune upfront as I wasn’t entirely sure how much I would wear such a loud print. With a small-ish budget and very specific taste, it took me nearly a year of searching to find the perfect one.

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This Kenneth Cole satchel retails for nearly $500 but I purchased it at half price for $255 with free shipping (score!). It is a convertible shoulder bag with a 10 inch drop, or a cross body when the leather chain cap is removed (as shown below). It is made of 100% calf hair with leather and brass details.

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The leather chain strap can be easily snapped on or off to change the look of the bag from a shoulder to a crossbody, or for a more “biker” vibe sans leather. The closure is a turn-lock closure with a metal chained pin that can be looped within for added security.

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There are two large pockets on the inside, and smaller cell phone and zipper pockets within. The bag is nearly as roomy as my LV speedy 30, and has flexible sides for extra stuffing. The sides are fastened with brass rivets and the interior is lined with cotton.

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My only negative about this handbag is the calf hair, though I imagine this would be an issue with any genuine calf hair bad: it’s itchy! The hair rubs against the body and can be itchy on bare skin. I plan to use the bag mostly in the Winter so it doesn’t bother me too much, but thought it was worth mentioning.

Here are a few other leopard bags I was coveting, at various price points, just incase your budget can stretch a bit further than mine:

Have a happy Labor Day Weekend!

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