Due to a much-needed digital detox and a recent job promotion, I took my last’s post’s last point to heart — “Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.” I stopped checking my Instagram account, stopped drafting blog posts, stopped planning ahead, and just enjoyed my time in NYC as I maneuvered through the first few weeks of my new position. I wandered more, I spent more time with my boo, and I had enough free time that I no longer minded staying later in the office because I didn’t have a self-imposed deadline. I just was. I went with the flow, and I enjoyed life so much more.
Going into my 6th week in my sales position, it’s been an interesting road so far. Having faced age discrimination, cattiness, and egos beyond my wildest dreams…fashion sales are interesting to say the least! The most recent thrill was my first travel experience earlier this week to Las Vegas for the ENK Vegas trade show. I tried to snap pics as much as I could, but when you’re the new AE there’s not much down time! See the IG pics below — hover for captions/context.
As the new Account Executive for Andrew Marc’s RTW collection, I have a few trade show plans coming up before the holidays even hit: Coterie in NYC next month, Brand Assembly in LA + the F.I.G. in Dallas back-to-back in October — I’ll try n snap a few pics along the way ‘cuz there’s nothing better than remembering your first trade shows years from now when you don’t have to go any more 😀
With my school’s Spring Break next week, I think now would be a good time to address a few things: what to pack and things to keep in mind when packing. Below are a few must’s on my list. What are yours?
∞ Bathing suit (or two)
∞ SPF 30+ sunblock
∞ Open-knit sweater for beach coverup
∞ Flip flops + cute sandals
∞ Linen shirt + pants
∞ Crossbody bag
1. When packing for a one-week-long vacation, the last thing you want to do is over pack. There is no need to pay to check your bag—you shouldn’t be bringing that much stuff! The very most you should be bringing is 1 rolling suitcase for your overhead bin and a carry-on to keep at your feet. This should provide you plenty of room for clothing plus additional souvenirs to bring home 🙂
2. Hello interchangeable separates!! Think neutrals & fairly similar “themed” pieces. When I’m on vacation I make sure that everything is very easy going and anything BUT high maintenance. Linen pants, linen shirt, denim shorts, boho white blouse, and flow-y dresses that don’t cling. While you’re relaxing in a warmer climate the last thing you want to worry about is over-heating, sweat stains, belly bulge, or looking too trendy. Take the basic approach—you want to be focusing on the scenery, not on your outfit.
3.Why do I have one bathing suit top and two different bottoms? The low-rise side tie option is for actually lounging at the beach and soaking up some sun. The high-rise vintage cut option allows for a bit more versatility: if you’re going to be on or near the beach and know that you will be going to a boardwalk restaurant/bar afterwards these offer more coverage and a hot-pant look that can transition well with your light sweater or linen button down shirt over them. Throw on your shades and a long strand necklace and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute outfit!
4.Don’t pack super-clingy clothes! Not only will they be a pain getting on and off if you’re salty or sweaty, but they will make you sweat more and you’ll feel packed like a sausage. I’m specifically referring to skinny jeans, but a tight dress can be just as uncomfortable, depending on the length and weight of the fabric.
5. Don’t bother with heels. Unless you honestly know exactly what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be walking, heels will be far more trouble than they’re worth. Not to mention take up far more room in your bag than a pair of flat sandals! Save your feet (and some room) by opting for 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of cute flat sandals. If you really want some boost in height choose wedges over stilettos, maybe even a lower pair of espadrilles or flatforms 🙂
Wherever you ladies and gents are off to for your Spring Break, do you have any packing tips or tricks to share?