the perfect travel outfit is...

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We kicked off my birthday trip to Europe on Friday and have been loving every bit of it ever since. We’ve been planning this trip since August, so it’s exciting that it’s finally here.

We flew out Friday night and landed in London late Saturday morning which, of course, meant a long haul, overnight flight. I’ve done an over night like this once before en route to Paris via Reykjavik and stand by my opinion that it’s a brilliant idea. You go through several time zones, but because you’re flying through the night, you don’t feel as jet lagged because you pretty much get a normal night’s sleep.

Although, it does require a little creativity when it comes to your outfit. You obviously want any long haul flight outfit to be super comfortable yet pulled together, but when you’re flying overnight, you have the added element of needing it to feel as much like pajamas as possible and keep you warm. Luckily, I’ve come up with the easiest, go-to outfit formula for this.

I start with a basic black tank top because it’s simple, comfy, and it’s okay if you accidentally spill something on it. I love tanks from Everlane because they feel super high quality and are ethically sourced. I pair that with my black Align leggings from Lululemon, which literally feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. They honestly feel silky and just melt into your body which is perfect for an overnight flight because so many other leggings can get uncomfortable after awhile. Finally, I layer on a long, cozy cardigan for when I get cold and sometimes, like today, I bring along a beige scarf to use as a wrap when the plane gets cold.

As for shoes, I like to pair white Converse with this outfit which works well when you have Pre-Check and don’t have to take off your shoes 🤙 But I will say that they’re not the easiest to slip off when you’re ready to go to sleep (and I’m not going to lie, my Converse smell strongly of rubber when they’re off which is kind of gross haha), so for this flight I chose to wear black ballet flats instead. When I’m ready to get cozy, I take them off and switch into a pair of the softest black cashmere socks.

To dress this up a little, I’m wearing a delicate gold necklace, my go-to diamond stud earrings, and my everyday black Balenciaga sunglasses. Last Friday, I shared everything I pack in my tote bag, which is my beloved Barrington St. Anne Tote.

I absolutely love wearing this outfit to travel because it really strikes the perfect balance between being extremely comfortable yet also pulled together and cute enough that I don’t feel embarrassed walking into the hotel afterwards looking a hot mess. 😂

pretty things no. 39

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Anyone with a birthday in May (namely, me) knows that May is the month of the emerald, so it only makes sense that the theme of this pretty things is emerald and its complimentary color mint.

Do y’all know Faithfull the Brand? They have the cutest pieces right now for spring and summer that I’m dying to get my hands on. This mint mini-dress is such a versatile look that you could pair with white Converse, sandals, or even ankle boots.

One of my favorite things is when a classic silhouette is made in a fun print or color. This Fendi bag is the perfect example. It has that classic square shape, but it’s in a less “classic” color. In this case, the pastel mint makes it a pretty, feminine option for spring and summer.

I’m obsessed with this swimsuit from Faithfull. Over the past few years, I’ve been really drawn to dark green swimsuits in general because it’s so rare to actually see anyone else wearing them. This one in particular is special because it has that bandeau top and the polka dots.

How lovely is this La Perla robe? It’s just the perfect thing to wear around the house, on your back porch having a drink the morning, or getting ready at your vanity.

Delfina Delettrez is the perfect go-to when you want a piece that’s unique and sure to draw attention. I couldn’t have an emerald theme without showcasing some actual emerald jewelry, right? These emerald eyes are so dreamy and a great way to dress up a basic white t-shirt and jeans.

When the evenings are still a little chilly in the spring, this ruffled pointelle sweater from Opening Ceremony is a great piece to layer over your day dress or to pair with white jeans.

a pop of pink for spring

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One of my absolute favorite things to do when the weather is nice is spend a morning at the farmer’s market. This past Saturday, went to the one in Winter Park which was a total delight. There are dogs everywhere, lemonade and kombucha stands, tons of fresh flowers and produce, and the weather was absolutely perfect.

For the market, I wore a pair of navy tie-front shorts from J.Crew with a white tank top from Everlane, denim jacket, and little wrap sandals. To add a little color element to this almost entirely navy look, I added a pink Madewell scarf around my neck. Little neck scarves are one of my favorite go-to accessories these days because they’re such a versatile piece to add a bit of interest to your wardrobe.

Tie it around your neck like this or around the handle of your basket bag or tote. You can wear it in your hair as a headband, wrapped around your ponytail, or even on your wrist as a bracelet. My favorite place to buy scarves is either vintage or Madewell, but a trick I use sometimes is to buy wraparound headbands like this one and simply wear it around my neck.

pretty things no. 38

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Happy Saturday! I’m heading to the farmer’s market in Winter Park this morning to smell the flowers and find some local ingredients for a dessert I’m baking soon. I’m in the full swing of celebrating the spring season and before we know it, we’ll be transitioning into summer. This 38th edition of Pretty Things is all about dusty rose, a color I’m loving for spring that also works well for your summer wardrobe.

This Evi Grintela dress is like my spring fantasies come to life. From the floral toile print to the color and the exaggerated sleeves, this is a piece that makes me want to jet off to Provence with a camera and a tote bag full of flowers. I also love that Net-a-Porter styles the dress with these Rosantica earrings and Ulla Johnson basket bag. Flawless.

Usually, we’re all about sandals for spring and summer, but I love a good block heel ankle boot when the mood calls for it. This pair from Paul Andrew come in the most gorgeous shade of dusty rose with wood detail on the heel.

I’ve been so into wide leg pants lately because there’s something so freeing about not wearing skinny jeans, plus they’re super flattering. This pair of pink cords from Ganni are the perfect thing for spring. I love the idea of pairing it with a floral blouse and nude slides or a white t-shirt and denim jacket.

I just can’t get over round bags! They add such a great pop of visual interest to any outfit just because of the shape alone. This particular bag from Simon Miller is great because it genuinely works for every season.

One thing I love adding to my summer beauty routine is a body oil. The consistency makes more sense in the heat than a cream, plus you can often find ones with shimmer like this one from African Botanics, a clean beauty brand. Their marula body oil is shimmering gold, perfect for that bronzed beach look.

One accessory every girl needs for spring/summer is a great hat like this straw fedora from Rag & Bone that’s the perfect addition to your everyday t-shirt and denim shorts or a beachy maxi dress.

what i'm packing for my trip to europe

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I’m about two weeks out from my trip to Europe and am so excited. We’re spending my birthday in London, then hopping over to the Netherlands (as my family heritage is very, very Dutch. In fact, my ancestors were some of the first Dutch settlers of New York, making us Knickerbockers!). I'm a big planner and get pretty extra in the planning process so I’ve been sketching out my outfit ideas for weeks already and have finally gotten it down to what I think will be my final packing list.

I’ve left a few things off this list like my pajamas and workout clothes, but those things have little relevance to my daily outfits so I decided to keep this list more streamlined. I’m only taking a carry-on, which would have once been daunting to me but after living in NYC, I’ve become adept at packing light. The trick is to plan your outfits ahead of time, pack smart (I use the Kon-Mari folding method), and choose pieces you’ll be able to mix and match.

A little background on what I’m expecting in terms of weather and activities that I kept in mind when choosing what to pack. The weather should be in the high 60s during the day, getting a little chillier at night. We’re not expecting much rain, but you never know in these areas, so I kept that possibility in mind. In London, most of our activities will be exploring the city and having picnics in the park, then going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour which, of course, requires a certain look.

As for the Netherlands, things are a little less structured but I’ve considered outfits that work for cycling as well as a look for a day spent outdoors, when we go out of the city and into the forest near the border of Holland and Germany. I needed something sporty for that day, but also pulled together and cozy.

packing for ten days in Europe

10) Statement Raffia Earrings - I’m definitely a statement earring girl, so I’ll be bringing my raffia pair as well as a vintage white shell pair, pearl studs, and my classic diamond studs.

11) Blue & White Printed Scarf - To give basic outfits a girly, spring vibe, I’m packing two scarves (one is a short, pink neck scarf) including a blue + white printed one to wear with sweaters and jeans.

12) White Converse - These are my favorite travel shoes because they endure everything. I don’t want to pack my big wellies for this trip, so I’m taking the white Converse because they do well in the rain or shine.

13) Beige Suede Slides - I adore my beige slides! They’re the perfect balance of casual and dressy, depending on how you style them.

14) Small Basket Bag - Since it is spring after all, I can’t travel without my favorite basket bag.

15) Barrington Tote - My Barrington tote is the perfect travel bag. I’ll carry it on the plane and use it on days when I need to carry more with me, such as my camera or snacks.

16) Instax Mini 8 - I actually bought this camera just for this trip (and I’ll use it in the future, too) because I want to be able to have cute little polaroids to put in my journal.

17) Fujifilm x-t20 - I’m also, of course, taking my mirrorless Fujifilm x-t20 camera and 35 mm lens to use for taking photos around the city.

18) Trench Coat - You can’t very well go to London or Amsterdam, in my opinion, without a trench coat. I’m actually taking two (which I plan on sharing and swapping out), one that’s lighter and one a little bulkier just in case.

19) Rain Jacket - So that poor weather can’t ruin the day, I’m packing my hooded rain jacket.

20) Wide Brim Hat - As another way of re-styling a simple outfit, I’m taking my wide brim brown hat.

1) Gingham Day Dress - I’m taking a fun, periwinkle gingham dress to (hopefully) wear on our day in Notting Hill and Kensington Palace Gardens because I think the color will be so fun surrounded by all of the pastel buildings and flowers.

2) White Cashmere Sweater - I love this versatile sweater because cashmere works in so many different climates. I’ll be pairing this with my jeans and various accessories.

3) Black Square Neck Blouse - This square neck blouse is so flattering and looks especially good with gold jewelry and statement earrings. It will definitely be a piece that I rewear as much as possible.

4) White Tee - The perfect layering piece, right? I plan on wearing it quite a bit under my cardigan and trench coats, styled with scarves and different necklaces.

5) Black Silk Camisole - Another good layering piece, I love wearing black camisoles for any occasion, dressed up or down. I will probably wear with with my cardigan and Lululemon leggings for our outdoorsy day.

6) Long Beige Cardigan - One of my favorite outer layers is a thin, beige cardigan that I wear all the time at home to the point that it’s almost like a comfort blanket.

7) Blue High-Waisted Jeans - One of two pairs of jeans I’m taking with me, my blue high-waisted pair from Madewell are so comfortable and flattering.

8) Black High-Waisted Jeans - Black skinny jeans have been my go-to for years. I’ll mix and match them with everything else I bring as they are a perfect base for any outfit.

9) Gold Pendant Necklace - To dress my outfits up, I’m bringing a couple of different gold necklaces.