It’s pretty crazy what a change in scenery can do for your mind, isn’t it? I’ve been at my parents’ house since Thursday and it’s been so great to just get away for a little bit and escape the hustle and bustle. Swapping the concrete jungle of NYC for green grass and blue skies isn’t something I used to long for, but it’s been so nice to decompress, spend time with my family, and quite frankly — do a whole lot of nothing.
My mom, dad, and I drove to Champaign yesterday (where I went to college) to watch the Illinois Baseball game. (The team has now won 24 games straight and has already clenched the Big Ten championship!) We brought my dog, Daisy, but found out that dogs stopped being allowed into the games two years ago. Oops! We couldn’t exactly drive the 90 miles back to take her back home, so I ended up sitting outside of the stadium with her for the entire game. And my phone was dead. Normally, I would have freaked out under these circumstances. “THREE HOURS WITH LITERALLY NOTHING TO DO?! THIS IS SUCH A WASTE OF TIME!” But I just embraced it — and oh my gosh you guys, it was so nice to be outside on a beautiful day, with nowhere to be, and no digital device to distract me from my own thoughts. If you can’t go a whole weekend or an entire day, I highly recommend just unplugging for a few hours if you can! (Hint: you can.)
I’m working from Illinois this week because I’m headed to Chicago for a wedding this coming weekend! I packed for the entire trip — all twelve days — in this blue carry-on suitcase from Zappos. Sometimes less is more! There’s nothing I hate more than being bogged down by my luggage when I’m traveling so I always try to pack only a carry-on. This suitcase actually has a little zipper that opens to expand, which gives you a few extra inches! My trick on this trip? Most of the wardrobe I packed is navy and white so everything pairs back to each other. All of my shoes match all of my outfits, I can wear each top with white jeans, blue jeans, or boyfriend jeans. Options are endless, even though there are just a few pieces! (An added bonus — being able to wash my clothes at my parents’ house before I go up to Chicago.)
These Ralph Lauren espadrilles from Zappos are sure to be my go-to wedges this summer! We already know that majority of my closet is navy blue and with how comfortable these are, I already know they’re going to get worn over and over and over again. They’re great for summer travel because you can wear them on the plane (or train) and step off at your destination looking that much more put together. Last summer, there were multiple weekends where I had to go straight from the airport to an event to meet my friends (no time for an outfit change) and comfortable heels were a must-have.
Get the Look…
Joe Fresh Scarf (similar here & here)
Old Navy White Jeans
Lauren Ralph Lauren Espadrille Wedges via Zappos
Lilly Pulitzer Aviator Sunglasses via Zappos
Delsey Suitcase via Zappos
Michael Kors Watch
Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet
Lauren Ralph Lauren Bracelet (on sale here .. also available here)
Ann Taylor Cuff (wearing two)
Essie ‘Petal Pusher’