Summer of Wanderlust – Luxor Look Book

There is nothing quite like the Egyptian sun.  When the day is long and the sun dips to the horizon, a glow is cast across the land, bathing the ancient and the new in its warmth, as if to connect the past with the present in a single moment.

Blessed to have visited Egypt twice, my favorite city by far is Luxor.  It is home to so many archeological treasures and offers the ultimate journey into ancient Egypt.  On the East Bank of the Nile lies the extensive Luxor and Karnak Temples, where you can get lost in a maze of massive columns covered in hieroglyphics and walk among giant statues of kings past.

Head to the West Bank and you will find the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second female pharaoh of Egypt and the extraordinary Valley of the Kings where the tombs of pharaohs are burrowed into the mountains.

Luxor is a gift. It was my honor to stand in the presence of history and lay my eyes on another time.  This look book is inspired by the glimmer and mystery of this amazing city and I hope you enjoy it!

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Sandals/Forever 21, Belt/Target, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/Thrifted, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Bought in Egypt, Earrings/Bracelet/Bought in Mexico}

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{Pants/Top/Scarf/Bought In India, Belt/Target, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Turban/Santee Alley}

Summer of Wanderlust – Mexico City Inspired Look Book

Mexico City is an explosion of color, set against an ornate colonial backdrop.  It’s the oldest capital city in the Americas, founded by the Aztecs in the 1300s and has seen many incarnations in the years since.

It’s a bustling city that wears its history on its streets and in its architecture. This week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book is inspired by the vibrancy of everyday life and the brilliant colors of this city, from the markets to the museums.

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{Dress/Hat/Vintage (Thrifted), Shoes/Nine West, Belt/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Bag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Dress/Thrifted, Shoes/Franco Sarto (Thrifted), Earrings/H&M}

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{Blouse/CasaOtomi, Skirt/Salvation Army in Bucharest, Romania, Belt/From Mexico (Thrifted), Scarf/Bag/Vintage, Shoes/ Vintage from Runway Boutique L.A.}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Alice Springs Look Book

Alice Springs is a small, outpost town from which you can discover the vast, sun kissed landscapes of the Australian Outback.  Mustard mountains burrowed into red earth, dotted with sage colored brush, nature’s paints on the canvas of the Outback.

This is a sacred space where ancient landscapes and ancestral stories are protected by the Aboriginal people for generations to come.  It’s a place of solitude, vastness, connection and contemplation, a planet all it’s own residing on this stretch of earth.

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{Pants/INC International Concepts, Dress worn as a top/Fashion To Figure, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Necklace/Bought in India, Hat/Bought on a cruise, Mixed Bangles/From India & Thrifted}

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{Skirt/Ralph Lauren (Thrifted), Top/Thrifted, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Layered Necklaces/Sistas Jewelry, Bracelets/Bought in India}

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Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Jacket/Boots/Thrifted, Necklace/Anukah Accessories, Hat/Bought on a cruise}

Summer of Wanderlust – Manaus Look Book

Manaus may not be a city you’ve heard of, but it’s one where adventure awaits.  The capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, it’s the departure port for river cruises and expeditions into the Amazon rainforest.  It’s a colonial city set among the lush landscape and this week I am taking inspiration from the dense foliage and brilliant colors of the wildlife for this week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book.

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[Dress/Belt//Target, Top/A.n.a. (Thrifted), Shoes/I.N.C. International Concepts, Necklace/DIY, Bracelets (From the Philippines), Earrings/Santee Alley}

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{Top/I.N.C. International Concepts, Skirt/Vintage (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Vintage (Thrifted), Belt/Target, Shoes/Lola Shoetique}

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{Shorts/Torrid, Robe/Marshall’s, Shoes/Necklace/Thrifted, Belt/From Guatemala, Earrings/Tenzin Beads}

Summer of Wanderlust – Havana Look Book

It’s that time of year again where we are gearing up for summer trips or wanderlusting over far off locales. Summer can be a time of lazy dreaming or active adventure. No matter where I’m headed, I find each destination inspiring.  The sights, sounds, colors and designs I encounter around the world always make their way back home with me and into my every day fashion.

Each week this summer, I’ll be sharing a look book inspired by a different city around the world.  I’m using each city as my creative muse and sharing outfit ideas that you can try whether you’re hoping on a plane this summer or chillin at the backyard barbeque.

We are kicking it off with Havana, Cuba! A city trapped in time, painted in warm hues and layered patina.  The streets are oozing with soul and the rhythm of the island dances with the soft ocean breezes.  Sunshiny days give way to sultry, sticky nights without skipping a beat.

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{Dress/Lane Bryant, Bag/Target, Sandals/Marshall’s, Bracelets/From India, Earrings/Sunnies/Santee Alley, Hat/Goodwill}

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{Blouse/Asos via The Plus Bus, Skirt/Chico’s (thrifted), Wedges/BCBG (thrifted), Hat/Goodwill, Earrings/Fan/From the Philippines}

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{Dress/Vintage (thrifted), Tutu Skirt/H&M (thrifted), Hat/Vintage Hollywood Hat Company (thrifted), Shoes/Franco Sarto (thrifted), Belt/Ross, Earrings/Santee Alley}

Be sure to tag #SummerofWanderlust on IG if you try any of these looks or create your own travel inspired outfits! I’d love to see them!

 

 

7 Chic Travel Essentials For Under $45

 

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Whether you are traveling on a 4 hour flight or a 14 hour journey, you more than likely want to be comfortable but if you’re like me you’d like to look somewhat presentable when you land at your destination, not like you just woke up in your pajamas! These travel essentials will keep you feeling cozy while still looking chic and all for under 45!

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#1: Comfy Pants

The first item is a pair of lightweight, comfortable pants. They will keep your legs covered and warm but not hot like sweats. These are like wearing pjs incognito!  The elastic waist also helps with bloating which can occur with the high elevation. {Calvin Klein, $11.40, ThredUp}

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#2: Light Layers

Light layers are perfect for traveling as the temperature can be unpredictable in flight. Stuffy and warm one minute, freezing the next. I paired a tank top with a lightweight long sleeve top. This could also be replaced with a cardigan or light jacket.  It’s easily removable and doubles a light blanket if needed. {Faded Glory Tank, $3.60, Notations Silk Top, $7.80}

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#3: Lightweight Scarf

A lightweight scarf is one of the most valuable items to pack as its the transformer of travel accessories. It can be bundled up and used as a pillow, worn over your eyes as an impromptu eye mask, draped over your shoulders as a blanket, and when you arrive at your destination it can be used as a sarong, blanket or halter top. This one was free with a magazine subscription. The 99 cents store also has a decent selection. {Scarf, Free}

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#4: Sandals

Sandals are the perfect travel shoes because they are easy to remove. You can get them on and off easily going through security. They may not be appropriate for all destinations and weather but onboard the plane they give your feet room to breathe and expand, more so than a tight shoe.  I will admit this particular pair are bit elaborate with the straps. A simple slip on may be more suitable. {Sandals, Old Navy via ThredUp, 6.00}img_8371

#5: Medium Sized Handbag with Long Strap

A medium sized handbag is the perfect size to fit all the essentials for your flight while still being small enough to fit under your seat for easy access. This size bag can fit a tablet, book, snacks, small toiletries, headphones, phone, charger, small bottle of water and travel documents.  It has a ton of pockets for easy storage of items and a detachable strap so it can be worn cross body when you need your hands free, perfect for picking your luggage off the belt! {Urban Expressions Handbag via ThredUp, $11.36}

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#6: Wood Jewelry

While I am a die hard accessory aficionado, I don’t usually wear jewelry on the plane just to be as comfy as possible but this is a great lightweight piece if you are looking to make a statement as soon as you disembark the plane. Wood is also a good option as it won’t set off the metal detectors. Alternatively, you could have a similar piece in your bag and slip it on as you arrive. Instant Chic! {Wood Necklace, Purchased in Romania, $3.00}

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#7: Sunglasses

Make sure to pack a fabulous, cheap pair of sunnies in your bag! They are perfect for hiding bags under your eyes in case you didn’t get sleep on your flight and if you lose them its no biggie as they were a bargain. Add a bright lippie and you will ooze glamour even if you feel like a truck hit you from the jet lag! {Sunnies, Claire’s, $1}

With a little creativity you can also put together a chic travel wardrobe on a budget. All the clothes, bag and shoes were purchased on ThredUp, the largest online consignment shop.  I used their coupon code for 40% off my first purchase to get such great prices on my items. All my items came clean, ready to wear and some were even brand new with tags.  I also snagged a pair of H&M heels for $4.80 for my upcoming trip!

They are offering you lovelies 50% all H&M products on their site. Click here and use coupon code HANDM50 to receive 50% off, up to a $50 discount!

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This post is sponsored by ThredUp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer of Wanderlust – Morocco Inspired Look Book

Only two weeks left in our Summer of Wanderlust and I’ve left some of my favorite countries for last.

This week’s look book is inspired by Morocco.  My husband and I took a private tour by car through the vast landscapes of Morocco in 2006 from the forest through olive groves to a night spent in a Bedoin camp, watching the sunrise in the Sahara Desert.

Buying rugs in the desert, drinking mint tea, getting lost among mounds of spices in the markets of Marrakech, eating our share of tajine, covering my hands in henna, discovering beautiful details around every corner, meeting amazing artisans, uncovering hidden courtyards.  It was a magical journey and I can’t wait to return.  Until then, I leave with a little Moroccan inspiration.

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{Kaftan/Ross, Sandals/Target, Bangles/From India, Earrings/Macy’s, Necklace worn as a headpiece/Santee Alley}

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{Pants/Love Culture, Kaftan/Thrifted, Sandals/Marshall’s, Necklace/Macy’s}

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{Dress/Depop, Scarf/Worn as a belt/Target, Red Belt/Made in Morocco (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in India, Shoes/Forever 21}

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Heels/Michael Kors, Bracelet/Necklace worn as a headpiece/From India, Earrings/Santee Alley}

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