LA Weekend Packing List

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I’d like to say that I’m packing light for my trip to BeautyCon in Los Angeles this weekend. I’d like to say that I’m bringing two shirts, a pair of shorts, and a dress, and that I’m going to be the ultimate master of mixing and matching. But I prefer to avoid gratuitously lying on my blog.

The last time I was in Los Angeles, I was drooling on Mickey Mouse at Disneyland and only ate macaroni and cheese. I had no idea what high heeled shoes were, and I couldn’t have cared less about going to a pool party unless people were actually swimming. I’ve already confessed how little-kid dazzled I am by the glamour of fashion in a big city, and Los Angeles takes the glamour of San Francisco and gives it highlights, a spray-tan, and thrice-weekly Pilates.

So, I’m bringing seven pair of shoes for three days, and I’m damn proud. I could pretend that this is just another routine weekend trip in the life of a fashion blogger, but it’s not. Frankly, I’m so excited I’m about to pee myself (ok, not really- I would never ruin my new leather shorts).

To try to slightly tone down my tendency to pack like a rabid wolf chowing down on its last fashion meal, I stuck to neutrals for my outfits and added pops of my beloved fuchsia with accessories and fun nails. The badass sandals I mentioned before proved to be absolutely walkable, so I’m going to rely on them for most of the trip other than evenings when I hobble from a cab to a barstool. And who can resist a neon-pink bikini?

Who knows, maybe I’ll actually swim.


Sonoma Packing List

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1) jersey maxi skirt, 2) lived-in chambray, 3) striped tank, 4) tinted lip balm, 5) statement sandals, 6) non-greasy sunscreen, 7) bright cutoffs, 8) floaty scarf, 9) oversized sunglasses

It’s no secret (ok, it’s painfully obvious) that I’ve been cheating on my beloved San Francisco with wine country lately. Perhaps it’s my stubborn Midwestern-girl belief that summer should be hot, or maybe it’s the allure of catching up with one of my closest friends over a glass of bubbly. After many such visits to Napa & Sonoma, I’ve finally developed my perfect weekend packing list.

A drapey maxi skirt and striped tank are relaxed and chic for wine tasting. I like to elevate a casual outfit with bold sandals that are comfy enough to wear all day. For hot weather, I pare down my beauty routine and skip heavy lipsticks in favor of a tinted balm and layer of sunscreen. I like Neutrogena’s Dry Touch for its lack of grease factor and serious staying power. Finish the look with a pair of oversized sunglasses- I love them for their fun factor, but they’re also key in protecting the delicate skin around your eyes (thank me in 20 years).

I’ll be spending time with family in Sonoma this weekend, and I’ve heard rumors of a picnic and game of croquet (let’s hope I avoid hitting my own foot this time). Bright cutoff shorts, repeating the comfy tank, and a broken-in chambray tied at the waist are the way to go for a relaxed day in the park. I always bring a soft, square scarf to keep cozy once the temperature drops at night.

What are your staples for a summer weekend away?