Sunday, June 29, 2014

I packed too much.

I'm just going to throw some outfits at you rapid fire. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen most of these pictures. However, Instagram's tiny pictures annoy me. I like seeing outfits and faces larger (not oh-my-gosh-that-magnifying-glass-showed-me-a-colony-forming-on-my-nose-hair kind of larger), so here are bigger versions for people as needy as I am.

Jeff and I went to Myrtle Beach with his parents because they have a time share. Our lovely little pooches enjoyed more than the pitiful balcony (and the degenerates living beneath it) our apartment has to offer because they stayed with Jeff's sister for the week. I'm surprised they came home with us after sunning for hours every day, making friends with their cousin dog Trixie, and snacking on cucumber treats.

Anyway, I mostly wore workout clothes and cover ups, but I did put on real clothes from time to time. Of course, I packed too many clothes. I wore maybe a third of what I brought. For shame, Danielle. For shame. 

Technically, I wore this outfit on the last day of school, but it channeled the beach so nicely that I decided to share the details with you.
The Look:
Top: Old Navy
Cardigan: Express (old)
Maxi skirt: New York & Co. (a year or two old)
Sandals: Franco Sarto
Necklace: Old Navy (which is becoming my favorite place to buy jewelry)

I just want to express my love of this crossbody bag to you. It was like $20 from Marshall's, and it's the bee's knees. So many pockets. So much awesomeness.

I own about three pairs of "flip flops," and they're all Reefs. (I did away with Old Navy flops because they offer zero support.) These are the most comfortable ones of the bunch. They went with me to the beach every day, and they have so much padding! 

The Look:
Shirt: Candie's via Kohl's
Shorts: Old Navy (I think they're the 5" length)
Sandals: Reef  
 Sunglasses: LOFT (they were a Christmas gift from Mom--I haven't accidentally sat on them and smashed them to bits yet. Hooray!)

One of Jeff's colleagues actually went to North Myrtle Beach the same week as us, so we met up with them for dinner. I decided to wear this. My legs were sweating from too much lotion. And heat. I thought I sweat through the dress for all to see. Luckily, I did not.
The Look:
Cardigan: The Limited (I love the gold buttons.)
Necklace: art fair find
Dress: Pim & Larkin via thredUP
 Sandals: Enzo Angiolini (they have a bit of a heel, which makes them so comfy!)

I think we were going to Wal Mart. For the billionth time. Why are Wal Marts in vacation spots not scary in comparison to all of the ones located near my actual place of residence?
The Look:
 Top: Old Navy
Shorts: H&M (SO OLD)
Sandals: Pink & Pepper via Marshall's (they also have a little heel to them--I found that I can no longer wear flat, flat shoes or my back hurts. Ah, old age.)

The forecast called for rain the night that I wore this to dinner with Jeff and his parents. Let me tell you. I chose the right hair style for the occasion. Really, by the end of the trip, my hair continued to look like this. I decided to take a vacation from doing my hair, too. 

The Look:
Shirt: SO via Kohl's
Skirt: LOFT (got it at the Tanger Outlets in Myrtle for $20--I bought its purple sister, too.)
Sandals: Pink & Pepper via Marshall's

As you can see, I no longer look like a vampire. Granted, everyone around me turns this red-brown color when they tan. I, on the other hand, turn olive, which one would assume would be my husband's shade. Nope. I tan slowly, but it stays forever. I'll have a Coppertone butt in December. Weird. 
The Look
Shirt: Target
Skirt: LOFT Outlet (got it with the teal one in the previous picture--$20 for the perfect maxi? Yes, please.)
Necklace: Old Navy

This outfit held up SO well in the 8-hour car ride. That never happens. Let's see if I remember this awesomeness come August when we depart for Vegas in order to celebrate my 30th birthday. 
The Look:
Maxi Dress: Old Navy
Shirt: LOFT Outlet (it has birds on it, and I love it so very much.)
Sandals: Franco Sarto
Yes, it would appear that my favorite things to wear were things I bought on vacation. Happily, all of the items matched perfectly with things I brought with me. I win.

I leave you with this. 


  1. These are perfect vacation outfits! My hair does not cooperate at the beach, so a bun or ponytail it always is for me. But I'm pretty sure that's a tiny price I am willing to pay to spend my time on the sand and sea! It looks like you had a blast!

  2. I love all your outfits! I agree with you, I'm HORRIBLE at packing for trips! I always try to pack remixable outfits/pieces, but I always end up throwing in more options 'just in case,' then trying to squeeze my suitcase shut. Oh well, maybe someday I'll get the knack for packing haha. Looks like you had a fun trip!

  3. ah, vacation! It looks like you had a pretty fabulous week! I used to always overpack, but now I've overcorrected and pack EXACTLY the right amount, and then I'm frustrated because I don't get to change my mind at all. Also, if something I expected to wear more than once gets something spilled on it (because I'm SO graceful!), then I'm really in trouble. I'm trying to find the happy medium between overpacking and underpacking.

  4. wait. hold the phone. You're turning 30?! What?! I had you pegged for 26. Anyway, you look great in all of these photos-- I think vacation has that effect on people? I recently went on a trip myself and only over-packed by a few items, which is a huge victory. Love that purple maxi on you!

  5. You are so cute. Also, I would have NEVER guessed you are almost 30! You have the most amazing skin ever!

  6. You wore so many cute outfits for this trip! I leave for a 10 day road trip to Arkansas on Friday and I'm debating bringing anything cute at all. I kind of just want to rock shorts and tanks/tees. But then we're stopping through Vegas the next weekend on our way back and that's the one time I dress just a *bit* less modest than usual. I'm putting off packing because I have no idea what to bring. What do you pack when you'll be spending DAYS in the car, meeting your boyfriends grandma for the first time in hot and humid Arkansas, and then spending a weekend in Vegas? I'm super confused... Pack for me?

  7. Your vacation sounds amazing...and you rocked all the maxi dresses/skirts - holy cow, girl! I bet they were perfect for the beach though :) Also, I can't believe I've never bought jewelry at Old Navy before...what is wrong with me?! I love basically everything else of theirs, why have I not gotten any jewelry?! Haha.


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