Packing for Rio

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c/o French Connection Laurie Oversized tote, J.Crew Panama Hat in white, VIX Multi-Colored bikiniWildfox Classic Deluxe Fox sunglasses in Crystal, Kate Spade All Roads Lead to Rio clutch, New York Times 36 Hours : South America, Go-Pro Hero 3 videocamera, Thakoon Additions shirtdress

I have a few items that must be in my suitcase for summer travel: a hat, an easy dress, a great travel guide, sunglasses, and most recently, my Go-Pro. All of these items can get me around a city even if I forget everything else. Since I am about to leave for a city I have never visited I have been checking the weather, googling what to wear, and searching my closet for viable contenders. Luckily for me my Kate Spade “All Roads Lead to Rio” clutch I have been carrying around for weeks came with a packing list specifically for Rio (in picture above). After reading what she recommends I feel my packing is on the right track!  Here is what she says you need…

1. a panama hat – for sunny days strolling the Ipanema beach boardwalk

2. a big, lightweight tote – for scaling sugarloaf mountain & conquering rio’s other (colorful) sites

3. dancing shoes – for poolside parties & after hours jazz clubs

4. a sleek shirtdress – for sightseeing in the mourning & the beach in the afternoon

5. wrap necklace – they do double duty as bracelets, too

I hope this post and Kate has helped you for your next summer adventure!


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Tambourine Sonics dress

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Tambourine Sonics dress, Jimmy Choo ‘Baxen’ wedge, Kate Spade ‘All Roads Lead to Rio’ clutchGiles & Brother Spike Pave braceletGiles & Brother Spike Pave ringDana Rebecca Lauren Joy + Sylvie Rose necklace

What a weekend! I was able to spend it with my parents and dog – who I sadly had to say goodbye to for a month! My heart is heavy today without my little Annie Veuve! Why did I send her to summer camp with the grandparents? I am gearing up for a few weeks of travel. Not only have I been stressed about saying bye to my little girl, making sure everything is in order while we are gone, making sure the house sitters have everything they need, cleaning the house, and working on having a stock pile of blog posts, but I also have to pack for A MONTH!  For someone who is an over-packer this is a total challenge and something that has been on my mind for a while. I preach about “Packing staples, packing smart, packing services, and other tips and tricks to easing the stress but I still get worked up every time I have to do it. Usually to help cope with this stress – I go shopping so I don’t have to think about what to pack, I just bought it!  Isn’t that so annoying?  When you preach something to other people then realize it is so much easier said then done. Although I have gotten better, packing is still my nemesis.

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a closet clean out in hopes packing would be easier, as I would have fewer options. Alas, it hasn’t been and in return I have reverted to old ways. Since I was getting buyers remorse before ever pulling the trigger I decided to get a piece I knew could be worn in many different situations – with flats in Brazil, sneakers walking around London and/or at a cocktail hour in Geneva. Looking for something that fits all of these scenarios I stumbled upon a new brand, Tambourine. Their items are all very beautiful and basic – perfect for travel! After debating between a few different pieces, I chose the Sonics dress! I have really been gravitating toward white this summer (seen here in All White Denim + Linen and All White Pre-Easter), so why not add a really cool LWD to the mix? The material makes the dress casual but the buttons and draping can easily dress it up. I almost wore this dress with my panama hat and sandals (that versatile) but decided to wear a pair of sparkly heels since that, never happens! Fun to step out of the norm! I am excited to put this one in the suitcase and show it some Latin Love! See you soon Rio! #MASfashiontravels

photography by suki lynn

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