Travel Packing Tip

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 Club Monaco Striped sweater (on sale), David Lerner Leather shorts (old but similar here), c/o RetroSuperFuture sunniesJohnston & Murphy loafers similar Horn Long necklaceDana Rebecca Lauren Joy + Sylvie Rose necklace

Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do. It really is one of my passions so I am beyond excited to bring you more travel centered posts. From city guides, to places I want to visit, I hope you enjoy! The first stop for this new series is none other than sunny Scottsdale! I traveled there a few weeks ago and didn’t want to leave. The food, the scenery, the sun…more to come on that later! Let’s chat about packing. YUCK! For as much as I love traveling I hate packing just the same. You always over pack or under pack. You feel like you don’t have the right thing or you do but left it at home. It has always been a struggle for me! I have talked about packing on this blog before (Packing Smart :: Portavi), but the more I travel the more I learn. Through the years I have made a mental list of a few items that I can’t leave home without. These items have been life savers over the past few years of traveling. I won’t spill all the secrets yet but I can tell you near the top of my list – a striped top. Not only is it appropriate for any occasion, it always looks great, and can be used as a neutral. It doesn’t matter which pattern you are wearing, a striped top is sure to fit! Wether I have needed a swimsuit cover-up, a shirt to go on a walk, something to dress-up a pair of jeans, or something to mix with a nice skirt, the striped top has never failed me.

So instead of packing a number of different shirts for every different occasion, consider a striped top. You will be amazed at the wear you will get out of it and the compliments that will surely follow! Since it is such a necessary item for your upcoming travels, I have selected a few choices that will fit the bill:

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Summer Sale Season


  • BaubleBar: 30% off full priced items w/ code MEMORIALDAY – sale ends May 26 
  • Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles w/ code EVENT
  • Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale going on through June 1st
  • Neiman Marcus: Save up to 40% off in select departments
  • Madewell: Extra 30% off all sale styles w/ code OHYES – Ends May 26
  • Moda Operandi: Spring sale up to 50% off! (one of my favorite sales)
  • Serena & Lily: 20% off everything w/ code SUMMER20
  • Barney’s Warehouse: Extra 30% off site wide
  • French Connection: 30% off online w/ code S14MEM
  • West Elm: Spend more save more sale w/ code SUMMER 
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off select styles (no code needed)
  • J.Crew – Extra 30% off sale items + 25% off packing picks

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale


Yes, it is that beautiful time of year when there are lots of sales. I am such a bargain hunter (unless I really love someone) that I get giddy at the site of a sale! Growing up I would always tell my dad I “saved $…” Much to his dismay, he would inform me but you still spent, “$…” Uhg, he never understood, but seriously, I still feel like I “save” money when there is a sale even though I am still spending. Whichever way you look at it, sales are tres bien! My last conquest was the Biscuit Home sale where I bought this incredibly adorable quilt for one of my guest bedrooms, a few gifts for my nieces, and these sheets that will go perfectly with my new bedding! But the sale that has me waking up happy this morning? Nordstrom’s half yearly. Holy mecca of womanly goodness – make-up, skincare, perfumeshoes, swimclothing, home goods, and gifts, ALL on sale! I mean, how cute are these Rag & Bone Croc embossed sandals. And remember when I wrote about EACH X OTHER? Every one of their pieces is one sale. I have had my eye on this Metallic Leather Terry sweatshirt since seeing in a few weeks ago in Canary and it is now 40% off! If you are a bargain gal like me – may the odds be ever in your favor.. Just kidding! That was so cheesy! But seriously, happy hunting shopping!

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