Packing for Europe

As you must know by now because I never shut up about it, Melly (my younger sister) and I are heading to Europe in exactly one week! Our trip begins in Greece, covers all the big spots in Italy (Milan – my friend is doing a law internship there!, Florence, Venice, Naples, Capri, and Rome), hits Paris (doing the most romantic city on the planet with my sister seems fitting), breezes through Edinburgh, and ends in Dublin (for my sister’s 22nd birthday. Trouble will ensue).

Anyway, as if planning the whole trip wasn’t stressful enough, I’m now working on what to pack. We’re staying in a lot of hotels and apartments with washers and dryers, so I plan on doing a lot of laundry in an effort to reduce the amount of clothing I bring. I need to have room to bring more back. Duh. I definitely plan on bringing everything I’ve included in this post, along with an old blazer and a few other sun dresses. In terms of jewelry, I think I’m just bringing my watch, my monogram necklace, and pearl earrings so I don’t have to worry about losing anything. Do you have any other recommendations?

 Stripe Sun Shift

J.Crew Sun Shift, $98


J.Crew Sheath Dress, $98

Lilly Pulitzer Macauley Dress, $188

Jackie Cardigans from J.Crew, $65

Cotton Sweater from Vineyard Vines, $125 (Take 25% off with code FRIENDS2013)

Eyelet Dress from Vineyard Vines, $165

3″ J.Crew Chino Shorts (in pretty much every color), $45

Tie-Front Shorts from Banana Republic, $49.50

Bikini from Victoria’s Secret, $46

J.Crew Eyelet Skirt, $75

Lilly Pulitzer Mardi T-Shirt, $58

Kate Spade Crossbody Bag, $178

Jacks Rogers, $110

AG Adriano Goldschmied Skinny Jeans, $172

Murfee Scarf, $118

Michael Kors Runway Watch, $250

Folding Wayfarers from Ray-Ban, $160

Wedges by Ugg (who knew they had cute shoes?!), $104.99

I’ve Got My Toes in the Water

So I’m pretty much the luckiest girl in the world and was invited on a two week trip to Hilton Head, starting tomorrow – my 23 birthday! As such, I’m going to take the next two weeks off on my blog. I’ll still be tweeting away, so if you need your daily dose of Preppy Delight, you can head on over to my Twitter page.

Before I leave, I figured a beach post would be appropriate. Every prep loves his or her beach vacation, so I’m going to share my favorite beach essentials. Hope you enjoy!

Notte Stellata from Shabby Apple, $78

Seersucker Swimsuits from J.Crew, $29.99-82.00

Panache Lucille – Top, $53.92 and Bottom, $53.92

Odette Striped Bikini – Top, $100 and Bottom, $104

Biscayne Bay Bow Bikini Top from Heidi Klein – Top, $168 and Bottom, $136
(Definitely a little pricey, but you could always just buy the top and use basic navy bottoms!)

Bahama Map Chappy Trunks from Vineyard Vines, $79.50

Everette Seahorse Swim Trunks from J.McLaughlin, $95

Open Shoulder Cover-up from Victoria’s Secret, $59.50

Seersucker Tugs from Shop Tugs, $14
(These are super adorable and totally practical. You don’t want to lose your shades while cooling off in the ocean!)

Script Sunglasses from Pineapple Grove Gifts, $36.50

Folding Wayfarers from Ray-Ban, $150
(I personally own these, and I LOVE them. Worth every penny!)

Seersucker Frat Hat from Southern Proper, $25

USA Team Beach Towel from Ralph Lauren, $60

Everyday Beach Towel from Vineyard Vines, $95

Leather Sandals from Rainbow, $48.99
(These flip flops are my absolute favorite. If they break, Rainbow will actually replace them!)

Warehouse Canvas Spot Shopper from ASOS, $48.71

Sorority Tote from Vineyard Vines, $95
(Obviously not everyone is a Kappa, but they also have other sorority prints, university prints, and several other options!)

And last but not least: do NOT forget your sunscreen! Leathery skin isn’t cute on anyone, and I don’t want any of you to have to deal with skin cancer. Ever. My favorite sunscreen is Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer formula, which you can get in an aerosol can or a regular bottle! Oh, and this SPF 50 ChapStick. You don’t want burnt lips, either.