Two For the Price of One | One Outfit Two Ways

Two For the Price of One | One Outfit Two Ways

If you’ve been following along, you know that I love to mix high fashion with accessible essentials. I wanted to share with you some outfit ideas that not only do that, but they also give you the most bang for your buck!

Part of the enjoyment that I get out of styling is in the creativity of using what is available within the given budget. So here are some “two for one’res” to get your thrifty fashionista some inspiration today! 

You may remember some of these pieces from my wardrobe if you follow me on Instagram. These pants were originally posted a few months back when we shot our summer wardrobe-essentials from Chicos.

Cami: Black Halo

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse: ALC

Pants: Chico’s  

Orange Strappy Sandals: Zara 

Black Wedge Sandals: Saks Fifth Ave 

 Dior Sadal Bag and Hermès Kelly Bag: Fashion Reloved

What’s more classic (and budget-friendly) than white and navy? 

Here at Style Beyond Age, we think that leopard IS a neutral. This skirt from Free People is no exception! 

Printed Blouse: H&M

Graphic T-Shirt: Chaser Brand

Jacket: Lucky Brand

Skirt: Free People

Pearl Sandals: Tory Burch

Lucite Sandals: Steve Madden

Bone Crossbody: Givenchy

 

Maximize your investment with accessible and versatile pieces.

I did a little tutorial on my IG videos on how I modified this t-shirt. Sometimes I prefer a little more flirty and feminine than what the out of the box crew neck t-shirt has to offer! This one now falls off of the shoulders perfectly without gapping too much. 

Happiness T-Shirt: Spiritual Gangster

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse: Antonio Melani

Pants: Chicos

Sneakers: Adidas

White Sandals: Francesco Russo

 

Make an unexpected statement by pairing an architectural blouse with flowy pants. 

Striped Tunic: Cupio

Crochet Sweater: Chicos

Pants: Free People

Flat Bow Sandals: Karl Lagerfield

Rattan Purse: Anthropologie

Rattan Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

 

Packing Like a Pro | Tips to Avoid Overpacking

Packing Like a Pro | Tips to Avoid Overpacking

Do you pack at the last minute, forget things or throw things in just in case?
or
Do you pack as soon as you can, forgetting what you’ve already packed because you did it so long ago? Overpacking is real, and even after all these years of practice, I still do it too! 


In the age of budget travel, some airlines are not even allowing a carry-on, excess baggage fees are high, and it is almost impossible to define how heavy your luggage is until you get to the airport. We all know that fitting your life into a suitcase smaller than a stool is an almost impossible task, so here are some tips to make the most of your packing, while keeping it all relevant.

 

Plan in Advance
I start a week or two before my trip. To me, packing is the beginning of the adventure. I get a rolling rack out to get started. If you don’t have a rolling rack available, find some space in a spare closet and start picking and choosing what you would like for the trip. Don’t judge at this point; have fun with your imagination. Take a look at what you are gathering up, and you might start seeing a color story emerging. Your color story will end up being key. Over time I reevaluate and assess my choices and make sure items can mix and match.

 

Accessorize Smartly
Pick three pairs of shoes at a maximum – casual/comfortable, smart/eveningwear, and beach/street. Avoid outfits where only one pair of shoes match; this will save valuable room. I get overly excited, and I always have one or two of these outfits on my rolling rack that has to be restyled or deleted! Take multipurpose handbags too. My evening purse can double as a makeup bag.

Check the Weather
Checking the weather for the duration of your stay is obvious, but most people don’t bother. If it looks like it might rain a couple of times, consider wearing a waterproof jacket on the plane to save packing it – Or if the weather is going to be better than you thought, you might want to only bring one pair of long pants with you, plus a couple of thinner sweaters and plan to layer up. The weather really does change everything!

Compartmentalize
Keep your cosmetics and skincare in mini bottles and leave your miniatures bag inside your carry-on bag. You will not need to pack them ever again (remember to replace them as they run out though). You should also store a few Ziploc bags which you can put your leakables in, and I also keep a spare nylon bag for dirty laundry to order to keep them away from fresh clothes. 

 

Make A List

Make a list, check it twice. Plus one more for good measure. You’ll find that by the third time you check, you’re still finding things in there that you don’t particularly need.
If you make a checklist, have an “essentials” column and include items you need to bring at all costs, such as passport, medication, specific clothing for activities or a gift for someone you are visiting.

 

To roll or to fold?
I usually roll my clothes and use packing bags. Eaglecreek has several choices, but I use the super lightweight ones. It is incredible how much you can put in even a small one! My shoes are always in their shoe bags but don’t forget all the space in the toes for socks or other small items like belts and accessories.

Digital Checklist
Inflight entertainment is a must. Don’t forget to pack your earbuds! I also download a movie or a book in case I get stuck at the airport or on the plane with no entertainment. Traveling internationally? Be sure to check in with your phone provider and make sure you have an international plan or turn your roaming off.
Before setting off on vacation, go through your purse or wallet, and leave the cards that you won’t require in a safe place at home. Not only will it make your wallet smaller, but it’s less to worry about if you misplace it, or in the unfortunate event it gets stolen. Smartphones now have mobile payment, and most mobile payment apps store a wide variety of loyalty cards and payment cards – so making the switch will help you in day-to-day life, as well as when you’re away.

 

Leave a little room
Just because there’s a little bit of room left after you’ve finished packing, doesn’t mean you can add that extra shirt “just in case.” I am extra guilty of this. Firstly, we all know that you’ll never be able to pack your bag the same on your way home, it’s just an unwritten travel rule! And secondly, what about those souvenirs you’ve purchased along the way?

A recent study shows that 62% of Americans overpack when they’re traveling, with a third of the people surveyed admitted that they pack their cases less than 24 hours before they travel! Clothing was the most overpacked item. This does more to justify making lists and placing looks on a rolling rack to find the weakest links in your outfits before packing them than anything else I can think of.
Another interesting thing people do when packing is taking comforts like a favorite tea or condiments; travel allows you to try different things. Don’t deny yourself the chance to try something new.

So, if you’ve got a trip coming up soon, why not try out some of these packing tips and see how much room you can save in your case…for souvenirs!

Our Favorite New Budget Fashion Line is CHIC AF!

Our Favorite New Budget Fashion Line is CHIC AF!

As you know we LOVE to support women in business and when Chic AF popped up on our radar we jumped at the chance to support a fellow fashion and travel junkie. We took our haul to Beverly Hills to showcase all of these amazing and affordable styles from our new favorite line that is CHIC AF! 

 

Designer Amanda Bates designs for the Chic Travelista! Chic AF brings you chic style from around the world everyday, without the jet-lag! Not only are the styles super easy and wearable but the prices won’t break the bank either! 

 

My new go-to shirtdress is super lightweight and comfy! I love the contrast stripes. Tres Chic! 

Noailles Cotton Twist Front Dress $58 

The easiest travel dress this summer is heather grey jersey and it is Chic AF! I love the knot front detail for the extra bit of sexy. 

Bernadette Handmade Rattan Bag $68 

It’s all about the round bag this summer. This rattan straw bag was handmade in Bali. It’s cute gingham line with sun cut-out details keeps it super stylish yet one-of-a-kind. 

The signature Chic AF downtown denim jacket is the one that we have all been looking for! It is relaxed, lightweight and will be in constant rotation in your closet. 

My Favorite Chicos Pieces Styled For Spring

My Favorite Chicos Pieces Styled For Spring

I had such a great time looking over the Chicos website. My goal was to find stylish casual clothing that would take me from a shopping trip and an afternoon at the park to a dinner at a lovely restaurant.  I was comfortable and looked chic and appropriate for each occasion. Even the fit was perfect. See evidence below…

PS Most of these guys are on sale now! BONUS!  

Shop Chico’s Now

 

Spring/Summer 2019 Jewelry Trends: Proud Pearls

Spring/Summer 2019 Jewelry Trends: Proud Pearls

When women support other women we can accomplish anything! That is why we are such big proponents of shopping and supporting women all around the world in spreading their message and supporting their small businesses. We are so happy to meet and become friends with our newest penpal, Dutch founder and designer Hannelore of Proud Pearls. Hannelore has over 20 years of experience in the field of international fashion design. Like us, she finds inspiration in her daily life and travels the world in search of new ideas, influences, materials, and possibilities. Luckily for us, she is always open to meet and work with inspiring people from different cultures. We are proud to call her line a must have for your spring/summer fix for the pearl jewelry trend.