Holiday Getaway Must-Haves

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It’s Thanksgiving! This officially kicks the “holidays” into high gear. For many of us, this equates to travel. Does anyone have as much trouble packing as I do?

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In all aspects of life, I tend to give great advice and not take it. For example, I could advise you on what to pack for a long weekend. I know the rules; stretch your staples, work your wrinkle-free, rely on one great boot & so on. But I am someone who likes to dress for dinner even if no one else is (photo op!!). So when we drive south for a 4 night holiday, I tend to fill up the Tahoe with accessories, pumps and a few extra party options.

Sometimes I have to refocus on the essentials. When it comes to must-haves, most of mine are in the beauty/gadget department. A girl is only as good as her tools, amiright?

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1. this clip situation is the coolest contraption – I took it off a 90s dress and use it when I need a cinch at the waist, but a belt just won’t do
2. philosophy eye cream – because it’s never too early
3. book light – serves so many purposes (reading at night not withstanding) – I clip this baby to my lapel on the regular
4. static guard & sweater weather are synonymous
5. yummy NEST travel spray in Midnight Fleur via Pigmint
6. spin pin! If you have longish to long hair, it’s an absolute must – this lil pin holds all my hair up in an epic bun
7. MAC beauty balm – not too much / not too little (my buddy Kory Tyler turned me on to this)
8. ELF brow compact – this is a product I swear up & down by – $3 to epic brows everyday y’all
9. cold cream – I used to make fun of my poor mama when she used this but I’ve seen the err of my ways – the ONLY thing that will remove heavy eye makeup without removing lashes in the process
10. Clinique green concealer – green counteracts red so this stuff is a lifesaver for imperfections plus it has a bit of salicylic acid so (the hope is) your face will look better when you take it off!
11. Maybelline 14hour lipstick in wine and forever & handy dandy case (vintage) – this is my go-to dark lip for Fall
12. hot rollers – call me old fashioned but I love being able to roll my hair up, chill/eat/whatever for a while, unroll & voilà!

A few beloved things that go with me on weekends away…

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Vintage Leather Moto Jacket – Grey Dog
Jewels, jewels, jewels in travel hanger
Extra Tall Vintage Hat Box (I can fit 6+ in there!)

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The Window Shopper’s Spring Must Haves

Payton Bridewell shares The Window Shopper’s must-haves for Spring with At Home in Arkansas

I had the honor of sharing my must-haves for Spring with At Home in Arkansas. Here is the post.

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Payton is the PR Chair of NWA Fashion Week. She is a fashion enthusiast with a corporate job in the beauty industry. She produced and styled photo shoots for the boutiques participating in NWA fashion week. She can also be found playing dress up on her blog, thewindowshopper.org or @mspayton on instagram. She’s very excited about fashion week; you can find her hosting the events on Thursday & Friday nights!

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1. An Earcuff: I love wearing an earcuff lately. It adds edge without an actual piercing.
Ear Cuff, $88 shopbop.com
2. A bum bag: I’ve always loved fanny packs and I’ve picked a few up at thrift shops over the years. But for those who want something a little higher end, there seem to be more options out there. This version is both convenient & chic.
Bumbag, $165 DKNY
 3. A one piece swimsuit: I wear a one piece as a leotard with jeans or high waist pants because it keeps the lines very clean. You can also hop in the pool at a moment’s notice.
Swimsuit, $59 ASOS
 4. A colorful nail color: I work for P&G and I love the new CoverGirl Nail shades, like Mint Mojito. You really don’t need a topcoat!
CoverGirl Outlast Nail, $4.94 Walmart
 5. Go with everything sandals: I gravitate toward anything clear or Lucite so I hope to pick up these Seychelles’ sandals from Maude in Fayetteville
Seychelles Heels, $89 Maude
 6. A portable iPhone speaker: I keep one in my purse for impromptu dance parties.
iHome Speaker, $19 Target
7. Insoles: I wear heels almost every day. Dr Scholl’s insoles make it possible
High Heel Insole, $7.97 Walmart

What I Wore: Moody Maxi + Criminails

what I wore: dress – thrifted one to watch, nails – PISTOLpolish in criminail, booties – gianni bini, ring – black cherry vintage

So my extremely wonderful and talented friend recently started a subscription nail polish company. It’s similar to birchbox but you get full sizes.  Basically, you pay a monthly fee and two full size polishes are sent to your door in up-to-the-minute current hues. I was so excited to get mine that I immediately put it on. This is a sparkling gunmetal called criminail. Check it out here —-> PISTOLpolish, follow twitter @PISTOLpolish or find it on facebook.

Also, I found this dress for $3 at a local thrift store. I love the details like the high back neck and the slit. The colors do date it but I don’t really mind, especially for the pretty price tag.

Party Trick: Lips

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I love wearing bold lipstick but I always get it on my teeth and I hate reapplying after one sip of a drink. One of my favorite tricks is to layer a favorite shade over a longwear. I kid you not, it lasts all day. Working for CoverGirl, I obviously tried the Outlast longwear and it works amazingly. I have looked for other drug store versions and have not been able to replicate so it really is my #1 recommendation. For Red lips, I use Outlast in Everreddy and once it dries I apply Lip Perfection in Hot.

For hot pink lips, I use Outlast in Dusty Rose and Lip Perfection in Spellbound.

The Modern Fanny Pack

There are some things that I won’t do. There are less things that I won’t wear. A fanny pack is not one of those things. Those who know me well know that I’m unabashedly unafraid to bust them out at occasions other than a music festival or an amusement park. Some of the people dare to look down on this habit. I realize that not all fanny packs are cute or flattering, but some are! And I would like to share those with you now. Beware: some of them appear under the guise of “belt purse”. Click on pics to shop!

Traveler in Avocado Canvas - Made to Order

4th of July Style Guide

Sneakpeakad-l_largeImage 1 of ASOS Leather Portfolio ClutchMeco Series 4100 Model 4106 Square Utility Charcoal Grill, RedShaved Ice As Nice DressStart the Sapphire DressCruise to Cape Cod HeelImage 2 of Whistles Straw Trilby HatImage 1 of ASOS Leather Obi Tie BeltImage 1 of Lipsy Multi Feather Drop EarringsWhite and Shining Armor WedgePure Matte LipstickRebecca Minkoff Anabel Ruched ShortMelissa Odabash Brigitte Dress

White Clutch – ASOS, Red Grill – Amazon, Red Dress – Modcloth, Blue Party Dress – Modcloth, Striped Platform – Modcloth, Red Fedora – ASOS, Blue Belt – ASOS, Feather Earrings – ASOS, White Wedge – Modcloth, Nars Red Lipstick – Sephora,  Sunglasses – Forever21, White Shorts – Bloomingdales,  White One Piece – Net -A- Porter,  Blue Dress – Rebecca Minkoff,