July 23, 2014 - Better You, Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Packing Lists, Style

Packing List: Twelve Days of Mix and Match Summer Outfits

Warning:  If you don’t like vacation photos, then this post is not for you!

Hey pretties!  We are back from our two-week eastern US vacation.  It feels like it’s been an eternity!  For this year’s trip, we decided upon an old-fashioned family road trip (much to our children’s dismay).  We visited family and did some sight-seeing in Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and Washington D.C. before finishing off with a week in our home state of Pennsylvania.

But first, let’s start out with a little style talk (because this is a style blog after all).  I roughly used my Ten Day Summer Vacation Packing List which made packing a breeze and getting dressed even easier.  As I packed, I took photos of each combo, along with accessories, before putting them in my suitcase.  Each morning, I referred to my phone to pick out my day’s outfit.

As a general packing rule, I try to make sure most pieces can be paired up at least two different ways.  Here are some of the outfits I took on our trip.







All of my makeup and toiletries fit into my Bellino vanity case from Maxwell Scott.


This was my 4th of July look and the outfit I wore for the first day of our journey.


Our first stop of the vacation was at our family lake house on Lake o’ the Pines in Jefferson, Texas.  We watched fireworks and enjoyed some burgers before setting out on the long drive to Atlanta the next day.


We drove 12 hours (one of the longer legs of our trip) to northern Atlanta to visit with my husband’s aunt and cousins.  The highlight of this trip for the girls was driving the Gator and bathing their horses.


After spending a few days there, we were off to Myrtle Beach.  Our family can’t have a vacation without a visit to the beach.  This was our first time at Myrtle and we were pleasantly surprised.



Day-5-Myrtle-Beach From Myrtle, we headed north to tour Washington D.C. for a few days.  We hit all of the major landmarks, monuments and museums and even met up with my best friend and her family for dinner one night.





The whirlwind tour of D.C. (not to mention all of the driving) left us a little exhausted and more than ready for a week of relaxing in Pennsylvania.


The girls got to bottle feed some newborn calves at a farm near where my parents live.  This was one of the highlights of their trip.



Devon got behind the wheel of this Cadillac his grandparents recently bought.  It looks more like it belongs in Texas than PA!


I took a stroll down memory lane at my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  It’s been almost 18 years since I’ve been back there.  The campus is just as beautiful as I remembered it.  It was fun getting to take the kids there, especially with Devon heading out to college in just a few weeks.  This is Sutton Hall, which housed the original teachers’ college.


The title of this photo is “Slap Happy Girls After 14 Hours in a Car”.  This was the first leg of our return trip home.  We stopped in Memphis for the night before driving the remaining 7  hours back to Dallas the next day.


There you have it – 16 days and 52 hours of driving.  We promised our kids that next year’s vacation will involve a flight and a beach in Mexico.  They were definitely troopers!


A big thanks and shout out to my guest posters – Alicia from The Dumbelle, Blaire and Whitney from Peaches in a Pod and Cynthia from My Rose Colored Shades.  You have no idea how much I appreciated their amazing content while I was gone.  And thanks to all of you too for continuing to read and comment while I took a break.


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  1. Looks like you had a great trip! So fun to get in the car and head to several different destinations!


  2. What a great family trip! Those kind of vacations are definitely memory makers. Love the pics:)

  3. Wow, it looks like a great trip! Growing up we used to do these kinds of vacations too, traveling around to visit with family members. It wasn’t glamorous but I have so many memories from those vacations!

  4. Great vacation pics. I think PA is one of the prettiest states in the union. It’s often overlooked in that regard. I ride there from NY on my motorcycle and love the bucolic country roads.

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  6. Great photos! I didn’t know you were from my home state of PA.! I’m in Bucks County. : )

  7. Looks like a fun filled road trip! You picked some very easy to pack items. Shorts are my favorite item to pack when traveling in the summer!

  8. ALISON! I feel like I just had a huge A-HA moment reading this post. I have no idea why I’ve never thought of this before … I mean, I’ve done two of the challenges so far and it involved a photo of an outfit, but this?

    “As I packed, I took photos of each combo, along with accessories, before putting them in my suitcase. Each morning, I referred to my phone to pick out my day’s outfit.”

    GAME CHANGER! Seriously. My husband and I like to travel several times a year and I end up spending a lot of time digging through my suitcase trying to remember outfits I planned in my head. This idea is GENIUS. We’re heading to Napa next week and I’m going to start taking photos of outfit combos when I get home tonight. Thank you so much for the great tip!!

  9. What a fun trip! I honestly think old fashioned family road trips are the best kinds of vacations! Loved the pictures – looks like you had a blast!

  10. So glad you guys had a fun vacation! Loving all the photos. And thanks for sharing your outfit ideas. I need some inspiration for our vacation in a few weeks. I’ll definitely be referencing your summer vacation packing list! Your family is too cute!

  11. Wow that is a lot of driving! I love your tour of Washington and you and your girls are all wearing black and white work out shorts 🙂 Glad you had a good time and that you all still love each other after 52 hours of driving! YIKES! Welcome home!

  12. I LOVE vacation photos! I wanna go on vacation. It looks like you had a fabulous time. Feeding the calves…. Ahhhww….. the turtle, the hammock, the vanity case…. It’s all perfect!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  13. My family has been going to Myrtle for years & we absolutely love it. At this point it feels like a second home to us. Glad to know you enjoyed it!

  14. That’s such a smart idea to take quick pics of outfits AND ACCESSORIES before you pack them! It’s so easy to completely blank on what goes with what when you have only a few minutes to get dressed, plus I’m sure that taking care of a family of five only makes getting-ready time more hectic. Looks like you guys had a great trip!

  15. Your family vacation looked like a grand ole time. 🙂 I like the looks you created with only a few pieces.

  16. What a great trip! It looks like you had a lot of fun. And, you are so organized with your packing. I try and try, but always end up packing way too much.

  17. Ok, not going to lie, totally screamed when I saw that vanity case. SO gorgeous! It looks like you guys had a great (and super packed!) trip! Hope you’re recovering from the vacay!

  18. You have such a cute family!! Despite all the long driving this looks like it was a fun adventure! I always love a vacation no matter if it’s to mexico or on a roadtrip across the states 😉 As long as there’s a little beach time squeezed in their it’s all good!


  19. Thanks again doll! xo
    I love your packing tips – I’m going to Martha’s Vineyard in September. def will be taking a photo of my outfits beforehand to refer to!

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  21. I just read your blog for the first time & noticed your daughter was wearing a Wylie pirates t shirt. How random, I graduated from Wylie High, and still live here.

  22. You were in my neck of the woods!! I hope you enjoyed DC. So many great things to do. Your vacay looked like a blast. Thanks for hosting this great link up. xo ~ Megan

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