Rachel just got back from her study abroad trip yesterday! We’re definitely excited to be reunited for the whole summer now, especially since we have a lot of fun things planned! To celebrate, we’re going out for lunch and doing some shopping today.
| Old Navy top| Express shorts | The Rage necklace| Charming Charlie bracelet | Coach handbag | Target shoes |
Since we’re going out for lunch and doing some shopping today, I wanted my outfit to be comfortable yet put together. I ended up going with a little bit of a nautical theme today with my anchor top. I’m also wearing a pair of my nautical earrings that I showed in my Myrtle Beach haul. For my other jewelry I wanted to add a little pop of color since the rest of my outfit is pretty neutral. I went with a coral statement necklace since I think it coordinates well with the navy blue top. My turquoise purse also added some extra color as well. I know you’re probably getting sick of seeing these sandals, but of course I finished off my look with my white Target sandals. I promise I’ll wear some different shoes in next week’s post!
| Ivy & Leo Top | Lilly for Target Shorts | Sperry Top-Sider Shoes | Lilly Pulitzer Sunglasses | Longchamp Bag| Kate Spade Watch |
While on my study abroad trip I bought a coral Longchamp bag. I was very excited to use it so I decided to base my outfit for today around the bag. I decided to go with a mint top from Ivy & Leo to make my outfit bright and fun. Since my top and bag are so colorful I went with my Lilly for Target white shorts. I couldn’t resist also pairing the outfit with one of my favorite pairs of sunglasses from Lilly Pulitzer. For shoes I wanted something comfortable for shopping so I went with my Sperry’s. I went with a more simple look for my accessories and decided to just wear my Kate Spade watch.
-Michelle & Rachel
Coming up I have a 15 day study aboard trip where I will be going to Spain and France. One of the biggest stresses of going abroad can be packing for your trip. However, this is my 6th time going abroad so I have picked up some tips & tricks to make it as easy as possible!
Since I am only going to be going for 15 days, I am bringing a large suitcase to check, my Vera Bradley Weekender for my carry-on, and my Longchamp bag for my personal item to keep under the seat ahead of me. Depending on how long you are going, you might be able to get by with a little less or you might have to bring another suitcase. I definitely could get by with bringing a smaller suitcase to check. However, I want to make sure I have room to buy things while I am abroad.
When it comes to purchasing a suitcase, I encourage you to buy one in person so you can “test it out” and see if you like it. When buying a suitcase, make sure you have an idea of the size you are looking for. This is especially important if you are buying a carry-on suitcase since there are size restrictions. I got mine at TJ Maxx and it’s a Swiss Gear suitcase. TJ Maxx is a great place to get a suitcase because they have some great brands at a discounted price. I don’t think it’s worth it to get expensive suitcases when it comes to checked bags since sometimes they can get beat up when getting loaded/unloaded.
When it comes to what style of bag you get, it’s up to you! I like the fabric suitcases over hard cases because I feel like I can’t fit as much into the hard cases. I also prefer the four wheel suitcases. I think it makes it easier to get around the airport with them. Make sure when you are looking at suitcases to check out the wheel and see if they all roll properly.
Important Must Haves
When you decide to go abroad make sure the first thing you do is GET A PASSPORT! If you already have a passport make sure you check the expiration date to see if it will be good throughout your trip. While abroad you will usually have your passport on you at all times. Because of this, I like to have a cute passport holder. I use to have a cheap one from Target but just upgraded to a Kate Spade one thanks to my mom! You don’t have to get a passport holder. I just think it makes it easier to keep track of your passport by adding some color to it.
Another important thing to know when going abroad is what type of currency do they use. Since I am going to Spain and France I had to get Euros to bring along. I suggest getting some before you leave at a bank. However you can also exchange money to the correct currency when you get there. Make sure to call your debit/credit card company before leaving and let them know how long you will be gone, along with what countries you are planning on going to. If you don’t do this the debit/credit card company might think that your card is stolen and shut off your card making it so you can’t use it. It is also suggested to bring a copy of your passport with you in case you lose yours to help with the process of getting a new one abroad. I also think it doesn’t hurt to leave one back home with someone as well. I also like to bring with me a copy of my itinerary if you have one, along with all of the hotels you are staying at with phone numbers and addresses.
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