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Packing for a Fall Trip to Newport Beach

October 31, 2014

Whether your car is full of gas or your plane tickets are burning a hole in your inbox it’s time to get to Newport Beach. Even if you’re only traveling a short distance, packing properly is the essential first step to having a great trip. What should I pack, you ask? Well I’m here to go over some basics as well as some commonly made mistakes.

#1 – Nothing gets packed unless it goes with at least two other pieces! We all fall into the pattern of over packing with miss-matched items thinking that we’ll have some ah-ha moment and make a spectacular outfit. Don’t do it, make a plan! List all the places and events included in your travel itinerary and think of the clothes that will be perfect for them.

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When choosing a coat the more neutral the better. Cozy up in this Rick Owens Blanket Coat from A’Marees when heading to the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade or Tree Lighting at Fashion Island.

#2 – Commit to neutrals on at least one half of your body; save the other half for prints. For instance pair printed pant with a white tee and moto jacket or multi color oversized sweater with your favorite denim. Remember that the color grey is the best working neutral for both day and night.

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Great fitting pair of jeans is always a perfect choice, try these McGuire Denim Black Skinny’s from Bardot. They’d be a perfect option to go with your entire vacation wardrobe.

#3 – Bring accessories. One of the best ways you can be stylish is by adding a statement necklace or a wrist full of bangles. They will certainly take up less space and will still allow you to create different looks. Avoid bringing your expensive pieces; there’s no better vacation buzz kill than losing an expensive or sentimental item.

nan fusco necklace
Make a statement with every outfit by pairing the perfect jewels. Nan Fusco always delivers with stunning pieces that can also be converted to maximize their wear.

#4- This might be controversial for my shoe lovers but limit shoes to no more than two or three pairs. Remember your outfits should have already been preselected, so there just is no need for the extra baggage. A pair of comfortable boots or even on trend sneaker would work well, and one dressier pair for evening is all you really need.

Matt Bernson bootie

Head over to Z Collection and pick up these suede Matt Bernson booties, they’re great with dresses and tights or with your skinny pants, and the heel height is optimal for all the sightseeing you’ll be doing.

Now, that you have a plan it’s time to pack, I suggest rolling, NOT folding. You’ll find that you will have a lot more space and the items won’t shift around so easily. Make sure all toiletries are separated into plastic bags! Shoes should be neatly wrapped in a shoe bag with jewelry tucked inside the toe. You’re all set, have a great vacation!

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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