Fashionista’s Guide to Summer Vacation Packing (Guest Post) Guest Writer: Sophia Smith

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Fashionista’s Guide to Summer Vacation Packing

Fashionista’s Guide to Summer Vacation Packing

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just appear at the destination of our choosing without going through the whole hassle of packing, lugging our suitcases, and uncomfortable flights? Sadly, we haven’t yet discovered teleports, nor magic, so we’re kind of stuck. But hey, as long as you get to lounge on the beach and sunbathe like a bronzed sun goddess in the end, you’re all good.

However, before you get to do that, you have to pack, and deciding on how much stuff you want to bring versus how much you actually need, can be a nightmare. So, take out your suitcase and get ready, we’re figuring out fashionista essentials here and you want to be writing this down.

High SPF

High SPF

Everyone knows this by now, but it bears repeating – bring your damn sunscreen. People technically know they’re supposed to bring it and use it all the time, but they keep finding excuses, especially if they’re dark skinned. All you ladies out there need to protect your skin, and not just from sunburn. The heat and UV radiation can cause premature aging and cancer, so don’t play around with this, especially if you’re going somewhere tropical.

Light layers

Light layers

It’s summer and you’re going somewhere warm, so of course most of your wardrobe can be tiny, skimpy pieces that make you look sexy as hell, but you do want to keep in mind the cool nights and sudden storms so they wouldn’t catch you off guard. There’s usually no real need for sweaters, but a bunch of shirts that you can layer, a light cardigan or maybe a jacket and you’re set. Pick something that’s easy to combine, like the classic and ever beautiful French Riviera styled pieces – Breton stripes, straw hats, sailor dresses and chambray tops. Or if you’re looking for something more bright, clothes in vivid, solid colors are very popular this year, as is the retro 80s style.

The cutest bathing suit you can find

The cutest bathing suit you can find

What’s the point of summer vacations if you don’t have the perfect bathing suit? What are you gonna do, stay at the hotel the whole time because you don’t feel sexy enough for the beach? Oh no, that won’t do – you need to find a fun, trendy piece that fits you like a glove and makes you look like a sultry seductress. And you know what, you should totally have that, something that makes you look and feel great.

Simple, sporty bikinis can be your go-to for this summer or, if you’re more into boho chic, pick the crochet style which you can wear under a lacy cover up. The trend that takes the cake for 2017 is stylish one piece swimwear, so look for something with a halter neck and bold prints. It’s cool that one piece swimsuits are popular again because swimming won’t be an issue and they hide all your problem areas easily. But if you’re a big girl, don’t be afraid to rock a bikini – there are styles that can totally compliment your body; for example, Camilla Spirit Animal Bikini Set that reflects luxurious yet stunningly boho look.

Versatile clothing and accessories

Versatile clothing and accessories

Since most planes have restrictions on the weight of baggage you can bring and you probably don’t want to lug five suitcases, whatever you pack needs to be practical. But we don’t want to be boring, now do we? What’s the point of a vacation where you can’t show off your style? The solution here is to bring clothes that can be worn in more than one way, and a bunch of accessories.

For example, a light blouse with a floral print that can be worn on its own, or over a tank top, or completely transformed by tying the hem of it into a cute knot – another cool trend for this year. Thin maxi dresses are breezy and comfortable for the summer, or light jumpsuits that can be combined with hoop earrings and a silky scarf. And do make sure to bring a few pieces of jewelry, a hat, and some sexy shades – basically a nice number of accessories that you can use to make your outfits pop.

Makeup and skincare

Makeup and skincare

Since our skin isn’t really able to take a vacation like we are, we do need to bring all our favorite cosmetics with us. Cleanser, toner, moisturizer and a body lotion at the very least. And for the evenings out when you want to look sexy, makeup can give you that touch of glamour. If you’re the minimalist kind of girl then a simple BB cream, mascara and bright lipstick are enough, but for the makeup artist wannabes out there make sure you bring a lightweight foundation, bronzer, blush and a small eyeshadow palette as well. A mattifying powder and setting spray are a good idea because you’ll sweat a lot and you want to keep your makeup in place.

One last thing – when packing your stuff use the super roll trick so you’d have more space in your suitcases. It’s both practical and it lets you indulge and bring a bunch of cute, fashionable outfits which is what any stylish woman craves for. So, pack up, bring your good mood and enjoy the vacation!

 

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and natural beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Perfect Skin Secrets from Celebrity Dermatologists

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Hearth & Soul: What Feeds Your Soul? A Soulful Experience Located in Tallahassee, Florida

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Hearth & Soul

Hearth & Soul

Imagine entering a beautiful place that immediately warms your heart and feeds your soul.  Prior to entering, you were expecting more of the same which would certainly include some  of the usual shopping, but instead you are greeted with an inviting place to gather, connect, discover, and acquire.  Unlike any experience that you have ever had before, you feel like you have arrived home.  After all, you’ve just entered Hearth & Soul in Tallahassee, Florida and, in many ways, it is home.

I.          Grand Foyer


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The Grand Foyer is just as how you would expect it to be: warm and inviting.  You feel like you have entered your home and are ready to enjoy its many luxuries.  From the wingback chairs and blankets to the books, candles, and fresh flowers on the coffee table, the Grand Foyer definitely sets the mood for the entire experience at Hearth and Soul.

II.          Library

 

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The library hosts a prolific array of highly curated books from different genres including humor, coffee table, stylish, local interests as well as select fiction and non-fiction.  These books are certain to feed the soul’s thirst for knowledge.  It is the perfect place for author talks and book signings.

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The overstuffed leather couch is an ideal spot for reading!  It certainly feeds the soul as it contributes to an environment of peace and tranquility where one can get lost in whatever book he or she chooses.

III.          Great Room

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The Great Room or Family Room is a wonderful place to engage your family and friends in some good conversation.  The atmosphere in this section of Hearth & Soul is conducive to relaxation, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  Some of the brands that can be purchased in the Great Room are Four Hands, Regina Andrews, Europe 2 You, Interlude, Gabby, Mr. Brown of London, Oly, Palececk, Saddleman’s, and Alicia Adams.

IV.         Kitchen

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The kitchen is an upbeat place where creation and inspiration are ever-present.  Join friends and family at the coffee bar where you can enjoy fresh coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  It is a very inviting area where everyone can feel free to socialize with one another.  The kitchen itself contains all the supplies and utensils that one would need to prepare a delicious dish or an entire meal!  As with all the items at Hearth & Soul, everything in the kitchen may be purchased, so keep an eye out for that special item to complete your home.
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The kitchen contains a variety of brands such as Bourbon Barrel Foods, Laguiole, French Farm, Cork Circle, Sugarfina, Squirrel Brand Nuts, and Bona Furtuna Olive Oil.

V.          Bed & Bath

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The Bed & Bath area is designed to be completely serene.  From products to create a bath that will feed your soul to pajamas that will allow you to cuddle up into your favorite chair or sleep soundly all night long, the brands offered at Hearth & Soul are superb.  These brands include Eberjey, Yves Delorme, Branche, Hanky Panky, Free People Intimates, Mulberry West, Antica Farmacista, Jack Black, Mer-Sea, Milk by Archipelago, Boticario by Archipelago, Bond No. 9, and Gianna Rose.

VI.          Men’s Closet

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Stepping into the Men’s Closet is just like stepping into a well-dressed man’s closet.  It’s full of fine men’s clothing wonderfully organized by season and type of garment.  The Men’s Closet is highly curated with each piece being hand-selected.  The room even smells like a man’s closet and it includes things that a man might enjoy in addition to clothes.  For example, there is a small bookshelf and one of the books is all about Porsches.

The brands that are included in the Men’s Closet are Vince, James Perse, Olebar Brown, Will Leather Goods, True Grit, Austen Heller, Buffalo Jackson, Shinola, Taki, Draper of Glastonbury, Bedstu, AG Jeans, and DL 1961.

VII.          Women’s Closet

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The Women’s Closet is also highly curated with each piece being selected for the closet collection.  Unlike the Men’s Closet, the Women’s Closet is feminine in every way.  Surrounded by handbags, shoes, and scarves, the Women’s Closet projects a sense of belonging for each woman who enters because she will feel right at home.  And, she will be among some of the most beautiful pieces that she has ever seen!

The brands that are included in the Women’s Closet are Vince, Rebecca Taylor, Joie, Free People, White & Warren, Chan Luu, Margaret O’leary, Calypso, Haute Hippie, Lululemon, AG Jeans, DL 1961, Bedstu, Aspiga, Ilse Jacobsen, Andre Assous, and Vimmia.

VIII.          Patio

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The Patio is a beautiful space full of peace and tranquility.  It is quite palatial so many events are held in the space such as yoga classes, self-defense classes, art classes, and so much more.  In fact, the space holds up to fifty people and can be reserved for events such as wedding/baby showers, graduation parties, and other events where the size would be appropriate for the space.  Contact Hearth & Soul for more details.

IX.          Events

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Hearth & Soul is a gathering place.  It consistently hosts events congruent to its mission of “feeding the soul”.  These events include book readings and signings, artist spotlights, wine and cheese pairings, fireside chats, and this is just to name a few.  Hearth & Soul wants to build relationships with its clients and the community.  These events help to further this goal through community outreach and building a client base.

X.           Susie Busch-Transou – Founder/Owner, CEO

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A.          Vision

Susie Busch-Transou is the founder and owner of Hearth & Soul.  It was her vision to create a home away from home where family and friends alike could have an experience that feeds their soul.  She has created a home-like atmosphere that is inspiring, approachable, and timeless. Hearth & Soul is a place where you could get blissfully lost and that would be a wonderful thing.

B.          Biography

As the founder and owner of Hearth & Soul, Susie Busch-Transou has quite an impressive resume.  A graduate of Duke University with a degree from the Kellogg School of Management, she is the co-owner of a beverage distribution and sales company with 200+ employees in North/Central Florida.  Her prior employment was with Anheuser-Busch, DDB Needham, Fleishman Hillard, Sea World and Busch Gardens.  She has experience in leadership, business management, marketing and promotion, product development and public relations.

C.          Philanthropy

Susie’s mission for Hearth & Soul goes well beyond the brick and mortar.  Her philanthropic work on behalf of Hearth & Soul in the Tallahassee community has had a tremendous impact.  With a deep understanding of the power of feeding the soul of the community with which one lives, works, and thrives, Hearth & Soul, in conjunction with a Non Profit Partner Program, partners each months with an area charity.  Each month has a featured candle which is sold at Hearth & Soul. The net profits are donated to that month’s chosen charity at a VIP reception held in the charity’s honor at Hearth & Soul.