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Why Blue Makes for a Brilliant Color Palette for Travel

20 Nov

So, I am not usually the best packer for vacations. I’m trying, but I tend to over pack. Well, on my recent vacation to Croatia, I really put some effort into planning my outfits. I believe in the mantra – pick one or two colors and combine outfits. So that’s where I started. I picked blue and black. We all know why we should pick black. So why blue?

  • Blue is the color of denim: It’s so easy to wear denim. Denim jeans, denim shorts, denim dresses.
  • Many hues of blue: Powder blue, navy blue, royal blue.  These variations give you maximum flexibility with clothes and jewelry.
  • Navy blue is great for evening: A navy jumpsuit or patterned navy maxi dress is easy to find.
  • A crisp white blouse pairs well with blue denim. This is always a good classic look.
  • Blue does go with black: Since black is such an easy color to wear, picking these two colors for your color palette will give you a versatile wardrobe for your travels.
  • Blue jewelry is plentiful: Whether it is turquoise, navy or powder blue, there are so mnay options.

I was so looking forward to the warm weather that Croatia usually boasts about in September. But ten days before my trip, my stomach dropped when I saw that rain was forecast for much of the time I was going to be in seaside towns in Croatia. After dwelling on this issue of rain and wishing  for sun, I finally gave in and decided to pick up some long sleeved options and a rain jacket.

One of the best investments I made was a Rails flannel shirt and my Joseph Siebel sneakers. I wore the Rails shirt the day we drove from our lovely Rovinj hotel, the Monte Mulina, to Pula and then to the Meneghetti winery. OMG! It was so perfect! Stylish, pretty and oh so soft. But, I have to say, the jewelry I wore really, really made my whole outfit come together.

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The jewelry in the photo:

The jewelry is all from Sweet Bling. These particular pieces are handmade from Nakamol. Click on the photos to shop the pieces.

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Other jewelry for my blue palette:

CBX5458 225  WNXD45 225

RR 5129 Blue 225  turquoise drops 225

The clothes:

Rails 225       verdugo sm  joseph shoes 225

The locations:

The Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj Croatia.

Meneghetti Wine Hotel

 

Cheers!

Sweet Bling

 

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Study Abroad Packing List & Fall Fashion Essentials

18 Aug

Since February, I have been writing the blog and posting the Instagram content for Sweet Bling. I love getting the chance to style and take photos for the social media and being a part of such a fun website. Very soon, I will be going to Nantes, France where I will be studying abroad for the semester. But before I head off, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall fashion essentials and a few items I found to be necessities for my travels throughout Europe. I chose pieces that can transform from day to night and work well for many situations. It isn’t always easy to be fashion savvy and travel light!

Black Felt Hat– I can’t wait to wear this Urban Outfitters hat all around Europe. For travel days, days I don’t have time to fix my hair, or days I want to add a bit of flare to my outfit! The black makes it simple, wear with any color you like.

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Taupe Heeled Booties– Often when I’m shopping, I have a difficult time choosing what color of an item I want! Taupe makes life a bit easier by its ability to go with both blacks and browns. Matching all leathers and colors isn’t a fashion must. Mixed materials makes things a bit more interesting! I have many tall boots, but when I saw these sweet heeled booties at Nordstrom, I had to have them. The heel and low cut is very chic. I will wear these with anything from daytime denim to a LBD.

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School Backpack– I was on a hunt to find a backpack that is practical with lots of compartments, a water bottle holder, and comfort. Those specifications usually eliminate many of the cute, girly backpacks on the market! I was so happy when I found this backpack at Burton, the light gray pattern is soft and neutral.

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Sweet Bling Pearl and Rhinestone Long Necklace– This necklace is essential when packing light. It instantly dresses up simple denim, or finishes a glamorous look.

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Satchel Purse– When traveling around Europe, or in daily life, it’s nice to have your wallet and phone in a safe, close place. This bag is compact for comfort and convenience, and is easy to throw on under a coat if necessary.

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That’s a wrap on my favorite items I’ll be bringing to Europe! Whether you’re a traveling or happy at home this fall, check out these items and they’ll become your new fashion staples.

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