What to Pack for a Camping Trip

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Beach        A favorite past time of mine and my family’s is camping. Growing up we didn’t have money to spend staying at a resort or hotel. So with a little saving and planning ahead, my parents bought a Coleman pop-up camper. After that, we took many vacations every year in our pull-behind camper. We camped all over- the mountains of Virginia, Myrtle Beach, Civil War battlefields, Colonial Williamsburg, a theme park or two, and many other places. One of our most cherished vacation spots however, is Ocean City, MD. While not necessarily known for the ‘classy’ atmosphere, it has been a beloved place for families in the MD/DE/PA area to go during the summer for many generations. My family is no exception to this. 
       This weekend we’re planning a Mother’s Day camping trip to ‘OC’ as the locals call it,  for my mom and my ‘Aunt’ Terri (no biological relation but she and her husband are just like family).
         For any newbie campers out there you may be wondering where to start, what to pack, and what to expect. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! I’ve been camping since I was 5 and still don’t know it all.  But I’m here to share with you what I do know!

1. Where do I start?

        Well, you start by planning the kind of trip you want and location. For first timers, I do not recommend traipsing out into the wilderness with no experience. Its not smart. My family has always enjoyed staying at state parks (usually very inexpensive!) or at a privately owned campground. Now some of you may be saying “that isn’t camping” and I suppose compared to the rough and rugged campers you would be right. But this is a perfect mix of nature and convenience. 
       The second thing you need to think about is what you will be staying in- tent, pop-up camper, or an RV. Tent camping is the closest thing to the real deal but from experience it is so uncomfortable. If you aren’t committed to buying anything bigger than a tent, then there are many places around the country that will let you rent to test it out. Go with what makes you comfortable. 

2. What do I pack?

       That is a loaded question because there is so much that I could tell you to bring! It really depends on where you Weekend_Getawayare going, how long, and what your activities will be. Going to the beach and mountains are completely different settings that require totally different gear. Not only that, but each season at both places requires different things as well. 
       For my trip to the beach this weekend, I know it will still be a bit brisk down at the shore line so I will be packing light weight clothes with jackets to go over top. A look I love on the beach is bikini bottoms with a cute hoodie on top. I’ll still get my legs nice and tan without being too chilled. I’ll also be bring my Sperrys, sun screen, big hat, neutral color shorts, jeans, a few neutral color tops, bright accessories, and my Vera Bradley beach towel. 
       Regardless of where you go there are a few things you simply must bring: bug spray, small toiletries bag, first aid kit, bath towels, and depending on if you’ll be dining in or not, cookware, lighter, and charcoal. 

3. What should I expect? 

       You should expect a lot of memories to be made and a few mistakes that will make you laugh eventually. My family and I still make some whopper mistakes when we go camping but they make for a great memory later.
       Also, expect to see wildlife. When we camp at OC, we go to Assateague State Park at least once for a day. This beachy Wild_Poniesarea is home to dozens of wild horses and an even bigger population of heron and deer. After being with these creatures that roam freely around the park you learn respect for nature and to leave it alone. Take your pictures but don’t get in their way, you’ll regret it. 
       Finally, expect for plans to be shifted around. You can never stick to an agenda when camping. And maybe that’s a good thing. Be flexible and don’t let your trip be ruined. 
Do you have any tips for camping? Comment below! 
-Liz

Kitchen Basics

For the Kitchen

       Designing my own kitchen some day and filling it with little treasures and cute things I find is going to be such a delight for me! I love walking into places like Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn and looking at all the neat things they have for cooks (and wannabe cooks like myself). 
       What do you have in your kitchen that you can’t live without? Anything you would dream of having in it? Comment below! 
Liz

Paris inspired

Headed for Paris!

Just a little something I created a few years back!

Cotton sweater
topshop.com

True Religion blue jeans
piperlime.gap.com

Marc jacobs handbag
$1,705 – mytheresa.com

Bracelet bangle
$72 – hfm.co.jp

Anita Ko heart ring
net-a-porter.com

Collar necklace
$115 – hfm.co.jp

Tiffany Co silver jewelry
$200 – colette.fr

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics blush
bloomingdales.com

Pink makeup
$6.04 – artbox.co.uk

Lancaster lips makeup
yesstyle.com

Chanel fragrance
amazon.com


How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Chipmunk cheeks

Getting your wisdom teeth taken out is like a right of passage into adulthood. It just has to happen at sometime. Especially if your other teeth are impacted like mine were. Today my oral surgeon took care of that little problem. He gave me an IV asked me to take a few deep breaths. Then I was out cold. Next thing I knew I was waking up and had more gauze in my mouth than I thought possible. Oh and a very sore mouth. Once I got home I jumped in bed and proceeded to fall asleep… until I realized I needed more gauze because my mouth was bleeding. Anyway, here are a few things to have on hand when you get home from surgery!

1. Ice packs 

Your cheeks will be swollen and you will look like a chipmunk, trust me these are a life saver. 

2. Comfy clothes

I was wearing shorts and a hoodie but wear what makes you comfy. I personally would have loved a Juicy Couture sweatsuit but I tried one on a few months ago and the bottoms just love to highlight every single ounce of fat on your thighs. It wasn’t a good look for me. 

3. A movie

You will either come home and pass out or be bored out of your mind so have some entertainment ready. I was ready and armed with the 1st season of Laguna Beach (I don’t care how long ago that show was popular I still love it). 

4. Soft food

You will not be able to eat any hard food. Crackers, popcorn, candy, absolutely nothing. Have yogurt, jello, soft ice cream, or whatever suits your fancy on hand because you will not only be hungry but you will be sore and desperate to eat something. My surgeon told me I could not eat after midnight the night before my surgery (my appointment was at 11) so needless to say I was a little hungry. 

5. Water bottle

Pick out a cute one that you can sip out of so you don’t get dehydrated. I honestly haven’t wanted to open my mouth all dayphoto 2 but water was one thing I didn’t mind doing it for. I flavor my water with Skinny Girl Pineapple Coconut water additive and it really gives my water some zip! 

6. 2-3 Good pillows

Your surgeon will tell you to keep your head elevated when you go home. I stacked my nice, fluffy pillows on top of each other and laid down to take a snooze. 

7. A pet

If you have a furry friend in your home having them near by is nice company. My little tabby cat (his name is Hootie because his face is rather owl-like) jumped on my bed and curled up next to me for the afternoon. Every time I moved or shifted positions he would perk up and look at me then meow to make sure I was ok. It was the cutest thing!

Do you have any tips? Share them below!

-Liz 


My Divine Pinspiration

PinterestMy Pinterest is a reflection of me and what makes me happy. My first boards were the typical style, home decor, and cooking boards that everyone has. However, it didn’t take long before my creativity expanded what I pinned and where I pinned it. One of my favorite boards to update it my ‘Living Single‘ board. This one I use to pin cute, chic apartment style things and to promote a certain kind of lifestyle. The best part of Pinterest is when I find someone who pins similar things to me. So here are 10 pinners I follow on Pinterest!

1. Country Club Prep– Similar to me this pinner loves the classics and appreciates Ralph Lauren’s America. Not to mention her sense of East Coast casual and appropriate sailing attire. 

2. M T- This girl has a little bit of everything and plenty of it! Some of its chic and some is all about real life and making it beautiful. 

3. Caroline Grace Smith– Every time I go to this girl’s Pinterest site I am sure to find something cute and girly. She really captures what it is to be a girly girl in the things she finds. 

4. Roxane– All things chic, fabulous, traditional, and classy. I always want to redecorate my entire house when I look through her boards. 

5. Larisa– Her site address is ‘Classy in the City’ and it really is just that. She combines the classics with a few updates and captures the fabulousness of the city life. 

6. The Original Prep– I’m convinced this lovely lady started the preppy movement. Literally everything she pins is so northeast prep. She is an authority on the preppy lifestyle. And she has the following to prove it. 

7. Elizabeth Appleby– She is all about color and living life to the fullest. She explores so many different things with her boards that there is something for everyone! 

8. Rebeca Francia– Once again, a pinner that has a little bit of everything but keeps a constant theme of cute and girly.

9. Miss Nurke– I just love looking through her pins because they make me smile with the vibrancy of colors and yet relaxing themes. 

10. Lindsey– This girl and I literally pin the same things and I just love it! We inspire each other and find cute things to share. Not to mention her amazing collection of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe boards!

Bonus: Follow me if you like the above suggestions!

Do you have a favorite pinner you follow? Comment below!

-Liz

 


Tradition with Style!

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Meghan and I at the Derby

One of the most loved traditions in America is the Kentucky Derby. The big hats, mint juleps, mingling, and the fabulous outfits are signature to this revered event. And I was lucky enough to go last spring! I went with a good friend but we weren’t prepared for the true style of the Derby. Being the first timers that we were, we made a few little mistakes. Namely, assuming the general admission meant our seats were in the grand stand (ha, we were in the infield, grand stand seating was $600 a ticket). We had a nice time despite the chilly rain, mud of the infield, and nowhere to sit. It was still a memory worth making! We ended up standing around under a big tent with a bunch of frat boys and sorority girls singing ‘Sweet Caroline‘ with the band that was playing. Shout out to Vineyard Vines for this lovely experience! By the time the race started we were exhausted and wet. And fair warning to anyone thinking general admission tickets will get you a nice view of the race- it won’t! We couldn’t even see the horses except for the 2 seconds they ran by (and that was at a distance of about 150 ft). Anyway, my point in all this is to be prepared! You’ll be glad you were.

Tips for Derby Day

Hunter_bootsFirst off, check the weather. Like I mentioned earlier, it was pouring rain last year and it didn’t stop. Security also wouldn’t let you take umbrellas in so as you can imagine most people were sopping wet. Luckily, my friend and I brought rain ponchos and believe me they were a life saver. If the race gets rained on again this year I recommend a cute pair of Hunter rain boots. I saw several girls (and a few guys) sporting these last year and I was so jealous! Not only did they look adorable even with a nice dress or sport coat, they also kept your feet warm and dry. I wore a pair of nude flats last year (I almost wore heels) but something warmer would have been lovely. This might not be as important if you are in the grand stand or an executive club box but for anyone in the infield its vital!

Secondly, a small clutch is a must! I took a 1930s vintage black clutch that was my grandma’s. Security won’t let you take in a full size bag so a cute clutch is what you’ll have to live with. Put credit cards, lipstick, cell phone, hair spray, and if you plan to sport stilettos, a very small pair of  matching Tory Burch flats (the kind that fold up). This goes for no matter where you’re sitting! 

Third, pick a classic outfit! The guys can get away with a navy blazer, white button up, and nantucket reds. But ladies, we Kentucky_Derby_Hathave a standard to live up to! Last year I found a pink and white dress at a Banana Republic outlet in central Florida (originally $125, I paid $20, little victories!) that I wore. A trend I noticed with most of the women was a classic cut and style. A lot of reds, whites, blacks, tans, and yellows were being pulled off by attendees. There’s a reason for the subtlety and I’ll explain later. 

Fourth, accessories are important. They just are. Gents, a leather watch is really all you need. Ladies, wear pearls. They’re a classic and always will be. Plus, they match almost everything!

Kate_Middleton Finally, the hat! This is the reason for the subtle, classic look women wore. You don’t want your outfit competing with your hat. There are several styles of hats to choose from. A smaller hat like the ones Kate Middleton dons (called a fascinator) are nice if you plan on doing something a bit flashier with your hair. Otherwise, the bigger the better! Bright colors are a must as long as the base of the hat is a solid, subtle color. This isn’t something you need to spend hundreds on unless you’re the wife of someone important or a leading lady yourself. 

Well, that’s all I have for you! Have fun, take pictures, and memorize the lyrics to ‘My Old Kentucky Home‘ (you’ll be glad you did)!

Do you have any tips? Comment, like, and share!

-Liz