4:00 PM Fashion Fix: Have Jewelry, Must Travel

Do your jewelry preferences change when you travel? Because mine totally do. With my departure for Greece rapidly approaching {yay!}, I find myself attracted to pieces that I probably wouldn’t wear much in my day-to-day life, but suddenly they feel so right!

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My secret to versatile vacation-wear is a suitcase full of basics and a slew of fabulous & funky jewelry to change up my looks from day to day {and day to night!}. I always find myself attracted to much larger and more colorful pieces for vacations. I also really love stacked bracelets…way more than I do when I’m at home! As I’ve started amassing my “jewelry for Greece,” wishlist, pieces by Bay-Area based designer Marisa Haskell are really calling to me.

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All handmade in Oakland, each of Marisa’s pieces have a really unique flair. Her necklaces are great statement pieces that would dress up any tee or tank. And I’d love to stack a few of her bangles and cuffs for a casual cool island-loving look!

How about you? Do you have a signature style when you travel?

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Packing a Punch: 2 Weeks In a Tote Bag!

What is it about travel that is so addicting? Just as I start to get sick of airports, the call of a new adventure is always too good to resist. We’re still coming down off the high of Bianca’s trip to Southeast Asia, but today we get to announce some exciting news. This is going to be the team’s year of travel!

There’s been Australia, Tokyo, Thailand & Bali and now….

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You may remember the AH-mazing hotel I blogged about a few weeks back, the San Giorgio Design Hotel…? Yup – that’s where I’m headed! For a whole week, this is what I’ll be calling home:

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That hammock will be all mine, baby {please don’t hate me}! Needless to say, I’m stupid excited. I’m also already planning out my vacation wardrobe! Luckily, if there is one thing that I am going to take from Bianca’s travels, it’s her tips on packing.

Can you believe it – this girl packed two weeks in a tote! She hit the road with everything she needed tucked into her Lo & Sons weekender. Over my years of travel I’ve learned the value of packing smart so we’ve put together our top tips to really pack a punch!

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#1. Start with an Amazing Carry-on - something that you can fit EVERYTHING in. The Lo & Sons Catalina large canvas weekender is perfect. It has this amazing bottom pouch that expands the space of the tote. It’s sturdy, yet lightweight!

#2. Pack a Neutral Palette. When you stick to neutrals, mixing and matching a well-edited travel wardrobe becomes a snap. Use your accessories to add pops of color – jewelry, a clutch, or a pair of sunnies will help you switch up your looks. It also gives you the perfect excuse to buy a fab scarf as a momento from your trip!

#3. Double Task! Don’t be afraid to wear the same piece twice, but reimagined of course. A beach cover-up can be worn to a nice dinner when appropriately accessorized.

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#4. Have a Killer Heel. One heel and one sandal are all you need if you’re headed on any beach-based vacation. The key to taking a look from poolside to “night on the town” is in the heel- it brings a basic tee or casual dress to a whole new level.

#5. Laundry is your BFF. Most people don’t think about getting their laundry done while on vacation, but most hotels and local spots offer it on the cheap. Don’t be afraid to throw your cotton blends into the machine!

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get your shop on: image 1 DIY denim shorts similar // Lo & Sons Catalina bag // Pickwick & Weller tee // heels similar // fedora similar // AirRepair Skincare // image 2 Joie dot tank // bikini similar // michael kors sunnies // Nine Space turkish towel // image 3 Joie striped dress // scarf similar // Banana Republic crossbody bag // fedora similar // wedges similar // aviators similar

My final cardinal rule of perfect packing is to lay everything you want to bring on your trip out on your bed before you go – and then take away at least one third of it! I swear you won’t miss a thing. Plus you’re sure to have just enough extra space in your Catalina tote to bring home a souvenir or two!

To make your upcoming trips a little sweeter, Lo & Sons is generously offering Apartment 34 readers an exclusive 20% DISCOUNT! Just enter the code APT340414 at checkout.

So we’re curious – where might your wanderlust take you next??

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // art direciton & styling by apartment 34 // This post is in partnership with Lo & Sons. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Enter our Ultimate Wanderlust Giveaway!

If you’ve been following this week’s recaps of Bianca’s adventures in South East Asia, then we’re confident you’re now suffering from the travel bug {just like the rest of us!}. But rather than torture you even more, we decided to try and help you make your dream vacation a reality….with a massive travel-inspired giveaway!

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We’ve rounded up a sampling of our favorite travel essentials- all of which we took on vacation with us to Thailand & Bali and can attest to their quality – and now it’s your chance to snag them ALL! We are so excited about this – are you?!

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Here’s a run down of the amazing prize pack that one extra-lucky one of you will WIN*:

~$75 Gift Certificate for Pickwick & Weller. Find your perfect fitting tee. They have three different lengths to choose from and their fits are casual enough for vacation and sexy enough for a night out!

~Lo & Son’s Large Canvas Weekender {shown}, The Catalina. Available in tons of gorgeous colors, this weekender has a space-enlarging bottom pocket, which literally makes it possible to pack everything in a carryon!

~$100 Gift Certificate for Swimspot. Swimspot has bathing suits, coverups and beach accessories from a ton of designer swimwear brands. Some of our faves include Splendid and Ella Moss!

~$100 Gift Certificate for Joie Clothing. Joie is the leader in elevated basics with some amazingly luxurious travel inspired pieces. From classic leather sandals, to silk tanks and printed pants- feel gorgeous in any piece!

~The Air Repair Kit from Air Repair. This travel skincare kit includes 5 products: Complexion Boosting Moisturizer, Super-Hydrating Eye Cream, Soothing Facial Cleansing Milk, Complexion Quenching Facial Mist & Rescue Balm. It’s a genius carry-on that helps combat drying and stresses on your skin when traveling by plane or on the ground!

~The Mariner top {shown} from Bradamant. Bradamant has found the way to master the perfect tuck. Their bodysuits will never rise up or come untucked and we love the chic nautical stripes of The Mariner- perfect for vacay!

TOTAL VALUE: OVER $485!

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*This giveaway will be open for entry until Friday, March 28th 11:59 PM, PST. You are eligible for a total of 24 entries. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified via email & announced at the top of this post on March 31st and will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck! 

The winner is Juliana H. Thank you all for entering! The giveaway is now closed.