What to Pack

I thought this would be a good start to the beginning of my favorite season! By the way Happy Fall.  As always, with my role at my company travel becomes inevitable.  Typically a new city each week until mid November, as things start to somewhat slow (fingers crossed).  Needless to say all working gals that travel are accustomed to finding ways to be stylish yet space conscious. So I am sharing my packing essiential list for fall.

Also, the workplace at my employer has officially gone business casual.  While I have, at times flirted ( totally jumped over) the line, it is now safe regardless who I am meeting with.  Thank God, we have joined the rest of the world about 20 years late to the game, but have arrived.  Therefore, you will see NO suits!


Now let’s get into the details.  Like my casual wardrobe, I want to reflect those fall colors we all love so much.  However, now with more self expression as an option, I am loving the idea of skirts.  Instead of a traditional trouser I have paired 2 plaid skirts.  I am all about plaid these days.  The downside, space, but for the next few months I may just check my bag!

Dresses are an easy way to reduce space and less complicated to create an outfit, so lots and lots of dresses will be in my work wardrobe and travel with me into the fall months.

As always, I stick to the rule of five when concerning my accessories.  I have been known to drop some $ on accessories and shoes, so I might as well wear them.  I am a firm believer accessories add polish to one’s professional presence. However, I am an advocate of quality over quantity and 1 ( maybe 2 at most) accessories per outfit.  For purposes of this particular post, I am only taking 4. The colors speak for themselves.

Finally. I am changing out my black bag, for a warm autumn tone.  This is the ONLY season I stray from black.

Sources: Gold earrings from Macy’s / Scarf by Marc Jacobs / leopard pumps by Kate Spade / Grey wool coat from Victoria Secret online / Black and navy pumps by Christian Louboutin from Neimen Marcus

What To Pack

For VACA!!!!  I am super exciting to be going someplace or doing something completed unrelated to work.  And, while I wish this was the luxurious 5 star vacation, it is not ( hello, over budget on new house).  Instead, we will be spending just under a week on Table Rock Lake in Missouri with my extended family.  One can never complain about water, sun and no internet connectivity. Anyways, let’s get to it.


You guessed it, everything should fit in my go to, handy bag.  Seriously this suitcase has been a lifesaver.  I got it for $70 at TJ Maxx, and it has held up great and has this awesome padded pocket for lap tops, iPads, etc.  Anyways, I pretty much stuck to my normal color palette, with soft greys, white, navy and neutral everything. I also wanted ALL my pieces to be light fabrics to fit comfortably in the suitcase. Below is the breakdown for my daily outfit plan.


I am am going to take this one step farther because, it is vacation and I am planning to bring a certain husband with me :). Here is a little insight into his packing experience.  Which ladies, let’s get real having a husband means you are going to have to pack for him. Otherwise you end up 5 hours into your trip with no toothbrush, or socks, or whatever.  Here is a little insight into “man”packing.


We will also be taking a weekender bag for toiletries.  I typically don’t get super fussy with make up an jewelry at the lake.  However, some accessories are needed, and a ton of skin/ hair products to protect from the sun.  Check out my list below.


And finally, packing the car.  If one will be driving 8+ hours, this requires planning as well.  Especially when traveling with someone.  This means two opinions on temptress, music, snacks, etc.  My car plan is not quite complete, but pretty close to completed.


What to Pack

For those of you who travel for work, the importance if using versatile items is imparitive versus vacation traveling, where over packing is okay because your husband will lug your 3 50lb bags up the stairs for you.  So, I am passing on my work travel packing knowledge for all those new traveling career gals.  Without further delay, the packing list for a summer business trips.


So, most of my trips are 3-4 days and business by day/ casual by night.  As always, you want to fit ALL items, including lap top into 1 carry on bag.  This time around was more difficulty factoring in work out gear, because I usually don’t travel with it, but need to get healthier again, hence the additions.

1- Comfy travel cloths, that are light fabrics.  No bulky clothes…EVER!

2 – Acceptable casual clothing.  This includes jeans and a structured tee ( you have seen before).

3- Professional clothing.  The key here is to stay neutral, so you can reuse pieces multiple days.  I tend to like blacks, whites, nudes and greys.  I really appreciate a dress for the most formal of meetings, and it takes care of a whole outfit in one piece.  In addition for this trip I chose black Capri pants ( hello it’s HOT!), a black silky blouse, a white silky blouse and a black dress.  Silky blouses are my jam.  They don’t take up much space, they don’t wrinkle and they can double for casual wear.

4- Workout gear/ PJs.  These are one in the same for me, just add some sports bras.  Again, loose fitting and unstructured.  Remember…limited space.

5 – Shoes.  4 pairs. 1 sandel, 1flat, 1 heel and workout shoes.  Boom- done!

6- Accessories.    I have said it before and I’ll say it again, the rule of 5. No more than 5!  This time around I chose a structured bag (also my small personal item, which can accommodate a lap top, phone , 2 iPads( 1 work, 1 pleasure) , passport, planner and makeup.  Then…3 necklaces and a killer pair of sunglasses.

Below, is the daily outfit breakdown.


Hope this helps you traveling gals, and looking forward to the vacation packing list coming up soon! 🙂 Now, if I could only get my status on American Airlines!!

What to Pack

It is time for my semi-annual pilgrimage to my company’s home office in Boston.   I completed a winter edition of this back in December 2014 and got a handful of emails, so thought I would share with you what I pack during the spring and Summer months.  www.houseofholts.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/what-to-pack


Remember the goal for me with these trips is to fit everything into one carry on same bag, including a tap top, iPad, etc.  Here is my list of must haves for a work trip.

1. Two sheath dresses.  These should be well tailored and modest.  I choose a soft beige and classic black.

2. A soft shade linen skirt.  I typically like the Antonio Melani ones from Dillard’s.  They are pricey, but are classic and longer in length.

3. Two shirts.  The classic white, with a little modern flair and tunic feel. I also choose a comfy grey tee (but still stylish),

4. Jeans. Enough said.  We typically have casual outings in the evenings.

5. Nightie.  I want to sleep comfortable, but not take up space in the suitcase.

6. Four to five accessories is my rule of thumb always.  This time I am taking a bright scarf and a pair of fun earrings.  I always, always, always take my pearls and diamonds of some type on every trip.

7. Large structured bag/ purse that fits a small lap top.

8. Shoes.  I am taking 3 pairs.  Nude heels, black heels and a pair of flats.  I choose these leopard loafers.

My outfit break down is below enjoy and travel on!!!


What to Pack…

Work eddition.  Tomorrow, I will be traveling to Boston, which I love due to all the history that we just don’t have in Dallas, but for my job… Wan wan…. 😦 Anyways, here is my essential packing list for the traveling girl.  Keep in mind, we want everything in 1 carry on size bag!


– Jacket ( wear this on the pane)

– Blouses, I try to take silk blend blouses, so they do not wrinkle and look feminine but professional and can also be worn during more casual outings or with a suit/blazer

– Suit staples: 1 jacket, 1 pant, 1 skirt, which all match

– Panty hose ( hello it is FREAKING cold there). ALWAYS take 2 pairs…you never know when one will get a run.

– Shoes: black pumps, 1 pair of riding boots ( wear on the plane)

– Casual wear: 1 pair of leggings, 1 pair of jeans( wear these on the plane)

– Accessories: keep these to a maximum of 5 items : I choose 3 necklaces, 1 pair of earrings and 1 scarf.  The key here is to stay neutral

– Other essentials are the right suitcase and a neutral purse (that can function as a lap top bag too!)

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