hellokorin holiday: packing

Who here hates checking bags? I know it can't be just me. Not only do I not trust airlines to get my luggage to the correct destination (especially when layovers are involved), but I just flat out don't want to spend the money. Besides, why bother when you can fit everything you need into one small bag? Check out how I'm packing 10 items for 10 days of Christmas vacation, plus a few packing tips to help you decide what goes and what stays below:

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1. Stick to a color scheme; this makes it easy to mix and match your pieces. I prefer neutrals in my everyday outfits anyway, so this is pretty easy for me. When packing for my trip, I'm sticking to black-based neutrals with one colorful sweater and a turquoise necklace for a pop of color.

2. Pick out your must-bring pieces, and build around them. Have a dress that you absolutely have to bring, and it goes so great with those flats? Pick out a few more outfits that will go with the flats, too. Dying to show off your new blazer? Pick out a few outfits to style it in different ways.

3. When packing for winter, pack in layers. You'll definitely need a sweater and coat for any time spent outdoors, but hanging out inside with your entire extended family might get a little toasty. Pack a range of fabric weights and sleeve lengths.

4. Prepare for a range of occasions. Pack things that can be dressed up for a nice dinner out, or dressed down for hanging out with family. A black dress is perfect for this; wear it alone with some jewelry for a fancier look, or layer on a sweater to tone it down.

Get the details on all the pieces below! And for tips on packing those items without wrinkles, check out this cool post. Happy travels!

1. gray sweater 2. fair isle sweater 3. blouse 4. gingham button-down 5. denim button-down 6. white tee 7. black tee 8. black dress 9. dark wash jeans 10. black jeans
trench | bag | tassel necklace | triangle necklace | agate necklace | booties | flats

Currently Craving: Fall Accessories

The air is finally a bit cooler in Texas, and I've been able to pull out my sweaters and start layering a little. While I don't need many new fall or winter pieces (notice I used the word "need"), a fun way to give my wardrobe a fresh & versatile look for less is by adding a few new accessories for fall! And of course, my favorite store's online inventory offers up SO many adorable options. Here are a few of the fall accessories I'm currently craving from TJ Maxx:

cc_fall accessoriesblack bootie | brown bootie | necklace | men's brown watch men's black watch | tan satchel | teal satchel

 

Style Revival!

One of the things I'm most looking forward to about being done with school: having time to put together outfits again! I have to admit, being focused on classes and graduating means I haven't put nearly as much effort into my personal style as I used to. That's not to say I've been wearing sweat pants and t-shirts (God forbid!), but skinny jeans and ballet flats have turned into daily staples. I'm starting work soon, and while working at a place like Neiman Marcus is reason enough to put together more stylish combinations, I decided to further motivate myself by picking out a few new pieces to add to the mix. Moving to a new state, though, means I can't spend a lot. So what better place to pick out key pieces that are on-trend AND in budget than TJ Maxx? I got a few pieces in black and white, which are big colors for fall, as well as some chic classics in navy and cream.

Fall always feels so refreshing and new! Do you have any self-improvement goals? And what fall trends are you excited for?

Clothes Row 1 Clothes Row 2

Black blazer with leather detail, DKNYC | Black blouse with leather detail, Fenn Wright Manson

Navy slim ankle-length trousers, Cynthia Rowley | Printed ankle-length trousers, Studio Hilary Radley Oatmeal cable-knit sweater with tortoise shell buttons, Cynthia Rowley