4 Things You Might Not Think to Bring Abroad

August 27, 2015


Backpack If you are studying abroad you 100% need to bring a backpack.  I wasn’t positive if I was going to bring my North Face on this trip, but I am so glad I did! When we traveled to Positano for a weekend I was so thankful that I didn’t have to lug around a small rolling bag (there were many stairs involved).  Instead I opted to bring my backpack and a Longchamp tote and it was perfect!  Although it wouldn’t have been helpful to have on trip days where we went to big monuments like the Vatican (many big bags like backpacks are banned), it was definitely helpful for shorter travel opportunities.  

Longchamp As mentioned above, my Longchamp was helpful to have on long weekends.  It was also so helpful to have for every single trip day.  I used my Longchamp while we walked around Florence, Rome, Venice, the Vatican, and even to the beach in Positano.  Though many of these places are known for pick pocketers, my Longchamp always felt safe because the top zipped closed. I love to carry around my bigger DSLR camera so I can’t really opt for my smaller Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody, but I am so happy I was able to carry around my Longchamp tote because I could fit everything and also put anything I bought inside and wouldn’t have to worry about it being stolen by a pick pocketer.  

Sleepsack My one friend always raves about her sleeping bag shaped sheet.  I never really understood why I would need one until I got here. We stayed at some questionable hotels on our field trips which made me really happy I had this.  It helped me sleep a little easier even though I’m sure the sheets at the hotel were fine (but you never know, right?).  It also has a part to cover the pillow, which I loved too! 

Turkish Towel I purchased this fun towel from Design Darling about a year ago and threw it in my bag last minute.  It was so nice having for when I wanted to sit outside or even in Positano to use as a towel.  It’s so light that it will hardly take up any weight in your bag.  

Some other things that you should keep in mind before heading abroad: 

Keep some extra money or a credit card in your luggage. Obviously you’ll have your wallet with you at most times, but pick pocketing is a huge problem in Europe so there’s a chance you might not return to your hotel or apartment with everything you had in the morning.  To feel safe I kept a debit card on me at all times so that I could pay for things during the day, but I also kept another debit card in a backpack that I left in my hotel room.  Obviously, if you feel like your hotel isn’t the safest don’t leave it there,but if you think it’ll be safe, do! It’s nice to have that to fall back on just in case something happens to your wallet.  

Use Airbnb. You’ll probably be traveling on free time (which is SO much fun!!), so you’ll need a place to stay.  My friends and I used Airbnb on our trip and loved it.  For less than a hotel room, you can “rent” a whole apartment or house which is convenient if you’re traveling in larger groups.  It’s 100% trustworthy and I’d highly recommend using the service (even if you’re traveling within the US).  

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Lilly Pulitzer Scarf for Fall

August 26, 2015

It's just about time to break out the sweaters and riding boots, but before that colder whether hits, I like to mix in some of my favorite summer pieces into fall appropriate looks.  The Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarves are my all time favorite to wear almost year round.  (!!!stay tuned for an exciting giveaway involving one!!) Of course the prints look great in the summer when I'm gravitating towards brighter colors, but since it is a scarf, it provides some warmth as it gets colder.   This outfit would be perfect for a night in early September.  It's still warm, but at night it can get pretty cold where a jacket and scarf would come in handy.

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Back to School

August 24, 2015

So today's post is a little late (if you even want to call this an official post...), but I wanted to just apologize in advance because this week in blog post may be a little unorganized! With some poor planning on my part, and the craziness of back to school.  Two days were spent moving in this past weekend and I'm still adjusting to my new schedule.

Here's a tiny sneak peak of what my room looks like, but I'm sure ya'll will see much more of it when everything comes together!

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Friday Finds

August 21, 2015

Right now, I am on a plane headed back to Dallas!!! This summer has been nothing short of amazing and I'm so thankful for all the amazing experiences I had.  But, I am so excited to start my sophomore year (can't believe I'm already a sophomore).

Here's some things on my Friday Finds this week!

I love this post on things from Home Goods being styled by real people! I love Home Goods and it's so inspiring seeing people find some amazing things there.

Last week I had a minor tech issue with my blog that was a little above my head, but Stephanie was able to help me clear it up so easily!!! I had to give her services a shout out because she is amazing with all html problems and designs.  Make sure to reach out to her if you need any help!

How perfect is this dorm room? I can't wait to set up my own this weekend.
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Cricket Sweater + Collab with The Black Barcode!

August 20, 2015

Today Maddy (The Black Barcode) and I are styling cricket sweaters on both of our blogs.  These sweaters have become so popular, but they can be difficult to style.  I always love wearing sweaters with a button down underneath because it makes the outfit a little unique.  I thought the navy and white gingham looked great with this sweater.  

Since every outfit could use a pop of color, I'm wearing my J.Crew espadrilles that are so bright.  They're also really comfortable and great for days wear you'll be on your feet a lot.  

Be sure to check out Maddy's outfit over on here blog here


Lilly Pulitzer Ruffle Top

August 19, 2015

top / jeans / shoes 

Lilly Pulitzer is nailing blue tones right now.  Most of their new arrivals have some shade of blue in the pattern, which is perfect to transition into fall! I saw this top at the store the other day and just fell in love! The pattern is adorable (and so versatile) and I love the little ruffle at the bottom.

I paired this with white jeans and jacks (when I'm I not wearing white jeans and jacks?), but this could easily be worn with regular jeans and a navy sweater as the year moves on and it starts to get colder.

Summer Instagram Roundup

August 17, 2015

As this Summer comes to a close, I've started to reflect on all that's happened since school let out in May.  It's crazy that I've been in four countries and many cities in the past three months.  This summer is up there as one of the best in my entire life.  I've learned so much in my classes abroad and traveling in general.  

To look back on this Summer's memories, here's an Instagram round up (I'm @dashofserendipity on Instagram!).  

My sonix phone case that I've become known for! Beach, please has been my motto of the summer! 

At Saint Mark's square in Venice!

The beautiful beach clubs along the shore in Nice are just too adorable! I'm dreaming of going back to these striped umbrellas!

I'll miss hydrangea season and nights in town in Martha's Vineyard. 

Packing up my favorite Roberta Roller Rabbit cover up for the season!

If you're headed to Martha's Vineyard during the last few weeks of the Summer (or even over the winter), head to Aquinah Cliffs! 

Have you seen Saturday's collab with Claire (Precious as a Peony?)

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Back to School Lilly Pulitzer Skort + Collab!

August 15, 2015

Top / Skort (similar / similar / similar) / Shoes 

Surprise Saturday post!! Today I'm sharing one of my favorite back to school outfits, and it's also a collab with Claire (Precious as a Peony).  I'm a big fan of Claire's blog and I think you will all be as well.  She has a great style and is just the sweetest person!

The Lilly Pulitzer Skort is perfect for school because it's so comfortable and you don't have to worry about it flying up.  It's reminiscent of Summer but paired with the navy top it's appropriate for fall.  If I were still in high school I would've worn a cardigan with this as well to keep up with the dress code.

I also want to thank everyone who follows me on Tumblr because I just hit 25,000 FOLLOWERS!!! I'm so excited and will hopefully be doing something fun to celebrate the milestone! Thank you!

Also, PS look out for the Lilly Pulitzer sale this coming Monday at 8am! You may find some skorts like this one.  While I'm not yet 100% sure that the sale is on Monday, many people have spread the word that it is! If not this coming Monday, definitely soon!

Here's a sneak peak of Claire's outfits (yes, she has three outfits posted!!!) that you can find over on her blog!


Friday Finds

August 14, 2015

Next week at this time, I'll be on a plane back to Dallas! I am so excited and so ready to get back to school.  Though I'm not ready for the gross temps that will greet me as I land at the airport, I am excited to reunite with friends and get started on my classes again. 

Yesterday was one of my last beach days of the summer and I'm already ready to head back next summer.  I'm a huge fan of the beach and am so disappointed about how little time I spent at the shore this year.

On to my Friday Finds...

How cute are these lamps? I want to order them to scatter around my dorm (they'll also be great in an apartment next year).

The cutest little white romper?

This is the cutest thing and I'm seriously thinking of getting one.  How cute!!
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How to Pack for College

August 13, 2015

So, this may be coming a little late for some of you, but for others I may be right on time.  I spent most of yesterday gathering everything from my closet that I want to take to school with me.  This year I have a little more experience with what to bring and what not to bring, that I thought it may be helpful to write some of my thoughts down in a nice little How-to guide for ya'll!

Think seasonally. What's the weather going to be like at your school until you come home next? Warm? Cold? Pack accordingly! Since I go to school in Dallas, I won't be wearing anything that has sleeves until at least the beginning of November.  This was difficult for me to grasp while packing last year, but this year I've decided to leave a few of my fall items at home (i.e. vests, coats, boots).

Only take things you really wear. Yesterday I cam across one of my favorite maxi dresses and almost put it in my pile to bring to school, then I realized that this dress had sat in my closet all of last year.  Why bring it again if I didn't wear it once last year?

Pack an overnight bag. If you go to school far away and will be staying in a hotel the night before move in, this may be useful to you.  Don't pack away every single thing you own! Remember to pack an overnight bag worth of clothes for the days leading up to move in!

Limit your shoes. I can say that I 100% brought too many pairs of shoes with me to school last year.  I just didn't need all of the shoes I brought.  Limit yourself to the shoes you really think you'll need (and just a few extra to spare!).

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Evelyn Henson Favorites

August 12, 2015

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Evelyn Henson.  Since I've shared that I'm a campus rep, I thought I should share some of my favorite things from her website.  Everything is just so cute it was hard to choose a few things that I love.  I really love her stuff.  I had a few of her prints hanging in my dorm room last year, a notebook on my shelf, and a mug on my dresser! So I've taken my favorites from the prints, journals, and mugs!

Don't forget to use the code eatmorecake10 so you can get 10% off your purchase!!! 

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Gingham and Hot Air Balloons

August 10, 2015

This classic gingham j.crew outfit has been on repeat so much lately.  I wore this outfit to the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning two weeks ago.  Apparently, New Jersey hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the country! One of my top bucket list items is to ride in a hot air balloon, so how could I pass up finally heading to the festival this year? It was such a fun afternoon and I got to ride a tethered hot air balloon, which was a lot cheaper than doing a full ride (just $20 compared to over $200!).  It was so much fun and I can't wait to eventually go for a real ride sometime!

This button down is so easy to throw on with almost anything.  In the dead of summer, white chino shorts are the best option, though I've paired this with white jeans as well at night! I forgot how much I loved button downs until I pulled this one out a few weeks ago.  They're so versatile and insanely comfortable.  Look out for this top in a fun video (yes, video!) on the blog tomorrow!

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