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Prague Christmas

I try to jump on a plane and go somewhere at least once a year. I love traveling and I know quite a few friends who are always itching to go somewhere, it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend getaway, a road trip, or longer vacation across seas. Whether it’s for work or fun, I know my jet setting friends and family will love the items on this list.

20 Gifts for the Jet Setter

 

Note: I’m ready for some Christmas festivities this weekend!

Dresden Christmas Market

This year I really hit the Cyber Monday deals and online shopping hard. I’m happy to say that I finished all of my Christmas shopping. It’s a big feat to pull off before December even hits. With all of the looking and researching for gifts, I found a few things that I would love to find under the tree.

15 THINGS ON MY CHRISTMAS LIST

Note: The picture is from my Christmas trip to Germany a few years ago. It makes me want to go back.

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This summer was so hot I couldn’t think about wearing jeans, especially during the day. It still continues to be blazing outside. When the temps get this high the only type of pants I want to wear look a lot like pajamas. I reach for cool, airy cotton and loose fitting pants. I wear these harem pants when I’m lounging, and they have become great pants to write in. My writing attire has to be casual wear. Nothing restricted.

One Tribe Pants, Black Tee {Similar}

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The sheer trend is here to stay for fall. If you watched the VMAs or saw any of the red carpet pics, you saw a lot of sheer blouses and skirts. It’s also been all over the glossies and my favorite fashion sites. Pulling off the sheer trend without a camisole or non-sheer top underneath requires a bit of confidence. It also depends on where you’re wearing it. I wouldn’t suggest wearing sheer to the office, but you can definitely get away with it for a night out.

I used to not be confident wearing a sheer top with a bra underneath showing through. But as the confidence grew, as well as the trend, I started to wear it more and more. If you’re unsure of the trend, my best advice is to get a pretty lace bra and just go for it.

Sheer Blouse {Similar}, One Teaspoon Shorts, Krewe Sunglasses, St. Laurent Paris Booties, Fringe Purse {Similar}

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Venice_Beach_BoardwalkI’ve always been a huge fan of vintage and love going vintage shopping. I picked up this embroidery shirt while on vacation in Asheville last month. There isn’t a label, which is often times a good thing with vintage. The detailing and boho vibe was too hard to pass up. The vintage sunglasses are rare 1970’s Brigitte Bardot, which she designed when she decided she wanted her own line of sunglasses. It takes some studying and experience to determine what is quality vintage. Here are a few of my tips for shopping for vintage.

vintage embroidery shirt

  • Look at the labels – The label is a good place to start when shopping for vintage. Look for a label that is hand sewn and not made on a factory machine or stamped onto the fabric. You can also tell if the label looks old, worn and is fully sewn into the lining.
  • Check the material – Look at the label to see what it’s made from. Touch the fabric and feel the quality. Keep an eye out for any stains, snags, and rips that might not be repairable.
  • Know the era – The fabric, cut, and style of a garment are the easiest way to determine what era it’s from. Go in with some knowledge of the styles that were popular in certain eras. It may be best to choose an era you like and start there.
  • Shop designer – Look for top designs, like Gucci, Versace, etc., which are often times cheaper when you get them secondhand. But be realistic, some pieces that were expensive then are still expensive now.
  • Study – Grab a vintage fashion book and do a little studying before heading out on your journey. It could be helpful to have some knowledge of past designers you may not know.

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Vintage Embroidery Shirt {Similar}, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Vince Camuto Shoes, Brigitte Bardot Vintage Sunglasses {Similar}, Madewell Leather Purse

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