My daughter laid all her stuff out (after trying on and making sure it all worked....we're only taking one checked bag for the 3 of us SO we have to be sure what we're bringing works!!). Since we plan on spending the majority of the time on the beach we have 3 bathing suits, cheap-o flip flops that we can toss after the trip (seriously cheap - from #dollartree).
Then it was my turn to lay my stuff out (the kids told me I'd better not pack too many things and leave room for them!!). I know when packing i tis wise to stay within the same color palette OR at least bring items that can be re-mixed so you don't have to pack say 7 outfits - you can pack 4 with interchangable pieces.
Canvas with Gold sequin trim fedora - Hoblob and me
Sleeveless Denim ruffle front shirt - Chaps by Ralph Lauren via the thrift
White Jeans - Chico's
Earrings - Target via Super dolla store
Necklace - Super dolla store
Purse Target via the thrift (I ADORED this purse but never got it and last year there she was at the thrift p I didn't even use it last year - I was saving it for vacay - no joke)
Gold Polka dot tunic - Chico's
Pearl Flower Necklace - Crimson Ridge
Bracelets - Ross and Burlington Coat Factory
Rings - Chico's
Earrings - Walmart
Sandals - Target via the thrift (back in 2012)
My FAVE (I think because it's the most eclectic)
Fedora - Target via the thrift (NEW)
Tank - Chico's
Kimono - Gordmans
Short Gold Necklace - Super Dolla store (as seen in photo 1)
Long Green and gold Necklace - Gordmans
Denim Shorts - Thrifted
Fauxbirks - Walmart or Target - Don't remember SO old (maybe form 2008) BUT so in vogue now!!
Stack of Bracelets - Various; thrifted, target, grocery store
I stacked the hats inside each other (and will roll my bathing suits into the hats SO they can keep their shape), packed the jewels by outfit in organza bags....
These are all items I picked up for my son THIS year - like last month (feb) and I will be taking all. The first 2 shirts were $2.00 each as was the turquoise sleeveless one (these will all be to coordinate with his swim trunks). The swim trunks pictured are from Kohl's and were origianlly $25.00 (I would NEVER pay that for boys swim trunks BUT as you know Kohl's ALWAYS has a sale SO they were marked down to $14.00 and I had $10.00 Kohl's cash - for $4.00 I would TOTALLY buy them). The black frocs (fuax crocs) were $2.00 at my super dolla store and will come in handy strollin the shores pickin shells....and the canvas slides were $7.00 at Walmart and look uber cute BUT guess what?!?!? Yesterday when I was there they had them marked down to $3.00 SO I grabbed the size he needs for vacay and a bigger size for summer and will return the $7.00 pair (not only did I get 2 for the price of one I will also get a dollar back).
My daughter is VERY selective. I picked up several things for her and only a few made the cut - she actually had to shop with me for her stuff....BUT some of the scores were the bandeaus (which she wears under all her tanks) and the shorts. The shorts were $1.00 and $3.00 - you can't BEAT those prices. Literally they could be disposable at those prices!!!
SO there's an insight to my packing style and tips....there are more hints and ideas that maybe I will post next week....ciao!