6.23.2015

Prepping for a Weekend in Charleston


If you didn't already know (cause I've been talking about it for weeks!!), I'll be heading down South to Charleston this weekend!! I'm so excited for a fun few days in one of my favorite cities.

While a few days away from DC are definitely in order, this isn't necessarily going to be a vacation. Okay, okay... it'll mostly be fun + play. BUT the reason I'm traveling there is to attend the Southern Blog Society Conference.

Around 100 or so bloggers from across the southeast and southwest (they're joining this year!) are flying into Charleston for a few days of fun, networking and mingling with other bloggers + brands, learning ways to grow our blogs, etc. Just looking at the schedule for the three days I'll be there, my mind is already racing with all I have to do to prep. It'll be fun, but the most jam packed weekend for sure. I'll share more about how you can follow along, later this week!

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As I prep for my trip to Charleston, I wanted to share with y'all some of the goodies I'll be packing in my suitcase. I'm also sharing my packing strategy over on my friend Julie Leah's blog, so be sure to check that out as well.



When it comes to packing for any trip, I try to pack the least amount of stuff as possible. Mainly because I tend to bring back more than I arrived with. However, for a blogger conference with some of the most fashionable ladies around, there's no such thing as packing light, ha!



Travel Outfit: When it comes to traveling and rushing through the airport security lines, I'm a pro. I guess I owe it to my daily routine of going through metal detectors at work. So I tend to opt for something simple, comfortable, and minimal. 

I will be wearing one of my summer go-to's... a lightweight Polo Shirt Dress and carrying a light jacket (similar) in case I get cold on the plane. Slip on sneakers are best for sliding on and off during the security line, and great for that quick run to your gate in case you're late. 

When it comes to jewelry, less is more. That is, less you have to take off and makes for happy travelers behind you! Opt for a watch, so you're always on time, and a simple tassel necklace (no metal in it!).



Speaking of watches... how awesome is this JORD wood watch (c/o)?! I've been wearing watches for years, and no outfit is complete without one. I love this particular watch because it's extremely lightweight. Why? Cause it's made of wood! How cool is that?! JORD offers watches for men + women, and in several styles + finishes.

Mens Wooden Watches
I love this light wood color, with the rose gold plate. It's just the right neutral colors, that it works for pretty much any outfit. It's also perfect for summer, because it isn't extremely heavy. You also don't have to worry about it getting wet, or sweat from the summer heat ruining it!



What I'm taking: Even though I'll definitely be taking more than I need, I'm attempting to pack strategically. Meaning: focus on bringing extra outfits, but narrow down my accessories. I don't need 5-6 bags or purses. I've narrowed things down to all clutches, aside from my carry-on of course. They're smaller and take up less space. I'm also trying to conserve shoe space by bringing along neutral options that'll go with any outfit.




This trip is also different than most, as I need to prepare for business too. Meaning I need to make sure I'm fully stocked on business cards + media kits. There will also be mass amounts of social media going on and zero time to recharge my phone. So I've found the perfect charger to bring along. It holds 4 full charges + you can charge two phones at once. A quick way to make friends with a new blogger who has a dead phone, ha!



What I'm wearing: While vacations usually result in easy packing... mostly taking bathing suits, cover-ups, and dresses... this one is a whole other ballgame. Everyone will be dressed to the nines, all the time. So I've gotta dress to impress! My wardrobe will consist of mostly dresses, with some easy outfits for sightseeing and touristy things. Can't wait to share more with y'all in some brand new outfit posts, upon my return.

Anything you think I should take with me? Any must-sees or dos while I'm in Charleston? Let me know in the comments below. 

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6 comments:

  1. Sooo, can I borrow that book to read on the plane? :) Your clutch game is SO strong!! Can't wait for this weekend!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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    1. Sure!! I haven't read much of it lately, boo. Need to get caught up on reading, ha! THANKS!! Can't wait for all the fun to begin!! XO

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  2. Great prep tips! Hope you guys have an awesome weekend! Wishing I was going to be down there with y'all!

    xo Bree | http://bree-west.com

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    1. Thanks Bree!! Wish you were too :) Hope you're having a great summer so far!

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  3. Don't forgot to cross off number 8 on your 25 before 25 list after the weekend! So excited to read all about your trip

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    1. YESS!! Thank you!! So excited to cross another item off. I'm getting down to the wire, ha!

      Thanks, can't wait to share :))

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