What to Pack for Thanksgiving Break

 

Thanksgiving Packing ListCollege students know the ups and downs of the fall semester. The excitement of going to sporting events and seeing your friends. The piles of work each week that seem endless. And the unmatched joy of knowing that a break is right around the corned. Fall is the best because it’s filled with fun mini breaks that help to make the semester feel less tiresome. One of the challenges though is deciding what and what not to pack. If you’re anything like me, packing can be a real nightmare that leads to your bag being stuffed fatter than the Thanksgiving turkey.

After years and years of overpacking (three years of boarding school and 4 years of college), I think I finally have found the perfect system that avoids piles of clothes and a bag that won’t zip.

The key is to try and plan your outfits in advance. This helps to alleviate the panic of “I need to pack this too because I might wear it!” Trust me, you probably won’t. Half the stuff I packed was stuff that I wanted to wear but didn’t put together in a full outfit, so it just got thrown to the side and then repacked.

The best place to start is with a clean space. Clutter around you only makes packing seem more overwhelming and puts things in your line of sight that you may accidentally end up throwing in too.

Before I pack, I always tidy my room and make sure my bed is made. It gives me peace of mind and a clean spot to lay out my clothes. It’s always best to do laundry first too (that’s a big stretch though, especially if half the reason you are so eager to go home is so that you can finally do your laundry in peace without fear that some random is going to waltz by and steal your dryer).

Once you have a clear space in front of you, plan out one outfit for each day that you are home. Sometimes I start by writing out a list, sometimes I start by laying out clothes…it all depends!

When you’re planning think of what you’ll be doing that day. I know for certain that I won’t want to be wearing a skirt and heels on Black Friday, when I’m running around like a crazy person. And I know that I won’t want anything tight fitted on Thursday because I plan to eat my weight in food (mostly dessert).

As you’re going through your outfit plans, make sure to ask yourself “will I actually wear this?” If the answer is yes, then put it in the pile, if the answers no, it’s best to leave it at home. It’s also good to try and think of pieces that you can wear multiple times. I planned at least two outfits around my tan vest so that’s one less thing I need to pack.

Be sure to be realistic with yourself. You probably won’t be home for more than a week, so you probably don’t need to pack three different pairs of jeans and 5 different pairs of leggings. I try and keep it to one pair of jeans, one pair of nice black pants, and a pair of leggings. Also try to keep in mind what you already may have at home. I know that I keep extra pajamas at home so I don’t need to worry about taking them back and forth.

The one thing you can never pack too much of is socks, I always seem to need more socks! Try and keep your shoes to a minimum as well. This is where I always struggle the most! I want to bring home all my boots and flats and booties and they just take up so much space! This year I am sticking with my tan boots (last seen here), my black heeled booties, my black Tory Burch flats, and my Hunter rain boots. Even that is probably too many pairs but hey, nobody’s perfect!

Anyway, once you’ve chosen all of your outfits and consolidated as much as possible, try and find a bag that will hold everything. I sometimes pick a bag that is too small and end up with multiple. My go to for weekends are the Vera Bradley Large Duffles. They come in lots of pretty prints and hold everything!

If you need a little inspiration, here is my packing list for this year. A few more things may slip in, like my cozy blanket scarf, but for the most part this is it!

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Now that you’re packed and ready to go you can sit back and relax and think of all the delicious food you get to eat!

Do you guys have any go-to packing advice? Or any suggestions on what bags are good for travel (I’m always on the hunt for new ones!)? Feel free to share below!

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Nordstrom Sale Picks

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Hi guys!

So with my Nordstrom Card I was able to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starting July 13th. Unfortunately my family was traveling that week and the card was in one of the bags, so I had to buy everything online.

Shopping the sale online was quick and easy because the site is easy to use and you can see the full inventory. However, the one MAJOR downside was having to wait so long for my picks to come in. I was so so so excited to shop the sale that having to wait over a week for my stuff to come in felt like torture.

As a blogger, everything moves fast so having to wait for shipping was a hassle. However, if you’re just shopping the sale for some great fall picks, then shipping shouldn’t be an issue at all!

When my package finally came in yesterday, I literally jumped I was so happy. I love EVERYTHING! If you want to see videos of me trying each item on you can see them on today’s Instagram story (@BayStateBlonde).

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My first outfit features a few of my very favorite picks from the sale. I saw so many beautiful pink pieces on sale that all sold out so quickly! I was lucky enough to snag this B.P v-neck pullover in time. It is so comfortable. I’m wearing an XS and I would say that this item fits true to size. It is a little oversized, but that’s what makes it so cozy!

I like to buy all my jeans on sale, or at Marshalls, so the idea of spending more than $50 on a pair is outrageous to me. I was secretly hoping these wouldn’t fit but the second I slipped them on I knew they were staying. These Paige Huxton High-Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans are honestly the best pair of jeans I’ve ever worn. They’re soft and flexible and literally slid on. No pulling, no fighting, no frustration like some pairs of skinny jeans can cause. Best of all no feeling like you need to wear them a bunch to stretch them out. These fit like charm from that start and say that they won’t stretch. I’m wearing a 24 and they fit true to size.

While at the Mall of America last week I dragged my whole family in for another trip to Nordstrom. These Vince Camuto beauties were sitting pretty in the shoe section and calling my name. I had already order a similar pair (see picture below) but wanted to make sure I had ordered the right size. These shoes were a little tricky to get on, they definitely need to be broken in, but they fit well and are so pretty. Honestly they are the perfect fall boots! Mine are a 6.5 (fits true to size) and in the color is called Foxy.

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Next up on my picks is this cozy cream cardigan. It is on sale for $52.90. I ordered an XS in the color Heather Oatmeal. It has an oversized fit but is true to size. What I love most about this style is the length, pockets, and hood! You can’t see the hood but its a cute detail that adds a uniqueness to the style. Its also incredibly soft which is great because no one wants to waste money on a scratchy sweater!

This Shiraleah Lyla blanket scarf I’m wearing makes me want to devote a whole post to the style. It is a great fall piece that I know I will wear all the time. Oh, and it’s only $24.99! Last year I was on the hunt for one just like it but I had no luck! This one is absolutely perfect. I love the cream color and the deep red and blue tones. Also, it’s massive. You can see in the top photo that it totally takes over the end of my bed. It really is blanket size, perfect for the chilly autumn days!

My jeans are JOE’s Honey Curvy Skinny Jeans. They are also a size 24 and the same price as the Paige jeans above. These jeans fit true to size and have a little extra room in the hip and butt are for curvier girls. Since, I wasn’t blessed with any real curves they are a little baggy in those areas but nothing too bad – plus it’s nice to not have a pair of jeans digging into you. These jeans are incredibly soft and comfortable!

These boots are also Vince Camuto. They are a lower heel and they are a bit taller and wider of a style. I love over the knee boots and these are great, the only thing to note is that smaller girls like me (I’m 5’3″) may find that the boot come up a bit high. These on come up a little higher that I would like but they still look very nice! I ordered them in the color Brown Suede.

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Naturally the first items I looked at were the pajamas and loungewear. I mean, who doesn’t like being comfortable? This sweater is the same as above. I love it and have been wearing it since it arrived in the mail yesterday. I like how it is nice enough to style and wear out but comfortable enough to throw on with a pair of comfortable sweats.

I was so excited about these pants when I ordered them! They are called ‘Lazy Morning” pants so that probably tells you all you need to know! They are so soft and I love the gray and ivory stripes. They’re warm but lightweight. I know I’m going t practically live in them from now on. I ordered an XS and they definitely fit true to size.

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I was warned that the black and white striped B.P. Pocket Tee would sell out quickly, but I didn’t realize it would be gone by the second morning! Nordstrom shoppers are committed to say the least, but I can’t blame them it was a total classic and only $18! I had it in my cart and thought I had gotten to it in time, but unfortunately the order was cancelled. So, to style this look I used a basic striped tank from H&M (a hand-me-down from my roommate, Hannah).

These pants are Make + Model Good Vibes joggers and on sale for under $30! I order an XS an they fit perfectly. I don’t really own any other jogger style pants but I really like how I can wear these as capris or full length. They are also incredibly soft. I like them because they are very comfortable but they look stylish enough that you could get away with dressing them up and wearing them out.

I love converse, you guys may have seen them featured in my Shop Your Color: Pink guide. They are such a classic. I have a couple different pairs but my favorite ones are white. However, the white canvas was no match for my messy life and even though I’ve done everything possible to salvage them, they’re beyond help. What I like about these Converse All Star Shoreline Sneakers (on sale for $35) are that they aren’t canvas. They are an off-white color and they are supposed to be a twill material but they feel like a soft sort of leather (I’m not the best with textiles). The material is great because its not as absorbent as canvas so they are easier to clean! I also really like the low top style!

Unfortunately, some of my picks are sold out, but there are still so many good styles on sale until August 7th! You can shop the Nordstrom sale online and in stores and they have a great return policy so don’t be afraid to order multiple sizes if you are buying online! I’d love to hear about some of your top picks and any favorites from my post in so feel free to comment below or reach out! Happy shopping!

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