Travel Tips by Nina

A lot of couples have hobbies together, like hiking, running and watching movies…. Daniel and I have a hobby together too—traveling. Daniel does all the planning, and I just read the times on the ticket and make sure I’m there on time. IMG_0544 Living in Enid, I like to travel a lot. I travel so much that the people who work at a Chipotle hours away know who I am. (And I’m hoping to make Premier status on United this year! Yay for shorter lines!) Everyone has their own travel routine, and I am dead set in mine. 20140614-162200-58920839.jpg Here are my travel tips:

1. Bring a laptop or iPad loaded (the night before – unreliable wifi at the airport) with 2-3 rented movies from iTunes. (Or buy a couple episodes of a show you haven’t had the chance to catch up on yet) Even if you think you don’t need that many movies… oh no, your flight just got delayed two hours…. Or your friend who was supposed to pick you up from the airport got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. No worries, you’re gonna chill and watch some movies instead of getting bored and freaking out via text message to your husband.

2. Bring a scarf. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, a scarf can act as a pillow, a blanket, AND a cute accessory. Also, if you get hot, they can be stuffed into almost any size of carryon—even if you’ve stuffed it to the brim.

3. Bring a few forms of ID. In case wherever you are going doesn’t believe you are actually a Florida resident, questions the legitimacy of your ID, and doesn’t want to give you an adult beverage. (Good thing I knew my old address)

4. Use a small cross body bag as your purse. No need to bring a huge shoulder bag with you as your purse on this one. It will help you organize what you really need for travel and it can easily be stuff into a backpack or other carryon luggage. (Because I like to bring THREE carryons) Also, these are great for overseas traveling.

5. If you are traveling overseas to a country known for pick pocketing, spread your money into multiple pockets instead of just putting it in one spot, even put some in your clothes pockets. This way, if you do get robbed they won’t get all your money. IMG_0529 6. I like to wear Toms shoes when I travel. They are comfy, cute, and durable. Also, if you wear sandals on an airplane, you will freeze. FREEZE.

7. Always bring a change of clothes, or three, in your carryon. You never know when your bag will get lost or if your plane gets delayed so much that you just need a change of clothes to feel fresh again. (Or if you want to impress someone when you get off the plane, no shame in that)

8. Bring makeup, a toothbrush, floss, deodorant, a perfume rollerball, and gum with you in your carryon. Need I explain? (Also if you get bored, you can try to figure out how to do the “smoky eye look” and maybe finally perfect it)

9. It is always good to have something to read on the plane if you can’t be using “electronic devices”. I usually always buy a fashion magazine to look through and have a book on my iPad. IMG_0489 10. Wear clothes that you can move around in to get to that perfect lounging pose on the airplane. I like to wear Ponte leggings with leather details, a tank top, a jacket, and a scarf. If I wear something with sleeves I will inevitably sweat through it and be very aware of my BO for the next few hours until I get a shower.

11. If you get stuck at an airport for awhile, find a Chili’s. There is probably a Chili’s. Get a margarita and enchilada soup. $15 later and you will be a lot happier. (Though if you get two margaritas, I wouldn’t blame you)

12. Find your gate, THEN go find food and magazines. I know, I know, there was a Starbucks right when you got to the airport. But guess what, there will also be one closer to your gate, and then you won’t have to carry around a steaming hot beverage while trying to balance all of your luggage, and trying to find your gate which is a tram ride and two escalators away.

13. Always try to carry on your luggage if you can. It is much faster, cheaper, and you will feel better knowing that your nice clothes are safe and sound and that the TSA agents haven’t gone through your luggage and disturbed the equilibrium that is your clothes packed in your bag, and then wonder how they got it all back in your bag without leaving something out. ….. Did they leave something out? Also, much harder for you to lose your bag if you carry it on. IMG_0552 Here is a good clothing packing list that will fit in a carry on bag so you do not have to check! (After packing all these things, you will still have enough room for undergarments and makeup) I put my laptop or iPad in a back back, as well as my small purse.

1. Jean shorts (LOFT)

2. White shorts  (Madewell)20140614-153309.jpg 3. Black Maxi Dress (Forever 21)

4. Striped dress (LOFT)

5. Simple solid colored dress (LOFT Lou & Grey and ON SALE!)

6. Fun Dress (A dress that doesn’t have to match anything, but that will just add something different to your travel wardrobe – I packed this beautiful green maxi dress from LOFT) 20140614-153318.jpg 7. Basic tank tops (4-5 so you can have a fresh one or two if you can’t find a washing machine- I packed an orange, taupe, white, grey, and black tank)

8. T-shirt in a color that matches your accessories (I packed a rust colored tee from Anthropologie)

9. A fun shirt or two (what I packed)

Free People Top (I packed a grey peplum free people top)

Sheer Crop Top (Free People – I packed a sheer taupe lace crop top)

Black Embroidered Tank (LOFT)

 

10. White blouse (LOFT)20140614-153245.jpg 11. Fun skirt (J. Crew – ON SALE!)

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12. Jean jacket (LOFT)

13. Military jacket  (Madewell)20140614-153300.jpg 14. Good sandals for walking (These are Sam Edelman, though other good places to look are Clarks and Cole Haan)

15. Toms (I don’t have these pictured because, well, I’m lazy) 20140614-153223.jpg 16.  1-3 scarves (And make sure one is especially soft to use as your airplane blanket – unless you’re cool and have first class tickets)

Floral Scarf

Tribal Scarf

Ikat Scarf 

 

17. A simple necklace, or two for a unique layering style all your own.

Short Triple Heart Pendant Necklace

Long Spiked Ball Pendant Necklace

18. Statement Necklace

 

20140614-153235.jpg 19.  A bathing suit (because who knows, you might end up at a fabulous hotel and want to try out their hot tub)

20. Sunglasses

21.  Small or medium cross body bag

22.  A pair of jeans – JUST IN CASE!

 

Here are different outfits you can make with these items (with a couple substitutions): 20140614-153212.jpg 20140614-153204.jpg 20140614-153158.jpg 20140614-153152.jpg 20140614-153135.jpg 20140614-153128.jpg 20140614-153122.jpg

 

To get optimum use of all the clothes you pack on your vacation, make sure they all have the same base color.  For example, what I packed in this carry-on I made sure all of my clothes could go with grey or black.  I did not pack any navy blue.  But if you have more navy blue in your wardrobe, use that as your base color.

Wherever you go this summer, enjoy your trip! And if you’re not going anywhere this summer, you can still look super fabulous and make some ethnic food!

 

Fun with Scarves

It is always good to have an old episode of Downton Abbey available on your laptop when your flight goes longer than expected. Who doesn’t want to be reminded of the glory of Downton Abbey when both Matthew and Sybil were still alive?

OH I love traveling to visit my family in Virginia.  Thai food, shopping, the fancy shampoo my mom puts in the guest bathroom and the extensive wine collection my parents have at their house- you know the important things.

But ah, you do not read this blog for my travel tips… though I do have quite a few.

Back to scarves!

One thing I LOVE about infinity scarves is all the work in correctly tying and wearing a scarf is mostly done. I even turn a lot of my regular scarves into infinity scarves so I can just throw it on and not worry about it getting all messed up.

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This trip I decided to relive an old past time with my mom, fabric shopping! Except this time I actually enjoyed it. (Fabric shopping is one of those things that is awesome for the person shopping, but really awful if you don’t have a project in mind)

I used my mom’s beautiful singer sewing machine and decided to take the scarves out on a test run with my sister. (No, my hair is not going blonde)

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We went to a winery in Clifton, VA to take the pics and realized that we should probably buy some wine so we would stop getting weird looks from the people working there.

Also because it was an excellent excuse to buy wine.

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This print I love. It has so many colors, and can go with black AND navy.

And the on trend military jacket…20140408-154430.jpg

How cute is my sister by the way? In the barn pictures she is wearing the multi-colored rayon scarf, which is SO soft and drapes so beautifully!20140408-154548.jpg

This blue tribal print scarf is also great to wear with navy and black. (Those colors are important to me because they are the staples of packing! Or so I think) Also, this is the scarf my husband likes the best. 20140408-154558.jpg

 

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This scarf is sold out (My sis bought it, sorry!) But I wanted to take pictures of it anyways!

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What adds more romance to a look than blush chiffon? The understated print allows this scarf to be worn as a solid and will look FABULOUS with black and white.

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I always wondered if store owners kept a lot of the items that they sell, and now that I have a store, I can say, yes they do.  Marketing right?

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So many fun options to vamp up your wardrobe! Plus if none of these fits your fancy, we are frequently adding new styles. (And all scarves are on sale this weekend!!)

 Come shop for one that fits your style!

 

Blue Bell Skirt – 8 Ways

Like the show or not, who doesn’t want to have a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw’s style in their life? We can all have her best, most fashionable accessory– confidence. Be bold with me and wear what you like to wear without being self conscious about it.  (Obviously some exclusion apply, please don’t wear leggings as pants or black undergarments under sheer white clothing– this is not style) Who says you can’t wear whimsy? If you are confident enough, you can wear almost anything you want to.  The only thing that will make a bold outfit seem out of place is your insecurity.

And if all else fails, just put a jean jacket with it, right?

This skirt did it for me.  These bell skirts are the perfect feminine addition to any girl’s closet.  When first trying it on two of my lovely Pensacola friends had to talk me into it. (Thanks Anna and Jess!) Sometimes your friends say things that will stick in your mind forever, and this was one of those moments.  I was questioning my ability to pull it off and wear it to work, and Anna said, “Why can’t you be the one in your office that can pull anything off?” I can be that person.  It is almost all about confidence. (And sometimes your budget…)

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So I present to you 8 ways to wear the bell skirt.  (My favorite still being the Oklahoma Kitty t-shirt)  The easiest way to wear it is with a tank and a jean jacket, but as I’ve learned from the J. Crew catalogue, a great way to dress down an otherwise fancy skirt– tie a t-shirt at the top of it.

Also, if you are like me and have more dresses than t-shirts, tuck a dress into your skirt! Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional.  Make your closet work for you!

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Another way to add more detail to to your outfit is to add a scarf.  It can help tie your whole outfit together, especially if the tops you have are very plain. (Also, who doesn’t need more polka dots in their life?)

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Here are some other great bell skirts:

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1. Anthropologie 2. Modcloth 3. Modcloth 4. Anthropologie

 

Fluted Green Skirt- 8 Ways

Well I didn’t plan this post for St. Patricks Day, but I guess it worked out! I have been eyeing this skirt for months, and it finally went on sale in the store, yay!! I don’t think the staff at J. Crew understood or shared my excitement. This skirt it amazing and I want it it every color. Definitely splurge worthy!

When I was walking out of the store with my “final sale” purchase I got a ping of fear as I realized, I wasn’t even sure I had anything to match it. (I realize there are many more things in this world to fear than not having anything in my closet to match this skirt–don’t judge me!) So I came home, put on some Britney Spears, and started tearing through my closet.  I also drooled my way through the J. Crew catalogue to get some inspiration.

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First of all, I put the skirt with a t-shirt.  Pretty much the easiest way to wear the skirt.  Tuck it in, half tuck it, or tie it to the side, it will all look right.  Add a necklace, a scarf, or BOTH, and you have an outfit.

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The easiest way to try the new crop top trend is with a high waisted skirt.  So although I am still too afraid to bare any skin, I did put on a cami and threw a crop top on with it.  And also this awesome scarf.

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J. Crew puts pullover sweaters and sweatshirts with this skirt in all of their catalogues, so I decided to try that look myself.  Definitely a great way to dress it down for every day wear!

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I thought maybe I could wear this skirt to work, but clearly it is too short.  However, I did put together a corporate look that can easily be worn out with your friends. Also, all three pieces are on sale, right now.

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If you are a little more hipster–try tucking in a chambray or white collared shirt, buttoning it all the way up, then putting a statement necklace right up under the collar.

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Of course as a sucker for white lace, I put it with the green skirt as well. AND IT GOES! Duh. Basically, if you want to look feminine, wear some white lace.

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I also wanted to show how a cute scarf can make such a difference and really pull a whole outfit together! During the summer, put the skirt with a simple tank and a bright silky scarf. (Add a jean jacket when it gets chilly at night)

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There are many more ways to wear this skirt, but it is all about proportion. Try something new or stick with your basics!

To find:

J. Crew Fluted Green Skirt

Black & White Tweed Jacket –Similar

White Lace Top–Similar

T-Shirt–Similar

Graphic T-Shirt–Similar

Polka Dot Chambray–Similar

Crop Top–Similar

LOFT White and Black Ruffle Cami

Polka Dot Scarf

Triangle Scarf

Floral Scarf

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Chunky Gold Chain Statement Necklace

Simple Spiked Gold Pendant Necklace

Celeb Inspired Style – Kate Middleton

The queen of classy is none other than the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton. She’s always elegant but in a preppy sort of way that doesn’t age her beyond her years. I love love LOVE stripes, so this outfit was pretty much a favorite as soon as I saw it. I like how she’s keeping it casual with her hair down and minimal accessories, but you could easily add some statement jewelry pieces to dress this up or add your own personal flair to it. I think some gold chain Niloulu necklaces would be perfect – like this Layered Gold Chain Necklace or this Chunky Gold Chain Necklace.

 

Celeb Inspired Style - Kate Middleton

Stripe top
factory.jcrew.com

Long sleeve jacket
target.com

H&m skinny jeans
$42 – hm.com

Andre assous espadrille
jildorshoes.com

Andre assous espadrille
jildorshoes.com

How to Wear Infinity Scarves

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Last week gave me hope. Hope that the weather would finally warm up and I could start wearing dresses WITHOUT tights. But today it is 10 degrees. TEN.

During the pre-ten degree days, I went into scarf making mode and took out my vintage singer machine.  I love that machine so much– it is so beautiful.  My cat loves it too.

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Although more styles are coming soon, I could not wait to post a blog about these awesome new scarves.  I even made Lyssa get into shorts and sandals to model them!

Infinity scarves are so easy to wear, because unlike other scarves, you do not have to do any work when putting them on.  You do not have to figure out the best way to tie them or wrap them, you just have to twist it and put it over your head.  Depending on the fabric, you can wear them with almost anything.  You can put them with a t-shirt, tank top, dress, blouse, whatever!

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This t-shirt jersey scarf is awesome for the summer and looks great with flowy tops and dresses, and would be great to bring to the beach! You can use it as a pillow while laying out, or dress down your favorite maxi when you go cool off with some froyo.

It is also great to wear now, while it is still 10 degrees.

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My FAVORITE new scarf in the shop is this neon coral tribal rayon scarf. It went well with a surprisingly large proportion of my closet. Also it is so soft and the pop of color is much needed during these cloudy months.  It goes great with navy blue, maroon, white, grey…I could keep going, for awhile.

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All you need to make a cute summer outfit is a tank, shorts, and a cute accessory! So easy. The scarves are great for those chilly summer nights and an easy accent piece to travel with. (Or if you’re like me and you have to cover up so you won’t get burned)

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Just find a versatile scarf that will go with YOUR wardrobe. You could go with a statement scarf, a neutral one or BOTH!

In case you don’t know how to put on an infinity scarf here is a little tutorial!

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You can find these scarves and more on our etsy store!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/niloulu?section_id=14607716&ref=shopsection_leftnav_6

One Dress, Eight Looks

You guys, I GOT A  JOB! Like, big girl, business suit, water cooler, kind of a job. That is why I have been silent the past week.  But do not despair! I still care about your fashion needs.

Because I lost my camera, I enlisted the help of my gorgeous friend…. AGAIN.

I mean seriously, how awesome is this girl?

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Ok enough silliness.

Even after I took all the pictures for this post I kept finding more and more ways to wear this dress, it is SO versatile. This is the kind of dress that you could find at almost any store, for almost any price point.

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Here are 8 looks you can make with this dress! (And there are many more, get creative!)

1. Bright belt, simple necklace, COWBOY BOOTS

2. Camo Jacket, bright belt, Gold Chain Statement necklace, nude flats

3. Jean jacket, bright belt, Gold Chain Statement Necklace, sandals

4. Floral Jacket, gold belt, Gold Chain Statement Necklace, black tights, black booties

5. Bright cardigan, gold belt, Gold Chain Statement Necklace, nude flats

6. Cropped pullover sweater, Gold Chain Statement Necklace, black tights, black booties

7. Braided belt, simple necklace, toms shoes, bright cross body purse

8. Boyfriend Sweater, gold belt, Gold Chain Statement necklace, black tights, bright flat

Here are some great black & white striped dresses!

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1.Forever21 2. ModCloth 3. Anthropologie 4. LOFT 5. OldNavy 6. LOFT

You can also add a cat to your look, they make great accessories… Okay maybe I wasn’t done with the silliness.

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And if you didn’t know how to rock cowgirl boots… this is how!

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Basically, a simple patterned dress will make a huge difference in your closet. The great thing about black & white is that you can wear almost any color with it, even brown, and it is season-less.  As we get closer and closer to vacation season, think about how easy packing could be with a staple like this! Get creative and have fun with it!