Peter Pilotto Sample Sale

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Yesterday, whilst heading to South Kensington, to visit the V&A Museum. Lindsay & I stumbled upon a Sample Sale. Lindsay saw it first & I'm glad she did. She asked me who Peter Pilotto was & immediately remembered how much I loved his work from the Peter Pilotto x Target collaboration, back in 2014. So of course, we went in!

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I had never been to a sample sale before, but trust you me, my love of fashion has not faded after all these years. Those who know me, know I still sometimes live stream fashion week in the comfort of my own bed. 

The idea of a sample sale though, is it's the designer selling off pieces that they've made during production. They're good enough to wear, but aren't the finalized production pieces, so you get them for a fraction of the price.

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All in all, it was fun girl-time shopping experience & I had a good time talking to Sophie, one of the Peter Pilotto interns. In the end, I decided to pick up this beautiful slit pencil skirt I found. The print & color gave me hints of Asian inspiration, and it reminded me of something you could wear to a high class holiday party. I love the blocking of the print down the center, and the low but playful slit at the bottom. 

It ended up being a perfect the pick-up for the next day, when we went to Wicked! I just paired it with a neutral wool blend sweater from Zara. Anyhow, it was a fun find & will most definitely be a memorable staple piece. Just though I'd share! Thanks for reading! Love, Jen

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How I Pack/Style My Looks for Trips

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Good morning from London!

I’ve just landed & it occurred to me, that I’ve never shared with you guys how I style each of my trips! Over the years, I’ve tried to improve my packing process with each time I go on a trip, and I think I’ve got down a system that works really well for me. It might seem intimidating, but if your’e a pretty visual person, you may end up really it!

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The idea of pulling stuff directly out of my closet & putting them into a suitcase, has always given me a headache while packing. I end up unsure if I’ve packed enough shirts, pants, or undershirts. The next way I’ve found to easily visualize everything you’re bringing, before you put it in the suitcase, is using a rolling rack. I got this one for $15 a long time ago from Target. Any spare part of your closet will also do!

Here’s why it works:

  • You won’t over pack - When you can visually see what you’re bringing in one place, at a glance you can see if you’ve appropriately brought an 3 sweaters, instead of accidentally shoving 5 into your carry on. 
  • It’s great way to coordinate mix & match outfits - When I hang the pieces up, I look at the color scheme of my clothes. Chances are, if your rack has a pretty harmonious color scheme, a lot of your pieces will be able to mix & match with ease. This allows you to create a greater variety of outfits, on longer haul trips, but still packing less. Plus if something doesn’t seem to work, you can quickly shuffle things around. 
  • You won’t forget anything - Once I have the “looks” formed in front me, I go from left to right (keeping how many days I’ll be away, in mind) & ask me myself if any of the outfits need socks, undershirts, or accessories. If I need undershirts or tanks, I will pack the exact amount I need, in the colors I need, wether it be nude, black, or white. Same with socks, in either no show, or long socks. Same with types of bras, depending on what dresses you decide to bring.
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How To Do it in 5 Steps:

  1. I start by pulling out some of my favorite pieces from my closet, or at least newer pieces I’m excited to wear. Keep in mind, the climate you’ll will be traveling too, 
  2. I start forming my outfits starting from left to right with shirts, followed by the bottoms I want to wear with them. If a bottom can be worn with 2 or more tops, I hang the bottoms after all the matching tops. So on & so forth. 
  3. Shoes will go down below, under the pieces they’re meant to be worn with.
  4. Once my outfits are formed, I add 1-2 jackets to the end of the rack, that will go with ALL the outfits, as well as 1-2 purses. If you can live with just 1 bag, 
  5. Finally, go left to right on your rack & think about which outfits needs specific undershirts, socks, or bras. Hang the additional items on the same hanger as piece it’s meant to be worn with. This is also a time to hang any other accessories like hats or jewelry, you want to wear with a look.

If your rack is looking a little too full & you’re going with a carry-on, you can visually guess that it’s not going to fit & strategically pick out what you want to put back in your closet. When you’re done though, you’ll have the best version of your closet, ready to put in your suitcase! Hopefully that was helpful! Happy packings! - Jen

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Blanca Lake

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I don't think I've ever done a hike more unprepared, but it was a hike I'm glad I finished. 

 Some time in October, my Disney buddy Kristina, which you guys have seen a ton of in my vlogs, asked me to hiking. Lake Blanca had been on my list for a long time, but it was also longer & more elevation gain, than any hike I've ever done. I mean let's be honest. Yes, almost every girl in the Pacific Northwest, says she loves hiking, but I'm not afraid to say I'm not obsessed with it. My affinity for hiking stemmed from my love of taking photos, therefore I hike. 

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Let's not forget the fact that I showed up in a tank, mesh yoga pants, and a cotton zip up, AND IT WAS POURING RAIN. I didn't have anything waterproof at all, including my day pack. No trekking poles (forgot) & no advil to start me off. All I had was another jacket I found in the back of Kristina's car (also not waterproof). 

A few hours later, absolutely soaked to my socks with rain, I made it to the top & arrived at Lake Blanca. Just as I came around the corner, the fog was beginning to dissipate (hence the first and last photo).  It was cold, but it was breathtakingly beautiful and well worth it. As it began to rain even harder, we took some pictures & snacked for 15 minutes, and it was time to head back down. I definitely want come back (more prepared) during the Summer, but I wouldn't have been able to do this hike without the constant motivation & patience of Kristina :) - Jen

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