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 Before traveling for business, I thought the whole thing was so fun and glamorous. Who doesn't want to stay at a hotel for free, have free meals, work on the go and even explore a new city (if there's time, of course). Plus let's admit it: people traveling for business just look a lot cooler at the airport since they're probably dressed sharp cause they're going to a meeting right after the flight lol. I quickly realized that the reality is much more different. Business travel can be quite hectic and a lot of times things don't go as smoothly. After taking a few trips for my company, I've created my own set of rules that I always follow and thought I should share them for anyone that's new to business travel and wants to be prepared: 

1.  A L W A Y S  S T I C K  T O  A  C A R R Y - O N 

I know, it's tempting to bring a large suitcase and bring everything with you "just in case" but it's so much easier traveling with a carry-on. You won't have to worry about your baggage getting lost, sometimes paying extra for a suitcase or wasting time at baggage claim. You can just grab your carry-on and head straight out of the airport. It's made my life so much simpler! 

2.  P A C K  V E R S A T I L E  C L O T H I N G 

Sometimes plans change when you travel on business so always pack clothing that can easily be worn for different occasions such as a black dress that can be dressed up or down or black dress pants that will go with many different tops. 

3.  K E E P  Y O U R  H A N D S  F R E E  W I T H  A  L A R G E  T O T E

I honestly believe every girl should have a large tote that you can throw anything into, is good quality and will last years to come. Plus it looks a lot more put-together than a backpack and you can easily reach for your passport/boarding pass, store snacks or in my extra pair of shoes and tops lol. I know, everyone swears by the Louis Vuitton Neverfull but in case you're looking for something more budget-friendly I linked some below.

4.  S H O R T  T R I P ?  G E T  A  B L O W - O U T

One of my favorite tricks whenever we have a company event or traveling on business for a few days is to get a blowout either the day before my flight or on that day. Drybar is my go-to spot and what's convenient is that they have early morning appointments and get a great blow-out that will last for a few days so I won't have to worry about doing my hair. I always bring a mini flat-iron and dry shampoo just for small touch ups but most of the time never use them.   

5. H A V E  A  P R E - P A C K E D  T O I L E T R Y  B A G 

If you know you're going to be traveling frequently, always have a pre-packed toiletry bag which has all the essentials such as your makeup, shampoo/conditioner, Tylenol and other items that you would always need no matter where the trip is. This way, you'll never forget anything and won't have to rush to get ready the night or a few hours before your flight! I linked one of my favorites below which you can easily hang in your hotel bathroom and fits so many items. 

Did I miss anything? Let me know below! 

Woven bags. Straw bags. Call it what you want but I just can't get enough of them! The trend continues from last year and is getting even more unique. This spring, I was thinking about getting a Summer Fridays tote which I linked below or this gorgeous seashell tote that has such a unique shape and a circular handle. If you're looking to invest in a new designer bag, Prada came out with their own woven bag collection and it's gorgeous and comes with a nude strap so you can wear it as a crossbody. For clutches that's perfect for an evening out or to wear on vacation, I love this peach seashell one, teal circular one or even this purple one which I've never seen anything like it before! Lastly, for an everyday woven piece check out this Tory Burch which is small enough for your phone, credit card and some lipstick. 

What's your favorite woven bag? Are you loving the trend or over it?

It looks like spring has decided to stay in Dallas and I'm totally not complaining! I decided to bring out some of my favorite spring/summer pieces for this look and shopped from my closet. I never understood how fashion bloggers can constantly buy new things 24/7 and not take advantage of what they already own in their closet. It's just not realistic, am I right? 

Right when the weather gets warmer, I'll start wearing more white which is one of my favorite colors and I'm not afraid of wearing it from head to toe. It's so refreshing and looks clean and elegant - even with a casual outfit like this. I bought this off the shoulder pleated top from Zara last summer and I'm shocked I never blogged about it since I've worn it so much. I paired it with my new go-to ripped ankle jeans. The ripped hem look is so chic and perfect for petite girls! It also allows you to show off your favorite pair of heels without having to roll the hems. Speaking of shoes, I bought these Gucci wedges last summer on my Vegas trip and can't believe that I always forget that I own them! I've never even blogged about them before until now. This was an impulse purchase and while I'm obsessed with them, I'll admit it's difficult to find outfits to pair them with. Any ideas? So far it goes with this all-white look perfectly. 

Lastly, this bag. I know I wore it so much last summer and you guys are probably sick of seeing it everywhere online but it JUST GOES WITH EVERYTHING. I can't imagine retiring this bag one day! I don't even care if it goes out of style - it's a staple in my closet and I'll continue to wear it this summer lol. Anyone else passionate about this bag? I'm thinking about purchasing it in other colors (ahem blush pink, I'm looking at you). 

What are some of your favorite pieces for the spring and summer?

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