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Packing Guide for Spring Break | PurseN

You can be headed somewhere for Spring break or any fun vacation that is short or long, you need to know how to pack efficiently. It all begins with what you pack in. 

| JEANS | NECKLACE | BRACELET | LIPS (Turkish Delight) | INSTAX camera | LUGGAGE

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Packing can be so overwhelming! Planning outfits ahead of time really isn’t the issue: it’s how to pack all of your toiletries, makeup, hair tools, hats, and jewelry all packed safely. Protecting your items but also making sure you are saving space too. 

ONE: If you have ever traveled with a hat, you KNOW they always seem to be scrunched once you arrive. The trick is to pack around the edges of the suitcase, place the hat in the center, and then fill the center with clothing to keep its shape! I love to put my swimsuits in the center of the hat to keep like things together. It helps to keep you organized when you arrive.

TWO: Keep your shoes separate. They have a tendency to snag clothes which is always upsetting. I layer my shoes on the opposite side of my suitcase, fitting the pair together exactly how they fit into a shoe box, and line them up as closely together as I can. I will then layer either my scarves or fluffy accessories over them to make sure they don’t move around.

THREE: Take a laundry bag with you. I travel with the inexpensive shopping bags from IKEA so I can keep my dirty clothes separate and keep the rest of my luggage smelling fresh. 

FOUR: Make a list. I always make a list on my phone ahead of time. This is a sure fire way that you know you won’t forget anything! You know that moment while sitting on the airplane and you remember your makeup is sitting on the bathroom counter. Don’t let this happen to you! Both Jason and I write lists, it seriously works.

FIVE: The key to being able to pack your items SAFELY and COMPACTLY is picking the right cases. I have had many in the last 10 years and none of them truly satisfied my need for space and security. I recently discovered PurseN which literally changed my packing style forever.

PurseN has a travel case for every one of your needs. Their cases are also easily interchangeable so you can pick one according to the size you need not necessarily due to it being made for something specifically. For example, the Tiffany can be used for makeup or for your skin care/hair care!  There are many selections of colors/patterns but this White Dunes collection is my favorite. 

The Tiara Mini Jewelry Case is a new case! I was able to fit all of my large tassel earrings, statement rings, and small studs in each little pouch. The pouches are attached to the bottom of the case so that they can’t fall out while still keeping everything separate and untangled. This is perfect for traveling but also for a mid-day outfit change, such as when you are going from your work look to your date look!

The Bangle Bar is a complete game changer for me! I never know how to pack my bracelets and watches. I can’t go very long without a bracelet or at the minimum a 3 stack arm party. This case has a removable padded bar that you slide your jewelry onto and then clip down for security. The bar is then zipped inside the case for protection! No more scratches on your jewelry or just leaving your bracelets home because it’s not worth the hassle.

The Lexi is the perfect case for my makeup! Inside the front flap is a pocket that fit my pallets perfectly. The construction of this case is truly genius. The zipper pockets are connected with a 2 ring system, similar to an office binder. I split up each pocket to hold a different part of my routine. Each was organized in the order I would use it. The back flap has little slots to be able to put your brushes in as well! The size of the Lexi is awesome: it can fit in luggage, a weekender, or for a moment to freshen your look before leaving for the evening. 

The Tiffany holds all my skin care and hair care! I struggled with finding the right case for these needs since I have SO many products I use for my hair and skin care. I loved that the lid of the Tiffany had a separate compartment I could put all my shower products in, this keeps things more hygienic in my book. The three zipper cases it comes with are perfect for separating your needs out! I put my skin care in one, my hair care in another, and my toothbrush and toothpaste in the last one. It’s perfect to keep them separate for not only organization but also for just grabbing one to put in your handbag for the afternoon or when in flight!

I am serious when I say, take advantage of the coupon code. I have looked for years for cases that actually function for travel. There is nothing out there that I have seen or used that compares to these. 
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Where shall I go for Spring Break? I don’t get a Spring Break, so please travel someplace fun for me!
I don’t get a Spring Break, so please travel someplace fun for me!

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Spring Style Tips and Tricks

5 Essentials for a Fool Proof Shopping Trip.

As a born and raised shopper, I have realized I have a skill set not everyone was taught. There are so many things you can do to help make your shopping trip easier, here are my top 5!


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I did not come by my techniques for shopping on my own, thanks to my mama, I was able to learn from the get go. I have 5 things that I do for every shopping trip and it makes it so much more smooth. Even if you have kiddos or have very little time to shop, these will help.

ONE, coffee. Hello!!! This is always the first step. Whether it’s coffee in a to-go mug from home or you treat yourself to a fun coffee from Starbucks. You need fuel for your trip!

TWO, your phone. Yes, this seems simple but I use my phone for many reasons when shopping. I have a running list of the items I am looking for that I need to fill gaps in my closet or that are old and need replacing. I also use my phone to take photos of items I love and want to remember. Lastly, I use it for looking up coupons for the store.

THREE, know what you are looking for. If you wander aimlessly, you will most likely be buying lots of items you don’t need and be missing the items you truly need. I have a rolling list of items on my notes section on my phone to remind me when I am shopping.

FOUR, know what a good price is. Do your homework before you go shopping to know if what you are looking for will be a good price when you find it. I love to do this, even on the go. Don’t let the sale signs fool you, the prices still might be better somewhere else!

FIVE, don’t buy it if you don’t LOVE it. I’m very serious about this one. If you don’t love it in the store or in the dressing room, you won’t love it when you get home. You will have a closet full of items you sort of like. Not a good scenario.

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Spring Style Tips and Tricks

The BEST Designer Jewelry Dupes under $20.

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

I am obsessed with jewelry, especially designer jewelry. The price tag I am not so obsessed with. Sharing my favorite dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!
The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!


The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!
The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!




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How many times does our budget hold us back from being able to buy that gift for someone that you know they will love or to add a cute little bracelet to your favorite bracelet stack? I am not encouraging you to break your budget or overspend on one item, I am teaching you how you can do both of these things for under $20!!! 

I am sure you know about the gloriousness of Amazon. Have you ever thought to order jewelry from them? Probably not. I have been ordering jewelry from Amazon for years now and it’s the perfect setup! I happen to keep my eyes out for new designer styles that I LOVE but can’t afford. Sometimes I even find these style dupes at Nordstrom, Baublebar, and Forever 21. Typically, they are under $20, sometimes I a little more but ALWAYS a great deal. The key is to know what you are looking for!

I LOVE the David Yurman Cable Bracelets, but at their $400 minimum price tag, I can’t afford them. Here are my favorite dupes I have found for under $20! Most of them are on Amazon Prime, hello to free shipping. My favorites that I wear are HERE!

Neiman Marcus has this beautiful gold screw cuff that I am swooning over for $200. I found an almost exact dupe on Amazon HERE and I am SO impressed. It’s a great weight, not too heavy but definitely sturdy. It’s stainless steel which is a great cue for it being able to last. Here are a couple of other favorites similar to it!

Link bracelets have been a huge trend for years. They have stayed around because they are classic. THIS is my favorite but I also found the ones below that are an amazing deal.

Hermes makes the most amazing bangles but their nearly $700 price tag is not amazing for my budget. Amazon has all of these for under $20 in any color you want!

Cartier makes the beautiful Love Bracelets for $6,300. It’s a timeless piece but I like these alternatives much better for my budget! Stacking one of each color is a great way to add class to your outfit!

Have fun finding the perfect dupes for you!