The Ultimate Spring Break Beach Vacation Packing List

It’s March now, which means that spring break is right around the corner. Last year, some of my girlfriends and I took a trip down to St. Augustine, Florida, where we spent a glorious 6 days relaxing on the beach, indulging in great food, and exploring the city.

When it came time to pack last year, I was kind of at a loss. What’s important? What isn’t? And as a chronic overpacker, I stuffed my carry-on-sized suitcase to the brim and hoped for the best.

While I’m not heading back to the sun and the surf this spring break (although stay tuned to see where I will be headed), I wanted to share my tips and tricks on what you need and what you don’t for the ultimate spring break beach vacation.

I’ll be detailing my top 10 items below, and attaching a full packing checklist at the bottom full of everything you’ll need. Let’s dive right in!

1. Swimsuit(s)

If you’re on a beach vacation, this should be a no-brainer. You can probably get away with just one bathing suit if you won’t be swimming every day, but if you will be, pack multiple: because believe me, putting back on a damp or sandy swimsuit is no fun.

2. Sundress

Going out to dinner, walking around town, or even just hanging around the beach house- a flowy sundress is a must! They’re super versatile and can be used for several different outings.

3. Light jacket

Hopefully your trip is sunny and warm, but if mother nature doesn’t favor you and you’re struggling to soak in those rays a light jacket will be your best friend. Beach weather can change on a dime and a light jacket will make sure you don’t get too cold.

4. Sunglasses

The ocean glare can be super bright, so always pack sunglasses to protect your eyes while you’re lounging in the sand. You really only need one pair, but they don’t take up a lot of space, so you can pack multiple if you would like!

5. Multi-purpose sandals

If you’re traveling with a big group or flying with a carry-on, luggage space is limited. Luckily, most beach clothing doesn’t take up a lot of room, but picking pairs of shoes that are super versatile can really help maximize your luggage space. Sandals that you can wear out to grab lunch or to a bar later in the night serve double duty and help you have more space in your luggage for other things!

6. Cover-up

Depending on the area you’re in, you might be privy to restaurants or bars right on the beach. Packing a cover-up ensures you’ll be able to go in and grab a drink or bite to eat during your beach day!

7. Shorts

Probably no explanation necessary, right? Pack a couple pairs of shorts and you’ll be ready for anything you have planned, from a beach day to lunch downtown.

8. Multi-purpose tops

Much like with sandals, packing tops that can go from day to night will really save you space in your luggage. Flowy tank tops and bandeaus are your best bet!

9. Scrunchies/bandanas

Down by the ocean can get pretty windy, so prepare to hold your hair back with scrunchies or bandanas! Anything that helps keep your hair out of your face will be essential.

10. Sneakers

If you’re in a beach town with things to do other than hang out in the sand, you’ll want a cute and comfy pair of sneakers to walk around in! I wore mine out to a local farmer’s market and coffee shop.

And that’s my top 10! Here’s a full list of everything you’ll need:

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments, and have a great time on your vacation!

-K

P.S. Heading to St. Augustine or somewhere similar? Check out my recap posts from spring break 2019 to see what we did on our trip!

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8 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Blogging

One year ago today I created my blog, and one year ago tomorrow I launched it. I’ve come a long way from my first few posts, taken with a makeshift tripod propped up on my bed in my bedroom. What a year it has been, and I’m thrilled that Selfies & OOTDs has continually given me a platform to create content and share what I love.

If you want a good laugh, go back to February 2019 and see what my first few posts looked like. (Yeah. Pretty amateur.) Luckily, I’ve matured in more ways than one, and I’ve learned a ton about blogging, social media marketing, and content creation in the process. Here’s 8 things I wish someone had told me when I first started blogging:

1. For the best shots, have no shame

When I first started, I took all my #OOTD shots against the door in my bedroom. Aside from the fact that I didn’t have a real tripod, I was also self-conscious about people seeing me pose and wait for the self timer to go off. When I got my tripod this summer, the game completely changed, and after a few outings of taking my pictures in public I was no longer fazed. This let me have way more creativity with my poses (and it meant you could actually see my feet!

2. Even lighting is the best lighting

I thought the wall by my window was giving me good natural light, but it really wasn’t. The best lighting I’ve found is when I’m outside, in the shade. That way no one part of my face is in the shadows and none of the lighting is too harsh. But more on that in a bit…

3. Early bird gets the worm

Remember what I said about even lighting in the shade? That’s why I take almost all my pictures in the morning, preferably before 9 a.m. This gives me optimal choices for locations in terms of where is still shady, as the sun has just barely come up over the horizon. I also like the mornings because it lets me take pictures when my makeup and hair are freshly done.

4. No one can tell how cold it was when they look at the picture

When you’re getting up early in the winter, you know what that means… It’s going to be cold outside. Luckily, no one can tell how much your toes were freezing when you took the shot as long as the end result is cute- and I find that the pictures I took on the coldest days end up being my favs.

5. Hashtags are everything

About 4 months in to my blogging journey and I had only hit 80 followers. What gives? Answer: not using the tools Instagram was handing me in order to reach a larger audience! I used to feel squeamish about hashtags, but once I started using them I never looked back. It’s never been so easy for me to find and engage with like-minded individuals!

6. Engage and be engaging!

Like I just said, the purpose of Instagram is to engage with others. You will see such a difference in what you get out of it if you give it as well! Tell that girl you like her outfit, comment on your favorite brand’s post- there’s tons of people just like you out there waiting to connect!

7. Content planning saves lives (or at least, your feed)

I’ll admit it, I fell off the wagon somewhere between September and December. School caught up to me, and suddenly I was posting less and less just because I wasn’t prepared with a plan. I implemented a content calendar for the start of 2020, and it’s already working wonders. Consistency is key, however frequently that means for you!

8. Don’t be afraid to call yourself what you are

When I first started out, I felt weird calling myself a blogger. I felt like that was just a title reserved for influencers and people with way more followers than me… but I soon realized that it’s not the number of followers you have or the number of likes you get: if you have a blog, you’re a blogger, and you shouldn’t be afraid to call yourself one. (Shout-out to my dad who always tells people I’m a blogger if we’re out doing a restaurant review in public. It’s hella validating!!)

So excited what February 2020 – February 2021 has in store for me. I hope you’ll stick around, because there’s more where that came from!

-K

P.S. Thanks to Nompton Social for letting me come in before opening and take pictures with your murals today- you’re seriously the best!

Wingardium Leviosa: Styling Round Glasses

Round glasses are one of my favorite trends I’ve been seeing lately (no pun intended), and I’ve been having such a fun time figuring out how to style them! If you are like me and were blessed with 20/20 vision, fear not: you can still take part in this cute look by buying round glasses without prescription lenses. I’ll have my favorite blue light blocking pair linked down below.

Since glasses of any kind automatically give off more of a nerdy vibe, I try to lean into it by pairing it with one really conservative item of clothing. (Here, it’s my turtleneck.) Once you have your more classic item picked out, I then like to play around with the rest of the outfit. For contrast, I picked my pair of light wash skinny jeans with unique embroidery on the back. Additionally, I chose to bring my favorite velvet handbag along and gold pendant necklace as accessories to add back in a chic element. Finished off with my suede riding boots, another conservative and classic touch, and this outfit is complete!

You can always go further to either end of the spectrum if your style calls for it, but I aim to keep all elements balanced when I’m styling an element outside of my comfort zone.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Glasses: Blue Light Blocking Round Glasses – Nordstrom
Necklace: Zodiac Pendant Necklace (similar)
Top: Black Turtleneck Sweater (similar)
Bag: Black Velvet Handbag (similar)
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Light-Wash High-Waisted Jeans (similar)
Shoes: Presto Waterproof Knee-High Boot – BLONDO

I’ve only had my round glasses for about 2 weeks and I’m loving them! I’m excited to find more ways to style them, but in the meantime, I would love to see your take. If you wear round glasses (prescription or faux) post your look on Insta and tag me so I can see!

-K

Feeling Frosty: Styling Denim-on-Denim

One of 2020s standout trends is supposed to be denim-on-denim. While I’m not quite ready to dive headfirst into a full-blown navy-on-navy ensemble, I dipped my toe in the water today by pairing my navy denim jacket with my black jeans. Baby steps!

I found this amazing Lauren Ralph Lauren white turtleneck at TJ Maxx the other day, and I am obsessed with it already. I love turtlenecks, sweaters, and especially combinations of the two, so I’m guessing I’ll be wearing this one a lot this season. I think it looks super classic, especially when paired with other neutrals and closet staples.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Jacket: Freeborn Denim Jacket – Target
Sweater: White Turtleneck – Lauren Ralph Lauren
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: High-Waisted Rockstar Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Grand Court Sneaker – Adidas

What is your winter go-to item? Mine will always be a sweater or turtleneck, but I’m looking for more wardrobe staples to add to my closet. Let me know!

-K

Oh-Em-Gee!

I truly can’t believe it’s already mid-January. Yesterday was the first day of my last undergraduate semester (meaning graduation is coming up faster than I realize) and every day I feel older and older. Nevertheless, I’m excited for this semester and all the fun things it will bring!

I got this cute rhinestone bobby pins for Christmas and I was just dying to try them out. I decided to pair them with slept-in, braided hair since I felt like the quirky bobby pins would compliment it nicely. I also chose one of my favorite chunky sweaters as a juxtaposition against the flowy pleated skirt and heels. I loved this vibe and can’t wait to play around with it more!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Bobby Pins: OMG Rhinestone Bobby Pins
Top: Grey Chunky Sweater – Rubbish
Skirt: Black Pleated Skirt (similar)
Shoes: Carrson Sandal – Steve Madden

Feeling very blessed that the first week hasn’t been offensively cold yet. I know it’s probably coming, but I wish it wouldn’t- I have too many skirts I need to wear!

-K

Hey Macklemore

Happy 2020! That feels so weird to say, since I’ve known that was going to be my undergraduate graduation year for basically forever. That means college degree 1 of 2 is that much closer!

I stayed in pajamas at home all day yesterday, ringing in the new year with cinnamon rolls and bacon, watching copious amounts of college football and taking time to relax with my family. (We believe that New Year’s resolutions like healthier eating don’t come into affect until January 2.) That means that today’s #OOTD is the first of the new year!

As soon as I put my leopard coat on, I could feel myself channeling major Macklemore vibes. This one didn’t come from a thrift shop, but I felt funky just the same. I know this coat is going to be one of my go-tos this winter and early spring!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sunglasses: Cateye Sunglasses – Target
Coat: Faux Fur Leopard Coat (similar)
Top: Crewneck Long Sleeve T-shirt – Target
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: High-Waisted Rockstar Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Grand Court Sneaker – Adidas

Also, today I broke out some liquid matte lipstick that was part of a Christmas gift! I had been skeptical about liquid lipstick for a long time, but I’m absolutely obsessed with this set and their matching lip liners. Cheers to more adventurous fashion and beauty choices in 2020!

-K

Christmas OOTD and Recap

Merry Christmas, everyone! Due to my scheduling with Peach Bowl rehearsals, I had an unconventional Christmas experience and celebrated a day early this year. As of yesterday evening, I had completely unwrapped my gifts and mentally started preparing for the bowl trip. Christmas had already come and gone and it wasn’t even December 25!

Opening all your presents on Christmas Eve wasn’t nearly as weird as it sounds. It only vaguely feels like two days were combined into one, and now I’m ready to start getting ready for the bowl trip! I’ll spare you an entire haul, but some of my favorite gifts I got yesterday were:

  • A leopard-print fuzzy jacket
  • A custom calendar with my dog’s faces on it for every month
  • Icelandic chocolate (may or may not have eaten half the bar already)
  • Kate Spade socks
  • A liquid lipstick/liner set
  • An iPhone 11!

I won’t be setting up my iPhone 11 until after I get back from Atlanta, so when I was initially listing my favorite gifts I completely forgot about it. But I’m super excited to get it set up once I have more than a few hours to transfer all my stuff over and make sure it’s all working!

Beyond just opening gifts in the morning, we also went to church in the evening and then proceeded on to our tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family. They even helped me collect data for an upcoming blog post… stay tuned!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Earrings: Star Bar Earrings – Altar’d State
Dress: Black Velvet Skater Dress – Forever 21
Shoes: Carrson Sandal – Steve Madden

Merry Christmas again, and I’ll talk to you all again before the new year. Here comes 2020!

-K

P.S. I actually had my sister take my #OOTD pics last night. It was very refreshing not to have to use a tripod- especially because I knew my neighbors across the street would be able to see us. Thanks, Macy!

Bringing Velour Back

If you knew me circa 2009, then you probably remember my Juicy Couture tracksuit phase. While I wouldn’t be completely opposed to welcoming those glorious velvety sets back into my life (they are the epitome of comfort IMO), it’s been 10 years and I felt like it was time to usher velour back into my wardrobe. Enter: this peachy velour top!

Besides being velour, I’m also obsessed with this top’s color. It’s peachy nude hue is perfect for the fall and winter months. And while I’m not in peak-summer-tan mode, I feel like the velour does a good job of catching the light and bouncing some of it’s warm tones back onto my face. Lord knows my skin could use some Vitamin D!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Hat: Newsboy Cap (similar)
Top: Peach Velour Button-Up – Comfy
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: High-Waisted Rockstar Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Presto Waterproof Knee-High Boot – BLONDO

I loved exploring a new part of Frisco and shooting at The Star today! It was early so not much was open, but I would love to go back one evening, eat at one of their fun restaurants and walk around. I’m discovering new things about my hometown every day!

-K

Made A List, Checked It Twice

And just like that, all my Christmas shopping for 2019 is complete! Considering it’s still a full week before Christmas Eve, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. Now, that’s not to say I don’t still have errands to run- specifically, today I’m picking up some bubbly necessities for my family’s Christmas Eve celebration (if you voted in one of my Instagram polls lately, you might know what I’m talking about. If you don’t… stay tuned!)

I love my heels, but never found them to be very practical for my college #OOTDs, no matter how dressy the outfit is. Luckily, being home means a lot less time on my feet, making heels the perfect addition to my errand-running ensemble!

I was also super excited to break out my new winter coat. I have a long brown coat from last year that I just adore, but I knew I needed a black one to add to my collection as well. For its blog debut, I paired it with all-black everything, minus the heels, of course.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Purse: Black Geometric Crossbody (similar)
Coat: Black Coat – Hearts & Roses
Sweater: Black Sweater – Old Navy
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: High-Waisted Rockstar Jeans – Old Navy
Heels: Nude Heels – DSW

While my feet may have been a little cold, overall I was obsessed with this look! I haven’t posted a look with jeans on here in a while, but I hope to start incorporating them more. It’s getting too cold to wear skirts all the time!

-K

Somewhere Between Cyan and Cerulean

After a few weeks of excruciating final papers, projects, presentations, and exams, I’m finally home for the holidays! (Or at least, until Christmas Day.) I’m so glad to finally be back in Frisco: I’ve missed my family, friends, and dogs a whole bunch this semester. Another perk to being back in Frisco? Fresh #OOTD locations! I headed out early this morning to document today’s look before Frisco Square is hit by crowds of people out doing their Christmas shopping.

If you’ve been following me since my launch back in February, this look may seem slightly familiar. I styled this divine cashmere sweater similarly, but wanted to mix it up. This time, I opted out of the paperboy cap and went for a more flirty/romantic look, with my hair pulled back to make sure I revealed my “HELLO” earrings. I love taking different closet staples, like sweaters, and giving them a fresh new vibe just by mixing up the style of accessories!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Earrings: Hello Drop Earrings – Forever 21
Sweater: Cashmere Sweater – Valerie
Skirt: Leather Skirt (similar)
Boots: Presto Waterproof Knee-High Boot – BLONDO

I’m glad I got out and about early this morning- Christmas shopping in Frisco is crazy, and I still have a lot of people left on my list! I hope to take some more pictures around Frisco soon, so make sure you check back for more!

-K