How To Pack For A Quick Trip

 
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Packing for a quick trip? Like leaving today come back tomorrow type of trip? Well, we're here to help you pack light and still manage have everything you want (and need). And of course, you'll have a few options, because fly ladies (and gents) gotta have options. So, as I prepare for my very own whirlwind jaunt fours hours to the south (what up STL!), here are some very helpful tips for what to bring.

  1. Commit to no more than three pair of shoes, and really three pair may be one too many. Bring a comfy, casual pair (sneakers) and a dressy pair (stylish, yet versatile). Having a versatile dressy option will allow you to wear it with multiple looks, should your time on this trip include a few events.
  2. That brings me to clothing options. Separate the trip into two parts, travel and events. For time spent traveling, be it by plane, train or automobile, think comfort. Joggers, hoodies, t-shirts, leggings, etc. And since this trip clocks in at less than 48 hours, you will likely be able to wear the same travel clothes on the trip home. For your events, bring two bottoms (pants/skirts) and a few shirt options. Don't forget pj's, socks, undies! 
  3. Lastly, you'll need your toiletries and accessories, which can likely be packed in the same bag. Pack the essentials and you should be good to go!

Now all you have to do is muster up the energy to enjoy every minute of your super quick getaway! Happy travels!

The Day Party, The Night Time Alternative?

 

Let’s face it, sometimes going out sort of feels like work. At least the effort to get yourself in the mood to go out, then figuring out something to wear, then the actual process of getting dressed…sometimes all of that is so daunting, you consider passing on the whole night out. Eventually though, you’re all dressed and ready to go. And it’s probably later than you expected to start the night out, but once you are actually out, you’re out for the long haul. It’s never planned that way, but once you have a couple of drinks with your girls, the fun just doesn't stop. And before you know it, you’ve slept away half of your weekend from an Instant Classic night out, you feel like crap, and dammit, the weekend is almost over. 

But, what if you could have all of that fun, minus the hassle of convincing yourself you want to go out. A few drinks, good times with your friends, and still fully enjoy your weekend…who isn’t down for that? Well, you can (and probably have) partaken in such an activity…commonly referred to as the Day Party. 

Day Parties are nothing new, but it seems as if the sheer number of them has increased on any given weekend in recent years. And it’s fairly easy to understand their appeal or preference in some cases. The same party environment you experience in the wee hours of the night/morning, smack dab in the middle of the day is fun. Mostly because day drinking is fun! And well, it’s a fun way to spend part of your weekend. You’re out and about, socializing and NOT sleeping away part of your weekend. With the day party, you’re actually making god use of your weekend. And if you play it just right, you have the ability to do something before and after, ensuring you aren’t just wasting away the those magical 48 hours you dream about during the long work week. 

The appeal for this event is obvious, but is the appeal so strong that it could replace the traditional night time version? I highly doubt it. But, for some of us who've since tired of those long nights partying until the sun comes up, the Day Party is quite the enticing alternative. Party for a few hours during the day, and home in time for movie night? What's not to love? If you haven't made it out to a day party yet, shame on you! Partake in this fun and not so new party alternative, and enjoy your weekend!

 

Summer, Summer, Summer Time...

 
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Summer's in full swing, though you couldn't tell by the mild temps in Chicago. We just passed the halfway mark of the year and summer (Happy 4th!) even though it seems like it just started. Before you know it, it'll be time for football and school. But, until then we have to bask in the glory of the warm-ish temps. We spend so much time cooped up indoors during the extended winter season that we have to take advantage of the beauty of the summer months!

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And if you're in Chicago, that's pretty easy to do. From festivals of all kinds, parades, block parties, movies and concerts in the park (I could go on) there is no shortage of outdoor fun. In fact, the Taste Of Chicago is happening as we speak (or as you read) and combines a few of these activities in one event! A slew of concerts, delicious food, beautiful weather (fingers crossed) and you have the setting for an epic summer outing. Ms. Badu is hitting the stage tonight, and if you don't have tickets, don't worry, there is plenty of lawn seating available to you! Just grab a blanket, hit up a few food vendors and enjoy a night of great music and friends in the city in the midwest, best city in the whole wide world (in my Lupe voice)!

Dress Code, Smess Code

 

As soon as I hear the phrase "dress code" I immediately cringe. The idea of adhering to a dress code just might be my kryptonite. In fact, I was always so grateful that I didn't have to wear a uniform to school. Just the thought of that was too much to bear. Wait, maybe I shouldn't be revealing all this...but seriously, unless we are talking about a work dress code, (which you already know we wholeheartedly respect at Kyndafly), dress codes should be loose and perhaps looked at as more of a "guideline." 

Ever since I can remember, I've never wanted to be a carbon copy of my peers. I would always seek out shoes that I felt NO ONE else would wear. And I found great pleasure when in fact, no one at my school had the same pair as me, it was a total "Victory" (in my Johnny Drama voice). But, don't get me wrong, I'll play along to a particular theme or follow the same overall trends as my peers, but I'm likely going to throw in my own personal twist, making the look uniquely mine. 

So, be warned, I'm probably going to show up to your "All White Party" in a bold and dynamic color (possibly matched with something white), because, thug life. And because, if we're all wearing white, we may as well opt for uniforms, and wants to live in that nightmare? Not me. I've always preferred to stand out, and explicit dress codes just don't allow for uniqueness. Therefore, unless it's work or you know, someone is footing the bill for the evening, I can't resist the urge to go all rebellious and go against the dress code. How do y'all feel about dress codes?