1. Dakine Girls Carry-On (Marshalls) 2.) Mossimo Crop Pants (Target) 3.) Mossimo Shorts (Target) 4. Braided Sandals (Forever 21)
Only a ten-hour work day separates me from ten glorious days of freedom. I couldn’t be more excited!
I don’t know about you, but before I travel, I always get a little bit carried away at the stores. All of a sudden, I realize that I need a new pair of sandals, a new pair of shorts or a new bikini (which shopping for was majorly unsuccessful, but that’s a whole other story. I don’t know how many bikinis I’ve tried on. My verdict: they don’t make bikinis for real women with anything larger than a B cup. It’s ridiculous and frustrating.)
The fact that pretty much everything is always on sale in most stores in the US is not helping either. I mean, is there actually a time when there is reason for stores not to have a sale?
I know, I know, it all comes down to marketing tactics…. the sale prices are actually the real prices and they just trick you into thinking that you’ve made a bargain (and they laugh at the people who actually pay the “original” price).
Either way, I have to admit that those sale tactics are working, because to me it still feels like a bargain. In the last few weeks, in preparation for our trip, I made a few trips to Target and ended up perusing the clearance stands, where I found those nice black basic shorts and the lovely pink capris. Believe it or not, I am attempting to jump on the fashion bandwagon of wearing colorful skinny pants this summer. Let’s see how that works out!
And then, J and I decided last weekend that it would probably be a wise idea to travel just with carry-on luggage. We are flying with Southwest and have a very short stopover (with plane change) both going to and coming back from the East Coast and I am kind of afraid that if we check a bag, we might end up with no luggage at the other end (and this is always a hassle and no fun!)
Of course, while J has no problem fitting his stuff into a small duffle bag (he’s a guy!), I was a little bit more concerned about what bag I might have that will fit all my (girl) stuff, but I was up for the challenge. I actually do have a small carry-on suitcase, but it’s very much on the small side and after some trial packing (in my head), I decided that it would probably be wise to invest into a new, good-sized carry-on (with wheels). Luckily, you can always count on stores like Marshalls or Ross to have good deals on luggage and so I found this really pretty Dakine carry-on for basically 50% off the original price. I love the colors and pattern. Obviously, now I’ll be able to pack comfortably and travel in style!
Do you like to shop before going on a trip? Or do you rather save your money to have more to spend while you’re on vacation?