After being in Carmel for a few days, I’ve already started gravitating towards a few specific items in my suitcase. With the weather being a bit mercurial here (foggy/cold one moment and super sunny/warm the next), I’ve found layering with light sweaters and anoraks (this one is my fave) to be the best option for an all-day ensemble. This nautical-striped sweater from Old Navy has been in heavy rotation recently. It’s classic, comfortable and goes with so much! The perfect item and layering piece for this trip, but it is such a good find for Texas too – the weather has been so up-and-down lately, don’t you think? I personally love the navy stripes, but this sweater also comes in a red-striped version if you prefer that color combo. Best part? Both of these sweaters are under $25. Total steal. Not to go off on a tangent, but in addition to the nautical stripes I picked up, I also bought this powder blue and gray sweater ($15), and this thin-striped gray and white tee ($10). Both are super soft and have been wonderful for walks around the city and dressing up at night. Love!
Another item I’ve worn every day I’ve been here so far is my new pair of Rag & Bone boots. Isn’t the color fantastic? They’re going to be so versatile and go with everything this spring and summer, but also will transition well with my fall pieces. I guess I should also mention they are the most comfortable pair of heeled booties I own. Reliable, wearable and adorable! Last but not least, a hands-free crossbody is the best bag for walking around the pretty city of Carmel. You’ll find you don’t really need much while you’re walking around, so a large tote isn’t necessary and a crossbody will keep you from getting those annoying backaches after carrying a heavy shoulder bag all day. What are your favorite travel staples?
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