Updated: Jul 23




So, you've booked your vacation and you are counting down the days until you're beachside sipping your favorite cocktail.


The only problem is ...now you've got to pack. Nothing can ruin the feeling of excitement that comes along with an upcoming vacation quite like the stress of packing.


Cutting down your rotation of summer outfits into one capsule wardrobe complete with accessories that can be mixed and matched to fit into a carry-on suitcase that weighs less than 50 lbs can be a seemingly impossible task.


Luckily, I'm here to help with the challenge, by offering some expert tips. I will help you take the dread out of packing by letting you in on 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY.


After all, as a stylist, it's my job to keep an eye out for the key fashion pieces that will make your vacation wardrobe effortlessly chic.


The best part is, I've focused on pieces that you can wear year after year to make any vacation getaway a literal breeze.


And guess what… You may not even have to shop for some of these pieces because as you will see, some items are repeated from my earlier blog posts since they are of the moment summer trends and timeless wardrobe basics!


Here is your list of 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY:


1. THE WHITE DRESS


Nothing says summer getaway quite like an easy, breezy, white eyelet dress. A simple white dress can take you from day to night--and is appropriate for any vacation hot spot. Pair it with your favorite sneakers and a straw hat for daytime chic-- then switch into lace-up, strappy sandals for a night out on the town.


2. THE WHITE BUTTON DOWN (BEACH) SHIRT


This classic wardrobe office staple can be converted into vacation-wear by simply unbuttoning some of the top buttons and wearing it as cover-up over your favorite swim suit. No need to search high and low for a great cover-up when you probably have this wardrobe basic already hanging in your closet!


3. THE COLORFUL TOP

Wearing bold colors has been known to make people feel better, and nothing photographs better when you are on vacation then a pop of vibrant color. So invest in a top in one of your favorite bold colors to showcase your vacation tan!



4. CROCHET PIECES




From maxi-skirts to halterneck tops, beach dresses and cardigan sweaters, crochet is a delicate fabric that adds interest and texture to every outfit. It is the perfect fabric to wear on your next vacation, and your vacation wardrobe will definitely feel more elevated if you pack a crochet piece in your suitcase. Your vacation photos will thank you for it!


5. THE PERFECT PAIR OF SUNNIES


From square, to cat-eye, to rectangle frames, your sunglasses are the necessary accesory that adds a sense of style to your vacation wardrobe. Not only do you need the perfect pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, you can really have fun with this accessory to add character to your summer getaway wardrobe.


6. THE SUMMER SANDAL


Choosing the right pair of travel shoes is essential to having a successful vacation. I know, this statement may sound over-the-top, but nothing is worse than packing a pair of shoes that give you blisters on the first day that you wear them, making walking around a scenic vacation town a complete nightmare! Am I right? Luckily, there are a range of sandals that are both stylish and comfortable. Make sure to break-in any sandals that you pack so that you can hit the ground running when your plane lands (no pun intended!)


7. A PAIR OF LINEN PANTS



Linen pants are the perfect way to change up your summer dress rotation when you are on vacation. Wear them multiple times on your getaway. Pair them with a lightweight tank and your sandals and you are ready to go sight seeing without having to worry about reapplying the sunscreen on your legs. They are also a great alternative to your beach cover-up when you pair them with your swim-suit!


8. A CHIC BATHING SUIT


It goes without saying that a classic, chic swimsuit is a necessity on any summer getaway. Why not choose one that can double as a body-suit, that you can pair with your linen pants to walk around town in?


9. THE STRAW BEACH HAT


A cool hat can transform any outfit into vacationware. Not only does it protect your face from the sun, you can wear it day or night when you are not in the mood to style your hair. You can't lose when you add a straw hat to any vacation outfit!


10. THE BEACH BAG


Whether you carry it to the beach or around the city you are exploring, a vacation isn't complete without a woven bag. Load it with your sunscreen, towel and sunnies when you are headed to the beach or wear it with your evening outfit for a polished, chic look. Is a vacation even a vacation without it?


Whether you are heading to an all-inclusive resort, or sightseeing around the city, consider yourself packed with these 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY.


As always, I am here to help make your vacation travel stress-free and fun!







































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Updated: Jun 7


I might be jumping the gun a little here but Memorial Day has come and gone so my thoughts are on weekend BBQ’s, days lounging at the beach or by the pool, and nights outdoors sipping summer cocktails. I know we’ve only had a handful of warm days, but I’m already looking forward to summer. Who’s with me?


Although summer does not officially begin until June 21st, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Summer is my favorite season for fashion. Of course, I would like to be prepared when the opportunity to wear something fun (without the need for layers) presents itself. I’m thinking about summer dressing and I’m ready to prep my summer wardrobe for all my warm weather plans. And I want to help you do the same.


So, let’s talk about summer dressing (I’m sure your inbox has been bombarded with all of the latest warm weather trends, and I know that things can get confusing). I’m here to eliminate any confusion and break down the key to summer dressing.


Summer dressing is all about comfort and ease, we want to wear outfits that will make us feel confident (even though they cover less of our bodies). The goal of summer dressing is to feel stylish and pulled together. But without all the fuss, am I right? I'm sure you want your summer outfits to be easy and effortless, so you can just get up and go, but easy dressing should definitely not mean dressing boring!


With that goal in mind, the question remains… what summer 2022 trends should you invest in to reinvigorate your wardrobe?


If, you are like me, and your bank account can only handle a few new purchases this season, I’ve got you covered. By adding just 6 new pieces to your wardrobe, you can channel current trends AND update your wardrobe for easy summer dressing.


While there are plenty of summer 2022 trends to choose from, I’ve combed through them all and narrowed them down for you. My goal is to bring you some new trends and styling tips to freshen up your looks. So browse my picks for the clothes that will help you get the most out of your summertime. I’ve added images of the trends so that you can see for yourself which trends work for you and your style personality.


6 SUMMER TRENDS TO HELP YOU STAY CHIC IN THE HEAT:


1. HEAD-TO-TOE VIBRANT COLOR






You may have noticed that vibrant colors have been on trend all year (and will be continuing into summer). Designers and retailers know that after two years into this pandemic, we all need some serious color therapy to boost our moods. Forget tans and neutrals this summer - the fashion forward trend is all about color. Think hot pink, shocking orange, gorgeous green, bold blue... you get it, basically every vibrant color under the rainbow!


Style tip: Go ahead and mix different vibrant colors in one outfit. Add a lime green blazer with an orange handbag. Try wearing hot pink and red together. Wearing multiple vibrant colors in one outfit is a great way to amp up your wardrobe for summer while boosting your mood!


2. CROCHET PIECES



Knitwear is here to stay in 2022 and crochet is having a moment. From crochet bikinis to tops, pants, bucket hats, handbags, and dresses, you will see this trend all over the stores. This trend adds that touch of texture that makes any outfit interesting. It’s the perfect way update your summer 2022 wardrobe.


Style Tip: Try styling your crochet pieces with sleek gold jewelry this summer!


3. CLOTHING WITH CUT-OUTS





Cut-outs have been on trend all year and we are seeing them in many different iterations for the summer (from traditional oval and circle shaped keyhole cutouts in necklines, to waist tie-ups). You will find cut-outs in dresses, swimsuits, bodysuits and skirts. Basically, whatever way you want to wear this trend, you can!


Style Tip: Make sure that you wear your cut-outs strategically (if you are conscious of your mid-section, wear cut-outs at your neckline, not at your waistline). Basically, use cut-outs in a way that works for your particular body-type. Let me know if you have any questions!


4. MAXI AND MINI HEMLINES








Hemlines range from ski high to ankle length, so choose whatever hemline works for your lifestyle. Try investing in one of each type of hemline this summer! Go with maxi- skirts and dresses that can be worn to work, and save the minis for the weekends. You get the idea!


Style Tip: Style your maxi and mini skirts and dresses with fashion sneakers instead of sandals for an unexpected touch this summer!


5. WHITE DRESSES



Nothing says summer quite like a white dress, this especially rings true for white eyelet dresses (they just scream summertime fashion)! Invest in a white dress because it will be in style for years to come. Dresses are my favorite outfit, its a one-and-done look. Simply slip on your dress, choose your shoes and accessories, and you are ready to head out the door with no fuss!


Style Tip: Try pairing your white dress with black sandals and accessories as an unexpected twist on summertime fashion.


6. RUFFLES AND FRINGE



For a fun and romantic look try fringe or ruffle hemlines or necklines. Flirty fringe and romantic ruffles are the quintessential feminine look. Not only are they a chic addition to any outfit, they are fully on trend this summer.


Style Tip: Remember to wear your ruffles and fringe strategically. If you are smaller on top, wear your ruffles on top to add volume to your frame. If you have larger hips, wear fringe and ruffles at your hemline to balance off your hips. When in doubt, I'm here to help!


My summer trend list covers a range of trends, so hopefully there is a trend on the list that you can get behind this season. But, don’t forget that you should stay true to your own personal style in order to feel confident. That means you should only choose those trends that you like and that represent you.

Send me a message if you need help getting your wardrobe summertime ready! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/lisaemelostyle for more ideas on ways to wear these trends!


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Updated: May 19



Spring is finally here, and many of us can’t wait to shed our winter coats and bust out our warm weather wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but I’m growing tired of my sweaters, coats, and boots.


Although Spring is not quite in full bloom, I’m inspired to ditch my winter wardrobe and trade it for some lighter, brighter pieces. Who else is looking forward to a climb in temperatures to inject some Spring fashion into their outfit rotation?


If you’re like me and suffering from Spring fever, and you’re ready to change over your closet and make the wardrobe switch, but are confused about what outfits to reach for, I’m here to guide you to make the right choices for your Spring wardrobe. I know that Spring dressing can be complicated since Mother Nature is fickle and temperatures can change drastically from day to day in April.


For those of you that are ready to inject some lightweight fashion into your wardrobe, I have some advice for you: The key to Spring dressing is learning how to LAYER.


In my opinion, there are some layering pieces that just cannot be passed up for Spring. Why? They are the perfect transitional pieces for Spring weather because they can easily be layered for cooler days or stripped down when temperatures start to heat up. So exactly what are these Spring wardrobe heroes that I’m referring to?


SPRING STYLE IS MADE SIMPLE with the following pieces:


1. LIGHTWEIGHT BLAZERS

Anyone who knows me, knows that my outfits are not complete without a blazer. In my opinion, a blazer is a building block for any wardrobe. I love a blazer because it pulls any outfit together. If you’re wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, a blazer will elevate your look. But, for Spring, it’s all about lightweight blazers. So, pack up your wool blazers and opt for a cotton or linen blazer. Pair it with a long sleeve blouse or knit on colder Spring days or a lightweight t-shirt on those days when the temperature skyrockets.






Style tip: Pair your blazer with your shorts for an unexpected look that will have you looking stylish all Spring and Summer long.


2. LIGHTWEIGHT SCARVES

Whether it’s made of silk or cotton, a designer or fast-fashion brand, a scarf is one of the most classic and versatile accessories you can wear no matter what time of year it is. A scarf works especially well on those cooler Spring mornings to ward off the chill. Better yet, wear it on warmer days to keep you toasty when the Air conditioning is on full blast.




Style tip: Tie your silk scarf around your favorite bag to add style every day of the week then, simply tie it around your neck when you are feeling a bit chilly.


3. TRENCH COATS

If you don’t already have this iconic piece hanging in your closet, you should purchase one this season! I promise you won’t regret the investment. A trench coat can be thrown over practically any piece of clothing you own. Layer it over your work wardrobe or wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, and either way, you will look effortlessly pulled together and comfortable.





Style tip: Try a trench coat in a bright color. It’s the perfect piece of clothing when April showers roll around, but it can be worn all Spring and Summer for warmth and style when temperatures dip.


4. FLORAL DRESSES

Nothing says Spring quite like a floral dress! The pattern is timeless and an instant pick-me-up when the warmer weather arrives. Although I love dresses all year-round, I especially love slipping on a floral dress to signify the arrival of Spring. Whether it’s a maxi, mini or midi-dress, I promise you will look and feel on point for Spring in your floral dress. Just add your lightweight blazer or trench coat for days when there is a cool breeze!




Style tip: Remember when shopping for a floral dress, the scale of the print should match your stature. Let me know if you have any questions!


5. A PAIR OF LOAFERS

Loafers are a classic shoe that are definitely having a moment this season. When temperatures heat up and it’s time to shed the socks, loafers are the perfect shoe to reach for. After all, Spring weather is often too chilly for sandals and too warm for boots, and a pair of loafers provides the perfect solution!




Style tip: If you want to dial down the preppy vibe, try pairing your loafers with some fun, edgy pieces such as leather pants or a moto jacket! Try a slide loafer as the perfect Spring shoe.


Now that you are armed with the pieces that make Spring dressing simple, go ahead and get excited for the warm weather!


Remember I'm here to help so let me know if you are confused or need a shopping buddy for these must-have Spring pieces.



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