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        Just in Case...

        Just in Case...

        Just in case…. when you pack for a vacation is this always in the back of your mind?

        I was a Girl Scout as a young girl and thus I learned to always be prepared. It’s something I always think of when I’m packing for a vacation.

        So many times, I’ve been so glad that I packed a tote. It doesn’t take up much room and even if I’m not going to the beach, it’s been so useful.

        If you like to shop, it’s the perfect carry on for all the extra fun purchases. I often like to carry a lot of essentials if I’m out a day trip and a tote is the perfect purse.

        You might need to do a little laundry and again the tote is right there. Or perhaps a quick trip to the grocery store, you can avoid plastic bags.

        A road trip always requires snacks and a tote filled with all your favorite goodies fits easily in the back seat. And it will definitely suit your style as a diaper bag.

        A tote is the perfect "just in case" bag. You’ll always feel prepared with a practical and stylish tote.

        You can find the Belle Isle Tote in the link below:

        Now get out there and go someplace you’ve never been before.

        Stripes make me smile.

        Stripes make me smile.

        Striped t-shirts are my forever favorite. I always feel fun and fresh when I wear them. They're so versatile; you can wear them all year round and they look great at home or at the office.

        I’ve often wondered why it’s the first thing I choose when I don’t know what to wear.

        Here’s a little insight into why we always like to wear certain items.

        Fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen, has a theory called “Repetitious Wardrobe Complex”.

        Repetitious Wardrobe Complex: when someone wears the same outfit to minimize anxiety.

        Karen explains that fashion dependencies can begin in childhood, "Whether it’s your favorite color or whatever, it's [always] something significant that’s etched in your memory that gives you a visceral reaction."

        She gives us this simple exercise helps us explore our reason for picking the same pattern every time.

        "Before your feet touch the ground [each morning], determine what mood you’re in and what mood you want to be in, and when you go to your closet ask yourself, 'Am I going to wear stripes today because I’m in this particular mood? Or non-stripes today because I’m in this [other] mood?'" 

        Karen explains that there are emotional reasons behind our wardrobe choices.

        1. Mood Illustration: This means you indicate your feelings with your clothing.
        2. Mood Enhancement Dress: This signal that you are dressing in a way to lift your spirits.

        Karen says, "You’re actually using the stripes subconsciously to empower yourself." 

        People who like stripes have interesting personality traits. Karen has found that they are good at multitasking, having a lot going on in their lives and wear many hats. They can get overwhelmed but it’s also indicative of some who works well under pressure.

        So, wearing stripes says I’m a go-getter, I love a playful approach to pattern and I believe in myself.

        The patterns we choose shed a light on our personality.

        What’s your go-to pattern?