The Steele Maiden: What to pack for a weekend beach getaway

If you’ve dropped by already this week than you already know I spent the weekend soaking up the sun at the beach, but I wanted to give you the play by play on exactly what I had in my travel bag. We were there just shy of 48 hours but managed to fit in everything from bike riding to relaxing on the beach to a Saturday dinner date.  Which meant everything I packed needed to be super versatile. I wore this striped chambray top for the car ride and also out to breakfast Sunday morning and this cute cotton romper went from a beach cover-up to happy hour with the addition of heels and a swipe of lipstick. And most importantly – it is the beach after all! – I packed a cute high-waisted swimsuit (seen up close here) which I custom designed on the Surania site (you pick your own colors, prints, and cuts and the sizing is really personalized for a perfect fit).

p.s. If you love those striped slide-on flats from Restricted as much as I do – you can get 25% off sitewide with code STEELE25 in the month of June!


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The Steele Maiden: What to Pack for a Long Weekend City GetawayThis past weekend, Adam and I took a quick trip up to Boston to explore another city, work on an exciting project (launching this Summer!) and visit with some friends. Since it was a short but sweet trip, I packed only the essentials seen above (in this chic woven weekender bag). But truth be told, even if I had spent 3 or 4 days I wouldn’t have packed much more. By sticking to classic silhouettes, a similar color palette and just a couple of statement accessories you can easily mix and match for anything from sight-seeing to dinner and drinks. Where’s everyone headed for Memorial Day weekend? Not that I’m counting the days until Friday or anything…




my favorite views with sunglass warehouse

In case you missed it, last week I kicked off a series of adventures with Sunglass Warehouse – taking you with me to some of my favorite Los Angeles spots while showing you the glasses to match (all hand picked from their vast & affordable selection).  Since the first journey took you with me on a hike through the Hollywood Hills – and kept things very casual – I knew I wanted to dress things up this trip.  So for a Saturday Date Night, the boy and I headed to East LA and the hip little neighborhood of Silverlake.  I think the best date nights for us are a combination of something we know and love mixed with the excitement of the new – and Silverlake covers both.  We can always count on this neighborhood for great food, drinks and shopping, but since we don’t live all that close there’s still plenty of places we’ve yet to try.  To match with this date night mantra I also wanted to have a little fun with my look and tried out a pair of clear lens glasses.  Admittedly nerd chic I counteracted these bold red glasses with a body skimming mini dress, easy leather jacket and printed heels.  We ended up trying out a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant (yep, those exist and are as delicious as you imagine) and this quirky meets sexy look (glasses included) was a pretty big hit with my date.  A perfect night out if you ask me.
Sunglass Warehouse Glasses c/o // Urban Outfitters Jacket // Built by Wendy Dress – cute option here // Restricted Heels c/o // Vintage  clutch
The Steele Maiden: Silverlake with Sunglass Warehouse
The Steele Maiden: Silverlake with Sunglass Warehouse
The Steele Maiden: Silverlake with Sunglass Warehouse
The Steele Maiden: Silverlake with Sunglass Warehouse
The Steele Maiden: Silverlake with Sunglass Warehouse

This post has been sponsored by Sunglass Warehouse – as always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Steele Maiden possible.     


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