6 Classic Vacation Essentials

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No.1 COVERUP | No.2 BODYSUIT | No.3 BREEZY SHORTS | No.4 DENIM SHORTS | NO.5 SLIDE SANDALS | NO.6 SARONG

With the season warming up and our trip to Mexico around the corner, I’ve been doing a little bit of vacation shopping and wanted to share some of my personal favorite, must-have finds. While I always seem to gravitate more towards trendy, feminine, flirty pieces in the warmer months, I’ve been trying to keep my wardrobe classic and want my vacation wardrobe to also reflect that as much as possible. Below are six of my must-have, vacation essentials for any warm weather trip!

No.1 Beach and Pool Coverup

Sure, you can throw shorts on over your bikini or one-piece before you hit the beach or pool but is there anything more effortless and pretty than a chic, sheer coverup? I think not. I love having a maxi length style you can use to shield your skin from the sun in a pinch!

No.2 Tank Bodysuit

An easy style to pair with shorts and skirts for a chic and effortless look is the bodysuit. These tank styles are both comfy and sleek and really work well with everything. Tip: You can also use a one-piece suit the same way!

No.3 Breezy Shorts

Light and airy is the name of the game for any warm-weather vacation. I always pack a pair of breezy, cotton or linen shorts I can toss on with a tank or tee—or even pair with a sweater for a cooler evening!

No.4 Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are something I don’t skimp on. I personally love a high rise with a little extra length at the rear and will invest in styles that fit, are flattering and last. These Levi’s wedgie shorts are one of my favorite pairs.

No.5 Comfy Slide Sandals

Whether slipping on before heading to the pool/beach or if you’re doing a day of walking, a comfy pair of sandals is a non-negotiable. This pair walked me all over Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with absolutely no break-in needed. They go with absolutely everything and have the perfect amount of support.

No.6 Sarong

Another pool essential, you can wear a sarong over a bikini or one-piece whether you’re enjoying a magazine, your favorite book or a good cocktail. ;) Toss on a straw hat and sandals and you’re set!

Are you heading anywhere warm this season? What are your must-haves? I’d love to know!

As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler

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From Left to Right:  White Tee  |  Off-Shoulder Top  |  Tank  |  Grey Tee  |  Jeans  (same for all 3) |  Pants  |  Heels  |  Sandals  |  Heels  |  Sneakers

From Left to Right: White Tee | Off-Shoulder Top | Tank | Grey Tee | Jeans (same for all 3) | Pants | Heels | Sandals | Heels | Sneakers

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No matter the season, there’s nothing I love more than throwing on easy staples. While I’m a huge proponent of investing in quality over quantity, sometimes your wardrobe just needs staples that don’t break the bank. Staples you can live in, get dirty in, play with your kids (or dogs) in, workout in—without worrying about wearing them out and spending more to replace them each season.

I know it’s unrealistic to think everyone is able to justify spending $60+ on one shirt and while I know a lot of you appreciate my everyday, “basic” style, some of you do express you’d like to see more affordable options. Today, I’m partnering with Walmart to celebrate fashion for all—at prices everyone can feel good about. Their fresh new spring shop features bold stripes, modern romance and cool cottons but you guys know I’m all about those classic wardrobe staples: my effortless neutrals.

Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com
Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com
Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com

I picked up a few new tees, jeans, an on-trend circle bag—even a chic trench coat and every clothing piece was under $30. Some even under $10!! 🙌🏼Did you know Walmart also offers a designer department where you can shop premium brands from Lord & Taylor? I love how you can truly shop high-low. I snagged these Sam Edelman sandals for just $59.50 to add an elevated look to my basics. They’re perfect for spring through summer events like Easter, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, weddings and more! I’m always a huge fan of finding low-heeled sandals for all of these occasions and these ones are incredibly comfortable. I also just saw a brand new pair on the site and absolutely love the look of THESE and they’re only $32!

Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com
Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com
Basics on a Budget | Spring Edit girlmeetsgold.com

Walmart offers free 2-day shipping which is incredibly amazing and something I think more brands should offer. It’s truly a one-stop shop and I’ve also found tons of great home staples at affordable prices. You have to check out the new MoDRN line!

Below I’m outlining my favorite wardrobe staple finds from Walmart, along with everything I’m wearing in this post. I found everything runs pretty true to size. These jeans come in several colors and are SO soft, comfy and flattering. I personally love the distressed version but a dark wash is certainly a closet staple and the “Brownstone” color looks fresh for the season.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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Special thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Spring and Summer Shoe Staples

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Loafers: ONE | TWO | THREE Pointed Toe Flats: ONE | TWO | THREE Mules: ONE | TWO | THREE Slides: ONE | TWO | THREE Heeled Sandals: ONE | TWO | THREE

With spring in the air and summer here before we know it, here are the shoe staples to help take you through the seasons.

THE LOAFER

For desk to dinner (and everything in between), a loafer is truly a classic wardrobe staple you can take from the office to the weekend with ease. You can wear a loafer with trousers or denim in any style but they look great with straight leg styles for a menswear inspired look and feel. A loafer can often require the most breaking in, so I recommend looking for styles that have memory foam if you plan to do a lot of walking in them. This pair, for instance, has been wonderful for me—absolutely no break-in period required. There are also several loafers that convert into a mule!

THE POINTED TOE FLAT

After too many years despising this not-at-all “old lady” style, the pointed toe flat has to be my personal preference. Why? Because a pointed toe creates instant length. If you want to feel taller, have your legs look longer and make any outfit look crazy chic, a pointed toe should be your go-to. The most feminine of all the flats, these can help give a looser denim style (like a boyfriend jean) a little more structure, whereas a rounded toe can sometimes make an outfit feel—for lack of a better word—dumpy! A slingback style is also the perfect way to merry a flat with my second favorite—the mule!

THE MULE

Aka the flat with no back! This versatile style is perfect to take you all the way through summer. Equal parts stylish and breezy, they’re easy to slip on and look great with denim, dresses and even more casual outfits like shorts. Think of them like the close-toed version of a sandal. A mule or slide is the effortless style you’ll want to slip into in the warmer months—when you still need to hide your toes.

THE SLIDE SANDAL

Swap your everyday flip flops with this sandal—the slide—for an instant update to your summer style. A slide sandal gives your feet a bit more coverage and I personally find them incredibly comfortable in comparison. These are great to throw on with denim, dresses and shorts and are a must-have for vacation. It’s also easier to find slide sandals with a little more support than your average flip flop. This brand walked me all over Mexico last year and took me through summer with comfort and ease. I will never stop raving about them! I plan to purchase backups!

THE LOW-HEELED SANDAL

If you’re someone who feels pain even at the thought of heels, a low-heeled sandal with a block heel is a must in your wardrobe. You’ll want to have this style on-hand for spring events like Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day, graduation parties, weddings and more! Tip: look for one in a neutral tone that most closely matches your skin tone for a leg-lengthening effect. Bonus—they’ll go with everything! Dresses in every color, from maxis to midis to minis. This pair from Madewell is my personal favorite!

Tell me—what’s your favorite style for spring?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Staples

From left to right in rows: Striped Top | White Button Down | Nude Thermal | Navy Cardigan | Straight Leg Jeans | Striped Wrap Top | Loafers | White Top | Block Heel Sandals | Nude Bag

Quality over quantity has been my motto lately and with spring (kind of) officially in the air, I’m taking this approach with me into the new season by focusing on building a spring capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is essentially made up of style staples you can easily pull together and mix and match with ease.

On a personal level, I know I feel anxious seeing my closet full of seasonal trends that may not have stood the test of time or didn’t last across multiple seasons. So my goal for a spring capsule is this: investing in basics I feel confident in. Less trends, more easy-breezy style staples. Creating a closet you can pull from to easily create looks you feel confident in. Isn’t that what shopping should always be about? Finding pieces that “spark joy”?

For me, I know I always feel my best in casual-chic basics with a flattering fit and feel. I also adore finding pieces with some sort of twist and tend to gravitate towards feminine styles more heavily in the warmer months. You’ll find me in wrap silhouettes, touches of floral here, lace and ruffles to name a few.

I want to start sharing more of what I have my eye on and a few things I’m currently loving for spring include: light wash denim especially in ankle lengths which looks really great with spring slides, fitted knits in neutrals and stripes, breezy white tops and neutral shoes in styles like loafers and slides. I really love having these classic basics you can literally throw on to feel put together in an instant. The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that everything works together!

Spring Capsule Denim

Spring Capsule Tops

Spring Capsule Shoes

I’ve also been adding my favorite capsule wardrobe finds to the Shop Page of my blog!

What are you hoping to add to your spring and summer wardrobe this season?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

xx Tyler

The Details

Floral Midi Dress with Sleeves

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Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Spring is almost here and while we’ve been lucky to have a taste of spring weather (hello, 70 degrees!), there’s still a little layering to be done this season. Having styles for these transitional months is essential and I absolutely adore pairing flirty, feminine dresses with edgy layers and details. You may remember this floral midi dress I snagged in my first Trunk Club and it’s such a sweet staple. I personally love having midi dresses in my collection because they’re versatile and flattering and can easily bridge the gap between seasons.

This particular style is definitely one you can wear in the spring and summer months with strappy sandals and wedges, as well as into fall and winter with cozy cardigans and outerwear. I added an edgy vibe with a moto jacket here but a denim jacket would work well for spring, as well!

I love how this midi dress has subtle puff sleeves for interest plus the perfect slit placement, so it doesn’t become too dowdy which a floral, long-sleeve midi dress can definitely do. It also nips in at the waist just enough.

I can’t wait to keep this dress in rotation for spring and summer. It’s a great little staple to have on-hand for casual days, date night and special events. Think Easter, Mother’s Day, weekend brunches, weddings, bridal showers, etc! For reference, I’m 5’6” and have the xs.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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