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The Best Way To Dress For Changing Weather When Traveling

A Transitional Outfit That's Stylish & Comfortable
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

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The struggle is always real when you’re traveling from cold to warmer weather, am I right?!  And especially when packing space is limited in a carry-on suitcase.  But instead of letting this little scenario infringe on your vacay vibes, stick with a few key pieces that will transition you seamlessly in comfort and style. 

Those pieces, for me, always include a light coat that’s easily packable and doesn’t take up too much room. This trench is an absolute must-have when traveling, and it even has removable lining for more warmth if needed.  I also always like to travel with a hat so I don’t have to worry too much about my hair.  I prefer to wear my colder weather wool hat en-flight, while carrying my warm weather panama hat for once I land.  

Since flights are always on the chilly side, I like to cozy up with a cashmere sweater.  I’ve found the ivory color doesn’t make it feel heavy, even when I’m walking off the tarmac in 80-degrees weather.  And because I know I’ll likely ditch the sweater when I de-board I wear a white bodysuit or a tank.  

Along with a pair of ankle jeans, I always like to wear closed toe shoes when traveling, but they can’t feel too heavy or be clunky boots…that’s why I gravitate towards these stylish silver oxfords. While not sandals, I consider them a pair that can be worn all season long.  And they just so happen to be some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve bought.  

And to accessorize, because more is always more on vacation, I just picked up these fun gold bangles that are pool-ready and so fabulous. They’re made from a material that won’t ever fade in color, so you can wear them in the water, plus they are so light!  You can easily nail the arm stack, and major statement effect, without the extra added weight that a ton of bracelets tend to bring.

Lastly, the white luggage totally adds to the warm weather vibes.  Isn’t is so gorgeous?!  But don’t fret; if you’re nervous about investing in white luggage, just know that the white is easily wiped down if you do scuff it.  The cognac leather also protects all of the places that might naturally get dinged up in transit.  Oh and this white tote bag is perfect for day, night, or even the pool…so versatile for your trip!  

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha 

As pictured: suitcase c/o | tote bag c/o | trench coat | wool hat | straw hat | sneakers | jeans | sweater | sunglasses

Springtime Essentials with J.McLaughlin

An Easy & Stylish Look for a Picnic in the Park
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With spring officially upon us (at least here in the South it is) I’ve packed up all my winter clothes, filled my closest with bright, sunny essentials, pulled my bicycle down from storage and shined her up so she’s ready for a ride.  In the spring before the pollen is in full effect and before it hits 100+ temperatures one of my favorite things to do with my family is pack a picnic, and go to the farmers market in the park.  

Stopping by the farmers market first always allows me to pick up fresh flowers (because who can resist a bouquet of beautiful blooms, especially if they’re local?!) and all of the pastries my basket can carry!  We lay out a blanket and lie there for hours catching up on what’s transpired the week before and I usually pack a salad along with something easy to nosh on like homemade pimento cheese.  But today is not a story on packing a picnic (that is coming Monday), today I wanted to talk about those spring essentials that are filling my closet; because planning your picnic outfit is just as fun as the picnic itself.  

I surprisingly love to wear a sundress if we’re picnicking; it’s effortless and easy, always breathable, fun to move in, and all around a great look.  This sleeveless dress from J.McLaughlin was calling my name from the second I scrolled by.  I love the juxtaposition of the punchy pink with the graphic snake skin pattern; it’s the perfect balance of feminine with a little edge and honestly it’s one of the most comfortable dresses I own.  Since the weather is still a bit fickle here, a light jacket on top was a must and is always a spring/summer wardrobe essential.  White denim keeps things light, and is there anything better than a bright, crisp white piece of clothing?  Plus it’s always classic design make it a no-brainer when you’re layering during these warm-and-cold days.  

Anytime I’m outside in the sun, I have a hat with me; panama, wool floppy, fedora…you name it, year ’round a hat is an always essential for me.  I picked up this panama hat last year from J.McLaughlin, and I still bring it on every picnic (and vacay).  Panama hats tend to lose their shape, but not this one and trust me when I say it’s been on plenty a trip.  

Last year J.McLaughlin also launched sunnies and I’m so glad they did.  I’ve opted for these classic tortoise ones, but I’ve got my eye on these blue aviators as well.  And since more is always more with accessories in my humble opinion, I snagged this gorgeous floral scarf to give my outfit that extra pop.  Plus I love how a scarf this size can double as a light throw in case there’s a chill in the air.  Lastly, how great is this basket-weave bucket bag?! If that doesn’t get you in the mood for springtime picnics, I don’t know what will!  

So there you have it, spring time essentials from J.McLaughlin, (which honestly has been a constant in my life with each change of season), and a bicycle chalked full of flowers; if this doesn’t get you excited for warmer weather I don’t know what will!  Happy Friday friends!  Truly, MKR

P.S. On Monday I’ll be sharing a few tips on just how to execute a great picnic plus sharing my easy breezy recipe for homemade pimento cheese and great, portable Mason Jar salads.  


Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with J.McLaughlin, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own. 

A Transitional Outfit Full of Forever Pieces

Outfit Staples to Wear Today and Always
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I know spring has been teasing us all, but it’s not quite here yet!  And the fickle weather makes it difficult to dress up for a night out or special event.  My solution?  An ultra stylish look that’s still just the right amount of cozy and fancy. 

First off, can we talk about this sweater??  I think it’s safe to say that ruffle sleeves took us all by storm this past year.  I have this tiered ruffle sleeve sweater in both black and grey—and I wear them all of the time.  The price point is great ($78), especially if you’re on the fence about the ruffles.  

And the skirt!  Well, I fell in love at first sight with this olive green suede and leather midi skirt…it’s a forever piece!  We had a ball at the Tibi outlet when we were in Sea Island last month for The Southern C Summit, and this amazing skirt was part of my haul.  I just love how luxurious the suede looks and feels as it’s wrapped around the waist, and how the leather panel subtly shows on the side.  There’s also a covered pocket (!) which is always, always a selling point for me.  The rich olive color is a nice transitional tone; I know I’m wearing this piece with a sweater nonstop now, and with a ruffle tank like this one come spring! 

But let’s not forget about these shoes.  I actually purchased these gold Gucci heels before Christmas; they were pre-order but I just knew they were going to be worth the wait. I had major FOMO not getting them last year, and I was not going to miss out again!  I almost forgot about these beauties until they arrived on my doorstep…and it was pure joy opening them up!  They’re decently priced for Gucci, and they’re versatile enough for me to justify the price tag.  These are the kind of shoes I’ll be dressing up and down; the gold is dressy enough for a special event, but the style is casual enough to pair with my favorite boyfriend jeans. You know I love those pieces that work double-duty.  Truly, MKR

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