How to Travel Fashionably Light

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“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”… Albert Einstein. I love this quote, and I think it’s perfect for the post I’m writing here today. Until a few years ago, I hadn’t led an especially exciting life. I started working in retail at 15, moved up the ladder into management and fashion merchandising – then into some other sales positions. I worked hard, played hard, and was content enough. But things felt so….. Ordinary. Then – things changed dramatically in just a few short months. Suddenly I found myself with a new baby, a full time college course load, unemployed, then jumping into the world of working for myself, online. But all that craziness was worth it – I now have so much more independence. I get to travel all over the country, see new places, meet new people. Before blogging, I’d only flown on a plane twice. Now it’s surprising to fly only twice in a month sometimes.

Karina Dresses - Be a Frockstar!

So – I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling light. And, along the way, I’ve also learned a thing or two about confidence. And Karina Dresses is totally related to both of those! Karina Dresses believes that everyone woman is a Frockstar – meaning that, we should all own our life. Be confident in our body, no matter what shape – while also finding the beauty in everyone else too. That life is about celebrating all of our different roles, connecting with others and the world, and valuing quality – whether that’s in a relationship, experience, or product that we purchase. Read the Frockstar Manifesto to learn more about their mission. And as you can see above – Karina Dresses definitely make ME feel confident!

Karina Penelope Dress with Pockets

The dress I’m wearing is the Penelope, in Coral Dots {although it’s more pink than coral in person.} This was my first Karina Dress, and I really wasn’t sure about ordering it… If you look at my closet, it’s organized my “color” – black, gray, dark gray, denim, white, then a tiny section with a few colorful cardigans and tops. So wearing such a bright dress made me a little nervous. I wear black for a reason – what I used to call baby weight has just turned into permanent new curves that I’d rather hide. But Karina dresses are brilliant in the way they’re made, to flatter everyone’s figure. Check it out:

Finding your perfect fit in a dress

Karina Dresses has a dress for every-body! Check out their “Best Fit” section online for more detailed info, but here’s a basic idea:

Triangle ~ fuller hips, smaller top
Inverted Triangle ~ broader shoulders or fuller bust with smaller hips
Rectangle ~ hips, bust and waist are similar size
Oval ~ waist and bust are same size with smaller hips
Hourglass ~ curvaceous , full hips and bust

All dresses are made in the US too. And let me tell ya – these dresses are like magic. For reals. They’re made from a special microfiber fabric that you can machine wash, then just hang up to dry. And they never – never, ever, ever – need to be ironed. Which is why they’re perfect for travel. You could literally squish ‘em up in a ball and throw one in your bag, and when you pull it out later to wear it is going to look like it’s brand new. And it holds up amazing to being worn and washed a million times. {I know this, because I wear this baby constantly.}

Plus, when I travel, especially to a blogging conference, I’m so crazy-busy I often am in the same outfit from 6am to 2am. I need something that’s comfy that let’s me move freely all day {and ohmyheck, the Penelope style has POCKETS. I’ve never had a dress with pockets.} Something that gets me through hours walking around in a crowded expo hall meeting brands….

Then more walking in the super humid heat in San Jose, for silly party photo opps. The fabric is super light and stretches with you, which was awesome. The easy cut and light pleats in the front hide everything you want hidden, while the neckline and waistband flatter the good parts. And yes, that’s another Karina Dresses that you see in the middle there too :)

And here’s the same dress, still going strong at midnight, while visiting all of the hotel suite parties with some bloggy best buddies. After 12 hours in the same dress, it’s still wrinkle-free, still feels comfy and fresh, and I got more compliments on this dress than any other that I’ve worn in years. I am now addicted, and must have more of these.

Karina Dresses DRESSES FOR EVERY BODY

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Five Ways to Get Free Disney Stuff

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I went to Disney World for the first time when I was a freshman in high school. I played the flute in the marching band, and every 3 years they went on a major trip. I lucked out that my first year in high school they had one, and I was able to march in the daily parade at Disney World, and play in a concert at Epcot Center. I’d never been on an airplane or even stayed at a hotel before that! Crazy, right? Then a few months ago, we were blessed to be invited to visit Disneyland as part of the Disney Social Media Moms event. It was my family’s first time there – and we only got the invite a few weeks before the event! We had little time to prepare for it – but it really didn’t matter, since everything they put together for us was SO over-the-top amazing. {If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw the BOATLOAD of amazing photos I shared while we were there!} It was seriously the most incredible experience I’ve ever had, and I cried seeing how happy Abby was being a part of it all <3 {Because I’m a sap. And I cry a lot. Have you seen me watch the movie Armageddon? Oh my….. }

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Check out Creekside at Beaver Creek

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….. I love the snow. I’m like a little kid, all giddy at the sign of the first few flakes. Christmas without snow just isn’t Christmas to me. I’ve loved the movie White Christmas since I was a little girl, and always dreamed of spending the holidays at a beautiful lodge somewhere, surrounded by mountains and snow and evergreen trees. And, there’s a lodge that recently caught my eye…. Creekside at Beaver Creek. It’s breathtaking any time of year, but they really do it up for the holiday season.

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Seattle Art Museum Summer Camp

If you’re in the Seattle area, then you know that the Seattle Art Museum is a must-see place for families. We’ve been several times when we visit that side of the state – {we’re about 2 1/2 hours from Seattle, but head over often, for Abby’s trips to Seattle Children’s Hospital or to visit grandpa.} And now, they’ve got some serious fun planned for your kiddos this summer – check it out:

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Family Travel Builds Great Memories…

“Because it’s summer, and the memories are just waiting to happen.” - Unknown… You want to hear something crazy about me? I never traveled out of my home state of Washington until I was 19 years old. And I was 23 the first time I finally boarded a plane! AND… Even though I live her near the coast, I’d never been to the beach until I visited the beautiful Oregon Coast 3 years ago while I was pregnant with Abby. I’d always yearned to travel, but never had much opportunity until about a year and a half ago…  Last summer I flew to four different states, and will head to even more this year! What a change, right?

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