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    Packing Tips For Winter Vacations

    Last updated 7 months ago

    We've scoured Pinterest checking and re-checking for the absolute best travel tips we could find for winter packing, the most daunting of travel woes. How do you stuff all those warm sweaters and boots into one bag? How do you get to the ski resort with more than a ski jacket and two pairs of long johns? Here are a few of our favorite pins that should help you along!

    What NOT to pack {from Greater Than Rubies.net}

    • Clothing items you don’t usually wear. Use Pareto’s law. 20% gives 80% of the results. Pack pieces from the 20% of your wardrobe you consistently wear. Don’t get stuck with a suitcase full of items you won’t utilize.
    • Shoes that don’t match the climate you’re headed to. No matter how cute they are, if they aren’t season appropriate {like suede shoes for a snowy mess} don’t put them in the bag!
    • Uncomfortable pieces. That shirt that you’re always having to readjust, the shoes that are a little too tight- just.say.no.
    • Any piece that doesn’t do at least double duty. If it doesn’t go with multiple items you’re taking, leave it behind.

    Tips for Traveling Light {from Seventeen and Driving

    • Know your destination + Activities
    • Choose dual purpose items + Learn to love layers
    • Spend time selecting your outfits + Snap some photos
    • Use a hard sided suitcase + Push the limit of your "personal" item on the plane
    • Learn to fold like a pro + Maximize all spaces (including stuffing soft items or accessories inside your shoes!)

    Even More Packing Tips for Winter Wear {from Who What Wear}

    • Pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched
    • Opt for lightweight fabrics that still keep you warm, like cashmere
    • Wear bulking pieces on the plane, like your ski jackets and heavy boots to free up some suitcase space
    • Be judicious when packing and only pick the items you KNOW you're going to wear
    • Make a list so you don't forget anything!
    • You can never have enough little bags to keep everything organized and compact!
    • Plan outfits in advance so you know exactly what you're mixing and matching with

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    OUR #1 FAVORITE TIP: Rent your cold weather clothes and have them shipped to your hotel! No packing necessary and you just place them back in the same box, tape on the FREE return shipping and you're done with that coat! No folding, squishing, packing, or storing necessary! 

    Are you going anywhere this season? Do you have any other tips to share?

     

    P.S. 10 Tips For Packing + 5 Reasons You Should Be Renting + Day to Night: How to get the right look any time

     

    4 January Jackets That You NEED

    Last updated 7 months ago

    By now it's probably pretty chilly so you're layering on some cute tops to keep warm and look cute, right?  We're taking some of the guess work out of your winter wardrobe with our favorite jackets this January!

    1. Super Warm : Flavio Castellani's Fox Coat.  This stunning coat is simply to die for with it's wool/cashmere blend and oversized collar and cuffs, you can't go wrong! Take it with you on your next trip for just $185! Available for rent in sizes 2, 4 and 6.

    2. Sport : REI's Sweater Jacket. Head out to yoga in the fresh style of the MPG Lotus Full-Zip Sweater Jacket. The fashionable collar sets it apart from the crowd, and its soft fabric keeps up with your exercise. Get it for $53-78 at REI.com.

    3. Trendy : French Connection's Leather Jacket. The soft leather is contrasted by the tight fit and straight lines of this super chic jacket! Available for rent in sizes 2 and 8 for just $60!

    4. Dressy : Hadari's Lace Blazer. This women's fashion blazer is styled in a fun black and ivory design. Couple this blazer with a pair of velvet pants, a silk blouse and a small clutch for a night on the town. Get it at Overstock.com for just $41! 

    If you're a Tampa local, we always recommend renting big pieces like the Fox Coat for special trips so you're not overcrowding your closet with winter items that you rarely break out. What are you wearing this season?

    P.S. 5 Reasons You Should Be Renting + Winter Shorts

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    Marsala Inspo

    Last updated 7 months ago

    It's gone viral and we love it! The many faces of Marsala...

    Want to be part of the line up? Tag your Color of the Year inspired Instagrams with #marsala #pantone #coloroftheyear and Pantone will feature you on their Social page!

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    Trying New Styles & Why You'll Be Happier in 2015

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Trying new things is always exciting. Whether you're nervous or giddy, that boost of excitement once you've done what you were trying to do sends all sorts of endorphins to your brain and there's no doubt you'll be left smiling! So why not use this new year as the perfect reason to try some new things? Spice up your date nights with a little oomph in the wardrobe department! Show off a little at the next gala and gain some followers just from the confidence that you are exuding!

     

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    Whenever new trends pop up, I have a hard time buying into them right away. I need to obsess over the why's and how's of each new silhouette and eventually I'll have to get to the point where I just have to try it myself.  We always have shoppers that are too timid to try on the gown with the low back or not interested in all those sequins (what?) but we are always trying to push the envelope with fashion. Why else would we love designer gowns so much? There's so many different styles to try, you can't know what will work for you until you actually put it on.

    So trust us when we hand you the sparkling, strappy gown or the purple cocktail dress with feathers. Once you put these beautifully made pieces on you might find that they are exactly what you were looking for all along! Or maybe they won't but you'll never actually know for sure until you try it on! For example, I had been obsessing over rompers all summer but when I finally got up the nerve to try one on I realized that silhouette just didn't work for me; but when I thought that our new Primavera sequin dresses would never look right on my curvy frame, I was sorely mistaken and let me tell you I rocked that little green number all over the city on my anniversary.  What I thought would look too young and wild on me turned out to be sexy, figure flattering and absolutely perfect for the night out we had planned. 

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    We're not asking you to switch up your entire personal style, but to take a look at one designer dress rental that could change your whole black tie experience. Take our advice as stylists; We know that as times change, fashion trends change, tastes change and we want to keep you as up to speed as possible at your next event. That's why you come to Lending Luxury after all, to get the most recent and most fabulous designer gowns at the fraction of retail price without crowding your closets.

    So who's up for trying something new this year? We've got sexy two-pieces and silky knit gown ready and waiting! There are feather cocktail dresses and hand painted minis with your name them!

     

    P.S. The Importance of Personal Style + Beautiful You + Rent it Like You Own it 

    4 Reasons MARSALA is Color of the Year

    Last updated 7 months ago

    2015's color of the year is bolder and richer than we've seen from Pantone recently. Don't get me wrong, I loved the teals and the fuchsias of the past, but this year's deep, delicious red just really speaks to me! Introducing...MARSALA!

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    Why Marsala?

    1. It has a satisfying richness and sophistication about it. This is what exceptionally made garments and the absolute perfect leather arm chair look like.

    2. It is universally appealing to men and women as it is a great mixture of masculine and feminine. It is easily translated into fashion, beauty and home design, so use it as the perfect lip color or a great textured throw pillow!

    3. It is flattering against many skin tones so everyone can enjoy the bold feeling of wearing such an amazing color!

    4. It radiates drama, glamor and luxury and we're all about that!

    Want to know how they picked it? Enjoy this video with Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute! 

    Want to see their recommended color pairings with the gorgeous Marsala? See them here and put together the perfect outfit, room or makeup scheme!

    You can even get Pantone's color swatches, gift boxes and paint chip flash drives here! Adorable! 

    Do you love it? 

    P.S. 2014 Color of the Year + 2013 Color of the Year

     

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