While resort season may infer a tropical destination, that doesn't mean your excursion can't involve a little (or a lot) of snow. If you plan to hit the slopes this February, packing the right items will make the world of difference. Of course, looking cute (to boot) is a bonus!
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Here are the essentials you will need for a pleasant and playful ski vacation:

Under Layers
  • Light-weight, dry fit long underwear bottoms
  • Dry fit compression long sleeve athletic top
  • Breathable (or non-breathable ... depending upon your personal cold factor) fleece
  • Smartwool socks

Outer Layers
  • Great fitting, vented ski pants
  • Ski coat or shell
  • Super warm gloves
  • Cushioned ski boots
  • Comfortable, fitted ski helmet and goggles

For Your Skin
As for a little après ski in-the-evening inspiration, how about a knit/fur dress, fierce tights, shearling-lined boots, a fabulous parka, fuzzy earmuffs and accessories with many pops of cheerful color. Your chateau awaits!
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Assuming it's tropical, packing is light and easy ... just like your dress code. Think mix and match bathing suits, fabulous cover up and sandals, big hat, sunglasses, serious sunscreen, water and cozy towel for snooze time. Of course, if you have trouble catching a nap, a good book or magazine is definitely in order.
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After the sun, think fun — both your outfit and your evening! Channel the colors of spring with a fabulous floral dress, sporty stripe cardigan, bold heels (or fantastic flats, if you must) and neutral accessories. This kind of light-hearted flair will keep you in the zone!

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Wondering how to pack less without sacrificing style? Here are some great tips on how to pack a small suitcase for a casual extended weekend away. The clincher, one pair of pants and one pair of shoes! Could you do it? You might be surprised at how efficient you can be.

Have you ever wondered how to simplify packing for a summer trip? Aside from allowing Closet of Style™ to pack for you, why not go tone-on-tone.

While packing for a recent vacation — 7 days away— I did just that. I took nothing but white garments. It was incredibly refreshing, not to mention freeing! Just think, you never have to worry about coordinating your wardrobe because it's automatically done for you. Adding in color and pattern with your accessories will allow you to spice things up. Pare down on your jewelry by choosing hardware that can be mixed with both silver and gold. 

Recommended packing list: 1 pair of leggings, 1 pair of shorts, 1 skirt, 1 pair of white jeans, 1 scoop or V-neck tee, 1 tank, 1 linen peasant top, 3 tunics, 2 dresses, 3-6 pairs of colorful or intricate shoes, 3 handbags — 1 large + 2 clutches, 1-3 scarves, 3 necklaces, 4 bracelets and 3 pairs of earrings. This should allow for over 17 combinations, if you feel that you may get bored. Don't forget to pack the right undergarments for your white outfits, in addition to bathing suits (full of color) if you plan to swim.

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Having just returned from the most fabulous week in Petoskey, MI, I can attest that smart packing will keep you looking and feeling comfortable and stylish. To achieve 'Up North' style, less is more and more is less. Meaning, you can pack less items in your suitcase, however, you need to ensure your clothing is of a heavier weight (or you'll end up shopping upon arrival).

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The weather is cooler up north and wind is always present. While the temperatures can drop 20 degrees in a given day, don't let that fool you into thinking your skin doesn't need sun protection. Remember to always apply sunscreen when outdoors. And keep your excursions in mind when packing. You will want a mini messenger bag for that day trip into Mackinaw Island, in addition to cute sneakers for riding your bike around the island.

Whether you are relaxing lakeside or shopping in town (or in Harbor Springs), numerous outfits can be coordinated from a couple pair of jeans, three cotton tees, four pairs of shoes, three sweaters/jackets, two handbags and two pieces of jewelry (my recommendation, one pair of earrings and a leather wrap bracelet that never comes off). You'll want shoe options and a casual leather clutch for shopping or dinner out.

Men, same rules apply. Two pairs of shoes should do it (sneakers and flip-flops) and you won't need the clutch or jewelry.

Now that you have packing peace of mind, go enjoy your vacation Up North!