packed and ready to go! ~ work/home balance


I’m headed back to VA for a work event; however, there’s NO way my family would let me slip in and out of town without A – staying with them and B – spending extra time with them. So, I’m extending my stay to see my family, catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in a LONG time, and maybe even catch the Cherry Blossom festival if it fits into the schedule.

I’ll be gone for 5 full days and the key is all about packing versatile pieces that can be dressed up for work and play or dressed down for a casual look. While I’m super excited that the weather is FINALLY breaking, I’m not soo excited for my seasonal allergies. Any who, as is the purpose of this series, take a look at what I’m packing and maybe it will give  you an idea for your next “work/home balance” trip.

Here’s what I’m packing: 4 shirts, 1 dress, 1 blazer, 1 cardigan, 2 pairs of pants and 3 pairs of shoes ~ all in my LeSportsac Large Weekender Bag (a great pick up at TJ Maxx, but similar style here)!


  • Tees (1 white – Mossimo brand from Target – love how affordable and soft their tanks and tees are! If you want a looser fit, I would recommend going up a size)
  • Tanks (1 teal – Target)
  • Michael Kors black sleeveless blouse
  • Barney’s Co-op grey peplum top (on sale here)


  • Piamita dress (last seen here)


  • Black New York & Company blazer (old)
  • Ivory wool cardigan (old, Target)


  • Surface to Air “Jimmy’s trousers” (sample sale pick up, said sale referenced here)
  • Current Jeans (sample sale pick up, but similar style here) I have to confess, I have practically LIVED in these jeans since I bought them, and if you don’t want to pay full price, I suggest perusing the sale rack at Nordstrom Rack, signing up for Haute Look or Gilt. They constantly have premium denim on sale and you can usually find some great deals.


  • Franco Sarto red peep-toe pumps (old, but similar style here, here, or sexy Valentino version here)
  • Surface to Air buckle red oxfords (from previously referenced sample sale, if you can’t tell it was a good one, lol)
  • Nine West yellow pumps (old, but similar NW peep-toe version here, or Manolo Blahnik version here)


Day 0 (work/travel to VA)

  • Grey pants, teal tank, ivory cardigan, yellow pumps

Day 1 (work)

  • Grey pants, black blouse, black blazer, yellow pumps

Day 2 (work/home)

  • Dress, red belt, oxfords

Day 3 (home/play)

  • Jeans, white tee, yellow pumps (will add blazer and scarf for a cool night) OR
  • Jeans, peplum top, red pumps

Day 4 (home/play)

  • Dress, red pumps

Day 5 (work/travel to NY)

  • Grey pants, white tee, black blazer, oxfords 

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