The City of Lights- Paris

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Whenever anyone thinks of France, they usually automatically think of Paris. They are taken to a world full of romance, of fashion, and of history. Every fashionista dreams about the day she’ll finally arrive in Paris, so us here at Style Lend have created the ultimate guide for your Paris adventure.

*The Sights*

The Louvre Museum- With beautiful, futuristic architecture, the Louvre is home to not only the Mona Lisa, but also Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. 

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Arc d’ Triumph- Located at the end of the Champs-de-Elysees, the Arc d’Triumph is one of the most famous Paris landmarks. Highly recommend climbing it at night to get a great view of Paris.  

Eiffel Tower and Park- Pick up a couple of baguettes and a bottle of champagne and have yourself a picnic underneath the iconic tower, and then climb to the top and you can see the entire city.

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Champs E’lysee- The “Rodeo Drive” of Paris, the Champs E’lysee is home to the most beautiful and eclectic fashion houses, stores, and restaurants.

Church of Notre Dame- The infamous home of Quasimodo, this gothic church is unlike anything you’ll ever see. Sculptures and stained glass windows show influences of naturalism and was one of the very first gothic cathedrals. Construction began in the 12th century, but was not until 300 years later that construction was completed. A must see in Paris.

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Palace of Versailles- The home of Marie Antoinette and several French Kings during the French Revolution, Versailles is a must hit spot during your Paris trip. The Gardens and Park of the Chateau’s is unlike anything you will ever see and an absolute must if you want to get the best Instagram picture.

Musee d’Orsay- An absolute must for al art lovers. They have all types of art including architecture, models, paintings, sketches, and statues. If anything, go to the Impressionism floor and see beautiful works by Monet, Van Gogh and more.

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Centre Pompidou- The museum of modern art is a great museum for people who love the modern word and futuristic architecture. Not only are the exhibits one of a kind, but the building itself will make you feel like you traveled a few years into the future.

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*Munchies*

Le Bouillon Chartier- Traditional French food; go for the escargot, foie gras, a whole fish, French onion soup, and amazing classic French wine; Address is 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris; they are only open until 10pm so don’t go too late.

La Creperie des Champs Elysses- You can’t go to Paris and not get a crepe. The street crepes are great, but if you really want to go all out, go here and watch the magic of crepe making in front of your eyes, located on 5, Rue Washington75008 Paris, France. *highly recommend getting the banana nutella, you won’t be sorry*

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“r.”- Expensive but so cool and great view of the Eiffel Tower. If you don’t go for dinner, at least go for a drink at the bar; kind of hard to find but so cool so ask around.

Angelina’s- Go for tea and hot chocolate in the afternoon – near the Lourve, so cute and great baked goods.

Lauduree- A trip to Paris is not complete without the best macaroons. Enough said.

For more inspiration on what to wear or pack, check out our Instagram!

 

 

 

The Old Smoke- London

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Some people call it “The Old Smoke,” others know it as the “America of Europe”, either way, the city of London is in one word: magical. London is full of history, everything from The Royal Family and historical churches, to numerous Olympic events. London can be an overwhelming location for a first time visitor, which is why we created the perfect guide to make sure you enjoy everything that the city has to offer. From the food to the sites, here’s our list of highlights that cannot be missed.

Sights:

Buckingham Palace: The place where Queen Elizabeth takes her slumbers, but also the place where you can go see the Changing of the Guards. The ceremony takes place daily during the months of April to July. During the ceremony, one regiment takes over from another and lasts about 45 minutes. At the palace, you can also tour the state rooms during September and October. 

Hyde Park: One of London’s finest landscapes, covering over 350 acres. In the 1800’s Hyde Park became a venue for national celebrations, and is a beautiful place to rent lawn chairs and relax on a beautiful day in London.

Tower of London: An old prison/dungeon/torture chamber, but looks basically like all the other buildings. The Tower of London is the official place for Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress and home to the Crown Jewels. It is located on the bank of the Thames River in central London. The Crown Jewels of London are an assembly of 142 historical ceremonial objects, including the regalia and vestments of kings and queens worn during their coronations. 

London Bridge: The bridge, located between central London and Southwark, on the River Thames. The newly reconstructed bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 17, 1973. The bridge was also home to the Olympic rings during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Tate Modern Museum: This museum is perfect for those who love modern art (did we mention it’s free?) Not a London essential if you’re in a time crunch, but well worth it. The exhibitions include, Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979; Painting with Light Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphalites to the Modern Age; and the Pablo Brostein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting. 

Kensington Palace: Who doesn’t aspire to have a life like the Royal Family? Kensington Palace is the home of Will and Kate. Not only can you get a tour of the palace, but you can see Princess Diana’s dress collection, an exploration of Queen Victoria’s life, the Queen’s state apartments, and the Palace Gardens. Sold.

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London Parliament: Not only is the Parliament building one of the most beautiful constructions in central London, but it also examines what the London government is doing. The House of Commons and House of Lords both play important roles in Parliament’s work.

Camden Market: Camden is the hipster part of London. Home to multiple flea markets, shops, and great food.  Camden is a must see for anyone who is looking to find an “out of the box” venture while in London.

Big Ben: Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic and must-see attractions. Big Ben first rang across Westminster on May 31,1859. Go see Big Ben after touring through Parliament. *Little Known Fact- Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower, but the name of the bell that rings inside*

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Westminister Abbey: Home to more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. A house of treasured paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, and other artifacts.

The London Eye: Great ferris wheel that allows you to see all of London, definitely worth it.

Abbey Road: If you love The Beatles, then Abbey Road is a must hit spot. Located right across the street from Apple Records Studio, cross the infamous road and take your picture (as long as a car doesn’t honk at you first)!

Let’s Dine:

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Social Eating House: Located in SOHO, this restaurant will bring you good vibes, great shareable dishes, and killer cocktails.

Dinings: The trendiest food your tastebuds will ever try.

Well Dressed: Good lunch place to make your own salad creations.

Yo Sushi: Go here for delicious and affordable conveyer belt sushi.

Night Life: A quick guide to some of our favorite night life: Pharmacy, Caffe de Paris, O Bar, Attica and Zoobar.

Shopping:

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Covent garden: Great boutique shopping Great vintage stores.

Portobello Market: Cool and hip shopping finds.

London is an amazing place with a ton of versatility and culture, so it really has something for everyone. Head over to StyleLend.com to see all the items you could rent for a holiday in the UK.

Montauk Hot Spots

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Montauk, the most eastern spot of the Hampton’s, is about a 3 hour drive from the city (sans traffic) and is one of our favorite escapes during these hot summer months in NYC.

We love the vibe of this cute little town, with all the quaint restaurants, the sandy beach, and the laid back feel.  We’ve rounded up the best places to go for your next Montauk stay:

Places to Be Seen:

Gurney’s

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Gurney’s hosts some of the best day parties in the entire east end. People travel from Southampton and Easthampton to spend the day at this beach front resort. Expect to see top DJ’s such as Hannah Bronfman and Miike Snow on big weekends.

Ruschmeyer’s

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We like to think of this place as a summer camp for adults, as it’s set up like you’re at a camping lodge, yet hosts live music and DJ’s.

The Surf Lodge

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Expect long lines at this Montauk hot-spot, even though the recent local laws have prevented this place from having live music. It’s always a fun time at the Surf Lodge.

Places to Eat:

Scarpetta

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This Manhattan staple found its place at Gurneys and is a must-try if you’re staying in Montauk. We like to describe the ambiance as “country chic” and the modern italian food lives up to the expectation. Must try: the Tuna Susci.

Navy Beach

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We’re all about the outdoor seating and the french riviera vibe here. We love to come here for drinks and dinner.  Located right on the beach and has some of the best bites in Montauk!

Arbor

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We love this Mediterranean spot, with a casual yet chic vibe. They have something for everyone here, including amazing burrata, tuna tartare, fish, burgers, the list goes on.

Places to Sweat:

Soul Cycle Montauk

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This location was by far one of the nicest Soul studios we have ever been to.  Everyone from the front desk staff to the instructors are extra friendly and energetic. The classes fill up quick, so reserve your spot in advance.

New York Pilates @ Gurneys

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We love this serene little spot nestled away in Gurney’s, which they’re stationed at all summer! You can sign up through ClassPass too!

Barry’s Bootcamp Amagansett

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Okay, so this spot isn’t exactly in Montauk but it’s approximately a 15 min drive. We love Barry’s and especially the Hampton’s version because it’s only 50 minutes (especially after those rose hangovers).

We recommend checking these spots out on your next trip to Montauk. Let us know in the comments if you have any other favorites!

Thanksgiving Looks!

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With Thanksgiving around the corner we wanted to share some of our items we think are perfect for all of your “giving thanks” events.

From the friendsgiving to traveling to warmer climates, we have a look that’s perfect for you!

The “Friendsgiving”

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Open Ceremony top $45, Ellory skirt $45, Chloe flats $65  & YSL bag $90.

Thanksgiving Eve aka “Biggest Party Night”

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Parker dress $40, Christian Louboutin heels $50 & Alexander Wang clutch $80

The “Meet the Parents”

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Suno Skirt & Top $80, Chanel Bag $90, Alaia heels $50

The “I’m going to eat the entire turkey”

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Miu Miu dress $50, Cole Haan boots $30, YSL handbag $150 & Elizabeth & James sunnies $25

The “See ya cold weather”

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Misha Nonoo dress $45, Celine bag $180, Untamed headband $15, Alterre shoes $50, Karen Walker sunnies $30

Style lend has you covered no matter what you have going on this coming week. Remember we deliver same day, for you last minute planners & our rental period is 1 week for those of you traveling.

Find these items by downloading our app here.

ps. website coming soon 🙂

 

The Perfect Staycation

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Out of all of the beautiful places we traveled to this summer, our favorite will always be San Francisco! We’re so excited to be back in SF for our perfect summer staycation! For a staycation in SF, skip the usual tourist attractions and take a stroll your favorite neighborhood instead.

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San Francisco locals love dressing comfortable yet trendy and chic. Fashion is SF is all about that comfy urban chic look. Keep it casual by renting our fave Ralph Lauren bf jeans. Tuck it in a slouchy white tee and don’t forget to top it off with this fringe Carolee necklace and a floppy hat. Rent the Ralph Lauren bf jeans and Carolee necklace to complete your summer look!

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SF is the best staycation because in every walking distance – there’s something to do! If you want to do a little shopping, visit Filmore and Pine street for the cutest boutiques and your fave designers.

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We are in LOVE with this Kate Spade quilted chambray dress! Keep it simple with a t-shirt dress for your day of shopping! It’s a little chilly here during the summer, so wearing a denim dress will be perfect to shield you from our strong winds.

Here are our fave spots to stop by in the city!

  • Grab a coffee and sit along the Marina near Fort Mason
  • Watch the sunset at Twin Peaks on a clear summer day
  • Walk down Valencia St. for great food
  • Take a stroll through Golden Gate Park
  • Go on a shopping spree along Filmore Street

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rent this kate spade dress on our APP!

Fly off to Latin America

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Our summer getaways are nearing the end – this week we’re visiting three beautiful locations in Latin America! Add some color, culture, and amazing food to your agenda this summer by visiting our fav summer locations: Costa Rica, Medellin, and Mexico City.

Costa Rica

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We’re flying off to Costa Rica first! If you’re a beach lover, head over to the tropical beaches along Nicoya Peninsula’s palm-fringed coastline for some sun and surf.

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We packed this bright floral ASOS romper for our summer trip to Costa Rica! It’s the perfect easy to throw on outfit for a day on the beach. Pack your fav sunnies and stay hydrated!

Medellin

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We are off to Medellin – the fashion capital of Columbia! While you’re in Medellin, catch a few fashion shows during July 28th-30th at their annual event, Columbia Moda. Rent a trendy Stella & Dot statement necklace from our app and grab a bright color lipstick for these upcoming fashion events!

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For Medellin’s fashion show, we rented this beautiful Ted Baker body-con dress from a lovely lender on our app. Show off your shape in a fitted floral dress this summer! Since fashion shows require a lot of sitting, choose a dress with a classy knee length.

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Grab your passport for our last location in Latin America – Mexico City! Between visiting historic sites, never-ending dance parties, and trying delicious meals, pack an outfit that will work for all occasions!

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Much like the vibrantly colored fashion designs and artwork in Mexico City, we love the color and pattern of this Rachel Zoe number! Pair this maxi skirt with a white crop top and fedora for your day in Mexico city.

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Rent this beautiful skirt on our app for your Mexico City dream vacation! We also found this great guide from Vogue with tips on places to visit!

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We’re heading back to our city – San Francisco next week! Visit our blog and come with us on our staycation in SF!

Off to Asia!

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We are making our way around the world and this week we’re off to Asia! For this getaway, follow our journey through Bali, Thailand, and Japan.

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Indonesia is the perfect getaway location for you this summer. Bali has all of it’s charms including the weather, food, culture, and the friendly locals.

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Because of the humidity, we suggest wearing lighter fabrics like this Free People culotte jumpsuit! It’s an easy outfit to throw on and stay cool under the hot tropical sun.

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From beaches to exploring the religious sites – this look is perfect for a beautiful day in Bali. Pair this trendy yet comfy jumpsuit with a floppy hat and sandals and you’re good to go!

Thailand

Getaways are all about relaxing. Take a getaway trip to a resort in Thailand this summer. At the resort, feel free to wear comfy pattern pants with a tank top and flip flops.

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These Free People boho pants are also perfect if you plan on venturing off to tourist attractions like the Thai Temples. As a basic rule and out of respect switch up your outfit by wearing a top with sleeves and closed toed shoes!

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Don’t be afraid to add some jewelry to your outfit! We love this Free People body chain. Rent this entire outfit on our app.

Tokyo, japan

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Fashion in Japan is quite similar to the styles here in the states. Japan is the perfect fashion forward location to stop by on your travels around the world this summer!

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This TopShop romper is to die for!! We love how versatile this culotte jumpsuit can be! For a dressier occasion, pair it with heels like these nude Steve Madden’s. Or if you prefer a more casual look, a pair of converse or slip-ons will look perfect. Culottes are a big fashion trend in Japan this summer. Rent yourself this popular trendy look on our app.

Next stop is South America, see you fashionistas there!

Travel to Europe!

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Pack your passports ladies, we’re off to Europe this week! It’s time to rent the best outfits for your european getaway! First stop is Berlin, Germany!

Berlin

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We absolutely love the style in this city! Berlin fashion is all about sticking to neutral colors – lots of black, whites, and gray’s.

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We paired this striped MINKPINK crop top with a black leather mini. Keep it neutral with your shoes and accessories as well! But don’t be afraid to add some color though! Add a pop of color to your outfit and make it your statement piece!

Paris

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Paris, France – the City of Love and a fashionista’s dream come true! Fashion is Paris is all about classic pieces in shades of neutrals and pastels. Always go for a classic look with a stylish twist!

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Tip: Wear a simple denim button-up for two outfits! Pair it with black panel shorts from TopShop or wear our voluminous midi-skirt from ASOS! Add a classic red lip and shoe to the outfit and you are ready for your parisian day!

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Greece

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Enjoy bright sunny days and crystal clear waters in Greece this summer! I’d have to say this place is magical!

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Match the beautiful blue seas and rent this Alice + Olivia crop top from our app!

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Greece is all about relaxing and having a peace of mind. Pack comfy yet fashionable clothes. We suggest wearing light comfortable fabrics like these TopShop shorts and beautiful shades of blue! This is the best getaway to take your mind off of work this summer! Throw on a pair of sunnies and soak up the sun.

Our next stop is Asia – see you beautiful ladies there!

Perfect Summer Getaways

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Say hello to summer ladies! We are ready to pack our bags and jet off on the perfect getaway. This month, we’re going to take you around the world to our favorite vacation spots! If you can’t leave the country for a big summer trip, why not visit our fave fun summer states?

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Soak up the sun on a beach in Miami this summer!  With its fine dining, the nightlife, and the sunny beaches, Miami has everything for a perfect vacation with your girlfriends.

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We LOVE this multi-colored Alice and Olivia top!

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It is the perfect crop top that can be worn at the beach or the night club! Dress it down with a pair of denim shorts and a cute hat to keep to sun out of your eyes!

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When it’s time to go out and party, pair this AO top with a fun a flirty skirt!

LAs Vegas

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Keep calm, and go to VEGAS! After spending a day with a few fruity drinks along the poolside, it’s time to hit the vegas nightlife! Save your wallet for Vegas and rent a few party dresses so you can look your absolute best!

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This hot pink mini is perfect for a night out in Vegas. This Mika and Gala dress is a big hit with our renters on our app! Grab it for $28 while it’s still available!

new york

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WE ❤ NEW YORK! From high fashion to Wall Street to music, NY is the perfect getaway location. The city that never sleep has endless amounts of activities to do. New York is the city of dreams and inspirations! Take a little vacay from work and find some inspiration in The Big Apple. Before you head off to the fashion capital, don’t forget to shop through the closets of trendy SF fashionistas on our app!

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Matching separates is our fave summer look. It’s a perfect look that requires very little effort!

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You can rent this ASTR two-piece look on our app and take it with you on your next vacation!

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Another trendy summer look that is perfect for New York! This outfit is perfect for a walk through Soma with your girlfriends. Don’t forget your floppy hat and sunnies for the warm weather!

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This white scalloped mini from TopShop looks great with a colorful blouse for a clean effortless look!

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What are your fave summer spots? Take a look through our app and to find inspiration for your trendy vacation looks! Next week, lets explore EUROPE!

5 Tips to Pack Intelligently

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Getting excited over vacation is easy but for the majority of fashionistas, packing brings bouts of anxiety. What to wear, how to wear it and the worst how to pack it into just one suitcase are all questions that we fret over! At Style Lend we want to let you know that you’re not alone. We formed a #StyleLendTravel support group to discover new tricks when it comes to packing. We know it won’t take the edge off completely but we’re hoping this guide will help melt the pre-travel stress away.

1. Pack three tops for every bottom!

Follow this simple formula and get more outfits out of your suitcase. Generally, pants and skirts take up more room than shirts and you’ll able to wear them multiple times. Always pack a staple bottom like denim shorts so it’s easy for matching.

2. Skip the towel!

We get it, the Chanel beach towel you own is a piece of art and while we’re all for showing it off, it isn’t practical. The reality is that a towel takes up a ton of room and most resorts are happy to provide towels. Leave it at home. Same with hair dryers, shampoo + conditioner, and body wash. If you can’t live without the latter, buy some travel size containers and pack it in.
Choose colors that coordinate. I know, I know it’s hard to limit yourself to just one color scheme but if you’re tight on space, picking pieces that coordinate with each other is a safe bet and makes selecting outfits so much easier.

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4. Pick your shoes wisely.

If you’re tight on space, choose shoes in neutral colors. You can never go wrong with a pair of nude heels, they go with everything and they actually make you look taller. Wear the shoes that take up the most room on the plane and off the plane to save space in the bag.

5. No need to bring a curling iron too!

You can easily create curls with a straightener. Youtube videos such as this one will show you all the tricks of the trade. You can also save space by minimizing the amount of makeup you bring. Lipstick can double as crème blush, and brown eye shadow easily works as eyeliner. A great bb crème eliminates the need for primer and foundation. You can easily contour and highlight with white eye shadow and bronzer.