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It’s the best time of the year when finals are finally over + it’s about time to go home for the holidays. However, traveling home can be stressful when you attend school that is far away from your hometown. Luckily, you can still travel lightweight and carry-on only when going home to see your family.

How to Travel Carry-on Only

The Carry-On Suitcase

In order to travel carry-on only, you’ll need to have a trusty suitcase to lug around with you. Below are some of my favorite picks for carry-on bags. A silver suitcase? Yes, please.

I also love this carry-on suitcase from Delsey. It’s originally $320, but Amazon has it listed for $70 (and free shipping with Prime!) The suitcase also has a 4.5 star rating, which is pretty awesome if you ask me.

How to Travel Carry-On Only With a Capsule Wardrobe

Traveling with just a carry-on may seem impossible when going from campus to home, but it can be done! I’ve selected my essential pieces for packing. A capsule wardrobe like this allows you to easily mix and match separate pieces to create endless outfits. This way, you won’t have to re-wear the same outfit over and over again, but can still pack light.

Things to Remember:

  • Pick a color theme or scheme. Obviously, from what you can see in the photo below, I love dark colors and wearing black a lot. However, I totally understand that not everybody enjoys wearing all-black, every day! When packing your carry-on, try and keep the articles of clothing in a similar color theme. This way, you can easily intermix tops and bottoms without much thought.
  • Roll your clothing to save space. Learning this packing tip seriously changed my travel-life. Rolling all of your tops, jeans, and undergarments will save a ton of space when compared to just simply folding.
  • Don’t forget to bring a personal item. I like to bring a purse or my Herschel backpack as my personal item when traveling carry-on only. I also put all of my chargers and electronic devices in here so I can get some work done while on the plane!
  • Wear your winter jacket on the plane. Big, puffy winter jackets can take up a lot of space. This is why I always wear mine while at the airport. Plus, it’s nice and snuggly to use as a blanket in chilly airplanes.

Carry-on Only Capsule Wardrobe

The Packing List

Chunky Sweater

Packing a great chunky sweater will be a lifesaver over winter break. Sweaters are perfect for layering under your winter coat and add some cozy comfort to any outfit. My favorite sweater at the moment is this one. It’s only $16 and I love the dark grey color.

V-Neck Tee

I have to admit, I always consider comfort when getting dressed in the morning. V-neck shirts are my favorite because they aren’t too tight and always super soft.

Graphic Tee

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love graphic tees. I feel like a girl can never have too many! The sayings on them are honestly just too funny! My current favorite is this pack that includes 3 shirts: Black, White, and Warm Grey.

Striped Top

I love a striped top for the winter season because it can be easily dressed up or down. Pair it with some leggings for a cozy night in, or with a pair of black skinny jeans and flats for dinner out with the family.

Black Leggings

My current favorite leggings are from Lululemon because they aren’t see-through, and super durable. However, I do have tons of leggings from places like Target, LOFT, and more. Leggings are a go to when lounging around the house and a must-have for winter break.

Black Jeans

Black jeans are a staple because they can double-up as your “fancy pants” if you need an outfit for a holiday party, etc. Topshop jeans are my absolute favorite jeans of all time because they tailor their jeans to fit Petite and Tall women perfectly.

Blue Jeans

You can’t leave your favorite pair of blue jeans back at your dorm! Throw these in your carry-on for creating easy go-to outfits. My favorite way to pair blue jeans is with a graphic tee and some fuzzy socks like these.

Knit Dress

I normally bring home a knit dress for the holidays in case I will be attending any events or parties. If you don’t have anything like that to attend, think about whether you will need “church clothes” or a Christmas Eve outfit. The knit dress is a staple and will keep you warm and cozy while looking cute 😉

Chelsea Boots

Oh, how I love Chelsea boots. These boots are a staple for winter and can withstand the slush and snow of the season. Plus, there are tons of inexpensive brands that offer great Chelsea boot styles. My favorite pick right now are these boots from Sam Edelman.

Sneakers

I’m the type of girl that lives in sneakers. Adidas, Converse, Vans…I love ’em all. My go-to pair for the winter months are these white Adidas. They pair effortlessly with black/blue jeans and are great for running errands/shopping for holiday presents!

Looking to get your loved ones holiday gifts but don’t have the budget? Check out these helpful posts:

Flats

Flats are great to pack in a carry-on because they easily fold up and take up almost no precious suitcase space. Plus, they are perfect for a night-out with friends or anything that you may need to look a little more dressed-up for.

Scarf

What’s winter without a great scarf? I love scarves because they are inexpensive, come in a million prints, and layer perfectly to keep me warm in the cold Cleveland weather.

Reversible Purse

A reversible purse is a great option to bring with you on the plane as your one personal item. The bag itself will hold all of your little personal belongings (headphones, phone charger, books) while it can double as a purse when you finally make it back home. This one is only $40!

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Online shopping has become a real problem in my life. Or rather, for my bank account. I love online shopping and browsing the best online shopping websites so much more than shopping in person these days. It seems so much less stressful, I can take my time browsing the website, and it arrives at my house in a pretty package just days later. Kinda like Christmas morning 😉

But really. Online shopping is the best, and we all know it. I usually order from places like Forever 21/ASOS, but there are so many shops out there that are both inexpensive and trendy that I have yet to discover.

So today, I’m sharing the best online shopping sites that you may have not already heard about. If you like stores like Morning Lavender, H&M, and more…you’re in the right place! These stores are my tried and true, so get your debit cards ready.

Best Inexpensive Online Stores for Girls

P.S. If you want to earn some extra cash to use to shop online, check out Opinion Outpost! It’s my favorite way to earn fast money, and you can get paid directly through your PayPal account. Earn points and rewards for giving your opinion about companies and products!

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

Best Online Shopping for College-Aged Girls

1. Lulus

Lulu’s has THE CUTEST clothes and is a true testament you don’t have to spend a ton of money to dress well. I especially love their shoes + dresses.

Online Shopping Sites for College Girls Inexpensive

I would describe Lulu’s as being perfect for the everyday college girl who wants to have an awesome wardrobe. Lulu’s has items that are great to wear with just jeans and sneakers or dress up for a night out on the town with your girls. If you are looking for somewhere to shop online that will never let you down, Lulu’s is the place to hit up. They are constantly releasing new pieces into their stock, which I love.

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

2. Boohoo

Boohoo is my most favorite online store to order from. It’s a UK based brand, but they ship to the US also.

I order from Boohoo all of the time because their styles are honestly just too cute. I love shopping Boohoo for their bodysuits and shoes especially. Plus, they are always having good sales/discount codes that are sometimes up to 50% off your whole order.

*Helpful hint: follow your favorite shops on Instagram/Twitter to never miss a flash sale again!*

3. SheIn

This is another staple in my online shopping escapades. SheIn is a diamond in the rough, and I was introduced to it randomly back in high school.

Looking for the best online shopping websites for college girls? Find sites similar to Forever21 and ASOS on the Emma Lenhart blog, perfect for the college girl on a budget.

SheIn is based and orders are fulfilled out of China, so there are a couple things to keep in mind. First of all, shipping takes a little bit longer than other brands. I’ve ordered 5-10 pieces from SheIn before and had the pieces come shipped separately, one piece at a time before. Don’t be alarmed! The rest of your package will get there.

Another thing about SheIn is that the sizing chart is a little bit different than stores in America. Because of this, I’ve found that SheIn‘s clothes run to be pretty small. My favorite things to order from SheIn are flowy dresses and graphic tees.


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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend College Fashion Week in Chicago, hosted by HerCampus. The event was so much fun, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you!

I started out the night by meeting up for dinner with a few other bloggers attending the event. A few of the girls included Morgan Timm from MostlyMorgan, Tomi Obebe from GoodTomiCha, and Allie Barke from Allie’s Fashion Alley. I had so much fun meeting these ladies and really admire their blogs.

We then headed over to the event and were greeted at the VIP check-in with goody bags. OMG. Seriously, these goody bags were not playing around. A ton of sponsors of College Fashion Week pooled together and donated gifts to give out, and the goody bags were amazing. I received a FitBit Flex 2, a Rebecca Minkoff bag, a blowout from Drybar, and perfume from Perfumania…among a ton of other stuff! Psst…stay tuned ’til the end of this post! I’m giving away a FitBit Flex 2 🙂

The event room had a ton of different booths set up from different companies that partnered with HerCampus. Some girls were getting their brows done by European Wax Center, I got a free mani-set from Bertha Watches, and refreshments from KIND bars and Boxed Water.

Chicago College Fashion Week with Blogger Social Media Coverage.

The actual fashion shows themselves were so well curated and put together. I loved how HerCampus used real college-age girls for their models. The girls were dressed in clothing from emerging fashion designers, and some models were wearing Vince Camuto shoes to finish off the look. They killed it!

One of the models from the Chicago College Fashion Week show. From the Girls' Night Out show featuring Bow + Drape.

Four different fashion shows went on throughout the night. I’ll detail the shows below:

-RUSH
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): Ali & Ariel and Frill Clothing
-FESTIVAL
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): Foray Collective
-STUDY CHIC
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): My Social Canvas
-GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s):  Bow & Drape

College Fashion Week in Chicago Runway Show featuring Bow + Drape.

Overall, the event was unreal. I got to sit by the runway, get amazing goodies, meet new friends + bloggers, and see some amazing fashion. I can’t wait for next year’s show, and hopefully I’ll see you there 😉

WIN A FITBIT FLEX2!

Alright…now onto the giveaway. I am going to be giving away one FitBit Flex 2. This giveaway is free to enter and will run until November 19th.

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I’m so stoked to be writing this blog post right now. Seriously! I have not been this excited for an event in a long time. I’m talking about College Fashion Week 🙂

I will be attending College Fashion Week in Chicago this upcoming weekend, October 15th!

If you haven’t heard about College Fashion Week yet, I’m here to let you know what it’s all about (because I would love to see you there!)

First, let’s talk logistics. College Fashion Week is happening on Saturday, October 15th. The event’s website describes CFW as “showcasing top talent from the next generation of female fashion entrepreneurs and designers.” Heck yes!

Information about CFW:

College Fashion Week Chicago
Date: October 15th
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: 1st Ward
2033 West North Avenue

This event is going to be a ton of fun + is sponsored by some pretty cool brands. The confirmed up-and-coming fashion designers are My Social Canvas, Foray, Ali & Ariel, Frill Clothing, and Bow & Drape

Brands that will be at College Fashion Week:

Fitbit: Woohoo! Fitbit is an awesome brand and I can’t wait to see what they do at CFW. My mom actually has a Fitbit and uses it almost every day, so I’m already pretty familiar with their products 🙂
Drybar: I am so intrigued by Drybar and the idea of getting blowouts. I’ve had friends go to their Chicago locations and have only had amazing things to say. Yay!
Rebecca Minkoff: Totally obsessed with Rebecca Minkoff and I couldn’t be more excited that they are a part of CFW. Rebecca’s bags are so chic + not totally out of a college girl’s budget.
Vince Camuto: I love Vince’s shoes. I have a pair of tan wedge clogs and have stayed loyal to them for a few fall seasons now.
Bertha Watches: I’ve seen Bertha Watches on Instagram before and they are so beautiful!
Perfumania: If you know me, I LOVE perfumes. Perfumania has awesome deals and discounts on different perfumes, and I could scroll around on their website for hours.

Saturday night can’t come fast enough! I’m already working on an outfit.

I really can’t wait for the opportunity to meet some of you + other Chicago fashion bloggers at the event! If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, click here to snag some.  Also, let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you will be attending!

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