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Packing for Homecoming

Later today I'm heading to the glorious city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend my alma mater's homecoming. It's no secret that I went to Wake Forest University, and even though I'm more than 1 year graduated, I still feel FOMO around freshman orientation and sorority rush.

Homecoming is pretty ridiculously early this year. Last year, I had all fall to prepare (aka, lose that senior spring weight), and it was a nice thing to look forward to after graduation. I still mostly hang out with my college friends on the weekends, and I keep in touch with a lot of different people. But, it's still nice to go back and actually be on campus with everyone!

Since my class is not freshly graduated, no one really cares about seeing us. I planned for weeks about what I was going to wear last year, and this year I literally just threw a bunch of clothes that I like in a suitcase and hoped for the best.

The only outfit I truly have planned out is what I'm going to wear to the tailgate and football game on Saturday. I ordered this Lilly Pulitzer Tiki Wrap Romper from their After Party Sale a couple weeks ago, and I cannot wait to wear it. It was actually the only thing I ordered from the sale, and I had my eye on it for months. 

This is literally the last weekend that it will be seasonally appropriate to wear this romper, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity. 

So I need an outfit tonight, Friday day, Friday night, and Sunday. Obviously that means I pack 8 other outfit options, right?

Right now, I can mix and match with a ton of different options.

I'm packing two pair of white jeans, one pair of blue jeans, and one denim skirt...because of course. One pair of white jeans is distressedthe other is not.

Moment of silence for the fact I'm taking three black tank tops.

No I'm not kidding.

It's borderline ridiculous but I'm really thinking it's going to be an "in the moment" decision when I pick out my outfits.

To put things in perspective, last year's homecoming I literally brought four pair of black boots (two booties, two over the knee boots, I'm sorry. So, this really isn't out of the ordinary for me.

 Moving on. Top-wise, I'm packing this choker swing tank from Lush (snaps for Nordstrom Anniversary finds), my favorite cotton cami from Urban Outfitters (which isn't available anymore), and my go-to black cami that I literally wear three times a week. I'm also bringing two printed tops: one from Lilly Pulitzer (unavailable, sorry y'all) and one from a local boutique (off the shoulder, high low, v trendy for me).

So, I've got the Lilly romper for the football game, and I'm also bringing two other rompers for going out. Thursday night I will probably wear the Mimosas and Macaroons Romper from Vestique (a cute boutique in Charlotte). I've worn it a ton this summer, and I feel like this is a last hurrah weekend for summer clothes. Lastly, I have a romper from Lulu's that I bought like last December for my New Year's Eve outfit...every other year at Wake, there's a big event called President's Ball during homecoming. It's happening on Friday night, and while my friends and I haven't decided yet if we're actually going, I am planning ahead and have packed an outfit option.

For shoes, I'm bringing my daily Jack Rogers Hamptons Classic Sandals in gold, as well as my favorite chunky suede wedges (here is a similar pair). I'm still deciding on another pair, and will probably throw another pair of shoes in my car right before I leave. 

I've packed everything in my trusty Olympia suitcase, which has become my go-to carry-on in the past year. I'm driving to Wake from Char (only an hour and fifteen minutes, essentially the same as driving from CT to NYC), so I don't really have a bag limit. I'm trying not to completely overpack, and I actually managed to get my shoes + clothes + hair/makeup + other items (jewelry, purse) in my suitcase.

I'm very proud.

I'm bringing my camera this weekend so lots of pictures will be taken. My goal is to actually buy some Wake t-shirts, since I don't actually have a non-sorority shirt from my four years in college. How depressing is that? 

Almost as depressing as buying a Wake Forest Alumni t-shirt. I'm not looking forward to it.

Let's have a great Thursday, y'all. 

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