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How to Pack for 2 Weeks to France in a Carry on

When I travel my goal is to be comfortable, dress appropriately, and not look like a slob. I also tend to be a light packer. If it doesn’t fit in my carryon then I don’t want to bring it. When I posted on Instagram that I packed for a 2 week trip to France (and a sidetrip to Morocco) with just a carryon I had several people ask me to do a post on it. Our trip was mostly touring cities so there wasn’t a lot of swimsuit time. Obviously if your trip was different (like in the winter or to a beach) you’d pack accordingly. I’ve tried to put notes next to each item on what I used it for so you could decide if you needed it or not. For example if you weren’t planning on working on your trip you might not bring a laptop. I packed to do a small load of laundry with socks and underwear halfway through my trip. But as long as I didn’t spill food on myself at mealtimes my clothes stayed pretty clean. All of the clothing and toiletries fit into one carryon bag and the electronics and travel documents and even the polka dot purse all fit into the leather tote. So when I was all packed up I only had two bags. (More photos below the jump.)

How to Pack for a 2 Week Trip to France in a Carryon! | Oh Happy Day!

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COS is Coming!

I was so excited hear the news that COS is coming to the US and opening a retail store in New York this Spring. When people ask me what store I miss the most from living in France the answer is hands down COS. It’s a little hard to explain their clothes because it doesn’t always translate well in photos (or on a blog.) COS is a Swedish clothing brand (owned by H&M) that is all over Europe and can best be described as “Sophisticated Swedish Design” it is known for it’s structural designs and really great fabrics. It’s the kind of store where you have to try everything on because it may look boring or strange on the rack but when you put it on it has a cool asymmetrical cut or an interesting sleeve. I have a couple COS dresses and whenever I wear them I always get people asking where I got them. They are my go-to black dresses for events because they are comfortable, look cool and are different without calling a ton of attention to themselves. The other thing I should mention is that the fabrics are really good quality, I’ve been really impressed with how they feel and wear. The pricing is J.Crew-ish which for the design and quality ends up feeling like a steal. I’m thrilled I only have to go as far as New York to fill my suitcase instead of all the way to Europe. Fingers crossed they will also start shipping to the US too. I guess I won’t be able to say nonchalantly anymore, “Oh this ol’ thing…I got it when I was in Paris.”

Cos is coming to America!

ps: their pajama/casual line is amazing as is their kids line and Paul’s favorite slim-cut suit is from there too.

Clothes to Party In No. 6

by Alison Piepmeyer

After a cold summer, San Francisco is finally starting to warm up. And that means it’s Pop Up Dinner Party season! Over the next few weeks, I’m really looking forward to celebrating outdoors. And I’ve picked out a few things that will help me celebrate in style. What are you adding to your wardrobe this fall?

Clothes to Party In No. 6 | Oh Happy Day!

A. Alexa Fedora | B. Bowtie Loafers | C. Geometric Nails |D. Small Leather Satchel | E. Leather Sleeve Top |F. Necklace No. 11

Clothes to Party In No. 4

by Alison Piepmeyer

My birthday is in a few weeks, and I’ve already picked out my outfit. I’ve been eyeing this jumpsuit for a while now, and I think a birthday is the perfect excuse to finally make the purchase. Paired with a few bright accessories and a hand-made crown, and I’ll be perfectly dressed for a night out on the town!

Clothes to Party In No. 4 | Oh Happy Day!

A. T-Shirt Jumpsuit B. Birthday Crown DIY C. Colored Chain Necklace D. Popsicle Studs E. Gold Nail Polish F. Metallic Heart Clutch G. Tamtam Peep Toes

Kate Spade Saturday on Fab!

I’m so excited to see Kate Spade Saturday on Fab this week. I love the Kate Spade Saturday brand – it makes me so happy! A majority of the collection on Fab is exclusive, and tons of items are on sale. I’m really hoping to add a few pieces to my closet, so I picked out a few of my favorites below. Which ones do you love?

Kate Spade Saturday on Fab | Oh Happy Day!


A. Yellow Easy-On Sandal B. Red Square Tote C. Striped Full Circle Straw Bag D. Blue Slip Neck Ponte Dress E. Pink Bibbed Perfect Day Shirt F. Yellow Square Wallet G. Half Circle Flats H. Blue Half Circle Bag I.Pink Six Pocket Tee J. Scoopback Dress K. Yellow Circle Sunnies

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