Travel Diary: Valentine's Day in Neptune

Last week was a challenge. To start, I figured out how to pack 5 1/2 days worth of clothes into a carry on. If you read my packing hacks on 12th & Broad, packing lightly isn't really my strong suit. But I managed to do it and I was never so glad to only have that carry on when my departing flight got canceled....three times. Instead of leaving Sunday night, I ended up leaving on a 6am flight on Valentine's Day (Tuesday) morning. At least I got to take two outfits out of my very packed carry on. After a very long day, I had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at Delvetto's Restaurant in Neptune, NJ. After having been awake since 3:45am and a full day of work, I was ready for some Italian comfort food. It was just what I needed and then I promptly went to sleep. It was a shame I was so tired because there was a killer outlet mall next to my hotel. I probably could've done some damage in the Burberry, Addidas, Theory, Elie Tahari, Calvin Klein and Kate Spade outlets. If you're in Neptune or the Asbury Park area, definitely add a stop to the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

Wednesday afternoon I was supposed to fly to Rochester for Thursday and Friday meetings. I guess the airlines had another plan, because 30 minutes before I was supposed to board, my flight got canceled due to mechanical issues. Big praise for that carry on again! Never have I been so thankful to have all of my things with me. To make this long story short, I ended up on a flight back to Nashville because I couldn't get to Rochester in time to make most of my meetings. Just like that 5 1/2 days turned into a little less than 48 hours. 

My Tuesday travel day was easy with my Kamali Kulture gray long sleeve jersey dress from UAL and my BCBG cropped leather jacket from Flip. I didn't snap a photo of this one since I wore this dress on my Memphis trip a few weeks ago. These dresses are polyester and spandex so they are perfect for travel. They don't wrinkle and they keep their shape.

I decided to wear a little color on Wednesday to mix up my typical all black palette. Leona by Lauren Leonard prints always have a bit of whimsy to them and this shoe print is one of my favorites. Once I realized I was heading back to Nashville, I made a quick change at the airport and went back to my basic black jeans and turtleneck. 

Leona by Lauren Leonard shirtdress | Amanda Valentine x Margaret Ellis Jewelry Necklace and Cuff | Michael Kors Watch | ASOS Chelsea Boots

Leona by Lauren Leonard Shirtdress | BCBG Cropped Leather Jacket | Amanda Valentine x Margaret Ellis Jewelry Necklace and Cuff | Michael Kors Watch | ASOS Chelsea Boots

Leona by Lauren Leonard Shirtdress | BCBG Cropped Leather Jacket | Amanda Valentine x Margaret Ellis Jewelry Necklace and Cuff | Michael Kors Watch | ASOS Chelsea Boots

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I'm happy to be spending this week in Nashville again, especially with the weather in the 70s. It's looking like I'm off to Knoxville for a few days next week and then I'll be in McLean, VA. I'm excited for the McLean trip because I've never been to Washington, D.C. Fingers crossed I can get a little sight seeing in.