When I pack for a vacation, I try to be somewhat methodical and stick to pieces in a specific color palette so I can optimize mixing and matching everything. This weekend I am heading out to California for a short trip to visit my family, and I’ve decided on a neutral palette based around my new favorite Eres coverup (that I wear as a dress) and my dinner outfit, a matching printed top and pants from Matteau (which are like wearing chic, comfy pjs). What else comes along? Jean shorts and a white and khaki button down from A Shirt Story for fish taco excursions; dressier classic shorts like these from Mara Hoffman (which I actually just ordered because my go-to pair are a bit ragged these days) for shopping/running around; this ankle-length t-shirt dress from Frances de Lourdes which gives me Joan Didion in CA vibes; my Gabriela Hearst sandals (which are on super sale now–in my size, grrr, but I have worn them a lot); my roomy super slouchy The Row Bindle bag; my old Celine sunglasses; and I’ve been wanting a pair of super basic, black plastic flip flops so I ordered these recycled plastic ones (also on sale) from Rothys. Beyond that it’s running clothes, a few extra t-shirts and my Dezso necklaces, Kim Dunham bangle, my Rolex, lots of sunscreen and some presents for my adorable nephew.