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Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Raise your hand if you feel like it's been winter forever. Yeah, us too.  It's hard not to start dreaming of sunshine and summer and get super bored with winter once the spring collections start to arrive in-store. 

If you're one of the lucky ones, you've got a warm weather vacation planned in the near future.  Whether it's sunny Southern California, the blazing hot desert or the beaches of Mexico, it doesn't really matter as long as it's warm.  Here at Mercantile, we've been dreaming of a tropical, Hawaiian getaway, complete with early morning walks on the beach, boogie boarding and sunset Mai Tai's. 

From L to R: T by Alexander Wang reversible jersey dress, Joie "Knapp" silk blouse, Hartford Liberty print shorts, James Perse mesh hooded pull-over, AG Jeans, Sol Angeles "Ciao" tank, Current/Elliott "Navy" skirt and "The Cinched" dress.

Remember, a successful packing list doesn't have to be lengthy, as long as all your pieces can be mixed and matched.  Sticking to a neutral color palette, with a single pop of color is always a plus and you can always add a little extra color with your shoes, accessories and of course your bikini.  Don't forget a couple pairs of sunnies and your trusty Panama hat.

Aloha!
Mercantile

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

It's the final days before Christmas - three sleeps till X-Mas Eve - and whether or not you've completed your shopping or are still scrambling for a few last minute bits and bobs, it's a hectic time for everyone.  We want to ease your stress a bit, so we've broken down the three essential outfits for the main event.

We like to go big for Christmas Eve, with a bold dress and gold accessories and of course don't forget your highest heels and a red lip. 

Stay comfy while you watch the kids open presents, snack on breakfast and sip mimosas. We're thinking some super soft sweats, a tissue tee and a soft wool cardigan. 

Keep the comfort level high but stay chic for Christmas dinner with your family.  Neutral colors and splashes of fringe will keep things festive. 

From L to R: Equipment dress, Rene Escobar bangles, Max Mara purse, Theory shearling jacket, Hartford sweater, James Perse tee, Current/Elliott sweats, Vince silk top and suede leggings, Samira 13 earrings and bangles and Ashlyn'd lucite clutch.

We wish you a fun and festive holiday weekend filled with love, laughter, family and friends. 

XO
Mercantile

a midsummer night out

a midsummer night out

Balmy July weather calls for late night drinks and evenings out.  Take advantage of patio culture and schedule romantic evenings with your significant other and of course some girls nights. 

There are no rules when it comes to after work dressing anymore; you can dress jeans way up with heels and a silk top or dress a cocktail or maxi dress way way down with a denim jacket and flat sandals. Don't be afraid to experiment with your styling, and definitely don't forget your accessories and a bright coral lip!

Rag & Bone Dana Tunic, L'Agence June Dress, James Perse Ribbed Tunic Dress, L'Agence Romi Maxi Dress

Rag & Bone Charmeuse Cami, Current/Elliott Cropped Straight Jean, ATM V-Neck Tee, L'Agence Karen Skirt, Rag & Bone Zip Tank and Boyfriend Jean

Clockwise from top left: Chan Luu Double Horn Necklace, Bauxo Collar and Cuff, Current/Elliott Maxi Dress, J. Crew Pumps and Gladiator Sandals, Vince Signature V Embossed Cross Body Bag

Cheers! 

XO
Mercantile

Packing List: Summer Getaway

Packing List: Summer Getaway

Travelling light, with just a carryon, is always the goal.  But it doesn't always seem possible, does it?  We are thrilled to tell you we found a system that will make it happen every time.  

We'll admit that it's definitely easier in the summer, when layers are light and fabrics are thin, but that doesn't mean you can't use it all year round.

4, 3, 2, 1...

The key is to stick to neutral colors, and interchangeable styles - every top should be able to be worn with every bottom - and your jacket should go with EVERYTHING.  We stuck to a palette of black, white and navy, which will make mixing and matching super easy and painless. 

If you use this list as a guideline, and keep your shoes and accessories to a minimum, you will certainly be able to fit all your clothing, accessories and toiletries into your carryon luggage.  Whether you're traveling for a weekend or 2 weeks, you'll be all set. 

Safe travels!

XO
Mercantile

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Portland natives have been known to say that Summer - or Summer weather - doesn't start until the July Fourth holiday.  And boy is it ever going to heat up. With the weather forecast predicting three digits, we've collected some of our favorite, and coolest outfits for America's big day.

A lightweight sundress is the perfect solution for the Fourth - a no brainer - stick with breezy cotton or linen in hues of blue.

Current/Elliott Strappy Dress. Sundry Stripe Maxi Dress, Current/Elliott Indio Dress,
Vince Stretch Linen Drawstring Dress, G. Kero Adele Dress

Keep your separates festive and easy, mixing different textured stripes in white and blue, or a cheeky take on stars and stripes.

Sundry Stars Muscle Tee, James Perse Cotton Linen Stripe Pencil Skirt, Rag & Bone Greta Blouse, Current/Elliott Bermuda Short, Rag & Bone Camden Stripe Tee, Vince Fold Over Short, Current/Elliott The Costa Short Sleeve Shirt, Frame Le Garçon Jean

A jean jacket is a summer staple, throw yours on over any of the above looks when its time to watch the fireworks.

Current/Elliott Trucker Jacket, Closed City Jacket,
AG Jeans Distressed Denim Jacket and Robyn Jacket

Have a fun and festive holiday!

XO
Mercantile