What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options


What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options 1-10 #packinglight #travelwardrobe #travellight #travel #traveltips

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 2 – Striped Shirt | Black Pants | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 3 – Green Tank | Blazer | Denim | Tote | Flats
Outfit 4 – Wrap Sweater | Skirt | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 5 – Black Blouse | Casual Denim | Scarf | Flats
Outfit 6 – Black Sweater | Black Pants | Hat | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 7 – White Blouse | Denim | Blazer | Tote | Boots
Outfit 8 – Striped Shirt | Skirt | Sunglasses | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 9 – Green Tank | Casual Denim | Wrap Sweater | Tote | Flats |
Outfit 10 – Black Blouse | Black Pants | Coat | Leopard Crossbody | Boots

I would say Happy Friday but for those that have to work and have unpleasant stuff to do it isn’t so happy, so I will say the week flew by and I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. I’m actually disappointed that it is almost over :(

This post is the outfit options segment of the What to Pack for 10 Days in Washington DC from Wednesday. The request is for a mom who is chaperoning her sons trip to Washington D.C. in early April. I put together 20 outfit ideas to using the pieces from that list to cover a variety of outings. The requested list is for April which is an unpredictable month weather-wise so a coat of some sort should be brought. I included several sweaters for layering and a blazer as a light jacket/dressy options. A blazer is an easy way to instantly make your outfit look more put together so I suggest you get one for your wardrobe if you don’t already have one. They are very versatile.

For the colour palette I stuck with the basic neutrals and then added the jewel tones of a dark green and plum. Because the palette is neutral it is easy to match a more colourful and rich shade of a coat, which is a good way to add some fun to your outfits. For shoes I stuck with a basic flat, casual slip-ons, and a pair of leather boots which should take you through any outing or scenario. I hope this list gives you some good ideas.

Have good weekend (if you can) :)  

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What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options 11-20 #packinglight #travelwardrobe #travellight #travel #traveltips

Outfit 11 – Wrap Sweater | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Tote | Boots
Outfit 12 – Grey Sweater | Black Pants | Scarf | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 13 – Black Sweater | Denim | Sunglasses | Scarf | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 14 – Black Blouse | Skirt | Coat | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 15 – Striped Shirt | Casual Denim | Hat | Leopard Crossbody | Flats
Outfit 16 – Wrap Sweater | Black Pants | Tote | Boots
Outfit 17 – Black Blouse | Denim | Blazer | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 18 – Grey Sweater | Skirt | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 19 – White Blouse | Wrap Sweater | Casual Denim | Leopard Crossbody | Flats
Outfit 10 – Black Sweater | Black Pants | Blazer | Sunglasses | Tote | Boots

What to Pack for Washington D.C. for 10 Days

What to Pack for Washington DC for 10 days in April #packinglist #travellight #packinglight #travel #traveltips© Can Stock Photo / Shakzu

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Dressy Shirt • Mango | Classic Blouse • H&M |
Wrap Top • H&M | Pullover • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Blazer • River Island | Skirt • H&M |
Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Jacket • Mango | Scarf • H&M |
Hat • H&M | Sunglasses • Michael Kors | Flats • Yosi Samra | Casual Shoes • Vans |
Boots • Topshop | Tote • Aldo/Asos | Crossbody • Boden

After skipping last week while I was trying to get some gift guides out I am back to a packing list this week. I received a request from a woman who is going to Washington D.C. at the beginning of April as a chaperone for her son’s school trip. She is stumped for what to pack for this trip as they are only allowed a carry-on. This being a school trip I assume there will be a lot of sightseeing that will involve a mix of dressy-casual, and casual outfits depending on the itinerary.  I included some simple and easy to wear items that are both comfortable, and dressy when needed by some easy pairings.

I always encourage that you pack a couple of tank tops or camisoles because they take up little to no room and are perfect for layering under sweaters, cardigans, blazers, and even as a sleepwear option if necessary. This time of year in Washington is when the Cherry Blossom Festival is and would be beautiful to see and experience.

I played with some different colour combinations here because I was feeling the jewel tones. The coat is a mid-weight which is perfect for April’s unpredictability and is in a beautiful plum colour. The blazer is for a lighter jacket option, but it pays to check the forecast leading up to the day you depart so you know what type of jacket you need to bring. I added some accents of a rich green, with some leopard (because I love leopard mixed with jewel tones). The wrap shirt is multi purpose because it can be worn as a shirt over a camisole or open as a light cardigan.  The key to packing light is to pack things that you can wear in several different ways so you can make the most out of what you bring. I hope these pieces give you some ideas for your trip. The outfit options will be in the next post.

Have you ever been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington?

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What I Wore This Week

What I wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore

What I wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore

What I wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore

What I wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore

Outfit 1: Blazer • H&M (similar) | T-shirt • Urban Outfitters |  Jeans • Zara (similar)
Outfit 2: Gold Sweater • H&M (similar) | Jeans • H&M
Outfit 3: Peasant Blouse • Zara | Jeans • H&M (similar) | Boots • Winners (similar)
Outfit 4: Band Tee • Brandy Melville | Jacket • Thrifted (similar) | Pants • H&M | Shoes • Converse

We made an exciting purchase today, we bought a new vacuum. Our old one decided it was going thing to spit the dirt out the back as I sucked it up which was really fun and seriously slows progress. I stuffed an old sock into the place the dirt was coming out of and it kind of worked as a temporary fix, but we were in the market for a new one. I also told Tom that if he bought me one for Christmas then he would be finding elsewhere to live ;) Many, many years ago when we were dating he borrowed my disc man (without asking) when he was rollerblading and ended up dropping it and breaking it. He said he would buy me a new one to replace it since I used it everyday when I was walking to and from work 40 minutes each way. It just so happened that it was around my birthday so he bought me my replacement as a “birthday” gift. I’m sure I sound like an asshole but I was pissed that he used that as a way to replace it when he owed me one anyway. It’s like “Happy Birthday! Here is a replacement for the disc man I borrowed with asking and broke.” He kind of notoriously does that so I warned him this year that you don’t buy your wife a vacuum for Christmas unless she specifically asked for one which I did not. I could have lived with it for a bit longer (as long as the sock plugged the hole) he was the one pushing for a new one. Anyway, the new vacuum, it’s smaller, a Bissell, and lime green/grey. It’s good.

And that’s my ungrateful story of the day ;)

Note: I added a currently wearing/shop Instagram page to the blog. I get a lot of questions of where something is from on Instgram, you can’t post imbedded links on there and since a lot of my stuff is older I have to search for newer/similar items for people so it makes sense to have that info on one page. Also, I am trying to find plus size options where I can for those that asked that as well which will be included with each photo too when I can (it’s a work in progress). I am also looking for a new blog template. It’s time for an upgrade so if you know of any good sites that offer them for a reasonable price that would be great. Have a great week!

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For the Weekend

Merle playing bass


I’m so tired today because dumbass me had a brilliant idea at 2am. A few weeks ago I bought Merle her own Alvin and the Chipmunks red hooded sweatshirt for Christmas (red with a big A) and my brilliant idea was to get a matching one for best bud Alvin (aka I.T. Bone). You’d think that wouldn’t be a ridiculously hard thing to find for a reasonable price, but man-oh-man I could not find what I was looking for. At around 3:30 I found a woman on Etsy who makes clothes for American Girl Dolls. One of her products is an awesome red pullover for the 18″ dolls. It will fit him perfect, and the cost was only $10  with a $6 shipping charge which shocked me because most people were charging like $20-$30 for shipping. I think I struck gold with this, and I bought an embroidered yellow A patch to sew on when it arrives. She is going to lose her mind when she opens the matching sweatshirts.

The week kind of flew by I hope you have a good weekend!

This makes me laugh, like, really, really laugh and totally sums up my feelings of 2016. Note: this has a lot of harsh language but I use this language so it doesn’t bother me ;)

Ever since I started loving fashion I have wanted a red Sergeant Pepper style jacket. It’s on my lifetime wardrobe list and recently Zara had one but they sold out almost immediately :(

This past weekend Ancestry.ca had a $50 discount on their DNA Ancestry kits and I finally bit the bullet and bought one. I’m tracking it’s trip here and hoping it arrives by Monday. I would love to complete it and ship it off before the holidays hit and it lengthens the processing time. I’m so excited to finally find out  my background (my dad is adopted and his family tree is a big question mark).

This is still one of my favourite tv scenes of all time.

I love the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and am literally counting down the days to the final book release date. I’m currently rereading the series in anticipation.

I saw this video for a cutting board on Facebook and kind of really want one. I’m a messy food prepper with zero counter space and this would be amazing.

I think this message board would be pretty easy to make and so fun for the girls room. I may have to attempt it, maybe make it more magical and less mermaid for their tastes.

In one of my Facebook groups we were discussing books that changed your life. I couldn’t really think of a life altering book, although I have read tons but then I remembered how when I was 16 I read A Handmaid’s Tale and was deeply disturbed. Disturbed to the point of thinking about it repeatedly over the years but now as an adult it disturbs me in a more prophetic way. I think that might classify as life changing in a way.

Do you have a book that changed your life in any way?

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The Sci-fi and Horror Geek 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Sci fi and Horror Geek #giftguide #christmas #giftideas #scifi #horror #geek #geekery

Top: Tardis Pillow | Working Dead Travel Mug | Harry Potter Funko Pops* | Voldemort Wand |
Game of Thrones Cloth Box Set | Doctor Who Bedding | The Walking Dead Backpack | Lord of the Rings One Ring | Ravenclaw Baseball Tee | Game of Thrones House Banners | Doctor Who Teapot |
Weeping Angel String Lights | Lord of the Rings 3D Puzzle | The Walking Dead Socks |
Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Collectable

Bottom: Adult Colouring Books – Harry Potter, Beauty of Horror, Sherlock, Doctor Who | NECA Coraline Collectable | GoT Cookie Cutters | GoT Single Serve Teapot | Tardis Cookie Jar | Labyrinth Funko Pops* | Doctor Who Lego Set |  Harry Potter Chess Set | GoT Iron Throne Room | Elfeara Earwrap | Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Book | Doctor Who Funko Pops*
* You can buy these Funkos Pops individually or in sets that can be found in various stores and online for a variety of prices.

The first gift I ever bought for my husband was in 2003. It was a KISS collectible that I got off Ebay that he had mentioned in passing. Those were the days when Ebay was a high collection of one of a kind items that people would find and post for reasonable prices. Where you would sit refreshing your page until the auction was over hoping that you wouldn’t get outbid at the last-minute. Those were the good days of Ebay, before it got flooded knock offs and over priced crap that you have to weed through to find the good shit. You can still find some good stuff on there if you search though. Several of todays links are to Ebay items.

Since then I always try to buy him some sort original gift for one of his many collections and it has passed on to my kids. They both have seemed to inherit the sic-fi/horror (much less horror) gene from Tom and it has been my most favourite things to shop for. So I have compiled a list for my fellow sic-fi/horror geeks of fun and original gift ideas in a reasonable price range. Two of my favourite shops for finding this stuff are Hottopic, and Thinkgeek. Mostly we hit the Hottopic in the mall because it is too expensive to ship to Canada with the exchange rate, but Thinkgeek is strictly online and always has great deals so you should check them out. Some of the items in my above gift guide are from each of those stores.

You can see my Introvert and Homebody 2016 Gift Guide in this post.

Do you have a sic-fi/horror fanatic in your life? 

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