What to Pack for Cornwall, England

What to Pack for Cornwall England Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraCamisole • Topshop | Yellow Striped Shirt • Zara | T-shirt • H&M | Blouse • H&M | Black Long Sleeve • H&M | Green Sweater • Madewell | Striped Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Topshop | Blazer • H&M | Dark Denim • Gap | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • Mango | Dress • Zara | Trench • H&M | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Need Supply Co. | Sunglasses • Cheap Monday | Sneakers • Adidas | Flats • Dolce Vita | Boots • Dune London | Purse • Fat Face | Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |

Lately I have wanted to add a little more colour to my wardrobe lately. I still love my mostly black and grey but once in a while I’d like to add some colour aside from red nails or lips. I do have red rain boots so that is a start ;) I fell in love with a red jacket in Zara a few days ago but have danced around getting it because we won’t be in jacket season for much longer. So I am trying to be more practical and get some pieces that I will be able to wear through the spring/summer season as well as fall/winter. So when I was making this list I included a yellow, striped, wrap top that I have eyeballed for the last 2 months (or so) and think that I might make the splurge. Yellow is one of my favourite colours and I love a wrap shirt, it will work really well in the summer. What do you think? Do you like it?

This week I made a packing list for Cornwall, England in May. Cornwall is one of the most scenic places in England, as well as one of the sunniest. It is located on the southernmost tip it so it has the longest stretch of continuous coastline in the country which means lots of lovely villages and blue water. Cornwall’s average temperature in May is around 11°C with highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C. If you look at the predicted weather they show it potentially being warmer than average with a range of late teens to early 20’s °C, so it would be best to check the weather closely so you can pack more appropriate for the weather. With averages of 11°C I would pack a slightly heavier jacket than if the temps are between 17-21°C. For this list I included a lighter jacket but definitely watch the weather and use your discretion because it is really hard to predict weather in the UK. It might be wise to bring something waterproof or at least water-resistant.

*Remember that layers are key for unpredictable weather.

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and read up on the water/coastline safety for the area.

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12 Mules for the Budget Conscious Shopper

Mules for the budget conscious

1. Dolce Vita Cybil | 2. Sam Edelman Paris Jacquard | 3. Dolce Vita Maura | 4. Missguided Embroidered Bee | 5. Steve Madden Kandi | 6. Steven Valente Leopard | 7. Marks and Spencer Flame Mule | 8. Topshop Alexa | 9. Nordstrom Pink Mule | 10. Asos Masie Wide Fit | 11. Aldo Shahan | 12. Steve Madden Kandi Embroidered |

I mentioned in one of my my last posts how I ordered some spring/summer shoes and they sent the wrong ones. I was pretty bummed but we have a retailer that is quite close so I was able to go in and exchange for the correct pair. I’m not going to blame them because the style name on the box were nearly identical as the correct shoes, and the only difference  between the shoes is the detailing. I wanted the Kandi with the buckle and they sent the Kandi-P with a line of pearls. The only issues that I met while getting the correct ones (and this is something that I have noticed in a lot of retailers now so this complaint is not directed specifically to them) is that when you exchange a product that is not identical to the one you bought (like a same style, different size situation) and you ordered the product online they refund you the purchase and then make you make re-purchase the correct item. This is instead of doing a direct exchange and paying or refunding the difference like they did when I worked retail (maybe that’s old school?).

In the grand scheme of things that wasn’t a big deal. I was able to buy the shoes after the refund but that would not have been the case several years ago. You see, I paid by Paypal when I ordered them online which means when they refunded the purchase the money did not go back into my account right away. In fact as I write this it still hasn’t gone through and isn’t due to be processed until this week sometime (which will be a week after I exchanged them). Then I have to transfer it from my Paypal to my bank account. The whole process will take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. If I didn’t have the money in my account to pay for the new ones I wouldn’t have been able to get the correct shoe for several weeks  even though the mistake was made by them. It seems unfair to those that may have had to save to make their purchase and don’t have disposable income to cover the costs of another pair until their money is refunded. Does that seem like a legitimate complaint to you? I wish they would review this new process because I can see it causing some real issues and even embarrassment for customers that can’t afford it and that is obviously not something you ever want your customers to feel.

Back to the new shoes now. I was looking for a decent pair of Gucci dupes. We all know which ones I am talking about, they slip-one mule style that we are seeing everywhere atm. They come in fur, non-fur, or embroidered option. There is no way in hell that I could afford to drop $800-$1200 (depending on the style) on a pair of shoes. Technically I could pull it off if I didn’t enroll the kids in activities, skipped paying the hydro, and meal planned around cereal for a month but that’s not really affording it is it? Affording them would be able to make the purchase without even having to think about it because the amount is too small to be an issue. So dupes it is for me and I’m pretty satisfied with these. The sizing is perfect, the leather is soft, and they look cute on. They will work well once all the snow and slush is gone.

My rant about affording expensive shoes isn’t saying that I don’t want them nor would never buy them. While I do want a pair of Gucci classic loafers and hope to save for a pair sometime in the future, I would not spend that much money on a pair of shoes that are the newest trend because that money could be put to better use in my life (if that makes sense). Now if I won the lottery it might be a different story ;)

Above I compiled a collection of slip-ons if you are in the market for a cheaper version.

Steve Madden Kandi

Steve Madden Kandi

Steve Madden Kandi

 

Would you buy a pair of dupes or would you rather save for the real thing?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Blouse • H&M | Jeans • Mango | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Boots • Topshop | Bag •Zara |
Outfit 2 – Blouse • H&M super old (similar here, and here) | Jeans • Zara (similar) |
Outfit 3 – Sweater • Zara | Jeans • Zara (similar)  |
Outfit 4 – Kimono • Madewell old (similar) | jeans • Mango | Boots • Topshop |

It was Comicon weekend and I promised myself I would take lots of photos, but once again that didn’t work out. It is so crazy busy and congested in there that it is really hard to stop and take a picture of anything. I was more concerned with not losing a kid in the crowd so I only took a couple and a video of the super cool Dalek Robots they always have there.

Merle loves pictures and always smiles when asked, Roo on the other hand hates pictures and tries to give me the weirdest or creepiest smile she can come up with :/

It took us an hour and a half to get from where we live to the Toronto Convention Centre. An hour and a half. The drive should have taken 15 minutes (there was an accident, but a completely minor one so I have no idea how it messed with the traffic so badly). Then of course the downtown parking lot guys rip you off because they know you have no other choice so we had to pay $30 to park :/ I miss living close to the Yonge St subway line, it was so convenient and so much cheaper to do things downtown. It would be nice to live right down there but then I look at the cost of the real estate and wonder how anyone can actually afford to live there. What average person can afford to pay over a million for a home that needs work? Seriously, it makes me sick thinking about it. And if you can squeak by paying mortgage that large, why would you ever want to work to make enough to just cover your mortgage? I would rather spend money on life experiences than for a house just so I can say I bought a house. You know what I mean?

Tom and Roo went one way at Comicon and Merle and I ended up going another (not really a voluntary separation. Merle and I got stuck in a crowd and had to go with the flow). It’s funny though because I knew they would buy all kinds of things without me there to kibosh it and lo and behold they walk up to us with hands full of bags, and all Merle got was brain freeze from an Icee drink. Poor kid got screwed when she stuck with me ;)

Never fear, she ended up getting a Living Dead Doll for her Collection. They had one she had never seen before who was yellow, so she was thrilled. Tom and Roo ended up getting me the collection of The Golden Girls Funko Pops. I love the Golden Girls.

The Golden Girls Funko Pops

I’m a Sophia (but I definitely have some sarcastic Dorothy), which Golden Girl are you?

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What to Wear for a 21 Day European Vacation in April Outfit Options

What to Wear on a European Vacation in Paris, Italy, Greece Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Black Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Blush Long Sleeve • Zara | Black T-shirt • Topshop | White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Floral Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • H&M | Moto Jacket • Topshop | Scarf • H&M | Hat • Billabong | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Adidas | Loafers • Aldo | Boots • Selfridges | Cognac Purse • Steve Madden | Black Crossbody • Madewell |

I ordered some new spring/summer shoes online but they sent the wrong ones :( I can totally see how that happened though because there is only a one letter difference between the name of the ones I wanted and the ones they sent. Thankfully there is a store within a few minutes walk from here that has the right pair that I can exchange for which I am going to do in a few minutes when I drop Roo of at  her “tween” group. Now why didn’t I go to the brick and mortar store in the first place you make ask, or not because I’m sure you don’t give a shit on my shopping habits ;) But I like to order things using the Ebates website because it gives me a small percentage of the purchase back which can add up especially during Christmas when I tend to buy a lot online. They have sites for different countries which offer different stores (stores targeted for your region). I use ebates.ca (<—– that’s a referral link so if you want to bypass that just type in ebates) but if you go to that main page and scroll to the bottom they list the global sites so you can see if they offer your country. That’s pretty much the only reason I shop online (well, that and it saves me from fighting crowds). Those dollars add up, and it’s kind of like getting paid to shop (or that’s what I keep telling myself). Different stores offer different cash-back percentages so it can be totally worth it. I got 10% back on my AncestryDNA purchase which was a nice chunk of change. I am in no way a connoisseur of shopping deals but this is one that I use regularly.  Anyway, whatever the reasons I am excited to get the right shoes. Bring on no sock weather.

I’m bringing the point back to this post now. These are the outfit options that go with the What to Pack for Paris, Italy and Greece in April packing list. If you want the details behind the trip or my choices it explains it more in the original post. The gist is that the trip is for 21 days in April, starting in Paris, moving on to Venice, where they then hop on a cruise through Greece, various Italian cities, and Croatia before the land in Spain. The weather will be incredible at this time of year even though it won’t be very beachy temperatures. Light jackets with sweaters, and layers should get you through from day time to the lower end night-time temperatures. Being on the water for the cruise may also feel cooler so being able to layer is important.

Your travel outfit comes from the pieces in the list (which should be the heavier and bulkier pieces to add ease to your packing and lessen the amount).

I’ll see you Monday with some photos from Comicon hopefully. I suck at remembering to take photos in the moment though. 

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What to Wear on a European Vacationr in Paris, Italy, Greece Outfit Options 13-24 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Black Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Blush Long Sleeve • Zara | Black T-shirt • Topshop | White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Floral Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • H&M | Moto Jacket • Topshop | Scarf • H&M | Hat • Billabong | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Adidas | Loafers • Aldo | Boots • Selfridges | Cognac Purse • Steve Madden | Black Crossbody • Madewell |

What to Pack for a 21 Day European Vacation in April – Packing Light

What to Pack for Paris, Italy, Greece Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraCamisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Long Sleeve • Zara | T-shirt • Topshop | Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • H&M | Moto Jacket • Topshop | Scarf • H&M | Hat • Billabong | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Adidas | Flats • Aldo | Boots • Selfridges | Purse • Steve Madden | Crossbody • Madewell |

This one is a kind of broad one because it involves a variety of countries/cities throughout the 21 days. First off the trip starts off in Paris, moves on to Venice, then they will board a cruise that will make stops in Greece, various Italian cities, and Croatia. It’s  for April and these cities have average temperatures that are quite close so it won’t be like a mixed climate packing list. Some areas get a little more rainfall but the average temperature ranges 13-16°C with highs of 18-20°C which is a great travel temperature. You probable won’t be basking on the beaches unless there is a freak heat wave or something, but if your cruise ship has a pool then don’t forget to bring a swimsuit because you will probably get some use out of it. Remember that a large scarf can work double duty as a bathing suit wrap/cover as well.

For all these packing lists I pick pieces that I love, or that I would wear. I don’t think you can’t have biased choices.  These picks obviously will not float everyone’s boat so it is very easy to swap out pieces for your own style preferences. While my go-to jacket is a leather moto jacket, another good choice is a trench in a short, or longer version. Trenches are classic and always make you look put together with minimal effort.

Last of all are the shoe choices. There is a debate how many shoes is the right amount to bring with you. I always say that there is never any reason to go over 3 pairs. In many instances you can get away with 2 (one you wear, the other is packed), but it all depends on what type of activities you will be doing. Doing a lot of walking or exercising? Comfortable sneakers might be a good idea. Cute flats can pull together any outfit, and a short boot can be dressed up or dressed down. Obviously sandals would be the right choice in summer or for beach destinations. For 21 days I would probably bring three pairs, the three pairs that I wear the most and are the most comfortable from my wardrobe. Nobody wants to pack uncomfortable shoes. If you don’t wear them at home you probably aren’t going to wear them on vacation.

In the instance of rain (because it’s spring and rain is usually higher at this time of year than summer) your best bet is to have a small, cheap, umbrella. Easy to pack, and no worries if you lose it. If you don’t want to pack one then you should have no issues finding an inexpensive one in a local store.

I hope I was able to give you some ideas of what you can pack for this kind trip. I will put together the outfit options for the next post.

What is your go-to lightweight jacket?

*Just to let you know, Zara is currently have a mid season sale and there are some cute sweaters and jeans for great prices if you are looking to stock up for next fall/winter.

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