What to Pack for Venice, Italy – Packing Light

What to Pack for 3 weeks in Venice, Italy Packing Light Packing list #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe

Tank • J. Crew | T-shirt • J. Crew | Striped Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Long Sleeve • Madewell |
Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Sweater • H&M | Versatile Blazer • Madewell | Blue Dress • Madewell |
Black Dress • Gap | Cropped Denim • Mango | Dark Denim • Topshop | Black Pants • Gap | Jacket • H&M |
Scarf • AHAlife | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Jonathan Saunders | Flats • Sam Edelman |
Sneakers • Nike | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • French Connection | Crossbody • Vince Camuto

Often when I do packing posts they are for single locations, but occasionally I get requests for several cities (many times within the same country). So I have to do a little research on averages, highs, and lows of temperatures as well as precipitation. I also take in to account the types of activities that each city offers, as well as some dos and don’ts of fashion (some places are much more conservative, while others quite laid back). These are the types of things that affect any clothing choices I may make, even if it’s just a suggested sample wardrobe.

While this list says What to Pack for Venice, Italy this trip is also encompassing Florence, Rome, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento, and Capri. I noted that the average temperatures for these locations are all within a closer range so the packing options will be easier. This trip is planned for May and will cover all these cities over a 2 1/2 week span. As for weather this time of year is considered prime for many because you have not hit full tourist season, the flowers are in full bloom, it is not yet too hot like mid summer. The average is 19°C with a high of the mid 20°C’s and a low of 13°C.

Mornings can leans towards cool so a light scarf, and jacket will suffice, as well as for evenings. Dark, slim jeans are always a good option, with light blouses, or long sleeves. I included a couple of dresses (but a skirt would work too), the blazer is very versatile because it can also be tied at the waist to look like a cardigan (the retail photos show you how you can wear it). For footwear I suggest sticking to flats because of the cobblestone streets, stairs, and the amount of walking that you will probably be doing. A running shoe and Chelsea boot give some good walking shoe options as well as for cooler temperatures. The mule is a dressier option but also works well when the day warms up, but a sandal or ballet flat would also be a good choice.

Outfit Options will be in the next post.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 17°C.

 

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Blouse • H&M (similar) | Pants • H&M | Booties • DSW (similar)
Outfit 2 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Sweater • Mango | Watch • Daniel Wellington
Outfit 3 – Sweater • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M (similar) | Jacket • Zara | Knit Hat • old (similar) | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 4 – Sweater • Zara (other colours) | Pants • H&M | Purse • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas |
Outfit 5 – Shirt • Brandy Melville | Jeans • Gap

When it’s Sunday night and your husband has been away working on site all week. You glance around with your outsider eyes and notice how bad the kids have kicked the shit out of the apartment. The apartment that you let slide because it is/was the last few days of Christmas vacation and you really didn’t feel like constantly cleaning while on holidays.  With him due home any time you cringe, maybe weave some swear words together, then rally the troops (ie. the kids) who may or may not be very helpful.  They have the tendency to start strong and then fizzle out to nothing when they get side tracked with missing toys, or are suddenly starving and perishing of thirst. Cleaning brings out the drama in everyone.

So I just cleaned the shit out of the place and now have to prep for school tomorrow. The girls are going to be pissed but I am amping up the work load since Roo is getting so close to high school age (I can’t believe it) shit is starting to get serious. I found 14 pencils when I vacuumed out the couch so we are off to a good start ;)

You know how you get sucked down holes when you are looking online? Like, you start searching something and then end up in a completely different universe? That happens to me on Wikipedia a lot, but today I started looking up slider recipes because I remember seeing one of those Facebook cooking videos that was “Sliders 4 Ways” which I neglected to save and couldn’t find, and somehow I ended up discovering a really cool fashion book. It is called The Fashion Sketchbook by Atsuko Kikuchi, and is written in Japanese. I kind of want it in the original language, but I found a French Version. It’s called Mon Fashion Sketchbook which will be easier for me too muddle through since I am studying French (no matter if I still suck).  The writer/artist is on Instagram under the name oookickooo where she posts pages/art from the book. I jet spent a hour scrolling though and clicking on everything. I searched all over online trying to find a copy with a decent price and shipping which I found at bookdepository.com for $19 (Canadian) and free worldwide shipping. I buy from there a lot and I recommend them.

Side Note: My Ancestry DNA sample arrived at the lab so my mailing worries were for naught. Now to wait 6-8 weeks for my results :( 

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What I Wore This Week and some Thoughts on the New Year

 

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Sweater • H&M | Pants • H&M | Purse • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Sweater • H&M | Pants • H&M | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Converse | Watch • Daniel Wellington
Outfit 3 – Blouse • H&M (similar) | Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Zara | Shoes • Converse | Knit Hat • old (similar)  | Purse • Zara (similar)
Outfit 4 – Plaid Shirt • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Zara
Outfit 5 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Skirt • Zara (similar)

When I was young I thought at this age I would have it all figured out. I would have my shit together, confidence, and a mental maturity that seems like the epitome of grown up. What no adult tells you is that while physically you age, mentally you will still retain that 18-year-old self to an extent. While I may not give as many fucks anymore, I still hate making doctors appointments, ordering pizza, and entertaining(my small talk skills suck). They make me nervous and I literally have to write down what I am going to say so I don’t mess it up. For 2017 I want to try to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Maybe join a class, or a book club. I’d really like to take some college classes as well. We shall see.

While I am still learning French, it’s not as much or as focused as I would like so I want to change that. I also want to throw another language in to the mix. I’m thinking either Dutch, Swedish, or Danish. Rosetta Stone keeps sending holiday sale emails and it’s really hard not to order one. When it comes down to it there are so many other affordable or free programs that work just as well if not better but Rosetta Stone has a “fun” factor. Damn that user-friendly and fun interface ;)

My last area I would like to work on is my health and wellness. I need to smarten up and realize that I have reached an age where I have to seriously start taking care of myself. Self neglect is a bad habit to break and I have to try to find a workout regime that actually works for me. Any suggestion for someone who has to workout from home?

Do you have any goals or resolutions for this year?

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Ancestry DNA the Process

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I keep mentioning that I want to try the Ancestry DNA kit. I’d really like to know what my ancestry consists of because no one in my whole family has ever done the genealogy, family tree thing. My dad is adopted, so his side is full of question marks to a point, and all my mom has mentioned was that her side was Danish. I guess no one has ever really wanted to dig deeper.

On Black Friday Ancestry was taking $50 off of their kits so I bit the bullet and bought myself one for Christmas instead just talking about it forever more. It arrived mid December so and I wanted to try to complete it and send it off right away to get a head start on all the kits that I am sure people got for Christmas after that sale.

I thought it was going to be really simple. Open, spit, package up, mail. Which it kind of was until I hit the mail part.

It comes in a small box with a small activation/instruction booklet, tube, funnel, stabilizing fluid, sealable bag, and a prepaid mailer box.

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These are the basic steps:

  1. Take the activation code that is on the tube and log on to your ancestry account and click on the DNA section. The option to activate a kit is there and that is where you input the number.
  2. Spit in the tube up to the wavy line using the funnel tip. It’s noted that you should not eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes before doing so. I had to restart my 30 minutes three times because I kept forgetting. It’s not a lot of spit that is required but after I hit that wavy line I felt very dried out ;)AncestryDNA Canada Ancestry.ca #ancestrydna
  3. Remove the funnel end and attached the stabilizing fluid lid. Twist until the blue liquid begins to mix down with the spit and then shake for 5 seconds.AncestryDNA Canada Ancestry.ca #ancestrydna
  4. Place the spit vial in the plastic sealable bag and place in prepaid mailer box.AncestryDNA Canada Ancestry.ca #ancestrydna
  5. Drop in mail box. This was the step I had issues with. I figured I would go in to the post office and drop it off when I was in the area but the woman behind the counter wouldn’t take it. She said she didn’t know what it was, or how to process it so she gave it back. This scared me. I figured they would just scan the barcode that was on the back and place it in the mail. When I got home I contacted Ancestry to ask them what to do, and they suggested just dropping it in a mailbox. I was scared to just in case the person who picked it up thought the same things as the post office worker and it wound up in undeliverable mail. I ended up dropping it in the box and crossing my fingers. I won’t find out if they received it probably for several weeks. Once they do, it will be listed on my DNA activation account as received so I am kind of sitting here holding my breath until then because it would really suck to wait for weeks only to find out the never got it and having to start all over.AncestryDNA Canada Ancestry.ca #ancestrydna

I hope it arrives quickly and I am excited to share my results even though it won’t be for around 2 months.

Have you ever done Ancestry DNA? 

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Distressed Sweater • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Boots • DSW (similar) | Purse • Zara
Outfit 2 – Sweater • Zara | Jeans • H&M
Outfit 3 – T-shirt • Brandy Melville | Blazer • H&M (similar) | Jeans • Gap | Boots • DSW (similar)
Outfit 4 – Blouse • H&M (similar) | Jeans • Gap | Purse • Zara
Outfit 5 – Peasant Blouse • H&M super old (similar) | Jeans • H&M (similar)
Outfit 6 – Kimono Shirt • Zara | Jeans • Zara | Boots • DSW (similar) | Purse • Zara

Well, Christmas is over and a lot of stuff happened this weekend. First and foremost my Aunt Lynda (my mother’s older sister) passed away after 4 years of rapidly declining from the complications of diabetes. It was expected and she welcomed it, but it truly doesn’t make it easier does it?

On Tom’s last day of work last week he was hit by a car. He is fine but it shows you how quick something can happen. He was at a gas station filling up his work truck and went in to pay. He then walked out in to the brightly lit overhang (it was night-time but it was really bright there) and as soon as he stepped out of the door a woman drove past and somehow managed to simultaneously run over his foot and hit him so he ended up rolling on the front hood. She then had the audacity to blame him because he was wearing black although it was like daylight under there. Needless to say there were witnesses who gave Tom their cards if he wanted to press charges and needed witnesses. He went back to work where the on site medic looked him over and he was fine. Not even a broken toe.

As I was typing this I just aw that George Michael passed away. Please let 2017 be better than 2016.

Take care of yourselves friends.

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