I’m pretty sure I’m getting sick. My throat has been sore for the last two days but I still am holding on to the hope that I can fight it off. Tom’s birthday is this weekend and Roo’s is next, so there is a lot of crap to do and I can’t get sick :( I may have to go out and buy some Echinacea to boost the immune system.
Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday, showing the outfit options for the pieces in the What to Pack for Ghent, Belgium post. I put together 20 outfits for the 10 day list but you can get so many other choices from this. I said yesterday that this wasn’t a request post, this one is based on my tastes and preferences so there isn’t a back story, just a compilation of pieces I like and how I might wear them.
I built the list around the blue blazer because is such an amazing statement piece. I find I am slowly getting away from strictly black, white, and grey and am really being drawn to deep, rich colours. Hello jewel tones. Even the green, leather gloves are a great way to add some colour. There was also a time that I avoided turtlenecks like the plague, but I have embraced them over the years and love the look of the striped one with a bold coloured jacket or layered under a sweater. There is nothing more comfortable than and oversized, turtleneck sweater either.
What is your favourite way to add some colour to your wardrobe?
I decided to take a step back this week from the requests and do a packing list based on my personal tastes. I have a lot on my plate at the moment because it’s the busy time of year for everything it seems, so it was nice to search online for things that appealed to me without having to worry if they would work for someone else taste and style. This week’s request is for me, and if I could pick a travel wardrobe from scratch (on a budget obviously) these are some of the pieces that I would go for.
Every week I usually build the entire wardrobe around one or two key pieces. This week it is all about the blue velvet blazer from Topshop. It’s gorgeous. Last week I had a rose coloured blazer but I think I like this one even more. I didn’t plan this one for a specific season but with a few moderations you could get this to work for fall, winter, or spring easily.
I’m not going to lie, I think most of this list has been on my mental “shopping” list for a while. Recently I have been in search of one of those faux fur scarves/collars that I can switch around from coat to coat to get different looks, but I have a specific style in my head that I can’t seem to find in my budget. There was one as Zara that I procrastinated in buying and then is sold out which I am kicking myself for because I don’t think it is going to restock. Lesson learned. Do not procrastinate people! ;)
I chose Ghent Belgium for this week because I was reading about John of Gaunt recently, who was born in Ghent and it inspired me. I have a weird fascination with the Plantagenets and I love to read/research them. I find myself lost in Plantagenet wiki holes every once in a while and this was one of them.
I’m going to put together some looks from these pieces for the next post. I hope you like my choices.
*The white sweatshirt is From the Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) Collection at & Other Stories. I love her so I needed to include it.
Do you have a topic or time period you find that you gravitate to in books, movies, or documentaries?
I’m not going to lie, I only finished putting everything together for this post five minutes before it went live. You know when everything keeps going wrong and you get super frustrated, which causes more things to go wrong? Yeah? Last night was like that and I kept having to reboot, or restart, or completely delete what I was doing and it was getting to the point where I was holding my breath so I wouldn’t scream and scare the kids. I decided that shutting everything down and starting anew in the morning was my best option. Everything went smoother today so it was probably a good call. Sometimes you need to step away and come back to it with fresh eyes and a clear head (wells s clear as you can with mom brain).
This post has the 20 outfit options that go with the What to Pack for Bath, England packing list. The trip is a Christmas holiday for two friends who have planned a “girl trip” for a long time and decided Bath was the place that they wanted to spend the holiday.
When you have two friends on the same trip with similar tastes and styles you get the added benefit of two wardrobes. Having nothing to wear should not be an issue. This was one of my more colourful clothing selections but it seemed appropriate. The addition of mustard yellow, and pink are tied together with the floral print dress (which I love). I would also suggest bringing some gloves as well (I forgot to add them) I like these bold ones, but these are also great.
My selections are based on my regular formula for a fall/winter wardrobe. That consists of 4-5 shirts, a few sweaters with one being a cardigan, three bottoms, a dress or skirt, jacket, weather appropriate accessories, 3 pairs of shoes, and 2 purses (usually one small, one regular size). I take the formula then pick a colour palette, which this time was a neutral base with yellow and pink. Then I mix everything to make sure they all go together so that I know making outfits will be simple. It’s sounds pretty basic and it is which is why it’s super easy to take this concept and plug in your own pieces. I can see any of these outfits being worn while walking around the city taking in the Christmas celebrations which was it’s purpose. I hope it inspired you.
I really enjoy this time of year and I just saw that it is officially 46 days until Christmas. I am starting to get a little freaked but also sad that it is going to be over so soon. Are you?
I’m not sure how many more of these lists I am going to get done for Christmas trips. This is probably one of the last ones before I start to focus more on destinations that take place after the new year. I find I am pushing it for time, and giving myself extra stress if I take on too many with all the extra Christmas crap that is coming up :)
I know someone who recently visited Bath, and when she reluctantly came home she started planning how she was going to move there. It’s seems obvious to say that the city had a huge, and positive impact on her.
This request is for a couple of girlfriends taking a “girls” trip for the holidays. The women are in their 30’s and have planned for months down to the last detail except what the were packing. That is where I come in with a few ideas to throw around. If there is one part of my life that I regret, it’s not taking the time to travel with friends when I was in my early 20’s. The time, money (well, kind of if I stayed in hostels), and the opportunity was there and I let it slip by. You didn’t see as many people travelling at our age back then, or if they did it wasn’t quite as in your face like it is now because of Facebook, and Instagram. It would have been nice to have the “before kids” and “after kids” travel experiences but I try not to be too regretful and look forward to family travel times.
Bath ranks high on my bucket list. I mean, who am I kidding? I think anywhere in the UK ranks high on my list but Bath is also a well noted Unesco Heritage site and we all know how much I love those ;) The Romans founded in it 1AD making this pretty bloody old. It is acknowledged for its Romain remains, and Neo classical architecture embracing two great times in history; Roman and Georgian. Which is fascinating.
As for packing, the bonus of going with a friend is that you may borrow things from one another if you are similar sizes and/or tastes. That will almost double your options which means you should never run out of things to wear or get bored with your wardrobe which sounds good to me.
I’ll have outfit options and some explanations for my choices in the next post.
I hope you have an incredible trip and make some great memories <3
It wasn’t until this year that I truly believed in the after Halloween super hangover. Oh man. I think everyone is suffering from it today (or Wednesday because this is a day behind) Irritability, lethargy, I have a headache. If this isn’t a life lesson for us to eat healthy then I don’t what is. I kind of want to throw it all out. I hope to hell we all sleep better tonight.
Today I have the outfit options for my Milan, Italy packing list featuring that amazing jacket. I wish we still had a brick and mortar Mango here so I could check it out, because I want to see if the colours are as lush in person. These pieces made some pretty fab outfits though. I only put 20 together because the trip is for two weeks, but you could easily make more by layering and accessorizing differently.
As for dressy occasions like New Years Eve I thought that the velvet dress and jacket would look amazing and totally appropriate for a night of celebrating. Add some simple jewellery like gold earrings, a necklace or bracelet and it will be perfect.
The temperatures that will range during the duration of the trip are from around 1°C (low) to 9°C so really not that bad in the realm of cold weather. If you are sensitive to cold I would bring some leggings to layer under pants, and gloves for sure.
What do you think of the sort of Edwardian style blouse with the high ruffle neck? I find that I am drawn to them for some reason. The white Gap one in these outfits also comes in a black which is also really nice (and I might actually prefer because me and white don’t always work well together). The striped shirt also is reminiscent to me of Bert and Ernie (in prettier colours) which I find totally 70’s and completely charming.