What to Pack for New York, Boston, and Philadelphia

What to Pack for 16 Days in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Black Camisole • H&M | Blue Shirt • Mango | Striped Long Sleeve • & Other Stories | White Blouse (I have this and love it) • Zara | Graphic Print Long Sleeve • Mango | Black Print Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Grey Turtlneck Sweater • H&M | Black Pullover • H&M | Brown Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • Mango | Coat • & Other Stories | Grey Plaid Scarf • Topshop | Star Scarf • Gap | Beanie • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • SWG | Leopard Flats • Talbots | Sneakers • Golden Goose Deluxe Brand | Boots • Dolce Vita | Purse • Børn | Crossbody • Diane von Furstenberg |


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This week I have an east Coast packing list for the U.S. for 16 days in October. Since I live in Toronto I am in the same time zone and in the same general area as these locations so I can tell you what the weather will be like from personal experience. October is my absolute favourite month weather-wise because of the cool temperature (but not cold), changing leaves, and general ambience of the month. It’s perfect.

This list is for someone who is from Brazil, so as with anyone who comes from a climate that is warmer than the place they are going to, it may take a bit to acclimatize. For this reason I would suggest packing for warmth because it is going to feel a lot colder to you than it actually is. Sweaters (the above cardigan also belts and can be worn as a shirt), scarves, knit hat, and maybe even gloves are all going to be necessities. Although we are currently going through above seasonal temperatures (it’s really hot and humid right now) I expect that October will be back to seasonal weather.

Sixteen days is easy to pack for if you pack smart. Make sure you have a colour palette, stick to things that you know are comfortable and you will wear. You only need a handful of tops, a few sweaters, 3 bottoms, and one dress. Even if you don’t think you will be have any reason to dress up, it’s always good to pack something that will work just in case. And even if you don’t wear the dress out to dinner you can always layer it over pants for a fun casual vibe. A variety of shoes rounds out the list but only 3 pairs maximum are necessary. A short or high boot, a walking shoe (I love these Golden Goose Sneakers even though they are expensive :( and a flat/slide/Oxford or in other words any style that you think you will get a lot of use from. Preplan your outfits and you should never have and worries of what you are going to wear. I will put together a bunch out of outfits from these pieces in the next post. I hope this was helpful.

Is the weather unseasonal where you are right now?

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What to Pack for Rome, Venice, and Florence – Outfit Options

What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence Packing Light List 15 Outfit Options #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Tank Top • Mango | Graphic Tee • Mango | Wrap Blouse • Zara | Black Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Zara | Yellow Sweater • H&M | White Alpaca Sweater • & Other Stories | Black Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Marks and Spencer | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Purple Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Mango | Pink Scarf • LOFT | Hat • Club Monaco | Sunglasses • Nordstrom rack | Flats • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • & Other Stories | Black Purse • Vince Camuto | Brown Crossbody • Gap |


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First off I want to share this jacket that I spotted when I went out to buy cat food yesterday. Yes, I can get easily distracted. It just so happens that we were walking buy H&M and I glanced over and there it was, right up front on the mannequin. It wasn’t busy at the mall at all at that time so I went in to try it on. If you go over to my Instagram you can see the photo. I didn’t buy it because only on a mission to buy one thing but now I am regretting it :(

Today’s post is for the outfit options for the Walk to Pack for Rome, Venice, and Florence packing list. The trip is for 8 days at the end of the month for a honeymoon (sounds amazing!) and she didn’t want to end up packing the same old stuff she usually does. I said I would put something together to give her an idea of the types of pieces she could bring and what types of outfit combinations you can make out of them. I put together 15 outfits from the following pieces listed below:

As for packing as light as possible. Make your outfits ahead of time (this is why I do the outfit options), so you have something to refer to when you are deciding what to wear. Omit anything that you don’t think will get much use. Pick your travel wardrobe from your packing capsule and layer well, wearing your bulkiest, hard to pack items, and roll everything. Rolling really works.

Now back to that jacket. Yay or Nay? On the Instagram comments they said yay unanimously but I thought I would ask here to. 

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What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence

What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Tank Top • Mango | Graphic Tee • Mango | Wrap Blouse • Zara | Black Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Zara | Yellow Sweater • H&M | White Alpaca Sweater • & Other Stories | Black Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Marks and Spencer | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Purple Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Mango | Pink Scarf • LOFT | Hat • Club Monaco | Sunglasses • Nordstrom rack | Flats • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • & Other Stories | Black Purse • Vince Camuto | Brown Crossbody • Gap |


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Honeymoon edition ;) I guess I could totally leave the honeymoon part out since what you pack for your honeymoon is basically the same as what you would bring for any vacation, but I thought I would throw that in because this request is for a honeymoon at the end of September. They are travelling to Italy covering the above cities. Sounds fab and with great weather.

These three cities generally have a similar range in temperature at this time of year. You are looking at a daytime high of low 20’s (in celsius) and a day/night time low of the lower-teens (and if the day is lower the night will guaranteed be even less). These weather predictions are according to accuweather (I checked all three and averaged it out). The weather is so bizarre right now that I don’t pay attention to the historical averages. I just look at what the weather network for the weeks following up to the trip say it is going to be.

The pieces I chose are ones that can be layered up or down because which is important because the mornings will starts cool, then warm up in the afternoon, only to drop down again at night and you need to have things that layer. Light jacket(s), light sweaters, t-shirts, blouses that you can roll the cuffs or tie at the waist, some easy to wear bottoms, a couple of dresses, and a variety of shoes are what I chose. A tank top is a good idea because they are perfect for layering under other pieces, but also can be worn alone if it gets hot. You can easily toss a scarf over your shoulders or a sweater if you need to cover up for more modest tourist places. (plus, layering under sweaters keep them fresher longer). The cardigan I chose is a wrap style that you can leave open or tie at the waist and use as a shirt. Versatility is important when wanting to pack as light as possible. Pieces that are convertible, or that you can change around to get a few different looks are a great choice. I also find that including several black pieces make things easier because a black outfit nstantly looks chic (even with minimal effort). Stick to mostly neutrals and then add one or two pieces in a bold colour or great print. This will help to break up the monotony of a seemingly neutral wardrobe.*

*The requestee is only 5’0 so I tried to include pieces that would work on a shorter frame. I’m 5’3″ and even I have issues with pants and the awkward length of some shirts, dresses, and skirts. I chose pants that are an ankle skimming or cropped version (or won’t look funny if they get cut off or shortened). None of the tops or sweaters are too long that it will hang too low and look frumpy or like you are wearing a dress. I chose jackets that cut directly at the lower waist/hip area, and several pieces tie, or button around the waistline to give a more defined waist. I threw in an extra dress because I figured since it was a honeymoon you might pick fancier dinner places that require something a little dressier. But if that isn’t the case then you could easily omit the second dress and/or add a skirt instead if you wanted to cut back or change it up. At this time of year when it can be hot one day and cold the next I wanted to make sure there were enough options just in case. I hope this gives some ideas and congratulations on your marriage and honeymoon :)

Also remember that your travel outfit (including shoes) comes from the selection above. They are not pieces added in addition to, so wear your less easy to pack items to save room in your suitcase.

The outfit options for these pieces can be found in this post.

Side note: I made a completely fantastic Curry Chicken Salad from Budget Bytes. It’s so good I almost ate the whole batch tonight which is why I am mentioning it. If you love curry and chicken salad this is for you. 

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What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris Outfit Options

What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-10
T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


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We just got home after being out for much out for the day and I’m going to say that I could have easily worn a beanie (a toque for my fellow Canadians). It was cold out, especially for it still being August. They are having a “Movie in the Park” night (Fantastic Beasts) for the last weekend of summer and everyone is in jackets, with blankets over their laps. We were going to stick around and watch it but decided it was too cold and went home to watch it there. I’m not sure how I feel about this ;)

Wednesday’s packing list was for fall, with What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris (including a cruise) in October. If you head over to that post it gives some details of the trip but in a quick summation the trip is 14 days. The first week will be on a river cruise in Bordeaux, and the second week will be in Paris. The cruise has semi-dressy dinners, and one very formal evening in a which a formal dress will be required in addition to the travel wardrobe. This can be common for cruises so make sure you check.

Below is a breakdown of what pieces these outfits consist of based on the original list. There are 20 outfits that I put together with room to make many more if necessary. Laundry will be done on the ship so there is more than enough clothes here for two weeks.

Are you excited for fall, or are you mourning summer (for those of us north of the equator)?

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What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List Outfit Options 11-20
T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


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What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris (with a cruise too)

What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List

T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


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Bear with me guys. I kind of feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything I need to get done before our summer ends, so if I seem scatter brained it’s because I am.

September and October are popular months to travel and you can tell by my requests. I am trying to get through them as quick as I can, but like I mentioned I am slightly off my game this week. These two months are one of the most popular months for travel because you get to avoid the summer vacation travellers while still enjoying somewhat decent weather (although rain is much more prevalent a this time of year in many places).

This week I have a packing list for a one week river cruise in the Bordeaux region and the next week they will spend in Paris. While being on the river will be more chilly than in Paris (both locations range from lows of 9°C to a high of 17°C in the month of October) , sweaters, pants, and wool jacket will work perfectly for both locations.

This trip has one extremely formal evening on the cruise that will require an outfit that will need to be added in addition to the travel wardrobe. I just wanted to note that while many cruises have formal dinners where you dress up a bit more than usual, some cruises have very formal events so you need to make sure that you are prepared for that. Aside from the one very formal event, the rest of the dinners are just semi-dressy.

I decided to keep it simple but chic with my choices. A blazer that will work as a light jacket and add a casual chic vibe quickly when thrown on with jeans and a t-shirt. A few pullovers and a cardigan, a semi dressy wrap dress,  some neutral coloured shirts in different styles, three pairs of pants (I picked a dark denim, an ankle skimming, straight leg denim, and black slacks that hit the ankle too). I like ones that hit the ankle because they look chic with flats and short boots. As for the shoes I selected were some short boots, a loafer, and a leopard flat. The leopard shoe is the brand Vionic which have their “Orthaheel” technology which is supposed to make them very comfortable for walking and for people with feet issues. Apparently they run a bit large so it is recommended to size down 1/2 a size.

I’ll round it out with accessories which aside from any simple jewellery you may wear I also included a watch (the brand is Nixon and I have had my Nixon watch for almost 15 years now and it still works well). A wool hat, a couple of scarves, some sunglasses, and two purses (one small style, and one regular sized). And don’t forget a jacket. I think any wool medium weight jacket will work, but I love this navy blue style with faux fur trim. I know some people run scared from a coat like this but I absolutely adore the look of a jacket with a faux fur collar and kick myself every fall for the one I purged many, many years ago.

Twenty outfit ideas for this list can be found in this post.

What is your favourite fall jacket style?

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