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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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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What to Wear in Malta Outfit Options

What to Wear in Malta Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Beige Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Sweater • Madewell | Camel V-neck •  H&M | Black Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Black Jacket • Zara | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Boyfriend Denim • Gap | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Dress • Topshop | Light Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • Mango | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Cole Haan | Sneakers • Converse | Embroidered Flats • Free People | Boots • Nine West | Cognac Purse • Patricia Nash | Black Crossbody • Steve Madden |

It’s Thursday night (as I write this) and I am watching The Women 2008 version. I like it, but I prefer the 1939 version. I mean Joan Crawford hands down. I also just played 13 games of Guess Who with Merle because she kept sabotaging herself, losing, and then demanding a rematch. This kid cannot accept a loss. At all. We are in the need of some new board games because these are getting kind of boring from over playing. I also want to teach them both Chess but I find I am not good at explaining the game so if you have any good online tutorials or books for kids to suggest I’d be grateful.

In this post I have 24 outfit options for the What to Pack for Malta packing list from last day. It is a 14 day trip for spring but can easily be adapted for a shorter or longer duration. In different seasons you would need to swap out pieces because Malta during the summer months is quite hot. Since Malta is quite casual you can get away with jeans in most situations even fine dining leans towards causal.

*Remember to keep an oversized scarf in your bag for quick coverage at any religious sites because shoulders and knees must be covered before admittance (for men and women). For more details on Malta and to see the packing list in full check out the original post.

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What to Wear in Malta Outfit Options 13-24 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Beige Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Sweater • Madewell | Camel V-neck •  H&M | Black Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Black Jacket • Zara | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Boyfriend Denim • Gap | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Dress • Topshop | Light Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • Mango | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Cole Haan | Sneakers • Converse | Embroidered Flats • Free People | Boots • Nine West | Cognac Purse • Patricia Nash | Black Crossbody • Steve Madden |

What to Pack for Malta in April Packing Light

What to Pack for Malta Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Sweater • Madewell | Camel Pullover •  H&M | Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Jacket • Zara | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • Topshop | Light Scarf • Mango | Dark Scarf • Mango | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Cole Haan | Sneakers • Converse | Embroidered Flats • Free People | Boots • Nine West | Cognac Purse • Patricia Nash | Crossbody • Steve Madden |

You will notice that I specified that this list is for what to Pack for Malta in April. While it will technically cover most of the spring/fall weather, as you go into May and the temperatures rise you will need to pick options that are more suited for the warming weather. In the summer months Malta can be quite hot and a warm weather destination list will be needed.

In April Malta’s temperatures average 18°C – 22°C and if you go to the predicted weather you will see that it looks as though this April will follow suit. The lows can be in the early teens and the wind and evenings can lean towards cool at this time of year so layers will be your friend, but note that even when it is not summer the sun is strong so a high SPF suntan lotion is recommended.

Malta is known as quite a casual city so a smart-casual wardrobe will be completely appropriate. Jeans are a popular choice through all the seasons (even during the hot summer paired with camisoles, sandals, and cuffed). Dining out is generally a casual affair, even in expensive restaurants, and outdoor seating is a popular choice. It is also important to note that Malta is a devoutly religious Catholic  country, so cathedrals and churches may refuse you entry if you are not appropriately attired (covered shoulders and knees in both men and women, and oversized scarves come in handy for this reason if your shoulders are uncovered). I chose some embroidered flats since the rest of the wardrobe is quite neutral the flats bring a fun, accent piece to the choices without be overwhelming.

Most of the shorelines are rocky so flats are a good choice. While the temperatures are ideal at this time of year I chose to include a light jacket that also doubles as a blazer style coat but is roomy enough to layer a sweater under when the temperatures drop at night, or if you are touring the underground temples, war rooms, or catacombs.

I received two requests for Malta over the last few weeks and both were for spring so I thought I should jump on that since those trips coming up fast. I hope this can give you some ideas on what kind of things to bring with you and will show you how you can wear them to get the most options in the next post.

*Just as I posted this I read an article saying that Malta’s Azure window which is a popular tourist attraction collapsed in to the sea from high winds. Although not unexpected because of natural corrosion it’s still sad to lose such a beautiful site.

The morbid me really wants to tour some catacombs. Have you ever been to any?

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