What to Pack for Sydney Australia – Packing Light

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

Black Tank • H&M | Striped T-shirt • Mango | Chambray Shirt • Madewell | Band T-shirt • Hot Topic | White Wrap Blouse • H&M | Kimono • Zara (sold out) | Black Sweater • Mango | Blazer • H&M | White Linen Pants • H&M | Black Wide Leg Pants • H&M | Shorts • Madewell | Skirt • Marks and Spencer | Black Embroidered Casual Dress • Madewell | Black Slip Dress • H&M | Bathing Suit • H&M | White Scarf • Fat Face | Floral Scarf • Echo | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Quay | Wrap Sandals • Sam Edelman | Sneakers • Adidas | Mules • Jeffrey Campbell | Black Purse • Liebeskind Berlin | Brown Crossbody • Fossil |


This summer cold I have just morphed in to a worse one than I had over the entire winter. I think my nose is going to fall off and my sinuses explode. I’m taking advantage of everyone in the house (minus Tom) being sick and trying to finish this post mid-day instead of late-night. Not to be mean but it’s kind of peaceful when everyone is sick and just laying around 😉

I got an Instgram request for a 3 week honeymoon to Australia in December, so it’s their summer our winter. She wanted to get on it early since the seasons are reversed and it will be hard to find summery things during the winter.

I have a good friend in Brisbane and one in Sydney, and I love seeing the season reversal and them complaining about heat waves while we have snowstorms. But the key word is heat waves. It can get really hot there so as much as I love jeans it probably makes sense to leave them at home (unless you wear them for plane travel since it will be winter when you leave your city). I may or may not have asked one of my friends for her advice and opinion on my selections too.

As much as you hear of the casualness of Australia it can be quite dressy too, especially the nightlife. Many people recommend bringing heels, but that is obviously a personal choice based on much you think you will need them. Since packing light means keeping to a maximum of three pairs of shoes it may not be feasible to bring heels unless you think that you will get a lot of use out of them. Maybe a wedge espadrille would be a better option because they will get more wear and can be both dressy and casual depending on how you wear them.

Although it is hot, a light jacket is always smart. A denim jacket, blazer (good for dressier situations too), a light trench (can be good for light rain), are all good options. I included two dresses, one casual, and one slip dress style that can be dressed up or down, and a skirt because a skirt will pair with all the tops giving more outfit options. I added a kimono instead of a cardigan because it is lighter, colourful, and has more uses (swimsuit cover, or worn over dresses, shorts, or pants). Don’t forget the sun accessories like a hat, scarves, and sunnies to round it out.

Thirty outfit options for this list can be found in this post. I hope this gives you some good ideas of what you can bring, approved by a person who lives there (unless you are going to be doing a lot of adventure tourism which would be a whole other list of things to bring).

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What to Pack for Madrid, Spain in Summer

What to Pack for Madrid Spain Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraTank/Camisole • Mango | White Sleeveless Blouse • H&M | Black Shirt • River Island | Grey T-shirt • Madewell | Green Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Floral Kimono • Zara | Shorts • Topshop | Bathing Suit • Topshop | Black Wide Leg Trousers • Mango | Lightweight Jeans • Zara (sold out)| Black Dress • Mango | White Shirt Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango Outlet | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Smith Optics | Black Sandals • Sole Society | Sneakers • Converse | Buckle Flats • Park Lane | Brown Purse • Carvela | Black Crossbody • Zac Posen |

This week I am going hot weather, summer time packing list to Barcelona, Spain by request. Hot weather is my least favourite weather so I tend to try to avoid it. Since summer is the main travel/vacationing time and warm weather cities are high on the destination list I figured now was a good time to put one out because we are heading in to that season.

The trip is 10+ days in Spain this June/July, and is spread out between Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, with side trips in between (possibly Andorra). Spain is hot in the summer, that super humid hot that makes your hair frizzy and your clothes stick to you (and you stick to furniture), so there are several things that you will want to make note of. The sun is strong so make sure to bring sunnies, a hat (a straw fedora or Panama style always looks good and covers bad, humidity hair), and suntan lotion. A long sleeve loose shirt is usually more comfortable and will keep you cooler than a tight t-shirt so keep that in mind. Denim and denim shorts are seen everywhere but the difference is that the denim made by Spanish companies is a lot lighter than what you may have or be used to if you are in North America. If you want to bring jeans but don’t want a heavy denim it might be a good idea to get a pair of jeans from a Spanish retailer like Zara. They are easily found around the world so it may be worth to go in check a few pairs out. The jeans I have from Zara are a noticeably more lightweight denim than others I own so I can attest to that.

For shoes it is wise to keep it flat. You will most likely be doing a ton of walking and between the hills and cobblestones flat shoes are the best choice. Purse choices are endless but I would stick with something that closes securely, and you can keep close to your body like a crossbody (or a shoulder bag that fits right under the arm so you can keep it close).

Air conditioning most likely will be full blast in many of the buildings you enter so bringing a sweater or cardigan will keep it comfortable. Summer packing takes noticeably less room than any other season so you may be inclined to pack an extra shirt or two if you won’t have access to laundry. It’s hard to keep clothes fresh with high heat, humidity, and sweating.

Check out my What to Wear in Madrid, Spain outfit options post to see how I put these pieces together to make 18 outfits.

Do you like hot weather destinations?

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Healing Your Soul in Santorini Greece

Santorini Greece Packing List

When my good friend got separated and inevitably divorced this past year it was obviously a time of pain and turmoil for her. This pain obscured the way that she saw herself leading down some paths that ended in more pain. I told her she needed to get away for a while. Go some place far where people didn’t know her and she didn’t know anyone. A place where she could be who she wanted to be without and preconceived expectations of what her life was supposed to be like. Continue Reading

My Bucket List

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Like many people I have a bucket list. It’s one of this lists that starts on scratch paper and slowly evolves. I kept it folded in my jewellery box and I would pull out and jot down ideas as I added them to my list. When it became a jumble of smudged words and thoughts that no one could decipher except me I decided that I should write it down in a notebook in numbered form before I lost it. Continue Reading

Planning a Disney Vacation …. Maybe


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Since Tom and I have been able to start a savings account and have been diligently putting money in it weekly we have noticed have fast it can accumulate. Surprise, surprise. People always tell you to just automatically put a portion of each cheque in and you will never notice it is gone. It is easier said than done to actually do it, and yes, I notice it is gone. Continue Reading