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 (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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What to Pack for Edinburgh, Scotland

What to Pack for Edinburgh, Scotland Packing Light List

Camisole • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Band T-shirt • H&M | White Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Madewell | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Oversized Pullover • Zara | Cardigan • Madewell Casual Denim • Gap | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Denim • Mango | Print Dress • Mango | Black Dress • & Other Stories | Moto Jacket • Mango | Wool Jacket • Mango | Grey Scarf • Need Supply Co. | Black Scarf • Need Supply Co. | Knit Hat • The Outnet | Sunglasses • Quay | Casual Shoe • Vans | Flats • & Other Stories | Boots • Lucky Brand | Black Purse • Guess | Crossbody • Tignanello |


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I see this question repeated a lot in the captions of friends/people I follow on Instagram, “If you could move anywhere in the world right now where would it be?” It’s always gets the conversations going in the comments and it’s so interesting to see where everyone chooses and their reasonings behind it. My answer is always the same and generally is in this order Edinburgh, London, Dublin, and an honourable mention goes to Copenhagen.

I have always had a major draw to the UK. History is my thing, but primarily medieval history. The tv shows I watch, and even the books I read are more often than not set in this region (and many times in a historical time period). I’ve always wondered what the draw was and finding out that I am genetically tied to the area with over 70% of my DNA coming from the UK and Ireland it kind of makes sense to me. It probably sounds so cheesy but I sometimes feel like it’s my ancestors telling me to go “home”. So that is my reasons for my choices (and the Scottish accent is my absolute most favourite accent ever) and I hope one day to be able to fulfill the dream.

I had an email request from a woman who is spending a semester (3 months) in Scotland. When I wrote back asking if she was still interested in me putting some ideas together she has not yet responded (she might actually already be gone). But I thought I would do something for the destination anyway. It’s not a 3 month list but I can get over month of outfits from these pieces. With that in mind it would be easy to add a few extra pieces here and there to make sure that you would be suitably attired for the 3 months.

I’m basing my choices on the Instagram conversation of where would you go, but I am adding the part of what would you pack if you were leaving now to move there? Edinburgh doesn’t get even remotely as cold as it does here in the winter so worrying about a heavy parka and heavy-duty snow boots wouldn’t be an issue. This is my “go to my closet and toss stuff into the bag picks” that would be very similar to pieces I own that I would want to bring with me.

Thirty outfit options from these pieces are in this post.

So if you could move anywhere in the world right this second, where would you choose?

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What to Pack for Los Angeles, California

What to Pack for 10 Days in Los Angeles, California Packing Light List

Tank or Camisole • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Hot Topic | Chambray Shirt • Madewell | Summer Blouse • Madewell | Striped Sweater • Marks & Spencer | Black Sweater • Mango | Moto Jacket • Mango | Casual Denim • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • Mango | Blue Casual Dress • & Other Stories | Black Dress • & Other Stories | Swimsuit • J.Crew | Floral Scarf • Ralph Lauren | Striped Scarf • SHOPBOP | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Kenzo | Sandals • Bed Stu | Flats • Boden | Boots • Nordstrom | Tote • Nordstrom | Small Purse • Madewell |


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Do you remember how I mentioned that I am always tired, and foggy brained, and it is driving me nuts? I read a bunch on different herbs that may help the symptoms and the one that I kept popping up is Rhodiola Rosea. I thought I would give it a try just to see if it works, so I stopped by Wholefoods because I know they have all kinds of herbal supplements that I can’t find in other stores and picked some up (called Rhodiola Stress caps). I’m not sure if it’s just in my head but I actually think they work. I mean, it’s only been about 3 full days of taking them but so far so good.

This post’s request is for what to pack for Los Angeles. It is one of those destinations that everyone seems to want to go to at least once in their life. I’ve actually had several requests for there over the last year and a half, but this is the first time I have been able to complete a list for it (due to time constraints). While L.A. is temperate all year long, August is usually the hottest month (even then it cools down a lot at night except during heat waves). This packing list is not for summer, this is more for their fall, winter, and spring weather.

You’ll find a very casual, laid back vibe in fashion and can get away with more here than you can in many other American cities.   Denim, sandals, sneakers are pretty much staples so don’t worry about feeling underdressed. This is very much an anything goes city. I decided to stick with a casual yet cool vibe that will make you feel put together but not overdressed.

This request is for 10 days and I will put together 20-30 outfits for the next post to show you how many outfits you can get from these pieces.

Two questions: Have you ever been to L.A.? And have you ever taken Rhodiola (and did it work)?  

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What to Pack for Wales

What to Pack for 14 Days in Cardiff, Wales Packing Light List

Graphic T-shirt • Topshop | Striped Shirt • & Other Stories | White Blouse • H&M | Pink Wrap Shirt • Madewell |  White Long Sleeve • & Other Stories | Kimono Top • H&M | Black Oversized Sweater • H&M | Grey Cashmere Sweater • & Other Stories | Camel Cape/wrap • Cuyana | Distressed Jeans • Madewell | Dark Denim • Banana Republic | Black trousers • & Other Stories | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Jacket • Marks and Spencer | Zodiac Scarf • J.Crew | Plaid Scarf • Mango | Hat • Billabong | Sunglasses • Nordstrom Rack | Rain Boots • Sorel | Red Flats • Everlane | Black Boots • & Other Stories | Tote • Sole Society | Small Black Purse • Topshop |


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I’ve spent today trying to draw up a scale floor plan of the girls’ bedroom. They currently are in a bunk bed because the size and shape of the room make it hard to place furniture in a way that makes sense. They decided that they have grown out of bunks (Roo hates having to climb up high to go to bed and Merle hates being at the bottom because she says that garbage from Roo’s bed falls on her. I don’t trust Merle in an upper bunk so that is not an option). So I am trying to figure out how to get two twin beds in here without having to get rid of all the furniture. It’s not easy. I found two Ikea bed frames on Kijiji for $50 that I am/was trying to get but it might not pan out. In the meantime, Roo suggested just tossing her mattress on the floor and disassembling the bunk so we can get an idea of how everything will work. I think that is the best option for now although I have no idea where I am going to put the pieces. I miss our old apartment that had a place down by the garbage where you could throw out large pieces of furniture that you wanted to dispose of. The condo across from us has one but I don’t think we can smuggle this over there ;)

According to my DNA, I am more than 50% from the British Isles, this includes England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in the breakdown. This is probably why I have such an affinity for these countries. Today I am compiling a packing light list for Wales. It is actually one of the wettest countries in Europe and on any given day you should be prepared for a chance of showers at some point throughout the day. For this reason, I included a short rain boot and water repellant trench because if I was going to Wales I would be doing a lot of walking and castle touring (Wales is often called Land of the Castles and a castle tour is on my bucket list) and rain gear would be at the top of my list for this reason. I tried the rain boots on in Nordstrom a few weeks ago and they are in my virtual basket. I have a pair of Hunter boots but a short boot is a lot more versatile for travel and everyday wear.

The pieces I picked for this list fall within the realm of my usual selections. Several shirts of varying styles and colours (the kimono top can double as a blazer/cardigan when left open), a few sweaters in great fabrics. I chose one cashmere grey sweater, one merino wool (merino wool is great for travel because it doesn’t wrinkle or absorb odours), and an alpaca wool cape/wrap (this has been on my wish list for 3 years). These pieces combined with the jacket should be sufficient for a damp, rainy fall. Along with a wool hat, I would probably also include a knit hat of some kind for extra warmth when touring the cities.

This list is for a 14 day vacation in fall, and I plan on putting together a large selection of outfit options to see how all these pieces can be worn together for next post.

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