What to Pack for Paris and Prague Packing Light

What to Pack for Paris and Prague Packing Light List

 

All of the pieces from this list are from & Other Stories:
Black Tank | Striped T-shirt | Graphic T-shirt | Silk Blouse | Black Oversized Sweater | Grey Pullover | Light Jacket | Blue Jeans | Black Jeans | White Dress | Black Shirt Dress | Skirt | Scarf | Hat | Sunglasses | Sandals | Black Flats | Slides | Black Purse | Brown Crossbody |


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I have a lot of requests to blow through so bear with me if you see more than one per week, because I am trying to catch up and get them out before the trips take place. It’s not easy when you are trying to concentrate and your husband is watching Tiny Homes and keeps interrupting you (because I am 3 feet away at the computer) to let you know (again) that he wants to move in to a bus. I’m sure you can guess what my feeling on that are right? ;)

This request is for a 10 day trip to both Paris and Prague in August and comes via Instagram. I was going through my usual sites that I use to find clothing picks and I found that I kept pulling pieces from the same store over and over so I decided to do something totally different this week and make a packing light list based on picks entirely from one store. And no this isn’t sponsored. I just discovered & Other Stories and find they are right up my alley in style and price-wise. I find them comparable with Zara whom I also love, but also different enough to pique my interest.

When I was making the choices I picked exactly what I would pack myself  if I was going on this trip (heavy on the neutrals and black). I kind of feel like I went into my closet a picked these pieces straight out. My choices consist of:

I am also slowly getting back in to jewelry after many years of being completely over it. Although I would never bring a lot of it on a trip, I would definitely bring a watch, and then maybe a simple necklace, and a bracelet to add some dressiness to what I was wearing. Throw on some red lipstick and you have a very simple, yet effortlessly chic “French” wardrobe. I hope you like my choices as much as I do this week.

Outfit Options will been the next post.

Bon Voyage!

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What to Pack for the UK Plus Size Edition

What to Pack for United Kingdom Plus Size Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Black Tunic Top • H&M+ | White T-shirt • H&M+ | Blue Cotton Blouse • Violeta by Mango | Striped Linen Shirt • Violeta by Mango | Blue Peasant Blouse • Simply Be | Grey Pullover • Violeta by Mango | Black Cardigan • Violeta by Mango | Trench Coat • Marks and Spencer | Casual Denim • H&M+ | Dark Denim • H&M+ | Black Trousers • H&M+ | Striped Cropped Trousers • Violeta by Mango | Yellow Wrap Dress • Violeta by Mango | Black Dress • Violeta by Mango | Blue Scarf • BCBGMAXAZRIA | Yellow Scarf • J.Crew | Hat • Off 5th | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Sneakers • Adidas via Asos | Slides • & Other Stories | Red Shoes • Toms via & Other Stories | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Blue Crossbody • Asos |


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I was asked a question regarding my What to Pack for the UK in Summer list that I posted in April. They wanted to know if I could change and adapt the list to their needs. They are going to the UK at the end of June to study for 3 weeks, and it will be mostly casual with an occasional dressy outing. The two points that I had to take in to consideration were that they are 50+ and plus size. She wanted to know if I could do another list (like the original) but in Plus Size and focus more on blue, green, and maybe some red and/or patterns. I said I would be willing to give it a shot and this is the result.

Since the request is for early summer I included pieces in cottons, linen, and loose, flowy fabrics that will work well with heat. But in the flip side I included denim, a couple of sweaters, and a trench that will be easy to slip on in the air conditioning or cooler evenings, and damp rain.

I picked the yellow dress mostly because I love a good wrap dress but I also adore the colour. It seems like a perfect summer dress to add a nice splash of colour to a relatively neutral wardrobe. It was mentioned that because of her colouring she tends to avoid tan, sand, and beiges so instead of those neutrals I opted for grey and black. In order to have some sort of cohesiveness neutrals are important to build your wardrobe on.

As for footwear once again I was flummoxed. I always think that a walking shoe or sneaker is necessary, but because it will be technically summer I wondered if a sandal was a good choice. I decided that I would personally bring a slide, a sneaker, and some other kind of flat if it was me. Three choices that will easily go with whatever you are wearing any day of the trip. For some people the red striped Tom’s shoe might be a bold choice but I think that if you are wearing mostly neutrals it is nice to add a “fun” colour or print shoe to the mix. It livens things up and can make a statement.

I put together 24 outfit options for these pieces are in this post.

I hope this gives you some inspiration :)

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What to Pack for a month in Europe in Summer

What to Pack for a month in Europe Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraStriped T-shirt • & Other Stories | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Blue Striped Short Sleeve Blouse • & Other Stories | Navy Blue Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Cream Pullover • & Other Stories | Trench Coat • H&M | Black Pants • & Other Stories | Tan Wide Leg Pants • Top Shop | Jeans • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Embroidered Dress • Zara | Black Wrap Dress • Marks and Spencer | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections | Blue Scarf • Mango | Black Floral Scarf • & Other Stories | Hat • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Quay | Booties • Everlane | Sneakers • Converse | Navy Blue Flats • Everlane | Grey Purse • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Liebeskind Berlin |

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I had a fun request this week, it was a bit more challenging that usual. What to Pack for a month in Europe in summer, but due to religious reasons all clothing choices must cover the shoulders and be below the knee. The trip covers cities such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Munich, Salzburg, Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast from August to September. In many of these cities that is the hottest month of the year, so looser clothing, and breathable fabrics (linens, and cottons). But in several of the cities the temperatures average only low 20°C’s and have a higher chance of rain which is why I also included a trench, and booties for coverage in that weather.

Her chosen palette is navy, cream, blues, and black, with some neutrals to balance it out and I tried my best to stick to that. The pieces that I picked are going to be so easy to mix and match so that you have suitable outfits for each city. To make this easy I made sure to pick things from various styles that can al go together, some “French” (stripes and black), boho (embroidered, and loose skirts), as well as classic, and casual pieces.

Use your accessories to change-up the looks like small scarves can be knotted around the neck , folded and wrapped around your hair when you have a messy bun or up-do, or even tied around the handle of your purse for a nice added touch. Longer scarves are shawls, swimsuit covers, and even protection from the sun or rain in a pinch. Simple jewellery is best, small hoops, no rings (or just wedding ring you have one), a small bangle or watch, or a dainty necklace. Keeping everything simple makes it easier to mix and match your pieces and take them from day looks to-night looks.

I’m not partial to heels since many European cities have uneven or cobblestone roads which can make walking a nightmare without proper footwear, but if you feel the need to include a pair so that you have a really dressy shoe option than it is easy to do so. I included a cardigan, and a pullover for travel, air-conditioned locations, and cooler night times (or damp rain days).

Remember that your travel outfit comes from the pieces in this list not in addition to. Thirty outfit options for this list can be found in this post.

I hope this gives you some good ideas.

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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 | 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 |

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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 Copenhagen, Denmark

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

Black Tank Top • H&M | Queen Band Tee • Hot Topic | Yellow Shirt • Mango | Striped Shirt • Madewell | Black Dressy Shirt • Zara | White Blouse • Madewell | Black Cardigan • Mango | White Sweatshirt • Mango | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | White Shirt Dress • Madewell | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • Mango | Scarf • FatFace | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Booties • Sam Edelman | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Purse • Madewell | Crossbody • Fossil |

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Once again I am pushing it for time but I thought I would try to squeeze one more packing list in this week since I said I would have it done by the first week in June. I have one sick kid, one kid that has switched into major lazy mode, and I had to wake up super early and then wait around all day waiting for the guy to come and changed the central air filters. I know, first world problems, but I hate when they say they’ll be there between 8 and 5. It’s like a totally waisted day. I had to wake up early so that I could move all of the furniture away from the unit and then clean the place so we don’t look like slobs;)  Super fun.

This request is for 14 days in Copenhagen for late spring/early summer. The temperatures for this trip will range between 17°C-24°C during the day and 10°C-15°C at night which are my ideal temps. Some stipulations were that the list be fairly neutral in colours with an edge. No shorts, no skirts, but dresses were fine. It follows the ideas that I would make for a similar trip so I mentally went through my closet and then found similar items for this list.

Then denim style that I am really into right now is a mid to high-rise, ankle length jean. I found a great pair at Zara (I cut off the fringe part to give it a cleaner look and hit the ankle better on my short legs) and the shaping denim from H&M (I adore the fit of these jeans, but you have to size up because they kind of suck everything in like spanx). So I included similar pairs in this list because I know that they would be comfortable and fit well. For shoes I was going to include a sandal but this season I am more in to slides which is what I would bring, along with a sneaker, and a short boot. A leather jacket always makes a good addition because it is warm, easily layers, and instantly adds that edge when you put it on. A few shirts of varying cuts, and styles, along with a cardigan, and a oversized pullover/sweatshirt rounds my selections.

I put together 15 outfit options below. I was going to pull together 30 but it was late last night when I finished the first 15. I might put together another 15 options this weekend and add it to the post. Come back later for the extra options if you want them. I’ve had a lot of people message me to let me know that they use the 30 options as a guide for outfit planning for a month so I try to always include 30 or at least close to that number for this reason.

Copenhagen is one of the cities on my “would move to in a drop of a hat” list. What’s on yours?

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Black Tank Top • H&M | Queen Band Tee • Hot Topic | Yellow Shirt • Mango | Striped Shirt • Madewell | Black Dressy Shirt • Zara | White Blouse • Madewell | Black Cardigan • Mango | White Sweatshirt • Mango | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | White Shirt Dress • Madewell | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • Mango | Scarf • FatFace | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Booties • Sam Edelman | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Purse • Madewell | Crossbody • Fossil |

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