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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What to Pack for Germany in Early Fall

What to Pack for 10 Days in Germany Packing Light List

Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • Mango | Navy Blue Tie Blouse • Mango | Grey Bell Sleeve • Mango | Black Pullover • & Other Stories | Light Brown Pullover • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories |  Blazer • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • & Other Stories | Camel Coat • & Other Stories |  Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Tie-dye Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Treasure & Bond | Grey Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Reversible Purse • Azalea | Black Crossbody • DSW |


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Before I jump in to the post  I wanted to vent my frustration with myself. In Monday’s post I mentioned how I bought myself a trench coat for my upcoming birthday. I saw it, liked it, and bought it without shopping around. Well, Monday Merle and I were at the mall wasting some time while Roo was at a class and we walked past Zara and there was another trench in the window. This one was more structured and classic looking but slightly more expensive. Now I don’t know which one I want. I’m going to have to go in and try on the other one on to see if I like it better but this is what I get for not shopping around first.

Anyway, on to the post. In the grand scheme of seasons, it’s generally easy to assume what the weather is going to be like (obviously with a little research and the weather channel because we know what assuming does). In winter, you bring sweaters, boots, and jackets, in the summer it will be warm so you have tees and dresses, but in early fall it can go either way. It can get brutally hot some days, and others you will feel like cool late fall. So how does one pack for that? First off you watch the weather channel religiously until you leave so you can make sure you are prepared as best you can. Secondly you pack layers. Layers is always the key to unpredictable weather.

My request is for Germany this week for 10 days in late September-early October to visit family, wine fest, Oktoberfest (on my bucketlist) in the region of Rhineland Pflaz and Bavaria (ahem, Neuschwanstein Castle anyone?). My dad bought a cuckoo clock from the Bavarian region many, many years ago. It’s a gorgeous clock and I remember him coming home from work and pulling the weights to keep the time every day. They still have it but I think that it is broken now.

Now back to Germany and it’s weather. September starts out in the early to mid 20’s (celsius) and slowly decreases and the month goes on. By the end of the month and in to October you will be around the early – mid teens with rainy and overcast days feeling colder as the winds change. My suggestion is to bring a light to mid weight coat (maybe a wool one) that you can layer (or not) depending on the temperatures and then a blazer to use a dressy/fun jacket for days that are warmer. Some scarves and a wool or knit hat will keep you comfortable while you are touring. I included several sweaters with a cardigan always being a good idea. Two pairs of jeans, and a pair of black trousers. One dress just in case a there is a more formal dinner or event, but I kept it simple with a wrap dress so that you can toss on the blazer or the cardigan and slip on some sneakers or boots for a casual yet edgy look. For purses, one is a crossbody and the other is a reversible tote, so that you get two purses in one with the black and brown options.

The request is for a “middle age” (In quotes because I don’t like the mindset of having to dress for your age) woman travelling with her dad but she likes to dress in a casual-sporty,boho-rocker style. Kind of sounds like me ;) I pulled pieces that should appeal to many but are easliy swappable for things more suited to your tastes. 20 outfit options for these pieces can be found in this post. I hope that I was able to give you some ideas and/or inspiration.

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What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium

What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium Packing Light List

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Polka Dot Blouse • Zara | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Striped Shirt • Boden | Chambray • H&M | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Camel Pullover • H&M | Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Pink Dress • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Purple Jacket • H&M | Floral Scarf • Gap | Black & Grey Striped Scarf • Mango | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Quay | Boots • Lord & Taylor | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Oxfords • Nordstrom | Brown Purse • Madewell | Black Crossbody • Guess |


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I know it sounds like a cliche, but autumn is my favourite season to dress for which ultimately makes it my favourite season to make packing lists for. I would completely fill my wardrobe with sweaters, boots, jackets, scarves and live in them all year if I could get away with it. So needless to say when the stores start turning over from summer to fall I get excited and inspired to dress for fall.

This weeks packing list is for Bruges, Belgium which has to be one of the most enchanting cities ever. I’ve come to the conclusion that while I think of my dream home as some uber modern penthouse flat, or an open concept industrial style warehouse apartment; I would really like a medieval stone house along the canal like in the header photo. Talk about one extreme to another ;)

I built this list a little different than usual. I usually pick a few neutral pieces, then add in some colour to round it out. This time I started with this fabulous purple jacket and then built everything around that. The rest of the pieces are mostly neutral in colour but some have a print to break the monotony that can go along with a small wardrobe when you want all the pieces to work together. Add in some shoes with one or two in a fun colour or print (I love leopard with purple and these leopard flats are Vionic’s which are super comfortable for walking), some weather appropriate accessories, and you have a well-rounded packing capsule. This list is requested for 3 weeks but you can easily get more out of these pieces.

The 30 outfit options for this list can be found in this post.

My birthday is right around the corner which means that summer is on its way out. I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand I hate the heat, but on another I am not too sure that I am looking forward to cold and snow just yet. We had such a mild winter last year I have a feeling that it is going to be brutally cold this winter. I wish I could move some place more temperate for the season. Oh well, at least I don’t have to buy a new winter jacket or boots for me this year. I think the girls jackets will still work but they both may need new boots. (I can’t believe I am thinking about this already).

Can you believe that summer is more than half over? 

 

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What to Pack for a month in Italy

What to Pack for one month in Italy Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Black Camisole • H&M | Band T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | Print Blouse • Mango | Peasant Shirt • H&M | Navy off-the-shoulder Sweater • & Other Stories | B&W Oversized Sweater • & Other Stories | Moto Jacket • Mango | Distressed Denim • Madewell | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Pleated Skirt • & Other Stories | Floral Dress • & Other Stories | Black Maxi Dress • & Other Stories | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections | Yellow Scarf • Fat Face | Print Scarf • Azalea | Hat • Lord & Taylor | Sunglasses • Off 5th | Black Slides • Jeffrey Campbell | Sneakers • Adidas | Yellow Flats • Everlane | Black Purse • Marks and Spencer | Brown Crossbody • Born |


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Does anyone else constantly have cold hands, even when it’s a million degrees out? It probably doesn’t help that the central air blows out directly above my desk, but it is making me type in slow motion. I’m a little stir crazy today because there is an air quality advisory so we stayed in. Merle recently discovered that several of her Playstation games have the ability to go online to play with other people and that she can use a microphone to talk to them. She also thinks that she has to talk really loud for them to hear, so it’s hard for me to focus 100% since her Playstation is about 4 feet from my desk ;)

This request came from a while back. It has taken me longer than I hoped to play catch up so I am finally getting to it. It’s for a mom with 3 young children going to Italy for 4 weeks for September-October. She wanted a smallish capsule of pieces that should carry her through and transition through the month. Depending where you are in Italy you are going to see varying temperatures, especially at this time of year when it is making the transition to fall. September usually starts of in the low 20’s and will slowly decrease as the month goes on. Night time, rain, and being on water will also drop the temperatures so it is best to be prepared.

Having 3 young kids to travel with also means that the clothes need to be no fuss, and easy to wear so I stuck with basics and added pieces in. I decided to add a swimsuit last minute because I figured that at this time of year the weather can be unpredictable and you may find there are more than a few beach weather days on the trip.

I put together a full 30 days of outfits from these pieces which can be found in this post. I will link it as soon as it is posted.

The accent colour I chose is yellow, because I am really liking yellow at the moment. Do you have a current favourite colour to wear?

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