What to Pack for Glasgow, Scotland Outfit Options

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Graphic T-shirt • Hot Topic | White Blouse • & Other Stories | Floral Print Shirt • Zara | Polka Dot Blouse • Dorothy Perkins | Striped Sweater • Mango | Turtleneck Sweater • & Other Stories |  Yellow Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Marks and Spencer | Blazer • Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Wool Pants • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Black Spotted Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • Mango | Planet Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • South Moon Under | Knit Hat • Free People | Sunglasses • Francesca’s | Waterproof Boots • Hunter | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • DSW | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom |


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Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? I find I gravitate to coffee because I need all the caffeine I can get but I don’t find myself savouring the taste. Mid afternoon or at night when I no longer need a caffeine hit (who am I kidding? I need caffeine all day) I sit and enjoy a cup or two of tea. When I order hot drinks from coffee shops, it’s always a tea beverage (Starbucks Early grey latte, also know as London Fog is my favourite). Even my favourite mugs are tea oriented (Lionel and Mr. T). I wish there was a way to get the same energy and alertness from tea as from coffee. That is my late evening ramblings, as I am drinking tea. I also have a coupon for Hello Fresh food service. Has anyone used it before? Is it worth it?

This post is a continuation of last post and includes 24 outfit options to go with the What to Pack for Glasgow packing list. The trip (not for me) is designated for December to visit a family, (or soon to be family). I noted that December weather is coldish (6°C) with wind and rain and I included ample sweaters, items that layer easily, and waterproof boots to cover this. I also mentioned that if rainboots aren’t your thing, (I just include them because they are what I have for waterproof boots in my wardrobe)  there are many more stylish/comfortable options out there. Sorel has a great low boot, and Sperry has some really good options too, like their infamous duck style boot.

I’m a planner. Like, right down to the last detail type of planner because I have trouble flying by the seat of my pants. I thrive off to-do and checklists because it makes me feel organized and productive. I think that is why I enjoy doing these lists. I like to plan, coordinate, and put things together. Puzzling outfits or matching pieces is a fun challenge for me. So when you see all these lists, no I am not one of those lucky people who get to travel all the time. In fact whenever we do get money saved for a vacation something always comes up where we have to dip into the “vacation fund”. I think this is more the norm than not although it gets really frustrating at times I’m sure people can relate to that. I just wanted it to be known that, not all of these clothes are not mine (some pieces may reflect what I own though), and these trips are not mine. People just ask for some guidance, ideas or whathaveyou to help them figure out how they can work it out so they have minimal items, but plenty of options because sometimes all it takes it an outside perspective to see what you have differently :)

I enjoy helping people even though sometimes I get backlogged and swamped with requests and emails. It truly is something that I enjoy.

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What to Pack for Glasgow, Scotland

 

What to Pack for Glasgow, Scotland Packing Light List #travellight #traveltips #packinglight #packinglist #travel

Graphic T-shirt • Hot Topic | White Blouse • & Other Stories | Floral Print Shirt • Zara | Polka Dot Blouse • Dorothy Perkins | Striped Sweater • Mango | Turtleneck Sweater • & Other Stories |  Yellow Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Marks and Spencer | Blazer • Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Wool Pants • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Black Spotted Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • Mango | Planet Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • South Moon Under | Knit Hat • Free People | Sunglasses • Francesca’s | Waterproof Boots • Hunter | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • DSW | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom |


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So my kid fell two seconds after we left the building yesterday and totally skid across the sidewalk on her hands and knees. This led to pants needing to be tossed out and her almost fainting. It’s so hard to laugh about because it was such an over the top reaction for a very minimal wound, but when I brought her back in to the condo to clean her up she got really pale, clammy, and kept saying she was going to puke. Then she started getting spots in front of her eyes so I told Roo to get her some juice or something sweet to sip on to help, and she brought her a freaking cookie. She took the cookie and nibbled a bit then in the blink of an eye her jaw unhinged and she crammed the whole cookie in. It was at that point I knew she was going to survive ;)

Today’s packing list is for Glasgow, Scotland. It is requested for a woman who is going on a 10 day trip in December (maybe longer) with her boyfriend to visit his family. This sounds like a lovely way to spend Christmas and I am super envious over here. The predicted temperature for that time according to weather websites is 6°C with wind and rain. which can feel more damp and cold than much colder temps so pack enough sweaters. I didn’t include it in the above graphic but leggings (especially thermal leggings) are a really good thing to bring because not only can you sleep, and exercise in them, but you can also layer them under your pants for extra warmth.

A hat and scarves are also really important, and if you don’t want to bring or buy an umbrella than having a rain jacket instead may be a good option (I like this style of umbrella though because it survives wind better). As for footwear, it really depends on what you are going to be doing. While you may not see the sun much during this time, it is still a really beautiful city to tour in any weather. I decided that a rain boot would be a good option because nothing sucks worse than wet feet. If you want something more stylish and less clunky (and to look less touristy) than a traditional rainboot than Sorel has a cute Out N About boot, and the Sperry Salwater Boot comes in a variety of colours. I chose a shorter rainboot because I know what it is like to schlep around in high rainboots (like Hunters) and since I am short they hit me really awkwardly at the knee (also a short boot is much easier to pack than tall boots). I think I am leaning towards a short pair next time and thought that this colour/print was nice. For the other pairs of shoes I would be inclined to bring a bootie, and a sneakers instead of flats because you will probably get more use out of those two. But obviously it is your discretion to decide which shoe style will work best for your lifestyle.

You should plan around layers and comfort. Pre plan your outfits to make sure that the layers fit smoothly and comfortably with a jacket because excess bulkiness neither looks good nor feels good on. Trying them on while pre-planning will help decide whether the outfit will work because sometimes how we visualize it doesn’t always pan out in real life. I will put together 20-30 different outfits from these pieces for the next post to give you some ideas of how they can be worn but it’s up to you to try and test to see if it will work for you.


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What to Pack for Berlin, Germany Outfit Options

What to Pack for Berlin, Germany Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-10
T-shirt • & Other Stories | Light Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Adidas Graphic Shirt • Topshop | Blue Sweater • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Cardigan • Topshop | Blazer / Light Jacket • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Pants • H&M | Blue Velvet Dress • & Other Stories | Leopard Coat • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • Topshop | Hat • Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses • Forever 21 | Flats • Banana Republic | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Brown Purse • TJ Maxx | Crossbody • Zulily |


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We have been waiting for months for the Love Me Sweet Japanese Cheesecake  shop to open and it finally did, so yesterday (since there was no line during the day) we went and picked up a 7″ chocolate Cheesecake for $11. So good. We ate the whole thing in under 2 hours. I may or may not have supplemented our dinner with it.  They share their shop space with Squish Candies, and Eva’s Original Chimney’s which makes walking in there, sweet tooth heaven.

Today I have the outfit options for the What to Pack for Berlin, Germany packing list from Wednesday. In the original post I picked pieces that reflected the requesters love of leopard, neutrals, and blue, while still keeping it a cool, modern, effortless chic that would work in the early winter. The trip is for 14 days so I put together 20 outfits to show you a variety of options for how these pieces can work.

It’s easy to throw a bunch of clothes in to a suitcase and hope for the best which many people do. My goal is to show you that it is still easy to pack as long as you are mindful with your choices. Pick a colour palette and stick with it, that way you know that everything should work together. Give yourself a certain number of tops and bottoms you would like to bring and work around that. Quickly pre plan a handful of outfits (and take a picture of them laid out on the bed) so that you have something to refer to while on your trip. These steps should help abolish the “nothing to wear” stress and stop you from feeling like you have to run out and buy clothes on your vacation.

I gave you 20 outfit examples (10 at the top and 10 at the bottom of the post) with room to make many more. I also noted in the original post that weather is all relative so make sure you pack for your own comfort. I come from a city that has a pretty cold winter so the temperature of Berlin in December won’t feel as cold to me as someone from California (for example) so pick your pieces accordingly.

I have received a lot of messages from people saying that these posts also help them with their wardrobes. So if you need inspiration for your next trip or even just for pairing down your closet I hope this post (or any of my others) can help with that.

Do you pre plan outfits for your vacation or just hope for the best?

What to Pack for Berlin, Germany Packing Light List Outfit Options 11-20

T-shirt • & Other Stories | Light Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Adidas Graphic Shirt • Topshop | Blue Sweater • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Cardigan • Topshop | Blazer / Light Jacket • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Pants • H&M | Blue Velvet Dress • & Other Stories | Leopard Coat • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • Topshop | Hat • Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses • Forever 21 | Flats • Banana Republic | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Brown Purse • TJ Maxx | Crossbody • Zulily |



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What to Pack for Berlin, Germany

What to Pack for Berlin, Germany Packing Light List

T-shirt • & Other Stories | Light Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Shirt • Marks and Spencer | Adidas Graphic Shirt • Topshop | Blue Sweater • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Cardigan • Topshop | Blazer / Light Jacket • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Pants • H&M | Blue Velvet Dress • & Other Stories | Leopard Coat • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Scarf • Mango | Black Scarf • Topshop | Hat • Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses • Forever 21 | Flats • Banana Republic | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Brown Purse • TJ Maxx | Crossbody • Zulily |


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Have you ever seen The Holiday? If you have do you remember the scene where Iris (Kate Winslet’s) boss asked her if she has filed her story for the day, and she looks at her watch and says, “Oh, no, not yet. Down to the wire.” Well that is me right now. I have had a super busy day and it’s midnight and I am trying to get this done but I really want to go to bed because I have to get up super early. Anyway. I got it finished and I love that movie.

This packing list is for a leopard lover. Someone who likes textures, patterns, dark colours (with blue being their favourite). It is for 14 days in Berlin, Germany in late fall/early winter. Casual, cool, yet modern chic. I hope I achieved that with my picks and pairings. I’m a huge leopard fan too even though I don’t have very much in that print….but I want to. I consider it a neutral and find it pairs well with any colour. Some people say they could never pull it off but I think that if you think you can’t then you won’t, but if you select your clothes and display them with confidence than you definitely can.

I think my favourite pieces out of the list aside from the coat is the blue fuzzy sweater, crushed velvet dress (I had a burgundy crushed velvet bodysuit in 1994…..or 1993. I can’t remember, but that was the last time I wore that fabric) and the loafers. They are an edgier version of the ones that I just purchased, which should arrive tomorrow (today now I guess) and I am very excited.

Remember that weather is all relative. What is nice weather to me may be absolutely freezing for someone else, so remember that when packing for colder weather. Berlin’s temperature in December ranges from slightly below zero up to around 7°Ç so it is a good idea to make sure that all of your items layer well. Blouses/long sleeves/t-shirts under sweaters or cardigans, a thinner knit sweater under a cardigan, etc. Scarves and knit hats will keep you comfortable when you are out walking around, because you will do a lot of walking since Berlin around Christmas is lovely (like many European cities and towns).

To make sure that you keep your suitcase as light as possible with room for souvenirs, maker sure that you layer and wear your hardest to pack items (coat, bulkiest shoes) for travel and roll the remaining pieces. I put together 20 outfit options from these pieces in this post. You should go watch The Holiday for inspiration because it is a great travel during Christmas movie.

Do you love or hate leopard print?



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What to Pack for Warsaw, Poland

 

What to Pack for Warsaw Poland Packing Light List #travellight #traveltips #packinglight #packinglist #travel

White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Print Blouse • Mango | Graphic Shirt • Top Shop | Black Oversized Sweater • Cuyana | Blue Pullover • Top Shop | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Dark Denim • Zara | Casual Denim • Madewell | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Brown Coat • Top Shop | Black Scarf • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Check Scarf • Top Shop | Knit Hat • Gap | Sunglasses • Joe’s Jeans | Flats • Top Shop | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom | Black Purse • Liebeskind Berlin |


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The more I am researching my ancestry and ancestry DNA the more pieces of the puzzle I am able to fit together, but also the more pieces I seem to be missing. It can be frustrating and emotionally taxing but it can also be very rewarding. If I hadn’t opened the door years ago I would never have known many aspects of my history, but there are also so many unanswered questions. It’s so hard to bite the bullet and send someone an email who is a close dna match asking them if they might know how you are related and then never receive a response or acknowledgement of any kind. When you have adoption in your family it makes placing how people might be related very hard and receiving no responses can be defeating. As it stands, what I have been able to piece together of my fathers birth dad is that he is probably from Eastern European ancestry, because all the people that I cannot place to a particular side of the family have Eastern European ancestry in common. It’s that possible missing link in my ancestry that has inspired this post.

Warsaw has a turbulent history. It’s Old Town was establish in the 13th century, but was almost obliterated during WWII. It was painstakingly rebuilt using as many old bricks and materials as possible, and the result is remarkable. Even the cobblestone streets were meticulously reconstructed and are now a Unesco protected site.

As for weather, the coldest month is February which averages -3°C, but has the lowest rainfall, and the hottest is July/August which average 18°C. The summer months are the wettest with June ranking highest. Depending on the time of year of travel your wardrobe will obviously differ. This one leans more towards fall and early winter. With a few changes it can easily accommodate any month.

Warsaw has risen out of it’s once ashes to become one of the top recommended European destinations. There is so much history throughout the city (and within day trips) so be sure to be respectful (when contemplating selfies and photographs at any memorials or remembrance sites). Walking tours are recommended throughout the city so be sure to pack a comfortable walking shoe.

Warsaw was also the birthplace of Chopin and there are many places named after/dedicated to him, even the airport. Have you ever been?

*To go along with the pieces in the above packing list I put together 14 outfit options located directly below. So many more outfits can be combined with the pieces, these are just and example. I hope you enjoy.

What to Pack for Warsaw Poland Packing Light List 14 Outfit Options

White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Print Blouse • Mango | Graphic Shirt • Top Shop | Black Oversized Sweater • Cuyana | Blue Pullover • Top Shop | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Dark Denim • Zara | Casual Denim • Madewell | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Brown Coat • Top Shop | Black Scarf • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Check Scarf • Top Shop | Knit Hat • Gap | Sunglasses • Joe’s Jeans | Flats • Top Shop | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom | Black Purse • Liebeskind Berlin |


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