What to Pack for Amsterdam – Plus Sized Edition

What to Pack for Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris Plus Size Edition Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Tank / Camisole • H&M | T-shirt • Athleta | Striped Long Sleeve • Simply Be | Blue Blouse • Violeta by Mango | Tunic Top • H&M | Black Sweater • Violeta by Mango | Lace Front Sweater • Violeta by Mango | Blazer • Violeta by Mango | Moto Jacket • Violeta by Mango | Dark Denim • H&M | Grey Casual Denim • Violeta by Mango | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • Modcloth | Navy/Grey Scarf • Nordstrom | Floral Scarf •  Vera Bradley | Hat • Maison Scotch | Sunglasses • Express | Flats • Topshop | Boots • Steve Madden | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Brown Crossbody • Fiorelli |

Most of my requests come through the blog and/or email but sometimes they come via Instagram. This week I am doing a request for 2 weeks in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris with plus  size clothing options. I’ll admit that I don’t post plus size as much as I would like so I was excited to get the opportunity to do so this week.

The trip is for June and the temps in all three cities should be very comfortable in the mid-late teens (in celsius) maybe day highs of early 20’s. June tends to have slightly more rain that the other summer months which is good to note, but the weather should be lovely.

It’s always a good idea to bring a jacket with you even if it is just a lightweight jean jacket. In this case I included a moto jacket and a blazer for variety. Some versatile shoes like a pair of sneakers/comfortable walking shoe, flat ankle boots, and a flat (or even a sandal if the weather predicts high temperatures). I generally keep the accessories to a minimum like a scarf or two, hat, sunglasses, and for me I always like a watch.

I like to pick to pick pieces that easily mix and match to make a variety of outfits that seem effortless but well put together. I find that choosing a neutral colour palette helps with this and then adding a few pieces with some accent colours. That way you will never have to worry about things not matching. BUt if you are a big colour person just make sure that the colours you choose compliment one another. I also recommend pre-planning your outfits. If you can put together and take a quick picture of several outfits to refer to on your trip you will never have the “oh shit, I have nothing to wear moment”. This also stops you from buying filler pieces on your vacation because we all know how tempting that is. Save the suitcase space for gifts and souvenirs, not extra clothes.
Outfit options will be in the next post.

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What to Pack for a Danube River Cruise

What to Pack for a Danube River Cruise Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

T-shirt • H&M | Dressy Top • Mango Outlet | Long Sleeve • Mango |  Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Oversized Sweater • Uniqlo | Cowl Neck • Madewell | Pullover • Madewell | Blazer • H&M | Fancy Dress •  Marks and Spencer | Casual Denim • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Coat • Mango | Hat • Azalea | Gloves • Uniqlo | Scarf • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Quay | Heels • Louise et Cie | Boots • Topshop | Sneakers • Saucony | Purse • Asos | Crossbody • Humble Chic NY |

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I think a river cruise along the Danube would be amazing. The one that is really high on my bucket list is the Christmas Markets Cruise, which stops at the different Christmas markets in each country along the way. Alas, this list isn’t for me but for a reader who is going on a Danube Cruise in April for 8 days. April isn’t the peak season because the weather hasn’t yet quite transitioned to spring and can be quite cold still, especially since you will be on the water. This is why I have included a lot of sweaters and neutrals for layering.

Although you have the option of watching the water through the floor to ceiling windows to stay warm on most cruises, venturing out on to the deck and shore excursions are definitely going to happen so you will want to be prepared with proper attire (i.e. scarves, gloves, hats, and a jacket). I always have three pairs of footwear in my lists which include the pair you will be wearing for travel. They are usually a flat, some kind of runner/comfortable walking shoe, and a boot. Of course this entirely depends on the season, but for this list you will notice that I included a pair of heels. This is because there is one night on the cruise that she needed a formal dinner look option. If your trip doesn’t require a really dressy shoe than swap it out for something in your taste.

Several of these pieces work double duty, like the black sweater has a removable cowl neck for two sweaters in one, the scarf is reversible, and the clutch is convertible so that you can also attach a strap and it becomes a cross body. These types of pieces are key in getting the versatility you need for packing light. Outfit options for this list will be in the next post.

Happy Hump day, may the next few days speed by ;)  

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What to Pack for Central Europe – Packing Light

What to Pack for Central Europe Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Tank • H&M | T-shirt • H&M | Striped Tee • Madewell | Dressy Shirt • Mango | Classic Blouse • H&M | Silk Tunic • H&M | Dressy Pullover • Mango | Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Midi Skirt • Mango Outlet | Boyfriend Jeans • Gap | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Mango | Trench • Mango | Hat • J.Crew | Scarf • LOFT | Sunglasses • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Short Boots • Madewell | Purse • Mango | Crossbody • J.Crew |

I know you are all sitting on the edges of your chair in anticipation for news on my health ;) but I am feeling better. I still have a hoarse voice but all in all I am better. Now on to the regularly scheduled broadcast.

Several months ago I got a cool request. One from a woman and her mother-in-law who were visiting Central Europe in June/July for 3 weeks. She wanted to convince her mother-in-law that it would be possible for them to travel lightly for 3 weeks with only carry-on bags since they were mostly traveling by trains and light suitcase/backpack would be necessary. I said I would give it a try.

This list is for a hip, boyfriend jean wearing, converse loving 62-year-old woman (or anyone else because I don’t really follow the fashion has an age thing). The destination is Central Europe with a week in the Austrian Alps, 3 weeks total. June/July is two of the hottest (aside from August) months in this area but the weather can also be very finicky with cold one day and super hot (35°C) the next so the key to being prepared is layers. Layers are your friend, especially if you will be spending time in the mountains where the weather will be significantly colder and damper. The night-time in many of these cities also see a big jump between day and night temperatures so it’s better to have too many layers than not enough. I had a friend who went the Netherlands in July, she was prepared for the warm/hot temperatures that were predicted but when she got there she had to wear the same pair of jeans and long cardigan (she only brought one of each the rest was summer clothing) for the whole time because it was way cooler than anticipated and a lot of damp rain.

I suggest bringing a waterproof jacket/trench, several sweaters, short and long sleeves shirts in nice fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. For bottoms I suggest a cropped or girlfriend/boyfriend style jeans that you can roll up in warmer weather, a dressier pant or trouser, and either a skirt or a dress. A skirt will have more use in the long run since you can pair it will all the shirts and sweaters, but a dress is a good option if you need a more formal outfit. For shoes I would bring a walking shoes (sneaker, or slip-on with a supportive sole), a leather flat, and a boot (I am partial to short boots, especially in warmer months). If the weather states that that the weather will quite warm the entire time I would swap out one of the three pairs for a sandal.

With access to a washing machine it would be entirely possible to pack even less, depending on how often you got to do laundry. When the weather is warmer you need to launder your clothes more often due to sweating. I like the versatility of this wardrobe, and hope that it gave you the inspiration you needed to be able to pack lighter on your trip to Central Europe. Remember that your travel outfit will include shoes and pieces from this list which will lighten the suitcase.

Now to convince your Mother-in-law ;)

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What to Pack for Phoenix, Arizona – Packing Light

What to Pack for Phoenix Arizona Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

T-shirt • Mango | Striped Tee • J.Crew | Dressy Top • Mango | Peasant Top • H&M | Drapey Top • Mango OutletPullover • H&M | Light Jacket • LE3NO | Short Dress • J.Crew | Midi Dress • Mango |
Cropped Wide Leg Pants • TopshopCigarette Jeans • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Light Scarf • Mango Outlet | Hat • Brixton | Sunglasses • Quay | Sneakers • Converse | Slip-ons • Michael Kors | Ballet Flats • Yosi Samra | Purse Matt & Nat | Crossbody • Asos

It’s Wednesday and I’m still sick. I know I keep mentioning it but I feel like ass and I will stop complaining about that when I get better ;) I have had an influx of requests over the last two months and I am trying to catch up on as many as I can. Sometimes the requests are pretty basic with a general idea of what to pack, other times people include their style and clothing preferences to guide me. This request is for quite a niche market, it is for 10 days in Phoenix, Arizona in March (before it gets insanely hot) for a woman who needs some sun coverage because of sensitivities and prefers flats. The gist behind the colour theme is to go with her favourite team the Seattle Mariners’ (who are the reason for the trip) with the colours of northwest green, navy, white, and silver. The trip revolves around watching games, dinners, and just a general fun time hanging out with friends.

I tried my best to pull these colours together in a way that wasn’t too over the top head to toe. Phoenix in March has an average temperature of the mid to high 20’s °C (75-82°F) and lows of 11-13°C (51-55°F) and this list should cover that mostly. If the forecast leans towards more lows you may want to trade some pieces in for longer sleeves and/or more sweaters and a heavier scarf. But on average this list should work well. Outfit options will be in the next post.

I hope I was able to do your request justice and that you have a great time!

*the striped dress is knee length which may not work during the day with the sun sensitivities but it would work in the evening with is why I included it as an option.

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What to Pack for Venice, Italy – Packing Light

What to Pack for 3 weeks in Venice, Italy Packing Light Packing list #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe

Tank • J. Crew | T-shirt • J. Crew | Striped Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Long Sleeve • Madewell |
Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Sweater • H&M | Versatile Blazer • Madewell | Blue Dress • Madewell |
Black Dress • Gap | Cropped Denim • Mango | Dark Denim • Topshop | Black Pants • Gap | Jacket • H&M |
Scarf • AHAlife | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Jonathan Saunders | Flats • Sam Edelman |
Sneakers • Nike | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • French Connection | Crossbody • Vince Camuto

Often when I do packing posts they are for single locations, but occasionally I get requests for several cities (many times within the same country). So I have to do a little research on averages, highs, and lows of temperatures as well as precipitation. I also take in to account the types of activities that each city offers, as well as some dos and don’ts of fashion (some places are much more conservative, while others quite laid back). These are the types of things that affect any clothing choices I may make, even if it’s just a suggested sample wardrobe.

While this list says What to Pack for Venice, Italy this trip is also encompassing Florence, Rome, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento, and Capri. I noted that the average temperatures for these locations are all within a closer range so the packing options will be easier. This trip is planned for May and will cover all these cities over a 2 1/2 week span. As for weather this time of year is considered prime for many because you have not hit full tourist season, the flowers are in full bloom, it is not yet too hot like mid summer. The average is 19°C with a high of the mid 20°C’s and a low of 13°C.

Mornings can leans towards cool so a light scarf, and jacket will suffice, as well as for evenings. Dark, slim jeans are always a good option, with light blouses, or long sleeves. I included a couple of dresses (but a skirt would work too), the blazer is very versatile because it can also be tied at the waist to look like a cardigan (the retail photos show you how you can wear it). For footwear I suggest sticking to flats because of the cobblestone streets, stairs, and the amount of walking that you will probably be doing. A running shoe and Chelsea boot give some good walking shoe options as well as for cooler temperatures. The mule is a dressier option but also works well when the day warms up, but a sandal or ballet flat would also be a good choice.

Outfit Options will be in the next post.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 17°C.


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