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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What to Pack for Hawaii – Packing Light

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

Camisole / Tank • H&M | Red Band T-shirt • Hot Topic | Blue Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | Embroidered Peasant Blouse • Madewell | Grey Cardigan • Madewell | Navy Blazer • Zara | Jeans • Madewell | Culottes • H&M | Denim Shorts • H&M | Embroidered Sundress • Madewell | Maxi Kaftan Dress • H&M | Reversible Bathing Suit • Top Shop | Scarf • Fat Face | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • ELOQUII | Espadrilles • Soludos | Sneakers • Adidas | Red Flats • Marks and Spencer | Brown Purse • American West | Black Crossbody • Clarks Treen Island |

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I’m pushing this one close to the wire since the trip takes place the first week of June but better late than never right? Right? ;) Hawaii is one of those destinations where people imagine themselves running off and living forever. I’ve never been but I know people that have, and they all seem to share that same sentiment.

The request is for 1 week in Hawaii with a side trip to Chicago for a work convention, and both need to be able to be packed within a carry-on. The clothes for this trip are summer clothes so there should be no issues fitting everything you need in to one bag when packed well (ahem, roll everything). In the main list I am including the Hawaii pieces and at the bottom I will show a couple of pieces that you can add to mix with the Hawaii wardrobe to have some work clothes. The two pieces I chose to include are a pencil skirt and a white button down. These pieces combined with several of the pieces in the list should give you enough outfit options for the work portion of the trip (except maybe shoes, see my shoe explanation below). I did a separate work clothes section to the “what to wear” outfit portion at the bottom of the post.

Hawaii is quite casual in general so shorts, sandals, tanks/t-shirts, and summery dresses are the norm, as is just wearing your swimsuit with a coverup. The swimsuit I included is actually reversible so it is like having two in one. One side bold coloured print, and the other side is black. I love a piece that gives you multiple looks from it, like scarves which can be used as sarongs, wraps, or shawls. It can lighten your packing list immensely.

June is considered one of the peak holiday months for Hawaii with nice, sunny weather (usually) with day time highs of 28°C on average. It can be windy and the evenings can cool down so a sweater or light jacket is important. I originally included a jean jacket as the light jacket option, but I swapped it out for a blazer so that it can be used for the work convention too. Putting a blazer over an outfit looks instantly more polished and put together.

I’m dancing about over the footwear decision because it is never necessary to bring more than 3 pairs. But due to the work convention I was contemplating adding a ballet flat but it would depend on what level of dressy the work part requires (like high heels). So right now I will stick with what I chose and use your discretion of what you would think is the most suitable choice.

Remember that your travel outfits are also included in these pieces so layer well to cut back on the amount you are packing. I included the jeans for the travel outfit option mostly, since they probably won’t be worn very much on the island unless there are some cooler days/evenings. But since I am a big jean wearer, I would just cuff them and wear them with some slides and a t-shirt, tank, or tunic top.

I’ve put together outfits options for the Hawaii trip and work portion in two separate collages located below.

I hope your trip is great and good luck at the convention!

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What to Wear in Hawaii Packing Light List Outfit Options #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Camisole / Tank • H&M | Red Band T-shirt • Hot Topic | Blue Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | Embroidered Peasant Blouse • Madewell | Grey Cardigan • Madewell | Navy Blazer • Zara | Jeans • Madewell | Culottes • H&M | Denim Shorts • H&M | Embroidered Sundress • Madewell | Maxi Kaftan Dress • H&M | Reversible Bathing Suit • Top Shop | Scarf • Fat Face | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • ELOQUII | Espadrilles • Soludos | Sneakers • Adidas | Red Flats • Marks and Spencer | Brown Purse • American West | Black Crossbody • Clarks Treen Island |

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Work Conference Outfit Options

What to Pack for a short Work Conference Packing Light List Outfit Options #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

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What to Pack for Havana, Cuba – Packing Light

What to Pack for Havana Cuba Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Aerosmith T-shirt • Hot Topic | Red Tie Shirt • H&M | Black Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M | Kimono • Zara | Long Grey Cardigan • H&M | Jeans • Madewell | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections (comes in solid black as well) | Black Dressy Shorts • H&M | Denim Shorts • Madewell | Yellow Sundress • Madewell | Black Embroidered Dress • Mango (comes in red too) | Polka Dot Scarf • Fefè | Black & White Scarf • Banana Republic | Hat • Roxy | Sunglasses • Guess | Black Sandals • Merell | Sneakers • Converse | Yellow + Blue Slip-ons • Sam Edelman | Woven Purse • Mango | Blue Crossbody • Rebecca Minkoff |

This weeks packing list request comes via Instagram. I was asked if I could put together some ideas for a one week trip to Cuba in the middle of June. I’ve never done Cuba before so I thought I would give it a shot. Cuba is tropical so it is warm all year-long so it has dry season and wet season. From May to October is the wet season, meaning that on any given day the sky can open and the heavens fall ;) During the summer months the days hit the 30’s (in celsius) and the air gets thick and humid. The wet season is also cyclone season so pay attention to the weather before you leave.

I’m going full colour with this list because I was inspired by o=pictures of Cuba. Like most of the Caribbean countries there aren’t a lot of wardrobe restrictions, so the best things to wear are dresses and/or skirts, tanks/camis/t-shirts. breezy blouses, and shorts (I added a pair of jeans for travel and if it gets colder). A sweater or denim jacket is a nice light cover in case you get chilly, a kimono is a statement piece that adds bold print, colour, and can easily be thrown over a dress, shorts, or a swimsuit. Scarves also make good swimsuit covers or shawls in a pinch (bring two swimsuits if you don’t want to risk putting on a wet one). And don’t forget a hat and suntan lotion. The tropical sun in no joke. Seriously though, it’s intense.

There is so much to see and do in Cuba but also know that wifi isn’t as accessible in Cuba as you are probably used to. They do have HotSpots all over the country but yo need to buy a prepaid ETECSA internet card so it can get pricey. If your hotel has a wifi hotspot you may have to buy the time through the hotel vs the card. For many this may seem like a dream to unplug for a week and relax, for others it may not. So it is best to research and plan it out so you don’t end up in a panic because you can’t access all your social media ;) So keep in mind, there is internet but it’s going to cost you.

Outfit Options will be in the next post.

A little mid week heads up is that Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale starts to today. Up to 40% off store wide until June 4th. Also, we are getting a Nordstrom soon and I am beyond excited to see what the hype is about.

NET-A-PORTER is having and up to 50% off sale.

And Barneys New York is having an up to 50% off sale for the family and home.

I wish I had a lot more disposable income ;)

Do you fall under the relax and unwind, or the panic and withdrawal side of having no access to wifi?

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