What to Pack for Lisbon, Portugal Two Weeks Packing Light

What to Pack for Lisbon Portugal 2 weeks packing light list #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #traveltips #travel #travelwardrobe #livelovesara

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Tank/Cami • H&M | T-shirt • Mango | Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • H&M | Long Sleeve • Mango |
Pullover • Topshop | Blazer • H&M | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Shirt Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M |
Shorts • Madewell | Denim • Gap | Black Pants • Mango | Bathing Suit • Topshop | Hat • Nordstrom |
Scarf • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • J.Crew | Flats • SoludosSneakers • Nike | Sandals • Dolce Vita | Tote • Urban Code | Crossbody • Marc B |

So I had a super fun experience today. I mentioned a long time ago that I walk everywhere and have one of those little compactable shopping carts that I use to tote the groceries home. Well today while I was bringing home a million pounds of groceries and stuff the effing wheel sheared off. To top it off Merle was running ahead and slipped and skidded her knees which caused an abundance of tears and drama. Plus I left my phone at home so I couldn’t even call 911 when I thought my arm was going to fall off from supporting the back-end of the cart to compensate for the lost wheel ;)  I don’t think I have ever walked that slow in my life.

This is probably going to be the last packing list of 2016 so I went for a warmer, sunnier destination since it’s the first day of winter. I was going to do a beach/resort vacation but I am not much of a beach person. Tom is, he’d pack up and move to a tropical paradise in a heartbeat if he could. I’m not really in to hot weather or laying on a beach. We are very much opposites in our ideal vacation ideas.

When we went to Barbados he didn’t tell me until we arrived that if I see a coconut on the ground do not touch it because there are centipedes as long as from your elbow to your fingers that like to climb into the fallen ones. If he would have told me beforehand I would have refunded my ticket (kind of kidding). I really, really dislike bugs. Especially huge ones which tend to live in the warmer climates. I’m a bug wimp.

I chose Lisbon because it is a popular vacation destination especially to those who live in other European countries. It’s gloriously sunny and quite temperate. And because it is a port city for cruises you will often see tourist dressed very casually for their land excursions. Lisbon is also very hilly so some decent walking shoes are a good idea. Heels are not so good unless they are packed for a fancy dinner or outing. Also, don’t forget to bring a swimsuit because they have some lovely beaches. Many don’t realize that there are a lot of easily accessible beaches in the Lisbon area which are described in greater detail here.

Outfit options are found in this post.

We decided that we would start our Christmas holidays on Monday, so no school work means more free time to bake. The girls love baking and it’s surprisingly something they do without fighting (miracle), so we are going to spend the day tomorrow baking.

Merry almost Christmas guys! 

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What to Wear in the Amalfi Coast Outfit Options


What to Wear in the Amalfi Coast Outfit Options 1-10 #travellight #packinglight #traveltips #travel #travelwardrobe #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Pullover | Blazer | Casual Denim | Hat | Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 2 – Camisole | Denim | Cardigan | Tote | Sneakers
Outfit 3 – Floral Pullover | Black Pants | Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 4 – Wrap Shirt | Skirt | Scarf | Tote | Mules
Outfit 5 – Blouse | Casual Denim | Coat | Crossbody | Mules
Outfit 6 – Black V-neck | Denim | Hat | Scarf | Tote | Boots
Outfit 7 – Camisole | Blazer | Black Pants | Watch | Crossbody | Mules
Outfit 8 – Pullover | Skirt | Hat | Sunglasses | Tote | Sneakers
Outfit 9 – Striped Shirt | Cardigan | Casual Denim | Tote | Sneakers
Outfit 10 – Floral Pullover | Denim | Sunglasses | Crossbody | Sneakers

Holy Crap it’s the last full weekend before Christmas, I can’t believe it’s already here. I have to go to the mall to pick up some stuff and I’m scared to enter the insanity. Maybe I can put it off until Monday to avoid some of the craziness.

This post features the outfit options from the pieces I included in the What to Wear for the Amalfi Coast in spring list. You will notice that there is a black purse and cognac coloured purse in these options, that is because the purse is reversible so you get two looks for one giving you more variety out of your wardrobe.

I mentioned that this list was a combination of 11 separate requests to several cities and regions in Italy. I didn’t have enough time (or the mental drive) to do a separate list for each but when I researched the temperatures at this time of year they all averaged within 1-2 degrees of one another so this list would work for all of those regions I mentioned in the last post.  Everything can easily layer to accommodate cooler mornings/evenings and warmer afternoons. I included a swimsuit  because it is likely you will encounter a pool or warm water during  your trip. I made 20 outfit options but you could easily get more with a little creativity therefore this list would work for longer trips as well as long as you have access to laundry at some point. I hope this inspires you to get creative with your wardrobe.

Are you headed out to join the last-minute shopping crowd this weekend?
I’m glad that I’m done because Tom has to work unit Christmas eve. Originally he had this time off but he fell into a show pilot for December so I am happy that I don’t have much running around left to do because there isn’t a car to use. All my outings involve walking or public transit right now and walking in a blizzard isn’t all it’s cracked out to be ;)

Have a good weekend.

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What to Wear in the Amalfi Coast Outfit Options 11-20 #travellight #packinglight #traveltips #travel #travelwardrobe #livelovesara

Outfit 11 – Floral Pullover | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 12 – Wrap Shirt | Denim | Scarf | Tote | Mules
Outfit 13 – Black V-Neck | Cardigan | Black Pants | Tote | Sneakers
Outfit 14 – Striped Shirt | Skirt | Blazer | Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 15 – Wrap Shirt | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Tote | Sneakers
Outfit 16 – Blouse | Denim | Hat | Tote | Mules
Outfit 17 – Striped Shirt | Black Pants | Coat | Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 18 – Camisole | Skirt | Blazer | Watch | Crossbody | Mules
Outfit 19 – Camisole | Casual Denim | Cardigan | Tote | Boots
Outfit 20 –Pullover | Denim | Hat | Scarf | Tote | Mules

What to Pack for the Amalfi Coast in Spring

What to pack for the Amalfi Coast 2 weeks in spring #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe #traveltips© Can Stock Photo / vale_t

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Wrap Shirt • Mango | Blouse • Mango | Long Sleeve • H&M |
Pullover • Mango | Black Sweater • River Island | Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Mango | Skirt • H&M |
Casual Denim • Madewell | Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Jacket • Mango | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Bebe |
Bathing Suit • Boden | Watch • Daniel Wellington | Sunglasses • Nordstrom | Flats • Express | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Frye | Reversible Tote • Azalea | Crossbody • Talbots |

Please excuse the tardiness. It’s Merle’s birthday today, and while we celebrated yesterday (Tom’s only day off until Christmas eve) I didn’t want to spend the whole day on the computer. I haven’t got my shit together enough to get posts ready weeks in advance, so I pretty much finish them just before I hit publish.

What to Pack for the Amalfi Coast is a combination of several requests for various cities in Italy in spring. I couldn’t do an individual one for each because it was 11 requests which would be a lot of work and a lot of repetition. The trips range from 2 weeks to a month so I am making this one for 2 weeks. With 2 weeks worth of clothes and access to a washing machine you easily have enough clothes and outfit options to cover you for a month. The cities/regions that this covers are Rome, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Naples. I emailed back several people in regards to their preferences in style and colour but never heard back so look at these lists in general terms not necessarily by style (since it’s based on things I like). T-shirts, skirts, jeans, sweaters, shoes are all open to your own interpretation. I give you ideas of what sort of items you should bring and then you pick items in those categories suited to your tastes. The key is to find a colour palette and base it on that so everything is cohesive.

Spring in Italy is one of the greatest travelling times because there won’t be as many tourists, the flowers are blooming, and the heat isn’t extreme. The average temperature of these cities during the month of April is 14°C, with a high of 20°C and low of 9°C. To me these temperatures are perfect, you can wear sweaters, mid-lightweight jackets, but have enough layerable items in case the day gets warmer when you are sightseeing. I included a swim suit in case the weather accommodates one or you stay in places that have pools. The purse in reversible to a solid black on the other side, which is an easy way to get some variety in your handbag. Outfit options will be in the next post.

I typed this after 4 cups of coffee so excuse me if it seems disjointed ;) 

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What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options


What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options 1-10 #packinglight #travelwardrobe #travellight #travel #traveltips

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 2 – Striped Shirt | Black Pants | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 3 – Green Tank | Blazer | Denim | Tote | Flats
Outfit 4 – Wrap Sweater | Skirt | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 5 – Black Blouse | Casual Denim | Scarf | Flats
Outfit 6 – Black Sweater | Black Pants | Hat | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 7 – White Blouse | Denim | Blazer | Tote | Boots
Outfit 8 – Striped Shirt | Skirt | Sunglasses | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 9 – Green Tank | Casual Denim | Wrap Sweater | Tote | Flats |
Outfit 10 – Black Blouse | Black Pants | Coat | Leopard Crossbody | Boots

I would say Happy Friday but for those that have to work and have unpleasant stuff to do it isn’t so happy, so I will say the week flew by and I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. I’m actually disappointed that it is almost over :(

This post is the outfit options segment of the What to Pack for 10 Days in Washington DC from Wednesday. The request is for a mom who is chaperoning her sons trip to Washington D.C. in early April. I put together 20 outfit ideas to using the pieces from that list to cover a variety of outings. The requested list is for April which is an unpredictable month weather-wise so a coat of some sort should be brought. I included several sweaters for layering and a blazer as a light jacket/dressy options. A blazer is an easy way to instantly make your outfit look more put together so I suggest you get one for your wardrobe if you don’t already have one. They are very versatile.

For the colour palette I stuck with the basic neutrals and then added the jewel tones of a dark green and plum. Because the palette is neutral it is easy to match a more colourful and rich shade of a coat, which is a good way to add some fun to your outfits. For shoes I stuck with a basic flat, casual slip-ons, and a pair of leather boots which should take you through any outing or scenario. I hope this list gives you some good ideas.

Have good weekend (if you can) :)  

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What to Wear in Washington DC Outfit Options 11-20 #packinglight #travelwardrobe #travellight #travel #traveltips

Outfit 11 – Wrap Sweater | Casual Denim | Sunglasses | Tote | Boots
Outfit 12 – Grey Sweater | Black Pants | Scarf | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 13 – Black Sweater | Denim | Sunglasses | Scarf | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 14 – Black Blouse | Skirt | Coat | Leopard Crossbody | Boots
Outfit 15 – Striped Shirt | Casual Denim | Hat | Leopard Crossbody | Flats
Outfit 16 – Wrap Sweater | Black Pants | Tote | Boots
Outfit 17 – Black Blouse | Denim | Blazer | Leopard Crossbody | Slip-ons
Outfit 18 – Grey Sweater | Skirt | Tote | Slip-ons
Outfit 19 – White Blouse | Wrap Sweater | Casual Denim | Leopard Crossbody | Flats
Outfit 10 – Black Sweater | Black Pants | Blazer | Sunglasses | Tote | Boots

What to Pack for Washington D.C. for 10 Days

What to Pack for Washington DC for 10 days in April #packinglist #travellight #packinglight #travel #traveltips© Can Stock Photo / Shakzu

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Dressy Shirt • Mango | Classic Blouse • H&M |
Wrap Top • H&M | Pullover • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Blazer • River Island | Skirt • H&M |
Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Jacket • Mango | Scarf • H&M |
Hat • H&M | Sunglasses • Michael Kors | Flats • Yosi Samra | Casual Shoes • Vans |
Boots • Topshop | Tote • Aldo/Asos | Crossbody • Boden

After skipping last week while I was trying to get some gift guides out I am back to a packing list this week. I received a request from a woman who is going to Washington D.C. at the beginning of April as a chaperone for her son’s school trip. She is stumped for what to pack for this trip as they are only allowed a carry-on. This being a school trip I assume there will be a lot of sightseeing that will involve a mix of dressy-casual, and casual outfits depending on the itinerary.  I included some simple and easy to wear items that are both comfortable, and dressy when needed by some easy pairings.

I always encourage that you pack a couple of tank tops or camisoles because they take up little to no room and are perfect for layering under sweaters, cardigans, blazers, and even as a sleepwear option if necessary. This time of year in Washington is when the Cherry Blossom Festival is and would be beautiful to see and experience.

I played with some different colour combinations here because I was feeling the jewel tones. The coat is a mid-weight which is perfect for April’s unpredictability and is in a beautiful plum colour. The blazer is for a lighter jacket option, but it pays to check the forecast leading up to the day you depart so you know what type of jacket you need to bring. I added some accents of a rich green, with some leopard (because I love leopard mixed with jewel tones). The wrap shirt is multi purpose because it can be worn as a shirt over a camisole or open as a light cardigan.  The key to packing light is to pack things that you can wear in several different ways so you can make the most out of what you bring. I hope these pieces give you some ideas for your trip.

The outfit options are in this post.

Have you ever been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington?

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