What to Wear in Sydney Australia Outfit Options

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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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Three things: first, Why is it that I can spend 5 minutes cleaning up the girls bedroom and it looks cleaner than when they spend 3 hours doing it? Second, I saw that they made a Twin Peaks remake so I thought I would check out the old one first (I have never seen it before) and boy is it weird. Have you ever seen it? Third, when I was young (6 maybe) I had whooping cough (pertussis) and the doctor said it must have triggered a high sensitivity in my coughing because from that point on every time I get a cold I coughed horribly (and that is and understament). It last weeks, and is so bad that I turn purple and am unable to get my breathe or control it. It sucks, and can be so embarrassing when it happens in public. People stare aghast like I have the Plague or something. Anyway, when I was young my mom would wrestle cough medicine into me which I hated. I would be gagging and dry heaving before she even got it poured out. Being and adult without someone to force me to take it I have to dance around the kitchen until I get the guts to drink it back. Adulting sucks.

I am quickly trying to type this while I am sneakily eating my daughters lemon loaf from Starbucks that she forgot she got today. I am trying to inhale it before she catches me. Which sounds mean but I haven’t eaten much in three says so I forgive myself ;)

This is the outfit option portion to the What to Pack for Sydney Australia post. The trip is for 3 weeks so I put together 30 outfits that should work for most situations. If you go over to the original post it gives the details of the trip. It takes place in December which is their summer so when you live in an opposite season you need to make sure that you plan early enough so that you can find the proper clothes in stores.

Australia is really hot in the summer so breathable fabrics are a good start. Things like cotton t-shirts, cotton dresseslinen pants, skirts, and loose, flowy dresses and fabrics will help to keep you cool. If you are not a fan of denim shorts than a dressier cotton pair will work well. It’s all about what works best with your style. Colourful and gauzy scarves make good shawls, head bands, swimsuit cover-ups, and of course as a scarf. There are many uses for such a simple piece and you can easily keep it in or tied to your purse to bring with you. This is only 30 outfit options but there is room to make many more with a little creativity. Thanks for the inspiration <3

Congratulations on your marriage and I hope you have a glorious honeymoon. 

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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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What to Pack for Sydney Australia – Packing Light

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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What to Wear in Havana, Cuba – Outfit Options

What to Wear in Havana Cuba Packing Light List Outfit Options #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 |

I’ve had three coffees today and now I am sitting quietly, drinking a cup of tea and I realize how much more I enjoy tea. While I drink coffee in the morning mainly for its ease (Keurig) and the caffeine boost (not a morning person. At all.) when given the option I will pick tea every single time. My favourite Starbucks tea is a London Fog (also called an Earl Grey Latte). Even my two favourite mugs (Lionel, Mr. T [mine is pink]) that no one is allowed to use show my preferences. I guess I am really and truly British as per my DNA ;) Which do you prefer?

Last post I put together a list for What to Pack for Havana, Cuba as per an Instagram request. It is a much more colourful list than what I usually do but there are just so many wonderfully bright, and beautifully printed pieces out there now and I felt it fit with the aesthetic I was going for, for this particular list. I have also been embracing more colour lately and think that this may have trickled down in to my choices as well.

This trip is for 7 days in June, which is part of the wet season and I put together 18 outfit options from the pieces in the list. There are also so many other ideas that could be put together if you get creative. Cuba is like many other Caribbean countries where there aren’t restrictions on what you can/should wear. You can bring your regular summer clothes and there will be no issues. If you want read more details on the trip, my clothing choices, and the accessibility to wifi in Cuba read the original post.

Are you feeling all of the bright colours and prints this season?

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