What to Pack for a Danube River Cruise

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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 Wear in Central Europe Outfit Options

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Black Tank Top • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Striped Tee • Madewell | Black Dressy T-Shirt • Mango | White Classic Blouse • H&M | Grey Silk Tunic • H&M | Tan Dressy Pullover • Mango | Black Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Pink 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 | Navy Purse • Mango | Leopard Crossbody • J.Crew |

It’s Friday, but not quite the Friyay people like to express on social media because my large plans for this weekend are to attempt to unf’*ck my habitat and go to Chuck E Cheese. I have a hate/hate relationship with Chuck E Cheese since going for Roo’s 3rd birthday. Aside from the animatronics being creepy af, I sliced my hand open on a stupid arcade style game within 3 minutes of arriving and bled the entire time even with my makeshift tourniquet ;) Plus the crowds, not just crowds but the weekend crowds :/ Tom wants to take the girls though and I’ll just look like a big meanie if I say I don’t want to go. I’d rather go to Ikea.

Today’s post is the 24 outfit options to go with the pieces from the What to Pack for Central Europe packing list. Check out that post for the details of the trip and list. The key to packing light aside from versatile, mix and match pieces is to roll your items, and use some packing cubes. Dust bags are also good for your shoes and intimates. I just keep any footwear size bag that comes as various packaging with items. If you don’t get what I mean here is an example: I just bought a flat sheet and it came in a shoe sized rectangular cotton bag with and elastic closing. I keep things like this because it will work to store shoes, and or intimates when travelling or for storage. This is the type of thing I always yell at my husband for, when he keeps things because they may have future use. The difference is that I know for a fact that he will never find use for his objects, he just hates to throw things out.

The outfit options are to show you how you can get a lot of different looks that will cover a variety of outings and temperatures. The weather at this time of year can vary through central Europe, especially in the mountains and at night. Layers will take you through any temperature changes you will experience throughout the day. Nighttime gets cooler as well so a light, waterproof jacket is recommended.

Do you have any exciting weekend plans? 

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Black Tank Top • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Striped Tee • Madewell | Black Dressy T-Shirt • Mango | White Classic Blouse • H&M | Grey Silk Tunic • H&M | Tan Dressy Pullover • Mango | Black Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Pink 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 | Navy Purse • Mango | Leopard Crossbody • J.Crew |

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 Wear in Phoenix, Arizona Outfit Options

 

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White Peasant Top • H&M | Distressed Cropped Jeans • Mango | Navy Lace Shirt • Mango |
Striped Tee • J.Crew | Grey Tee • H&M | Green Shirt • Mango | Grey Sweater • H&M |
Grey Cropped Trousers • Topshop | Dark Skinny Jeans • Mango | Jean Jacket • LE3NO |
Striped Dress • J.Crew | Black Midi Dress • Mango | Sunglasses • Quay | Scarf • Mango |
Hat • Brixton | Navy Tote • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Asos |
Two Tone Espadrilles • Michael Kors | Green Sneakers • Converse | Ballet Flats • Yosi Samra

Seriously, I can’t believe it’s Friday already. In the craziness that was this week it seemed to go by so quickly. And by craziness I’m talking about all the insane news shit we are being bombarded with at a scary rapid rate. This week has been jam-packed with all kinds of face palm worthy moments. I hope you are all making it through okay.

Friday’s are generally an outfit post day to go with the week’s packing list…..unless I switch things up just to mess with you guys ;) But this week I am sticking with the regular schedule because I said I would have this post done for the end of January – beginning of February. These are 24 outfits that come from the pieces of the What to Pack for Phoenix, Arizona 10 days list from Wednesday. A quick summary of the post is that it is a March trip to watch their favourite sports team The Seattle Mariners (which is what the colour palette is based on), decent coverage for sun sensitivity is necessary, flats preferred, and a generally casual trip involving watching games, dinners, and hanging with friends.

The colour palette was a little hard to accommodate because the green is a tough one to match perfectly, and it’s hard to incorporate silver without involving sequins or vegas worthy bodycon dresses ;) So I hope that I was able to pull together and do your vision justice. Thanks for the request.

Have a good weekend everyone. 

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White Peasant Top • H&M | Distressed Cropped Jeans • Mango | Navy Lace Shirt • Mango |
Striped Tee • J.Crew | Grey Tee • H&M | Green Shirt • Mango | Grey Sweater • H&M |
Grey Cropped Trousers • Topshop | Dark Skinny Jeans • Mango | Jean Jacket • LE3NO |
Striped Dress • J.Crew | Black Midi Dress • Mango | Sunglasses • Quay | Scarf • Mango |
Hat • Brixton | Navy Tote • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Asos |
Two Tone Espadrilles • Michael Kors | Green Sneakers • Converse | Ballet Flats • Yosi Samra

 

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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