What to Pack for New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Outfit Options

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Black Camisole • H&M | Blue Shirt • Mango | Striped Long Sleeve • & Other Stories | White Blouse (I have this and love it) • Zara | Graphic Print Long Sleeve • Mango | Black Print Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Grey Turtlneck Sweater • H&M | Black Pullover • H&M | Brown Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • Mango | Coat • & Other Stories | Grey Plaid Scarf • Topshop | Star Scarf • Gap | Beanie • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • SWG | Leopard Flats • Talbots | Sneakers • Golden Goose Deluxe Brand | Boots • Dolce Vita | Purse • Børn | Crossbody • Diane von Furstenberg |


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I want to preface this post by saying that here in Southern Ontario as well as south of the border into the American East Coast we have had above seasonal temperatures. Quite hot and humid and actually more like the weather in the middle of summer. This should be noted when vacationing to these destinations any time soon. It is very important to pay attention to the weather up until the day of your trip because it can change at the drop of a hat and you want to make sure you have packed appropriately. Mother Nature is fighting back, and we shouldn’t be looking at historical trends in weather, but what is happening now.

I have been stuffy and sneezing like a fiend today and although the weather is hot, cold season is back in session and my little germies (kids) shared the gift of sickness with me. Bear with me if this doesn’t make sense, I’m blaming it on a mild fever ;)

First off; in the original post you will find all the pieces that I used to put these outfits together. I also have links to every piece under each outfit collage (top and bottom of post) for ease of finding. The fall packing list with accompanying outfits is for a Brazilian who is visiting New York, Boston, and Philadelphia in October for 16 days. Since she is coming from a warm climate I noted in the original post that bringing warmer pieces will be beneficial because it will feel colder here to her than it really is until she gets used to it.

I put together 24 outfits that will cover any occasion that may arise during the trip. Both the dark denim, and black pants are from H&M and are their Shaping Denim. I swear by these jeans and would live in them, but you do definitely need to size up because they fit small. I also think it is important to bring versatile pieces which is why last week and this week I included the tie-waist cardigan (last week was a black version). It can be left open to layer over pieces, but can also be belted and worn as a shirt. I also included a knit hat (or a toque as we Canadians call them) because in October while it may be nice during the day, it has the tendency to drop significantly at night so having a warm hat will be nice if touring around in the evening. Two pieces of advice: 1. when in doubt don’t pack it, and 2. wear layers and your harder to pack items for travel. They both will save space.

Right now (Thursday night) Tom is texting me about paperwork and Merle is watching her 40th episode of Peppa Pig, so I need to go figure shit out and get the kids in bed. Have a great weekend guys! 

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What to Pack for New York, Boston, and Philadephia Outfit Options 13-24
Black Camisole • H&M | Blue Shirt • Mango | Striped Long Sleeve • & Other Stories | White Blouse (I have this and love it) • Zara | Graphic Print Long Sleeve • Mango | Black Print Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Grey Turtlneck Sweater • H&M | Black Pullover • H&M | Brown Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • Mango | Coat • & Other Stories | Grey Plaid Scarf • Topshop | Star Scarf • Gap | Beanie • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • SWG | Leopard Flats • Talbots | Sneakers • Golden Goose Deluxe Brand | Boots • Dolce Vita | Purse • Børn | Crossbody • Diane von Furstenberg |


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What to Pack for New York, Boston, and Philadelphia

What to Pack for 16 Days in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Black Camisole • H&M | Blue Shirt • Mango | Striped Long Sleeve • & Other Stories | White Blouse (I have this and love it) • Zara | Graphic Print Long Sleeve • Mango | Black Print Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Grey Turtlneck Sweater • H&M | Black Pullover • H&M | Brown Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Madewell | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • Mango | Coat • & Other Stories | Grey Plaid Scarf • Topshop | Star Scarf • Gap | Beanie • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • SWG | Leopard Flats • Talbots | Sneakers • Golden Goose Deluxe Brand | Boots • Dolce Vita | Purse • Børn | Crossbody • Diane von Furstenberg |


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This week I have an east Coast packing list for the U.S. for 16 days in October. Since I live in Toronto I am in the same time zone and in the same general area as these locations so I can tell you what the weather will be like from personal experience. October is my absolute favourite month weather-wise because of the cool temperature (but not cold), changing leaves, and general ambience of the month. It’s perfect.

This list is for someone who is from Brazil, so as with anyone who comes from a climate that is warmer than the place they are going to, it may take a bit to acclimatize. For this reason I would suggest packing for warmth because it is going to feel a lot colder to you than it actually is. Sweaters (the above cardigan also belts and can be worn as a shirt), scarves, knit hat, and maybe even gloves are all going to be necessities. Although we are currently going through above seasonal temperatures (it’s really hot and humid right now) I expect that October will be back to seasonal weather.

Sixteen days is easy to pack for if you pack smart. Make sure you have a colour palette, stick to things that you know are comfortable and you will wear. You only need a handful of tops, a few sweaters, 3 bottoms, and one dress. Even if you don’t think you will be have any reason to dress up, it’s always good to pack something that will work just in case. And even if you don’t wear the dress out to dinner you can always layer it over pants for a fun casual vibe. A variety of shoes rounds out the list but only 3 pairs maximum are necessary. A short or high boot, a walking shoe (I love these Golden Goose Sneakers even though they are expensive :( and a flat/slide/Oxford or in other words any style that you think you will get a lot of use from. Preplan your outfits and you should never have and worries of what you are going to wear. Outfit options from these pieces can be found in this post. I hope this was helpful.

Is the weather unseasonal where you are right now?

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What to Pack for Rome, Venice, and Florence – Outfit Options

What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence Packing Light List 15 Outfit Options #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Tank Top • Mango | Graphic Tee • Mango | Wrap Blouse • Zara | Black Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Zara | Yellow Sweater • H&M | White Alpaca Sweater • & Other Stories | Black Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Marks and Spencer | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Purple Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Mango | Pink Scarf • LOFT | Hat • Club Monaco | Sunglasses • Nordstrom rack | Flats • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • & Other Stories | Black Purse • Vince Camuto | Brown Crossbody • Gap |


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First off I want to share this jacket that I spotted when I went out to buy cat food yesterday. Yes, I can get easily distracted. It just so happens that we were walking buy H&M and I glanced over and there it was, right up front on the mannequin. It wasn’t busy at the mall at all at that time so I went in to try it on. If you go over to my Instagram you can see the photo. I didn’t buy it because only on a mission to buy one thing but now I am regretting it :(

Today’s post is for the outfit options for the Walk to Pack for Rome, Venice, and Florence packing list. The trip is for 8 days at the end of the month for a honeymoon (sounds amazing!) and she didn’t want to end up packing the same old stuff she usually does. I said I would put something together to give her an idea of the types of pieces she could bring and what types of outfit combinations you can make out of them. I put together 15 outfits from the following pieces listed below:

As for packing as light as possible. Make your outfits ahead of time (this is why I do the outfit options), so you have something to refer to when you are deciding what to wear. Omit anything that you don’t think will get much use. Pick your travel wardrobe from your packing capsule and layer well, wearing your bulkiest, hard to pack items, and roll everything. Rolling really works.

Now back to that jacket. Yay or Nay? On the Instagram comments they said yay unanimously but I thought I would ask here to. 

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What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence

What to Pack for 8 Days in Rome, Venice, and Florence Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Tank Top • Mango | Graphic Tee • Mango | Wrap Blouse • Zara | Black Blouse • Mango | Striped Shirt • Zara | Yellow Sweater • H&M | White Alpaca Sweater • & Other Stories | Black Cardigan • H&M | Blazer • Marks and Spencer | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Purple Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Leather Jacket • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Mango | Pink Scarf • LOFT | Hat • Club Monaco | Sunglasses • Nordstrom rack | Flats • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • & Other Stories | Black Purse • Vince Camuto | Brown Crossbody • Gap |


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Honeymoon edition ;) I guess I could totally leave the honeymoon part out since what you pack for your honeymoon is basically the same as what you would bring for any vacation, but I thought I would throw that in because this request is for a honeymoon at the end of September. They are travelling to Italy covering the above cities. Sounds fab and with great weather.

These three cities generally have a similar range in temperature at this time of year. You are looking at a daytime high of low 20’s (in celsius) and a day/night time low of the lower-teens (and if the day is lower the night will guaranteed be even less). These weather predictions are according to accuweather (I checked all three and averaged it out). The weather is so bizarre right now that I don’t pay attention to the historical averages. I just look at what the weather network for the weeks following up to the trip say it is going to be.

The pieces I chose are ones that can be layered up or down because which is important because the mornings will starts cool, then warm up in the afternoon, only to drop down again at night and you need to have things that layer. Light jacket(s), light sweaters, t-shirts, blouses that you can roll the cuffs or tie at the waist, some easy to wear bottoms, a couple of dresses, and a variety of shoes are what I chose. A tank top is a good idea because they are perfect for layering under other pieces, but also can be worn alone if it gets hot. You can easily toss a scarf over your shoulders or a sweater if you need to cover up for more modest tourist places. (plus, layering under sweaters keep them fresher longer). The cardigan I chose is a wrap style that you can leave open or tie at the waist and use as a shirt. Versatility is important when wanting to pack as light as possible. Pieces that are convertible, or that you can change around to get a few different looks are a great choice. I also find that including several black pieces make things easier because a black outfit nstantly looks chic (even with minimal effort). Stick to mostly neutrals and then add one or two pieces in a bold colour or great print. This will help to break up the monotony of a seemingly neutral wardrobe.*

*The requestee is only 5’0 so I tried to include pieces that would work on a shorter frame. I’m 5’3″ and even I have issues with pants and the awkward length of some shirts, dresses, and skirts. I chose pants that are an ankle skimming or cropped version (or won’t look funny if they get cut off or shortened). None of the tops or sweaters are too long that it will hang too low and look frumpy or like you are wearing a dress. I chose jackets that cut directly at the lower waist/hip area, and several pieces tie, or button around the waistline to give a more defined waist. I threw in an extra dress because I figured since it was a honeymoon you might pick fancier dinner places that require something a little dressier. But if that isn’t the case then you could easily omit the second dress and/or add a skirt instead if you wanted to cut back or change it up. At this time of year when it can be hot one day and cold the next I wanted to make sure there were enough options just in case. I hope this gives some ideas and congratulations on your marriage and honeymoon :)

Also remember that your travel outfit (including shoes) comes from the selection above. They are not pieces added in addition to, so wear your less easy to pack items to save room in your suitcase.

The outfit options for these pieces can be found in this post.

Side note: I made a completely fantastic Curry Chicken Salad from Budget Bytes. It’s so good I almost ate the whole batch tonight which is why I am mentioning it. If you love curry and chicken salad this is for you. 

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What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris Outfit Options

What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-10
T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


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We just got home after being out for much out for the day and I’m going to say that I could have easily worn a beanie (a toque for my fellow Canadians). It was cold out, especially for it still being August. They are having a “Movie in the Park” night (Fantastic Beasts) for the last weekend of summer and everyone is in jackets, with blankets over their laps. We were going to stick around and watch it but decided it was too cold and went home to watch it there. I’m not sure how I feel about this ;)

Wednesday’s packing list was for fall, with What to Pack for Bordeaux and Paris (including a cruise) in October. If you head over to that post it gives some details of the trip but in a quick summation the trip is 14 days. The first week will be on a river cruise in Bordeaux, and the second week will be in Paris. The cruise has semi-dressy dinners, and one very formal evening in a which a formal dress will be required in addition to the travel wardrobe. This can be common for cruises so make sure you check.

Below is a breakdown of what pieces these outfits consist of based on the original list. There are 20 outfits that I put together with room to make many more if necessary. Laundry will be done on the ship so there is more than enough clothes here for two weeks.

Are you excited for fall, or are you mourning summer (for those of us north of the equator)?

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What to Pack for 14 Days in Bordeaux and Paris Packing Light List Outfit Options 11-20
T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Blouse • Madewell | Striped Shirt • Land’s End | Black Shirt • Mango | Tie Blouse • Mango | Camel Pullover • H&M | Grey V-Neck Oversized Sweater • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Casual Denim • Banana Republic | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Trousers • Banana Republic | Black Dress • Marks and Spencer | Coat • & Other Stories | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Red Scarf • H&M | Black Hat • Banana Republic | Sunglasses • Vince Camuto | Watch • Nixon | Boots • Nordstrom | Loafers • Sam Edelman | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Brown Purse • Shoptiques | Black Crossbody • Cynthia Rowley |


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