I’m pretty sure I’m getting sick. My throat has been sore for the last two days but I still am holding on to the hope that I can fight it off. Tom’s birthday is this weekend and Roo’s is next, so there is a lot of crap to do and I can’t get sick :( I may have to go out and buy some Echinacea to boost the immune system.
Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday, showing the outfit options for the pieces in the What to Pack for Ghent, Belgium post. I put together 20 outfits for the 10 day list but you can get so many other choices from this. I said yesterday that this wasn’t a request post, this one is based on my tastes and preferences so there isn’t a back story, just a compilation of pieces I like and how I might wear them.
I built the list around the blue blazer because is such an amazing statement piece. I find I am slowly getting away from strictly black, white, and grey and am really being drawn to deep, rich colours. Hello jewel tones. Even the green, leather gloves are a great way to add some colour. There was also a time that I avoided turtlenecks like the plague, but I have embraced them over the years and love the look of the striped one with a bold coloured jacket or layered under a sweater. There is nothing more comfortable than and oversized, turtleneck sweater either.
What is your favourite way to add some colour to your wardrobe?
I’m not going to lie, I only finished putting everything together for this post five minutes before it went live. You know when everything keeps going wrong and you get super frustrated, which causes more things to go wrong? Yeah? Last night was like that and I kept having to reboot, or restart, or completely delete what I was doing and it was getting to the point where I was holding my breath so I wouldn’t scream and scare the kids. I decided that shutting everything down and starting anew in the morning was my best option. Everything went smoother today so it was probably a good call. Sometimes you need to step away and come back to it with fresh eyes and a clear head (wells s clear as you can with mom brain).
This post has the 20 outfit options that go with the What to Pack for Bath, England packing list. The trip is a Christmas holiday for two friends who have planned a “girl trip” for a long time and decided Bath was the place that they wanted to spend the holiday.
When you have two friends on the same trip with similar tastes and styles you get the added benefit of two wardrobes. Having nothing to wear should not be an issue. This was one of my more colourful clothing selections but it seemed appropriate. The addition of mustard yellow, and pink are tied together with the floral print dress (which I love). I would also suggest bringing some gloves as well (I forgot to add them) I like these bold ones, but these are also great.
My selections are based on my regular formula for a fall/winter wardrobe. That consists of 4-5 shirts, a few sweaters with one being a cardigan, three bottoms, a dress or skirt, jacket, weather appropriate accessories, 3 pairs of shoes, and 2 purses (usually one small, one regular size). I take the formula then pick a colour palette, which this time was a neutral base with yellow and pink. Then I mix everything to make sure they all go together so that I know making outfits will be simple. It’s sounds pretty basic and it is which is why it’s super easy to take this concept and plug in your own pieces. I can see any of these outfits being worn while walking around the city taking in the Christmas celebrations which was it’s purpose. I hope it inspired you.
I really enjoy this time of year and I just saw that it is officially 46 days until Christmas. I am starting to get a little freaked but also sad that it is going to be over so soon. Are you?
It wasn’t until this year that I truly believed in the after Halloween super hangover. Oh man. I think everyone is suffering from it today (or Wednesday because this is a day behind) Irritability, lethargy, I have a headache. If this isn’t a life lesson for us to eat healthy then I don’t what is. I kind of want to throw it all out. I hope to hell we all sleep better tonight.
Today I have the outfit options for my Milan, Italy packing list featuring that amazing jacket. I wish we still had a brick and mortar Mango here so I could check it out, because I want to see if the colours are as lush in person. These pieces made some pretty fab outfits though. I only put 20 together because the trip is for two weeks, but you could easily make more by layering and accessorizing differently.
As for dressy occasions like New Years Eve I thought that the velvet dress and jacket would look amazing and totally appropriate for a night of celebrating. Add some simple jewellery like gold earrings, a necklace or bracelet and it will be perfect.
The temperatures that will range during the duration of the trip are from around 1°C (low) to 9°C so really not that bad in the realm of cold weather. If you are sensitive to cold I would bring some leggings to layer under pants, and gloves for sure.
What do you think of the sort of Edwardian style blouse with the high ruffle neck? I find that I am drawn to them for some reason. The white Gap one in these outfits also comes in a black which is also really nice (and I might actually prefer because me and white don’t always work well together). The striped shirt also is reminiscent to me of Bert and Ernie (in prettier colours) which I find totally 70’s and completely charming.
Are you a coffee drinker or a tea drinker? I find I gravitate to coffee because I need all the caffeine I can get but I don’t find myself savouring the taste. Mid afternoon or at night when I no longer need a caffeine hit (who am I kidding? I need caffeine all day) I sit and enjoy a cup or two of tea. When I order hot drinks from coffee shops, it’s always a tea beverage (Starbucks Early grey latte, also know as London Fog is my favourite). Even my favourite mugs are tea oriented (Lionel and Mr. T). I wish there was a way to get the same energy and alertness from tea as from coffee. That is my late evening ramblings, as I am drinking tea. I also have a coupon for Hello Fresh food service. Has anyone used it before? Is it worth it?
This post is a continuation of last post and includes 24 outfit options to go with the What to Pack for Glasgow packing list. The trip (not for me) is designated for December to visit a family, (or soon to be family). I noted that December weather is coldish (6°C) with wind and rain and I included ample sweaters, items that layer easily, and waterproof boots to cover this. I also mentioned that if rainboots aren’t your thing, (I just include them because they are what I have for waterproof boots in my wardrobe) there are many more stylish/comfortable options out there. Sorel has a great low boot, and Sperry has some really good options too, like their infamous duck style boot.
I’m a planner. Like, right down to the last detail type of planner because I have trouble flying by the seat of my pants. I thrive off to-do and checklists because it makes me feel organized and productive. I think that is why I enjoy doing these lists. I like to plan, coordinate, and put things together. Puzzling outfits or matching pieces is a fun challenge for me. So when you see all these lists, no I am not one of those lucky people who get to travel all the time. In fact whenever we do get money saved for a vacation something always comes up where we have to dip into the “vacation fund”. I think this is more the norm than not although it gets really frustrating at times I’m sure people can relate to that. I just wanted it to be known that, not all of these clothes are not mine (some pieces may reflect what I own though), and these trips are not mine. People just ask for some guidance, ideas or whathaveyou to help them figure out how they can work it out so they have minimal items, but plenty of options because sometimes all it takes it an outside perspective to see what you have differently :)
I enjoy helping people even though sometimes I get backlogged and swamped with requests and emails. It truly is something that I enjoy.
We have been waiting for months for the Love Me Sweet Japanese Cheesecake shop to open and it finally did, so yesterday (since there was no line during the day) we went and picked up a 7″ chocolate Cheesecake for $11. So good. We ate the whole thing in under 2 hours. I may or may not have supplemented our dinner with it. They share their shop space with Squish Candies, and Eva’s Original Chimney’s which makes walking in there, sweet tooth heaven.
Today I have the outfit options for the What to Pack for Berlin, Germany packing list from Wednesday. In the original post I picked pieces that reflected the requesters love of leopard, neutrals, and blue, while still keeping it a cool, modern, effortless chic that would work in the early winter. The trip is for 14 days so I put together 20 outfits to show you a variety of options for how these pieces can work.
It’s easy to throw a bunch of clothes in to a suitcase and hope for the best which many people do. My goal is to show you that it is still easy to pack as long as you are mindful with your choices. Pick a colour palette and stick with it, that way you know that everything should work together. Give yourself a certain number of tops and bottoms you would like to bring and work around that. Quickly pre plan a handful of outfits (and take a picture of them laid out on the bed) so that you have something to refer to while on your trip. These steps should help abolish the “nothing to wear” stress and stop you from feeling like you have to run out and buy clothes on your vacation.
I gave you 20 outfit examples (10 at the top and 10 at the bottom of the post) with room to make many more. I also noted in the original post that weather is all relative so make sure you pack for your own comfort. I come from a city that has a pretty cold winter so the temperature of Berlin in December won’t feel as cold to me as someone from California (for example) so pick your pieces accordingly.
I have received a lot of messages from people saying that these posts also help them with their wardrobes. So if you need inspiration for your next trip or even just for pairing down your closet I hope this post (or any of my others) can help with that.
Do you pre plan outfits for your vacation or just hope for the best?