My youngest was so wound up last night driving both her sister and I batty that I took her out for a very long walk at 6:30 and we made it back by 9. That’s way past the time I like her to get ready for bed but with the past couple of weeks going though a heat wave she didn’t get out and spend long periods of time in it. I think it was catching up to us. She’s still at the age where she enjoys going out for walks with me so I put off getting this post done until we got home. I hate scrambling around trying to get them done before bed but I was hoping to tire her out, which actually backfired because she came home all hyper and was bouncing off the ceiling :/
Do you remember the game Mastermind for the 80’s? A couple of weeks ago I was telling the girls about it and was thinking of buying it from Amazon for them because I saw they reissued it. We were in the dollar store looking for some headphone cords and toured down the toy aisle and what did we see? The same Amazon version but for $4 (except they call it Codebreaker). I thought it was a weird coincidence since I hadn’t even thought about the game in years until I told them about it.
Back to business, and this post which offers 24 outfit options from all the pieces in the What to Pack for Italy and Greece packing list. It is for late November/early June. The original post gives details about the trip, and why I made these selections. This week I decided to focus completely on one retailer, H&M. I have a been a loyal customer for years and always find some gems when I go through the stores. I did a try-on of a few of these pieces a couple of days ago and will get a post up about them in the next day or so. But for today’s post I will let you know that you probably need to size up on the polka dot blouse because it has darts at the waist line which make it a tighter fit. I loved the polka dot dress. It seemed true to size, has fitted gathered, slightly poufy sleeves (in a cute way) with a shirred elastic waist and has pockets. It also comes in a vibrant orange-red which is popular this season.
With 24 outfits for a 12 day trip there should be no issues coming up with something to wear. Now that the heat wave broke and fall is truly in the air it is easier to get in to the mindset of putting together fall outfits. I hope you enjoy these.
I finished The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. So good, so heartbreaking, so horrifying. Remind me that if I ever get a chance to time travel not to go to England 1348.
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!
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:
Five shirts sticking to a generally neutral palette. One tank for layering of if it gets really hot, a graphic or plain t-shirt (I chose graphic because it adds some fun to an outfit), a wrap blouse which can be dressy (or dressed down with jeans, sneakers, and a leather jacket), a blouse, and a striped long sleeve (this style is more of a light knit).
A few sweaters of varying colours and styles. A bold colour pullover, a neutral one, and a cardigan. The cardigan also works as a shirt when belted at the waist so you get more versatility form this piece.
Two dresses. You could easily get away with one but I included a black basic which will be very versatile as well as a dressier wrap style in a dark colour.
A light coat or coats. This time of year can still be hot during the day but cool down at night so I chose a leather jacket and a checked blazer which is really on trend this fall.
A few accessories. Scarves are a nice choice for an easy way to change a look (and for cooler weather, rain, as a cover-up) I picked a bright floral print, and a neutral dark. A hat for sun and/or rain, and sunnies.
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.
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.
One dress in addition to the formal dress which I did not include in the above.
A blazer to add a casual chic to jeans and shirts (also works as a light jacket) and one wool coat. I chose this navy one because I love the look and feel of faux fur collar. I find it very chic, but fun.
Three pairs of shoes including the pair you are wearing with your travel outfit. I picked a low-cut bootie, loafers, and some cute leopard flats. The leopard flats are the brand Vionic which are supposed to be comfortable for problem feet.
I’ve got this weird obsession. It’s researching/studying/watching videos on what women wore during different time periods and how they wore them. Like these videos on Youtube that show what it took to dress a women during different eras. I have no idea when the obsession began, but I do know it was way before the time of the internet so finding the information wasn’t easy like it is now. I bought this book in my first year of college. It was stupid expensive at the time (I think I paid $80 brand new) but I have flipped through this thing regularly over the last almost 20 years. I still refer to it when I am reading and I want to get a better idea of the fashion was like in that time period.
I probably should have found a career that could embrace the obsession. I did take museum studies with hopes to become a museum curator at some point but I think I would have done better if I could have specialized in the fashion of a particular time period. In my head I lean towards medieval because it’s my favourite time but I am also really drawn to the opulence (or as it is termed “Rococo” meaning florid or excessively elaborate) style of the 18th century French fashion. Since it’s now just a pipe dream I think I will specialize in both ;) No joke though this here is my dream halloween costume.
Last post in What to Pack for Edinburgh, Scotland I talked about the common question that goes around the Instagram captions to generate some fun and conversation of “If you could move anywhere in the world right now where would it be?” I noted that my picks are always Edinburgh, London, Dublin, and Copenhagen as an honourable mention, so I made a packing list to Edinburgh to commemorate my choice (that reason and also someone asked me to). Today I have the 30 outfit options that work from those pieces. My picks weren’t for any particular season. It was more of a multi-seasonal list that I was envisioning to take you through different months with small variations.
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