What to Pack for Germany in Fall Outfit Options

What to Pack for 10 Days in Germany Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-10
Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • Mango | Navy Blue Tie Blouse • Mango | Grey Bell Sleeve • Mango | Black Pullover • & Other Stories | Light Brown Pullover • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories |  Blazer • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • & Other Stories | Camel Coat • & Other Stories |  Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Tie-dye Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Treasure & Bond | Grey Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Reversible Purse • Azalea | Black Crossbody • DSW |


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One kid is cleaning her room and the other is in the bath so I have about an hour of “quiet” time to get this done. My youngest stays in the tub until her skin is shrivelled so I may in fact have little longer. Especially since it is so hot and humid today, she’ll want to hang in the cool water with Spongebob playing on the iPad (up on the counter away from the tub). Yesterday while I was exchanging my trench coat back to the original style I exchanged already (I’m a pain in the ass, I know) I had to walk past H&M. We did a quick run in because I am looking for a black long sleeve dress for Merle’s Halloween costume and I am hitting up all the reasonably priced places I can think of. They didn’t have one, or even one that I could alter to work but they did have the relaxed fit, Led Zeppelin t-shirt that I have waited to hit the Canadian stores. I spotted in the U.S. online shop a while back and was beginning to think it wasn’t coming here.  It was $19.99 here but is currently on sale for $9 in the States (you lucky people). It’s a great shirt, a looser fit, in a soft cotton, with a cool graphic. Definitely an awesome deal.

Today I have 20 outfits that I put together using the pieces in the What to Pack for Germany in Fall packing list post. The trip is for 10 days so I figured 20 different outfit options would cover most bases (10 outfits at the top and 10 at the bottom). You may notice that it appears I have 3 different purses in this packing list (I always just bring two maximum) but the brown bag is actually reversible to black so you have more versatility and options on the trip.

Below is a breakdown of all the pieces that I used to make these outfits. They are from the original packing list post. Note that a couple of these outfits will be your travel outfits. All of my packing lists include the travel outfits; they are not extra clothes in addition to what is on the list.

Now that the huge Nordstrom Anniversary sale is almost over (Prices go back up on August 7th) here are some sales that are going on starting this weekend.

It’s a long weekend here this weekend and Sunday is my birthday (not overly excited). I hope you all have a good one!  

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What to Pack for 10 Days in Germany Packing Light List Outfit Options 11-20
Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • Mango | Navy Blue Tie Blouse • Mango | Grey Bell Sleeve • Mango | Black Pullover • & Other Stories | Light Brown Pullover • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories |  Blazer • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • & Other Stories | Camel Coat • & Other Stories |  Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Tie-dye Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Treasure & Bond | Grey Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Reversible Purse • Azalea | Black Crossbody • DSW |


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What to Pack for Germany in Early Fall

What to Pack for 10 Days in Germany Packing Light List

Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • Mango | Navy Blue Tie Blouse • Mango | Grey Bell Sleeve • Mango | Black Pullover • & Other Stories | Light Brown Pullover • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories |  Blazer • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • & Other Stories | Camel Coat • & Other Stories |  Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Tie-dye Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Le Specs | Sneakers • Converse | Boots • Treasure & Bond | Grey Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Reversible Purse • Azalea | Black Crossbody • DSW |


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Before I jump in to the post  I wanted to vent my frustration with myself. In Monday’s post I mentioned how I bought myself a trench coat for my upcoming birthday. I saw it, liked it, and bought it without shopping around. Well, Monday Merle and I were at the mall wasting some time while Roo was at a class and we walked past Zara and there was another trench in the window. This one was more structured and classic looking but slightly more expensive. Now I don’t know which one I want. I’m going to have to go in and try on the other one on to see if I like it better but this is what I get for not shopping around first.

Anyway, on to the post. In the grand scheme of seasons, it’s generally easy to assume what the weather is going to be like (obviously with a little research and the weather channel because we know what assuming does). In winter, you bring sweaters, boots, and jackets, in the summer it will be warm so you have tees and dresses, but in early fall it can go either way. It can get brutally hot some days, and others you will feel like cool late fall. So how does one pack for that? First off you watch the weather channel religiously until you leave so you can make sure you are prepared as best you can. Secondly you pack layers. Layers is always the key to unpredictable weather.

My request is for Germany this week for 10 days in late September-early October to visit family, wine fest, Oktoberfest (on my bucketlist) in the region of Rhineland Pflaz and Bavaria (ahem, Neuschwanstein Castle anyone?). My dad bought a cuckoo clock from the Bavarian region many, many years ago. It’s a gorgeous clock and I remember him coming home from work and pulling the weights to keep the time every day. They still have it but I think that it is broken now.

Now back to Germany and it’s weather. September starts out in the early to mid 20’s (celsius) and slowly decreases and the month goes on. By the end of the month and in to October you will be around the early – mid teens with rainy and overcast days feeling colder as the winds change. My suggestion is to bring a light to mid weight coat (maybe a wool one) that you can layer (or not) depending on the temperatures and then a blazer to use a dressy/fun jacket for days that are warmer. Some scarves and a wool or knit hat will keep you comfortable while you are touring. I included several sweaters with a cardigan always being a good idea. Two pairs of jeans, and a pair of black trousers. One dress just in case a there is a more formal dinner or event, but I kept it simple with a wrap dress so that you can toss on the blazer or the cardigan and slip on some sneakers or boots for a casual yet edgy look. For purses, one is a crossbody and the other is a reversible tote, so that you get two purses in one with the black and brown options.

The request is for a “middle age” (In quotes because I don’t like the mindset of having to dress for your age) woman travelling with her dad but she likes to dress in a casual-sporty,boho-rocker style. Kind of sounds like me ;) I pulled pieces that should appeal to many but are easliy swappable for things more suited to your tastes. 20 outfit options for these pieces can be found in this post. I hope that I was able to give you some ideas and/or inspiration.

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What I Wore This Week

White dress and black blazer, with Classic Vans

Houndstooth blazer, Johnny Cash T-shirt, jeans, and vintage purse

Black sweater, distressed boyfriend jeans, and Frye Engineer boots

Outfit 1 – White shirt dress • Zara (similar) | Blazer • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Vans | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 2 – Houndstooth Blazer • old (similar) | Johnny Cash T-shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Jeans • ZaraPurse • vintage (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Outfit 3 – Black Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Boots • Frye |


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We went to Toronto Gem Expo this past weekend and I was pretty cool. Since Tom used to be a goldsmith and Merle loves geodes and gemstones I figured it would be fun family thing to do (plus it only cost $8 to get in). There were so many great pieces there but there was this one woman (her business is Calle I.D. Jewelry and Designs) who had the coolest, most unique, and beautiful items there. I would classify her stuff as steam punk meets fantasy  and there was couple of pieces that I would have loved to buy but didn’t know how I would ever wear them. One was a beautiful Phoenix necklace, and the other was a dragon collar. We ended up buying the girls a couple of eye rings, but man those necklaces would have been statement pieces. Also I am obsessed with amber that have insects trapped in them. I kept gravitating to them and would love a huge piece like that to display at home.

My birthday is next weekend and I bought myself a trench coat. I have wanted one for a while and saw that Zara had a few just coming in for fall. I was going to just order one online but decided it was worth my time to try it on. I’m glad I did because I ended up getting the x-small instead of my regular small. While I like an oversized trench, I decided to go down in size because the small looked a little too oversized (would have looked better if I was taller) and bunched in the back when I belted it. I’m kind of really excited to wear this now so bring on rain and cooler weather.

July is almost officially over and I have completed about 50% of my Christmas shopping. Maybe more like 40% but definitely a good amount is checked off. Tom was working downtown last week and he noticed a Doc Marten outlet store so he went in. They were clearing out a ton of styles and he was able to pick himself up a really awesome pair that looks like a painting, and a Union Jack pair for Roo which I am squirrelling away for Christmas. She is going to be super excited because she was bummed when she grew out of her last pair. She actually has them on display on one of her bookshelves.

I don’t know if you remember me saying that I was planning on getting a subscription to the Great Courses Plus and use that for part of homeschooling this year. They just sent me an email letting me know about new courses added and one of them is French. I’m so excited but his because it means that I don’t have to pay $200 now to sign Roo up for a French course. I can use this for the first half of the year and then she can take the course for the second “semester”. I wasn’t really feeling like spending that much at this time since I have to buy Level 2 for Merles Reading/Phonics books which will probably set me back $200 as well. I’m just thankful hat I was proactive years ago and bought as many pieces of curriculum in pdf form as I could so now I can use them for Merle without added expenses. I am also thankful that there is a library right across the street (like literally across the street) that we can run over to and grab any supplemental material we may need without much worry. I’ve really got to kick my butt into high gear and get these last-minute things put together. I am usually much more prepared than this.

Does anyone else feel like the summer is totally escaping from them? Also, Tom got us Popeye’s Chicken for dinner and I think my entire week of fairly healthy eating just went up in flames :(

 

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What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium Outfit Options

What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-15
Tank/Camisole • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Polka Dot Blouse • Zara | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Striped Shirt • Boden | Chambray • H&M | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Camel Pullover • H&M | Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Pink Dress • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Purple Jacket • H&M | Floral Scarf • Gap | Black & Grey Striped Scarf • Mango | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Quay | Boots • Lord & Taylor | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Oxfords • Nordstrom | Brown Purse • Madewell | Black Crossbody • Guess |


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It’s the weekend; does anyone have any fun plans? I *think* we are going to the Gem Expo in the city at some point this weekend. Tom used to be a goldsmith and Merle is obssessed with geodes and gem stones so it should be a fun outing. Next weekend is a long weekend here and it’s my birthday weekend. I’m kind of cringing over that, and the fact that I didn’t accomplish anything I said I would last birthday (hello fit body, that totally didn’t happen). This week was a little cooler some days so I got to pull out some fall style. I’m sure it will be back to blistering hot next week though. As for now these are the fall inspired outfit options (30 in total with 15 at the top of the post and 15 at the bottom) that go with the What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium post from Wednesday.

As per usual you can click on any link to see the product information or you can click on any image in the image carousel if you are a more visual person. Here is a breakdown of all the pieces that are included in these outfits from the main packing list:

This packing list was for a three week trip to Bruges, Belgium. I put together 30 outfits to show you how versatile the pieces were but you can easily make more with the pieces or pack less for a shorter trip. I hope you all have a great weekend :) 

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What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium Packing Light List Outfit Options 16-30
Tank/Camisole • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Polka Dot Blouse • Zara | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Striped Shirt • Boden | Chambray • H&M | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Camel Pullover • H&M | Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Pink Dress • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Purple Jacket • H&M | Floral Scarf • Gap | Black & Grey Striped Scarf • Mango | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Quay | Boots • Lord & Taylor | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Oxfords • Nordstrom | Brown Purse • Madewell | Black Crossbody • Guess |


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What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium

What to Pack for Bruges, Belgium Packing Light List

Tank/Camisole • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • H&M | Polka Dot Blouse • Zara | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Striped Shirt • Boden | Chambray • H&M | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Camel Pullover • H&M | Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Pink Dress • H&M | Black Wrap Dress • H&M | Blazer • H&M | Purple Jacket • H&M | Floral Scarf • Gap | Black & Grey Striped Scarf • Mango | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Quay | Boots • Lord & Taylor | Leopard Flats • Vionic | Oxfords • Nordstrom | Brown Purse • Madewell | Black Crossbody • Guess |


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I know it sounds like a cliche, but autumn is my favourite season to dress for which ultimately makes it my favourite season to make packing lists for. I would completely fill my wardrobe with sweaters, boots, jackets, scarves and live in them all year if I could get away with it. So needless to say when the stores start turning over from summer to fall I get excited and inspired to dress for fall.

This weeks packing list is for Bruges, Belgium which has to be one of the most enchanting cities ever. I’ve come to the conclusion that while I think of my dream home as some uber modern penthouse flat, or an open concept industrial style warehouse apartment; I would really like a medieval stone house along the canal like in the header photo. Talk about one extreme to another ;)

I built this list a little different than usual. I usually pick a few neutral pieces, then add in some colour to round it out. This time I started with this fabulous purple jacket and then built everything around that. The rest of the pieces are mostly neutral in colour but some have a print to break the monotony that can go along with a small wardrobe when you want all the pieces to work together. Add in some shoes with one or two in a fun colour or print (I love leopard with purple and these leopard flats are Vionic’s which are super comfortable for walking), some weather appropriate accessories, and you have a well-rounded packing capsule. This list is requested for 3 weeks but you can easily get more out of these pieces.

The 30 outfit options for this list can be found in this post.

My birthday is right around the corner which means that summer is on its way out. I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand I hate the heat, but on another I am not too sure that I am looking forward to cold and snow just yet. We had such a mild winter last year I have a feeling that it is going to be brutally cold this winter. I wish I could move some place more temperate for the season. Oh well, at least I don’t have to buy a new winter jacket or boots for me this year. I think the girls jackets will still work but they both may need new boots. (I can’t believe I am thinking about this already).

Can you believe that summer is more than half over? 

 

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