What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Dress • Zara (similar cheaper version, similar) | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas Gazelle
Outfit 2 – Band Tee • Urban Outfitters (same tee but different band) | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Mango (same jeans, different wash) | Shoes • Steve Madden |
Outfit 3 – Alf Tee • Zara | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots • old (identical) |
Outfit 4 – Sweater • Zara old (similar, similar) | Jeans • Zara sold out (almost identical, similar) | Mug • Lenny Mud

Cleaning tactic 101: “accidentally” let is slip that the easter Bunny need cleans places to hide chocolate. My 6-year-old was scrubbing baseboards and wiping dust off of shelves. I need to figure out someway to bring this kind of motivation in to our daily lives ;)

As per usually we hit the Value Villages on a weekly basis, and when Tom went before work last week he found Merle a pair of barely worn, floral, leather, 8 hole Doc Marten’s in size 1. They are slightly big but will be a perfect fit and boot for fall. Roo is jealous because she grew out of her Doc’s and wants another pair but since she has moved in to women’s sizes in footwear the cost for Doc Marten’s for her has quadrupled so we haven’t replaced them yet.

I’ve recently discovered two Spotify playlists that are like being reunited with old friends (one an Instagram friend told me about)  and the other I came across accidentally. Between the two I get my fill of my favourite musical time period (aside from 80’s music which I adore). I’m sure my kids roll their eyes every time I turn my music on, although Merle has decided that she likes The Cranberries. True story: I kind of met Dolores O’Riordan once years ago when I was managing the skateboard shop West49. She had a cottage nearby (where I lived was considered part of cottage country) and was at the mall. That was probably the highlight of my time working there.

As per usually the weekend flew by even though it was a long one. Here’s to a shorter week (for those that have Monday off). I hope you all have a good one :) 

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What to Wear in Madrid, Spain in Summer – Outfit Options

What to Wear in Madrid Spain 18 Outfit Options Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Tank/Camisole • Mango | White Sleeveless Blouse • H&M | Black Shirt • River Island | Grey T-shirt • Madewell | Green Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Floral Kimono • Zara | Shorts • Topshop | Bathing Suit • Topshop | Black Wide Leg Trousers • Mango | Lightweight Jeans • Zara | Black Dress • Mango | White Shirt Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango Outlet | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Smith Optics | Black Sandals • Sole Society | Sneakers • Converse | Buckle Flats • Park Lane | Brown Purse • Carvela | Black Crossbody • Zac Posen |

I almost forgot to post this. Long weekends throw me off and I totally thought it was Saturday (when I don’t usually post) so I neglected to publish this until now.

When I do the “What to Wear” posts I generally have two large collages with 10-12 outfits on each one, but this week I have changed it just a little. Since this trip is for 10 days there really isn’t any need for 25-30 outfit so I made one collage with 18 options. There is still definitely a lot more that you can put together with the pieces from the What to Pack for Madrid, Spain in summer packing light list from last day. These are just a general idea of what types of outfits you can wear for various outings.

During the summer months Madrid is quite hot and humid so packing lightweight, loose, and comfortable clothing is key. Dresses, wide leg pants, shorts, and light denim (for cooler indoors and nighttime) are the basics. Then add in a mixture of tops, a sweater, and some shoes, and accessories (don’t forget the hat). I like items that can be used in different ways like the shirt dress, which has several uses besides a dress. It can be worn as a swimsuit cover, layered under a sweater, and worn open over other dresses, shorts, or pants. Versatile pieces allow you to stretch out your travel wardrobe and become more creative which is what packing light is all about.

If you are heading out for a warm weather destination soon let me know what your must bring wardrobe piece is. I’d love to hear what everyone’s favourites are.

Have a great long weekend guys!

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What to Pack for Madrid, Spain in Summer

What to Pack for Madrid Spain Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraTank/Camisole • Mango | White Sleeveless Blouse • H&M | Black Shirt • River Island | Grey T-shirt • Madewell | Green Off Shoulder Shirt • H&M | Grey Pullover • H&M | Floral Kimono • Zara | Shorts • Topshop | Bathing Suit • Topshop | Black Wide Leg Trousers • Mango | Lightweight Jeans • Zara | Black Dress • Mango | White Shirt Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango Outlet | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Smith Optics | Black Sandals • Sole Society | Sneakers • Converse | Buckle Flats • Park Lane | Brown Purse • Carvela | Black Crossbody • Zac Posen |

This week I am going hot weather, summer time packing list to Barcelona, Spain by request. Hot weather is my least favourite weather so I tend to try to avoid it. Since summer is the main travel/vacationing time and warm weather cities are high on the destination list I figured now was a good time to put one out because we are heading in to that season.

The trip is 10+ days in Spain this June/July, and is spread out between Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, with side trips in between (possibly Andorra). Spain is hot in the summer, that super humid hot that makes your hair frizzy and your clothes stick to you (and you stick to furniture), so there are several things that you will want to make note of. The sun is strong so make sure to bring sunnies, a hat (a straw fedora or Panama style always looks good and covers bad, humidity hair), and suntan lotion. A long sleeve loose shirt is usually more comfortable and will keep you cooler than a tight t-shirt so keep that in mind. Denim and denim shorts are seen everywhere but the difference is that the denim made by Spanish companies is a lot lighter than what you may have or be used to if you are in North America. If you want to bring jeans but don’t want a heavy denim it might be a good idea to get a pair of jeans from a Spanish retailer like Zara. They are easily found around the world so it may be worth to go in check a few pairs out. The jeans I have from Zara are a noticeably more lightweight denim than others I own so I can attest to that.

For shoes it is wise to keep it flat. You will most likely be doing a ton of walking and between the hills and cobblestones flat shoes are the best choice. Purse choices are endless but I would stick with something that closes securely, and you can keep close to your body like a crossbody (or a shoulder bag that fits right under the arm so you can keep it close).

Air conditioning most likely will be full blast in many of the buildings you enter so bringing a sweater or cardigan will keep it comfortable. Summer packing takes noticeably less room than any other season so you may be inclined to pack an extra shirt or two if you won’t have access to laundry. It’s hard to keep clothes fresh with high heat, humidity, and sweating.

Check out my What to Wear in Madrid, Spain outfit options post to see how I put these pieces together to make 18 outfits.

Do you like hot weather destinations?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

To cool for school #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Oversized Sweatshirt • Zara (similar) | Leather Pants • H&M | Shoes • Zara old (similar) |
Outfit 2 – Merle: Sweater • Zara (old) | Leggings • Zara | Jacket • H&M | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 3 – Blouse • Zara | Jeans • Mango | Purse • Zara | Shoes • Zara |
Outfit 4 – Blouse • H&M | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Steve Madden |
Outfit 5 – Kimono • Zara (sold out) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Outfit 6 –  Oversized Sweatshirt • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Jacket • Zara | Shoes • Adidas |

I got sucked into an internet hole on the theory of Edgar Allan Poe potentially having a time machine. It’s fascinating stuff and because I would love to use a time machine, I really want to believe that he did actually have one. A funny thing when I get lost in these internet holes (usually a Wikipedia hole) is that no matter what I start looking at, for some reason or another I end up at the page for a monarch in British history. It’s so bizarre. I started with Edgar Allan Poe and ended up at Edward the Black Prince this time. I can’t even pinpoint where my path changed. It’s fun though, and I do it often.

This first week in April was typically Canadian. Friday I had to break out the winter coats again, while today I am wearing a summer dress. And this is one of the reasons that strictly seasonal capsules don’t work for me. Things just change too fast, and too often to keep only one season in my closet at a time. I remember eons ago in college there was a ridiculously hot day in April (30+°C) and it brought everyone out that night in hordes. I was wearing a long, sarong type skirt, with a tank top, my trusty jean jacket (which I still have), and some platform sandals (early 2000’s fashion). All the patios at the clubs were open and flooded with people so we went to a strictly indoor dance club. When we left at 2am it was snowing. I had to walk home in a summer outfit in a blizzard and it was brutal. It was only about 2 miles but it sucked bad even though I was loaded at the time which I am sure helped to keep me warmer. I learned to pay attention to the weather carefully after that.

I almost forgot that Easter was coming up. Am I the only one that doesn’t really like it and wish that we never really turned it into a celebrated holiday with the kids? (Aside from those that celebrate for religious purposes. It obviously has a completely different meaning than the Easter bunny does). I had to go out and do a quick easter run on Saturday while Tom was home so I don’t have to worry about it last minute. And since there is generally at least one kid with me 24/7 it makes it hard to be a super sneaky present buyer. Next thing you know, it’s going to be time to start buying Christmas presents again :/

Hope you all have a great (and productive) week!

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What to Wear in The French Riviera in Spring

What to Wear in The French Riviera Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Blue Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Silk Blouse • H&M | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Red Striped Sweater • Mango | Black Embroidered Pullover • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Moto Jacket • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Cropped Jeans • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Maxi Dress • Madewell | Shirt Dress • Mark and Spencer | Red Scarf • Loft | Blue Floral Scarf • Loft | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Cheap Monday | Slip-ons • Vans | Lace Up Flats • Zara | Booties • Steve Madden | Purse • Aimee Kestenberg | Crossbody • Monki |

I took the girls to see Beauty and the Beast on Wednesday and it was fabulous. I loved that it was identical to the animated version, even with the same songs. It took a childhood favourite of mine and brought it to life perfectly. We all loved it. I kind of want to go and see it again because I enjoyed it that much. This is one that I will definitely buy a copy of.

This post has 24 outfit options for the pieces in the What to Pack for the French Riviera in spring packing light post from last day. I’ve kept it mostly casual-chic per request with a few dressier outfits added in. The details for the trip are in the packing list post, but here is a quick run down. The French Riviera area will be a week in when visiting family, and doing touristy things, Paris for the next week, then the rest will be spent in B&B’s visiting WWII sites, and maybe a champagne tour. The trip is for 18 days and takes place at the end of April and beginning of May when the temperatures will be mostly sunny and range from the high teens to low 20’s (celsius).

I dress casual to casual chic 99% of the time so this is the style I tend to replicate in my lists because it is easy for me; my go-to of sorts. It is so easy to alter the idea of the packing lists to suit your styles and tastes though, so take my recommendations as what they are, suggestions and examples by me, and then make them your own.

Have you seen Beauty and the Beast yet? I’m not a big movie goer but I am glad the girls talked me in to it. 

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What to Wear in The French Riviera Outfit Options 13-24 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

White T-shirt • H&M | Blue Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Silk Blouse • H&M | Black Wrap Shirt • Topshop | Red Striped Sweater • Mango | Black Embroidered Pullover • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Moto Jacket • Mango | Dark Denim • Mango | Cropped Jeans • Mango | Black Pants • Mango | Maxi Dress • Madewell | Shirt Dress • Mark and Spencer | Red Scarf • Loft | Blue Floral Scarf • Loft | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Cheap Monday | Slip-ons • Vans | Lace Up Flats • Zara | Booties • Steve Madden | Purse • Aimee Kestenberg | Crossbody • Monki |