What to Pack for Warsaw, Poland

What to Pack for Warsaw Poland Packing Light List

White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Print Blouse • Mango | Graphic Shirt • Top Shop | Black Oversized Sweater • Cuyana | Blue Pullover • Top Shop | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Dark Denim • Zara | Casual Denim • Madewell | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Brown Coat • Top Shop | Black Scarf • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Check Scarf • Top Shop | Knit Hat • Gap | Sunglasses • Joe’s Jeans | Flats • Top Shop | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom | Black Purse • Liebeskind Berlin |


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The more I am researching my ancestry and ancestry DNA the more pieces of the puzzle I am able to fit together, but also the more pieces I seem to be missing. It can be frustrating and emotionally taxing but it can also be very rewarding. If I hadn’t opened the door years ago I would never have known many aspects of my history, but there are also so many unanswered questions. It’s so hard to bite the bullet and send someone an email who is a close dna match asking them if they might know how you are related and then never receive a response or acknowledgement of any kind. When you have adoption in your family it makes placing how people might be related very hard and receiving no responses can be defeating. As it stands, what I have been able to piece together of my fathers birth dad is that he is probably from Eastern European ancestry, because all the people that I cannot place to a particular side of the family have Eastern European ancestry in common. It’s that possible missing link in my ancestry that has inspired this post.

Warsaw has a turbulent history. It’s Old Town was establish in the 13th century, but was almost obliterated during WWII. It was painstakingly rebuilt using as many old bricks and materials as possible, and the result is remarkable. Even the cobblestone streets were meticulously reconstructed and are now a Unesco protected site.

As for weather, the coldest month is February which averages -3°C, but has the lowest rainfall, and the hottest is July/August which average 18°C. The summer months are the wettest with June ranking highest. Depending on the time of year of travel your wardrobe will obviously differ. This one leans more towards fall and early winter. With a few changes it can easily accommodate any month.

Warsaw has risen out of it’s once ashes to become one of the top recommended European destinations. There is so much history throughout the city (and within day trips) so be sure to be respectful (when contemplating selfies and photographs at any memorials or remembrance sites). Walking tours are recommended throughout the city so be sure to pack a comfortable walking shoe.

Warsaw was also the birthplace of Chopin and there are many places named after/dedicated to him, even the airport. Have you ever been?

*To go along with the pieces in the above packing list I put together 14 outfit options located directly below. So many more outfits can be combined with the pieces, these are just and example. I hope you enjoy.

What to Pack for Warsaw Poland Packing Light List 14 Outfit Options

White Blouse • Marks and Spencer | Striped Shirt • Boden | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Print Blouse • Mango | Graphic Shirt • Top Shop | Black Oversized Sweater • Cuyana | Blue Pullover • Top Shop | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Dark Denim • Zara | Casual Denim • Madewell | Black Pants • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Brown Coat • Top Shop | Black Scarf • Marks and Spencer | Yellow Check Scarf • Top Shop | Knit Hat • Gap | Sunglasses • Joe’s Jeans | Flats • Top Shop | Sneakers • Adidas | Boots • DSW | Leopard Purse • Nordstrom | Black Purse • Liebeskind Berlin |


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Some Outer Space Home Decor and Gift Ideas

Home decor and gift ideas for space lovers

1.Astronaut Duvet set by Snurk |  2. Orion’s Twin Sheet Set | 3. All Solar Systems Go Quilt | 4. Outer Space French Terry Blanket | 5. Cosmos Glow in the Dark Twin Quilt | 6. I need My Space Mug | 7. Space Pop Molds | 8. Space Candles | 9. Planets Mobile | 10. Discovery Space Centre Set | 11. Alien Crossbody Bag | 12. Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape | 13. Space Age Pinball Game | 14. Inflateable Solar System | 15. Space Explore Patch | 16. Nasa Patch Set | 17. I Want to Leave Patch | 18. Glowing Milky Way Clock | 19. Space Tapestry | 20. Star Constellation Canvas | 21. Alien Throw Pillow | 22. Astronaut Throw Pillow | 23. Starry Globe Nightlight | 24. Space Hair Pins | 25. Galaxy Print Leggings | 26. Space Cadet Gloves | 27. Galaxy Backpack | 28. Zodiac Constealltion Baby Shoes | 29. Galaxy print Vans | 30. Solar System Crystal Ball |


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This post is a little different from my usual Wednesday post but a few days ago I was walking through Simons and noticed a space trend through the women’s clothing. I then started to do a mental inventory of all the space related/themed items that my girls have and that inspired a blog post. You can get inspiration at the weirdest moments because at that particular time we were just walking around the store until the line up in the new gourmet ice cream shop got shorter.

I have a love/hate relationship with space. I don’t think I ever mentioned it on here (I did mention it on Instagram last week though), but when I was 6 or 7 I swear I was visited by an alien. You can laugh, everyone else does. My kids even sneak up behind me and whisper *I’m going to probe your brain* just to get a rise. I remember it clearly though. It was nighttime, but I had a nightlight so the room was fairly bright. I woke and saw it standing in the corner of my room staring at me. I stared back for what felt like a long time but was probably under 30 seconds, and then I hid under the covers. I don’t remember anything until my mom woke me in the morning where I was still hiding under the covers.

That is where the hate part comes from which resulted in me not being able to watch anything alien or space related that involves getting lost in space or aliens attacking…..I can handle E.T. even though I went in to hysterics at the beginning where he is digging up a plant and you see his fingers, then it pans to a rabbit (I thought he was going to hurt it) and had to be escorted out of the theatre until I calmed down ;) But I do love to watch scientific space videos and documentaries, (minus alien topics). My kids on the other hand love space. So much so that Roo is going to be an alien for Halloween *sigh*. They build rocket ships, and are obsessed with the solar system. Pluto being demoted royally pissed my oldest off.

My love for space comes from my kids thirst for knowledge. Learning about stars (we will get a telescope some day), and how the universe started, their questions, and my answers that I have to Google. All these things make me see it in a new light but I also find that I am drawn to space visually. I love prints with astrological signs, duvet covers or wall hangings with colourful galaxy designs, and space inspired toys that let the girls’ imaginations flow.

There are so many out of this world (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) space themed pieces out there that I thought I would pull together a few to inspire you with some space love….or hate.




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What I Wore This week

Oversized cardigan, Fedora, and Frye Engineer boots

Black silk blouse, leather jacket, and skinny jeans

Zara checked skirt

white blouse, trench, boyfriend jeans, and converse

Oversized cardigan, white t-shirt, and Adidas

Oversized striped sweater, boyfriend jeans, and Adidas

Outfit 1 – Black sweater | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Grey Jeans | Frye Boots | Fedora |
Outfit 2 – Leather Jacket | Black Blouse | Jeans | Boots | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Skirt • Zara | Camisole | Adidas |
Outfit 4 – White Blouse | Boyfriend Jeans | Trench | Converse | Purse |
Outfit 5 – Oversized Cardigan | White T-shirt | Jeans | Adidas | Purse |
Outfit 6 – Striped Oversized Sweater | Boyfriend jeans | Adidas | Purse |


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Today is a holiday because it is the Canadian Thanksgiving (even though we celebrated yesterday), so I am trying to spend the day getting some things done that I have procrastinated on. First I want to make Roo’s Star Wars duvet, and secondly I have a crafting project that will add the finishing touch to Merle’s Halloween costume, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot harder than I first thought.

Last week I went through the girls’ closet to see get rid of stuff and see if they need anything for winter. I think they are pretty good (except they both need socks and underwear) and Merle needed some new leggings in the next size up. So we headed to Zara because they have them for a good price and they always have really cute prints and designs. While we were there I got sidetracked looking at stuff for me and came across the skirt that I used in my Los Angeles Work and Weekend Capsule. In that post I mentioned how I was totally in love with it and could visualize a million ways to wear it, but when I looked for it online it was sold out in my size. Lo and behold my store had one left in my size and when I tried it on the love was still there. So a new skirt has been added to my wardrobe which works because I don’t really have a lot of skirts (two that fit, and one of those is borderline too small).

This is totally embarrassing to admit but I had a laundry basket in my bedroom with clothes that needed to be put away for like……3 months. Yep. Well, I finally got that shit folded and put away this weekend. Just in time to do 5 more loads of laundry and have another few baskets to put away. The feeling of accomplishment lasts for literally one second before you realize that it’s like Sisyphus and the boulder…..It’s a never-ending cycle.

Even though I have one kid that eats everything, one that eats nothing, and a husband that has recently decided to cut out all carbs, I was able to throw together a halfway decent Thanksgiving dinner. I hope my fellow Canadians had a great holiday.

Now I just need to work on the grown up tablescapes. It’s not quite the same serving dishes off of Hello Kitty plates ;)



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Plus Size Capsule for Fall 30 Outfit Options

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 1-15 via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #plussizecapsulewardrobe
White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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On Wednesday day Merle and I got stuck in the rain so badly. I knew it was going to rain but I thought I had timed it better. We had some things to pick up at the mall and I figured we would get there and get home before it started, but we got sidetracked in Zara. I went to find her some leggings because they always have cute prints for 8-$10 a piece, and while we were there several things caught my eye that I will talk about later ;) Anyway I lost track of time and had to speed shop to get the things we actually came for and when we went out you could tell it had rained. I thought maybe it passed and we were in the clear but as soon as we set out the sky opened up. We hid in alcoves, doorways, and under trees in between downpours but were soaked anyway. The bag for my new purchases got so wet they started to tear and I had to tuck them under all of my groceries which got drenched too. After we got back to the condo every surface had things draped or laying across it to dry. It hasn’t rained in a long time and was crazy. The whole way home Merle was laughing like a maniac, she thought it was great.

Also on Wednesday I post a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall. The premise was a neutral palette with lots of black, mostly pants, and a cool edgy vibe. I hope I accomplished that, and so you can see what my vision was I put together a months worth of outfits from the pieces (which are located 15 at the top and 15 at the bottom). I tried to show the versatility by pattern mixing and layering and there were many more outfits that I could have made but it was getting late when I was working on it and my concentration was fading.

This capsule will easily transition from fall, to winter, to springs, and even pieces in to summer (with a few seasonal changes here and there like a winter coat, a summery dress or skirt, and sandals). It’s very versatile, and although it leans towards casual, there are also options for dressier looks in there. I noted in the original post that the pieces are very easy to replicate with items from your own wardrobe if you choose to use this as a guide.

I hope you can find some ideas from these pieces and if I inspire you to try a combination that you’ve never tried or something out of your comfort zone than I have succeeded in my intent. I hope you all have a great weekend. It’s Thanksgiving here this weekend and I have no idea what I’m making :) 

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 16-30 via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #plussizecapsulewardrobe
White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #capsule

White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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I don’t just get requests for packing lists, I also get them for capsule wardrobe ideas. This week I have a fall capsule wardrobe in plus size. The requirements for the list are black, grey, neutrals, black denim, leather, and military/modern for someone who predominantly wears pants and likes a little edgier look. These are some ideas and suggestions to spruce up the wardrobe for fall. I actually find that this mirrors my style a lot, so it was fun hunting for the pieces.

There are a lot of options for plus size fashion today and many popular retailers have a plus size section like they do a petites and/or tall. Mango has Violeta by Mango, H&M has H&M+, there are:

And that is just to name a few. I tried to pull some pieces from several of these to give a variety. Most of these pieces can easily be mirrored from your own wardrobe since most of us have at least one white tee, a graphic tee, a variety of sweaters, denim, and favourite footwear there shouldn’t be any issues finding pieces that work. I think that pulling together a variety of shirts, sweaters, and pants that can easily be replicated is important to make it attainable.

Although she doesn’t wear dresses it thought including one for “just in case” would be okay. Everything is kept in the neutral tones with an addition of some blue, and leopard (which I consider a neutral anyway). For jackets I have a statement jacket that’s the military feel to it, a leather jacket for edge, and a trench because incorporating classic pieces makes your wardrobe timeless. Accessories should be simple like scarves, hats for the season, at least one belt (I love the statement obi best) and whatever jewelry you wear regularly. A couple of purses easily round out the selections, and that is it. This should work well for taking you through fall and every piece will transition to winter, and then to spring with the addition of a winter jacket (unless you live in a non winter jacket place in the world).

It is a capsule that includes 18 items of clothing, plus shoes, and accessories. 30 days worth of outfits from these pieces can be found in this post.

*note: the ivory cardigan is from Zara and while it is not technically plus size it is a very oversized fit that will work on many people. It’s a great piece that I am contemplating going down to get tomorrow ;) 

 

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