What to Pack for the French Riviera in Spring

What to Pack for The French Riviera Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraWhite 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 |

The girls and I are taking advantage of the nice day to go see Beauty and the Beast for lunch. This is a bonus of homeschooling, you can go to the movies during the daytime to avoid the crowds. They have begged to see it since before it came out so I figure I should take them before it leaves the theatre right? ;)

The packing light list for this week comes via a request for 18 days in the French Riviera area in France (known as the Côte d’Azur region). She and her boyfriend are visiting family in Villefranche-sur-mer and will be touring and doing many day trips in and around the area for the first week. They then will go on to Paris for a week, then spend the remaining days in B&B’s touring the WWII beaches and wine areas. She noted that she is usually a very casual girls (slip-ons, jeans, and t-shirts) but wants to amp it up a bit to still be causal but more casual chic (which is something the French have perfected). The key to keeping a casual chic look is to combine the right balance of casual and dressier pieces.

The temperatures in this area for the end of April and beginning of May are from the high teens to low 20’s (in celsius) and is perfect weather for jeans, light jackets/sweaters, and flats. So to get this casual chic look I stuck to a fairly neutral palette of white, black, grey light blue, and denim with the colour being added by brightly coloured/patterned scarves. Scarves are so versatile and can be tied a millions ways to completely change the look of an outfit. They also take no room to pack so it is worth it to bring a few.  The shoes I included are slip-on casual shoes, a pretty flat, and a low-cut boot. When given the choice, lean towards basics in a higher quality fabric because it will make you look more chic. Like an outfit that pairs these cropped, casual jeans, with the silk long sleeve blouse, and the tie ankle flats looks so put together with minimal effort.

For purses I would suggest one crossbody, and one shoulder bag if you want to have a variety. It depends what your options are, and what you will be doing. For straight up touristy things I lean towards a crossbody because it is so easy to carry, but sometimes I like to carry more with me so I want a larger bag. Having a couple of options is nice. If I was one who could afford designer purses (like a Chanel Classic Flap) I’d probably just bring that one, and I would use for everything as my statement piece.

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

I find myself stalking therealreal website in search of designer bags, but I don’t know if I would ever allow myself to spend that much at once on a single item (even the discounted used price). Have you ever shopped on therealreal?

Follow me on
INSTAGRAM || PINTEREST || BLOGLOVIN’

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 – Striped Shirt • Everlane | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Army Coat • Thrifted (Similar) | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 2 – Cardigan • Zara (similar) | Leather Pants • H&M | Hat • Thrifted (similar) | Shoes • Vans |
Outfit 3 – Dress • H&M old (similar) | Cardigan • Mango (similar) | Boots • Frye |
Outfit 4 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Blouse • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • Adidas |

Nothing motivates you to clean quite like your husband saying at noon while you are still in your pyjamas, that people might be coming over that night.  I also think he would have neglected to tell me at all if I hadn’t mentioned that I had a dream that night that he had a party, and someone stole my shoes*, so Kurt Cobain helped me try to find out who stole them. Tom was like, “oh yeah, that reminds me. Some people may be coming over tonight.” Needless to say I began to rush round and multitask at that point. I had plans on colouring my hair this day so while it was in, I cleaned the bathroom. Then I folded the massive pile of laundry that I have ignored for weeks while Roo cleaned out her closets so we could actually get in a put the clothes away. Tom made a run to Value Village to bring down our donations of two large, clear garbage bags full of clothes and shoes, one rubbermaid container filled with games and puzzles, and the old easel. At least that clears out the front doorway (minus the old coffee table that needs to vamoose).

I still have some more closet purging to do but that is enough for the day. After I go through everything in there I plan to update the “What I am Currently Wearing” post because things have changed a bit in the last few months. I’ve had to replace a few worn things, some wardrobe holes have been filled (hello boyfriend jeans), and some new ones are discovered (I am looking for a trench coat). I still have all my trusty favourites though like my Moto jacket, Fryes, band tees (I get them from here, and here, and thrift stores), and sneakers. I have meant to do an update forever and keep forgetting. You need to remind me to do these things ;)

*This totally happened to me before and apparently angered me enough that I am still dreaming about it 15 years later ;) Way back in college when I lived with roommates, the weekend I went home to have my wisdom teeth removed my roommates had a get together. It wasn’t even a party according to my then best friend whom I also lived with. When I came back that Monday my brand new pair of shoes that I hadn’t even worn once were gone. My friend thinks she knows who took them but there was no way to prove it. I was pissed. And I am a total grudge holder so I am still pissed.

Do you have anything you are still angry about that happened years ago?

Follow me on
INSTAGRAM || PINTEREST || BLOGLOVIN’

Spring is Here with the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

Spring is here, but you wouldn’t have guessed it by the snow that was blowing outside my window last night. Spring to me is a time when I go through my house and wardrobe looking for ways to freshen and brighten it after the long winter. This means some new, bright pillows, some colour and patterns added into my relatively neutral wardrobe, breaking out any shoes that don’t need socks, a few colourful scarves, and a new accessory or two. While I don’t usually wear a lot of accessories, I love to wear a watch and you will 9 times out of 10 see me wearing on any day of the week.

In the middle of March Daniel Wellington released their Classic Petite watch in four colour combinations: The Melrose which has a rose gold mesh strap and comes with a black or white face, and The Sterling which has a silver mesh strap with either a black or white face. Both are lovely and timeless, and easily transition from day to night wear.

I am wearing the Classic Petite Melrose in rose gold/black. I love this colour because it adds a subtle blush, warm, spring tone which softens up the black and grey clothes that I tend to gravitate towards. I also love that it is so easy to adjust. I have small wrists and often I have to get and extra hole punched in to my leather straps, but with this mesh one it easily slides up and down to fit for your comfort and fit preferences. I’m really happy to be able to freshen up my wardrobe for spring with this beauty.

Until April 30th you can get 15% off your Daniel Wellington purchase at danielwellington.com with the code LIVELOVESARA15.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch #danielwellington #DWClassicPetite @danielwellington

 

This post is sponsored by Daniel Wellington who carry pieces that I own, love, and wear regularly. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make my little blog and life here a little better. 

Follow me on
INSTAGRAM || PINTEREST || BLOGLOVIN’

What to Wear in Dubai UAE in Spring Outfit Options

What to Wear in Dubai UAE Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Black Tank • Topshop | White T-shirt • French Connection | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Black Cardigan • H&M | Kimono • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Midi Skirt • Zara | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Culottes • Mango | Tan Trousers • Mango | Dress • Dorothy Perkins | Swimsuit • Topshop | Floral Scarf • Loft | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Smith | Sandals • Cole Haan | Espadrilles • Splendid | Mules • BP | Black Purse • Guess | Clutch • Gracie Roberts |

Every time I open the microwave I cringe and think “man, I need to clean this” then I promptly forget when I remove whatever I am heating up. Every.Single.Time. I should probably stop what I am doing right away and just get it done but whatever I’m doing seems to trump the need of scrubbing it down. I wonder if anyone else here feels the same when they see it and contemplate cleaning it themselves. I can see it now, they open it, see the grossness and think “wow this is messy. I wonder when Sara/Mom is going to clean it.” A totally pointless story but I just removed my tea from the microwave and did it again so I thought I would share my struggle ;)

Refocusing on this post, these are the outfit options that go with the What to Pack for Dubai in spring post. Bringing hot weather clothes while remaining respectful of cultural dress codes can be tough. If you check out the original post it gives the complete packing list and the reasoning behind my choices. You should assume that any outfit you see that includes the tank top means that you will wear either the cardigan, blazer, kimono, or blouse (left open) over the top to keep your shoulders covered. The scarves will work to protect you from the sun, heat, wind, sand, and as a head covering. Multi-purpose is an important part of keeping it light.

As noted in the original post it is a good idea to research or call ahead to any locations or sites you might visit to ask if there is a dress code beforehand. 

Follow me on
INSTAGRAM || PINTEREST || BLOGLOVIN’

What to Wear in Dubai UAE Outfit Options 13-24 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraBlack Tank • Topshop | White T-shirt • French Connection | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Black Cardigan • H&M | Kimono • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Midi Skirt • Zara | Dark Denim • Mango | Black Culottes • Mango | Tan Trousers • Mango | Dress • Dorothy Perkins | Swimsuit • Topshop | Floral Scarf • Loft | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Smith | Sandals • Cole Haan | Espadrilles • Splendid | Mules • BP | Black Purse • Guess | Clutch • Gracie Roberts |

What to Pack for Dubai in Spring – Packing Light

What to Pack for Dubai UAE Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraBlack Tank • Topshop | White T-shirt • French Connection | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Black Cardigan • H&M | Kimono • Zara | Blazer • H&M | Midi Skirt • Zara | Dark Denim • Mango | Culottes • Mango | Trousers • Mango | Dress • Dorothy Perkins | Swimsuit • Topshop | Floral Scarf • Loft | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Hat • Century 21 | Sunglasses • Smith | Sandals • Cole Haan | Espadrilles • Splendid | Mules • BP | Black Purse • Guess | Clutch • Gracie Roberts |

Dubai is one of those destinations where there are many circumstances that can affect your clothing choices. First off it is hot, and depending on the time of year it is really, really hot. But it is also a really wealthy country so almost everywhere will have the air conditioning blasting, and at night expect the temperature to drop at least 10 degrees from the daytime temperature. It is also a Muslim country therefore there are certain dress codes you should follow to be respectful. There are also many sites that will not permit you entrance if you are not covered properly which is something to remember when packing. So what does this mean? You need hot weather items, but also things to cover up when the air conditioning freezes you. Your hot weather clothes should cover the shoulders, with no obvious cleavage showing, and knees should be covered. At some locations you may be required to wear long sleeves as well as being covered to ankles, with head coverings. Bars and nightclubs are different as well. Here the dress codes are much more lax and you can wear shorter skirts/dresses, shoulders bared, but also note that many of these places are quite dressy so you may want to pack your best party dress and heels to fit in.

This request is for an 8 day trip to Dubai in April, and the predicted weather shows it will be from low 30’s (in celsius) to high 30’s so it’s going to be hot. It’s a dry heat, but hot nevertheless so stick with natural, or loose, airy fabrics. If you pack a tank top make sure that you have something to wear over it. This is why I included a long kimono style shirt to wear open. It is airy while still looking put together, but you could also wear a blouse unbuttoned over a tank for the same effect. The cardigan is for night as well as air conditioning, and the blazer adds a quick way to cover up at night and add some dressiness to what you are wearing. I was a little stumped for shoes so go with your gut on this. Many Dubai women dress up and wear expensive heels for regular outings. This may be an option, but if you are averse to heels then a dressy flat is also a good choice. A boot is suggested for this time of year as well but you might not get much use out of them if it is really hot. I narrowed my choices down to sandals, an espadrille, and a dressy mule.

A swimsuit is also important, and although you can wear a westernized suit this is only acceptable in the pool area and upon leaving there you should change or be covered up. Scarves of varying sizes and colours are important to have and will work to protect you from the sun, wind, sand, and as a head/shoulder cover in a pinch. Remember that this place is hot and if you are prone to sweating you may want to bring and extra t-shirt or two unless you have direct access to laundry facilities.

As with anywhere it is a good idea to research or call ahead to verify the dress code of any place you may be visiting. This will prevent any embarrassment or awkward situations.

Outfit options will be in the next post.

Follow me on
INSTAGRAM || PINTEREST || BLOGLOVIN’