Weekend Escape: London {Late Winter/Early Spring}

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This packing list is tried-and-true.  Layering bulky items and rolling thinner items will result in a perfectly-packet suitcase that’s easy to lug through the airport and the streets.  I created two outfits from each pair of pants, resulting in six easy ensembles that can be swapped based on the weather, occasion, or desired level of comfort. I chose a neutral color scheme with hints of red and navy.

Weekend Getaway - London {Plane To and From}

For the plane, a pair of leggings and multiple layers will serve you well, topped off with a large scarf, of course.  I wear boots on the plane to alleviate suitcase space, but quickly change to my “travel slippers” on the plane.  A watch is my only accessory “necessity” on a plane with easy on-off access for security.  Yes.  Food is a must.  Yes.  Gradebook app on iPad is a must.

Weekend Getaway - London: Skinny Cargos Two Ways

Skinny cargos go a long way because they’re comfortable and fairly neutral.  I debated the rain boot issue for quite some time, but was happy I packed them. I threw the sneakers inside the rain boots, so they didn’t add much bulk.  You could easily ditch the riding boots if the forecast promises heavy rain.  Ditch the sneakers if you have an exceptionally comfortable pair of riding boots that pair well over the cargos.  The raincoat is light and can be stored away in the nylon tote (easily packed in suitcase) when the rain stops.  As for the sunny side, a faux fur vest is an easy topper – I’d rather have my arms free, but it could easily be left behind and replaced with the big, chunky scarf.

Weekend Getaway - London: Jeans Two Ways

Jeans are my article of choice, but I find the Paige Skyline Ankle to be fairly comfortable.  I chose a lighter shade so that it contrasts against the navy sweater.  The scarf and bag add great color (I still love this crossbody).  As for the cold weather pairing, layers are key and the sweatshirt jacket adds just that.  I would chose the “cold weather” outfit for a more casual day of sightseeing.

You could easily do a four/five day trip with jeans, a pair of skinny cargos, and leggings. I chose to add the black skinnies in case there was a dinner out. These pants are a bit dressier than a legging and still pair well with the color scheme.  The scarf looks great against the blue top.  Throw on the vest and you’re good to go.  This vest could be replaced with a simple blazer.  The outfit on the right is a repeat with an alternative bottom, but is nonetheless an option.

Bags:  I stuffed the nylon tote flat in my suitcase which added no bulk…sometimes you just need something bigger than a small crossbody. Speaking of which, I filled this with my toiletries and threw it in my carry-on.

Jewelry:  Keep.it.Simple.  A watch and a pair of studs is really all you need. I will stress the watch because it seemed I could never find a clock when I wanted one.  I guess this is reason #45 that separates London beauty from New York’s flashing lights.  I guess I can’t find fault with the desire to preserve the royal streets rather than plaster digital, bulb-illuminated numbers alongside every building.  A few simple bracelets and a ring will do for the entire duration of the trip.

Miscellaneous:  Of course a set of lounge/sleepwear is high on my priority list when I’m away from home. Make-up is incredibly low on my priority list when I’m on vacation. My motto: no one knows me. Therefore, I usually pack a bronzer/blush compact, mascara, some lip gloss, and a good lotion.

Weekend Escape: Late Fall Weekend

Weekend Escape: Fall Weekend
Travel Outfit #1:  jeans/striped top/parka/ankle boots/burgundy bag/gold studs/gold rings from stacking set
Evening Outfit #1:  Green jean/white t-shirt/mixed material moto jacket/grey clutch/black pumps/silver earrings/silver rings from stacking set/bracelets
Day Outfit:  jeans/cable sweater/burgundy bag/ankle boots/gold studs/mixed stacking rings
Evening Outfit #2:  black skinny pants/black tunic-blouse/faux fur vest/black pump/geometric pave earrings/tiger’s eye ring/long gold pendant/gold clutch
Day/Travel Outfit #2:  black skinny pants/ankle boots/cream blouse/faux fur vest/gold studs/gold bangles/burgundy bag
PJ/Lounge:  sweats/lounge top

Weekend Escape: Winter Wedding

Fall/Winter weddings are becoming more popular, and I fully support festivities taking place in the cooler months when it seems you’re always looking for a weekend escape.

I just returned from a wedding, one that I was in, so although this set doesn’t feature a bridesmaid gown, I tried to include as many parts a wedding weekend may entail.

Weekend Getaway: Winter Wedding

As for travel, keep it comfy. Throw on a pair of leggings, the heather grey tunic, and black boots. This can be worn out for lunch with the bridal party and to the salon/spa for manicures. Wear the simple rhinestone earrings, crystal pendant necklace, and eternity band. The satchel is large enough for travel and suitable for toting around wherever the day takes you. Add a scarf for warmth if needed.

For the rehearsal dinner (for bridal party/out of town guests) I selected a modern, simple dress. Pair it with a strap heel, the bibb necklace, enamel bracelets, gold and black stud earrings, and crystal ring. I love the idea of a fur vest over a cocktail dress which is a bit more feminine than a leather jacket or blazer. Use the black clutch to store your belongings.

Pajama/lounge outfit consists of your basic lounge pant and long sleeve shirt. Slippers are must when you’re traveling and these are slim enough to store in your suitcase.

Morning of, including bridal prepping requires a button down shirt. I chose a tunic length to pop over the leggings. Not much else is needed since this will probably be done at the bride’s house or hotel suite.

I chose a long black dress, which may seem unoriginal, but the one-shoulder silhouette adds some sophistication and style. Choose a gold embellished belt, or a gold chain belt that will turn up this simple dress at least one notch. Wearing the same shoe saves you space in your suitcase and this pair will suit the dress just fine. A platform pair with a touch of gold would also work, or a gold strappy sandal if your closet is equipped. As for jewelry, the cuff is sleek, the black chandelier earrings complement, and the cocktail ring finishes out the look. Again, use the black clutch and the scarf (as a shawl) or, the vest if needed. Pick one, not both.

For brunch the day after, throw on jeans, a white long sleeve or short sleeve, and the open front vest. Rewear the rhinestone studs, pendant necklace, and eternity band.

If you need an outfit for drinks one evening, the open front vest paired and a tank top, paired with the skinny jeans, and heels (or boots if more casual) will carry you through. Another outfit that can be created is the oxford tunic and faux fur vest paired with leggings or jeans.

A few tips:
This suitcase is filled with a black and ivory color scheme, which doesn’t have to be limiting. A colorful accessory (a different clutch, cuff, or scarf) could easily liven things up.

Keep jewelry all gold or all silver in order to reduce the number of pieces required. Also, using the same pair of dress shoes will save you room in your suitcase.

Weekend Escape: Packing for the Holidays

The selections allow you to carry a manageable suitcase whether you’re traveling by road, rail, or air.

Packing for the Holidays: Suitcase

Simple jewelry, black basics, a cream coat, and a few colored accents round out the wardrobe. All you need are a pair of boots and a pair of flats for variety.

Packing for the Holidays: Travel

Black skinny jeans and a blanket sweater will keep you comfortable on a long trip. Couple the outfit with a pair of comfortable yet chic boots, throw on a snood to keep you warm, and pack your essentials in the roomy satchel.

Packing for the Holidays: Christmas Eve

Nothing says Christmas like a plaid, wool skirt. Pair it with a feminine blouse, black tights while you get another wear out of the boots. Let the glitz of the pearl studs shine on their own or add the chunky pearl necklace for a bit of interest. The blue bag will also work with this outfit and keep the look cohesive. This outfit is comfortable for a family gathering and appropriate for church if your family attends Christmas Eve services.

Packing for the Holidays: Christmas Morning

To this day, I always somewhat plan my Christmas morning apparel. Maybe it was the pile-up of Christmas photos gone bad, but really the glasses, side pony tail, and bright pink onesie removed any “magic” out of the tears of joy-photo when I opened the maroon American Girl box back in 1990.  So, yes, plan your Christmas morning get-up without trying too hard so those pictures are a bit less horrifying.  Comfortable lounge pants and a cotton shirt, coupled with the blanket cardigan and slippers will keep you toasty for the morning festivities. Slippers are key to feeling comfortable when you’re away from home, so pack a pair, or keep an extra if you frequently visit your destination.


Packing for the Holidays: Christmas Dinner

Christmas is all about looking bright and merry (I mean that literally), while maintaining a sense of comfort. This dress seems to achieve the desired look, paired with a pair of flats to keep you comfortable while playing with the kiddies and painless for dishwashing time.

Packing for the Holidays: Day After Christmas

Get another wear out of your travel outfit by swapping the blanket sweater for this red, loose sweater. Comfortable for the ride home, fashion approved for the airport.

Weekend Escape: Alma Mater Visit

Many of you have probably made your annual Homecoming visit by now, but a few weeks remain for football-driven visits.  When packing for a college trip where football will be the main attraction, start with your spirited outfit and build from there.  I chose brown as my neutral and added different accent colors for each outfit. I just discovered these boots over at Complex Cardigans and had an easy time pairing them in different styles.

Here are the essentials all together in a collection:

Alma Mater Visit: The Suitcase

Helpful Hints:

1. Jewelry is minimal, this is not the weekend for making a statement.

2. Both bags are cross-body which are useful for being in the stands and maneuvering through crowded places.

3. If you are traveling to a chillier climate, you may want to swap the leather jacket with a wool peacoat.

4. I didn’t include pj’s this time — but there should be enough room for a simple set.

5. A brown cross-body bag may be a bit more practical and already in your closet.

Alma Mater Visit: Friday Night

You’ll most likely find yourself at a pub of some sort on Friday night, so a pair of jeans and a casual tank top will be plenty (The one featured is a bit pricey, but as you see, these things are everywhere.  I picked up a very similar one from J.Crew for $20 down from $70).  Throw on the open front cardigan to separate yourself from the actual college girls.  I love the colors in this scarf, they are an unexpected combination and tie together the top and purse.

Alma Mater Visit: Saturday Football

I brought out school colors in Saturday’s outfit and used the scarf as the focal point.  How I managed to find a purple and gold scarf is beyond me, but it’s perfect for the occasion.  As for the shearling vest, you may feel more comfortable in a “puff vest”, but I think the sherling is a bit more unexpected.  Plan to bring an extra layer if the weather calls for it.  Simple color-coordinated studs will be just enough with the chunky ring.

Alma Mater Visit: Saturday Night

My favorite outfit of the weekend is built around this dress which keeps with the neutral rule while adding a bit of “red”.  Following the tights rule, they match the boots and dress and again, separate you from the “college kids”.  The leather jacket and purse complement the dress and take things up a notch while looking low-key.  The pendant necklace keeps with the vibe of the dress.

Alma Mater Visit: Sunday Brunch & Travel

Bring out the jeans again for Sunday brunch and travel.  I chose a blue so that the scarf and leather jacket can be reused.  I opted for the purple bag over the blue bag which would have been too “matchy” and pulled it together with the purple studs.  This outfit will carry you from the morning through your travel.