it’s been FAR too long since i’ve been here to say:
dress for the day you want to have,
not the one that’s trying to have you.
but i trust you didn’t need me to say it.
i trust you’ve been dressing for the end of summer, the beginning of school, and the first fantastic days of fall with great intention and maybe even a little flair. mmmhmmm, fall looks good on you.
if you’re new here – or a little rusty like me – let me catch you up: i’m a big believer in setting the tone for each day with clothes that inspire great personal confidence in the day ahead. i share my experiments in dressing for the day i want to have here on wednesdays and when the mood strikes on instagram – and i invite you to do the same in the link up or with the hashtag below!
now . . . onto my latest adventure . . .
i have many london stories to tell but thought it only right to start with dressing for the trip i wanted to have. i followed lacy’s great packing advice, and fit everything i needed for a week in london in a carry on. here’s the proof:
okay . . . so everything except my new hat, which i carried all the way to london feeling quite carmen san diego.
i brought just enough of just what i needed for 7 days of:
theatre viewing FUN.
*links where i can find them*
blazer: TJ Maxx // jeans: Urban Outfitters // white oxford, plaid oxford, polka dot blouse & wool skirt: J. Crew Factory // heeled booties, black silk shirt & sweater: (old) Old Navy // denim tank, satchel, blue scarf & tights: target // hat & flat booties: anthropologie // olive pants: XXII // striped cardi: Banana Republic // grey dress: Madewell // gold watch & pink scarf: borrowed from sister // lace sweater & bird blouse: clothing exchange with friends
i’ve never before packed with such intention and strategy, putting together a palette of pieces that all served multiple purposes and would work together to expand my options to infinity should i get stranded, encounter a snow storm, or choose to stay on indefinitely (this nearly happened atop primrose hill).
traveling light(er than usual) did more than just save me a few bucks in baggage fees.
- it challenged me to prepare wisely: instead of throwing in everything i could possibly want or need, i had to spend time before my trip planning, dreaming, and imagining how i wanted to feel in a place i’d never been – which made setting foot there all the more wonderful.
- it helped me focus on the experience at hand: without endless choices each day i wasted less time choosing what to wear on my much-awaited vacation and went straight to enjoying it.
- it made me more comfortable in my skin: by only packing things i felt 100% me in, i ended up feeling like myself 100% of the time. the math works out, i promise.
- it helped me embrace my adventure: i took this first trip abroad as a golden opportunity to stretch my personal style in a more european direction. who knows if i made it that far – a quick peak at london fashion week proves i need a lot more neon and leather to fit in – but i wore a big old hat . . . in public . . . all day long . . . . and i felt pretty posh doing it.
you can stamp that in my style passport for sure.
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