(Dress – Vintage, Chambray – J. Crew, Jean Jacket – Gap (old), Shoes – Madewell, Necklace – J. Crew)
Miss C and I are headed over to Santana Row for the Madewell opening with our sweet mama. Who’s coming?
I get a lot of questions about how to pack when going on an extended trip. The trouble with traveling for 6 weeks at a time is that you can’t take 6 suitcases with you. Especially if you will be travelling to multiple destinations. It’s not so much of a problem if you will be travelling to 1 or 2 destinations and staying at each one for an extended amount of time. However, if like husband and I you travelled for 6 weeks as follows: California -> Nashville -> Nice -> Barcelona -> London -> Paris -> The Cinque Terre -> Lucca -> Sorrento -> Positano -> Rome -> California, you bet your buttuci you will want to have packed as light as possible.
My general rule for packing for extended trips is to bring a few options in each category that pretty much all go together.
(Black Maxi – Anthropologie, Leopard Shift – J. Crew, Trench – Cartonnier via Anthropologie, Leather Jacket – Anthropologie, White Tee – J. Crew, Blouse – Konrad & Joseph via Anthropologie, Chambray Shirt – Madewell, Striped Long-sleeve – Anthropologie, White Blouse – Equipment, Boots – Frye, Sandals – Sam Edelman, Leopard Flats – J. Crew, Bag – J. Crew Brompton Hobo, Cuffs – Anthropologie, Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Black Skinnies – AG, Jean Shorts – Madewell, Jeans – Pilcro)
Depending on the season I might swap out a couple things, for instance – If I’m going in spring or summer, I swap the black jeans for white ones, and pack some more cotton and warm weather items.
Once I have a good base of “Everything goes with everything” pieces, I add in a couple of fun and colorful items so things don’t feel too boring or monotonous. ie:
The last thing I do is pack doubles of a couple of items (like the white v-neck, or a couple white tank tops) that I know I will use a lot, so that I don’t have to do laundry quite as often.
And don’t forget to use an online travel checklist specific to the place you’re going. A good one for travel in Europe can be found here. You don’t have to stick to it like it’s your last lifeline, but checking against a list like this can be helpful to make sure you’re not missing anything important.
Any questions? What am I missing? Help me out here, folks!
On our last night in Europe, husband and I took a long stroll through Rome, with dinner in the Jewish Ghetto (once you eat there, it’s hard to want to eat anywhere else). It feels pretty amazing strolling down the street and coming upon ruins that have been around since before Jesus walked the earth. We don’t exactly have that sort of history lying around every corner in California.
(Dress – J. Crew – Jacket – Anthropologie Biker Melange Jacket (old), Sandals – Sam Edelman (old), Bag – J. Crew Brompton Hobo)
And that, my friends, brings us to the end of #HashtagEuro2012…. I hope you’ve enjoyed travelling through Europe with husband and I. I’ve certainly enjoyed reliving each stop through photos and memories.
So, husband. Where to next?
We spent our first morning in Rome exploring some ruins and visiting the coliseum. It’s pretty amazing to think that not that long ago people were watching fights to the death as entertainment. Hunger Games anyone? What I wouldn’t give to read that book again for the first time. It would be like seeing Lost again for the first time. Or Friday Night Lights.
Our last stop on #HashtagEuro2012 was Rome. Lucky for us we met a lovely girl in Positano who had studied abroad in Rome for a few years, and was kind enough to shoot us an email with tips about her favorite spots in Rome. Let me tell you, suckers, having someone who actually lived in the place you’re going telling you where to eat and spend time makes all the difference in the world. I’m talking “We didn’t like it at all” to “It was one of our favorite stops” difference. We only had two full days in Rome, so we made our time count while we were there. Night one, after we arrived and checked in, we headed out on a 45 minute-ish walk through the city to Trastevere for a late dinner. Inhabited since 700BC-ish, the area has maintained it’s charm and character amazingly well. Cobblestone streets and tiny restaurants tucked into nooks and crannies. You have no idea how fun this is to write, it’s like reliving it. But for free this time.
Everyone knows the golden rule right before Christmas – you’re not allowed to buy things for yourself. What if someone else knew you wanted that thing, and bought it, wrapped it, and has it sittin’ under the tree right now, only to see you saunter in the door wearing said item that was so lovingly and carefully chosen.
But I can’t help myself. The sales. Oh Lord, the SALES! They are just too good to pass up. So here are some of the sales I’m most excited about (check em out!), and some items I’m thinking about wrapping and putting under the tree for myself!
J. Crew – Obvies one of my faves.
Etta Gold Cap Toe Pump in Brilliant Yellow
Sequin Stripe Tee in Vintage Champagne
Classic Link Bracelet
Madewell – J. Crew’s hip younger sister.
Hershel Supply Co Backpack – There is absolutely no reason for me to require a backpack, but if I did, I’d get this one.
The Teddy Loafer in Glitter
Belted Leather Bomber in True Black
And Just for good measure, here are some other deals you may be interested in checking out…
Alright! Sock it to me – what did I miss? What sales are you rushing to take advantage of?
And my more important Sunday night uniform:
(Dress – Madewell, Shoes – J. Crew (also worn to this Christmas party), Frank Gore Jersey – obvies)
This past weekend husband and I went to his company Christmas Party – which was a total blast. Husband is a programmer, so he works with a horde of mostly 40-something men, and let me tell you, those techie guys just crack me up.
Normally for this sort of event, I try to go with something a little unexpected (remember two years ago when I wore a tie with leather shorts and platforms? Check it out here). This year, I decided to go completely classic, and what’s more classic than black and white stripes? Nothin! I borrowed Miss C’s bridesmaids dress from our wedding (I knew we’d be able to wear this sucker more than once!), added my favorite classic J. Crew gold necklace (similar here), and threw in some neon pumps to add a little bit of crazy. Get ready for a photo bomb of a happy me….
…by way of Sorrento.
After Lucca, husband and I hopped a train to Sorrento, where we arrived late with nowhere to stay and ended up in this hostel:
Sorrento was beautiful (check it out in the pic above), but after all the big cities we had been in, we were ready for a glass of wine on a small terrace overlooking a teeny town, so we hopped a ferry to Positano, Italy. Positano is a small village on the Amalfi coast – with a population just under 4,000, and a single road that weaves through the entire village in one large and weaving loop, it is the stuff dreams are made of. I know I sound cheesy, but I can’t help it, it’s just the perfect place. Our bed was rock hard, we had no lights and no hot water in our B&B for almost three full days, and it rained almost the whole time we were there (including one 2 am storm that kept us out of bed watching the torrential downpour and lightning from our terrace for about an hour), and still I just felt like I never wanted to leave. I mean, Justin and Jessica stayed here once upon a time, so you know it’s gotta be good.
Our first full day in Positano we decided to pretend it wasn’t rainy and cold, and threw on our beach duds, and walked on down (you can walk anywhere in this town in 10 minutes). This day we left the camera in our room, so sorry for the grainy iPhone shots, but fear not! I have some awesome shots of Positano to share with you at a later date!
If we’re ever rich, I want a villa here. And one in London. And Africa. And Costa Rica. Well, looks like I’ve spent all of our imaginary money already. Whoops.