This last week I headed to the other side of France, as I often do, for a little vacation. My older son spent the week at a basketball camp staying with some friends and I spent the week at another friends house speaking French all week. Even though it started off pretty rough, it was still a really great week.
I posted on Instagram (@NataliaLSimmons if you want to follow along!) that I fit everything for me and my little guy in the same suitcase. I was pretty impressed with myself. I’ve tried this before but what usually ends up happening is either I throw a few more things in because I feel like I will neeeed them or I am disappointed with my outfits because they weren’t remixable enough. This time I think I did okay! Packing light really works!
There is the small suitcase, the one to the right, aren’t you impressed? And it’s too big to be a carry on for RyanAir if you were wondering. The same carry on I take on all my flights is too big for Ryan Air. Here’s what I came up with:
Packing Light for a Week Away
I ended up taking these pictures in my backyard after vacation because I’m just not in the habit of snapping a photo everyday of my outfit. That might be a good thing to get in the habit of though. But that’s what I wore! Not too shabby, right?
Here is what packing light looks like to me: a maxi dress from Hazel & Olive, my favorite Rock and Republic jeans, coral jeans from H&M, skeleton shirt, striped grey shirt, black shirt (the one I brought was actually long sleeve but I couldn’t find it when I was taking the photos), white tunic from Roe Blvd (love this shirt!), and my jean jacket. (All links are to similar items. That’s what happens when you never shop. Things are too old to link to.) Oh I also brought/wore my grey light sweater thing from H&M. So in total that’s 8 pieces of clothing and I am showing 8 outfits! Although I easily could have done more.
As I was putting together this post, I can see that most of these are ‘mom outfits.’ Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. I mean, I never promised to be an amazing fashionista. These little slip on shoes are great, but they seriously smell because you have to wear them without socks. And then the bummer is here in France most people like it if you take your shoes off when you get in the house. But my feet smell!! It’s a problem.
Do I buy new ones? Do I wash them? How do you get your shoes not to smell? I think I might throw them in the wash. I’m pretty sure I got them at Payless because that’s where I get most of my shoes. They’re cute and comfy, there’s just the problem with the smell.
This white tunic I’m wearing is my absolute favorite. It’s so soft and comfy. But it’s also cute. It’s longer in the back and flows a bit. Here’s some more pictures of it. It’s also long enough for my arms, which is a feat in and of itself. I’m kinda tall.
This striped tee is a favorite too. It’s casual and cute but serious mom wear right there, isn’t it? I mean, is that okay? Moms are allowed to dress like moms, right? I mean, I don’t mind if I look like a mom, just a mom that is trying to put herself together. And yes, I’m aware my hair in these pictures does not look like I’m trying to put myself together. Or that I appear to not be wearing any makeup at all. I was, promise, I just fell a sleep on the train on the way home from class, so I look a little out of it…
Another favorite – the tunic I got at H&M a little while back. That might be a sign of age that I like anything nice and flowy. Or a sign that I need to hit the gym…. Either way comfort is high on my list and this one does it for me. I wear it often.
I think I bought this shirt on a whim last year in St Quentin. I have a weird thing for skeletons. I love them in fashion. It’s cute and funky, I like it. I don’t wear it often. And since the weather was quite disappointing on vacation, it only got one look.
Ahh this dress. It’s funky, right? Hazel and Olive, if you don’t already know this store, totally rocks. They have the cutest stuff. This dress isn’t there anymore, but they’re always getting new stuff in. Definitely worth a check out for sure.
This was my airport outfit of choice. Just I wear these boots to the airport. I try to wear my heaviest, biggest shoes so that they don’t take up space in my suitcase. I didn’t have to take them off when I left but when I was returning somehow they must have looked more dangerous or something. There’s that comfy tunic again. I’m
embarrassingly wearing it right now as I write this as well.
There you have it! I was pretty proud of myself for packing light and making outfits out of them all. It was my goal to pack wisely and remix my clothes and I did it! I left on a Saturday and returned the next Saturday morning. Not too shabby.
In other news, I’ve got lost of cool stuff going on ’round here if you want to check it out! You could win $100 to Reebok just by telling me where you would wear your Skyscapes if you won. You could win $500 to spend at RedEnvelope, which if you haven’t checked out, it’s a must. Then I shared how to get a fake tan without using fake tanner. It’s pretty genius if you ask me.
Hope everyone’s having an awesome hump day!! We’re actually celebrating my little man’s birthday today! Even though it was a couple weeks ago… We’re really on top of things around here, what can I say…
Have a great day!