Recently I took a “holiday” (as they say in Europe) to Amsterdam and Barcelona and challenged myself to just take a carry on size bag. Now this sounds almost impossible for traveling to 2 different climates in 10 days and trying to get some blog post in while doing it, but I’m here to say that it can be done! It can be done without outfit repeating and you can even have 2 outfits a day. I’ve traveled to Europe before and took a huge suitcase and I learned my lesson. Getting on and off trains and buses with a 50 lbs suitcase was stressful. Also, many places don’t have elevators and the rooms tend to be smaller than in America. Another lesson I learned when checking bags while traveling internationally, there is a better chance of it getting lost at the airport. Last thing you need after traveling for 15 hours to Europe is to not have any clothes. Eek!
So there I was a week before my trip with a carry on size suitcase and a bed full of clothes, shoes, and accessories. I started by going through every piece I had and eliminating any piece that only went with one outfit. I aimed for each item to go with at least 3 different outfits. Starting with my pants, I packed 3 pairs. After that, I picked my 5 pairs of shoes. Each one went with at least 2 pairs of pants. Now onto the tops, I made sure that I could layer all of them. In Amsterdam it was a bit colder than Barcelona, so did more layering there. Took 1 heavy coat to Amsterdam and 1 lighter ones to Barcelona. We were lucky enough to have a washer at our apartment 5 days in, so I was able to wash my socks and undergarments. Different shirts with different pants and then changing the scarf gives you completely different looks. And then my secret weapon..ziplock vacuum bags. I only had to use 1, but man did it do magic. I took an extra one for the way back because I knew I would be going shopping ;).
My breakdown of packing list
3 pairs of pants
1 pair tights
1 heavy coat
1 lighter jackets
2 pairs of sunglasses
1 set of PJs
More details of each individual outfit to come in future post. But for now here are a few of my outfits from the trip
Spring is approaching and I can’t be more excited to sit in the sun, be able to take my dog for a walk in the park, and the style. Spring outfits are fun to play with because you can show off more of your look. You are able to mix and match scarfs, jewelry, jeans, shoes, and jackets without having to think too much about “am I going to be warm enough, will I get frost bite”. One of the reasons I love living in the midwest is that first day of warm weather after the winter. Everyone is happy, exercising, walking just because they want to be outside, sitting on their porch, and going to whatever bar and restaurant has an outdoor patio. You can just see everyone’s pure appreciation for the sun. So Spring on and soak up that vitamin D you have been missing.
Outfit details below:
Coat: Burlington Coat Factory // Steve Madden, Bernardo
Scarf: Forever 21 // Phase 3, Roffe
Necklace: Forever 21 // ChicNova, Forever 21
Jeans: Target // Boohoo, Vero Moda
Shoes: Aldo// Aldo , Aldo
Sunglasses: Nordstrom Rack // Steve Madden, Kate Spade
Purse: Kate Spade // Saks Fifth Avenue , Kate Spade, Kate Spade
Earrings: Francesca’s //Betsey Johnson, Pretty Little Things
I was so excited when Clothe Ohio reached out to me about partnering together and spreading the word for a great cause.Clothe Ohio is a local company that gives back to the local community. Every month they team up with different non-profits and charitable organizations to give back to the Ohioans. For every shirt that you buy, they will donate either a t-shirt or sweatshirt, depending on what is needed, to the organization of the month. This month they have currently donated 485 t-shirts to The Homeless Families Foundation in Columbus, OH. What a great way to stay local and help those around you!
Check out my instagram to enter a giveaway for the white “In Ohio we Trust” sweatshirt!
Since moving to Ohio and connecting with local 614 bloggers, I began noticing that there were a good amount of Miami Alumni blogging and living in Columbus! How exciting! I cherished my time at Miami and all the great people I met. Thankfully the “Love and Honor” carries on after graduation. I continue to meet new Redhawks in Columbus and love sharing that instant bond. That bond that we both know what it is like living in Oxford, OH for 4 years (amazing), seeing a photo of that old movie theater looking building, Brick Street, and knowing exactly what a Trash Can is, and sharing all the different dorms and houses that we lived at. I was so excited when I found out that these 6 talented bloggers all went to Miami University Ohio! Each website is unique to its own, from fashion and styling to lifestyle and exploring Columbus blogs, each offer great insight to their trade and bring beautiful creativity to Columbus.
top left:Nom Life by Ewa & Jeromy
top center:Blonde Velveteen by Allison
top right:Girl about Columbus by Amanda
bottom left: The Style Chameleon by Vanessa
botttom center: Kelsey Shumaker by Kelsey
bottom right:Whole Living Lauren by Lauren
The first and hopefully not the last of 614 Miami Blogger dinners! Left to right, Maudie, Kelsey, and Vanessa at Bakersfield Short North