Friday, August 24, 2012

In My Suitcase

This week I have been quite absent from the blogosphere. The kids and I are about to embark on a four month trip to Australia so things have been a little hectic in this household. My wonderful sister has kindly traveled 30 hours from Melbourne to Nashville (yes, that's how long it takes!) so I wouldn't have to fly alone with the kids. We depart in less than a week, yikes!

Instead of my usual friday's fancies this week I thought I'd share with you a few outfits I've packed in my suitcase. I choose classic pieces that could easily be mixed and matched together. I also stuck to the 5 piece rule, where I choose only 5 pieces from each category. This helps me be extra selective and ensures that I don't pack. Plus, it's a good reason for me to do extra shopping at my destination.

1. Outerwear
This is my favourite category of clothing. I've packed all my classic go-to pieces here. My classic trench coat, leather jacket, denim jacket, blazer and my all time favourite houndstooth cape.

2. Pants
I've tried to be as diverse as possible with my pants selection. Again, adhering to the 5 piece rule. In my suitcase I have my black coated jeans, floral ankle jeans, distressed skinny jeans, red ankle pants and a pair of sweatpants.

3. Bottoms
Along with pants I also included an array of skirts and shorts. My picks are, black leather skirt, floral midi length skirt, chiffon shorts I bought in Australia the last time, denim shorts, and my pink highlighter skirt.

4. Tops
With tops, I tried to keep things simple and neutral picking out pieces that would work well with all my outfits. For instance, the sleeveless stripe blouse, classic white shirt, silk purple blouse, chambray shirt and a black ballet tee. I won't lie, sticking to 5 tops was incredibly difficult, I may have to make an exception so I can add a few basic tees and tanks.

5. Dresses
I love wearing dresses, they are the easiest way to look put together. It's probably against my better judgement to leave behind all my maxi's, sundresses, casual dress and only bring with me special occasion pieces. Out of everything in my closest I decided to pack my feather cocktail dress, a stripe tweed dress perfect for weddings, a deep red dress for date nights, a corporate looking dress and a black leather dress with lace sleeves.

6. Sweaters and Cardigans
Okay so I probably don't need the sweaters, but if I'm going to be taking outfit photos at my destination, it's better to have some on hand just in case. In my suitcase I have a white cable knit, black knit, and pink stripe knit. I've also packed a mint cardigan and a black peplum cardigan.


Street Fashion Paris said...

Love what you have in your wardrobe!!! your style is my tips!!! xxx

Katharina said...

oh wow, that trip sounds amazing! 4 months!!!
i really like this post and the stuff you are packing looks great!
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lidavinnikova said...

nice wardrobe)

Lolita in the Mix said...

Wow that's what I call sister love!!! 4 months how great! According to the clothes you are bringing you will look super stylish there, no doubt!! I wish you a safe trip and enjoy your time there!!
ps. to answer your question, I travel so much because I work as a flight attendant ;-) So think of me when you're on board!

xoxo lorena

Amy said...

Have an amazing trip! Good luck with the packing! Looks good so far!

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Invitation To Inspiration said...

...Love the idea of choosing only 5 pieces from each category...:-))
p.s- Your sister is such a sweetheart...:-))
Have a safe trip, dear!

Jasmin said...

Great clothes dear. I think your strategy to choose only 5 pieces of clothes is really good so you can have room for more clothes when you go shopping ;) Anyway, I hope you'll have fun in your trip. Looking forward to photos! <3

S said...

You have a beautiful collection of outfits ! I am building up my western wear wardrobe from scratch from this year as I wore mostly traditional outfits earlier. I hope that I will get some inspiration from this post. And happy holidays !

fabulouspetite said...

You have some beautiful and quality pieces in your wardrobe. Thanks for the inspiration and have fun in Australia. Can't wait for you to post some fabulous outfits.


Ewe said...

love this pics <3 E,

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Amy said...

4 months?! what a long trip, enjoy! and thanks for showing us your packing strategies/items!

audrinajulia said...

Love all your selection and you have a fabulous pieces as well. I hope to raid your closet one time haha!

Thanks for all the tips in packing. I am the weakest in packing and unpacking of things.nyay!Those 5 strategy of yours may help me somehow.:)

Alyssa said...

Four months?! That's amazing! I love to see how people pack their suitcases--it looks like you're doing an amazing job. Packing for my five month semester abroad was one of the toughest things ever!

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Analisa said...

So many pretty pieces! Have fun!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds like an amazing adventure! Wish you a safe trip! xo

Karen Ussene said...

Wish you the best of luck with everything!

Always Maylee said...

Um, can I borrow all of your clothes please? I just want to play in your closet. Safe travels! :)

xo, Yi-chia
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Carla said...

Drooling over all your great outfit selections! That Anthro peplum cardi is on my wish list! Hopping over to their website asap! Would love it if you stopped by my blog. Let me know what you think? Perhaps we can follow each other? xoxo

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

That's a good packing strategy, without a plan the job would definitely be overwhelming. Good luck on your trip!

Anonymous said...

Super! Thank you very much, beautiful! Kisses!)

Diana Marks said...

great packing plan! Good luck with everything!

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just me said...

great :)

Dolly said...

this is a great policy to pack only 5 things of each section of wardrobe, i should do that too when i go somewhere because i always pack too much! great post, inspiring!
thank you for your comment on my previous post, i know that the lighting was terrible but i didn't have a chance to take it when it was lighter outside :/ however i have a new post on my blog with new outfit, come check it out and let me know what you think!
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noraaradi said...

Great post girl!

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erika sorocco said...

Ooh, the houndstooth cape is awesome - I LOVE it! You are a fabulous packer!! :)

from prosecco to plaid said...

Love seeing inside your suitcase! You're a great packer! I need tips haha! xo, Julie

The Dragonfruit said...

Oh my word, four months in Australia!? That'll be amazing! I'm sure I don't have to say it, but be sure to take plenty of pictures ;)
Haha, and I like seeing what you picked. The 5 Items rule is a good one...I may just bookmark this post for a future trip I'm hoping to take...haha thanks for sharing!

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Joanna Kr said...

lovely post!!

Anonymous said...

love this post. love these photos <3

You have such a lovely blog! What do you think of following each other?

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Unknown said...

Great blog and wardrobe, following you :)

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

wow! 4 months in Australia! So amazing... you have so much will power to stick to your packing plan!
Safe travels

Unknown said...

what a cute idea. lovely post. i always love to see what is inside people's bags or suitcases! have a wonderful time in australia!!!

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Petra said...

Great post, love your blog!
Of course we can follow each other, I'm your newest follower! :)


Vivian said...

Great post! Love all of your clothes!
Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog and for your sweet comment. I'm now following you back on GFC. :) I hope we can keep in touch.
Have a fabulous day!

p.s. The land rover belongs to my friend... :)

xo Vivian
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xix said...

Oh my gosh, that is so exciting! Are you going there for work or pleasure?
Gah, I'd have such a hard time determining what to pack. There's just tooo much!

♥ x i x i a |

Confessions Of A City Girl said...

wow! 4 months in Australia that is so cool. It seems like you packed all the essentials for your trip. Have fun!

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Jessica said...

Your sister must be a real sweetheart.

I bet your trip will be amazing. You are one lucky girl.

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Unknown said...

Kind of jealous of these pieces!

Allison said...

I love seeing the way you pack! And the 5-piece rule is such a great idea...definitely need to keep this in mind for when I travel on longer trips...I never have a clue what to take!! I can't believe you're going for 4 months!!! That's going to be so much fun for you guys!! The longest trip I've done was 3 months and that was hard for me because it was right after I met my (now) husband!! We had just met and really liked each other and then I left the country for 3 months. crazy! But it still worked out for us! ;) Have a great time! and thanks for the sweet words on my etsy shop!! ;)
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kristen said...

i simply love every little piece in your pretty little suitcase. darling style, my dear. xoxo.

Laura said...

Nicely done with limiting your selections - keeping it to 5 tops would be incredibly tough, but it looks like you picked great items that will mix and match so well. Do you limit the jewelry/accessories you bring as well, or do you bring more of those to supplement?

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

4 months!! I'm amazed by your self restraint. In addition, you're going from summer to winter and then back again. Love the selection of jackets and the colorful dresses.

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