24 April 2012

Packing is for the Rats

My apologies for being MIA in blogdom last week, ladies, but an unexpected business trip had me flailing in a lot of ways. I went from thoroughly enjoying a lazy weekend to fighting the virtual fires while on the phone, trying to get myself organized and having one foot out the door all at the same time. I am back en force this week, and look forward to catching up on all your lovely posts soon!

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I usually consider myself a pretty organized packer and am one to always be prepared with my necessities for travel - weather checked, currency converted, assorted chargers and adapters prepped, traveling snacks and amusements within reach, the proper club cards pulled, ID in purse triple-checked, cash for the train out of my wallet and ready to stuff in my pocket.

However, when it comes to my wardrobe, being a color-minded person has its setbacks. I hate over packing and I've tried every packing trick in the book to no avail for me. Planned outfits for me usually means something doesn't end up working out mid-trip and I've got a whole outfit that can do a whole lotta nada. Streamlined color-coordinating pieces that can all go together usually means I end up with one pair of trousers that is supposed to go with everything except I get a rip in the butt on the first day of wear.

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These shoes are surprisingly ridiculously comfy - but egads they make my feet look huge!

Though I feel like I end up on my trips with nothing to wear, I obviously end up scrounging something acceptable together, but I always end up feeling under-accessorized and kind of blah. It is definitely safer and easier for me to be more monochromatic on-the-road, especially when I'm typically in business situations and dealing with people that are older than me. More casual daily office dressing with bright blue platform sandals is one thing when I know what to expect but a black pencil skirt and button-down never seems to fail a situation, albeit it may be a bit yawn-inducing.

What kind of packers are you ladies? Are you streamlined and efficient or do you feel the need to take almost everything just in case? Do you have any tips for successful trip packing?

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Sweater: J.Crew factory ocelot (worn here - sim floral, longer, shawl)
Dress: J.Crew embossed beach (sim, sim, shift, pricey)
Belt: J.Crew metallic skinny (sim)
Earrings: F21 (no longer online, check stores - sim, sim, lighter, fancy)
Shoes: BC Footwear slouch (sim, pricey)

I'll also be announcing the winner of the $50 gift card shortly - stay tuned!

49 comments:

  1. this is so cute! love the hint of blues in your earrings & shoes!
    www.Tinacious.Me

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  2. Love this whole look. The shoes do not make you feet look big.

    I'm getting ready to go on a cruise and I'm dreading having to pack. Esp accessories. I do not have much costume jewelry and do not want to take my good stuff. I wish airlines got rid of the weight limit for bags!

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    1. Haha, I have pretty much all costume jewelry! When I get the good stuff, I'm usually too scared to wear it!

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  3. the blue earrings and shoes just make your outfit!
    my packing is usually very chaotic,but i learned a lot from other bloggers.
    last year dani BP(from MOP philosopher) did a post on packing and using a colorstory and it really helped me to focus and plan my trip to italy.

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  4. Gimme those shoes!! They are awesome!!
    I am a planned packer. I figure out the weather and what activities are going to take place and then I Excel spreadsheet all of my outfits (or write them down on paper). I like that it keeps me organized and I don't have to think too much about what to put on when I get to my destination. I've been interested in trying color palette packing, but find that my current method just works best for me.

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    1. I've tried planning my outfits but I usually dig out something I haven't worn in a while - which of course means when I actually try it on during the trip, it doesn't work out! Ugh, me ...

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  5. You look so chic! Love love love the shoes! Great color!

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  6. You look darling! I've become a more efficient packer over years of trial and error. Polyvore is great for organizing outfits without the hassle of taking everything out of your closet. In the old days when I did a lot of business travel Id pack dresses, tights, boots or pumps with opaque hose (to avoid runs). I'd bring a trench, cardigan(s) and blazer to compliment my dresses and a few pieces of jewelry. That was it. Usually I'd wear trousers on the plane with the trench and a knit top that wouldn't wrinkle. My lesson learned was keep it simple. Good luck!

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  7. I always lay out all of my clothes, by day, and make sure I'm coordinated enough for the week to limit some of my accessories. (Only black shoes or only brown shoes, very rarely will I take both.) And then, I add scarves and cardigans until my suitcase is full so I have flexibility if I want or need it. It's a very unscientific process, but it works for me.

    xox

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    1. I'm terrible with the shoes, when I travel, I am on my feet a lot, so I tend to pack a lot of different shoes so I don't have to wear the same shoes every day if I don't want to. Too bad those things take up so much room!

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  8. I am definitely an over-packer, but I've learned that the closer to leaving time that I actually physically pack, the fewer things I will feel compelled to bring. I always make a list for non-clothing stuff though so I don't forget chargers and adapters and toiletries and stuff.

    I love your yellow dress! I've been looking for one like that for summer!

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  9. Total self professed over packer here with no doubt about that. I hate to be away from home and "need" (or really need) something that I forgot or wish I would've brought.

    Lisa, on the outfit. This might be one of my faves on you yet! I LOVE the yellow and leopard. The little bits of blue are just amazing as well! You look great m'dear! Hope you get some rest soon!

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  10. Love your outfit. I adore your shoes, they look so cute and comfy.

    I'm an overpacker and always find myself digging through the whole suitcase and find nothing suitable to wear. I always pack some "go-to" pieces, like a black cardigan when I know it will work with anything I pick out with.

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    1. I end up with like one skirt that I have to wear four days in a row because everything else I pack is just crap!

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  11. Great outfit Lis.
    And I stand in front of my closet every single day and feel like I have nothing to wear. I find traveling makes it easier, because the options are dramatically reduced, the choices are kind of made for you. :)

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  12. That dress! Love it! I die over dresses & skirts with pockets..Love how perfectly the shoes match your earrings too!

    I'm the literal worst at packing. I always bring WAY too much. I always put whole outfits together then bring like 3 'just in case' outfits in case I don't feel like wearing something. Worst idea ever! Oh well..we can't all be good at everything, right? :o)

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    1. Hahah, but you're never short on cute outfits!

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  13. cute outfit - i have yellow on today too :)

    i'm becoming much more of a smart packer. i'm hoping i can do a carry on for our honeymoon in oct. i mean come on - we're going someplace hot so i don't need a ton of stuff, right? i did a really light suitcase in march for HI but had to check it since i had the bridal party stuff in there.

    anyway, i digress.

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  14. Those shoes are HOT, Lisa! (and no, your feet do not look big!). I don't have to travel for work but when packing for vacation I tend to take too much. I hate not having all of my clothes at my disposal so I always pack extra so I have more options. I'm pretty sure on my last vacation I brought 15 bikinis for a week (2 a day plus one extra), hehe.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Well shoot, you gotta look good on vacation! A suit for sunning, a suit for swimming and a back-up just to look good - sounds about right, haha!

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  15. Gorgeous outfit today - so very spring!

    I was always an over-packer but in the last year, I've been travelling quite frequently and now I can do a weekend away with just an oversized handbag. I worry that I've forgotten things quite often but most of the places where I travel, it's very easy to pick up a new toothbrush or whatever other essential it is that I've left at home - and if it's not essential, I just go without. It was tough to adjust at first but it's so much easier to travel with just carry-on. As long as my outfits are sorted before I leave home, all is good!

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    1. I am a weirdo, but the cheap-o in me hates the idea of picking up stuff on-site. I went to Cali a few weeks ago when it was fuh-reezing, but did I go buy myself a jacket? Nope ... just froze!

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  16. OMG those shoes! They give you such a presence and make you look sooo tall (obviously). Love it!

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    1. I'm all about shoes with sturdy heels to give me more height nowadays! Knock on wood, I hadn't tripped all over myself - yet!

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  17. Loving the highlights of blue in your outfit :) I would say I have learnt over the years to pack less. I used to fit my suitcase to the brim but as I have travelled more I have learnt to get a piece that can be more versatile or buy overseas haha

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  18. I love your blue platforms and earrings!

    I am a winner-take-all kind of packer. I am known to pack six dresses for overnight trips because I can't decide which one I really want to wear. :o)

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    1. Oh yeah, I am not considering road trips in my post because BF and I know how to fill an SUV up with extraneous worthless stuff!

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  19. I always pack extra just in case...totally need to be prepared for all scenarios lol :) You look adorable, love your yellow dress!

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    1. I suck at prepping for scenarios! Seriously, no amount of planning on my end seem to make it right, haha!

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  20. Love the cardi and love it with the cobalt accessories! I can't pack light to save my life. I am very proud of how much crap I can stuff into my suitcase. ;-))

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  21. I love the yellow dress and bright shoes.

    I used to over-pack, but now I hate hauling stuff so much that I've really lightened the load, preferring a lot of mix and match separates, with accessories for color (they're also lighter :)

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    1. I need to learn to accessorize on-the-road. I always end up packing too many clothes that don't go together and no accessories!

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  22. Love this soft yellow with the bright blue (amazing shoes...and I'm also jealous that you have the weather for such garb...me cold...) I tend to tone down the colour a little when traveling- it does make it easier- and then compensate with a few bright cardigans and lotsa, lotsa scarves! I tend to bring too few pairs of pants- that always trips me up.

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    1. Yesterday is was c-c-cold! Today was probably a bit chilly for a summery dress, but considering I wasn't outside too much, I guess I cheated the cool weather!

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  23. That dress is so cute, and with pockets too!:p Love the outfit!

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  24. I sympathize! I've had disasters every time I pack one "major" outfit with changes of blouse/tee and accessories. I gave up on this after I had to waste a day looking for a replacement shirt that went with my suede jacket. Finally found a shirt and got salad dressing on the jacket.

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    1. Are we the same packing person? Last time when I went to Vegas, I preplanned my work/networking/socializing outfits and of course I ended up wearing the same black dress 3-4 times and not other things I brought because I had major wardrobe malfunctions!

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  25. You look lovely in this outfit. I love the yellow dress, especially paired with the leopard cardigan and blue wedges!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    Style Cue by Suzie Q
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  26. THIS is such a great outfit - like the bright blue!! When packing, I using have to pick a tone and stick with it. ie. blacks or browns. But I know what you mean, too much color = too much packing so I end up kind of blah on trips!

    xo, sam

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    1. I'm the same way - it's lots of black for me, which is weird because in my daily every day life, I don't wear a load of black.

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  27. I'm an terrible packer and always over pack things....so I'm sorry I have no advice but those sandals look like they would work out with a ton of outfits!! I love it here with the yellow!!

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    1. For an inexpensive pair of sandals (I got them with an extra % off), they have been super duper comfy! I think you ladies will be seeing these a ton this summer.

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  28. Welcome back. I'm a very light packer.

    When I travel I usually have a color theme. I try on all the different combos before hand so when I get to my destination I know what to put together, and use accessories(scarves, bracelets etc) to punch up or dial down the look depending on how the day goes.

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    1. I don't know why but I am such an accessory slacker - I never pack them! Maybe if I did more, it'd make up for my lack of outfit combos.

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  29. I tend to pack light when I'm traveling only because here in the UK, getting to the airport is a pain. The second being that if we're on the move quite a bit, it's so much easier to handle a small trolley suitcase than a large one up and down the public transportation or stairs. If I'm away for a night or two, everything goes into my large Longchamp Le Pliage bag, zip it up and I'm off.

    I love how you wear colors. I'm still very monochromatic - a throwback to the English and French fashion here. I'm still learning - taking a wee step at a time and learning from fellow bloggers.

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  30. I consider myself a rational packer, though my (all male) colleagues are aghast when I insist on checking my bag. I typically pack a capsule, which takes a good deal of effort but usually pays off. And I always pack an extra top. I don't know why because I have not actually needed that extra top, but it's there to soothe me - a grown-up version of a teddy bear.

    Glad you are back as I've missed your posts!

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