Vacation Packing 101, or 102 if you consider this the upgrade from my trip this weekend (Cottage Trip)
Hot on the heels of a gorgeous cottage getaway (stay tuned for that), I am packing it up for a vacay to the UK. I’m going with my mum, while my lovely wife stays on the homefront. I managed to pack for 4 days of beach and countryside in a carryon (including all my pregnancy vitamins and meds), so this time, the challenge will be taking all those extras, for more than twice the time away, in a medium sized case and soft-sided carryon. I’m a classic over-packer.
The UK is the perfect not-too-hot, not-too-crowded, great healthcare in case of emergency destination for a pregnant gal on the go. So, as I lay out my look book for the days away, what is the inspiration?
Here you go! For all images, links and credits, check out my Pinterest page, Vacation Lookbook
Dresses will the the staple of this trip, with some basic black pants (one flowy, one pair of skinny jeans) and two skirts thrown into the mix.
Some hats, a classic bag and comfortable shoes are also making the cut. Simple gold necklaces, a few good bracelets and my wedding ring will be the basics that come along.
Can’t wait to get wheels up… I’ll be posting as I go. Cheerio and see you on the other side!
Inspired my my stylish friend, Leah, this is a simple and versatile pairing. Stripes as the base layer. Animal print flats. To dress it up, add a sleeveless blazer. To keep it casual, a sleeveless denim layer or no layer at all. Bright jewellery and … voila.
I don’t know which is more embarrassing, that I noticed Aria, on Pretty Little Liars, was wearing my dress, or that I was watching PLL and watched every season (if I’m being honest).
But today’s inspiration was an easy tie-waist dress, from Anthro, with pretty cutout details; paired with booties, a cute bag, and embellished cardigan, I was ready for the slight drop in temperature. The belly was definitely racking up style points with the above-the-bump bow.
I know a dress is a good one when I want to wear it twice in three days. I picked up this blue and white, kaftan style midi dress with tie-front for $40, and turned the corner of the rack to find my friend holding the same one.
Super versatile and easy to wear, it was a perfect choice over jeans, for a very windy day, paired with a black leather jacket and ankle cowboy boots. On the patio and into the evening, it was comfortable and breezy.
Two days later I wore it for a day date with my nieces to the movies, ice cream and for a walk on the windy beach, paired with a long denim jacket, Topshop peep toe slides and whimsical earrings.
Aldo sunglasses, Zara moto jacket, Gap denim trench, Frye cowboy boots, Topshop leather peep toe boot and H&M dress.
I love the flora of this print, which reminds me of wallpaper or the plates we had in my house when I was growing up. And the tie front means that while it fits now, it will also be a cinch to cinch it when I have a waistline again!
Is there an outfit you are wearing on repeat this spring?
Paper bag waists with elastic are… elasticize pants. And I love them. This was a no-brainer for a breezy, warm day. Loose tucked shirt, just at the front and easy shoes. Messy bun. No jewellery.
Asos pants, Tom’s shoes, J. Crew top: photo credit.
Last night, we drove to North York to celebrate our cousin’s 50th birthday. She treated us all to a grand celebration with a live band, Diaspora, that played reggae and classic hits, a formal dinner, speeches and some indoor fireworks.
We waited until we pulled up to put on our final touches. Before and after adding our bling! I happened to have a cutout maxi that is super comfortable and will fit long into the second or third trimester – a perfect solution when you need to be relaxed but dressy. I like a good behind the scenes peek 😉
What a night. I feel so blessed to have family that is a blast to hang out with. Who, while the live band plays, can rock out and sing along, always ready to start the party on the dance floor. Mightiest of happy birthdays to Natasha. She looked like a goddess!
We were sent off with champagne – which Allia will enjoy, and even with a belly that is starting to pop, I lasted well into the night. Sweet dreams xo
Bump Fashion is going strong. This melon hued, architectural sleeved dress from Zara is the work appropriate version of sweat pants. With rose gold makeup and some leather hand made flower earrings? Yes. Add some embroidered floral block heels for a surefire spring combo.
Photo credit: the gorgeous woman with legs for days wearing this Zara dress and the dress pics are from CurrentlyCoveting.net