The Packing Experience

Packing. Some people just throw clothes in a bag and call it done. Others procrastinate packing until the night before the trip. Whatever type "packer" (shout out to Green Bay) you are, I think it's safe to say we don't usually feel warm and fuzzy when pondering what to pack. So I thought I'd post my stress-free creative process since I'm allergic to doing stuff like this if it isn't pure fun.  ;)

So here's the scoop: I'll be gone for two weeks. 3 days of travel, 10 nights of leading worship and attending conferences. I foresee needing outfits that start as casual layers since during the day I'll be hanging and exploring, but then I will add jackets and jewelry or a "third layer" to dress up those daytime outfits for the dressier themed nights. I give you, my travel capsule:  3 dresses   1 jumpsuit 2 pairs of leggings (one cotton, one pleather)  2 pairs of jeans (one blue, one black)   3 lounge tee shirts 1 sweater 2 denim jackets (a little extravagant, I'll admit... but I love my denim too much to leave it behind)  4 fancy tops   1 pair of lounge shorts 1 swimsuit 2 gym outfits (don't worry, I plan on washing)  4 pairs of shoes (boots, slip on sandals, sneakers, and heels)  I did a little research and decided that a travel capsule would be a fun experiment to try these next couple of weeks. All the outfits are geared towards a touristy vibe (i.e. something comfortable to live in during the long days, but also the cutest of what I own.) Since I won't be doing anything outdoorsy I didn't include tank tops, hiking clothes, etc. so this capsule is good for a relaxing trip spent mostly indoors with light walking through the town and shopping (duh.) Let's take a look at each of the outfits up close!   

So here's the scoop: I'll be gone for two weeks. 3 days of travel, 10 nights of leading worship and attending conferences. I foresee needing outfits that start as casual layers since during the day I'll be hanging and exploring, but then I will add jackets and jewelry or a "third layer" to dress up those daytime outfits for the dressier themed nights. I give you, my travel capsule: 

3 dresses  

1 jumpsuit

2 pairs of leggings (one cotton, one pleather) 

2 pairs of jeans (one blue, one black)  

3 lounge tee shirts

1 sweater

2 denim jackets (a little extravagant, I'll admit... but I love my denim too much to leave it behind) 

4 fancy tops  

1 pair of lounge shorts

1 swimsuit

2 gym outfits (don't worry, I plan on washing) 

4 pairs of shoes (boots, slip on sandals, sneakers, and heels) 

I did a little research and decided that a travel capsule would be a fun experiment to try these next couple of weeks. All the outfits are geared towards a touristy vibe (i.e. something comfortable to live in during the long days, but also the cutest of what I own.) Since I won't be doing anything outdoorsy I didn't include tank tops, hiking clothes, etc. so this capsule is good for a relaxing trip spent mostly indoors with light walking through the town and shopping (duh.) Let's take a look at each of the outfits up close! 

 

Outfit number one is my denim dress from Madewell. It's very comfy and leans on the more casual side, but can be dressed up with some cute heels and a bandana. For platform performances I will pair it with leggings, but for walking around town it's a cute length to be worn without leggings as well. 

Outfit number one is my denim dress from Madewell. It's very comfy and leans on the more casual side, but can be dressed up with some cute heels and a bandana. For platform performances I will pair it with leggings, but for walking around town it's a cute length to be worn without leggings as well. 

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I'm planning on pairing my other two dresses with pleather leggings and midi heels. With gold jewelry details the outfits will be "Sunday morning" ready, and the midi heels and Daniel Wellington watch will make for a trendy addition. 

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JUMPSUITS. I'm in a little bit of a craze right now. They feel like the swanky footy pajamas that dominated your childhood, but are socially acceptable as a classy and put together ensemble. I'm super excited about this new one from Anthropologie! It's made out of extremely cozy material and pairs well with almost any shoe. I plan on wearing it more than once and switching up the shoes and jewelry cause it's so versatile!

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Of course I brought a couple of casual tee shirts and a pair of knock around shorts. Supposedly the weather will be chilly, in which case I can toss on either of my two denim jackets for a two-in-one elevated touch and wind breaker. 

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In case it is too cold for shorts, I have a tee shirt and jeans as a knock around outfit as well. I can elevate this look by tucking in the shirt and replacing the slip on sandals with mules. I just love the colors of this tee shirt, it's truly all American! 

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Next I have a fancy knotted tee and off-the-shoulder top for a fabulous jeans and blouse combo. I plan on styling the knotted tee with my gold cuff necklace and the off-the-shoulder with my favorite accessory, a bandana! The mules really bring the color scheme and over all style of the outfits home. 

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In prep for the chillier days, I brought my favorite layering sweater. It's cute and preppy by itself, but also looks great over my gingham dress or denim button down dress should I be in a sweater layering mood. It's definitely a good piece to accompany any type style capsule! 

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This number speaks for itself with its fancy v-neck wrap around look. It's silky and smooth, and only needs a small touch of dainty jewelry to complete it! I tone down the super "girly" flare a little with my blackish/grey ripped jeans. Feminine and tough is the anthem of this look!

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Last but not least, I'm brining my new cold shoulder top. I actually purchased it and the shorts together as one outfit idea, but I can always dress it up with the black jeans and midi heels. My hoop earrings from Anthropologie add the perfect little spice. 

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Workout clothes... MAJORLY IMPORTANT. If I don't bring a few outfits specifically for the gym, I know I'll use it as an excuse to not go. I have leggings and shorts and a few tanks and tees (not pictured...) Yes, I'm going to workout in my vans. Yes, I know that's not the best for your feet, nor will it necessarily be a contribution to my athletic performance. However, they're the best meet-in-the-middle I currently have for fashion meets gym wear. There are a plethera of better options out there that are great for your workouts but also look cute for after gym hours, however I unfortunately have not purchased any yet. SO, my vans are my workout shoes these couple weeks, and they'll have to do!  

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I'll leave you with one... more... picture. What's inside my traveling tote bag? My 1964 custom molds, sunglasses, reading glasses, clutch which contains my wallet, lipstick of the day, lotion, mints, etc. and my brown zip clutch which quite honestly contains a whole lot of random crap. About 6 different lipsticks, my phone charger, pens, church invite cards (I promise I ain't over-saved), apple ear phones, and a miniature can of dry spray shampoo are all stuffed inside that brown clutch. It might sound cluttered, but at least all the randomness isn't strewn across my tote bag. And that's my secret to living and traveling in a tote bag.

That's a wrap! How I do packing the creative, stress-free way. I picked out my favorites, stayed logical, and narrowed down my shoe options (which was tough, but will definitely pay off.) My suitcase is pretty lightweight for two weeks of travel, especially for a fashion guru, and that's an amazing feeling! If you're thinking of creating a styled capsule, go for it! No regrets.