The new year has brought new thoughts and new priorities. Of course new obsessions.
My first obsession currently is packing for my trip to Australia in April. It has turned into a game for me. I want to pack 15-20 items that would make more than enough outfits for my two week trip. When I went to china, packing stressed me out as we had a big range of temperatures that required a sundress to a winter coat. My suitcase was heavy and I ended up wearing the same things over and over. On PinterestI keep seeing capsule wardrobes which inspired me to turn my packing into a capsule wardrobe. My goal was to have a my final suitcase weigh between 35-38 pounds. That includes all clothes toiletries, everything.
So First I had to find my capsule wardrobe inspiration. This was my inspiration, mainly because of the leopard print that I am partial to.
This inspiration was not made for a two week trip, but it is what got me started. So I started to build my travel capsule wardrobe based on this inspiration. I went to my closet and started to pull out items. When looking at travel capsule wardrobes you will always see a stripped shirt, a chambray shirt and black leggings. Another common item is thin layers and a scarf. So I decided if all my layers were thin, I could take more items. Thin layers weigh a lot less. Also leggings and skinny jeans weigh less than regular jeans. Our weather will be more stable in Australia, but we will be there for their fall. So at this point based on past temperatures I believe I will taking boots for those rainy days or cooler days. In Melbourne, it is know for having four seasons in one day. I had to also narrow my other shoes down and my goal was a total of three pairs. So you have to have an idea of what you are going to be doing. For this trip we will be doing some hiking and excursions that involve the beach. So I decided to take a pair of hiking shoes, in between a tennis shoe and hiking shoe. Light weight. But my hiking shoe is a half size bigger and I do not like how they look with leggings, which was going to be my go to hiking bottom, thus making me re-think my bottoms. Lastly I needed a cute flat that could be casual and dressy which of course was an easy choice- leopard. Leopard goes with almost everything and adds fun to your outfits.
After looking through my closet, it was time to start virtual packing which in turn will give you a list of anything you need to purchase. You can start your virtual packing on an app called polyvore. I started with making my base layers.
Here is my initial packing layers.
I was initially happy with this particular set and set out to find the items I did not have. While I love leopard, it did not have a cute leopard chiffon shirt. I can tell you currently, I still do not have a cute leopard shirt. I also loved the black sweater with gold buttons but could not find one similar to it in my price range. That is what is one thing about polyvore. You find an item you love but oops its 1500.00 as its designer :(. However the stripped shirt I did find the stripped shirt on polyvore. I ordered it and I love it. I wanted a stripped shirt that was not stripped all over as I do not look the greatest in strips given I am curvey. So after a month of looking for these two items, I decided I need to find another pattern shirt to take that would go with my leopard flats and figure out what my pop of color would be. I turned to pinterest again and found this combination that I loved. Navy gingham and pink.
So I set off to buy a navy gingham shirt, which I bought one a banana republic which I love but it was a little too long when I started putting my outfits together as it was more tunic length. I then scored one at Brooks Brothers which was 70% off. I also pulled out a pink sweater from my closet. Done.
I went back to polymer and changed around my choices to this below.
As you can see , pink will be my pop of color. I added a different dress and a skirt and took out the black dress. I took out the red and black sweater and added pink sweater and a thin layering pull over black sweater. I also took out the black med weight coat and added the blue swing coat. I swapped the black scarp with the baby and white scarf and added a bathing suit, sandals, belt, tights. I also swapped the white shirt with white layering tank and the short sleeve cream top for the pink long sleeve top. Both my white and pink long sleeve tops are Columbia button ups that the sleeves roll up and have built in sun screen. They are super light but not see thru.
Now the fun part is making the outfits. I started with first four days.
Now if i have two shoes showing, its because it will depend on the weather in Melbourne. I hate hats but am taking one as sun I am told is much brighter there and I don't want to get burned or add any more age spots to my face haha. So fund virtually packing. But after four days I still had tons of stuff I had not even worn. So moved to next four days.
Again I realized I still had not worn four items in my suitcase so still had a lot of room to play with. What I started to notice here as I am preparing to make my Sydney outfits is that if the weather is warmer, which could happen, then I am limited on my short sleeve options. I also realize I have one too many long sleeve tops in my suitcase that I really do not need. I like 3/4 sleeves but if its really warm for some reason I need a short sleeve option. Thus I am on the hunt for a short sleeve option and it will replace my long sleeve dotted option. Here is how my packing looked when I tested the weight of my suitcase. Of course my two puppies thing they are going.
I am happy to say my suitcase weight with everything in it, including toiletries, hair dryer etc the final weight was 36 lbs. I have won this challenge and I am super happy about it. It still needs some tweaking but I am confident it will not weigh more!!!
My second obsession right now is my little grandson Brooks. Richard is watching him now two days per week. I am so JEALOUS. He gets to spend the time with him and see him grow and change. He spends 18 hours a week just playing with him. How lucky he and brooks are to have this time. Garrett had this same time with his Nana and until now I did not realize how special it was for both of them. I have to work so much so I do not get to see him as much but thankfully between Face timing and pictures, I can see him. Rich has taken some great pictures, capturing how happy brooks is. He is a great baby and I can see the happiness in his eyes. So I do what I do best I preserve the memories. I love how these two layouts turned out.
How can you not be obsessed with this beautiful boy. He looks so much like Garrett when garrett was young. So full of color and life. Such joy he brings. I just love him to pieces.!!