PACKING FOR A CONFERENCE

Hello! Well, I have been busy today. It always stresses me a bit to pack–I have learned that I need to plan all my outfits ahead of time, rather than just throw some things in a suitcase and hope I can make them work.

My husband and I are going to a three-day conference at a resort in North Florida. We are going one day early and will have dinner with friends on Saturday.  He will be working most of the time, and my part in attending with him is to amuse myself during the day and attend receptions and dinners with him at night. 🙂   Fortunately, this conference is at a nice resort which offers some activities, so I am looking forward to it.

But first—-what am I going to wear?? Each day requires two outfits, plus travel clothes, bathing suit, and maybe some workout or walking clothes. So that is Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday that each need at least two outfits. Well, Wednesday, just needs traveling clothes, but that is still a lot of planning.

One good thing is that we are driving rather than flying, so I can take as much stuff as I want. I always love to be able to take extra shoes and a couple of extra outfits just in case I change my mind about something.

Most people at the conference are dressed in stylish, professional work wear, so I don’t want to look too casual when we go to the receptions and dinners. I also have learned that I need to wear comfortable shoes, because we stand a lot at the receptions, and we often walk to a restaurant for dinner.

SO—-I decided to allot two hours of this day to planning my outfits. Seems like a lot, but as you know, I have to try things on….even outfits that I have worn before, because I might decide to change something. I didn’t want to spend all day, and two hours seemed like a reasonable amount of time to focus.

I am proud of myself that I did not need the whole two hours. Once I started focusing, I was able to pull things together pretty quickly. Of course, I did have to set aside another block of time to take photos for you, but you are worth it!

Here are the results of my efforts. This is not everything I am taking, but you will get the idea. I am including some of the trial and error, because the whole purpose of my blog is to encourage you to try stuff on and make cute outfits! Truthfully, I tried on more stuff than what I am showing you, but I figure you can only take so much of me at one time. LOL

Here are a couple of daytime casual outfits:

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Here is what I am wearing in the car:

My banquet outfit:

And a dinner outfit:

So, you have a sample of how I make my packing decisions. If I have to time to photograph a few more outfits before we go, I will. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comments!

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6 thoughts on “PACKING FOR A CONFERENCE”

  1. You’re going to fill that car boot with some fabulous outfits, Susan. But your evening outfits are something special. You cannot have bought that spectacular dress for under 20, or that pretty lace top?!! Amazing if you did.
    I like how you show the basic elements indoors, then later when you presumably decide they’re keepers for the trip,you style them outdoors with accessories, tights etc. It shows how adding the right jewellery and handbags lifts each outfit. Nice touch. And then you can refer to your blog when you put the outfits together on the day. Clever idea.
    Wishing you a fab time, hugs x.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I am hoping that people will see that something very basic can turn into a nice outfit with a little thought and trial-and-error. And I am happy to report that both the dress and the top were under $20.00! I am very good at scoping out the bargains. I wish that I could find an indoor spot to take good photos, but the lighting outside is just so much better…..just have to deal with the heat or cold, wind, angle of the sun, shadows, etc. 😉 I would love to do some nice location shots like you do, but I don’t have a photographer, and am not about to haul a tripod around with me!

  2. I really like your style and that your clothes are age appropriate and modest, yet fun. I do have one small comment, however. You wear a lot of mock turtlenecks, and I don’t think they’re as flattering on you as a more open neckline. Like me, you have a shorter neck. We need to open up and elongate that area! You look fabulous in the black dress and cream lace top. Show some more neck!

    1. Lynn, thank you so much for your comments! I will experiment with some more open necklines. Just don’t like exposing all my wrinkles, I guess!

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