14 OUTFITS Part 3

In my last two posts, I gave you a glimpse of the outfits I plan to wear on our two- week tour of Scotland and Ireland. Let’s take a break from my “bus clothes” and look at what I am taking to wear if and when we go out in the evenings. I am only taking one dress, so don’t be expecting too much. LOL

Here is my basic black dress with several various accompaniments:

I decided I should take leggings since I saw recent pictures of friends on vacation in London all bundled up in coats.

Showing you this so you will know I will always have something attached to me that has my passport. 😉   Will probably forget the necklace. Just seems a bit much.

And just so you know, these shoes are BLACK and WHITE, but in photographs they look navy. After seeing these picture, I am going to call them my BLACK OR BLUE shoes and wear them with either color.

Don’t know that I will wear any of these, but if we have dinner in a great Irish castle, I will not have to wear my jeans. 😉

After I took these photos, I did decide to take another knit dress also. You will just have to wait to see my vacation photos to see what I actually wore.   😉

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14 OUTFITS FOR 14 DAYS

You already know how much I love to travel, and I feel so fortunate to be at the age and stage of life where I have the opportunity to do it fairly often. Happily, my husband also likes to travel, and is very good at surprising me with trips.  🙂 We will be leaving soon on a two-week tour of Scotland and Ireland! So excited, because this trip has been at the top of my wish list for years.

We both enjoy being on bus tours where everything is taken care of for us, and we have knowledgeable tour guides all along the way; that way we don’t wander around aimlessly and wonder what in the heck we are looking at. Plus we both tend to get lost easily, and for sure would be in trouble driving on the opposite side of the road!

OF COURSE, you know that I will have all my outfits planned ahead of time. I have often told you that I have so much more fun when the stress of trying to decide what to wear is removed. I spent the afternoon putting outfits together, so thought I would do a series of posts to show you how I pack for a two-week trip.

I plan to take four pairs of pants, 1 dress, and 12 or 13 tops, some sweaters, scarves, and belts, plus silver necklace, gold necklace, and 3 pairs of earrings. Will limit underwear and sleepwear to the minimum and wash out a couple of times in the hotel. Oh, and will also take black leggings to wear with the dress if it is cool.

Will also need a jacket and raingear because the weather can be unpredictable. I would like to get by with 2 pairs of shoes, but could only manage to narrow it down to 5 pairs…. black Nikes, blue Nikes, black flats, blue flats, and black and white striped flats.  Just need a choice depending on how much walking we are doing on any particular day.

I have already told you that I am a rumbler, so I am really trying to keep clothing and accessories to a minimum. I don’t want to constantly be rumbling in my suitcase, especially since we will be in a different hotel almost every night, so can’t really unpack.

I don’t remember if I have posted about my index cards before, but I actually make cards which tell me what to wear. HaHa….kind of like what you would optimistically send to camp with your child…

An example of what I put on a card would be something like this:

Light colored jeans, black skinny shirt, black and white striped top, silver necklace, silver earrings, black Crocs

Laugh if you want to….I laugh at myself! I most certainly don’t take any of this too seriously. Just don’t want to see vacation photos of ugly or unflattering outfits, like my lumberjack look that I rocked in Alaska. LOL

This will definitely be the kind of trip where comfort is king, so will plan to take comfortable and casual clothing. Remember, we will either be on a bus or walking around tourist sites for most of the trip.

If you are a new reader, you can check out my previous packing post here .

For the first post in this series, here are the outfits I will wear with my army green pants:

Had to show you my backpack. It will be with me every day!

And here is the hoodie that I am taking since the weather is predicted to be cool.

The shoes are tried and true and very comfy, but will probably wear Nikes if we are doing much walking. The good thing about the black Crocs, though is that they are waterproof, so if it is really rainy will wear those.

I call the black outfit at the top of the page my traveling clothes, because it is a very comfortable outfit for a long plane ride, and won’t show dirt that much. 😉

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CRUISING ALONG Cruise Clothes

Today I am continuing my series on packing for a cruise. I have finally decided what to actually put in my suitcase, and I think I have every occasion covered. Today I am showing you some things I plan to wear on the ship during the day.

I am sorry that you have to see so many pictures of me, but it is easier for me to try the clothes on and take a picture than it is to try to figure out how to photograph clothing all nicely arranged and looking like a super Pinterest post.

Trying things on and taking pictures helps me decide what to wear. Someday I might show you some of the outfits that didn’t make the cut, but I don’t want to ruin my good mood by looking at those!

Well, okay, I will show you one, but just so you know how much you can improve your look by taking pictures.

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Now that you have that image burned into your brain, let’s move on.  Here are some things that look a little better:

Black and white, jeans

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orange jeans, navy sweater, navy flats

I will probably add a few accessories, but these are the basic outfits that I plan to wear the days that we are at sea.

Thanks for stopping by. Wish you were coming with me!  That is true.  It would be so much fun to have a whole cruise ship full (haha..my readers might fill a couple of tables in the dining room) of people who love to talk and think about clothes. I can guarantee you that my roommate and I will not be talking about that. It is probably his least favorite topic of conversation. But at least Lynne and I can critique each other’s outfits. (And probably other people’s too, but we are trying to overcome that bad habit. LOL)

Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe.

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CRUISING ALONG Packing

Today, I thought I would share with you a few things about packing for a trip. As you know, we are leaving for an Alaskan cruise in a few days, and I am still in the process of getting ready.

After a few long trips, I finally figured out that I have a lot more fun if I organize everything before I go, and make it easy to find things to wear and to find things in my suitcase. In my last post, I told you about figuring out what to wear when. Today, I am talking about my actual suitcase.

To be honest, I am a “rumbler.” No matter how carefully I pack, I can never find what I want in my suitcase without rumbling through it. Whatever organization system I have breaks down pretty quickly, and I get really frustrated trying to find my stuff.  A couple of years ago, I found something that totally revolutionized my packing……packing cubes!  I now pack different items or categories in the appropriate size cube (I even label them) and can find anything in a jiffy. And it is so easy to unpack my suitcase and put things in drawers. Most people would not have to label them, especially if they are different colors, but I need the extra visual reminders.

The ones I use are from eBags, and I love them. I have several sets in different colors, because I do share some with my husband, but he only uses one or two.

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/value-set-packing-cubes-slim-packing-cubes/115846

These are also available from IKEA:

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20323061/

If you want to be thrifty, you can use Zip Loc bags in different sizes.

I admit that I am probably a bit overly zealous about this, but I have learned that the less I have to think about on vacation, the more fun I have, and the more it seems like a vacation.

I will spare you from the banality of seeing my actual packed suitcase, but here are a couple of the packing cubes, ready go to.

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In my next post, I will show you some of the outfits I am taking.

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CRUISING ALONG Men & Women

Nothing gets me more excited than planning for a trip.  I LOVE to travel, and have been fortunate enough to have been able to go to quite a few wonderful places around the world, including Europe, China, and Israel.

Seeing other countries and cultures is more than just educational. It is easy to think that the way we live our life is “normal”, and that things are pretty much the same everywhere, but when we get out of our little corner of the world and experience first-hand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, culture and people of another place, we are forever changed. The cliche that “travel is broadening” is more than true in so many ways.

Even with the internet, and with all the information that is available to us, there is no way to really know what a place is like without going there. A book, a movie, or a website cannot provide us with the atmosphere of a place, and there is no substitute for actually interacting with the people who live in other places.

One of the great things about travel is seeing how many different ways there are to live life, and how many beautiful things and people are in this world. The creativity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I love seeing how other cultures interpret life on this planet.

Soon my husband and I will be going on an Alaskan cruise. We did this before about ten years ago, and can’t wait to do it again with our very good friends, Tim and Lynne!

So, let’s talk about packing for a cruise. For my husband and Tim, packing is a one-hour experience…take some jeans, shirts, pants, jacket,2 pairs of shoes, raingear, and a suit…throw them in a suitcase, and good to go.

But for Lynne and me, it is a whole different thing! We start weeks ahead of time, thinking about what we are going to wear, and doing whatever shopping we need to do to make sure we have just the right outfits. Don’t laugh, but here is what we have to think about in order to pack correctly:

  • Comfortable travel outfits
  • Dressy outfits for formal nights on the ship
  • Comfortable shoes for excursions
  • Outfits to wear to dinner
  • Outfits to wear on cruising days
  • Shoes to match each outfit
  • Jewelry to match each outfit
  • Coats and jackets
  • Purses

We also have try things on, and make sure stuff goes together, especially if we are trying to mix and match to save luggage weight. We have to wear our new shoes around for awhile, to make sure they are really comfortable. We have to think about layers, because weather in Alaska can be unpredictable.

I have been working on packing for the last week! But it will be worth it. I will have an outfit for every occasion already planned out, and can relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about what to wear.

This is the first of several posts about getting ready for the cruise.Here are links to the others:

Packing

Cruise Clothes 1

Cruise Clothes 2

Cruising with friends

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