LnA Asymmetrical dress | a few years old
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
My sister and I were out by ourselves one day this trip (which is difficult to accomplish with so many people around) and drove around the neighborhood where we grew up. We moved away from there in 1986, so they are faraway memories for me, but there are those things in your childhood that you will NEVER forget. One of those things I mentioned in my post yesterday About my Dad – that he used to take us around the neighborhood for photoshoots. This gazebo was one of those locations.
We didn’t have a good camera with us, but the second we recognized the gazebo we knew we had to take some photos (it was my dad’s birthday that day and we wanted a nice “sister” photo). I posted the picture of my sister and I on Instagram, and here’s what I was wearing.
I brought this dress as an alternative to the Acne dress for the wedding. Just in case. But I also thought it would be good for wearing in Florida in general, which it turned out to be. And of course, in packing, I brought too much and not enough at the same time. But what else is new?
The first, most important thing I learned this trip is that the only thing that’s important when traveling to visit family is that you are comfortable and appropriately dressed enough so that you can focus ALL of your attention on your family and having a good time. In general, I succeeded at this, but could have been more comfortable with a few tweaks:
I always need at least one more long sleeve top than I think I do, and not a cardigan, a pullover. If I’m inside, I must have sleeves. They don’t have to be long, but I get cold in the air conditioning without something on my shoulders. I did have my cotton Inhabit cardigan with me that I wore at the wedding reception, and I did end up wearing that whenever I was inside and cold, but I always sort of long for something more “cozy” like a sweatshirt or just a long sleeve tee.
Leggings. Always pack leggings. I did a lot of sitting around at home, and I like to sit on one of my legs, which was awkward in the short dress I wore most of the time at home.
Bring manicure essentials. Maybe not everything, but a nail file, cuticle oil, and good hand cream are important. My hands/nails were so dry I kept picking at them and messing with them, until I bought a nail file and some cuticle cream to soften my cuticles up a little (this stuff is THE BOMB, btw). I took my polish off after the wedding and didn’t replace it the rest of the trip, which is fine; I don’t mind going bare-nail for some time.
If I’d had just one thing to wear at home, like a house dress or caftan (long), I probably would have been more comfortable. Except for a few short outings, our days in Florida were filled with time on the lake, by the lake, on the porch, or inside the house.
I’m pretty sure I have some deep-seated anxieties with regard to packing – as you’ve probably observed – and still have a lot to work through, so I’ll spare you more analysis. But I think I need to come up with a formula like Laurel has, or packing lists for different trips, to make it easier on me next time. I don’t want to spend so much time thinking about what I pack and what I wear; that work should be done up front – when I buy something to add to my wardrobe.
In general, it is, but I have two distinct style personalities, I’ve decided: the over-sized & slouchy, and the fitted. For traveling especially, I need to stick to one or the other of those silhouettes, I can’t try to accommodate both in a small carry-on. But more on that later 😉
Love that dress on you.
I have started keeping multiple packing lists on Evernote – work trip, family trip, husband trip, and keep a running list of what to bring. Then, as I pack for each trip, I edit the list & when I come back, I also have a mental reminder of what I brought that was unnecessary (and I take that off) and what I wish I’d brought (add that).
Grechen Reiter says
thanks marie!! it’s a good one…
Grechen Reiter says
this is exactly what i should do…thank you!
i need to do something to really make me take the emotion out of packing. i’ll never be able to take the “emotion” out of getting dressed, but at least i can try to make packing for trips easier.
Ooo, I love that dress on you! It’s very flattering and looks comfortable too.
Am I the only person who cannot wear light shoes with a dark dress? That whole “shoes darker than your hem” thing (I didn’t learn it from my mother so I don’t know where I learned it) I have some metallic shoes and the first time I wore a pair with black or navy (because I don’t have navy shoes) it felt weird. I think they look great (style-wise) but the color still jars me when I look down. Will I get over that in time? 😉
I have a standard packing list and I update for each trip and keep in word. I actually have a word document for each trip with tickets, hotel reservation numbers, to do lists for before we travel (change cat automatic feeder, hold mail, get pedicure etc) and I print & pack the list- helpful if a bag is lost en route. I could do this online or at least on electronic media since I usually have something with me (smartphone, kindle at a minimum) but I like paper. I’m old. 😉 I’ve started doing photo packing lists/outfit combos a la Vivienne Files which is nice too…..(I could use polyvore, but ppt is just so easy for me…..)
Grechen Reiter says
haha! i was unaware of that rule actually 😉
And, BTW, you look beautiful:).
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I love this dress on you! So flattering, simple and chic. You just can’t beat a good LBD! Sounds like your vacation was wonderful, even if the packing part didn’t go as you planned.
I wish I could be as organized as Kelly and Laurel. I’m getting much better, though: I’m a list maker, so everything I’m bringing or need goes on the list. And I like Polyvore to create possible “sets” of items I could wear on my trip. It really does help if you tend to learn best visually. Well, it’s fun, too!
Chiming in late here, because I’ve been away, also visiting family. (My packing math for that trip was good but not great–I still need to tweak things!) I agree that the most important thing when packing to visit family is to be comfortable and enjoy your time with them.. I also agree that leggings are great for family visits–I wore mine many times, including as pyjama bottoms! So glad you had quality time with your family. And yeah, that dress looks great on you!
Grechen Reiter says
thanks laurel – i’ve missed your comments!!