We just got back from a trip to coastal North Carolina, where our main goal was to relax and enjoy some seafood & wine. We flew Spirit Air, where I have a weird habit of wearing five shirts on the plane so I can fit everything into my pocket-book and avoid paying the extra fees. So the result is I have to plan out my packing really carefully in order to fit everything into my Le Pliage. I forgot to take pictures of my outfits so the above collage is my dream packing list.
This was one trip where I was really happy with what I packed, instead of ending up with “packer’s remorse”. All clothes got equal use throughout the week, and were weather/event appropriate. Most importantly, I felt happy and confident in the clothes I wore, which made me enjoy my vacation just that much more. Once again I am loving my faux fur vest that I was able to throw over anything for a little extra warmth and fun.
Packing list for spring trip to coastal North Carolina
1. Madewell denim shirt in Campground wash (I also have a polka dot Gap chambray that is sold out, but here is a similar one.)
2. J Brand Jeans
3. Striped shirt
4. Ray-Ban aviators & my regular cats eye reading glasses
5. Warm cashmere scarf
6. Faux Fur vest (similar)
8. Army jacket
9. Grey sweatshirt
10. Flannel shirt
11. Longchamp Le Pliage (previously blogged here)
12. Leopard button down (mine is from H&M)
13. Gap jeans in black
14. Hot pink belt (mine is from H&M but not on line)
15. Black Ballet flats
16. Probably fake LV clutch I bought at a stoop sale last summer
Time to relax!
Faux fur vest from Urban Outfitters – clearly NOT made in the USA. Sold out, but similar here. Some other ideas: 1 // 2 // 3.
It may be snowing once again in NYC tonight, but I’m in the process of giving my blog a little spring cleaning. Blog layout has changed slightly as I switched from Mon Cahier to the classic/simple Twenty Twelve. I just love how super basic and uncluttered this new theme looks to me.
I also added the “My Current Bag” post on the right, where I can keep featured whatever bag is my main bag of the day. I’m still carrying around my Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Tate tote since it is just so simple, lightweight, and easy. Once the weather gets a little warmer, and I can start wearing less bulky coats I am planning on switching back over to my Foley + Corinna Jet Setter Tote in green to start welcoming in some warmer weather.
In addition, I added a “TBB Most Popular Posts” widget further down on the right column where you can see my Top Five most viewed posts. Hopefully something interesting will pop up there!
Is it Spring yet?
I’ve had my No. 6 clogs for about a month now and they have become my go to boots – the first shoes I reach for every morning when getting dressed. I am so happy that I made my purchase, and only wish I hadn’t waited 3 years to finally make the purchase.
To save some bucks I purchased my boots secondhand on Ebay. I know some people think used shoes are super gross, but I’ve had really good luck with Ebay shoe purchases. I always wipe down the inside with a clorox wipe, and then spot clean with warm water and some soap, especially scrubbing the bottoms. When these shoes arrived I had a temporary case of buyer’s remorse since they were REALLY beat up. The wood under the toes was completely worn down and wood was chipped on the sides. The leather on the front top and sizes was a scuffed and grey, instead of black. I was really worried I had wasted my money on shoes that really should have just been dropped in the trash.
However a local cobbler saved the day and was somehow able to fill in the missing worn down wood on the front, add a new front sole, and shine up the leather. The boot are still clearly not new with some chipping on the side and a worn heel, but my plan is to get those repaired later on.
Sizing for the No. 6 clogs is tricky! Since I am in NYC I visited the store on Centre Market frequently and kept trying on new pairs until it felt right. I had to size WAY up for the boots. My normal shoes size is a 9, which usually translates to a 40. The girls at No. 6 kept suggesting a 39/40 for me but I could feel my toes rubbing at the front. I finally sized up to a 41and they felt HUGE. Both too wide and too long, but since there are no half sizes I figured that was my only option. Then I waited months for a pair of 41’s to finally go on sale on Ebay so I could make my move!
Next up are shoes for spring and summer. I still love my Swedish Hasbeen sandal wedges, but I am also interested in a pair of the No. 6 peep toe mules in ash or mocha.
Jacket: Eddie Bauer Stadium Coat (blogged here)
Hat: American Apparel
Jeans: Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans
Bag: WNYC Ecotote – pledge to get yours! (also blogged here)
Boots: No. 6 5″ Leather Buckle Boot – via Ebay