Good morning! We made it home from the beach yesterday by 10AM, and it was nice to have the whole day to unpack and reorganize. In fact, I spent most of the day trying to figure out what I want to pack for Italy.
The next 10 days are going to be a blur with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Prime Day, and catching up on all the things I put off while I was away at the beach. I have a hard time juggling a lot of big projects at once, so I wanted to focus on that while I had a few hours to breathe, and while my last trip is fresh on my mind.
There are so many things I want to remember to bring, and I’ve been making notes for months, but I need to organize it all into one big Packing/To Do List. And not only do I have to make sure I have what I need, but I need to think about what the kids need, as well. We’re all virgin international travelers (except for Paul) so it all seems rather daunting at this point, but I’m sure it will all work out.
I do need to think about ordering whatever hair tool(s) I need that will be compatible with the outlets over there. I was thinking our hotels should have hair dryers, so I really just need a flat iron. Is that a good plan? Plus, hair dryers, even travel sizes, take up a lot of room in the suitcase. If you have a good flat iron recommendation, let me know!
I pulled out all the clothes (mostly dresses) and shoes I’m thinking of bringing, and hung them all up on one of my rolling racks. And because I know someone will ask, I linked them all below. I may not bring all of these, but I think I could use them all, especially if I don’t want to have to do a lot of hand-washing in the sink. The shoes on top are definites, and the ones on the floor are maybes.
Then I started trying everything on, complete with shoe/bag/topper options, and quickly realized that I don’t really like how the shoes and bags are coming together.
I know not everything has to match when you’re sight-seeing, but since I’m bringing a limited number of shoes/bags, it should be pretty easy to find coordinating sets… or so you’d think. But the Lo & Sons Pearl (that was going to be my day bag) and the Naot Dorith in Gold Threads Leather (that were going to be my primary pair of sandals) don’t look very good together.
I also want to bring one other pair of shoes that is dressier that I can wear to dinners. The Naot sandals look way too Earth Mama to wear with the more sophisticated dresses, and after a long day of walking, it’s nice to change footwear. And while the Lo & Sons bag does have a shorter strap that makes it more evening-appropriate, the color doesn’t go with my dressier shoe options either.
The dressier option can be flats or wedge sandals, but I can’t seem to find one pair in my closet that I does everything I want them to do… The ones on the floor are the options I’m considering. All that to say, I’ve ordered a few other options to try.
When I started planning this trip, I was thinking I would check my fashion blogger hat at the door and be completely practical and pack only for efficiency. But now that it’s down to the wire, I know that I will regret it if I don’t bring a couple of complete outfits that are totally me, and I feel are worth photographing in Italy, even if it’s just with my iPhone. So I do plan to bring an additional handbag and dressy pair of shoes I can mix in with my more practical travel capsule. I just need to figure out what they are!
As far as my toppers go, I ordered this travel wrap and this linen button-up shirt, and both are okay, but I don’t know… I don’t really love either, so I just ordered this and this to compare. This Zestt brand was recommended to me by someone in the Italy Travel Facebook Group, and I’m intrigued! Those of you who have traveled to Europe recently, what did you bring to cover your shoulders? And a lot of my dresses are right at or above the knee. Is there anything I can bring to cover my knees in a shorter dress?
My next step is to go through our itinerary and plan an outfit for each event and make sure I have the right style (and amount of coverage) for each. I also need to do a trial run with packing our suitcases, and see if it’s even possible for us all to go COO (carry-on only.)
There are so many sundries we need to bring, in addition to clothes and shoes, that we’re going to need to get creative with how to organize it all if we’re going to stick with that plan. Typically I would like to have it all in my bag(s) so I can control it and keep track for it, but I think I’m going to need to borrow space from the boys. If you’ve done a family trip like this, feel free to give me your best tips.
Okay, clearly you can see where MY head is at this morning! I get easily overwhelmed with organizational tasks, so this afternoon I’m going to sit down and go through my lists (and whatever suggestions you all have for me) and try to come up with a game plan.
In other news, the #NSale starts this week, and I plan to spend Tuesday shopping at the mall. Alison is coming up photograph some complete outfits on Wednesday, and of course I’ll be taking a gazillion mirror selfies and trying to figure out what to keep and what to return, and most importantly, what to recommend to you! It’s always fun, even if we do feel a little underwhelmed by the Preview, and I’m looking forward to it!
If you’re into this sale, be sure you’re signed up for my #NSale Email List. I’ve already been sending exclusive content to those subscribers, and I’ll continue to do so, at least until we leave for our trip.
Have a blessed Sunday, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!