Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Paris Adventures| What I Packed

I fancy myself many things in this world: A poet, a scholar, a humanitarian, a uniter of people. Okay, I'm not really any of those things (well I have a Bachelor's so I guess I am technically a genius) but I am one thing for sure- and that's a poor packer. No matter how many lists I read about packing with purpose or how often some stay-at-home blogger comes up with (yet again) a perfectly curated post about MUST HAVES for their latest jaunt to an exotic location, it's all basically just one big over my head read. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the information and I always love a pretty blog post. But I just don't do a good job of actually internalizing any of it. I'm an over packer- through and through.
Yet, I would love to do a post about what I brought to Paris and how well a lot of it worked out. HOWEVER, I felt inclined to put a disclaimer: While I did do a good job of picking out things I would wear and having viable options, I also packed basically an extra suitcase worth of things I DIDN'T use. I'm not a great packer and I'm not going to pretend I am. But the items I had with me that I ACTUALLY WORE were pretty solid and I figured I'd share.

Over-the-Knee flat boots (brown & black) + chunky heels booties + combat boots: All good for height, walkability & fashionable purposes (I actually didn't bring any other shoes and this was a total packing win, no disclaimer needed).

A black, short, trendy bomber jacket + long, more casual army green jacket + a fancier long black jacket for evening (not pictured: chunky scarves)

Pleather leggings + skinny jeans + tights

A mini-backpack (hello 1995!) and it worked PERFECTLY and allowed me to take pictures with ease

Big, loose, chunky sweaters + long knits for layering

One long-sleeved LBD dress + mid-calf camel pencil skirt + faux-leather pleated short skirt

Fun gold accessories + little studs + long necklaces

Dark & Vampy (or as Jay stated: "Why do you have Halloween makeup on?", I'm sure he has a point but idgaf)

So ignoring all of the other superfluous items I brought, these got me through really well for about 10 days of exploring the city on foot and not looking like a total slob.

What do you generally bring on a trip?
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Jax said...

Girl, those boots are HOT. I think I may need to make an investment and get myself a pair. ;) hahaha

For out of the country trips-My first thing to pack is adapters! There's nothing worse than having curling irons and your straightener in reach without the right outlet to use them in.

Unknown said...

Great blog! I love the post:)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Awesome list girl, Paris in the fall must have been so magical! And loving your jackets - gorgeous picks <3

Green Fashionista

Pat Hatt said...

Hey, you can rhyme, add poet to the list lol may offset terrible packer. If it can't fit in my carry on, I don't take it. My rule.

The Siberian American said...

Love what you packed! Those boots are gorgeous!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I used to be an incredible over packer. I've really tried to tone that WAY down. I was good on our last trip. I hope to be better by Europe next year!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i used to be a really horrible over packer.. i'm still not great at it, but i start planning months in advance and slowly slowly get my act together. and then i shove 10 more things in my bag right before we leave but that's better than 20, right?
I love all of your outfits, seriously- you are so fashionable and stylish. Also, I want those boots.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I am seriously obsessed with your style. LOVE all of this!

Myra said...

Gimme those long boots!! Love them! Love the mini-backpack idea too. I usually carry large crossbody bags so I can stuff everything I need into them (including water bottles, haha). The more we've traveled, the better I've gotten about my packing but I could still learn to fine tune a bit more ;) xo

PorkStar said...

Nice, very nice!!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Awwww I miss Paree! Was there this time 5 years ago and can't wait for another return!
Thank you visiting my blog, hope to see you back soon sweets!

Xx- Julie

Haute Khuuture Blog

julie @ said...

Maybe I should ask you to pack for me..??! ;) Love what you chose...! Definitely what I would choose to wear...!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Loving that olive draped jacket! And yes to over the knee boots, so perfect! I've only ever been to Paris in the spring but you're making me want to go in the fall now too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Tabitha Lee said...

Love all these items. I am in the midst of over-packing for our upcoming vacation right now. It is terrible. I know I am doing but I am pretty much powerless to stop it. haha ;-)